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joining us today, alicia, i appreciate it. >> absolutely, it is my pleasure. >> and thank you for joining us on another edition of buildin. >> mayor breed: thank you all so mu. >> thank you so much for joining us today. i'm sheryl davis the executive director of the san francisco human rights commission and thank thankful to have you in the in this space. the hrc was created in 1964. at the time, mayor john she will she wi dg she willy was responding to local and national organizations confronting what we walike to cl at this point in time anti- blackness, really wanting to ground the fact -- people are
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always telling me this and it's not something that i'm very comfortable talking about, but that the sthian francisco human rights commission was created because there were people that were trying to buy cars that weren't allowed to buy them in this city, and those people were black people. sometimes as we do this work, i would say african-american afri s and peopblack ipeople in san francisco felt like we were continuing to forget about them and continuing to repeat bwhy te commission was created in the first place. so as we secelebrate the 55th anniversary of the human rights commission, as we remember the 5 55th anniversary of the civil rights act, i was challenged and really encouraged to revisit why the human rights commission was created and to pause during this time. somebody says, who selcelebrats5 years? i guess we do.
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[ applause ]. >> it is an off year, but i'm going into my third year at the human rights commission and i felt like this was a good tooim to pause and recognize the intention to call out whaen so often i'm in community to call out to recognize. i'm really grateful at this point in time to have an amazing a administration and leadership that is creating programming that is inclusive and is focused on creating opportunity ies for everyone, creating a space for everyone and being very intention intention al about that. i'm grateful to be in this work with our mayor, london bried breed. [ applause ], who as an afric - african-american woman who grew up in san francisco thouknow s firsthand what it's like to be black 234 in san francisco. i'm sure she's seen the last
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black man in san francisco more times than anyone seated here and knows people ooe's fear s ot becoming a reality. i know she's offikay having thi conversation and okay in this space and that she not only has lived that experience, but is trying to make sure the experience is for the future having been part of the task force formed years years ago, but being committed to make sure that everythione is counted and represented and secelebrated. so thank you so much, mayor london breed. [ applause ]. >> all right. thank you so much for coming and thank you for your patience in starting this event. first of all , i want to really thank sheryl davis for her leadership and her advocacy and for her fight for inclusiveness and making sure that no san francisco an is left out.
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the investments and work that we're doing with the human rights commission in san francisco has been an example for the rest of the world to follow, and i am so proud and tha thankful to all the commissioner s who are joining us here today sitting in the front row smiling because they love and they do. thank you so much for being here to secelebrate 55 years of the human rights commission in the city and county of san franci o francisco. [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: yes, there is much to secelebrate. sheryl mentioned the out app migration task force that was started ten years ago. we were secelebrating ten yearsf the out appmigration report, bu what was not mentioned was the fact that i along with a few other folks on the redevelopment agency commission felt it was important to do something more than talk about the challenges
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that so many people in the afternoon-ameri -- african-amer community face and we can't be afraid to have those discussion s. the fact is when you look at the data and see what has happened over the years, specifically to the african-american community in san francisco, we know that we still have more work to do. when you look at the fact that sadly so many of our afric african-american boys are drippi dropping out of high school, so many sadly ending up dead or in prison, this is not a new conversation. there needs to be new solutios s to address this issue, and this is why i'm excited about the work that is happening at the human rights commission. also, in looking at what's happening all over the country and now how in particular sadly we have a president that has taken us back 60 years, that's taken us back with a lot of his
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homophopic policy ies, his poli s that have really attacked our i mmigrant community and the needs need for the human rights commission is so important now more than ever to make sure that we stand together, that we support one another, that we push forward the kinds of policy s, and we analyze those policies and make sure that they work for the communities that they're intended to work for. i am so decidexcited about whate going to be doing in the future in this city and in particular i want to take this communiopport and sheryl will tell you a little bit about some of the secelebration s that are going be occurring and some of the great things that we're going to be doing to highlight the work, but i want to take this opportunity to make a special announcement because we are taking things a step further.
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currently we are going to hire for the human rights commission ms. felisha jones who will help connect apartments -- [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: and -- review the recommendation of the out migration report and hold this city's feet to the fire a. she's onnibeen doing it with gr initiatives, whether working with s cvmenfiu, the locoalitio justice for mario woods and all the amazing work that she has been doing to hold the city accountable to do right by not just our african-american community, but people who oft oftentimes feel neglected, we're excited and happy to have you in this work. thank y thank you so much, felisha f, f joining us. [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: you really take an therapeutic thunt conscience -- thuopportunity to
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reflect, we have come very far. i mean, i the first african-american woman elected to serve as mayor of san francisco are -- [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: -- our fire chief, the first lgbt fire chief in this in the history of our city, gentlemjanine nicol soson. we have so many members of our board of supervisors and you'll thank them soon, norm entan yee sandy few er, two in ceecredibl leaders who actually grew up in san francisco, went to public schools in san francisco, served on the school board in san francisco, and still doing the hard work for the residents of san francisco. so we have a lot of work to do. 55 years is just really about hopi opening peoples' eyes to knowing what we need to do i'm grateful for susan christian sson and ma
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keller and others who serve on the commission because they really care about getting the job done, they really care about not just equity in about how you talk about it, but what our small business community. thank you, nicky for being here. there are three generations continuing to support and feed people in the community. [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: our business community, what's happening in our public schools, what's happening in our cityies, and making sure that our programs serve various populations is something critical to the needs of making sure that we are a more equitable and inclusive city. i lastly want to point out and thank supervisor few er and supervisor valley-brown for their leadership in establishing the office of equity, to really
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dig deep into the dis pparity i that continue to exist despite despi all the investments that we ma e make, despite all the programs that we continue to fund. why is there continuing to be dis pparity in particular communities that make it difficult for so many wonderful people throughout our city to succeed. before i bring up the next speaker, i just want to take this opportunity to talk about quickly policy and how policy has made a difference. neighborhood preference. some of you remember that fight several years ago, and amelia ashley war from the sun report er knows this city all too well and building affordable housing and the challenges with making sure -- especially african-american in those communities have access to those affordable housing units .
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we passed neighborhood preference legislation so that 40% of the units built in a community go to the people who live in that community. what is now kennedy apartments where we built 98 new units for seniors, typically we would be lucky to have maybe a few african-americans who are housihoused there and today we have 29 african-americans that made it through the neighborhood proc s process -- the neighborhood preference process are and are now housed in will by kennedy apartments. yes, we have people of diverse races in that property, and the point is if we are truly going to be the best city in the wo d world, if we are going to truly be what everyone talks about in terms of diversity, in terms of inclusiveness, in terms of all these great things, we have to make the right decision. we have to make the right
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investment. we have to be on the same page and know that if one person is suffering over here, then it's all of our responsibility to lift that person up. that's what i learned from my grandmother, ms. brown, oxygwhee didn't have much, she still took that government food and cheese and she still would not turn anyone away from our door when they were hungry. that is what san francisco is about. we have work to get to a better place, but in secelebrating thi in cecredible milestone with alf these in cecredible leaders wits and serving san francisco, i know we'll get there soon er rather than later. thank you all so much for being here. with that, i want to bring up the supervisor from district 5, supervisor valley-brown.
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>> thank you, mayor breed. i really appreciate this and all of the supervisors that are here today and president yee and the community. for me it really starts with the community when we're discussing these issues. i'm so proud to see the legacy of the human rights commission evolve over the last 55 years. and hope fulfully there will be another 55 years that it cawill we keep moving forward. this keweek i feel even more p d proud, this week and tomorrow at the board of supervisor's meeting, supervisor few er and y ground-breaking legislation will create san francisco's first equity -- racial equity office will be realized. this office will build on the work and legacy of the human rights commission. this legislation is a powerful
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start to break down years of structural and institution enal racism. i want to tell the community we will work together, we will acknowledge and address our past harm, for more of a hopeful future. we need better policyies and f d funding to combat racial dis r disparityies in housing, healthcare, education, tr transportation and employment we need to continue the fight for equity, to make sure that our black, latin, native americans, asian and pacific island er s, d all the communityies list eed t i list ed have what they need t be successful. now, i want to pass this off to my partner sandra few er with this legislation to say a few words. thank you. [ applause ]. >> thank you very much it is
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on only fitting that our legislation to establish an office of racial equity is being voted on at the board board of supervisors during the same week we secelebrate the in ceecredi - 55-year legacy of the human rights commission in san francisco, founded in 1964, to address anti- blablack racism, human rights commission has done important work to address the needs of margin ental alized communities in san francisco. with this new office of racial equity that will be housed under hrc, there is a renewed focus on racial equity and addressing s dispar ityies facing communityi of color in a range of color areas - s, including economic security, housing, health, criminal justice, and more. our legislation will require a city-wide racial equity plan withoutcomes identified and a tool of racial equity analysis at t
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pending legislation on tat the d of supervisior s. it is long past due that san francisco's renews its commitment to civil rights and racial equity and this anniversary is a reminder of the importance of making that commitment real. the new office of racial equity under hrc will help hold us accountable as a city to ensure that we are snaefiaddressing ra dis pparity ies for communities color and making sure that everyone in san francisco has an equitable opportunity to thrive. thank you to the human rights commission for all your work in the past, present, and future and con grgratulation s. [ applause ]. >> thank you, supervisor few er and i just also want to take this opportunity, we have planning commissioner melgar who is with us, we have michael p a papas and rita simal.
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thank y thank you so much for bookiein e here. daryl, i feel you're on a commission but i don't know. you guys have to bear with me because i don't know everyone who is on what circumcisiommiss you never know. i also want to take this opportunity to recognize someone who i'm actually going to be swearing in after i think this particular event, a new commissioner for the human rights commission, thank you so much james deluca for being with us here. [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: with that i'd like to introduce the supervisor from district 10, supervisor walton. >> supervisor walton: good afternoon. let's give it up for 55 years of the human rights commission. [ applause ] you . >> supervisor walton: you know, i've been given two minutes to talk about the unfinished agenda
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for black folks in san franci o francisco. that unfinished agenda actually goes back a couple of hundred of years. it goes back to slavery, it goe s back to reconstruction, it goes back to csegregation perio here in this country and what was supposed to change and happeni happen after brown versus board of education. it definitely goes back to major reports that we've had right here in our own city, the u unfinished agenda and the o outmigraines report, awhich a lt of folks in this audience some in the back have worked on at this point a couple of decades now to make sure that the wrong s that have happened to us in this city, and in particular people of color, people in the lgbt community, i mmigrant s, a people who have had a different starting point than a lot of other folks here in this city
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and country. with that said, it is an exci exciting time for us because we have policy ies in place now tt are focused on putting actual resources in to addressing the things that have been promised from reports. programs like black to the future that provide resources for organizations that serve black familyies to be able to work together more seam lelessl programs like road map to peace, where we're bringing the organizations and community and the latino community together, where they get to set their own agenda for the policyies needed to improve the lives of latinos here in san francisco. the resources that we put in the budget for the lgbt community and for resources for transition al youth and housing for all communities here in san francisco. so we know that un employmeempl exists differently for those populations that i mentioned.
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we know that housing is different and created differently for those population s that i mentioned. we know that our mayor has done an amazing job even as a member of the board of supervisors to pass legislation like neighborhood preference to make sure that housing outcomes end up different. and this 600 million housing bond that we're all fighting for is a big piece of how we deal with equity here in san francisco as well. so i just want to thank fur our mayor, colleagues on the board of supervisors. i definitely want to give a major shout out to the executive director of the human rights commission, ms. sheryl davis for all of her work. [ applause ]. >> supervisor walton: that did not start as a result of her serving as executive director of the human rights commission, but it started years prior to that in her work.
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so i just want everybody to know that we have work togeth do. we have work to do. but the office of racial equity and what it will require from departments to get busy, to put reports together that will be attached to the resources that you receive, if we don't make a real effort to provide better outcomes for heour communities here in this city. thank you so much and, again, happy 55 years to the human rights commission. [ applause ]. >> so again thank you to all of our previous speakers. i want to as we get ready -- there are two final speakers that we want to have and as we do that, just recognizing that once -- that we do this work with our commission, and i wanted to recognize the commissioners that are here with us today. the chair of the human rights commission, susan christian, our new eest addition to the commission, james deluca,
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commissioner karen clopton, chirg cirg commissioner jason pelegrinni. thank you so much for being here today. and commissioner anton is joining us as well. our commissioners do this work and they help advance it and i wanted to just be able to show the impact of the work and our form er commissioner michael p a papas, when we talk about this work, we cannot talk about it without the intersection ality f race and gender and orientation and social-economic levels. so commissioner papas supported us, was an amazing member of the commission, and i just wanted to afford him a couple of minutes to say something about the work that he started at the commission that he's now continuing to work on i was going to say with the department of aging and adult service s, bt i know there's a pending name change. commissioner papas.
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>> thank you, director davis. i am grateful for this invitation to address you today on occasion of the 55th anniversary of the san francisco human rights commission. i was privileged to serve on the commission for over six years. as one of mayor lee's very first appointments in 2011 and his very last appointment to the commission commission on ages and adult services just a few day s befor he passed away. they were exciting years to be addressing issues of human rights in our city. during that time we saw the p d pendulum swing on some very serious and pronounced issues from prop aid to marriage equ equality and simultaneously from a did he haevastating recession prosperous tech boom. as add to that the increase in
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the outmigraines of the african-american community and an emerging black lives matter movement and local instances that prompted justified voluntevocal concern over law enforcement's excessive use of force. throughout this journey in time, the human rights commission was present and relevant in its response to issues of discrimination and the cl collateral human rights challenges that en ssued due to these social changes. for me personally, perhaps the most re wawarding dimension of t service quus was following in the steps of commissioner s knu sen, swapark s, young as chair the lgbt's advisory committee which in the very yenniend i sh with commissioner kelleher. during that period i was privileged to work with some of the most bright and passionate lgbt community leaders in our
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city. together we addressed issues ranging from repairative therap to sensitivity to lgbt clients in city shelters, economic wel wellness, em powpowerment, dis e displacement of lgbt non -profi s, hiv prevention as well as services to and the stigma suffered by those living with hiv, the particular challenges of trans women of color, the lgbt life beyond the neighborhood of the kcastro. the special needs of lgbt, deaf and dis ababled persons, immigration concerns, most especially those seeking asylum, the nuance s of bisexuality and the ever-evolving understanding of lgbt familyies, the need to e revise city forms to better reflect gender identity, and concern for cyber bulbullying o lgbt youth as well as our city's
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gr growing lgbt youth home leless population. perhaps the most impactful contribution over our time was an effort in cubated under commissioner knutsen's tenure as cha compare a chair and birth of my service at the a cvmec. that was a group that recomme recommended the formation -- [ cheering and applause ]. >> they know the punch line. of this lgbt's senior's task force. thanks to the leadership of supervisors wooe s weaiener, ca and owen, the board of supervisors allocated the necessary funding to make that recommendation a reality. iron ically commissioner knutse and i sit together on a board where we vote regular regularly for funding of programs that respond to the lgbt seniors task
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force. now we are in new times and a different era. as human rights are fright ening frighteningly and incessantly under attack daily, never has the rechlevance for the san francisco human rights commission been so valued and needed. i am confident under the insp e inspired leadership of mayor breed, chair christian, and director davis, that the commission will continue to distinguish san francisco as a moral campus compass and protective voice for all who suffered discrimination and whose rights, both civil and human, are unfairly jeopardized. with that, i wish a happy 55th anniversary to the san francisco human rights commission and the commissioners, to the chair, to the director and to our mayor and members of the board of supervisors. [ applause ]. >> just by way of the future of the human rights commission and the he haevolution thiand ithis
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discussion around intersectionality, i thought it really fitting to have gineta t johnson share more about the work she's doing and the importance now more than ever about the work of the human rights commission, ginetta. [ applause ]. >> hello, everyone. thank you all. i wanted to say thank you to mayor london bried breed, thank you to the board of supervisos s and sheryl davis. i am the executive director and we work with black trans women coming out of jail s and prison black trans, agennon agendgend m conforming people coming out of prisons. the reason the work is so important and i'm passionate about it, i'm a form erly in k s incarcerated person and i spent
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time in jail and prison. during my time in jail for 13 months, i noticed that there was so many black trans women like in and out of jail. during my period of time, i knew that i had made a bad decision and i knew that i was going to get back out eventually and i knew that i needed to create a change. that's when we developed our r re-entry program for non -binar people coming out of jails and prison. we are working through the support of the hrc in providing employment opportunityies for trans people coming out of jails and prisons. i think that one of the biggest issues that i have faced is housing. it's very, very challenging for me to employ them and they have no housing because the housing is so difficult and t in the cid
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county of san francisco. i think going to a lot of different hfa meetings trying to make a request that whmen tran people come out of jails and prisons, they have a more immediate access to some a cotyf comfortable bed space because a lot of people don't know that trans people experience a lot of sexual trauma while on the inside and physical trauma. so i'm happy and grateful that we have an opportunity to create this employment structure and that our homes for trans people is happening i thi. i thank everybody that's been involved and making that happen because black trans women face a lot more dis pparity than peopl really, really understand, a lot of discrimination and stuff like that. tho that's why re we are doing the
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best that we can to create more opportunityies for their safety and welfare. so i just want to thiank everybody here that contributs s in this work. thank you. [ applause ]. >> so as we prepare to kiclose t out, i just want to invite up the chair of the human rights commission to come and say a few words, and then just to also share very quickly the calendar that we have for this week. this evening we have a conversation with cornell west at the commonwealth club. tomorrow we have a sim pymposiu 12 to 5 at the war memorial. on wednesday evening, 6:00 at the stf jass jazz center we wil te secelebrate 55 year s, recognii some of our leaders and having a little bit of music. then on thursday, the young people part of mayor bried --
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breed's opportunity for all will share their presentations at the pal aace of art s. if you have additional questio questions, please feel free to talk to us or ask questions. i also want to recognize a form er director of the commission, mayor vic ban mba. he served as the executive director of the human rights commission and is now a proud support er he eer during her wo clark construction. final words from our shachair sn christian. [ applause ]. >> thank you, director davis, form er commissioner davis. i had the privilege of working with sheryl for several years as commissioners on the human rights commission before we convinced her to take on in -- this role that we are thrilled she is in and has done so much for the city that she has been appointed to be the executive director. one of the things i appreciate most about sheryl's work is --
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you know, 55 years human rights commission started to deal with ant anti- blablack discrimination ie city. what we found ourselfves at 50 years looking at the same problems, maybe in just a slightly different way, happening to black people in the city and people who are otherwise dis advantaadvantaged, but particularly black people in the city, black communityies continuing to suffer the same kinds of discrimination. so clearly the question and the issue of structural in equequal and structural discrimination has not been screfdressed addr in a way that impacts and prevents this kind of dis advantage. that has been my passion, my -- the thing that i want to really tie try and accomplish during my time on the commission and as chair of the commission to look for ways -- and the mayor talked about programs that work that provide outcomes, looking for
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what ways that we can interrupt and address structural problems so that we don't continue to rep i replicate the in equequality. you know, the human rights commission over the last at least teb ten years ago i think has been -- the commission itself and the people who have worked on the advisory committee s have made major contributios s to not only the city but national conversation about national in equequality. the lgbt and lgbtq right now, i don't know that we've officially chang changed the name, the liègeq liège blooej lgbtq committee has picked up reports. this is work that came up from the community through the commission. we have the agency and the commission. so it's in cecredibly important work . also, ban the box started with the human rights commission, the equity advisory committee. now that's also something that's traveled nationally and gets stronger and stronger every year
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in different places. one of the things that i am personally most proud of is that we instituted a pilot under mayor lee to deal with implicit bias. so we were able to -- it was an idea we had at the commission. i brought it to the commission. i wasn't the first person to think about this obviously, but we were able to get a pilot program going with the mayor's support and the supporter support of the family. kimberlypapinon, we were able to work with her to create a program and the mayor funded it. so that was an amazing thing. and i know now that the department of human rights is dism administering a program and i really look forward to hearing how it's going and seeing what we're doing with it now, but it's that kind of thing the commission has done and can do
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and we're all looking for ways to do that whas we move forward. so i want to thank everybody o who's here and all the community members who over time have supported, cajoled, ciriticized lobbied the human rights commission. it's going to continue and i'm grateful for that as well, but we have a lot of work ahead of us. i really do feel like we are now getting at programs that will address structural in equequali. sheryl, i'm going to hand it back to you. >> for those saying we are going to be in room 201, we have the recommendations from the out appmigration task force as well the unfinished agenda, as well as the environmental safety. there have been has felisha said pneumonnumerous time s three rsd what has changed. this year as the mayor talked
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about, we are going to spend some time looking at those recommendations and seeing what, if anything, has changed. if nothing has changed, really consider what we can do to see what we can do forward mo-- moig forward. we can see what the office of racial equity can institute. lastly i would ask before we start to disperse, some of the members part of the original task force, if you could stand so we can thank you for your time as a part of that. ken montero, daryl davis and ms. saxon, thank you and please join us in 201. thank you. [♪]
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>> good morning, everyone. let's secelebrate. [ cheering and applause ]. >> i'm going to get you moving. i want you to follow my lead. when i go like this, we're all going to say "secelebrate" and we're going to do it three time s. secelebrate. loud er. secelebrate. secelebrate. fantastic. i can't even begin to tell you how shocked i am. i'm standing here at this gro d ground-breaking. i'm ashly mccumber. i'm the executive director of meals on wheels in san francisco and have been for the last 12 years and i'm really excited to welcome you here this morning. obviously we're here to do a ceremony where we're going to throw some sand and mark the beginning of construction, and that in and of itself would be a michiganiraculous thing to selc but frankly we're secelebratingo much more this morning. i believe that we're putting another mark er i eer and stake
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ground in support of this mission, and that's why we're here today, to secelebrate. [ applause ] it. >> it's certain dserendipitous projected opening of the building on this project in 2020 aligns with our 50th anniversary of our founding. [ applause ]. >> so today we are absolutely secelebrating five decade s of service here in san franciscaning san francisco. we're secelebrating a mission tt started with a handful of people 50 years ago who recognized they had neighborhoods who needed help and were elderly elderly and needed food. they volunteered to cook food and morphed into an organization that today is one of the largest meals on wheels organization in the country and definitely in my opinion is wumone of the best ig
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services in san francisco and in the country. [ applause ]. >> we're also secelebrating sin that founding count leless vo volunteers, board members, staff members who have carried that submissi mission forward and creatueach made it stronger and bigger and more responsive. we' we're secelebrating partnership with adult aging and county services in the city of san francisco to make sure that we can do what we need to do and we're currently grateful to our current mayor and board of supervisors to seasocontinuing mission and seascontinuing to d that. we're secelebrating thousand s doe scenarinors and foundations allow us to realize 50% of our budget each other year. we secelebrate the restaurant sd vit answers tha s s -- vintners. i want to call out chef in nanc oak for your leadership and that
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effort. we're secelebrating also that w have embraced our responsibility to affirmfy the emphasis voice of seniors and make san francisco all it can be for t m them. all of us together have embraced some very important and simple values of san fran siciscan s. no considsenior or no person sh ever go hungry because they are home bound or without the resources and support that they need. number two, no senior should be in vvisible or alone. number three, that all senior s have the right to live in their community and neighborhoods that they helped build, they raised their familyies in and have the right to self-determination and ha to live with dig nity. lastly, that cityies and communityies should be judged b how it treats the elderly and we need to work every single day to make san francisco the number one age-friendly city in amer a america. [ applause ].
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>> so today we secelebrate a mar milestone, but this day has been a long, long, long time in coupcom coming and we secelebrate the hd work that's kind of led us here. the path has been extensive to say the least, but one mietric that led us here is simple. in 2007 as an organization we decided that no senior should have to wait longer than 30 yda s to receive our service and we partnered with the department of aging and adult service s to mae sure that anyone who is in emergency is served within two to five days. that simple commitment has driven us to the growth that we've seen that's brought us to this need today to build this new kitchen. in 2007, just to give you an idea, we served 523,000 meals in the city and delivered them, and this year 2 # -- 2.1. think about that growth. we were touching the lives of
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about 2,000 individuals u unduplicated in the city. now we're touching over 5,000 a year. that growth has been predominantly in seniors, but we've also in that ten-year period worked with the department of aging and adult services to serve those people who are under 60 represents about 50% of our population and also we're partnering with the food bank to deliver groceryies to about 500 people a week in the department of aging and also working with this mayor and administration to make sure that people in inactinavigation cens have meals. we're very grateful to be a part of that effort as well. it mabelibecame quite clear abo years ago that we needed a plan to deal with this. we first conducted a full-scale operation ental review. is there any way that we don't need to build a new kitchen? is there anything else we need to do? that plan basically was pretty simple and straightforward and said, hey, you need to get out of this kitchen pm .
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so that began the process that we're committed to the fact that we need to build something new, and we designed the kitchen with the help of kitchen concepts ionic that ionic -- inc. that will carry us forward for 30 years. that's the second step. then we got to the hard work. where the heck can we afford to buy a piece of labbed -- land in san francisco and where can we find that. we originally wanted to keep our operations in one place, but un fortunately that wasn't in the cards. we have an amazing plan b. we will build our kitchen and distribution center and keep our site three minutes away on the other side of 3rd street in the bay view as our office production facility. so we're going to have a tw two-campus operation. so we purchased this site from l luxor cap. does anyone remember this as that site?
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we're about to make it differe t different. at the end of the day the price tag is going to be about $41 million and we'll tell you a little bit more about how we're doing in that goal in raising, but you can rest assured that we've done well enough that we're here today and we still have some work to do and so forth and we'll secelebrate tho ha who have carried us so far. here's what we're building and the great features we're building. on this site will be a 34,700 square foot facility, slug including a state o-of-the-art cook chill area, freezer, storage, assembly production, distribution yard and receiving docks. this is the big news in this construction. we're going to move our daily constructi production from # 8,000 meals a day to 20,000 meals a day. [ applause ]. >> it will be one of the only
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facilities in the region and we think in san francisco that use s this cook/chill equipment to produce bulk food and used in meals. the other thing i'm very excited about is where we are. we're in the middle of the san francisco wholesale product district. we're food. we're great partners with th s e michael gentlemjanice, and loo forward to partnering with these businesses in this neighborhood and working to continue the efforts that are here in the neighborhood. it also will have a test kitchen that will help us improve the quality and choice for our clients and tailor meal s as we look to improving our service s for clients. maximumly ally we're doing solar on the building so we can save the planet. isn't that a great facility? [ applause ]. >> so we're excited to have with us this morning mayor london breed. before inviting her to speak, i
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just wanted to take a moment to recognize a few other elected officials who are going to be here shortly or are here alre y already. hope fulfully soon, supervisor gordon mar from district 4 and supervisor waltshamann walton f this district will be with you and hope fulfully you get a cha to chat with them. we want to welcome the form er district 10 supervisor who is now chair of the board of equ equalization, malia, and representing state isn't that right scott weiener is rose gu i guiliano and representing is n kenneth chan. thank you for your service. and lastly, i think that the new captain of the bay view district is here. i want to just give a shout out and a welcome to captain troy dangerfield who has taken on as
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chief of the bay view station. hope fulfully we'll get chance meet with him. i was one of the lucky people who last year on july 11th was at a historic event where this city welcomed its first african-american mayor in the city's history, frisk nati sfri san francisco native london breed. it was an absolutely beautiful day and i have only one regret. i should have worn a big hat because it was sunny and it was a long time out there with a lot of fun. it's hard to believe it was only 12 months ago that that occurred because this mayor has hit the ground running. it feels like years of work has been done. she's out there with laser focus trying to tackle the issues fa e facing our city, tackling the home leless crisis, adding more beds, expanding mental health and substance deuabuse programs
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creating more housing for all san fran sciscan s and keeping city streets safe and clean. it is my sincere pleasure to introduce and welcome to the stage lamayor london breed. [ applause ]. >> . >> mayor breed: thank you so much, it is great to be here and i want to recognize alex ran doff, thank you so much for joining us today. i've got to start by staying ths is probably one of the most organized and neat ground-break s ings i've ever been to. just the gravel on the ground, the need and structured system here. i mean, this is absolutely i indecreed able because i've been to a lot of ground-breakings and you know, malia, how many gro d ground-breakings we've been to. this is probably the nicest one we've ever been to. thank you all for creating this
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wonderful environment for what i think is one of the mobest programs we have in san francisco. i want to start by thanking a ashly and all the people who work for meals on wheels because you do the hard work. i know from experience how amazing the employees at meals on wheels are because they served my grandmother for so many years. they did it with kindness. they always asked how she was doing today. they can tell maybe when she wasn't having a great day. so they would spend time and put forwa forth effort and talk about the food they were bringing over. it really for seniors who are living in isolation, how amazing to have at least if no one else is coming to see you, that person who's delivering those meals sometimes is the only contact that so many of our senior community has when that
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feel meal is dropped off. this program and what it has done since 1970 has been absolutely amazing. this analyticfacility, to go fr meals a day to over 20,000 meals a day will make sure that we get rid of that wait list once and for all so that no one is left off the list moving forward in the future. you all, the contribute entor s people on the board, the folks who have supported this program over the years, the investmens s that you have made have had a pro foufound impact on so many indecreed able lives and you know this because that's why you support this program. i had the opportunity because i visited over the years since i've been an elected official various clients for the progra s and have had great kfingss, including the one i just had with mrs. lee earlier this year.
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she was just so grateful and so excited and so happy and just talked about her experience and how she probably wouldn't -- honestly she said i probably wouldn't be as big as i am if meals on wheels didn't deliver these programs. she was not big. she was a tooiny laidy, but shes so very happy and food really brings people together. we help and support our senior communities in this way. and another way we're going to be supporting our senior community is the housing bond, a $600 million housing bond without raising property tax es with the largest amount ever dedicated to senior housing and this is the largest housing bond we've ever done in the history of this city. so i'm really proud of the investments, the deliberate investments that we are making to support our senior populat n population, our dis ababled population, and also again thank you to meals on wheels for
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supporting our inactinavigationr s because we know that home l s homelessness is one of the -- the number one issue that we face in san francisco. we have a lot of people is it truing ling sw mental health and substance abuse dis ororder. we are changing how we provide support and services and it involves making sure we have i indecreed able partners and whee meals on wheels has been pushing the envelope and doing the great work for years and this facility that will be absolutely amazing is just one step forward in it happen ing continuing the great work they've done for decades. i'm so excited to be here and can't wait to cut the ribbon when we open. thank you all so much. [ applause ]. >> thank you so much, mayor breed. you know, nothing this monument al happens without a lot of effort, gathering the skills and leadership necessary to make
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something like this happen. so we want to acknowledge how we've gotten to this day and acknowledge the team that's going to help us finish this up. first and foremost, i want to thank my board of directors and the many boards of directors who have been engaged in this conversation. i was talking to someone about this earlier. you know, boards by design are the kooerps of the mission and frankly very hesitant to take on risk. this group of people did their job. they made sure that we were taking on something that we could accomplish and the fact that we're sitting here today is a testament frankly that they xem pexemplify the type of leadp and stewardship we want on all our boards across the city. let's give all these board members a big hand. [ applause ]. >> i mentioned earlier we went through the slog of trying to find something to buy so then we can figure out what we can build
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and how much it will cost. the first person who probably had to go through therapy after joining me on this effort was dan mckue our real estate representative and literally we worked for two and a half yeas s to get to this site and bewent through three pricing scoping and buying exercises and so forth. did you thank you, dan, for working with me and still being able to call me a friend. we also have identified an al all-star team to help us with this kitchen and build it. the first person i mentioned earlier but i want to call out specifically again is mike bal divrks dwin from kitchen concepts. mike was chosen not because he's one of the best in the field nationally, but because he served for decades in the meals on wheels in anaheim.
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when i saw his work there, i said you're the right guy for s us. you're the person who understand s how we're different and uni e unique. thank you. we also want to thank that we have a local san francisco lve, local business entrerprise, ja k jackson and lyles architect uru is our architect. the architects could not be here today, but iron ically their parents are. welcome and thank you for being here. we also have engaged a really good friend of meals on wheels for years, an excellent general contractor ain plant constructin and we have an amazing team assembled under the leadership and the determination of don b libby. we also have a great owner's p rep. this is the person that keeps our staff from having to deal with the mash nations and tell
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us what that means is keith d de-brian from skyline partners. keith, thank you. and an amazing three iio of peoe to make sure we build the best building. first is david who is under arrest our operations officer. frank scotted our director of facilities. an amazing asset to the organization. the guys that keep s me out of jail as well as making sure having money in the bank is the cfo. [ applause ]. >> even with the best-laid pl s plans, we would not be breaking ground today without an extraordinary group of organizations and people who've g come together to allow us to move this process forward quickly and they have done there through this through the new market task credit process. for those of you who don't know
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what those are, you're blessed. [ laughter ]. >> but just for the sake of education, basically the federal government incentivize s throug tax credits investment s and stressed communityies, programs that serve dis advertistreasurer that serve dis advertistreasur s distressed populations. our propositiject definitely f t that. it aligns credit s that organizations manage to give to projects and they're aligned with these approved projects and then at the eback end take s a ba bank credit. at the end of the day that's going to deliver about $8.1 million to this project. [ applause ]. >> i just want to really acknowledge the team that really have pushed this forward quickly