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someone who was very close to someone who lives with unrecognized middle health issues and we are all on this spectrum. i fluctuate hour by hour myself and i'm usually the one that helps her to do it. because she refuses to recognize that she has a problem and she was beaten in foster care and she didn't chose to be the way she is and so she also doesn't chose to think that anything is wrong and i would like to have a special meeting tonight and pass this and roll it out really big and really loud so it dough stigmatizing meth health that it doesn't make people assume mental health people are
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criminals so there is so much to be done in this campaign and she doesn't live in the city and she was in rural communities that is really port so i'm a huge part of the financial support so we can't have meth health without it and you can't have much mental health when thinking differently or whatever chemical disturbs are going on and it's being stigma there's one in four people that seek mental health services if they're lucky enough to get them so, thank you. >> good afternoon supervisors haney and ronen and supervisors mar and rules committee. i would sure like to see better mental health that is
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everywhere. looking for words and solutions. searching but not finding understanding anywhere. i think -- by the way, happy halloween tomorrow. i think you lost in a massacres aid. i think you're lost in a meth health masquerade. >> i know you can do this because -- there's a spark of magic in your eyes. >> by the way, happy halloween tomorrow too. candy land and.
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>> you know what you got, you got all the rain bows in your favorite shades. make it come through because you are a mental health genie in the skies make it a big wonder, make it a big surprise, i bet you by golly wow and you are what i've been waiting for forever. and every will my dreams come true today. make it happen, make it happen, make it come our way. thank you, bye. [applause] >> that is a difficult one to follow. my name is ruby and i work at the san francisco community health center which is formally asian pacific islander wellness center. i want to thank you for doing what you are doing.
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and share a few things. i want let everyone know i've submitted 28 names to the homeless this year and all of which are waiting for mental heath services every single one of them. ex i want to make sure you include more people with lived experience and lift them up. we do not need more people coming out of schools. we don't need new teams. there are plenty of us doing this work. we need the funding and we've been derogatory that we do it and we don't need to add new people to this pool. [please stand by]
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>> interest issues such as millimeter and housing.
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i want to tell you my story. 15 years ago, i was a family caregiver for two people in my family and i was working full time at the time with good health insurance the two places i went to look for coping with my mental health, caregiver stress, it was a lot of bureaucracy and would have loved it if there was an office of private insurance with accountability at that time to help me navigate this. moving on, supervisor hainey, i liked what you said about a housing component in this, because you might have read the story in the sunday examiner about james johnson who has been
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living in a sobering centre for 16 months because there's no placement for him. there's no supportive housing placement for him. i have been on the board of organization providing the housing and another thing i would love to see is for the people or case managers who work with some of society's hardest clientelle who makes $45,000 a year and that is simply not enough. thank you. >> good afternoon and thank you
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for all that you do. i think it demonstrates meeting individuals in need, when in need and at the level in which it's needed. i think the individuals need to feel safe with available and qualified first response teaches. teams the individuals on the response teams are adequate to make assessments that are client-centered and not dictated. the blueprint also asks for wages that are adequate for case management and healthy providers to live and substain themselves in san francisco. it's time to stop giving this money to nonprofits that are putting them into sros, that are turning into containment zones of death. it's time to put it where the first responders are. we need people peer piers to pi.
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we need people with experience. i have 15 years' experience. this system is taking down me. that is not acceptable. i won't call out the mayor's office. i'll do that another time but i'm asking you stand independently based on the response i received from dr. kolfax on the 23rd of september. we have time to take san francisco back, put us back on the map and in public view as a place to visit and not to be afraid of and we need to encourage trainings to promote qualitied staff to handle the ones that are already currently being housed. thank you. i look forward to seeing you at the convention. >> my name is vlad. i live in san francisco and i just want to say thank you all for getting together and thank you to everybody for speaking. mental health affect sals all os
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equally and i'm tired of seeing my local brothers and sisters on the streets, not having a place to live or anything to eat or any way of getting help outside of begging on the streets and turned away, so thank you all. i hope this pans out and i really hope this is in isn't anr merry-go round and let's get this passed. >> good afternoon. i'm a patient navigator at the community health center known asasasapi wellness and people le myself that are hiv positive need mental health care and a system of care for all. it is because of this didn't because i am one of those people that need it and because i work with so many others that need it that i want to thank you for taking the time to acknowledge
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that and for being the voice in which it is needed so that this bill can pass. so i want to thank you. thank you so much. (applause). >> good afternoon. my name is andy stone. i'm a san francisco resident of d9 and i'm here with the san francisco aids foundation and advocacy network. i wanted to talk briefly about the city's commitment to getting to zero. zero hiv transmissions, zero hiv related deaths and stigma. this is an issue that impacts all of us. i particularly wanted to lift up people living with hiv and mental health care needs. people who are here and around in sanfrancisco when the epidemic first hit experienced a lot of trauma and lost a lot of their social support networks and to this day, they have a lot of really complex pyschosocial
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needs, including access to mental health services. they fought for future generations to be able to survive. and now, it's our turn to fight and to support them. we can't get to zero unless we address this crisis. part of that is acknowledging there are dozens people who die every year by suicide and that's unacceptable. i wanted to talk briefly about people who use drugs and how they deserve nonjudgmental services. many experience a lot of trauma on the street and oftentimes use substances to survive. every year we see hundreds of folks who die from overdose. it's in our state, city in psychiatry wandwe have to addre. with harm reduction services, they respect dignity and i'm
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super excited and in full support of mental health to support universal access to mental health services and also substance use services, right? we need more of both of these and they have to be harm-reduction based. i stand here strongly in support of this initiative and i am excited to see this. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i'm ken tray, retired high school teacher and today i'm representing the us united educators of san francisco. you've heard from other uesf voices but we can't say how important mental health usf is. san francisco has at least 2500 students who are living -- who are homeless or in housing duress. we know those families are under economic pressure, obviously housing pressure, and teachers
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and paraeducators see that and feel that in their classrooms. and just like we need wrap-around services to bring our schools up to the place they need to be all of our students, our kids also need the kind of wrap-around services for their families and often themselves that will give them a fighting chance to succeed in life. on a personal note, there's a guy named bob who lives on the corner of my block and he has sought services from the city and he got into an sro and he said it was such a hell hole of fear and just an out-of-control atmosphere he prefers living in the street. this is a guy who sits around and reads dashel hamet and he needs help and allows bob to be
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living on our sidewalks. >> hello and good evening. i'm michael blake-moore and i'm here with tara. you haven't heard her yet. i'm here on behalf of road dogs. we tried very much to try to help the homeless artists, but i would like to put forth putting up housing for the workers here, stop having them come from far away just to come here to work. the homeless, they need housing. we're piling up everywhere, as
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far as -- i don't know if i should, but i had a situation with st. anthonys not too long ago and rather than look at the camera and pay attention to what was on the camera, were they cake and piled up on me. and there still hasn't been anything about that, because they made sure to state that they -- i mean as far as workers helping the homeless, that made sure to state that they were doing better than the homeless. and that's no way for st. anthony or christians to present themselves. look into it.
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>> while changing healthcare, not handcuffs are part of the public policy and community organizing and the president of american federation of teacher 12121 were arrested outside of this hall and could not speak here today. i urge you to support mental health sfc so all can access care they need when they need it without the care of income. treating the mental health crisis without income is cruel and costly. we must support our frontline workers and delivering healthcare to all who needs it. th,and our students in support f making mental health sf real for our city now. now sarah short says, and i quote, healthcare, not handcuffs.
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>> thank you, any a member of the public who has spoken that wishes to speak. seeing none, public comment is closed. i just want to tell you from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you for your beautiful inspiring words. thank you for having been in this fight a lot longer than i have and for sticking with it and thank you for teaching us so much about what we need to do right and how to be a model, not only for our region but our state and for our country. we are 100% committed to seeing this through. hopefully, we -- like if any of you had asked, we can reach agreement with the mayor's office and get it implemented sooner rather than later. i think that's something we would all love to see. but like others have said, it
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has to be the big bold vision, the universal system that we allallall need and want. hopefully we will get there and one way or another, we'll be passing this or put it in the hand of the voters with this measure that's officially placed on the ballot. we can always take it off but before november 27th, but as of today, this hearing has been heard and we're about to file it, but i wanted to see if my colleagues have any other comments before we close this hearing and, really, in order to put this measure on the plot, matt and i needed two other supervisors to sign on with us and supervisors marr and walton stepped up to the plate and didn't hesitate or waiver. they said we know what this needs and we trust the community
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and labor and we trust our colleagues who have been working nonstop on this. so please just express your extreme appreciation to them. i certainly wanted to express it publically. thank you, supervisor marr, for being there every step of the way and thank you so much. any other comments? seeing none, i will make a motion to file this hearing and without objection, that motion passes. [cheers and applause] >> madam clerk, any other items. >> that completes the agenda for today? >> then the meeting is adjourned.
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[♪] >> i am the supervisor of district one. i am sandra lee fewer. [♪]
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>> i moved to the richmond district in 1950 mine. i was two years old. i moved from chinatown and we were one of the first asian families to move out here. [♪] >> when my mother decided to buy that house, nobody knew where it was. it seems so far away. for a long time, we were the only chinese family there but we started to see the areas of growth to serve a larger chinese population. the stress was storage of the birthplace of that. my father would have to go to chinatown for dim sum and i remember one day he came home and said, there is one here now. it just started to grow very organically. it is the same thing with the russian population, which is another very large ethnic group in the richmond district. as russia started to move in, we saw more russian stores. so parts of the richmond is very
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concentrated with the russian community and immigrant russian community, and also a chinese immigrant community. [♪] >> i think as living here in the richmond, we really appreciate the fact that we are surrounded three natural barriers. they are beautiful barriers. the presidio which gives us so many trails to walk through, ocean beach, for families to just go to the beach and be in the pacific ocean. we also also have a national park service. we boarded the golden gate national recreation area so there is a lot of activity to do in the summer time you see people with bonfires. but really families enjoying the beach and the pacific ocean during the rest of the time of year. [♪] >> and golden gate park where we have so many of our treasures here. we have the tea garden, the
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museum and the academy of sciences. not to mention the wonderful playgrounds that we have here in richmond. this is why i say the richmond is a great place for families. the theatre is a treasure in our neighborhood. it has been around for a very long time. is one of our two neighborhood theatres that we have here. i moved here when i was 1959 when i was two years old. we would always go here. i love these neighborhood theatres. it is one of the places that has not only a landmark in the richmond district, but also in san francisco. small theatres showing one or two films. a unique -- they are unique also to the neighborhood and san francisco. >> where we are today is the heart of the richmond district. with what is unique is that it
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is also small businesses. there is a different retail here it is mom and pop opening up businesses. and providing for the neighborhood. this is what we love about the streets. the cora door starts on clement street and goes all the way down to the end of clement where you will see small businesses even towards 32nd. at the core of it is right here between here and 20 -- tenth avenue. when we see this variety of stores offered here, it is very unique then of the -- any other part of san francisco. there is traditional irish music which you don't get hardly anywhere in san francisco. some places have this long legacy of serving ice cream and being a hangout for families to have a sunday afternoon ice cream. and then also, we see grocery stores. and also these restaurants that are just new here, but also thriving.
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[♪] >> we are seeing restaurants being switched over by hand, new owners, but what we are seeing is a vibrancy of clement street still being recaptured within new businesses that are coming in. that is a really great thing to see. i don't know when i started to shop here, but it was probably a very, very long time ago. i like to cook a lot but i like to cook chinese food. the market is the place i like to come to once a year. once i like about the market as it is very affordable. it has fresh produce and fresh meat. also, seafood. but they also offer a large selection of condiments and sauces and noodles. a variety of rice that they have is tremendous. i don't thank you can find a variety like that anywhere else. >> hi. i am kevin wong. i am the manager.
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in 1989 we move from chinatown to richmond district. we have opened for a bit, over 29 years. we carry products from thailand, japan, indonesia, vietnam, singapore and india. we try to keep everything fresh daily. so a customer can get the best out a bit. >> normally during crab season in november, this is the first place i hit. because they have really just really fresh crab. this is something my family really likes for me to make. also, from my traditional chinese food, i love to make a kale soup. they cut it to the size they really want. i am probably here once a week. i'm very familiar with the aisles and they know everyone who is a cashier -- cashier here i know when people come into a market such as this, it looks like an asian supermarkets,
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which it is and sometimes it can be intimidating. we don't speak the language and many of the labels are in chinese, you may not know what to buy or if it is the proper ingredients for the recipe are trying to make. i do see a lot of people here with a recipe card or sometimes with a magazine and they are looking for specific items. the staff here is very helpful. i speak very little chinese here myself. thinks that i'm not sure about, i asked the clerk his and i say is this what i need? is this what i should be making? and they actually really helped me. they will bring me to the aisle and say this is battery. they are very knowledgeable. very friendly. i think they are here to serve not only the asian community but to serve all communities in the richmond district and in san francisco. [♪] >> what is wonderful about living here is that even though our july is a very foggy and overcast, best neighborhood, the sleepy part outside on the west
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side is so rich with history, but also with all the amenities that are offered. [♪] .
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>> good afternoon. welcome to the land use and transportation committee for the
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board of supervisors. i am the chair of this committee. joined to my right by the vice chair and by a committee member. we're also joined by supervisor fewer. clerk, do you have any announcements? >> clerk: please make sure to silence all cellphones and electronic devices. any speaker cards to be included as part of the file should be submitted to the clerk. items to be acted on today will appear on the november 12 board of supervisors agenda unless otherwise stated. item 1 is the transfer of 1419 bryant street and 1215 street known as the city's animal shelter incurred under the jurisdiction of the acc to the
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mta. >> the floor is yours. >> thank you very much. good afternoon. i am the deputy director of the real estate division. before you is the transfer of two propertyies, 1200-15 street and currently used as an office and animal shelter and 1419 bryant street under the jurisdiction and former use by the san francisco municipal use transportation agency for $0. currently the 15 street site is not adequate for a.c.c.'s uses. it has 29,000 square rentable feet, while the bryant street property has 3300 square feet and would be upgraded to increased to approximately 44,000 square feet by adding a second floor in the existing building structure.
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sfmta currently has two sites right near the 15 street parcel, including the maintenance facility. both departments desire the exchange and entered into discussions in 2016. appraisals were obtained and the former director of property determined the fair market value was the same of each based on the appraisals. review appraisals were also performed. an m.o.v. was drafted and finalized and taken to the commission. a general plan referral was obtained. an exemption from environmental review was obtained for the acc project at bryant's site in 2016. we ask for your positive recommendation, and i have people from sfmta and acc here with me if you have any questions. >> so i've looked at the packet. colleagues, do you have any questions? >> not yet. >> so i've read the packet and
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i'm comfortable with this. this may be some questions. you just referenced the fact that the mta owns land near 1200-15th across the street and i believe directly across 15th as well. i was wondering if -- what the mta ooess plans are and whether there can be some consolidation there, whether you want to abandon any of that. i'm not sure what you use that little triangle to the south for, but there is a building on it as i recall. i think it's like a metal shed kind of building that does not in the supervisor's opinion have any historical value, but i could be wrong. that's going to lead me to my next question about 23a, but we
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can get to that in a minute. >> i'm the manager of real estate for the sfmta. i have with me today also our long-range acid development developer. in terms of our future intent when we initiate this jurisdictional transfer, we plan on relocating our parking enforcement group into this new site. so that would become the new headquarters for our parking enforcement function. and then everything else around it in terms of our yard and our existing parking lot and our non-revenue vehicle area will remain as it is. that is pretty much where we are right now. >> i can add, i'm from the sfmta now, i can add a couple of comments to what jason said. one, the small structure that you alluded to that's to the south of 15 street, that's for tire service for the vehicles. it's a free-standing structure,
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but part of the flin facility. we have looked at a couple of options to expand the footprint of the site. we worked with public works to do some different test fits. there is a very large drainage culverts that make building on to treat street difficult. for currently for animal control there is a dog run. >> you mean on the other side of the fence? >> yes, that's correct. technically i think it was part of the right of way and is above that drainage culvert. if you have a passive use, it's easy to obviously locate that there. did that answer all of your questions? >> i'm trying to figure out if you have long-term, viable, efficient plans for the rest of that site, given that you could actually potentially abandon
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that little piece of 15th that nobody uses -- goes to nowhere. >> and we believe that -- again, we played with a number of concepts with public works, but we believe the square footage and i know the total mentioned was a little under 15,000. either renovating or building a new structure would be adequate for enforcement's needs. we don't see a pressing need to enapproach further into the right of way that's there. >> and as to the bryant site, the overhead power folks went where? >> they went to our burke warehouse on burke avenue. it was a pretty significant capital improvement project that we did. now they're in a central warehouse for various functions. >> relative to the chapter 23a considerations as to whether or not or why it is not surplus, anything you want to say on the
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record about that? >> the only thing that i would say is that we currently our enforcement division is in a number of leases. so it's essentially been our policy to try and move our functions into permanent sites that are under the jurisdiction of the sfmta, so this is in line with that. they're a little bit scattered all over the place. so it's a proper place to give them a proper facility in a place that would work better. >> you'll be getting out of those leases when? >> when these would be placed in service. we're looking at public works evaluating a number of scenarios. renovation is one option or construction is another. it is a historic resource. so part of the environmental review path will have a better sense as to the timetable. but i would say approximately -- to put a number on it, maybe
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starting construction 2022, 2021. >> it's a vastly different project if you scrape it and start all over than retrofit it? >> that's exactly right. we're evaluating the pros and cons. >> any members of the public that want to speak on this interjurisdictional exchange between two city departments. seeing none and given the fair market value is the same and no money is exchanged, i will close public comment and make a motion to send this item with recommendation without objection. >> clerk: item 2 is the hearing on the implementation efforts to make biodiversity a city-wide priority. >> this has been brought to us by supervisor fewer who has joined us.
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>> thank you, chair peskin, for scheduling this hearing. i introduced a resolution to prioritize these goals for the city of san francisco in partnership with sf planning. biodiversity is since the accident for a thriving ecosystem upon which we depend on food, health, and clean water. this must be part of the strategy to address climate change. in urban areas we do not always prioritize our natural environment or think about how to preserve and nurture ecological sustainability. in my neighborhood we are surrounded by natural borders. while not all neighborhoods are surrounded by the same green and open space, we should be working in all districts to ensure that biodiversity and environmental protection for the benefit and enjoyment of all our
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communities. over the last few years there were policies developed that pertain to the conservation of natural resources and supporting biodiversity in san francisco. there is currently an interagency working group which includes biologically rich ecosystems, community and ecological stewardship, ecological planning and design and resilience in a living city. many agencies have worked opt on the resolution which the board of supervisor passed for making a biodiversity policy real in san francisco. the resolution calls for an interagency working group and an implementation report on the establishment of local biodiversity as a city-wide policy. it is at today's hearing that we
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are pleased to receive this report. if i may, chair, call on the next speaker. >> the hearing is all yours. go for it. >> i would like to call up debbie rafel, the director of san francisco government. >> thank you, chair, and members of the committee for welcoming us today to talk about this incredible important issue that feels timely, considering what is on item 3 in your agenda. clearly in this time of climate crisis and impacts of climate change, thinking about what possibility we have for natural solutions and valuing our natural ecosystems could not be more important. the biodiversity crisis that we are in is clearly on us right now. i am going to spend just a couple minutes reminding us of that global context. then i'm going to turn it over to two of my colleagues.
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they will talk about the follow up that city agencies have been working on since the board of supervisors adopted this last year. they will be followed by comments from city agencies who are bringing to you first-person stories of their commitment and their experience. so this is important because it puts san francisco in a global context. these red areas on the map are considered biodiversity hot spots. 2.4% of the planet accounts for over 50% of the species. the red on this map are areas which are considered key for biodiversity and yet threatened. less than 30% of the species are still in existence in everywhere you see red on this map. clearly if you look at north america and the united states,
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california has an opportunity and an obligation to treasure and take action to preserve its biodiversity. this crisis is obviously not just on those areas in red. we are approaching a mass extinction that we have not seen since the last mass extinction, which was 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs went extinct. we expect to lose 2 million species. in the 19th century, the u.s. has lost 30% of its birds. if you go into california, this is a picture of a monarch butterfly, just since the passing of this resolution, they have decreased by 85%. the resolution and the work that it entails and san francisco's response. so clearly this is not an issue
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that is unique to san francisco. scientists and activists, conservationists around the world are saying to us nature needs half. what that means is we need to make sure that half of the world's surface, whether it's water or land, is preserved and supported for the habitat that is needed. now, how does that mean in a city like san francisco, a deep urban environment like we are? what opportunities do we have for a nature needs half movement? starting with our natural areas and what you're going to hear in item 3 are our parks, the natural areas, the green spaces we have in the city need our attention. in addition, we need to look at creative ways to increase our biodiversity by looking at green roofs and looking at vertical or narrow parks, streets, plazas, any opportunity we have to rip up concrete and support habitat.
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i want to end with this concept which is very familiar to you in the board of supervisors. our climate action strategy, 080100 roots. i find most of the time when i come before the group i'm talking about 080100. 80% trips out of cars, 100% renewal energy giving off diesel and natural gas and gasoline as well. a big part of our strategy is the lower part, the part that says we must support biodiversitied, we must support open and green spaces, not only in our 7-mile border, but also managed in the city and county of san francisco. once we do think of roots as part of our climate action strategy, we absorb stormwater
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runoff, we cool our neighborhoods, we improve air quality. the list goes on and on. so 0-80-100 roots is our strategy. today i'm pleased that we will be focusing on the roots part. so with that as a response to the call and the detail of the resolution, i'm going to turn it over to peter to take it from here. >> thank you very much, debbie. good afternoon, everyone, supervisors, peter brasto from the department of the environment. i'm going to tell you a little bit about the nuts and bolts of the resolution and what we did with the different departments. and just overall i'll say just following up on what debbie said about roots and greening. this resolution is not just about getting more green, but from green to biodiverse. we want our landscapes, gardens, et cetera, to be functional for
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climate resilience and we want them to support wildlife habitat. overall the resolution did two things. one was to elevate biodiversity as a city-wide priority and the second is to set up an inter-agency collaboration, as you heard from supervisor fewer's terrific introduction. so i'll talk more about that in a moment. for example -- oh, i've got to go to the next slide. there we go. one of the things -- projects like this, are what the resolution promotes. places like this new linear park in central soma neighborhood which will be planted with local native plants and gardens so folks can connect on their lunch hour. among our core goals and principles in this work, the 2018 biodiversity resolution calls out an equity and nature
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connection, equitiability in folks connecting to nature as one of our top priorities. everyone in san francisco should have the opportunity to connect to nature every day. and i should say that this work of equity and nature connection and of conservation, regulation -- restoration and stewardship of the city's areas has been going on. in fact, the resolution highlights this legacy and really calls upon us to expand upon this work. okay. so again, core to the resolution was the direction for these 15 different city agencies to collaborate together. so we've been doing that ever since -- we've been doing that since the resolution in 2018, but we got clear direction from the resolution for all 15 to
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work together and to do so on a monthly basis and to proceed through initiatives, which i'll talk about. we've built a strong network of biodiversity champions, representatives from the different departments who are enthusiastic about implementing this work. really, i would say this robust interagency collaboration is someone of the more impressive outcomes of the resolution. among the actual resolved clauses of the resolution speaking in resolution speak, the departments were asked to make public commitments of how they propose to implement the city's biodiversity vision. so you'll see on page 4 of the report that's in your packet, that they had several choices in order to do that. some -- many drafted a memo or authored a memo to their
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leadership. one department made a presentation at their commission with all kinds of materials and it was really well received. that was at the library. and some libraries passed their own resolutions. that was at the port and the airport and of course the planning department. you'll hear from lisa fisher later. another key part of the resolution was us, the department of environment, me, drafting bachl a way to accumulate data and information from all the different departments. so we sent out basically a form, if you will, to all 15 departments and they sent it back to us. we created a compendium of information about what departments are doing now, what they've done in the past, and what they might propose to do in the future in terms of implementing our biodiversity vision. so i'm going to talk about a few of kind of our current
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collaborative efforts, and then lisa is going to talk about some of the proposed new initiatives. so this is a list of four among many things that obviously many of our departments do, but we're calling this out specifically because we wanted to highlight these things as collaborations among the departments. so the planning department and the department of environment created this plant finder. it's a way to give the public as well as city agencies an easy way to build plant lists to plan habitat in the built environment. we're continuing to perfect that and want to make sure that's working with everybody and everybody buys into how it works so we can make a go-to resource for all things plant in san francisco. also our department and the planning department have worked together what we have called our biodiversity design guidelines. they're in a draft form right
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now and we've been vetting them with a couple of different developers from the private sector to see how they could be implemented. as we go forward here with our department colleagues, we want to strengthen them and bring them to fru sissing to be something that will be a key tool in implementing bio divedi landscapes. third to last. biodiversity training. we have been delivering a beta training to our department colleagues over the last couple of years. this is something that's really key in terms of making sure all the employees and the different departments are on the same page in terms of what their understanding is and what tools we have to do it together. we'll be expanding that and really trying to up our level of commitment to deliver that training to all the different departments.
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finally, we'll continue meeting as a group and taking what you'll hear about today and working on those and bringing them back again in even more developed form. i think that was everything i was going to say. i'm going to invite lisa to talk about new initiatives and she's going to mention challenges and next steps. >> thank you, peter. >> hello, supervisors. good afternoon. thank you so much for all your support in the last i guess now year and a half and also your attention today. we hope that this presentation and our memo gives you all a lot of great talking points for the narratives you might be having with your own constituents when you hair we need better flood protection or safer places for our kids to play, this idea of integrating more greening can happen throughout our city. i'm from the planning department. i lead the resilience and
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sustainability departments. i'm part of the core agencies working on all of this. really with other folks in the room helping to knit these two issues together and deliver on the co-benefits all of that can provide. i only have a few more minutes with you all. so we're going to go through the top ideas of key initiatives. as mentioned, these came from the department level surveys. we asked the departments what are folks doing, where are the opportunities, where do the products exist where we can be amplifying greening and where we turn more paving in a lang time. it's the biodiversity crisis that we need to do our best practices the first time around, or it's more stuff to retrofit down the line. i'm going to go through the ideas that the agencies came up
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with together. first of all within native plant production. in part because of your production and this city wide elevating this idea and this vision, we have had a lot of success working with the major development projects on incorporating california and local native plants into the open space projects as well as working with the colleagues on city-led projects and other open spaces. we are going to need a lot more plants. we feel the city has an opportunity to take ownership of this. we really especially see the opportunity in a lot of our currently vacant or underutilized sites, whether it a future development site. we're looking at this in central soma, for example, and these native plant nurseries are opportunities to provide neighborhood beautification as well as workforce development.
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and also pollinating the areas across the city and where we have projects going on to redevelop parks, plazas, and amplify the streets and sidewalks. you may think of civic center plaza. other areas where we can have these areas that connect folks. what actually is habitat supportive greening. by the city taking a lead in integrating these in different areas in the city, they serve as tetsing beds for which species work the best in which microclimates for our city. we can then share this with our private sector development partners. we've been inspired about work in los angeles about incorporating native plants and healthy landscapes into our affordable housing areas. equity is a huge focus of this work and how do w