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i'm not trying to single out the housing authority because the housing authority is really just one example of a property owner that is faced with this problem. what we have in san francisco besides multistory building is a lot of older building and the average life span of an elevator is about 35 years and many of our buildings are much older than that and you will see this problem with elevators is repeated in privately owned buildings as well as publicly owned buildings and the challenge to try to find the funding for elevator replacements is really what's coming up and i raise this issue because i think that elevator repair and replacement is rapidly becoming the next big issue for the disability
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committee and i know the counsel understand this because this is one of the pieces you included in your housing resolution but i wanted to give you an opportunity to know about a meeting that is coming up. you heard jessica here talking about a meeting next thursday that is addressing food security, but there is another meeting that same day on thursday that's a special meeting to talk about elevators and seniors and people with disabilities who live in single room occupy ancy hotels the time is 3 to 5 p.m. the location is the department of aging and adult services office, 1650 mission street. and we hope that some of you
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may be able to join that discussion next week. i have another announcement to make today, too, as i think many of the councilmembers may recall i served as one of the chairs on the accessible parking advisory committee and our councilmember wong was also a member and it was made up largely of people with disabilities and we met for 6 months starting last october and we completed our work in march and our work consisted of issuing a set of recommendations that we believe will increase the access for people with disabilities to the parking that they need when and where they need it. well, those recommendations are kind of broad, you know, more enforcement and they do include
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an option to remove the meter exemption in cities that have an accessible parking infrastructure in place where you have multiple ways of feeding a meter. and over the last few months there's been a team of us doing extensive outreach and jessie lorenz and myself and we've given now 21 presentations about more than half of those were to disability specific groups including this body and the mayor's disability counsel and the accessibility committee long-term care coordinating
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counsel and independent living resource center we've been to a couple of public pour you forums that included the democratic club and we've been gathering public comment which is being documented as if it were an environmental impact report and i'm giving you this background and updates letting you know these recommendations are moving towards the next step and the next step would be a hearing or agenda item on the san francisco municipal transportation agency's agenda next tuesday and next tuesday is november 21 st and what we are asking the smmta to do is consider a resolution supporting these recommendations it would be
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wonderful if people who either support or even people who don't support, would be able to attend the next sfmta meeting on tuesday november 19th it's actually going to be here in room 400 city hall the meeting starts at one o'clock i don't have anything more accurate about the time on that just yet because i hadn't seen the agenda before we left but we hope you can attend because like i said whether you support it or have comments all of the information we've heard coming from the community has been very constructive and i think this is an opportunity for your voice to be heard and for your recommendations to be heard. so my last announcement is a quick one 2 weeks ago supervisor eric mar wants to hold a hearing in front of the
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board of supervisors that hearing hasn't been scheduled with a fixed date yet right now our best estimate is in january but i am prepared to give you updates as its announces so that you will know and have the opportunity to come. and many people might not be aware that the civil service submission here in san francisco has a provision called civil service commission rule 115. the program defines an alternative process through which individuals with severe disabilities can join the city's permanent workforce without going through the standard civil service examination process and some of you may or may not be aware
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that actually i became disabled on the job working for the city and county of san francisco 20 years ago and this civil service rule was the mechanism that allowed me to make my transition to my new job as a building inspect tore so the city's efforts to hire and retain people with disabilities and an opportunity to encourage the city to do more in that area and as soon as i know i'll send an e-mail so you will have an opportunity to participate if that's something that interests you i thank you for your attention to my director's report and at this point i'd like to turnover the microphone and she would like to tell you about some of the trends that she's seen in these last few
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months so thank you. >> good afternoon councilmembers. in september and october our office received about 270 inquiries about 85 percent of these inquiries were from the public and 15 percent from city departments. we received 8 compliants 22 curb ramp requests and 22 for accommodations. we believe it was due to a flyer that was mailed by the department of public works informing the public about the curb ramp request program. >> and the make an mayor's office on disability was also part of that. >> the majority of our complaints were about non compliant barricades and
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damaged curb ramp requests. and another denied entry with their service dog and pedestrian signals. most of the inquiries from people requesting information about football affordable housing and how to file reasonable accommodation requests on housing. we noticed more people dropping into our office and asking for information about financial assistance, discounted or free transportation and employment and housing opportunities. we also had a referral success story that i would like to inform you about. a couple months back we had a client who came by our office who who was homeless and unemployed he came to our office and received
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housing and resources information and he now reports that he's housed and employed full-time and he wanted to thank our office and he was actually on the way to the bank to cash his first check and we wanted to give a shout out to tool works that was the referral we had given the client and they were able to find work for him. and this is a great example we're primarily the ada referral office and this is a great example on how we partner with community agencies to help us assist the public in that way in order for them to live more independently. >> thank you hearth heather. >> thank you. >> there's no public comment at this point. there's public
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comment later in the meeting for general comment on -- that can be made later at the end of the meeting. okay. then. go ahead and approach the microphone. >> sir, we are not under strict compliance was we are a passive body so we allow adequate public comment. i'm a baby
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that was delivered with forceps and as a pedestrian i share your opinion about curb ramps and uneven sidewalks. i hope this counsel will aggressively work with the board of supervisor on stricter enforcement of skateboards and bicycles and yes sometimes wheelchair user on sidewalks. just 3 days ago as i was walking up sutter street a wheelchair user barely kept from
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striking me and i think there should be outrage in the disabled community that when you are in a motor ized vehicle you are in a vehicle. give precedence to pedestrian on sidewalks in part that wheelchair user and so many skateboards and bicycles that have come close to striking me over the last decade are merely sound less such that people with disabilities like me who have hearing failures can't hear them approaching and there needs to be better rules of the road that bicyclists have to follow and so do wheelchair user. i do not want to become a patient with a traumatic
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brain injury from being struck by somebody who is inconsiderate to pedestrians on uneven sidewalks. >> it is becoming very un orthodox meeting yes go ahead jessica. >> this is just a 2 second comment thank you for mentioning the meeting on elevators. if anyone is interested in coming please let me know. if you don't have my contact information you can get it from car la. >> housing resolution discussion. as many of you know the counsel has been working hard on the housing resolution since the midsummer that was after a year of seeing presentations from various city agencies, community based organizations and advocates and
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the disabled community about housing issues. we've been in discussions with the mayor's office on issues about housing and senior disability action and independent living resource center and other agencies so we're moving forward with this. we'll have first of all have denise read the housing resolution and then the counsel will discuss it. >> thank you. resolution 2013-0 1 resolution recommending guiding principaling for the construction maintenance and financing of permanently affordable and accessible housing for people with
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disabilities and seniors where as this housing has been an issue that affects the disability community and the city of san francisco and where as statewide funding for football affordable and accessible housing has severely diminished and we're asking that housing for people with disabilitied is an urgent need and where as the mayor's disability counsel has received public testimony from community members with disabilities and from their advocates who shared their frustration and disappointment with the state of existing housing and the many
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challenges they face acquiring affordable and accessible housing. now and therefore be it resolved that additional funding sources for affordable and accessible housing be explored in particular the mayor's disability counsel urges the mayor's office of housing and community development to collaborate with the california department of housing and community development other federal funding sources, and affordable housing sponsors to access additional resources for the construction of new and reservation of existing accessible and affordable housing as it be further resolved that the mayor's disability counsel urges the mayor's office of housing and community development to require whatever possible
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affordable housing sponsors to set minimum income requirements as low as fees ible for continued financial health of the building and the possibility of multiple subsidiaries to allow extremely low income individuals to qualify and be it further resolved that permanent housing to the maximum extent possible while assuring that affordable and accessible housing has created cost efficiency so that residents remain in their geographic communities and be it further resolved that the construction of new permanently affordable housing as well as the rehabilitation of existing buildings that maximizes
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accessibility including reliable working elevators should be a city priority and to construct affordable efficiency studios and be it further resolved that stricter enforcement procedures be developed for the maintenance of existing features including elevators and sro's and further resolved that the city pursue incentives or other creative financial mechanisms to help property owners obtain funding to main the features especially those that have contracts with the city and county of san francisco and be if further resolved that the new low income housing be constructed with design features that
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promote and enhance the mental health of tenants such as the use of natural light full spectrum lighting features and cheerful color schemes and living spaces and further resolved that this housing be allocated for people with multiple chemical sensitivities and smoke-free and constructed with environmentally safe materials such as and let it further be resolved that the city pursue the development and maintenance of a single accessible and affordable housing portal to access information in order to find appropriate housing opportunities and further
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resolved that the mdc urges the mayor's office of housing and community development to create a community input mechanism where in all stakeholders including disability and senior advocates are involved in policy decisions pertaining to the permanent affordability of accessible housing in the city. the end. [laughter]. >> thank you. that was enough. okay. i have mr. zarda . >> request to approve. >> second. >> is there any discussion among councilmembers? >> you guys are approving this now? >> there's a motion to approve, yes. >> we've already had a second.
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councilmember seconded so now it's the time for discussion of the housing resolution. are there any comments from councilmembers? okay. is there any public comment? >> on the health services planning counsel and it occurred to me while you were reading that that one of the things that might be advantageous for this new housing for, seniors and aging would be to grow fresh vegetables to put in plots because food as we know is getting very expensive and fresh vegetables would help with nutrition and for diet would help prolong their lives so that's another area to look
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at maybe and that's all i have to say. >> thank you. other public comments? >> you are all sick of hearing from me. first i want to really thank and applaud all the work of the mayor's office and mayor's disability counsel for putting together what we think is a really excellent resolution and i notice there's some talk about softening some of the language and it looks like it's pretty clear about what needs to happen not too soft to make a difference so thank you for your work on that. we talked about this resolution yesterday and car la johnson brought it up and a couple of excellent points raised and one was about
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including something about food access which has come up twice already today at the meeting so maybe another further resolve that -- i don't have the language in my head -- but something about that kitchen facilities are built with universal design that -- there's a bunch of things that could be added with food access that's important what we're talking about housing and recognizing the crisis that we're in around evictions and displacement so something about funding for eviction prevention counseling and also something a little bit stronger about really asking the city to explore you know there's been conversation about a moratorium on evictions until we can
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figure out what to do about this crisis so -- sorry i guess a third option exploring the ellis act evictions so i'd urge the counsel to include these items. thank you. >> thank you, jessica. any other public comment on the housing resolution? >> i would like to -- i should have filled out a speaker card. my apologies. i commend you guys for this resolution. i'm 63 and one day i may well need access to housing foreseen i , seniors myself. i currently live in a 4 story building where the elevator frequently
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goes out so i sympathize with the statement. having reliable working elevators is a priority not only for people with disabilities but for every san franciscan and to the extent it should be made a priority, i think possibly we might need new legislation to the board of supervisors that requires landlords to repair elevators in a timely manner. there have been incidents where i've been left for weeks with an onset of having an onset of copd, having to climb stairs and it's becoming a struggle so if you could work with the board of supervisors to require
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landlords to fix them promptly that would be a good first move or a good additional move. and second, if it's to become a priority, it needs to become a priority in the city's budging plan. the mayor needs to start setting aside money in the general fund to address this and i think this body should strongly work with the mayor's budget office to make sure that the city starts budging for this and not cow towing to it. it's a priority but there has to be a marriage of the two. it has to be a priority and it has to be funded. >> thank you. councilmember wong, harriet wong. >> i was going to mention that
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in this low income housing that community spaces -- it's really important and now i see it in one of these resolutions here. because i think there's even, like, an sro on market and i think basically people go home and they just go back to their room and see that's a really sad way to live so community space and what the gentleman mentioned about the gardening you know the little spaces for gardening can mean a lot because that's also physical exercise for the person and -- but i do see it here so i think that's really good and that's what i had a question about. so thank you. >> is there any other public comment on housing? okay.
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>> good afternoon. i really do not want to have -- i know excuse me, i know he's a very good driver but they are -- i really do not want -- we want to have a place in this city
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everybody be calm and nice to other people. i know this is not about the strike nothing about that but and i want to say thank you for helping out the bart and bart was on strike -- >> i have to interrupt you i'm sorry in the interest of time we were talking about the housing resolution at this time. >> oh i'm sorry i didn't know. >> it's okay. we're past number 3 but there's additional public comment later. >> oh i'm sorry i didn't know what number we were on. >> would you like me to keep