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>> good afternoon cochairs on councilmembers. my name is amy chan, i'm from the mayor office of housing and community development. thank you so much for having me present on the affordable housing bond that will be going before the voters in november. i'm going to go into a presentation that will describe why we need this bond is so badly and what the eligible uses of the funding will be and why we are so excited to have a go to the voters. >> so, we are incredibly excited to be put in board of supervisors in the mayor to be putting forward a 600 million-dollar general obligation bond to the voters in november. @ it is currently in the legislative process of the board of supervisors, pending two more votes. once that is completed it will be on the ballot in november. this is really incredible given
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in 2015, when we had our last housing bond, it was 310 million dollars. the amount has doubled, that's really exciting. we have also talked about putting affordable housing in the city's capital plans. we are really planning for affordable housing needs as part of our overall city needs and that we are accounting for that every 4-5 years. when we have expanded the bond proceeds that we are in q4 coming back for the voters to fund the affordable housing needs that we have two meet what our residents need. the bond will fund acquisition construction improvement, rehabilitation and preservation and repair of affordable housing. the bond funding will further
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our offices work in meeting the need for the population of people that we care about, including persons with disabilities. it would do so by providing the funding that we need to build out all of our new construction affordable housing. those housing projects meet the needs of persons with disabilities through assessable common areas and amenities on all of those sites. those are include 90% of units that are adoptable. 10% of units accessible with mobility features which is double the amount that is required. those percentages are higher in senior and supportive housing projects. 4% of the units, in the new construction project that we fund provide communication features. we also include a preference for persons with disabilities, in
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projects and consider reasonable accommodation as well. funding for housing preservation is really important for protecting persons with disabilities who are living in existing housing that may be at risk of displacement due to the housing either being converted to market rate housing or falling into physical disrepair. the 600 million-dollar total for the bond is broken up into these five categories after a process where the mayor and board president, convened a stakeholder working group process and had deliberated with many community members and stakeholders about how to proportion the many needs that we have for affordable housing. the consensus was to provide the following amount of funds in these categories. 150 million for public housing,
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220 million for low income housing serving households up to 80% of the area median income. 60 million total for affordable housing preservation and middle income housing which serves very low income households at 30% of ami for the middle income portion at 175% of the area median income. a new category that was not included in the last bond specifically which is for senior housing. that would be $150 million for households up to 80% of area median income. finally, $20 million to fund teacher housing serving educators from 30% up to 140% of the area median income. i'm just going to talk a little bit about these categories why there is a need to fund affordable housing in these categories. our public housing needs.
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the city has been committed to revitalizing our extremely dilapidated public housing through the hope program. we are at the remaining stage of revitalizing two additional sites which is at the sunnydale site. the funding that the bond would provide would be to address the emergency and life safety repairs that are needed for the existing units to rebuild and replace the housing remaining at those two sites. also to add additional housing units at those two sites. and to really complete the work that we have begun to really revitalize the housing and infrastructure needs for these communities. the $150 million would be as an eligible use to go towards the repair and rebuilding of distressed public housing.
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prioritizing sites that have these urgent capital needs, creating new affordable housing units and accelerating the construction timelines of these units because we know that the units are in a very poor physical condition. in terms of the low income housing category. we know low income households are most at risk of displacement here in san francisco. these are populations that we want to house, and it's really important for us to do that. we continue to need to build more affordable housing to meet the needs of households at these income levels. unfortunately, we don't have the federal resources, they have been in decline for affordable housing for low income families. what this bond would do is enable 1,000 more units of
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pipeline projects to start construction in the next four years to serve residents that are seniors from homeless individuals, veterans and families. also, while we await a decision on proxy funds to's -- tran07 funds. this funding will help kickstart predevelopment, for securing new sites for supportive housing. the 220 million-dollar in the low income housing would go toward the construction acquisition that we have permanently affordable housing that would serve individuals and families earning from zero up to 80% of the area median income. prioritizing projects that are ready to start construction in the next four years. which will include predevelopment funding to jumpstart construction where we have permanent supportive
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housing. projects that are close to public transit. projects that can leverage additional funding whether through the state funding or other resources to leverage the city dollars that we are putting in. also projects that are located in neighborhoods with limited affordable housing. in terms of the preservation need. we know there are extremely low, low, and moderate households that are at risk of being displaced from the city. through our work, our small faith program and other preservation work it's really critical that we acquire and preserve existing affordable housing so we are keeping low income and middle income households in in san francisco. the bond would also go towards this need. we have an older stock of affordable housing that is in
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need of rehabilitation. the bond funding would go towards the need to rehab and existing stock of affordable housing that are in physical disrepair. $30 million for preservation under the bond would go towards the acquisition i rehab whether it is at risk, due to loss of affordability, or the buildings physical decline. we would be prioritizing. buildings are at imminent risk of conversion to market to rate housing. we would look at neighborhoods prioritizing doing this work in neighborhoods where there are limited affordable housing production and also a documented high eviction or displacement rates.
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in terms of middle income housing. this is a group of households that we definitely want to serve. unfortunately, the market does not produce housing for middle income housings -- houses. we are also -- we don't see funding sources to meet the need for building middle income housing. the city is a critical source of funding. we provide a critical source of funding for building middle income housing. providing first-time homeownership opportunities for low income households to be able to purchase a home and stay in san francisco. we have an affordability gap in the bond would be helping with that.
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the $30 million for the middle income housing category would go towards the creation of new affordable housing opportunities for middle income households with assistance loans, purchases for building or land for new construction that would serve middle income households. we would prioritize down payment systems, loans for first-time homebuyers and also we have a teacher next door grant program that serves the san francisco unified school district educators. this would be serving households between the 80-175% and 200% of the ami. this new category of funding under the bond is for senior housing. the working group that was convened by the mayor and the board of supervisors identified this as a critical need as san francisco's population continues to grow and age.
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we have found that we have not had the pipeline of projects serving senior households keeping up with the pace of the needs of a growing senior population and so it was a priority for the mayor and the board to include funding specifically as a category to meet housing for seniors. we have for that in the bonds, $150 million specifically for creating affordable senior rental housing through new construction and acquisition. we would be prioritizing projects that are ready, able to leverage additional resources and locate neighborhoods where there is opportunities for production for senior housing. this would be serving households between the extremely low to low income categories from 0-80% levels. and then finally, is a new
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category for funding under the bond that we do not see in the last cycle which is for educator housing. this is a critical need to, because we have seen attrition annually in the san francisco unified school district where teachers are leaving because of housing affordability, that's one of the factors they have cited. we have seen through these surveys that the majority of teachers and para- educators are saying that they have some level of difficulty, very difficult, or somewhat difficult ability to actually afford their housing costs. including 69% of teachers surveyed, saying they pay more than 30% of their income towards their housing cost. we know retaining teachers in the school district, is really important for the stability of our students for the growth and
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success of our students. addressing the affordable housing need for teachers or something that we wanted the bond to include. that is why there is a 20 million-dollar category in the bond for educator housing that would go towards predevelopment and construction of permanently affordable educator housing serving san francisco unified school district and city college of san francisco educators @, and employees between the 30-140% ami income levels. similarly prioritizing the projects that i have mentioned before. with that, as i mentioned, the board of supervisors is moving the bond forward through the legislative process currently. we will soon be taking its last two votes to move the bond onto the ballot. we are really excited for that to happen. for us to have the opportunity to basically use this large
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amounts of critical funding that we need to advance our mission. probably early spring of next year, we will start with the first issue is of the bond around $200 million and then be able to issue a notice of funding availability for projects to come forward and apply for funding. with that, i am happy to take any questions. >> thank you for that excellent presentation. do any council members comments or questions? >> yes. >> we've got sally, and councilmember madrid and councilmember sassouni. >> first of all, i apologize, i was supposed to send you a list of questions from the council and i realize i never did that.
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i appreciate your presentation. i have a very basic question. what is the ami in san francisco >> the area median income, literally it is the median -- >> i know, what is the number? >> let me pull it up for you. it is roughly $80,000 for a single person household. $82,900. that is for a one person household. it is adjusted for the size of the household. and then we can also calculate it at, you know, lower than that 100% and that higher ami. i can pull up the chart. >> i just wanted to get an idea of what 30% of ami actually was. when you say something is affordable, how is that defined?
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>> it is defined as 30% of that household income. >> really? okay. that would qualify someone for low income housing if they made $25,000? >> in our low income housing category we have units that are between people who make a 0% of the ami, up to 80% of the ami. the affordable rent to would 30% of that household income. our units are priced at a range of incomes between the zero and 80 low income households. the moderate income household level, we have done much less of the moderate income housing,
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because unfortunately we do not have other funding sources to really leverage for building this type of housing. for low income housing we have something called tax credits that we can use, and that is the 0-80% level. for middle income housing it is all city subsidy. we have done some, but very few of these units. the ones we have done we are looking at -- excuse me the 80% up to 120% of ami typically. we do have the down payment assistant loan program. that does serve up to 175% and 200% of ami. we have been meeting the needs of middle income households primarily through first-time home loans. we have done some new construction housing for middle income households. much less than we would like to. for the low income housing we are serving between 0-80% of the ami. >> it is assuming someone
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satisfies that low income statu? there has to be more people wanting housing. >> we use a lottery system. we have a great housing portal, we have counseling agencies. if someone cannot go on their smart phone or a computer to look at all of the listings we have on the site and apply they can also go to housing counseling agency to help them with their affordable housing search and application. through that housing portal, an applicant can look at what they, can apply. redo the placement of those units, the occupancy of those units through a lottery system. the city also has something called housing preferences.
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this is mandated through our city laws. we have preferences for cop holders, people who were formally displaced from san francisco do to redevelopment actions. in the western addition. we have a displaced tenant housing preference, this is a preference for people who have been evicted do to an eviction or fire. then we have a neighborhood preference. if someone is applying for, a unit in a project. helping residents to stay one that neighborhood. finally we have a live/work in san francisco preference which captures the large segment of applicants. through that lottery system, people that fit into these preferences are prioritized
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essentially. >> okay, who is next? alex. >> my question is, affordable housing, i know some of affordable housing is 1500-2500, speaking on people with disabilities, most of them receive ssi, does that consider qualify for those "affordable housing"?
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how would you, or the city fix that? because, as you know, the city of san francisco, when they are doing affordable housing the amount is already -- [inaudible] >> what i am understanding your question to be, is how do we meet the affordable housing needs of people who are extremely low income like with disabilities, or seniors who are on ssi and have limited income? that is a challenge we have been addressing. typically in the affordable housing stock, what you see in our lotteries are units that are 30% affordable at what is priced
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, that is because of funding requirements we are seeing. with changes in rules of the tax credits, we are allowed to do income averaging. that might be more technical. but now we have this tool, when we are using tax credit financing for projects we can use this new option to provide basically income averaging an hour units. as long as projects are averaging 60% ami, we can do a range of units that serve less than 60%, up to 80% of ami. that will be one tool we can use to provide units for households that are less than 60% of ami. aside from not tool, we do recognize the need to have more rental subsidies and access to
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rental subsidies for those extremely low income households. and, the mayor and the board have addressed this by including funding in the budget for rental subsidies for a populations of people. i think the mayor and the board have included rental subsidies, i think, up to $10 million in rental subsidies for different populations of folks. we recognize that there is a need for doing that. board president yee is in the process of creating a senior operating subsidy. it is project need, rental subsidies that go towards the households to help them pay their rent. or, the buildings need operating subsidies where we are basically
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helping to meet the gap and what tenants are able to pay and how expensive the projects are to operate. it really is trying to find more rental and operating substitutes. we have been trying to do that for the budget process. >> the city of san francisco, section eight,. [inaudible]
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>> i think it would be great. i don't think there is any more voucher capacity. i think you are bring up a great. it would be incredibly helpful if we had additional voucher capacity and we were able to issue more vouchers to households who need them. >> hi. this is a brief comment, question rather. i was looking at your powerpoint presentation and it looks like you are prioritizing 4.5% -- regarding children in public schools, talk something about 4.5% of children there, i'm assuming that you're talking about k-12 grade children? my son for example, goes to school, and he is in the san francisco public unified in the school is full. the classes are really full.
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i don't even understand how they do it. we definitely need more teachers. i'm wondering how children -- how we are going to deal with this in the future with the rise in? i am wondering where you get the numbers from? 4.5% seems rather low. >> am looking at the site currently, i'm not sure if i see 4.5. >> there was a percentage based on the s.f. unified school district, related with educators in san francisco unified. it was referencing the children, just wondering where that percentage was based on? >> i looking, bringing up the slide, there are statistics about the san francisco unified district requiring 3600 teachers to meet their classroom needs, that maybe the statistic?
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10% attrition rate. >> specific the child population. where did you get the numbers from? maybe it's a previous presentation where it was discussed, there was 4.5% of children that live in san francisco -- are in the public school system? >> i'm sorry, i did not reference that number. maybe the question is also about how are we going to meet the needs to continue to increase -- >> specifically thinking of the families with children and families that live together in a household. part of the population, i'm just assuming, maybe this is from the other powerpoint. i'm thinking, are we talking about the entire population of san francisco? which population are we referencing?
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i thought that count was low. i know we never -- we need to hire more teachers in the future. i'm wondering what the prediction of population among children will be in the future? if that references different levels of income and households in the city? are we talking about a family in a one bedroom? when we talk about families in general, with children, there is a variety of living spaces, you know, and so many people, especially families are leaving the city because they cannot afford to live here. they cannot afford childcare. they are working on paying for child care and they cannot afford rent. there is a lot of factors involved with being able to stay in san francisco. if you are thinking about bonds that will assist families, families with children. i'm just thinking of, you know, we are thinking of not, you know, traditional style housing are wet people might imagine
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that should be. if you're thinking of the range of people that would be served by that -- those bond resources. my concern is lower income families, families with disabilities and obviously families with children. >> our office funds a variety of types of housing including family housing. family housing serving low income families. and all of our projects we include high number of 2-3 bedroom units in those projects. in the ground floor, of our projects, we also include many community serving spaces including childcare centers on facilities. that is built into the work that we do with our project sponsors and the affordable housing developers in meeting the needs of family when we are looking out the projects that we are funding and building. we do have an existing teacher housing project, that is
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currently is in our pipeline in the design, predevelopment phase. that project will have a range of bedroom sizes to meet teachers that are single, two teachers that have families that are in families and have kids. we have studios up to three bedrooms in that project. i think that is something we absolutely agree with and care about. very cognizant of the teams -- need to meet the needs of families. >> that is why i was saying, especially when we are talking about young children. if we are discussing that percentage, i know it impacts dollars potentially. were talking a lower percentage.out 4.5, which child population are you referencing? especially for the families that live in san francisco. i know sfusd, the schools are full. my point is just that we look at the numbers, and how they are impacting the resources that we
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are trying to get so people can afford to live here. >> i agree. >> next is helen. >> thank you for your presentation. quickly, you had mentioned one of the priorities for the use of the bond money is physical accessibility, and some of the properties? >> yeah, i mentioned that describing how we meet accessibility needs for persons with disabilities generally throughout our affordable housing pipeline. you know, the bond funds housing in all of these categories that i have described. some of that work is rehabilitation. it is existing affordable housing, or existing housing that we are trying to preserve from either conversion to market rate housing or falling into disrepair. a large bulk of that funding
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will go into new construction projects or @ new projects that we are building. for all of our new construction projects that are funded by us, we do have these requirements around meeting accessibility standards for the developers of those projects. >> have noticed in the language, around this topic, that often accessibility is also used as a blanket term for economic accessibility's. i just wanted to make clear we were talking physical accessibility? >> that's right. >> you had said that his recently mandated rule within your department? i guess my broader question is, when did this become mandated? >> i don't know exactly when. i can find out. >> it is sounding to me like it is a newer rule.
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it was something i assumed had always been in place? >> i don't think it is a newer rule. if i did say that it must have been misspoken. i apologize about that. >> but it is a rule and it is one that is followed by the city >> yeah. >> they are federally implemented rules. in san francisco we have chosen in some circumstances, to go above and beyond the minimal requirements that are prompted through tax credits and other triggers. >> okay. >> all right, kate. >> kate williams. thank you for that presentation. when you refer to the list of lotteries, the input that i have from so many seniors, most of those lotteries are simply closed. which more or less locks people out of any option. there may be lotteries, but what happens when the lotteries are closed?
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what are the other opportunities for people to get on a list? my input is that most of them are closed. >> we have, i think, the applicants that are looking for affordable housing should sign up for e-mail subscription under the dahlia portal so they can get updates whenever there are new projects that come online, or even existing units that become vacant are now available for applications. that way people are getting up information. every time i have a new project that is coming online, it will be available throughout lottie'n the dahlia portal. we do have some senior housing projects in the pipeline that will be coming forward in the lottery system. what is great about this bond is that the $150 million set aside
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this typically for senior housing will ensure that we have a continued pipeline for senior housing. as those projects become -- are getting built, and they are nearing construction completion and they are getting ready for marketing and lease up, they will be on the portal for applicants to apply for. >> thank you. >> time is getting away from us, but i must have a moment, draw your attention to the rehabilitation projects. real estate developers, and homeowners, people interested in real estate, i like the prospect of being able to take housing that is just really needs a lot of repair and maintenance.
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we have these properties and make them available for affordable housing. in the bond, without cover the range of families, low income families, seniors, disabled. can you speak to that for just a moment. >> the bond does have a category for preservation. that would serve extremely low to moderate income, middle income households. we have done preservation work through our small sites and programs which is to help affordable housing providers acquire housing that would be at risk of conversion to the market , to acquire them and permit them to affordability. that program serves households, at a range of household incomes up to 120% of ami. there was existing affordable housing that was financed through a former bonds or loans
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that have been expired after 30 years. the bond will continue to fund that work through the preservation category. >> excellent. anyone on staff like to comment? >> this is nicole, thank you for coming. i would make a suggestion, while were talking about the bond specifically, and how it impacts disabilities, we might want to think about the different categories, and maybe adding a column that helps people understand especially when were
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paying attention to accessibility for people with disabilities. i don't know that the general public would assume that senior housing, for instance, also as accessibility components within it, assuming that as our population's age, they also have mobility and other communication changes in their life. we can maybe think about how to present that in away that the public can more easily digest the options that are available. >> that is great feedback. thank you. >> anyone else on staff? >> all right. i just want to thank you for your presentation. a lot of great information, and we will be going through that, and i do hope that we will be able to continue to cooperate with you in the future, especially if the bond passes.
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we don't have any more questions of you. are there any speaker cards? no speaker cards, okay. anyone on the bridge line? no one. okay. all right, we finished that presentation. thank you everyone for commenting, and asking questions. that's outstanding. all right, we are right on 4:00 p.m., let's go with public comment, items but within the jurisdiction of the mdc. any speaker cards? no. okay. number ten, information item, correspondence. staff, do we have any correspondence? none today. all right. very good. okay. so, number 11, councilmember comments and announcements. any one of my colleagues want to
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make any announcements or comments? going once. twice. three times. all right. so, we are to number 12, adjournment. do i hear a call for adjournment >> adjourned. >> moved and seconded. my guide dog sec. it. we are adjourned.
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>> once i got the hang of it a little bit, you know, like the first time, i never left the court. i just fell in love with it and any opportunity i had to get out there, you know, they didn't have to ask twice. you can always find me on the court. [♪] >> we have been able to participate in 12 athletics wheelchairs. they provide what is an
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expensive tool to facilitate basketball specifically. behind me are the amazing golden state road warriors, which are one of the most competitive adaptive basketball teams in the state led by its captain, chuck hill, who was a national paralympic and, and is now an assistant coach on the national big team. >> it is great to have this opportunity here in san francisco. we are the main hub of the bay area, which, you know, we should definitely have resources here. now that that is happening, you know, i i'm looking forward to that growing and spreading and helping spread the word that needs -- that these people are here for everyone. i think it is important for people with disabilities, as well as able-bodied, to be able to see and to try different sports, and to appreciate trying different things. >> people can come and check out this chairs and use them.
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but then also friday evening, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., it will be wheelchair basketball we will make sure it is available, and that way people can no that people will be coming to play at the same time. >> we offer a wide variety of adaptive and inclusion programming, but this is the first time we have had our own equipment. [♪]streets.
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>> (speaking foreign language.) >> i wanted to wish you a best wishes and congratulations the community has shifted a lot of when i was growing up in the 60s and 50's a good portion of chicano-american chinese-american lived in north beach a nob hill community. >> as part the immigrant family is some of the recreation centers are making people have the ability to get together and meet 0 other people if communities in the 60s a 70s and 80s and 90s
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saw a move to the richmond the sunset district and more recently out to the excelsior the avenue community as well as the ensuring u bayview so chinese family living all over the city and when he grape it was in this area. >> we're united. >> and growing up in the area that was a big part of the my leave you know playing basketball and mycy took band lessons and grew up.
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>> (speaking foreign language.) >> allergies welcome to the community fair it kicks off three weeks of celebrations for the year and let's keep everybody safe and celebrate the biggest parade outside of china on february 11th go best wishes and congratulations and 3, 2, 1 happy enough is enough. >> i grew up volley ball education and in media professional contrary as an educator he work with all skids whether or not caucasian hispanic and i african-american cumber a lot of arrest binge kids my philosophy to work with all kids but being here and griping in the chinese
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community being a chinese-american is important going to american school during the day but went to chinese school that is community is important working with all the kids and having them exposed to all culture it is important to me. >> it is a mask evening. >> i'd like to thank you a you all to celebrate an installation of the days here in the asian art museum. >> one time has become so many things in the past two centuries because of the different did i licks the immigration officer didn't understand it became no standard chinese marine or cantonese sproupgs it became so
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many different sounds this is convenient for the immigration officer this okay your family name so this tells the generations of immigrants where they come from and also many stories behind it too. >> and what a better way to celebrate the enough is enough nuru with the light nothing is more important at an the hope the energy we. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> relative to the current administration it is, it is touching very worrisome for our immigrant frames you know and some of the stability in the
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country and i know how this new president is doing you know immigration as well as immigrants (fireworks) later than you think new year the largest holiday no asia and china those of us when my grandparents came over in the 19 hundreds and celebrated in the united states chinese nuru is traditional with a lot of meani meaning. >> good afternoon my name is carmen chu assessor-recorder i want to wish everything a happy new year thank you for joining us i want to say.
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>> (speaking foreign language.) >> (speaking foreign language.) >> i'm proud to be a native san franciscan i grew up in the chinatown, north beach community port commission important to come back and work with those that live in the community that i grew up in and that that very, very important to give back to continue to work with the community and hope e help those who may not be as capable in under serving come back and giv. >> a hi, i'm karen fry a
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project manager and sfpuc and the bureau of environmental management honestly i've not considered a public sector job i realized this was an opportunity to work on large capital projects from san francisco all the way to our hetch hetchy and the yosemite national park i work with engineers and city attorneys and scheduled and we all work tom nolan e together on the project. >> the excavations are in red we'll have the interference to go under the street. >> my next project is the largest project in the water system improvement program this is the southeast plan that involved a lot of kworpthsdz with the community groups and public when 9 commissioners such the planning commission and the
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board of supervisors or this ftc commission they help us in city hall this is a beautiful building it really is the inner workers of the building you feel you're in the heart of government and it's exciting to be part of that
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