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experiencing numerous crisis at once. at the same time, they're facing the fall-out from the pandemic which has resulted. there have also been a recent increase in crime, especially violent crime in the bay view especially several shootings. this crisis exacerbated by the systemic racism education, and income. an ongoing issue and contributes to violence and quality of life issues. according to the sf planning department statistic on poverty, in 2018, over 30% of district 10 households lived in poverty compared to 10% city wide. 70% of children lived in low income families. unemployment in district 10 was twice the city wide rate and only 42% of district 10 residents over the age of 25 graduated from if high school. this is unacceptable and these disparities have only worsened
during the pandemic. i'd like to echo the previous caller and city processing continues, we hope there will be talks about the process. also workforce development, dcyf towards quality of life services in the black community. a $60 million annual reallocation from the funds in police and sheriff's department is nearly not enough. once again i'd like to invite everyone to join us. >> sir. if i may, is that meeting a zoom meeting? >> no. that is an in-person meeting at mendel plaza at 3rd & paloo. >> thank you. >> clerk: good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> good evening commissioners.
this comment is directed to the police paul henderson. i have tried to reach police accountability for the last two months to schedule another media if needed as well as inquire about the follow up. in january of 2020, i had mediated by police accountability department with the sergeant as mediated by g green. based on an ongoing seven year dispute in my -- excuse me in my residency incited by an individual. according to the sergeant this individual is under investigation for a warrant of arrest for violating his second three year restraining order. the agreements obtained a letter from the san francisco police legal department which was to be forwarded to the da's office as quoted by the
following e-mail i received on february 8th. i hope you remember me saying the letter will go through league, so this isn't going to be done quickly. i will promise you by the end of this week, i will talk and submit a copy of the letter to legal so we will be moving forward. it has been over a year and i will continue no results to the mediation. can you please advise me of my next steps i need to take to resolve this problem. i am perplexed by the e-mail i received on march 1st from sharon osley that once cases are closed, the cases or records are sealed. how can you close a case that's not solved at all by a legal binding agreement. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> okay. good evening, commissioners. my name is cheryl thornton and i'm calling in regarding -- i
work for the san francisco health department and black residents in san francisco are just disproportionately living 12 to 15 years less than any other group and a lot of this is related to the systemic racism. so the racial bias policing that's happening in the bay view, i think it's really causing harm, the health and harm to black residents. so i agree with other callers that there needs to be funds defunded from the police department and other departments like the health department, workforce development to reinvest in the black community so that we can close these health disparities. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. and, president cohen, that is the end of public comment. >> president cohen: all right. thank you very much.
i want to acknowledge commissioner hamasaki, did you have a question. >> commissioner hamasaki: generally i just had a question about reaching out to dpa. >> president cohen: i'm happy to do it if it's an appropriate time president cohen. >> vice president elias: if the caller who called in regarding the mediation asking for me, sarah hawkins they will get put through to my number and i will make sure to address the mediation situation. online complaints can also be
filed. thank you. >> president cohen: thank you very much. i also want to acknowledge we have joining with us today supervisor -- excuse me. president shevon walton. we're grateful for your time. and i want to get to the meat of our meeting, but first, i want to go through the reports to the commission so, sergeant youngblood can you please call the next item. >> president, one other thing, i would ask that the public thank you for letting us know of this event on friday and, in the future, if there are any other events, please let the commission office know so that we can calendar these events and hopefully attend these
events. >> clerk: line item 2. provide an overview of offenses occurring in san francisco. major/significant incidents. provide a summary of planned activities and events. this will include a brief overview of any unplanned events or activities occurring in san francisco. commission discussion on unplan pd events and activities the chief describes will be limited to determining whether to calendar for future meeting. >> okay. are we ready? >> president cohen: yes. chief please. >> okay. good evening. commissioners. and executive director -- i'm sorry. i just lost my point. executive director henderson and the public. i'll start this week's crime trend briefing just with the data. i know we have the california
partnership presentation and an update on our status of the violence in bay view and our strategies on that. so i'll be brief with this part of the report so we can get to our more detailed reports on the strategies that we are working with the community and others to actually deal with some of what i'm about to report to you. so i'll start with part 1 crime. violent crime. overall, the violence is up 3% more than last year year to date. we solved four of those homicides and we still have work to do on three that still remain unsolved. in terms of other violent crimes, double digit decreases across the board rape, robbery, assault as well as human trafficking. the biggest -- robberies are our biggest number and our biggest increase. so that is good news, however, we know there's still a ton of work to do in terms of
addressing that issue more effectively. in terms of property crimes, we are up and this is the most alarming news in this report. we're still up in burglaries significantly. we're up 567 burglaries from where we were this time last year. we were at 1,569 as opposed to just over 1,000 this time last year. motor vehicle thefts, arson, and we're significantly down in larceny and theft which includes auto burglary. that is a piece of good news. in terms of strategy, we're going to talk in detail about some of our gun violence reduction strategies and the analysis in terms of the findings of where we [inaudible] our areas. just the station by station breakdown. but what you will hear in the analysis and the strategy is that -- and this is not going to be new news to most people,
but bay view, mission, northern, eagle side, tenderloin, those are our biggest jumps in gun violence in our district stations and the biggest of the group is in terms of percentages is bay view, which is double. mission five more shootings. tenderloin four more victims than last year. so being that the focus tonight is going to be on bay view and the other districts where gun violence is occurring, i'll talk a little bit about some of our strategies on burglaries and the property crime increases as i have reported, we are identifying or have identified a number of individuals who we believe to be involved, chronically involved in those types of crimes. we've had some success working with our district attorney and his staff and identifying these individuals and once they are arrested trying to deal with
those individuals for effectively. we hope that's a strategy we continue to improve. it does make a difference to arrest an individual who is prolific in terms of the amount of crimes they have committed and we've had some success. we've identified, we had some people on our list who have been identified in crimes that occurred over the last week and week and a half. we have investigations in process and we believe that the evidence will lead to those cases being solved. so that is an ongoing strategy. also, as i reported in the last meeting, one of our community policing strategies to our police community division is our community safety walks where we partner with community volunteers, members of the respective community and our community and also deleting these walls and really it's about community engagement, getting everybody engaged because as many callers stated,
we do believe that's necessary. we are in tune to engaging in community policing and getting members of the public involved in reducing crime, preventing crime, increasing awareness, and increasing resilience which is a big part of our community policing is set out to do. in an ideal situation, we want to address this without our jail population exploding, which is also one of our strategies that you will hear about tonight. in terms of other incidents that are happening, we had a fatal traffic collision at mission and geneva on march 2nd. it was a vehicle versus pedestrian involving an elderly female in her 80s. she sustained head trauma and succumbed to her injuries. and, in that case, unfortunately, we believe that this was a collision not criminal in nature. armed robberies.
i mentioned that there has been a decrease in armed robberies. we've increased our visibility and deployment up in twin peaks. we had a local news station camera crew who were robbed of the camera equipment on march the 3rd. we actually were able to recover the camera equipment along with encountering the person in possession of it. that person was not arrested for that crime as we did not have enough evidence to tie that person to the actual robbery. so that investigation is ongoing and we hope to resolve that one as well. but at least we were able to recover the camera equipment and return it to the local news station in a very timely fashion. so that's a piece of good news. major events. as this was mentioned, we will be involved in the meeting with the wealth and disparities
folks in mendel plaza this friday and our captains and others and command staff members will be there and are looking forward to that engagement. we have also working with supervisor and board of supervisor president simone walton on his supervisor safety plan which we are really happy with. what you will hear tonight in many ways aligns very nicely with supervisor walton's safety plan. we definitely look forward to working with him and all the resources that he is bringing there to address the many issues that were discussed tonight that impact crimes, who causes the crime, and public safety in the bay view community. also, just a report that our community liaison officers, i talked a little bit about that earlier. this is a detail we fit up in october of last year. part of what they do is
community engagement and, really, one of the things as a matter of strategy and just doing the right way by way of community policing is better engagement with our victims. when people are involved in crime, particularly violent crime and there's a traumatic effect there, what we want to do is increase the service level, the engagement level and the community engagement. our officers are going just that. reaching out to families. connecting them with the right support and assistance. it's gotten off to a really good start and year to date, they've been involved in 34 set cases including traffic related accidents that have resulted in deaths, robberies, hate crimes, home invasion robberies and they're reaching out to those families as traumatic as those events are, we do believe these officers can make that experience a little more palatable if you will and at least offer support and connect the individuals and families of all the needs to better
services or services. also, our outreach to the pacific islander community which has been ongoing but we're engaged in educational awareness outreach campaign. every district cap pain with a pi community and partner with our community liaison officers to provide education to provide information in cantanese and mandarin and darrell phan is leading that effort. we've done them in several of our district stations today. those will continue and this is about community policing and increasing our engagement in the community and with the community. last thing that i'll report with this or two last things, there's two other things. our stunt driving response unit has been effective. we've had three incidents over the weekend. one involved 30 to 40 vehicles
at evans and middle point in the bay view district that occurred at 1:00 in the morning. we had a second incident and third incident that occurred in the terravale district. our community assemble responded and were able to break up these events also known as sideshows very quickly. the crowd disbursed. also, the second is subsequent incident, same result. so we have two lieutenants that we have put assigned to these -- this unit full-time and it's really staffed with officers from the district stations who have been trained to deal with these issues more effectively and i'm happy to report at this point that it had been successful at this point. we hope that continues to work. that being said. just a covid update. the commission has been very interested and involved in
ensuring that our officers are being vaccinated to protect them from the coronavirus. i do have some data to report and we're still collecting data. but in terms of our officers who have been vaccinated by our san francisco department of public health, we have over 150 members who have reported that they have been vaccinated. we have many more officers who have been vaccinated in their own cities and towns by private health care. we're trying to get more information there to report to the commission, but so far, everything that i've been hearing is that our officers are being vaccinated. so, again, i want to thank the commission for the push and the support on helping make that happen. and i'll end my chief's report there. is there any questions? >> president cohen: colleagues, do you have any questions? >> i have a question, but i'm not sure if it's here or if i
should wait for up coming reports. maybe i should just ask the chief. chief, i know there was an article in february. i mean, one of the issues -- well, the article said you were about um, in federal court, there was a third -- since june, there was a third case -- cases being thrown out in court for violation of search and seizure, san francisco police officers search and seizure. i think it was in the february mercury news and they did that. and, through the years, we've heard other cases be selected prosecution or cases being in federal court and i've been made aware that there's allegations now that officers maybe i don't know if it's true or not that may be detaining individuals and bringing them in for civil lawsuits and obtaining declarations at which they have permissions with those two so i'm just wondering
if you can look into that and get back to us like what is going on? >> you're muted, chief. >> thank you, commissioner dejesus we have no authority to bring anybody in against their will for lawsuits. so definitely that's something that is a serious issue if that allegation is out there. we'll look into it. in terms of the federal court findings of officers having evidence thrown out of court, that definitely is cause for investigation as well. so those are under way as well commissioner dejesus commissioner dejesus that's commissioner dejesus: that's good because we're talking
about civil lawsuits. >> i'll follow up. >> president cohen: chief, i have a question for you, it's malia. i'm wondering whether or not your department has received and those who have not received to see if they can intercede on their behalf to help them move them up on the process to get the vaccination. >> we do have the ability to survey and that's something that's definitely on the immediate horizon to find out how many. of course their private medical information. but judging by our first survey when we put out the survey to gage the interest. so hopefully, we can get a better idea of who and if they have not been vaccinated and
why and hopefully i can have that information for you hopefully by next week. >> president cohen: and then, i was thinking that you're going to be at the bay view at the rally on friday, as am i. perhaps one day you and i can pick a beat. it doesn't have to be bay view. and just get out there and walk on the foot patrol. >> yeah. definitely. that will be great. so i'll set that up. i'll reach out and set that up. >> president cohen: all right. colleagues. commissioner yeehas a question. >> chief scott, this is larry. when you do have outreach into the community, just send me a notice and see if i can join with you or with an officer that is doing the outreach. and i agree with malia that
officers try to get the vaccinations because if they're out in the public, we want them to be safe as well as everybody else. >> thank you, commissioner yee. and, welcome. and i will definitely do that. commander fong is the point of contact so we will definitely get you invited to our next meeting and welcome to have you at those meetings. thank you. >> president cohen: all right. i am looking at the chat. any other questions? all right. chief. i appreciate your presentation. >> madam president. commissioner hamasaki. >> commissioner hamasaki: oh, chief, i was going to ask when
we were talking about your focus on community policing, did you -- i can't remember if there was a report released kind of documenting and detailing what this looks like because community policings where everybody referred to a lot of different things whether it's [inaudible] or just presence in the community. is there a master document? i know we talked about a strategic plan that the public can see? >> yeah. commissioner, thank you for bringing that up. that was one of the doj recommendations. the public can find it on our website. and, if you go to the search engine of the website, you can just type in community policing strategic plan and it will guide you through that strategic plan. also, really, it's pretty
involved strategic plan, but it really covers the entire department in terms of what our goal strategies are and kind of what that is. you're right. community policing is very broad in their term. but that strategic plan gives some insight and guidance and how we intend to achieve it. >> commissioner hamasaki: and does that also cover how the officers are immoring to achieve those goals like in different neighborhoods where, for example, like, right now, you know, the bay view, we're having a lot of issues there with violence, the tenderloin with violence and drugs. i think in the api community there's issues of violence. is there a reaction to those and assign officers? >> the strategic plan doesn't cover specific deployment.
it's more of a it's not just a high level, but it's guidance on the really the fundamental things that we need to do in order to achieve that level of engagement that we want to achieve. community meetings. who the outreach should be to. what the minimum requirements are for each district's and captain. those type of things are in that strategic plan. in terms of deployment, part of community policing and i'm going to use the term broadly here, it really boils down to creating opportunities for specific police department. but creating those opportunities for officers to engage and have positive interactions with members of the public. and, the thing that you probably have heard me say
before and i'll say it to the commission. one of the things that plays into that is having staffing levels because of if officers are going from call to call. how they treat people, but often time those calls don't offer the opportunities to just have engagement like what we're talking about. just have a conversation with people about where the issue of the day is. we want to create more opportunity for our officers to do that. that part of when you're working. you really get to engage with people and you get to talk to people. you get to stick your head in the local business and talk to the employees and the owners and the customers and it's a nonconfrontational situation where you can really have meaningful discussions. so that's a big component of community policing and it goes a long way in terms of procedural justice and other things and getting to know your
neighbors and your neighborhood and those things that really contribute to healthy community policing. so that's apart of our goals and our strategies and, again, getting the bulk of the department opportunity to do that has to be on the forefront of our agenda. >> commissioner hamasaki: okay. and, i liked president. >> president cohen: 's suggestion. i just got my vaccination last week and maybe we could do some beats together with all the different commissioners and the chiefs, get out in the city, start to -- commissioner elias used to hit some of the district stations back before covid. i'd like to get back out there and see the community. >> absolutely. i welcome that and it's a sign of we're getting back to normal. so whenever any commissioners are ready, definitely we're ready. i'm ready to do that. i'd look forward to that.
>> commissioner hamasaki: thank you. >> thank you. >> president cohen: commissioner brookter, do you have something to say? >> yes, i do. i'm just really thinking about that has been while we shelter-in-place. so just in terms of public safety, what some strategies or things that we're thinking about city wide as a gun buy-back program and folks are getting the vaccine shots. what's kind of our strategy or thought process or conversations about how we get these guns off the street? >> yeah. so gun violence is one saturday we work in conjunction with and his organization on that and that's been happening for a number of years. that's the one we're going to get a large number of guns off. so that's great. the enforcement team says it's
these are the guns ending up in the hands of some teenagers. we've arrested some people from manufacturing but the public awareness about that, you know and ease of getting access to guns is something that a part of our strategy that we want to work with c.v.o.s and groups and public-health professionals to address. some of it is the police department thing but a big part of it we have to reach out to partners and partner with these other entities that i mentioned to really address this from a holistic approach. gun violence is -- i don't have
to tell you. we know what gun violence has caused, particularly in some of our communities where disparities and they're underserved. >> thank you for that, chief. >> thank you. >> we're going to do a slight departure from what we have on the agenda. we're going to have come back to d.p.a.s report and the (inaudible) report. i want to go ahead and jump into item while, while we still have guests with us. we have president shaman walton that has time constraints and i want to get him on the (inaudible), particularly interested in hearing his presentation on the strategy. colleagues, i'd like to go ahead, excuse me, i said item 4, i meant item 3.
let's call item 3 and i want to hear from president walton first and we can get into the presentation. thank you for allowing me this point of privilege. so, sergeant young blood, i want to table this back to this item and the next item, sorry. >> line item 3, presentation of the california partnership for safe communities executive summary. understanding serious violence in san francisco 2017-2020 discussion. >> with that, hold on a minute, i want to recognize president shaman walton. >> thank you so much, president cohen and i just want to say good evening to the entire police commission and to everyone present. i appreciate the time to come and just really give a high-level overview about what our public safety plan is for district 10, which is very
specific to district 10 in the entire district. i will say that most city departments, the mayor, and of course our chief of police have committed to supporting this plan and we're just excited about all the work that we're going to continue to do together to keep communities safe. so, again, it's going to be high-level. just talk about what the components of the plan are, what the focus is and how we arrived at our plan and a lot of folks who are present in this meeting are part of the plan and folks who play a integral role in this work. our office worked on the plan and it was developed through a community plan process and we desperately needed to support. this work is -- if it's to be successful it will involve other partners and stakeholders that are involved. this plan brings together department heads, our street violence intervention and
prevention program teams, and sfpd, our community based organizations, and other leaders and our focus is to create change, bring the voice of community to action. our plan aligns with our vision zero for violent crimes and homicides resolution that office office took the lead on which is supported by the entire board of supervisors. i'm going to go overcome phone apartments, including the police department and other take holders as well. one is the increased role of the public safety that increase role includes bringing together our department heads and city leaders and also making sure that we have the resources that go into communities where we see the largest portions of violence or we see most shootings, we see high incidents are violence and
making sure that we address them through the resource allocation from our public safety. we have work in district 10, violence prevention which works with all our violence prevention providers and community based organizations as well as community leadership that they have been hired and is working in community as we speak and our third action was to reimagine our community mobilization and piece planning efforts making sure that we're innovative during this pandemic and also to working to provide support and resources for individuals who are out on the front lines every single day like our street violence and intervention as well as other folks working for cvo for forks in the community to keep them safe, keep folks from either being victims of
violence or and intervention, mediation and truth negotiations and increased community partnerships and intervention and increase transportation and transit safety and culturally responsive service providers and i do want to add, we're working close with the police department to provide impact strategies for the population that is now and looking at the data being more responsible for some of the crimes in terms of age and we know that we have older groups of the population now that are either victims of violence or perpetrators of violence so we're focusing on that target population through it work. we're asking the following to
ensure the safety of every person and in san francisco in district 10, one violence prevention teams to provide street outreach to high and in risk youth impacted by violence and to continue to work with our street violence intervention and prevention team to build a response and awareness team to help provide services to our communities throughout the city. i think specific to the police department we're asking for officers to be stationed in hotspots throughout the district and community officers that established positive relationships with families and neighborhoods and officers that think how they can support and be of a community before anything else and also, asking for the police department to deploy foot patrols and community violence prevention strategies through police presence and this means that we know in union square and peer 39
and other areas that were prioritized would have foot patrol and police presence and some believe is what we know the damage demonstrates and violent crimes exists and we need to have a shift and conversations in terms of making sure that our communities are looking out for. we're not asking for a police presence and only comes into community and response to incidents but we're talking about hopes and individuals who are part of our communities that are there spending time to get to know the people knowing the parents, children and grandparents and coming to the events and it doesn't have to involve being in your uniform. that is a major part and major piece of our plan working with the police department and this past budget cycle, resources for district 10 to provide more jobs and more activities and more case management and services for our transitional ages and adults
and we understand it will continue to go in circles. this plan was presented 20 every department head that place a role and presented to this police department in the leadership in the department. it also has and was signed off by all of our chiefs and chief of police and all of our captains and within district 10. i see captain danger field is here and captain moon also supported and captain marin and we know that captain jones is also supportive of our plan. we did have a community conversation with community based organizations to talk about what their role is within the plan and we will have another last appreciate and public safety forum soon for everybody to provide input but i do want to thank sf, svip, sfpd
and i want to thank the team from my office and all the communities that played a role. if you haven't seen the plan, i would definitely put a link in the chat to the plan. most of the folks here are participating in some way shape or forms and i will make sure that we get the plan out to everyone and the goal really to bring all this stakeholders who are involved addressing violence and specifically to district 10. some of the themes and some of the strategies that in our plan are not rocket science and they're not new but they're specific to the district. they're definitely focused on the data that demonstrates and shows where most violent crimes occur and sometimes police deployment, sometimes we have not had strategies that focus on those areas the way that we should proportionately and we
want to make sure that we do everything in our power to make it happen. >> does that conclude my presentation? >> yes, i am done. >> i would appreciate if you could, put a link in the chat. >> of course. >> that would be great. are there any questions that you have for us president walton. none? >> thank you for being here, president walton. i am really happy that you are here and.
>> thank you, i look forward to (inaudible). somebody's dog or something? the street violence intervention is something that i've been raising with the police and i was curious from a district supervisor and resident being on the ground have you found out to help really under this successful in intervening in vile violence before it happens. >> yes, definitely been able to do a good job and preventing violence and in terms of mitigating response after action happens. they put their lives on the line
24/7 and i don't think people really understand what they have to do with as being on the frontlines. preventing people from killing each other and committing violent crimes, is a hard skill to develop but the most important thing is what i think anybody needs to understand is that these folks are putting their lives on the line effort and they're able to talk to individuals who may be perpetrators of violence and talk to violence and we need to mediate any existing issues or concerns and make sure that we can stop things from happening and stop incidents of violence from increasing. they do this on a daily basis.
sometimes i think they get a bad wrap because violence still continues to exist. i would say if we look at this year compared to last year, thank god, we're fortunate that violence crimes and shooting and homicides are down comparative to last year at this time. and so we're finding out ways to be innovative during this pandemic. and it's been a major piece of that and we all got work to do in this. that goes for our other c.b.o.s and police departments and that goes for other elected leaders in the city. we all have a role to play but our team and folks who are on the ground put their lives on the line everyday and so they do make an impact. it can't be quantified from how we see hour programs. >> thank you very much, supervisor. >> i'm trying to put the plan in
the chat but i don't know how to work this thing. >> it's up there. we have it. >> ok. >> post it on the commission website to people can also view it as well. >> thank you. this webex chat is messing with me. thank you supervisor walton for your leadership and as a resident, here in the district as well and also lead are a community based organization, very well versed and i want to share with folks, it looks like district 10 public safety form is taking place monday, march 22nd. our own chief scott will be there, president walton and also district attorney. if we can, pass that information to the commission and maybe get it up so that folks can attend from the district as well, too.
>> that hot off the press. >> it was like 27 minutes ago. >> inside scoop, huh. >> social media. >> president cohen: that's really good to hear. thank you for sharing that. it's news to me. if there are no other questions, commissioners -- president walton, thank you for stopping by and making a presentation. you are welcome to hangout. we are going to have a good presentation now from the california partnership of safe communities executive summary. and are you ready to go? i will turn the meeting over to you. welcome. >> that's already. i want to thank president walton for coming and for the rentation and to support you and thank you for all you do. >> president cohen: great.
all right, thank you. we're going to go to (inaudible). >> so, president cohen -- >> president cohen: i'm sorry, chief scott. >> thank you, president cohen. i'm going to open up and my introduction is going to be very brief because i'm excited to pass the baton to the california partnership. let me open up with high-level over arching goals of what we're trying to accomplish in this partnership. i'll take five seconds to say that i told you this privately, thank you and the board of supervisors from a couple years ago for helping us get the funding to establish this partnership and this work. it happened through a budget request when you were on the board so i want to thank you for that. that has really i think, got us started in a positive way so thank you for that. when we -- the vision for this partnership, we're to do three things and it's always the bottom line. do we want to reduce shootings
and touchdowns? do we want to reduce victimization while statement reducing arrest for community members at the highest risk of violence and we want to build trust between the san francisco police department and communities most impacted by violence. >> president cohen: chief, i need to take public comment. >> sorry. >> president cohen: i know you were getting worked up. hold on. hold on. >> president cohen, was this still part of agenda item number 3, if so we can take it after the chief's speech. >> president cohen: yes, this is all part of agenda item 3. >> no problem. >> president cohen: let her rip, chief. >> and the three things that are over arching goals and the california partnership is a locally and nationally recognized expert on the design and implementation of public
safety strategies to hit those three goals which they termed and we termed the triple bottom line. again, reducing gun violence for shootings, including homicides, reducing victimization, for most at risk and while at the same time reducing arrest or the community members and communities that are at the most risk of this type of violence. we hope to build trust with communities most impacted by violence. a couple things before i turn this over, that is a snapshot of our city's homicide from 2017 to mid 2020 and also the last 18 months or so of shootings that cause injuries and as a part of this work as you will see in this presentation, we wept out and persuade a grant the cal v.i.p. grant and really the grant was meant to enhance a very work at you talked about
commissioner hamasaki tonight and president walton and that is intervention and services and getting services to the people who are most at risk we're giving most of it away. we can help that work get to the finish line if you will. again, also the last thing i want to say is part of this plan is to ship our focus away from the quote-unquote gang investigations and really the focus is on preventing shootings which is say big part of what the analysis tells us that is a problem and people involved in one group or another but it's a social network of adult men is that is the primary driver of this problem so you hope you all will appreciate the work that has gone up into this analysis up and to this point and talk
about next steps and hopefully we'll be permitted to have another meeting and present on those next steps in detail and with that i would like to turn this over to the california safety partnership of state communities. >> thank you chief scott. good evening, everyone, thank you inform commission president cohen, commissioners, president walton i appreciate the opportunity to be here tonight to present the findings of the office of violence and if i could ask for the presentation to be put up. i'm joined, my name is von crandell from i'm joined tonight by my colleagues senior partner reagan cunningham and also our frequent collaborator dave mohammad of the national criminal justice reform. we are going to go to analysis
of key findings and and for violence intervention and prevents events in the city, next slide, please. a lint about our organization, we're not a group we work as a collective and we come from a array of backgrounds and we have roots and community and problem oriented policing and reentry and as a chief said, our goal in the work that we do is to help cities advance. reduce violence while reducing the use of arrest, improving outcomes for people impacted by violence and building police trust. we care about research tells bus this problem and what works to make progress on it. to do this, we help cities and departments develop a variety of strategies and capacities and we always start with a type of analysis that we're presenting tonight and and when we do that, for two primary reasons. one is the approach that works
best around reducing serious violences in a ray of partners working together and president walton spoke to that as did many other commissions tonight and callers if what we observe is different key stakeholders have different ideas about the nature of the problem so it's different align them around a shared solution. so chief referred to this already. these are our goals and the other piece that i would mention now is we also have a research partner and scholar who has done work nationally and internationally and police reform strategies and part of what dr. drag a will look at historically what strategies have helped san francisco in the long-term and reducing the use of arrests and acknowledging that there's significant strength already at work in the city of san francisco and we want to build on those through this work.
in the interest of time, next slide, please. next slide. so what is a problem analysis. a well developed menthol odd gee used developed over the last 25 years and it's been used in dozens of cities and essentially seeks to do two things, establish a common understanding of the local vinens probably so that community, civic and criminal justice can reduce violence and identify and a community who had the greatest risk of violence so we can taylor interventions to help them reduce that risk and again while minimizing the use of arrests. this particular analysis with all homicides in the city of san francisco and every homicide from the beginning of 2017 to the middle of 2020 and all injuries shootings from the beginning of 2019 to the middle of 2020 and that represents 471 unique individuals whoa are directly shot or named as
suspects in shootings their homicides. next slide. next slide. so, when we started this analysis, we look at what are the long-term trends in terms of violence in a major city. this is the long-term in san francisco. there is a significant increase in the homicide rate in the late 2000s that somewhat unusual. most cities were peaking in the mid to late '90s and there's a sustained reduction from 2009 really through the present or through 2019 and so this is part of the value of research partnership with dr. braga. in light of this trend so the long-term use of both misdemeanor and felony arrest in san francisco is a large reduction over the last 30 years of 72% and so when we come in and we do this work in a variety of cities and we see a major city that is reduced homicides and the use of arrests, we say
there's something important going on there that we want to understand so that's general con tech. when we do the analysis we looked at all the homicides in the city of three and a half years and all the non fatal shootings in a year and a half. and we're looking at them from different angles. what can we learn about the folks involved? are they coming to the contact of justice system and if so how. where do these things take place and what are the motives that drive the violence and why is it happening? the first summary findings is we look at those and this isn't essentially what we find. suspects and victims of homicide in shootings are older adults with the history and violence impacting men of color and it's been discussed and at length tonight and the average sage of victims of suspect of homicide are 37. 70% have previously been arrested an average of 15 times
at time of homicide. with we lock at non fatal shootings, the age is younger but the average age is 28-years-old for anyone involved in a shooting in san francisco and they have been arrested 13 times and 70% of the victims and suspects and 80% of the shooting victims are black and latino men even though they have the city's population. this age distribution is three points and i'll be brief. no one sunday the age of 18 who is involved in homicide and san francisco during the three and a half years. under this grown bracket, the 18 to 35-year-old age range is where gun homicide victimization concentrates. when we look to the 35 and older age bracket, this is primarily non gun homicides that have a connection to various street
disorder conditions that we'll talk about more in a moment. this is the same distribution for non fatal shootings and it just illustrates very few people involved in shootings are under the age of 18 and everyone is between the ages of 18-35. next slide. this is the data on where the disparity data comes from and in terms of homicides, shootings, the impact on black and latino men and relative to the city's population. 70% of homicide victims in suspects are previous known to the justice system and 80% of suspects they were 35 years on average and they averaged 15 prior arrests and nine and a half were felony arrests and 1/5 people who murder someone or
murdered are on probation supervision at the time. this is just a visual representation. and when we look at probation supervision of folks involved in shootings as victims are suspects, we see almost two and five shooting suspects are on probation at the time of the shooting incident. so, that is what do we observe when we look at who is involved in shootings and homicides and we start to analyze the motives and drivers and we're interview every homicide and shooting as well as an array of knowledgeable staff and why are these things happening and two things emerge from that analysis and a central role for dynamics and the chief reference and a majority of gun homicides, 50% to 70% and non fatal shootings are driven by or connected to street route dynamics and homicides and non fatal
shootings are to a complex mix of street homelessness, and drug market dynamics in the tenderloin. they overlap to some degree and they are different and require different approaches and different sets of take holders. this illustrates the point in a couple of ways. another interesting finding has a much lower preportion of gunshot homicides and most major cities and most major cities would be in the 90% fewer than 60% of homicides with the firearm and we see group connected homicides tend to be gun homicides and street disorder connected homicides tend to have this variety of implement and circumstances. next slide. these are motives and what we primarily see is in homicides that involve high-risk social networks, those are primarily driven online going cycles of retaliation as the chief and
where individuals in high-risk networks are using violence as a way to resolve disputes. and the disorder related homicides it's more diverse and some robbery and incident dispute and aer number of drug related disputes. and when we look at fatal and non fatal shootings combined there's within gun homicide and non fatal shooting dynamics. it's the same dynamic and what we find is 50 half to three quarters of those fatal and non fatal shootings are someone associated with a high-risk social network as the victim or suspect or both and that 90% of those individuals are black and latino men and 75% between the ages of 17 and 35. we see group dynamics do have
this role in driving gun violence and that's the central finding in most major cities, there's a concentration in high-risk social networks and the evidence is clear at this point that actually the char characteristics it's more than anything in my life and so it's really important if we're going to taylor interventions to have these social network dynamics in mind and when you look at san francisco, it's a really small number of groups and networks that are impacted by and affected by this problem, it's about 12 city wide and the individuals in those networks are 18-35 on average, black and latino men with extensive justice history, involved in groups that are in on going conflicts of patterns of alliance and conflicts and this has three complications we'll return to at the end of the
presentation. one is reducing shootings, requires a sustained focus by the police department on this dynamic and second is implications for a range of other partners and justice system and community actors, probation, pa roll, district attorney, and community intervention partners and lastly, as in most major cities, we think the city would benefit from a investment in this highest risk population. most cities invest most of their appreciate and the evidence is strong and if we want to reduce violence in the near term, the place to do is in investing in this older and highest risk population. we asked the police department and knowledgeable investigators to help us understand what were they concerned about in terms of violence in neighborhoods as we map neighborhoods but what emerged were these patterns of relationships between groups and networks. many of them are informal and fluid but they were identified able.
when we look at shootings and homicides over time, they did connect back to these patterns of relationships. so these are actual groups and group relationships and they've been anonymized for this purpose and this represents the inner connections between bayview, ingleside and the northern and park districts. when we cross reference, it goes back to the point of concentration of risk is tight. it's a small number of folks who are extremely high-risk and we have to effectively engage and support them if we reduce retaliation shootings and so when we look at all these networks, it's a small number involved in most shootings and homicides as victims and suspects or perpetrators or both. so it's really these six groups that are involved in three or
more homicides that are disproportionately impacted by the problem. over time, it shows us this problem is very fluid and dynamic. and as a set of partners who are working on this from the justice system side or the community intervention side it's important to stay on top of the evolution in violence because in any given quarter, who is at highest risk changes. and if we want to prevent retaliation shootings, we have to be organized around the nature of the problem as it exists. i'm going to -- the last finding is essentially the challenge of the tenderloin. and we know this is been a durable problem and a complex problem for the city for a long time and it involves a variety of different kind of motives and dynamics and i know the city has been working on it for a long time. recent research suggests that paying attention to the physical
disorder features of neighborhoods can help reduce violence in those places but the violence issues merit a longer conversation obviously than just these talking points. i'm going to ask in the interest of time, i know that i'm running out of time so i'm going to go quickly through these spacial analysis and we'll come back to the conclusion. this is all homicides and shootings during the sample period. this is spacial concentration. this is the concentration in the tenderloin of the non dynamic group homicide. this is the representation of the homicides that are driven by group dynamics and we see the impact on the bayview and the mission. this is drug related streets and homicides. this just illustrates the complexity of the tenderloin dynamics and motives in violence
in this area. so, coming back here i'm just trying to check to see if my colleagues, david, are you on still? he had a constraint. well, i'll wrap-up. so the implication here is i think there's a longer conversation that we would recommend policymakers have about the city's investments in prevention work in -- it's a older population and that's where the opportunity dies to reduce violence in the near term. so, in terms of the next steps, if you would like to they are
taking the grant funds and use particular to hire new staff and we'll work with high-risk folks and there's roll out of the findings planned in the near future. that concludes the presentation. i appreciate the time and we would be happy to answer any questions. >> hold tight. i just want to just set the context about what we're doing here today. you heard several weeks ago we were asking the chief for the what is the strategy for the bayview station and what with the uptick in crimes. you heard it from his report here. this is the presentation that is helped add context and some data to the crisis that we have at hand. i wanted to make sure that we
have a full picture of a presentation tonight. not only did we hear from the california partnership but i also want to acknowledge that we've got, in addition to the chief representing the department, we also have danger field, the outgoing bayview captain and we just two weeks ago, we stepped away from his duty and then also i want to welcome captain david moran, i apologize if i miss pronounce your name, but who has been the bayview station captain the last two weeks. i want to introduce those who will be also making brief remarks a little bit later on this item and a little bit later on in the presentation.
so, i want to just kind of frame things for you so you understand the conversations and the dynamics and who these players are that are making these presentations so we've heard from an analytical perspective and do you have questions for mr. crandel and his team and i want to recognize reagan cunningham who also joined with us. commissioner hamasaki, i see your name on the chat. would you like to speak? >> good evening, thank you for the presentation. i think it's very helpful. we've all been kind of talking around each other and around this information and trying to
understand better what you just laid out for us which are, what are the dynamics at play and who are the individuals involved and then most importantly like how do we intervene most effectively and the chief said at the beginning of the evening to prevent it before it happens and not do this in a way that policing have traditionally been associated with, you know, the heavy-handed, i don't know if you heard the call earlier about the gang task force, and some of the concerns we've heard from the community. so, you know, do you have any thoughts about how do we strike that right down between svip and i think -- i lost my powerpoint real quick but the new street,
the violence intervention, the sfpd program, do you have thoughts about how to strike the right balance in a way that really achieves those goals? >> that's an excellent question, commissioner. i would say i think the chief framed it at the beginning. i think that we see a couple of things from kind of national research and best practice. one is, working together as a partnership is going to work better than people working in silos. the second thing, this is where it gets difficult, focusing together on folks who are at high-risk now and in the near term is much likely to reduce shootings than thinking about working on a basic prevention again with a 10 or 15 year horizon. it's not they're worth doing, they're just not going to work in the near term. in the near term, we will prevent the violence that itself is a toxic source of damage in inhibits our prevention efforts. so i think in the context of that, i think we really have seen overtime is, as much as is
possible. we should be leading with focused, well resourced, intersection work with a harm reduction goal that can invest a very intensively and long-term support for a small number of individuals that have labor intensive work. it's not -- i would distinguish it from areas out reach in canvassing, it does have value but for the long-term risk reduction, focusing in what we call life coaching but you can refer it to intensive case management and it's a model that's been developed in a number of places and the focus is on changing decision-making and particularly in the near around risk. in the long-term around access and opportunities and support. so i think leaning into that is and the chief and will aren't
many examples of cities transforming this issue with no role for police. and so, it's not everyone likes that, but if you take an honest read of the research, there's not an important role and there are certain things when violence reaches a certain level in dynamics, intervention workers don't have guns, they can't use the state of the power to intervene so as incredible and persuasive as they can be, there are certain situations where having a partner that can come in and settle things down and cool them off so that workers do their thing is important. so, in summary, i would say folks on high-risk and folks in the near term work together and emphasize and resource intervention as much as you can, but also be realistic there's a role for focus and surgical enforcement when necessary to prevent retaliation shootings. >> right. my question suggested that otherwise and my intense and i'm
a criminal defence attorney so i've worked with a lot of young people that are involved in the violence and they have programs in richmond and the interventions and what was that called? >> the austin neighborhood safety. >> yes. and devon and did you find that to be successful? >> yes, i agree. it is very similar to what i just described and i think there's organizations in massachusetts also in baltimore and there's advanced peace, there's intervention work in los angeles and if you look inside of the in risk work that svip does and other good organizations do, these are the common elements. very high-risk folks need a lot
of support and it needs to be focused around harm reduction in the near term. >> i had the role of dealing with some of the young people that i had dealt with (inaudible) actually spoke about how it had impacted a certain way and i just thought that seemed like something that would be meaningful and so i'm glad that is (inaudible) is confirmed by your research as well. so thank you, very much for the presentation tonight. >> president cohen: fantastic, thank you. i don't see any other names in the chat. vice president elias. >> thank you, president cohen. i wanted to thank you for presenting. we were given an opportunity to see the presentation and what i would ask is perhaps you can just briefly touch on some of
the important issues you raised during our meeting which was the cultural competence part of this and how that is a new approach and new area that the or lens you are going to be using when trying to address these situations because before, i don't think that that piece was part of the puzzle and it's a very important part, which you know, you touched on last time and we had discussed and i think it's really important for the community to understand. >> sure. reagan, if you would like to weigh in here please do. i also want to acknowledge, david mohammad that leads the intervention side of our work was here but then also is in fact involved in another virtual meeting around these issues for another city right now. i think that there's a connection to the conversation we're just having, which is, i do think we need to meet highest risk folks where they are and it's critically important to
have svip and others and creditable messagers who can connect with, build relationships and build trust and have a structured engagement with folks over time with the goal of helping them make different decision that's will reduce their risk as a pre-condition for access to stable life and dignity in the long-term. particularly in diversities like san francisco, cultural competency is essential. reagan, would you like to chime in. >> i would just add to that. when we talk about cultural competency, i think obviously that's on all sides, right. so it's from the law enforcement side as well as the intervention side. working with high-risk individuals is that their needs are very immediate and so a job programs i think are great and it's something we should strive
for because we want people to have their lives stabilized. at the same time, it's very challenging to be able to focus and the jobs program or show up on time if i know someone is trying to kill me. so, when we talk about the work of the life coaches is very similar to what was done in richmond, oakland, sacramento and a couple other cities, it's how can i help you as a life coach deal with that issue? someone trying to kill you. do we need to relocate you? do we need to squash some of this beef in the street. that's going to make it very difficult for me. if i know someone is trying to kill me or kill my family, it's going to be difficult for me to be successful in a job programs or an educational program. all of those things are on the table in terms of jobs, educational substance abuse all of that, it's on the table. what we're trying to do is make this shift towards how to equip life coaches with the training they need to they can deal with
that issue of someone trying to kill me and my family right now. i need to get out of here or out of this situation. when we talk about cultural competency, it's from lots of different lenses. policer services and i want to hone in on that issue of when we're talking about very high-risk folks they have a lot of serious intense needs and so we need to be able to advance point where they are and where they are a lot of times is a very precarious place. we need to be able to provide them resources so that they can navigate through that successfully, in partnership with the life coach they trust. >> president cohen: great. i look forward to mapping the plan for san francisco. any other questions? >> near dejesus. >> ok, perfect. >> i'm fine. thank you. >> president cohen: i had a
whole bunch of questions here. >> if i can, madam president, i have one question. >> president cohen: i'm sorry, i thought you were complete. >> thank you. thank you again for that presentation. i think when we have an opportunity to analyze and really look at data, i think we begin to tell a different story. and i just want to say thank you to our arturo and guy and rob because these are individuals on the ground doing the work when we think about the data they're seeing it on a daily basis and they have for years and decades. thank you to them and their work. i want to make sure that we really up lifted actually what we just heard i think the two digest things i took away from this, was ensuring that as the department were really collaborating with those community-based organizations in with community on true intervention when it comes to violence and secondly, one of the things we want to up lift too is the resources needed to ensure that we can do the intense work that really needs to be done.
i just wanted to again say thank you for the presentation. very well thought out. to me, it wasn't anything that we didn't know but now we're putting numbers and quantifying it and putting it in a different light many of as we know when we create these plans and we create strategies that it doesn't just sit on the shelf. we actually implement what it is that we're hoping to do. >> president cohen: does that complete your remarks? anyone else? all rightment i want to dive in with a couple questions for the cal partnership. just based on the presentation. a couple of my initial thoughts, you split your analysis of homicides and shootings and i'm curious to know, how are you classifying shootings that result in homicides? that's the first question. specifically, in other words, how much do these two datasets
overlap? >> they don't overlap. a homicide would just be a homicide. >> president cohen: ok. >> so the non fatal shootings would be shootings with injuries where a body is struck but the person does not pass. >> president cohen: so, does shooting data influence the homicides statistics? >> no. it would be counted as two separate incidents. >> president cohen: maybe you can speak to how -- speak on how you differentiate groups and gangs. you have been to enough commission meetings and you've heard public comment. there's one mother in particular, mrs. brown, that calls in that is highly sensitive and she's raises a very well issue. we're talking about groups versus gangs and it's a point that you highlighted in your presentations and i don't think i've heard a presentation where that distinction was made. i'm in agreement with you. could you just talk about the --
whether that distinction matters for the purpose of your analysis? >> it's such a excellent and difficult question. there are two aspects to it that we challenged at the time. one aspect is very real and legitimate civil liberty concerns around what it means to be labeled as a gang member. and i think those are the not unique to san francisco, that's been a nation wide issue and it's been state wide issue with cal gangs. when someone gets identified as a gang member, how do you get purged from a list, you know, cases where gang enhancement are used inappropriately and so, it's a -- it's not a very direct way to focus on violence and it has collateral concerns. it's where folks at lower risk and may not be involved in violence will be grown into the way they want so that's one truth and i think the other
truth that were challenged to recognize is, all the interceptions workers and good street cops in the criminologists kind of agree at this point. most gun violence does come back to folks who are living high-risk life styles and socially connected to each other and use violence as a way to resolve disputes that can get retaliation and turn into conflict between groups. most of those groups are probably not gangs, by statutory definition, but they are involved in identifiable patterns of conflict and they're resulting in people being shot and murdered. so, in some sense, i think the chief identifies the crux of the issue which is, if we approach this from the perspective of our goal is to reduce violence, and not worry so much about whether things meet the statutory definition of gangs, that's the scene that can appropriately
respect both perspectives. >> president cohen: ok. so, also in your presentation, you noted that a number of prior arrests is a key indicator for potential involvement in shootings and homicides. do you have any recommendations for how involvement with the criminal-justice system could be reduced before shootings and homicides occur? >> that's a great question. reagan, please chime in. what the analysis just shows is, at the point where someone was murdered or identified as a suspect or similar with a shootings, how would they already come into the context of the system. it reveals, as it does in most major cities, that there's a lot of opportunities for intervention that we're missing and part because i do think that different actors have different ideas about risk. and i see that certainly emerge today some degree in the probation data which is again very common, it's not uncommon
at all. but i think part of what the opportunity of this work presents is for the community actors to work more closely so that those opportunities are not missed. >> president cohen: in other words, how does the restorative justice relate in this entire conversation? >> well, that's a complex question. >> president cohen: i've had a lot of time to think about this. >> yeah. >> president cohen: since monday, since our briefing. >> can i jump in on the restorative justice. >> president cohen: yeah. >> president cohen, restorative justice programs really get at the reducing recidivism part of this equation. and the ones i've seen and been involved in is really the gap, the missed opportunities that vaughn is talking about, they're
identified with an effective restorative justice program. for instance, there's wrap-around services and you know, there's programs that deal with youth and programs that deal with adults and different areas of the country. but they've pretty much all had the basic construct. they're services that are wrapped around that individual and mainly that individual and their network, particularly their families, that are aimed towards reducing them reentering the criminal-justice system by recidivism and there's victim offender restitution where the victims also buy into this because there's this reconciliation that did happen in any restorative justice program, where the victim feels vindicated and validated as well. so, there's a lot that goes into research in terms of part of the reconciliation is somewhat therapeutic for the person
committing the crime, but it's also therapeutic for the victim that's been victimized. and in an ideal situation, those things work together and they work to reduce recidivism and everyone in a perfect way walks away better for it and satisfied that things were done the way they should have been done. [please stand by]
>> and that goes to my baby captain dangerfield. is it maron? how do you pronounce that? >> it's maron. >> president cohen: please. everyone, this is interactive. >> [inaudible] >> president cohen: okay. so i'll continue with my questions if no one else has any. >> [inaudible] i do have something to say. >> president cohen: please.
what was yours. >> i just want to comment on what reagan cunningham said about the high risk individuals being able to function at a normal pace among the general population and she's absolutely right because the individuals who we actually deal with are high risk and it takes a different kind of approach to deal with them in a working capacity. so i don't really think it's our time to express what we do yet, but i just want to agree with reagan cunningham with a about what she said and the type of individuals and the type of normal lifestyle they need to live in to live with society. i'll just wait to give my piece on the outreach and i'll let you all continue on. >> president cohen: okay. if you have anything you want
to comment on, this is definitely something i want to slow. so i have another question. this is related to slide 30 and 32. let me see if i get my question up so slide 30 to 32 talks about the analysis responsible for shootings and homicide. i just want to note and make sure i'm understanding this correctly. not all of these groups are identified in your network analysis. so aside from the baby slide a and slide b, with do these groups operate? >> commissioner. i'm not sure if i'm understanding your question. you're comparing the diagram with the bar charts? >> president cohen: yeah. >> so the difference between those two things would be that
not all of the identified groups and networks are involved in violence. again, this was a question to a cross section of the police department that were identified as being knowledgeable about the position. and so we asked them to back for us the way they understood the city and then we took that information and preference for what the homicide shooting investigators told us about the motive behind the shootings and the people involved. so what it illustrates at least for us, it's a small number of groups involved in violence. not any one group is involved in violence. that's why you don't see a one to one representation. >> president cohen: okay. >> does that answer your question? >> president cohen: it does answer my question. i've got a question for you, keith. on slide 33, it covers a covers
a little bit about the tenderloin. about the shelter-in-place. the program is aimed at providing shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness, and, i'm curious to hear your perspective on how has public safety, how has the public safety dynamic changed since that time? i guess it's actually just a year. but i wanted to hear your perspective. >> well, i think one of the positive impacts with the city and support with keeping individuals that are unstable because they're unhoused, you know, food insecurities and housing insecurities. when the city set up the safe site right across the street from city hall, it allowed for some stability for people, you know, shelters had shut down
because of covid and so people were hurting. people were suffering. how that impacted i believe some of our violence dynamic in a positive way, the stabilization and the support that people were receiving during that particularly the ones that were fortunate enough to be in those safe sleeping sites or get housing. i think it helped. i think it helped with that dynamic. now, we still have the dynamic of the drug sales and the drug dealers and part of when some of these things first happened, there was a lot of call for us to be involved in making sure the drug dealers weren't preying on people who were going there for help and that was causing some violence and sexual assaults and alike. here's how the great thing
about this community partnership worked. is one of the main sites in the tenderloin. what you saw from policing and us having to be there or being called to be there to commit a community center support system that really kept things peaceful and orderly for the most part. so we did see some positive impacts on violent crime because of that, i think. now, there's still issues in the tenderloin, obviously, but i think there was some positive impacts with that because of the city's response and how that was approached. and, it demonstrated the power and all of us have mentioned this, the power of collaboration and working with the community based organizations like urban and the people that end up working for organizations like that. and, really, we want to reduce our policing footprint as much as that's appropriate. we have to have those type of partnerships with organizations
that are funded, that are supported, and, that are willing to work with us. >> president cohen: okay. >> and [inaudible] >> president cohen: i hear you. okay. i'm going to pivot off the california partnerships. is there anything -- oh, commissioner elias. >> vice president elias: thank you president cohen. one of the steps is the hiring process for life coaches. what qualities are you looking for in the life coaches because i think these life coaches are embracing what reagan is saying and i think they would be well equipped to handle someone in
need in these circumstances and the outline that you provided. >> i'll say a couple things briefly and then i'd like to pass it to arturo carillo because he's got the expertise. i think just a combination of cultural competency of someone who comes as a credible messenger and engaging folks when we're involved in high using behaviors as well as intensity case management skill sets. it's not that easy to find people who are good at both of those. some of those are good you can do outreach and management. but they can't necessarily connect with the population. so finding somebody that's good at both is ideal. arturo, would you please weigh in and share your perspective. >> president cohen: yeah. please. >> okay. so, yes. i mean, you guys are on point.
you need somebody from the community who understands the neighborhoods that we're dealing with who may have some similar experience not necessarily could be gang affiliated, could be boys club, girls club, ymca, working in the school districts. some of the cbos. who we've had a poperie. we've had 50 applications come in from all walks of life within the communities themselves. for us, it's culturally relevant. people who know the community that we're going to be serving. so that's been our primary focus. >> president cohen: great. thank you. that's exciting. >> vice president elias: the other question i had is vaun when wurp describing your slides and indicated data and the research results which you
received which it was a small group or a certain -- i want to say group that are causing these instances and, i guess, one would think if that's the case, why don't the police find them and deal with them? i think it's much more complex than that and perhaps maybe you can shed a little light and the chief can also weigh in on that because i think that my fear is, you know, this is a very complex issue and we can't just simplify it by, you know, sort of assumptions that people might make in terms of how we rid ourselves of the problem. >> i would love to offer a couple of thoughts and then i would love for the chief to please weigh in on this. i would say if you took one thing away from our presentation tonight, i hope that it would be that we can make progress on this problem in the way that we do is is working together and focusing together on a very small number
of people who at an extremely high risk right now. and so i think if we take that as a take away then that gives the path forward. then the challenge that we're going to confront is those folks have very extremely difficult type situations and it is not easy to address the issues that put them at risk. they're from the justice intervention standpoint or from a community intervention substantiate point. it is a heavy lift and that's why we need to put a lot of resources in it and work together. i think the silver lining of that is is it's a couple hundred people in the entire city in any year. like probably less than 200. and, if you can organize players to work together from a shared understanding of who those people essentially need, then you can really make a lot of progress even with whatever resources we have available to us right now.
chief, would you please chime in on that. >> yeah. thank you commissioners. thank you for that question. it is a more complex question. what i will add to vaughn's comment is the complexity of what the drive of this type of dynamic is deeply enrooted. it's deeply enrooted. and so, you can be an individual who has committed a violent act, but when you get to the roots of what's driving that violence, even if that person is held accountable and he ends up being incarcerated, that doesn't stop the network dynamics that drive the violence because that person goes away and somebody else in that network often times will step up and be the one that will do the business of the retaliatory piece that drives a lot of this violence. so you really have to get at the network in a meaningful way
as vaughn talked about. and, of course, there's accountability there i think we all would like to see. but to get at this problem before that violent act occurs, you've really got to get at the deeply rooted networks that are driving the violence and then that gets into the other issue that reagan and others and arturo have been talking about in terms of you're addressing the causes, you know. that's very complex in my opinion. it's very complex. then all the social issues come into play and the supports have been to be focused at right people at the right time. so that plays a small part in that in my opinion establishing the population this older population, there's really not a whole lot done to support that population and we need to find it, we need to get the
right community people to help us do that and we help them do that and really get at that problem in that way, in that wholistic way. >> great. thank you. >> president cohen: commissioner elias, you have a question? >> no, ma'am. >> president cohen: i really appreciate the presentation. this has been incredible. i'm glad we're working together. this is really good work. okay. let's see. let's go on. let's move on. i think the
police. i've tried very hard to communicate with community so they know what's going on. if they don't see it on their block, they don't think it affects them, but it does. so it's important we work with community and part of the engagement is going to those areas and telling people exactly what is going on and that's what we're trying to do here in the bay view and then when we have these big instances like what we had a few weekends ago, we called in the resources from the other part of our operation bureau and they were sending us to the bay view to be more visible and having the outside units come and do the patrolling and it was very thankful. i got a lot of messages from the community about they really felt that we were stepping it up. but it's important that all of us as city partners work together to solve these. it's like the broken window. when things aren't working, it's not working for anyone.
it's the other city agencies. it's mta. all of us have to work together to try to solve these problems and what can we do to do it and i think we have to be more preventive as much as we possibly can and talk to people when there is an incident because it's kind of hard to talk to them when they're in crisis and a lot of these people are in crisis. it is important to point out a lot of these areas have been the same areas for years and years and why do they stay? that's always the big question to me. if you know people are shooting in this area, why do you just stay and hang out here. that is something that i always ask myself and have conversations with people and they say these are our friends, they feel comfortable. because they're in danger and they don't want to leave. so i think we've done a lot to try to get out and talk to the community and communicate with them using all of our social media as well as having our meetings. i think our meetings have grown
thanks to having zoom to having just two people to having 40 and 50 people at a time and people feel free to leave these messages and call and tell us what's going on. and that's what we've been doing in response. and captain maron, i'll let him tell you what he's all about and take you to the next step. >> good evening everyone. my name is captain dave maron. i'm the new commanding officer here at bay view. i'm excited to be here and work in this very vibrant and unique district. i know this is just my third week here, but i've actually done quite a bit. i've been participating in a lot of different community meetings so far. i've had zoom meetings with supervisor walton and supervisor hillary ronen. i've also spoken to our city attorney and some of the discussions we've been having here in the bay view and what
the police's role has been and what we need to further guild cases she is actively working on. i've been on foot quite a bit here. i've been doing a few walks up and down 3rd street in different parts of the bay view. i've had the opportunity to speak to members of our public. during my walks and the phone calls i've been taking and answered some of the e-mails, i've listened a lot to their concerns and in some instances been able to offer relief to some of the issues that they're having. just real briefly, i was able to put together a safety plan for one of the corner stores that we're having an issue with that the community's been complaining about. i've got the owner of the store to kind of work with me on the safety plan that we're going to be instituting here in the next couple of weeks. i've also dialed the city attorney and supervisor walton's office as well. so we're going to be monitoring
that situation and hopefully it improves here in the next couple of weeks. i also met with the street violence intervention program -- i'm sorry. street violence intervention program team which is arturo which is we've already heard from today. james caldwell, and i want to say robert newt on the street today. i established a text messaging chain with them. i sent them a message this past weekend because i heard from my station there could be some possible problems or violence as a result of i think it was an anniversary of someone getting killed there at the corner of 3rd. knock on wood, we didn't have any issues. i look forward to still working with them. like i said, this is my third
week. my goal here is to reduce the violence out here in bay view. i want to continue to work with the community to help build that trust and legitimacy and just take this opportunity. you'll see me walking. tomorrow i'll be walking up on san bruno avenue a safety walk. so i encourage those that are online or something to come out and you can have a chance to talk to me. and, that's it. hopefully i get to meet all of you and work with you in the future. thank you. >> president cohen: captain, maran. >> it's good to meet you.
i think that for me has changed my oirng when i think about bay view and when i think about crime. but then again, i think about families not just in babies, but in san francisco. armstrong family, just so many families that are underrepresented in spaces like this but certainly represented when we talk about crimes not only in your district. so welcome aboard. it's good to meet you. i'm really excited about your leadership and i want to bid a beautiful fairwell to our good friend troy dangerfield who has been almost 30 years on the
force. do you guys hear that? my bay view residence can probably hear it. you hear in the station, you can probably hear it. let's go back to the presentation chief or anyone else presenting on the bay view presentation. >> we'll check the presentation from here. >> all right. thank you. >> some of the deputy chiefs will weigh in briefly. if you can go through some of the slides and everybody has them so it shows sort of the current crime trends in the bayview on shootings. so if you move slide eight, we can take it into the wrap around approach with the deputy
chiefs. so i wanted to show you some of the things i do. director tiffany sutton is assisting me in that and making sure they're aware of any of the violence that pops up and they get immediate notifications. director sutton will confirm response. so if you have sympathy has a great relationship with those entities. and really what we think a good stat ye in the community will be and what our approach should be. so we're always thinking about what the community approach should be and not to make it look like a police state and this big enforcement type of operation. many of you know officer jason johnson works directly for tiffany. he's non operation genesis for years. we've brought him on board to
get involved with spip. also with what california partnerships has revealed with engaged in the criminal justice system. so he's been a great position and working night and day on preventing violence. and the other last thing i'll touch on is our bay area regional relationships. we have relationships with all the bay area police departments. down to the line level. so quickly, i don't know if tiffany is able to talk. she said she had some technical difficulties, but, tiffany, if you're on, do you have anything to address? and, this is a lot around slide 8 short term and long term. >> good evening.
can you hear me? >> yep. we got you, tiffany. >> good evening. my name is tiffany sutton and currently i work under assistant chief mike redman and currently i'm leading the intervention strategy for safe communities. i'm really excited about the work that we're doing reducing around gun violence. and in addition i currently lead our analyst unit who provides a lot of operational data to support our strategies around what are we going to do around public safety. so that's how i support our district stations as well as our command staff. >> thanks. stacy, if you can go to slide 10 about strategy and staff and it sort of shows the flow of what happens when the chief of police all the way to the station. and i'll have greg weigh in on a little bit on the support strategies when we have
instances of violence. >> i'm the deputy chief of operations. also with me tonight is commander walsh. i just want to spend a couple of minutes and talk to you a little bit about what our leadership approach is with the department when we have violent incidents that occur. we don't use the strategy for every incident, but we look at the incidents that are occurring that we know there's the potential for there to be retaliation or there's a lot of concern from the community and one of the things we've done in the past five or six months is we have instituted a conference call that involves many members of the command staff and district station personnel. i'll speak specifically to the
shooting that we had just before valentine's day. on that night, we had six individuals that were shot and it was a saturday and we were concerned about many different things that could happen over the next couple of days. that evening about 9:30, 10:00 there was a conference call. it involved myself, the chief, assistant chief redman. deputy chief lazar. captain dangerfield. and the person of that meeting was really to do a couple of things. but really for us to have a conversation with troy, we tend to ride on the street. is there a potential for there to be retaliation and we talked about what is our strategy for the next short term. 24 to 48 hours. whether it's for enforcement, visibility, whether it's for
outreach with the community. one officers things we talked about outreach for the calls. we've worked often times in the past year to year and a half with different groups such as local disparities. we've worked with some of the mothers who've lost victims to violence and one of the biggest things we've learned from that, the reason there's a good communication case between the department and the families of the victims and so part of of the conversation we had and we had that night was the community liaison unit being part of the conversation in reaching out to the victims and especially the victim's families we also know as a department we've missed in the past what our relationship and what our connectivity is to the victim's family. that night, we talked about was there any other families that we need to reach out to.
also dealing with those who have language action. we will provide that support and be that link and liaison between the family and the investigators and the department so they can get a lot of the questions answered. in that conversation we had over the next 24 to 48 hours, we talked about and the chief specifically brought this up, we need to balance our need for our presence out there so that violent activity doesn't occur with the community's expectations of us out there. they talk often about the community wants us, they want community policing, they don't want a community that's policed. one of the things we talked about that night is what are we going to do in the next 24 hours. what is bay view's role and responsibility? so we've got resources in to the bay view district. one of the challenges we have when that happens is we have officers that are coming from
other parts of the city to assist in the bay view. we know that that can be a challenge because people in that community don't know those officers. so our strategy for that point was if we put additional answers out to the violence occurring one would be specifically to the bay view connections with individuals in that community to speak with them and talk with them and then one of the biggest things the chief talked about that night was our job was not to go in there and be a visible presence and be the police the community is concerned with. it's about can we walk around and have a conversation so that we can see it as part of the community and they can see us as part of the community and so that's what bay view did for the first 48 hours. that's the short term plan and then others we talked about moved into kind of a long term plan.
and information we get from people like arturo and james caldwell from the mayor's office and we had that conversation and we found that to be successful and we are going to continue to do that as we move forward. we'll continue to do that in our interactions with the community. we want to be able to know that we are part of it. i think someone brought up earlier today and that's a good point. one of the things we talked about that night was bringing out the police unit we had out there. i heard questions and concerns about that. is that the best idea? we are putting out that for visible presence, but what is that message we send to the community. some may see it as a safety issue, but others may see it as an occupying van that's out there. so as we continue these conversations and get better at what we're doing that would be something we're looking at. but that is what we do from the
operations plan with support of the other stations and, mike, that's all i have. if there's any questions, i'll be happy to turn it over to you. >> thanks, greg. and president. >> president cohen: will finish up real quick with acting deputy chief correa. >> my name's dan correa. i'm the acting chief. our goal is to work with the field operations bureau patrol to provide supplemental resources that we have for immediate response to prevent retaliation and additional violence in identified areas of concern. we deploy officers from our tactical companies to traffic companies which are offered and motorcycle officers. one of the things that we do and it's being discussed here
and i do personally, strategy with all of our special operations, leadership team and i can pass it on to the officers. we're not there to write tickets for a car. we're there to be part of the solution to keeping people safe. now, our strategy focuses on being visible and present and having uniformed officers in the area the community goal of keeping everyone safe. we provide our resources to various identifying areas of concern as needed. a recent example of that is of the night that we had the shooting in the area. or all the shootings in the tenderloin and the concern in chinatown and we deployed our
resources all in the same operational period. and that's all i have. >> thank you. and lastly deputy chief lazar. >> i'm deputy chief david lazar. i follow up on criminal cases that occur. homicide, robbery, gangs. special burglaries. i also oversee the crime laboratory and special investigation units. just to what is the strategy or based on the and so i just want to share with everyone really as it relates to the investigations bureau. the first thing that we did was significant on february 20th.
the investigations bureau, we restructure the a portion of the bureau to make violence a top priority. one of the things we did was we added an extra captain to lead the gang force intelligence center and the narcotics unit reporting to the commander of the investigations bureau. really having a captain focused in on all the work we're talking about tonight and all the work that we need to do. the other thing we're doing as an organization is we're shifting our focus away from gang terminology and i know you heard different terminology this evening but really focusing in on who's involved in disputes and other reasons for violence. our other problems we saw tonight and part of these issues of less than 200 people. we're focusing on that type of terminology and thought process. we're using the california preface as a guiding strategy.
you heard a little bit about the intervention. we've been talking about just a few things. but we've also implemented a shooting review. and really focusing in on who is involved and what intervention we need to do. it's really going to be a big part of this moving forward. specifically what do we need toll do to prevent retaliation and get ahead of what's going on. so prevention and intervention becomes our primary focus on the most impacted individuals. and the last thing i'll say is with the enhanced focus on community policing and community engagement, we will also be investing in our team that they in the context of their work in their interaction giving voice. giving respect, neutrality and doing all the things we need to
do to work with the community. we're going to pursue opportunities for dialog and relationship building, building trust between this new violence reduction team that we're talking about and the impact of community. so as a department, we're excited to move forward at the investigations bureau. we look forward to the challenge moving forward as well. thank you. >> thanks. stacy, if you pull up the last slide. i just want everyone to see that after things happen, there's many debriefing sessions that occur within the department whether there's street violence when having an action plan or response plan or what our response is going to be both of the victims and also to the neighborhood. that's all i have, president cohen. we're open for any questions. sorry for the extended time. >> president cohen: don't worry about that.
as long as it's thoughtful and the conversation is moving and flowing, i appreciate the thoughtfulness in the presentation. fantastic. let me pivot to my colleagues to see if they have any questions. so far i can start on my litany of questions. is that your name i see? elias? all right. you're up. >> vice president elias: again. congratulations, captain dangerfield. it has been a real pleasure as having you as our d10 captain. but i wanted to captain moran. i just have three quick questions. one is on page eight of this slide. in some of the short term goals you discussed are officer reassignment. and my question is how did the -- how is this going to help the community because i know often times we get complaints in the community about the lack of continuity with respect to
the officers and then being in, you know, where the community gets to know an officer then by the time they get to know them, they're gone. so how does the officer reassignment help? >> so i'll take that. one of the things if there's a short term fix where we use that if we need to send more officers in to the bayview due to the violence. so those officers would be put in a patrol aspect just for that shift or for maybe a weekend or depending on how long so we can quiet things down. so it doesn't really pertain to transfers and things like that. it's more of when we decide to put -- they need more personnel in their district. >> vice president elias: thank you. and, my second question, what is your plan to get officers engaged. i know that in the long term
you're saying visibility and having them present, how in addition to the physical presence of officers, how do we get them mentally engaged with the community? because i want to thank you for your insight with respect to officer jj because i think he's a great example of what community functioning looks like. this is someone who before i joined the commission i was watching him in hunter's point at the boys and girls club engaging with the community when the community saw him, they ran up to him. they greeted him and there was a true relationship and connection there. how do we sort of replicate that when we talk about high visibility and getting more police officers to the bayview? >> so a lot of that can be through training. i think if you look at the way we've pulled some officers for our liaison unit. those officers are very much involved in the policing of the housing officer. we also did the same thing with some of the officers that we
reassigned to investigations to work on the gun violence. they weren't necessarily officers that were in plain clothes. which is something we've done in the past. we pulled them from housing units and they had a connection to the community and some of them were introduced to some of the bayview community last week and it was very positive on their interactions. so the last thing i'll comment on is due to covid, we switched our patrol shifts to a different schedule. so officers are working in teams and we have a training day every wednesday. so the idea is for some of our officers like jj and community liaison or some of the officers with investigations that they could partner up with officers to train them, but also put them through some kind of training which we've done in the past. >> vice president elias: great. that's great. and, then, my last question was
i was looking at slide 6 with the criminal justice partners and the partners you're working with maybe you can touch on briefly how the district attorney's office is going to be from my understanding the liaison is there and our own amazing ms. sutton is one of the district attorneys that used to be at bayview and had a really pivotal role there at the station and with the community because the police officers knew her and so did the community. so maybe you can touch on how that practice with the district attorney and the department's going to work. >> yeah. so myself and deputy chief mcgef run and lazar met with the leaders that are going to lead that for the d.a.'s office. because we introduced the d.a.s to all the captains last week
in the monthly meeting. so they'll be involved in all the community meetings and i'll let greg speak to how that meeting went and how we're going to roll that out. >> i'll just be brief on that. so it was last thursday and ronnie sing works for the district attorney office. the community liaison tied to districts versus tied to a district station. some may have multiple districts that they are responsible for. but they will be going to their district station monthly crime strategy meeting. they will be available when crimes occur for discussions. they'll really be available as a liaison to the community when there's some of those quality of life concerns or issues that come up and aren't necessarily crime related but they are
concerned with the community. so they will be out with each district station captain participating in that and that was something that da hudine came up with but not necessarily on the neighborhood concept of it and that's where it's going to have a duel focus now that we think is going to be successful. >> vice president elias: well we have a great product, ms. sutton right. >> we do. we stole her. >> commissioner, if i can just add one thing working with this group. [inaudible] -- restorative justice. we have to support that program. and our staff to meetings. so we could hear about that
type of well that particular program. and the humongous challenge with this commission is very focused on and understandably so. programs like that we have to give them an opportunity to succeed. accountability can come in many different forms. they also want to see effectiveness. as i talked about restorative justice earlier really one of the focuses is to reduce the reextension rate. so we have to support those type of strategies and understand those type of strategies and work with our district attorney and probation and whatever type of wrap around service. that's a big step and that's a
big commitment but we are there and those are the types of things we have to do. >> vice president elias: i agree chief. >> president cohen: colleagues. are there any others on the list? >> thank you, president cohen. i just want to follow up on something deputy chief redman said. this is more of a suggestion than a question. it's something i've raised with the chief before about about the other officers' involvement in the community in their off time. whether that's taking their families to a restaurant for a lovely meal
[inaudible] from the commission side, we spend about 15 hours a week volunteering and, you know, that's a real privilege for us but -- [inaudible] [ laughter ] [inaudible] -- i am sure. you know. i feel like, you know, just like to be part of the community is to be part of a community and it would be nice to see kind of the bodies not just on working hours, but finding ways to be involved. some people say these are people that actually come here, they care about us, see us and, you know, really this is more than just a job for them. i think that people would love to see our police. i think that would really help with some of the division.
so that's just my little spiel. since you were talking about it i thought i'd share with you as well. thank you for your presentation. >> mr. commissioner hamasaki, thank you for that. i was talking to some officers today. there's a big discussion about how we come out of covid and the engagement and some of the officers have been expressing how hard it has been with them because they can't be engaged. so that is something on the forefront as we come out of this. >> commissioner hamasaki: thank you. >> president cohen: all right. any other, colleagues? let's um, i want to, let's see. bear with me as i pull up my questions. i want to talk about slide four. so slide four talks of the depiction of the hot spots and it seems to concentrate on
areas with public housing development. i was wondering if one of the presenters can talk a little bit about sfpd's housing authority and over time different leadership both on the captain level as well as on the chief level. so i guess specifically i want to know about the level and the nation of resources sfpd commits to public safety and the housing authority developments. >> so, president cohen, i'll get started. we do have a commander pete walsh. he's not on, but pete is assigned as our representative. so he goes to all the housing authority meetings, works with the board. he oversees all of the housing officers city wide. so if anyone is assigned to housing, pete oversees that whole program. they meet on a monthly basis to discuss the needs of each housing district and what the
task is. our number of officers has greatly reduced from my time in the bayview and every other district from staffing. but it is something that we look at all the time. i'll pivot a little bit to troy about how bayview in general works with housing. but i believe we still have a couple sergeants and some officers assigned. >> yeah. there's a total of twelve officers and two sergeants in bayview in housing and they have an excellent relationship with many of the people in the community and the housing authority as well and they do attend the meetings and they have off site meeting with some of the residents as well and they attend those. but we also have some of the family developments are not by housing authority anymore. they have their own private
management like john stuart. they meet with him as well. as well as the other security services that they have in those. so it is, they are a very involved group of officers who asked to be assigned there and i think they do quite well and i think the relationship is strong. i think sometimes there's a misunderstanding between the management companies like john stewart or bridge who don't necessarily understand how we just can't get people out because they've been arrested. so they are very involved. they talked to us, the captains hear all the time about what's going on with this case, how come we can't get this person evicted and there's a lot of other city groups that push back on that as well and we do understand that we're not trying to get people out of their houses, but we are trying very hard to engage them and i know we're trying a pilot program in alice griffin since
it's such a small area. we took two of the school resource officers when that program was no longer used. not only do they walk around and meet with all the other providers, they're also responsible for hailing the regular calls of service there so people know who's there. and that's really successful. we're going to get those people back real soon. so i think the housing is a great part of the bayview officers and they are really engaged and know what's going on and i know a lot of investigative officers contact and see what's the word on the street because those are the real boots on the ground that knows what's going on. >> president cohen: yeah. you lead me to my next question about maybe you or any of you could talk a little bit about the role of spip and true violence prevention team's play in building relationships with the community and i want to hear your perspective and then
i want spip to chime in on this and, you know, for me, the bigger context is how as we as members of the police commission, how are we able to enhance your work that's being done? how do we support you both on the p.d. side and also on the community response team side? what do you need from us? is there things that i'd love for you to start to think about and if you can articulate it, i'd welcome it, but, you know, as sfpd shifts responsibilities to other programs, how do we still ensure the police department is still improving its relationship with the community even as contact with the community is increasing given shelter-in-place? >> i think it would be great if -- i mean, what spip is doing is very well and intended and when they're out there doing stuff when nobody's watching? that's the stuff.
and i've seen them all throughout last summer, all throughout the pandemic doing great things. but it's okay to pull in officers and ask, can they help do things. we don't necessarily have to be the lead in community engagement. we can piggy back on some of these other smaller groups that are doing great as well. and i think that's a way. >> so i just want to also acknowledge the folks that are listening to this conversation that we are going to hear a presentation from spip as well. so i can focus my questions on that when they in homicide, they're up 75%. what you've shown us is a lot of what you're doing right. but i'm curious to know what you think we could be doing
differently. what can we do differently? where can we make some improvements. i think there's because they don't hear it. especially on the other side of the street, they don't think there's a real problem and some of them don't think they live in the bayview. but they do live in the bayview. it's important that we communicate to them and pull them in to be apart. and the community created the bayview violent crime task force. they decided to change things in the bayview and that group was supervisor ronen because of the shootings up there. so they did that on their own.
it will be further than anything else at this moment. >> one other thing, president cohen, if i can chime in, in one of the slides about the tv briefing sessions, so in that shooting review, we already, even though we don't have the intervention model in the software in a crime and really reaching out to svip and getting their support and maybe doing that intervention, even though we don't have it fully operational now, those are happening in the department so it will be possible. >> great. >> president cohen: great. i appreciate that. sfpd, we're going to pivot and hear from our community
partners. arturo, is your team ready? we would love to hear for you. >> good afternoon, my name is arturo and bias intervention program and i can just give a couple of shout outs to president walton for the kind words to the team. thank you so much director sutton, chief scott and deputy chief redman, you guys you awesome. one of the things i'm proud of with the street violence intervention program is we have street outreach workers that go into four different zones and we have like 25 people, bayview, the mission, sunny dale, western and soma and the tenderloin in the strategic matter because what happens in the tenderloin is really not the same as every
place else. our goal is to reach we imagining st with this covid and all the changes that have been happening. we are in training that we're starting to receive and with life coach, cvt training, restorative justice and we did on the community outreach of curriculum and there's a they go from pciti from los angeles that started violence intervention protocols so we need this on the street, in the schools and robert the outreach piece and guy hudson will talk about the crisis response team that we have. >> can y'all hear me? can everyone hear me?
hi name is robert and i'm the (inaudible) from the district 10 and bayview side and a couple of things that we have, we strategically put together like six components. to address the violence and the at risk community in which that we serve. we have high-risk and end risk and but as a supervisor, i deal with a high-risk individuals who really can't go nowhere and so what we're doing was arturo strategically put together a plan for myself and a couple of other individuals that go inside the neighborhoods of these at risk individuals and employ them and beautification and just the relieving of the debris, the fes and the urine. they power wash their
neighborhoods and stair wells and the a joining areas around their neighborhoods. also, another piece that comes with that is the sal nunez piece where we were mentally -- he taught us about the mental aspects of violence, not just physically but mental. and how to have what they say, mental status evaluation, we should be able to whether or not they have a mental illness, or a drug addiction. if not, we have a place where we do assault hand off so they can address the issues. the majority of the issues we deal with is wrap around services. some of the wrap around services we provide is, number one coaching, mental disparity, risk
reduction, harm reduction, critical thinking and cognitive thinking and functioning and these are some of the things we try to do for the individuals that we have. the first thing we have to do is make a report. that's hard, if you don't know the individual you are dealing with and you don't know the dynamics of their neighborhoods and the logistics of their problems, you can't properly serve them. the first thing we have to do is have a report and since i'm from the alice griffin report i have a great repour with district 10. this allows me to go into each neighborhood and employ not the main individuals because we know the main individuals are hard to reach but we reach out to those who (inaudible). you understand. so if we can't get a hold to the main here, we get the individuals who they look up to and we try to interact with them and bring their life to some type of normality. you know. like trips, outings, classes,
anything that boost the mind set. right now the individuals we are messing with, they got a fixed mind set. everything subpoena from before. so wore trying to get them that growth mind set. for them to have some type of interaction and have trust in us. the main components of this outreach piece is, street canvassing. we'll go to each neighborhood and then deal with the target population, first we have to identify them and ask them if they want our assistance and we have crisis support. if someone is murdered on the street we do a wrap around service with the family. from the time they enter the hospital and if they're deceased we follow them to the burial ground to the cemetery to the funeral and do a total, you know, services arounds the
family. and then we have events and we throw events that collaborate with alice griffith, whatever neighborhood is doing the event with whom we like to support that neighborhood and make sure that we handle crowd control and any disturbances that might upset the balance of this, whatever we're trying to do. so and then we have (inaudible). it's the individual that needs to get to a certain destination without being assaulted or shot out, we'll take that individual to see his probation officer, to a job interview so we can have some measurable outcomes. we're looking for measurable outcomes. and the preventative education. as i mentioned, it has to do with harm reduction, cultural and all other things that make sure that the neighborhood comes to normality. we want it to be normal.
and the intensive mentorship piece. it's a very important part of our jobs. it tells the story on, you know how you interact with the individual initially and the progress that the individual might be making. and if they're not making the progress, you have to fall back and really address the issues that they might have and sometimes it might not be a job that they need. it might be just love. sometimes love is enough of an equation because these individual is going through something and drug addiction, homelessness or not having support that the individual needs because they're on probation and they stay out of grail so we try to find all those services for the individual and the education which hasn't been the education unit lately because of the pandemic but we tap in on zoom. i have clients that take zoom right now. so what i just try to do is a system on whatever they need.
you know. and what's her name, ms. cunningham said, i'm all about that. like i stated, these individuals who we deal with, they can't leave their neighborhoods or they'll be shot at. we tried to implement something where they can beautify their own neighborhoods and so far it's been working. >> thank you. >> crisis, i used to be the bayview supervisor of district 10 and rob was under me and he moved up and i moved when james went to city hall and crisis response so the crisis response really is city wide and we deal with a lot of police officers. we get most of the shootings in the homicides, we go to the hospital. so we have four people under me and i have a samoa speaker,
latino speaker, reverend and a female so it's five of us really and we do crisis across the city. we have a real good report with the police officers where there's homicides and we go on and there's a homicide on the streets because a lot of times when there's a homicide on the street, a lot of times the victim is laying there and a lot of people think the police are just leaving the bodies there and something else and we have a good communication with the police to let them know it's not the case and also, we do post crisis and we go up to the hospitals and we go do social workers and deal with that in the back and deal with the families and if it's a homicide we turn it over to d.p.h. and we follow it up with the victims of violent crimes from like rob said, to the hospital to the funeral, to the repass and like a lot of times we do post work. rob is talking about the post crisis.
if i just give you a scenario, say we have a individual young man that got killed from harbor road and we're at hospital and no one, he is a major player and no one from harbor road there it's an intel that tells you something right there. inside none of the people that came there to see him that someone else, not from another neighborhood, did what they did it was inside. we don't have to do that post work. if we find out it is from another neighborhood, i call out the team or i used to have the bayview jj and they put a car in a certain location, that's prevention. that's the type of stuff we know. we have safe passes like rob said. if we take victims sometimes to and from the hospitals, who call us and we take them to the hospitals, and then we have a team which is the five under me they deal with a lot of high-risk, a lot of high-risk. the people under me are doing a lot of high-risk and the program
when i want to say thank you to the thank you to the police department. what you are doing, i just did what rob said, this past cohort with officer jj and i have two youngsters from harbor road, two from west point, and i had two so mow ans all major players in the same room with officer jj and we took them to a retreat and we did a six week training and it was to let them know each other. a lot of times they do know each other but they knew me and they trusted my input from me and put them all in the same room together and they talked to officer jj and officer jj got one of the in this (inaudible) so chief scott and he did that and he know jj stuff and we worked well with him. we know this can happen in the life skills coming in when you
got the right people who know the right people and you get these youngsters in the almost who are killing a, you can stop and save a life. you have to stop them. i want to say something about chief redman, you just want to say this, rit now, the officers you have two young officers that i give high praise to on third street everyday walking up and down third street and everybody on the third street from crusader all the day down they were allowed respect because they gave them respect and it never happens on their watch. and the same thing about what just happened when they put the command center across the street, we're going to get pros and cons for people who are really pro for it and appreciate it and the people who got the cons are those going to call you and tell you it ain't what it is and ain't police but ain't nobody going to come shoot a neighborhood with 50 and 60-year-olds with a police cara cross the street. it's not going to happen. that's prevention. that's good things. i appreciate that and i want to
thank the newcap tin and captain dangerfield for that and the successes that happened and i want to say thank you. appreciate you. >> just a couple shout outs on that mayor breed for her continuous support and she was supervisor and president and now the mayor. she's always backed us up and i want to thank her. director davis from (inaudible) and stephen miller from hope sf. they have helped do some of this funding that these guys are talking about that funding is important to do that street work that is so necessary to help stop the violence. with that, with we can answer any questions. i have a vigil to go so they're going out in a minute. president cohen. >> president cohen: i'm here. i'm here. can you guys -- all right.
i have a couple questions. well, first, i just want to acknowledge that svip is an important program and i'm curious to know, how do we measure your success? you know, it's like you are dealing with human lives and human elements, i don't know how we quantify your success? any ideas or? >> well, our job is -- if you look at the spokes on the wheel, right, a lot of people are the connectors to get people to the services that are necessary. so, we make referrals to road maps to blocks of the future and to scvc and we'll see the change because they end up with city bills and the i.p.o. program so they'll end up going back to school. those are the indicators that we see from street life to a change in their life by watching the progress from six months to two years.
it takes a minute for that to happen. reducing change. we saw a guy that at doll or as park a few minutes ago who was a hitter who has his own -- >> he was a young man and he made me cry. (inaudible) on the tower side. and he came up and i was walking arturo and he was in the i.p.o. program. right now, i walked around the corner and i said come here. he is a young man right now, i.p.o. changed his life. it made me cry. he used to be one that was out here. really out here. right now he works for park and rec. he has his own park and his own truck and he told me and arturo, he said svip changed my life in this program. because i don't do the same things i used to do. i got two daughters i raised and
all the chaps i used to run with and i don't run with them and they got a attitude with me but why care. things like that, if you get 10 people and change one or two lives, it's going to change his life and someone else's life down the road. something like that is small but you can't win this war but we're can winsome battles out here and that's some of the most important thing and that's why i do what i do and it can change. and that's why i think even the program what they're doing to do with the police, changing probation right now and giving them life coaches that can deal with that it will change someone else's life and they're going to stop them from killing someone or getting killed and that's what wore trying to do. >> president cohen: it sounds like i.p.o. is a credit to ed lee, ed lee started that. >> yes, he did. >> i would like to say that dealing with these individuals who are the targeted populations, we have to give something to them if we are
trying to take something away. correct? so if we ask them to stop hanging out, stop shooting, what do we have to replace that with? it can't be just no minor fix. after all, as a graph showed it, it's a 37-year-old. it's all the individuals who are supposed to have that mind set. so the educational piece that jj had and that we have as far as dr. sal nunez, it needs to be infiltrated a little bit more than just jobs. i think education and the compassion that we are supposed to have for people will outweigh a job but it also will put some thoughts in a individual's head about growth. so, i just think that i mean, it's like i appreciate the funding from hope sf or whoever
have been give the funding to keep these kids occupied, but, it's so small and we're only scratching the surface so if we can dig a hole in these kids' lives, and really actually show them, say what normal looks like, what normal feels like, then i think we have a chance. just to disturb that pattern of violence. >> i appreciate that perspective. let me see if there's any questions for you guys. >> president cohen: colleagues? it looks like commissioner brookter has something to say. >> it's a statement. exactly what rob and arturo and guy are saying because our organizations are very intimate with one another in terms of doing this work. i want to make sure that's highlighted and i say it's fair to say from what you are hearing
in terms of myself and my fellow colleagues in this role, anything that we can do to support is well too let us know. >> thank you. >> thank you. i appreciate it. >> president cohen: commissioner , i think you were next. >> thank you, commissioner cohen and thank you to the gentleman visiting us and thinking about the everyday work that they do and how important. it's great to hear from you. >> thank you. >> president cohen: all right. commissioner hamasaki. commissioner yee. ok. all right. i don't have any further questions. thank you for your presentation. chief, i see your hand. >> thank you. i just want to say publicly because i don't get this opportunity and the same room with svip to say this, how much
this police department and definitely i can say speak for myself, appreciate the work that they do. someone mentioned, i think it was president walton, earlier, that they're out there on those streets and they don't have body armour, they don't have weapons, and they're dealing with the most at risk population in the city. and there's danger to that and i appreciate it. i want to say it publicly. the department appreciates it and i hope the people of san francisco appreciate the work that they do. because i can say, because i've seen it, they save lives so thank you. >> thank you. chief scott, next time you host a barbecue, we're going to make sure we got some sauce. [laughter]
(inaudible). [laughter] >> it was good though, wasn't it. thank you, man, appreciate that. >> president cohen: all right. thank you. wow. we've had a lot accomplished in that presentation. let's go ahead and take public comment. let's take public comment. >> clerk: members of the public that would like to make public comment press star 3 now. it looks like we have a couple of callers. >> president cohen: excellent, thank you. >> caller: hi, this is (inaudible) and i called earlier and just want to echo i
appreciate the svip and the work they're doing in the community and addressing things at a grassroots level. it's irrelevant at this appointive feedback and questions on the c.a. partnership presentation but they're no longer on this call so we need to do it separately but i think i and i a couple of our groups members are concerned with the focusing on just putting everything as being associated with the network of a handful of individuals driving silence. according to their data, a couple conflict accounts for less than 1/8 homicides and for the amount of people who are associated with groups involved in shooting that don't have a range of 45 to 77% involvement which i don't know what that means. pointing to not seeing more kind of background around physical persons situations and we all talk about disparities effecting crime and creating difficult situations that don't have opportunities and that being a major driver of crime and kind
of seeing a background of the education and the employment situation and how the security of people and understanding how sort of the failures there and the lack of being able to interven earlier on is really what is failing these people and being ability to reintegrate them with communities. there's a lot of things talked about with anecdotal information with violence and it would have been nice to see a unpacking of that rather than referring to it and i think the major concern is it sounds like there's a few bad apples related to these groups and if we can identify them the problem is solved and it's a over simplification and a complicated problem and it would be nice to look at this in the context of the disparities we all degree and discuss as related to the violence and the recidivism and understanding how we can jump in and attack that as part of the mitigating strategies we're working with.
>> clerk: good evening, caller, you have two minutes. >> caller: the police commissioners, i've been listening to this long presentation. and i want to bring a few things to your attention. if you are talking about crime, i want you all to look into two cases. (inaudible) and amar'e jackson. and let's not talk in circles. we don't have groups in the bayview, we have sets. and the command group is not in the bayview. it's outside. and that happened because of the injunction. i haven't seen y'all in the trenches, including the police
officers. they know me and i know them. i haven't seen them in the trenches. the demographics are the bayview have changed. and we do have a new commissioner who is chinese. he must speak up as to the blatant discrimination shown to the minorities in the bayview. the chinese came to the bayview in 1850. we have 2% of the segment of the population who are creating a lot of nuisance and destroying our quality of life issues. we have home owners who don't want to live in the bayview. and we have turbulence in the portola and i heard the captain say something about it.
it's over spill from the bayview and we have corruption of the highest order and millions of dollars stolen -- >> clerk: thank you, caller. president cohen, that is the end of public comment. >> president cohen: all right. thank you. so, it is 9:00. i want to double check, do people need a break? no? we can power through. we're going to take five minutes. we'll reconvene at 9:05. thank you.
accountabilities report. >> clerk: d.p.a. report on activities and announcements. d.p.a. report will be limited to d.p.a. activities and announcements and discussion is determining whether the issues raised for future commission meetings. >> thank you, commission. i'll run through my stats for everyone. we are currently at 140 cases of an open issue year and so far compared to last we're we were at 169 cases and we blessed 135 cases this year and on cases that have investigations that extended beyond nine months we have 36 case and this time last
year we had cases like that thad again as a reminder, d.p.a. has not missed any of the 3304 deadlines in terms of those cases but there's still a few months left on those case and we will continue working diligent leon them of the of the number and 19 of those cases are hold means them charges in other groups and we have two cases so far this year and this time last year we mediated nine and we have 13 cases and with the commission and we have 32 cases open that are with the chief. there are a couple of events through outreach that we were involved with over the past week and they can be found on our community calender but last week
we met with representatives from the transgender initiative to discuss outreach with d.p.a. and the lgbt community on their invite to us and the fourth the team worked with or met with meghan black, participated in the meeting and gave a presentation to education for equality and it's one of the non profits with color and empowerment opportunities. we also met with and had a presentation with enter action outreach which is a group that meets monthly under the human rights commission and they
provide services targeting the african american community. i as well participated in the mega black meetings last week separately from that and that is the outreach from d.p.a. i will say as a side, i spent a lot of week this week working with presentations to the board and including the district attorney and felicia jones. i have also on this call i know it came up earlier but in case another caller comes in or there's an issue for it, senior investigator, one of the senior investigators for my staff is here on the call as well and as a reminder for folks listening
that have issues that couldn't call in or couldn't get through that have information to share with the department of police accountability and they can always contact us on the website or you can contact our agency 24 hours a day and the (145)241-7711. there are no cases from d.p.a. this evening in closed session and that concludes my report, madam president. >> president cohen: thank you, i appreciate that. any questions for director henderson? >> thank you. thank you director henderson for the report. next week or soon you can present on the mediation program. there was a call they're called in and had some concerns and i was hoping that you would be able to address them in a presentation to the community about your mediation program. i know we had touched on it before and i think we should circle back specifically the
qualifications for the mediation programs and how long it takes and what the relationship is between engaging in mediation what that does to the 3304 deadline. that would be good information for the public and the information to know. >> i'm happy to schedule that but as a short answer because you raised it because it was a concern and a issue before. going through the loop of mediation affected, we ended that, well i ended that earlier on last year so anything that gets referred to mediation, if it's not completed within the 30 days, it falls out of mediation and goes through the regular course i just wanted to address that part first you mentioned those cases and none of those are mediation? >> no, absolutely not.
>> that was an issue happening before. happy to schedule and look forward to that presentation. >> president cohen: thank you. colleagues, any other questions? we appreciate your report and next we will hear from the youth commission. and i want to see if petra de jesus. we'll go ahead and pivot to the youth commission. hello, commissioner, welcome. >> thank you. >> president cohen: thank you for being patient. i appreciate it. >> absolutely. not a problem. commissioner zang is also joining me. so i'm just going to give the routine report back from the transformative justice committee about what the youth commission has been up to.
we hosted a town hall a month ago where we informed youth about the budget process of the city and they reported back and that is their unmet needs and in relationship to some of the key issues, one of the break out rooms being related to the prison industrial complex and just seeing where you are standing on that as of right now. we heard that youth we heard lorjely that youth (inaudible).
>> the commission has been the d.p.h. and a coalition that presented to us about the presence shared in hospitals and how (inaudible) regarding the incidents of violence that have occurred on (inaudible) in hospitals due to that partnership as well as safer alternatives for security and there were we have those working at fpd work parts and and on
leave and generally, there are concerns about and we had opened and the process and mou and working on tables and it was less and more. and that is what we've been up to and i'll pass it to commissioner zan go. >> thank you, of course, commissioners for being us with. my name a adrian a. i am the district 7 commissioner on the san francisco youth commission.
i'm so glad to have this opportunity to share our resolution and the asian crime and especially with the first meeting and. >> this was written in past study commission in response to the rise of anti asian height crimes in san francisco and oakland and this resolution was written within emphasis on meeting cross racial solidarity to work with dismantling systemic racism. this is especially relevant to young people as some students return to school or preparing to return to school and we built solutions off of the three demands that more than 70api bay
area organizations made in the response to anti asian hate crimes which are one, to ensure victims and survivors of all backgrounds and language abilities receive full support of service and two, to expand intervention and prevention based programs and invest in basic needs and community based infrastructures that will help end the cycle of violence and keep us safer and resource cross community education and healing in anti -- in asian american and black communities that human rise all of us and rather than demonize or scapegoat any community of color. so specifically in the resolution we passed, we called for the mayor and board of supervisors to follow these commissions recommendations which are to cut the sfpd budget by 50% and invest part of the 25% community and people budget towards community intervention and prevention based services a
stated a little bit earlier. for sfpd, we urge for sfpd to get involved in necessary to assist survivors of anti asian hate crimes and get mental health and medical care, this is especially important for elderly and disabled survivors and of course, connect with them, culturally, competently and through language accessible source to minimize and trauma. we urge the san francisco police accountability to ensure sfpd supports all survivors of asian hate crimes, according to laws and regulations. of course, with an emphasis on intervention and prevention-based programs and such as the mayor's and programs and a little bit earlier in this meeting and lastly, the last
thing i want to touch upon is just that we urge the mayor's office to deliver on their discussions to the create and anti asian crime -- anti hate -- an asian hate crime task forced to work alongside the mayor street violence intervention program so community members who speak asian languages to build trust and support when engaging with crime victims. so just very quickly, just so summarize over all, i would like to see the police commission push for culturally competent and language accessible resources for victims and survivors and expand the intervention and prevention in the community programs and part of it being the formation of an anti asian hate crime task force read by community members to minimize miscommunication and trauma. so thank you so much. i'll pass it back to the
commissioner. at this point, if you have any questions. >> president cohen: great. thank you, very much, commissioners and i just want to make a minor correction commissioner zhalg, although we welcome commissioner yee, the most recent was bill ong hinge who was a giant in asian law. definitely going to research that. he is an amazing person. you might want to do an informational interview with them because he has a wealth of knowledge. wealth of knowledge. we were lucky to have his service. so, colleagues, do you have any questions? commissioner elias, do you have anything? commissioner yee, i see your hand. >> thank you, very much, president cohen. i'd like to just, my sister, adrian a, i thank you for the
resolutions that you have put forward. there's a lot of issues that we need to tackle and after reading it, we have hit it right on historical facts. i was talking with vincent chan in destroy where he was killed because they thought he was japanese and he was attacked along that route and the 1968 when i was still a young 15 and growing up, we along with the blacks were taking over san francisco and uc berkeley calling for our asian studies as well as the black studies. which we went along hand and hand with them. i'm very proud for young generations to now step up on these attacks of these anti
asian hate crimes and i hope we have a task force set aside by the police department that we can work with and i'm sure they have their actions set up and we'll be working with the chief and also commander daryl palm, looking at addressing these issues, i'm not sure about how much the budget we want to cut aside so i'll leave that to the financial wizards of the police commission and looking forward to working with you, adrian and thank you for this resolution. i am in full support and i hope to continue it because i now have faith in the future of our young generations coming forward. thank you, very much. >> thank you so much for your feedback and comments. and my apologies, i misspoke, it's really great to see him
taking an active role in listening and i really appreciate it. >> president cohen: i wouldn't agree more with you, adrian a. it's really good to have commissioner yee here, a long time san franciscan and coming out of the labor movement of san francisco. it's good to have him. the want to recognize the youth commissioners, thank you for sticking with us as i remaneuverred the agenda and i'm grateful for that. i am pleased at the honesty and passion in the youth commission report and it was very thoughtful and i agree with you as a member.
i think we're on the path to move formed and with continued active participation of the youth commission and the community. you heard community violence prevention team being an integral part of our efforts to transform law enforcement and the commission, the resolution i thought was thoughtful. i would love to support it. i think it's important to state without any reservations that racism, we must constantly be vigilant and aware and alert to fight racism. and all races acts have their basis of some kind of institutional support of discrimination and we need to work to eradicate that. i applaud your efforts and i don't want to take anymore
space. we will continue to move on. >> cindy is in the chat. >> john, if you are going to speak up, speak up. >> cindy is in the chat and i'm in the chat. >> i'm good, thank you. >> thank you. >> mr. hamasaki. >> thank you, president cohen. i had muted myself again. the youth commission you folks always bring very thorough and well researched and well written presentations to us and the depth of the resolution, i think, was incredible and i really appreciated the way it was thoughtful in addressing --
we've all been concerned about the crimes and violence and it just began over -- not began but really helped administration shot up and we've all been dealing with this since then. i'm appreciate a tive of the thoughtful approach to you folks. i know i it take sis police ticd the resolution was nuance and i can tell you put a lot of research and history to it. thank you for bringing it to us. there's complexity to the budget questions and as previous commissioners said but the heart and the soul of the resolution i think is something that we all support so thank you for all of
your hard work behind it. >> thank you to the youth commission. sergeant young blood, what's next on our agenda. >> continuing online item 2, we have commission reports. commission reports will be limited to a brief description of activities and announcements and limited to determining whether the calender and the issues raised for our future commission meeting. commission president report, commissioners reports and commission announcement and scheduling of items considered at a future commission meeting. >> president cohen: thank you. so ladies and gentlemen, you heard a long presentation about the bayview strategy and i'm trying to figure out how we'll take it a step further. we have a community forum for people from the community to
weigh in so it's something that i'm considering and will possibly be agenizing into the future. that's all i have to report at this time. let's pivot and go to the commissioners to hear their thoughts. >> thank you. i also wanted to thank you, president, cohen for presenting on the bayview today. i think it was really powerful to not only hear from the department but also the community members who are on the ground doing the work. and other key stakeholders to thank you for having that well-rounded discussion and it brought a great perspective to all of us so thank you. the other thing that i would like to agenized in the future and it's going to be coming up is the gang task force. the chief is going to be
presenting on that and having more information. all the positive things that will come from it. >> president cohen: thank you. commissioner hamasaki. commissioner brookter. >> >> i don't know if you have anything and i'll give you the four and you have an opportunity to address this body. >> real quick, just to introduce myself, my name is larry yee and i was born and raised in
chinatown and i group up in a housing development and i work for telecommunication company for 40 years. i know maria cohen's father, i worked with him about five to 10 years and working in san francisco where i got the poor to the richest to to the working class people. i started my first, i guess, area of assignment was the bayview hunter point and went into the mission and i worked in bayview, the streets gang mention on harbor road and i seen it there and i walk into a friend of a house and apartment complex where there's bullet holes in the front. i know the violence in there in that neighborhood. i saw it day in and day out and
so my heart goes out to that community as well and i know it's 40 years ago. and what has changed. so i still see that and i guess we have work to do so i'm looking forward to working with everybody across here. i seen those areas as well too and how would you say it's been again extra feed and i think we'll change, 190% around. it's where people working class can afford to live. now cannot -- they have to move out the district to different parts of neighborhoods for their housing needs. or out the city. i'm looking forward to making
sure our police department, that we can trust and we can work together and make everybody whole. i'll just keep it simple and short. thank you. >> president cohen: thank you. appreciate that. we are going to look forward to working you to the bone. this is is a working policy board. some of us work harder than others. hamasaki. but none the less there's an expectation we're all going to work hard and put in our time. [laughter] i'm joking with you, john. sock, sergeant, what's next. >> clerk: public comment. >> president cohen: public comment. all right, ladies and gentlemen, the public would like to comment on items that they just heard was item 3 to item 2. please comment.
>> clerk: we do not have public comment. >> president cohen: ok. >> clerk: there is no public comment for item number 2. >> president cohen: let's continue moving forward on the agenda. what's next. >> clerk: so the next would be public comment online item 4. members of the public who would like to make a comment the bayview safety strategy press star 3 now. >> clerk: we have no public comment. >> president cohen: thank you. next item, please. >> clerk: line item 5, public comment on all matters pertaining to item 7 below closed session including public comment on item 6 but whether to
hold item 7 in closed session. press star 3 now to make public comment online item 5. >> president cohen: all right. >> clerk: we have no public comment. >> president cohen: ok. so call the next item please. >> clerk: 6. vote on whether to hold item 7 in closed session. san francisco administrative code section 67.10 action. >> motion made by commission elias second by commissioner brookter. thank you my thankful second. thank you, thank you. thank you. we are going to take a roll call
>> hi. my name is carmen chiu, san francisco's aelectricitied assessor. today, i want to share with you a property tax savings programs for families called proposition 58. prop 58 was passed in 1986 and it was helped parents pass on their lower property tax base to their children. so how does this work? under california's prop 13 law, the value we use to calculate your property tax is limited to 2% growth peryear. but when ownership changes, prop 13 requires that we reassess properties to market
value. if parents want to pass on their home or other property to their children, it would be considered a change in ownership. assuming the market value of your property has gone up, your children, the new owners, would pay taxes starting at that new higher level. that's where prop 58 comes in. prop 58 recognizes the transfer between parents and children so that instead of taxing your children at that new higher level, they get to keep your lower prop 13 value. remember, prop 58 only applies to transfers between parents and children. here's how the law twines an eligible child. a biological child, a step child, child adopted before the age of 18, and a son-in-law or daughter-in-law. to benefit from this tax saving program, remember, you just have to apply. download the prop 58 form from our website and submit it to our office.
now you may ask, is there a cap how much you can pass on. well, first, your principal residence can be excluded. other than that, the total tap of properties that can use this exclusion cannot exceed $1 million. this means for example if you have two other properties, each valued at $500,000, you can exclude both because they both fit under the $1 million cap. now what happens when the total value you want to pass on exceeds $1 million. let's say you have four properties. three with current taxable value of $300,000 and one at $200,000, totaling $1.1 million in value. assuming that you decide to pass on properties one, two, and three, we would apply the exclusions on a first come, first served basis. you would deduct properties one, two, and three, and you would still have $100,000 left to pass on. what happens when you pass on the last property? this property, house four, has
been existing value of 2 -- has an existing value of $200,000, and its existing property value is actually higher, $700,000. as i said, the value left in your cap is $100,000. when we first figure out your portion, we figure out the portion that can be excluded. we do that by dividing the exclusion value over the assessed value. in this case, it's 50%. this means 50% of the property will remain at its existing value. meanwhile, the rest will be reassessed at market value. so the new taxable value for this property will be 50% of the existing value, which is 200,000, equaling 100,000, plus the portion reassessed to market value, which is 50% times $700,000, in other words, 350,000, with a total coming out to $450,000. a similar program is also
>> chairman: this meeting will come to order. this is the march 10th, 2021 budget and finance appropriations commission. i am joined by committee members supervisors safai and i would like to thank kaleena from sfgov for broadcasting this meeting. >> clerk: due to covid-19 emergency, city employees and the public, the committee room is closed. hover, members will be participating in the meeting remotely. this precaution is taken
pursuant to the various state and local orders. the committee members will attend the meeting through the video conference. public comment will be available on each item on this agenda, both channel 26 and sfgovtv.org across the screen. the public comment are available by phone call by calling 415-655-0001 and meeting i.d. 1877753464 and press ##. when connected, you will be muted and in listening mode only. when your item of interest comes up, dial *3. call from a quiet location, speak clearly and slowly, and turn down your television or radio. or you may submit public commit in a e-mail to the budget and finance committee clerk.
it will be forwarded to the supervisors and will be included as part of the official file. finally, items acted upon today or expected to appear on the board of supervisors' agenda on march 13th unless otherwise state. >> chairman: thank you, madam clerk. we have, as always, a full committee meeting, and so thank you, everyone, for being brief with your presentations and for your patience. madam clerk, can you please call item one. >> clerk: item one, resolution approving the rent agreement between the city and san francisco marine group for the illustrations of the covid food assistance program to extend the term by nine months for a total of july 1st,h
december 31, 221. for a total not to exceed 17.3 million. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item to call 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 1877753464, and dial *3 to line up to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. >> chairman: great. thank you so much. madam clerk, we have fanny lapaton from the human services agency here to present on this item. >> good morning chair hayden and supervisions mar and safai. please let me know if you hear me okay. >> chairman: yes. >> okay. thank you. thank you for your time today. my name is fanny lapatan with the human services
agency and deployed to the covid command center food coordination group. i am joined by some of our key staff and also our partners from san francisco marine food bank. we're here to request authorization to extend our grant agreement with the san francisco marine food bank to continue the covid-19 food assistance program through the end of this calendar year. this extension will be paying for $485,000 additional grocery bags to be distributed through december 31st. the grant agreement was first established in july of 2020in response to the emergency declaration for covid-19 back in march of last year. we recognized that food security was necessary to protect and save lives through this public health emergency. the food bank provides
supplemental groceries to san francisco residents affected by the pandemic through two programs that are available wide. citywide. one program is called "pantry at home," and the other is "pop-up pantry." the first program is used to aim the spread of covid by delivering groceries to covid-vulnerable individuals in need of additional food resources so they can remain sheltering in place. top eligible, the individual must be a san francisco resident and either 65 years of age or older or has an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk for complications for the covid, or has difficulty attending a food pantry due to a physical or cognitive disability. pantry at home deliveries are done monday through friday, and individuals are able to sign up over the phone by calling the franchise marine food bank or the department of disability and aging services. on average, that
program delivers about 23,000 bags per month to about 4500 consumers. the second program, called "pop up pantry," is designed to supplement the food pantries of individuals equally affected by covid, by providing pop-up pantries and providing healthy supplemental food sources. to qualify, the person must be a resident of san francisco who is not already enrolled in another program. public pantries are available six days a week, monday through saturday. individuals are allowed to attend one pantry per week. on average, that program provides about 56,000 bags per month to close to 18,000 consumers. the grocery bags provided through the food bank will, at minimum, include sufficient seven meals for
a single person household. the distributions usually include an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, a protein item like eggs, poultry, and tuna, and a grain item, by pasta or oatmeal. other canned items or dairy are provided when allowable. the food bank has a quality control policy and procedures in place to ensure that groceries are wholesome and fit for human consumption. the food bank follows best practices as far as packing and meets state and local food safety requirements and standards based on the california retail food code. i also want to add that about 53% of the food bank's personnel or staff are san francisco residents. let's see. we agree with the b.l.a.'s
report and recommendations, and at this time we would be happen to answer any questions that the supervisors may have on this request. thank you. >> chairman: thank you so much. i appreciate that. can we hear from the b.l.a., please? >> yes, chair hayden, members of the committee, ms. lapatan has actually described the program, but the proposed resolution has an existing grant agreement between the h.s.h. and the san francisco food bank for the covid-19 assistance program. this amendment would extend the grant term by nine months until december of 2021, and increase the grant amount to $17.3 million. we do based it on the program -- well, we show the spending on page four of our report. but based on actually spending to date, we
recommend amendinging to increase to the not to exceed amount. and i want to make a correction. the amount would be from $17,325,000 to a proposed amount of $15,586,825, to reflect the actually spending needs. and i'm available for any questions you may have. >> chairman: thank you very much. it sounds like they're am amenable to that. supervisor mar? >> thank you, chair. i just want to express my support for this incredible nutritional program that has stood up during covid. i'm familiar with the pop-up pantries because there are two at my district, one at lincoln high school.
and i've been out there volunteering. they rely on volunteers for the pop-up pantries. i just had a question for the distribution program. is that volunteer-based as well, or are there paid staff delivering the groceries through the distribution program? >> yes. thank you for that question. and thank you for your support, supervisor mar. i do believe there are some volunteers, but there are also paid. so it is a mix. >> got it. and i just had another question around the scope of groceries being distributed to these two programs. is that -- how is lion the, lik, the number -- how is the scope of the program
determined -- i'm curious if there is more need than what this program is meeting, these two programs? >> yeah, so we have capacity to assist and support, i think, additional to what we are already supporting. so there isn't, like, a wait list. there is certainly demand, and we are meeting that demand as best as we can. >> supervisor: got it. okay. well, thanks again, yeah, for presenting this. i don't have any other questions, chair haney. >> chairman: thank you so much, supervisor mar. i agree with the supervisor that this is a very critical program and we're really grateful for your work and the work of the food bank. it is absolutely essential right now. madam clerk, can we please
open it up for public comment. >> clerk: supervisor safai is in the cue? >> chairman: i'm sorry. supervisor safai. >> supervisor: thank you, chair haney. i want to say i appreciate the food bank responding early on in the pandemic to our request to expand sites and open up sites in our districts. they are extremely utilized, and people are very appreciative of the additional support. i just have two questions. one is: one of the things we heard, particularly in our district, that has, you know, the diverse population of san franciscans from all different parts of the world, all different ethnicities and backgrounds, some of the things we've heard some of the cultural competency in the food, and how the food bank thinks about serving
different cultures. so i wanted to get your thoughts on that because we certainly want to make sure that people are able to access food that is culturally competent for them. and the second question is: we definitely would like to meet with executives of your organization because some people have come and said -- and i don't know if this is what happens all over the city, but they're kind of waiting in line for food. at times, some people can feel a little demeaned by that. and if there is another way to kind of coordinate food pickup or working with people that are experiencing food insecurity. so those are the two questions that i wanted to pose to you today. >> thank you, supervisor. i believe we do have our partners from the san francisco marine food bank. i have insight has to, you know, your question about
the cultural appropriateness of the food, but i want to give them a chance to answer. is sean brooks -- sean, are you here? >> yes, i am. >> okay. great. >> thank you, supervisor safai, for those questions. regarding the cultural competency of the food, we are distributing about 57,000 bags of food weekly to many, many different cultures. and as you can, i'm sure, understand the logistics of providing that level of distribution, you know, using primarily volunteers is quite challenging. and this county has so many different cultures that we are serving, so our goal has typically been to feature fresh, unprepared produce so that
cultures can prepare it in the way that meets their needs. we try to feature a protein, like eggs or poultry, as fanny mentioned, so they can cook it in the fashion that makes sense for them. when we do get products donated that are more culturally appropriate -- and we don't control the flow of donated items. you know, we're very aggressive at trying to get whatever we can. when we find items appropriate for a particular culture, we will try to ear mark it to sites that have a higher participation of those particular residents. so that is how we approach the food. and understanding that a lot of it really is based on what donations we can get. but it is primarily raw product that people can cook in their own fashion. does that answer your question enough?
>> supervisor: yeah. i understand a lot of the foods donated -- maybe the idea of kind of expanding or thinking about ways in which we can get things donated that is a little more culturally dominant. we can talk about that a little more later. do you guys think about it in terms of -- we have an office of equity. do you guys look at things through an equity lens, in terms of how you're distributing or approaching the different communities that you're working with? >> absolutely. that is a critical aspect of how we think about our work. and it really drives kind of future programming, as i think you're talking about in your second question as well. but i think it is important for us to fill gaps in service where we can seeem. part of this program, you know, initially we just wanted to get as much food out there as possible.
but part of our first effort was really to enroll folks to get information about who we are serving. i had a meeting yesterday digging into information that we have both from the county and other private sources that really talks about the needs in this community and really looking at where are those gaps and how can we meet those? we understand in some cases we may need to target food that is specifically appropriate for a particular culture that may not be coming. and we will always try to get donated food when possible, but we may have to leverage some of the purchased food dollars that we have to try to augment the menu, like you are referring to, to attract folks that may not be coming to access our program. we're digging into this as best we can in this challenging environment. but it is really important to us. >> supervisor: and then we'll follow up with your executive team to talk
about the -- you know, the food pantry line model, the culturally competent, you know, food that is being distributed. so we'll talk about all of those things. i just wanted to that on the record to let you know what we were thinking. but my office will follow up with you. >> thank you. we are trying to manage lines as efficiently as possible so people don't have to wait around. so that has been part of our model. >> supervisor: right. it would be good to discuss alternatives. thank you, chair. >> chairman: thank you, supervisor safai. can we go to public comment now, please. >> clerk: yes, mr. chair. sofia from the department of technology is checking to see if there are any callers in the cue. callers who wish to provide public comment on item one, please press *3
to be added to the cue. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. mr. chair, there are no speakers wishing to speak on item number one. >> chairman: great. thank you. public comment is now closed. i want to move the amendments. can we have a roll call vote on the amendments. >> clerk: , item number one, vice chair safai? >> can you repeat that? >> >> clerk: on the motion to accept the budget analyst's recommendation to amendment item one? >> aye. >> clerk: member mar? >> aye. >> clerk: chair haney? >> aye. >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> and now i want to make a motion to move the item as amended to the full board with a positive recommendation. >> clerk: on that
motion, vice chair safai? >> aye. >> clerk: member mar? >> aye. >> clerk: chair haney? >> aye. >> clerk: there are three yaisms. ayes. >> chairman: that will go to the full board upon recommendations. madam clerk, can you please call item number two. >> clerk: item two, resolution approving amendment number one to the board area coffee shop lease between green beans coffee and the city for the reelection of tenants' operations, affording area seats in harvey milk terminal one (indiscernable) related to the original premises in the amount of $357,000
and a lease extension of 10 years. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 415-655-0001, i.d. 1877753464. and dial *3 to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. >> chairman: great, thank you so much. and we have, i believe, representatives from the airport with us today on this item. >> good morning, chair haney. deanna kuhan with the airport. we are seeking your approval for the first amendment for the lease between the airport and green beans coffee, providing for green beans to relocate to a new location in harvey milk terminal one.
the lease commenced in march 2015, and was about to expire in march of 2025, which was a 10-year term. it was located pre-security near the boarding area "c" check point. due to the renovation with the harvey milk terminal one, they permanently closed and decommissioned its location in july 2020. a replacement premises has been identified and green beans agrees to cover all construction costs. the airport will reimburse the original amortized construction investment. $357,200 and start the 10-year term. expected in a minimum rent is $416,445 over the 10-year term the board has recommended approval, and i'm happy to answer any questions. >> chairman: great. thank you. ms. campbell, is there anything to add on this? >> yes.
very specifically, you're being asked to approve an amendment to an existing lease agreement between the airport and green beans for relocation to a new location in the harvey milk terminal. we summarize the new lease terms on page eight of our report. the minimum rent that would be paid to the airport over the amended lease would be $416,000. however, based on revenues earned during the pre-pandemic period, the airport expects to receive a percentage rent and we recommend approval. >> chairman: great. thank you so much. colleagues, any questions for ms. kuhan or for ms. campbell? seeing none, can we open this to public comment, please. >> clerk: yes, mr. chair. d.t. is checking to see if there are any callers in
the cue. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on item two, please press *3. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. mr. chair, there are no speakers in the cue for item number two. >> chairman: great. public comment is now closed. i want to make a motion to move item two to the full board with a positive recommendation. roll call vote, please. >> clerk: on that motion, vice chair safai? vice chair safai? >> yes. repeat the question, please. >> clerk: yes. >> i'm sorry. i apologize. go right ahead. >> clerk: on the motion by supervisor haney to recommend item two to the full board with a positive
recommendation? >> yes. green beans, yes. >> clerk: member mar? >> aye. >> clerk: chair haney? >> aye. >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chairman: this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you so much for your work and for bringing forward this lease. thank you. madam clerk, can you please call item three? >> clerk: item three, resolution approving and authorizing a long-term amended and restated ground lease with m.h.d. c.gardens on city-owned land for a term of 38 years to commence following board approval with one 44 year option (indiscernable) plus one staff unit for low income
individuals. members of the public who wish to provide public comment should call 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 1877753464. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. >> chairman: great. thank you so much. we have omar cortez who is here to present on this item. you're on mute. >> i'm sorry about that. yes. good morning, chair haney and supervisors. i'm with mo c.d. i'm here to present a ground use amendment (indiscernable) on existing 63-unit affordable housing complex
located at 2445 mariposa street in the mission neighborhood. we're requesting a ground lease amendment to incorporate additional amendments required by freddie mac, the new proposed mortgage lender. this amendment will fas facilitate refinancing of the project. it will may for the project's much-needed rehabilitation. the term of the amended ground lease is for 38 years, a compilation of the mutual term, with an option to extend for 44 years. the annual base rent is $20,000. and this, and all other terms of the ground lease, are consistent with the policies, and other ground leases for affordable housing approved by the board of supervisors. we ask the committee to recommend the resolution and forward it to the full
board. the development team is on track to close this construction by the end of next month, and rehabilitation is expected to be completed well within a year. on behalf of the project's sponsor, mission housing neighborhood corporation and mo c.d., i would like to thank you for your consideration here today and look forward to your continued support to this project and all affordable housing. i'm joined by my colleagues amy chang, and sam moss, mission house's executive director, and peter real, the lead consultant for mission housing for this project, in case you have any questions. with that, i would like to conclude this report and answer any questions you may have. >> chairman: thank you so much. much appreciated. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> yes, chair haney and
members of the committee. the proposed resolution approves an amended and restated ground lease between the mayor's office of housing and community development and the gardens. the ground lease continues the existing 55-year term and adds a 44 year option to extend the lease, totaling 99 years. the annual rent to the city -- to the mayor's office would be $20,000 per year. there is also residual rent, although that would only be paid to the city and to the mayor's office of housing in the event of surplus revenues. this is consistent with city policy, and we recommend approval. >> chairman: fantastic. thank you for that. colleagues, any questions or comments?
seeing none, can we please go to public comment. >> clerk: yes, t.d. is checking to see if there are any callers in the cue. members of the public who wish to pro to provide public comment, please press *3 now. yes, mr. chair, t.d. has confirmed there are no members in the cue. >> chairman: thank you. the public comment is now closed. any questions, comments, colleagues? seeing none, i want to make a motion to move this item three to the full board with a positive recommendation. madam clerk, roll call vote, please. >> clerk: on that motion, vice chair safai? >> aye. >> clerk: member mar? >> aye. >> clerk: chair haney? >> chairman: aye. >> clerk: there are
three ayes. >> chairman: thank you so much. this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you for being here and for your work. madam clerk, can you please call item four. >> clerk: item four, ordinance amending the business and tax regulations code to extend through fiscal year 2021 to 2022, the temporary suspension of the application (indiscernable) for company drivers and taxi drivers. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 1877753464, and dial *3 to line up to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. >> chairman: thank you so much. and i believe we have sonny angulo from supervisor peskin's office here to present on this item.
>> hi. and i see amanda freida is here as well if folks have additional questions from the treasurer's office. hi. thank you all for hearing this item this morning. as the findings in this legislation lay out a little bit of this back story, the state passed senate bill 182 a few years back which prohibits the treasurer from requiring t.n. c. drivers to register as a business if they live outside of san francisco. this is in stark contrast to all of our other independent contractors who do business in san francisco regardless of where they live. so the passage of b-182, cut off $1.2 million in essential revenue and undermined our business licensing authority. around that time, i
believe supervisor peskin actually introduced a resolution putting us on the record as a city in terms of a formal policy position opposing sb-182, and our city attorney's office has challenged the validity of this in court. in the interest of fairness, if the lawsuit proceeds, we wanted to avoid a situation where a small group of businesses and t.n.c. drivers who live in san francisco and who are taxi drivers continue to register and pay, even that we assert in court that this law is unenforceable and violates our charter city authority. it is intended to align with the timeframe of the litigation that has actually been extended twice during this litigation period, and, of course, during covid it is even more important that we get some relief and fairness and equity to folks that are on the
ground suffering and dealing with having to pay bills, mounting bills. the litigation itself was actually paused during the ab5campaign but has sincebeen presumed. in the meantime, hopefully we can give some relieve to our t.n.c. drivers and our taxi drivers, particularly the ones that lived here in san francisco. >> chairman: great. thank you so much. i absolutely agree, and thank you for your work on this, and supervisor peskin for his work. colleagues, do you have any questions or comments? supervisor mar? >> supervisor: thank you, chair haney. thank you so much for the overview and for all of your work. and, supervisor peskin, on these issues. yeah, this makes a lot of sense. this, to me, as well. i agree. i just had a few
questions. how much, on average, are the annual -- would the business registration fees be for these drivers? maybe that is a question more for -- >> i was going to say, it would be a question for (indiscernable). >> thank you, supervisor. up until this year, it was approximately $90. however, prop "s," as you all know, reduced the business registration fees for the smallest businesses. i don't have the exact amount on the tip of my tongue. i want to say it is something around $50 going forward, and we about halfed it for this small group of businesses, assuming they're not making more than $100,000. >> it is a fairly small fee, but it is an issue of
fairness for the san francisco-based drivers. and how many drivers are covered, would you estimate, by this? >> so prior to january 1st of 2018, we had about 21,000 drivers registered, which was about 1.9 million dollars in fees, and about a third of those, we believe, lived in san francisco at that time. however, i think as everyone knows, this population is one that changes very frequently. so that is just sort of a apoint in time before we started this process. also, we had about 2,000 taxi drivers that were registered as well. >> uh-huh. and the fee is the same for taxi and t.n.c. drivers? >> correct. >> thank you. no other questions, chair
haney. >> chairman: thank you. madam clerk, is there any public comment on this item? >> clerk: yes, mr. chair, d.t.is checking to see if there are any callers in the cue. for those already on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. mr. chair, there are two callers listening and two in the cue. can we have the first caller, please. >> caller: hi. this is barry toronto. on behalf of the taxi alliance, i want to thank supervisor peskin, and specifically sonny, who i know personally is a supporter of taxicabs and taxicab drivers for continuing the suspension of this fee. we were billed $90 a year
for this business license fee, and to not to have to pay it if our counterparts on the t.n.c. side are not having to pay it. it is not fair that they don't have to contribute to the financial well-being of the city, considering be cab drivers also were paying a driver for hire fee through the sfmta. considering there aren't that many cab drivers out there right now, and to make it worthwhile to collect the fee, and there also aren't enough money to pay the fee and to meet expenses as well. thank you very much, committee. and in closing, i want to say thank you for supporting the green beans contract. the coffee is very good. >> clerk: thank you for
your comments. next caller, please. >> caller: hi, chair haney. this is chris weiss, and i'm the c.e.o. of yellow cab of san francisco. i want to echo the comments that we support the continuation suspension. it is a huge help to us. and it is something we feel keeps our drivers -- one is a minor thing that helps our drivers feel like there is a little bit of a level playing field. i want to thank sonny as well for all of her hard work. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. chair, this completes the cue. >> chairman: all right. public comment is now closed. was there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> no, chair haney, we had no report on this item. >> chairman: great. colleagues, any other questions or comments. this makes sense to me. all right. i want to motion to move
item four to the full board with a positive recommendation. madam clerk, roll call vote. >> clerk: on that motion, vice chair safai? >> aye. >> clerk: member mar? >> aye. >> clerk: chair haney? >> aye. >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chairman: this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you so much for your work. and we appreciate it. madam clerk, are there any other items before us today? >> clerk: there are no other items on this agenda. >> chairman: there is no further business. the meeting is now adjourned. thank you.
>> you're watching coping with covid-19 with chris manners. today's special guest is joshua arsay. >> an i'm chris maners and you are watching coping with covid-19. my guest today is joshua arsay. he is the director of workforce development at the oewdt city's office of economic and workforce development, and he's here today to talk to us an about the resource and services that are available to the recently unemployed or for people who are looking for work. mr. arsay, welcome to the show. >> thank you. thank you, chris. thanks for having me.
>> the pandemic has devastated large part of our local economy, and in particular the service sector, but i understand there are some services and resources available to help the recently unemployed and for people who are looking for work. could you talk to us a little bit about the worker's hotline? the city's resources to help people apply for edd unemployment insurance, and the right to recover program? >> absolutely. chris, as you said, the pandemic has had such an incredible impact on the local economy, and that's because we had to make the necessary public health steps and safeguards early on and several times throughout the pandemic when the surged and that has meant closures of businesses and loss of work for so many workers. the resources that you mention are critical. you mention the san francisco workforce hotline. that was one of the first efforts out of our office in partnership with the human services agency to provide a
live voice to those men and women who in the earliest days of the first shelter in place order wanted someone to talk to. we were all overwhelmed at the local level, state, and federal to answer the questions and a lot of people were really struggling just to get someone on the phone. and an email address or a voicemail is one thing, but we really found that people wanted to have someone that talk to. as soon as the shelter in place order went in place in mid march, we actually in our office stood up a hotline. we answer phone calls in seven different languages. if we can't get you live in your language, we will call you back in your language. organizations like mission, economic development agency, self-help for the elled elderly and help us with spanish, cantonese and mandarin. it is 415-701-4817 is the san francisco workforce hotline. there is no question that we won't do everything in our power
and ability to answer whether that's applying for unemployment and maybe not getting through with one of our partner. we work very closely with at the state edd to help deal with the historic demand for their services and unemployment benefits. we will help you create your account. we will help you log on. we will help you find out information as best we can about the status of your claim and your benefits. we'll do whatever it takes helping you access paid sick leave if that's available to you. referring you over to our training programs which i know is some important we want to talk about a little bit later as well. but with respect to programs like right to recover and other covid relief programs. not everyone is eligible for unemployment. that might be because they haven't worked long enough to accrue the benefits or one's immigration status or any reason at all, there are people that fall through the cracks of the benefit. may not have access to paid sick leave or quality for other
public assistance. the right to recover program which was introduced by supervisor ronen and partnership with mayor breed, our office, department of public health, will help get you funds to safely quarantine and isolate should you, god forbid, test positive and need help to make ends meet. we will provide some resources to help you with your stay. there is other funds there, again, and the way to access those information and access to those programs specifically is to call notline 415-701-4817. five days a week. 8:00 to 5:00. and we're ready to answer calls in seven different languages. >> what resources are available for somebody who's lost their job in, say, the service sector? what kind of train canning they get to move into a new industry? >> for the pandemic, we are foes kued and four areas -- we are focused on four areas of opportunity. when we look at jobs that are available, we look at the availability of someonement
coing from a nontraditional pathway into a good paying job that leads to a career. those industries identified were tech, construction, health care, and hospitality. you can get training today to go out to learn the skills that will make you a competitive candidate out there in the tech industry, which has had impacts, but is hiring now and we expect is going to grow once again as we re-emerge. city build, one of the flagship training programs for construction, opportunities with the building trades and construction through city college and union apprenticeship programs is available. our next class will start in february. we just graduated close to 40 participants a couple of months back and they are all out there going to work because construction hasn't been as impacted as other industries. health care will be essential, is essential today, and will be. there is opportunity there is, again, through the website oewd.org.
and hospitality initiative and talked about training hotel workers, training for restaurant and culinary experts. that work doesn't exist the same as it did before the pandemic. so right now there's opportunities to get some skills in the security industry, preparing for tourism once again, but really what we're doing with respect to hotel workers and culinary workers especially in partnership with labor unions is supporting those men and women who lost work to prepare to re-emerge. >> i know the city's job centers are still open, but i hear they're operating a little differently because of the pandemic. what can a job seeker expect when they get in touch with one of the neighborhood centers? >> right now if you go into one of the job centers, you're going to be at this time doing it virtually. you will be logging onto our website, oewd.org/jobsenters and you can pick one of the different sites.
you can call, go online, you recollect email. we've got a jobs board we put out every week from our office. you can sign up and you can even on our website sign up to get that list of all those opportunities of employers that are hiring. when you go to the job center, you will learn about opportunities to train. we have talked about the opportunity to train in technology, construction, health care, or hospitality or elements where there still is opportunity right now. you will learn about those opportunities and more than anything you are going to get a sense of resources that may be available. some assistance as we mention around accessing unemployment and other benefit programs, covid relief funds you may be eligible. the most important thing is just to connect whether it's calling the workforce hotline, whether it's logging on with the job center. the most important thing is to stay connected with us so that we can do whatever we can to support you. so you can go to oewd.org/job centers. spelled just like it sounds.
and access one of these seven great organizations and whether it's young community developers, meta in the mission, over in the omi lakeview, inner city youth, self help for the elderly. and central hospitality house and tenderloins, south market, or the western addition success center are great organizations to start with. a lot of the work will be virtual right now simply because of the realities of covid-19 and not being able to get together and do the work. but the work is happening. >> well, that's great. finally, let's talk about the recent stimulus bill. what measures were included to help workers with covid-19 relief? >> one of the really important steps that our partners at the human services agency did was to work with the mayor and our office to relaunch and expand the jobs now program. jobs now is a weight subsidy
program and certain workers and can have access to wage subsidy to help pay the wages with an employer who commits to bringing on that individual and going to work. i bring that up because that was a very early stimulus strategy during the last great recession under president obama's leadership. and we're really hopeful in the early days of the new administration we might similarly see a scaling up of that investment. there is something else that we're really excited about that is going to happen with the federal government that will impact and benefit san franciscans, and that is in the last year we were able to get some resources, some national grants to support dislocated workers who've lost their work in particular industries with the state of california, edd office, we got a $1 million grant to support as many as 1200 laid off masconi trade show convention center workers. close to 400 have signed up with the city build program to do a special training to get skills
to transition into construction work. we have a similar grant with san mateo county and san francisco airport to support the thousands of workers who lost work at s.f.o. and there is a proposal in with the federal government as well to fund that through a retraining and support program to again support hundreds of workers that have lost work. we're very hopeful that we can continue to work to bring those resources to bear and support those san franciscans who need it, those worker who is lost work or struggling or getting ready to come back even stronger. >> well, that's very useful. you have given us some great information today, mr. arsay. thank you so much for coming on the show. awe thank you. thank you, chris. >> well, thank you, again. and that is it for this episode. we'll be back with more pandemic-related information shortly. you have been watching coping with covid-19. for sfgov tv, i'm chris manners. thanks for watching.
>> there's a new holiday shopping tradition, and shop and dine in the 49 is inviting everyone to join and buy black friday. now more than ever, ever dollar that you spend locally supports small businesses and helps entrepreneurs and the community to thrive. this holiday season and year-round, make your dollar matter and buy black.
>> the renovation of balboa park, the oldest in the city of san francisco, and now it is the newest part in the city of san francisco. through our partnership, and because of public investment from the two thousand eight fund, we are celebrating a renewal and an awakening of this park. we have it safer, happier, more joyous.
>> 3, 2, 1, [laughter] =--[applause] >> it is a great resource for families, to have fun in the city, recreation. >> this is an amazing park. we have not revitalized it without public and private investment. the critical piece of the process of this renovation was that it was all about the community. we reached out to everyone in this community. we love this park dearly and they all had thoughts and ideas and they wanted to bring their own creativity and their personality to bear on the design. what you see is what the community wanted. these ideas all came from the residents of this community.
[♪♪♪] >> good morning. welcome, everyone, or whatever time of the day it is that you may be viewing this recording. my name is althea. i serve on the public works black history committee cochair. this is my second year. >> my name is connie willis, and i am the cochair of the public works black history committee. >> and we want to welcome you to getting to know san francisco's director of the
office of racial equity. dr. simley is a seasoned organizer with over 15 years of experience working on social justice and equity policy initiatives. she is the daughter of a social worker and granddaughter of a black panther. director simley was born in the south bronx and raised in harlem, new york. she is the oldest of five kids who always keep her grounded and honest. director simley has lived in san francisco for over 12 years, working to change access and opportunity for low-income communities and generations of young people to come, so without further adieu, we welcome director simley. [applause] [♪♪♪] >> yea. >> thank you so much.
i'm so happy to be here. happy black history month, and happy black teachers month. >> thank you, thank you. yes, yes. happy black history and black futures month. i love that. so let's get started. it's a little easy smooth questions to get us started, so director simley, given that the theme of this year's black history is the black family, will you share with us one of your first memories that you have celebrating black history month with your family? >> thank you so much for the question, and i also want to give kudos to the public works black history month planning committee for bringing this together and making sure that even in a pandemic our stories can be told, so kudos.
in my family, black history month was every month. i know for some folks, they maybe discovered that february was black history month in school, but as the granddaughter of a black panther and my mother was a license social worker dedicated to our community in harlem, i grew up in a majority black community, every month and every day was black history month. and i have lots of history from my mother and grandmother making sure that i always had children's books and stories that featured to making sure that my dolls and toys were also the same. one of my -- we always had
community celebrations, block parties, food give aways. we always celebrated kwanzaa. we also made sure that we -- i lived in new york city, which is a lot of -- and especially harlem, which has a lot of black culture, so going to museums and being connected to the arts and culture in my neighborhoods was really important. one of my fondest memories was with my grandmother, when queen latifah came to a street block party, and she performed her hit, "u-n-i-t-y," so i think those are some of my fondest members growing up in a community, in a household,
being raised by very strong black women who always made sure i was proud of who i was, where i came from, and what i looked like. >> thank you, thank you so very much. they most definitely, by what you have said to us, equipped you for the women that you would be serving in the many roles you have served in. you are awesome. we honor your mother and your grandmother. >> thank you. >> alicia? thank you. >> it's such a refreshing feeling that i had when you were talking about your experiences and how you were raised. i think you really flushed out what it means to be raised by a
village. you gave us clear concrete explanations and descriptions of what it looks like, and i felt enriched by hearing these descriptions, so thank you, dr. simley -- or director simley. my question is, what does racially equitable mean to you. what does a racially equitable environment look like? >> thank you, alicia, and thank you for those comments. so i have a unique honor and privilege to help shape working with our san francisco human rights executive director, cheryl edmonds davis, and working to help chart out this racial equity framework, which we released last year, last june, and it was, you know, really important that we build the northstar as to kind of what this actually looks like, but in a way that pushes us as
a city, as departments, as individuals to go for root causes. when you look at the mission statement for the office of racial equity, you notice how we actually don't mention equity. what we focus our work on is collective liberation, which is going beyond equity, and it means a world in which we can all be free, a world in which we can all be housed, nourished, allowed to reach our full potential, to be educated, to celebrate our culture, and to be seen. and based on the really hard work of our black workers over
the past five or six years, we've been pushing to make sure that we center equity in the workplace and we're a key part in shaping the office first before going externally and internally. the office of racial equity, our shape is external and internal, but i felt like we couldn't start doing the work until we held up a mirror and looked at the places that we could be better inside and outside our departments and relationships with our colleagues. and i'm proud to say that over last year, december, pretty much all of our county agencies have submitted racial equity
action plans. those are all publicly available on our website, racialequitysf.org. and now, we have not only just a framework, but a real plan across the city what racial equity will look like. i will continue to work with everyone to make sure that we manifest and get to that northstar, which is, you know, how do our folks get free and feel free in this system. >> thank you so much. i love what you said, collective liberation, going beyond equity, being free, wherever -- you know, working
in the workplace and being free to be who you are, not having to worry about experiencing whether it may be comments from co-workers that may hurt you, so collective liberation, i get it, yes, yes. so my next question is, so on january 13, 2020, a press release from the city and county of san francisco human rights commission was said that miss simley will help close the gap in existing racial disparities and help guide the work of city departments so that we get to a place where race will no longer determine one's success in san francisco. so how does the office of racial equity shape the process of getting the city to a place
and state of impartiality, fairness, and justice, and how do the recommendations of the office of racial equity affect city departments whose practices and policies around promotion, hiring, and firing seem to have had a disproportionate impact on black and brown employees? >> thank you for that important question, so i'll try to answer the different parts of it. so yes, when i stepped into this role, i was and still am excited to take on this challenge. the pandemic has made things difficult, but we've still pressed on, we've kept an alignment with our deadlines and delivered things on time. that was a promise that we made to our black workers, and i'm very serious about that. in regards to what that actually looks like, the office
of racial equity, as i said, is a part of the san francisco human rights commission, which has the charter authority to continue to fight any sort of antidiscrimination in the city, but now with the creation of this officer, we can take a finer look at what's happening inside departments and out, so the purpose is to definitely take a look at our workplaces but also in the delivery ramoss ramoss -- of programs in our community. our black and brown members are also our members, our community leaders and wear double hats in showing up for our community at work and showing up for our community at home. in san francisco, we know that we've faced a lot of change
over the past several decades, unfortunately, and we've seen that in the outmigration and forced removal. we have several ways that we can enact change. [inaudible] and racial equity leaders across the city, so that infrastructure has been built out, so we have over 150 racial equity leaders across the city, and now, we have just published the 54 racial equity action plans, so this is a first in san francisco history. number two, we also have the ability to review pending ordinances at the board of supervisors and perform legislative or equity analysis of review to connect with our decision makers to ensure that the things that we're doing policy wise don't have any
unintended impacts or burdens on our communities of color in san francisco. the third way in which we can do this work is through the budget process, so we also have the ability to make recommendations to the mayor's office per our analysis and evaluation of racial equity action plans and any other issues that have come up to help inform that process, and we're also in the middle of developing a citywide budget equity tool which we've seen in other cities like austin, seattle, dallas, portland, which helps us think about the budget itself and how city departments answer, like, honestly and transparently about how their spending will support racial equity initiatives. joe biden, our new president, thank god, said something really important. he said that if you show me your budget, i'll show you your
morals, and it's important that we do the work together and have our department make sure that we're fostering racial equity in any decisions that they're making, investments that they're also making, as well. so through policy, through budget, through racial equity action plans, through audits, so another way that the office is doing this work is working with our city administrator on looking at our city contracts, in looking there for any disparities and coming up with solutions to close those gaps and also working directly with the department of human resources on workforce audits. we completed our first audit last march and released a report which charted out and helped be clear about some of those racial disparities that
we're seeing with our black workforce, and we'll continue to work with h.r. to highlight those disparities and figure out social issues, as well. and then lastly, we worked with d.h.r. on numerous city departments last fall for a citywide workforce equity working group to talk about seven key areas, such as testing, m.q.s, hiring and recruitment, discipline and separation. we also talked to labor and have gotten dozens of recommendations which we're now reading and sorting through to help figure out what are the citywide needs that need to happen in order to have systemic restructural change in some of these issues that are happening on a departmental level. so those are some of the ways which -- we don't handle individual complaints, per se, but what we're doing is looking at the system as a whole and
thinking about what are the different ways to work with decision makers to chart out plans, uplift strategy, to connect directly with workers which is rooted in something that's real to do the work, and i'm excited to be able to do that with our racial equity leaders, the different latinaership across the city to make it happen. >> thank you, director -- the different leadership across the city to make it happen. >> thank you, director simley. so building on the work that you're doing across the city with different departments, you're saying you're building a different vision that's rooted in racial equity across san francisco. how can we do this together?
>> that's a great question. i think our engagement as workers, as citizens, they have to be interlinked, and i would say that, in the words of ayanna pressley, the folks that are closest to the pain should have the most power. it's not said from a place of savior complex. what i'm doing is trying to listen acutely and actively from all sides and figure out who patterns -- what patterns are we hearing, what keeps coming up for community, and then connect that to solutions that are cocreated, right, to push for change, and i think it's important for folks to continue to stay engaged with the office of racial equity.
we -- over the next year, we plan on continuing training. we're still going to did he very op a citywide racial equity working group. we also want our folks to take a deep look at the racial equity plans, read the plans that your departments have put forth and think about how you can make a difference and be a part of that change. there's -- and also making sure that we're staying connected to what's happening in our black community. there's so much incredible organizing and programming and connectedness that's happening across san francisco, and it's important for focus to stay connected but also understand there's a power dynamic, right, when it comes to being and working with the city, so it's important to convene trust
building, which takes time, but i also say, like, you know some of the stuff is not new. like, folks have been saying a lot of this stuff for years, and it's also important to respect that. but my feeling is, like, it's not just about releasing reports and research and data. it's time to put intent into action and to impact, and that's something i'm super focused on in this role. >> thank you. thank you so very much. action, yes. you all have started, your department has started, you guys have not sat down. you guys have put the pedal to the metal. you guys are doing the work. you're starting somewhere, so you have to take that first step to get to the next step, to get to the next step, so
thank you, all. thank you, all. so my last question, our last question, how will you continue to shape the path that promotes racial equity, diversity, and inclusion and collective liberation, and why is that shaping important? >> thank you. well, to answer that question, you know, i'm not interested in doing, like, racial equity light or whispering racial equity. that's not my style, that's not my m.o. i physically have to tell the truth, right, so we know what we're actually working with, and i will continue to do that work and to work with our other
truth tellers and folks who are -- i think this past year has been really important for our community with our black uprising last summer in the aftermath of the murders of george floyd and breonna taylor and ahmed arberry. we need to come together and hold that close. that is the path that we walk, that we uplift. i also want to say black futures matter. you know, who are we doing this for and who are we doing this
with? like i said, yeah, being unapologetic, being bold, lifting up that black lives matter, it's not just a tag line, it's a spirit. it's our lives, right? and we did have our contributions and futures to be respected and treasures and honored, and i will walk alongside anyone who wants to do that work. it's not easy, but it's necessary. >> thank you so much. we appreciate your time. just by everything, your conversation, the things that you have said, i have gleaned from it, you know, that your heart is in it. you have a passion. you grew up, your family grew
up fighting for the rights of black people, so it's just amazing to be in your company. if you have any parting words, i want to say as martin luther king quoted, it's always the right time to do the right thing. so yes, we have come a long way, and there's still a way to go, but it's always the right time to do the right thing. any last words, director? >> i think you captured it, and it's so funny that you said that because i have that poster on my wall, and i look at it every day. and sometimes, it's not easy to do the right thing. sometimes, it's a difficult
choice, but it's not easy to do the right thing. i'm committed to walking with these folks and doing the work. and i'm super grateful to be able to work with director davis and have the support of our mayor, mayor breed to lead this work and to do the right thing, yes. i just want to say thank you all so much for organizing this programming in the midst of a pandemic, when so much of our lives are on-line, to make sure our story can still be told and to shine a light on the work being done across the city. so thank you all, and i'm here if you need me.
>> thank you for agreeing to have this conversation with us, especially in our black futures month and our black history month 2021. [♪♪♪] [chain saw whirring] [growling] listen, you are extremely terrifying-- just the scariest undead thing on tv, and i really mean that. i am worried that you could give my kids nightmares if they see you, so i'm gonna have to block you. [sighs] so, that's it. oh, and tell the zombies they're blocked, too. >> hi. i'm chris manners, and you're watching coping with covid-19.
today, in a very special 13th episode, i'm going to the emergency room. the beach parking lots reopened recently here, so i decided to have my first surf session since the shelter in place order, and as i was getting out, i had a little accident right there. here's my story. as soon as i hurt myself, i went straight back to my car and took a photo so i could see what i'd done. be warned, the picture is a little graphic. next, i took out my first aid kit and applied a temporary dressing before i drove home. this first aid kit comes from the red cross, and a similar kit is available on their website for around $22. i quickly determined i needed some stitches, so i called the emergency room to see how busy they are. if you have a wound that requires stitches, you can call
to see how busy they are, but don't wait too long. after eight hours, they won't see you. i was a little nervous about going to the e.r. during this pandemic, but my fears were completely unfounded. service was fast, efficient, and the staff whether all helpful and cheer -- were all helpful and cheerful. after using hand sanitizer, i went through security, checked in. my name was called, and they took my temperature and blood pressure while asking a few basic questions about myself and my injury. next, i was taken to a private space, and a nurse came in and thoroughly cleaned my wounds. then, a doctor came in, numbed my neck, and quickly put in seven stitches. i was released and back home in about an hour. the reason i made this video is there are reports that e.r.s are seeing less patients than
usual. don't risk your health. my visit was very reassuring. they have all the appropriate covid-19 protocols in place, great professionals, and they're there to help. if you need to go to the e.r., don't hesitate to get the help you need. in fact, since i started this video, i've been back again to get the stitches removed with the same level of care. well, that's it for this episode. if you need urgent care, go to the emergency room no matter what your financial situation is, and call 911 if you need paramedics or can't get there by yourself. the doctors and nurses will get you there and get you the
>> okay. hello, everyone. and thank you for coming. my name is leosha tillman, and i am the director for t.h.p. right over there at civic center hotel. in four days, it will be my fourth day to work for c.h.p. it has been rewarding to work for a nonprofit organization which allows me to help people suffering from homelessness
transition into permanent housing. the work we do here is so important, especially in this pandemic era, because we are providing shelter and housing for the let fortunate, and because of all of -- that we do, i am very excited to be a part of this ground breaking of the colton project. today, we have a special guest to help us kick off this critical and ground breaking project. at this time, if everyone would please join me in welcoming san francisco mayor, mayor london breed. [applause] >> we are excited and grateful that she could join us today. >> the hon. london breed: thank you so much, leosha, for the introduction. thank you for all you do for community housing partnership. i've got to say, it's nice to be outside with people. we are still in the midst of this pandemic. we know that so many people are
still hard at work, and we are excited to break ground on this project today. joseph p. mazzola has a rich project in this city. today, we're joined by larry mazzola, jr., his grandson, who spear headed this project in partnership with the city and plumbers union and strata and community housing partnership to create an incredible new community. almost 600 units here near a transit rich location. 1200 jobs created in construction with this particular project, and also, not only will we be helping our formerly homeless individuals into a housing situation that is permanent, we'll be helping them with services. we'll be helping them to turn their lives around, and we know
that mazzola, sr., sr. would have been really proud of his grandson and for his vision for what this has created. the gardens that are being built and available to not only the residents of this community but available to the public will be named in his honor. this is what creating great projects is all about in san francisco. retail space, housing, opportunities for disadvantaged community members, and not to mention, there are over 60 units in south beach that were in -- that were being threatened to go from affordable housing units to market rate units after the covenants expired. because of this project, many is being invested to preserve those affordable units for the
people who live there. incredible what this project has done, and we're finally getting an up-to-date modern union hall for the plumbers. thank you, larry, thank you for that. it is much needed. you know, it's been a very, very challenging time for our city, but we know that san francisco is a very expensive place to life with many challenges, and just because we're in the middle of a pandemic doesn't mean we should stop building more houses. just because we stop producing housing for san franciscans. we can't continue to repeat the mistakes of the past. mazzola, jr. and i grew up in this city. we grew up in this city, and his family worked towards better opportunities for middle
class families in san francisco. many people in the western addition, including my aunt, this was their first opportunity -- getting a good paying union job was their first opportunity to take care of their families. and the sad reality is that over the years, as we underdeveloped housing in this city, those same people have been displaced from the city that they are born and raised in. that is really sad and unfortunate, and it's something that i fight to change every single day by producing as much housing as we possible can to make sure that housing is affordable for people who live here. it takes a lot of work, it takes a lot of effort, but today is a good day as we breakdown on 96 units for formerly homeless individuals. as we provide a plan around
homelessness. our homeless recovery plan involves that we are transitioning people out of our shelters, out of our hotel rooms, into a permanent situation. this is what it's all about, and having incredible partners to make us make this possible is so critical to the success of this city, so i'm really glad to be here. hell, i'm glad to be anywhere nowadays. i want to thank my partners, i want to thank larry mazzola, jr. to having the vision and to look at this as not only a way to support his members but to support san francisco. i want to thank strata for being our great partner in this project and coming up with opportunities to build new and affordable housing. i want to thank community housing partnership for continuing to invest and support the community here. i'm excited that members of the
civic center hotel will also be brought back to the projects in these new units, as well, long time members. i'm excited about how we came together with the mayor's office of housing and the state. it definitely took a village and a lot of money to create almost 600 new units right here on market street, where we have robust opportunities for people to also use public transit. and yes, mazzola, you're getting your parking because i know how your members feel about parking when they come to the union hall, but we're also creating over 100 spaces for bike, so they can get in shape by jumping on a bike and coming here, as well. thank you all so much for being here today. [applause] >> thank you, mayor london breed. next up, i am happy to do the c.e.o. of community housing
partnership, rick aubrey, to share more about c.h.p. and the community housing opportunity at this site. let's welcome rick. [applause] >> thank you, leosha. and i've got several folks to thank, so please indulge me in a little bit of a list. first and foremost, i want to thank the mayor to come out today. i think this may be the first opportunity that you've had to be with folks at an event. we're very glad that you were here. and it is your commitment and the city's commitment that has made this project possible. as folks have mentioned, this is going to be 96 units of permanent and supportive housing for folks who may be unhoused and living on the streets. this is going to get folks a key to put in their hands, some ability to stabilize their
lives with dignity and choose to move forward in whatever way makes the most sense for them. our partnership with the city is deep and very wide. i want to particularly note that we couldn't do this without the funding from the city. the mayor's office of housing and community development, which is providing substantial funding for the construction of the project. once the project is built, in order to continue to provide services in the building, we have a contract with the department of housing and supportive housing, which will make sure that over the long haul, folks get the services that they need to succeed with their lives, but it makes more than just a village to create the kind of housing that we're all about. it actually takes a nation, so part of the funding that we have in this project comes from the state of california from the housing and community development department of the state. there's also low-income housing tax credits that are part of the funding that make this
project possible, which is a partnership for both the city and the federal government, and it takes all of those entities and the complexity of putting them all together in order to get the housing that folks need to thrive with their lives. particularly, they wanted a focus on this site for not only providing folks a great place to live, but stewarding green life. we'll have rooftop solar panels on the building. it's a full all-electric building, so not only are we serving the folks who live here, but we're trying to serve the planet, as well, by thinking about affordable housing as also something that addresses the issues of global warming. thanks in particular to our architect partner david baker and associates who designed an
incredible building. so not only is it environmentally friendly, but they have developed an expertise for what are the needs of folks who have been recently living on the streets, and what are the needs that make this an inviting place, a safe and secure place, and a very thoughtful design that they've put into it really has people first, has a real human touch into the design. we couldn't do this without the money from both the investors and the lenders, so our primary tax credit investor, enterprise, which is in the business of supporting these kind of projects, despite the fact that this was going on during covid, stepped up, figured out how to get the finances in place with all the complications. we all remembered back in may, june, and july, and got it done. our lending partners, merchants capital, was a critical partner in helping us secure the deal.
just a few other notes and then i'll turn it over to other folks. we are very proud that we're doing this in partnership with the plumbers union. we are in partnership with the community housing partnership, so we're really pleased that we're doing this project with all of the plumbers union folks. and finally, but by no means least, these kinds of projects are very difficult to do, and this project is a public and private partnership, and we are really lucky that the strata development company that does huge projects really saw the opportunity to work with us, figured out how we could do an affordable housing project, and our teams have worked extremely well together just making this possible, so my big
thanks to the strata community for making this all possible. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, rick, so much. i would like introduce michael cohen, one of the founding partners of strata group. so let's all welcome michael cohen. [applause] >> as you can see if you look behind you, 53 colton is part of a larger project. as the mayor alluded to, we've got almost 600 units of market rate units under construction. we have a state-of-the-art new union hall. there will be that beautiful park that's really important for a neighbor that's
underserved by open space, which is the joseph p. mazzola gardens, and the reason we're here today which is a first of its kind project in that 53 colton is supportive permanent affordable housing that's part of a larger development project. this project was not easy. it's got incredible complexity, a lot of moving parts, but we are immensely proud of it, and i think especially 53 colton, where through some of the unique transactional structures that mayor breed was alluding to, including us contributing the land and $10 million of private equity allow us collectively to deliver support hiv homeless -- supportive
homeless housing on a super effective basis. what's unique here is there's so many partners. we literally had the public sector, the provide sector, the nonprofit sector and organized labor coming together all working towards a common goal. first in those partners is local 38 and their pension trust fund. this is their land, and they're the people who put their faith in strata to make this project happen. you know, larry, we've been working our tails off to reward the faith that you've put in us what is now many years ago. and i'm not sure if people know this, but it was in large part because of a personal outreach by larry that the afl-cio housing trust came into this project and is part of the
financing for 53 colton. c.h.p. has been with us almost as long. from the very beginning, the mayor's office asked us to think outside the box, and that included allowing the civic center hotel to become a temporary navigation center. i don't know if that's the case, but i think it's still the only navigation center in san francisco that's actually on private property. even more important was the idea of deeply embracing that we are going to have permanent homeless housing as part of a much larger project. and, you know, in san francisco, you have to do a lot of work with neighbors. we spend a lot of time with the neighbors here, and really, one of the keys to getting the neighbors around this site comfortable with the idea of homeless housing literally in their backyard was the literacy
and outreach of c.h.p. we would ask them to go and look around the local apartments and say, tell us something that's different from the buildings around it, and they couldn't. that's because the buildings are well built, they're well designed, and well managed. the city has been a fantastic partner in the project. mayor breed and supervisor haney, i want to thank you both. we literally would not be here without your leadership. i want to specifically acknowledge the hard work and contributions of ann topier, for judson and his seam, the san francisco housing of community development, the san francisco housing department
and rich sucre, who was a joy to work with, something that people don't often say when it comes to housing in san francisco. i want to acknowledge the men and women that are actually building all of this stuff around you, and the terrific leadership of mike dinapoli who is coordinating this massive effort. both mayor breed and rick took a line that i had, and i think it's interesting that we all had the same thing, and that's that it takes a village to build a village, and that extraordinary level of collaboration and cooperation is why we're here today. i do believe that it is a testament to the foundational strength of this project that we were able to secure hundreds of millions of dollars of financing and secure the
supports of affordable housing in the teeth of this pandemic. we're very proud of it as we were one of the few construction loans to proceed during that time. this little stretch of market street between vanness and goff and where the freeway comes has been a bit forlorn for a number of years. but with the vanness b.r.t. nearing completion and other projects sprouting around us, we are absolutely thrilled to be a catalyst for san francisco's next great urban village, so thank you very much. [applause] . >> all right. thank you, michael, for your words, and for being our partner on this project. up next is larry mazzola, jr. from local 48, whose family's
foresight and ownership on this project made all of this possible, so let's welcome larry mazzola, jr. >> thank you very much. is this fun or what? it's a lot better than my last two days, talking about ferris wheels. anyhow, let me get this little speech here that matt haney wrote for me. i want to thank everybody that spoke before me and all the kind words that you all had about local 38 and myself and my family in particular, and mayor breed, you gave me a lot of credit for this whole thing coming to fruition, but the credit goes to people who were before me, my grandfather and all the people that served on the board of trustees in the 1970s when they bought all this land. i don't even think if they were
here, they would envision what this has turned into. i guarantee you they did not envision that, and they would be super proud that their envision back then turns out what it's starting to look like in the near future. we're very excited. we're proud to be a part of it, we're proud to be a part of the community as we always have been to help the homeless and help the city, like mike cohen has just said. it's going to be a great partnership. it already has been, so i just want to say the members of the board of trustees are excited to be a part of this and be the decision makers and see this come to fruition. unfortunately, they couldn't all be here because of covid, but i'm sure soon they will be. it's great for the community and the surrounding area and to
be able to help the lower income and formerly homeless people into some supportive housing is something we're -- that's vitally important and something we're proud of. this is one of the only jobs that's kind of got started during covid. we're proud of that, and i want to thank all the union trades, building trades, construction workers. i see some of them over here. i want to thank you for everything you do and the great job you do every day. 53 colton will be a top rate supportive housing project, and we're proud to help provide that with the partnership of the city and c.h.p. we're equally proud to partner with strata and suffolk to design a state of the art
development. this whole octavia area is going to be a city within a city with all the construction you see going onto your left, to your right, and behind you. we're proud to be part of that history, and we're proud to be part of the future of this great neighborhood and this great city, and i couldn't be more happy today with the partnerships that we've all formed, and i think this is one of the better partnerships going in san francisco. i think it's going to be better involved for san francisco as a whole. we're very proud to be here today, and we thank you very much. >> all right. thank you, larry, for joining us today, and thank you for those words. finally, i'd like to welcome district 6 supervisor, matt haney. matt has been a great supporter of community housing partnership and our mission to provide safe supportive housing to all san franciscans, and we're glad he's able to join us today, so please help me welcome district 6 supervisor
haney. >> supervisor haney: thank you, leosha. now that larry has given the speech that i wrote, i have nothing to say. don't worry. he didn't write mine, so you don't have to worry about that. this is, for the first time in a long time, an opportunity for us to actually be here in person for a ground breaking. thank you so much, mayor breed. thank you to c.h.p., to strata, to larry and the plumbers. we have done a number of ground breakings all over the last year, all virtual. this is the first one that i've done in person in some time, and this is the right one. this is such an important project for our city. it is going to be a part of a larger transformation of this neighborhood and the area all-around us. i know that, for a lot of san franciscans, when they hear about colton street or colton
alley, they probably wouldn't hear anything that rung a bell. the reality is the future of this alley is thankfully going to be one of housing, of hundreds of units for people in our city, especially people who are in need, who are formerly homeless. when my staff told me it was on colton street, i had to think for a moment of where that was. we think of our areas as lots of constituent requests and concerns. in the future, i'm looking to working with them and representing them and being a part of a larger transformation of this neighborhood. larry and c.h.p. and strata and the mayor have been working on this project for years. larry, i'd see him on thanksgiving at the horse races
across the bay, and even years ago before i was a supervisor, he'd come over and bend my ear and say, do you know what's happening with the union hall? do you know what's happening over there? i'm so excited about it. i'm so happy for him, i'm so happy about all the jobs that will be created. i'm so happy for our city and the hundreds of people who will be able to call this entire village home. lastly, i really want to -- and other folks did this, as well -- thank the workers who are here, thank the folks who are out here, building this project. thank you so much for your hard work. we need the housing, we also need the jobs. all of it is going to lead to a transformation not just of this alley, of this street, but of the entire city. all right. [applause] >> thank you, supervisor haney, and thank you to all our speakers today as well as our many partners on this project,
all of whom have played a vital role in helping to bring this project into fruition. community housing partnership looks forward to welcoming 96 residents to 53 colton in spring 2023, moving forward in our mission to providing homes to people experiencing homelessness. thank you, everyone, for being here today. [applause]
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