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. >> chair mar: good morning. the meeting will come to order. welcome to the october 28 meeting of the public safety and neighborhood services committee. i'm joined by supervisors catherine stefani and matt haney. madam clerk, do you have any announcements? >> clerk: yes, mr. chair. the record will reflect that members participating in this video conference to the extent as if they were physically present. the board has determined that public participation is vital
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to the meeting and public access will be available in the following manners: either sfgovtv cable channels 26, 78, and 99 or by streaming at sfgov.org. public comment will be available by calling 415-655-0001. the meeting i.d. did 2485-242-3908 and then pound and pound again. when connected, you will hear the meeting discussion but will be in listening mode only. when you hear your item of interest, press star, three and begin speaking when prompted to
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do so. best practices are to call from a quiet location, speak slowly and clearly, and turn down the volume on your television or speakers. you may also send your written comments via u.s. postal service to our office at city hall, 1 dr. carlton b. goodlett place, san francisco, california, 94102. finally, items acted upon today are expected to be on the board of supervisors agenda on november 6, 2020 unless otherwise stated. mr. chair? >> chair mar: thank you so much, madam clerk, can you please call item 1? >> clerk: yes. item 1 is a hearing to consider
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that the transfer of a type 21 or-sail general beer, wine, and distilled dirts liquor license to ish's community market, corn; doing business as evergreen markets, located at 2539 mission street, will serve the public convenience or necessity of the city and county of san francisco. members of the public who wish to make public comment, call 415-655-0001. press pound and then pound again, enter meeting i.d. 2485-242-3908. press star, three to enter the queue and begin speaking when you hear the prompt.
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>> there are zero letters of protest, zero letters of support. they are located in plot 444, which is considered a high crime area. they are in census tract 248.00, which is a high saturation area. a.l.o. recommendation with the following recommendations. the petitioner shall abwithin their control to prevent loitering -- shall act within their control to prevent loitering on their property or adjacent properties. it should be noted that the applicant agreed to the following recommendations and conditions. >> chair mar: thank you for
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that. do we have a representative from evergreen market or ish's community market who would like to speak to this application? >> sure. my name is ishmael, and i'm the owner of ish's market. we just have a very good relationship with our community, and recently, they've just been requesting it more, and that's why we're applying for it. it's just no one in san francisco has the spirits that we need, and i think the community would enjoy it. we have a meat department,
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produce department, supermarket, and i think this addition would serve the community well. >> chair mar: great. thank you, mr. ahmed for that, and thank you for your service to the mission community for so many years. i don't see any questions from committee members. if we could go to public comment on this item. madam clerk? >> clerk: yes. for members of the public who wish to speak on this item, please call in to 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 2485-242-3908, then press the pound symbol twice and then star, three to enter into the queue to speak. for those already connected to the meeting, please press star, three to enter the queue and wait until you are prompted to begin. miss pena, do we have anybody in queue to speak for this item? it does not appear we have any
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callers, mr. chair. >> chair mar: okay. great. public comment is closed. colleagues, i understand that supervisor ronen has no objections to this liquor license transfer, so given that, i will make a motion directing the clerk to draft a recommendation that this item will serve the public community. madam clerk, will you please call the roll. >> clerk: yes. [roll call] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair mar: great. thank you. this'll be sent to the full board with recommendation. madam clerk, please call item number 2. >> clerk: yes. agenda item number 2 is a hearing to consider that the transfer of a type 21 off-sale
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general beer, wine, and distilled spirits liquor license to the olympic club, located alternate 524 post street, district 3, will serve the public convenience or necessity. members of the public who wish to make public comment call 415-655-0001, enter meeting i.d. 2485-262-3908. press pound and pound again and then press star, three to enter the queue. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted, and then, you may begin your comments. mr. chair? >> chair mar: i'd like to welcome back the liaison from the sfpd liquor unit. can you make this presentation before you? >> you have an application
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before you for the olympic club. there are zero letters of protest, zero letters of support. they are located in plot 164, which is considered a high crime area. they are in census tract 121.00, which is considered a high saturation area. a.l.u. recommendation is approval with the conditions and the conditions are for the 21 off sale general license. they recommend the approval with no conditions, actually, for this location. >> chair mar: great. thanks again, officer, and mr. salcar, would you like to make any statements? >> [indiscernible] founded in
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1816, opened its doors and [indiscernible] and opened its doors in 1912. recently, 12 years ago, renovations were made on the club to promote [indiscernible] for the community and the residents of san francisco. it is more than a workplace for work out, it is a club for the community that links the past, present, and future of san francisco. residents of all ages continue to make memories at the san francisco olympic club. [indiscernible] to add this off
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sale capacity to the license privilege. this feature was very popular with the members, and we'd like to continue it for the members and the local community. mr. chair, the club has faced many challenges not only with covid but also changing demographics and changing attests, so the club is exploring other opportunities to serve the community better. not only will this ability to sell alcoholic beverages generate revenue for the club but it will allow the club to better serve its community and guests. for reasons as stated above, we respectfully request this board and the board of supervisors to issue a type 21 license, and we will continue, as we have done
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for the last 160 years, to serve san francisco. >> chair mar: yeah, just, mr. salcar, yeah, thanks to the san francisco olympic club for being such a historic icon in our community for so many years. miss clerk, why don't we go to public comment. >> clerk: yes. mr. chairman, operations is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to make public comment, dialing 415-655-0001. enter meeting i.d. 2485-242-3908, then press pound and pound again, then press star, three to enter the queue.
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miss pena, do we have any callers in the queue? >> operator: there are no callers in the queue. >> chair mar: thank you. i understand that supervisor safai has no objection. i will direct the clerk to draft a recommendation with a full recommendation. madam clerk, on the item as stated, please call the roll. >> clerk: yes. [roll call] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair mar: great. thank you. this will be sent to the full board with recommendation. thanks again, mr. salcar, and thanks, officer, for being here for those two items. >> you're welcome. >> chair mar: madam clerk, can you please call items 3 and 4
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together? >> clerk: yes. item 4 is an ordinary an amending the administrative code to require the police department and the district attorney to submit quarterly report to see the board of supervisors regarding the number of cases of domestic violence, and item 4 is a hearing on the family violence council's 10 comprehensive report on family violence in san francisco for fiscal year 2019-2020, and requesting the department of the status of women to support. members of the public who wish to make public comment, dial 415-655-0001. enter meeting i.d. 2485-242-3908. press pound twice, and then press star, three to enter the queue. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted
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and you may begin your comments. >> chair mar: supervisor stefani, the floor is yours. >> supervisor stefani: thank you, chair mar, for scheduling these two important items. the ordinance contained in item 3 was introduced in may. it was continued in july, and i think it's very fitting to be heard today in october, which is domestic violence awareness month. this came out of the domestic violence community where i was hearing about domestic violence cases and they weren't being resolved in a way that was protecting victims, and there was serious resolve about the state of domestic violence cases in san francisco. so i asked the police department for references and data, and i was given them for last year. i found out that 131 cases were
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present today the -- presented to the district attorney's office, and 113 were dismissed, which, for me, raised red flags. i received an e-mail from the northern station about a baby boy who was brought to cpmc, a hospital in my district. this baby had died from blunt force trauma, and we learned that the suspect had been brought by the san francisco police department to the district attorney's office in march, and no charges were filed. then, the police said the victim was not cooperative. anyone who knows anything about domestic violence cases knows that victim are rarely cooperative, and they are stuck in the tragic cycle of abuse. later, i found out about a
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domestic violence case involving a gun, a gun held to the head of a victim as well as a knife as well as the victim being pushed to the floor all in front of their son. in that case, 30 prior incidents of domestic violence. that case pleaded to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for the damage done to her phone during the incident. misdemeanor probation -- not felony probation, there is a difference -- with domestic violence classes, and there is no real punishment if he does not attend. then, i learned last night that it was the victim's wishes that the defendant comes home so he can work. this is typical for the victim to recant, often because they are trapped in the cycle of
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violence and it's hard to get out. that's why we need good advocates on the outside helping the victims through this tragic cycle of violence. a loaded gun was held to the victim's head. every month, 57 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner in this country. access to a gun makes it five times more likely that a woman will die at the hands of a domestic abuser. domestic violence and gun violence are deeply connected, impacting millions of women, families, and communities all over this country. guns are more likely to turn abuse fatal. my legislation is simple and effective. it requires quarterly reports, data so that we can look at
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what's happening. it requires the number of domestic violence calls made to our 911 system and whether a child or firearm is present. and of those cases that the san francisco police department reports on, we would like to know quarterly what charges are filed. and then, we would like to know the disposition of those cases. what interventions are made of the disposition of a domestic violence case that is going to help both the victim and the defendant? now this morning, at the 11 hour, mind you, i started this hearing, telling you this legislation was introduced in may. at the 11 hour, i received a letter from the district attorney's office basically trying to assert i don't know what i'm talking about.
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this is the same office who said i never asked for documents, but we were able to write back, showing them the documents i asked for. just to be clear, i know exactly what i'm asking for, and i know exactly what i'm doing. we want data, and every single person i've spoken to says the data we want is not difficult to provide. my legislation doesn't stop the d.a. from releasing anything in addition to what's required in this legislation. in fact, it would be very welcome. i urge the district attorney to release what we've requested and more. provide all the context you want as to why you're reducing serious felonies to misdemeanor vandalism or why you are putting these huge decisions of
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sentencing on the backs of victims who are in the grips of the cycle of violence. i would love to hear all of it. our definitions are consistent with other public safety reporting requirements, and it's very similar to what other d.a.s in chicago, philadelphia, and seattle provide. all we want to know is what's going on, and it is no drama and no understatement to say that women's lives are at stake. and i want to thank my cosponsors, supervisor melgar and safai, and i am thankful that supervisor melgar has joined us. i want to thank the family violence council. we will hear the findings made in their 10 annual report, which i'm very concerned about those findings.
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i am proud to serve on the family violence council and expand protection against family violence earlier this year. domestic violence continues to be a pervasive issue that has only been exacerbated because of the pandemic this last 1.5 years. i also am thankful for representatives interest from the self-help for elderly, department of homelessness and housing, department of children's services, department of public health, san francisco police department, and the domestic violence consortium,
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and with that, i'm happy to turn things over to jennie pearlman, the chairman of the san francisco domestic violence council unless my colleagues have anything they would like to say. >> chair mar: it looks like supervisor melgar, did you want to -- >> supervisor melgar: if it's okay, supervisor stefani, i wanted to say a couple of words. thank you so much, chair mar, and thank you so much, supervisor stefani, for introducing this legislation, which i am very proud to cosponsor. i am a survivor of domestic
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violence, and i remember as a child seeing bruises on my mother. and when we emigrated to this country, not being able to speak english and financial insecurity and instability only exacerbated this problem. even though i'm not an attorney, i know what the definition of domestic violence is in my own skin. i was disappointed with the letter from the district attorney this morning because as i grew up, i can report that my family was made better through the help and intervention of community organizations that practiced restorative justice and was able to work with my family in therapeutic ways so that we
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could overcome this systemic toxic way of dealing with one another, but that takes an awful lot of resources and work. so prior to becoming supervisor for district 7, i was executive director of the jamestown community center that provides services to low-income and at risk youth, and one of my most important program was geared towards boys to work on coming up with definitions of masculinity and how violence is sometimes pervasive in our culture. i am used to keeping track of
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the numbers and the dialectical process to make sure that your interventions are effective, that the kids are making progress, and that we are solving this problem. so i think just a baseline of how we're doing is a minimum thing that we have to do before we take the very difficult work of systemic redefinition of how we deal with complex. i know from my own experience in my family that had there not been a threat of prosecution, a threat of deportation in our case because we were here without papers yet, the outcome for my family might have been different. it's very rare that somebody who wakes up one morning, whether the perpetrator or someone in that position, and says oh, i'm going to solve the
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problem. it usually takes intervention, and i am glad that we are building supports so that families like mine can succeed, but we need the partners in terms of the district attorney and the police to help us keep the data, keep it honest, and also make sure that we are reviewing the process to make sure that it is working. supervisor stefani, i am grateful for your leadership, i am grateful for all of the community advocates that are here today and to the rest of the community for moving this forward. i'm looking forward to the data that is in this legislation and more, because as you said, nothing in this legislation prevents the district attorney or the police to add to what is
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needed to get to those outcomes, so thank you, supervisor stefani, and thank you for allowing me to speak, chair mar. >> chair mar: so thanks, supervisor melgar, for all of that. i'll turn it over to supervisor stefani, and i know we have a lot of important presentations that you've arranged. >> supervisor stefani: thank you very much, supervisor mar, and i just want to thank supervisor melgar for all of this. i just admire the fact that you've been through all of this and you know exactly what we should be doing. i just appreciate your support as in your cosponsorship. so i would like to start with jennie pearlman, and i believe we're starting with jennie's presentation, is that correct? >> supervisor melgar: jennie,
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you're on mute. you're muted. >> sorry about that. i took myself off and put myself back on. thank you, supervisor stefani, and thank you to this committee for allowing us to be here and to talk about our work with the domestic violence council. my name is jennie pearlman. i am one of the trichairs. i am from safe and sound, one of the child abuse safety organizations, and first, i want to thank supervisor melgar for your vulnerable and example of how domestic violence can have an impact on the whole family and how important it is to have community support as well as government supervisor for survivors of d.v., and thank you, supervisor stefani and your team, for your role in the family violence council, and i also want to thank the
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council for the status of woman for being the council that supports us. i'm going to give just a brief overview of what the family violence council is, our goals, and give some examples of successes we have had over the past several years to really emphasize how important this coordinated work is around family violence. in 2007, the family violence council was established by local ordinance. it's composed of 26 official members, including city and county agencies, community agencies, and the courts, and is trichaired by the three community representatives, myself and others. the primary goals of the council are to increase awareness and understanding of family violence and to
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recommend programs, policies, and coordination of city services to reduce violence in san francisco. like many things our city does, we are very unique in that we are one of the only family violence councils that works to address all violence across the life span: family violence, domestic violence, and elder abuse. we know, and research shows us, that different types of family violence can be co-occurring, so research is essential. researchers find that domestic violence is reported in about 60 to 80% of all child abuse cases, and that stands and holds true for san francisco.
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we are very grateful as a community organization for the unique coordination and collaboration that the family violence council allows us to have in the city. this spirit of collaboration has contributed to a number of achievements in several different areas, and i'm going to highlight just a few. the family violence analysis, and the ability by collecting data from multiple city departments, the ability to identify trends and system issues that allows us to change the way we track and approach family violence as well as raising public awareness about family violence, increasing resources, and providing training. data, which you'll hear more from elise hansell, trends have risen up in all ten, 11 years
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of creating this report. there are clear racial disparities across all three forms of family violence, and it's something we can see and something that we know we need to take action on. we know that families experiencing family violence greatly rely on the community and the support of community agencies, and we also know that we need to continue to support them. an example of a policy that the family violence council helped to move forward that supervisor stefani mentioned, with the support of the family violence council and the sheriff's department, we have been able to implement the firearms surrender program that has
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allowed us to pursue defendants who have not complied with orders from a restraining order to return a firearm. in fiscal year 2020, the sheriff's department restrained party-owned firearms in 17 cases and firearms were surrendered to the sheriff's office in six cases. this is very essential because the ownership, the existence of a firearm in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500% as supervisor stefani talked about. the council also created various committee, the justice and courage committee and the elder violence committee. the justice and courage committee has worked with the district attorney's office and probation in improving protocols in responding to cases of domestic violence which are often very unique, again, as in the examples that supervisor stefani talked
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about, and the council has helped to create a nationally renowned domestic violence advocation center. in the realm of public awareness, in the last 1.5 years of the pandemic, there was increased concern because victims were stuck at home with their abusers and because children were not seeing mandated reporters. they are not going to school, they are not going to after school programs, that there was a real underreporting of family violence, and so we worked to raise awareness. the council worked in collaboration with the mayor's office to create 311 emergency alerts and held various town halls on the subject of raising awareness around family violence that might be going on. the family violence prevention
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council also worked with the school district to help support educators on how to identify issues that may be going on with children and how to talk to them about it and how to report when this -- all education was going on on-line. in the areas of resources and staffing, the child -- the council has advocates for and been able to obtain new inspectors from the special victims unit for elder abuse? they had been understaffed for years. we continue to advocate for additional resources there. we also had advocated for the housing authority to provide space for two new community-based domestic violence advocates to be within family and children's offices, which they now are. and then, we've also advocated for, which you'll hear about later, really increased funding
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after the pandemic for families who have been in a difficult situation, many families in the city, and that was exacerbated by the pandemic as well as the economic collapse. and then finally, in the area of training, we, the police department, through work with the council, implemented a limited english proficiency training for officers, and that training related to both elder abuse and domestic violence scenarios. and then finally, we have implemented and worked on cross training for domestic violence and elder abuse in the last few years, noting how often that cooccurs. so now, i'm going to turn it over to elise hansell from the department on the status of women to talk about the finding of last year's report to help us focus on the impact of family violence on society as a
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whole. thank you. >> thank you, jennie. all right. i'm going to share my screen. so good morning chair mar, supervisor melgar, and supervisor stefani. my name is elise hansell, and i'm the policy and grants manager at the san francisco council on the status of women. my presentation will cover some background on the council and our data for the fiscal year
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2019-2020 support. the report is just under 100 pages, so for today, i'm going to focus on high-level trends that we're seeing across all three forms of abuse, and i'll do my best to condense this into a short presentation? our department chairs are of course more than happy to meet with your offices to discuss in more details. after our presentation, we're going to hear from the chairs who will give more context aroundst recommendation, and so our plea is to also hear from key members of the council, joe miller, dr. lee kemburg, and lee chen about on going programs and opportunities for prevention. so what are the root causes of family violence. we often confuse the symptoms
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of the problem with the problem itself. the family violence council acknowledges the role of racism and systemic oppression. for instance, unstable housing increases the risk of domestic violence by 400%.
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>> given that domestic violence is often underreported, it's difficult to assess the full extent to which san franciscans experience domestic violence. according to the national crime victims survey, less than half of all domestic violence cases were reported in 2017. 1,378 represents the number of outpatient primary care and women's clinic clients reported
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in 2019. there are 11,000 calls to domestic violence crisis lines, representing a 30% increase in san francisco in fiscal year 19, and 7,000 911 calls related to domestic violence. so where do survivors of domestic violence turn? there are many access points. many of the representatives of the agencies have survivors come through their doors. these organizations provide vital services to families that may not wish to seek help from
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law enforcement or other government entities. in fiscal year 20, department of status of women authorized 8.5 million in funding which served over 14,000 individuals. so after the police department responds to 911 calls, the slide shows that are made, the subset of cases further investigated by special victims unit. in fiscal year 2020, police responded to 3300 incidents, and 400 cases were prosecuted by the d.a.s office. elder abuse may be physical, emotional, or financial. this is defined as on individuals 65 years of age or older as well as dependent adults.
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this figure shows elder abuse reports received and substantiated over the last six years. this has been relatively consistent between a 6% increase between fiscal year 15 and fiscal year 20. however, over time, the number of reports that have been substantiated has increased by 23%. in addition to cases referred to the a.p.s. hotline, cases may be referred to the police department. 188 arrests were made, and 127 cases were further reports. the number of elder abuse cases decreased from 63 in 2019 to 18 in fiscal year 2020. so our report has five key findings. first, i just want to note that family violence and domestic violence impact everyone.
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statistically speaking, family violence and d.v. affect one in three families, but for racial minorities and people of color, that number is closer to one in two. 28% of elder and dependent abuse victims were black, and we see similar trends in racial disparities in the clients served. women makeup 70% of victims in domestic violence incidents responded to by police, and 56% of elder abuse victims were
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women. another finding was that men remain the largest users of abuse and family violence cases, representing 68% of elder and child abuse cases, and 82% of domestic violence-stalking suspects. emergency shelter services provide intensive short-term support and tended to give survivors and children time to consider their current situation in safety. around 78% of individuals seeking shelter were turned away in fiscal year 19 and fiscal year 20. there are a number of reasons for that. one of them being a lack of bed safe, the shelter not being in a safe location for the survivor, and la casa de las
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madres reported that 60% of those seeking shelter were not experiencing domestic violence. while our report only covers the first three months of shelter in place in 2020, we found community providers found an increase demand for services and found clients experiencing severe social eye owe lation, impacts, and barriers to services, which further exacerbated their abuse. so i will know turn it over to discussion around our recommendations, and i will pass the mic to jennie, and we'll hear from jennie as well as anion fawn. >> thank you, jennie. i'm going to start with prevention of access to basic needs. the combined tragedies of the pandemic, the economic collapse, and the
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reintroduction of systemic racism, rereconciling of systemic racism in this country have resulted in trauma for families, particularly for those who are most marginalized. we know that instability and trauma can often lead to different types of family violence, so we need to find ways to make san francisco a family friendly city, and access to basic needs is one of those. it's essential. these basic needs include things like shelter and housing for families experiencing violence and for other families who are marginalized and vulnerable, access to food security, access to legal support. we -- i'm going to give a couple statistics about families in san francisco currently, and i also just want to talk about an example, an
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example of a client who came to one of our family resource centers who had covid and came to us to say i don't know what to do because the 17 other people living in my household will be exposed, and they need to go to work, and there's nobody to help the kids with their education because i'm the only one in the household who speaks english as a primary language, so this is just an example of what many of our families are struggling with right now. 39.8% of families were living below the self-sufficiency standard, and 18% below age six were living in poverty. 36% are black, 27% are pacific
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islander, 3% are white, and 10% are asian. since february 2020, we've seen a 500% increase in unemployment with jobs especially concentrated in the lower wage service industries. since the pandemic, the number of families seeking service has increased 30%, so these are the statistics. yet how do we achieve this? what might be some of those recommendations? the family violence council has recommended that families be included in the conversation about universal basic income, and that we look at providing that to our marginalized
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families. we want to look at how do we ensure that the rental relief that the city and county have been so gracious and generous to provide extends to those families that are living in situations like the client i talked about where they're subtenants, they're not on the lease, so they don't have access to those legal protections? [please stand by]
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came together from 2014 to 2020 21, january 2020 12 draft revisions and update to the master general order 6.01 and that's the domestic violence sexual assault order and manual outline policies and procedures on a step-by-step basis of how san francisco policedepartment will handle domestic violence cases from the beginning until the end . it's a comprehensive cto and it is the product of work like i said from 2014 until this january. next to the police commission approved this cto until 2021 but we are still waiting for rollout so now we're looking at november and itstill hasn't been rolled out . there's no training that's been implemented. it hasn't been effectuated. it's just a standstill.
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the last update we have is there's no real timeline right now and that it simply waiting for discussions with perhaps a poa and maybe laborrelations . we don't have any timeline for the rollout but that's an example of a big project and comprehensive training that would benefit all that comes to contact with the department and that means every survivor who calls 911 or who reports an incident after that and these are survivors that need assistance in theforms of emergency orders, domestic violence restraining orders in family court . they get referred to services with child abuse and a variety of other shelter services, basically emergency response from the police department and we are still waiting for that rollout and we hope that happens soon the community needs it . the next kind of accessed
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training. this is really based on an idea that we have community-based organizations across and francisco that have been doing this work. we have very talented and dedicated people working in this area. but it's our understanding that training is based on who's drafted it and who has put in the information that they gathered over the years and decides to convey to the other and i think we need a process in family violence counsel has lamented this recommendation to look at the training across all community-based organizations, look at training across first responders, mandated reporters, the police department and family court judgesand find out what is the information where training on ?what are best practices and why because
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trading components can take the form of well, we did the training so we got the information but we've all attended training and left the next day and wondered what do i remember from this training and how doi implement that and then you've got a powerpoint on it. we need something better . we need something that sticks with people and our first responders and individuals helping our community members and are survivors ofdomestic violence are able to implement . use some standardized form but i say standardized with the understanding we don't want to one-size-fits-all approach to domestic violence. every survivor is different in our trainings need to take into consideration culture and race and gender andsexual orientation and age . and any and every othercultural factor you could consider. to give an example perhaps . in some cultures it is not respectful to make eye contact with a woman but in family court that could be considered
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perhaps not being credible. there are studies that show i contact is one of the factors that judges based credibility on but if an individual comes from a culture where theyare not raised to make eye contact , how is the family court going to adjust what is credible and what is not interms of evaluating that ? that's just one example. there's also examples of families who leave multi family units and so there's sort of a assumption that culturally you have people that wouldstand up for you and be your witnesses but that's not always true . family violence and domestic violence , these are all very private issues and to expect that there's going to be dignities because someone might havebeen in the home , to expect there's going to be people that can corroborate
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testimony i think is a cultural assumption we're making that might not be in a one-size-fits-all model. i think understanding how we can rollout training and include the racial justice lens that includes servicesthat community members and survivors actually want to take . we have to provide a place that people feel comfortable, where people feel like they can share their story of traumatic and devastating incidents to a perfect stranger and these incidents after respond using cultural humility, using understanding of complicit bias that we all have an understanding how we can employ a racial justice lens when we roll out training and what can we community members have a say in what they like staff to know about their experiences and about how they would like to either be treated or how they would like services to be
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presented to them. i think we need to involve community. it would be a gap in our services if we created a model for individuals and never had peoplethat we are serving at the table . is a bit more detail into recommendations with respect to training for frontline staff andi'll pass this on to our next presenter . >> morning supervisors. i'm also one of the chairs for elder abuse, i think all of us every time we look at the video of 80-year-olds being kicked to the ground or a 99-year-old being stabbed, 17-year-old being punched in the face many times unprovoked, we found that the site eight these are also elder abuse problems and we
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must pay attentionto them so thank you supervisors . for writing this really importantsubject . up to the service so that everyone can talk about it and take actions on it. so i appreciate this opportunity. the third recommendation involves improving the emergency response system to older adults . for example i think that we realize that with older adults of elder abuse setting into the hospitals sometimes there is a gap between the conditions of an emergency rule in hospitals and when a discharge in terms of elder abuse, many times there's not really community-based agencies and resources that they can send. so one of our recommendations is to develop plans to create
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some geriatric emergency response. this is a relatively new idea but in the coming months and coming years we will actually be able to work with our partners to create programs that bridge the gaps in emergency response and care for seniors and also open the doors. our partners will be elder abuse domestic center and we seem to be created hybrid disciplinary team. and so many agencies that will be working with the government would be the san francisco fire departmentcommunity preparedness . ucs and department of public health. aps, institute on aging, elder affairs center.
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that's my recommendation. thank you. back to you elise. >> thanks annie. and i am up again. i wanted to briefly talk about some of our recommendations around transforming the response to child welfare. in cases of respective child abuse or neglect. i know john miller from the department, head of the department of family and human services here talks about all the work that department is doing and i want to go a little bit more in depth on our recommendations and we are super grateful to be able to work with family and children's services on theseand to be able to do that also within the context of the council . we really want to be a child welfare system to become a
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system of child well-being . one of the ways to do that is really to look at issues of neglect. neglect can for over 60 percent of all child abuse reports nationwide and the same goes for san francisco. neglect as many of you can imagine is highly correlated with poverty . and has a disproportionate impact on families. we want to look at neglectin a variety of ways . one is to look at the legal and statutory construct of neglect the state level as well as how their regulations and protocols and policies are implemented around our own child welfare system. we also want to make sure that families who don't need to be referred to child welfare are not referred. and we need to do that by supportingfamilies .
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before there is an issue. and we talked about that a little bit with new resources but we also need to create a new system where families are directly referred to and there's a warm hand off to a community-based agency . can connect them with all types of resources so that families do not get into that situation where their concerns about neglect. and we need to build a new system within the city, a new decision on the data. it's also essential that we start to gather this aggregated data around families that come into child welfare systems at different points of contact from referral to the investigation to substantiation and into segregated data by race and age. it's similar to what the dean
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talk about with respect to domesticviolence . finally we want to look at that cooccurrence. between domestic violence and child abuse and really look at what the policies within child welfare are. what does it mean to label something as a failure to protect. how can we keep families together and i knowwelfare is doing a lot of work around that issue . there's also a report of domesticviolence . and then finally we want to ensure that our different departments within our city are working together to report child abuse cases so that they don't fall through the cracks. the most serious cases don't fallthrough the cracks . thank you and i will hand it back to you. >> thank you jenny.i'll just
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speak to the recommendation number five which is preventing the intergenerational transition. doctor berkley will this later. but essentially expanding on-site advocacy services for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing things intergenerational violence at a medical setting. so with that this concludes our presentation on the report and i knowe're also going to be hearing from our councilmembers . thank you so much .>> thank you everybody for your report and i believe we have dylan schneider will be reporting from hfh. dylan. >> good morning everyone. let me get my slides up here.
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all right, are you all able to seethose slides . >> yes. >> morning shear marker, vice chair stephanie supervisors amy. my name is dylan schneider, manager of public legacy and affairs with department of homelessness and supportive housing . be an honor to be here with you all today and our esteemed colleagues from our other city departments and with our counsel to participate in this critical discussion. so i have a few brief slides for you today to share a bit more on how the homelessness response systemserves workers and supports survivors of violence . so the goal of the homelessness response system is to be from a informed system that serves people experiencinghomelessness . the majority which experienced some sort of traumaincluding survivors of violence .
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as there are multiple experiences and needs across our system of care we know that identifying and building off of the unique needs of these very vulnerable populations we will ultimately create a more trauma informed and effective system for all. so considering that domestic violence and partner abuse are prevalent among individuals experiencing homelessness and or some of thesehouseholds can be the primary cause of their homelessness . according to the 2019 time, 31 percent of all respondents and 40 percent of families reported having experienced domestic or partner violence or abuseat some point during their lifetime . the council also reflected while domestic violence varies by gender 24 percent of respondents who reported current experiences of domestic violence forpartner abuse were transgender , and 22 percent were gender queer orgender non-binary .this is another
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reason why hsa is committed to continuing to identify and develop and designate spaces and services within our system of care to meet the needs of survivors of violence but also meet the needs of the lgbt youth and trans-community and we discussedthat in detail during last week'shearing . i wanted to point that out . it's one of the vulnerable populations that wesee intersecting with the survivors of violence across our system of care . so to support injuring appropriate referrals and connections can be made to programming and resources outside of the homelessness response system run by him about amazing partners on all today have expertise to serve the survivors of violence, we have created and hired the department's first program manager ofcoordinated entry for survivors of violence . again to help us streamline for and make sure that when people who are experiencing homelessness come into our system, they're aware of both
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the resources within the homelessness response system that also those resources outside of the system that really can provide more expert, unique services for survivors of violence. and additionally i think there's an excellent recommendation in the presentation wejust heard in terms of how important training is . hfh continues to provide training and resources to our nonprofit operators across our system of care.again, for that trauma informed approach when serving survivors of violence. this included a domestic violence one-on-one training we recently conducted for our adult pay and family shelter providers but i think again, the more the silent centralized training we can bring to these providers that are interacting with drivers across the system of care in various different interactions it will only
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strengthen that system and it really that support for research. we're also are coordinated entry team has been working on a community needs assessment for survivors and this assessment will consist of listening sessions with survivors themselves , city partners, community-based organizations and frontline staff. what we're looking for here is to gather information that can inform developing and implementing new policies that will ensure equitable access to survivors of violence in the system. and both the assessment and future changes to this system take into account sexual orientation, gender identity, race and other identities that further marginalized survivors so that assessment is going on as we speak. a few examples of programming within the response system that is designated to support
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>> six of whichhave already been placed and there are other referrals pending . our partnership with the asian women's shelter also includes a training for all of our continuum of care grants recipients . again, how to have trauma informed approaches and how to serve drivers of violence and that will take place this coming november. lastly we are trying for the dp bonus track as part of our 20 2100 continuum of care grants competition . the application for this grant was unanimously approved last week. this past monday by the local homeless coordinating board and will be coming to the board of supervisors finance committee next wednesday . this domestic violence bonus
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grant will support services for 136 survivor households through the hud emergency housing voucher program as well as creating anadditional 25 new slots of rapidrehousing . given the success of the other 25 that were launched in june . though with that i will conclude my presentation and i'm happy toconclude . >> president: thankyou so much dylan. we have john miller next with family and children's services . >> good morning supervisors, thankyou for allowing me to speak on this important issue . i have a powerpoint, i believe she was going to share her scream for me. my name is joe miller, deputy director of family and children's services for the human services agency of san francisco. next slide please.
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so today i'll just go over the recommendation that the family housing report for child welfare and talk to you about our additional efforts at hsa and sds to address disproportionality and increase the focus on prevention which was very well by jenny. next slide please. okay. the first recommendation, the overall recommendation was to transform the city's response to child welfare to work with the family and children's services to address the overrepresentation of families in child welfare and increase the focus on preventionand there were sixareas of implementation in the report recommended . next please . first onewas the racial equity feedback loop . this issomething we're excited
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about in and francisco . what it does is it takes the data that we're getting called to our hotline for our child abuse hotline on so we don't have a lot of control over what calls come to our hotline. where we can impact changes once they get to that hotline and once they get to our front door we have an opportunity to really impact who gets through that system and our goal of mine and a value of mine and a value of our agencies is to really limit the types of abuse that we put through the system so asdenny mentioned , neglected due to poverty. that's not a child abuse issue. that is an issue that would ideally be served with the community without partners and nothaving those children and families come into our system . what with what the racial equity feedback would help us
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do this seat was coming to our front door basically and who we're moving through the system and what are their characteristics and what do those families look like and what issues arethey facing ? that can help us inform what services need to be present and how we need to work with getting them served in other areas of the community. this is something la is implementing. we are seeking funding for this and will be implementing it in san francisco hopefully 2022. we believe it will help us make better decisions across the board which will impact hopefully and decrease the amount of overrepresentationof children ofcolor in our system . next slide please . the second recommendation with disaggregated data on children, they are the ones that we removed from their families to develop better understanding of the disproportionate removal of
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children ages zero and removals in cases where parents have a substance abuse disorder. this is information we can gather. this is information we have gathered and in our alliance unlike anything else one statistic isn't going to tell the whole story so we are currently in the process of stacking it up against other information that we know and being able to make sense of what it says. next slide please. next slide. and as jenny mentioned, we are working at hsa to join state national networks. in fact we put it in our legislative agenda for next year to join date national efforts to help redefine poverty so there's no family children's services involvement. we've been working closely with
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thecasey family programs on this . we put it forward on our legislative agenda and we are currently one of the things that we've done as part of the task force we started in 2020 due to covid was we're connecting our families with all lines quicker through social safety net programs like for instance are child work programs connecting them tothe hotline rather than getting them through the system . next please . and this then domestic violence training. we've been exploring opportunities in collaboration with our domestic partners on how to be able to really address this issue of failure to protect as it relates to domestic violence amongst families. we had roundtable discussions with our service providers last summer to understand how we can better serve families are impacted by domestic violence
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and we're hoping those discussionswill resume in 2022 and it will include this topic for sure . next please . the another recommendation was to explore best practices recording between child welfare andlaw enforcement . we work closely with sf pd. it's my understanding they are in the process of publishing some new policy on cross reporting with us and we work closely with sf pd on cross reporting whenthere is domesti violence present and work to improve that process as well . next slide please . joining national efforts to informparents of their rights before fbs investigation begins, absolutely . we're hoping this will come out of our citywide prevention plan and family first reservation services act which is sf psa.
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in the coming year.next please. so we have, some of the other things we've done in family and children's services in order to help address this issue of disproportionality which i want topreface by saying disproportionality is not a new issue for child welfare and it exists across the nation , not just in san francisco. in 2004 san francisco hsa had a task force specifically for disproportionality because at that time our representation of african-american children in foster care was around 66to 70 percent . today i'm pleased to say that number is around 43 percent and that is a number that still needs to come down. we have a lot more work to do in this area but we have made some great changes in the last
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17 years and we plan to make more. some of the things we're doing is working with ourmanagers and our program directors .we've done been working with them because it's important to look at our own biases in the system and how our own decision-making impacts families and how are we potentially as practitioners perpetuating this idea of disproportionality not intentionally but because of implicit bias so we've been working on that trading . of course includeour community partner and team meetings . we have engaged the partners and communities around not only this issue but many others. i mentioned the strengthening families and community task force that we started in march 2020 when covid hit and the task force has worked on concrete means for families and more recently has shifted to how to transform our child
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welfare systems to more prevention-based community levels and racially equal systems. really being able to look at the things that i've mentioned before. we have also recently received the family justice community summit report and there's excellent recommendations in their area a lot of things that we already do in that report , something that we can definitely implement and something unfortunately we don't have as muchimpact on, at least not in the short term because they come from mandates . we also have a good relationship with our support system and i talkedfrequently with ourjudge and city attorney on how we can make some of these changes with their support . next slide please .and prevention. the family first prevention services act which was signed
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into federal law in 2018 is beginning to beimplemented now in california and there's two parts that are significant . part one which is the prevention-based system which is the one i'm really most excited about because this allows us to take sort of the values that we have around not serving families that are just ... not bringing families experiencing child abuse or povertyinto our system to prevent entry into foster care . i've always jokingly said i wanted to put myself out of a job in the next 5 to 10 years in terms of not having a robust childcare system. we've worked with community partners and of course the state over the coming years on how we can leverage federal policy to develop and prevent maltreatment and the need for local foster care . and part four has to do with that implemented on october 1 of this year and that has to do with theirsuspect oroversight
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children , remove childrenfrom their families and put them in primary care . next slide please .thank you very much. i am available to answer any questions you might have about anything that i presented and thank you for allowing me to be here . >> thank you so much. next we have doctorlee kimber from dph . >> thank you. i'm going to also tryand share my slide.let me know if you can see these . this will just take a second to share are you able to see that ? >> first of all i want to introduce myself and my strategy to you all. my nameis lee kimber , i'm a
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primary carephysician . i practice at home health for almost 20 years of practice that san francisco francisco general
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. >> all the factors i've listed, universal basic income, access to childcareeducation, these have been proven to reduce interpersonalviolence . access to those spaces .
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the domestic violence agencies and shelters to try and keep both staff as well as survivors say from both violence and covid at the same time. if you can imagine the complexity not only that people are fleeing violence and are in need of shelter and housing but in that particular neighborhood as youheard , we're checking the turn away rate. i did want to highlight by sharing information in the trauma informed way we were able to support one another and brainstorm about ways to keep people safe. health information and rapid access to understanding the roots of transmission which
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were unfolding and having a partnership where we had access to scientific developments about masking, about distancin . surface cleaning and how important that was. we were able to keep those safe so through this collaboration and really amazing and i'm proud to say the shelters did such heroic work. we were mostly women working on this,her artwork actually at the riley center . it was no inter-shelter transmission of covid during the pandemic to date and we
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were able to arrange on-site rescue so people did not have to leave and put themselves at risk in communities where they might be at risk for harm of a person hurting them and we were also able to do a vaccine event and vaccinationthroughout the pandemic as well . and we continued. we would also like to say in reference to the second point that it was quite intense despite all the services and incredible programs that you've heard about. we have investments in support in the midst ofthis disaster . the agencies who are scrambling to get personal protective equipment at thebeginning , standing in lines to get just simply supplies like tapered towels and toilet paper, going through the lines 5 times with
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community-based organizations were not permitted to get a large amount of supply. we were actually scrambling to house people through hotels, through their own agencies because they were not rapid enough housing resources for all people thatwere fleeing violence . i did want to say, and this is my personal opinion, but our budgets reflect our values and priorities and in our city as well as cities across the country we invest very heavily in producing and we do not invest heavily in structural support like housing food and employment and the community-based and culturally resident organizations whoknow the communities the best . i would urge us to reprioritize ourfunding towards structural support for safety . and i also want to say that
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you've heard about some of the harms of reporting and i will also say that this is a very complex area that we have not built the prevention assistance systems that people need to achieve safety so it may sound counterintuitive especially after hearing about heartbreaking and life-threatening violence but reporting is an impediment to receiving health but i will tell you that from the healthcare world, patient after patient that i see are fearful to tell us anything about what is happening in their life for fear ofthe involvement of police . this plays out nationally so 80 percent of people involved in
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the study in domestic violence hotline nationally who had never called before were frightened to do so. 56 percent even after they had called in the past were frightened to do so and after calling only a fifth of the people felt actually safer. i've done research in emergency departments at san francisco general on access to care for people experiencing domestic violence and the most common reason of patients in our emergency room both latinx and patients from other communities, the most common reason across all lists for thinking the survivors would be fearful and in fact was fear of the police. i would recommendations by an
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intervention that we hope will prevent the intergenerational transmission of violence . we wanted to talk to you about expanding on-site advocacy services for people experiencing or at least experiencing san francisco general. the there are the community services you've heard about and are a vast proportion ofpeople in society experiencing interpersonal violence . who do not take advantage of these life saving community services for fear, for stigma, for not labeling themselves as asurvivor of violence . for example as primarycare physicians , and the department of public health i can count actually on two hands, possibly
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one the number of patients in 30 years that i have told them and said please go to the mystic violence agencies and communities for assistance . people have not followed up on that recommendation for a variety of reasons. not having housing, not having transportation and also stigma. i will say that best way of handing off care is actually picking up the phone and helping people call a community-based agency and that has been more successful but what we decided to do with the help of the federal grant is bring an advocate onto the san francisco general campus to respond immediately to women's clinics and we were able to focus on prevention by asking people if they felt stressed in
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their relationships, not labeling themselves as being abused or being a victim, being a survivor or even asking people whether they had been put down, hit, threatened by their partners and we in this space of 2 and a half years served over 200 people and markedly increased the identification and assistance that people received. one of our social workers described it as a miracle to be able to call and advocate immediately to come to the clinic and meet with the patient. and we are seeking toexpand . >> just one moment, i'd like you to finish. supervisor haney would like to say something so i want to give him the opportunity and i would love for you to finish.
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>> i just wanted to thank all of the incredible leaders and advocates who are here for you extraordinary work . this is such a critical issue and the waiver dealing with the root causes and supporting victims and survivors, holding people accountable really just is a comprehensive set of services atevery level . there's so muchneeded even more so now . i wanted tothank everyone . i support supervisor stefani's legislation and supervisor melgar's as well and i want to get on the record i want to be added as a cosponsor and i'm all into work with you all to make sure we fund these programs . i'll say supervisor stefani and supervisor melgar support and chair mar put a lot of emphasis on making sure the money was there in the budget and you have my full support to work with you to make sure we support all these recommendations and priorities for accountability and data and reporting is so essential so
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thank you supervisor stefani and you have my full support. >> thank you supervisor. doctor kimber, would you like tocontinue ? >> i'm just finishing on this slide to say that we would like to expand on-site advocacy especially to all pregnant persons seekingcare . pregnancy is a great help and change for people wanting their future child to be safe and nurtured. and so we want to expand this to all pregnant people and ultimately this needs to be expanded so that we can again connect with community services and follow the advocacy model of community-baseddomestic violence utilized . >> iq so much and on that last
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point to pregnant persons, i think that reaching out to the homeless prenatal program does suchexcellent work on this . i served on the board of directors for six years and i think they would be a good partner in what you just spoke of and i also want to touch on a lot of what you said about violence prevention because i think intervention and prevention is one of the reasons why which with demand action for guns we have advocated for more funds, millions of dollars for the california state budget and that the california violence intervention grant program and i want to give a shout out again to governor newsom took for listening to us and funding that program in a way i think could be very beneficial. obviously prevention, intervention is key to all of
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this. quickly i'm going to have the san francisco police department touch on the office of violence prevention and then we're going to conclude our speakers with beverly upton from the domestic violence consortium . >> thank you supervisor, care mar and vice chair stefani supervisor melgar .i'm glad that you are passionate as we are about certain issues regarding domestic violence and the lack of prosecution. we do not have to have a discussion. i can give those steps to you on thesame basis if you'd like . we're very transparent here and we comprise 11 different disciplines and ourheart and soul is domestic violence and sexual assault . and child abuse. so we encompass all those disciplines even with elder abuse, financial crimes,
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internet crimes against children, cold cases and others. so as far as the ddo a little update with the domestic violence manual. we just got it back from the police commission. i believe the 21st. now it's with our labeled unio representative and the poa . it's in their hands and idon't know what the timeline is . so as far as the training, i heard a bit of a recommendation as far as training.we do collaborate because this is in our cri which is the doj recommendation. we do work with the community stakeholders and the outside agencies. everybody does have suggestions we look at them and we have
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implemented them. we work very closely with beverly , the department of women and cac on a weekly basis. we meet, my leadership meets with them weekly basis regarding a variety of issues. but as far as one of the questions that was posed to me by your office supervisor stefani was that do we keep track of these cases? yes we do. we have been. our internal report is very accurate because all these domestic violence cases, sexual assault cases do come to my office and we record every single case. and this disposition of every single case so the answer to that is yes. do we have any concerns regarding giving you that information?
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if there is public record. if you asked me tomorrow can i get these corporations present, i can give it to you till january all the way through to december 3 . so other than that, i would like to thank everybodythat we work with .and everybody, the outside agencies you know that leadership with lieutenant o'connor who is our point person for sexual assault. lieutenant moreno is the point person for domestic violence and lieutenant peter shields who is the point person for financial crimes. so other than that, if you have any questions thesefeel free . anybody at the panel to reach out to me and i can answer you off-line thank you everybody . >> you captain. beverly.
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>> it's wonderful to join you. thank you. i want to start by thanking visor catherine stefani for he ongoing and tireless leadership on this issue . iwant to thank everybody on the committee . supervisor mar and your leadership through the year. supervisor haney and the hard work you do for the budget committee and trying to make sure the folks working 24 hours a day coming days a week 365 are funded to be there to answer the call of survivors and their children. thank you all so much and also all the supervisors who vote unanimously every time to recognize october as domestic violence awareness month. thank you catherine stefani
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and so many other issues that help keep our communities strong and survivors cared for but there is still more to do as you can see today .one of the things i wanted to talk about was first of all i should introduce myself. i'm beverly upton and i'm proud to be in the domestic violence consortium. it's made up of 17 agencies with the core of their mission being ending domestic violence so we're very local and we really work on each and every one of these policy issuesand of course more.thank you . so the family violence counsel is really a dream. it's a dream come true. many of us wanted to do this for years. it used to be just a dv council. the attorney general's office for the state of california only mandates a domestic violence counsel in every county but san francisco wanted to leave lead the way by joining with elder abuse and child abuse and i was honored
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to be one of the founders of the family violence counsel. this is a place where we can thank the department of women for being the gluethat holds the family violence counsel together . at least handle and the entire staff keep us moving together in aunited way. i really want to thank them for that . and then this new generation of leadership and new recommendations that take into account racial inequity. gender issues. there's so much and so we just continue to work on this but we need to do better. the world is changing faster than we are. i really want to touch base on a miraculous story.doctor lee kemper said somebody had called this a miracle and i just want to say a little bit about the pandemic inside the pandemic was, is domestic violence inside covid. i'll share the story when most
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of us were hearing about covid in late february of 2020 and the mayor was considering what her response was going to be t try to keep our city safe , the domestic violence community reached out through the department on the status of women to lead kimber and she became our content expert, our go to person on covid. i do not believe and this is of course just my opinion. i do not believe we would have been able to continue to operate the shelters, the transitional housing program, the legal services and the beloved community that was out there every day giving out groceries, doing whatever it took to keep the community safe without doctor kimber expertise and willing to meet with us every monday. it was a safe place for the shelter and transitional housing program directors to
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come and talk about these very scary issues. we didn't know what covid was going to be. there was no vaccine. all we knew was we had people literally running for their lives , living in shelter, confidentially and we weren't sure how to keep them nor the dedicated staff of advocates from so many countries speaking so many languages that weneed to do this work. how do we keep them safe ? what a wonderful gift to have every monday and if we needed anything during the week we could talkto lee . but to meet with shelter and talk about masking, testing, quarantine, how to take care of someone if they did have covid or have been exposed and their children, how do we keep them
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safe? i cannot say enough for dph leadership, lee kamber and her expertise . department on status of women and the community of advocates that was willing and so ready to tell these stories and receive help. i think that it's a unique story that we should continue to tell because i think not only do domestic violence shelters save lives but this was a pandemic inside the pandemic. how do we continue to save the lives of those with experienced domestic violence to a level that they're basically fighting the staff that care for them. i really want to raise that up because i think it was a unique collaboration that came from the relationship that we all already have in sanfrancisco . i also think about the agencies, the beloved
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communities. the cameron houses. that gave out tablets so people could access groups online, talk to their advocates when they were so isolated they couldn't go anywhere else. the agencies that use their unrestricted dollars. those precious, precious unrestricted dollars to buy grocery cards. to hand out to people so they could feed theirfamilies . food insecurity is really big where there's also domestic violence going on in the home and you may not have access to resources. then agencies like cameron house literally stood out on the street two or three times week and handed out groceries . these are amazing. so we are so lucky. i think it's a tribute to the work that we've all done together that everyone has
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remained safe . so with that it's been a great morning and i just want to end by spanking all of our partner . all of the advocates, the attorneys that are there for their clients. the board of supervisors, the mayor's office, department on status of women . and i'm going to lift up two of our partners. as fpd. we need you. we need this department general order. we've beenworking on it a long time. do everything you can to make this happen . the city needs it and everybody needs this comprehensive agonized training and to the district attorney's office, we need you to. this is part of the community. it's part of holding abusers accountable and killing survivors so i'm so glad to have a spot at the table. i just think we can do better. doctor kimber talk about some
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very revolutionarytheoretically revolutionary ideas . universal basic income, we would love to see survivors of domestic violence and their children considered for a program like this. there's so many things we can bedoing . we join you, we're really excited about this and we just need to do better colleagues. we can do better. we mustdo better and i just thank you all so much . >> thank you supervisor stefan . >> thank you for your tireless advocacy . i'm honored to know you so thank you so much. i don't have questions at this time chair mar so if you want to do public comments we should do that now. >> chair: thank you so much supervisor stefani and i wanted to thank all the presenters, thefamily violence counsel ,
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the chairs and i have such incredible respectfor your community leaders and also beverly with the domestic violence consortium . thank you for your work on the report and for all your incredibly important work and thanks to all the departments presented to and particularly the department on the status of women for coordinating the work on the report so i know we do have a number of folks that wanted to wait in duringpublic comment so why do we go to public comments right now ? madam clerk . >> clerk: dp is checking to see ifthere are colors in the queue. let us know if any callers are ready . if you wish to speak on this item call into 1-415-655-0001. enter the meeting id of 2485 242 3908. then press the pound symbol twice and star 3 to begin
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speaking. for those already connected press star 3 to line up to speak and if youare already on hold continue to waituntil the system indicates you have been unmuted . do we have any callers who are ready ? >> it appears we have 4 list listening and three in the queue. >> caller: supervisors first and foremost this has been a very long presentation and in order to do a needs assessment i'm not going to say anything about the presentation but talk about a few pointers . at one time in this city we had the mayor's office of safety and now we have three or four
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entities consolidated. and each of these entities received millions of dollars and we need an audit done on it. i'm talking about $600 million, we need an audit on it. secondly when we talk about the police that all these agencies who spoke to them must read. we must also review cops, community oriented policing services that issued 72 recommendations which the police have taken five years to review and spent over $800,000 hiring consultants every year. now i say this because when you
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give this presentation you can make general statements.you can pat each other on your backs as much as you want to but what really counts our actions. and in order to find out about theactions we need to do the auditing . so i started with saying we had the mayor's office of criminal justice . now we have the board of supervisors public safety and services committee. we keep on wandering down because we don't want accountability. thank you very much. >> clerk: hello caller. >> caller: i would like to thank the council for
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addressing thisimportant topic. and one , one idea i have here is actually includes the park police in these conversations as well. despite them not being part of the city of san francisco there are many families that lived in the presidio and arenot protected by these components . and currently there's a very big gap in regards to domestic violence support. there are a lot of services that help women leave abusive situations but then these abused women get thrown into family court. there need to be more free or low-cost services to help women whoexperienced domestic violence .84 percent of women will bring up domestic violence lose custody of their children. this means abusers are raising children . in fact at a private school in san francisco a father killed their son in a suicide because ofdomestic violence .for this
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reason lawyers tell women not to call thepolice when there's domestic violence because they're more likely to lose custody . is this happening in san francisco family court? absolutely. i heard many people discuss th relationship with judges . we need to use thisinfluence to allow , to inform judges, educate them, educate the behavior of the domestic violence survivors so that they can be a trauma informed courtroom and the other component is like to request and francisco have transparency with the sf family court when dealing with domestic violence. it's not just thedas office that needs to discuss . it's also family court. when there is domestic violence are judgesrecognizing it or are they ignoringit ? thank you for your comments . >> thank you for your comments. may wehave the next caller
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please . hello caller. >> hello, this is the public defender's office. adequate requirements of the ordinance are not including the adult probation department and inthose reporting requirements and this is an opportunity to evaluate domestic violence intervention . people charged with domestic violence are ordered to attend a year-long program overseen by the project but it's unclear how realistic these meetings are for someone who might have a regular work hours or unstable housing. it's also unclear how effective thisprogram isaddressing the causes of domestic violence . if the onus allows them to document their outcomes , then all interested parties could better evaluate the intervention methods and potentially address the issues
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that become evident . that is almost a black box. requiring recording from that piece will be able to better evaluate the response to heart thank you . >> clerk: thank you for your comments. do we have any callers left in the queue? >> we have no more colors in the queue. >> mister chair. >> thank you, public comment is now closed. thank you again supervisor stefani for bringing the ordinance forward and calling for this hearing on the annual report from the family violence counsel and just for all of your leadership on these incredibly important issues and really ensuring that they are an urgent priority for us to address in the city so thank you supervisor stefani and i appreciate the legislation that you sponsored and brought forward and yes, i fully agree that strengthening our data reporting and transparency is
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particularly around domestic violence incidents towards really improving accountability and prevention is very very important and so thank you. i would love to be added asa cosponsor to thatlegislation . supervisor stefani do you want to make a motion ? >> thank you for your post sponsorship. before i extend my closing remarks i wanted to erect your attention to the amendments i have and if i could get those done. that is based on your prior legislationexpanding the number of departments that this reporting would go to . so online store and five on page one it would amend the title to include the mayor of the various city departments. i believe you have a copy but lines 4 through eight on page 2
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expands the reporting requirements to the office of racial equity, human rights commission, department on the status of women and police commission .the police department and district attorney john post reports on their website and lines 25 on page 2 line 1 and two on page 3 is in line with what i just read sowe can take that amendment and i'd like to close . >> chair: i received those amendments . thank you. and do you want to make the motion on the amendment and then taking action on legislation? >> i'll close and we can do it altogether. i want to thank everybody who came out today to report especially on the family violence report and those domestic violence consortiums. it's so important and i am committed as you know to working on those
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recommendations and implementing them at the board of supervisors to do everything we can to break the cycle of violence not only the reactive part of it which is after the violence happens but doing everything we can to prevent it in the first place . i want to thank supervisor melgar for her incredible courage to clear her morning schedule to tell us her story. i think these stories are so powerful and i thank her for her leadership and her friendship and for again cosponsoring this at the outse . i want to thank supervisors haney and you chair mar and supervisor safai. really quick on mylegislation , on recording and why it's important. it's to get at what's happening and have a better understanding
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of whether or notvictims are being supported in a criminal justice system . we have a public defender's office. we have the district attorneys office. the public defenders office is there for thedefendant to represent his or her rights . also with the das office we have victim services and they are there to hopefully meet up for the victim and i am putting forward this legislation at the beginning and i cannot be gas lighted and i cannot be told that i don't know what i'm talking aboutto really shine a light on what's happening with the data . context is key and we will go into that. that's been the disposition of thecases . that's that part of the recording to really understand what are the interventions being made and the public defender who calledin about adult probation, that'sgreat . i'm happy to look at that . we will look at that later. we also have to know if somebody's on misdemeanor
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probation or felonyprobation , whatare the terms being held over that individuals had ? if adult probation shows up then what happens? it's not one adult probation filing charges, that again is on the district attorney's office so i am happy to continue because it's important to know what happens to someone if they don't go to their classes, and if they don't do what's required on misdemeanor probation or felony probation and we do know there are differences between the two so unhappy to look at that at a later date either an amendment between now or whenthis goes to the board of supervisors or legislation . and i also want to say why i care so much about this legislation and why i have been an advocate for domestic violence resources for protecting victims were such a long time . the cycle of violence involved in the abuse involved in domestic violence is horrific
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and it escalates and it's very hard to getout of . someone doesn't just wake up and i think someone said decide they're not going to behave in this way . there are so many interventions that need to be made to support the defendants of course there so many things that need to be done to support the area and unfortunately what i'm hearing is that victims don't feel supported. and i want to know why i want to see the data in fact, while i'm sitting here in this hearing i received an email from somebody who said every time i call the das office they tell me they cannot help me to call victim services and we have to do what peter and shaver want to do. i was directed to services who told me to hire my onset attorney i am not happy with the way the das office is handling the case .my husband is on his best behavior. i was told he would be on probation for three years and now theyare saying six months with no charge .
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it was hard to call the police. it is always hard and by the time they have the courage to do it the abuser that hasgone on before that , it's awful. she goes on to say the police were wonderful and did the job. the dasoffice did everything to make my husband feel like he did nothing wrong . this is not the only person who has indicated this feeling to me and i am not going to sit here and act like this is not happening and i am not going to sit here and do nothing about it . so i welcome everyone who is cosponsoring this legislation because to start our transparency so again thank you chair mar and supervisor haney and again to supervisors melgar and stefani for your sponsorship. this is the start and of course
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context will be provided as we see what the disposition of the cases are and i look forward to working with family violence counsel to implement all the recommendations that get prevention and intervention things we have been doing in san francisco for a very long time . and i'm proud of san francisco for the area again. there's motions i would like to make.i'd like to file a hearing and move the legislationforward with a positive recommendation to the board of supervisors . >> thanks again supervisor stefani for your leadership an bring these items for . i think we hate to make a motion supervisor haney before we take avote . madam clerk, can you please call role? >> clerk: on the motion to excuse supervisor haney starting at 2:00 till the end,
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supervisor stefani . [roll call vote] there are 2 aye's. >> chair: can you please call role on the motion that supervisorstefani made . >> clerk: on the motion by supervisor stefani to amend item 3 andrecommend it as amended and filed a hearing for item number four, supervisor stefani . [roll call vote] there are 2 aye's. >> chair: thank you to everyone for this extremelyinformative and important hearing and discussion on these issues . you certainly have my commitment to work with supervisor stefani and others to make sure wecontinue to follow through on the work . and the ordinance will be sent to the full board with a positive recommendation. madam clerk, is there any further business? >> clerk: that concludes our
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business for today. >> chair: we areadjourned. >> it was an outdoor stadium for track and field, motorcycle and auto and rugby and cricket located in golden gate park, home to professional football,
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lacross and soccer. adjacent to the indoor arena. built in the 1920s. the san francisco park commission accepted a $100,000 gift from the estate to build a memorial in honor of pioneers in the area. the city and county of san francisco contributed an additional $200,000 and the stadium was built in a year. in the 1930s it was home to several colleges such as usf, santa clara and st. mary's for competition and sporting. in 1946 it became home to the san francisco 49ers where they played nearly 25 years. the stayed de yam sat 60,000 fans. many caught game the rooftops and houses. the niners played the last game against the dallas cowboys january 3, 1971 before moving to candlestick park. the stadium hosted other events
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before demolition in 1989. it suffered damages from the earthquake. it was reconstructed to seat 10,000 fans with an all weather track, soccer field and scoreboards. it hosts many northern california football championship games. local high schools sacred heart and mission high school used the field for home games. the rivalry football games are sometimes played here. today it is a huge free standing element, similar to the original featuring tall pink columns at the entrance. the field is surrounded by the track and used by high school and college football and soccer. it is open for public use as well.
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a city like no other, san francisco has been a beacon of hope, and an ally towards lgbtq equal rights. [♪♪] >> known as the gay capital of america, san francisco has been at the forefront fighting gay civil rights for decades becoming a bedrock for the historical firsts. the first city with the first openly gay bar. the first pride parade. the first city to legalize gay marriage. the first place of the iconic
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gay pride flag. established to help cancel policy, programses, and initiatives to support trans and lgbtq communities in san francisco. >> we've created an opportunity to have a seat at the table. where trans can be part of city government and create more civic engagement through our trans advisory committee which advises our office and the mayor's office. we've also worked to really address where there's gaps across services to see where we can address things like housing and homelessness, low income, access to small businesses and employment and education. so we really worked across the board as well as meeting overall policies. >> among the priorities, the
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office of transgender initiatives also works locally to track lgbtq across the country. >> especially our young trans kids and students. so we do a lot of work to make sure we're addressing and naming those anti-trans policies and doing what we can to combat them. >> trans communities often have not been included at the policy levels at really any level whether that's local government, state government. we've always had to fend for ourselves and figure out how to care for our own communities. so an office like this can really show and become a model for the country on how to really help make sure that our entire community is served by the city and that we all get opportunities to participate because, in the end, our entire community is stronger.
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>> the pandemic underscored many of the inequities they experienced on a daily basis. nonetheless, this health crisis also highlighted the strength in the lgbtq and trans community. >> several of our team members were deployed as part of the work at the covid command center and they did incredit able work there both in terms of navigation and shelter-in-place hotels to other team members who led equity and lgbtq inclusion work to make sure we had pop-up testing and information sites across the city as well as making sure that data collection was happening. we had statewide legislation that required that we collected information on sexual orientation and our team worked so closely with d.p.h. to make sure those questions were included at testing site but also throughout the whole network of care.
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part of the work i've had a privilege to be apart of was to work with o.t.i. and a community organization to work together to create a coalition that met monthly to make sure we worked together and coordinated as much as we could to lgbtq communities in the city. >> partnering with community organizations is key to the success of this office ensuring lgbtq and gender nonconforming people have access to a wide range of services and places to go where they will be respected. o.t.i.'s trans advisory committee is committed to being that voice. >> the transgender advisory counsel is a group of amazing community leaders here in san francisco. i think we all come from all walks of life, very diverse, different backgrounds, different expertises, and i think it's just an amazing group of people that have a vision to make san francisco a
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true liberated city for transgender folks. >> being apart of the grou allows us to provide more information on the ground. we're allowed to get. and prior to the pandemic, there's always been an issue around language barriers and education access and workforce development. now, of course, the city has been more invested in to make sure our community is thriving and making sure we are mobilizing. >> all of the supervisors along with mayor london breed know that there's still a lot to be done and like i said before, i'm just so happy to live in a city where they see trans folks and recognize us of human beings and know that we deserve
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to live with dignity and respect just like everybody else. >> being part of the trans initiative has been just a great privilege for me and i feel so lucky to have been able to serve for it for so far over three years. it's the only office of its kind and i think it's a big opportunity for us to show the country or the world about things we can do when we really put a focus on transgender issues and transgender communities. and when you put transgender people in leadership positions. >> thank you, claire. and i just want to say to claire farly who is the leader of the office of transgender initiatives, she has really taken that role to a whole other level and is currently a grand marshal for this year's s.f. prize. so congratulations, claire. >> my dream is to really look at where we want san francisco to be in the future. how can we have a place where
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we have transliberation, quality, and inclusion, and equity across san francisco? and so when i look five years from now, ten years from now, i want us to make sure that we're continuing to lead the country in being the best that we can be. not only are we working to make sure we have jobs and equal opportunity and pathways to education, employment, and advancement, but we're making sure we're taking care of our most impacted communities, our trans communities of color, trans women of color, and black trans women. and we're making sure we're addressing the barriers of the access to health care and mental health services and we're supporting our seniors who've done the work and really be able to age in place and have access to the services and resources they deserve. so there's so much more work to do, but we're really proud of the work that we've done so far. [♪♪]
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>> how i really started my advocacy was through my own personal experiences with discrimination as a trans person. and when i came out as trans, you know, i experienced discrimination in the workplace. they refused to let me use the women's bathroom and fired me. there were so many barriers that other trans folks had in the workplace. and so when i finished college, i moved out to san francisco in the hopes of finding a safer community.
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>> and also, i want to recognize our amazing trans advisory committee who advises our office as well as the mayor, so our transadvisory community members, if they could raise their hands and you could give a little love to them. [applause] >> thank you so much for your help. my leadership here at the office is engaging the mayor and leadership with our lgbt community. we also get to support, like, local policy and make sure that that is implemented, from all-gender bathrooms to making sure that there's lgbt data collection across the city. get to do a lot of great events in trans awareness month.
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>> transgender people really need representation in politics of all kinds, and i'm so grateful for clair farley because she represents us so intelligently. >> i would like to take a moment of silence to honor all those folks that nicky mentioned that we've lost this year. >> i came out when i was 18 as trans and grew up as gay in missoula, montana. so as you can imagine, it wasn't the safest environment for lgbt folks. i had a pretty supportive family. i have an identical twin, and so we really were able to support each other. once i moved away from home and started college, i was really able to recognize my own value and what i had to offer, and i think that for me was one of
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the biggest challenges is kind of facing so many barriers, even with all the privilege and access that i had. it was how can i make sure that i transform those challenges into really helping other people. we're celebrating transgender awareness month, and within that, we recognize transgender day of remembrance, which is a memorial of those that we have lost due to transgender violence, which within the last year, 2019, we've lost 22 transgender folks. think all but one are transgender women of color who have been murdered across the country. i think it's important because we get to lift up their stories, and bring attention to the attacks and violence that are still taking place.
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we push back against washington. that kind of impact is starting to impact trans black folks, so it's important for our office to advocate and recognize, and come together and really remember our strength and resilience. as the only acting director of a city department in the country, i feel like there's a lot of pressure, but working through my own challenges and barriers and even my own self-doubt, i think i've been try to remember that the action is about helping our community, whether that's making sure the community is housed, making sure they have access to health care, and using kind of my access and privilege to make change. >> i would like to say something about clair farley. she has really inspired me.
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i was a nurse and became disabled. before i transitioned and after i transitioned, i didn't know what i wanted to do. i'm back at college, and clair farley has really impressed on me to have a voice and to have agency, you have to have an education. >> mayor breed has led this effort. she made a $2.3 million investment into trans homes, and she spear headed this effort in partnership with my office and tony, and we're so proud to have a mayor who continues to commit and really make sure that everyone in this city can thrive. >> our community has the most resources, and i'm very happy to be here and to have a place finally to call home. thank you. [applause] >> one, two, three. [applause] >> even in those moments when i
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do feel kind of alone or unseen or doubt myself, i take a look at the community and the power of the supportive allies that are at the table that really help me to push past that. being yourself, it's the word of wisdom i would give anyone. surely be patient with yourself and your dream. knowing that love, you may not always feel that from your family around you, but you can >> what we're trying to approach is bringing more diversity to our food. it's not just the old european style food. we are seeing a lot of influences, and all of this is because of our students. all we ask is make it flavorful.
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[♪♪♪] >> we are the first two-year culinary hospitality school in the united states. the first year was 1936, and it was started by two graduates from cornell. i'm a graduate of this program, and very proud of that. so students can expect to learn under the three degrees. culinary arts management degree, food service management degree, and hotel management degree. we're not a cooking school. even though we're not teaching you how to cook, we're teaching you how to manage, how to supervise employees, how to manage a hotel, and plus you're getting an associate of science
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degree. >> my name is vince, and i'm a faculty member of the hospitality arts and culinary school here in san francisco. this is my 11th year. the program is very, very rich in what this industry demands. cooking, health, safety, and sanitation issues are included in it. it's quite a complete program to prepare them for what's happening out in the real world. >> the first time i heard about this program, i was working in a restaurant, and the sous chef had graduated from this program. he was very young to be a sous chef, and i want to be like him, basically, in the future. this program, it's awesome. >> it's another world when
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you're here. it's another world. you get to be who you are, a person get to be who they are. you get to explore different things, and then, you get to explore and they encourage you to bring your background to the kitchen, too. >> i've been in the program for about a year. two-year program, and i'm about halfway through. before, i was studying behavioral genetics and dance. i had few injuries, and i couldn't pursue the things that i needed to to dance, so i pursued my other passion, cooking. when i stopped dance, i was deprived of my creative outlet, and cooking has been that for me, specifically pastry. >> the good thing is we have students everywhere from places like the ritz to --
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>> we have kids from every area. >> facebook and google. >> kids from everywhere. >> they are all over the bay area, and they're thriving. >> my name is jeff, and i'm a coowner of nopa restaurant, nopalito restaurant in san francisco. i attended city college of san francisco, the culinary arts program, where it was called hotel and restaurant back then in the early 90's. nopalito on broderick street, it's based on no specific region in mexico. all our masa is hand made. we cook our own corn in house. everything is pretty much hand made on a daily basis, so day and night, we're making hand
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made tortillas, carnitas, salsas. a lot of love put into this. [♪♪♪] >> used to be very easy to define casual dining, fine dining, quick service. now, it's shades of gray, and we're trying to define that experience through that spectrum of service. fine dining calls into white table cloths. the cafeteria is large production kitchen, understanding vast production kitchens, the googles and the facebooks of the world that have those types of kitchens. and the ideas that change every year, again, it's the notion and the venue. >> one of the things i love about vince is one of our outlets is a concept restaurant, and he changes the concept every year to show
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students how to do a startup restaurant. it's been a pizzeria, a taco bar. it's been a mediterranean bar, it's been a noodle bar. people choose ccsf over other hospitality programs because the industry recognizes that we instill the work ethic. we, again, serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. other culinary hospitality programs may open two days a week for breakfast service. we're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner five days a week. >> the menu's always interesting. they change it every semester, maybe more. there's always a good variety of foods. the preparation is always beautiful. the students are really
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sincere, and they work so hard here, and they're so proud of their work. >> i've had people coming in to town, and i, like, bring them here for a special treat, so it's more, like, not so much every day, but as often as i can for a special treat. >> when i have my interns in their final semester of the program go out in the industry, 80 to 90% of the students get hired in the industry, well above the industry average in the culinary program. >> we do have internals continually coming into our restaurants from city college of san francisco, and most of the time that people doing internships with us realize this is what they want to do for a living. we hired many interns into
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employees from our restaurants. my partner is also a graduate of city college. >> so my goal is actually to travel and try to do some pastry in maybe italy or france, along those lines. i actually have developed a few connections through this program in italy, which i am excited to support. >> i'm thinking about going to go work on a cruise ship for about two, three year so i can save some money and then hopefully venture out on my own. >> yeah, i want to go back to china. i want to bring something that i learned here, the french cooking, the western system, back to china. >> so we want them to have a full toolkit. we're trying to make them ready for the world out there.
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you're watching san francisco rising with chris manors. today's special guest is dr. steven zutnick. >> hello. the show is focused on restarting, rebuilding, and reimagining our city. the director of the therapy center of san francisco and he's a professor in counseling psychology at usf. he's here today to talk to us about resocializing, and returning to the office. welcome to the show. >>. >> thanks, chris. good to be back. >> as we re-open, people are having different reactions. some are embracing the recent shifts while others are having
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a hard time readjusting. >> yes. i think it's an excellent question. my basic bias on this i think to give you a general overview is we ought to be following cdc suggestions and requirements, what they say, because that's where a lot of the things come. should i wear a mask. should i not wear a mask. my answer is, yes, absolutely. i think we should wear a mask. i think we should social distance. it not only makes an impact on covid, it makes an impact on other diseases as well. as you and i were chatting, the deaths from flu usually average 30,000 a year. we've had 2,500 deaths from the flu so far this year, but at the very least, you need to be
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vaccinated. >> going back to the office is also an issue. there are some people are thrilled returning to work, others are nervous about it and there's a group of people who've been working onsite all along. let's start with those who are worried about returning to the office. what can be done to relieve their concerns? >> i think identifying a cohort of colleagues, fellow workers who you can just talk to and share experiences with. you know, when you look at the advantages of groups, the major one is when we sit and talk to other people, we suddenly discover, oh, this isn't just me, i'm not some strange guy here. so everybody else i'm talking to is worried about the same thing. i think that will raise awareness among people. to say, oh, i don't know, what are we going to do? do we have fresh air in here? can we open some windows? does the boss care if i wear a
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mask? >> how about those who've been going to work all along. possibly the most traumatized. how would you talk to them about managing the possible stress and resentment they may have been feeling. >> the most at-risk population is the essential worker who because they are also one of the lowest paid populations, have taken the biggest hits and the most risks. they're still at high risk. so they're dealing with a lot. they're dealing with depression, anxiety, insomnia quite a bit. and you've got a lot of ptsd by the way one last point on the health care workers. that's the tip of the iceberg. these are also the people who often have the least access to therapy.
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so we've got all these people out of there who've been in the trenches the entire time, never had a break, suffering a lot of trauma, and there are no services available for them. >> lastly, let's talk about management. with varying attitudes towards the lifting of restrictions, there may be some struggles in the work place. how would you advise management to ease the transition? >> management can encourage vaccination or require it. they can keep masks, physical distance, hand washing, all of these things. and hopefully management will be responsive. i think, you know, given the title that the series, this is all new. we're all just moving in to a whole new phase. we haven't begun to see the research that's going to come out of what we've just been through. we've been through a terrible pandemic. there's been a huge toll and i don't think we've seen the tip
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of the iceberg on the impact. >> do you have any final thoughts to share? >> yeah. i think this pandemic has highlighted a lot of things. for me, certainly, is mental health professional and a behavioral scientist. it's clear to me, we need to educate people about science. this is not unknowable to people. the basic of science is constant questioning. when you ask a question in research, you get one answer and about five new questions. things evolve continuously. so, yeah, when the cdc first came out a year and a half ago, they said, no, we don't need masks and then they said oh, we do and then everybody went crazy. oh, look how bad the sciencetists are. that's exactly what science
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does. we thought we didn't need it. then we discovered it was air born. i think we're seeing we have huge holes in the health care system and conversely, i think we're finding with the vaccination, what it means for everyone to have access to health care without worrying about how am i going to pay for it. so i think this is really forcing us to look at everything. it's been a very difficult time. it's going to continue to be a difficult time for people, but i think that's also getting us to look at some really critical issues in health care. >> well, thank you so much for coming on the show dr. zlotnick. well, thanks again. we'll be back with another episode of san francisco rising shortly. for sfgov tv i'm chris manors. thanks for watching.
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>> we are right now in outer richmond in the last business area of this city. this area of merchants is in the most western part of san francisco, continue blocks down the street they're going to fall into the pacific ocean. two blocks over you're going to have golden gate park. there is japanese, chinese, hamburgers, italian, you don't have to cook. you can just walk up and down the street and you can get your cheese. i love it. but the a very multicultural place with people from everywhere. it's just a wonderful environment. i love the richmond district.
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>> and my wife and i own a café we have specialty coffee drinks, your typical lattes and mochas and cappuccinos, and for lunches, sandwiches and soup and salad. made fresh to order. we have something for everybody >> my shop is in a very cool part of the city but that's one of the reasons why we provide such warm and generous treats, both physically and emotionally (♪♪) >> it's an old-fashioned general store. they have coffee. other than that what we sell is fishing equipment. go out and have a good time. >> one of my customers that has been coming here for years has always said this is my favorite store. when i get married i'm coming in
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your store. and then he in his wedding outfit and she in a beautiful dress came in here in between getting married at lands end and to the reception, unbelievable. (♪♪) >> the new public health order that we're announcing will require san franciscans to remain at home with exceptions only for essential outings. >> when the pandemic first hit we kind of saw the writing on the walls that potentially the city is going to shut all businesses down. >> it was scary because it was such an unknown of how things
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were going to pan out. i honestly thought that this might be the end of our business. we're just a small business and we still need daily customers. >> i think that everybody was on edge. nobody was untouched. it was very silent. >> as a business owner, you know, things don't just stop, right? you've still got your rent, and all of the overhead, it's still there. >> there's this underlying constant sense of dread and anxiety. it doesn't prevent you from going to work and doing your job, it doesn't stop you from doing your normal routine. what it does is just make you feel extra exhausted. >> so we began to reopen one year later, and we will emerge
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stronger, we will emerge better as a city, because we are still here and we stand in solidarity with one another. >> this place has definitely been an anchor for us, it's home for us, and, again, we are part of this community and the community is part of us. >> one of the things that we strived for is making everyone in the community feel welcome and we have a sign that says "you're welcome." no matter who you are, no matter what your political views are, you're welcome here. and it's sort of the classic san francisco thing is that you work with folks. >> it is your duty to help everybody in san francisco.
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thank you all so much for coming. i'm very excited about today's programming and i'm so grateful that you all came out for this important event despite the much needed rain. i am deeply honored to be here. my name is jeffery tumlin and i'm the executive director to have the san francisco municipal transportation agency. before we begin, it's also important to acknowledge where we've come from. the geary corridor was muni's first transit line. the b. geary electric streetcar ran down here in 1912 and has long been one of the highest

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