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city. we brought this man from los angeles to discuss reform, and yet the discussion is taking place as though the reform process is not part of the mou when it ought to be driving the mou. so in the short period i've got, i want to inject some reality. reality point number one with respect to the p.o.a., they sent you a letter claiming that it's cogswallop that they oppose the reform. that's nonsense. i can site you chapter and verse going back years. but let's pretend it's true. what the no justice, no deal is offering you, if it's cogswallop, sign on the dotted line. it's time to stop letting the p.o.a. get away with saying anything they want, true or not do anything they want, legal or not. it's time to say no. with the respect to the idea
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that we can't talk publicly about what's going on in the negotiations. well, the p.o.a. is not here. they juare not here because th want to continue talking behind closed doors. they are participating in radio ads, claiming that the public is like north korea ads. the p.o.a. has been consistently resisting 21st century reforms. they are for trump policing. they are for make america great again, they are for 19th century policing. no justice, no deal, stop this deal and say no to the p.o.a. >> good morning. thank you to this committee for hosting this hearing and bringing critical attention to the police contract negotiations. my name is anan subermanian,
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and the no justice no deal main demand is dhr must negotiate a term into the new contract guaranteeing that the p.o.a. will not blocks reforms and make the city less safe. the p.o.a. must agree not to block implementations -- i've testified in this chamber before about my work on the blue ribbon panel on transparency accountability and fairness in law enforcement. these negotiations over a new contract are a rare opportunity for the city to address one of the panel's major findings. the p.o.a. has undue and excessive power over the city's public safety policy. dhr may claim that it's negotiating the best contract it can for the city within the norms of labor negotiation. but now is not the time for
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norm. it is not the time for business as usually. it is past time to be courageous and make a bold demand at the negotiating table, one that is narrowly tied to solving the institutional barrier for safety. with you understand that the institution takes lead from the mayor. we are very concerned about the mayor's conflict of interest in this regard, and have asked him to stay direction to the board of supervisors for this very limited purpose. as you've already stated, the mayor's pro-p.o.a. position on the tazer initiative, and the appointment of a p.o.a. consultant reflects his conflict of interest. we're here to ask you to adopt our demands. this means doing everything in your power to influence dhr to put the dog cops report demand on the table. thank you. >> supervisor kim: thank you. >> yes. my name is edwin wiataite, andm
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retired after 25 years at san francisco state university, public relations. i just want to address one thing. everyone else has spoken so eloquently about the issues in our communities that we live in in san francisco and to some of the other legal issues that have come up. but specifically, i understand that the p.o.a. has filed a lawsuit saying that the city has failed to meet and confer over the initiation of work rules that would address potentially lethal force. that is totally and apparently from the news untrue. there is a difference between the failure to meet and confer and the failure to come to agreement. and so the p.o.a. is changing the agreement. so i ask you to stay focused on the issues 234 what tin what tn
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do to complete these negotiations in a fair and honorable way. thank you very much. >> good morning, supervisors. >> good morning. my name is susana rojas, and we are a coalition representing nine people. there are more of us, and we are the justice for jesus adolfo delgado juarez coalition, and right now, i am going to be translating for mr. jose juarez who is jesus delgado's father. [ speaking in spanish ]
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>> my name is jose, and i'm adolfo's father, and he is a person that the police killed and maimed, and we didn't realize how that was going to leave us. and i heard the chief ask for money for training. my question is where is that money going? where is the training that teaches them how to deal with people and how to deescalate? [ speaking in spanish ] >> thank you. >> supervisor kim: thank you very much for coming personally today. >> hi. my name's casey brown gallardo, and i'm a member for the justice for adolfo coalition. i know you both. we've worked on domestic
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violence prevention. today i come before you humbled, because it is all of our fault. we all failed this young man. it's not only the p.o.a., it's not only the police, it's all of us. where were the vans doing outreach? there's so many questions why this happened, but i'm here before you to tell you we want to work to figure this out. we want police reform as much as you guys. i have seen both of you and malia champion police reforms. i trust that today is a new day in san francisco. i trust that this city, that this board, that this community, that everyone who has come before you here today is invested in working for social justice, in working at putting these contractings in, these blue ribbon recommendations. somebody that will come out and negotiate before a gun gets fired. it was -- it was -- i don't even know how many minutes
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before the officers starting shootin'. that is not enough. we have more time to negotiate life. life is the only thing in this world that matters. i know it matters to you guys. it definitely matters to our community. and we need police reform. it is a systematic institution mindset that needs to be changed. and guess what? our community, we also need to change the mindset because we don't trust police. there is he a lot of reasons w. i can't go into it. i don't have all days, but we need to figure outweighs of working together. you have experts in your community. you know them, they come and advocate before you every day. let's change this. let's make this something that truly represents everyone that san francisco can be. no justice, no deal.
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>> good morning, supervisors. i'm julian gross. i'm a local attorney with policy link. i'm also a resident of san francisco. i have been assisting the no justice, no deal coalition on legal points related to this campaign, so i just wanted to emphasize a couple legal points. first of all, i regularly represent public entities, including local jurisdictions, local cities, state of california in complex negotiations with building trades unions over pla's, negotiations with developers, as well as representing community groups, so i have come at this from a lot of different angles, and i really appreciate your leadership as the board in wanting to play a role in being involved with giving clear instructions to your negotiating team and looking over the outcomes of negotiations where you can. couple legal points. one on the public use of force policy, the current briefing by the city in front of the court of peal, is that the city does
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not have a legal obligation to negotiate use of force policies because they're not within the scope of working additions, they're part of the fundamental management prerogative. that's the city's position, and that was their point all look. having spoken to people, i've heard some demands that the core demand, that the p.o.a. in the future, not to invoke these meet and confer interest arbitration rights with regard to implementation of the dog recommendation. i've heard rumblings that that might not be a legitimate thing that the city can ask of the p.o.a., but i want to point out that the mou contains two things that the p.o.a. greed to with regard this with regard to future decisions by the city. that's in paragraph 12 and
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paragraph 299, in this act. thank you. >> good afternoon. i'm john talbot, the token mba from the no justice, no deal coalition. and i want to speak from the point of view of culture change. we are at a crucial time in the reform process for the sfpd. while the statement has been made that over half the reforms have been put in place, the truth is they aren't put in place until they're put in practice by the officers, and the officers have to make the decision at this point as to whether they follow them or whether they think the city will change leadership at some point, and then, they'll be in trouble for having followed them. i only ask you because one thing that my career in business has taught me, when you want to see culture change, there's only one way to do it.
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you mess with their money. and so in one sense, we're asking you to be an authority in this case by taking charge of this contract and making sure that the reforms get built in. it won't happen any other way, and we ask you to do that. thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is natalie perry. i'm a community organizer with faith and action bay area. and possibly because i have too much hope, i'd like to share today just an appeal to our conscious -- consciences. as a person of faith, i believe in the interconnectedness of all people. we are killing our own sisters and brothers, and for what? i think it's because we're afraid of each other, and we need to deal with that and set
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a precedent in our sanctuary city to deal with this differently. so we have elected you to walk with us to built a different san francisco where we can live together and learn together and believe as this city has for years as a haven for people who are perceived differently by the community, that they can be safe. and at this moment in time, that is not true, it is embarrassing. we are living into trump's narrative by not dealing with this. and so what the community has spoken today, and we need to walk together to fix this historic problem. we are killing our own sisters and brothers and for what?
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it can only be solved, it can only be dismantled by developing policies that reflect our values, and we have spoken our values today. >> supervisor kim: thank you, miss terry. is there any other members of the public that would like to speak on item number three? seeing none, item three is now closed. president breed? >> president breed: thank you. i just want to start by thanking everyone for coming out today. i know this is a really challenging topic to discuss openly in this way and in a respectful way. and as a person of faith myself, i appreciate the approach taken in how, you know, what we want more than anything to make sure that public safety is at the top of
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your agenda. we want people in our community to go home safe, and we want our officers to go home safe. and how we get to that conclusion, there is definitely a lot of work to be done. and let me just start by saying, as some of you know, i agree up in the western addition and grew up in an environment where there were no conversations to be had with the police. and when i started working in the community, especially during the height of significant gun violence, where my friends who grew up with one another were basically sadly killing each other, where we were losing lives on a regular basis, where our community was pretty much devastated, i wanted the police in our community, and i wanted them to protect our community, and i worked hard to develop relationships between the police and the community. many of us came together, a number of community-based organizations and came
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together, building relationships. and relationships didn't happen overnight. it took years. it took the will. and we went from even the first year or so, where there were no conversations, we would invite officers in. our captains were amazing. many of the officers that worked with us were amazing. we would invite them to events. many of our young people wouldn't have those conversations for the first couple of years, but after a while, there were the conversations, there were the hellos. there were the development of a relationship that existed where the police knew members of our community, our community knew members of the police, and things began to change. and i think that it is important that as a city, we set what those procedures and guidelines and everything are and put them in place. but ultimately, we want to make sure that we have good people that are serving and protecting
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the public, and that we hold those officers that unfortunately are the ones that make it challenging or difficult for other officers, that we hold them accountable when the type of things occur that devastation in the community occurs. and that is the thing that i am committed to, and supervisor cohen and i have worked tirelessly on. it is something we have to continue to work on and make sure that there is accountability and it takes all of us working together to get to that point. i'm really proud of the work that we've done in the western addition. we've come a long way. i'm reminded of a problem who occurred with one of the members of our program who sadly had a shotgun, and the officers who spotted him and spotted the shotgun, you know, basically, had they not known him, they could have easily probably shot him and killed him, and it was a completely different scenario, completely
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different outcome when he pulled the shotgun out of his pants to throw it and run, and sadly, he was arrested, but no one was harmed. and not to say that, you know, there aren't challenges in our community. there are challenges, but ultimately, you know, we have all got to work together to get to a better place and really try and hold one another accountable to moving in the right direction. i think that i'm really grateful to the chief for the work that he's done to try and implement the reforms. and i also am looking forward to the implementation of building better relationships with the community and making sure that, you know, like as it happens in the western addition and in particular that the police aren't just there when there's a problem. they're there for many of the events and many of the things that are current in the community which, over time, does build relationships.
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so we have a long way to go and the discussions around this contract which we have definitely had in closed session as members of the board of supervisors that meet our expectations to make sure that certain requirements are placed within the context of the contract. i am looking forward to making sure that it is a good contract because i do think that our officers deserve a fair wage comparable to the service that they provide, but i also think that it is extremely important that there is accountability, that there is this really, you know, clarity around what is appropriate and not appropriate as it relates to what officers do so that the discipline and all the other things that come into play, when something goes wrong, that sort of thing has
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got to be embedded also in the culture of the department and the contracts that we expect to sign. i know that we've been meeting regularly to have those discussions, and i really appreciate the feedback and the comments, and i also just really appreciate the openness and willingness for the chief and miss isen to work with us to come up with the appropriate agreement as it relates to all of on you concerns around the reform, and we are committed to continuing to work to address those particular issues. and let me just finally say, you know, my condolences go out to the families who have lost their children, their family members, their brothers, their cousins. i sadly have said this before, you know, unfortunately in 2006. you know, my cousin was killed in the bayview-hunters point by the police department here, and
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there was no independent investigation or anything that occurred, and as a result of the work we've done on the board of supervisors, i am proud that there are now independent investigations that are automatic without the need to make that request. and that is definitely a step in the right direction, and we have more work to do because one life lost is one life too many. so again, i appreciate everyone for being here. we are definitely committed to the reforms holding us account
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for our very agencies which we fund, and which we direct. so i also want to recognize the family who came personally today. i know how hard and difficult this loss is, and i just want to thank you for coming out to speak to us, and for your courage in coming to public
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comme comment. >> president breed: i just wanted to add more one thing, supervisor kim. you know, the fact that there were 272 recommendations, and we've been able to implement over half of those recommendations is-gsh -- is y significant. although i know that it doesn't change the events that have occurred in the past, implementing recommendations, this many, does take time, and ultimately, i think we want to make sure that as we move forward in this process, that the implementation actually leads to the results that we're all looking for as it relates to reforms with the department. and so i just wanted to add that point, as well, and again, thank the chief for his work in moving these items forward. i know it's not an easy job. it does take time. we know that time is of the
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essence as it relates to the need to reform the department, but i do appreciate your work and how you are moving the department, i believe, in the right direction, but clearly, we still have a lot more work to do, and so thank you all again. >> supervisor kim: okay. thank you, president breed. supervisor cohen has asked to make a motion that we file this item, so i cwill make that motion, and we can do that without opposition. again, thank you to members of the community would came out tod today. please continue to dialogue us. and without further adieu, mr. clerk, can we please move to our last item, item number two, which we skipped over to item number three. >> clerk: item number two is a motion approving budget analyst's budget -- [ inaudible ] board of supervisors service deeds, and requires board of
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supervisors approval for hours reallocation greater than 20, and establishes -- excuse me, for hours greater than 20% and establishes performance goals and sets a date of -- [ inaudible ] -- joint venture partnership. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much, mr. carroll. incompetence to recognize karen campbell, and all the time and energy you and your office have invested. the bla has done an impeccable job in budget and financial analysis which we all depend on as we all make decisions around policies and budget and conduct many special studies and audits that the city requests in departments for the board of supervisors.
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miss campbell, i want to bring you up for a short presentation, and then, we will open up for public comment on this item. thank you so much, miss campbell. >> yes. thank you, chair kim. supervisor peskin -- excuse me, supervisor breed. this is required every year by our contract that we submit our annual work plan for approval as well as our performance measures. we base the allocation of hours in our work plan on the requirements of our contract and actual service levels that we provide to the board. it is divided among budget analysis, our weekly legislative reports to the budget and finance committee or the jao, and then audits and policy analysises. the main difference from prior years is recognizing the increased budget analysis that we will be providing to the board this year, and i'm available for any questions you may have. >> supervisor kim: i don't see any questions or comments, but i do want to thank bla so much
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for their work. i really do -- i really do appreciate all of your work in your reports, and they help us in guidance in policy making. so at this time we will open it up for public comment on this item. seeing no public comment, public comment is now closed. can we -- i'm going to make a motion to move this forward to the full board with positive recommendation, and i can do that without any opposition. mr. clerk, can you please call items 4 through 12. >> clerk: agenda item numbers four through 12 are various ordinances and resolutions authorizing the settlements of lawsuits against the city and county of san francisco. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much. and before we take a motion to go into closed session, we do open up for public comment on items four through 12. seeing no public comment, public comment is now closed for these items. we will take a motion to
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convene into closed session, and we can do that without opposition. we do ask members of the public to exit the room, of which there are no nw none, so that can convene into closed session. thank you so much, mr. clerk.
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>> clerk: madam chair we're back in session march 21st, 2018 government audit and oversight. >> supervisor kim: thank you, mr. clerk. mr. givner? >> deputy city attorney jon givner. during the closed session, the committee voted 2-0 with supervisor peskin excused to forward items four through
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eight, ten, and 12 to the full board with positive recommendation and to continue items nine and 11 to the call of the chair. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much, mr. givner. mr. clerk are there any other items to -- oh, can we take a motion to not disclose? >> president breed: so moved. >> supervisor kim: so we have a motion to not disclose, and we can do that without opposition. mr. clerk, are there any other items before the committee today? >> clerk: there's no further business. >> supervisor kim: meeting is adjourned. thank you so much. >> clerk: all right.
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>> hi. i'm carla short superintendent much bureau of urban forestry, although i prefer the title the director sometimes calls me, the queen of trees. i'll be your host for today.
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before we get started, let's look back at some of our accomplishments this week. >> we exceeded 500 days of no days of work lost due to injury. we held two well attended public meetings to share our proposed plans for the redesign of market street aimed to design transportation, streetscape and safety improvements. we're on hand to kick off the first sunday streets event of the 2018 season in the mission. we held a topping out ceremony to raise the final cob for the final phase of the transform ative moscone center project, defendant ined to keep san francisco a top destination in the country. >> as part of our annual arbor day celebration, we always plant a tree in honor of a local hero or sometimes a national or international hero. we've been doing that since 2005, and we honor a specific
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person. we have celebrated local heros like sandy quadra-and ellen hope, and martin luther king and nelson mandela. since the first signature tree planting, the director has said we need a way to recognize these trees so that people can find and learn about the person that we're honoring. >> the design was a design. our carpenters use new technology that they have to actually carve out the words and the beautiful tree into this medallion, and they just came out absolutely beautiful.
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>> we set them not just in tfo but in actual concrete so they don't get knocked over. we do expect them to last several years each. we are very proud that we made such beautiful medallions, and that we're getting them ground. if you'd like to learn more, visit our website or follow us on social media. i'm carla short. thanks for
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