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>> it is 1:00 p.m. and this is the regular meeting for the commission of investment and infrastructure. i would like to welcome the members of the public who are following the live stream as well as the staff who will
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present for us. the members of the commission are meeting remotely to ensure the safety of everyone, including the members of the public. madam secretary, please call the first item. >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. the first order is roll call. please respond when i call your name. [ roll call ]. >> clerk: all members, excuse me, all other members of the commission are present. the next item is announcements. the next regularly scheduled meeting will be held remotely on november 20, 2020. please be advised that a member of the public has up to three
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minutes to make pertinent public comment on each agenda item unless the commission adopts a shorter period on any item. please note that during the public comment reared, all dial-in participants from the public will dial 1-415-655-0001 and the access code is 146-436-7015. when you dial star 3 you will hear the following message: you have raised your hand to speak. please wait for the host to invite you to speak. when your line is unmuted, this will be the time for public comment. you will have three minutes. please speak clearly and slowly. you can stay on the line and listen or you can choose to hang up.
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if you wish to make any public comments, you must call the call-in number. today's presentation and other meeting materials are available on our website at sfocii.org under the public meetings action. the next item is report on actions taken at previous closed sessions. the next item is matters of unfinished business. the next order of business is matters of new business, the ascent agenda and the regular agenda. first the consent agenda, 5(a), approval of minutes, item 5(b), authorizing a first amendment to the personal services contract with forster & kroeger landscape
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maintenance to increase the contract expenditure authority by $276,668 for a total expenditure authority not to exceed $551,104 to provide continued landscape maintenance services in community facilities district no. 1 south beach, rincon point-south beach resolution no. 25-2020. >> do we have anyone from the public wishing to speak? >> clerk: at this time members of the public who wish to provide public comments on this item should call 1-415-655-0001, access code 146-436-7015.
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if you are listening to us by phone and would like to provide public comment, please press star 3. our phone moderator will let us know if there is anyone on the line. we'll give them a few minutes to call in. >> operator: madam secretary, there are no callers on the line. >> clerk: mr. chair, there are no members on the phone wishing to comment. >> if there is no one requesting to speak on this item, i'll close public comment. commissioners, could i have a motion for this consent item? >> [indiscernible] --
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>> we have a first and a second. [ roll call ]. >> clerk: mr. chair, the vote is three ayes and one absent. >> [indiscernible] -- >> clerk >> clerk: just a second. >> i'm not sure what's going on. jamie, can you reshare the content, the powerpoint of the
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meeting? >> it's frozen. >> she may have encountered a minor i.t. issue, nadia. i'm not sure if you want to give everyone a quick pause, but let's wait for jamie for a few minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, let's hold on tight for a quick minute while we get this i.t. issue straightened out. >> i'm going to give her a call on her cell. >> thank you. >> everybody on zoom, this happens quite a bit.
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>> miguel. >> yes. >> does your screen show that we need you to sign in again? >> no. >> is yours showing that? >> yes. >> don't worry about that. that's the shared screen. >> i'm on. >> go ahead and reshare the powerpoint when you get a chance. >> i'll reshare.
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>> clerk: sorry about that. the vote was three ayes and one absent. >> madam secretary, please call the next item. >> clerk: the next item is regular agenda 5(c) workshop on proposed amendments to the redevelopment plan for the mission bay south redevelopment project, the design for development for the mission bay south project area and the mission bay south owner participation agreement collectively "plan documents" and the basic conceptual/schematic design related to a proposed mixed-use life sciences facility on parcel 7 of block 43, mission bay south redevelopment project area.
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>> this is an amendment to the redevelopment plan to give an overview of the proposed project and that would allow up to 170,000 of commercial and industrial [indiscernible] on the property. they are excited to come and give a preview. i will turn it over to nicky who will be presenting on the item. >> thank you very much, director. good afternoon. as was mentioned, my name is nicky henry, assistant development specialist with the
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team. there is a workshop on the proposed amendments to the mixed-use life sciences facility on parcel 7 of block 43 of mission bay, including approval of a basic schematic and concept design. next slide. >> i'm sorry, if you could give me a second. >> okay. >> i look like i'm asleep, but i'm not. >> we could have caught you yawning. [laughte
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[laughter]. >> as you know, mission bay has been over 20 years in the making, and standard the lease square suite for commercial development has been built leaving no additional square feet available for new development. today we'll be going over the history of the parcel and the proposed project -- i think we're getting a jump on the slides here. today we'll be going over the history of the parcel and the proposed project, following a review of the development. we will then talk about the public benefits accompanying the project and we'll end with a summary of the proposed actions necessary to facilitate the proje
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project. are, the largest property owner in mission bay who specializes in serving the life science industry is proposing additional project in the area. the proposed project is approximately 170,000 leasable square feet on parcel 7 of block 43. today is a workshop and we plan coming back in front of you in november with the following actions to facilitate the project, including an amendment to the mission bay south redevelopment plan which amendments the allowable square feet, a development agreement between o.c.i. and the developer and which will redefine the obligations of the project.
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approval of a basic concept and schematic design for bcsd for the design base. the proposed projects on parcel 7 of block 43, as shown, is located on owen street, bound by a future active recreation public open space to be designed to the north, a street, a private street to the south, and the raised i-282 freeway. the parcel was acquired by a.r.e. in 2004. a.r.e. submitted a permit for a building approved by the agency in 2008. the current allowable height is
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39 feet. a.r.e. chose not to move forward with the project and the parcel is being used as a temporary service parking lot. as mentioned earlier, the project is nearly built out and well served by neighborhood amenities. a.r.e. is now proposing a seven-storey, 100-foot high mixed-use building with an allowable penthouse. the proposed project consists of the research and laboratory space, conference space, and ground floor retail space. there are a number of public
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benefits, including financial contributions, which i will go over in more detail later in the presentation. i will now introduce the project sponsor, tracy nemit, to present more details on the proposed projects. >> thank you. it's a pleasure to be in front of you today. i have been in front of your commission many times since the beginning of mission bay. we are providing here an opportunity to bring new development to a site that has been long been unused and will create a very nice entry point to mission bay as well as capping the project commercial side of the project and
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enhancing what we have jointly all created, which is a real life science district in the city and county of san francisco. we are happy to bring this to you because the the life science department is strong. we work in great partnership with all of our tenants, many of whom are working on covid-related therapies, vaccines, testing. so it is very much of the moment to think about enhancing life science facilities for these companies to do their research. so the site is unique in that as was pointed out it's right next to the freeway, and also next to the future park which is next to the top of the slide, it is
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shaped by those two components. it's also shaped by owen street, which has a setback required to allow for a very large storm and sewer line that runs from downtown san francisco south bound to the southeast treatment plan. so the site is an odd-shaped pie. therefore, we have challenged ourselves to create enough interest on the ground floor by providing a good lobby as well as retail space to front a plaza that fronts the street. the back of the house uses take up a lot of the floor. you see the gray area. life sciences require very large loading spaces as well as support spaces for all of the laboratory functions that are
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needed. then in the gold color is a concept that we have to bring some meeting spaces, not so much big conferencing, but some gathering spaces for the life sciences community because that is something that is needed. we have with us today the architect for the project. this is a local woman-owned business. lisa wamoto and craig scott are partners. lisa was to be here today, but unfortunately she isn't here, so craig is going to be here. craig, if you are able to join us, perhaps you could describe the architecture design of the project. >> sure. thank you, theresa.
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with this irregularly shaped trapezoidal site, it has unique conditions on each of the four sides. so we're responding to that with the design, in particular the sides that face owen street and the freeway are all built on this side that we've developed. the first initial idea is to break down the massing and then to create a kind of continuous wrapper of the fins and the reveal that have a subtly undulating pattern. this is a view looking south on
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owen street with an open space to the right. if you go to the right there is a view shifted towards the cal-train. this shows the two, that three-storey spaces. these move back and forth along the stacked volumes. if we go to the next slide, from the 280 approach heading north into san francisco, you can see this kind of inflection on the facade that gives the further depth and animates that facade
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facing the freeway direction. then we see the opposite side facing east. this is a view looking west on nelson rising as you're approaching the intersection with owen street and the front of the building. it's facing open space, which if we go to the next slide we zoom a bit closer and here we can see in that setback zone that theresa described which is indicated by the underground sewer line, we've been working with a design firm to develop this open space as a public plaza where the café can spill out, there is a beautiful landscaping feature and it is articulated by a recessed
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portal. so this is a summary, facts and figures on the building again. so in floors, 109 feet. 15-foot ground floor and then the six upper floors are above that 15 foot 6 due to the requirement. so this is a summary of the facts and the figures of the building, 109 feet, 16-foot ground floor, and then the six upper floors are 15 foot 6 due to the requirements of lab space of minimum floor-to-floor height
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needed. next slide. so we worked closely with the community and stakeholder groups. as is condition of the view north to the skyline, and then the next slide shows in this light red or pinkish tone that in title projects -- and actually the ones on the far left are beyond entitled. they're either nearing completion or far along construction, will go from left to right in terms of what that represents. the new dorm of the fcca is just
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getting completed. these three in the background are all in the central zone of plan in part of that set of developments. the next one over to the right from the flower mart, which is the kilroy development is on the east. to the right of that, the tallest is the creamery. so our project we're talking to today is just beneath that. so it might be helpful to click back one and forward now that we're situated. in this coppery color, it's the 14 and 15 project that we're talking about today, just below
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the creamery taller buildings behind it. with that, i'm finished with my portion. >> nicky. >> yes, thank you. this slide shows the impact required in order to build the project. these are in addition to the existing community district zones. the first section shows the one-time funds that would flow through. it is acknowledged that the current rate would allow for research space and proposed a higher rate of payment for the office space. in total, the one-time fees total approximately $12.2 million. the bottom portion of this slide shows that the extra maintenance
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meant to offset the usage by the guests. it is to be paid annually through the project. have been working with the city directly on an operational endowment project. the project is still being finalized and there will be a contribution. the school is estimated to be complete in 2025. the project will comply with the south opa project in diversity and economic development. airy is currently exceeding the participation goals at 66% for professional services, including 40% san francisco-based s.b.e.s,
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40% minority women-owned business, 3% p.m.-owned firms. a.r.e. has agreed to provide those unless otherwise stipulated excluded from the program. a.r.e. is committed to working closely with o.c.i., including local hire and permanent jobs in the program administered by the office of economic and workforce development. a.r.e. first pursued a recommendation in 2018 for a taller project at 183 feet high.
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the c.a.c. had concerns over the proposed height and requested a.r.e. request an additional hearing. there was a request to return to the c.a.c. on july 9, 2020, with a proposed height of 120 feet. the c.a.c. voted unanimously in favor of the proposed project and associated plan document amendments. as mentioned earlier, this item will be coming before you in november with the following actions. the commission would be required to make environmental findings pursuant to the air quality act, and to increase the square
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footage of the project. an amendment to the mission bay south honor participation agreement defining the augmented child care fee and open space financial contribution, also an amendment to the mission base design for developments to increase the height on the parcel from 39 feet to 109 feet, along with an increase in the controls and other amendments to the proposed projects. lastly, approving the proposed bcsd for the project. if the project is approved in november, it will go before the planning commission or supervisors and oversight board as well as the department of california finance. this concludes our presentation and we can answer any questions
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you may have. also on the line and available for questions is mark sluskin, george bridges, and laura shifly, and tracy amends, and jay powell. >> madam secretary, do we've anybody from the public wishing to speak to this item? >> clerk: at this time members from the public who wish to make a public comment should call 415-655-0001, enter access code 146-436-7015, then press pound and pound again. if you are listening to us by
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phone, press star 3. if you would like to provide a comment, the operator will let us know if there is anyone on the line. we'll let the public have a few moments to call in. >> operator: madam secretary, there are no callers on the line. >> clerk: mr. chair, at this time there are no members on the phone wishing to comment. >> thank you. hearing no public on the phone, i'll close public comment. i'll turn to my colleagues for any questions or comments they may have. >> no questions. just completely in awe as i went
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through your material. your team, i commend you and it just brought tears when i've been dealing with and thinking about all of the recovery that's needed, this presents so much hope. just for a brighter future. i am just pleased with all the thought that went into it. thank you. >> i did have a couple of questions. the first couple of questions are regarding the fees. if there's trouble hearing me, let me know. on the child care fee, for instance, and jobs, housing,
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linkage fee -- maybe i'm misreading this, but are those two one-time fees? >> yes, they are both one-time fees. the job housing fee, the impact fee said it right in the planning code, and then with the child care fee areas agreed to expand that to pay the office rate because the research and laboratory rate is a much lower rate. >> yes, i got that. i commend a.r.e. in offering that. i guess my question is because i just don't understand if -- how are the moneys received this one time and how are they
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implemented? how did it go $351,900, how is that utilized for child care in a project like this? >> it goes into helping fund the city -- it goes into a city pool which i don't think we have testified yet whether they can flow back into mission bay or the city pool. i think the thought is we want them to flow into mission bay and fund further child care facilities in mission bay, custom will be proposed in future housing sites. >> i would say unless there is no need for child care services in mission bay, that we would want it to be project specific,
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which raises another question in my mind. i've just lost track in mission bay. i think there are possibly five child care service programs in mission bay. do i have that correct? >> i can't remember off the top of my head, but there is one under construction at the uber site and one under mission bay south block, which is an affordable housing project, one in the north at ridge sorrow housing projects. there are a few in-house family care within the mercy housing project at block 13 east. >> [indiscernible] -- >> and of course the ucsf one which is a rather large one,
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which is between 100 and 200 spaces. >> [indiscernible] -- >> that's fantastic. just as a commentary, i remember when i started on the commission now seven or eight years ago, mission bay was representative as a place where no one really expected a lot of kids, so they got that one wrong. so i do have a related question on the job housing theme. does that one also go to the city for workforce developments? >> the jobs housing fee goes into the pool that's administer administered by the city to help with affordable housing. >> the jobs housing we're going
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to keep in mission bay. >> that's even better. >> thank you. >> then i got a question about reference to neighbors serving retail. do we have a sense of what that might be? >> commissioner, on the project it's a fairly small chunk, about 2,500 square feet. we think it would be some sort of a café or food service. along owen street we have implemented four cafés or food services in our projects from -- starting on 16th street north to this site and they are very well utilized in great part because there is a keizer permanent clinic in the middle of that
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block and a ucsf orthopedic clinic that has a lot of patients coming and going. there is quite a demand by people for eating establishments, staff dining as well. >> my next question is that i would recommend the program be amended to include these types of programs in the future, but my big question is just from a dollar value of the project, can you tell me what the anticipated budget for the construction proje project? >> so the construction of the project, the current shell is in
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$400 a square foot and laboratories tend to be at least $400 a square foot. >> okay. great. those are my questions. thank you. >> thank you, vice-chair. i just want to say that this is really exciting that this is happening. i know that lot well. we had a lot of discussion it over the years. given the fact that we are living in a world where there are pandemics, one that has completely uprooted our lives, that we need more of this because more of this is going to happen because this is the next step. if we can find the vaccine or
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the cure for covid because it is what it is. in regards to the architecture, i'm usually a stickler for the design designs, it's actually quite nice and it looks airy, which flows with the fact that there's a lot of low buildings there. so it doesn't seem overly huge. so i just want to commend you all for putting that together. this is very exciting. when do we -- are we looking at completion? >> well, we are hoping to complete our entitlements here. i think march is the time frame because your actions and then it flows to the planning commission and it goes to the board of supervisors and all that. i believe march is that time.
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in the meantime we're working on the design documents. hopefully around that time we would submit for a building permit which takes six, nine months to get a building permit. so we're probably -- and then the construction is about two years away. so we're almost three years away from getting a building, i'm afraid. >> well, this is an essential service because we need to find cures and vaccines for some of this work. if you need folks to testify, i appreciate it. >> this is great. thanks to the staff for all the diligent work that you always do. it's just a workshop, so we're not voting on this item.
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thank you for coming and presenting. we'll close this. madam secretary, the next item. >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. the next order of business is item 6, public comment on non-agenda items. >> do we have any speaker cards? >> clerk: at this time members of the public who wish to present public comment should call 415-655-001, access code 146-436-7015. when you get in, press star 3 to be placed in the queue. if you are already in the queue, please press star 3.
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the operator will let us know if there are any callers on the line. >> operator: madam secretary, there are no callers on the line. >> clerk: thank you. mr. chair, there are no members of the comment wishing to comment on this item. >> okay. i'll close public comment. madam secretary, please call the next item. >> clerk: the next item is item 7, report of the chair. >> i have no report today. >> clerk: the next order of business is item 8, report of the executive director. >> i have no report either. >> clerk: the next order of business is item 9, commissioners' questions and matters. mr. chair. >> thank you, madam secretary. are there any questions or matters that the commissioners
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want to bring up at this time? seeing none, hearing none -- >> i'm sorry, i was referring to commissioner scott. i would like to raise not a question, but perhaps the executive director to explore the program to reach improvement work. i don't know how many more projects we have that would call for tenant improvement work, but i do think it's an easy or easier access to opportunities for our small businesses if we can include it in the small business program.
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>> do you want to respond? >> no, we'll take it under advisement back to the commission. >> yes. >> can i ask, mara, is that referring to the maintenance of the facility, is that what you're suggesting? >> when we have buildings, office buildings or any development that may have some tenants, the tenant improvement is simply the buildout of the space so that, for instance, there's a park tower where facebook went in, in trans bay, then our program would have been applicable to facebook's interior construction of tenant improvements. >> right.
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all right. madam secretary, please call the next item. >> the next order of business is item 10, closed session. there are no closed session items. the next order of business is item 11, adjournment. >> commissioners, i'll need a motion to adjourn. >> i move that the meeting be adjourned. >> i second. >> thank you, commissioners. we are now adjourned. thank you very much. >> thank you. [♪]
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>> we have been without a major seismic event for over 20 years now. will happen at a moment's notice [♪] >> today we are practising the activation of our department emergency operations center. >> this is really an exercise for us to train, and we are using fleet week and the entire -- the italian heritage festival as the exercise. we have four different sections that are working today. there is operations, and operations basically is our contact with people out in the fields. they are finding out how things are going, and if there are problems, they are letting us know and we can identify through our action plan what what resources are needed and dispatch those resources. they will fill out reports and then the report gets to planning you will identify if additional
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resources need to be happening over a long-term timeframe and then they will provide for that by talking with our logistics staff. the logistic staff logistics staff is the one that will order labor, materials, they will do that, first of all, looking within our own organization, then if we don't have that within our own organization, they will contact the p.o.c. and then they will look at getting resources to us. and then last but importantly as our finance staff. and they are here to make sure that we first of all fill out all the paperwork so in an actual event, when the federal government will be reimbursing s., then we are following the proper protocol, and they are also making sure the money is there in place. >> today in the field we have the environmental service is following the parade, and doing the final cleanup of the parade. and an emergency situation, they would likely be doing something similar to this, only with debris. also in the field is the
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inspectors from the mapping. they are doing some live streaming. >> there is an intersection of beach making sure that everything is safe for our public, our visitors, and everyone participating in the event. >> there will be so many different departments working during a seismic event or any other kind of emergency. they will all have a separate action plan, and we are here making sure that for public works the action plan for that emergency event is actually followed through. >> engineers will likely be doing damage assessment of roads , bridges, overhead passes, architects and engineers as well would be doing damage assessment of facilities and buildings. building repair it would probably be doing some immediate repairs to make facilities operational, especially things
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like shelters, street and sewer repair, as the urban forestry crew also has big equipment that can help clear the roadways. [♪] >> we have been without a major seismic event for over 20 years now, so it is important that we are ready, we know the roles that we need to play, and we are able to act quickly because it will happen at a moment's notice so that is one of the reasons why we do this, and again, the more comfortable we feel in our roles, then the better we can respond quickly to emergencies. >> for an emergency planning communication is very important, and so i can't stress enough the importance of figuring out a communication plan for your family, and for the department. that is why we are practising today how we communicate and interact with each other, how we share information, and how we use that information, and then for the city as a whole, so that
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the city as a halt knows what is going on as well.
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as always, i will ask the presenters and the commissioners and the speakers to mute themselves until called on and ask members of the public, i'll ask you to mute yourselves as well until and unless you are giving comments, that there's not feedback or background noise. before we begin, i'm going to ask everyone to put your hand over your heart and we'll do the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance].
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now at the end of this meeting i'm going to be asking that we adjourn in honor of a firefighter who lost his life today, jason cortez, who spent 13 years with the san francisco fire department, married, two young children, dad was a firefighter as well, and it's such a terrible loss for our city, for our community, and we want to thank him and all of those who serve, who try to help us in the community at great expense to themselves. so i will ask to adjourn in his honor and in honor of all those who serve. we will be giving two minutes for public comment, and with that, i'll ask you to call roll. we should give the number to call is 415-655-001.
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the access code is 146-984-5033. >> thank you, commissioner. commissioner [roll call]. you have a quorum. also with us tonight is director paul henderson from the department of [indiscernible]. >> thank you very much. can you call the first line item? >> line item one, reports to the commission, discussion. providing overview of offences occurring in san francisco. provide a summary of planned activities and events. this will include a brief overview of any activities having an impact on public
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safety. the determining whether the calendar for a future [indiscernible]. >> chief? >> good evening, commissioners, vice-president taylor and executive director henderson. i'll start off this week with our crime trend since our last meeting, and i'll start with the not good news. we are up in homicides ten over this time last year, which is a 34% increase. we did have two homicides throughout the week which i will discuss in detail. right at the end we were up. we had [indiscernible] this time last year. and there is a lot of work to be done there, a lot of work to be done. it is a national trend. in talking to other chiefs of police across the country, this is a trend that's really
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nationwide, and there's a lot of anecdotal information that the mental health, due to the pandemic [indiscernible] no proof of that, but that's some of the discussion that's happening. nonetheless, we will do what we can in our city to try to make this situation better. overall, violent crimes is down from this time last year, 23%, and again, that's led by a reduction in aggravated assaults and a reduction in robberies, but we are up in homicides, and actually we're up in shooting victims as well by 10%, 111 compared to 100 at this time last year. property crime, a little bit better, down overall. however, the bad news there is that we are up significantly in robberies -- i'm sorry, not robberies. in burglaries, and also in car
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thefts. the good news is that we are down significantly in car break-ins, 43% from this time last year, and approximately 50% from 2017. so that's much better news, and that's really what's driving our overall decrease in property crimes here today. our year-to-date total property crime numbers is a 21% [indiscernible] year to date. so we're going to continue to focus on the [indiscernible] as we continue to open up our economy and more people are out, we can keep that going in the right direction. and we are employing strategies to address the burglaries, including increasing patrols. we made some pretty significant
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arrests on burglaries, and we have identified some chronic offenders. we're working with the district attorney's office on that. also we participated in a retail task force, and we had a role in that. san mateo county is actually the lead county on that, along with the california highway patrol, made some significant arrests and recovery of millions of dollars of property, so our retail detail was involved in that. they had a significant role in that in terms of identifying suspects that were also a problem in san francisco, so that's going really well, but that was good news as well in terms of trying to turn this around. as to our shootings, i mentioned that we're up 10% with shooting victims year-to-date. 10 over last year, and the breakdown per station, six of the ten stations were up in shootings, and by districts, the
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stations that are up are bayview, mission, park, eagleside, airville and tenderloin. of those, tenderloin and bayview have the most significant increases. bayview had 38 shooting incidents last year -- i mean 30 last year compared to 38 this year. tenderloin 18 shooting incidents last -- this year compared to 8 last year. so definitely -- that's not the victim. that's the incidents. so the victim counts are different from the incidents. some of the changes are very, very small in number. park, richmond, very small numbers. terville, very small number, but again, the focus is on bayview, mission and tenderloin. those are the three biggest increases in terms of shootings over this time last year. okay, as far as significant incidents, i mentioned there were two homicides this past week. the first one occurred on
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thursday, october 1, and unfortunately this was the result of a robbery gone bad. several suspects approached our robbery victim. they were armed with handguns, and a struggle resulted with the victim struggled with one of the armed suspects. the victim actually grabbed hold of a gun and ended up shooting the robbery suspect and the robbery suspect died from his injuries. the other two suspects got away. we do have significant evidence and leads on this case, so we are working to identify and bring the other suspects into custody, so we do think we will be successful in doing that. really unfortunate situation all around, but the bigger issue is that it was a robbery gone bad and the victim luckily was not injured and did not lose his life as well. the second homicide occurred --
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and that actually happened in the central district in the union square area. the second homicide was on sunday, october 4, at 4:30 in the morning. that was in the mission. our officers responded to a person that had been struck in the head, and they found the victim lying on the sidewalk with a large laceration to his head. the victim was unconscious but still alive when the officers arrived. he was transported to the hospital as our officers tried to render aid, and unfortunately and sadly he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. the witness statements and video from the area shows that the victim was walking in the area when two individuals began to basically drive up on him, one individual in the vehicle basically struck our victim in the head, and that is what we believe was the fatal injury.
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the suspect exited and begins [indiscernible] numerous times, and then the suspect returned to the vehicle and left the area. we do have video evidence. we have photos from those videos, from surveillance cameras that were in the area, privately owned, and we are looking to identify our suspect in that case, so if anyone has any information, please call our tip line 415-575-4444, and you can remain anonymous. couple of other highlights of significant arrests this week and significant incidents, there was a shooting at gilman and ingels in bayview district. 13 rifle rounds were recovered from the location. two vehicles involved, and one of the victims were -- ended up transporting themselves to the hospital, and we found out that
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the victim was shot at that location. it was we believe a gunfight with shooting back and forth and nobody in custody at this point, so that is an ongoing investigation. again, anybody with any information that might help solve that, please call our tip line. second incident was at montgomery and market in central. this was on october 2. two victims were walking down market street when the suspects began to follow them. an altercation ensued, subject grabbed one of the victims, produced a gun and shot at the victim as the victim tried to run away. we did make an arrest on that case, so that subject was taken into custody. we had a couple of other arrests of note that i'd like to mention tonight. on september 30 our tenderloin officers arrested an aggravated assault suspect, and this particular suspect had actually
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attacked two elderly victims in the tenderloin. one victim was a 78-year-old female. as far as we know, these were unprovoked attacks. this person struck the victim in the head, caused her to lose consciousness, and she also suffered a broken hip during the fall. the second victim was a 71-year-old female, and as far as we can tell, that was also an unprovoked attack. this victim was also struck by the suspect and found unconscious on the ground. we were able to identify a suspect in this case, and that suspect was arrested and is still in custody. and the last incident of note, there was an assault of a victim in a wheelchair. this occurred on september 15 at 11:48 in the evening at 16th and mission. our victim was an employee of a
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local restaurant in the area and had just served the suspect food when he went outside he saw the suspects outside. they demanded more food. they became boisterous and they followed the victim and actually retrieved a handgun and shot at the victim. video evidence was confirmed, and we were able to follow up on that video evidence and actually made an arrest on that case on september 30. so that suspect is also still in custody and our investigators and officers did a really good job, and this is where knowing your area, knowing who's hanging out in your area really matters, and the officers did a really good job there. a couple of other things of note, moving on, during the last couple weeks supervisor introduced legislation to curb some of what we're seeing in the
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city in terms of the stunt driving, also known as side shows. as you all know, these events are really problematic, really dangerous. we've had numerous complaints from community members about these things, which typically happen late at night, and the supervisor's legislation will put a little bit more teeth and hopefully traction into the ability to impound and hold cars when people are involved in these events, and also we have really worked internally to create a better response, a more effective response, so we created lots of training. we now have a -- we believe a very sound plan that has actually for the last couple of weeks has been employed and has worked in terms of disrupting these shows. we have impounded at least a couple cars and issued citations
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and word has gotten out that our response is more effective than it has been in the past, so that's good news, we feel. always try to refine, we're working with the other agencies in surrounding areas who also have this problem. it's a bay area problem, and it's not going away any time soon, so we're going to do everything we can to train, to make sure we use the laws that we do have effectively and work with the supervisor with his legislation to see if we can put a little bit more teeth into the local ordinances to give us a little bit more tools in our arsenal to deal with this issue. and i will keep the commission informed on that. october is pink patch month, and we on october 1st we kicked off our breast cancer awareness month, and as the pink patches were approved by the commission a couple of years ago, we are, again, wearing pink patches during the month, and also those
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patches, if anybody wants to donate to help cancer research, breast cancer research, those are also available for donation, and we have had money go to the bay area cancer foundation to help with research, so definitely we appreciate the public support on that in the past two years, and we're looking forward to making a difference this year as well. this month is also domestic violence months, and october is domestic violence month, and city hall, if you haven't seen it already, is lit in purple to remind everyone about domestic violence and to be vigilant and aware to try to reduce and stop domestic violence from occurring. so that everybody's aware of it. and the last thing that i will report, there has been news both national and local about homeland security, specifically ice, doing enforcement
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operations, immigration enforcement operations in the bay area. so i reached out to the homeland security special agent in charge today to see exactly what has happened in our city because the way it's been portrayed on the news is that they were gonna do this work in san francisco. so it is a bay area -- san francisco bay area initiative. what i was informed today is there was one arrest on september 29 for an individual who had previously been deported several times and was in the country illegally. he was arrested, and that was the only arrest in the city of san francisco. i just want to remind the public that the sprisk police department does not participate in those, we do not engage in
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any type of immigration enforcement. that has been the case and will continue to be the case and we're not involved in that in any form or fashion. so if there is any other information that comes of this, i will let the commission know what we find out, but as i said, so far there was one arrest and that was announced a couple of weeks ago by the federal government. that's it for my portion of the report if the commission has any questions. >> thank you, chief. >> yes, first and foremost i want to say thank you, chief, for providing the stations who are seeing the uptick in violence. i know i asked for that a couple of months ago. so i appreciate that. i wanted to share my frustration along with the frustration of the community just around this increase in homicides. i mean, if you think about just a year ago, a year and a half ago, we adopted the vision zero
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on homicides, and the fact that we have a pandemic, we're beginning to re-enter back into the city or reopen the city, there's an increase in homicides, i just -- just are we -- i want to know if the homicides themselves, are they linked? is it turf issues? you did express one was a robbery that was gone bad, but as a member of the public, are there things that folks should be doing and looking out for, you know, during this time? i mean, with so much going on and it was also frustrating to see that out of the six stations, you know, bayview and eagleside are in the same district. we know what's going on in the tl. we know what's going on in the mission, and already those communities that have been hit hard by the pandemic now on top of the pandemic and all the trauma that are going on in these communities, we're seeing an uptick in the violence. we know we have the gun buyback programs. what are some of the things that, you know, that the department is doing and also what are some things that we as
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members of the public, you know, can do to really assist with this and with what's going on? >> if -- thank you for that question, and the ones that we believe to be linked to either some type of turf dispute or gang-related, we've actually had pretty good success in terms of identifying those and taking people and guns into custody. there have been a number of these, like the two that i mentioned that happened this past week, totally random violence. i mean, robbery gone bad. the second one we believe people didn't know each other. it was a -- we believe that just got out of control, and that one was not a firearm, but the person had something in his hands that would allow him to kill, take somebody's life. there have been a number of those too. there have been a number where
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it's just random violence. we had one a couple of weeks ago. it happened during the course of the side show. probably in terms of rival or anything that would cause retaliation that we know of, but again, we got a bunch of people together and tempers flare and somebody has a gun and then it goes bad. so there have been a number of those. we have had a couple of homicides that -- where we really don't know. people found in their houses and that type of thing. not that many, though. only a few of those. but the ones that are the -- all of them are concerning, but the ones that are i think the most problematic are the ones where there's a high likelihood of retaliation, and those are the ones where we've done a fairly good job i think in identifying which ones are in those categories and identifying the people involved.
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one that's really, you know, problematic that we are working too hard to solve is the death of the 6-year-old kid, jace. you know, we're working as hard as we can to solve that. there's evidence that we have that hopefully will materialize into something that amounts to a prosecutable case, but there's still a lot of work to be done on that case. you know, 12 hours after that there was a second homicide that we believe was probably some rival gang-related issues going on, and we have identified that person, so they are all problematic, but the ones that are rival gang-related or those ones usually spark additional violence, and those that we really try to focus on and identify. we focus on all, but definitely we want to stop the next shooting from occurring, so that's working with the community, working with svip, strt for the wraparound services to the family, all the things
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that we believe will prevent future homicides from occurring. i know director sutton presented some of the strategies that we've employed. we are also working with california partnerships as director sutton said in her presentation, that we believe will help us in our processes in terms of reviewing shootings and getting everybody on the same page and working with the other cities where there is connectivity between our shootings and homicides and there are a lot of those where they are connected to either people with san francisco roots that live now in other cities and there's violence there and there's violence here and it's going back and forth, so that's going to take some collaboration, and we are doing that, but there's always room to get better, but definitely it's disturbing and something we're working hard to turn around. >> yeah, no, absolutely. i appreciate that, chief. i said just frustrating to go from a vision zero to again an
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uptick in shooting victims and homicides and a couple of meetings ago we actually talked about the ambassador program as well too, and while we're -- union square, i hope that we will do our due diligence to say that there are other communities in areas in san francisco that can benefit from that program and having folks and boots on the ground that can give intel and give insight to things that are being seen, sometimes members of community are coming forward. so i just wanted to make sure that that is out there. >> commissioner, thank you, and i did mention as -- mentioned in the presentation a couple of weeks ago, we were awarded from the state of california a grant to help us tackle this issue. it's the 1.5 million dollar grant, and a big component of that is developing these community partnerships and working with entities such as the california partnerships to help us refine what we're doing, so we're really excited about that, and i know it's not an
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immediate thing, but we do believe that that's going to pay some dividend. >> thank you, and chief, you know, as i know you know, as we talked about a few times with the commission, so much -- i mean, these numbers are horrifying, these stats are horrifying, the increases in homicide, it's -- you know, there's no word for it. but as you know, a lot of these cases, i mean, the problem is members of the community don't come forward, or they will come forward and they will talk to police off the record. they won't be willing to go on the record because for often very good reasons, because they are afraid of retaliation within their communities. it might be because they don't trust police, but generally the ones talking to police off the record don't want to go on the record because they are afraid of something else, and so i don't know what the department is doing to kind of -- because these cases, you know, sometimes it's wonderful and they are
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solved through forensic evidence alone, but a lot of the times that's not the case, and we need members of the community to actually come forward to help solve these homicides, and so what has been a part -- and there's just no way around that. so what is the department doing to better engage the communities to help assuage the fears of people who do talk to police offline? i know there are plenty of members of the community, despite what they believe, plenty of members of the black community and black and brown folks will talk to police off the record, but not want to be on the record. so what are you doing to further engage so that people will feel comfortable coming forward so we can help solve some of these murders so we don't have so many moms grieving for their children tonight and every night? >> yes, commissioner, so a lot of that is really -- it boils down to relationships and trust, and you know, it goes without saying that the events of this year have set back trust in terms of law enforcement in
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general. so in some areas where we never had trust to begin with, we have to try to gain trust, and some areas where we had some trust, that's been shaken by all the events that have happened, not so much locally, at least this year, not so much locally, but national events. so it's -- and we understand that, and definitely one of the many things that we're doing is really doubling down on that community engagement. so we're building an enhanced community liaison program which we hope to be off the ground really in the next couple of weeks, and i'll keep the commission posted as that gets rolled out. in terms of some of what was presented to the commission last week in terms of what director sutton presented in the genesis program and working with community groups, particularly some of the kids and some of the hardes hardest-hit neighborhoods, they matter, and i listen to the kids. i've gone and spoken with them.
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just having that relationship, having the dialogue over time, it increases trust and confidence in the police department. and we know that to be a fact. it doesn't happen overnight. officers knowing the area, i mentioned this a little while ago. in the cases where arrests were made because officers knew people who are in the community that they work, really, really important, and oftentimes when that information comes our way, you know, we have to do everything possible to protect people from being in harm's way, and that goes a long way as well, because like you said, for legitimate reasons sometimes people don't want to be involved, and that is not necessarily because they don't want to. it's because they are afraid for their lives, and we've seen that go tragically wrong, where people have been harmed and killed for giving information, or testifying. so these are the things that we
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have to work with. working with the district attorney's office and victim services to make sure that victims and witnesses know what services are out there. all of those things come into play, but it really gets down to building relationships because i don't care what academic study you look at in terms of policing, when there's trust, when there's relationships, there's more cooperation in terms of reports being filed when they need to be filed, in terms of witness cooperation, and those things really matter, so it's all about relationships, and that goes to reform and how we treat people and those types of things as well. so it all goes together, and we're working on all of it, but we'll continue to push forward. >> thank you. >> thank you. so yeah, i mean, i think it's obviously -- as everybody has
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raised, incredibly tragic, the uptick in violent crime, and i think it's fair also in the observation that, you know, this isn't just a local issue. this has everything to do with our community, but it's happening across the nation, so you know, i think it -- it raises a lot of issues that unfortunately i think that we're seeing occur outside of policing, right? i mean, at the point after which one of these shootings or homicides happen, you know, we hope the police have what they need to solve it and resolve it properly, but you know, i think this is kind of a reflection that some of the discussions that happen [indiscernible] where we put resources, and i think that the mayor and the
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board of supervisors took some good steps to address some of the communities that have really been impacted and addressed it in ways that can return resources to those communities and hopefully, you know, a lot of this is coming out of poverty and difficult circumstances and, you know, i appreciate that the department is trying to address this, but i think it's always been a bigger issue that we need to address holistically through our city government and how we allocate resources in the future. one of the issues -- i had a question about the side show thing. i saw a news report about that, and what -- whose cars are being taken away? the people that are doing the side shows or people that are
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just at the side shows? because i would think that -- i couldn't find the statute online, but can you explain a little bit more about that, chief? >> yes, commissioner. thank you. if we can verify and prove that a person is participating in the dangerous driving -- we call it stunt driving is the term we're using, that person's car will be impounded if we can tie that car to the event and put a driver behind the wheel. if we can put a driver behind the wheel, it will be probably an arrest too. that's a focus. somebody that just showed up, unless they are otherwise breaking the law, we have no impound authority on those. and even with the legislation, proposed legislation as written, spectator who is not believed to be involved in the actual event or the stunt driving, we have no authority to impound those
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vehicles. i know that's something that's been looked at, but really the cars that have been impounded at this point are people who were involved in the actual dangerous, reckless activity. >> i have seen some of the videos, but okay, yeah, i just -- the news reports were kind of vague about it, and i just wanted to make sure that it wasn't just somebody who was, you know, at the area or observing or losing their vehicle, or what is it, for two weeks or something like that? am i right? >> the legislation, commissioner, the proposed legislation, if it passes, two weeks for the first offence. next offence, up to 30 days, and every subsequent offence. >> okay. that was the only question i had. thank you, chief. >> thank you. >> thank you. chief, do you have anything else or should we move on to the next
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item? >> that's it for this portion of my report, my presentation. >> thank you. can you call the next item? >> item 1, report on recent vpa activities and announcements. it will be limited to a brief report. commissioner discussions will be limited. presentation of the august 2020 [indiscernible]. >> good evening, everyone. >> director henderson, i think you're muted. >> i was, sorry. okay, so i've got my regular stats here for everyone as an update. currently we are at the number of cases that have been opened, 628. this time last year we were at 568, so in terms of cases
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closed, we've closed 691 cases. this time last year we had closed 469 cases. cases pending are 374. this time last year we were at 408. we sustained 33 cases so far this year. this time last year we had sustained 39 cases. we have 31 cases that are still pending but are past 270 days old with their investigations. this time last year we were at 47 cases past 270 days. that number is down five cases from our last commission. in terms of cases mediated, we've mediated 30 cases this year. this time last year we were at 27 cases. the new section for this report, i'm also now reporting on the number of cases that are pending, both with the chief and with police commission, we have
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34 cases that are open and pending with the chief, and we have 13 cases that are open and pending with a police commission. the monthly statistics are current and up to date. they have just been filed, and those records are also online as well. i just talked about cases in terms of the outreach that we've been doing in the office, and there's been quite a lot of it. those numbers i was just reading reflect, again, a lot of that work is being done remotely. this month we presented at the central station community meeting. we hosted a virtual panel on oversight agencies, and that was with a number of staff here in the office. we participated in a virtual stakeholder engagement series
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with the magic, and at the women's building focused on san francisco organizations sharing community resources. this week my chief of staff, sarah hawkins, attended sfpd's cmcr coordinated response training critical mindset, and we are giving the know your rights presentation for the youth commission. that will be this month as well. additionally we have a mediation conference that's going to be held at the end of this month, and a group of my staff members, ten of them, both on the legal and the investigative teams, will be participating, and the training on ab392, that's the new use of force policy with the department. also our executive staff will be attending the reverse training on saturday to prepare them for attending the cit trainings in the future.
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that's the department. a lot of things are still ongoing, but 1421 report is given monthly, and that has been filed. all of that information is on the website, as well as the public portal. for my of the path releases that have been made according to 1421, we've been spending a lot of time this week preparing and getting ready for the audit, which is already scheduled and on the agenda for this commission, and that is the update, so far. >> thank you. next item? >> the next item going to be presentation of the august 2020 report. >> who is that? >> oh, sorry, i was like, oh, let's get to it. umm . . .
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oh, i see, that is me. sorry. i didn't turn the page. sorry, sorry, sorry. yeah, the statistical report has already been filed, and it's included in the summary. it's usually there on the consent calendar, but i think that was it that i was just reading was the statistical reports. oh, but there it is. sorry. the complaint summary is the year-to-date for 2020 total complaints received so far to date is 558 complaints. this time last year the
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complaint summary was 504 complaints received. that's all i've got. >> okay. i see no questions from commissioners, so let's call the next line item. >> those are for up through and including august, not to date, for the statistical report, to be clear. >> okay. >> sorry. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> sergeant? >> commissioner report. commissioner reports will be limited to a brief description of activities and announcements -- commission president's report, commissioner's report, commission announcements and schedule of items identified for consideration ot future commission meetings. >> thank you. i have a report this week, and the chief mentioned that this
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is -- october is domestic violence awareness month, and so this could not be more fitting. so there's an incredible organization in san francisco called home free, and folks in the public on the commission may not may not know this. so until 1992, survivors of domestic violence, they were not allowed -- who were convicted of killing their partner, were not allowed to submit evidence of, you know, the previous history of abuse in their trials or during their parole hearings. in 2012, there was legislation that was put forward to rectify the path, the advancement, there's over 100 of them right now sitting in prison for killing their abusers who were never allowed to enter abuse of the horrific abuse they endured. that law was changed in 2013, and there were all these women
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sitting in prison. there's an incredible organization called home free that i, you know, am so kind of in awe of and, you know, do whatever i can in terms of trying to get their message out and help for any of us who have worked with domestic violence victims, it's incredible what they do. they help the survivors find housing when they are released. they help in parole and commutation hearings to -- history of domestic violence. so you can see where i'm going with this. so there is a woman, an incredible woman who i won't name because she didn't give me permission and i don't want to put her, but who spent 34 years in prison. she is 67 years old. she's a cancer survivor. she killed her abuser after eight years of unspeakable torture, just unspeakable things happened to this lady. she was finally released from prison six months ago because
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the governor amazingly commuted her sentence and bypassed parole. and so this woman's incredible. home free helped to find her housing. she's in a wheelchair. she just got a brand new electric wheelchair. and she, you know, was using her wheelchair for the first time and the wheelchair broke down. [please stand by]
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>> vice president taylor: and i won't say this woman's name. the horrible experiences and name calling they endure because of the uniforms they wear are not at all who they are as evidenced by yesterday. they stepped up in the kindest way possible to help me and
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blank with the most unusual request. with super heros in blue coming to the rescue and happiest day and ending possible. really, i want to communicate my thank you on behalf of this woman, on behalf of home free. you really made a difference in
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someone's life who has endured unimaginable, so i wanted to take my time to commend those officers that did something special. that's my time. commissioner brookter? >> commissioner brookter: you yield your time. >> vice president taylor: i yield my time. >> commissioner brookter: i'll be really brief. just wanted to shout out some of the folks that commissioner hamasaki and i had a chance to work with. they're working around d.g.o. 701, and it's around nonpsychological youth who are in detention or custody. i really wanted to make sure that we have the voice of the
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youth. we've had a couple of meetings, and, of course, we look forward to bringing that d.g.o. to the commission as we continue to make progress. we're meeting consistently and frequently, so it's been great something those meetings. and then, also, i wanted to share, so commissioner dejesus and i had a conversation with some of the officers for justice. and during this conversation that we had, it was brought to us and i want to bring forward to the commission that there's been further consideration to actually have a two-sided laminat laminated decal at the front
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and back doors of the entry, too. it would be at no cost to the part as the did ecals would be bought and paid for, but i wanted you to know the conversation that's been had. there's a prototype that i'll share. it says sfpd, and black lives matter. that's something in addition to the great posters we already have inside the stations, but i look forward to bringing that back to the commission and working with commission folks on that.
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>> commissioners, may i comment? >> vice president taylor: yes, yes. >> we are prepared to put the decals in the station. i have the decals, i have the prototypes, and we're ready to put them up in the stations. >> by all means, chief, i don't want to held anything up. >> vice president taylor: all right. anything -- i see nothing else from other commissioners, so if we can call the next line item. >> clerk: next line item, line item 2, discussion and possible action to approve draft department general order 1.08,
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community policing, for meeting with the san francisco police officers association as required by law. >> vice president taylor: okay. do we need public comment or -- >> clerk: yes. members of the public who wish to enter public comment dial
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415-600-0001, enter meeting i.d. 1469648533, press pound, and pound again, and press star, three to be entered into the queue. there is no public comment. >> vice president taylor: okay. next line item. >> clerk: discussion and possible action to adopt revised department general order 10.11, body-worn cameras, meet and confer draft was approved by the commission on january 10, 2018. discussion and possible objection. >> there are a number of items
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tied into this department general order. it took longer than we had hoped to get to this point, but i do want to point out in terms of this public process, over -- between the sur ways and the process that were put together by commander lozar. i know we get questions about the pace of reform, about the pace that it takes. i think, at the end of the day, we definitely want to get better with the pace, but our processes are better in terms of community involvement. i'll say thank you for the feedback and turn it over for
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presentation. >> good evening, vice president taylor, director henderson, examine commissioners. this evening, commander fong and i are going to present not only on d.g.o. 1.08, but the community policing plan. -- but we're going to present on the community policing plan. okay. onto page 2. okay. so i'll start off with page 2, and i just want to emphasize what chief scott mentioned, the tremendous amount of foundational work and [inaudible] it involved a lot of people that came to the
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table in the form of a [inaudible] working group. and it was that effort that made this a success. so if you look at slide two, it provides the road map, and i would not remiss in not thanking the controller's office [inaudible] who helped us formulate the plan and formulate the general order. so a lot of work from will -- the controller's office. if you look at this, it's really kind of a four-step process. the road map was an objective to support community engagement, to support policing practices. step two is the strategy to formulate a community policing strategic plan that outlines goals, objectives, and community updates. then we did action, and then
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metrics. how are you going to measure this? metrics to document the progress of and continuous improve community policing efforts to incorporate policing data into crime stratly. so moving onto slide 3 -- strategy. so move onto slide 3, recommendation 40.01 spoke about [inaudible] and measurable outcomes related to community policing. basically, developing a community policing plan that would govern how we worked in collaboration with the community. we called over all the country to see if we could get a plan that would give us a jump will-off point to see if there was one being used by an agency
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that was comfortable, and we couldn't find one. so we started from scratch, and i'll describe it in a man. we're really happy about the process. on slide four, i must say, beginning in 2017, we invited over 100 individuals representing the police department, nonprofit agencies, faith-based and community organizations, and over the course of a year to arrive at the development of both the strategic plan and a general order. in true collaborative order and fellowship, many who contributed did not support the police or the department. they did, however, support the important of distributing to the strategic plan and general order. so on behalf of chief tot and the department, i cannot think enough all of the stakeholders who -- scott and the department, i cannot thank enough all of the stakeholders
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who provided input. the organizations collected on this slide include the department of police accountability, police commission, mission local, live memorial, justice for mario woods coalition, the healing circle, the tenderloin people's congress, the university of san francisco, the university of california san francisco, the street violence intervention program, hayes valley association, the union square b.i.d., the sf board of supervisors, ccdc community advocate, brothers against guns, the san francisco unified school district, our district station community police advisory boards, public defender's office, district attorney's office, city
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agencies, the sf bar association, the first republic bank director, dcyf, inner city youth, and y.c.d., the youth community developer, and thank you, commissioner brookter, i believe, who attended a few meetings and helped move this process forward. next slide, please. so the plan reflected an outreach to over 500 representatives of organizations across the city and more than 100 sworn members across all ranks in the department we start department. we started in the fall 2017 and spring of 2018 during the executive sponsor working group
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meetings. we designed the planning process, facilitated the meetings, conducted research and analysis, and summarized reach phase of the planning process into components of the community policing strategic plan. next slide, please. executive sponsor working group conducted and reviewed national community policing best practice research. as i mentioned, we called all over the country, we looked at the president's task force on 21 century policing and tenants for justice. we also went back to surveying sfpd and community organization members. we sent out through the department 308 surveys about community missing and community ingaugement to 500 individuals. so a quote that i have here that's also in the community policing strategic plan is that it was truly a collaborative effort with approximately 150 sfpd and community members attending with meetings held
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over a year of development. we got to the point where [inaudible] people came in, they left. people came in from the street, they sat down, they provided some input, but all voices matter. if you could move over to slide 7, you'll see our timeline. 15 meetings for the community policing strategic plan started from june 2017 to may 18. we talked about gaps and challenges and opportunities and history and stakeholders and themes. as the summer months came on, we talked about vision and value does, and then into the fall, we started talking about practices and stakeholder planning. and then in february, we did some more research and refined on us goals in the spring, and we finally got through the plan by may 2016. to solidify the strategic plan,
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chief scott and i, with the support of the controller's office, authored an article in the international association of chiefs of police magazine that was distributed all throughout the country. the article was how to build a successful community strategic policing plan. next slide, please. once we finalized the plan as required, we then built department general order 1.08. you can see the timeline with this. many of the participants that helped us with the strategic plan stayed for the general order 1.08, and as commander fong will explain, many of the d.o.j. recommendations on policing have been placed in
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the general guidelines. we had breakout sessions, we created a draft, and then, we final liesed it in june 2019. there were 20 meetings that went into the department general plan and 15 community gatherings, so 35 meetings that went into the department general order 1.08. just so this wasn't a plan that just ended up on a shelf, we wanted to incorporate that into the general order, we wanted it to indicate to every member of the department and to the community, that whatever we do
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with regard to community policing and community engagement would be around the five goals and 21 objectives. briefly as i conclude and move onto commander fong, i'll briefly read that the sfpd is committed to creating a safe, healthy, and vibrant community. we recognize that our role as protectors is rooted in empathy, protection, and mutual respect. we partner and engage with community members and organizations collaboratively identify and problem solve local challenges that increase safety for residents, business, and officers. all members of the sfpd involve the following values which encompasses the tenets of procedures and justices in 21 century policing and in doing so spriev to earn the public's support, respect, and confidence. this is language from the community.
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these are the sake holders that were at the table that really took this wording seriously. there was a lot of meetings about wordsmithing and moving statements around, and this is what we came up with. we respect the neighborhoods and communities we work with. we nurture relationships and encourage all san francisco community members to take an active role in local issues. honest industry and transparency. we develop and maintain honest and transparent communication with the communities we serve, and finally, responsibility and
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accountability. we will be held accountability for our actions by ourselves and others. so that's going to be placed right in the first page of the general order. and then, the last slide i'll talk about before turning it over is that these are the five goals, and the 21 objectives are in the fully flushed-out version of the departmedepartmen departmedepartment -- of the department's department goals. open and honest dialogue between the sfpd and san francisco community. number two, education. sfpd trains and is trained by the community it serves. problem solving. collaborative working partnerships between sfpd and community members and organizations to identify and address local topics of concern. number four, relationship building. strong, trusting, and respectful relationships between the sfpd and all facets of san francisco community, and
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finally, sfpd organization leads community policing efforts and demonstrates the guardian mindset. so a couple of final thoughts that i'd like to share is one, i received a call this evening from julie tran, who reminded me that with the adoption of general order 5.17 on -- on bias, free policing, that there's long that we may want to change on page 3. with regards to relationship building, with regards to bias, we say bias free. i thank julie for that phone call this evening. and the last thing, with report to 40.1, one of the 272 recommendations that outlines the community policing strategic plan, cone the d.o.j. and hillard -- both the d.o.j.
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and hillard hines have said we are in compliance with this program. and with that, i'll turn it over to commander fong. >> my name is darryl fong, commander of the department's communications division. i'd like to begin first also by thanking the community policing executive sponsor working group and stakeholders for all their input and assistance in the development of the community policing strategic plan as well as department general order 1.08 on community policing. this revised community policing general order implements into policy components of 34 recommendations under the d.o.j. collaborative reform initiative. as presented by deputy chief lozar, division value, goals, and objectives outlined in the strategic plan serve as the foundation for the community policing general order.
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these values, goals, and objectives are highlighted at the beginning of the general order and defines community policing for our members as a mindset through which officers build transparent, collaborative, and trusting relationships with the community they serve and is built on a flot at that fee of a guardian mindset where officers feel like part of the community and not separating from it. under this, captains are expected to provide officers with time and resources to participate in community policing and community
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engagements. now, the department utilizes community engagement to reflect a community policing mindset through actions which the department members seek to build trust and relationships through -- under the community policing engagement strategy, all department members are expected to seek out and engage in interaction with community members. community events should be hoefded in building community trust and relationships. planning in participation in events should help broaden and deepen the dialogue with community groups, leaders, as
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well as activist groups and community members to help develop trust, and community relationships. the implementation of the community orients policing falls under the communication engagement division which was established in 2017 under a d.o.j. recommendation to establish a unit which oversees community policing throughout the department. under this order, the commander of the community engagement division is responsible for monitoring community policing and staffing --
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[inaudible] >> -- to all members videos from the chief which highlight community policing values, topics for discussion, along with officers who exemplify leadership in the community the department also utilized the community police advisory
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boards to serve as a liaison between district station captain and community members. also provides a venue for consultation, collaborative problem solving, and a location for community to voice their concerns. this forum meets on a monthly or quarterly basis to provide a venue for consultation, collaborative problem solving, and addressing community concerns. the department also utilizes district station news letters to engage the community in which district stations captains will publish in a weekly newsletter posted in standard information on the department's website. this is useful to inform the community on district captains' messages, priorities, community
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engagement events, crime trends, and promoting police communities, as well as obtaining community feedback. the department also hosts town haul meetings within ten days of a shooting to release body-worn camera video, the explanation of an investigative process and to listen to the community's concerns. now to ensure that community policing and adoption strategy is adopted throughout the department, each department is can required to drost an annual
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community policing plan. this is in response to a d.o.j. recommendation recommending that the department should expand its community policing programs throughout the entire agency to ensure that each unit has a written strategic plan embraying community policing with meshable goals and progress. now under this order, each district station implements an annual policing strategy within their unit. this is outlined by the department's community policing strategic plan. the plans contain measurable goals in order to identify and measure progress, expands and unifies strategy across all
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departments. the department has also incorporated an accountability measure through the creation of internal and strernl committees -- external committees to monitor and inform strategies. now as a result, these community policing review committees will be comprised of senior leaders and captains within the department, including the department chief of field races, the commander of the community engagement division, district captain's representatives from the various police districts, the training division, as well as community liaison officers. external stakeholders include community representatives from the department of police accountability, sf safe, the department of public health, the city controller's office, the community police advisory
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board, as well as other identified external community stakeholders. duties and responsibilities will include incorporating community feedback into crime as well as community policing strategies, and developing cross organizational goals utilizing best practice research while auditing to ensure that community policing goals and outcomes are met. to measure effectiveness, the department has established a data collection and metric process within the policy. as part of the community engagement tracking and data collection process, district captains shall routinely track all the community engagement activities, and the captains will collect data. these data results will be included in an only reporting prosk provided by community policing. the community engagement
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division will provide peer audits. community oriented policing and problem solving will also utilize a standardized methodology and strategy when addressing community issues or problem solving, including community in the response, as well, utilizing proven problem solving models to work through and identify issues. now under the community policing metrics, the community engagement division shall utilize community policing methods. they shall share results with the department on an annual basis with community performance goals being
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reevaluated on a continual basis through established established groups and committees. officers are now evaluated on community policing efforts, community engagement goals, positive community interactions, as well as problem resolution. officers are awarded for standard award practices for outstanding accomplishments in community policing, engagement, and formalized problem solving which we codified in department awards. the community engagement
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division will stay abreast of national community policing and best practices. the commune engagement division will work closely with the training division to ensure that the training curriculum is consistent with such practices. if there's ongoing review of national best practices and updated training curriculum, all members will be required to attend community policing training every two years, with field training officers required to deliver community policing training to recruits during the field training program. members will also be required to maintain community of community policing best practices. as they'll maintain written knowledge of the president's leadership task force on 21 century policing. in closing, to summarize to
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date, some of the accomplishments under community policing include the department's adoption of a community strategic plan which guides the community policing efforts and how members engage and work collaboratively with the community. 21 century policing concepts and attendance of procedural justice have been adopted and implements into all aspects of community policing training. the chief's media advisory forums have been reestablished to collaborate on community concerns. distri every department unit will be required to produce an annual community policing strategy and plan embracing community policing with measurable goals. community policing strategies are coordinated and discussed at the captain's monthly meetings as well as crime strategy meetings.
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the implementation of standardized news letters for all district stations disseminating information to the public. the coordination of town hall meetings within ten days of an officer involved shootings to increase transparency and increase trust with the public, and the community survey page, which has been added to the department website as an improvement loop for the department. and that concludes my presentation. i'd like to acknowledge the project manager and the assistant project manager who worked on construction of this general order, so thank you, commission.
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i' i'm happy to take some questions now. >> vice president taylor: thank you so much, d.c. lozar and kmonder fong, for that presentation. from everything what i've heard -- commander fong, for that presentation. from everything that i've heard, that is how community feedback should occur. this seems to be a -- there seems to believe a lot of committees, and i'm sure how committees work. i wanted to give you an idea to
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flush that out a little did he tell. second, the only thing that i've heard is how long this d.g.o. staffed in concurrence for a year. i want to know why it happened and what we can do to rectify it in the future. >> okay. commander fong, you or i. i can talk about the committees, just briefly about the committees. vice president taylor, you're talking about the implementation committee and oversight committee. the thought was we would have an implementation that listens to community policing in the city, the state, and the country and then work with the captains and the department to implement it. the oversight committee would
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review the community policing practices, would review problem solving, problem oriented policing and problem solving, the work that's being done on the ground at the station level, and they would hold the members, the personnel, the captains accountable, to make sure that they're doing right and they're doing it. so we figured we would have two separate committees with these two separate lenses that we wanted to look at. >> vice president taylor: thank you. that's more clear to me. and then, the second question? >> well, has been explained by the chief, and i'll also say that, you know, we really wanted to take our time. we wanted to get the executive sponsor working group and have a lot of people, a lot of input, a lot of meetings. as i mentioned in the timeline that we kicked off, 35 meetings, we were meeting every two weeks. and then, when it got to -- this work just takes a lot of
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time. the foundational work does take a lot of time. and then, we got to a point where a year ago, transitional command, i was promoted to investigation. commander fong was promoted to community implementation, and some things got moved to priority. and as you can see, here we are. we wanted to take the time, and i think we got it right. >> vice president taylor: commissioner elias? >> commissioner elias: i want to thank you for your work on this. i've been receiving a lot of feedback and positive comments on this d.g.o. in the process. i really want to commend you, d.c. lozar, and commander fong,
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on your ability to be very inclusive when it comes to these working groups. as commissioner taylor had indicated, i think the models to move away from that, which i'm hoping we don't, because i think one of the complaints that often comes up is there's too many people and nobody gets heard and nothing it done. but i think your d.g.o. and your leadership in this working group has proven that wrong. in looking at the huge list of contributors in this working group, it's really great to see how all of these different groups and individuals came together to provide input to this d.g.o., and i really hope from this point forward, the department and the commission use this as a model when we are talking about working groups and being inclusive and
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including various meetings. even if it means that we have to have a few more meetings, and even if it means we have to sit and listen to people whose opinions differ from ours. so great job, and thank you for all of your hard work. >> thank you. >> vice president taylor: commissioner hamasaki? >> commissioner hamasaki: sorry. thank you. thank you, commander, and -- fong and d.c. lozar. commissioner taylor and brookter raised the issues about the problems between communities in san francisco, primarily, the police community and the black community in san francisco. it seems like everybody in the
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working group tried to find ways to address the breakdown that's occurred. it's not a recent thing. this is something that's gone on, i guess forever in this country. but it is good to see us taking some concrete steps to address this. i was wondering, and as i was sitting here wednesday night, is there any of this that promotes or encourages or allows for officers -- i think we do volunteer work or volunteer in the community as a way of rebuilding relationships with the community, right? i understand, you know, what we all do on our day jobs while we're getting paid, but a lot of the complaints that have occurred have been that, you know, the police aren't part of
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the community or they're not they don't have any stake in the community. is that a component in this? are folks, officers going to be giving back outside of working hours or is this just for on duty work? >> well, commissioner, i'll just say this. you know, the relationships that are built through our communities and department programs, i think allow for the opportunity to extend that into voluntary capacities, as well. i know we work with a number of community-based organizations, and those relationships that we have and participation with our programs within the department allow our members to volunteer or extend that on their own time, as well.
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so utilizing as an opportunity, it's to build on the relationships that we currently have in place and efforts to enhance trust in the community. >> commissioner, i would just like to add to what commander fong said. this definitely promotes the importance of that relationship, although on or off duty, and although it doesn't specifically spell it out, i can tell you based on, like, police activities league, we encourage officers to coach young people so that they can get to know them and build relationships so that young people will see a police car, and instead of not liking them, they'll say, wow, i wonder if that's my coach? the other thing, commissioner
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hamasaki is focusing on the academy and how much we focus on volunteering and giving back. you may notice all the year, the academy is required to focus on chinatown night out or paint a mural or helping the elderly. we were encouraging them to be coaches while in the academy, and when he said, when you get off of probation and field training, we want you to a coach. the spirit of the department is really for our officers to give back. we do that, and i think this policy promotes the importance of it, although it doesn't necessarily spell it out. a lot of our department members do engage in a lot of volunteering outside of this spot. does that answer your question? >> commissioner hamasaki: yeah, i think that would be, as i'm
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sitting here, i think we estimate we spend at least ten on a slow week to 15 hours, up to 20 hours a week volunteering to make our city better t. would be great to see that same level of dedication to the community from the department. i know that that's not an overnight solution, and i know that there's people in the department who say, i met officer so-and-so -- the officer who did the trips with the young people, and how that engaged in the community. and i just think that every step you take to actually be part of the kmund really helps close the divide and build relationships, so i'd love to see more about that and hear
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more about that in the future. that's it. thank you. >> thank you. >> vice president taylor: thank you. commissioner brookter? >> commissioner brookter: yeah. i just wanted to make sure i echo the same comments that i heard from my commissioners. i did want to state that my organization and i were actually a part of the process before i even got onto the commission, so it was one of the things that made me want to get more involved and being part of the commission, was being part of this process and seeing how the stakeholders were, along with the community organizations, were alongside the department. these processes, while they may take sometime, i think we produced great department general orders like the ones we
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have before us. i'm extremely happy to see this before the commission, during my time on the commission, having worked on it before coming onto the commission, so looking forward to hearing public comment and all the great folks that worked on this. >> thank you, commissioner. >> vice president taylor: so this is on for a vote tonight. i'll ask for a motion and a second. just to be clear, this is to go to meet and confer, but only mandatory subjects that are going to be meet and confer are subject to meet and confer. so can i get a motion? >> commissioner elias: commissioner taylor, one thing. i'm sorry. i thought i put my name on the screen. in addition to the -- >> vice president taylor: i'm sorry. i think i -- i thought i called on you. >> commissioner elias: you did, but i had another comment. >> vice president taylor:
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okay. >> commissioner elias: so nod to that, you know, the resolutions where we're only sending subjects that are subject to meet and confer, i think we need to get it back for a status update. i think that the community needs to make sure that we have a really tight hold on this, so i'm going to ask to bring it back for two months for status, and we can at least let the community know where we are on this. >> vice president taylor: i think that makes sense. we can even do a month status, but it makes sense to bring it back. all right. i see no further comment. all right. i'm going to ask for a motion. do i have one? >> motion. >> vice president taylor: is there a second? >> commissioner brookter: second, but i want to bring this back in a month. >> vice president taylor: yes, and i think we need public comment. >> clerk: yes. for members of the public that would like to make comment
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on-line item 2 regarding general order 1.08, community policing, please dial 415-655-0001. enter access code 146-984-5033. members who are on-line now, press star, three to make public comment. we have one caller on the line right now. hello, caller. you have three minutes. >> hello. my name is angela jenkins, and i don't know if you know, but i was also on community policing. i participated, and i am pleased with the fact that we use community building or building community capital in
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lieu of crime fighting. all through the presentation, we didn't hear emphasis on who's the criminal and who's not the criminal. also, i wanted to say this information has to be communicated to the general public. i think i called in when deputy chief lozar was speaking at the community meeting, asking him to say that community policing is not profiling. we're not asking the community to identify everyone we think is suspect before we're asking first don't you do anything that's criminal, and you don't know who the criminals are. we all need to be building relationships in our community. so thank you very much for inviting me to serve on the community policing work group, and i enjoyed it, and thank you very much. bye-bye. >> vice president taylor: thank you. i know deputy chief lozar
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mentioned this, but i believe the motion on the table is to pass it with the change of language, i think it's on page 3 for bias safe policing. >> commissioner elias: yeah. there's a few areas that say unbiased. to keep it uniform, i don't know if we need to revise the motion, but i'd make a motion to pass it with those amendments. >> vice president taylor: i don't know. sergeant, do we want to do that? >> do you want to continue on public comment? >> vice president taylor: yes, but my understanding is what we were doing was changing biased to unbiased street policing. let's continue with public comment. >> clerk: good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> hi. this is julie tran, and i'm the
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bar association's representative on this working group. and [inaudible] negotiated with the use of force d.g.o. by comparison to other working groups, it's clear this this working groups and its leadership should serve as a model to other departments and communities. every voice was welcomed, every voice was heard, every voice contributed to the amazing work undertaken and produced by this group. d.c. lozar did his homework, reaching out all over the city for recommendations. everyone there knew why they were there, and rolled up their sleeves, ready to work. we reached out to group, especially those overpoliced, while contributing to a huge bank of research for best
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practices. there is no delay on our work, which was always productive and transparent, yet we are extraordinarily frustrated by the delay in the concurrent process which took well over a year with virtually no changes, and we are worried about the meet and confer process. we ask that this d.g.o. not go to meet and confer because it is not a subject to meet and confer or [inaudible] the use of force policy went to negotiation over two issues. please make this policy final tonight or require a very strict timeline, identification by the p.o.a. of those discreet and legitimate issues they
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believe should proceed in the -- >> clerk: thank you, caller. commissioner, there are no more public comments. >> vice president taylor: thank you. so just to reiterate, the environment of this commission that this d.g.o. and every d.g.o. that goes to meet and confer, only the issues that are the subject of mandatory bargaining are going to meet and confer. we are committed to a shortened timeline than in the past. this commission has been working very hard to make sure that d.g.o.s get out of meet and confer on a reasonable schedule, which has not always happened. so if there's nothing further, i think we're ready for a vote unless there's no public
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comment. >> clerk: i'm sorry, commissioner. were you saying you were going to make an amendment to the motion? >> vice president taylor: yes. d.c. lozar mentioned, in the beginning of his presentation, antibias training. >> commissioner elias: it's only on page 3, but we can make a universal amendment just to be safe. >> vice president taylor: we're changing unbiased to biased so that it's consistent. >> clerk: all right. so on the motion to send d.g.o. 1.08 to meet and confer regarding bias-free policing, how do you vote -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: you have four yeses. >> vice president taylor: thank you. please call the next line item. >> clerk: line item 3, discussion and possible action to adopt revised department general office 10-11, bot worn cameras. meet and confer draft was approved by the commission on january 10, 2018, discussion and possible action. >> vice president taylor: okay. this is back from meet and confer, and i think it's on for public comment. i assume there's no presenter, and we can just proceed to motion and second and public comment. >> clerk: correct. >> vice president taylor: okay. is there a motion? >> commissioner hamasaki: so moved. >> commissioner brookter: second. >> vice president taylor: okay. can we have public comment?
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>> clerk: for members of the public that would like to make a public comment on-line item 3 regarding the adoption of general order 10.11, body-worn camera, call 415-554-0001 and enter 146-984-5033. members who are already on the line press star, three to make public comment. good evening, caller. you have three minutes. >> yes. just for point of reference, i'm actually commenting on general order 1.08. i know you took the vote, but i would like to register my comments. my name is carolyn thomas. i did participate in the working group, and i want to commend the leadership of deputy chief lozar, and the facilitation skills really of the controller's office.
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their ability to do lots of listening was really a life-changing event for me, and i appreciated their listening to all the points of view. i think here's the challenge about the police commission and the police department. they need to be intentional, really, throughout the rest of this living and breathing work that was done with lots of sweat equity in it. you have to keep the intentions of those five goals and those 21 objectives that department chief lozar mentioned and keep that attention at the forefront of everything the police department does. i want the commission to hold the police department accountable. i appreciate commissioner
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taylor's decision to have it come back in a couple of months and keep the process ongoing. we need to be inclusive of nontraditional groups. we need to meet them more than halfway because frankly they were not willing to come to many of the meetings, and we lost some of them along the way. so the department and commission needs to meet them where they are -- >> clerk: good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> hi. good evening, commissioners. my name is kevin benedicto, and i'm a member of the task force.
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we do not think there should be any further delay in adopting this police. however, there are major areas of this policy that still need to be addressed. the bar association wrote to the commission in 2015 as well as recently in 2020 over the summer about this issue. these included a clear prohibition on when officers can review body-worn camera footage, whether there's a use of force allegation. additionally, the bar's position is that any review of footage should happen only after an incident report has been stated? and finally, another example is the d.g.o. as written has a very unclear definition of what a written statement is. we want to express our d
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disappointme disappointment at how little has changed in this d.g.o. because of this delay, while this d.g.o. has been pending in meet and confer, there-and-con no substantial change. >> vice president taylor: thank you. next caller? >> clerk: good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> thank you. this is rebecca young of the public defender's office, and i am also the cochair of the racial justice committee in the
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public defender's office. i am a member of mayor -- i was a member of mayor ed lee's body-worn camera working group. i told the commission that best practices had not been adopted or written by the working group. i asked the commission to look at subdivision e, termination of recording and subdivision f-1, activation by officers of cameras in the public. the area of controversy involved the officer being allowed to watch the body-worn camera before any report was written. i pointed out to the commission that the office of inspector general of the new york police department recommended that when officers become subjects of an internal or external complaint regarding potential misconduct, they should not be permitted to view body-worn camera of the relative incident until after writing a statement. it was wonderful to see in
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january 2018, the commission adopted these changes and followed the best practices where officer involved shootings were involved or uses of force were involved. while -- once the commission made that adoption, it went to meet-and-confer, and we believed it went there to die. 2.5 years passed before it came back to the commission for a vote. if the stated goals of any body-worn camera program are to stem straight law enforcement's commitment to transparency, increase the public's trust in officers, and to protect the officers against unjustified complaints of misconduct and establish a policy for body-worn cameras and adherence to that camera, it's important
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that -- >> clerk: thank you, caller. >> vice president taylor: good evening, caller. >> clerk: good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> we need to know why it took meet-and-confer to address 2.5 years to address one point in the body-worn camera policy. the meet-and-confer process with the p.o.a. is very broken and in need of reforms. although sfpd believes it has complied with that recommendation, this experience shows there's much more work to be done. the public needs to know what happened here with the body-worn camera policy. the public should be provided with a schedule of all the meet-and-confer meetings and all the correspondence that passed between the d.h.r. and p.o.a. we need to know timelines.
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when did d.h.r. hold meetings with the p.o.a. what was the scope of the negotiations, and what was the hold up? the schedule and the party's communications, none of that's confidential under california law. it's subject to california public records act, and the p.o.a. should release it. it's the commission's obligation and responsibility to find out what happened to ensure that this never happens again. what happened here raises troubling questions about the policy, and greater consultation with d.h.r. and the stakeholders, including chiefly the commission in the meet-and-confer process is obviously long overdue. shortly, the bar will be proposing new transparency and inclusion measures to address the secretaricy and abuse of the meet-and-confer process, and we will ask the commission to make a presentation on this
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in the near future because we need to address it. thank you. >> vice president taylor: thank you. next caller? >> clerk: and that is all the public comment. >> vice president taylor: okay. commissioner hamasaki? commissioner hamasaki, did you have a comment? >> commissioner hamasaki: thank you, commissioner taylor. i was muted and talking to myself. i just wanted to thank all the public commenters around the meet-and-confer and the body-worn camera issues. one, i think we have a new commission here, and i think across the board, i think we all agree that we need to change the process with meet-and-confer, and i think we definitely want to hear from the bar association how we can
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increase transparency and accountability in the process, so i think it would be great if we can all work together and hear from them on that. the second point, i'll say my recollection was the body-worn camera d.g.o. was one of the first that i saw when i started about 2.5 years ago. the concerned about the reviewing of the -- concerns about the reviewing of the video has been a concern for everyone, myself included, and i think we have a fair amount of trial attorneys on the commission now know the impact of having a witness view video, and how that can impact their recollection and their ability to recall the event from their memory as opposed to what they've seen. so i do agree that it is time, now that it has been passed, to reopen discussions about how to improve the body-worn camera d.g.o. and the point where
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officers are permitted to review the camera video before making a report. so i think those are all well-placed comments, and i think we as a commission are prepared to address them. >> vice president taylor: just one thing. i think under the d.g.o., officers -- the condition is they have to make an initial statement first before they're allowed to view their cameras. that's what the d.g.o. did, and i think that's what they were referring to. that was changed, but they're asking for further -- i think there are further revisions that we can all -- can get on board with, and this d.g.o. is going to be one of the ones that's on-line, up for further revision as soon as it gets passed hopefully tonight. commissioner elias? >> commissioner elias: thank you. i think that the callers and commissioner hamasaki bring up
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a great point. we had a discussion that we did not want the letters from the p.o.a. in the meet-and-confer to be published, but now that this body-worn camera d.g.o. has been passed, i think it's important to publish the letters that were being sent between the commission and the p.o.a. on our website so that the public knows what was happening during that process now that it's over, and we can post those in the correspondence section of our website so, again, the public knows exactly what the correspondence that we received from the p.o.a. and our response, because i think that transparency is very important, and i think that is a huge step to achieve that end. >> vice president taylor: thank you. and i see no other commissioners raising their hands, so i think the next step is to call for a vote.
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sergeant, i think you're muted. >> clerk: thank you. so on the motion to adopt general order 10.11, body-worn camera -- [roll call] >> clerk: you have four yeses. >> vice president taylor: motion passes. next line item, please. >> clerk: next line item, general public comment. at this time, the public is now welcome to address the commission for up to two minutes regarding items that do not 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.
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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 by may provide a brief response. individual commissioners and police and d.p.a. personnel should refrain, however, from entering into any debates or discussion with speakers during public comment. members currently on press star, three to make general public comment. all right. commissioner, we have one public comment. >> vice president taylor: thank you. miss brown, good evening. >> how are you, miss brown?
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>> i'm okay. there's no way we can use the overhead to show that? >> vice president taylor: no, i can't even show things. i think sergeant youngblood is the one in control of the video here, and so i don't think there's a way -- at least i'm not aware of a way to give access for that. >> in the future, would it be like that? i mean, since we're doing this for the covid? i just want to know. >> vice president taylor: we can look into it, miss brown. >> i'm calling in about my son who was murdered on august 14, 2006. i've been meeting with my investigator. i saw him yesterday, but, you know, i'm still looking into how his case is going to get solved. and i think i spoke with you maybe -- i guess six months ago
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concerning the feds, miss taylor, about how they were saying my son was in a gang or something? you remember me saying that to you? >> vice president taylor: yeah. i think i gave you the number for an agent to call. >> yeah. i have been visited by a couple of attorneys that were taking over -- i just forget their names. that's why i wanted to show it because i can't remember his name. but the case is -- they've already taken a deal, and the attorney's for those, and
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[inaudible] and sean talvert, feds claim fault prosecution about murder of a black teenager. so the little johnny brown -- okay. this guy's name is reginald elmar, that she took -- she's the lawyer for him. i'm just trying to get help because they're trying to say my son was involved in that, but my son was dead. >> vice president taylor: yeah. so it sounds like you're talking about defense attorneys for defendants in a federal case. >> right. >> vice president taylor: right. so miss brown, i would encourage you to get in touch with the agent in that case. i gave you the number, because that person would know more about what's going on and what happened. i mean, i'm happy to facilitate that if you want, and i'm sure --
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>> i do need your help because i want them to recant that. even though i know it's not true, and they know it's not because they don't have any evidence. >> vice president taylor: you want the defense attorneys or the defendants to recant that? >> well, i don't have that. >> commissioner elias: it's the federal prosecutors that are labelling that. [inaudible] >> vice president taylor: your son is not participating in in a federal case, your son is a victim. >> the names are scott derner and calvin barry. >> vice president taylor: miss brown, those are ausas in that case, and i gave you the name of the agent who will be able to give you that information. >> it's just that they're saying, and they're accusing my
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son. >> vice president taylor: yeah. so i -- again, we can talk about this offline, but i'm not -- i'm not -- i'm not entire leisure what we can do here. but i'll have sergeant youngblood put us in touch, but i'm happy to help as much as i can. >> but i made a complaint to the office of professional responsibility and the bar association. i've made a complaint already. >> clerk: miss brown, if you call the police commission office tomorrow more than at 415-837-7370, i can get you in touch with commissioner taylor to resolve this. >> vice president taylor: i'm not sure that i can, but -- >> okay. what's the number? >> clerk: 415-837-7070.
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>> vice president taylor: yeah. i don't want to overpromise and underdeliver on this, but i'll try to help put you in touch with people if i can, and maybe -- so yeah. we'll -- sergeant youngblood will put us in touch. and if i can do something, i will, but i'm not sure how much i can do. my understanding of the federal case is it's over, it ended, but we can talk more. in the meantime, miss brown, if i can call the tip line if anyone has information about the murder of your son. >> sure. >> vice president taylor: it's
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415-575-4444. >> clerk: there are no more public comments. >> vice president taylor: thank you. all right. so next line item? >> clerk: line item 5, public comment on all matters pertaining to item 7 below, closed session, including public comment on item 6, vote to hold item 7 in closed session. at this time, if members would like to make a comment on-line item 5, please press star, three to enter the queue, and there are no public callers. >> vice president taylor: okay. next line item? >> clerk: line item 6, vote on whether to hold line item 7 in closed session, san francisco administrative code section 67.10. action. >> vice president taylor: is
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there a motion? >> commissioner brookter: so moved. >> vice president taylor: is there a second? >> commissioner elias: second. >> vice president taylor: do i have a second? >> commissioner elias: second. >> vice president taylor: okay. all right. do we hold public comment before we vote? >> clerk: no, we had public comment on it. >> vice president taylor: all right. call the roll on the vote. >> clerk: so on the motion to go into closed session -- [roll call] >> clerk: you have four yeses. all right. i >> line item 8, disclose any or all cautions on item 7 held in
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closed session san francisco administrative and 67.12a. action. >> i have a motion. >> second. >> ok. >> i have a motion. >> commissioner. >.[ roll call vote ] we have all yeses. >> next line item. >> public comment online item 8. if anyone would like to make comment please call access code. members or on now that would like to and dial star 3. there's no public comment. >> ok.
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next line item. >> adjournment. action item. >> i move to adjourn in honor of the jason cortez and all of those who serve a great personal expense to make us safer. do i have a second. >> second. >> should we call roll. >> on the motion to adjourn -- [ roll call vote vote ] >> good night, everyone. >> thank you. >> have a good one.
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>> you are watching coping with covid 19. today's special guest is phil ginsburg. >> hi. you are watching coping with covid-19. welcome to the second portion of interview with phil ginsburg, general manager of san francisco recreation and parks and california state park commissioner. in the final portion we will talk about golden gate park's 150th anniversary celebrations and how parks have been really important during in pandemic. welcome back. >> thank you. it is a pleasure to be here. >> talk about golden gate park there is a newell come center as part of the 150th celebrations.
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can you talk about the new center and how th the pandemic changed the plans. >> let me start with 150th and dive into the welcome center and i will talk about the bison. april 4th was to the day golden gate park's 150th birthday, april 4, 1870, the state legislature created the park. it took decades for it to look what it looks like now. the park will nerv never be fin. i am biased but perhaps the greatest park in america for the last century and a half. it is the centennial of the park and around the san francisco modern history for the last 150 years the keeper of san
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francisco collective stories. it is here and i it is not the only pandemic. it was around for 1918, the aids crisis and throughout the history. it is supporting us. we had big plans. on april 4th we intended to welcome 150,000 people to the park for 150 different programmed activities in every corner of the park including the big observation wheel that is 150 feet tall. then covid hit and we had to change plans. i remember when we had to grapple with the decision just before the shelter-in-place. we had to cancel the celebration on april 4th that we have been
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planning for a couple years. what we have done. it was a no-brainer, in hindsight. what we have done is take the celebration online. golden gate park 150.com, we have all kinds of information about the park. concerts that happened in the park online, we have materials for kids. we have virtual tours of the park. a little surprise depending when this quits. we will have a bison cam to allow you to see the bison live as they roam in the paddock. there are all kinds of wonderful materials. two books have been written about the park. a children's book and a book about the history. it is a great website. we are doing what we can. the park has played a important role in the pandemic.
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we opened the welcome center where the tennis center will open later this summer. it is amazing. there are gifts and there is information. there will be tours from the welcome center. you can buy this app from the golden gate park welcome center. it is a way to create some socially distance community and honoring the sessqua centennial. one thing was the bison house. we were down to five and we can handle 10. before april 4th, a couple weeks before we had five baby bison from a ranch in northern california. one of them you can see on the cam has a tag in her ear with the number 150. in fact, she had had in both ears while the other four only
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have one tag. she has tags in both ears and the number 150. her name is sesqui. she is the official bison of golden gate park 150th birthday. >> let's talk about how important outside spaces have been. has the pandemic changed how we think about the parks? what are the plans moving forward? >> it is a great moment for parks and open space nationally and in san francisco. it is really clear during this health emergency that parks are not just knives to have. they are must haves. they are part of the most critical infrastructure. so important as places of refuge in difficult times. parks have the one place we have been allowed to be in during the strictest portions of our shelter-in-place order. they are critical to the
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physical and mental well-being. neighborhood parks are where people can, you know, escape to find time in nature. they are places where people can exercise and strengthen immune system by boosting mental and physical health. parks are resilient, as i mentioned earlier. this is not only a parks only disaster. moving from covid into some of the period of civil unrest that we are experiencing, our parks have been there for people to express themselves and to express sadness and anger and frustration and challenge the status quo. parks are individual and collective memories. as we move forward and, hopefully, we continue along a healthy trajectory, we are going
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to continue to open up more park features and we are going to continue natural areas to be here for all in san francisco. in fact, the one bit of good news that we have had during this crazy time. it looks like in november san francisco will be able to vote for the 2020 health and recovery bond which if passed would devote additional $240 million to parks projects all over the city to serve our most vulnerable communities. i think we all realize just how important parks are and, you know, that is for people like me that is it. >> i want to thank you and your team for taking care of our parks.
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they are such a valuable resource. thank you for coming on the show, mr. ginsburg. i appreciate the time you have given us. >> chris, thank you. big shout out to the rec and park staff who are heroes. they have provided emergency child care, kept our parks open, restrooms open, facilitated use of parks for food distribution and testing, they have kept people safe. the staff have been heroes and they deserve our collective respect and admiration. >> i totally agree. that is it for this episode. we wil will be back shortly. you are watching coping with covid-19. thanks for watching. .
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>> neighborhood in san francisco are also diverse and fascist as the people that inhabitable them we're in north beach about supervisor peskin will give us a tour and introduce is to what think of i i his favorite district 5 e 3 is in the northwest surrounded by the san francisco bay the district is the boosting chinatown oar embarcadero financial district fisherman's wharf exhibit no. north beach telegraph hill and part of union square. >> all of san francisco districts are remarkable i'm honored and delighted to represent really whereas with an
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the most intact district got chinatown, north beach fisherman's wharf russian hill and knob hill and the northwest waterfront some of the most wealthier and inning e impoverished people in san francisco obgyn siding it is ethically exists a bunch of tight-knit neighborhoods people know he each other by name a wonderful placed physically and socially to be all of the neighborhoods north beach and chinatown the i try to be out in the community as much as and i think, being a the cafe eating at the neighborhood lunch place people come up and talk to you, you never have time alone but really it is fun hi, i'm one the owners and is ceo of cafe trespassing in north beach many people refer to cafe trees
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as a the living room of north beach most of the clients are local and living up the hill come and meet with each other just the way the united states been since 1956 opposed by the grandfather a big people person people had people coming since the day we opened. >> it is of is first place on the west that that exposito 6 years ago but anyone was doing that starbuck's exists and it created a really welcoming pot. it is truly a legacy business but more importantly it really at the take care of their community my father from it was formally italy a fisherman and that town very rich in culture and music was a big part of it guitars and
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sank and combart in the evening that tradition they brought this to the cafe so many characters around here everything has incredible stories by famous folks last week the cafe that paul carr tennessee take care from the jefferson starship hung out the cafe are the famous poet lawrence william getty and jack herb man go hung out. >> they work worked at a play with the god fathers and photos he had his typewriter i wish i were here back there it there's a lot of moving parts the meeting spot rich in culture and artists and musicians epic people would talk with you and you'd getetetetetetetetetett
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>> hell oh everyone. thank you so much for joining us today. well, covid has changed our lives. the fact it is has changed how we go to work, how we go to restaurants, how we interact with each other but this year will change how we vote. we want to make sure here in san francisco, we make it as simple as possible. i'm excited to be here to announce that although we can't do what we've done in the past, and provide early voting in city hall, we are going to be doing early voting right outside on
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grove street in what looks like a beautiful party at the present time. i want to thank the department of elections, and he will talk about more about exactly the steps that his team has taken to ensure that we not only make voting accessible, we make it safe. we want to make sure that people feel comfortable if they need to vote early. they can come to this voting center and it will be opening on monday. if they want to vote on election day or drop off their ballots on election day, we'll have 588 locations all over the city. and, what is -- don't be alarmed
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if you don't receive your ballot you won't be able to vote. this department of elections has received everything. if you didn't receive it in the mail can you provide replacement ballots. if you are going out of town and you need a ballot mailed to a different location, there's a system in place to do just that. for whatever reason, you are not certain or uncomfortable accessing a paper ballot, there's just a lot of options. they've been sending things in the mail, sending things online to say our goal is to make this as easy as possible. in the last presidential election, sa san franciscans tud out in record number. it was a '80 turnout. in 2008, it was 81%. this is a city that prides ourselves on making sure our voices are heard.
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we're not going to covid stop us from making sure that you have access to vote in san francisco at your convenience. i'm excited and i know that there's a lot of confusion out there but this department of election has done everything it can to make sure that it's easy to call the department of elections, call 311, go online if you need information for where to pick up a ballot or a replacement ballot. we thought of everything. so, there's no excuse for anyone in this city who is a registered voter not to vote. and in addition to that, if you are not registered to vote, and you would like to register to vote, you have until october 19th.
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so, make sure that you take the opportunity to go online and this center is open and you can come here and register to vote and you can vote on the same day. in addition to the dress up locations on election day, and this voting center right across the street from city hall, we will have a number of of drop off ballot locations the weekend before election day. linda brooks burton library and the branch library. because again, we're trying to make it easy as possible and it's ballots in-person or on election day. if you need more information, please visit the department of elections website at
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spelections.org. call 311 or call (415)554-4375. so with that, i just want to again thank everyone for their cooperation, the work they do. i really want to express a special thank you so john arts and the department of elections staff because they have been working very hard to make sure that no question is unanswered. anything or any scenario that could occur, they wanted to make sure they were prepared to support and address the public. and they work with the number great community organizations and to get out the vote and some of those organizations are with us today, including george chance from the chinese newcomer service center, jackie flynn, the ex you director of and these are organizations who make sure
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that communities all over san francisco have accessed to vote. and we appreciate the work that they've done for many, many years. i also want to thank martha cohen, the director of special events, for taking such time and care with creating a warm and inviting space. thank you, martha for your work. and with that, i want to turn it over to our special guest, joining us here today, you probably recognize him because the tallest person here. our state senator, scott wiener. >> thank you, madam mayor. and i also want to thank martha and also our department of elections and john arts for once again really stepping up to make sure that san franciscans can vote and vote easily. that's one of our core values in
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san francisco that we want people to vote and we want to make it easier for people to vote so i have complete confidence in our department of elections that we will run a beautiful election here and that we will -- it will just be a really strong showing and a really difficult period of time. this is a partnership between the state and our counties including san francisco we took action at the state level to people being able to vote during a pandemic and we authorized global vote by mail o so everyone gets a ballot even if you are not signed up as a permanent absentee and not put barriers in order to get an absentee ballot and normally, it has to be post marked byelection day and i do want to ask people please, try not to rely on post
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marking on election day and sometimes you can mail it after whatever the pick up is at that particular box and there are unfortunately thousands of ballots each time where people just mail it too late in the day. it doesn't get post marked. make sure you are going to mail it, please, troy t try to mail tractor-trailer dait theday bef. even if there's a problem with the post office, which i don't think there will be. you have plenty of time if you mail it right up to election day. it has 17 days to a arrive instead of three and that is a huge change in stay law that we've made to just make sure that every ballot can be counted. what this is really about is auctions.
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we want people to make choices that work for them and people can drop it off in different locations and of course, we have absolutely amazing voting facility here which will respond to our health needs in terms of allowing people to show up and vote safely. and to be able to do it efficiently. the capacity here, as you can see, is huge. it's going to start on monday and also be opening two weekends before the election. we're making it so easy for people to vote in a way that works for them and their family and their own health situation. i have a digital town hall last week with our secretary of state, alex padilla and with con
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on cause and a representative of the american postal workers union and she was very, very clear that she has confidence that the mail is going to work well for this election. despite some of the turbulence we were saying, they've been able to move through that and she assured us our postal workers, who are some of our front line essential workers, who are putting themselves out there during this pandemic so we can do what we need to do as eye society they're going to work incredibly hard and they will deliver the mail and people can have confidence in the mail. so, again, thank you, madam mayor, thank you to our department of elections and let's just run a great election as always. thank you. and now, i want to invite up our director of elections, john arts. >> thank you, senator weren't. thank you mayor breed and also for organizing this event.
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this is a great timing for an event like this, just before early voting begins. early voting will begin october 5th here at the voting center located outside bill graham auditorium. this is an example of the mayor and the senator wiener have indicated and the department and city have take ep steps to make sure that voting is safe and healthy experience for all voters in san francisco. the ballots we mailed actually tomorrow and voters will start receiving ballots on saturday and then they'll most will receive ballots on monday going through the election week. we have a full compliment of polling polic police station ple want to drop off or they don't want to mail their ballot back, just before elections day, is they are outside the voting area so voters don't have to go mud
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the voting area. they decrease the amount of traffic that voters would experience at election day. and everything that we've done since really the end of the march election going through the cycle for november, has been to plan in relation to conduct an election, while trying to respond to a pandemic. so everything that is happening here at bill graham auditorium, is organized so that people can maintain social distancing and there's ppes that our personnel are wearing and useing and the public has provided ppe and hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes, face shields and things like that and the same for the polling places. the voters and co-workers can maintain social distancing as they go through the election process on election day. we've had p.p.e.s available for the voters and the poll workers on election day. and the in-person voting here at the bill graham auditorium and the polling places there's a cleansing of the areas and materials and the commonly used items throughout the day so
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voters will go into a clean voting environment when they go to cast their ballot on election day. also, i want to echo the comments about the post office. we've had conversations and meetings with the post office before this election and to make sure there was no issues and with the processing and to support the conduct of this election for november. the post office of senator wiener noted, has put tremendous men does attention and focus on their abilities and their requirements to give ballots up to vote and he is get ballots to voters to elections here in san francisco. i want to share the city and the departments of elections has put much time and thought into this and so they're safe and secure and everyone has a good experience on election date i'll
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turn it over to george chan. >> and even we call chinese and we're helping everyone. so this year we're happy to be receiving support from the city to continue the registered people. so, this year, we see the ballot we mailed to you and we help people register. we follow that many times they don't know if you change your address, make sure you update it, ok. so also, if you do know your status, we can help you to check it as well. thank you. >> good afternoon, everyone. my name is jaclyn flynn. i'm the executive director of the a phyllis randolf of san
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francisco and we're working with the department of the elections in the city to really get out of vote this year. so i ask you, how important is your vote? 2020 is a challenging year as a nation. we have lost over 200,000 american lives from covid-19 and these fires, as you can see, continue to raise and scorch our state and homes and businesses and and the california economy and our air quality and and they leap gap in time with racial tension zoos tie that they spilled into our streets. so i asked again. how important is your vote? this year and you can help
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redefine our jail system you can help reform our law enforcement system. you can help fund our parks, you can vote for housing and healthcare and your vote is a vote for change. i ask you, what can you do to effect change and if you can, do it early. send it in my mail. drop it directly into a ballot box and thank you to the city for creating an accessible space for folks to do that safely. and if you must safely head to your poll, please wear your mask and vote. i encourage awful us to ask our families, our friends, our work colleagues, our neighbors to do something important, vote. this year has been hard on all of us. and as i think about why it's so important, i think about my own
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kids. and i realize that i have the power to set a clear example that i'm not satisfied where we're at in this nation today and i'm not going to sit back. i will be an element of change. the a phyllis randolf institute will be on the frontlines reaching out to our seniors and over 5,000 units of low income family housing across is this city. we'll be facing this year of covid, hitting the streets to ensure education and access to voting. you can help us in that fight. i'm inspired by san francisco. a city that votes for change. i'm inspired by inspired by a t looks like me. when i vote i celebrate my skin, my lips and my determination to be represented by someone that understanding my perspective. to all my asian brothers and sisters and to all my latino brothers and sisters, we need
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you. we need bilingual folks and to my caucasian allies, we are all in this together. i challenge everyone to get education and make a plan and vote. thank you. >> thank you to the press and the immediate why for getting the word out and most importantly, we want to make sure that voting is easy. if you have any questions or concerns, what is interesting this past weekend, i heard from a lot of folks that said i didn't get my ballot yet, what is going on? what is happening. so people seem to be very excited about voting. we also want to make sure that folks are able to get their ballots and they're able to get their questions answered and we make it as simple as possible
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and we also keep everybody safe. when we're showing up to our polling places, or our drop-off center or this particular center here across the street from city hall, we're all using the wash center to wash our hands and we're wearing our masks and complying with our health orders because that's how we're going to be able to continue to not only get through this but adapt to the needs to make sure that we are able to not only vote but vote safely. that's what this is all about and so thank you all so much for joining us here to the today.
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>> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their business in the 49 square files of san francisco. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and right vi. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i'm one of three owners here in san francisco and we provide mostly live music entertainment and we have food, the type of food that we have a mexican food and it's not a big menu, but we did it with love. like ribeye tacos and quesadillas and fries. for latinos, it brings families together and if we can bring that family to your business,
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you're gold. tonight we have russelling for e community. >> we have a ten-person limb elimination match. we have a full-size ring with barside food and drink. we ended up getting wrestling here with puoillo del mar. we're hope og get families to join us. we've done a drag queen bingo and we're trying to be a diverse kind of club, trying different things. this is a great part of town and there's a bunch of shops, a variety of stores and ethnic restaurants. there's a popular little shop that all of the kids like to hanhang out at. we have a great breakfast spot call brick fast at tiffanies.
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some of the older businesses are refurbished and newer businesses are coming in and it's exciting. >> we even have our own brewery for fdr, ferment, drink repeat. it's in the san francisco garden district and four beautiful muellermixer ura alsomurals. >> it's important to shop local because it's kind of like a circle of life, if you will. we hire local people. local people spend their money at our businesses and those local mean that wor people willr money as well. i hope people shop locally. [ ♪ ] >> working with kids, they keep you young. they keep you on your tones -- on your toes.
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>> teaching them, at the same time, us learning from them, everything is fulfilling. >> ready? go. [♪] >> we really wanted to find a way to support women entrepreneurs in particular in san francisco. it was very important for the mayor, as well as the safety support the dreams that people want to realize, and provide them with an opportunity to receive funding to support improvements for their business so they could grow and thrive in their neighborhoods and in their industry. >> three, two, one! >> because i am one of the consultants for two nonprofits here for entrepreneurship, i knew about the grand through the renaissance entrepreneur center,
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and through the small business development center. i thought they were going to be perfect candidate because of their strong values in the community. they really give back to the neighborhood. they are from this neighborhood, and they care about the kids in the community here. >> when molly -- molly first told us about the grant because she works with small businesses. she has been a tremendous help for us here. she brought us to the attention of the grand just because a lot of things here were outdated, and need to be up-to-date and redone totally. >> hands in front. recite the creed. >> my oldest is jt, he is seven, and my youngest is ryan, he is almost six. it instills discipline and the boys, but they show a lot of care. we think it is great. the moves are fantastic. the women both are great teachers.
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>> what is the next one? >> my son goes to fd k. he has been attending for about two years now. they also have a summer program, and last summer was our first year participating in it. they took the kids everywhere around san francisco. this year, owner talking about placing them in summer camps, all he wanted to do was spend the entire summer with them. >> he has strong women in his life, so he really appreciates it. i think that carries through and i appreciate the fact that there are more strong women in the world like that. >> i met d'andrea 25 years ago, and we met through our interest in karate. our professor started on cortland years ago, so we grew up here at this location, we out -- he outgrew the space and he moved ten years later.
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he decided to reopen this location after he moved. initially, i came back to say, hey, because it might have been 15 years since i even put on a uniform. my business partner was here basically by herself, and the person she was supposed to run the studio with said great, you are here, i started new -- nursing school so you can take over. and she said wait, that is not what i am here for i was by myself before -- for a month before she came through. she was technically here as a secretary, but we insisted, just put on the uniform, and help her teach. i was struggling a little bit. and she has been here. one thing led to another and now we are co-owners. you think a lot more about safety after having children and i wanted to not live in fear so much, and so i just took advantage of the opportunity, and i found it very powerful to hit something, to get some
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relief, but also having the knowledge one you might be in a situation of how to take care of yourself. >> the self-defence class is a new thing that we are doing. we started with a group of women last year as a trial run to see how it felt. there's a difference between self-defence and doing a karate class. we didn't want them to do an actual karate class. we wanted to learn the fundamentals of how to defend yourself versus, you know, going through all the forms and techniques that we teaching a karate class and how to break that down. then i was approached by my old high school. one -- once a semester, the kids get to pick an extra curricular activity to take outside of the school walls. my old biology teacher is now the principle. she approached us into doing a self-defence class. the girls have been really proactive and really sweet. they step out of of the comfort zone, but they have been willing
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to step out and that hasn't been any pushback. it is really great. >> it is respect. you have to learn it. when we first came in, they knew us as those girls. they didn't know who we were. finally, we came enough for them to realize, okay, they are in the business now. it took a while for us to gain that respect from our peers, our male peers. >> since receiving the grant, it has ignited us even more, and put a fire underneath our butts even more. >> we were doing our summer camp and we are in a movie theatre, and we just finished watching a film and she stepped out to receive a phone call. she came in and she screamed, hey, we got the grant. and i said what? >> martial arts is a passion for us. it is passion driven. there are days where we are dead tired and the kids come and they have the biggest smiles on their faces and it is contagious. >> we have been operating this
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program for a little over a year all women entrepreneurs. it is an extraordinary benefit for us. we have had the mayor's office investing in our program so we can continue doing this work. it has been so impactful across a diversity of communities throughout the city. >> we hope that we are making some type of impact in these kids' lives outside of just learning karate. having self-confidence, having discipline, learning to know when it's okay to stand up for yourself versus you just being a bully in school. these are the values we want the kids to take away from this. not just, i learned how to kick and i learned how to punch. we want the kids to have more values when they walk outside of these doors. [♪] >> good morning, everybody. the maoe willing come to order. welcome to

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