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building, this house, which will house many families, will be a refuge of safety. we pray, dear god that, in this place those who reside here and those who pass through here and those who come to be served by the various activities here will grow into the persons that they are meant to be. persons of dignity. persons of integrity. persons who have your favor. so we thank you today for this the result of a job well done. god we thank you and give you honor. bless this land and this place. amen. [applause]
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>> amen. thank you, pastor howard, for your wonderful words and also for your blessing and prayer today. we would like to welcome melissa reyes, with a coalition that arose here and came together to lead the community advocacy effort to make sure that the balboa upper yard was secured and that affordable housing could be developed here. so please help me to welcome melissa reyes. [applause] >> good morning. hi, everyone. i'm so happy to be here. this is truly a victory for our community. again, my name is melissa reyes and i live and work in the 11. i live on mission street. so, again, it is very exciting to be here and to see everyone out here today. i was actually active in communities united for health
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and justice, which is, you know, the community organization and alliance that really helped to make this possible. i was actually active in the alliance after, you know, securing this land and this project, but in the work that i have done, i really want to highlight and lift up the role that our communities have played. and the community movement that really ensured this victory and i want to continue to highlight that this wouldn't be possible without our community members who were active every step of the way to come together and to have alternatives to harmful development in our neighborhood. and continue to highlight the actual hard work that went into, you know, making this possible. and so when i was active in
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cuhj, we we collaborated with many stakeholders in our community. so i was able to see the development of the housing action team that met monthly and we were able to bring together our multilingual and multi-generational community every month to talk about what was happening in the community. and really to think about how we could make sure that we were engaging folks in the neighborhood and in our communities who don't typically -- are engaged -- or aren't typically -- you know, they don't typically have a seat at the table. so some of those examples of the work that we did at cuhj is that we collaborated with school. so balboa high school, and we were able to engage staff, the administration, teachers, students. we were able to bring really -- to allow the youth to have a walking tour with planning commissioners to talk about the
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importance of our neighborhood and the importance of ensuring that the youth who were born in this neighborhood were able to continue to live here, 10, 20 years down the line. we were able to -- again, to also meet monthly with, you know, our community members to ensure that their voices were heard. we engaged in different meetings with developers and we were at the table when we were choosing a developer for this site which is very unique, you know, that the community really demanded to be a part of that process. and i think that i just wanted to continue to highlight that the work that cuhj has done and the work that our community has done as part of this victory, is that we didn't accept top-down decisions. we didn't accept whatever coming from city hall, but we actually -- we were proactive in cultivating and shaping what we wanted to see in this community, what we wanted to see in this project. and ensure that the needs of our community was reflected in that
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and i also wanted to -- yeah, to just say that this victory is, again, a testament to what happens when a community is empowered, when a community unites around a community. and demands a seat at the decision-making table. it is really an example of how we should continue to move forward in projects like this in the city. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, melissa, for your words and thank you cuhj, for all of the work that did you in this neighborhood, but also the work that you did to make this project happen. well, another important part of this development is not only its proximity to one of the busiest mass transit hubs in the bay area, but it is also going to display a new plaza that we're
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very excited. so we're excited to welcome two members of the bart board of directors, bev and dusty and janice lee. >> good morning. as i start i just want to acknowledge that we have a local official who actually lives in this neighborhood that i wanted to introduce. a member of the board of education here in san francisco, the first samoan-pacific islander to serve on the school board and doing a lot of important work. i'm bevin duffy and i'm so honored to be here with my colleague janice lee. i want to reflect on what marcia said. i loved district 11. i had a 25-year career in the city, government, and five years at bart. and i can tell you that district 11 is unlike many other parts of this city. d11 has come together time and time again to say, you know what, we deserve more attention from the city and county of san francisco.
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we deserve the opportunity to do things like build affordable housing. and so while many of us who are elected are getting the opportunity to stand here, i just want to say clearly that i went to so many events that the community was part of. and there was a vision in this community that we could do this, that we could take this barren parking lot and make something that has real meaning and to knit together a community that does have a lot of traffic. no way to deny it, right. but it is also one of the busiest bart stations. so transit-oriented development is what bart is focused on and it means to bring together opportunities for individuals and families to go places and to go to school and to go to museums because of having a rich bart system here and also the muni system as well. i want to say that this groundbreaking -- first of all, sometimes you go to groundbreaking and there's like a couple of bushels of sand over
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there and that's all that is happening. like, this is for real. and i am watching marcia and i see the stuff going back and forth and the horns blowing, so this is also a testament to d11 about getting it done and not standing on ceremony. so i would like to acknowledge senator wiener because sb25 is the real deal. it says if you build enough affordable housing as part of your project, we won't let your project be tied down, we won't let it to be delayed for years and years as we have seen. so i think that is something that is very significant and it is something they really appreciate about what scott has done in sacramento. and then i just have to give sam a shout out. he very politely said that the past 10 years have been good years for the mission house and development corporation. they have been fantastic years. and they followed years that were foul and not a hell of a lot was happening around here and i said to mission housing and sam, could we give them a round of applause and say that
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they have really stepped up and they have so many things to be proud of. so now i'd like to introduce my colleague, and i want to say that one of the great things about balboa park station is that you campaign there. and janice and i stood there, day after day, morning after morning, and to see people flying through that station and trying to get to work or school on time was absolutely inspiring. but i want to thank d11 that we both share for electing a wonderful, fierce, smart, queer, young asian american woman to be on the bart board of directors and to change the direction of the future. janice lee. >> good morning, everyone. so i do pay director duffy here to be my man at every event, so if you need to hire him. but, hi, everyone, i am janice lee and i'm proud to be elected to be the representative of district 8 on the bart board of directors, to share this space
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with director bevin duffy. so we get to celebrate this as elected officials, you know, the fancy posts and carry the golden shovel. this is an easy job. but the hard work is cuhj and this community turning out and saying that we deserve more. and what we are getting is more and it is 131 units of affordable housing. and for me affordable housing is a really personal issue. i am a renter and i have absolutely no pathway to owning a home in this city. it is out of -- it is out of my price range and it's never going to be possible and i think that is true for a lot of people, especially young people here. i have often said that i'll get priced out before i get voted out of my district. that's how darned expensive it is in this city. and these 131 units will give wealth for people to keep them in the community. on top of that, folks living here in this community, and all
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of the housing that is in this community, they deserve high quality transwit a great plaza as an entrance to our balboa park station and not this concrete block. we deserve something that looks great, you feel great as you enter. so we are really, really proud of bart to have partnered with the mayor's office, mayor london breed's office, and with s.f. county transportation authority, to really bring the dollars in and to make this into a beautiful high-quality transit system that we can all be proud of. so thank you, everyone, for being here today. >> thank you, director duffy and lee. and thank you for investing in district 11. i was one of those individuals that probably ran into that bart station many, many times with my kids, running to go to work. and i am very appreciative of the fact that there is going to be a new bart plaza for our fellow workers that are going to be able to enjoy.
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and also our kids. believe it or not, a lot of young adults are taking bart these days and it's not just the working class. so thank you for that investment. i'm personally very appreciative of that. and we would not be here without the financial support of various institutions. so continuing to invest in affordable housing. our gratitude goes out to san francisco mayor office of housing and community development, wells fargo, the california community reinvestment corporation and the debt limit allocation committee, and the california tax credit allocation committee and the california department of housing and community development. let me take a moment to rest. that was a lot. but this is what it takes to build affordable housing. we have to all come together in order for it to happen. so i'm glad to be able to present today pedro galval, with the housing and community
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development department, and he has a few words to say today. so please come over and help me to welcome him today. [applause] >> good morning, everybody, and thank you so much for that kind introduction and thank you for having me. i want to also thank senator wiener for being a tireless housing advocate and making this project a reality. on behalf of the department, i'm here to congratulate you for this community's tremendous achievement. it really is the community's victory today. balboa park upper yard represents the kind of development that you have fought hard to make a reality, but that california desperately needs more of -- affordable, transient-oriented development that is here, that the community advocated for, that serves the community, and that will enable hundreds of san francisco families who are currently
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wondering how they'll put an affordable roof over their head and an affordable place to call home. this is what happens when a community demands more affordable housing for their neighborhood. so that the neighbors can stay in the area and prosper. this is what happens when you have a city like san francisco that said yes to more affordable housing. and dedicated land, public land, for the public good. as well as millions of dollars and thousands of staff hours to make this a reality. this is what happens when you have bart directors who care about affordable housing and want more of it. you know, their station area that i have been to director meetings and i know how hard you have to fight. this is what happens when you have talented, affordable housing developers who are willing to put in the hundreds of hours to put together tons of applications, tens of thousands of hours of meetings to get this project off the ground. we're here today because none of you gave up -- none of you gave
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up the vision that san francisco needs to be a place where everyone has an affordable and a stable place to call home. and that public land should be used for the public good. and it shouldn't be this hard, but you did it. so the state is really proud to be here and have invested $15 million in this project through the affordable housing and sustainable communities program because not only do we want -- but we desperately need more of this kind of affordable housing that can get more residents affordably housed while combating climate change and helping to build a strong prosperous community for generations to come. and for all of these accomplishments, i'm proud to stand alongside you today and to thank you for not giving up, for continuing to support your beloved community. because this is an amazing accomplishment and there's so much to celebrate. thank you so much.
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>> thank you, deputy director, for your kind words and the continuing support for affordable housing that we still need in san tran. we would like to honor the original owners of this land, the chicago institute [speaking spanish] for a ceremonial blessing. >> it is an honor to be here to do the blessing. and we will thank our ancestors for this day. and the original people of this land for allowing us to do this ceremony. we will do our traditional dance from mexico city. so i hope that you enjoy this blessing that we are doing for all of you. thank you so much for inviting us.
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>> thank you so much again. and now we'll finish the way that we began. we'll face four directions, the east where the sun rises and the west where the sun goes down. and then the north and then the south and back to the center, to our creator and mother earth. thank you to all of you. thank you so much.
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>> thank you. thank you for joining us today and receiving the blessing for this site. once again on behalf of mission housing and related california, i would like to welcome everyone to land and community hands. the groundbreaking ceremony for the balboa park upper yard development. ever since 2016, when we were awarded the rights to build affordable housing here on the corner of geneva and san jose avenues, we committed to a community-based process. this process involved countless hours of community-based organizations, but also a strong, unwavering support of elected officials. and today i would like to welcome someone that is an advocate as well as a supporter of affordable house, our own may mayor of san francisco, mayor london breed. >> good morning, everyone, and
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thank you so much for being here for this groundbreaking of 131 new affordable units, right here at balboa park upper yard, but also in the heart somewhat of lakeview. i want to say i send a shout out to the lake view community that is here, al and mary harris, i see you in the back. maurice. and i don't see gwen here today but i know that there's a whole host of people from this community that have been here for generations and when we build affordable housing in san francisco, well, when we did it back then when i was growing up, the people in these communities did not always have access to the units that were built in their communities. and this is why even before i was mayor i fought so hard for neighborhood preference, because i do believe that people who are a part of these communities deserve to continue to be a part of these communities.
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when i talk about housing and affordability and the need to build more, people talk about coming to san francisco for better opportunities and being able to find a place to stay. and then making a better life for themselves and raising their children in san francisco. but once their children are adults, they no longer can afford to live here. and that is why this is so important. pedro, i want to have you send a message that, yes, we appreciate the 25% neighborhood preference, but he knows that i want 40%. at least. [applause] so next time -- next project -- fingers crossed. but i want to thank the state for the $30 million investment in this project because it does take a village. and working with bill witty at related and sam moss at mission housing and partnering and working with various community-based organizations to reach out and to make sure that they are a part of the fabric of
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what makes this affordable housing so special has been instrumental in the success of not just the groundbreaking here today that will develop the units but before we were even ready for construction, your superior safai led the effort to make this a triage location for people who were homeless living in their cars. they were here and getting the services and resources they need. and i pray commissioner howard that there is a direct connection between those people who were living on this site and were homeless and access to the housing that we're going to build on this site. we have to do better. we have to make sure that people who are unhoused have a direct connection. the application process is something, sam that, you know that we have to change. because not everyone has access to a computer to fill out an application and apply for every single thing they may qualify
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for. we have to make it easier. we have to make sure that we make those connections. and i'm going to continue to push eric shaw, the mayor's office of housing, who is in the back there to make sure that when we talk about access to affordable housing, we're talking about equity, we're talking about direct connections between community, between homeless and all of the people that we know that deserve an affordable safe place to call home. that's what this project represents. and so we are glad to be here today to break ground. i want to really thank senator scott wiener for his advocacy on pushing to build and to have more density in places like where we are next to a bart station. in places where it is transit rich, that save not only commute time but it also helps the environment. this project is going to do so much with the childcare center, a bicycle shop, so many great things for the community. health and wellness. because we know that this
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pandemic has been very challenging on our mental health, especially our children who have not been in school. we got work to do in san francisco. having safe, affordable places with resources and services in community together is going to be instrumental and moving this city forward and making sure that we are successful in our housing goals, so that we can continue to address the challenges that exist with affordability and homelessness. so i'm so grateful that you're all joining us here today. i want to break this ground like right now, almost, but i know that we have other speakers because i want to come back right away, bill, for this ribbon cutting because we want it nice, we want it great, and we want the community to continue to live and to thrive here. so thank you all so much for being here today. [applause] [horn blowing]
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>> thank you, mayor london breed, for your words and thank you for supporting us today and being here. i would like to introduce senator scott wiener to the podium. i would like him to add a few words, you know, for support in regards to this project. thank you. >> thank you, marcia. first of all, i want to thank and congratulate the entire district 11 community for this amazing addition. we know that when it comes to building affordable housing in san francisco we haven't always built it in every part of this city and it's been concentrated in certain areas which is a good thing for those communities, but we need to spread it out more and we need to make sure that we're building housing, including a lot of affordable housing in every single neighborhood in san francisco. we need to move away from the stratification where we only
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built it in certain places. and district 11 definitely needs this housing and a lot more. so thank you to everyone who made this a reality. as you have heard earlier we have done a lot of work at the state level to grapple with our multimillion home shortage in california. we are short housing in every income level, particularly at our low-income level and we have been passing laws to make sure that all communities are contributing to our housing needs and that we're speeding up the permitting of housing, that we're zoning for more housing, so we can actually meet our needs, just making all of these important changes. and it is very, very gratifying when you see those laws that we have passed in sacramento translate. and as you heard this project was streamlined and expedited under a law that i passed, senate bill 35, that is -- [applause] thank you.
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that has streamlined over 2,000 units of affordable housing in san francisco alone, and many thousands of affordable housing all across the state. but it is always important to keep in mind, you know, we have all of these fights about housing and is ceqa and zoning districts and terms that we fight about a lot. but we have to always remember that behind these very technical terms, behind all of these laws, it is about real live people. it is about human beings in our communities who are struggling. we know people who are not homeless and became homeless and lost their homes and have nowhere to go. people pushed into poverty because of the crushing cost of housing. people who have to leave their communities and move hours away or out of the state entirely.
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kids who can't afford to live in the community where they grew up. and a huge number of low-income workers in the san francisco and the whole bay area who are at risk of being the next wave of homeless. so we need to always remember as we have these fight it's at neighborhood meetings, and planning meetings and at the state legislature and at the board of supervisors, these fights and discussions that we have about housing, it is always about people and making sure that people can live with dignity in our community. so congratulations, everyone. [applause] >> thank you, senator wiener, for being here today with us to celebrate this achievement and thank you for all of your support. our next speaker is our supervisor for district 11, supervisor asha safai, we would
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like to welcome her to the podium to say a few words. >> supervisor safai: well, i don't know left there is to say, but i just want to point at something. look at that crane. you drive around san francisco right now and you count how many cranes are in the sky. the majority of those cranes are in district 11. go down the street to 4840 mission and there's a crane in the sky. go down to the corner and home s.f. project, crane in the sky. right here at the upper yard, crane in the sky. we need to build housing. this city is facing a housing crisis. and because of the great work of so many people that are here today that you have heard from, thank you to bart for being a partner and working on the plaza. and thank you for mission housing. sam and i -- when i first got elected to office we had one of
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our very first meetings together with mayor lee. and i said is there childcare on-site? and sam looked the other way and mayor lee said make sure that there's childcare on site. but they didn't even have to hesitate, they made it happen the next day. thank you to bill witty and related for taking my calls and working us through this process, bringing everyone back together and keeping us focused. and let's give it up one more time for sb35, and senator wiener, for the great work that he did. thank you. because, guess what, there were a lot of people that were not supportive of that in the beginning. they did not believe that it was necessary. they said that affordable housing will be okay, but, guess what, it speeds up the process. the quicker that we can get people housed, the quicker that we can get them on the right path to a better life. thank you, senator wiener.
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and thank you to cuhj and the community folks for advocating for this site since the beginning and all of my neighbors in action for advocating for this site in the beginning. this is lakeview. thank you, mayor breed, for recognizing this. this is a gateway to a community that is a forgotten, forgotten part and had been for a very long time. so thank you for the tremendous work and for all of the community leaders. thank you to former supervisor availos to working with the community to get site control on this site and making sure that this would actually be able to be affordable housing. i want to give a special thanks to my friend and our mayor london breed, because when this project was stalling, when this project was facing a funding gap -- and i'm not talking about $100,000, i'm talking about over $20 million. mayor breed did not even
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hesitate and said we're going to put housing in a part of san francisco that has not had affordable housing in decades. this will be the first 100% family affordable housing ever in this district. ever funded by tax credits and working with our non-profits. mayor breed, you referenced our safe parking site. that's another thing that we did that was a first for this part of town. we've -- not even for this part of town but our city -- we have never done safe parking, but she didn't hesitate. i went into her office and i used to say i marched, but she didn't like that. i walked into her office respectfully -- [laughter] -- and i asked her for money to do something special with those living in vehicles. and then here we are again about a month ago working with her office and we bought the mission
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hotel and we'll have a pathway for those living in vehicles to be able to be housed. so the 4840 site and the upper yard site and the mission housing innings mission inn -- not mission housing -- the mission inn site will be affordable housing in this part of town that has not seen any supportive housing ever. so mayor breed has been a champion for affordable housing and she's been a champion for this part of town. thank you. one last person they want to recognize is treasurer fiona mau. when we were in a bind, when it looked like we might not get the tax credit allocation because that now has become a competitive process, we were able to work with and to advocate for with bill witty, with the mayor's office and with mission housing and to get that allocation which was the last piece on making sure that the funding would line up for this site. so i am so thrilled to be here today. and i'm thrilled to be your supervisor. and i'm so happy to know that
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residents from sunnydale will be living here. 40% plus neighborhood preference will be living here. and we will be working diligently, mayor breed, with mission housing and the community, to ensure that we do the outreach, to ensure that residents of this district -- all of my lakeview excelsior will be housed in this part of town and in this district and remain a vital part of this community. one last thing that i want to underscore and i think that it is an important part to underscore and it is something that the mayor and i see eye-to-eye on and i know that it is something that senator wiener has been fighting for for years this will be a very diverse site. it will have incomes that are 35% a.m.i. up to 109% a.m.i. and that means teachers, nurses, laborerrers, janitors, working
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people that in the past have been forgotten as part of our affordable housing conversation they will be able to live here. along with those struggling to make ends meet at the minimum wage level. all families can access this and it's something that i'm proud to have championed. so thank you, everyone, for being here today and thank you, marcia and thank you sam moss, , and thank you mission housing, for all of your tremendous work and we'll be breaking the ground soon. and the folks will be moving in thank you, everyone. [applause] >> thank you, supervisor safai, for your kind words. and for remembering district 11, that we are still here on the map. and that we are part of san francisco. so thank you so much. i would like to introduce our next presenters, bill witty is the chairman and the c.e.o. of
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related california, one of the state's largest developers of affordable housing and it's based here in san francisco. since he founded related california more than 30 years ago, bill was overseeing the development of 16,000 residences, completed over 12,000 affordable units. his counterpart anne silverberg is the chief executive officer for related california, and northern california affordable and northwest division. she's responsible for the strategic direction, overall management, and daily operations of the company's $2 billion affordable portfolio. in just over three years, anne has grown the northern california and oregon affordable pipelines to approximately 4,000 units under construction and in pre-development. that's a lot of work. that's a lot of work that our partners related california is doing. so please help me to welcome bill witty and later on anne as well.
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>> thank you. first, i want to thank sam for inviting us in to partner with them. it's been a great partnership. we are long-term partners with them. we look forward to being stakeholders in this community, so you haven't heard the last of us. but i have to tell you that we developed affordable housing all over california. i have never seen or had the support from the elected officials here that we have here and that you have heard today. i mean, i know that sounds sort of generic, but i'm telling you, you heard mayor breed, supervisor safai, scott -- this is the sixth sb35 deal that we have done for affordable housing. that is just in a few years. it is pretty amazing with this team of elected officials, what they have been able to accomplish because it is not easy. you hear about transit oriented
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development, how about transit in the development? i mean, this is really unique. so i'm very pleased to be here. and i want to turn it over to anne who she and her team and my partner who did all of the heavy lifting to get this project to where we are today. >> thank you, bill, and thank you, everyone. i know that i'm standing in between the shovels here so i'll try to make that quick, but i have been given a long list to thanks, and i want to thank you all individually but i won't be able to do that today. i want to say one thing -- this project is near and dear to my heart for a couple of reasons. one, an amazing team that you will hear about in a second. two, it is housing in the community where people live, where people work and it's next to transit. not just transit but high quality transit that is so important in what we need to be doing more of to solve our housing crisis. i want to say thank you, just echo bill's comments and to say
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thank you to the supervisor and to the mayor. you have been true champions of this project. and like everyone here, i want to say thank you to the senator, thank you very much for sb35. this was approved in months, rather than years, and it is really significant and what we need to do. i want to also say thank you to sam and the entire mission housing team. you are amazing partners and we couldn't have asked for anyone better to work with. pedro had mentioned millions of dollars and thousands of hours and i think that it might be millions of hours on everyone's part, really, really making this happen, so thank you. and i want to also say thank you to the staff who worked tirelessly on this project and moving it forward. and then as has already been mentioned, bart. there are a lot of details that go into the plaza improvements and coordinating with bart. and, again, millions and millions of hours it feels like in just making sure that every detail is right. a lot of funding comes into a project like this. we have already talked about ecb
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and you'll hear from the treasurer's office in a second, sue lac, and also wells fargo who is not here, invested just a mere $57 million in an $80 million construction loan, so they're a very important part of this development as well. and with that i wanted to just say one quick thing to the related team -- i couldn't be more proud to be with you all through this process. you have done an amazing job and i am really, really pleased that we are all here. kay hill, thank you -- they have taken to heart the on-time, on-budget, they did not even stop for this event and making this beautiful project come to life, designed by them. thank you all very much. >> i'm sorry, not to direct things but two quick points. i talked about the support of the elected officials and it sounds general but i'll give you two examples.
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we had a lot of issues in getting funding from the state, new regs, etc. i called the mayor's office to see if mayor breed could talk to the treasurer and they said oh, she's already done that. that never happened. and, asha -- usually we're calling the elected official, and would you do this -- he would call me every week -- every month, is this done yet, what can i do? is that enough units? i have never had that experience before. so just thank you to everybody, to mission, and this is a project that as you have heard of, by, and for the community. thank you. [applause] >> okay, we have one additional speaker that represents the uhj, maria medino. can you please join us to the front. [applause]
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>> my name is maria dell ruby and i'm a member of the housing justice team with communities united for health and justice. when i was going through difficult situations in my eviction case, i got involved with the action team and joined the fight. in san francisco, we have a lottery for affordable housing. i participated in the lottery and i was selected. i was asked for a lot of documentation. according to them i did not qualify because the income was too high. but we did not earn even $50,000 a year for my entire family of five. sometimes the programs made to help us put many obstacles in our way. >> [speaking spanish]
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>> to face these challenges, we've had to struggle and organize. the action team includes grandmothers, dads, moms, and our neighbors. many years ago we started organizing to create more healthy development in our neighborhood. the community has taken a lot of the leadership in securing this piece of land here at the balboa upper yard. youth and june jordan high school collaborated with the department of health to protect the community's health and projects located along a heavily polluted highway. we became scientists. we took to the streets to survey our neighbors in english, spanish, filipino and chinese, and organized several summits to
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bring the community together. we became the planners. >> [speaking spanish] >> our youth demanded that the city release this land where we are and dedicate it to affordable housing. as you can see we've won.
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[applause] we became organizers. and i can say that it is a community that hired the developer, mission housing. to realize our vision, not the other way around. so mission housing, you can't forget. >> [speaking spanish]
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spanish] speakingspanish] gracias. >> our community -- our community -- we are the experts in conditions that impact us. i was one of the participants who attended the series of public meetings with mission housing. the solutions we need to build are affordable housing has to be truly accessible. without too many barriers to best serve the people who need it. we should also include the community in planning and
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developing solutions. we do not accept top-down solutions. above all, we should come together as a community and continue to advocate for the change that serves and improves our community, working together and fighting. thank you. >> thank you. [applause] >> gracias, maria. to end the remarks for today please help me to welcome another vital financial partner of ours, our executive director nancy roles of california tax credit allocation and the california tax debt limit allocation to the front. [applause] >> good morning, everyone. i am nancy roles, the executive director of the tax credit
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allocation committee and the debt limit allocation committee as i was sitting out in the audience watching these amazing dancers and the musicians, let's give them another hand -- they were fantastic -- i thought, oh, gosh, i sure hope they don't have to speak after them because i'm sure not going to dance for you guys. so i'm just so very proud of this community and i am here representing treasurer mau who couldn't be here today and i know that she'd be extremely proud to listen to all of these speakers today. everyone was amazing. and it is just so heartwarming. and i also want to say that we said yes to this project in an extremely competitive situation that we're in right now with our scarce resources. i am just so happy that we could say yes to this project and i want to thank all of my partners and everyone who made this
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possible. and like the mayor said, she's ready to get her hands on these shovels. so let's get to it. thank you. [applause] >> okay, well, thank you, nancy, for your words. and at this time i'd like to thank a few additional partners of ours, methune architects, and k. hill contractors to put this event together while they are moving around behind us. and to thank a few other folks, mission housing would like to thank our board of directors which is provided support and trust in our team to keep this project moving along. and last but not least, we'd like to thank all of our mission housing team that worked on the project and all of our staff here today that were able to make this celebration happen, even after a couple of days of rain. so can we please give them a round of applause.
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[applause] i also want to thank related companies and their team for their collaboration and support i would like to invite everyone to the front to get our picture taken and to start breaking the ground. (♪♪) (♪♪) >> one, two, three... (♪♪)
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sustainability mission, even though the bikes are very minimal energy use. it still matters where the energy comes from and also part of the mission in sustainability is how we run everything, run our business. so having the lights come on with clean energy is important to us as well. we heard about cleanpowersf and learned they had commercial rates and signed up for that. it was super easy to sign up. our bookkeeper signed up online,
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it was like 15 minutes. nothing has changed, except now we have cleaner energy. it's an easy way to align your environmental proclivities and goals around climate change and it's so easy that it's hard to not want to do it, and it doesn't really add anything to the bill.
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>> president cohen: sergeant mitchell, would you please call the roll. >> clerk: would you like to
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call the pledge of allegiance? >> president cohen: i would love to call the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] >> president cohen: all right. this meeting is called to order. please call the roll. >> clerk: absolutely. [roll call] >> clerk: president cohen, you have a quorum. >> president cohen: wonderful. let's go ahead and start the first item. >> clerk: line item 1, general public comment. the public is now welcome to address the commission regarding items that do not
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appear on tonight's agenda but that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission. speakers shall address their remarks to the commission as a whole and not to individual commissioners or department or d.p.a. personnel. under police commission rules of order, during public comment, neither police or d.p.a. personnel, nor commissioners are required to respond to questions presented by the public but may provide a brief response. members of the public who wish to enter public comment should dial 415-655-0001, then enter meeting i.d. 2481-778-3710, then press pound and pound again. press star, three to lineup to speak. best practices are to speak slowly and clearly and turn down any speakers in the background. alternatively, you may e-mail
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the clerk of the commission or written comments may be sent to the public safety building located at 1245 third street, san francisco, california, 94158, so at this time, we have two public comments. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> i'm francisco dacosta, and from time to time, i pay attention to this commission meeting. if we are a first-class city, and if we represent a first-class city, then we must talk about climate change, food security, and the mess that we have on our streets in san
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francisco. stop bringing people like senators from sacramento to tell us what to do. when you commissioners have failed us miserably, i say miserably. today, the people in san francisco are suffering more so because of covid-19, and you all are talking in circles by bringing people from sacramento who are not doing their job over there. you do your job over here. represent the people. enough of your b.s. we want real solutions with timelines and goals, and thank you for the measly two minutes. >> clerk: thank you, caller.
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good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> good evening. my name is kit [indiscernible] and i'm with wealth and disparities in minority communities. i'm going to going to call this what it is: antiblackness when it comes to the use of force and racial profiling. i've grown tired of talking to the police commission, to sfpd, and to the board of supervisors. where is the urgency? i agree with first lady michelle obama when she stated, [indiscernible] that happens to us, end quote.
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[indiscernible] i'm tired. tired not to quit [indiscernible] is still under investigation by the d.a. tonight's agenda does include [indiscernible] the same level of antiblack racism in s.f. policing continues from 2016 to the present. will the police commission take action regarding antiblack
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racism policing? thank you. >> president cohen: thank you. >> clerk: thank you. good evening, caller. welcome, caller. you have two minutes. >> there is an urgency to address the injustices of black san franciscans. i'm going to call it what it is, antiblackness when it comes to the use of force, arrest, and racial profiling and traffic stops of black san franciscans by sfpd. i have grown tired of talking to the police commission, to sfpd, and to the board of supervisors. where's the urgency? if the tables were turned and these statistics represented white folks, i know there would be an urgency. i agree with first lady michelle obama when she started [indiscernible] when are you going to take responsibility and address the harsh and unjust statistics for love of
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all san franciscans, not just black san franciscans, which is truly your responsibility as you took an oath to uphold the law and safety of all san franciscans. i'm tired. not tired enough to quit, but tired of beating a dead horse. tired of arguments that fall on deaf ears, and therefore, we've sought help from attorney general [indiscernible]. meanwhile, a black san franciscan is six times as likely to be subject to a traffic stop, more than nine times as likely to be subject to the use of force, and more than 12 times as likely to be arrested. we and other community groups have provided recommendations to eradicate violence and
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racism in san francisco. what happened to those recommendations? we have heard nothing about next steps or whether those recommendations will be implemented. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> hi. my name is victoria juarez, and i live in district 1. there is an urgency to address the injustices of black san franciscans. i'm going to call it what it is: antiblackness when it comes to the matters of racial profiling, arrests, and racism by the sfpd. i agree with first lady michelle obama when she stated
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[indiscernible] it happens to us. when are you going to take responsibility when you address the harsh and biased statistics that happen to san franciscans, not just black san franciscans as you took an oath to uphold the law and seek the good for all san franciscans. as i said, i am tired, but not tired enough to quit. tired of beating a dead horse, to look to new sources to find this antiblackness inside of your chambers and offices and urgency, and therefore, we've sought help from attorney general banza. a black san franciscan is six times as likely to be subject to a san franciscan, more than nine times as likely to be subject to the use of force, and more than 12 times as likely to be arrested. we are not just going to drop oversight of sfpd when d.o.j.
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cops concludes. will the police commission act to stop sfpds antiblack racism? >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> i firstly wanted to echo the words of the previous three callers and say that sfpds long history of racism makes it a special problem needing special reform, but tonight, the section that i wanted to highlight was the drug war. we continue to [indiscernible] continues to increase, and this is well predicted by the theory called iron wall prohibition. it was discussed by an
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economist called thornton who showed that the potency of marijuana was disproportionate to the punishment provided. he studied the 1920s through 1933 period. the basic approach is based on the [indiscernible] theorem. if drugs are legalized, then consumers will begin to wean themselves off of higher potency forms. these promised switches off of the higher potency forms are
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essential today, where we see opium users having transitioned to heroin and now having transitioned to fentanyl. we see the process transitioning to carfentanyl on our streets. these dangers are real, and our choice cannot be to continue the failed policies of the past. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller.
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hello, caller. you have two minutes. hello? good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> no, i'm sorry. i already spoke. >> clerk: okay. thank you. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> hello. can you hear me? >> clerk: yeah, i can hear you. >> yes. this is miss brown. i'm calling concerning my son, aubrey abrakasa, who is case is still an unsolved case. each week, i'm calling in each week. it's something that i'll be doing for the rest of my life. another christmas and thanksgiving are rolling
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around, and i'll have an empty seat at the table again. last week, i just left the hospital with a mother that had to pull the plug on her son, and it just shifts the discussion back to unsolved homicides. i call in concerning my son, yes, but i also help other mothers and fathers that are going through the same thing that i'm going through, and i was just wondering how -- what can we do, officials, for us besides just -- i don't know, just letting the homicides happen? and i'm not saying you do it, it's just that they're not getting solved fast enough, and the perpetrators are killing again, especially with guns that are not labelled now, the
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ghost guns, and these kids are killing more now. and i'm just speaking for my son that i'm waiting for the day to stand in court and confront the killers of my son. again, i say thanksgiving and christmas is coming up. my son loved both of those days, and this is all i have to do for him, every wednesday, is to keep his memory alive. what else do i do? what else is there to do? i just pray that, one day, that i get justice for my child. okay. thank you. >> president cohen: thank you, miss abrakasa. >> clerk: we also have a written public comment that i'll read now.
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the public comment reads, elias needs to resign. i read your website and what hamasaki tweeted using the n-word and other racist sexist tweets. if you had an officer that used that word, you failed in your job. resign, hypocrite, yet hamasaki sits up there. you made the standards, now abide by them, and that concludes the written public comments as well as the public comment. if there's anyone with an anonymous tip, please call the anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444, and that
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concludes public comment, president cohen. >> president cohen: all right. thank you very much. let's go ahead and call the next item. >> clerk: line item 2 has been removed from the agenda and has been rescheduled for december 8, so we will move onto, next, item 3, consent calendar. the items under consent calendar are considered routine and for information purposes only. if any commissioner would like to discuss any item under the consent calendar, please advise president cohen that you would like to place the item on a future agenda and discussion. tonight, there will be no discussion or presentations on these items, and we have on consent calendar to receive and
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file action, family code 6228, incident report release quarterly report, third quarter 2021, so we need to have an action regarding line item 3. >> president cohen: i'm sorry. i didn't hear you. >> clerk: we need to have an action regarding line item 3. >> president cohen: all right. let's go to public comment since we don't have any comments? >> l. simon-weisberg: lie i ? >> vice president elias: i just wanted to say i thank everyone for all of their hard work and
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i don't have any other comment. >> president cohen: let's go ahead and go to public comment and then we'll take action. >> clerk: if you would like to make public comment, please dial star, three at this time, and there's no public comment, president cohen. >> president cohen: all right. thank you. is there a motion to accept? >> vice president elias: motion. >> president cohen: motion made by commission elias. is there a second? second. >> president cohen: okay. thank you. >> clerk: i'm sorry, president cohen. there's one public comment that did come in. >> president cohen: okay. let's take it. >> clerk: good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> what i want to say is when it comes to incident reports, not once have i -- have you
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asked, commissioners, how are the incident reports addressed? what type of software do they use? in the year 2021, we have very sophisticated software that addressed incident reports in a very logical manner, but if you all are not educated on issues, meaning you have never once asked the director to state on an incident report in the last ten years how incident reports have been addressed, i know
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several years ago, you all were doing the incident -- several years ago, before chief scott came on board, you were all doing the incident reports manually. in the presidio in 1999, we had a better system. we also had a better communication system. any way, it's wonderful, commissioners, to hear you talking in circles about these incident reports and how they're working very hard, but are they using the latest technology? are they using a technology where our incident command center can communicate with the f.b.i. and address types of crimes, type one, two, three, in a very efficacious manner.
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>> president cohen: all right. thank you, speaker. someone needs to mute their speaker because i can hear them in a back conversation. all right. we had a motion and a second to that motion. >> clerk: on the motion to accept and file the cobb sent calendar item -- [roll call] -- the consent calendar item -- [roll call] >> clerk: commissioner cohen, you have five yes votes. >> president cohen: excellent. let's call the next item.
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>> clerk: line item 4, chief's report. just one moment, please. >> okay. good evening, president cohen, commissioners, director henderson, and the public -- >> president cohen: okay. that sounds like public comment. >> okay. sad news, we lost an officer, jack nice, who passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. he worked a number of assignments, last assigned to park station. definitely, we're supporting
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his family and please keep officer nice's family and friends in your prayers. more to follow on that as we get the information and services following that. the information this week, starting off with violent crimes, homicides are up to 46. we had one from october where the victim died, so we'll be up to 47. sexual assaults were down 15%. 167 year to today. robberies 1917 compared to 2011. human trafficking were up 32%,
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29 compared to 22 last year. total violent crimes, there's a 1% increase. as far as property crimes, our burglaries are down 2%. that's good news because we were up significantly several months ago. we had 6163 burglaries year-to-date compared to 6300 this time last year. motor vehicle thefts were down about .6%, 5,019 compared to 5,050. overall, larceny, we're up 13% 24,890 compared to 28,984.
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included in our larceny numbers are auto burglaries. we're up 37% year-to-date. when we compare to 2018, we are down 25%. aggravated assaults, i mentioned that we are up year-to-date. just a breakdown of the types of assaults. firearm related assaults were up 15%, which is -- the good news is that is decreasing from where it was earlier in the summer, so we're up 15%, 1580 to where we were last summer. assaults using a knife or cutting instrument were down
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11%, 243 compared to 274 this year, and assaults possessed by others, we were up 9%, 915 compared to 840. our total homicides with firearms is 35 compared to 27 year-to-date last year, and that is a 30% increase over this time last year. in terms of our individual stations, our shootings by station, tenderloin is leading in terms of the increase, 32,
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compared to 22 shooting incidents year-to-date. mission, 29 compared to 15, bayview, 49 compared to 46 year-to-date. central, we have a decrease over last year of one, southern, an increase in one w. northern, an increase of two, richmond, an increase of one, and taraval, an increase of two. the biggest decrease year-to-date is ingleside. they had eight this time last year, two year-to-date this year. other significant trends, gun
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seizures, 869 guns seized year-to-date. as we have done every year for several years now, we will participate in a gun buy back toward the end of the year with united playas and others and we are excited to get a number of guns off the streets, and i want to thank in advance united playas for all they do year in and year out. as far as our ghost guns and manufactured guns year-to-date, we're at 169 recoveries, and this time last year, we are at 127 compared to this time last
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year. ghost guns continue to be a problem for the city, but we have a very good relationship with our federal partners on our gun violence and gun reduction. in terms of hate crimes, we have had 56 antiasian hate crimes, which lead all categories combined.
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i will note that 30 of the incidents against our asian community members were committed by one individual, and -- >> president cohen: i'm sorry. did you say 30? >> yes, 30, madam president. >> president cohen: 30. wow. >> so that person was arrested and charged were filed against that -- charges were filed against that person. significant incidents, a couple here to report.
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the victim is expected to survive his injuries. one of the individuals who committed this crime [indiscernible]. our investigation is on going, so if anyone has any
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information on this shooting or any of the shootings that i'll talk about today, you can call 415-575-4444 and remain anonymous. we also had a homicide on november 3 at 12:51 p.m. our victim was located near a b.a.r.t. station walkway. he had been shot. we recovered shell casings from the scene and information is being developed. please call 415-575-4444 if you have any information on this
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case. november 5, 12:12. tenderloin residents observed a shooting in progress. they were directed to a vehicle, and they said the person in the vehicle had the weapon. our officers located the person and took the person in custody without incident, and we located the victim a couple blocks away. we transported the victim, and the victim is expected to survive their injuries, and a second suspect has been identified, was tied to this incident by evidence, and was also arrested. on november 6 at 2:30 p.m., a person walked into san francisco general hospital and -- with a gunshot wound. the patient was not cooperative about who shot him or where this happened. while conducting an
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investigation, the officers discovered a vehicle nearby with bullet holes. the registration came back to a shooting earlier in the day on the friday. the person who walked in the hospital was arrested for an outstanding warrant, but that shooting is still under investigation. on november 7 at 1:12 p.m., there was a shooting in the bayview. our victim was a 14-year-old male. he and the subject had an on going dispute. subject pulled out a gun and shot the victim, grazing him in the lower extremities. our victim refused to be transported but was treated at
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the scene and is expected to sur viesk. no information is available at this point. information is being followed up on, and hopefully, we'll make an arrest in this case. on november 8, in the ingleside district, a person was walking home when a person shot him. our strict was shot in the lower extremities but was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. we have not located a suspect as of yet and are continuing that investigation, as well. we had a bank robbery on the 1500 block of van ness in the northern district. we have developed information and believe it to be part of a series of several bank robberies with several m.o.s, and our investigation is on going in this case. i think hopefully, we will hopefully resolve this case and
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take this person into custody. also. we had a significant marijuana [indiscernible] oak dale. i reported several of these in the last few months in the bayview district. this is yet another one. approximately $200,000 of marijuana was taken in this burglary. no information is known as of yet. if anyone has any information on this, please call 415-575-4444. two traffic incidents i would like to report, both of them involved bicycles. we have seen several incidents this year involving bicycles, so i want to ask the public to please, please be careful when you're riding a bicycle. wear a helmet.
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we had a bicycle collision at lombard and divisadero at northern. this was on november 5 at 5:57 p.m. the bicyclist had severe injuries and was reported to be in critical condition. we had another on november 7 at 3:50 p.m. in the mission district. bicyclist was struck by a vehicle. the vehicle remained thornton thomasetti scene. the bicyclist received injuries, and neither one of these, fortunately, is life threatening -- or neither of these is life threatening. we want people to ride safely, carefully, and enjoy what the city has to offer, but please slow down. speed is one of the factors
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involved in many of these collisions. we will be having a report next week on traffic safety, including on what i'm about to talk on now, stunt driving. we've had some success in following up after the fact, locating vehicles involved in these incidents, and taking action through investigation, so that's going fairly successfully, and hopefully people are really understanding that when they do these dangerous events in a city that we will follow up, and when the evidence is there, we will impound vehicles for 30-days, and where we can identify a person, we will try to get that case prosecuted. this district station strategy, i'll report on what's going on in the mission and ingleside,
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as well. southern district has several operations to reduce break ins, and they involve plain clothes officers and uniformed officers, as well. they had some successful arrests in that regard. we put a lot of officers in the
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area, and we just have to try to continue to disrupt this activity and continue to try to make a difference there. in the mission district, high visibility in the mission district and the 24 street corridor as we've reopened. our tourist department continues to focus in the castro street, market street areas and particularly in the area of 18 and market, we've had some challenges there, so that deployment has helped
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relieve some of the challenges in that area. high visibility patrols and foot patrols will continue in that area with the purpose of deterring robbery and thefts so people can enjoy that area. we're working with our service providers and we are leading with trying to get service providers connected with individuals who need help to get them resources, and there's been a lot of collaboration with our city partners in that regard. we remain focus on residential garage burglaries, and we've
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seen a big drop in the gun related homicides in the district this year. our community violence response team and our crime intelligence unit is also working on [indiscernible] in ingleside which we had involving some of our local networks, group related networks, and we've made some headway there. we are reaching out to individuals at risk through our sbit collaborative and really trying to offer services, live coaching, to try to address this from a different angle. we have a number of people that have accepted that offer for help. not enough, but we're making progress there. also s.f. safe, materials being shared in the community and via social media to provide safety
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tips for residents of our city. we've had an uptick in homes under construction being burglarized, so we're focusing on those areas with extra patrols and hopefully some of those will pan out and we can get some people in custody with those. we had events at kezar stadium this week. also, the mayan art music festival will happen this week, we'll have the timber wolves this week, and the bulls going on on the 12. officers are working with chase to make sure that's a safe event, and also, we have a university of san francisco basketball game on 13 november,
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mens and womens basketball will be hosting games. also, last week, the dave chappelle event at chase drew some attention. no incidents were reported. later, protests occurred during and prior to this event, and no incidents there. chase has the golden shell concerts on the 13 and a 5-k for melanoma on the 14. no significant domestic events to report. and the last thing, just to follow up on, a question asked by commissioner byrne, how many
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officers remain unvaccinated, and the total number of officers that remain unvaccinated is 38. thank you. >> president cohen: so let me run through this. there's been some good news this week and some alarming news when it comes to the numbers. the officer that was on administrative leave, i think the p.o.a. indicated he was unvaccinated, the officer that unfortunately died due to covid. just want to, again, underscore that it's important that we get vaccinated and, at this point, receive a booster, and i also want to acknowledge that sfpd have a 97% vaccination rate. we've made some progress since the health mandate was published from the mayor. i want to talk about the p.d. sergeant that was arrested in south san francisco for attempted robbery.
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i'm wondering, did e.i.s. detect any indication that he was troubled? >> no, not at all, commissioner, and definitely a very unfortunate situation. can't go too far into the situation, but the main thing is we want our officer or sergeant to make sure that he's okay health wise and get the help that he needs, and we will deal with the rest, as we always do. >> president cohen: okay. i'm sorry to hear this. very painful for many of your officers who worked side by side with him. >> yes. >> president cohen: also, kudos to our officers for working
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with vallejo officers in the arresting of a robbery suspect. also, a grant for increasing quality of life? >> yeah. it's what we can do to drive down alcohol related injuries and deaths, and it is a big deal. thank you for that. >> president cohen: yeah. i think that's all i have in my notes. thank you very much. colleagues, anyone else? i don't see any hands up. let's see...hand?
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okay. commissioner hamasaki, go ahead. i see your hand. >> commissioner hamasaki: thank you, president cohen. i want to follow up on a few points that president cohen just made. i think it was really sad and devastating to hear news that an sfpd officer had died from covid, and especially since that's something that we as the commission have really been encouraging everybody to obtain. the only question i had was i know the individual was placed on leave. was that, do we know, after he was infected, and was there a contact tracing program put in place to ensure that anyone
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that's been exposed is being tested? >> yeah. as far as we know, commissioner, there's no exposure in the workplace with officer nice, and so we don't know, really, his -- because it did not occur in the workplace, so we don't really know, in terms of the contact tracing, what that is really going to lead to. but in the timing of all of this, it did not occur in the workplace. >> commissioner hamasaki: it occurred after he was already at home? >> yes, i believe so. >> commissioner hamasaki: okay. the other point that president cohen raised about another, i think, tragedy involving one of our officers is that it sounds like one of our officers was
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suffering from addiction and made some obvious pretty bad choices while suffering from addiction. [please stand by]
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>> sound like you're seeing how portion of the tenderloin drug sale moved over to seventh and mission? >> correct. >> you -- what was the term you used? president cohen, we didn't have a calendar, the meeting on strategy? >> president cohen: yes. commissioner barnes made that request. we are still negotiating on a date. >> commissioner byrne: we're www.--we're waiting on certain
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statistics. >> i put thatten out -- i don't put that on the department. i don't think there's going to be a policing solution to it. i look forward to the discussion. >> commissioner hamasaki what about to that big microphone in l.a.? now it's hard. you sound muffle and far away? >> commissioner hamasaki: i didn't have a chance to pick it up.
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>> president cohen: let's keep moving forward. anyone else want to comment on the chief's presentation? chief, we appreciate your patience again on behalf of the commission, i want to extend our sympathy to the family of the officer who died of covid-19. i'm very sorry to hear that. >> sergeant youngblood: thank you commissioners for that. >> president cohen: who's next up? i believe it's paul henderson, executive director of department of police accountability. >> clerk: actually, president cohen we have public comment on the chief report. if you like to make public comment, please dial star 3 now. we have one public comment. good evening caller, you have two minutes.
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>> caller: chief, when you give your report, i listen to you very intently. i think what you should do, this is just a suggestion, there are many gram -- many groups all over the city where you can invite yourself so that you know really what's happening at ground zero. remember not too long ago, we had a little meeting with you. i want to thank you for accommodating that meeting. we got a real good feel of what happens in our community and people are hurting more so in this covid.
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we used to be at the bayview because of covid we cannot. now it's opening up little bit. people like to talk to you, you can take that talent and bring it to this commission which at times is so boring. you will be amazed to hear what really is happening at ground zero. thank you very much. >> clerk: good evening caller, you have two minutes. >> caller: hi, again. this is ms. brown again. i want to thank the chief for
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his presentation. i wanted to put a plug out for my son. i know we've said for anonymous. i want to say if anyone knows who murdered my son in district 5 on august 14, 2006, the case number is 060-86-2038. i appreciate anyone that is listening that was there on that day, or know of anything what happened to my son, 17-year-old murdered in district 5 for saving someone's life, his case number again is 060862038. thank you again.
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>> clerk: thank you caller. good evening caller. >> caller: thank you commissioners. particularly president cohen. i appreciate the opportunity to talk. i want to tell you a brief little story and then give you suggestion. i worked in the tenderloin for a while. there was a time where we had in the tenderloin these yellow bricks painted on to the ground. it demarcated a safe passage for kids to get from one place to the next -- school, after school programs and the like. it has been up for a while. people gotten used to it. not really paid much attention, may be. i got to see a kid skipping down
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the yellow brick road, careful to get from brick to brick and there was that joy that you see when kids are around. that pathway goes directly through -- it's on the path of that corridor. that's the epicenter for the tenderloin drug market. i agree what the chief said. i gone to the police meetings i heard about it moving to seventh. your daily experience is not bad. the daily experience walking through there is that it actually is not reduced. i believe there may be connections. of course, it doesn't feel reduced. not four weeks ago a young boy
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was walking with his young sister and their youngest on the way to the tenderloin community school on that same passage. they were attacked. everyone was aghast and shocked. but it is our daily experience there in the tenderloin. let me tell you where the police got it right. >> clerk: thank you caller. president cohen, that is the end of public comment. >> president cohen: to the last caller, i will be interested hearing what the police got it right. perhaps you could e-mail us the rest of your public comment. we can get it read in the record. very interesting commentary.
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>> clerk: there's another public comment that just came in now. >> president cohen: let's see what this person has to say. >> clerk: good evening caller, you have two minutes. >> caller: thank you. i'm long-winded. >> president cohen: you are. >> caller: i'm going to keep it tight. when we were dealing with a heavy part of this right out of covid. what the captain did is deploy more officers during the time kids were walking to school in the morning and coming back at night and watch the dealers scatter was amazing. that clear path created. with the community officer on foot patroller day -- every day and every night. things are changing and there's an opportunity.
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when you have this conversation about open drug dealing in the tenderloin, please take a look at the street level drug dealing task force recommendations. we paid $200,000 for it. it should be considered as you all are thinking about it. i'll reach out to others about the community meeting you guys talked about last week. i got some opportunities for you. i will send that e-mail. thank you chief for doing what you can. thank you commissioners. >> president cohen: thank you. time is up. thank you. >> clerk: that is the end of public comment. >> president cohen: let's go to the executive director. thank you. >> good evening. let me start with our statistics here. we are currently at 678 cases
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that have been open so far this year. this time last year we were at 699. we closed 765 cases so far this year and currently our docket is 71 cases. be-- we sustained 41 cases which is up from the amount last year which was 37. we have 20 cases who's investigations have gone beyond the nine month period. that's down from this time last year. we have mediated 36 cases so far this year. of the cases, of the 20 cases that have investigations that have exceeded nine months, 18 cases are toll cases. we currently have nine cases that are pending with the police commission. we are awaiting six case
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decisions for chief decisions. in terms of what has gone on this week and the cases that have come in the office are 11 cases which is a total of 14 different allegations, 36% of those allegations involve issuing a citation without cause, 36% of those cases were for officer behaving or speaking inappropriately, allegedly. nine% of the allegations were for officer displaying threatening, intimidating and harassing behavior. the types of cases were for involved traffic stops, parking citations and one of the cases was for an allegation of an officer making racist comments. by breakdown for the districts, these cases came from three of those cases were from northern
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station. all of those cases involve allegations of an officer behaving or speaking inappropriately to a civilian. in the tenderloin, two cases came in and those were for the citation without cause and one for harassing behavior. there was a case out of southern station as well. in terms of the audit this week, we had our exit conference for the dgo8.10 audit. that was today. the goal is for d.p.a. to provide their final draft to the police department next week for response to the reports recommendation. the draft was submitted today to sfpd and next week is the response based on the
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recommendations within the report. as a reminder this report is on first amendment activity. the previous report was for use of force. this week, we had our quarterly meeting with the coalition. the coalition is an organization that we put together at d.p.a. for all of the oversight, agencies that exist in the state of california. we meet quarterly. this meeting was attended by the president of an organization. also co-presenting at this week's meeting was executive director oakland community police report. the other presentation was for local officials and their staff on sheriff and oversight. many of the agencies in the state also do oversight with the sheriff as well.
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conversation for upcoming meetings are 1421 strategy and management. also we have for the monthly report, a heavy august statistics. that i will present. in august the d.p.a. received 67 complaints which was an increase 29% from the same period last year but a decrease of 5% today. total cases received at that time was 529 and of those 67 cases they involve a total of 169 allegations. i won't break them down. they are filed and available on our website. also in the september statistics, we received 63 complaints which in that month was an increase of 24% from the
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same period last year. a decrease of 5% year to date from the previous year. total cases in september cumulatively were 595. of the 63 cases that were collected in september, they involved total of 119 allegations which are also broken down on our website and available as well. i think we last month, i wanted to mention this for october. i think we brought this issue out at the last police commission. in october, we disclosed over 2000 pages of documents for 1421. that's the largest disclosure that we ever had in a particular month. i wanted to articulate that and point it out. we were talking about it last month. the issue came up i believe in public comment that the
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disclosures had slowed down. if they have, it is not at d.p.a. currently, we released over 32,000 pages for 1421 records to the public. since the law has gone into effect. there are no cases in closed session with d.p.a. currently on the call with me in case there are issues to be followed up upon one of our senior investigators steve ball. if anyone has any further questions or like to get into contact with d.p.a. directly, website sfgovtv.org/dpa.
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i believe that concludes my presentation. i'm available if anyone has questions. >> president cohen: thank you. >> clerk: commissioner hamasaki? if you like to make public comment regarding d.p.a. report please dial star 3 at this time. vice president elias, there's no
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public comment. line item 6 is commission report. commission reports will be limited to a brief description of activities and announcements. commission discussion will be limited to determining whether to calendar any of the issues raised for a future commission meeting. commission president's report, commissioner's reports and commission announcements and scheduling of items identified for consideration at future commission meetings. >> vice president elias: we had a productive meeting with the chief and staff. we hope to have ready for the full commission the first or second week of december for approval. that's what i have to report this week. any other commissioners have anything to report.
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we'll start with commissioner hamasaki? >> commissioner hamasaki: i look forward to seeing the report. as folks know, i've been working with the coalition been pretty much everybody involved. pedestrian, bike, traffic safety around trying to figure out how to reduce racial disparities in traffic stops and searches. i believe the coalition will be reaching out to the chief and president cohen to set up a next steps meeting. i think that's going to be taking off and how we're going to format that will be part of
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the next we had a meeting this morning. that's what's on my plate right now. thank you. >> vice president elias: thank you. commissioner byrne? >> commissioner byrne: two things to report. commissioner yee and i are meeting with chief scott on friday. concerning the upcoming discussion on the open drug dealing in the tenderloin. last saturday i had an opportunity -- the captain met with me 1:00. earlier there was a small demonstration over to city hall in demonstrating their concern
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of the open drug dealing that is going on in the tenderloin. i spent four hours down in the tenderloin. i walked the beat with two wonderful officers. we stayed in the middle of the street in front of the apartment building, which is the real epicenter. enough time was spent there they moved around the corner. police got a call for service to go there. we went there and then they scattered again. during the week the captain put a command van at the corner of turk and hyde as a result, that
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corner was actually clear and walked. it's the best i've seen it. it is indeed a cat and mouse type of thing. the officers need to be commended. lot of the time we stopped to see people clearly addicted to drugs. make sure they were awake and talking so that emergency services needed to be called. it's safety with respect in san francisco. they were trying to keep residents in san francisco city safe. it was a thoroughly -- i must
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say, enjoyable because i saw the difference those officers were making and how much more things were done. we can take that part of the city for its residents. >> vice president elias: commiss ioner byrne do you attribute the improvement to the actual officers out there on the street patrolling? >> commissioner byrne: yes, it's clear. you have ex-felons that are no longer addicted to drugs. coming up and complimenting the officers. it is amazing the welcome. when i walked around, not the first time i done this -- the idea of taking this area back, which has a huge amount of children.
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of course, you see two lovely parks with swings and slides with no children, it's absolutely devastating. because of what's going on. a child we saw, a saw a mother holding her hand, she had to put her arm around her. for fear even holding her hand, the child would not be safe. there is life in the tenderloin despite what goes on, it's a vibrant community. it's full of life. people need to be able -- at least during the day -- to walk the street without the fear of somebody coming up. the idea that they scatter as the chief pointed out when you show up, that's fine.
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many of them not from the city. they come in peddle this fentanyl to the people. it was enough lifting experience for me once again. >> vice president elias: i look forward to the presentations that you requested to be agendized. >> commissioner byrne: we're going to talk about statistics and deployment. niese are -- these are important things. this area has seen the greatest rise in gun violence this year. it's a much smaller condensed area. i think that the police commission, police department need to make a statement so most
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people who come and peddle this poison, that we are here. we don't want you here. we want to do it in a respectful manner to the local residents. what what i have seen so far, down there, i been going down there, i usually driver there three times a week and sometimes four. seeing it, i'm seeing greater police presence. i commend the captain placing that van there. it makes a statement to the neighbors that we do care. that corner was the best i've seen so far. there's still dealing going on leavenworth street between golden gate and church. it's unbelievable. >> vice president elias: i look forward to hearing the
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solutions. >> commissioner byrne: the presence alone, uniformed officers on their feet, definitely makes a difference. i have noticed it now, definitely does make a difference. again, people -- the idea that the officers check to see their well-being. it's to be commended. they are -- you don't know when you go up to them because they are asleep. are they o.d. the officer has to approach them. look, are you awake. if they do not respond, they may be their last breath on this planet. that's what they do. they go up and do that, it's very important. these people hopefully will be
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able to deal better with their addiction. everybody in life deserves a second chance. so do those poor people. >> vice president elias: commiss ioner yee? >> commissioner yee: i want to echo the commissioner. in chinatown area, -- i'm looking forward going down there to the tenderloin. i used to work out in that area. i know what it's like out there. it's a challenge. now it's ten fold with the rise of the fentanyl and the drug dealing.
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may be we can have other solutions than this buy bust. i'm looking forward to talking to the chief on that. i wanted to tell vice president cindy elias, you missed our marine -- [ indiscernible ] it's a beautiful day. it's nice and clear. i know you probably had other pressing things to do. went on a tour with sergeant keith matthews. he explained that the obligation that the city and county is for. looking at technologies they do use is very eye opening. it's similar to like air traffic controller. it's on the seas. it's been great investment for
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us and the city. may be we should have 24-hour and around the clock. they do manage it very well. since you don't hear too much from them. they are doing a job. excellent job keeping us safe. i won't go too far in that. i ask that if anybody interested in going on a ride there, it will be nice to make sure that the way -- make sure there's no white caps out there when you do go.
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i'm looking forward to meeting with the chief on this coming friday. that ends my report. by the way, we also was invited to meet our new city attorney, david chu. we wish him the best and looking forward to working with him and the police commission. thank you. >> vice president elias: thank you commissioner yee taking it for the team. i appreciate your effort to go there.
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>> commissioner yee: let's give them a call and probably book a time and date when they can come by. >> that's a fantastic idea. sergeant youngblood and sergeant reynolds make a note please. >> president cohen: i want to make a brief statement. we will be sending an invitation to supervisor stefan to discuss with us piece of legislation that is going to be heard and voted on in the board of supervisors' coming the first of
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the year in january 2022. that's all i have at this time. sergeant reynolds, we can take public comment. >> good evening caller, you have two minutes. >> caller: i wanted to specific to mr. byrne's report. i wanted to highlight another portion of the findings of the iron law prohibition. specifically, i wanted to talk about popular -- hard liquor. it has a parallel -- marijuana,
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also found too troublesome to smuggle across borders, much higher potency. as we suggest, we might have an easy solution of more policing or more police officers in these specific sections, that might make us safer. i ask the police commission to consider whether or not their actions are causing this crises on our streets and whether as you can demonstrate, those actions are causing our society to be more dangerous and causing these substances to be in use
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rather than the less potent substances that will be safer. as we consider mr. byrne's suggestion that it might be easy with the simple reallocation of police personnel, i ask to consider whether or not it might be impossible and doing so might be dangerous. thank you. >> thank you. that concludes public comment. >> president cohen: thank you very much. next item. >> clerk: item 7, presentation of the firearm discharge review board and incustody death review board findings and recommendations, third quarter, 2021 report, discussion. >> good evening.
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in the 3rd quarter of 2021, there were no cases presented. 3rd quarter 2021, following cases were reviewed --
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[ indiscernible ] officers responded to neiman marcus. officers recorded the suspect to place his hands behind his back. he refused. officers went to handcuff the suspect. when he went down on his left side, flex cuffs were placed. the suspect was immediately placed in position of recovery, and then walks to their patrol
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car. officers requested -- while walking to their patrol car, the suspect was placed on the ground. officers began cpr. medics arrive the and took over cpr. the suspect was transported to spmc where he was pronounced dead five days later by the staff. the recommendations to the chief of police is in policy. in summary on july 30, 2015, officers were dispatched to san francisco and richardson street when the parties involved fighting as one chased the other. officers met with one party
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confirming the suspects. officers drove eastbound. the suspect attacked her, thrown her to the ground and began punching her in the face. the passenger officer came for assistance and also thrown to the ground. both officers got to their feet, fought with the suspect and repeatedly commanded him to stop. the suspect ordered officers to shoot him. the suspect walked eastbound as officers reported him to stop. the suspect walked to the international house of pancakes where he banged his fist on the
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glass door. the suspect was ordered to the ground but did not comply. the suspect placed both his hand in his pocket as if he was reaching for something. the officer commanded him to the ground. the suspect ignored all demands and continued eastbound lombard. he place the his left arm under his torso. due to the suspect's size, flex cuffs were used. the suspect continued to resist by rocking his body and flailing his leg. the suspect was monitored with no indication of a medical emergency. the suspect was placed into a
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position of recovery and the hobble was removed. officers could perform chest compressions and the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. last case, on january 5, 2019. an individual came to the tenderloin police station requesting -- at 8:00 p.m., officers were at cpmc on an unrelated matter. officers believe he was going to be influenced of a narcotic stimulus. officers observed the suspect to
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become ring aand paced the hallway. the suspect approached an officer telling him you have to fight me. the suspect grabbed the officer's shirt and vest. the suspect was taken to the ground in handcuffs. the e.r. doctor asked doctors to escort him off the premise. the suspect was based on an --
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the suspect was placed in position of recovery but no pulse was found. recommendation to chief of police is in policy. this grid identifies the status of the current open investigations. the one that i would bring your attention to will be third, fifth and sixth lines. those will be presented a they fall under the fourth.
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as it stands now, there are no open in custody death investigations. i believe that concludes the presentation. >> president cohen: thank you very much for that presentation. very informative. do you have any questions? commissioner hamasaki and then commissioner byrne. >> commissioner hamasaki: thank you president cohen. i feel like i know this, i can't recall, is there any independent agency that review these deaths? do d.p.a. review them or is there any way where the public can have can haves there's a mutual party reviewing these. >> is there an external entity that's assisting in the
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investigation? not that i'm aair of. >> in respond to that, we had the same comments for a child while. we have been raising the issue of transitioning serious and into review. we goes beyond to look at all uses of force including weapons used and we think is best practices. we talked about it in the past. i wanted to --
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>> the expanded version includes the captain of the treasury division. that is at training piece within the organization that will be part of that discussion is that they were trained. i thought that was the presentation that myself and the chief mentioned the expansion of the report. that is in process.
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>> we do still have work to do. i don't think we're that far off. i want to ask you as well as far as the information. of course the medical examiner's office investigate the cause of death and there are depending on where that goes. if the call is a factor and it's a political political. if it's a medical by cause of death, the medical examiner would determine that as well. we have to wait for on the medical examiner before we can arrive at what the cause of death is. if it involve -- that can
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trigger another serious of events and get the turn -- >> i wanted to make sure that everything -- [ indiscernible ] >> with these cases in particular, d.p.a. doesn't have jurisdiction in the current charter for custody -- just to
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clarify for everyone knows what we're talking about. >> something to think about. >> president cohen: commissioner byrne? >> commissioner byrne: commander ford. do you know the cause of death for these three individuals? >> it's interesting that you mention that. i can say that laws some -- i i can say that at least all three were methamphetamine use i won't paint it a -- methamphetamine was determining cause p.p.p.
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>> president cohen: anyone else like to ask a question? does the record not indicate exactly what the cause of death was? >> it does. first case it says manner of accident.
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same with the third one where you have coit. there are some other ones. -- there was a lot on board. >> president cohen: okay. i want to talk about -- there doesn't seem to be lot of detail when the subject was subdued when he was discovered not to have a pulse. this is filed with 15-003. he had just been very active.
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with details like this would this be necessary to determine if an incustody death was in policy? >> every aspect falls in that category. >> president cohen: in 19-001 more clear what caused the suspect to come. open investigations? >> just a side note, on lombard and pierce. he was about 5'8", they interest
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-- his weight played a huge role. he was a huge guy. he had huge risk. i remember this case personally. i knew people who were involved. i remember the commentary that it was met pretty -- he was a big guy. >> president cohen: i think it will be helpful if you guys include the cause of death in the summary? >> i will make note of that. >> president cohen: i think it will make more sense knowing the cause of death.
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>> president cohen: all right, i'm seeing nothing in the chat. >> clerk: if you like to make public comment. please dial tar 3 now. there is no public comment. >> president cohen: great, thank you. thank you, commander. we appreciate you. >> line item 8. adjournment. action item. >> president cohen: motion to adjourn? >> motion. >> second. >> president cohen: all right. thank you very much for your service today. we are adjourned.
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inform the san francisco sheriff's department i've been surprised 0 work within criminal justice system field i had an opportunity to grow within that career path. >> as i got into the department and through the years of problems and everything else that means a lot i can represent women and in order to make that change how people view us as a very important part of the vice president you have topanga you have to the first foot chase through the fight are you cable of getting that person whether large or small into captivity that is the test at times. >> as an agent worked undercover and prevent external and internal loss to the company it was basically like detective work but through the company from that experience and the
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people that i worked around law enforcement that gave me an action when i came to be a cadet i saw i was exploded to more people and the security he was able to build on that. >> unfortunately, we have a lot of women retire to recruiting right now is critical for us we gotten too low faster the percentage of women in the department and us connecting with the community trying to get people to realize this job is definitely for them our community relations group is out attempt all the time. >> in other words, to grow in the fields he capitalized any education and got my bachelors degree so i can current work at city hall i provide security for
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the front of the building and people are entering entering but within any security or control within the building and checking personal bags is having a awareness of the surrounded. >> there is so month people the brunet of breaking into this career that was every for easier for me had an on the with an before he cleared the path for laugh us. >> my people he actually looking at lucid up to poem like he joe and kim and merit made they're on the streets working redondo hard their cable of doing this job and textbook took the time to bring us along. >> women have going after their goals and departments line the san francisco sheriff's department provide a lot of training tools and inspiring you to go into the department.
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>> they gave me any work ethics she spider me to do whatever he wanted to do and work hard at the intersection. >> if you're going to make change you have to be part of change and becoming law enforcement i wanted to show women could do this job it is hard not easy. >> finds something our compassion about and follow roll models and the gets the necessary skeletals to get to that goal with education and sprirmz whatever gets you there. >> if this is what you want to do dream big and actually do what you desire to do and you can go vertebrae far it is a fast job i wouldn't do anything
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>> chair: this meeting will come to order. this is the november 10, 2021, budget and finance meeting. i am joined by the committee members. i want to thank our clerk and those from sfgov tv for broadcasting these announcements. >> the minutes will reflect that committee members participated in this meeting through video conference to the same extent as physically present. the city services are essential. public comment will be available on each item on this agenda on the channels and on the tv station. we are streaming the public call-in number across the
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written comment may be sent to the city hall by mail. items acted upon today are expected on the agenda of today unless otherwise dated. >> chair: thank you, mr. clerk. can you please -- i don't know if we have somebody from d3 yet. >> clerk: i'm not seeing them, mr. chair. >> chair: can you please call item 2. >> clerk: that is a resolution approving amendment 3 between the san francisco aids foundation and the department of public health to provide city aids prevention services through city-wide syringe access and disposal services
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to increase the contract amount by $6,507,312 for a total amount not to exceed $42,115,471 with no change to the contract term of july 1, 2016, through june 30, 2026, to commence upon board approval. ( members of the public who wish to comment should call 415-655-0001 meeting id 2416 316 6412. please dial star 3 to line up to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. chnchts we have tracy packer to comment on this. >> i am tracy packer, the director of health equity in the health department and we are here to request your approval for this resolution of amending this contract between the
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department of san francisco public health and the san francisco aids association. i have my two colleagues here. the first is nicole trainer, the contract manager and the second colleague is ilene mocklem who is an expert on the program. nicole, i'll turn it over to you. >> thank you so much, tracy. good morning, board of supervisors. my name is nicole trainer, contract manager with the community equity and promotion branch. as tracy mentioned to you today, efforts to meet the needs through covid and the expansion of services throughout the city, we are expecting an approval of a resolution and approving amendment 3 between the san francisco aids foundation and the department of public health. the purpose of this contract is to provide expanded syringe
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access and disposal which includes wrap-around services, including counseling, substance use treatment, and h.i.v. # testing. this is approved services. the board of supervisors has approved this in the past. the san francisco aids foundation is an agency with four partner agencies which includes home use alliance, [indiscernible] to provide these services. the program funded under this contract has been a strategy to reduce h.i.v. and hep-c. i would also like to note that
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we agree that the budget and legislative analysts and the report recommendation. if you have any further programmatic questions, my colleague is also here as a representative. thank you for your time and consideration. >> chair: thank you. can we hear the budget -- the bla report, please. >> thank you, chair. nick bernard from the budget analysts office. this proposed resolution would approve the third amendment to the public health contract with the aids foundation. as we show on page 6, the amendment adds spending to the current contract, exceeding the contract to not more than $42.1 million. as we show on page 5 of our report, the contractor was generally providing the services
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required by the contract, but the data available for our review was from fiscal year 2020. we request that the board request a written report that includes the monitoring data from fiscal year 2021, the most recent fiscal year once the evaluation for that period is available, but otherwise we recommend approval for this proposed resolution. i'm happy to answer any questions. >> chair: great. thank you. colleagues, questions or comments on this item? supervisor safaie. >> thank you, chair. i think this is an important piece of work that the city is doing, but i do have a few questions. my office reached out to the department of public health. i just want a couple of questions answered on the record. so my understanding is that as
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well as doing needle distribution, is this contract or the individuals on the street handing out fentanyl strips and can you talk about that for a moment? >> i work with nicole and tracy. distribution of the fentanyl test trips is part of every interaction. along with that is training on how to use the sfent nil test strips properly. i often say that syringe access and disposal is not the proper name for it because it is comprehensive and it is an opportunity to connect people that are often not connected to
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services. so we often offer this as a gateway for those who use drugs. >> what are the priority neighborhoods you have identified in this contract or the work that you're doing? >> the syringe sites are at set locations. your office did reach out to me about hot spots and they are determined for either syringe disposal or for enhanced outreach efforts. the way that they are identified is either through calls with supervisors or calls brought to the attention with district owners. the collaborative meets monthly. i attend meetings and it is an opportunity for us to discuss trends that we're seeing in the
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community as well as transitions as far as trends. i mean, we are well aware of hot spots in the downtown area, but in your district we would be more inclined to hear through phone calls or connections with residents and neighbors. >> can you describe a little bit about the outreach teams? i understand or i believe there are potentially doctors or nurses or medically trained professionals that are part of this work. and is it simply about getting people the necessary -- either the needles or, as you said, holistic in terms of if there are other needs that are there. is there any discussion of utilizing contingency management and trying to veer people away from their addiction as part of this process?
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>> absolutely. we have low-barrier medical services at six of our syringe sites. and what i mean by that is that's when a medical doctor and/or nurse are part of the regular shifts at the syringe sites. that creates opportunities to connect people to medically assisted treatment. we just recently added -- i'm sorry? >> that's more harm reduction. did you add contingency management? >> we recently added contingency management outreach and the doctor to our bayview site which meets every monday and the outreach for that is real specific because we're calling it fentanyl outreach because we
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have seen such a rise in the use of fentanyl. every access, although syringe access is part of the services that range from harm reduction to abstinence based treatment and the programs are there to assist someone anywhere along this continuum where they are ready to go. a lot of times people may be ready for low-barrier and then get to a point later where they want to transition to in-house treatment and abstinence. that is the goal of the program. a lot of the people accessing the syringe program have very fractured relationships with the healthcare system. so we're just trying to think of more ways to have those multiple touch points to engage people
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and services. >> do you track how many individuals partake in abstinence versus harm reduction versus coming and getting a needle and not taking any services at all? >> they do not track abstinence, but i mean they do track the number of people who get connected to buthormorphine and want to make that level of change. we're thinking how best to foster these engagements. yeah, so i mean the tracking of the abstinence piece, that would be more challenging because the conversations come up and it is often more of a handoff.
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>> i was referring more to any type of tracking all the different ways. i mean contingency management is pretty low barrier. it is a reward-based system. we're giving you this for a small reward. we're able to track. for stimulant-based addiction, it has a pretty high success rate. fentanyl and some of these others don't fall into that category, but it would be my desire to see some more of that data tracked because these are the individuals -- you're a street team and a contract that's out there, interacting with people on the street on a daily basis. they have the best opportunity to gather that information. i think we're missing a big opportunity here. i understand the tracking of the saboxin and the other
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harm-rediction -- reduction dugs. there is a significant cost associated with that. i'm very interested to see whole-person tracking of data. that tells us how many interactions you are having related to recovery. >> we just started this piece at the bayview site. and we just met nicole, myself, and the behavioral health about the importance of tracking and what that's looking like. i think as we have more time in the field, it will be a great opportunity for us to review the data and see, okay, is this working, what can we do better?
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and the people we are engaging into services and what that looks like. >> i mean, because at the end of the day -- i mean, do you have an idea of how many individuals you all unduplicated you are giving out needles with fentanyl help? do you track the number of people you interact with that are unduplicated? >> our community partners do track those numbers. >> do they then track the number of individuals who then move on and who are no longer coming back for the services? >> well, they don't collect names so that's where it gets a little complicated. though they have a good relationship in the community, oftentimes someone will utilize the syringe site of their first
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contact, highway, i'm done, i want to get into treatment and the syringe program does the handoff or it's the situation of not seeing someone at the site and asking, hey, what's going on? and the person transitioned to an abstinence-based program. i can say from a community services perspective, there is nothing more rewarding than when someone comes to you from the community that you've worked with saying, i'm done and ready to get into treatment. we're ready to make that transition to our partners and the behavioral health treatment program. >> can you explain to me why we don't track individual names? >> yeah, for syringe programs, the reason we do not track names is because the service has to be low barrier.
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i mean, there's a lot of, as i mentioned, distrust in the community and for people accessing supplies for drug use, if we were to ask for names, then we would have a low utilization rated and we don't want that. our goal is to prevent the spread of h.i.v. and hep-c. >> is that proven by data. if you ask people's names, will they walk away and not participate? >> it's evidence-based, a standard practice. >> i just -- i don't doubt what you're saying. my only question is how do you know and track and measure success. how do you say -- i mean, i guess that's a question of how
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you measure success. success may be we're getting many people on the street so people are not passing needles and disease. that might be one measure of success. another measure might be that we're interacting with people who are addicted and then we're helping them get into treatment and then recover. so i guess it would be hard even if you would just say matt, what's the first letter of your last name. that's all we need to know. we have some way of knowing. otherwise, how do you know? how are you even able to track? >> i mean, for our measure of success, san francisco has done such a great job in preventing the spread of h.i.v. and hep-c and as a program that has -- we've been funded as an h.i.v.
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program since strategy, i would say that's our measure of success. nationally we are a leader and that's because we were supported as a program to -- by the government, by the health department out of the gate compared to other jurisdictions who did not have syringe programs whose h.i.v. looks differently than it does here, so as a strategy. >> no, i respect that. i don't doubt that in any way. we as elected officials are asked what are you doing measurably to deal with the crisis of addiction. and supervisor haney has done and pushed for a declaration of crisis with the fentanyl overdose. we're trying to put additional resources into that. it feels in naflt ways that
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we're holding the linea lot of we're holding the line. and the fentanyl overdoses exceeded over 700 individuals last year and we're on pace this year. i think we need to adjust what we measure as success. i think absolutely what you all have said in terms of being a national model in terms of the spread of disease, i think that is unquestioned, but we also have a major addiction crisis. i'm not saying anything you don't all know. there is some shifting happening in the bayview for contingency management. you will be able to measure the success rate of that. and that may be transitioned to other parts of san francisco. i've been a big advocate for contingency management. we've put in to the budget last year and we're going to be checking in as the year proceeds
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an abstinence based model for people asking for that model. it is a therapeutic community. it is not a licensed drug treatment facility. it is very different, but very similar and part of the continuum. as i said, as an elected official in the city, we need to keep asking these questions and how we can then adjust because something we're doing needs to change to begin to get more success and i think you're right. my last question would be i know as part of this contract there is needle gathering or getting the needles. does the city also do that and is this done in partnership with the city or is this a duplication with existing services or can you talk about what that does? that's another thing we hear in
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the city, there were needles here or there and what that entails. >> thank you. i really appreciate your last comments about the meetings to kind of tie everything together. i just wanted to touch on that, that we are having those conversations with our colleagues in behavioral health how we can more closely link our abstinence based and harm reduction programs to demonstrate that continuum. now to address syringe disposal. yes, the city does syringe disposal through 311. there was three years ago the need of community members was not being met. so we started -- it was then-mayor farrell who
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encouraged us to started with the pick-up crew. the pick-up crew worked seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to clean up syringes. they are more of an immediate response as compared to 311. people can call or text the number and they will respond within an hour or two. if you send them a picture, they will send you a picture back when the area is cleared and they work on building relationships with community members. for example, if there was an area on a street that was having some problems, they would develop a relationship with the members on that street and start to proactively go to that area. it's been a great community
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service. they also attend some of the local police community meetings just to make sure they are known as a service in the community. additionally, in response to the overdose crisis, they have all been trained to carry naloxone. not only are they responding to syringe litter, but also the overdose crisis. >> supervisor safai? supervisor? well, i'll jump in. i know that we had worked
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together on some new approaches related to fentanyl, a new program, and we added that to the funding that was in the budget, actually part of the conversation about the budget surplus in the last budget year. is that included here? it sounded like you were talking about that program, but what is the status of that program specifically? i know it was with the sf aids foundation. is it being fully implemented? what's the status of that specific -- i think it was maybe about $1 million or so that we added last year. what's the status of that? >> nicole, can you speak on that? >> sure.
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i right now don't have -- supervisor haney, could you describe the program on fentanyl implementation? you kind of cut out on my end. >> ilene, could you describe this? >> it's part of the fentanyl outreach. part of it is what is happening in the bayview. there are so many pieces, that that's just a small component of this work. the reason we're starting it in the bayview is that we really want to address the disparities in overdoses and overdose deaths. that's why it's starting at the bayview site. in addition, it wasn't approved under that funding, but we were
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able to have additional funding [indiscernible] -- also included and while that has not been implemented yet and that is because there is a comprehensive training program that goes alongside that, but that is exciting because they can be able to go to different areas of the city and do the drug checkin. the fentanyl outreach is a tiered level of counseling and engagement with fentanyl users. i mentioned earlier that a lot of the population that we work with are very disconnected to the community and fentanyl users as another barrier to it. it's a low-barrier approach to engage people into the service in a few counseling sessions
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with the goal of being able to connect them with the harm reduction center or other options. very exciting. >> thank you. i'm familiar with the drug advice -- device. >> how many times has it been used, what is the status of it? i think supervisor safai spoke to this. the scale of the crisis, everywhere i look, people are dying. i know you're on the front lines, but i continue to feel that whatever it is we are doing is never near enough. how are we reaching people using fentanyl on the streets of the
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tenderloin with this device and getting them into coaching and counseling and how many since we approved that funding have been supported by that program? >> that funding was just approved this year in 2021. we're in the process of implementing that device with our partners. >> and just to clarify. the spectrometer has expensive training before that can be implemented. the san francisco foundation has met numerous times with new york city who is also in the process of rolling out this system. i believe new york city was able to roll this out with their device. there's not only the process,
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but when it rolls out, you need confirmatory testing. so hopefully that lines up. we're hoping to have that as the training is lining up or the san francisco aids foundation staff, hopefully by the end of this month we hope to have that implemented and on the ground earlier in the year. until that we are distributing hots of fentanyl test strips and engaging with people about safe use and reiterating that with the unregulated drug supply, whether someone is actively choosing fentanyl or their drug is tainted with fentanyl, that you just don't know what you're getting and to be prepared and don't use alone and to have naloxone. >> okay. we did approve something in
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march of this year specifically on fentanyl. i think it was the around a million dollars. sorry, there is destruction in my building. i don't know what the status of that is specifically and how many people have been served. i know it was november so it was 2021, about eight months ago. i would like to know more what the status of that funding is and what it is used for and what the results were. that was part of our contract. >> the syringe access is big. adding money to this contract has been problematic. that's why we're working closely
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with our partners in behavioral health who do a lot of the contingency management work and trying to shift money into their existing contracts which would not fit into the syringe access contracts. the san francisco aids foundation, we always think about syringe access and disposal, but they also have their contingency management stonewall that has a lot of their street-based protocols to get this out to the community as soon as possible. >> i appreciate that. we approved $1 millimetre for very specific purposes, a million plus, earlier this year. i've yet to hear whether those specific positions and services have been deployed and who has been certified. that was something that came to
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me in a proposal that we included in the surplus, over the $125 million surplus. there was a specific program that we funded related to fentanyl in march and is that included in this? i'm frustrated that i'm not hearing anything specific on that allegation and what happened to that? can i have a report on that. if we don't have any indication on that. that was something that we worked on as part of the crisis that is killing multiple people a day mostly in my district and i also have not heard anything about that. >> yes. tracy, were you going to say something? >> yes, supervisor, we are
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working on implementing all of those pieces that came from the surplus funding. i will just say that funding is not part of this contract, this particular contract that's coming before you today and we are putting it in other contracts or this one i think there are a number of things being found.
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[indiscernible] -- >> great, thank you. can we go to public comment, please. >> clerk: operations, let's check if there are callers in the 14-day quarantin queue. there are no callers in the queue. >> i would be inclined to have this continued and come back and have a conversation about that. i know that some of the things are part of this contract, but some are not. we definitely have huge respect for the aids foundation and the work they do, but with a
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contract of this size, further conversation is important can we have a vote on this item. >> on the motion to continue this item to next week on the november 17 budget and finance committee meeting. [ roll call ]
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>> we know that you are out there in favor of the sf aids foundation. we want to make sure we have a full understanding of what we're doing and giving them the support and working with them to get it done and save lives. thank you. mr. clerk, can we go back to item 1? i believe that supervisor peskin is here. >> clerk: that is the ordinance authorizing the municipal transportation agency (sfmta) to set parking rates at the kezar stadium parking lot, and golden gate park underground parking facility in accordance with park code provisions that authorize sfmta rate-setting on park property and subject to board of supervisors approval, and making conforming edits to the park code; increasing parking rates for berth-holders at the marina small craft harbor; clarifying that the fines for certain violations of the transportation code
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apply to similar violations occuring on park property; clarifying the authority of park patrol to enforce the park code and issue parking citations; and affirming the planning department's determination under the california environmental quality act. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 415-655-0001 and meeting id 2496 396 6172. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. mr. chair. >> chair: thank you, appreciate it. we have supervisor peskin to present on this item. >> thank you, budget committee chair and members of the cheat. thank you for hearing this item and taking the amendments
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suggested by the city attorney last week. i have no additional changes because the changes were deemed to be substantive by the city attorney. this obviously was duplicated in committee some time ago back in the budget process, it went to the full board where the file was tabled to allow for the amendments allowed. i have no additional comments and recommend it for forwarding to the full board for our consideration. >> chair: great. thank you. is there a bla report on this item? >> no. >> chair: all right. colleagues, any questions or comments? i do not have any either. can we open this up to public comment? >> clerk: operations are checking if there are people in the queue. members of the many public
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wishing to enter the queue, press star 3. do we have any callers in the queue? >> hello, good morning, everyone. i just want to thank everyone for their work on this. originally this was chilled and kicked back to the budget and finance committee. i appreciate the work that's been put into it. it stood for a week and it's back up. i think this will help access in particular the golden gate park concourse garage. i support the work and hope it's approved and move it to the full board. >> thank you very much for your comments. next speaker, please. >> can you hear me now?
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>> i just had two minor edits. i noticed on page 5, line 7 in violation, that should be 6.01. and on page 8, line 1, the rates to be charged for parking in the golden gate park i would senator "concourse" underground parking facility. that would conform with the section title elsewhere. i didn't want to weigh in on the policy underlying this. i saw the letter from ilene boken and i just wanted to get the language correct.
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so those are my suggested edits. i believe they are non-substantive and would not require a continuance. >> i can agree that the changes proposed would not be substantive and as they don't change the actual proposal would not require consent by the mayor's office. they're non-substantive corrections. >> clerk: as a reminder to the public, when the system indicates that you have been unmuted, that is your queue to begin your comments. next speaker, please. >> [indiscernible] -- just
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urging this to be passed to the full board. urging everyone. as many of you know, golden gate park and jfk in particular has been a widely used area and any concerns about access to the museums can and should be addressed using the museum concourse garage and this will allow for new and better pricing for that garage so it can be better utilized on weekdays and offer better pricing, ideally subsidized or free parking for people with disabilities as well as people from the southeast part of the city as well as low-income individuals in the city who need to access the park using a car. thanks for your work and encourage you all to it happen the good work to increase access
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while keeping the kids safe in the car-free space of jfk intact. >> clerk: are there any more speakers in the queue? >> operator: mr. clerk, there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. chair. >> chair: thank you. public comment is closed. any other comments or questions? >> if you, chair. relative to the two suggestions made by a member of the public on page 5, line 7, that is original language that was not amended that was already in existing code, but i do agree that inserting a period between 6 and 0 so it reads as was submitted makes sense and would
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respectfully suggest that you make that non-substantive amendment and on page 8 at concourse, insert that word. i do not particularly care about that one. if manu likes it, i recommend it to you. if he doesn't care, i don't recommend it to you. >> i think the intent of the section is clear without concourse. you could add that word. >> insomuch as he doesn't care i don't care. i think adding the dot between the 6 and the 0 would be a good thing. >> i agree on that. >> can we have a vote on that
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amendment, please. [ roll call ]. >> we have three ayes. >> now i want to make a motion to move the item as amended to the full board with a positive recommendation. can we have a roll call vote. [ roll call ]
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>> chair: can we call item 3. >> clerk: item 3 is a resolution approving an emergency declaration of the san francisco public utilities commission pursuant to administrative code, section 6.60, to contract resources for tree removal, slope repair and debris removal in stern grove, which was damaged by flooding caused by a failed air valve on a water transmission pipeline, with a total estimated cost not to exceed $4,000,000.
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>> thank you for welcoming me here today. this item is to approve a declaration that was declared and it impacted stern grove. i will walk you through this declaration. as of august 23, 2021, puc crews were working on a leaking air valve on a transmission water pipeline. this type of pipeline is not the type of pipeline that serves a home or a hotel or a school. these are our transmission mains, so they are very large and they are moving water through reservoirs. they are quite large. as we were tightening a bolt, the air valve failed, sending pressurized water into the air and flooding stern grove.
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approximately 700,000 gallons of water was released due to this failure. the damage made it heavily eroded making it unstable. there was water and soil intrusion which occurred into three buildings. the creeks and culverts in the water which usually carry stormwater had debris. over 60 trees were damaged and had to be removed and there was flooding of the tennis court and undermining of pathway and slope adjacent to the tennis. there was concerts that had to be rescheduled. unfortunately that was another impact as well. here's some photos for folks if they get the scale of the damage that's here. first on the top-right corner, you can see just how big the
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water release was. for scale, our streetlights obviously that are there and our staff significantly higher and again, this is a transmission main. if you go to the left of the water, you can see the stage and the meadow completely flooded with debris and water. the top-left photos in one of the back stage buildings. significant water and debris in there. the bottom left is the slope and shows the water damage and the damage to the historical stone walls. the middle bottom, erosion and debris on the pathways. finally on the bottom right shows how much soil and debris came down and surrounded trees and just throughout the park. quite a bit of damage due to this break of the water transmission line.
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there was an immediate emergency declared from our manager. we jumped into action working with two vendors with engineering and the builders who employ union labor. we have an existing contract that hernandez was working on. we were able to deploy them to secure the site, remove debris, and secure the back buildings. we are bringing in builders to perform the remainder of the work, completing slope repair, restoring the tennis courts, replanting the impacted slope with trees, replanting and feeding the meadows, and refurbishing any damaged structures, including the back stage structures. the estimated cost is $3 to $4
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million. the soil removal was $1 million and the concert restoration was $500,000. these cost estimates are based on similar projects in size and scope in our past. the estimated completion of spring 2022 and we will be ready, stern grove will be ready for the summer 2022 concert series. we know how important that is to the district and the entire city. we will be ready for that summer 2022 concert series. just a quick update on the status. we've installed fencing to secure the site to make sure the general public will make sure this is safe. we've removed approximately 1500 cubic yards of soil. we've started the remediation.
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dehumidifying the building. removing damaged building materials, disinfecting. we're doing all this testing under the supervision of a specialist to make sure as we rehab these buildings, they are safe for use by staff, performers, et cetera. we are reducing the damaged trees i discussed, eucalyptus trees. we cleaned the storm drains and established slope stabilization materials. we are doing surveys to make sure these slopes are done in a safe way and they hold up based on public use and storms. what are our next steps? we need to complete the slope design and the clearing of the slopes. we need to do regrading. we need to haul in place and
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recompact the slopes. we are installing key terraces to prevent future soil erosions. we want to make sure we put the slopes back better than they were. we are removing but reinstalling historical rock walls. obviously restoring the tennis court for future use. again, i talked about replanting the meadow and replanting the trees, installing irrigation facilities for the planting. and finally, obviously, restoring the buildings that were damaged on the interior and exterior of the buildings. the question for the committee today is to please support the approval of the emergency declaration by our commission and again reiterating that this work will be completed by spring 2022 in time for the summer 2022
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concert series. [ please stand by ]
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on repairing and restoring the damage and i just had a few questions. actually the first one is more broader for the -- given the extensive damage that was caused. i guess fortunately was only to stern grove and didn't impact homes or businesses and other things. is this something that we should be concerned about possibly happening with a transmission pipe or other parts of the city or what steps is the p.c. taking to prevent such a disasterous impact on what seems like a fairly routine work that was being done. >> my colleague is on the line. i think she is. there she is. katie, do you mind taking this one?
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>> sure. hi, i'm catie miller, director of capital water programs for p.u.c. and i was the division manager of the city distribution division for five years prior to this. the city distribution division is taking a close look at the maintenance that they were doing. mind you that this is on the portion of the pipeline that san andreas pipeline number two that was installed in 1928 and this air valve is very old and that is the reason that it was leaking. so, that contributed to the failure. but they are doing a lessons learned and looking at if they could depressurize the pipe before doing this kind of maintenance work and how they can better schedule that work in the future so it won't cause such catastrophic failure. this pipe will eventually need to be replaced or refurbished, but the pipe
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just on the other side of this air valve that was leaking was completely re placed through stern groveful you may remember that about five years ago and was -- we have a new seismickly reliable pipe going through stern grove and this is just on the other side and our geo tech engineer found that that pipe was in relatively good condition although it was old so probably won't be replaced in the nearfuture.
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near lot of it was because the water wasn't shut off for many hours and that's why there was 700 thousand,000 gallons. so i was wondering if you could address that. yeah. if there are steps that can be taken to -- hopefully it is not the case. but if these happen in the future, that the water could be shut off sooner. >> i do not know the very specific response of that, but i do know that these large transmission mains, they're not something that you can turn off instantly. and it does take some time and we're well aware of that. for example, living with earth quaix, we're well aware that this is something that we'll need to address to get these pipelines back in service within 24 hours with the understanding that you don't just turn off a pipe

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