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>> [gavel] >> good afternoon and welcome to the november 9, 2021 reg lar meeting of the san francisco board of supervisors. madame clerk, would you please call the roll. >> thank you, mr. president. supervisor chan. chan present. supervisor hanney. present. supervisor mandelman. present. supervisor mar. present. supervisor peskin. present. supervisor peskin. present. supervisor ronen.
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supervisor ronen were you able to sign on? mr. president, you have a quorum. >> supervisor: the supervisor board of supervisors acknowledges we're on homeland of the original inhabitants of the san francisco peninsula. as the indigenous stewards of this land and in accordance with their traditions, the have never seeded, loss nor forgotten their responsibilities as caretakers in this place and as for all people who's in their and we benefit from living and work on
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their traditional homeland and pay respects by acknowledging the ancestors and elders of the community and affirming their sovereign rights as first people. >> clerk: mr. president, i understand the bridge line not able to hear us at this moment. >> supervisor: i'm trying to see if supervisor ronen. >> clerk: yes, she is signed on. >> i know she was having trouble hearing. >> clerk: may we take a moment, mr. president, to make sure the bridge line is connected. >> supervisor: we will recess. we'll take a couple minutes to see if we can get this worked out. >> clerk: thank you. apologies, members. >> supervisor: to the public we're just checking to make sure all the lines are working properly. so just bear with us.
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>> supervisor: all right, since it's taking a bit of time we're take five minute reefgs and recess and come back.
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>> we will reconvene our november 9, 2021 regular meeting. on behalf of the board i would like to acknowledge the staff at sf gov television. today we have michael who records of our meetings and makes transcripts available to the public online. madame clerk can we go to our
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special order. >> clerk: pursuant to the charter and administrative code the mayor is present to discuss the following eligible topic submitted from the supervisor representing district 5. the mayor may address the board initially up to five minutes. >> supervisor: thank you and welcome to the meeting madame mayor. it is good to see you. do you have any opening remarks? >> i have a few opening marks and i'm introducing two supplemental appropriations. the first is to support the anticipated for the accesser recorder and for the school board recall. we expect an election in february and another in april. neither of which we anticipated in the budget. i want to thank supervisor mandelman for his leadership on drawing the pension to the potential cost to the san francisco unified school district and for agreeing to
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work with me to make this a comprehensive bill. no matter where you stand on the recall question, we can all agree that our school district is in serious financial trouble. they're staring down a $125 million deficit. the state is threatening to take them over. i made to secret of my frustrations with what's happened on the public schools but shouldn't take a single dollar from the classroom and hope to have your support. the other supplemental has to do with our emergency response. during the budget process we had a discussion about the need for more emergency medical services at the fire department. unfortunately, this budget was being considered right in the middle of an analysis being conducted by the comptroller to
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determine what we need. data is essential in back staff decisions so it was important to wait for the study to be finalized. we funded an additional 50 ems responders and currently those positions republic filled. four months later is study is complete and we have an understanding of our needs. that's why today with supervisor safai i'm introducing a supplemental for 50 new paramedics. if we have to meet our goals to 80% to 90% of ambulance calls we need this funding and responding to 9-1-1 calls is one of our most basic responsibilities. pe need to be there every single person in the city should have the confidence at the moment when they are most desperate, where there is a need so grave they call 9-1-1, that this city
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will respond quickly with the help they need. with that, thank you and i'm available for questions. >> supervisor: madame clerk call the first topic. >> clerk: the topic submit dean preston is homelessness. >> supervisor: thank you so much. supervisor preston, please ask your question. >> supervisor: thank you, and good afternoon madame mayor. thank you for being here for question time. my questions about homelessness more particularly about support for homeless transitional age youth and in particular in the haight ashbury. the site at 730 stannion is the future home of housing which has broad support and i want to draw your attention to your efforts and the site sat vacant but in
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may of 2020 it became home to the city's most successful safe sleeping village extended twice until wound down june 2021. i want to thank you for your partnership in making the safe sleeping site a success. the department of homelessness and supportive housing, committed to my office and community services at minimum bathroom, hand washing stations and showers and droppins and referrals would be launched as part of an interim youth following the closure of the safe sleeping site. after the slight delay they guaranteed my office they would launch in october at the latest. this representation was also made to the community at public meetings in august. hsh issued the solicitations september 7 and the homeless youth alliance was preparing to pvn the critical services on the site.
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then less than two weeks before the site was to open, hsh informed our office and the homeless youth alliance the project would not proceed. this was disappointing because these are critical service for a vulnerable and reversed the promise to the community. my question madame mayor four, what are the reasons, all the reasons your administration slid reversed course and violated its commitment to open homeless services at 730 stannion by october 31. >> thank you for your question and your choice of words are not entirely accurate. in fact i think what you asked in your question and taking into account that the resources that you helped to provide during the budget cycle was not according to the organization sufficient in order to do what was discussed with the community and to be clear the entire community
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is not wholeheartedly in support of having the services provided at that location. right now we're making -- as you know, historic investments in homelessness. i'm proud of the budget the board supported including $1 million to address homelessness over the next two years. those are significant resources for housing, shelter and homelessness prevention but with those resources also comes need for accountability. we have to deliver results and not living above our means and make sure when we propose a project it does what it says it's going to do and my staff wants to ensure every dollar has impact and many programs do. let me give you an example how we're impacting homeless youth. earlier this year we earn the lower pope k navigation start which at full capacity can serve
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up to 75 young homeless adults 18 to 24. the group is critical because getting them services eight youth age is critical to vening before it becomes a life long struggle and i support the mission of supporting people on the street while ensuring we're spending funding wisely. what that means is we need clear objectives with the money we spend and a realistic idea of how a new program will make a tangible difference. in this circumstance the money budget ford the pop-up drop-in center would cover only a quarter of what was needed to run the cost. the only applicant for the funds would only be able to cover the cost of a few staff members at this location. but none of the other services which doesn't seem like a particularly smart use of city resources. some may see a billion dollars as a reason to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. i see it as a call to double
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down on accountability to ensure we aren't funding programs that don't deliver and not spending more than what we commit to spending for a particular program. >> supervisor: thank you, madame mayor. supervisor peskin, you may ask a follow-up question related to the same topic. >> supervisor: thank you, president walton and thank you, madame mayor for what i think clarifying the claim on the sudden revefrs -- reversal to this project and regardless of the reasons for the sudden reversal on 730 stannion the matter remains under your control so i want to ask this do you control to open this site before the end of the calendar year? >> supervisor, as i said min
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comment the rich news were not sufficient to do so. the challenges around accountability are of deep concern to me and so i am only committed if your office would work with me to come solutions rather than dictate to us what we need to do. working together you know i represented this district and care about what happens in the community but be honest not everybody in the community supports this idea of what you are proposing and i don't think it's fair to imply that's the case and on top of that, accountability around programming of homeless youth in the haight is very much problematic. accountability around the services we're funding that aren't delivering the kinds of changes we would expect to see for the amount of money we've invested even already. >> supervisor: thank you, mayor breed.
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at thes time, mayor breed you may ask a question to supervisor preston or any other supervisor in attendance pertaining to the same topic but not necessarily related to the previous question. >> thank you, president walton. will pass on asking a question. >> supervisor: thank you, mayor breed. this concludes the district 5 topic of discussion. madame clerk do we have other questions submitted today? >> clerk: we do not. >> supervisor: thank you mayor for joining us today. this matter has been discussed and is now filed. madame clerk do you have more communications with us. >> clerk: the meeting is accessible remotely on sf gov tv channel 26 or viewing the live stream at sf gov and you
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can call in. throughout the meeting the telephone number is streaming on your screen, 1-415-655-0001 and when you hear the prompt enter the meeting i.d., 2497 088 9733 an press pound twice. you'll have joined the meeting as a listener and you'll hear the discussion but your line will be muted. once you're ready to get in the queue to provide public comment press star 3 and when it is your turn listen carefully for the prompt you have been unmute and begin speaking your comments. specific agenda content eligible for your comments. there's one 3:00 special order pertain to an appeal of determination from environmental review for the project at
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ventura avenue and we received a letter representing the appellants withdrawing their appeal. typically after public comment testimony the board will decide the matter. with respect to general public comment, item 23, there are four areas that you will be permitted to speak to. the approval of the minutes as presented for october 5, 2021, today's mayoral appearance, the latter section of the agenda which hosts items not heard in committee. these are items 24 through 25 and matters not on the agenda today but are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the supervisors. other content will have had the public comment requirement fulfilled.
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they'll receive correspondence by mail or by using the e-mail address. in partnership with the office of civic engagement and immigrant affairs, we will have spanish interpretation provided to assist spanish speakers with their language needs beginning with the 3:00 p.m. special order and will have the interpreter introduce themselves and the service they're providing and if you're experiencing trouble connecting remotely we have a live person standing by to walk you through how to get on to the remote system if you call 415-554-5184. thank you. that concludes my communication. >> supervisor: thank you, madame
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clerk and please excuse my oversight and would you stand with me for the pledge of allegiance. pledge of allegiance i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. colleagues, a friendly reminder to mute your microphones when you are not speaking. madame clerk, the approval of meeting minutes. >> clerk: yes. on today's agenda we have the approval of the minutes for october 5. >> supervisor: i don't see
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anyone and i need an approval and second. seconded by supervisor mandelman. >> clerk: on the motion to approve the minutes supervisor haney. aye. supervisor mandelman. aye. supervisor mar. aye. supervisor melgar. aye. supervisor peskin. aye. supervisor preston. aye. supervisor ronen. aye. professor safai. aye. supervisor stefani. aye. supervisor walton. aye. and supervisor chan. chan aye. there are 11 ayes. >> supervisor: without objection the minutes will be approved as presented after public comment. let's go to our consent agenda items 2 and 3. >> clerk: they're on consent. the items are considered to be routine. if a member objects an item can
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be removed and considered separately. >> supervisor: thank you. can we please have the roll on items 2 and 3. >> clerk: supervisor haney. aye. supervisor mandelman. aye. supervisor mar. aye. supervisor melgar. aye. supervisor peskin. aye. supervisor preston. aye. supervisor ronen. aye. supervisor safai. aye. supervisor stefani. aye. supervisor walton. aye-supervisor chan. aye. >> supervisor: the ordinances are passed unanimously. madame clerk, please call the regular agenda unfinished business items 4 and 5.
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is and for item 5, against johnson & johnson for a range of $6 million to $11 million to be paid over nine year. >> supervisor: call the roll. on items 4 and 5. supervisor haney. aye. supervisor mandelman. aye. supervisor mar. aye. supervisor melgar. aye. supervisor peskin. aye. supervisor preston.
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aye. supervisor ronen. aye. supervisor safai. aye. supervisor stefani. aye. supervisor walton. aye. supervisor chan. aye. there are 11 ayes. >> supervisor: without objection they pass unanimously. clerk, call new business item 6. grant - retroactive - blue shield of california foundation - leveraging collaboration to end domestic violence - amendment to the annual salary ordinance - fys 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 - $300,000] sponsors: mayor; ronen ordinance retroactively authorizing the department on the status of women to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $300,000 through the blue shield of california foundation, and amending ordinance no. 166-20 (annual salary ordinance file no. 200568 for fiscal years (fys)
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2020-2021 and 2021-2022) to provide for the addition of one grant-funded class 1820 junior administrative analyst position (fte 1.0) for the period of april 1, 2021, through march 31, 2023. >> supervisor: thank you, please call roll. [roll call] . there are 11 ayes. >> supervisor: without objection, this ordinance passes unanimously. call item 7. >> clerk: resolution retroactively approving amendment no. 1 to the agreement between healthright 360 and the department of public health (dph) for fiscal intermediary check-writing services, in an amount not to exceed $46,766,160; to extend the term by one year and eleven months, from july 31, 2021, for a total agreement term of january
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1, 2021, through june 30, 2023; and to authorize dph to enter into amendments or modifications to the contract, as defined herein, that do not increase the obligations or liabilities to the city and are necessary to effectuate the purposes of the contract. >> supervisor: thank you. madame clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 7 supervisor haney. aye. supervisor mandelman. aye. supervisor mar. aye. supervisor melgar. aye. supervisor peskin. aye. supervisor preston. aye. supervisor ronen aye. supervisor safai. aye. supervisor stefani. aye. supervisor walton. aye. supervisor chan. aye. there are 11 ayes. >> supervisor: thank you. without objection this resolution is adopted unanimously. madame clerk, please call items
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8 and 9 together. >> clerk: two resolutions that authorize the office of contract administration to enter into two separate contract modification. for item 8 the sixth contract to a contract between the city and msc industrial supply company to purchase for the purchase of industrial supplies for city departments, increasing the contract amount by $4,377,623 for a total contract amount not to exceed $14,277,623 and extending the term by one year and two months for a total term of may 1, 2017, through june 30, 2023. through item 9 is the fifth amendment through - buckles-smith electric co. - purchase of electrical supplies and fixtures - not to exceed $13,946,868] increasing the contract amount by $4,046,868 for a total not to exceed amount of $13,946,868 and extending the term by one year from june 30, 2022, for a total contract duration of six years of july 5, 2017, through june 30, 2023.
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>> supervisor: thank you. supervisor preston. >> supervisor: thank you. i have a couple questions about 8 and 9. these two items. not about what the substance of what the expenditure for but the contracting process and how and when these came to the board and a want to thank the budget and finance committee and bla for their work on these items. these are in an i could say category of contracts that raise concern for me right under the $10 million threshold and get approved before this latest round. i wanted to direct a question or two for clarification on the record to someone from office of contract administration through the president if someone is available. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor preston. we do have someone available.
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>> can you hear me? >> yes. >> i'm office director of office of contract administration. thank you for your question, supervisor. in general, historically the office of contract administration has entered into shorter term agreements for our contracts both for general services and for commodities. this is particularly i think prudent on the commodities side since the tend to fluctuate rapidly and assess whether to re-bid contract on an annual basis and start with three-year terms and modify annually and in addition annually we would allow price adjustments if we were intending to continue the contract. that is generally why we have not come to you before for the board because we do like to have shorter term agreements for
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these contracts to assess whether we might need to in fact revisit. again, that's why we're coming to you now as we're reaching the $10 million threshold. >> supervisor: thank you. supervisor, preston. >> supervisor: thank you. and thank you for the explanation and so i'm clear, it's the $10 million threshold here to bring this contract before the board is that irrelevant to your analysis of the amount or length of contract and then you just do what you're going to do regardless and then sometimes it falls under $10 million and if it falls above you come here or does it enter into your decisions around the amount or length of the contract you enter into? >> so generally as i said we have historically done three-year contract with
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one-er -- one-year option to extend and take into account what we expect for the initial term and usage might be and the initial contract might for the initial term and as we amend the contractor if we determine we want to extend the contract we would determine what additional contract may be needed and if it goes over the supervisor's approval threshold we'd come to you for approval and if it did not we would not come to you for approval. >> supervisor: okay. through the president, maybe it would help to be a little more specific. like the fourth amendment on the contractor the fifth amended it was to increase it from 9.5 to $9.9 million. that's a $400,000 increase and puts it right below the two thresholds required to come before the board crossing the
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$10 million threshold or an amendment of $500,000. i'm trying to understand if that $400,000 amendment to put the contract at $9.9 million is set at $9.9 million and a $400,000 increase so it does not have to come before the board or is coincidental and not related to the analysis of that amendment? >> that's a good question. in some instances we amend a contracts very quickly and may not in fact have time to come before the board and so sometimes there's small increments of modifications and we want to [indiscernible] and these two are heavily used contracts. and because it's not oca essentially issuing purchase orders we have to track these
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and the usage can change pretty rapidly and so again sometimes we do have to enter into modifications that may -- that keep us under the threshold to ensure there's enough contract in the short term for the city departments to use. and in that instance for that modification we indicated for $400,000 we were working to get tote board of supervisors and we're coming to you but we did need to do that interim modification. >> thank you. and just backing up in the life and it's the same on item 9. this is why the two struck me, they both not only came in at $9.9 million but they also both had amendments at $400,000. everything i'm asking about item 8 is the same on item 9 i won't bother going through it. i want to back up to the
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beginning of them. at the time of the contract, originally, my understanding is that you were looking at a six-year window. i would like to ask if at the time of the original contract even though the initial request was for approval of $4 million did you anticipate that over the life of the contract the expenditures of the city would exceed $10 million? >> we generally -- it's sometimes pretty hard to estimate how much usage a contract is going to get because it's generally several departments and we're generally estimating based on prior usage on the prior contract and based on conversations with the department so we think we'll heavily use the contract what we think the usage may be for the initial term of the contract.
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i would guess i was not here originally when the contracts were entered into and not sure what analysis was initially conducted. i'm assuming the $4 million amount was set for the initial term of the contract based on some assessment of what the department leasing would be. >> supervisor: and anticipated at that time there would be additional amendments and that the full amount would exceed $10 million? >> there was probably expectation the full amount would exceed $10 million, yes, but we're estimating contract amount for the initial term because the departmental usage can fluctuate widely over the years for us historically it hadn't seemed prudent to
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estimate particularly if we were interested in resubmitting before the threshold. >> supervisor: thank you, i will be supporting this today and don't see concern in the merits of this contract but i do just want to remind not only office of contract administration but all departments that the charter requirement to bring a contract with expenditures over $10 million before the board has a word i feel is often being ignored if not written out of the charter, requires contracts requiring quote anticipated expenditures of $10 million. so at the time of contracting, if a department knows they're going to be exceeding $10
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million in the life of this contract, i believe they should be bringing those items before the board and i find it troubling that these not only aren't coming at the outset but also even the amendments are clearly being structured to sit right under the $10 million threshold for as long as possible and not trigger review. i'm troubled by that history. i wanted to emphasize that provision of the charter i think is key it's the anticipated expenditures relevant at the time of contracting. thank you, mr. president. madame clerk, on items 8 and 9. >> clerk: [roll call] .
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there are 11 ayes. >> supervisor: thank you and without objection these resolutions are adopted unanimously. [gavel] . madame clerk let's go to our 2:30 p.m. recognition of acommendations. >> clerk: the special order 2:30 p.m. is for the meritorious city to the city and county of san francisco. >> supervisor: thank you, so much, madame clerk. we have supervisors mandelman and supervisor ronen presenting and we are going in order starting with supervisor
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mandelman. >> supervisor: >> thank you, i want to ask them to come up and supervisor safai has it right. i want to thank particularly natalie g. and the clerk's office to have the city employees in the chamber with us. so i'm offering commendations for our san francisco police department captains, nicole jones and rachel moran of mission for now for a day or two. over the past year, i've had the great privilege of working closely with these captains as they split much of district 8 between their two stations. they have been true and excellent partners in addressing the public safety concerns of the folks i represent and my
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only beef with them is that they are leaving so soon, which is not okay but congratulations. a little bit about each of them. captain nicole jones joined the san francisco police department in 2007. during her career, she's worked as an officer at tenderloin and ingleside and worked in special victims and internal affairs unit and as a lieutenant she served an administrative roles at the chief's office and the staff services divisions, staffing and deployment unit and for the last year we have been so fortunate to have captain jones as the captain of the station. she is focussed on problem solving an creatively engaging with the community. one recent example of creative community engagement dressing up
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as a zombie and walking a donkey which the kids loved. >> ademocrat. >> thank you, supervisor, peskin. she has also has a game against kick ball at national night out the police department notes the team won. i will say, captain jones takes national night out very seriously and wanted to make certain i made sure to tell all the other captains that inbleside was the best. she's dedicated her time to partnership and collaboration and is epersonally db eternally grateful for the community support and i have been grateful for yours. captain moran is a 25-year veteran of the san francisco police department and the first woman to head up the mission district police station.
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captain moran -- yep. she was an officer before being transferred as a lieutenant and was at the reform initiative based on the department of justice reform recommendations and led development on bias to continues to improve the way the department police the city and her dedication is well documented and this was something new about her i didn't know, expanded on her family's work serving our community as firefighters. a firefighter family. captain moran spent most her time outside the station meeting with residents and merchants and doing on the ground police work. early on after she had started as captain at mission station i
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ran into officers on the sidewalk and i asked what they thought of the new captain and they were impressed she was out there doing the work. i thought that was very cool and thought it was cool they recognized that. so both of these women have been promoted to the rank of commander and on behalf of the residents and merchants of the castro and glen mark and diamond heights and college hill, i want to extend to them bitter sweet but heartfelt congratulations. we'll miss them both. i hope you're able to remain engaged with district 8 and my office in your new positions. i know that others here have had the opportunity to work with these two great captains and so i imagine -- they're already in the queue. i'll let other folks speak. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor mandelman.
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bury call on my colleagues i want to say how excited i'm to see two women here at your ranks and i share supervisor's beef in terms of how fast you're moving on but i look forward to continuing to work with both of you and thank you for your commitment and all your work with our police department. supervisor ronen. >> supervisor: thank you, president walton and captains. i'm sorry i can't be there with you today. i'm recovering from a cold and don't want to put you in harm's way. thank you for everything you've done for the mission and vernal heights. you'll be missed. i don't understand why the chief moves captains around so much other than he puts the best of the best at our captain posts
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and then continues to promote you through the rank and i guess it makes sense but it means we miss you very much when you move on and a want to acknowledge and thank captain jones for the above and beyond extraordinary work that she did in a very complicated and long lasting situation in vernal heights she knows about. you showed care, attention to detail and respect for everyone in the neighborhood that i think is rare. it's so commendable and something to be emulated throughout the department. we will miss you very much and congratulations. thank you for everything. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor melgar. >> supervisor: thank you, president walton. in congratulations, captain
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jones and captain moran. and thank you deputy lazar for being here. at my direct experience is with captain jones. i'm very proud to have worked with you at the ingleside station and a well deserved promotion though like supervisor mandelman i'm sad you're leaving us. and your voice and critical work has been such a great asset to have you to communicate with and think things through with and strategize with and you have been an asset for our office but also for the community and you're vision and approach is greatly appreciated. you are such an example of the
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kind of leadership we need in this field and i'm excited that you are getting the promotion and sad to be losing you but i know that you will do great things in this new role and i appreciate you and especially what you have done for the youth and families in our district. it's really important to have such a great impact and congratulations to you and congratulations, captain moran as well though we didn't get to work together but we will now in your new role. thank you so much. >> supervisor: thank you. supervisor safai. >> thank you, president walton. i want to echo comments from my colleagues. i too did not have the opportunity to work with you, captain moran, but congratulations on your well deserved appointment. everyone i have spoken to in the department has nothing but high esteem for you and the work have you done. congratulations on that.
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i appreciate your style and your mannerisms and sorry, i have to claim what i have to claim, supervisor melgar. def we were just at the groundbreaking today nor upper yard affordable housing and prior that was our city's first safe parking and you staffed that primarily. you had your entire team focussed working with the individuals on site and with the on site 24 hour security providers and because of that success and because of the work you did, we've been able to take
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that model city wide and i know supervisor walton is leading the effort in his community out of candle stick point and we have talked and had multiple conversations about the tremendous work all the different agencies did particularly the work you did on behalf of the ingleside station. thank you for the tremendous effort and work and coordination and congratulate you on your much deserved advancement. >> supervisor: thank you. now for the women of the hour, captain jones and captain moran. but deputy chief lazar, did you want to say anything before we hear from our two honorees? >> yes, thank you, president walton and supervisors for your support for these two great captains. worked closely with the captains and when you get great ones you're sad to lose them but i
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know you're always willing to lose them whether you lose them to promotions. our department is much better today because of their work and because of their effort and what they're about to do in the organization in terms of their promotion. captain moran, as we've all heard is the first female to lead mission staying and will be the commander of the golden gate division and will supervisor the captains of ingleside and bay view and many of you who work with those will still have captain moran and captain jones will be training and hiring and recruitment and retention and will get to do great things in that bureau. thank you for recognizing the great captains today. [applause] >> supervisor: now let's hear from our honorees. >> this was very unexpected so
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thank you supervisor mandelman. i think i've only been in this room once or twice and it's very impressive. what i've learned as a captain how important it is to work with other city agencies and the board of supervisors and we don't always agree but we're always looking for the best of city so we appreciate you and i thank you from the bottom of my heart. >> thank you. >> i wanted to thank you for the honor and we have five of the 11 supervisors in ingleside. it's incredibly supportive the police department and that's a credit to you. so thank you for that and thank you for the collaboration and this is not good-bye. it's see you later so thank you so much.
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>> there's problem a few of us that would like to be in the picture so i don't know if you want to do it in the well.
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>> congratulations again from captain jones and captain moran. now we'll hear from supervisor ronen. >> thank you, so much, president walton. colleagues, just a few weeks ago i had the honor to be invited to participate in the one-year anniversary of the founding of the american indian cultural district. this was one of the most moving educational and grounding events i've had the opportunity to participate in as a supervisor. i also want to recognize this wonderful event would not have been possible without the many years of work done by the
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american indian cultural center to support and uplift indigenous members of our community. there are many many incredible leaders in the american indian community. but from day one, i have had the absolute pleasure of working with two of those leaders. april mcgill and sharia sosa and in honor of american indian cultural month or native american month we'll have a vote on the resolution today, i wanted to take a moment to just highlight and honor these two leaders who have contributed so much to our city. i'm just going to say a little bit about them and give them a chance to speak. april mcgill is the executive director of the american indian
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cultural district big over 20 years of work in the american indian community. april works daily to bring attention to the high level of health disparities american indians in california face by sharing her knowledge of historical trauma and a major focus of her activism has been to prevent american indians from being in visible and fight for resources in health care, housing and education. she is currently working to help fund and build a new physical location for the american indian cultural center which we very much hope will be in the center of the american indian cultural district. stay tuned. april is also a california indian and member of round valley from alexander valley
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tribes. sharia sosa is co-founder of the american indian cultural district and ambassador for resource distribution to american indian communities increasing native visibility and political representation and protecting and preserving tribal cultural resources in the san francisco bay area. she partnered with the association to help lead efforts for the variation projects and is a member and i want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for educating me so much on the history both past, plenty and future of your beautiful and incredible community and for all
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the work that you do day in, and day out. congratulations. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor ronen. i know both honorees are here and congratulations to both honorees and i want to thank the american indian cultural center for making sure we prioritize this community and thank you for your work and congratulations again. i believe we have sharia up first. >> thank you, supervisor ronen. i know i've been here almost three years and originally started with the american indian cultural center and was able to meet you there. i know it was no easy feat to work with us in the middle of a pandemic when the city was falling a part in order to get the cultural district recognized. there was hard work by
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yourselves and your staff and a big push. i know since we've worked together and have helped and you've seen support and we had over six or more almost half the board of supervisors attend and the mayor and director and a want to say thank you and it didn't happen alone or start with me and it's been an ongoing movement in san francisco and if wasn't such a rich history involved it wouldn't be possible. the culture doesn't come from the cultural center it came from a long history of an entire area not just the cultural center but indian ed and the indian trading post and an area within san francisco and to be honest we're all over the city which is why we're out of fort mason. a special thanks to debbie santiago helping write
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legislation and for the hard work guiding me through the process for my sister for introducing me to the process and the advisory board and it takes the community. thank you, supervisor ronen and to all the other supervisors that came to our event and the human rights commission and mayor and we're excited to keep doing it and growing and continuing the partnership. thank you for the opportunity. >> april. good afternoon, everybody. thank you supervisor ronen an you're your staff and mayor
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london breed and everyone on the board of supervisors for supporting and recognizing this as american heritage month. i access this in honor of the native community who are laid the foundation for me to represent the american community in san francisco and a want to thank my ancestors who survived the historical trauma in california and make sure i could be here to carry the spirit of strength for my people and community. and a want to say everything that sharia has said is so true and important for us to know that history to know that this cultural center virtual center is not the first we've had
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[technical difficulties] and we have continued to fight for justice for american indian people on a national and international level. it's important to recognize that. and most importantly i want to recognize our youth because our youth are the future and if it wasn't for our youth who continue to support our programs who continue to be the new leaders to come in and take the positions such as my position or sharia's position, that's what it's about. we do this work for them for the
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community and for the youth. i want to say, please remember to always keep our youth when you're thinking about the future of the american indian community they are our future. i want to say thank you again, supervisor ronen for your being an ally and seeing the dreams come true with us as well. thank you very much. >> supervisor: thank you for the great work and for acknowledging the work. madame clerk this concludes the 2:30 p.m. special order. let's go to the 3:00 p.m. special order items 17 through 20.
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>> clerk: for the project at 35 ventura avenue items 18 through 20 are related to the appeal. item 18 affirm the department's decision and item 19 conditionally reverses the determination and item 20 is the findings. we're in receipt of a letter dated november 4, 2021 representing the appellants withdrawing the appeal. >> supervisor: thank you so much and colleagues, we have before us a hearing on the appeal of a conditional use authorization for the project at 35 ventura street. i believe the appellants and the project sponsor are reached an and the appellants have
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withdrawn their appeal since the matter is before us we still have to act on the motions. i know we want it hear from supervisor melgar. >> thank you so much, president walton and colleagues. as president walton stated, the two parties were able to come to a settlement agreement last week and i'm so grateful. they communicated the withdrawal request as stated november 4. i want to express my gratitude to both parties for their willingness to engage in the dialogue with support from my office and ultimately resolve the issues. so i would like to make a motion to approve item 18 and table items 19 and 20. thank you. >> supervisor: seconded by
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supervisor safai and of course before we take the vote we must still take public comment. madame clerk. >> clerk: the board will hear public comment specific to the repeal for the proposed project at 35 ventura avenue. the telephone number has been streaming on the screen, it's 1-415-655-0001 and when you hear the prompt enter the meeting i.d. 2497 088 9733 press pound twice. you'll have joined the meeting and be in the listening queue. to be added to the speakers queue press star 3 when it's your turn. the system will send you a prompt you have been unmute and before speaking we have an interpreter who is from the office of civic engagement and affairs. can you please introduce yourself and the service you are
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here to provide. [speaking spanish] >> clerk: operations, before we hear from the first caller, i'll say this say testimony pursuant to the withdrawal of item 17 through 20. general public comment will occur later in this meeting. we do have 17 listeners and two
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callers in the queue ready to talk about the 35 ventura avenue project. let's hear from the first caller, please and setting the timer two minutes. welcome, caller. >> clerk: all right. next caller. welcome, caller. >> hi, my name is jeanne walsh and i'm the archivist for the 80-year-old improvement club of st. mary's park. you may have seen our neighborhood on a map on the southwest corner of vergeal heights. our little neighborhood is in the shape of a bell. that bell shape was -- hello? >> clerk: we're here. >> that bell shape was designed by the most notable landscape architect of his time mark
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daniels. he designed forest hill and made the master plan for the monterey peninsula and pebble beach. i can go on a long time. he was appointed landscape engineer of all national parks and famous or researching the history of the site and taking and he chose to pay homage to st. mary's college by designing our neighborhood in the shape of the bell that was in the tower. for the best site on the property he chose the zigzag path down to the top of the bell creating a -- >> i'm pausing your time. this particular public comment period is not general. this is about 35 ventura avenue and it appears as though you're speaking about the gentleman who designed st. mary's park there.
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i don't think it's related to this unless you believe differently? >> then you ask me. >> clerk: all right. we're taking testimony pursuant to the 35 ventura avenue project and the withdrawal of the peel of determination of exemption from environmental review. if you don't mind press star 3 and put you back in the queue and wait for general public comment for the remained ir -- remainder of your remark. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? please proceed. >> thank you. there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. president. >> supervisor: seeing no speakers, public comment is now
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closed. [gavel] . if there are no further discussion, this hearing has been held and is now filed. [gavel] supervisor melgar has made a motion to approve item 18 and table items 19 and 20. and i believe it was seconded by supervisor safai. madame clerk on the motion. >> clerk: to approve item 18 and table 19 and 20. supervisor haney. aye. supervisor mandelman. aye. supervisor mar. aye. >> supervisor melgar. aye. supervisor peskin. aye. supervisor preston. aye. supervisor safai. aye. supervisor stefani. aye. supervisor walton.
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aye. supervisor chan. aye. there are 11 ayes. >> supervisor: thank you, without objection item 18 is approved and items 19 and 20 are tabled. [gavel] this does conclude our 3:00 p.m. special order. madame clerk let's go back to item 10. >> clerk: it's to development - continuum of care program - not to exceed $59,300,000] sponsor: mayor resolution approving the 2021 >> supervisor: thank you. please call the roll. >> clerk: supervisor haney. aye. supervisor mandelman.
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aye. supervisor melgar. aye. supervisor peskin. aye. supervisor preston. aye. supervisor ronen. aye. supervisor safai. aye. supervisor stefani. aye. supervisor walton. aye. supervisor chan. aye. there are 11 ayes. >> supervisor: thank you. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. [gavel] madame clerk call item 11. >> clerk: a resolution to add the commemorative street name polytechnic way in recognition of san francisco's first public high school and it's contribution to the education of thousands of san francisfrancis. >> supervisor: thank you. call roll. >> clerk: supervisor haney.
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aye. supervisor mandelman. aye. supervisor mar. aye. supervisor melgar. aye. supervisor peskin. aye. supervisor preston. aye. supervisor ronen. aye. supervisor safai. aye. supervisor stefani. aye. supervisor walton. aye. supervisor chan. aye. there are 11 ayes. >> supervisor: thank you and without objection this resolution is adopted unanimously. [gavel] madame clerk call item 12. an ordinance ordinance amending the administrative code to require the police department and the district attorney to submit quarterly reports to the board of supervisors, the mayor, and various city departments regarding the number of cases of domestic violence. 1234r50 >> thank you, supervisor stefani.
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>> first i want to thank by thanking my co-sponsors and thank my colleagues in the neighborhood services committee for co-sponsoring after the hearing october 28. chair mar and supervisor haney and thank you supervisor mandelman for sponsoring this important piece of legislation. as i explained october 28 at the hearing and let me be clear this legislation was introduced in may of this year and continued to july because of the crowded calendar and the public safety committee and fittingly was heard in public safety in october which is domestic violence awareness month. i explained then this legislation was born out of concerns after i was hearing from domestic violence providers from former and current a.d.a.s and investigators that domestic violence had cases not being
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filed and decided in a way that protects victims of domestic violence. to understand what that universe really looked like, i asked the san francisco police department for actual numbers and data around domestic data. we specifically focussed on felony domestic violence at that time and what i learned was in quarter four in 2020 out of 131 felony domestic violence cases 113 were dismissed from the d.a.s office and 13 of 19 involving children were dismissed. shortly thereafter i received a text of northern station in my district to inform me a baby boy had tragically been brought to the hospital with blunt force trauma to the head and had
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perished and learn the suspect involved was arrested by the police and brought up on felony domestic violence charges and nothing was done. what concerned me then was what we heard back from the d.a.s office the victim was not cooperative and as a former prosecutor that was concerning to me because it's rare the victims are cooperative and there's many different ways to prove a case with an uncooperative victim. so shortly thereafter i heard of another case a felony domestic violence case that involved a gun and you all know how i feel about guns. this was a case where someone held a gun to his partner's head in front of their 2-year-old child and held a knife to her, pushed her to the ground, damage her bones as she was trying to call 9-1-1 and that was pled out
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for a misdemeanor charge for damage to the phone and with that vandalism charge the personal own resourcd misdemeanor probation and i later learn the d.a.s office said that decision was made out of the victim's wishes. the victim wanted that case to settle for a misdemeanor and the individual with 30 incident of prior abuse could come home and provide for the family. that is shocking. victims trapped in the cycle of violence should not bear the weight of sentencing decisions. that does not protect victims of domestic violence. it's why we need good advocates outside to make them see and help them through the domestic
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violence cycle and to get out and take accountability for those who continue to abuse. i just want to touch on something here because i mentioned guns. fact this case involved a gun pointed to this woman's head and he had 30 prior incidents, we know every month 57 women in the united states are shot and killed by an intimate partner and know when a gun is present, the individual usually a woman, is 500 times more likely to die in that case at the hands of a domestic abuser. these are serious cases. now that i have this information from the police department i wanted to find out what the district attorney had to say. unfortunately, i did not get that information and therefore we're here today and i've had to legislate for it, which i should not have to do. i know the information is available. there are various ways to get it. i get it from the police department. there's a daily e-mail going
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back and forth between the d.a.'s department and there's ways to get the information. the legislation is simple and effective in providing transparency reason felony and misdemeanor cases and requires reports and whether the calls involve a child or whether or not a firearm is present because what i'm hearing and we all know with the amount of guns that have been purchased in 2020, the incidents involving guns are skyrocketing putting many people in danger. it also required the number of misdemeanor feony cases presented. the d.a.s office would then include in that quarterly reporting what it dismisses, what it charges and the final outcomes of those cases.
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we know that the charging information whether or not a felly -- felony is charged you have to know how it played out, is the victim protected, is the defend getting the help they need don't re-offend and that is information we need. as someone who's been a prosecutor and like said before prosecuted domestic violence cases and been an advocate for domestic violence victims and worked with domestic violence providers for years now, you're all familiar with that. i'm confident in the framework of domestic violence and the reporting and it's in supervisor mar's legislation from march of 2020 when we passed the crime victim data reporting. same definition in that
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legislation that is in my legislation. i just want to be clear about this this legislation means so much to me around make sure we are protecting the most vulnerable. those trapped in the cycle of abuse and violence and can't get out. it it is so hard for victims to get out of domestic violence situations. and we have a responsibility to make sure that we help them and when we return the abuser to the situation that hasn't been handle correctly we are placing them in harm's way. i also want to note, because things have been said the morning of the hearing i received a letter from the d.a. that i couldn't get the information then i wasn't asking for the right information. it's not a ceiling. it does not prevent the d.a. from releasing any other
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information he'd like to around domestic violence. this is reporting clearly within a framework that already exists 273.5 and 243e1. in your legislation, supervisor mar and what the police department works with now. i want to be very clear about that. i know exactly what i'm looking for and what i'm doing though some others suggest other wise. i want to thank my co-sponsors again and i want to urge your support. thank you. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor stefani. supervisor ronen. >> supervisor: thank you. first i want to very much thank supervisor stefani for the ordinance and would like to be added as a co-sponsor.
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it's an incredibly important piece of legislation and one that's long overdue. and as someone who has also worked for many many years pretty much my whole adult life. i want to offer amendments that i think strengthen it and don't think it under line the legislation. as a matter of fact it think it provides additional data to the board of supervisors and advocates and to the public about what is happening around
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domestic violence and how are the police and d.a. charging the crime and what are the dispositions in the cases and how are victims or survivors being assisted and treated. there are three amendments that i would like to add to this ordinance. the first as currently written, the data reporting requirements that is required of the police department and district attorney is when there's a physical touching that has occurred. penal code section 237.5 involves corporal harm and another section refers to domestic battery cases. as we all know, domestic
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violence and the cycle can take many forms. some of which do not involve touching. for example, perpetrators often threaten victims of domestic violence. they violate domestic violence restraining orders. there's stalking. there's physical assaults that don't involve battery and many more, slashing tires, stealing phones so victims are isolated and cannot talk or call the police or call family and friends. i believe we need reporting on all the penal code sections not just 237.5 and 243 southbound section e and 1. in fact, penal code section 273.5 is a charge that will lead to the commencement of immediate deportation proceedings against
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an individual who is charged and convicted of that crime even if that person has lawful immigration status. that means no public defender will ever recommend that an immigrant client ever plead guilty to 273.5 charge and under penal code public defenders and districts are required to consider immigration status when considering crimes and often negotiate plea agreements that hold an individual responsible for domestic violence but won't lead to immediate deportation and banishment from family and community. all i want to do in amending this ordinance is that'd additional penal code sections used every day to charge
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domestic violence cases. again, just a couple examples of what these are, penal code section 273.6 violence of a protective court order and conditional threat and stalking and penal code section 591 damaging a phone line. penal code section 245 assault, penal code section 594 vandalism. penal code 236 false imprisonment, etcetera. i spoke to several advocates in the domestic violence community. [please stand by] . .
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>> supervisor ronen: this additional data will be instructive to us and the community. finally, i would propose adding a section -- it's not adding a
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section, just making clear that the district attorney should have the opportunity to provide additional information if he or she so chooses around disposition where the raw data might not provide adequate information to understand critical policy decisions. unfortunately, the city attorney wasn't able to prepare these amendments for introduction today. due to personal family issues and delays that are happening across the city attorney's office is currently dealing with an understaffing issue. what i would do, i would ask to split the file. i don't want to delay this important legislation. i would suggest that we vote on the legislation today and then send the duplicated file back to
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committee so that i can make these amendments and we can make this legislation even stronger going in our in the next few weeks. with that, again, supervisor stefani for this legislation. it's a legislation that i support. i supported so much that i want even additional more data so that we can be doing our jobs deciding policy and funding to adjust this critically important issue in our community. thank you. >> president walton: thank you so much supervisor ronen. we do need a second on the duplication. >> clerk: mr. president, i do apologize, no second on duplication of the file. single privilege to duplicate. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor ronen, will be duplicating the file.
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supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thank you. i want to thank supervisor ronen for her support with the legislation and also for all her great work she's done over the years. i am fine with duplicating the file. any member can do that. i believe there's a motion to send it back to committee. i believe there was not a motion. is that the motion supervisor ronen, i would move for it to be back to the committee. i want to be clear, the definitions utilized in my legislation are not definitions that i created. i'm hoping it will go back to committee. we don't delay my legislation for one more second. it does not need to be delayed. it's ready to go as is. these definitions were
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established in the supervisor mar legislation under basis which the s.f. police department filing. changing the definition makes it difficult top apples to apples comparison from quarter to quarter and year-to-year. there's happy to have the file duplicated and go back to committee and discuss this more with supervisor ronen. she admitted that the amendments are not yet ready. i would urge that we move my legislation forward and then the other to go back to committee. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you president walton. i will be supporting moving this piece of legislation forward as well as looking forward to seeing a duplicated file to be heard at the committee. however, i want to say, given
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someone not an attorney, never prosecuted a case, spent some time pretending to be one at the d.a.'s office under the kamala harris administration. i have functioned as an interpreter for domestic violence victims, assist them through some of the cases. i gained my perspective from that point of view. i have worked with youth on juvenile probation who have experienced domestic violence at home. majority of them was monolingual speaking youth. with that, i want to say that while it is great to have that gathering. it is great to know more and better about how our law enforcement agencies function. there are going to be limitations to what we can do as a legislative branch and city
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council, that's who we are. understanding that majority of these crime cases really are determined by california penal code. if we were to make changes, fundamental changes, ultimately is to really work with our law enforcement agencies that is our elected district attorney, our elected public defender and looking to our adult probation, juvenile probation, sheriff's department and police department. to understand that it is ecosystem that actually that have been broken for quite some time. it is not just under this one district attorney that is recently reelected. in san francisco has elected some of the most progressive district attorney's in the nation. in my definition kamala harris in that category as well. i am in support of the data.
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i want to say, data gathering is good. it will be mindful that there's limitation to data gathering. thank you. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you so much president walton. i want to say thank you to all of you for engaging in this conversation and considering this legislation. thank you supervisor stefani for your steadfast support of victims and advocates and making sure that we get what we need. thank you supervisor ronen for your thoughtfulness and engagement in this issue. colleagues, i am a survivor of domestic violence and childhood. some of my earliest memories seeing my mother covered in bruises. as i grew up in the trauma of
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immigration and the economic and legal situation, my family was when we fled to this country from el salvador really exacerbated the domestic violence in my home. we were able to get help. we were in many way, lucky that my father wasn't deported that we were kept whole as a family and that we were able to get the services that we needed to serve the live -- hive. this is an issue that i feel very deeply and care about. i think that data is the bear minimum. the feeling is really just solving the issue but the data
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where we are, the baseline is just the bear minimum. i welcome conversation that is ongoing so we can make improvements to our system and more than anything, i want to make sure this works for the advocate. for the people who are in and out everyday, in and out of court and supporting families struggling with this issue. i want to make sure that it works for them. i no that supervisor stefani has been involved in the family violence council for many years. i have been speaking to the advocates as well. i look forward to the continuing situation. i thank you all for the support of this legislation and look forward to any progress that we make further, thank you. >> president walton: just couple of points of clarity, supervisor
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ronen, are you making a motion to duplicate the file and send back to committee? >> supervisor ronen: yes. i make a motion to duplicate the file and send the duplicated file back to committee. >> president walton: that is seconded by supervisor chan. >> clerk: mr. president, back to public safety? >> president walton: yes. >> clerk: on the motion to send duplicated item 12 to public safety. [roll call vote]
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there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: motion to send duplicated file back to committee passes unanimously. madam clerk, i want to make a quick statement because unfortunately, for too many of us, we've had to witness domestic violence firsthand. if you are someone who has ever had to live in a home or be in an environment where domestic violence has taken place, it does have long-term effects on you and the community that you are part of. this legislation is spot on. i want to thank supervisor stefani and appreciate supervisor ronen for focusing on including more data and information as we move forward. i would love to be added as a cosponsor. thank you so much. on item number 12, roll call please. >> clerk: item 12. [roll call vote]
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there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. please call item 13 and 14 together. >> clerk: comprise the two type 21 liquor license transfers. item 13 evergreen market located 2539 mission street and request california department of alcohol beverage control to issue this license. for item 14 to the olympic club located at 524 post street.
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to determine that both licenses will serve the public convenience in necessity of the city. >> president walton: thank you so much. please call the roll on items 14 and 15. -- sorry, 13 and 14. >> clerk: on items 13 and 14. [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: these resolutions are adopted
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unanimously. pleases call roll on item 15. >> clerk: item 15 is an ordinance to amend the alternative code to name the city hall press troop in memory of the legendary reporter barbara ann taylor. wahl thank you. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: president walton i like to be added as a cosponsor. thank you. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no one else on the roster. roll call for item 15 please. >> clerk: item 15. [roll call vote]
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there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. please call item number 16. >> clerk: a motion to appoint zay david latt, mario paz, celine kennelly, nimarahimi to the immigrations right commission. >> supervisor peskin: sarah souza has been recommended by the rules committee. i recuse myself from the rules committee vote and hereby request to be recused from this vote.
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>> president walton: thank you. supervisor peskin. can we have a motion to excuse supervisor peskin. on the motion to excuse. >> clerk: motion to excuse supervisor peskin from item 16. [roll call vote] there are 10 ayes. >> president walton: supervisor peskin is excused from item 16. please call the roll on item 16. >> clerk: on item 16. [roll call vote]
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there are 10 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. by vote of 10-0 this motion is approved unanimously with supervisor peskin excused. supervisor peskin, you may return. let's go to item number 21. >> clerk: it was considered by the rules committee at a regular meeting monday november 8, 2021 and recommended as amended. item 21 is an ordinance to amend the administrative code to authorize the sheriff to contract with private individuals and private entities
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to provide supplemental law enforcement services. >> supervisor safai: as of late last yesterday, formal request came in from one of the interested parties. i'm making this motion to continue this item for one week. >> president walton: thank you. do we have a second? seconded by supervise peskin. >> clerk: on the motion to continue item 21 to the meeting of november 16th. [roll call vote]
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there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. the motion to continue item 21 to november 16th meeting is approved unanimously. we are now at roll call for introductions. >> clerk: first up to introduce new business is supervisor haney. >> supervisor haney: thank you. i have a few resolutions. first i'm introducing a resolution urging the u.s. department of veteran affairs and the fort miley department o veteran affairs to acknowledges service disparities for transgender and bills that addresses these disparities.
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despite that they have have been acknowledged about the u.s. military and department of of veteran affairs and congress, non-cisgender veterans continue to face discrimination and accessing proper healthcare and benefits. black transgender veterans experience higher rates of discrimination, unmet healthcare needs, lack of access to v.a. compensation and housing insecurity. while the veterans health administration aims to address issues of inequality for transgender veterans, there's still some concerns with cared administration, adequate staff and position training and provision of holistic services for transgender veterans specific healthcare needs. immigrant veterans subject to deportation also face barriers to accessing healthcare benefits. today around 530,000 veterans were born outside of the united
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states. of july 2021 the biden administration announced that will formalize a new procedure that allows immigrant who serve in the military and later deported and allow to return to the united states. many of them lacked essential support structures, such as medical care, housing, other resources that they need to succeed in society. a consequence of intersection of serving the military and experiencing discrimination and returning home has increased psychological suffering which leads to increase risk of suicide among veterans experiencing discrimination. the fort miley department of veteran affairs set out to provide services for veterans in san francisco, many of which that belong to these vulnerable veteran population. this resolution i hope on this veteran affairs week, we can
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urge the u.s. department of veteran affairs and the san francisco fort miley department of of veteran affairs to acknowledge the disparities of mental health and veterans and to develop strategies for increasing access to necessary v.a. benefits. secondly, i'm introducing a resolution that relates to factory farms. we know here as a city we have a strong commitment to reducing emissions both in our city and there's an urgent crises in existential threat of climate change. it's projected that the global agricultural sector would nearly double in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. animal agriculture is a major
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contributor to wild fair and droughts in california. across california, millions of animals are abused and killed in agricultural facilities violating california animal cruelty laws. slaughter houses have been some of the largest covid-19 outbreaks in the united states. nearly 30% slaughter house workers have contracted covid-19. the state continues to allow not only operation but the uninhibited growth of animal feeding operations or a.f.o.s which is slaughter houses in california. including with millions of
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dollars in government funding and tax credits every year. with this resolution, because of the risk of environmental destruction, because of the level of emission, the great risk to public health and the dangerous and exploited conditions for workers, i hope we can join what has become a national movement including legislation authored by senator cory booker and others we do the same as a national level to put a moratorium on the construction and expansion of animal feeding operations in california. lastly, i want to take a brief opportunity to speak on a resolution that i will be introducing next week to formally apologize to chinese immigrants and their
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descendents. this was a resolution that was drafted by three incredible former and current sfusd students. i want to acknowledge them and thank them for their commitment and helping us take the step to tell the truth. i want to acknowledge efforts taken by this board in the past and leadership of former president norman yee. this apology is long overdue.
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the resolution calls out atrocious policies on san francisco chinese can community that came from this very body. policies that denied access to education, housing employment and levers of power accompanied by physical violence against chinese residents. the discriminatory policy that the san francisco board of directors has passed was overturned by state and federal court, continue to have impacts on our chinese residents. this resolution acknowledges the leadership of the chinese community in resisting these racist policies, legal, political and policy victories that have advanced civil rights for all people. as part of this resolution and apology, the community has asked for a commitment to take corrective action and we must make good on those words.
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inhope we can bring it back and go through a pross that we can all support and get behind and commit not only to an apology but to collective healing and action that we need. the rest i submit. >> clerk: supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. i want to appropriate $12 million to support two additional elections in the current fiscal year in our current approved budget. the first is february 15th special election that will include possible recall three members of the san francisco
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unified district board of education. sources of fund is 6-point fine million dollars from the general fund reserve. these funds will be used for all costs administering the elections including prints and mailing the ballot. the supplemental appropriation will cover the cost of san francisco unified school district. which is estimated to be $3.2 million. as you my recall, i announced a drafting consider if a appropriation addressing the school board recall.
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i noted at the time san francisco unified school district was facing severe budget shortfalls. those woes only worsened and last week, we learned san francisco unified school district is facing a $125 million deficit this coming school year with talk of a potential state takeover. by picking up election related costs, we can ensure that at least 3-point you -- $3.2 million will stay in the classrooms where it belongs. reasonable people can disagree with the merits, we can agree that public school children shouldn't bear the cost. i want to thank the budget director, controller and department of of elections director and my office for their
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work on their supplemental. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor mar? mar submit, thank you. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: i submit as well. >> clerk: supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: for the past month, my office has received a flurry of panic calls and e-mails from any number of small businesses who are rightfully stressing out and confused and freaked out by notices of violation for engaging being out of compliance. you may have seen an article in the chronicle that pretty much sums it up. may be only scratches the surface of what we've been hearing. notices of violation that are
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wildly inconsistent with each other, inconsistent with the letter of the law, passed by this board and not reflective of interdepartmental coordination that the legislation allegedly called for and that my office in particular advocated for when we had that little thing about planning and public works. not to mention the compliances issues that are mostly for regulations crafted by the departments who apparently aren't speaking to each other. in some instances, minor violations are accompanied with threats $500 per day. this is mind boggling. if we don't get oin front of this, frankly most of the departments with the exception of public works, is failing to get out in front of it. this will be a disaster for the permanent program that we all
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agreed has been a life line for small businesses in the city and which has brought new vitality to our neighborhood commercial corridors. today, i'm introducing a legislative request to the city attorney that further advances the intent of amendments i made to the shared spaces program earlier this year. which would prohibit the city from issuing fines and fees or enforce until september 1, 2022, next year, which is the date, six days following the target expiration of pandemic era permits. if this city want this program to succeed and trily -- truly be permit -- permanent, we must start acting like a partner to small businesses. i want to thank the small business retail owners working with my office. offer them continued support and ensuring their ongoing recovery. finally, colleagues together
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with supervisor stefani, i want to off our condolences to a great san franciscan. nancy bechtel. which we all came to depend on even more during the pandemic. i think i will remember her most for her work as president of the presidio trust. she was dubbed sierra girl.
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at the bluegrass festival, fear all founded by her late brother, she had her own band, nancy and the lamb chops. she was champion not only the environment and nature, public access to outdoors and to preserve them for future generations. she famously registered george lucas's proposal for a massive museum in the presidio when she was board share of the trust. fashionable politics be damned. she was known for her candor, her go get, drive and her remarkable generosity. to her son, husband and daughter, who i went to college with and have been friends with for a long time and all of her beloved family and everyone who gathered right now for memorial
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service and congregation emmanuel, may the memory and righteous be a blessing. >> clerk: supervisor preston. submit, thank you. supervisor ronen? submit. supervisor safai? we'll circle back. supervisor stefani? circle back. supervisor walton? >> president walton: thank you so much madam clerk. colleagues, today i do have in memoriam on behalf of the entire board of supervisors for ms. ruth jackson who passed away this past weekend. ms. jackson moved to san francisco in 1966 to raise her three sons, ryan, bishop and
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drew. ms. jackson immediately became active as a san francisco unified school district volunteer at one of her son's schools. she stressed to her son the importance of praying daily, getting an education, preparing for a career pathway and contributing to their community. ms. jackson always enjoyed caring for babies and would say, babies are my business. she became a paraprofessional for the san francisco unified school district and taught early childhood and preschool. she received her education and training from city college, uc berkeley. over 40 years ago, ms. jackson followed her passion and opened kitty care center and visitation
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valley community. her clients were as young as one month and up to five years old. each child not only received loving child care, they also developed basic skills to help them transition to kindergarten. ms. jackson mentoring style and caring for others expanded to help families, teens, seniors, neighborhoods, adults and helping to raise so many children in the visitation valley community. often, she and her son, drew, would take home cooked holiday dinners to the homeless throughout the city. in 1999, mary willie brown jr. proclaimed ruth jackson family day and family of the year. ruth jackson family day is still celebrated annually around may or june in visitation valley and brings together communities from
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all walks life and all across san francisco to enjoy southern breakfast, parade, picnic in the park, services and lots of fun activities. personally, i had the chance to be mentored and told what to do by ms. jackson for so many years. i have been fortunate to spend several hours in her home, enjoying her cooking, laughing the events and fellowshipping with her family and friends. most recently, we had several conversations about the importance of vaccinations and supporting our smaller inhome child care facilities. her leadership in the community has rubbed off on her son, drew and is the foundation for the j&j community resource center. ms. jackson's commitment to others is unparallel and she is a true legend. there's not a person in visitation valley who has not been touched by her life in some
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way. whether you are a child in her center, a parent of a child in her center, someone who is in need of basic needs like food and clothing, ms. jackson provided up until the day she left us, it past sunday evening. as ms. jackson would say, teamwork makes a dream work. collaboration is the key. she has made so many positive impacts in our community and she will be greatly missed by everyone. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you mr. president. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you. today i'm introducing a resolution along with president walton, supervisor preston, peskin and ronen urging our planning department to formalize
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a sensitive communities map in our 2022 housing elements update on the journal plan. as we tackled the housing affordability crises and plan for where to build housing for san franciscans, it is critical that we provide long-term stability for our existing bipoc community. not only to prevent displacement but also to provide new opportunities for affordable housing. by formally acknowledging our communities who are vulnerable displacement, i can uphold our communities right to self-determination after decades of being disenfranchised. we need policies that incentivize increased development of 100% of affordable housing. not only is this equitable, it is also in line with our housing target which requires a majority of new units in our housing
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element to be affordable for lower income and moderate income households. this update will need to accommodate the creation of 82,069 total new units in san francisco by 2031 of which 57% need to be below market rate units affordable for low and moderate income san francisco cans. since the last update of the housing element, san francisco has produced 148% of the units needed to reach its market rate housing target. but has only produced 35% of affordable units needed to reach its target for low to moderate income housing. this demonstrates a need for innovative policies and priorities that incentivize more affordable housing developments to achieve an equitable housing balance especially to communities that are more
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vulnerable to gentrification. the sensitive community project developed to measure displacements and gentrification based on engagement of academic, advocates and policymakers to ground truth and refine maps and selection criteria. as we have learned, the urban displacement project is working on an update to their methodology. many of our community
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organizations work with the urban displacement project developed sensitive community methodology has worked with my office to pass this resolution. they maintained this method is the best tool that we have to identify vulnerable communities experiencing gentrification din displacement pressure. like to thank the council community housing organization. also my cosponsor for signing on this resolution as early cosponsors. this is the beginning how we can develop affordable housing we need across the city while providing long-term stability to our existing communities. i hope to earn all your support. this is really about -- i want to talk the fact that this is about the long time systemic
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racism that communities of color have lived in in san francisco and across california. i'm grateful to supervisor matt haney resolution to be introduced next week. as an apology, formal apology to the chinese community. with that, i'm also thankful to hear that supervisor haney is going to be sending this to the budget committee where he chairs so we can have a meaningful conversation about how we can invest in our community, aapi, chinese community who contributed their blood and tears to san francisco. child this is talking about the history of chinese immigrants, the racism that we have suffered, i want to remind you the racism that we still suffer today around housing.
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that's few years ago. people organization yes in my backyard. shouting down little old lady that is from the community tenants association. fighting against displacement in san francisco, fighting housing policy that would displace chinese community. today, our community still fating for transportation safety with sfmta. there's no response, there's no concrete response to how to protect them under this pandemic with anti-asian hate. there's still tremendous lack of language access for immigrant community. earlier this year or when we go do the budget, i thank supervisor haney and joining the
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townhall where the chinatown community came together. we made a commitment to $31 million investment. i look forward to having that resolution at the budget committee and to really talk about how then do we really make that $31 million commitment and then some to come true? that is -- i look forward to that conversation. rallying the community to attend that committee. she passed away last week at the age of 72 after being struck by a motorist while out walking her
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dog in alameda. she was a leader for the people. her political career started when she was elected to oakland board of education in 1990. she was the first asian-american representative in the school board century of existence. in 1994, she was elected to the alameda county board of supervisors. she returned to the board of supervisors in 2010 to represent the city of alameda and portion of east oakland, chinatown. her loss was felt across the bay area as supervisor chan was
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known as a champion for progressive value and social justice warrior as a founding member of the chinese progressive association. she was a mentor to many of her peers and a trailblazer for the asian-american community shattering throughout her career. at times, i thought about when i first met her, there was a lot of question that thinking that supervisor wilma chan would run for higher office. just continue to climb that ladder. if you really look at her career, she just wanted to serve her hometown. she want to make sure in every role that she took that she went for was really to serve alameda county. she didn't have the ambition to go anywhere but to serve her
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community. that is my role model. when i first met her, that was 2010. she was just wonderful and kind and trual role model for so many. i ask that in her memory, all of us, whether you're chinese american or not, pleases honor her by continue to fight for racial and economic justice something around safe street, affordable housing, healthcare and child care. the rest i will submit. thank you. >> clerk: hawk. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: i want to give a background what i'm introducing today. over the past three years, i have been highlighting the need for in county beds.
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i'm happy to hear that chinese hospital is in its final steps of approval to increase the number of acute beds for san francisco residents in hospital. really appreciate the hard work that they have done to get here along with our department of public health. i'm happy to hear of other private entities in the future will be providing more in community subacute beds. as i speak to the board today, our city has left subacute beds ewith had in 2019. when i started calling for hearing on this issue, when we thought cpmc decision to shift the individuals in subacute beds out of the hospital. they finally agreed to submit and create beds at the davies hospital.
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which they still have today. there's still a few individuals in those beds. i drafted legislation that will require general acute beds throughout the city to have department of public health and commission in regard to patients being transferred out of county with subacute care services. it is vital to the city and county of san francisco that we maintain and increase the number of subacute beds we offer in the city. we'll be the only count in the entire bay area not to have
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subacute care in hospital. any one of us could have a massive stroke or need and subacute care and be a victim of any type of severe accident that would require these services. it would be a shame, it would be a disservice to our families and many other families here to require they would have to leave san francisco to go see their loved ones when they need that care. many of the families that are receiving subacute care still are families that need additional financial resources only to have access opublic transportation. to ask them to leave county is not fair. our city must have the appropriate number of beds to meet our resident's needs. san francisco should shot be shipped 20tor 30 miles from their community and family because hospitals don't find these beds profitable and their bottom line.
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it's a service they must provide. they have a moral obligation to do so. this legislation will require annual reporting to make sure that san francisco families and patients that need this type of care are not overly displaced out of county. with that, mr. president, the rest i will submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: i want to thank supervisor peskin for in the memoriam nancy bechtel.
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mark helped organize local activists to take on the nra. he was never one to take credit. however, many would say, without him so much of the advocacy around gun violence prevention would not be what it is today. he helped form demand action with our founder shannon watt. mark was inspired by early
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advocacy around same sex marriage. we industrial a tremendous amount of work in prompt of us. we are in a much better place today in our fight against gun violence. mark glaze played an incredible role getting us there. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you. mr. president, seeing no other fames, that congratulation the introduction -- that concludesintroduction of new bu. at this time the board of supervisors welcomes general public comment. to be in live sync to listen to the proceedings and to provide public comment, you should dial (415)655-0001. meeting i.d. 2497 088 9733 press pound twice and you'll have joined out meeting as a
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listener. once you hear the discussion, your line will be muted. we have 18 callers who are in line. if you are ready to provide comment, this is now the time when you should press star 3. listen carefully for the prompt. you have been unmuted and just begin speaking your comment. at this time, you may provide general public comment on the approval of the meeting minutes as presented for october 5, 2021. today's mayoral appearance and the latter section, hosting items that were not heard in committee, items 24 and 25 and those matters that are not on the agenda today but are within jurisdiction of board of supervisors. as stated, we do have an interpreter from the office of civic engagement and immigrant affairs. he's on standby. he knows to jump in to assist the public with the
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interpretation. we are setting the timer for two minutes. let hear from the first caller please. >> caller: good afternoon supervisors. i'm from district 8. i like to thank supervisor chan for introducing a resolution regarding sensitive communities. if you look at the maps that the planning department, housing elements will use, priority geographies, they don't make sense. we have to be using maps that are relevant to our communities. thank you supervisor chan. >> clerk: thank you. do we have another caller in the queue? >> caller: hello, he name is kara. i'm a native san franciscan and has been a resident for the st.
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mary's park neighborhood. i'm calling to voice my concern about department of public works trae planting project set to take place. our e-mails and calls have been unsuccessful in postponing this project. the d.p.w. lack of transparency is shameful. a club that was established 80 years ago. it was only until last month when we received our neighborhood newsletter on october 10th that we found out that the chief planting project was scheduled to take place on
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november 13th. this demonstrates the lack of communication and total disconnect between all stakeholders throughout the entirety of the approval process. where is the due diligence on the side of d.p.w. and bureau of urban forestry. they have not summited the experts. those experts being residents and neighbors of st. mary's park. i haven't had a call back and reply from my e-mail. i lived in st. mary's park for 48 years. in closing, we ask for your support. please help the bureau forestry restore its credibility by delaying this project until a real and complete neighborhood vote to happen. we're asking for postponement of d.p.w. november 13th on the college avenue median.
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thank you for your time. >> clerk: operations do we have another caller in the queue? >> caller: hello. my name is sean. i'm resident of san francisco since 1979 and homeowner in st. mary's park since 2004. there's a city mark adjacent to us. just a hand full of persons or individuals managed to railroad the process. in this case, our petition in opposition of 98 signatures was submitted to d.p.w. but completely ignored in favor of a small door knocking survey, no
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signatures, conducted by a hand full of individuals, including member of the board of directors. true conflict of interest. we live in a democracy. each community is entitled for an opportunity to be heard. the ultimate opportunity to be heard is to vote. this is completely lacking in scenario. d.p.w. is exercising its power. district 9 is neutral. neutrality is not the answer.
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we demand a postponement so that our votes can be taken on this issue. please postpone. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. do we have another caller in the queue? we have 17 listening and hand full in the queue. you should press star 3 to get into the queue to speak. >> caller: hello, my name is i'm maria, i'm a resident of st. mary's park district 9. first, i'm joining my fellow residents to ask for postment of november 13th plan for planting trees on college avenue medians. the planting of trees on college avenue mediums must be
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postponed. i have asked san francisco planning and historic preservation commission to work with d.u.f. to evaluate and give us their insights as their expert guidance. our goal is to work with san francisco planning, historic preservation commission and boston to preserve the original design of grassy mediums and open space. it's not only for st. mary's park resident. our opinion and voice matter. the whole community must be heard. i want to be heard. please help us to achieve our goal by postponing the planting of trees on college avenue on
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november 13th. that's this saturday. that's four days away. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. let hear from the next caller please. >> caller: hello. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, we can. >> caller: great. i'm the resident of the tenderloin district here. district 6. her and district supervisor are both aware that district 6 and the tenderloin have a higher concentration of homeless people than the rest of the city. despite that the mayors put forward all of this money, there's $492 million waiting to be spent.
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the people in wheelchairs cannot wheelchair down the sidewalks. the question to district 6 is to make sure that results are happening. the drug addicts are lighting the tents on fire. that tent encampment has been sit. that's why i called into the public comment today out of
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desperation. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. >> caller: hello, i'm with action everywhere. i level in district 6 and a lifelong resident of san francisco i ask you all to join him in passing that resolution. i want to thank him for introducing how resolution earlier and in support of the campaign. i urge everyone on the board of supervisors to add your name and vote yes to call on california to place a moratorium.
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take how the senior intelligence as a 3-year-old human child. we should do far better than that this. what we must do today is to stop making the problem worse.
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thank you and i yield my time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, we have 16 who are listening and 6 callers in the queue. if you like to provide comment, you should press star 3 now. otherwise let's hear from our next caller. welcome, caller. >> caller: hi. i'm a san francisco resident concerned about the d.p.w. tree planting project on college avenue. it's schedule for this coming saturday. november 13th. district 9. i'm not an expert in environmental law. it seems that they should be held same standard as any private developer. there are several questions which may be determined on only if the planting is postpone. should the historical
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significance of the design of this residential park weren't preservation. what will be the impact on traffic safety? we asked them to postpone the planting. no they say. the planting will happen and you residents don't have a vote in it. i ask you, the board to let our
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voices be heard. please, ask the bureau of urban forestry to postpone this project and halt the tree planting this saturday november 13th. >> clerk: we have 16 who are listening and 6 in the -- queue ready to speak. let's welcome our next caller please. >> caller: hello, my name is anna. i'm a san francisco resident living in the st. mary's park neighborhood for 46 years. i like to address the d.p.w.
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tree planting project scheduled to make place this saturday in four days on november 13th on the college avenue median located within the st. mary park neighborhood district 9, hillary ronen district. my request is to postpone the tree planting project this saturday. we're asking europe assistance to have the d.p.w. and bureau of
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urban forestry until the neighbors can be heard and have a fair say and vote. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. next caller, please. >> caller: my name is candy. you probably remember talking with me over the last year as i was trying to get wheelchair accessible housing for myself. i'm in the hospital now. i been in the hospital for couple of months. my question today, i'll make it quick, my mother came from north carolina. regarding the visiting
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restrictions during covid, i'm calling to find out what are the mayor's orders and where can i find those? everything keeps changing. my mother was turned away. she went to the store to get some things for me. came back and she was turned away. she came all the way here from north carolina. she was treated very inhospitably. just wondering what the rules are? >> clerk: if you contact my office, the operations deputy can assist you with that. that's (415)554-5484 can we hear
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from another caller please. >> caller: hi, my husband and i jeffrey are native san francisco can, we bought a house in st. mary's park. we're part of the st. mary's park club which has done wonders. over the years, the club has helped make decisions that affected the neighborhood in a possess -- positive way.
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please postpone this project on college avenue. >> clerk: we'll take last four callers to the end unless you 14 who are listening, press star 3.
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>> caller: hi. i am the lead organizer. i'm calling in to encourage everybody to support the resolution that supervisor haney introduced calling on the stat of california to prevent the construction of any more factory farms and slaughter houses. lot of people are shocked when they hear in more facilities are being built as the public becomes more aware how potential -- terrible they are for the environment. we don't want more wildfires. we don't want another pandemic, meat packing facilities and the animals don't want to be there at all. this is an urgent matter because there are several legislators in the state who are thinking about possibly introducing a real bill for the state and having the
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people that supervisors of san francisco, encourage them and show their support would make a huge difference. could save millions of lives. >> caller: good afternoon. board of supervisors, my name is
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carol. i'm calling about d.p.h. today. my concern is that the department of public health, they are failing to do performance appraisals for their employees. they are promoting managers that are not doing the performance appraisals. this is causing harm to the workers in d.p.h. when we go to get promoted, we don't have the verification for the job that we're doing. i would like to know if the board of supervisors can call a special hearing for the department of public health to find out why they are refusing to perform appraisals on their employees. thank you. >> clerk: we have five callers who are in the queue and 15 who are if line to speak.
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>> caller: i've been watching you supervisors. why the public is giving public comment. please listen to them. like that little girl who's mother came all the way from carolina and hospital administrators or those who have to do due diligence do not allow the mother to comfort the daughter. that's happening all over the city. it's called quality of life issues which you supervisors don't understand. the streets are sticking. go by 450 golden gate, the federal building.
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the public is trying to explain to you all that they have some concerns. they're not used to -- you all go on and on for hours and no substance in it. i tell you all that all the time. i'm telling you all, do your job and address quality of life issues. it's if too hard in the kitchen, get out and stay out of the kitchen. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. do we have another caller in the queue? >> caller: hello. i'm dr. james ellwood, 84-year-old property owner in
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st. mary's park. i'm calling to address the tree planting project scheduled if this coming saturday on our grassy medians. which represents the st. mary's park geography. historically, park families maintained these medians, mowing, reseeding and watering them. we hired gardners $5000 a year to mow the lawns on these medians. all this time, however, the d.p.w. has not lifted a finger to aid us in these endeavors. except to supply water. with such a track record, we wonder if the d.p.w. and the d.u.f. will put much effort into large trees. tree, which will shed branches
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and leaves requires frequent trimming and invite crime, deface the historical symbolism of these medians and even crack the streets with their roots. for 97 years, we park resident have treated these medians as our own with care and respect. we fear that it will turn into resentment, distrust and total lack of support for d.u.f. because of the treatment of us. we urge you postpone this saturday's planting until all park reciter -- park residents will have a chance to be heard. >> clerk: we have three callers in the queue and 12 listening.
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>> caller: thank you for this opportunity. i'm gene walsh. i'm archivist for 80-year-old -- our neighborhood is in the shape of the bell. he designed st. francis woods, forest hills, sea clift. he made the master plan for the monterey peninsula. he was appointed landscape engineer of all national parks. he was famous for researching the history of his sights and picking the best views he could find. 97 years ago, st. mary's park, he chose to pay homage to st.
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mary's college. he did this -- by designing our neighborhood in the shape of a bell. creating a spectacular open space view down the center median on college avenue. the view goes on for a mile and it's a breath of fresh air. that open space median down the center of st. mary's park represents the clapper. the clapper of the bell. please don't allow friends of the urban forest to change that open space.
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d.p.w. you have had over a year to tell of this planting. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. we are setting the timer for two minutes. we have one caller in the queue, 12 listening. welcome caller. >> caller: hi. this is candy again. i was one calling regarding the visitation -- >> clerk: i have to pause your time. i know that you only had about a 1:30. if you can make your comment quickly. perhaps you have the full two. i believe my staff said you got cut off.
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my staff are waiting for your call if you call the clerk's office at our regular number, (415)554-5484 do we have anyone else in the queue? >> caller: hello. engage, my name is mary. live in st. mary's park, which is district 9, san francisco. i was calling basically to address the d.p.w. bureau of urban forestry tree plant scheduled this saturday on the college avenue median that's located in the district park neighborhood. pretty much everybody in the
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community voiced their concern. i want to say that we all love trees. we love the trees. i have a tree in front of my house. we removed all the leaves and barks. with the drought that's going
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on, there's going to be a lot of fallen trees. i can see that down the road. that would revert back to property owners are forced pay for any damages and repairs. the city is not going to do it. with that said, with the staff being so small, maintenance will be delayed. with the cost -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, do we have any callers in the queue? >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no one else is in the queue, public comment is now
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closed. let's go to for adoption without committee reference agenda, items 24 and 25. >> clerk: introduced for adoption without committee reference unanimous vote is required for adoption of these resolutions today on first reading. alternatively a member may require a resolution to go to committee. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: can i sever item 24? >> president walton: thank you. anyone else wish to sever any items? i don't see anyone. roll call on item number 25. >> clerk: on item 25. [roll call vote].
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there are 10 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. this resolution is adopted. please call number 24. >> clerk: a resolution to recognize november 1, 2021 through november 30, 2021 as national native american heritage month for their contributions to our nation and as first people of san francisco to celebrate the heritages and cultures of native americans and the contributions of native americans to the united states and to encourage all people to participate in activities and events to learn about and to understand the contribution of native people's of this land. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: thank you. after third constellation with the members, making very minor
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changes to clarify refine their resolution. you received a copy of amendments this morning. i wanted to thank our cosponsors, supervisors chan, mandelman and peskin, recognize again april andrea for their tremendous work and i hope for your support. thank you. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: please add me as a cosponsor. i want to appreciate and this is something long overdue. something that i think remised to look over very often. having this be something that
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the formalized, i want to thank supervisor ronen and the larger native american community and 150 tribes here in california. very proud to be cosponsor of this and thank you supervisor ronen for your leadership. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: thank you president walton. thank you supervisor ronen for your leadership on this resolution. please add me as a cosponsor, i would appreciate it. >> clerk: through the. to the supervisors, we have mandelman, preston, walton, peskin and safai. just adding. and now supervisor melgar. >> president walton: thank you for the clarification. supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: add me as a cosponsor as well. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor stefani.
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>> supervisor stefani: add me as a conference cover -- cosponsor. >> supervisor ronen: i motion to make the amendments as passed out to you this morning. thank you. >> president walton: thank you. seconded by supervisor preston. on the motion to amend. >> clerk: on the motion to item 24. [roll call vote]. there are 10 ayes. >> president walton: the motion to amend item 24 is approved
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unanimously. please call the amended item. >> clerk: item 24 as amended. [roll call vote] there are 10 ayes. >> president walton: the amended item is approved unanimously. do we have any imperative agenda items. >> clerk: there are none to report. >> president walton: please present in memoriam.
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>> clerk: on behalf of the supervisor stefani behalf of mark glaze, ms. nancy bechtel. on behalf of the president and upon order by the president behalf of the board of supervisors late ms. ruth jackson and alameda county supervisor and former state assembly member, majority whip and first woman and first asian-american as majority leader -- >> president walton: with we make in memoriam from supervisor chan. >> president walton: let to that on behalf of entire board of supervisors? >> clerk: we'll make that on behalf of the entire board of supervisors. >> president walton: do we have any further business?
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>> clerk: that concludes our business for today. >> president walton: as we still fight for equity and work to bring people together, we must remember why we do what we do. in the words of angela davis, i am no longer accepting the things i cannot change, i am changing the things that i cannot accept. this meeting is adjourned.
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shop and dine on the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services within neighborhood. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and vibrant. where will you shop and dine in the 49? san francisco owes the charm to the unique character of the neighborhood comer hall district. each corridor has its own personality. our neighborhoods are the engine of the city. >> you are putting money and
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support back to the community you live in and you are helping small businesses grow. >> it is more environmentally friendly. >> shopping local is very important. i have had relationships with my local growers for 30 years. by shopping here and supporting us locally, you are also supporting the growers of the flowers, they are fresh and they have a price point that is not imported. it is really good for everybody. >> shopping locally is crucial. without that support, small business can't survive, and if we lose small business, that diversity goes away, and, you know, it would be a shame to see
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that become a thing of the past. >> it is important to dine and shop locally. it allows us to maintain traditions. it makes the neighborhood. >> i think san francisco should shop local as much as they can. the retail marketplace is changes. we are trying to have people on the floor who can talk to you and help you with products you are interested in buying, and help you with exploration to try things you have never had before. >> the fish business, you think it is a piece of fish and fisherman. there are a lot of people working in the fish business, between wholesalers and fishermen and bait and tackle. at the retail end, we about a
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lot of people and it is good for everybody. >> shopping and dining locally is so important to the community because it brings a tighter fabric to the community and allows the business owners to thrive in the community. we see more small businesses going away. we need to shop locally to keep the small business alive in san francisco. >> shop and dine in the 49 is a cool initiative. you can see the banners in the streets around town. it is great. anything that can showcase and legitimize small businesses is a wonderful thing.
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[♪♪♪]rful thing. >> i really believe that art should be available to people for free, and it should be part of our world, you shouldn't just be something in museums, and i love that the people can just go there and it is there for everyone. [♪♪♪]
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>> i would say i am a multidimensional artist. i came out of painting, but have also really enjoyed tactile properties of artwork and tile work. i always have an interest in public art. i really believe that art should be available to people for free, and it should be part of our world. you shouldn't just be something in museums. i love that people can just go there, and it is there for everyone. public art is art with a job to do. it is a place where the architecture meets the public. where the artist takes the meaning of the site, and gives a voice to its.
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we commission culture, murals, mosaics, black pieces, cut to mental, different types of material. it is not just downtown, or the big sculptures you see, we are in the neighborhood. those are some of the most beloved kinds of projects that really give our libraries and recreation centers a sense of uniqueness, and being specific to that neighborhood. colette test on a number of those projects for its. one of my favorites is the oceanview library, as well as several parks, and the steps. >> mosaics are created with tile that is either broken or cut in some way, and rearranged to make a pattern.
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you need to use a tool, nippers, as they are called, to actually shape the tiles of it so you can get them to fit incorrectly. i glued them to mash, and then they are taken, now usually installed by someone who is not to me, and they put cement on the wall, and they pick up the mash with the tiles attached to it, and they stick it to the wall, and then they groped it afterwards. [♪♪♪] >> we had never really seen artwork done on a stairway of the kinds that we were thinking of because our idea was very just barely pictorial, and to have a picture broken up like that, we were not sure if it would visually work. so we just took paper that size and drew what our idea was, and cut it into strips, and took it
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down there and taped it to the steps, and stepped back and looked around, and walked up and down and figured out how it would really work visually. [♪♪♪] >> my theme was chinese heights because i find them very beautiful. and also because mosaic is such a heavy, dens, static medium, and i always like to try and incorporate movement into its, and i work with the theme of water a lot, with wind, with clouds, just because i like movements and lightness, so i liked the contrast of making kites out of very heavy, hard material. so one side is a dragon kite, and then there are several different kites in the sky with
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the clouds, and a little girl below flying it. [♪♪♪] >> there are pieces that are particularly meaningful to me. during the time that we were working on it, my son was a disaffected, unhappy high school student. there was a day where i was on the way to take them to school, and he was looking glum, as usual, and so halfway to school, i turned around and said, how about if i tell the school you are sick and you come make tiles with us, so there is a tile that he made to. it is a little bird. the relationship with a work of art is something that develops over time, and if you have memories connected with a place from when you are a child, and you come back and you see it again with the eyes of an adult,
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it is a different thing, and is just part of what makes the city an exciting place. [♪♪♪]
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a city like no other, san francisco has been a beacon of hope, and an ally towards lgbtq equal rights. [♪♪]
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>> 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 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
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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 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
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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. >> 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
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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. 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
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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 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.
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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 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.
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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 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
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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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we spoke with people regardless of what they are. that is when you see change. that is a lead advantage. so law enforcement
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assistance diversion to work with individuals with nonviolent related offenses to offer an alternative to an arrest and the county jail. >> we are seeing reduction in drug-related crimes in the pilot area. >> they have done the program for quite a while. they are successful in reducing the going to the county jail. >> this was a state grant that we applied for. the department is the main administrator. it requires we work with multiple agencies. we have a community that includes the da, rapid transit police and san francisco sheriff's department and law enforcement agencies, public defender's office and adult
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probation to work together to look at the population that ends up in criminal justice and how they will not end up in jail. >> having partners in the nonprofit world and the public defender are critical to the success. we are beginning to succeed because we have that cooperation. >> agencies with very little connection are brought together at the same table. >> collaboration is good for the department. it gets us all working in the same direction. these are complex issues we are dealing with. >> when you have systems as complicated as police and health and proation and jails and nonprofits it requires people to come to work together so everybody has to put their egos at the door.
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we have done it very, very well. >> the model of care where police, district attorney, public defenders are community-based organizations are all involved to worked towards the common goal. nobody wants to see drug users in jail. they want them to get the correct treatment they need. >> we are piloting lead in san francisco. close to civic center along market street, union plaza, powell street and in the mission, 16th and mission. >> our goal in san francisco and in seattle is to work with individuals who are cycling in and out of criminal justice and are falling through the cracks and using this as intervention to address that population and
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the racial disparity we see. we want to focus on the mission in tender loan district. >> it goes to the partners that hired case managers to deal directly with the clients. case managers with referrals from the police or city agencies connect with the person to determine what their needs are and how we can best meet those needs. >> i have nobody, no friends, no resources, i am flat-out on my own. i witnessed women getting beat, men getting beat. transgenders getting beat up. i saw people shot, stabbed. >> these are people that have had many visits to the county jail in san francisco or other institutions. we are trying to connect them with the resources they need in the community to break out of
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that cycle. >> all of the referrals are coming from the law enforcement agency. >> officers observe an offense. say you are using. it is found out you are in possession of drugs, that constituted a lead eligible defense. >> the officer would talk to the individual about participating in the program instead of being booked into the county jail. >> are you ever heard of the leads program. >> yes. >> are you part of the leads program? do you have a case worker? >> yes, i have a case manager. >> when they have a contact with a possible lead referral, they give us a call. ideally we can meet them at the scene where the ticket is being issued. >> primarily what you are talking to are people under the influence of drugs but they will all be nonviolent. if they were violent they
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wouldn't qualify for lead. >> you think i am going to get arrested or maybe i will go to jail for something i just did because of the substance abuse issues i am dealing with. >> they would contact with the outreach worker. >> then glide shows up, you are not going to jail. we can take you. let's meet you where you are without telling you exactly what that is going to look like, let us help you and help you help yourself. >> bring them to the community assessment and services center run by adult probation to have assessment with the department of public health staff to assess the treatment needs. it provides meals, groups, there are things happening that make it an open space they can access. they go through detailed
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assessment about their needs and how we can meet those needs. >> someone who would have entered the jail system or would have been arrested and book order the charge is diverted to social services. then from there instead of them going through that system, which hasn't shown itself to be an effective way to deal with people suffering from suable stance abuse issues they can be connected with case management. they can offer services based on their needs as individuals. >> one of the key things is our approach is client centered. hall reduction is based around helping the client and meeting them where they are at in terms of what steps are you ready to take? >> we are not asking individuals to do anything specific at any point in time. it is a program based on whatever it takes and wherever it takes. we are going to them and working
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with them where they feel most comfortable in the community. >> it opens doors and they get access they wouldn't have had otherwise. >> supports them on their goals. we are not assigning goals working to come up with a plan what success looks like to them. >> because i have been in the field a lot i can offer different choices and let them decide which one they want to go down and help them on that path. >> it is all on you. we are here to guide you. we are not trying to force you to do what you want to do or change your mind. it is you telling us how you want us to help you. >> it means a lot to the clients to know there is someone creative in the way we can assist them. >> they pick up the phone. it was a blessing to have them when i was on the streets. no matter what situation, what pay phone, cell phone, somebody
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else's phone by calling them they always answered. >> in office-based setting somebody at the reception desk and the clinician will not work for this population of drug users on the street. this has been helpful to see the outcome. >> we will pick you up, take you to the appointment, get you food on the way and make sure your needs are taken care of so you are not out in the cold. >> first to push me so i will not be afraid to ask for help with the lead team. >> can we get you to use less and less so you can function and have a normal life, job, place to stay, be a functioning part of the community. it is all part of the home reduction model. you are using less and you are
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allowed to be a viable member of the society. this is an important question where lead will go from here. looking at the data so far and seeing the successes and we can build on that and as the department based on that where the investments need to go. >> if it is for five months. >> hopefully as final we will come up with a model that may help with all of the communities in the california. >> i want to go back to school to start my ged and go to community clean. >> it can be somebody scaled out. that is the hope anyway. >> is a huge need in the city. depending on the need and the data we are getting we can definitely see an expansion. >> we all hope, obviously, the program is successful and we can implement it city wide. i think it will save the county millions of dollars in emergency


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