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supportive housing program for homeless veterans known as the hud veterans affairs supportive housing program. and this program combined rental assistance in the form of a voucher together with case management and clinical services provided by the department of veterans a farestion. ~ affairs. approximately 500 rental vouchers have been awarded here in the city and county of san francisco up to this point. and while it's a federal priority to find housing for veterans, and it's likely that san francisco would get more of these vouchers, it has been difficult to help veterans avail themselves of this housing. i want to thank former supervisor bevan dufty for his leadership and tremendous work in not only helping homeless throughout the city, but specifically helping veterans. i am proud to introduce this legislation that would
encourage and facilitate the use of rooms in existing tourist hotels for this voucher program. again, thank you, supervisor dufty, for your leadership. the next couple of items are very difficult and i'll be honest that i know there are things that happen sometimes in the world that we have, that we play as supervisors that are unexpected. ~ role and there are things that are simply tragic and they touch you in a very real way. the next item that i have is a hearing request that i'm introducing regarding a very tragic incident that happened in my district in holley park. as you know, there was the
death of christine vandermere this friday afternoon in holley park where this young mother and 11 month old was killed when she was run over by a maintenance truck from the rec and park department. i certainly was shocked and dismayed and certainly had a number of emotions when we heard about this. i think i described it as being sick to your stomach when you hear something like this happens. it is tragic when this happens and we owe it to this family and we owe it to the city and county of san francisco to know what happened.
i have been in conversations with the general manager of the rec and park department. i've also been in conversations with law enforcement to get answers as to how this horrific accident, this horrific event could have happened in a place, a park, a recreational space where families and children go where they expect to be safe and protected. i have received many e-mails, many calls from my district which has been deeply impacted by this tragedy. one mother put it to me this way. we have lost more than a local mother. we have lost our ability to feel safe in our parks. so, today in response to this tragedy, i am calling for a
hearing on the recreation and parks department's policies in terms of safety, the policies and procedures that are followed in terms of vehicles including maintenance vehicles and parks and recreational spaces. i'd like to know, among other things, the safety rules and regulations that the rec and park department and employees are expected to follow, especially when driving vehicles that are dangerous and are large and could be harmful, that could be dangerous to someone who is using the park. what are the steps that are taken when an employee isn't following those rules and regulations. how is the department responding to complaints about any unsafe practices that have been reported by residents. quite frankly, a number of other questions that have been
presented to us, we want people to feel safe in our parks. and we know that there is an ongoing investigation of this incident, including a criminal investigation. and while legally we may not delve into the specifics of the actual accident because it's still under investigation, i think it is important as a matter of policy to understand the rules that govern the conduct of these vehicles. i want to assure the public, i want to assure residents in my district that my office will continue to do everything we can to get to the bottom of what took place and to ensure that there is accountability and full transparency with respect to this tragedy. lastly, i would like to ask the
board that we adjourn the meeting not only on behalf of myself, but on behalf of the entire board of supervisors in the memory of christine vandermere who passed away last week. christine was a loving partner to her husband [speaker not understood] and had recently become a new mother to her 11 month old daughter, issa emilie. christine vandermere attended western university where she earned degrees in sociology and eco tourism. she was a lifelong dancer and even performed at the world cup in south korea as part of a professional dance group. she was also an ordained zen
monk and life coach and felt that it was her responsibility to try to do as much as possible to make this world a tender, gentler place for our sons and daughters to be in. i want to thank the bernal heights community that i know has been really moved by this tragedy, and i want to thank this community for coming together to rally behind, to support the vandemere family. i would like to thank those that have contributed to the christie vandemere family fund on indy go go. thousands of dollars have already been donated. breast milk has been donated to help the baby and a lot of encouraging words have been
sent to the grieving father. i would like to thank all the neighbors, including the first responders, the police officers, the firefighters, and the paramedics who came to the rescue of this woman. i want to thank the true nurses who live in the vicinity and who took it upon themselves to give mouth to mouth resuscitation. it is in the spirit of bernal heights and san francisco that the entire community has rallied behind this family. i want to thank all the people who have come forward with information not only about this incident, but general information about this issue of safety in our parks. and i don't know that anyone has the right words to fully
express how tragic this is. and once again, i ask that we adjourn the meeting in christine vandemere's memory on behalf of the entire board of supervisors. >> colleagues, if we can do that without objection, that should be the case. [gavel] >> madam clerk? >> thank you, mr. president. thank you, supervisor campos. supervisor mar. >> thank you, madam clerk. i'd like us to adjourn the meeting as well in the name in honor of amazing poet, teacher, gardner, and artist susan her on zibot. i want to thank you for being here as well. you lost your father, reverend lang zibot recently as well. susan was a beloved poet and teacher and a resident of our richmond district. after a four-year struggle with
cancer, she peacefully passed away on saturday afternoon, august 31st. she is survived not only by her husband of nearly 50 years, david who is with her at the end, but she is survived also by her children thomas valentine jurda and philip and her seven grandchildren. susan worked in and supported california poets in the school. that's how i met her first as the acting director and president of the board for more than 25 years. she was an amazing person that made poetry and learning so fun and helped us integrate it within our school system as well. she is a published poet and a founding member of 16 rivers press, a respected publishing -- respected publishing cooperative with more than 2 dozen poetry titles in print. her long years of activism in the schools and deep involvement in community gardening and community
supported agriculture as well as involvement with several writing circles leaves a large network of friends and colleagues mourning her passing. susan was born in san diego on april 26, 1942, ands in the middle of five daughters. she studied english at brown university for two years and graduated from university of virginia in 1965 with a b.a. in education and a z society award. then she won a woodrow wilson scholarship, attend northwestern university and graduated with a masters of art in english in 1966 with an emphasis on american literature and 19th century fiction. she went on to complete a ph.d. focused on the work of henry james and henry adams. in 1984 susan finished the second masters in creative writing from san francisco state university. in 1991 she received a fellowship to study at the bunting institute at ratcliff harvard and began reimagining the work of theodore a [speaker
not understood] in her role as [speaker not understood] to henry james. from 1993 to '96 she was at the head win [speaker not understood]. after moving to san francisco in 1969 with her husband david she grew i don'tthctionv literature. she was active in food cooperative, school reform, several short business jobs ~ and raising her amazing children. she was a volunteer coordinator at mccoffin school. that's where my daughter went, from 197a to 1980. in 1978 she got involved with the ~ incredible [speaker not understood] community garden and has been active up until this year. she believed in community supported agriculture and the biodynamic food her family received from live power farms for years. when susan became a california poet in the schools in 1984, she worked extensively with children kindergarten through eighth grade in san francisco,
oakland, and san jose. she was gifted at her work with the younger children and would make books of their poetry. with a legacy of some 4 dozen collections that often become prized possessions. she is saleslady beloved by the teachers at jefferson school and former lafayette elementary in the richmond where she taught for many years. donations in her name would be the best expression of your respect. send any honorary donations to california poets in the schools care of tina paskuenz oh, [speaker not understood],. condolances to david and the family and to all of her friends and students and everyone that she's touched. i urge us to end our meeting in the honor of susan heron zibot. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor mar. supervisor cohen, you wished to be re-referred. >> yes, thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, i would just ask
that we could adjourn the meeting -- i'd like the entire board to recognize the memory of gail bishop and we can adjourn on behalf of the entire board, not just myself. >> colleagues, we can do that without objection, that should be the case. [gavel] >> thank you for the consideration. >> thank you, mr. president. thank you, supervisor cohen. mr. president, seeing no other names on the roster, that concludes roll call for introductions. >> at this time why don't we go to general public comment. >> at this time the public may comment generally for up to two minutes on the policy discussion between mayor lee and members of the board and on item within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board including items on the adoption without reference to committee calendar. please note that public comment does not allowed on this items which have already been subject to public comment by a board committee. pursuant to board rule 4.22, direct your comments to the board as a whole and not to individual supervisors noer to the audience. speakers using translation assistance will be allowed twice the amount of time to
testify and if you would like a document to be displayed on the overhead projector, please clearly state such to sfgtv and remove the document when you would like the screen to return to live coverage of the meeting. >> let's hear from first speaker, please. good afternoon, supervisors. i'm peter [speaker not understood] executive director of library users association. this week, in fact tomorrow, marks the 40th anniversary of the very ugly coups in chile 1973, many were murdered and many others were disappeared. the story on impact continuing to the present, many were still searching for loved ones or trying to find out what happened or seeking some justice. the family of victor hara has filed suit against the person they believe killed him.
here in san francisco you would expect a willingness and interest because of our large latino population and because many chileans immigrated here after the coups. but here in san francisco, we had a kind of assassination of our own and certainly a disappearance. in the very place where people expect history and memory and, yes, good art to be preserved, we had last year in october the destruction of the community created victor hara mural. it had been on the library for 30 years, bernal heights library. i'll using overhead. the role of this board of supervisors in this destruction was your silence and inaction as supervisor campos helped set up a secretive undemocratic process to carry out the destruction. he appointed one person to head a committee.
that person selected the committee members. the meetings were not publicly announced, there were no agendas, no minutes, and finally, nobody was asked whether they wanted the destruction of the mural at public meetings they were asked what they wanted on the new one. as we mark the chilean coups we must mark the city's own destruction, beware of schemes that shrink democracy here in san francisco. thank you. >> thanks. next speaker. i want to say blessings to all those lives that have managed to live in the city of san francisco and all those that are coming. my name is joshua christian dig man. i was born on new year's date at st. mary's children's hospital 1970. it's an honor to be here. i wish there was more people in the audier yesctiontionv ~
audience and i'm sure they may be here in television. i've been working very hard in my life. i'm not sure for what yet. can i please get your attention, supervisors? hello? well, they choose not to pay attention, thus their right. i'm running for mayor of san francisco. i'm not making a public announcement -- >> excuse me, sir, we do have a rule in the board ham berg you can't use public comment period to campaign for any offices. so -- i apologize and i understand that. well, i'm concerned about today is how difficult it is for people to work within, say, the health and human services department. i'm a little embarrassed how dirty the city is. and i'd like to say to all, thank you for your time. i'm not here for any gain of any sort. in time it will show. i ask the city of san francisco
to do the best of all of us can do to clean up and show the world how beautiful the place we live in. thank you. aloha. >> thanks. next speaker. i have something i would like to put up here for you [speaker not understood]. i would like the attention of all of you supervisors today because if you don't, i'd like this to go down in history. [speaker not understood]. i was appalled and very disenchanted when i seen this article in what they call the new fillmore. this article here, even as i speak now i choke up because a lot of people i knew, african americans that died under this man here. but the killing thing about it, ladies and gentlemen, this man was ushered into our community by some people that are still living today, some people in the hierarchy of the government. so, it tells the truth of what
i'm getting ready to say. i've been coming up here for years. i'm tired, i'm sick and tired of it. i have no other choice. if it don't work today, putting the city on notice. now, my supervisors, just one supervisor. we have another black supervisor. but they can't do it all. this is a city effort for all of these supervisors to jump on board about the outmigration of the african-american black knee grows. the other thing is the fillmore in which redevelopment has come. ~ negros it is so discouraging and i've asked for them to come for a public hearing and i'm asking my supervisor as the rest of y'all, to chime in on this in the fillmore. i mean, you can see all these businesses [speaker not understood] are shutting down and because of this article here -- put it back on there. show this. show this. this man here was ushered in by some of my own people. i'm not going to name them today, but in a book that i'm writing, it is disgracing that
they would put this in in light of all of our black businesses closing down. and the bottom of it, it says [speaker not understood] of the situation. right now this paper here which i wrote four years ago -- i'm going to find out from the manager what is going on. but i am requesting that y'all help my supervisors, my black supervisors for attention, i'm asking for a public hearing for what's going on in the fillmore. >> next speaker. supervisors, daniel landry for the record. i just want to put you on notice that, number one, first of all, i'm from the fillmore western addition, and i'm here today to announce an issue that's developing in our area regarding the fillmore harris center. originally in 2006 i was one of the supporters of that project and over the years we have watched this center go up and down and a lot of crisis
happening in our area. like ace just said, we do have an issue with black businesses closing. and, you know, an issue happened a few months ago where the yoshis which is currently facing bankruptcy was telling our community that it wouldn't be wise to set up in the lobby area and do any business or conduct anything without their permission. and i brought to their attention that this is a public use space and we need to be very careful who we invited in, which was yoshi's 1300 to overlook the community. now, i got a lot of information here, but one of the things when i did a record request is i seen there was a clause of community benefits that really haven't got out to the community. some of the things that i thought was really appalling was that, you know, at this time, all the money had been put in this project, it could be considered not only a trouble project which is the
term they use under hud, it could be even considered a failed project because it's so much money have been invested in the fillmore harris center and it's time to take a good look at the records and compliance. the community deserves to know the direction of the fillmore. we speak about, you know, just hang on, hang in therersctiontion things are going to get better. let me bring to your attention, we have banners that say the fillmore is the heart and soul of the city. if the fillmore is dying, that means the city is dying. so, i look forward and i will be engaging supervisors, of course our supervisor, thank you. >> next speaker. my name is eugene gordon, jr., and i have context, quote of [speaker not understood] tracing [speaker not understood] moscow first printing 1966 printed in union
of soviet socialist republic. in calling upon the german people to fight for, quote-unquote, not ideals in naziism. [speaker not understood] was buying up the states. fascist choice [speaker not understood] was not accidental. it is said he decided to buy the states in this area because hitler liked these places and [speaker not understood] counted on having him frequently. many other leaders of third raich had a stake around meklinberg [speaker not understood]. chief executive department and in charge of concentration camps. [speaker not understood] quote-unquote objectives [speaker not understood], death camps on way from berlin. [speaker not understood] frequently visited these camps, watched thousands of people die, issued orders, then went
on to their orgies at their estates. the state, so much effort to convince as it self-destructs. [speaker not understood] a military regime that is, unquote, quote, the state's effort to [speaker not understood]. received invaluable assistance from [speaker not understood], conform with the desires of meklinberg, other landowners, [speaker not understood] monopolies. >> next speaker. good afternoon, supervisors. stop the corporate rape of our public library. don't give money to the friends
of the library. don't accept money from the friends of the library. what is at stake in the san francisco public library is one of the great privatization scandals of all time. except it is business as usual. i have pointed out for a number of years the city library in san francisco has received from the friends of the library both a discretionary fund and [speaker not understood] fund totaling $65,000 a year. these used to be called slush fund. these funds were never reported in the city librarian statement of economic interest nor are there any 801 gift to agency reports filed. i filed an official complaint with the california fair political practices commission on april 17. despite having the power to investigate without informing the perpetrator, they sent a letter to him anyway on april 24. at that point, the letter had first been sent to jim sutton. the decision to actually investigate was sent to me on
may 7 with a cc to the law firm only. the city should ask itself why does the california fair political practices commission in san francisco know in advance that if there is a violator of ethics and financial disclosure laws in san francisco, jim sutton is his lawyer. the answer is straightforward. [speaker not understood] is so institutionalized in san francisco it is taken for granted. i call this buying exception from accountability, but in fact the influence of the drifters and the thieves of political assets is so entrenched that it is the sort of respectability to be a part of that. the occupied movement is correct. you're going to bleed the society until it collapses completely. the damage is to the faith of our citizens in our society. david chiu having me arrested does not solve society's problems and the lies cost more [inaudible]. thank you. >> thanks. next speaker.
hello. thank you, board of supervisors. i'm a medical interpreter at ucsf medical center as well as a free-lance state certified medical interpreter. in principle i'm in support of ab 12 63 because there is a shortage of qualified and especially certified medical interpreters and collective bargaining rights for free-lance medical interpreters would go a long way toward filling that important gam in meaningful access to health care for patients. i would appreciate if you consider the passage of this bill. the context of the actual environment of care from english proficient patients at ucsf one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation. i need to point out a few draw backs of this which should be addressed especially when access is juxtaposed to quality or even equity in health care ability in light of an emerging and unevaluated use of technology to deliver health and human services.
medical interpreters at ucsf sent us a letter to senior ucsf management to migrate our in-person interpreting to [speaker not understood]. for the record i have taken it upon myself to send this to you so i don't want to put any of my other colleagues' jobs in jeopardy as a result of my actions. the data used by management to justify migration is not based on ark tail utilization data [speaker not understood]. the so-called inherent structure inefficiencies of inperson interpreting used as justification by management is actually due to serious mismanagement. this is documented via years of e-mail as well as incident reports on behalf of patients who either did not receive interpreting or received substantial interpreting bilingual employees and minorses to interpret. the inherent draw backs in the use of video technology include
primarily the problem that medical interpreters vital role as cultural brokers completely being disregarded by this and could be seriously compromised if we are over a video screen. [inaudible]. >> thank you very much. next speaker. can i use this one? can i use this? >> we can hear you. is it on? >> it is on, sir. i can't hear. okay. john [speaker not understood] from the san francisco. i read this in the year 2002. it seems like some things never changed. in these days the so-called freedom