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serve on the inclusion and equity committee and finalizing what the goals and purpose of the committee is going to be as far as workforce investment board, we approved oewd four-year workforce investment opportunity local plan. the plan is currently on for public comment through the month before it is submitted to the state workforce board on april 30th. in regards to the juvenile justice coordinating council, as you know, juvenile justice coordinating council is responsible for developing a
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multiagency action plan to serve juvenile youth. the committee is working on impact which is a bill that provide you for division of juvenile adjustment formally known as the california youth authority to be supervised back in the county of origin. san francisco would need to come up with a new plan where to house these young people. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor chan. >> supervisor chan: thank you, madam clerk. i'm going to start off with my outside -- our commitment assignment. i will start off with the local agency formation commission which also known --
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[indiscernible]. i'm grateful that our colleague elected me as chair and the commissioner as vice chair. on the commission with me is supervisor gordon mar. i'm grateful for the role he plays on the commission. i want to do a quick reminder for you what lafco is about. san francisco really wanted to form a municipal district. now we have lafco to really look into the formation of the new municipal utility district. with that, it gives us now a focus on clean power which we do
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actually have an m.o.u. with sfpuc that allow us to focus on clean power s.f. which i continue to as chair of lafco. we still have two vacant seats that will have to be filled by colleagues on the board here.
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lafco also do give us a special studies authority. i will give you some example what those studies look like. obvious clean power s.f., waste management, open source voting and increasing voter participation. i'm also glad to see that our colleague supervisor dean preston has legislated the public bank, which is a municipal service that lafco can look at and lafco is moving forward to play a role in the formation of municipal bank, working with supervisor dean preston on the working group to make sure that we can move this forward.
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another piece is the gig worker model for the city. those are the things that we're working on and we're happy to report back that we're going to have our next meeting this coming friday. we encourage colleagues to check on the agenda to see what we do. if you're interested please join us. i want to add quickly on the state legislation committee. supervisor preston has really talked about in great detail about what we do there. which i'm also grateful to have -- [indiscernible]
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really with this legislation that we're looking for report and data gathering to allow us to understand the implementation of this program, the needs of the students. we can maybe start to think about the needs of working families san francisco and how to continue to provide ongoing support. we know living cost is quite high in san francisco. how can we perhaps, on top of -- how can we think about supporting working families,
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providing free summer camps as a permanent program offering to them. those are the things that we're going to think about through this legislation and i look forward to having your support. i want to really again thank you supervisor ronen and melgar for their support and leadership the working group and allowing us to bring this conversation beyond summer and of course, the director and rec and park manager and their staff really including san francisco unified district team to really help us put it all together for this summer. i look forward to free summers to come if possible. the rest i will submit. >> clerk: thank you. mr. president, seeing no one on the roster.
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i believe that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president walton: thank you so much madam clerk. i believe that bring us to public comment. >> clerk: yes. at this time, the board of supervisors welcomes general public comment. the number is scrolling on your screen, it's 415-655-0001. meeting i.d., 187 027 7564. when you are ready to provide your public comment, press star do we have any callers in the queue? >> yes, you have three callers currently in the queue. >> clerk: welcome caller, setting the timer for two
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minutes. >> caller: good afternoon. this is peter winfield head of library youth association. i wanted to talk about two items. one is folks having difficulty at times getting to participate in public meetings under the current covid-19 rules and restrictions. also having difficulty with getting in touch with city hall folks with with the offices closed and phones not being answered. i would urge you to have a hearing on how well things are working for folks and what can be done to improve the matter. the other topics that i have is the library.
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they're going to have a discussion about a reopening plan on thursday's meeting. one of the issues is what does that plan include or not include. sadly, there's no clarity with respect to the quality of the service. for example, when they have only one half of the branches with pick-up -- curbside pick-up. what are the hours? there are no evening hours. what happen does that mean for people who are working. what about the one in eight san franciscans who don't have access to the internet. almost all of the programs at the library that they have programmed are virtual programs. there's no indication that you could actually take part in some degree by a telephone. that's still not advertised.
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it's not still noticed about. there's no indication. there's no publicity. for example the branches have no curbside service and very little publicity. there's a -- there's a whole range of ways. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. next caller please. >> caller: good afternoon, madam clerk. president walton and board of supervisors, my name is gilbert. i live in district 8. a poor and neglected district. i wanted to talk about transit. as a transit advocate, i don't know we haven't gotten to this when the feds have given you $500 million for muni.
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on top of the $600 million from the last stimulus. what are you doing with the money? we need bus service in my neighborhood. we have no subway. we have no trolleys, we have no cable cars, we have no f-line. muni is still cutting services. all they want to do is cut service and raise fare on seniors and disabled about it's time for free muni for all. would stimulate the economy and san francisco and while people trying to get back to work, those poor people in chinatown, the subway should have been open two years ago. what's happening with that? what's going on with the central subway? how come it's not open. how come the subway is not open? this is ridiculous. muni said they're not going to open the subway until christmas?
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come on, what's going on? when are the supervisors going to have a hearing on what happened with the subway? this is ridiculous. no answers. no transparency to the public. no public comment from m.t.a. doesn't want to hear from the public. just rip out bus stops, rip out transit lines that have been around for 30 years, 40 years. muni doesn't care. all they want to do is raise fares and tax people. you got the tax on caltrans that you passed in november. >> caller: thank you. do we have another caller in the queue?
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>> caller: hello. i'm a native of san francisco district 3. i also work for the transportation district. kudos to supervisor melgar for stepping up and being part of the board and also supervise stefani. we need two more supervisors to step up. the passion of free muni, this is where it starts. it's a big transportation provider from the north. buses and ferries. we need people to represent san francisco and step up for decisions that will be made. people are getting in their cars and driving across the bridge. while services at a minimum, we heard that they don't want to go into the towns anymore.
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we need people to step up. we are short two supervisors and short mayor's appointment. we need san francisco to be fully represented. we see what sonoma put forward with mayor folly. they knew he had allegations but they still put him forward. check the article and the press democrat on that one. hopefully the passing for transit and get some people -- supervisor peskin served on the board and president walton served on the board. it's really telling.
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hopefully we can get people to step up. people of color to represent san francisco. this is an important decision to be made. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. we have some callers who are listening i believe there's about six listening and three in the queue. if you one of the six, this is your opportunity to provide public comment. press star 3 now. otherwise we may take this group to the very end. let's hear from the next caller. >> caller: hi. good evening. i want to say there has been concerns brought up concerning security on the buses.
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the concerns about safety of the drivers about them getting in it with people who want to wear masks. in the mission district, along mission street, there's a lot of double parking. there's lot of illegal parking and lot of interfering with the bus stops. take a look at 24th and mission. there's so much illegal parking. the buses having difficulty getting around. maybe it might come from you. the t.c. o.s are hardly in existence at night and on weekends. if you call in for request for service, i may wait up to two hours. at that time, the problem has been resolved and the damage has been done.
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i want to give a shot out to supervisor mandelman. great staff for doing this friday open houses where they bring in a special guest. i learned a lot from them. also shot out to supervisor haney about the listing of the outdoor bathrooms. the problem is, lot of the staff do not wear masks and do social distancing. also lot of them are out of service. typically at night when i'm trying find one, i have to go to as many as three and four before i find one that's in operation. i feel safe around the person that's doing the staffing of them. >> clerk: do we have another caller on the line please?
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>> caller: we are having difficulty to get to talk. it doesn't reflect what is said on the screen. you better fix that. early on, we had the same problem. it's been over year two months. we are trying our best to deal with the stress. some of you supervisors are not making it easy. the segment of the population that is most suffering are seniors. our seniors are dying. you have no clue what is happening at ground zero. i've been involved -- it's very
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difficult for me to make vaccinations available to the seniors and the disable. you have no clue that segment of the population has been completely left out. they are people who have no transportation. they have links that don't work and you have no clue who's in charge because we do not have a qualified incident management commander in the city. we have some people who have some security experience. we have a file or an earthquake, thousands of people will die because we do not have a plan to
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address the situation at hand. you keep talking about mundane things. >> clerk: thank you. thank you sir, for your comments. after you made those comments, we did double check the channel 26 was insync with our meeting. i'm happy to report to the board members that it was. perhaps he was talking about a different agency. operations can we hear from the next caller please? >> caller: greetings. this is daniel landry. i currently stay in district 5 in san francisco. i want to say that kudos to my
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supervisors, mr. dean preston district 5 and president of the board, mr. walton. i hope your take is going well. i haven't talked to the board in a while. few days ago i sent a petition regarding the m.t.a. to bring back the 21 hays and 31 bus lines. 167 people signed this petition on i think this speech oh speak -- speak to lot of concerns can in district 5 in particular of the seniors and everyone agree in and consent of that. we need to bring back these two important buslines which are really vital. i'm outraged that i heard -- i got information that one of our elected official was stop at lucky's supermarket over on
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fulsome street. you cannot allow this racial profiling to continue with these untrained security cards as well as police officers in our city. we need to have a hearing. i brought this to the board before in the past. we need to get to the bottom. what is happening in san francisco will be an agency that supposed to give oversight for these private insurance companies. we continue to see people on the street. i thank you supervisor dean preston for bringing up the
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ambassador program. >> clerk: that concludes your two minutes. we are setting the timer for two minutes this evening. operations, do we have another caller on the line please? >> that completes the queue. >> president walton: thank you so much for all your public comment. public comment is now closed. please call our items for adoption without committee reference. >> clerk: items 28 and 29 were introduced for adoption without reference to committee. unanimous vote is required for resolutions on first appearance today. alternatively a member may require a resolution to go to committee. >> president walton: thank you, so much. anybody like to pull either of these?
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>> supervisor mar: 29? >> president walton: thank you so much. madam clerk, please call the roll for item 28. >> clerk: [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. please call item 29. >> clerk: a resolution to
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support california state senate bill number 37 contaminated sites, the hazardous waste site cleanup and safety act. >> president walton: thank you so much. supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: thank you. colleagues, the planning department has proposed some amendments to sb37 to -- senator cortese sponsored this bill. also looking at how our planning department handled environmental review determination for hazardous -- for sites that are contaminated. i can move that we refer it to committee. >> president walton: thank you supervisor mar. you don't have to make a motion.
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you can just request that this goes odirectly to committee. thank you madam clerk. >> clerk: mr. president, we would send that to the land use committee based upon your committee referral list. >> president walton: that works, yes. thank you. madam clerk. please read memorial. >> clerk: the meeting will be adjourned in beloved individuals. for supervisor peskin, late ms. bertha harper and mr. ray rivera. >> president walton: that brings to the end of our agenda. is there anymore business before us today? >> clerk: that completes our business for today mr.
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president. >> president walton: today we'll end the meeting with this quote. we are different, we are. always have been and always will be. however, different shouldn't divide us. it will unify us. different is an asset. this meeting is adjourned.
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>> the hon. london breed: well, first of all, thank you so much for being here. i'm san francisco mayor london breed, and i just want to start this press conference by really acknowledging what happened in atlanta, georgia. many of you heard about the asian american women who were killed, unfortunately, and targeted in atlanta, and i've reached out to mayor lance bottoms to express our condolences. as many of you know here in san francisco, we've seen a rise in hate crimes against our elderly asian community, and i want to make it clear that we won't
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tolerate it. san francisco will continue to support and uplift our asian community. at the beginning of this pandemic, the xenophobia and racism against our asian community has been really horrible, and we are all struggling here. our city has been impacted tremendously. now is not the time to continue to accept hate against a particular community. now is the time to uplift and to support and to embrace. we are almost in a good place one year later after the city had to make one of the hardest decisions it ever had to made to shutdown, to shutdown to save lives, when we didn't understand exactly when this virus meant and how it could
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impact us. but you, you trusted the leadership of the city. you trusted the department of public health. he trusted the science. and you didn't completely understand. i know i didn't, either, but i was grateful. i was grateful for the city of san francisco because our quick action is being praised throughout the city for saving thousands of lives. but there was sacrifice. there was sacrifice because so many people did lose their lives. there were people who did not make it through this pandemic. there were businesses that had been around since before i was born that did not make it through this pandemic. there were people who struggled because of the decision we had
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to make. we recognize our children have suffered, our seniors in isolation have suffered. our mental health has suffered, but san francisco, we've been in this place before. we've struggled before. there was a pandemic in this city 100 years ago. there was an earthquake in 1906, there was an earthquake in 1989. there were things that we have experienced before, and we came back. when you think about it, we came back because we didn't drown in our despair. we took the tragedy, we took those experiences, and we used
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those experiences, tragedy, to make san francisco a better city. when you think about it, the embarcadero -- some of us remember that freeway that was down there. remember the freeway on thompson in the fillmore-western addition-hayes. those neighborhoods used to be dark because of the shadows of the freeway and the noise and the pollution. we took a tragedy in the 89 earthquake and created an opportunity, an opportunity to make embarcadero and the city's waterfront one of the best anywhere, and we will do the same with covid-19. we will take what we have experienced this past year and use it as an opportunity to address issues around inequity
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that have only been lifted higher as a result of this pandemic. but let me tell you another thing. we should be proud of what we've been able to do. when this city shutdown a year ago, there were still people that had to go to work. there were people at san francisco general who had to sacrifice their lives. when you look at the data in the city and county of san francisco of the workforce and who contracted the virus at some of the highest rates, it was people who work for the department of public health. they put their lives on the line in order to take care of those who were sick. it was our muni drivers, our grocery store clerks, our
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police officers, our firefighters. our essential workforce in this city had no choice but to show up because we were counting on them. today, as we think about that year and all the work that we've had to put in in order to get to this place where we are today, i'm grateful. i'm grateful to the workforce here in san francisco, and i'm grateful to the nurses and the doctors and the clinicians and the janitors and the h.r. representatives and all the people who still showed up. i'm grateful to the people in the nonprofit and still provided rental assistance and made sure those who were suffering from covid and could not collect unemployment, that they had the resources that
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they need. when you think about all that we've done in this city, we built a testing operation from scratch, mary ellen, leader of the emergency response in this city. we built testing capacities from scratch. we had to pull together resources and p.p.e. we remember those times when folks were just doing everything they could to get by and in need of n95 masks and other things in order to serve the people at san francisco general. look at where we are now. 33% of san franciscans over the age of 16 have been vaccinated. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: 71% of those over the age of 65, our most vulnerable population,
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vaccinated. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: yes, we're still in this pandemic. i see dr. colfax shaking right now, like make sure you remind them we're in the midst of a pandemic, but we've conducted over 1.6 million tests since the beginning of this. almost 10,000 people were served through our hotel programs. 10.5 million meals and 2 million bags of groceries. the work continued. we came together. we supported people in san francisco. i remember early on, when i received a note from my neighbor that said if you need someone to go grocery shopping, you need someone to pick up medication, you need someone to do anything, or just need somebody to talk to, here's my e-mail and my phone number.
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that's san francisco right there. that's what we do. even despite the challenges that we face, we rose to the occasion, and we took care of one another. we all did our part, and it was hard. we didn't get to see our loved ones. we had to separate our kids, still struggling to get back into school. we sacrificed, and we made it through. we need a little bit more, just a little bit more. as we look back on this past year, what i'm going to take from this is what an amazing future we have and how san francisco is going to continue to be more aggressive than it has ever been to address then equities in our city around
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health care, around housing, around unemployment. how san francisco is going to do everything we can to pour resources in our small businesses and keep our shared spaces program, our parklets, where our businesses and restaurants can continue to get back so they can eventually get back on their feet. what i'm looking forward to is that san francisco -- as much as my family drives me crazy, i miss them, and i'll probably spend a little bit more time with them as a result of this, and i think you feel the same about your family and friends: a newfound appreciation for one another for what we've all been through together. so i know it's been hard, but there is hope. there is hope for a better future because out of those ashes, we will emerge stronger. we will emerge better as a city
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because we are still here, and we stand in solidarity with one another, getting through this crisis. so thank you to all of you who have sacrificed so much. the health care workers who couldn't go home and had to stay in hotel rooms away from their families and even their kids. the police officers, the firefighters, and as i said, the people who still showed up at those grocery stores and dealt with us complaining with something being a different price on the shelf versus when they rang it up at the counter. the businesses that dealt with the resources. the folks that work at these hotels, the people that work at these shelters. so much work, so much sacrifice, and i feel good.
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i feel good not just because i was vaccinated yesterday -- [applause] >> the hon. london breed: i feel good because i see the city coming alive again. so as we begin to reopen one year later, let's just remember, remember all we sacrificed, and let's also appreciate all that life, all that life will bring us in the future as we come out of this pandemic because it was worth it. it was worth it. 448 people tragically lost their lives in san francisco, but you also have to understand san francisco is one of the densest cities in the country,
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and we had one of the lowest death rates of any major city in the country. we were a model for this, and it has everything to do with you. people were wandering, well, how did you shutdown in san francisco? it wasn't because we did it early, it's because we have some of the best health care professionals in san francisco. if you get sick or something happens to you, this is where you want to be, is san francisco general. the likelihood that your life will be saved is better than anywhere else in the world, and i want you to know that. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: so today, we celebrate, we remember, we get excited about the future, and we show one another support, because we're all in this together.
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we remember that all of us are sacrificing, all of us are dealing with something, and as we began to reopen our city, dr. colfax, hopefully sooner, rather than later -- dr. colfax doesn't want us to have any fun. he's like, well, i know the state said we can do this, but unfortunately, i'm going to hold off. but i did also say to you, dr. colfax, that i heard dr. fauci said, let's not move too fast, and this has been one of the most conservative department of public health departments anywhere, so we do appreciate that because it has made a difference. so thank you to our essential workers, thank you to the san franciscans that sacrificed. thank you to everyone who will continue to do their part, and there will be a time where we
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will be able to come together again and actually talk without wearing a mask, and i am looking forward to the day when that happens. thank you all so much for being here, and with that, i want to introduce dr. grant colfax. [applause] >> well, good morning, everybody, and thank you, madam mayor, for your brave and bold leadership throughout this pandemic. the decisions you've made have saved countless lives. your support for the public health department -- [indiscernible]. >> -- and the decisions you were forced to make -- [indiscernible]. >> okay. i'll loosen up.
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your support deep into the nights of the discussions we had, the decisions you made have indeed saved countless lives and helped the city weather the very worst of the pandemic. and i have to say, mayor, when this is over, i'm looking forward to a big part, and dancing with you, and shouting with joy, and raising our hands and celebrating that we made it through this. and also, i want to take a moment to acknowledge the year of pain and suffering for so many, including the nearly 450 san franciscans who have lost their lives to covid-19 this year. my condolences to their families and their loved ones. in standing here today with you, mayor, and my fellow
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department heads, it's a profound and emotional moment for me. as some of you know, i came to san francisco in the early 90s as a resident here at this very hospital to fight hiv/aids, which as we also know, has unfortunately claimed thousands of lives in san francisco. and as we have seen with covid-19, exploit the social, cultural, and economic fault lines of our society and brings more harm to people of color. if you had told me then, on ward 5-a, the old hiv ward, that we were pioneering the play book to fight covid-19 and
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to slow a pandemic 30 years later, i may not have believed you, but here we are. and while this has been an incredibly challenging year, it has also been filled with moments of hope, and even optimism. for me, the moments that will always stick with me are when, after the decision to shelter in place, those few weeks when we actually saw the curve flatten -- and i remember people telling me, it's happening, and it took me some time, and finally, i was able to say to the mayor with confidence, we have flattened the curve. that's when we knew that interventions like social distancing, limiting gatherings, and masking, could slow the spread. we didn't know that at the time, and we showed that san francisco could do this together.
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and then, there was the morning that i read about the results of the first vaccine trials, and when the mayor asked me early on when we'd have a vaccine for this, i told her it would be a long time, and i was wrong, and i am so glad that i was wrong on this. as someone who started working at d.p.h. for vaccine trials for hiv/aids, something we still don't have an effective vaccine, it was so satisfying that within a year, perhaps the fastest timeline in history, we would be able to protect people from this disease. in walking in here today, you see the lines of people getting their vaccine. and now, we have not just one, but three vaccines that are highly effective in preventing deaths and hospitalizations from covid-19. and i'll never forget the day, december 16, that we administered the first vaccines here in san francisco.
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the milestones i've described have been hard won and are owed to the people of this magnificent city. just like in the early days of hiv/aids, it's san francisco's spirit of innovation, it's compassion, and its refusal not to stand idle when the federal government failed in its leadership to make so much of a difference. as the mayor said, our covid death rate is among the lowest in the nation. i could not be prouder of what we accomplished together. another part is the public health clinic and our partnerships across the city. our close collaboration from the outset enabled us to scale up programs and services quicker as we wrapped our arms around the city. and we have seen this virus
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take hold in communities where people have to leave their homes for work, increasing their exposure to covid-19 and who often live in larger households making it difficult to isolate from the pandemic. the d.p.h. and covid command, in partnership with our community partners, prioritized vulnerable populations in our emergency actions and response. we have come so far, but we still have farther to go, and we can go together. to my colleagues at public health and covid command, this year was so difficult for you where you found yourself in learning curves where the stakes were so high. your compassion and diligent work for communities have raised the bar for supporting these communities in overcoming barriers to better health and economic outcomes. and, you know, the other day, i saw a patient in clinic at our
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positive health program, the building adjacent. she was 65 and an immigrant and living with hiv. today, her hiv is well controlled with meds. she contracted covid and recovered. in fact, the day i saw her, she had recently received her second dose of the vaccine. her story is striking to me because she embodies san francisco's own story of surviving two pandemics. like so many of our residents, she is a testament to our resilience and the compassionate care that people can get in this hospital and this city. there are so many people to thank, including my colleagues
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on the frontline. i want to thank the deputy director of d.p.h., who is continuing to hold so much during this pandemic. [applause] >> to dr. aragon, who's gone onto the state, to be the health director. and for dr. susan phillips, who has stepped up in the role of acting health officer, and dr. susan ehrlich, chief medical officer of this hospital. i want to think of us about the things that have come out of this pandemic. maybe it's the safe streets or walking down our neighborhood
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corridors. maybe it's having a new pet join your family, or maybe it's getting to go out with others. for me, it's dancing, and i look forward to going out and doing that. whatever it is, as the light at the end of the tunnel shines brighter, let us carry on the positive transformation of this past year that makes this city a wonderful place. remember, mask on, stay strong, and get the vaccine when you're eligible. thank you. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: thank you, dr. colfax. i'll believe it when i see it. he's the one i have to talk to every day, and he's always, like, well, we have to do this mayor, and i'm, like, why? i don't want to do that.
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and speaking of hobbies, i was -- before this pandemic, i had zero lives, anything in my place, and now, i have 31 plants. i don't know if any of you have any hobbies, but plants are my babies. that's my story, and i'm sticking to it. i just want to take this opportunity to thank the director of emergency management for the city. when you talk about our response to covid and how challenging it's been, it's not only been here at san francisco general, but moscone center has really been ground zero in some ways for the emergency response. so many of our city employees who work in various departments, they've showed up as disaster service workers from the library, from d.p.h. and other places, and we
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embedded a whole covid team in this emergency response. so when we talk about getting groceries and services and everything we did in this city, everything we had to do came out of this whole operation managed by this incredible woman, our director of emergency management, mary ellen carroll. [applause] >> good morning. thank you, mayor. it has been a mayor that has moved by so quickly and yet felt like an eternity. through it all, we were led by so many shining points of light. one of the brightest ones you just heard from, our mayor. our mayor, london breed. mayor, i want to thank you -- where are you? -- for your steadfast leadership and support, your vision, your resolve, and your compassion. [applause]
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>> it is what we all needed during this enduring crisis. [applause] >> and dr. colfax, thank you for your courage, your integrity, and your wisdom. i do not think of a -- could not think of a better partner to have during a pandemic. even when covid fatigue settled in, and it has settled in, san franciscans continued to do the right thing for each other. i also want to recognize that this year would have looked a whole lot different if it weren't for the thousands of health care workers, many of you represented here. our emergency services personnel and our essential workers continue to come to work and risk exposure to help our beloved city.
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on march 17, a year ago, 2020, i was standing inside moscone center, overlooking third and howard streets, the day before the shelter in place order had been announced, and we moved from our very tightly packed, not very safe emergency operations center on turk street to moscone center. outside, the streets were empty, and it was, like, every person, bicycle, scooter, and car, had just disappeared. inside, however, it was a completely different story. it was a hive buzzing with activity. we had veteran responders who had been working nonstop over the previous two months, and we also had hundreds of new, fresh faces. these were planners, election staffers, librarians, analysts, accountants, you name it, from other city departments, who
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were activated by disaster service workers. we had work to do. since that day, over 11,000 san francisco public servants have banded together to develop and implement one of the most expansive local emergency response shelters in the country. together -- and you've heard some of these numbers already -- the covid command centers have tested 1.6 million tests, and we are at the top of the country for testing. millions -- [applause] >> millions of bags of groceries and meals for food insecure san franciscans, and we continue to do that. thousands of housing rooms for people who needed a place to
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safely house or quarantine or people who needed a safe place to shelter in place. we developed 3,000 multilingual posters, flyers, and health fact sheets that you will see all over this city. we engaged and developed health partnerships with our cities, and they have worked disproportionately -- with those populations disproportionately affected by this pandemic. i have the number, 236,000 vaccines, but i'm sure it is more than that at this time. as we look back on all that we have accomplished, we need to remember why this matters so much. one of my co-workers shared this story with me. an older couple was sitting in
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the post vaccine observation area, holding hands, and they were both crying, with tears streaming down their faces. a staff person went over to ask to see if everything was okay. they smiled through their tears and said their grandchildren were born during this past year during the pandemic, and after an eternity of zoom calls and socially distanced visits, they were finally going to be able to hold those grandchildren close. so to all the essential workers that have struggled and sacrificed, your work means something to this couple and to the nearly 1 million people we share this city with. so as we continue to vaccinate, set up to reopen and get on the road to recovery, there's still a lot of work to do, but in this year, we've grown smarter and definitely closer. and like the phoenix, that is the symbol of the city, as the
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mayor said, we will rise from the ashes again. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, mary ellen. i'm a doctor here at zuckerberg staff and trauma center, and i'm here to share a few words from the prospect of our essential workers. firstly, just want to thank everyone who spoke up here today. i think that this is an incredible milestone, and so this is quite a huge honor to be able to share a few reflections. i think my message in just thinking about a one-year milestone of this pandemic is some of the things that mayor london breed already touched upon: remembrance, in terms of everything that we've gone
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through, the resilience that it took to get to where we are today, deep gratitude, which i think really resonated with me as our mayor spoke, and hope in terms of where we are right now. from the early days of not knowing what we were up against to the amazing professionalism and team work, to the sadness of seeing our latinx communities disproportionately impacted by this pandemic, to the stress in terms of addressing second and third surges of cases here at zuckerberg san francisco general, this year has been a bill challenge for our klein -- big challenge for our clinical teams and our community.
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and i remember the tears. i remember tears shed due to facing so many unknowns related to this new virus. i remember the tears shed after a long day of work, when staff were coming and asking questions about how we were planning to ration our supplies. i remember the fears of not knowing how bad each surge was going to be, and wondering if we would see the coming flood seen in other parts of our country and the world, and of course, i remember the tears of joy, pure joy, in sending our patients home to be reunited with loved ones, sometimes after many months of battling through illness here at our hospital. very proud to say we've cared for over 1500 patients during
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this pandemic, and this is a tribute and compliment to all of our tears, and serves as a source of pride to all of us here at zsfg. i'm deeply grateful for our hospital leadership, and i'm deeply grateful to mayor london breed and her team for the proactive steps taken throughout the pandemic, especially those taken one year ago, at the outset. because of all of her swift action, we have grandmothers and grandfathers, we have mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends and loved ones who are here with us today. to our staff here at zsfg, i'm
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grateful for all of your hard work in addressing the needs of the community, and it's really taken all of our team members. i want to give a shoutout to our greeter and screening staff at all of our campus entry teams, to our facilities and management staff, to our pharmacists, our food and nutrition services, to nutrition management, to our respiratory therapists and our rehab staff, our social workers, our eligibility workers, our clinical lab workers, who have done all of our testing, to our care coordinators, our bed control operators, our technology and information analysts who keep our electronic systems runs, our chaplains, our nurse practitioners and nursing
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teams, to infection control and infectious diseases, our staff and nursing assistants, and our physician and nursing staff who spent countless hours and hours in rooms when we didn't know much about this virus, caring to make sure that folks could recover. really, you are all some of the best clinical staff on the planet, and the survival rate -- i'm very evidence based. the survival rate of our covid-19 patients is just one shining example of the incredible work that you have performed. thanks to you, over 94% of patients who came through these very hospital doors, we were successfully able to discharge back to the community to be home with their loved ones. so to close out, really, i just wanted to share a message to
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all of those that we serve in the community. we are hopeful, extremely hopeful, but the work is not done yet. we are here to serve each and every one of you, irrespective of race, creed, sexual orientation or gender identity, legal status or economic status. keep masking, keep washing your hands, keep using commonsense around gatherings, and maybe most importantly, vaccinate, which is, like, our real way out of this pandemic. i'm going to say a few words in spanish for our latino community. [speaking spanish language]
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[end of translation]. >> your clinical health care providers here at zsfg know the toll that has taken on all of us, psychologically, mentally, economically. we know the road has just begun, but we see the light at the end of the tunnel. we are here, and we are ready to support you. [speaking spanish language] [end of translation]. >> as we work toward closing this chapter in our lives, really, let's continue to work together and support each other so we can get to that light at the end of the tunnel as soon as we can, so thank you very
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much. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: thank you so much, dr. ortiz, for that message, and thank you so much for acknowledging how many people in how many departments have had to step up and serve at this hospital in particular to address this challenge, and thank you for the lives that you've saved. i also want to acknowledge that our police chief, bill scott, is joining us, as well. thank you, chief scott, for all that you do and that the san francisco police department does to keep our city safe. it really does take a village, and this is the village that held themselves together to take care of the people of san francisco. you should all be so proud of what you've been able to accomplish. it has made a difference, it has saved lives, and we're going to look back on this
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moment, and people are going to say where were you during the 1920 global pandemic -- what year? i told you i was up since 6:00 in the morning. where were you during the 2020 global pandemic? and so many of you are going to have a story to tell, and how incredible this city was and how we stood together. thank you for standing strong, thank you all so much for your steadfast leadership and advocacy and work in keeping our city together. i'm so honored to represent you as the mayor of what i think is the most incredible city anywhere in the world. so as we reopen, let's get back to work. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: but we will celebrate soon. thank you all so much. take care.
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[applause] >> i try to start every day not looking at my phone by doing something that is grounding. that is usually meditation. i have a gym set up in my garage, and that is usually breathing and movement and putting my mind towards something else. surfing is my absolute favorite thing to do. it is the most cleansing thing that i'm able to do.
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i live near the beach, so whenever i can get out, i do. unfortunately, surfing isn't a daily practice for me, but i've been able to get out weekly, and it's something that i've been incredibly grateful for. [♪♪♪] >> i started working for the city in 2005. at the time, my kids were pretty young but i think had started school. i was offered a temporarily position as an analyst to work on some of the programs that were funded through homeland security. i ultimately spent almost five years at the health department coordinating emergency programs. it was something that i really enjoyed and turned out i was pretty good at.
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thinking about glass ceiling, some of that is really related to being a mother and self-supposed in some ways that i did not feel that i could allow myself to pursue responsibility; that i accepted treading water in my career when my kids were young. and as they got older, i felt more comfortable, i suppose, moving forward. in my career, i have been asked to step forward. i wish that i had earlier stepped forward myself, and i feel really strongly, like i am 100% the right person for this job. i cannot imagine a harder time to be in this role. i'm humbled and privileged but also very confident. so here at moscone center, this is the covid command center, or the c.c.c.
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here is what we calledun -- call unified command. this is where we have physically been since march, and then, in july, we developed this unified structure. so it's the department of emergency management, the department of public health, and our human services hughesing partners, so primarily the department of homelessness and supportive housing and human services agency. so it's sort of a three-headed command in which we are coordinating and operating everything related to covid response. and now, of course, in this final phase, it's mass vaccination. the first year was before the pandemic was extremely busy. the fires, obviously, that both we were able to provide mutual support but also the impact of air quality.
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we had, in 2018, the worst air quality ten or 11 days here in the city. i'm sure you all remember it, and then, finally, the day the sun didn't come out in san francisco, which was in october. the orange skies, it felt apocalyptic, super scary for people. you know, all of those things, people depend on government to say what's happening. are we safe? what do i do? and that's a lot of what department of emergency management's role is. public service is truly that. it is such an incredible and effective way that we can make change for the most vulnerable. i spend a lot of my day in problem solving mode, so there's a lot of conversations with people making connections, identifying gaps in resources or whatever it might be, and
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trying to adjust that. the pace of the pandemic has been nonstop for 11 months. it is unrelenting, long days, more than what we're used to, most of us. honestly, i'm not sure how we're getting through it. this is beyond what any of us ever expected to experience in our lifetime. what we discover is how strong we are, and really, the depth of our resilience, and i say that for every single city employee that has been working around the clock for the last 11 months, and i also speak about myself. every day, i have to sort of have that moment of, like, okay, i'm really tired, i'm weary, but we've got to keep going. it is, i would say, the biggest challenge that i have had personally and professionally
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to be the best mom that i can be but also the best public certify chant in whatever role i'm in. i just wish that i, as my younger self, could have had someone tell me you can give it and to give a little more nudge. so indirectly, people have helped me because they have seen something in me that i did not see in myself. there's clear data that women have lost their jobs and their income because they had to take care of their safety nets. all of those things that we depend on, schools and daycare and sharing, you know, being together with other kids isn't available. i've often thought oh, if my kids were younger, i couldn't do this job, but that's unacceptable. a person that's younger than me
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that has three children, we want them in leadership positions, so it shouldn't be limiting. women need to assume that they're more capable than they think they are. men will go for a job whether they're qualified or not. we tend to want to be 110% qualified before we tend to step forward. i think we need to be a little more brave, a little more exploratory in stepping up for positions. the other thing is, when given an opportunity, really think twice before you put in front of you the reasons why you should not take that leadership position. we all need to step up so that we can show the person behind us that it's doable and so that we have the power to make the changes for other women that is going to make the possibility for their paths easier than ours.
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other women see me in it, and i hope that they see me, and they understand, like, if i can do it, they can do it because the higher you get, the more leadership you have, and power. the more power and leadership we have that we can put out >> hi. i'm chris manners, and you're watching coping with covid-19. today, i'm going to be talking about checking with your neighbors. >> start off by giving your neighbor a call to see how they are or if they need help. if they don't answer, don't get anxious. try again later. check to see if their car is parked nearby. are they lights being turned on and off during normal hours?
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if you still can't contact them, contact your other neighbors and see if they've had contact with them recently. you can also leave a note in their mailbox, and when you do get in touch with them, ask if they'd like to share their emergency contact information. if you're getting groceries for a neighbor, get a mask and sanitizing wipe. put the groceries by the front door and then move back and call them from the sidewalk. if you need to ring the doorbell, don't use your hand. use the wipe or paper towel that you brought. when you call, stay on the sidewalk at least 6 feet away from them. as you're talking to them, ask about any other help they might need. some might need further assistance with groceries or just need to chat.
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maybe they might need you to pick up prescriptions from the pharmacy. and as always, as soon as you get home, wash your hands. here's a quick recap. >> well, that's it for this episode. i hope you found it useful. go to sfgov for [♪♪♪] >> i just don't know that you can find a neighborhood in the city where you can hear music stands and take a ride on the low rider down the street. it is an experience that you
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can't have anywhere else in san francisco. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> district nine is a in the southeast portion of the city. we have four neighborhoods that i represent. st. mary's park has a completely unique architecture. very distinct feel, and it is a very close to holly park which is another beautiful park in san francisco. the bernal heights district is unique in that we have the hell which has one of the best views in all of san francisco. there is a swinging hanging from a tree at the top. it is as if you are swinging over the entire city. there are two unique aspects. it is considered the fourth chinatown in san francisco. sixty% of the residents are of
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chinese ancestry. the second unique, and fun aspect about this area is it is the garden district. there is a lot of urban agriculture and it was where the city grew the majority of the flowers. not only for san francisco but for the region. and of course, it is the location in mclaren park which is the city's second biggest park after golden gate. many people don't know the neighborhood in the first place if they haven't been there. we call it the best neighborhood nobody has ever heard our. every neighborhood in district nine has a very special aspect. where we are right now is the mission district. the mission district is a very special part of our city. you smell the tacos at the [speaking spanish] and they have the best latin pastries. they have these shortbread cookies with caramel in the middle. and then you walk further down
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and you have sunrise café. it is a place that you come for the incredible food, but also to learn about what is happening in the neighborhood and how you can help and support your community. >> twenty-fourth street is the birthplace of the movement. we have over 620 murals. it is the largest outdoor public gallery in the country and possibly the world. >> you can find so much political engagement park next to so much incredible art. it's another reason why we think this is a cultural district that we must preserve. [♪♪♪] >> it was formed in 2014. we had been an organization that had been around for over 20 years. we worked a lot in the neighborhood around life issues. most recently, in 2012, there were issues around gentrification in the neighborhood. so the idea of forming the cultural district was to help preserve the history and the
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culture that is in this neighborhood for the future of families and generations. >> in the past decade, 8,000 latino residents in the mission district have been displaced from their community. we all know that the rising cost of living in san francisco has led to many people being displaced. lower and middle income all over the city. because it there is richness in this neighborhood that i also mentioned the fact it is flat and so accessible by trip public transportation, has, has made it very popular. >> it's a struggle for us right now, you know, when you get a lot of development coming to an area, a lot of new people coming to the area with different sets of values and different culture. there is a lot of struggle between the existing community and the newness coming in. there are some things that we do to try to slow it down so it doesn't completely erase the communities. we try to have developments that is more in tune with the
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community and more equitable development in the area. >> you need to meet with and gain the support and find out the needs of the neighborhoods. the people on the businesses that came before you. you need to dialogue and show respect. and then figure out how to bring in the new, without displacing the old. [♪♪♪] >> i hope we can reset a lot of the mission that we have lost in the last 20 years. so we will be bringing in a lot of folks into the neighborhoods pick when we do that, there is a demand or, you know, certain types of services that pertain more to the local community and working-class. >> back in the day, we looked at mission street, and now it does not look and feel anything like mission street. this is the last stand of the latino concentrated arts, culture and cuisine and people.
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we created a cultural district to do our best to conserve that feeling. that is what makes our city so cosmopolitan and diverse and makes us the envy of the world. we have these unique neighborhoods with so much cultural presence and learnings, that we want to preserve. [♪♪♪] ♪ >> it is unclenate's creativity time. welcome to uncle nate.
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we are are going to draw bubble letters. you need supplies. you need a pencil, markers, something to color with and a few pieces of paper. gather up supplies and meet me back right here. all right. let's go. got all supplies out. draw your name lightly in the center of your page. give yourself room. give each letter a little room. all right. now, i want you to draw around each letter like you are driving a car around each letter. next, let's erase the center. take away the original outline and then we will be left just with the bubble letter.
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make sure you get the center part out of there. okay. we will touch it up. time for color. i chose yellow, orange, and red. yellow at the top, then the orange in the center, and i am making a stripe right through the center all the way across. last, my red, which makes a cool fade. time for the outline. unclenate's creative time. figure it out. now we are going to do a drop shadow. a shadow underneath each letter and to the side. it is really going to give it a 3-d look.
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wow! great job. i bet you didn't think you could draw that. now you can draw bubble letters you can use it to draw things for your friends, cards. it is really useful. i hope you had a good time. i will see you next time on uncle nate's creativity time. ♪ >> the market is one of our vehicles for reaching out to public and showing them how to prepare delicious, simple food. people are amazed that the library does things like that.
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biblio bistro is a food education program. it brings such joy to people. it teaches them life skills that they can apply anywhere, and it encourages them to take care of themselves. my name is leaf hillman, and i'm a librarian, and biblio bistro is my creation. i'm a former chef, and i have been incubating this idea for many years. we are challenged to come up with an idea that will move the library into the future. this inspired me to think, what can we do around cooking? what can i do around cooking? we were able to get a cart. the charlie cart is designed to
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bring cooking to students in elementary students that has enough gear on it to teach 30 students cooking. so when i saw that, i thought bingo, that's what we're missing. you can do cooking classes in the library, but without a kitchen, it's difficult. to have everything contained on wheels, that's it. i do cooking demonstrations out at the market every third wednesday. i feature a seafood, vegetable, and i show people how to cook the vegetable. >> a lot of our residents live in s.r.o.s, single resident occupancies, and they don't have access to full kitchens. you know, a lot of them just have a hot plate, a microwave, and the thing that biblio bistro does really well is cook food accessible in season and make it available that day.
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>> we handout brochures with the featured recipe on the back. this recipe features mushrooms, and this brochure will bring our public back to the library. >> libraries are about a good time. >> i hired a former chef. she's the tickle queen at the ramen shop in rockwood. we get all ages. we get adults and grandparents and babies, and, you know, school-age kids, and it's just been super terrific. >> i was a bit reluctant because i train teachers and adults. i don't train children. i don't work with children, and i find it very interesting and a bit scary, but working here
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really taught me a lot, you know, how easily you can influence by just showing them what we have, and it's not threatening, and it's tasty and fun. i make it really fun with kids because i don't look like a teacher. >> in the mix, which is our team center, we have programs for our kids who are age 13 to 18, and those are very hands on. the kids often design the menu. all of our programs are very interactive. >> today, we made pasta and garlic bread and some sauce. usually, i don't like bell pepper in my sauce, but i used bell pepper in my sauce, and it complemented the sauce really
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well. i also grated the garlic on my bread. i never thought about that technique before, but i did it, and it was so delicious. >> we try to teach them techniques where they can go home and tell their families, i made this thing today, and it was so delicious. >> they're kind of addicted to these foods, these processed foods, like many people are. i feel like we have to do what we can to educate people about that. the reality is we have to live in a world that has a lot of choices that aren't necessarily good for you all the time. >> this is interesting, but it's a reaction to how children are brought up. it is fast-food, and the apple is a fast-food, and so that sort of changes the way they think about convenience, how
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eating apple is convenient. >> one of the things that i love about my program out at the market is the surprise and delight on people's faces when they finally taste the vegetable. it's been transformative for some people. they had never eaten those vegetables before, but now, they eat them on a regular basis. >> all they require is a hot plate and a saute pan, and they realize that they're able to cook really healthy, and it's also tasty. >> they also understand the importance of the connection that we're making. these are our small business owners that are growing our food and bringing it fresh to the market for them to consume, and then, i'm helping them consume it by teaching them how to cook. >> it connects people to the food that they're buying. >> the magic of the classes in the children's center and the team center is that the participants are cooking the
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food themselves, and once they do that, they understand their connection to the food, to the tools, and it empowers them. >> we're brokering new experiences for them, so that is very much what's happening in the biblio bistro program. >> we are introducing kids many times to new vocabulary. names of seasonings, names of vegetables, names of what you call procedures. >> i had my little cooking experience. all i cooked back then was grilled cheese and scrambled eggs. now, i can actually cook curry and a few different thing zblz . >> and the parents are amazed that what we're showing them to cook is simple and inexpensive. i didn't know this was so easy
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to make. i've only bought it in the market. those comments have been amazing, and yeah, it's been really wonderful. >> we try to approach everything here with a well, just try it. just try it once, and then, before you know it, it's gone. >> a lot of people aren't sure how to cook cauliflower or kale or fennel or whatever it is, and leah is really helpful at doing that. >> i think having someone actually teaching you here is a great experience. and it's the art of making a meal for your family members and hope that they like it. >> i think they should come and have some good food, good
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produce that is healthy and actually very delicious. >> cooking is one of my biggest passions, to be able to share, like, my passion with others, and skills, to h h h h h h h hh ♪ >> welcome to hamilton recreation and aquatics center.
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it is the only facility that has an integrated swimming pool and recreation center combined. we have to pools, the city's water slide, for little kids and those of you that are more daring and want to try the rockslide, we have a drop slide. >> exercises for everybody. hi have a great time. the ladies and guys that come, it is for the community and we really make it fun. people think it is only for those that play basketball or swim. >> i have been coming to the pool for a long time now. it is nice, they are sweet. >> in the aquatics center, they are very committed to combining
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for people in san francisco. and also ensuring that they have public safety. >> there are a lot of different personalities that come through here and it makes it very exciting all the time. they, their family or teach their kids have a swim. >> of the gem is fantastic, there is an incredible program going on there, both of my girls have learned to swim there. it is a fantastic place, check it out. it is an incredible indication of what bonn dollars can do with our hearts and facilities. it is as good as anything you will find out why mca.
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parents come from all over. >> there are not too many pools that are still around, and this is one-stop shopping for kids. you can bring your kid here and have a cool summer. >> if you want to see some of the youth and young men throughout san francisco play some great pickup games, come wednesday night for midnight basketball. on saturdays, we have a senior lyons dance that has a great time getting exercise and a movement. we have all the music going, the generally have a good time. whether it is awkward camp or junior guard.
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>> i went to welcome you for our public meeting on february 19, 2021. and i'm going to ask the clerk. >> thank you alice, this is deborah kaplan, deputy director of the mayor's office on disability. and senior clerk for this meeting. i will make a clear announcement, regarding how the meeting is being conducted. for participation the public. and then conduct the rollcall.