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my name is kara, i am the executive director of the chinese culture centre located in the hilton hotel. we begin -- we bring visual literacy to chinatown. we are in support of naming the subway station after rose pak. she is a leader, she is someone who changed chinatown by virtue of her dedication to our community. she is someone who gave her entire life, and every inch of her being too enjoying chinatown she is one and a million person, and we believe -- i believe we need more asian female role models in our society, and visibly represented through our community. thank you very much. now i am introducing lucy and huy, the program director and curator of the chinese centre. >> you very much. >> good afternoon. my name is from siena kind of work in the community at the chinese culture centre and have worked -- my name is lucy and a
work in the chinese culture centre. >> rose pak example faiz would amuse to be a community caretaker and making sure chinatown is equitably resourced in health, culture, and transportation. >> that is not done overnight. it took half a century to do the work she did. she brought chinatown to the table and made sure chinatown is not left behind. for the love of chinatown, please name at the chinatown rose pak station. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. san francisco has been my home for the last 35 years. i am married to a fourth-generation san franciscan and we raised our three children here. my family works, we go to school , we socialize and live in this beautiful, vibrant, inclusive and historic city. i have the honour to meet rose pak. i was impressed with her confidence, commanding, and caring disposition. she is a truthful and integral women who cared for her family, friends, and most importantly,
the community of chinatown. many people work hard to make the chinatown welcoming and fun for residents and visitors. she was a leader in this endeavour and taught everyone how to make her community better her accomplishments, including the munimobile station connecting chinatown to the rest of san francisco, are astounding and should not have been forgotten. i'm here out of respect for a woman who gave her life to the city of san francisco. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> your time is going to start running right now. >> right now? >> go ahead and start speaking. start speaking. >> okay. she is the speaker. she has a video to show. >> okay. [speaking foreign language] >> your time is running.
>> if we can let five people in at a time to line up along the wall, we will abandon the speaker cards. >> thank you. >> this is not working. can we fix that? >> you may work on it but it is not on the time. you have to vacate the podium for the next speaker. very good. >> please step pleased at the sides of the neck speakers can come. >> sir, right here. -- please step aside so the next speaker can come. [speaking foreign language]
>> voice of translator: i am the president of the community tenant's association. it is a grassroots organization with over 1,800 members, and the majority of them are low income chinatown residents who are also daily munimobile writers. whether it is funding for central subway, affordable housing for chinese hospital, rose has always advocated for us and striving to improve the community. it is the most appropriate to name the station after her. on the one hand, to commemorate her life, and also to remind
>> thank you very much. thank you. your time is up. please translate. >> voice of translator: i have lived in chinatown for 301 years now. i am living in soma and i am a daily munimobile rider. when the embarcadero freeway was demolished, rose knew it was an opportunity to get central subway for the chinatown community. whether it is leading the efforts of gathering over 10,000 signatures in support of attending community meetings or city hall hearings, her presence
was instrumental. without rose there, there will be no central subway. we should all support the naming of chinatown rose pak station to commemorate this female warrior in our community. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> i'm sorry, i have to report a situation. the names that you called, the sheriff will not allow them to come in. >> we're working on that. thank you. >> if people's names have been called, they should be allowed in. >> hello, we are a group of four people. >> please state your name. you have a name -- you have a minute. we are a group, so we will stay continuously. we understand you are under pressure to make a decision today on the naming of the chinatown new subway station.
please allow us to shed some light on this matter. we know that aaron peskin was very outspoken against rose pak in 2011. by that time, he has already changed his position from the board of supervisors. he was able to speak his mind. according to the examiner, peskin has committed -- submitted a 305 page letter to the -- a 305 -- a 305 page letter. rose pak was closely submitted to the group.
>> next speaker, please. all right, welcome. you have a minute. >> okay. my name is jesse. isn't it interesting that supervisor peskin had the knowledge that rose pak was with the people's republic of china representative in san francisco? it might be hard for you to digest it, but many forces have pointed to that. according to the article published on foreign-policy, rose pak has a very specific and demonstrable ties to the chinese government.
she was an overseas executive director with the exchange association. it is a foreign affair organization under the direction of the chinese government that overseas chinese affairs. the chinese government's council is equivalent to our state department. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> hi, my name is christian. where rose pak was a director is mentioned in a counterintelligence and development newsletter. she has been relentlessly carrying out the chinese consulate's missing in san francisco and influenced many chinese organizations. magazine even quoted that according to four former intelligence officials, their concerns that rose pak had been co-opted by chinese intelligence and was wielding influence over san francisco politics that was
beneficial to the chinese government. and other worry was that she had a role in organizing the mayor's junket to china, political junkets used by chinese intelligence for surveillance. intelligence communities say she is the likely agent with influence in beijing. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is joel. my family immigrated to the u.s. in the 1970s. i grew up in san francisco chinatown, so i have a lot of history with seeing what is going on. i remember back in those days we used to have the 480 freeway that allowed us to smooth sail in and out of chinatown. it was like the lifeline of chinatown. but unfortunately, after the earthquake of 1989, the freeway was tear down, after that, the business, the people in the
prosperity of chinatown had gone down the drain. later on, it was found that it was rose pak who sold out chinatown. it wasn't like that. it was -- and later on, because of the collusion of rose pak and some high-powered city officials , they later decided to tear down that freeway. as a result, for 30 years the people of chinatown have suffered. i remember the suffering and over 90% of the merchants remember that. please, today's decision, remember that it is the voice of the people of chinatown, the voice of the merchants, the prosperity that will speak to you. i hope you can make a decision and listen to our voice. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> board of directors, my name is lisa and i work in the general hospital.
i have a very big concern because my friend, mr. chan, is a chinese doctor, and he works at the hospital in china. his brother-in-law is the c.e.o. of a hospital, and he told me that no hospital is actually -- [indiscernible] all of us know that rose pak went to china to have her kidney transplants. it is very suspicious, very controversial. i hope everyone considers it very carefully because once we name after rose pak, so if we fully discover the truth, what will happen? >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. thank you.
>> thank you, board members. my name is chris. i have come here to tell you about the results of a tribunal that was held in europe. we have been coming here to tell you about how rose pak mistreated china. you may feel, how do i know this is true or why should i care? in 1943, a polish resistance soldier and a georgetown university professor escaped nazi death camps to tell the story about the holocaust. no one believed him. a supreme court justice said, i did not say that this young man was lying, i said that i was unable to believe what he told me. the holocaust has become something we all know today and the world vows never again. just two months ago, a london tribunal concluded that the killing of prisoners in china for organ transplant has been happening in large-scale. and for many years, the victims are mainly practitioners. please do not easily brush away
i represent single room occupancy families to be here today to support the naming of chinatown rose pak station. rose has always been an advocate for the community and she always is a walking on the front fight for our community. i'm very sure that everyone is very aware of all the contributions that rose has done for the community, and because of her efforts, our community doesn't have to be gentrified, and we can stay where we are today. i hope that you can support the naming of chinatown rose pak station. thank you. >> thank you very much. i see we are joined by supervisor campos. you have your choice to jump those four people or weight. i knew exactly what you were going to say. very good. next speaker, please. [speaking foreign language]
>> voice of translator: hello, board of directors. i am from -- [indiscernible] i'm here to speak with you on behalf of over 350 families living in chinatown in support of the naming of the central subway station after rose pak. i emigrated here around three years ago, and i always hear great things about rose. for example, what she has done for the agent community in chinatown. i -- the asian community in chinatown. i always used transportation use transportation so i am glad that she brought central subway for us. i support the naming to be
i am from the collaborative and i'm here to speak with you on behalf of over 350 families living in chinatown in support of the naming of this central subway after rose pak. i am speaking on my own will. as a low income family living in chinatown, my family and i are frequent transit riders and they have me on public transportation i'm very thankful that rose pak bought for the central subway for us. i support the naming of it. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. [speaking foreign language]
family and i are frequent writers. not only has rose pak contributed greatly to the transportation system, she led the effort in creating a master plan to preserve and sustain our community when it was facing banishment from the erosion of the downtown financial district. i'm very proud to have rose pak to represent. she is an asian woman immigrant, therefore i support the naming to be chinatown rose pak station , and i hope the rest can support that, too. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. [speaking foreign language]
>> voice of translator: i am also from the s.r.o. collaborative. i'm here to speak on behalf of over 350 families living in chinatown in support of naming the central subway station after rose pak. me and my family live in chinatown and we all support the central subway to be renamed as chinatown rose pack -- rose -- rose pak station. she has done a great contribution to the construction of china hospital, and she advocated for central subway for
chinatown. she also worked with the police assistance on chinatown's safety she serves as a model for me and my son, and i support the renaming to be chinatown rose pak station. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. supervisor campos, what did we do to your former colleagues that they shut off our air-conditioning? >> i don't know what is going on >> as you may recall, we gave you everything you wanted. [laughter]. >> thank you very much for your service, commissioners. i will be very brief. there is a reason why i wanted to be here. i work in the south bay. it i thought it was important for me to be here. naming any kind of public space or public building after any individual is a challenge. i just went through the naming of the harvey milk terminal. but as challenging as it is, the reason why it is important is because of what it means to communities. i can tell you that the very argument that has been used
against harvey milk terminal are being used against the rose pak station. the fact is, no one who is important or consequential can be important or consequential without creating enemies. yet, i think if you look at the contributions of this individual , it is important to recognize them, and it means a lot to this community, and that is why i'm here to stand with our chinatown brothers and sisters to say, do the right thing and named us a -- named the station after rose pak. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. [please stand by]
>> -- were heard and our issues addressed. without her activism in our community, our community would not be thriving today. therefore, it's fitting that the station be named at chinatown rose pak station. let's not let the rose pak name fall into the streets. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> hello, board members. my name is laurie gorham. when immigrants come to
america, they usually do so to live the american dream and assimilate to the values. i can't help but ponder for what reason because it is not obvious why anyone would want to align with a communist sympathizer such as rose pak. i believe that chinese immigrants come to america because they no longer want to be oppressed by a communist regime. yet here, it seems that some supervisors want to do just that. the name chinatown station is appropriate. please read the human rights foundation letter.
>> clerk: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, commissioners. we have evidence that rose pak supporters have been recruiting members -- >> please state your name, please. >> chun lee. we have evidence that rose pak supporters have been recruiting members of the public to attend m.t.a. meetings by offering them free food and drink and also paying them $25 per hour. on sunday, we obtained a we chat log from a chat group related to today's event that belongs to a public affairs organization. we chat is a social media site similar to facebook. it says, important notice. the arrangement for everybody's work on august 20, tuesday. working hours, 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. meeting up at san francisco city hall. things to do: attend a meeting.
we will serve food and drink to all attendees. if you are able to come, reply with a thumbs up. these tactics of artificially paying for support are not only deplorable but deceiving the m.t.a. and the public. >> chairman, can we switch to the video just briefly. >> you can play it, but it counts towards your time. >> are you playing that video?
they'll find their way here. rose pak? are you talking about a rose garden? a park? what's rose pak? that doesn't say a thing. it's got to say chinatown. that says it all. keep it sweet and simple. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name's shen' zhen. naming the station is a serious matter. rose pak is such a controversial figure, so don't waste our time and insult the chinese community. i would encourage you to read a report called china's influence on america. you know why you should not honor rose pak, and we should not have her name on our
gentlemen. my name is steve bau. about 80% of the people living in chinatown are my people. i speak in front of you to urge all you board members to -- [inaudible] >> -- because rose pak, she was not a respectful person in chinatown. people told me she cheat, she lie, and her name means a piece of garbage or graffiti in
chinatown. nobody -- >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is pius lee, chair of chinatown neighborhood association. chinatown is a well known neighborhood and a tourist attraction for the last 150 years. the chinatown subway station should be named chinatown station. according to m.t.a. station naming policy 2016, station to be named in a way that clearly communicates the location to
transit visitor and the area. in addition, the m.t.a. may deny any proposal violating any ordinance or resolution. we have submitted this for your consideration. the naming rose pak violates this -- >> thank you very much. >> sir, your time is up. next speaker, please. >> my name is joe sal. i -- in chinatown, grand avenue in 2005, we saw her --
[inaudible] >> please deny her application to have rose pak in the chinatown station based on your station naming policy 2016. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> please review that. >> next speaker, please. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. my name's albert chang. we own a store on grand avenue since 1969. this year, 50 years, half a century. but our business depend on tourists. last few years, it's really, really bad. we don't know how long we can continue, and we need your folks' help naming the station chinatown station.
simple, clear. if it's not named chinatown station, they might think it's somewhere else. in chinatown, the community going down, our business is going down. we need your help, so thank you very much. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> hi. i'm respectfully requesting -- >> would you give us your name, please. >> my name is kenny lee. >> i'm requesting that the subway stop be named chinatown station. i grew up in chinatown north beach and grew up at the corner of powell and lee streets. i started riding muni as a
youth when muni was .10 cents. tonight, i came to this hearing on my senior clipper. i retired as a principal of francisco north beach. rose came to a number of events at francisco middle school -- >> thank you, mr. principal. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> you can tell the principal. he follows the rules. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, board members. lee hefner. i have a statement. i support the naming of the transit center rose pak.
[inaudible] >> -- throughout the city. i support the broad coalition of chinatown, north beach, and community groups urging your naming of the chinatown station. sin certifily, eric mar. as a member of the harvey milk lgbtq club, we support the renaming of the rose pak subway station. we just got off the time of renaming lr-1. that was a hard decision. we think it was a successful decision, and we think this is a similar situation and urge you to do it. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> my name is luis zamora, and i am the president of engaged
democrats. i am here today to speak on their behalf, and i can tell you that we believe rose pak was chinatown's warrior, guardian, and rose pak is chinatown. now it has been stated that there is some hesitations in naming the station, that possibly future generations may have something else in mind. i'm here to tell you we are the future generation and we support the motion to the naming of the rose pak station. >> thank you. next speaker. >> thank you so much. my name is around townsend, arnold townsend. just want to say a couple of words. i came to say i support the
naming of the station rose pak station. like many other people, we did not always agree, and quite frankly, the only people who get everyone to agree with them are the people who never do anything and who never accomplish anything. so in that end, we had our differences, but i could never say she did not care about the chinatown community first in her mind, and she worked hard to get everything the people of chinatown deserved. finally, after someone who's lived in the fillmore district for 52 years, i can tell you the danger of naming places after the place name 'cause they got -- that changes. i was here 40 years before i ever heard of lower pacific heights. that was the fillmore. there were black owned businesses and african americans lived altogether together but the places
named -- >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is kathy zhang. we urge you to not name the station. she herself obtained a two bedroom b.m.r. unit by purge. why would -- which was supposed to be a real income family. what message m.t.a. is sending to the public by naming such a person who committed the purge in i urge you follow your naming policy and name the station as chinatown station.
>> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> my name is siu ja. i'm an interpreter for the video he's going to show. my name ron ying bee. i have been in business for 28 years. i strongly support chinatown station as the name of central station. i don't like using rose pak name. nobody knows her. why do we do that? i don't like rose pak. this is all from my true heart. thank you. >> thank you very much.
miss craten, very good to see you. you have the floor when you're ready. >> i won't be long. >> well, you've only got a minute, so you can't be lock. >> to this board, i'm linda craten. i'm on san francisco airport commission. we did a very recent bold, brave, brilliant thing in naming one of our terminals after harvey milk. so i say to you today, i support the renaming of the central subway system to rose pak, a dedicated warrior, guard i don't kn -- guardian by the people, of the people, and for the people. do the right thing. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please.
>> good afternoon. i'm the wom-- going to be the interpreter for the video. i'm a chinatown resident. i prefer using chinatown station only rather than rose pak. it's easily recognized by location rather than the people's name. so this is my opinion. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please.
disturbing memory while we take walk or subway station. rose pack, we know she had a connection with powerful commission. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> my name is ruby chung. i have video to show because this person cannot show up today. [video] >> we're here to support chinatown only to name central station. we're strongly against rose pak. she's only a political broker. she was much more destructive and less helpful to the community. highway 480 was removed from chinatown because of her and this came with the price of a depression in chinatown economy. so using chinatown to name
central station is most appropriate. everyone knows what it means. it will help to boost our economy. thank you. >> next speaker, please. [speaking native language] >> her name is jen bo chen. my office is in chinatown. it doesn't make sense to use individual names to name a subway station. good day. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please.
>> hi. my name's dale, and i'm here to represent him. he's not able to attend the meeting, so i'll show you the video. [video] >> rose only care about her only thing and process. she was symbolic up for grabbing and eating without paying for it, so she really shouldn't represent chinatown. i'm here to voice my opinion. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is sue, and i'm a legislative aid to district 11 supervisor ahsha safai.
this is an appropriate honor to bestow upon her, and naming the station the rose pak station is an appropriate compromise. as supervisor ahsha safai, i support the naming of the station. thank you very much. next per, please. >> my name is allen zhang, and i am a resident of san francisco. i cannot deny that there are people who rose pak, but can you at the that so many people do not love her. why do you want to force this naming upon all of us? why don't you name the chinatown community development center the rose pak community
development center? nobody would have any problem with that. take your love private. don't take your love public and impose it upon the city. >> thank you very much, next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is hon yen. we know the name on the subway station has symbolic meaning. if it was names rose pak station, it symbolizes that rose pak represents chinatown. the reality is it doesn't. throughout her life, rose pak was a power broker, living and waving with local politicians. the chinatown people can attest behind every deal, rose pak had her private deal. 90% of chinatown people don't like rose pak.
having her name on the central subway station that 90% of chinatown station would see every day is not beneficial to the community. it's better to name is chinatown station. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is lee son, and i'm here to state naming the station against rose pak. aft after -- coming from our own lives of being denied life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as a result, we
cannot allow people like rose pak to get named in our community. many people from chinatown are against naming the chinatown station after rose pak but they're not to speak up publicly due to their fare of rose pak even after her death. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> my name is jason, and the reason i'm here today is against the use of chinatown rose pak for naming of chinatown station. chinatown in san francisco is over 100 years. in we have to use another name to confuser more people? yes, rose pak is a