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or a long time largely for bad reasons the neighborhood was largely written off by the city. but that allowed a lot of diverse tastes to flourish there. and i think it would be a shame to try to choke off the same thing happening in other neighborhoods. so please support this project and reject the discretionary review. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> i'm hillary, i live in glen park. for my public comment i would like to read from an article that appeared on sf gate in december of last year. it's called owner explains why he's expanding his entire everywhere but sf. born and raised in san francisco has grown up and no longer feels welcome at home. closed the store in the castro after the lease expired but he's given up looking for new locations in the city and moving on. he has a total of 50 sandwich shops including out lets in arizona nevada and texas and opened three
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more in recent weeks but in san francisco there's only one remaining so why is the sam women shop doing so well outside the -- sandwich shop outside the city? permitting gridlock made sf too expensive for small business owners. most small businesses can't endure a year of paying rent or waiting for permits before allowed to start making money. another problem is by san francisco standards, it is considered formula retail. this triggers additional red tape such as 30-day comment period. it took two years to open, i know what i'm doing, he said, if it wasn't for the city i could have opened in 60 days and i know that because we opened in oakland in 60 days. he says the system is set up so only formula brands like starbucks can withstand a year of rent without generating revenue. in other states they are having issues with vacancy so they are making
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it easier. san francisco is doing the opposite. i was going to say all these things and i realized i read an article that said the exact same thing. please don't take this discretionary review. and support the flying falafal. i just had one coming in and it was delicious. >> next speaker. >> i'll try to be fast because it's late. i ask you to approve the project. i assume you will because this is unexceptional. i shall not be here. [indiscernable] more red tape. we hear there's a retail crisis. so i ask you please stop the discretionary review process so i don't have to come again next time a business opens. thank you. have a good night.
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>> thank you. next speaker please. >> my name is sam and i support approving this project. first and foremost, the new restaurant on castro street will be a big win for the local economy. it will create jobs at the restaurant and among its suppliers that will raise tax revenue for the city to use on education healthcare and fighting the homelessness crisis. it will create more choices for consumers and generate foot traffic for the other businesses in the neighborhood. but more important than any of those things approving this project sends a strong message. the zoning code is supposed to protect people from congestion, pollution and unsafe building practices. it's not supposed to be an excuse for special interests to seek out their own narrow concerns. and yet the only reason we are here tonight is because a business is trying to keep a competing business off its turf and we should stand up to that and rather than wall off
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our neighborhoods we should welcome businesses eager to invest in the community. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> good evening commissioners. steven. we've built a system of government that's undemocratic, uninformed and fully captured by special interests. this discretionary review is an abuse of process that's supposed to serve underrepresented members of our community not business owners who want to keep out the competition. i support flying falafel because i believe in entrepreneurial america where small business people can pursue their dreams. an america that doesn't foster bad behavior, that welcomes shops on every corner. i urge this commission to say no to capitalism,
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special interests capturing the regulatory process. instead say yes to competition yes to small business, say yes to capitalism that serves the community. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> i'm jeremy london from liberal. i'm a proud san francisco resident of 15 years. i'm a homeowner here. and i think we need to allow for more in our economy. while there might be reasons to require these kinds of reviews for certain things, i think it's obvious that this isn't one of them as my associates spoke earlier, i want to cosign on their comments about how this is a abuse of the process. but speaking more broadly and i think most of you know our economy is transitioning away from a as much retail i think we all know, we are
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overretailed. why? because we know the economy of retail is moving more and more online, especially for the types of residents who tend to live in neighborhoods like the castro. we need to allow for this kind of flexibility to allow our businesses and our space to accommodate for how the economy changes. we can't letting away economic change or growth nor should we. we shouldn't mandate retail when retail might not be viable anymore. we shouldn't mandate full service restaurants when full service restaurants might not be viable anymore. and many of the reasons why full restaurants aren't viable anymore because of labor cost which is tied to our housing crisis. we should enable businesses to adapt to the challenges that businesses face. it's hard to own a small business in san francisco and requiring months and hours and months and hours and people waiting here to give
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public comment just so you can open a business is simply unjust. thank you. >> next speaker please. >> please approve this project so we can achieve our dream of falafel shops on every corner. i would like to submit this into the public record as evidence of the future that we want. so small businesses have it hard in san francisco. small businesses are being hit from all sides with sky-high commercial rents the highest costs of living in the country and an insane permitting process. this created a problem with vacant storefronts in many neighborhoods including the castro that threatens the vitality of our commercial district. this discretionary review is
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completely bonkers. there's nothing special about two middle eastern restaurants on the same block. that's just called a city. transparent self interested anticompetitive behavior should not be tolerated. our policies should not be abused for private practice. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> my name is gupta. what all my friends before me have spoken about the economic reasons why the shop should be allowed to go ahead. i support all of those. but i would also like to speak about the benefits of having the flying falafe which is a store that i am a patron of for a number of years. i'm a vegetarian and have been for a while now. and at the same time, i love middle eastern food and
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mediterranean food which stands to be extremely meat heavy and i haven't been able to have a good gyro in a long time. they have the kind of options that are not available at most gyro shops. they have options that include meat substitutes as well as falafel and they are all extremely delicious and i very often have picked up a pita with fake meat, which is almost as good as the real thing from the flying falafel in berkeley. a year ago my brother visited me from seattle bringing his one-year-old daughter, my niece who at that age was not able to eat many things. she was very picky doesn't like things with odd textures. so we were trying hard to figure out what it was she would enjoy eating so we walked into the restaurant in berkeley and picked up a huge box of every one of their available options and that day she sat down
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and ate each of them. she didn't leave a single scrap on the plate. so for my sake and for the sake of my niece please approve, let the flying falafel open another shop. >> thank you. anyone else want to publicly comment in support of the project? seeing none, dr requester, do you have a rebuttal? . >> jeremy on behalf of gyro express. falafel got this case here but it's not about falafel. we welcome the flying falafel to the neighborhood. there's a vacant food service place right across the street. i hope they choose to open there or somewhere down the block. what this case is about i'm going to quote one of the speakers
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in opposition to this dr. he said, we shouldn't enable retail when retail is not viable anymore. i'm not willing to accept that. that is what this is really about. is retail viable? if retail is viable it's going to need quality retail spaces for them to go into. this space at 463 castro is the last really good retail space available on that block. and it needs to be preserved for a retail user. and we welcome the flying falafel to be it it fourth falafel business elsewhere on this block. thank you. >> thank you. sponsor would you like a rebuttal as well? okay. we'll close that hearing. commissioner
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richards. >> in the six years i've been on this commission, we've only heard two change of use drs. the other was filed by a woman who you may know named sonia. she filed it on the laundromat on octavia market. that business had closed and started questioning this whole change change of use stuff. i think asked the director after we've been talking about this retail thing for many, many years now. in fact, 13 years we do need to look at how and what the process is to have businesses go into our neighborhoods. because what worked in 1978 i think when the last real code was written probably needs to be updated or refreshed for 2019. i met mr. asaf in castro. let me just back up. the
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castro used to be a place where a lot of people went shopping. i mean a young gay boy, i would drive up from san jose and go to retail therapy and all these places that are no longer there. retail therapy is now a wells fargo bank. there used to be skin therapy which is now a human rights campaign fund. the list goes on and on and on. i sat on the community benefit district had a task force on retail landscape in the neighborhood. and i left that endeavor in 2014 when i actually came here on the planning commission. our neighbor -- this is my neighborhood. i live a block and a half away. i eat falafel a lot. i like rossy's now that mr. paul
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suggested i eat there because i talked to him about this. but our neighborhood is probably one of the worst places to go for any retail experience. the only retail experience left is cliff's. and i pretty much know everybody by name. and i say to staff, i'm back here for another f-ing trip to cliffs. they own the building and that's great because they are going to stay, and the family wants to stay. the rest of the retail landscape is i'm having a hard time thinking about where else there is retail. there's a rollo on market street. and i don't know, am i missing any? is that all that's left? okay knobs across the street. so i guess the question i have is we look at north beach. north beach has a high vacancy rate. we are supposed to have a 20 percent concentration of eating and drinking establishments
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which is the recommended number. we get something for north beach and i think they're at 75 percent eating and drinking establishments. i went to original joe's recently, i said let's go into a store and get something. we walked on grant street, green street. the only thing we found was city light folks was the only retail place left in north beach. that kind of thing is happening in the castro. i mean we are a retail desert, becoming a retail desert at this point. the neighborhood is in a death spiral. i think flying falafel would help us get out of the death spiral. i firmly believe we need it to come into the hood. i met mr. asaf for a cup of coffee at starbucks, one of the only formula retail we have there. before the voters decided we need to
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clampdown on it. and we talked. could you come up to the podium, please? when we talked, you indicated that you need a 100 square foot store. and after we had coffee at starbucks i said let's walk around the neighborhood and look at all the available 100-foot little places that are available and vacant. we went across 18th street for the shoe store used to be. walked up 18th street where the eyeglass shop used to be and then we found a place next to where you want to go in a parking driveway next to parkitos. if you want great food, try it. we had this conversation and you said these other spaces probably would be better because they are probably smaller maybe cheaper. one is already retrofitted for a restaurant. it was a restaurant
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and it's no longer there. and we talked about what you needed the subject property address. and you made a couple of calls to the folks that had available for rent signs were in the window, correct? and i said, well you probably need to call your real estate agent. he said she didn't find these spaces and they are literally right next door. do you recall this conversation? >> yeah. >> and i said -- i walked into the clothing store that was in the all american boy and it seemed to be thriving. and i said to you why not sublease the place to the person whoever had that pop-up store. it was pretty crowded. it was almost like all american boy was back. but it was all american everything women's and men's clothes. what was the situation around the pop-up store because it looked
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like it was successful and it looked like there were probably better locations. so can you tell us what happened to the pop-up store? >> i offered them to potentially continue. >> okay. >> and they didn't want to. >> they didn't. >> yeah. one of the reasons is i think some houseless person i think may have attacked one of their employees. i'm not sure. >> oh, really? >> yeah. >> so one question i don't see anybody else on the roll. if we -- i mean, planning and zoning serves a purpose. so north beach is just kind of dead because it's got too many restaurants and no retail. i want that to happen to our -- i don't want that to happen to your neighborhood but i think flying falafel would be a great addition. if we were to approve your -- not to approve your project today would you still move
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into the neighborhood? >> i would try. i would try to find a better. >> more appropriate space. >> another space. >> okay. do you feel there are enough other spaces that you could choose from? >> that i don't know. it's not as straightforward as just picking a vacant space. >> sure. >> so there's -- we would definitely try. >> okay. great. and i think the merchants would probably also assist, because i think you would be a great addition to the neighborhood. i also think some type of retail space in that location should stay because it's one of the last retail locations we have left. and i would love to hear what any other commissioners think but i'm starting to formulate we can have both flying falafel and a remaining retail space in the neighborhood, and we can all win. >> commissioner moore.
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>> i have a question for you. just looking at scenario that was just discussed between the two people couldn't the falafel store of that kind, that size be more quickly approved under a small business application? this could be done in weeks right? >> not really. this is a discretionary review based on a project that. >> can you turn the mic on? >> i'm saying if this wouldn't get approved in this location, he could come back and facilitate without dr. >> assuming he goes into another location that is permitted use by right as he is here, if it requires a change of use, he would go through 311. if it is an existing limited commercial or limited restaurant space he could go in without going through the notification process. >> and he could basically proceed.
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>> but he would have to find another location with the same use. this is a change of use. it's permitted by right. it's different from -- normally we are taking a use like this, it's a conditional use authorization, there are particular findings we are making. this is an unusual situation. this is a change of use 311 notification rarely are these are discretionary reviews filed on these. so in essence, it is a permed use by right -- permitted use by right. >> would anybody like to make a motion? >> commissioner richards. >> i'm not sure how commissioner fung feels. he hasn't weighed in. i'll wait to chime in after him. >> there's a lot of empty spaces. if he signed a lease, i'm supportive of it.
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>> so what would your motion be. >> i want to be on the wrong end of a motion. >> i make the motion to disapprove of the change of use. is there a second? >> i second that. i want to see where it goes. >> commissioners on the motion to take the dr and disapprove. [roll call] the motion fails 3-1 with commissioner fung voting against. is there an ultimate motion? can you explain if there is no alternative motion it is approved. >> that's right it's a principally permitted project. you could entertain another motion. >> i couldn't in good conscience continue this because he is paying renton this place.
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i don't want to -- renton on this place. he is being harmed financially. >> we'll take up the matter for 20141063 at 633 folsom street. this is an informational presentation. >> good evening commissioners. planning department staff. the item before you is an informational item about a public art component 633 folsom street. it is associated with a 12-story office building under construction which is expected to be completed in 2020. the project sponsor selected our project downfalls in a sculpture which is proposed in a space along folsom street. he is here to provide more information on the art and artist.
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this concludes my presentation. >> good evening commissioners. i'm jody from art source consulting in san francisco. i'm pleased to be presenting to a planning commission the public art for 633 folsom street. >> excuse me, ma'am. those persons leaving the room if you could do so quietly, we would certainly appreciate it. go ahead. >> our submittal which you have reviewed includes detailed background on the artist, a comprehensive budget zoning maps and information on the materials and fabrication. so today i'll present a brief overview. the company the project sponsor retained my company to retain public art requirement for 633 folsom street. this is a renovation project adding five stories onto an existing building. the project architect
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has completely redesigned the facade and its street level presence. construction is underway and on schedule. the building is topped out the facade is currently being installed. and the completion is scheduled for 2020. while the company has a requirement for public art the company will be investing $450,000 to realize this exciting piece of public art for the city of san francisco. i wanted to bring your attention to exactly where the site is. there was some question about where it is on this site. as you can see on this
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slide it's highlighted in green. as the art consultant we met with planning early on in the process for feedback about the site in particular as it pertains to public art. the strongest recommendation that was made by planning was the public art be situated in the popos along the folsom street side. they wanted to see the artwork allow for public engagement. after understanding the planned use we conducted extensive research into artists whose work was relevant to the site. our client's criteria was to engage an internationally recognized fine artist whose work would bring something new to san francisco. the artwork placement takes into consideration pedestrian traffic folsom street drive biviews and as well as -- drive by views and as well as building occupant views from above.
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after two rounds of narrowing down artists and reviewing proposal, the artist sam falls was selected. the process of artist design development was very collaborative with the architect as well as with plant the project contractor. so that the artwork can be seemlessly integrated into the popos. the sculpture is a monumental work of art that utilized granite and quoters. the -- quarts. each piece of steel represents two creative forces, photographer ansel and poet gary who had a strong influence on the artist and who spent time in the sierra. he designed the piece to engage the area in order to achieve a significant sculptural installation as well as be a catalyst
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by adding seating along the length of the upper side. i have a quote from sam falls. this work extrapolates previous sculptures i have completed that merge the designs minimalist art with the timelessness of nature for a site specific large-scale installation. the fundamental concept is to employ the architectural materials of stone and metal in such a way that the historical relationship is combined with a contemporary design and installation to highlight the passage of time and their environment. we are very pleased to be engaged in this exciting new addition of public art to the san francisco landscape and very much appreciate your time this evening. thank you. >> thank you very much. i had a speaker card. is jody here? >> that's me. >> okay. >> you heard from me. >> all right. thanks for that testimony. >> there's another speaker card.
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>> that's for general public comment. >> oh, is it? >> yeah. i got this. commissioners any comments? it's informational. thanks for that. commissioner fung. >> not necessarily totally pertinent question but i like the contrast of colors. the only thought i had when i first saw it was how thick is the steel? >> 5/8 of an inch. >> any issues with somebody falling on them? >> i mean, it's been pretty extensively examined with the architects and also with plant. the way it's designed, people can sit along the front side and then the metal comes flush up with the sides. >> i saw that it's fine. i like it.
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but the thought occurred to me about that. it's like at cpmc. for all their planning areas they use a metal edging that sticks up about four to six-inches and i'm thinking what if somebody slips and falls on it. >> yeah. the metal is very, it is sculptural, it's massive. one thing to consider is all the edges have been softened and the artist took care. a little bit. yeah. >> i like it. >> i'm glad. so do we. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> are we done? >> it's public comment. >> if we are we can move onto general public comment. come on up.
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>> yeah. so this is in regards to the conditional use at 458 gross street. >> can you speak to the mic a little more? >> yeah. so it's been more than a year. and it's up for review based on how the neighbors are feeling about it, how it's been going. i happen to live 25 feet stone's throw from the back patio. the conditional use is authorized until 10 p.m there's a lot of people that want bars, that want to drink outside. i get that. but i bet you none of those people want that bar in their backyard. their own backyard, right? so i'm putting my kid to sleep just tonight, 7:00, 8:00, we got noises coming into her room. and it's hard to put her to bed. it's been a burden on my family. and i would love to compromise
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on something like 8 p.m. all the other patios in the valley close at 8 p.m. at least we can do 9 p.m. that's all i'm asking for. >> thank you. >> [indiscernable] >> i understand. i would like to open it up for amendment at a later time. >> commissioner richards. >> can we make sure that -- because we just got a memo on burba today. so i want to make sure that the entertainment commission or whatever does its checks to make sure things don't get out of hand. i don't know that this gentleman here can request an amended cu. i don't know what the process is. if
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any member of the public can do that? >> maybe a little direction director. >> we can get a staff report and based on the staff report you could call back the conditional use. >> thank you. >> do we have a motion for that or just ask you? . >> have a seat, we are going to figure it out. >> have staff make a presentation an updated presentation. the commission can request that. >> put it on the calendar. >> did you have something to say? okay. formally request that on the record?.
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>> she wrote it. she's right there. >> [off mic]. >> so can you please stay in touch with ms. tran, and she will give us a report, and then we will at some point try and calendar literally a hearing for this. >> okay. thank you gentlemen. >> you're welcome. and we are done. [please standby]
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i want to thank mayor london breed for insisting on a transit environment. she is a huge champion of the permanent project in 2021. we didn't want to have those passengers miss the community to get out of cars and come by ferry. from alameda and oakland passengers can enjoy a game and special event at the warriors an arena and the beautiful bay. i would like to thank key partners. we do this critically quickly.
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the golden gate ferry paid for the tow and installation and port crew did all of the improvements you see today. it was a collaboration from three agencies that was very very quick to get it done and effective. thank you so much to golden gate and to the warriors for their help and support. i would like to thank my commissioners who are here today. commission president kimberly brandon and gail gilman. thank you for being here. we have other vips. thank you for making this happen. thank you all for being here and celebrating with us the good transportation opportunity that the ferry provides. thank you so much. [applause.]
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>> thank you elaine. i know you guys expect to hear a sound because we have a microphone but in fact this is to help with the new folks so they can get what we say right. i will be a little loud. first of all i want to thank assembly member david chou had is advocate for transportation to make it possible for these efforts to take place. i just want to thank everyone who is here and all those who played a role to make sure on day one of the opening of the chase center we didn't hear hardly any complaints. the fact is, you know it had to do with so many amazing folks from the m.t.a. to the port to the warriors, to so many folks
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getting the word out to coordinate these efforts in a way that would help make getting here easier on public transit whether it is by ferry muni or what have you and just the ability to use your ticket as fare for the muni buses is outstanding. i am looking at jack over there. it is wonderful there. great thing to consider for the giants. it worked so much more efficiently. we are blessed to have two amazing teams that draw people from all over the bay area the san francisco giants and golden state warriors. using water as a mode of transportation is not only amazing but a great ride. it is so relaxing. i want to thank my family in the
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golden gate bridge board. they have really been great partners with san francisco and with water transit. we are happy to have you all here today to join us. bay area council. thank you jim wonder man the port and warriors and really doing this kind of thing takes a lot of people to make it happen. this is just the temporary location. fingers crossed for the permanent location. we are hoping to get that thing open sooner rather than later. when that happens it is going to be a game changer boaster is going to be right there. who wouldn't want to basically hospital on the ferry to get to a warriors game or go to a concert. the way to time it will be absolutely outstanding. this is the future of san francisco, making it possible to get around easily and to make
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sure that we are doing good-bye the environment and reducing congestion and making it a great experience. we want people to enjoy themselves when they are trying to get in and out of san francisco anywhere and this is a great addition to our city. at this time i wanted to give assembly member chou a chance to say a few words. >> thank you for your leader leadership to move this forward. shouldn't you all be at work right now? we just took the one major form of public transit in the bay area that does not feel like publickic transit. this is how the transportation experience should be. i am obsessed with water transit. the chronicle says i am smitten.
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it goes back to five years ago when they called to say have you thought about water transit? about a week later i ran into this man and he said have you ever thought about water transit? i then ran into larry from the giants and he said have you thought about water transit. then jim said i need to meet with you to talk about water transit. when i started studying the fact millions of trips were taken every year across the bay on water transit. today you go to sydney, hong kong, new york city, it is all about water transit. this is why working with jim wonder man and labor and my good
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friend jeff we proposed with collegenal major 3 the doubling of the water transportation system. 3 $00 million for transit. this stop is really one of the flagship stops for our 21st century bay area water transportation system. this is clean and green. let me close by emphasizing this is the most romantic way to travel. in new york city people go on dates on the ferry system. i don't know about you guys but muni dates are not the way to go. water transit is the way to go. i look forward to seeing you guys on the next ride. [applause.] >> the guy that is going to bring us a world championship --
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the guy that is going to make it happen rick welch. >> thank you mayor. i just want to run over and hug everybody here. thisthis is an an unbelievable accomplishment. we were thrilled with the mayor said look we can make a permanent ferry dock happen at 16th street in 2021. elaine at the port said why do we wait until that happens? a success story is seeing an opportunity and making it happen like this in san francisco. i hope it is recognized. the effort that went into making this happen for the first warrior's preseason game on saturday to the people in the east bay and marin it is a game changer. david has been there from day one. i am equally smitten with water
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transportation. to see it come to life in mission bay what this means for every business and resident here is outstanding. thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you did to make this a reality. thank you. (applause). >> i would like to now introduce the chair of the board ms. jody breckenridge. >> good morning, it is an exciting day. any day you can be out on the water the on a ferry is a good day. i want to thank you for your support. we love people who are passionate about water transportation but also the active support you offered to us both of you. i want to thank the board. jim wonder man and jeff with us
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today. in particular i want be to thank everyone here involved in this. it is those who spoke before me said this came together quick and in short order. it was worked on yesterday to finish it up. those working on it are problem solvers and doers. we are ready for the opening of the preseason game. there is a practical application for this. this is part of the emergency response portfolio we have, equipment we have. this is the first time we have had to exercise putting it up to see what that took. we have lessons learned that we will take back to put into both the federal and state plans for the bay to enshould be that should we need this equipment in an emergency we are ready to go and leaning forward so it is a great day and we appreciate everyone being here with us today.
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thank you. >> that is it. do a nice story because we had a good ride. [applause.]
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>> mayor breed: sean richard who is with us today. he's a part of brothers against guns has been on the ground on a regular basis. so many community advocates, big rich and others working with our community. we were in this community in the trenches working hard to deal with this issue, james and michael, without a lot of help and support. you know what? not anyone else that's in this race for district attorney not one of those folks is none other than susie lawson. [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: susie lawson came to the table. she was working with us to try
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to figure out what can we do as a neighborhood prosecutor what can i do to help make this community safer. not this is what i'm going to do. what can i do? and working with the previous district attorney helped to create incredible opportunities including the -- [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: giving people a second chance. giving people a second chance who needed a second chance but also holding people accountable who are holding our community hostage. we can do both. we can have fairness in our criminal justice system. we don't have to choose as susie lawson was saying one versus the other. it requires a balancing act. yes, we need criminal justice reform. the fact is disproportionately
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african-americans do get higher sentences than others. we know that african-americans are arrested in higher numbers than other races. we know what the numbers are. we are determined to make the kinds of changes so that we have fairness in our criminal justice system. [ cheering and applause ]. >> mayor breed: that's right. we don't have to live in fear to do it because when people commit crimes and we are trying to provide an opportunity for a second chance and then they continue to do the same thing, accountability has to kick in. we have to do them both. [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: we have to make an investment in the programs that are necessary to help prevent the crimes from happening in the first place. [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: guess what? susie lawson understands this more than anyone because of the work that she's done on the ground, because of the work that she's done to help support the
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violence victims. the work that she's done to help with elder abuse and other things in the district attorney's office. the compassion she has demonstrated even when she served on the police commission here in san francisco. looking at the fact that the decisions that we make have consequences on people's lives. and understanding and validating and making sure that we are recognizing people and how we make things better. so when i received the letter yesterday from the district attorney announcing his resignation, i couldn't help but get excited about the future because i know that susie lawson is the right person to do the job.
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[ applause ]. >> mayor breed: let me also be clear there is no way i'm going to leave this office vacant for the next three months. [ cheering and applause ]. >> mayor breed: when you have someone who is qualified, when you have someone who works for years in the district attorney's office and knows many of the staff who work there and know what to do whether she's in there for three months or four years or four days someone in the office who knows what to do. we can build confidence that on day one, no matter the results of what happens november 4, 5 or whatever the day is -- [ laughter ]. >> mayor breed: no matter what happens, we know that we still
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have challenges in this city and we need strong leadership to make sure this office is doing the job it has committed to do serve and protect the residents of the city and county of san francisco. that's why i couldn't think of anyone better to step in at this most critical time than suzy loftus. so she is my choice to point as the next district attorney [ indiscernible ] -- [ cheering and applause ]. >> mayor breed: suzy loftus ladies and gentlemen. [ chanting ]. >> how's everybody doing today? [ cheering and applause ]. >> i see you san francisco. i see you. i see all of you and i love this
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town. i've got to tell you on my way over i had a beautiful walk through chinatown. some folks wanted to say things, and i got a text message from my eldest daughter and i'm going to bring you in on this because when you have a high schooler you get interesting texts. she said, mom don't be mad at the protesters. you know why? that's how i raised her. we are san francisco. [ applause ]. >> for anyone who trust ss i have yet to earn i will work every day to earn your trust. i will work every day to build safety that is not predicated on anything else. i will work every day to build a justice system that is not for the privileged few but that works for all of us. san francisco is where i'm from. it's where i went to public
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school. my mother came to this country when she was 19 years old, and she raised us up on her own. she raised me to be a fighter. [ applause ]. >> she raised me to stand up -- she didn't raise me to do that. it's okay. [ laughter ]. >> she raised me to stand up and fight for my community. you might know about my background. you might know that i've been a prosecutor and a police commissioner. you might know some of my friends from bayview are here that i built the center for kids exposed to violence but you might not know why. i devoted my 15 years to building safety for a very important reason and it's because as a kid growing up in san francisco, too early, violence touched my life. when i was 3 years old my mother was violently attacked when she was leaving her place of work to come and pick me and my sister up from daycare.
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she wasn't from this country and didn't know how to navigate a criminal justice system. i grew up knowing not everybody gets justice. is that right? what i know for sure is everybody is entitled to live and work and play somewhere they feel safe and we're not there yet. we can get there. we need to do better for everyone in this city. my youngest and all the rest of the family is coming up and my mom. [ applause ]. >> my mom knows how to make an entrance. [ laughter ] [ applause ]. >> so what my life has told me and what this beautiful woman getting up on the stage has taught me is when we know not
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everybody gets justice and safety we have to build it together. i will work hard every day with all of you to build a world-class system that protects our civil rights and enforces our consumer protection that fights for our environment. when your car gets broken into and you're broke in san francisco, it's even worse. we can deal with that. we can deal with the merchants in chinatown who have to close their doors because of $100 of theft. i love this city and with your help i'll get elected to be your district attorney and it will be the greatest accomplishment of my life. [ cheering and applause ]
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[ laughter ]. >> [ indiscernible ] -- i am [ indiscernible ] -- [ cheering and applause ]. >> i am so proud that i'm able to be here today supporting my mom suzy loftus. we have all heard of her numerous accomplishments, but she will also be the first mom to be d.a. [ cheering and applause ]. >> and moms get stuff done. [ laughter ]. >> soccer practices and three games in a week is not possible for an average mortal. most would baulk at making 30
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quesadias for my class the next morning. not my mom because she cares about her family and doing the right thing not the easy thing. she cares about safety and justice. she loves s.f. it's hard not to. the city is awesome. and she has the experience our city needs. most importantly, she's ready to get to work. this is a new era for san francisco and it's going to be awesome. thanks to all of you for coming out here today. thank you. [ laughter ] [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: thank you and thank you everyone who is here today. thank you, suzy, for stepping up to the plate and your willingness to serve san francisco during this transition. it is going to make a world of
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difference especially for the folks that we know in the district attorney's office. [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: let me just say i understand some of the challenges that you face and we hear you and we are here to work with you to make sure that you have the resources that you need so that we can truly truly provide justice for all san franciscans. that is our ultimate goal. i want to thank each and every one of you for being here today for your love for san francisco and suzy. and now it's time for everyone who works for the city to go back to work. thank you. [ cheering and applause ] [♪]
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>> good morning everyone. i am william rogers, i am the president and c.e.o. of goodwill san francisco san mateo. [cheers and applause] [laughter] i want to welcome all of you, our friends, our supporters our partners. we are here today to celebrate together the grand opening of goodwill's state-of-the-art training and career center. [cheers and applause] i wanted to take a moment to do a couple of things. let's show a little bit of l

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