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thank you for joining us today. to sign this budget. now that everyone has gotten what they wanted they've all went on vacation except the real, true, dedicated people here in san francisco. so, thank you to the members of the board of supervisors, joining us today. thank you to the members of our budget team, joining us today, and others to sign this budget and to make it official. i, for one, am really glad that we are at this point so that we can take a much needed break and they're feeling the same way. he started his break going to the giant's game. >> i should have got better
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results. >> i was wondering if that was going on and goodness. we came can't do that with the dodgers. they talk so much mess. the mayor already texted me about the dodgers. with the giants, they're coming back. thank you to we had today the budget chair and we have members of the board of supervisors and including supervisor and gordan mar, merna melgar and supervisor safai. clearly, your other colleagues went off somewhere, knows knows where they went and after all the hard work we did to get point, i will say that we all have a budget we can be proud of and and yes, we wish we had more resources. at the end of the day, we work
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together ask we should be proud about what we have been able to accomplish. in addition members of the board of supervisors, i want to thank our budget. thank you to ashley, and sophia kid ler, thank you for helping to facilitate this process because i know it wasn't easy and the budget annal cyst takess away my money and i appreciate the work they continue to do for the city. so thank you to them. thank you to all the legislative aids and so many people who work countless hours to many of the advocates who want san francisco
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to make the right investment. before i talk about those investments and signs and we can all go and total of and have a glass of apple cider with our glasses because we are not drinking alcohol in city hall, right, supervisor safai -- [laughter] >> let me just say we see this delta variant taking flight. 77% of san franciscans are fully vaccinated and that's absolutely incredible and we should be proud. there's clearly more work to be done. kids under the age of 12, cannot be vaccinated at this time. and we know that kids will go back to school and we have a
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commitment from the school that will occur. we have to protect our children. people who are hospitalized now are younger than they were at the beginning of this pandemic. so we have to think about what is happening with this delta variant and the need to make sure ha we do our part. yes, we are looking at mask mandates for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. yes, we are looking at mandatory vaccines for folks who are not just city employees. we are looking at those with the city attorney's office now and as soon as we have the details of what we are able to do, we will do them. we do not make these decisions lightly. it's very difficult to move move and felt like we came out and but the celebration can't completely start until more
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people are vaccinated and just to give you a perspective, over the course of the pandemic, we've had not more than 600 deaths. we anticipate if we do nothing and we continue down this path, we can be assured that 300 people will die within a short time period. what does that tell you? this delta variant is very, very deadly. so i want to appeal to other members of san francisco, our employees of the city and county of san francisco and others, please, get your vaccine. let continue to reopen our city and reopen our economy.
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that is what these budget investments are about. we wish we didn't have to put money aside to deal with this pandemic. in this budget, $380 million, we know testing and access to vaccines is important. we know healthcare and treatment for those hospitalized is important so we have to make those level of investments and continue to move our city down the road of recovery. so in this budget, an unprecedented investment in homelessness and shelter, in mental health and resources, one billion dollars over the next two years to deal with one of the most challenging problems that we have faced as a city.
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it's important to make sure that we get people off the streets, we get them housed, and we get them into treatment. we did not take the decisions that we made to make these investments lightly. let's make sure that these dollars work to change the conditions that we see on our streets. it's not just about housing, we have the hate cash bee and our street overdose team, these are groups of people who are equipped to handle crisis situations. we are investing heavily in resources to try to deal with not just homelessness but the conditions that you see on the streets. we have got to help people and meet them where they can,
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because it is not easy, it's very complicated, it's challenging, so the city has adjusted to meet those needs so invest north or response, investing in our various neighborhoods where we know tourists will continue to visit. additional academy classes. making sure our communities are not forgotten, this is been a really hard year for the a.p.i. community, around the violence and the attacks that have existed. so investing heavily in not just the community organizations, that served so many of our seniors but embassador and escort programs in this particular community. investing heavily in the community hardest hit because of the pandemic, our latino community, making sure that food security is provided for the latino community but also other
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parts of san francisco. also, continuing our promise to the african american community with a dream keepers initiative. making sure that home ownership a systemic racism that exited in this country requires a response that is aggressive, and that going to change the outcomes of that community in this city and the county of san francisco. so many great investments. everything that makes sense to do we did it and thinking about our recovery and making sure that we make the right investments and i wanted to just also say, because when we look at this budget, over $13 million, it's not just one thing or a few things that we're paying for, this $13 billion
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includes our enterprise departments, it includes our airports, it includes our public utilities commission which runs our sewer, water and power systems. it includes our port, it includes our public-health system, we have our own country public-health system unlike any other in the state of california. so a lot of expenses are associated with this budget. there are a lot of incredible investments. what i have said to department heads and non profits and anyone else who receives resources from the city and county of san francisco, every single dollar. the people of city are counting on us to make sure the sidewalks are clean, when a crime is committed, that the perpetrators held accountable and make sure that housing opportunities are provided for those who are struggling with homelessness and make sure our kids are back in
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school and more importantly with our 132 million-dollar investment in early childhood education those low income are able to get access to childcare and those people who are right above than threshold, who may not qualify for a low income subsidy can receive support for childcare in san francisco. yes, these are investments we can be proud of. and the people of san francisco are counting on us to make good on our promise to deliver with these investments. i want people to see and feel a difference in our city and feet when they walk outside, the sidewalks are clean and there's not someone having a mental
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health breakdown but if there is, they have someone to call to get that person help. i want to make sure when we make these investments we're held accountable to deliver for you and so with that, i want to thank everyone, again, for their hard work on making this budget a reality and thank the people of san francisco for trusting us with the ability to make these decisions and i want to also, at this time, introduce the budget shares for some remarks and supervisor haney has been great to work with with our team and tough and long nights but we got it done and we got it done together and i want to applaud him on his leadership and please welcome matt haney. >> i'm going to be brief, because all of the folks here have been working so hard to get us to this moment and they
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deserve a little bit of a break in relief. first of all, on behalf of the board of supervisors and i want to thank my colleagues, mar, melgar, chan, mandelman and safai and president walton and supervisor ronen, we want to say thank you, mayor breed, for your leadership and for your steadfast commitment and to the health and well-being of our city and we had a budget process and a budget in front of us today and that our residents can be proud of and that prioritized the urgent meet of recovery and that prioritize the most urgent needs of health and safety and economic development and it's one that i think came about through a process that we can be proud of and this was a magical budget process and i'll let him speak to what he means by that
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but what i think he means and this is a time when our residents needed us and they have sacrificed so much over the last year and they have had to shut down in small business and stay away from their families and all to keep themselves and is our city safe. during this budget process, it's for us to honor those sacrifices and for us to focus on their needs and recovery, and for us to work together. and so i also want to thank ashley, i want to thank sophia kitler, and the budget team who is here and all the department heads. they are the ones we're fighting for and they have a budget that will meet their needs and make
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them proud. i want to thank our legislative staff. my chief of staff, who led the budget process for our board and this budget focuses on recovery but focuses on making sure we come back better than we were before. we invested in the community that have been far much left out on the city and the latin x community, lgbtq community, black, api community and they needed us more now before this recovery but they need us more moving forward and we also, innovated in this budget. i want to thank you mayor breed for coming back in this budget and of drug addiction and meet the challenges of homelessness and affordable housing and our seniors and our children and our
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families and so what we see in this budget, is not only a focus on recovery and equity we see inovation and thank you to all the staff and as mayor breed said to the residents who intrust us with these resources and the work to not end today in anyway, the work what is in this budget and the commitment in it begins today and to actually ensure that people in our city feel these positive changes. part of this process seriously and i believe we work together to make this budget better and i will say, it came to us pretty dang good. the mayor did a tremendous job in this budget proposal with her staff and it's our part of our process, we added to it and we supplemented it with a focus on
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our children and families and those in debt from rent and i'm proud of about what we did together. we hope to build on this as we move forward forward to and let's give this budget time, thank you, mayor breed. >>
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>> all right, it's done. >> growing up in san francisco has been way safer than growing up other places we we have that bubble, and it's still that bubble that it's okay to be whatever you want to. you can let your free flag fry
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-- fly here. as an adult with autism, i'm here to challenge people's idea of what autism is. my journey is not everyone's journey because every autistic child is different, but there's hope. my background has heavy roots in the bay area. i was born in san diego and adopted out to san francisco when i was about 17 years old. i bounced around a little bit here in high school, but i've always been here in the bay. we are an inclusive preschool, which means that we cater to emp. we don't turn anyone away. we take every child regardless of race, creed, religious or
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ability. the most common thing i hear in my adult life is oh, you don't seem like you have autism. you seem so normal. yeah. that's 26 years of really, really, really hard work and i think thises that i still do. i was one of the first open adoptions for an lgbt couple. they split up when i was about four. one of them is partnered, and one of them is not, and then my biological mother, who is also a lesbian. very queer family. growing up in the 90's with a queer family was odd, i had the bubble to protect me, and here, i felt safe. i was bullied relatively infrequently. but i never really felt isolated or alone. i have known for virtually my entire life i was not suspended, but kindly asked to not ever bring it up again in
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first grade, my desire to have a sex change. the school that i went to really had no idea how to handle one. one of my parents is a little bit gender nonconforming, so they know what it's about, but my parents wanted my life to be safe. when i have all the neurological issues to manage, that was just one more to add to it. i was a weird kid. i had my core group of, like, very tight, like, three friends. when we look at autism, we characterize it by, like, lack of eye contact, what i do now is when i'm looking away from the camera, it's for my own comfort. faces are confusing. it's a lack of mirror neurons in your brain working properly to allow you to experience empathy, to realize where somebody is coming from, or to realize that body language means that. at its core, autism is a social
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disorder, it's a neurological disorder that people are born with, and it's a big, big spectrum. it wasn't until i was a teenager that i heard autism in relation to myself, and i rejected it. i was very loud, i took up a lot of space, and it was because mostly taking up space let everybody else know where i existed in the world. i didn't like to talk to people really, and then, when i did, i overshared. i was very difficult to be around. but the friends that i have are very close. i click with our atypical kiddos than other people do. in experience, i remember when i was five years old and not wanting people to touch me because it hurt. i remember throwing chairs because i could not regulate my
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own emotions, and it did not mean that i was a bad kid, it meant that i couldn't cope. i grew up in a family of behavioral psychologists, and i got development cal -- developmental psychology from all sides. i recognize that my experience is just a very small picture of that, and not everybody's in a position to have a family that's as supportive, but there's also a community that's incredible helpful and wonderful and open and there for you in your moments of need. it was like two or three years of conversations before i was like you know what? i'm just going to do this, and i went out and got my prescription for hormones and started transitioning medically, even though i had already been living as a male. i have a two-year-old. the person who i'm now married to is my husband for about two years, and then started gaining
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weight and wasn't sure, so i went and talked with the doctor at my clinic, and he said well, testosterone is basically birth control, so there's no way you can be pregnant. i found out i was pregnant at 6.5 months. my whole mission is to kind of normalize adults like me. i think i've finally found my calling in early intervention, which is here, kind of what we do. i think the access to care for parents is intentionally confusing. when i did the prospective search for autism for my own child, it was confusing. we have a place where children can be children, but it's very confusing. i always out myself as an adult with autism.
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i think it's helpful when you know where can your child go. how i'm choosing to help is to give children that would normally not be allowed to have children in the same respect, kids that have three times as much work to do as their peers or kids who do odd things, like, beach therapy. how do -- speech therapy. how do you explain that to the rest of their class? i want that to be a normal experience. i was working on a certificate and kind of getting think early childhood credits before i started working here, and we did a section on transgender inclusion, inclusion, which is a big issue here in san francisco because we attract lots of queer families, and the teacher approached me and said i don't really feel comfortable or qualified to talk about this from, like, a cisgendered straight person's perspective, would you mind talking a little bit with your own experience, and i'm like absolutely.
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so i'm now one of the guest speakers in that particular class at city college. i love growing up here. i love what san francisco represents. the idea of leaving has never occurred to me. but it's a place that i need to fight for to bring it back to what it used to be, to allow all of those little kids that come from really unsafe environments to move somewhere safe. what i've done with my life is work to make all of those situations better, to bring a little bit of light to all those kind of issues that we're still having, hoping to expand into a little bit more of a resource center, and this resource center would be more those new parents who have gotten that diagnosis, and we want to be this one centralized place that allows parents to breathe for a second. i would love to empower from the bottom up, from the kid level, and from the top down, from the teacher level. so many things that i would love to do that are all about changing people's minds about certain chunts, like the
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transgender community or the autistic community. i would like my daughter to know there's no wrong way to go through life. everybody experiences pain and grief and sadness, and that all of those things are temporary.
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>> hello, everyone. and welcome to the ribbon cutting ceremony for 490. i'm the deputy executive director for mission housing development corporation and it is my honor to welcome you back isn't that exciting? we are back into our neighborhood. you know, after, what, more than a year of collectively fighting the covid-19 virus. thank you, mayor, london breed. and thank you supervisors and all of the community effort that allowed us to be here today in this outdoor space to be able to celebrate 490. and we would like to remind you though as we are so proud to be hosting you here today, we want to encourage you to kindly wear your masks as you enter the building, and to respect still the social distancing guidelines that 490 is basically asking
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from all of us. for our own safety. now it is my great pleasure to welcome today's guest to conduct the ceremony for us, we're very excited that she's here today. and a community-based organization that is going to be headquartered here at 490. and we're very excited about that. [applause] they'll be located at the flex place at the corner of 16th and south van ness very, very shortly. basically what they do -- they provide immigrant families in the bay area with social services and emergency support for most cultural values and serve as a bridge between our community and consulates and the governments. so we are very pleased to have them come today to conduct a blessing to make sure that this building is blessed today. and i invite lydia to come up to the stage and begin that
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blessing ceremony. come on over. [applause] >> good morning to everyone. i am going toed in spanish and she'll translate it, okay. [speaking spanish] (speaking foreign language) [speaking spanish] (speaking foreign language)
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[speaking spanish] (speaking foreign language) >> thank you very much. thank you. [applause] >> [speaking spanish] i just want to recap because we didn't have someone to translate in english what she just finished saying, but she wants to thank brim housing and mission housing, the mayor, all of the agencies, and anybody that had a contribution to make this building a possibility for the community. she wants to express her gratitude. she also talked a little bit about the journey for many -- you know, from yucatán.
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i am so sorry. and they came here to look for a better -- and just more positive opportunities. and i get a little choked up because i know what that trajectory looked like as an immigrant person and someone that as myself, i know what that means. and she wanted to remind every member those that we lost during this pandemic. and so, again, she wants to have you all keep the good fight to make sure that we can continue to build affordable housing and she's looking upon all of you guys to be able to do that. mucho gracias. so, let's continue on. and let's talk about what is 490. it's an 80-unit affordable housing building that you're sitting here today that is located in the san francisco mission district. just a couple blocks from here we have the authentic 1950 mission that is another wonderful partnership with the partnership of bridge housing
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and ourselves that we were proud to do a groundbreaking very recently. what has that done for me, and for those that may be wondering what that word represents. we decided to name it for various reasons because it actually means to "move upward, forward, and a desire to always advance." and we believe that it embodies the resilient spirit of this neighborhood, a neighborhood that fought and they were very vocal about what they needed. and so here together as a community, as a group, we're celebrating this amazing, amazing celebration for 490. so we continue to [speaking spanish] so we'll continue to move forward, right? right? yes! yes! yes! [applause] mission housing and bridge housing are proudly basically celebrating the -- what we consider to be such a great accomplishment. and so we just want to be sure that you celebrate along with us because this is actually a
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little piece of history that we are sharing with you today. we saw about 230 families that moved into their homes here. we actually have several -- several -- several -- looking -- several -- please wave to those residents that moved in here, and i just want to welcome them to their new home. we're so excited. it really makes me get choked up because there's nothing to fight for something, deliver something, and then see the families moving in and this is what we're celebrating today. this is for you. so now it is my great pleasure to welcome someone that is an advocate for affordable housing and i know that she's been very, very vocal about it for many years and she continued to be a partner and a supporter of our organization and everyone here that is sitting here today -- our mayor -- our mayor of san francisco that has been extremely busy for the past year or so, and we're very thankful for her to have time to join us today.
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that being said, mayor london breed, would you please come up and share your thoughts. [applause] >> thank you, marcia. i've got to say today is definitely very special because it's been a long time coming, and i think that some of the folks that are joining us here today don't really realize the history and the struggle and the challenges that have existed for so many years, specifically in the mission community. and supervisor ronen can recall at a time when we saw a huge amounts of displacement of the people in this community, she was working as an aide for the supervisor in the office that she now occupies and i remember when i was on the board of supervisors and this community rallied together -- rallied together to ask for more support in san francisco, more support from city hall to build more affordable housing. and at the time i remember thinking to myself, what difference is it going to make when the people in this
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community may not even have an opportunity to get access to these units? and so together, myself and members in this community supported my efforts when the federal government, hud, said, no, we could not use neighborhood preference. i flew on the red eye to d.c., they changed their mind because all i did was tell them my story about my experience of growing up in the philmore and what happened there, the redevelopment that came in, tore down a lot of beautiful homes owned by black people, rebuilt a number of affordable housing developments, but made it difficult for the people who lived in this community to have access to those units. i was watching as what was happening in the mission already happened in the philmore western edition community. so it was important that when we started, and we identified the number of the developments in this community, the community
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did a whole walk-thru, and i went through that walk-thru and that drive-thru to identify a number of properties and at the time our late mayor ed lee helped to put $50 million in the budget to begin the process of acquiring these sites, and i picked up the mantle and we were able to acquire some additional sites as a result of the work of this community, the advocacy of this community, not only do we have seven sites identified for affordable housing in this community, we also are using neighborhood presence to make sure that people from this neighborhood have right of first refusal to access these units and to live in their community. [applause] that was -- i mean, this is -- i get emotional too, marcia, because i think about what's going to happen differently in this community for the people in this community. and so i was there for the opening of the childcare center, for the ribbon cutting and the
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ceremony. i was here when we did the groundbreaking, the amazing groundbreaking here with the space, to cleanse off all of the negative spirits and bring in the positive energy that these families deserve. we were on shopwell when we opened up a new senior developpent in and we have other properties where we're going to be doing a lot of ribbon cuttings in these community. in total almost 800 units and counting. so that is absolutely amazing. [applause] but we know that there's more that needs to be done. this pandemic, although it set us back, we were still able to get this project done. we were still able to continue to build. and that is so critical because families, like the ones that we see here today, they're counting on us. they're counting on us to move as quickly as possible to get this housing built so that they can move in and raise their families in these incredible communities. i can't help but get excited,
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especially because i know that this is going to change and save lives. housing has to be the priority. san francisco has not done the best job of moving forward as aggressively as it should in building more housing opportunities. i can't imagine my grandmother who raised me -- i can't imagine what she would have to go through now in san francisco and what would happen and how difficult it would be for her to be able to raise her grandchildren and take care of her developmentally disabled daughter nowadays and the access to affordable housing. it would be almost virtually impossible. what we want to do in this city is to change that to make sure that people have safer, affordable places to call home. and i'm so grateful that we are partnering with mission housing and with bridge housing to create these incredible spaces that are not just about buildings -- they're about people -- and people's lives. and their ability to live in dignity and take care of their
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families and live in a place like san francisco. and to be able to come back and tell those stories about their families emigrating to san francisco, or their grandmothers raising them. to be able to tell those stories, because they will have a future in this incredible city. and i'm so grateful that housing here will provide that opportunity. so, thank you, everyone, for being here. thank you for all of the folks that had a role -- the mayor's office of housing and the bank of america and our financers. so it took a village. it really did take a lot of people coming together, but more importantly -- more importantly -- it took this community rallying and demanding what they know that they deserve in order to live in dignity in the community that they call home. so, thank you all, so much for being here today. [applause]
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>> thank you, joan, for coming out. >> thank you, all. thank you for making this (indiscernible) i'm so grateful. [applause] >> these are the stories that we are very proud of, that we should all be proud of. thank you, mayor london breed, and thank you so much for acknowledging and for being here and for the work, you know, that everyone was able to do to make this happen. our next speaker is our executive director at extension housing to say a few words. i'm sure many more words but just a few. come on over. >> thank you, everybody. joan got me crying up here. give me a sec. thank you all for coming and i feel that i get to do this now and after 10 years it's kind of hard to believe that we're having a ribbon cutting every few months in the mission. marcia and myself took over the housing 10 years ago, well, we
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didn't look like what we look like now. we had a lot of growing to do, and we couldn't have done that growing without the support of our community. without the support of the late mayor lee and then mayor breed herself, and you know, most especially i'd like to thank bridge housing. we forced our way in the door and no one could get rid of us, and bridge housing is the one that opened that door up. so we wouldn't be able to grow the way we are and to provide the things that we provide on a daily basis, not just in these new buildings, but in all of our buildings, if we haven't had the trust and respect of bridge housing. so, thank you very much, for showing up. [applause] >> coming to these ribbon cuttings, as great as they are, it has me thinking about the past and how far we've come and just how important it is for us to stop right now.
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we've all just gone through a really hard ordeal and we're still going through it, and it's important to look forward. you know, it's important to come together and to say here we are at this point in time. and i know that these things happened in the past and i know this person said that, and this person -- this company did that -- but here we are as a community together supporting each other. and we're standing on something tangible, on a physical structure that was erected with the blood and sweat and tears -- and i guess a little bit of money from the san francisco government, of course, but without all of that coming together, working together, we wouldn't be here right now. we'd still be talking about how many people are displaced in the city and we would still talked about what if we could have built that. and we're standing on something that we did -- that we accomplished. and i just really want everyone to take a moment and to pat yourself on the back because it wasn't easy. it was exhausting. it was emotionally trying. but we're here now and we're
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about to have some empanadas later and have a good old time. so from the bottom of my heart i just want to thank everyone. thank you very much. >> thank you. right back at mission housing. really interesting story about this building and i want to talk about that and talk about relationships and how powerful and important they are to achieving what we're here to celebrate today. back in the day when we were just fighting to stand in justification, you know, people forced out of the mission and we weren't under the cloud of a global pandemic like today. mission housing and bridge housing had partnered a block away from here. and he came to my office and said we'd like to get back in the game and that was a
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momentous day. not only did that happen but a few months later, and the mayor's office of housing acquired some land that we're standing on, it was fully entitled for a market rate condominium project. they had drawings that were done, they were ready to break ground. the mayor's office had the vision and the wherewithal at the time to acquire this shovel ready -- remember that term that we used to talk about? and the city took some grief at the time because they paid a lot. in hindsight it looks like a pretty good number, a pretty good deal by today's standards. so i want to thank the mayor's office and the leadership for making that happen. and then sam and i, i think that we decided we should get the band back together after what happened here in 1950, and fast forward, and here we are today. you know, as sam said, a lot of blood and sweat and a lot of hard work and a lot of talented people that, you know, we're not going to be able to thank everybody today, but i want to thank the relationships that we
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value most and, really, the mayor's office of housing -- mission housing, as sam said, bridge and mission got together and we might have helped mission on some things, but they certainly helped us to understand what the mission is all about. and thank you for the blessing today. it's a complicated neighborhood, one that has been under a lot of pressure and, you know, if we can come here and to be a part of helping to stem that tide, that's part of our mission. so i thank mission housing for helping to educate us about the mission itself. and we're not done. we're going to be working with mission housing and we're busy trying to finance the infrastructure, but bridge is going to build there and mission is going to build there and we'll have a couple more of these ribbon cuttings. so i look forward to that. and i also need to thank a few of the key actors here, and from architects, who we're working with in portland and here in the
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san francisco bay area. and those who built this building, and thank you, bob, and your team. and nibe is building in berkeley, another very complex neighborhood and a complex project. and i want to thank some of the folks at bridge briefly. mitch, who couldn't be here but his namesake here, this caterpillar was named after mitch apparently. so for all of you who know mitch, really helped to get this off the ground and he was helped by anna and sarah and david from our team that worked with sam and michael and marcia and the folks from mission housing. so thank you all for helping to execute that initial vision and for being here today to help to celebrate. congratulations. >> i would like to introduce -- >> i would like to introduce -- god, you're tall -- even with heels. i would like to introduce the next speaker, supervisor hillary ronen. come right on over.
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[applause] >> supervisor ronen: thank you, everyone. it feels good, madam mayor, to keep coming to these ribbon cuttings. it's incredible. like sam said, after 10 years of not doing any of this, to be able to celebrate every couple months with, you know, the opening -- the ribbon cutting of a new affordable housing complex. and like our mayor said, this isn't about buildings, it's about people. and talking to the incredible families that are living in this building we've got to remember where those families were coming from. there are so many families in the mission that are living in tiny s.r.o. hotel rooms -- four people, five people, to a room. and if that wasn't -- that's always been unacceptable, but after this year of pandemic when we weren't allowed to leave those rooms, when kids had to
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open up their computers and sit on their bunkbeds and be in a tiny space for 24 hours a day, and weren't allowed to hang out in the hallway because they could get sick -- that is cruel it almost feels -- it makes your home feel like a jail. and those are the kind of conditions that families moved from to finally be in a proper home where their kids can run outside and be safe, where they can have their own bedroom and feel like they have that -- that privacy and that space to grow up and be kids. that's what projects like this make happen. and so thanks to the mayor's neighborhood preference -- thank you for that law, that was one of the best and the most important laws that we've ever passed in san francisco. making that happen, going to washington, and -- and not leaving and not taking no for an
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answer, it's one of your great legacies, mayor breed, because that is what made it possible for families that live in the s.r.o.s in the mission to move into proper, adequate housing for themselves and their families. and we can't stop -- like you said, we're going to keep on going because while there remains one family improperly housed in an s.r.o., where there remains thousands of people living on streets of san francisco, we can't stop. we've got to keep this going. and thank you, mission housing, for resurrecting your housing development or we wouldn't be here and we wouldn't do all of these ribbon cuttings without you. thank you, marcia, and thank you, sam, and, bridge -- of course, you never stop. so thank you for partnering with our local community-based developers, because we need that local -- that local voice and that local commitment and those folks from the community that are doing this work, like sam, marcia and oscar and so many
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members of the mission housing team. thank you so much, this is a great day. congrats. [applause] >> i would like to introduce our next speaker, kevin blackburn, from the federal home loan bank of san francisco. [applause] >> well, again, it's an honor to be here this morning and, sam, with your giant shirt there, and i am the last one to speak and i am feeling like the cleanup like willie mays right now. but i don't know if you have noticed but there's been a common theme that has gone through each speaker today and that is the stories. you know, i have some facts to share with you, but facts tell, but the reality is that stories sell. and the stories of the people whose lives have been impacted
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by having access to quality, affordable housing are the things that drive us to keep working hard to provide justice and equity for those who need it most. so i'm privileged that the federal home loan bank of san francisco, this is, like, the best thing that i get to do. i spend a lot of times on planes, well, prior to the pandemic, anyway, a lot of time on planes going back and forth to d.c.. and that is hard work. but this is really where it all makes a difference. so, you know, the facts that i just want to share with you and i want to really congratulate mission housing development corporation and bridge housing for collaborating because to build affordable housing, it is the most difficult type of housing to build, period. and to do it and to see what you'd be able to create here, i think they deserve a big round of applause, don't you?
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[applause] of course it doesn't happen in a vacuum. you know, years ago i'd say, well, building affordable housing is like a seven-layer cake because you have so many layers of financing and expertise and, and now with the cost of housing continuing to increase it's probably a 10-layer cake now. but there are three layers of that cake that i just want to talk about and one is the federal home loan of san francisco. we know what is going on in washington, and once upon a time there was an atmosphere where both sides of the aisle worked together for a common good. one of the things they created was the affordable housing program. and so the federal home loan bank of san francisco gives away 10% of its profits annually in the form of grants for affordable housing with. bridge as a partner, that has translated to about $33 million in grants to bridge. and the congressional district, speaker nancy pelosi, created
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5,40 units of affordable housing and that's quality work. but we don't do it alone. we do it with community capital, and the members, the federal home loan bank that provided the grant. and then it takes affordable housing developers to bring it all together. and so for the federal home loan bank of san francisco, we're honored to continue to be the legacy of building affordable housing in san francisco and we want to just acknowledge mayor breed and her vision to -- to be a fighter. you know, it's one thing to get in office and to kind of move things along. it's another thing to drive an agenda that really matters. and there's nothing that matters more than providing quality housing for people. so not only are we working to continue to support affordable housing, but right now with the legislation introduced in washington that would allow the home loan banks to support infrastructure, and that is
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important -- it is worth it. i was on the phone at 6:00 this morning back in d.c., because this legislation is really important and we want to be able as the infrastructure bill comes together to be another tool that banks can use to support the infrastructure development, because we need it. and so just keep your ears open we appreciate the support from supervisor ronen and from speaker pelosi as well. so, thank you all for being here today. thank you, mission housing development, and bridge housing and this is a great day. and will we're honored to be able to celebrate it with you. thank you. [applause] >> all right. thank god i'm wearing my heels. i was going to wear my flats but i wore my heels. anyways, before we get moving on to the ribbon cutting ceremony, i just want to acknowledge the team that actually worked so hard to make sure that we can do
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this celebration, which is bridge housing team, and also mission housing team. for all of you that worked really hard here -- where is the staff? mission housing and bridge housing, lift your hands up? big and proud. [applause] there's a few here too that are shy to come out, but thank you so much. i hope that you guys enjoy this space. you are standing and sitting here today and it's basically the place where our children are going to be able to play. parents are going to actually be able to go right here and do their laundry and to be able to have their kids run around here so i just wanted to acknowledge this space because i think that it's beautiful. and i'm a parent of three and if my little one his an opportunity to be in this space, i would be proud to have them run around because it's a beautiful, safe space. with that being said, we'll continue on with the ribbon ceremony and we'll ask the speakers to move up here. but before we would like to remind all of you that we have a reception on the rooftop.
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if you haven't been to the rooftop yet, we left that for last. and we partnered with a neighbor of ours, a commercial tenant of ours that is providing amazing empanadas to enjoy. so if you want to be at the reception, the elevators to my right, and another right there's going to be staff there directing you to take you to the rooftop. and so you can grab a bite to eat and take it with you. and the other thing that we have are some amazing t-shirts. so for all of you joining us today, pick up your t-shirts. it's very nice -- nice t-shirt that you can take with you. very proud of that t-shirt. besides that i just want to say -- actually ask everyone that is here today -- i want to ask for a commitment. would you -- would each one of you guys commit to be supportive of affordable housing? we have learned about the stories about what this building represents and all of the work that everyone that is here
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today, and i just want to make sure that i hear you loud and clear that you are committed and to keep affordable housing efforts moving forward. can i hear that? [applause] okay. so, [speaking spanish] which means we're going to move forward together. thank you so much to all of the speakers. please come up. >> all right, are we ready? okay. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... [applause] >> after my fire in my apartment and losing everything, the red cross gave us a list of agencies in the city to reach out to and i signed up for the below-market
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rate program. i got my certificate and started applying and won the housing lottery. [♪♪♪] >> the current lottery program began in 2016. but there have been lot rows that have happened for affordable housing in the city for much longer than that. it was -- there was no standard practice. for non-profit organizations that were providing affordable housing with low in the city, they all did their lotteries on their own. private developers that include in their buildings affordable units, those are the city we've been monitoring for some time since 1992. we did it with something like this. where people were given circus
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tickets. we game into 291st century in 2016 and started doing electronic lotteries. at the same time, we started electronic applications systems. called dalia. the lottery is completely free. you can apply two ways. you can submit a paper application, which you can download from the listing itself. if you apply online, it will take five minutes. you can make it easier creating an account. to get to dalia, you log on to >> i have lived in san francisco for almost 42 years. i was born here in the hayes valley. >> i applied for the san francisco affordable housing lottery three times. >> since 2016, we've had about
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265 electronic lotteries and almost 2,000 people have got their home through the lottery system. if you go into the listing, you can actually just press lottery results and you put in your lottery number and it will tell you exactly how you ranked. >> for some people, signing up for it was going to be a challenge. there is a digital divide here and especially when you are trying to help low and very low income people. so we began providing digital assistance for folks to go in and get help. >> along with the income and the residency requirements, we also required someone who is trying to buy the home to be a first time home buyer and there's also an educational component that consists of an orientation that they need to attend, a first-time home buyer workshop
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and a one-on-one counseling session with the housing councilor. >> sometimes we have to go through 10 applicants before they shouldn't be discouraged if they have a low lottery number. they still might get a value for an available, affordable housing unit. >> we have a variety of lottery programs. the four that you will most often see are what we call c.o.p., the certificate of preference program, the dthp which is the displaced penance housing preference program. the neighborhood resident housing program and the live worth preference. >> i moved in my new home february 25th and 2019. the neighborhood preference program really helped me achieve that goal and that dream was with eventually wind up staying in san francisco.
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>> the next steps, after finding out how well you did in the lottery and especially if you ranked really well you will be contacted by the leasing agent. you have to submit those document and income and asset qualify and you have to pass the credit and rental screening and the background and when you qualify for the unit, you can chose the unit and hopefully sign that lease. all city sponsored affordable housing comes through the system and has an electronic lottery. every week there's a listing on dalia. something that people can apply for. >> it's a bit hard to predict how long it will take for someone to be able to move into a unit. let's say the lottery has happened. several factors go into that and mainly how many units are in the project, right. and how well you ranked and what
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preference bucket you were in. >> this particular building was brand new and really this is the one that i wanted out of everything i applied for. in my mind, i was like how am i going to win this? i did and when you get that notice that you won, it's like at first, it's surreal and you don't believe it and it sinks in, yeah, it happened. >> some of our buildings are pretty spectacular. they have key less entry now. they have a court yard where they play movies during the weekends, they have another master kitchen and space where people can throw parties. >> mayor breed has a plan for over 10,000 new units between now and 2025. we will start construction on about 2,000 new units just in 2020. >> we also have a very big
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portfolio like over 25,000 units across the city. and life happens to people. people move. so we have a very large number of rerentals and resales of units every year. >> best thing about working for the affordable housing program is that we know that we're making a difference and we actually see that difference on a day-to-day basis. >> being back in the neighborhood i grew up in, it's a wonderful experience. >> it's a long process to get through. well worth it when you get to the other side. i could not be happier. [♪♪♪]
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as a society we've basically failed big portion of our population if you think about the basics of food, shelter safety a lot of people don't have any of those i'm mr. cookie can't speak for all the things but i know say, i have ideas how we can address the food issue. >> open the door and walk through that don't just stand looking out. >> as they grew up in in a how would that had access to good food and our parent cooked this is how you feed yours this is not happening in our country this is a huge pleasure i'm david one of the co-founder so about four year ago we worked
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with the serviced and got to know the kid one of the things we figured out was that they didn't know how to cook. >> i heard about the cooking school through the larkin academy a. >> their noting no way to feed themselves so they're eating a lot of fast food and i usually eat whatever safeway is near my home a lot of hot food i was excited that i was eating lunch enough instead of what and eat. >> as i was inviting them over teaching them basic ways to fix good food they were so existed. >> particle learning the skills and the food they were really go it it turned into the is charity foundation i ran into my friend
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we were talking about this this do you want to run this charity foundations and she said, yes. >> i'm a co-found and executive director for the cooking project our best classes participation for 10 students are monday they're really fun their chief driven classes we have a different guest around the city they're our stand alone cola's we had a series or series still city of attorney's office style of classes our final are night life diners. >> santa barbara shall comes in and helps us show us things and this is one the owners they help us to socialize and i've been here about a year.
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>> we want to be sure to serve as many as we can. >> the san francisco cooking school is an amazing amazing partner. >> it is doing that in that space really elevates the space for the kids special for the chief that make it easy for them to come and it really makes the experience pretty special. >> i'm sutro sue set i'm a chief 2, 3, 4 san francisco. >> that's what those classes afford me the opportunity it breakdown the barriers and is this is not scary this is our choice about you many times this is a feel good what it is that you give them is an opportunity you have to make it seem like it's there for them for the taking show them it is their and they can do that.
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>> hi, i'm antonio the chief in san francisco. >> the majority of kids at that age in order to get them into food they need to see something simple and the evidence will show and easy to produce i want to make sure that people can do it with a bowl and spoon and burner and one pan. >> i like is the receipts that are simple and not feel like it's a burden to make foods the cohesives show something eased. >> i go for vera toilet so someone can't do it or its way out of their range we only use 6 ingredients i can afford 6 ingredient what good is showing you them
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something they can't use but the sovereignties what are you going to do more me you're not successful. >> we made a vegetable stir-fry indicators he'd ginger and onion that is really affordable how to balance it was easy to make the food we present i loved it if i having had access to a kitchen i'd cook more. >> some of us have never had a kitchen not taught how to cookie wasn't taught how to cook. >> i have a great appreciation for programs that teach kids food and cooking it is one of the healthiest positive things you can communicate to people that are very young. >> the more programs like the
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cooking project in general that can have a positive impact how our kids eat is really, really important i believe that everybody should venting to utilize the kitchen and meet other kids their age to identify they're not alone and their ways in which to pick yours up and move forward that. >> it is really important to me the opportunity exists and so i do everything in my power to keep it that. >> we'll have our new headquarters in the heart of the tenderloin at taylor and kushlg at the end of this summer 2014 we're really excited. >> a lot of the of the conditions in san francisco they have in the rest of the country so our goal to 257bd or expand
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out of the san francisco in los angeles and then after that who know. >> we'd never want to tell people want to do or eat only provide the skills and the tools in case that's something people are 2rrd in doing. >> you can't buy a box of psyche you have to put them in the right vein and direction with the right kids with a right place address time those kids don't have this you have to instill they can do it they're good enough now to finding out figure out and find the future >> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their business in the 49 square files
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of san francisco. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and right vi. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i'm one of three owners here in san francisco and we provide mostly live music entertainment and we have food, the type of food that we have a mexican food and it's not a big menu, but we did it with love. like ribeye tacos and quesadillas and fries. for latinos, it brings families together and if we can bring that family to your business, you're gold. tonight we have russelling for e community. >> we have a ten-person limb elimination match. we have a full-size ring with
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barside food and drink. we ended up getting wrestling here with puoillo del mar. we're hope og get families to join us. we've done a drag queen bingo and we're trying to be a diverse kind of club, trying different things. this is a great part of town and there's a bunch of shops, a variety of stores and ethnic restaurants. there's a popular little shop that all of the kids like to hang out at. we have a great breakfast spot call brick fast at tiffanies. some of the older businesses are refurbished and newer businesses are coming in and it's exciting. >> we even have our own brewery for fdr, ferment, drink repeat. it's in the san francisco garden
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district and four beautiful murals. >> it's important to shop local because it's kind of like a circle of life, if you will. we hire local people. local people spend their money at our businesses and those local people will spend their money as well. i hope people shop locally. [ ♪♪♪ ]
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>> : i apologize to keep you all waiting. i want to thank for joining us today. the board of supervisors, the department of emergency management director. we're here at one of the first
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sites that opened, to not only provide testing for the community but also provide vaccinations. no appointment necessary. we knew that the disparities that existed with this virus were going to impact primarily the african american community but also the latino community. we're seeing those disparities play out in those vaccination process. why are we here today, san francisco is really proud of where we are and what we accomplished. when you think about the fact that we're one of the most dense cities in the country and have had one of the lowest death rates in the country. when we look at vaccination rates 75% of san franciscans are vaccinated and 83 percent have
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received at least their first dose of the vaccination. we should we should be proud. we're doing an incredible job. with this new delta variant we're seeing real concern. especially in the african american community and latino american community. we're seeing 60% of the vaccinations. in the latino community, although there are -- it's a larger percentage of the latino community that has been vaccinationed over 70%, they are two point two times more likely to be infected with the new variant. we're seeing the disparities play out in our hospitals. everyone in the hospital at san francisco general right now did not get the vaccine.
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dis opposed to propotiona disopd -- we knowwhat happened with te experiments in the country. we know that african americans were used for forty years not given penicillin in '47, it widely known that was a cure for syphilis. the share croppers who were used and suffered and discarded. african communities in my family my grandmother, one generation removed from slavely, concerned
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about trust in the vaccination process, we know that is real. but this is also real. we're in a different place now. the same people are experiencing some of the same challenges around concerns with trust, but more importantly what we will see what the data shows is with the delta variant we will see higher people who are not vaccinated and at least 250 more deaths and disproportionately those people will be african americans and latino. i understand people who are
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hesitant. i got the vaccine. i got the vaccine because not only did i want to protect myself but everybody i came in contact with. i wanted to protect the elderly people i came in contact with. i wanted to make sure they were going to be okay because they are the ones likely to die because of this. when i say it's a matter of life or death, this is serious. that's why we're here today. that's why we're in the bay view hunter's community. we understand the importance. we're not using rhetoric. we did our research on this. question asked the questions to our public health experts not only here in san francisco but all over the country because we knew people would be concerned. we knew especially african americans would be concerned and there would be issues around
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trust because of historical factors. what we're here to talk about is not what this means and how it relates to life and death but the importance of doing the right thing. doing our part whether we're uncomfortable with it or not. protecting our relatives, whether we're uncomfortable with it or not. protecting our community, whether we're uncomfortable with it or not. this is important. i want to thank you all for being here to get the word out. i want to thank my friends who are here that didn't want to get the vaccine. thank you jamal gregory for getting the vaccine. he was like, no, no, no. he got the vaccine. he was like, okay. mayor. that's what this is about,
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protecting one another. so we can get back to our lives that we know and love. i'm tired of wearing a mask, i'm tired of shutting down. tired of getting covid. how do we open up this city, we do our part and get the vaccine. without further adieu i want to introduce the supervisor who represents district ten who is here today. >> : first i just want to say good morning and thank you to our mayor. i'm here because i'm scared. i'm squared for the black community. i'm squared for people who are 25 to 40 years old. i'm scared for people who refuse
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to get the vaccine. we worked hard here in san francisco, we worked hard to get the vaccine in places and accessible, putting pop up sites in every area in the district. mobile sites that will come to your front door. we have done all of that not because it's something fun and exciting to do because we know it's important to get the vaccine. i have family members and friends who are not getting vaccinated because of the lack of trust with vaccines and history and what it has done with african americans. i have so many arguments at bbq's and family dinner he's.
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folks are getting information from so many places that are untrue. they are not listening to our medical professionals and looking at the data. here is the reality. the new delta variant. folks getting sick and ending up in the hospital are folks who are not vaccinated. we have more real life data in front of us that tells us how the vaccine is working in our communities and why it's so important. here is another fact, as we stood here at the beginning of the pandemic, did a press conference and said we knew how much district ten would be effected by the virus right here at this site. mayor talked about the elimination of barriers.
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the highest number of cases coming up now are 92124 and bay view hunter's point. there's a reason for that. we are not all doing everything we can to protect each other. for me, this is a cry to my community, a cry to everyone who has not gotten the vaccine to say, we need you to get vaccinated. it is important for to you keep yourself safe, for to you keep your family safe, and for to you keep the people around you safe. this is not information that we are making up. i had a meeting with dr. co lfax the other day. it really scared me. we're starting to see a rise in cases again. you can come here monday through friday, get the vaccine, no appointment necessary. we also have the same thing at
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the health center. we have a vaccination site at 1800 oak dale. we have consistent pop ups in community. we're going to continue to do everything we can to get to every nook and krany for people who are not getting vaccinated. incentives. people are giving out groceries, gift cards. we're doing it and providing these incentives to save lives in our community. please do it and take the opportunity to save lives today. remember those folks that do not have the vaccine are getting hospitalize and the ones who are going to die for not taking that
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precaution. i would rather be caught with than without. please get vaccinated. thank you all for being here and helping us get the word out to our communities that need to know and get the right information to take the right steps to getting everyone healthy. thank you. >> : thank you for your great remarks. i think if we take a step back for a minute and realize for every person in the hospital right now and every person dying of covid 19. those hospitalizations and deaths are nearly 100% preventible. 100% preventible. there's very little in health where we can make that statement. these vaccines are so incredibly
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effective. people ask me, how do we avoid covid, what are we going to do? top ten answer, get vaccinated. until you are fully vaccinated wear that mask indoors to protect others. you've heard from others, i want to go through a few more. in the last 12 day as lone, we have seen a three folds increase in covid 19 cases in san francisco. it's a rapid increase in cases is due to the delta variant. covid on steroids. this virus is far more infect
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ows. if you didn't get covid before now, it's likely if you're taking risks that you could get infected. if we look at the case rates of code i had right now in the city, they are two and a half times higher amongst black a afn americans. those hospital haded in san francisco 28 percent are african american. this is not just about older people getting hospitalled now. we're seeing younger people getting hospitalized. the average age of people hospitalized in san francisco is 48. now it's people 35 and under. this is preventible.
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please get vaccinated. low barrier vaccination sites are available everywhere. we have done so well. three quarters of people are vaccinated but the delta is here. protect yourself and your family. let's get this done so we can continue to do the things we love and continue to emerge from covid. san francisco is a better place than most places in the country. we still have more to do. support your family, your community. we're here to support you. we'll get this done. thank you. >> : i'm the director of the department of emergency management for san francisco. the san francisco emergency operations center remains
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activated and committed to making vaccination convenient and available for all san franciscans. we're at the forefront of the equitable vaccine strategy. we have shifted our strategy to be more neighborhood centric. i want to be 100% clear here, we have many opportunities for folks to get their vaccines and tests throughout the city in their own community. here we're at the south center in the bay view. we are fully staffed. we have some folks that are go to go get their vaccine today. we're so grateful you are here to be an example to your community and family. the delta variant continues to be a very serious threat.
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as we move forward, i just want to say that to reiterate that the vaccine is safe and in san francisco it is extremely easy and convenient to get one. we will continue to work together with our partners to make that vaccine and testing available. we've done so well, 75% is great. we really have to focus on our most vulnerable populations and protect each other. thank you very much and if you haven't got a vaccine, please go to sf dot gov, get vaccinated to find all the locations. >> : thank you. i just want to thank a lot of our first responders and the folks who work here. they have been out and about from day one helping to get the community vaccinated. i've been told by so many people
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who live in this community when they come to this location, they are treated with a smile and so much love and respect. we truly appreciate you and all you have done and will continue to do to get us to a place where hopefully we'll see a 100% vaccination rate in san francisco. with that, i'll take a few questions and then me and my people are going to go in there and get vaccinated. i'm going to hold their hands and do this. any questions? the question centered around
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getting this message out in a different way. we started -- we knew sadly in low income communities and communities of color it has a significant impact. we embedded a equity response. a number of agencies we work with that have direct relationship with folks in this community. they have been the ones to help various campaigns to get people excited about getting a vaccination. unfortunately it has slowed down. we expected it to slow down. when you look at what san francisco is doing and even our communities of color compared to any other major city in this country, there no comparison. we did a really great job. we need to do more because what's important to me is saving lives as it has been since the beginning of this pandemic.
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we'll continue to push messages and get people engaged. nothing is better than a direct conversation with someone you know and love. not an argument, a conversation. not necessarily making people feel guilty or bad but helping them understand. it's really about a relationship of trust. a lot of people i contacted and talked to in my family, a lot of times it turned into an argument. the fact is i love them and want to keep them safe. i get someone on the phone and explain that variant thing you talked about. it's doing our part to get our relatives vaccinated and protect our community.
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any data about what? >> : the question was about are we seeing any vaccinated people testing positive for covid 19. the bottom line is if you're vaccinated, the vaccines are very powerful in preventing hospitalizations and protecting you from covid. there are going to be what we call break through infections. with all this attention of break through infections, the difference between getting covid if you're fully vaccinated and
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not could be the difference between sniffles and suffocation. i want to make that very clear. if you do get covid 19 if you're fully vaccinated. the vast majority will have only mild symptoms. i think it's really important to emphasize the fact that people need to get vaccinated. there will be some people who become infected that are are vaccinated. but my god, such a better outcome if you're vaccinated. the mayor said already at the disuker berg hospital with covid, all of them are unvaccinated. you see the deaths. everybody who died in maryland
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who had covid were unvaccinated. we should be focusing on access to vaccines particularly in the african american community right here today. thank you. >> : the question was are we considering reinstituting mask mandates. we're considering basically providing guidance on suggested mask wearing in certain instances. we do ask that people who are not vaccinated when they go indoors wear a mask. for those vaccinated we don't have a mask requirement further than that. we're looking at a change to the
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policy but not necessarily a mandate. all right. thank you. >> he is a real leader that listens and knows how to bring people together. brought this department together like never before. i am so excited to be swearing in the next chief of the san francisco fire department, ladies and gentlemen, let's welcome, jeanine nicholson.
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(applause). >> i grew up total tomboy, athlete. i loved a good crisis, a good challenge. i grew up across the street from the fire station. my dad used to take me there to vote. i never saw any female firefighters because there weren't any in the 1970s. i didn't know i could be a fire fighter. when i moved to san francisco in 1990, some things opened up. i saw women doing things they hadn't been doing when i was growing up. one thing was firefighting. a woman recruited me at the gay-pride parade in 1991. it was a perfect fit. i liked using my brain, body,
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working as a team, figuring things out, troubleshooting and coming up with different ways to solve a problem. in terms of coming in after another female chief, i don't think anybody says that about men. you are coming in after another man, chief, what is that like. i understand why it is asked. it is unusual to have a woman in this position. i think san francisco is a trailblazer in that way in terms of showing the world what can happen and what other people who may not look like what you think the fire chief should look like how they can be successful. be asked me about being the first lbgq i have an understands because there are little queer kids that see me. i worked my way up.
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i came in january of 1994. i built relationships over the years, and i spent 24 years in the field, as we call it. working out of firehouses. the fire department is a family. we live together, eat together, sleep in the same dorm together, go to crazy calls together, dangerous calls and we have to look out for one another. when i was burned in a fire years ago and i felt responsible, i felt awful. i didn't want to talk to any of my civilian friends. they couldn't understand what i was going through. the firefighters knew, they understood. they had been there. it is a different relationship. we have to rely on one another. in terms of me being the chief of the department, i am really trying to maintain an open relationship with all of our members in the field so myself and my deputy chiefs, one of the
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priorities i had was for each of us to go around to different fire stations to make sure we hit all within the first three or four months to start a conversation. that hasn't been there for a while. part of the reason that i am getting along well with the field now is because i was there. i worked there. people know me and because i know what we need. i know what they need to be successful. >> i have known jeanine nicholson since we worked together at station 15. i have always held her in the highest regard. since she is the chief she has infused the department with optimism. she is easy to approach and is concerned with the firefighters and paramedics. i appreciate that she is concerned with the issues
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relevant to the fire department today. >> there is a retired captain who started the cancer prevention foundation 10 years ago because he had cancer and he noticed fellow firefighters were getting cancer. he started looking into it. in 2012 i was diagnosed with breast canner, and some of my fellow firefighters noticed there are a lot of women in the san francisco fire department, premenopausal in their 40s getting breast cancer. it was a higher rate than the general population. we were working with workers comp to make it flow more easily for our members so they didn't have to worry about the paper work when they go through chemo. the turnout gear was covered
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with suit. it was a badge to have that all over your coat and face and helmet. the dirtier you were the harder you worked. that is a cancer causeser. it -- casser. it is not -- cancer causer. there islassic everywhere. we had to reduce our exposure. we washed our gear more often, we didn't take gear where we were eating or sleeping. we started decontaminating ourselves at the fire scene after the fire was out. going back to the fire station and then taking a shower. i have taught, worked on the decontamination policy to be sure that gets through. it is not if or when. it is who is the next person. it is like a cancer sniper out
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there. who is going to get it next. one of the things i love about the fire department. it is always a team effort. you are my family. i love the city and department and i love being of service. i vow to work hard -- to work hard to carry out the vision of the san francisco fire department and to move us forward in a positive way. if i were to give a little advice to women and queer kids, find people to support you. keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep trying. you never know what door is going to open next. you really don't. [cheers and
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today we are going to talk about fire safety. we are here at the urban center on mission street in san francisco. it's a wonderful display. a little house in the urban center exhibition center that shows what it's like in a home in san francisco after an earthquake. one of the major issues that we are going to face after earthquakes are fire hazard. we are happy to have the fire marshall join us today. >> thank you. my pleasure. >> we talk about the san francisco earthquake that was a fire that mostly devastated the city. how do we avoid that kind
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of problem. how can we reduce fire hazard? >> the construction was a lot different. we don't expect what we had then. we want to make sure with the gas heaters that the gas is shut off. >> if you shut it off you are going to have no hot water or heat. be careful not to shut it off unless you smell gas. >> absolutely because once you do shut it off you should have the utility company come in and turn it back on. here is a mock up of a gas hear the on a house. where would we find the gas meter? >> it should be in your garage. everyone should be familiar with where the gas meter is.
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>> one of the tools is a wrench, a crescent wrench. >> yes. the crescent wrench is good and this is a perfect example of how to have it so you can loosen it up and use it when you need it. >> okay. let's go inside to talk about fire safety. many of the issues here relate to fire, for example, we have a little smoke detector and i see you brought one here, a carbon monoxide smoke detector. >> this is a combination of smoke and carbon monoxide detector. they are required in single homes now and in apartment buildings. if gas appliance is not burning
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properly this will alert you before the fumes buildup and will affect you negatively. >> this is a battery powered? >> this is a battery powered and it has a 10 year battery life. a lot of times you may have one or the other. if you put in just a carbon monoxide detector, it's important to have one of these too. every house should have a fire extinguisher, yes. >> one thing people expect to do when the power goes out after an earthquake about using candles. what would you recommend? >> if you have a battery operated candle would be better to use. this kind of a candle, you wouldn't want it in an area
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where it can cause a fire or aftershock that it doesn't rollover. you definitely want to have this in a non-combustible surface. >> now, here we have our stove. after a significant earthquake we expect that we may have gas disrupted and so without gas in your home, how are you going to cook? >> well, i wouldn't recommend cooking inside of the house. you have to go outside and use a portable stove or something else. >> so it wouldn't be safe to use your fireplace to cook? >> not at first. you should
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check it by a professional first. >> outside should be a safe place to cook as long as you stay away from buildings and doors and windows. >> yes. that will be fine. >> here we have some alternative cooking areas. >> you can barbecue and if you have a regular propane bark could barbecue. >> thank you for joining us. and thanks for this terrific space that you have in this exhibition space and thanks for helping san francisco stay safe.
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>> clerk: item 2, general public comment. members of the public may address the commission for up to three minutes on any matter within the commission's jurisdiction that does not appear on the agenda. speakers shall address their remarks to the commission as a whole and not to individual commissioners or department personnel. commissioners are not to enter into debate or discussion with the speaker. the lack of a response by the commissioners or department personnel does not necessarily constitute agreement with or support of statements made during public comment. there's no one on the public comment line. >> public comment will be closed. >> clerk: item 3. approval of minutes. discussion and possibility action to approve the july 14th, 2021 meeting
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minutes. >> president feinstein: do we have any public comment, madam secretary? >> clerk: no one is on the public comment line. >> president feinstein: public comment shall be closed. any questions or discussions from my fellow commissioners? i'm seeing none. >> thank you. ok. commissioner cleavland. >> i'm sorry. i did miss hear you. ok, is there a second? commissioner nakajo, we will take roll call. >> clerk: [roll call]
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the motion is unanimous. the minutes are approved. item 4, chief of the department's report from chief of department to on current issues, activities and events within the department since the fire commission meeting on july 14th, 2021 including budget, academies, special efforts, communications and outreach to other government agencies of the public, and reports from administration deputy chief jose vello on the administrative division, fleet and facility, status and updates, finance support services and training within the department. >> president feinstein: chief nickolson, we'll start with you first. >> thank you. thank you, madam president. commissioners, commissioner nakajo, president feinstein and
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staff and jeannine nickolson, chief of the department. here is my report. for the last two weeks. as you are aware, the delta variant of covid-19 is starting to see a spike in infections in san francisco. we are still appealing to those of our members who haven't been vaccinated to get vaccinated. our very -- we're doing all that we can to get people vaccinated. however, the department of human resources issued a vaccination policy for city employees and the first thing that has to be done is employees need to enter their vaccination status, on the employee portal, that's due
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tomorrow, close of business. at some point, we're still waiting to hear from the city attorney in terms of all of our members needing to be vaccinated. now or once the fda a proves the vaccine. so, the city is mandating it for certain positions and we're trying get clarity on that from d.h.r. more to follow on that. we're also recommending that people wear their masks again indoors as this is just really infectious, the delta variant is and we have had some folks ex down with covid in the last couple of weeks and only one of them was not vaccinated and that person ended up in the hospital. several of them were vaccinated
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and several others were not. the ones that were vaccinated, are not having major problems. there are the break-through cases of the delta variant. on monday, august 2nd, the 128th firefighting academy begins and i look forward to going over the t.i. and greeting all of them and it will be 42 new recruits and the chief is going to be excused in a moment becauser holding a session for the recruits and their families this evening and he and people are there to speak with all of them and their families. thank you for doing that, chief. i would be there if i could.
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i'll be there monday. on monday, august 2nd, the kids from city emt begin their internships in the department. so as you recall, city e.m.t. was something i wanted to make happen when i first came on board here and it's take not a while but with perseverance and a lot of teamwork, the first cad ray of kids they started with 15 and 13 finished the program over at city e.m.t. which includes academic help, mental health stuff, trauma counseling, life coaching, health and wellness, just all sorts of wrap-around services as well as e.m.t. classes and support to get their national registry e.m.t.
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we have spoken with quite a few of those recruits, not recruits, sorry, quite a few of those city e.m.t. graduates and we are starting with five of them in the department on monday morning. they will still be particular a civilianemployee but they wile working on the ambulances, where they will be paid and we want them
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yesterday, you may or may not have heard, the board of supervisors did their final, final approval of the budget and all we need to wait for is the mayor to sign it and make it official on august 1st. and when that happens, mark courseo will report out on our approved budget at the next commission meeting. i don't want to jinx anything, let's wait until our mayor signs it but we increased the budget by quite a bit and again, still more work to do but grateful to everyone who worked really hard on it. and that is all i have for right now. so, thank you, commissioners, and i'm happy to take any questions. >> president feinstein: thank
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you, chief nickolson. any questions from members of the commission? yes. commissioner, i see you first so you go first. >> thank you, very much, madam president. chief nickolson, thank you very much for your report. i basically don't have a question but wanted to make an emphasis. part of the docket package tonight in terms of chief vellos report, there's a section with wellness with chief parks and the physicians report and in there is a news letter by the physicians' office o and then i read thoroughly the memo from new vaccine and face-covering policies from the department and county of san francisco department of human resources and in your report, you answered my questions in a sense that wih
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this rise in terms of the delta, and in terms of what is going on, you addressed the questions that i had in terms of is there a mandate or not in terms of city employees concerning our fire department members, when it comes down to taking the vaccine and i also read the flyer that talked about individuals' choices of members on spiritual or religious or health requirements so i think you did answer my question in the sense of trying to move the department as quickly as possible to those members who are not vaccinated without violating certain aspects of exemption to get vaccinated. in terms of the protection for the rest of our department and our members in the general public. i just wanted to verify that comment and thank you for that report and update. that was one of my questions.
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thank you. >> thank you, commissioner, nakajo. so commissioner, yes, there will be a mandate. it's coming down the road for all of our members to be vaccinated. we're just trying to determine if it is now or in the coming 10 weeks or if it's going to be once the f.d.a. a proves the vaccine but the mandate is coming for sure. right now, the mandate is to enter their vaccination status, yes or no. >> president feinstein: do you have a follow-up question commissioner? >> i do not madam president. thank you, chief, for that confirmation as well. thank you. >> president feinstein: any other commissioners have
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questions on this topic for the chief? commissioner covington. >> thank you, madam president. good evening, chief. >> good evening. good evening, commissioner covington. >> so, chief, can you give us the numbers? currently how many members of the department are unvaccinated? >> do you have those numbers chief parks? >> you've given us the numbers in the past so i thought you might have them handy? >> i know there's some people that have sort of. >> commissioners jose from administration and we have from the doctor office 75% have been vaccinated and that's what we have so far.
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and as of this morning, for the demands from the city to update their status we have 72% update their status on the city portal which is what we all had to do. those the numbers of this morning? >> so 72%. >> 72% have updated their status which would be yes or no and our records show the 75% have been vaccinated. >> all right. thank you. is there any particular cluster of concern that they have expressed that leads them not to have taken their shots so far? that's a question for the chief? >> thank you, commission covington. no, nothing. we've heard bits and pieces of stories but nothing that i could
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say with certainty is the reason why people are saying no to it. so, again, the mandate is coming and we're just waiting direction from d.h.r. >> ok. all right. thank you for that. i really do want to commend you on the program, launching the program for these young people and it's important step for the department and it's an important step for young people who may not have previously in the past even considered a career in the fire service or becoming a medic so this is really, really wonderful and i'm hoping that all of them have been vaccinated. >> i do not know the answer to that question. what i can tell you right now is
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the city's d.h.r. has said moving forward from here we will be permitted to make it a prior to anybody getting hired they have to have it. >> y. i have read that in the local news. and is there going to be a second class of these young citizens? they are currently working on applications for the next kadri of city employees. >> how many are you expecting to be part of the second class? >> it's likely to be around 16. >> ok. i think that's a good number.
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that way they can get individual attention. i look forward to meeting them at some point, when things are such that we can shake hands with each other. i don't have any other questions at this time. thank you. >> president feinstein: thank you, commissioner covington. questions from any of the other commissioners? i'm not seeing any -- commissioner cleveland. >> thank you for bringing our inner-city youth into the fire department. it's a great program and i look forward to it being successful and being replicated over and over again. i also want to commend the chief for elevating simon pang to our
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deputy chief for para medicine which is pretty cool and brice peoples is our new assistant deputy chief for diversity, equity and inclusion so those are two big-deal promotion this is my mind and i wanted to com end the chief for doing that. >> thank you commissioner cleveland. neither one of them could be here tonight or i would have put them on the spot. it is a big deal and especially to add staff to the positions to the command staff. so, thank you for that and yes, this is just the first for city e.m.t. and the first five kids so you know how it goes commissioner cleaveland, the first car that is model of a particular vehicle, you know, you've got to tweak it and change some things so we're always looking to improve all of
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it. so we have -- thank you, very much. >> president feinstein: thank you commissioner cleaveland. i think we've heard from everybody. i don't know whether to rack this question to chief nickolson or chief velo. the 75% vaccination rate is lower than what i have read and i rely on the "san francisco chronicle," that is lower than the population of san francisco. that's a lower vaccination rate. and my question becomes, i don't know who is vaccinated and who is not vaccinated, what their assignments are or are not their
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assignment. my question is if i'm a person who perhaps i'm fully vaccinated, and i need the fire department's assistance, i need their e.m.t. and their paramedic and i need what have you, how do i know, given the delta variant and whether the other variant is here or not, i don't know, you would know. the last thing i would want to have happen and have an emergency in my home and have someone who was not vaccinated respond. and i mean, it really is distressing to me and concerning to me unless people have a particular -- i'm not interested in their politics but unless they have a medical reason and i understand that they don't have
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to get vaccinated until the f.d.a. is approved the vaccination and why would they not, i need to understand that. because rather than seek help from the san francisco fire department. >> madam president, i can speak to that. we still have all of our members wearing all their p.p.e. on any calls where we go into anyone's home. so that is the failsafe right now. and like i said, we are still working on getting more people vaccinated and it will be a requirement sooner rather than later. so, everyone wears their p.p.e. and folks that either are not
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vaccinated or have not entered their stats in the employee portal, as of tomorrow, close of business, must wear a mask all the time in the fire house as well. so, i can't give you people's reasons. i think there are many different reasons and we just need to keep moving forward and when we get this directive, from our city attorney and from d.h.r., we will push forward. >> president feinstein: i'm sorry, chief, and i don't mean to put you on the spot or chief velo on the spot, i really don't, the rate of vaccination is lower than the general population of san francisco. which i understand to be 82%. you can tell me that 82% is incorrect and i accept that. here we have first responders
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who not only are maybe exposing others, they're exposing themselves. p.p.e. or no p.p.e. and it doesn't instill a lot of confidence and i know the understand and the f.d.a. understands what is going on with the vaccine but you are a first responder help me understand, why wouldn't you get vaccinated? unless you have a particular health condition? i don't understand. >> if i may, madam president, we have had 75% of people report that they have been vaccinated. it may actually be higher.
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we don't know and that is why we are pushing to get everyone vaccination status on the employee portal. so it may be higher than 75%, i don't know. what i do know, many of our folks don't live in the city live outside the city and so i don't know -- i don't know why. there are multitude of reasons and to get folks to get vaccinated and we can't right now force them to. i don't know, you know, we could get into all sorts of psychology about people not want to go do it or politics and getting it
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from our former city. >> president feinstein: let me ask you this last question, is there a consequence for those who aren't vaccinated? >> there will be. it's city wide policy so d.h.r. is taking the lead on there but there will be. >> president feinstein: thank you shall kindly. any further question? i see no hands. all right. >> there's no one on the public comment line. >> president feinstein: thank you, madam secretary. public comment is closed. moving on. >> chief velo with the wall. >> good evening, president,
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chief, commissioners, command staff, again, deputy administration. as i've done in the past, i'll present with a presentation that highlights some of the things on the report and also some of the things that happens since the report and especially on the current situation of the department so with your permission i'll share my presentation. >> thank you. >> are you able to see it? >> yes, sir, i can see it. >> thank you, very much. >> it's my report for the month of june and you have my report that was given to you and i'm going to also include in this report, we're going to be doing it every commission report our mutual aid updates. the fire season is in full effect and we have members already committed and we have 22 members right now deployed in the fight that we have in the state with the fire conditions that we have so, three of our
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type 6 engines were deployed to the salt fire. they have not come back since then. we've been rotating different fires. after that, our engine 361 was sent to the fire in oregon. we have now also members after that so far that went to the backwards complex fire and from that fire had been deployed to the dixie fire on the brew cannon region area north on paradise years ago and they're currently working the lines right now and they've been very busy and now we have a second team, this is the status and we have engine 361 and the update on the dixie fire and again as of yesterday, 208,000 acres and
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23% contained and if you think this fire season is going fast and strong, it is. these are the numbers on cal fire responses that have compared to the same time last year and increase of 257% compared to the same time last year so, no doubt the drought and all the effects are going on are making a big effect on us and our department continues to respond to this and we will keep you updated throughout the fire season, myself and where our folks are and what are they doing and what kind of fires they're fighting. on the training side from my division, we completed and thank you for those who attended the 127th academy and it was a great event. the folks are in the field working there shift now. the first assignment is engine and truck and they rotate for six months until they complete the one-year probation time. it was a great event and i think you all enjoyed that happy
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event. it starts on monday tonight and like chief said we have orientation, family night. the reason we also had a pre tower event last saturday and for about six hours, the recruits that were able to do it were able to come in and start getting ideas of what is going to happen in the academy and tap some of the equipment we will use in the academy and they're given a full orientation. tonight's event is an orientation about what will happen and also getting the families involved and aware to support our recruits. as you recall from the graduation and recruits talk about the support from the families. it's important they have that. this is the first time we've done family night in a long time. we want to make sure the families understand their support is needed for the next 20 weeks. they'll graduate on december 23rd, 2021 and 42
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recruits seven coming from station 49. this time the chief has implemented a new model where in the past the recruits were on station 49 will come two weeks later and we'll connen straight on the e.m.s. training for two weeks. we incorporate that e.m.s. training throughout the whole academy and we feel this is a better model and we incorporate those recruits from 49 to be together from the beginning and we think we'll have better results from that too. so we're looking forward to that and looking forward to day one on monday. and on the in service training side, we do drills. i just want to show you this picture because the training staff at treasure island has done a fantastic job building their own props. they build props and this prop in the picture sim late and so they built they can penetrate
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that and look for fire that we will find in many residents so we're trying to do it and they're doing a fantastic knob they do highrise training drills and we incorporate that into the drills so when we do fires, the responses that and they continue to go out and do some training for them and of course they're doing continued drills but you see drills that they work with partners in the county as well too and they continue to do a lot of work, working with doctor offices and they have observe a conferences where they had to respond to some allegations that we have and work with them together and we are working on a program for a members attend and
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visit their primary care physician and we want to implement that and we're working on that. also, we're able to obtain a grant. it's a company that trains members and they've done successfully in boston and other agencies where they come and do the trainer and appears fitness trainers and talk about fitness, nutrition, over all well this is so this is happening in september. they can train our members throughout this states and report. we also attended an event with a fundraiser and for breast cancer. many members were there as well too. doctor office, this is again this morning that the numbers and again the chief has made a good point, we still have a significant number that have not reported it, whether because we have no access to the computer and some other long-term
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disability. we think our numbers are higher but that's how we can report on that too. we've seen, an uptick in case of covid, since june 1st. we have eight cases of covid that we have and some like chief said, be vaccinated and still have the covid cases and those cases are mild symptoms so we're worrying about what is going on. the mask rule indoors our protect our members. this month had a topic on cancer prevention and also we are developing a new wellness program and some of the health checks for the primary care physicians will be involved in that and we'll call it 30 in and 30 out creating a campaign to be healthy when they're in and also when they retire too and she is working on a delta variant news letter as well too.
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captain jose sal a, we tested 70 members for the random program that we have and all results were negative and he tested. one post accident and also negative and he is not the only one testing because after hours they do this and all the tests were negative and they test all the breath alliesers and they always test every month. we finished some of the items. station 35, some of the latest pictures from station 35 and i know you asked about the status of the connections and i'll give you that right now. looking at the station, it's pretty much ready to go.
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we're looking at final issues that we need to complete but we're ready to go with that. looking at some of the things and observation deck on the top left you have pier 22 completed and we have the folsom street completed so we're making progress on the connection and we are working on that. cross our fingers we'll get there very soon. facilities, 121 request for service and 113 orders were completed ex those are not the same numbers they may come earlier and we complained in the month of june 113. some of the things we've done this month among other things we're doing all the time and we have started the stations 34 and those were installed in 1994 and they're failing so we were working on that and there was a tree encroaching and property station 39 and we were able to come to a happy conclusion with that neighbor and we can use our
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cities to get this tree removed and trimmed to a point where it's not encroaching the property. that's a happy resolution to that problem that was presented to us. one of the trucks that our crews went to louisiana to the fact reand were able to finally give the approval of one of the trucks to come to san francisco and we call it a hill test. that mixture that they work well in our hills and we make this specifics for that and now we have to get the final final when we start driving up and down the hills and angles and approaches and make sure that everything is good to go. when we get the final, we get the other six that are being made. they're into the final stages waiting for us to get the thumbs up. 11 engines are coming. we have three that have been outfitted and some of the unique things we put ourselves but we found out there was a recall on some of the transmission for them so we have -- they've been
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working on three and five in riverside and all doing work on this and as soon as they get them done we'll be good to go with that. oes type 6 had a recall and they're all clear and as you can see, they've been deployed already. the chief dewitt and staff will attend the pre construction meeting which is in minnesota for the host we're getting for the budget so we're excited about that. while the staff list they approved the mobile air build and modifications that were needed so that's coming up soon and we're working on this specific indications for the new ambulance, the type 1 approved ambulance that we have. a lot of progress on the fleet. not as fast as we wanted but it's progress regardless and this is the new engine 13, we have 13, 1 and 3 that are outfitted in our yards so this is a new engine 13 coming to the station and i'll sure we'll make it happy and 13 was chief nickolson's stations for a long
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time. and the water supply, commissioners, thank you for attending that drill that we had. this is the type of pipe that we are putting into the richmond districts. as you can see, basically bends. so it's made to sustain large earthquakes and able to be able to have assurances for us that we will have a reliability system for the e.w. system in the city when the big one happens so we're practice that and we're happy to be able to also show supervisors and the districts how the system works with the demonstrations so chief conner was able to put it all together so i appreciate that too. the sea water station, two studies were done june 30th. the sea water study review both were sent to final draft to the board of supervisors and now we're waiting for a hearing date so they will be discussed in the future hearings of the board of supervisors and we final sized
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the updates on the m.o.u. between p.u.c. and last week was the bad spinning of the members from station 49 they got their badge for level 2 and level 3 as well too so it's a nice happy event and that's all i have for you today and any questions, happy to answer. >> president feinstein: thank you, chief velo. questions, commissioners? comments, commissioners? >> thank you, very much, madam president. thank you, very much chief velo for your very comprehensive report. i always read it carefully and i appreciate all the areas in your report and the appreciate the identification through your slide presentations in the areas for me, i'm sorry always amazed at the mass amount of responsibility and oversight that your office has as well.
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i counted eight divisions, if you will, training, health and wellness, physicians, investigations, research, planning, support services, p.u.c., human resources and i just really appreciate it as do i believe the colleagues on the commission. i also wanted to call out chief dewitt in your section and i broke it down as well, that for me, it becomes 14 sections of topics and sub topics and again i just want to remark of how appreciative i am as a commissioner in the details aspects of your report going all the way from east of 2010 to easter bon 2014. you talk about focus scope programs as well as you talk about easter bond 2020phs bond 2016 and then as we continue, it
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begins to become an enormity in terms of all the areas you focus. ps bond 2016 and not only that, eser section pocp management section and in terms of it, department of engineering and closing depot. a lot of gratitude in part in terms of my part in the interpretation and the reading of the areas. thank you, very much for that comprehensive report. chief velo i appreciate your area that you talked about mutual aid. i believe upon all of us, particular low this situation in terms of wildfires in the mutual aids in northern california and california it will effect all of us and i very appreciative of our involvement in our connection to that. i also wanted to say that i'm very appreciative and i think it's a great idea that in terms
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of the new class that comes in that family orientation this evening, is really a great idea to engage the family members as well because there's expectations all over the place, great sacrifices and a lot of anxiety and stress and the more the families are aware of and that inclusion helps with the department. i also wanted to remark that i think that station 49 from the get-go of the academy is a good idea to use their resources and their expertise and to build a bond and relationship in the class as well in terms of that learning as well so i just want to thank you for that as well. and i just wanted to give a congratulations as commissioner cleaveland also delivered to the newly appointed chiefs. thank you, madam president. >> president feinstein: thank you, commissioner nakajo.
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i do understand, i have a question, you have mentioned on the slide presentation the oes6 type 6 recall. could you kindly explain that to me a little bit more? what are we talking about here? >> it's the apparatus we got from the state. >> they are trucks and so fourth so there was a recall and they had a factory recall that had to be fixed and it was not a safety issue but they had to be done so oes handles all those things and they fix everything and they're the apparatus and we just put our staff into it and respond to the fires. it's been fixed and they're out
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there fighting fires. >> forgot to mention, we currently have a level 1 academy going on right now that will graduate in august 20th. my bad, i forgot about that. 18 members. they have one more week of class work and after that they'll practice ride outs so we're excited for those folks to come in because we need the step. august 20th will be on a ceremony that will be invite sod put it in your calender. >> we like ceremonies so that is a good thing. thank you. thank you, thank you.
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>> commission covington. >> thank you. i want to thank chief velo for his report and thank chief nakajo for his review of everything chief velo said so, thank you. >> we rely on him commissioner covington for him to do that. i don't want staff and members of the public think that commissioners nakajo is the only one who is appreciative of these changes that are going on and also welcoming the new, the two
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new chiefs and i'm also impressed with the fact that the folks from 49 or starting with everyone else. in order to have a really cohesive cohort, everybody starts at the same time and does all the work together and bonds are built for life because everybody says i'm part of this class and that class but if you are on a two-week delay, then you know you are trying to find your footing and learn everyone's name and this way everyone starts together and it also gives the folks from 49 a chance to shine. as they're going over all of the medical information and details. i think it's a great idea, thank you for putting that forward. and just a lot of good things
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happening here. there was that and then we talked about post tenders and now we've got, now we're going to be host tenders because we ned them and i am sorry that i was not able to attend the emergency water supply system demonstration and i want to just definitely -- excuse me. i want to thank everyone who worked on that and i would like to suggest that when things such as this are being planned, if you could give the commissioners a hint in advance. i feel like the implementations when the press releases go out and some of us are already booked and scheduled and don't
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have enough time to change things so if we can we can bet an easterly year heads-up you will have more participation. thank you for that. i just appreciate everything. >> dually noted. sometimes we have to coordinate with the other parties that attend so actually we'll do our best to make sure you have ample notice. >> and i thank commissioner covington for that because i agree. you get hooked on other things and you wish you could go to what is going on with the fire department and you can't. we will all to the extend provide us with the earliest note as possible it would be much appreciated understanding
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that would be possible and when you can, it's great company so you should want to so that's my theory and anyway. any further -- commissioner covington. yes, sir. >> i'm sorry, commissioner cleaveland. >> i did have a couple of follow-up questions and i wanted to recognize assist apartment assistant chiefo'conner for thet commissioner covington missed because it was a really great event and well orchestrated and well put together although it was freezing cold. so, you would have really had to bundle up for that and you missed the opportunity to see commissioner in his full turnout coat and looked just like a regular firefighters. it was cool. so, yes, it was a great event
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and i want to commend the assistant chief o'conner for putting it all together. i also had a question for chief o'conner with your permission, chief, regarding the studies that are being done on the a.w.s.s. system and i know that they were required to be done by the end of last month and if they are available for us, i know they're going to the board of supervisors, is it also possible for the commissioners to get copies of these studies? >> good evening. i believe that studies will be available. let me ask the p., c. what their policy is for the board of supervisors has public hearings but i believe i can get you -- >> president feinstein: can you speak up, please. it's hard to hear you. >> i can hardly hear you as well. >> can you hear me now? >> a little more. >> i'll see if i can get the
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copies released to you prior to the board of supervisors having a public hearing on that. let me double check. if so, i'll release it to the commission as soon as possible. >> when you can do so. i think the commissioners would like to review it and i know that we're all very interested in the awss program and that is something that is critically important to the city and the west side of the city and we're all interested in the progress that we can make so appreciate that. i have a quick question for chief velo regarding the boe. we moved them from their old place to the old station 49. the 1415 evans avenue, has that been completed? is everything moved over huaweis street? >> that's not correct. the staff on b.o.e., the staff that responds to apparatus
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breakdowns still is at 24th street. we have warehouse and some of the logistical support staff into the 1415 evans warehouse. our goal is to move some of the other functions down the street many of it's the both functioning facilities so we have still some at 24th street. >> but there's a program to get it all consolidated at this point? eventually, yeah. that's the reimagine of station 49 as a facility that can do minor repairs so that's a project that we'll need capital funds for that as well. >> thank you for that clarifica. what will we have the ribbon cutting. >> and i'm not going to let you speak on this, commissioner cleaveland, chief nickolson, he always over promises and so, i'm
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going to say, we do not know because things on a daily basis and he is just going to get everyone's hopes up and then we're going to be asking again next month when it will happen. please, be patient. we're pushing -- >> i just didn't want commissioner covington to miss it. >> president feinstein: please, we're pushing it as hard as we can and i know chief dewitt and chief velo are on it. yeah, can't give you a date right now. >> thank you, chief. thank you, chief velo. that's all, madam president, thank you. >> president feinstein: thank you. >> and commissioner covington doesn't want to miss it so yes. >> president feinstein: i don't think any of us want to miss it, it's just a matter of whether we'll still be alive when it happens. hope springs eternal, what can i say?
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any further comments? i'm not seeing any hands going up on my screen. madam secretary, did we take public comment? >> clerk: we did not but there's no one on the public comment line. >> president feinstein: ok, then. public comment is closed. and we can move on. >> clerk: item 5, commission report. report on commission activities since the last meeting on july 14th, 2021. >> president feinstein: commiss. >> i just want to report to you madam president, and the commissioners, and update in terms of the assignment i received from you in terms of the evaluation of the commission secretary. i had a meeting in terms of clarity and direction and our department's h.r. this afternoon
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at 11:15 and i have clear knowledge and a process and i wanted to share that basically what i've been instructed is to meet with commissioner secretary first to start the process off and in terms of performance evaluation and then the next segment would be after we have that initial meeting and i'm going to be communicating with the commissioners, both verbally, individually as well as by e-mail for each commissioner to give a comment or some remarks in terms of the comes secretary's performance evaluation. at that particular point, then, i will gather a summary and work off the template that i've been instructed to utilize and the final is to meet with the secretary and give her the evaluation and feedback and to get a write-off. point of information, this is the same process that occurred
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in 2019 when commissioner cleaveland was assigned a evaluation on the commission secretary so i just wanted to share this information with you, madam president, and the fellow commissioners with the process and you will be hearing from me very soon. thank you. >> president feinstein: thank you, commissioner nakajo. other updates from commissioners? anybody? i can offer this and have shared it. i have been very well served by the city attorney's office in terms of receiving guidance on how we need to proceed on things that we haven't proceeded on in a little while, mainly because of covid and distractions, not distractions but more important things. covid is more important than a lot of administrative things. and we'll be reporting back to
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my fellow commissioners on the things that we need to get done and seeking their help in getting them done. so, i haven't been, heaven for bid i'd be completely silent but that won't happen. we're moving forward and i'll keep people apprised as i can. thank you for taking the lead. sorry. i'm sorry, madam secretary. >> clerk: there's no one on the public comment line. >> president feinstein: good thing for me. thank you. i forgot to do that first. public comment is closed. >> clerk: item 6, fire commission electricity of officer. due to the unexpected death of vice president tony rodriguez,
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there's a vacancy in the position of commission vice president. item a, nomination and elections of commission vice president. >> president feinstein: all right. just looking, and -- [please stand by]
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>> we all miss him but as we move forward it's my honor and privilege to nominate the most senior member of our commission who's been dedicated pretty much the last 25 years to this commission's departments business and to the commission
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is my honor to nominate stephen nakajo to vice president. >> commissioner covington, i see your finger waving. >> second. >> thank you, i had a nomination and a second. we are ready,. >>. [roll call vote] and you accept the nomination? >> with great honor. >> you will now be vice president of the fire commission. >> i want know, commissioner nakajo, i get to go first . you are teaching me. i really want to thank you for
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the grace toaccept this. you've been on thiscommission longer than any of us have . you have an incredible understanding of the department . the ins and outs and everything else that goes on and you have been ... you are just a tremendously giving person on all levels and i mean that bot personally and professionally . i want to thank you for accepting thisresponsibility . i look forward to working with you and learning from you and all good thingswill happen so thank you . yes, commissioner nakajo. >> thank you very much madame president . thankyou for those very kind words . i want to say such a deep
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appreciation and support in terms of our fellow commissioners, to commit cleveland and to you commissioner covington because i know that the bottom line for all of us is concerned for this department and the city and county of san francisco. this is an emotional time as well as i'm sureall all of us to . out of respect and memory of commissioner rodriguez. we out this year president move with the commission in terms of the to the day when we will be able tohave . i just wanted to say you and to humbly accept this and i'm privileged to serve the staff in this capacity. >> thank you.
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yes. thank you. >> item 7, agenda for next and future fire commission meeting . >> any suggestions? we do have some steps coming commissioner covington . >> i would like to know what has alreadybeen suggested . >> so we do have the continuation from mta to come in and finish theirdiscussion on the slow streets program . i believe president feinstein wanted to do an update on the resolution that waspassed back in 2009 . that's resolution2009 03 .
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and the performance evaluation of the chief of department, commission secretary and department physician . >> where was that resolution madame secretary? >> it was a resolution passed in 2009 setting out deadlines and dates to comply with whether it's the election of officers in january there's a whole resolution that outlined timelines for what the commissionneeded to get on their agenda . it was way before my time but that was all right. >> i'm just going to interject here madame secretary.
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it wasn't before my time since i'm so much older than youare . but it is a resolution that was passed by the commission. it does need amendment. i have spoken with our city attorney about it. and what needs to be updated and changed, there are things in their that don't apply anymore or fit anymore. it's just as old as it is, it's a one usetool . so we're working on coming up with a modified resolution and we will bring it of course before the commission for adopting as the commissions resolution . and it's a work in progress but we are in communication many times a week and i'm sure our new city attorney just really
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would respond to me by this point because he communicates sofrequently . but that is going to be dated so we needto do that . and other than that, we can just moveforward on the other items . to try to get some things up-to-date here. we need to get some things up-to-date and i look forward. i'll shareeverything . i'll tell everybody and you know, a group decision will be made. >> thank you for that clarification. >> on the word madamesecretary, any public comment ?
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>> there is nobodyon public comment .>> that public comments will be closed . >> does anybodyhave any further suggestions ? for future commission meetings? >> commissioner, was that you? >> yes madamepresident and thank you . i'm wondering at some point should the commission ever review the strategic plan for the department and at what point would the department be ready to give us anupdate on the strategic plan ? >> i only know that normally strategic plans have dates to them from implementation. >> i think the strategic plan
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that was put together is probably four years ago. i'm going to guess. >> i have it here right now and it was ... 17. 2017 through 2021. >> right so it's getting time to probably have an update on it. that will really be at the discretion of the team. that's all i wanted to add adam secretary. >> i appreciate that. geez, do youhave a comment on that ? >> thank youcommissioner cleveland . we haven't started, we started on it a while back with some different work groups for different parts ofit . and then we got distracted with budget and we are heading back to it and we are hoping to have
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a draft at the end of the year is that right for the commission? >> and of the year we will have the draft, we are working on i . >> so it needs to be for 2022 moving forward. >> sounds good. >> that soundsgood to meet you, thank you . >> we also have to schedule a closed session that we postponed so we need to putthat on the black back burner as well . >> is a disciplinary matter. >> that is correct. >> right now we will remain on theback burner . >> don't forgetabout it . >> even i didn't forget, madame secretary but right now i'm not going to schedule that so we will. anything further?
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everybody's very quiet tonight. okay. >> item 8,adjournment . >> so moved, madame president. >> from commissioner cleveland, no, commissioner covington. i take the motionfrom commissioner cleaveland and i take you as a second . >> president feinstein, i go to adjourn. >> vice president nakajo. >> i vote to adjourn. >> this meetingis adjourned at 6:12 . >> thankyou . >> take care, be well>> thank
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you commissioner . >> >> hi today we have a special edition of building san francisco, stay safe, what we are going to be talking about san francisco's earth quakes, what you can do before an earthquake in your home, to be ready and after an earthquake to make sure that you are comfortable staying at home, while the city recovers. ♪♪
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>> the next episode of stay safe, we have alicia johnson from san francisco's department of emergency management. hi, alicia thanks to coming >> it is a pleasure to be here with you. >> i wonder if you could tell us what you think people can do to get ready for what we know is a coming earthquake in san francisco. >> well, one of the most things that people can do is to make sure that you have a plan to communicate with people who live both in and out of state. having an out of state contact, to call, text or post on your social network is really important and being able to know how you are going to communicate with your friends, and family who live near you, where you might meet them if your home is uninhab hitable. >> how long do you think that it will be before things are restored to normal in san francisco. >> it depends on the severity of the earthquake, we say to
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provide for 72 hours tha, is three days, and it helps to know that you might be without services for up to a week or more, depending on how heavy the shaking is and how many after shocks we have. >> what kind of neighborhood and community involvement might you want to have before an earthquake to make sure that you are going to able to have the support that you need. >> it is important to have a good relationship with your neighbors and your community. go to those community events, shop at local businesses, have a reciprocal relationship with them so that you know how to take care of yourself and who you can rely on and who can take care of you. it is important to have a battery-operated radio in your home so that you can keep track of what is happening in the community around and how you can communicate with other people. >> one of the things that seems important is to have access to your important documents. >> yes, it is important to have copies of those and also stored them remotely. so a title to a home, a
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passport, a driver's license, any type of medical records that you need need, back those up or put them on a remote drive or store them on the cloud, the same is true with any vital information on your computer. back that up and have that on a cloud in case your hard drive does not work any more. >> in your home you should be prepared as well. >> absolutely. >> let's take a look at the kinds of things that you might want to have in your home. >> we have no water, what are we going to do about water? >> it is important for have extra water in your house, you want to have bottled water or a five gallon container of water able to use on a regular basis, both for bathing and cooking as well as for drinking. >> we have this big container and also in people's homes they have a hot water heater. >> absolutely, if you clean your hot water heater out regularly you can use that for showering, drinking and bathing as well >> what other things do people
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need to have aren't their home. >> it is important to have extra every day items buy a couple extra cans of can food that you can eat without any preparation. >> here is a giant can of green giant canned corn. and this, a manual can opener, your electric can opener will not be working not only to have one but to know where to find it in your kitchen. >> yes. >> so in addition to canned goods, we are going to have fresh food and you have to preserve that and i know that we have an ice chest. >> having an ice chest on hand is really important because your refrigerator will not be working right away. it is important to have somebody else that can store cold foods so something that you might be able to take with you if you have to leave your home. >> and here, this is my very own personal emergency supply box for my house. >> i hope that you have an alternative one at home. >> oh, i forgot. >> and in this is really
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important, you should have flashlights that have batteries, fresh batteries or hand crank flashlight. >> i have them right here. >> good. excellent. that is great. additionally, you are going to want to have candles a whistle, possibly a compass as well. markers if you want to label things if you need to, to people that you are safe in your home or that you have left your home. >> i am okay and i will meet you at... >> exactly. exactly. water proof matches are a great thing to have as well. >> we have matches here. and my spare glasses. >> and your spare glasses. >> if you have medication, you should keep it with you or have access to it. if it needs to be refrigerated make sure that it is in your ice box. >> inside, just to point out for you, we have spare batteries. >> very important. >> we have a little first aid kit. >> and lots of different kinds of batteries. and another spare flashlight.
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>> so, alicia what else can we do to prepare our homes for an earthquake so we don't have damage? >> one of the most important things that you can do is to secure your valuable and breakable items. make sure that your tv is strapped down to your entertainment cabinet or wall so it does not move. also important is to make sure that your book case is secure to the wall so that it does not fall over and your valuable and breakables do not break on the ground. becoming prepared is not that difficult. taking care of your home, making sure that you have a few extra every-day items on hand helps to make the difference. >> that contributes dramatically to the way that the city as a whole can recover. >> absolutely. >> if you are able to control your own environment and house and recovery and your neighbors are doing the same the city as a whole will be a more resilient city. >> we are all proud of living in san francisco and being prepared helps us stay here. >> so, thank you so much for
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joining us today, alicia, i appreciate it. >> absolutely, it is my pleasure. >> and thank you for joining us on another edition of building
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>> it's great to see everyone kind of get together and prove, that you know, building our culture is something that can be reckoned with. >> i am desi, chair of economic development for soma filipinos. so that -- [ inaudible ] know that soma filipino exists, and it's also our economic platform, so we can start to build filipino businesses so we can start to build the cultural district. >> i studied the bok chase choy
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heritage, and i discovered this awesome bok choy. working at i-market is amazing. you've got all these amazing people coming out here to share one culture. >> when i heard that there was a market with, like, a lot of filipino food, it was like oh, wow, that's the closest thing i've got to home, so, like, i'm going to try everything. >> fried rice, and wings, and three different cliefz sliders. i haven't tried the adobe yet, but just smelling it yet brings back home and a ton of memories. >> the binca is made out of
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different ingredients, including cheese. but here, we put a twist on it. why not have nutella, rocky road, we have blue berry. we're not just limiting it to just the classic with salted egg and cheese. >> we try to cook food that you don't normally find from filipino food vendors, like the lichon, for example. it's something that it took years to come up with, to perfect, to get the skin just right, the flavor, and it's one of our most popular dishes, and people love it. this, it's kind of me trying to chase a dream that i had for a
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long time. when i got tired of the corporate world, i decided that i wanted to give it a try and see if people would actually like our food. i think it's a wonderful opportunity for the filipino culture to shine. everybody keeps saying filipino food is the next big thing. i think it's already big, and to have all of us here together, it's just -- it just blows my mind sometimes that there's so many of us bringing -- bringing filipino food to the city finally. >> i'm alex, the owner of the lumpia company. the food that i create is basically the filipino-american experience. i wasn't a chef to start with, but i literally love lumpia, but my food is my favorite
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foods i like to eat, put into my favorite filipino foods, put together. it's not based off of recipes i learned from my mom. maybe i learned the rolling technique from my mom, but the different things that i put in are just the different things that i like, and i like to think that i have good taste. well, the very first lumpia that i came out with that really build the lumpia -- it wasn't the poerk and shrimp shanghai, but my favorite thing after partying is that bakon cheese burger lumpia. there was a time in our generation where we didn't have
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our own place, our own feed to eat. before, i used to promote filipino gatherings to share the love. now, i'm taking the most exciting filipino appetizer and sharing it with other filipinos. >> it can happen in the san francisco mint, it can happen in a park, it can happen in a street park, it can happen in a tech campus. it's basically where we bring the hardware, the culture, the operating system. >> so right now, i'm eating something that brings me back to every filipino party from my childhood. it's really cool to be part of the community and reconnect with the neighborhood. >> one of our largest challenges in creating this cultural district when we
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compare ourselves to chinatown, japantown or little saigon, there's little communities there that act as place makers. when you enter into little philippines, you're like where are the businesses, and that's one of the challenges we're trying to solve.
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>> undercover love wouldn't be possible without the help of the mayor and all of our community partnerships out there. it costs approximately $60,000 for every event. undiscovered is a great tool for the cultural district to bring awareness by bringing the best parts of our culture which is food, music, the arts and being ativism all under one roof, and by seeing it all in this way, what it allows san franciscans to see is the dynamics of the filipino-american culture. i think in san francisco, we've kind of lost track of one of our values that makes san
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francisco unique with just empathy, love, of being acceptable of different people, the out liers, the crazy ones. we've become so focused onic maing money that we forgot about those that make our city and community unique. when people come to discover, i want them to rediscover the magic of what diversity and empathy can create. when you're positive and committed to using that energy,
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thank you for joining us today. to sign this budget. now that everyone has gotten what they wanted they've all went on vacation except the real, true, dedicated people here in san francisco. so, thank you to the members of the board of supervisors, joining us today. thank you to the members of our budget team, joining us today, and others to sign this budget and to make it official. i, for one, am really glad that we are at this point so that we can take a much needed break and they're feeling the same way. he started his break going to the giant's game. >> i should have got better results. >> i was wondering if that was going on and goodness. we came can't do that with the dodgers. they talk so much mess. the may a