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anointed me to preach good tidings. he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. to proclaim the year of the lord , and the day of the vengeance of our god to conquer all that mourn, and this third verse is the one that i really find instructive for us today. to give unto them that mourn in silence, to give unto them buildings for ashes, building for ashes. it was during world war ii,
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according to a writer, william golding, that a plane carrying some british choirboys, and and that novel, that golden rope, unfortunately, when the plane crashed, only the choirboys survived. the pilot was killed. many of you know that that incident was transformed into a novel.
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it was entitled "lord of the flies." you also maybe saw the movie. in that movie, these pristine area date, scholars, well behaved, british white boys, the longer they stayed on that island by themselves, the boys of discipline access to resources, they involved to becoming savages. and the last piece of meat that they were able to come by was that wild. the longer they stayed on the island, they began to destroy each other.
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unfortunately, a man emerged at 1600, number 45. they tried to warn us in 1920, that it is -- if the american public did not use its head for more than -- if the people of the land where to get their heart's desire, and a downright run would adorn the white house as president. that process has come true.
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it was a bad image of black folk they asked us, what do you have to lose because what he said about black people he would not have said it if he had read "lord of the flies." when he was in school and not being up to mischief. the point in "lord of the flies" is a wherever you take away from people, opportunity, they would evolve and become their worst angels. god knows, we must make a statement that black people in san francisco can be, will be all god intended them to be if we would just give us the
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opportunity to have access to education, to have access to healthcare, to have access to celebrate our culture, to have access to our good quality schools, we can do it. [applause] >> we say thank god for catholic charities. they are demonstrating at black black history celebrations, that people have skills, black people have knowledge, and if we all would look at that history, those of us who are of the christian tradition, you will discover the first organized expression of christianity was not in europe, it was not in latin america, not in the united states of america, for the first organized expression of christianity was the coptic church in egypt and ethiopia, where are egypt and ethiopia?
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we all came from africa. it is the greatest challenges that they have there. our first home was in africa. they found sister lucy, that fossil. sorry about that, men. and consequently it says we left home. since we left home, and moved around this trusted earth, wherever we stopped on the bank of the river, we lost our manners, and failed to behave and to respect people, we have created different cultures wherever we stopped on the beach , on the banks of the river, but in san francisco, we have come to our senses, and we are turning beauty into ashes. we are giving ashes into beauty.
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by given people a home where they can be comfortable, where they can take care of their families, where they can read to, where they can celebrate that they are god's children, and when god made to blocks -- black folks and homeless folks, god did not make any mistakes. so let's celebrate the day that we have turned those ashes of disappointment, those ashes of denial of opportunity into beauty, and here in bayview hunter's point, we are seeing a new day, a new opportunity for those who have been underserved. thank you for coming. [applause] thank you.
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[applause] here is a postscript. when i was recovering from that stroke, i was reading a book of san francisco from the 18 nineties to have to 1940s, and i read in that book that there was a man named peter burnett. he didn't like black people. he made sure, and she stated, that up in oregon, if a black face was found in germantown, they would be beaten every six months until they left town.
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when i discovered that, and also that peter burnett was the first governor of california, i called willie brown, i said willie, have you ever heard of peter barnett -- burnett? >> he said no, amos, but let me tell you from a hospital bed, i said that rascal did not like black folks. and i said, so he didn't change his mind about black folks and about native americans and chinese? we were going to change the name of that school and from my sickbed, i made phone calls, and in 2011, the board of education
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voted unanimously to change the name of burnett schools to the early childhood education school. [applause] and one more thing that we have in this town, there is a burnett street over there not far from juvenile hall, and madame mayor, we need to get together and change the name of that street, because their hat -- it has to be understood that any person who is a racist, any person who is a chauvinist should not be honored, but we should all see every human being has been of infinite worth and dignity. we should make sure that every is treated fairly, and when we
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come back, will be changed the name of these nationalists, the names of these racists, the day will come, as i always say, we will be able to say, i am black and i am proud. i am brown and i am sound, i am yellow and i am mellow. i'm white and i am all right. i am red, but i ain't dead. i am a woman, and i'm wise. [indiscernible] >> i am straight and i am sensible. that is what america ought to be about and it can be that when we give everybody access for opportunity in the united states of america. god bless you, keep on. [cheers and applause] keep on turning ashes into building, and making sure that
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we become a beautiful city for all of god's children. we say i am somebody. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] >> and now i give you our friend, this world citizen humanitarian, philanthropist, and servant of the human family, the one and only danny glover. [cheers and applause] >> i want to thank the catholic
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charities, the bayview access point. thank you for participating in this anniversary and the celebration of the work while those who are in need of service, the work has been done, and those who act as agents for that work that is being done is a very, very important thing that we must do with this time. when i was asked, i did not realize that i was going to follow first our honorable mayor , london breed. i did not, i said well, but to follow the reverend amos brown, the esteemed referent amos brown
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, is quite a lot and all inspiring. i think we find our ways of finding context that we are in the role that we play as citizens, ordinary citizens. [indiscernible] >> it comes from ordinary citizens making choices, working on behalf of not simply their own interest, but the interest of the community itself. and here i have, right in front of me today, the pleasure and honor to be in front of ordinary citizens, beyond race, but ordinary people who believe that the city can be a better place, a place that it is spiritually
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endowed to be this city. i remember my mother telling me, my mother, carry glover, telling me this story about coming here. my dad, my mother and father met in new york. [indiscernible] >> it is the pattern of matriculation from rural georgia , where her path began. to my father coming from the midwest from kansas city, meeting there and falling in love, and marrying in new york. my dad was in the army of the
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state of new york, and came down to new york city with a friend of his and met this tall, absolutely stunning young woman, and married her and decided that wherever the train was going, you have to be on that train. [laughter] >> he was stationed first in los angeles, restationed in los angeles, and then stationed in san francisco. once the war ended, my dad said to my mother, carry, i have a job waiting for me in detroit, let's go back to detroit. and my mother said, and was apropos, and you know who made
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decisions in the family, you better find a job here, we aren't going anywhere. [laughter] >> my dad always would say that it was the best decision that he had to have made. i said living here, and going to hunter's .1 and number 2 on the hill, yes, yes, yes. somebody may have gone to that school, the buildings are still there. the omega boy's club have their offices there. i graduated from daniel webster elementary school in potrero hill. we lived in the housing project until we were able, by the grace of god, by our own passion, we
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ended up buying a home, my mother, when i was 11 years old on central and hades in the western edition. they all crawled into that two bedroom, and one sunroom home, and grew up there. we had a home that we cherished, and embraced that home. it was never big enough, but it was big enough with love, and the attention -- attention to keep it and to sustain it, and to work hard, the overtime, all of us contributed. i had a paper route up along the university of san francisco for five years, and that set us a
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standard to stay in that home. my parents, both postal employees, working overtime. those who had parents work in the coastal -- postal service know that was an entrée space for parents who came here with hope and ideas, and all those things were part of what i remember. i lived 12 blocks from where i grew up. i remember when i bought my first -- my first home, i was working out here for the model cities program. i bought my first home, do you remember? i left to pursue another life, that some of you may know of. >> but i remember the extraordinary and courageous
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people that i work with. i call it a period of organic democracy. all those who worked and women i remember that worked out of here. used to always be willing to stick their hand right in my face to say, we need this, we need that. these are the lessons that i learned from here, and the lessons around being real citizens. we know the crisis of housing. it is nothing we are going to end easily. we know the crisis of housing and it is more than just a political, it is a moral decision, it is a political decision as well. we know, from our experience of what happened in the western edition, when i went to those meetings in 1966, i was a
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student at the western edition community organization. as we listened to -- you remember all of those men and women. programs came out of this so people could invest in low income housing. i came up as part of what citizens took in the western edition. what being on the preface of being removed from that. we know that they fall for that. they fall for jobs, not only to have a say in what happens, but
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for jobs as well. those are the lessons that we have to learn too, that we have to fight on relentlessly in terms of serving those who are most vulnerable. the health right now, within a few blocks from me. use it should be a place where we play basketball when we were young -- longer. he became a shelter, the church became a shelter for homeless families at one point in time. these are the realities that not only san francisco lived, but every metropolitan area that you can go to. that you live in. when i moved onto the street, there was a family who worked with a post office. there is a family down the street who worked with the post office. working people, there was another family across the street those people are gone.
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they could not replicate were duplicate the opportunity that they had had when they were capable. they could not duplicate or replicate the opportunity that my parents had to buy that home, have that home and a secured home of just three rooms for seven people, three bedrooms, once -- one was a sun porch. we have to talk about that. what is our relationship, and this is the question that we will have beyond just the housing, there are other issues, what are our relationships to what is justly what is our relationship? i was simply doing a film called "the last black man in san francisco. and i forgot about the fact that some of those houses, right in the western edition belong to japanese families before they were interned in 1943.
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we don't know. we have to understand that history. so what happened, as it happened in los angeles, it as it happened in other urban areas on the west coast, those people who inhabited those houses where others. is our relationship only temporary? when we are not needed, then we are disposed of. we are abandoned. is that situation, not just only with african-americans as we see as noted, the 6% of the population of african-americans, but all people, the people who are poor, the people who are disadvantaged, those people where the white and asian, the black, they are dispensable. there is the kind of insensibility that happens, there's a kind of way in which we have to figure out how do we live and make this place for all of us? not just the onto the market, but the mission, when i worked in the mission.
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there was a vibrant community of men and women, the language, the common language that wanted them together. whether you're from el salvador or central america, mexico, it was a key, there was a strength to that. i remember all this people coming out there and seeing that and being part of the mission and being part of the mission cultural center and all of those things. you are embodying people in who they are, their own identity, their own history, and their own possibilities of a future as well. this is what we need to talk about. [applause] >> i want to applaud our mayor for the work that she has done in leading this. we all know that everyone has to stand by her. we have to demand she does more as well. all of us, we need to do that
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she does more that means we do more. do you know what i'm saying? what -- what i want to thank you in coming out here as always. one of the locations that i got to film on was right on the corner of to loom and third. it was right across the street from my first office when i worked at model sitting there citizens december of 1971. and what is amazing as i remembered those moments, but what i remembered most about that moment was the courage, the passion, the struggle of men and women in this community when i worked in it, and i will always remember that. i have learned so much from that process, and hopefully, hopefully i will let it shine somewhere else in the world and in the city and in this country.
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[applause] >> good morning, folks. thank you all for coming out. we will move right along. my name is. brown and i am the division director for housing, immigration and services for the catholic charity. this is one of the programs that i am part of and i can be more proud of that i would like to quickly introduce the staff from the access point.
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>> let's see. i don't know where lady is at, no -- naomi is here. at this point in time, i would like to introduce you to one of our families who has come through the access point. if they want to come forward, they can tell us a story. tonya, this is the other error. who wants to talk? [indiscernible] >> i actually just got out. it is really unbelievable. [indiscernible]
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[applause] [indiscernible] [applause] >> montemayor, willie brown, mrl appreciate you being here. there are no speakers -- there were some speakers along the way. thank you, very much. what do i need to relinquish. do we need a microphone, or are we good to go? [♪] >> good afternoon. it is our great pleasure to be here today when we have
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representatives from two -- [indiscernible] the sacred heart gospel choir is now 45 years old. many of you follow sacred heart church pick that church -- [indiscernible] >> we're also joined by members from the choir from st. paul church which is down at the end of third street by jamestown. as long -- [indiscernible] there are three catholic churches that maintained the african-american musical tradition. don crawford is the director.
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[singing] [applause] >> i moved into my wonderful, beautiful, affordable housing march 7th.
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i have lived in san francisco since i was two-years-old. i've lived in hunters view for 23 to 24 years now. my name is vlady. i use titus and i am the resident commissioner for the san francisco housing facility. from the very beginning, this whole transition of public housing and affordable housing was a good idea. but many, many residents didn't think it would ever actually happen. it's been a life changing experience. and i'm truly grateful for the whole initiative and all those that work on the whole sf initiative.
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they've done a wonderful job accommodating the residents, who for many years have lived in delap tated housing. now they have quality housing. i was on a street where the living room and the kitchen and stairs. it wasn't large enough to accommodate. the children are grown. i had the accomplish of having a dishwasher in my home. i really like that. [laughter] i really like not having to wash dishes by hand. we still do it from time to time. the mayor's office has been a real friend to us, a partner. we know that our city supports us. i love san francisco. just to be able to stay in my community and continue to help the residents who live here and continue to see my neighborhoods move into new housing, it's been
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a real joy. it's been a real joy. >> the hon. london breed: how exciting is it to be here today? i know many of you are wondering why we chose this location of all locations. it's because this location is the backdrop of what will be future homes -- four to be expect, right, sam? >> yeah. >> the hon. london breed: four new opportunities for accessible homes that will be affordable to folks in san francisco. these garages and hundreds of spaces like them sit often empty and under utilized while
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our city continues to experience a housing crisis that is pushing low-income families out of our cities. this is why in 2014 we took the first step into converting these spaces into much needed housing. we saw some initial success, but as we all know, our bureaucratic system in san francisco got in the way, and it's often too complex and people find themselves struggling just to get through the initial permit application process, let alone the construction process. since 2014, over the course of around four years, only 377 units were approved. more than 900 units were stuck in limbo because city departments could not agree on how to handle certain key issues. that was more than 900
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opportunities for new housing, 900 units stuck and waiting for approval. that is why back in august, i issued an executive directive to clear the backlog of more than 900 units within six months, and to make sure that every application from that day forward was acted upon within four months. and today, i am so happy to noun announce that we have met that goal. all of the 919 units -- [applause] >> the hon. london breed: all of the 919 units that were stuck in review were acted upon, and that backlog is cleared. of those, 439 units have been permitted, and onver 90% of those projects that were approved, those units that were approved, are subject to rent
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control. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: that's more units permitted over the last six months than over the entire course of the last three years. that's a big deal. all of the remaining applications were responded to and sent back to the applicants with specific instructions on what they need to do to keep their application moving forward through the review process. we are now waiting for those to be approved. that process itself has been overhauled so new applications are not subject to that old bureaucracy. we have roundtable sessions where all departments come together to review all applications all at once, and each department added staff members dedicated solely to reviewing and submitting a.d.u. applications. we submitted a simple, straightforward, a.d.u. check list, the first of its kind, to
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applicants get the information they need to start the process up front so that each department can provide consistent feedback. and we conducted outreach to design professionals and homeowners to inform them about these new changes and encourage them to apply. these reforms have been incredibly successful even in just our first six months. since august, we have received applications for 206 new units and 49 new units have been built. that is a 72% increase from the 68 building over the course of three years. but we are not stopping there. i am also proposing, as many of you might have heard, which is super duper exciting, the waiver of the department of building inspection permit fees for new a.d.u. applications, saving applicants anywhere
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between 7,000 and $10,000 in fees to encourage people to come forward and produce more units. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: waiving the fees, streamlining the process. it may sound like the simple thing to do, but it is so challenging sometimes to get some of the simple things done in san francisco. what this process has shown us is that approving housing does not have to be and should not be a difficult process. we need clear guidelines, a transparent process for projects to either be approved or responded to. and this is why what i have done since taking office has been really about moving the process forward and getting more housing built in san francisco so that people can afford to live here. some of you know --
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[applause] >> the hon. london breed: -- that i recently appointed a director for housing delivery whose sole job is to work with various departments to get housing built and to provide input on policies that we need to implement to either cutback on bureaucratic red tape or the things we need to do to get this important housing built. and many of you know that i'm proposing a charter amendment so that when we try to build 100% affordable housing that fits within the code of our existing policies, that it is done for teachers and affordable housing as a right. no more delays, no more bureaucracy. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: so yes, we are making progress, and six months may seem like maybe a long time to many of you, but six months in
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bureaucratic time is really fast. and so i just have so many people to thank because doing this really does take a lot of people. we have a number of commissioners that are joining us here today, and i just want to thank the planning department. and i think the planning -- is myrna here? oh, thank you. the president of the planning commission, myrna melgar is here. thank you for your leadership with the planning department to help make this possible. we have the department of building inspection here, as well, and i want to thank the director for being here -- oh, john rahaim, planning director is here, too. commissioners -- thank you, commissioner mccarthy and thank you, commissioner deborah walker from the department of building inspection for being here, as well. thank you to chief.
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>> commissioner hayes-white:: - chief joanne hayes-white from the fire department, and fran see covington from the fire commission and joe hardeman from the fire commission. it takes a village to get this housing built, but this is a first step because we know that there are so many things that we need to do in san francisco to get more housing built and to get it built faster. we are going to be making changes, and it is by any means necessary for the purpose of making sure that we begin the process now to get more housing built so when we think about the next generation of young people growing up in san francisco, and we think about what's going to happen when they become adults, where are they going to live? where are they going to live in
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the city that they were born and raised in? we have to start now, thinking about the future and providing more housing opportunities is really what's going to change the future and make it possible so that the next generation of san franciscans can afford to live here, and the people who are struggling to live here have real opportunities to live in the communities that they love. and so with that, i just want to thank each and every one of you and all the amazing people that made this possible. i'm really excited about this. i'm excited that we have shown that government can work, and this is a great day here in san francisco, and with that, i want to introduce serina calho calhoun who is an architect what is one of the people who is a beneficiary of being able to take advantage of this opportunity and get important units built in our city.
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[applause] >> good morning. my name is serina calhoun, i own and operate a small firm in hayes valley. we by some nature have become experts in the a.d.u. process. since the mayor's executive order six months ago, we have seen a radical change for the better in the a.d.u. process. we've had 42 new dwelling units that are stuck in the system move smoothly through this process just since here announcement. it's been absolutely incredible. projects that were taking over two years for approval are now being processed and approved in only four months. actually, we submitted two projects at the end of october and they are already approved. all the city departments have joined together to stream line the reviews and most importantly, the reviews are consistent. i no longer have to make six individual recheck appointments with six individual people for
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one project. i can do it in one shot, and get all their comments together. it's amazing. i'd love to see that apply to a lot of other project types in the city of san francisco. the mayor's office has just done an incredible job, too, of trying to find ideas and asking us for more ideas to make this process even smoother, and it's such an honor to participate in a process in the city of san francisco. i can't thank her enough. with that, i'm going to turn it
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over to sam moss with housing [applause] >> mission housing, we've been talking about this for years, and to be able to stand here and take credit for it, it's just amazing. [laughter]. >> mission housing, myself, we believe it's important to do everything that you can. everyone should do everything they can. from single-family homeowners to developers, to look at the crisis and actually solve it, by adding new units, and that is what we are doing here. it's my hope that san francisco and the bay area and nationwide will follow mission housing's example that we've been tasked to do. it's because of mayor breed's leadership and leadership of our city departments agreeing with our sentiment that we can do so today. i just want to thank everyone for coming, and stay tuned, because better things are on the way.
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thank you. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: and we also have a tenant who is going to be saying a few words, so dora, you want to come on up and speak? it's okay, if you want. okay. nice. well, thank you for being here today, and again, these units will be accessible, which is really important for those who are seniors and those with disabilities. in thinking about the future of san francisco, we have to think about all possibilities for housing. and i know that, you know, a couple hundred units may not seem like much, but in the bigger scheme of things, that one unit will make a difference in someone's life, and so we have to make sure in san francisco that we are doing everything we can to capture as many units as we can for the purposes of expanding our
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housing stock because we know we have a number of challenges, and we know that we need affordable safe spaces for people to live. i'm really excited that we were able to meet and exceed the goal that we set in the directive next year, and there is definitely more to come for providing housing opportunities for all san franciscans, and i want to thank each and every one of you for being here today. thank you so much. [applause]
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>> in 201,755.7 million passengers traveled through san francisco international airport. we have on average 150,000 people traveling through the airport every day. flying can be stressful so we have introduced therapy dogs to make flying more enjoyable. the wag brigade is a partnership between the airport and the san francisco therapy animal assistant program to bring therapy animals into the airport, into the terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable. i amgen fer casarian and i work here at san francisco international airport. the idea for therapy dogs got started the day after 9/11.
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an employee brought his therapy dog to work after 9/11 and he was able to see how his dog was able to relieve passenger's jitter. when we first launched the program back in 2013, our main goal was to destress our passengers however what we quickly found is that our animals were helping us find a way to connect with our pang. passengers. we find there are a lot of people traveling through the airport who are missing their pets and who are on their road a lot and can't have pets and we have come in contact with a lot of people recently who have lost pet. >> i love the wag brigade. >> one of my favorite parts is walking into the terminals and seeing everybody look up from
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their device, today everybody is interacting on their cell phone or laptop and we can walk into the terminal with a dog or a pig and people start to interact with each other again and it's on a different level. more of an emotional level. >> i just got off an 11.5 hour flight and nice to have this distraction in the middle of it. >> we look for wag brigade handlers who are comfortable in stressful situations. >> i like coming to airport it's a lot of fun and the people you talk to are generally people who are missing their dogs. >> they are required to compete a certification process. and they are also required to complete a k9 good citizen test and we look for animals who have experienced working with other
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orgorganizations such as hospits and pediatric units and we want to be sure that the animals we are bringing into the airport are good with children and also good with some of our senior travelers. i think toby really likes meeting kids. that is his favorite thing. he likes to have them pet him and come up to him and he really loves the kids. >> our wag brigade animals can be spotted wearing custom vets and they have custom patches. >> there is never a day that repeats itself and there is never and encounter that repeats itself. we get to do maximum good in a small stretch of time and i have met amazing people who have been thrilled to have the
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interaction. >> the dogs are here seven days a week, we have 20 dogs and they each come for a two hour shift. >> there is a lot of stress when people have traveling so to from these animals around to ease the stress and help people relax a little bit. i think it's great. >> one of our dogs has special need and that is tristine. he wears a wheel around. >> he has special shoes and a harness and we get it together in the parking lot and then we get on the air train. he loves it. little kids love him because he is a little lower to the ground so easy to reach and he has this big furry head they get to pet and he loves that. >> he doesn't seem to mind at
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all. probably one of the happiest dogs in the world. >> many people are nervous when they travel but seeing the dogs is just a wonderful relief. >> what i absolutely love most about it is the look on people's faces, so whenever they are stressed and flying is stressful these days you get these wonderful smile. >> i am the mom of lilo the pig and she is san francisco's first therapy pig. >> lilo joined the wag brigade as our firs first pig. >> wag brigade invited us to join the program here and we have done it about a year-and-a-half ago. our visits last 1.5 to 2 hours
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and it does take a little bit longer to get out of the terminal because we still get a lot of attention and a lot of people that want to interact with lilo. >> i feel honored to be part of the wag brigade. it's very special to meet so many people and make so many feel happy and people that work here. it's been a great experience for me and a great experience for to totoby. >> it's been an extremely successful program, so the next time you are here, stop by and say hi.
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sustainability mission, even though the bikes are very minimal energy use. it still matters where the energy comes from and also part of the mission in sustainability is how we run everything, run our business. so having the lights come on with clean energy is important to us as well. we heard about cleanpowersf and learned they had commercial rates and signed up for that. it was super easy to sign up. our bookkeeper signed up online, it was like 15 minutes. nothing has changed, except now we have cleaner energy. it's an easy way to align your environmental proclivities and goals around climate change and it's so easy that it's hard to not want to do it, and it doesn't really add anything to the bill.
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>> my name is been blind men, i am the commission president. if you are a member of the public and you like to speak, there are speaker forms that are located on the front table. you can hand those to our staff, or you can come to the microphone during public comment, either is fine pick we ask that everyone turns off their cell phones or puts them on silent, and that includes staff and commissioners. i want to thank san francisco government t.v. and media services for serve -- sharing this with the public. we will start with a roll call. [roll call]