tv Inauguration Ceremony for Mayor London N. Breed SFGTV January 19, 2020 6:00pm-7:01pm PST
>> please welcome kayla smith. [applause] >> good morning, everyone. how's everybody doing today? thank you. thank you for joining us today for this historical occasion. my name is kayla smith, and i will be your mistress of ceremonies for the evening. growing up in san francisco d-5, hayes valley, to be exact, since the age of four, i have been privileged to receive mentorship from my community. i went from running departments at project level to now earning my internship at nbc this upcoming summer. [applause] >> i've always been ambitious,
but i was lucky to have women in my life that looked like me and achieved great things, and one of those great women that i looked up to the most, our current mayor, my godmother, london breed. she wasn't changed much, by the way. to this day, she is still the same wise, inspiring, and supportive person that she was when i was a child. i know all too well the impact that mayor breed has had on myself, and i am extremely excited to see all the wonderful things that she will do for the city, and for that, i say thank you. [applause] >> and now, please join me in welcoming father paul fitzgerald, president of the university of san francisco, to deliver today's invocation. [applause] >> thank you, kayla, and thank
you all for being here today as we honor and congratulate and thank our mayor, london breed. mayor breed completed a masters in public education -- public administration at the university of san francisco back in 2012, and i offer the following blessing on her behalf and on behalf of her fellow professors who loved her, her fellow students at san francisco who loved her, and for all of us who love her and are praying for her continued success. but even more so, we are continuing to pray that mayor breed will continue the goals of the degree program that she so ably completed. in it our masters in public education program, we prepare our graduates, people like london breed, for public leadership by advancing a challenging curriculum while pursuing complimentary research, transforming learning
into actions that serve our communities, especially the most vulnerable among us. our diverse graduates become outstanding leaders who provide ethical, workable solutions, societial needs, and who advance justice. so in london, we see all of the learning outcomes of this degree program. social justice for all people of the city and county of san francisco and beyond. diversity in all its forms. integrity in all that we do. accountability to all whom we serve. excellence. educating students like london breed to become compassionate and effective leaders who humanely manage organizations. providing and facilitating interactions between
government, for-profit and nonprofit sectors to provide ethical and workable solutions to societial needs. i join with her many fellow usf alumni of the city and county of san francisco on asking blessing for mayor london breed this day and every day as she brilliantly fulfills her leadership of justice and hope into a future of inclusiveness, peace, and prosperity for all. so i ask you to join me in raising a hand of blessing. we ask god to bless london breed with the seven gifts of the holy spirit. wisdom, understanding, council, piety, and fear of the loving god. and please bring her great
satisfaction as she joins to lead all of us, and i ask all of you to join me in saying amen. [applause] >> thank you, father paul fitzgerald, for that beautiful invocation. and now for the posting of the colors of today's inauguration is the color guard from george washington high, where london breed attended. please rise and join me for the posting of the colors and singing of our national anthem.
san francisco superior court, she has paved the way for women and people of color to succeed in law and has been a role model and mentor to lawyers who are people of color. please join me in honoring judge teri l. jackson. [applause] >> i have to guess dresset dre in front of you. welcome. just as a little aside, when i see this many people in a room, i'm ready to swear you in as jurors and you just report in across the street, so watch with a me. but on behalf of the superior court for the state of california, all 1600 strong trial judges throughout this state, it is such an honor and such as pleasure to be here.
as my last official duty as a superior court judge, it is such an honor to be able to administer of oath of office to our mayor, london breed. [applause] >> i've also been told to explain why this is my last duty as a superior court judge. as of january 21, 2020, at 11:00, i will be elevated to the california supreme court, as the first african american woman. so with that being said, madam mayor, could you please come forward.
[applause] >> are you ready? >> the hon. london breed: yes. >> okay. raise your right hand and repeat after me. >> i, london n. breed, do solemnly swear that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states and the constitution of the state of california against all enemies, foreign and domestic. that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the constitution of the united states and the constitution of the state of california. i take this obligation freely without any mental reservation
thank you all so much forum here today, and thank you to the people of san francisco for trusting me to continue to serve as mayor of such an incredible city. as we welcome a new decade, it's really worth taking a moment to reflect on how far we've come in this decade. in 2010, san francisco was deep in the great recession, and our workforce was in trouble. our unemployment rate had more quadrupled since 2000 and was at a 20-year high. ten years later, we are riding the longest period of economic growth in our history with one of the most -- the lowest unemployment rates in our city's history. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: the homicide rate has dropped to its lowest in more than 55
years. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: in the last decade, san francisco's stance on marriage equality and medical cannabis became the laws of the land. we made a record investment in our parks and our libraries. we modernized our muni fleet and made it free for those in need. we launched our clean energy program, dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. we even got our hands dirty, replacing our sewer system. we passed paid family leave, a $15 minimum wage and made city colle college free for all. we paved our streets and
remodell remodelled the moscone center. we welcomed the warriors home. we watched the giants win it, and win it again, and our congress woman gave up the gavel and won it back. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: and we became the capital of the resistance. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: over the past decade, we've made great progress, but through it all, we've grappled with the twin troubles of homelessness and housing availability. i was an intern in the mayor's office right here a quarter of a century ago. i had the privilege to walk up these stairs every day as a
member of the board of supervisors. this building's beauty is timeless, its spirit and inspiration. earthquake and fire destroyed san francisco's first city hall, but we built another even more magnificent than the first. why? why do we build these monuments? what do these marble stairs and golden dome -- what does it mean to us? it isn't excess or vanity, it's a reminder. we swing the doors open for everyone because it reminds us that our government welcomes everyone. our successes are shared, our potential unbound, and that none of us would be left out in the cold. i take the oath of office today
remembering that not too long ago, my ancestors were in chains. i've never found out exactly where they lived, but i know a bit about how they lived. i know their masters sat at tables eating generous meals that they didn't prepared. i know they hudled outside. they ate mush not with wooden spoons but with hands in a trough. the civil war ended the bondage, but the inequity had only begun. the slave owners kept their lands, and the former slaves kept the nothing they already had. so with that nothing, most went back to work at the farm. they rented their labor as share croppers, or if they were
lucky, tenant farmers. generations of poor african americans scraped by, living in fear that if they protested too loudly, men in hoods would come. when the depression hit, two of those share croppers, a young couple with 11 children moved from louisiana to texas. sometime later, their daughter, miss camellia brown came to san francisco. she came in search of work. she came in search of something better. she came to raise her children in a place where they might be equal. my grandmother came here to believe in a city of hope, a city where a young black girl can go from public housing to the mayor's office. [applause]
>> the hon. london breed: and she was right. san francisco is so much more than our home. it's a refuge for the gay, lesbian, and transgender brothers and sisters from all over the country. it's a new start for immigrants from guatemala and guangzhou and everywhere in between. it is my promise that everyone has a place in this city, that no one should be left out in the cold. so when we come to this hall or walk down market street and see the suffering of thousands of people outside our doors, it hurts. it hurts not because we are callous but because we care. the suffering on our streets, it offends our civic souls, and it should. but if we're going to do
something about the conditions on the streets, we need to level with each other. homelessness isn't new, it isn't easy. we are not the only city struggling with it, and quite frankly, we are not going to solve it in 100 days, a year, or even entirely in this term. and i'm not sure solve is the right word any way. while the city has helped thousands of people out of homelessness, thousands more took their place. and sadly, sadly, there will always be people whose addiction or mental illness or poverty leads them down a dark path or puts them in need of help. los angeles has more than 36,000 homeless residents and a skid row that is its own tragic city within a city. three years ago, san diego had a hepatitis outbreak among its homeless population that killed 20 people. they had to spray their
sidewalks with bleach to fight the infection. i point this out not to criticize those cities. i know how hard they are fighting to address these problems. cities up and down the west coast, seattle, santa rosa, portland, los angeles, san diego are launching this fight. too many people are grappling with drug addictions and insufficient resources and insufficient housing. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: now we haven't stopped sending our taxes to washington, d.c., but they stopped sending back anywhere near enough for homelessness and affordable housing. so each year, san franciscans write bigger and bigger checks, and we ask ourselves, why doesn't it keep getting better? why do we keep sending money,
yet the homeless count keeps going up? first, let's dispel some of the inaccurate conversations that we hear. it's not because we aren't funding solutions. it's not because we are indifferent. no one in my office, no one at the board of supervisors, no one in any city department, no one who works here is kicking back and throwing their hands up and pretending like we've been able to do something great. we are all working on it every day, frustrated by it every single day. homelessness is so severe, so acute up and down the west coast for a few simple reasons. housing is too expensive. working class jobs are too uncertain, and their wages too outpaced by the cost of living. drugs, opioids and meth in
particular are too common. and two decades after the state closed its mental hospitals, california still hasn't come to grips for how we're going to care for people who are severely mentally ill. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: homelessness isn't just a problem, it's a symptom. the symptom of unaffordable housing, of income inequality, of institutional racism, of addiction, of untreated illnesses, of decades of disinvestment. these are the problems, and if we want to fight homelessness, we've got to fight them all. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: and in san francisco, we are. we will meet our goal of opening 1,000 new shelter beds by the end of this year. we just opened a new navigation
center along the embarcadero center, and our bayview shelters break ground shortly. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: we just opened our first state parking facility to help people who live in their vehicles. we're adding more than 200 new mental health beds, expanding outreach, and we are transforming how we deliver mental health and substance use treatment in our city. we have more permanent supportive housing units per ca capi capita than any major city in the country. we've expanded rental assistance and emergency problem solving funds to help people avoid homelessness in the first place. we are expanding our
conservetorship program to help people on the streets and get them the support that they need. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: we are working to open meth sobering centers, safe injection sites, and managed alcohol facilities so we can stop walking by addictions spilling out on our streets and start treating it like the health care issue that we know it is. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: i've directed our city departments to reprioritize spending towards making our streets safer and cleaner for all of us. we are riding ballot measures to housing shortage.
[applause] and if we want to relieve the pa pain on the streets and stop seeing our family members and friends moving away in moving vans, we need to build more housing, build more homes a lot more and set policies that make this possible. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: over the next decade, in addition to our work on preserving thousands of permanently affordable homes, we need to build at least 50,000 new homes, at least 50,000 new homes. [applause]
>> the hon. london breed: and at least 17,000 need to be affordable. and to get to 50,000, we can't let disingenuous warnings of shadows and heights get in the way of badly needed housing. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: to get to 50,000, we need to recognize that density is not a dirty word. to get to 50,000, we have to push for solutions to build homes faster and support policies like sb-50 that will allow more housing all over the bay area. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: i'll be going to sacramento to fight
for new housing because we need more housing for our workers, for our families, for our seniors. because our retail shops can't afford to hire people who live here, because housing should be affordable and viable to san franciscans of all levels. >> the hon. london breed: we can't say we need more housing and then reject the policies that actually allow us to build that housing. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: i wasn't here decades ago when we imposed restrictive laws to prevent more housing, but i will be here when we start build housing in san francisco and the bay area again.
it is time. so here's what i want the next decade to look like. i want this to be the decade where we no longer walk by a person shooting up or a person who's shouting out of control or suffering on our streets and shrug our shoulders or turn away and wonder, what should we do? i am determined over the next four years to take in people with addiction and mental health problems so that when you encounter someone in need, you can make a call and know that person will get the help they need. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: as i said before, compassion can no longer mean anything goes. i want this to be the decade when residents and visitors to our city can enjoy every
neighborhood every single day without fear of crime or unacceptable behavior. we have what we know is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. this is an incredible city. i want it to be lively, i want it to be diverse, i want it to be safe, and i know you all want that, too. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: and i want this to be the decade when san franciscans from the multigenerational native to the newly arrived immigrant that he, she, or they can arrive with their children and call this city home for generations to come. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: we can be a vibrant and welcoming
city, a city of affordable and diverse homes, a city where we come together and put aside our differences to meet the challenges that we know we all face with clarity and conviction. a city where we can care for one another, where our streets are safe, and no one is left out in the cold. san francisco can be the city that a share cropper's daughter dreamed it to be. san francisco can and will be a city for all of us. thank you.
[applause] >> the hon. london breed: ladies and gentlemen, this person said to me, it is a blessing to be a blessing. and today, the person that's providing a blessing to all of us so that we can start 2020 off right and what we need to do to move our city forward is no other than san francisco's santana! [cheers and applause] >> the hon. london breed: and with his amazing special guest, yolanda adams. [cheers and applause]
[applause] >> we want to say we're so grateful and it's such a deep honor to be here in this most memorable location because our sister of light is in charge of changing -- changing the narrative. her light will efficient, sufficient to change the whole -- not just the bay area, this nation and the whole world because she's anointed. she is designed by grace, and we salute you and say it's about time. [applause]
[inaudible] as latinos we are unified in some ways and incredibly diverse in others and this exhibit really is an exploration of nuance in how we present those ideas. ♪ our debts are not for sale. >> a piece about sanctuary and how his whole family served in the army and it's a long family tradition and these people that look at us as foreigners, we have been here and we are part
of america, you know, and we had to reinforce that. i have been cure rating here for about 18 year. we started with a table top, candle, flower es, and a picture and people reacted to that like it was the monna lisa. >> the most important tradition as it relates to the show is idea of making offering. in traditional mexican alters, you see food, candy, drinks, cigarettes, the things that the person that the offerings where being made to can take with them into the next word, the next life. >> keeps u.s us connects to the people who have passed and because family is so important to us, that community dynamic
makes it stick and makes it visible and it humanizes it and makes it present again. ♪ >> when i first started doing it back in '71, i wanted to do something with ritual, ceremony and history and you know i talked to my partner ross about the research and we opened and it hit a cord and people loved it. >> i think the line between engaging everyone with our culture and appropriating it. i think it goes back to asking people to bring their visions of what it means to honor the dead, and so for us it's not asking us to make mexican altars if they are not mexican, it's really to share and expand our vision of what it means to honor the dead. >> people are very respectful.
i can show you this year alone of people who call tol ask is it okay if we come, we are hawaii or asian or we are this. what should we wear? what do you recommend that we do? >> they say oh, you know, we want a four day of the dead and it's all hybrid in this country. what has happened are paper cuts, it's so hybrid. it has spread to mexico from the bay area. we have influence on a lot of people, and i'm proud of it. >> a lot of tim times they don't represent we represent a lot of cultures with a lot of different
perspectives and beliefs. >> i can see the city changes and it's scary. >> when we first started a lot of people freaked out thinking we were a cult and things like that, but we went out of our way to also make it educational through outreach and that is why we started doing the prosession in 1979. >> as someone who grew up attending the yearly processions and who has seen them change incrementally every year into kind of what they are now, i feel in many ways that the cat is out of the bag and there is no putting the genie back into the bottle in how the wider public accesses the day of the dead. >> i have been through three different generations of children who were brought to the procession when they were very young that are now bringing
their children or grandchildren. >> in the '80s, the processions were just kind of electric. families with their homemade visuals walking down the street in san francisco. service so much more intimate and personal and so much more rooted in kind of a family practice of a very strong cultural practice. it kind of is what it is now and it has gone off in many different directions but i will always love the early days in the '80s where it was so intimate and son sofa millial. >> our goal is to rescue a part of the culture that was a part that we could invite others to join in there there by where we
invite the person to come help us rescue rescue it also. that's what makes it unique. >> you have to know how to approach this changing situation, it's exhausting and i have seen how it has affected everybody. >> what's happening in mission and the relationship with the police, well it's relevant and it's relevant that people think about it that day of the dead is not just sugar skulls and paper flowers and candles, but it's become a nondenominational tradition that people celebrate. >> our culture is about color and family and if that is not present in your life, there is just no meaning to it you know? >> we have artists as black and brown people that are in direct danger of the direct policies of the trump a administration and i
think how each of the artists has responsibilitie responded ss interesting. the common >> 7 and a half million renovation is part of the clean and safe neighbor's park fund which was on the ballot four years ago and look at how that public investment has transformed our neighborhood. >> the playground is unique in that it serves a number of age groups, unlike many of the other properties, it serves small children with the children's play grounds and clubhouses that has basketball courts, it has an outdoor
soccer field and so there were a lot of people that came to the table that had their wish list and we did our best to make sure that we kind of divided up spaces and made sure that we kept the old features of the playground but we were able to enhance all of those features. >> the playground and the soccer field and the tennis fields and it is such a key part of this neighborhood. >> we want kids to be here. we want families to be here and we want people to have athletic opportunities. >> we are given a real
responsibility to insure that the public's money is used appropriately and that something really special comes of these projects. we generally have about an opportunity every 50 years to redo these spaces. and it is really, really rewarding to see children and families benefit, you know, from the change of culture, at each one of these properties >> and as a result of, what you see behind us, more kids are playing on our soccer fields than ever before. we have more girls playing sports than we have ever had before. [ applause ] fp >> and we are sending a strong message that san francisco families are welcome and we want you to stay. >> this park is open.
>> good morning, everyone. the meeting will come to order. this is the january 15, 2020, regular meeting of the budget and finance committee. i am sandra fewer. i am joined by supervisors walton and mandelman. our clerk is ms. wong. >> clerk: please make sure to silence all cellphones and electronic devices. completed copies of any documents to be included as part of the file should be submitted to the clerk. items acted upon today will appear on the january 28