tv Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee Meeting SFGTV September 25, 2021 9:00pm-12:01am PDT
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supervisors agenda for september 25, 2021, unless otherwise stated. >> chair mar: thank you so much, mr. clerk. could you please call item 1. >> clerk: item 1 is a hearing to consider that the transfer of a type 48 on sale general public premises liquor license to presidio cab tail corporation, doing business as presidio cocktail corp. at 907 post street, district 6, will serve the public convenience or necessity of the city and county of san francisco.
>> chair mar: thank you, mr. clerk. i'd like to welcome officer salmonson from the a.d.u. unit to make this presentation. officer salmonson? >> there are three letters of protest. i have no letters of support. they are in plat 542, which is considered a high crime area, and in census area 142, which is a high saturation area. as of september 16, i was able to speak to greg lingren over the telephone, and at that
time, he was in agreement to those two conditions. >> chair mar: thank you for that report, officer salmonson. you mentioned there were three letters of protest. i wonder if you could summarize what the concerns raised were? >> yes. unfortunately, an alcohol beverage licensing control reps, they save those, so i don't know what they say, but i know around what they touch on. it's usually high saturation and noise complaints, but yeah, i can't provide the full information on those protests. >> chair mar: thank you, officer salmonson, and i think we have a -- the opportunity -- or the representative here.
mr. [inaudible], do you want to speak to this? >> yes. well, good morning. i believe that any concern from a neighbor is valid. i guess the only way to speak to that would be our history. my business partner, greg lingren, and myself, we opened our first business in 1998, and we're still going strong. we have no track record of violations, and we have good relations with our neighbors and san francisco police department, so i think, you know, of course, it's always a bit alarming to have a place
that serves alcohol pop up next to your residence. we're both in our 50s, and we've never had loud night club-type bars. we've just had quiet little bars, and that's what we hope to have on post street, and if you have any questions, i'm happy to answer any questions you may have. >> supervisor mar: no, thank you. thank you, mr. [inaudible], and as officer salmonson said, you're agreeable to the conditions recommended by the a.l.u.?
>> oh, yes, absolutely. of course. >> chair mar: okay. colleagues, do you have any questions or comments? why don't we go to public comment on this item? >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. we're working with calina mendoza from the department of technology. for those of you watching on sfgovtv or elsewhere, call in by following the instructions on your screen. that would be by calling 415-655-0001, and enter the meeting i.d., which is 2495-033-8403, and pound, pound, then press star, three
to enter the queue to speak. [inaudible]. >> clerk: caller, are you still there? thank you for your comments. miss mendoza, could you please connect us to the next caller? >> clerk: there are no more -- >> operator: there are no more callers in queue. >> clerk: thank you. >> chair mar: thank you. supervisor haney, i don't know if you have any comments. this is in your district. >> supervisor haney: no comments. i'm supportive. >> chair mar: colleagues, i'd recommend that we find that this resolution finds that the
public necessarily will be served and that this item be recommended to the board of supervisors. >> clerk: i'll prepare a recommendation that this resolution finds that the public necessity will be served and that this item be recommended to the board of supervisors. on that motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair mar: thank you. this matter will be sent to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you, mr. [inaudible] and officer salmonson. >> thank you. >> chair mar: clerk, please call item 2. >> clerk: agenda item 2 is a resolution accepting the report of the city administrator and designating the department of public health, fire department, health service system, city attorney, treasurer tax collector, and department of technology as health care components under the health insurance portability and
accountability act of 1996 pursuant to administrative code chapter 22-h. members of the public who wish to make public comment call 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 2495-033-8403. following that, press pound and pound again, then press star, three to enter the queue to speak. chair mar? >> chair mar: thank you, mr. clerk. i'd like to welcome bill barnes from the city administrator's office to present this item? >> thank you, chair mar. for the benefit of the public, hipaa is a federal law established in 1996 that limits
protected federal health information and how groups treat that information. groups like the city of san francisco can declare as certain hipaa components covered and others would not be. we were able to determine three departments that would be able to do that, and that's the fire department, department of public health, and health service system and that's why treasurer tax collector, city
attorney, and department of technology are included as health care service components. the board of supervisors has asked to validate the list. upon passage of this resolution, we would work with the departments to establish policies. many of them already have great hipaa policies, but this would just codify and make sure it's clearly stated, and then, there's the review every three years or so where we come back if any agencies or divisions of the city violate these services, we can come back and update the lists. with that, and in the interests of time, we would request your support of this resolution. >> chair mar: thank you so much, mr. barnes, for this
presentation and for your work on this. i just have a few questions. is there the first time that we're designating the -- is it six departments as health care components? >> that's correct. so prior to the passage of chapter 22-h, there was no process in the city to designate certain agencies as health care components and be a hybrid entity.
the department of health and fire system has long been knowledgeable of hipaa and implementing them, but the sort of things required under hipaa is protected health information. so it's your name, contact information, results of your medical procedures. those records are extremely confidential and have to be treated as such. there are training and compliance components for these departments that have the hipaa
standards, and we have to make sure that everything is being properly managed. >> chair mar: thank you. and then just kind of one last question, looking ahead, did you say there would be a three-year updating or revisiting of this? >> correct. functions in the city are prone to change, and it's possible that another city agency might be offering services that are covered. if that would happen, we would come back to the board immediately, but having our regular review, we're able to look at everything and just make sure we're correct. for the benefit of the public and the committee, the city
attorney remained a public consultant, and the city attorney advised on which departments should be included. the city administrator concurs with that advice. we would ask all city departments to include their activities, and to the extent that something is included, it would be included. >> chair mar: thank you for this advice, and thank you to the city attorney, as well. colleagues, do you have any questions? why don't we go to public comment. mr. clerk? >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. again, we're working with calina mendoza in the queue. for those watching on sfgovtv or elsewhere, please call in following the instructions displaying on your screen. call 415-655-0001.
dial the meeting i.d. of 2495-033-8403. press pound twice and then star, three to enter the queue to speak. please wait until you receive a prompt that your line has been unmuted, and that will be your signal to begin your comments. miss mendoza, could you please connect us to our first caller. >> hello. [inaudible]. >> clerk: speaker still there? >> operator: there are no more callers in the queue. >> chair mar: great. public comment is now closed. i'd like to move that we recommend this to the full board of supervisors. >> clerk: on the motion that
this item is recommended to the full board of supervisors -- [roll call] >> clerk: mr. chair, there are three ayes. >> chair mar: thank you very much, and this item will be recommended to the full board with a positive recommendation. mr. clerk, please call item 3. >> clerk: item 3 is an ordinance amending the police code to allow cannabis business permit applicants to qualify as equity incubators by supporting equity applicants prior to cannabis business permit issuance and not only after permit issuance. second, specifically that equity incubators must provide support to equity applicants with which the equity incubators and their owners
have no ownership or profit sharing arrangement in order to qualify as equity incubators. third, give first priority for permit application processing to equity applicants that are sole proprietors or whose business is 100% owned by a combination of owners that are verified equity applicants, give second processing priority to holders of temporary cannabis business permits that commit to sharing use of their facilities with one or more equity applicants and add to the sixth processing prior applicants that preefg held temporary cannabis permits, in addition to those that currently hold such permits. fourth, prohibit transfers of more than a 50% ownership interesting in a cannabis business for five years after the office of cannabis acknowledges receipt of an application for a cannabis business permit for that cannabis business, incompetent
stead of ten years from the date of permit issuance. fifth, exempt transfers of ownership in a cannabis business triggered by an owner's death from transfer limits that would otherwise apply. sixth, require that a cannabis business seeking a permit amendment tied to reduction in the combined ownership interest of all verified equity applicants in that cannabis business below 20% meet substantial equity commitments as a cushion of amending the permit. seventh, establish that an applicants withdrawal of a cannabis business permit application, unlike the abandonment of an application, will not bar a subsequent application from that applicant from qualifying for priority processing, and eighth, authorize the director of the office of cannabis at any point after an applicant has submitted a cannabis business permit application, to require
an applicant to submit needed information or documentation within 45 days, and declare an application abandoned if the applicant fails to comply with the deadline without showing good cause for the failure, affirming the planning department's determination under the ceqa act, and making necessary findings. mr. chair? >> chair mar: thank you, mr. clerk. i want to thank mayor breed for bringing this item forward. chair rodriguez? >> thank you, mr. chair and thank you, mr. carroll, for that detailed explanation. good morning, chair mar, supervisor haney, and supervisor stefani. the item would make a number of amendments to the police code.
i've split this up into three sections just for easy processing for today. thank you for pointing this out, chair mar. this has been a collaboration of a year-plus with the city, with all of you, with the mayor's office and the community to make sure that we get this right, very thoughtful and thought out thoroughly. we do have several slides, so i'm just going to walk-through them. next slide, please. so here with the three sections that we're going to talk about. with the first one, enacting the mayor's initiative to prioritize equity, there are three components that i'll talk to. the second is formalizing equity legacy policies, also
known as equity preservation, which is especially important at this time as we transition into cannabis 3.0 at this time in about year four. so the mayor's initiative to prioritize equity is willing to give applicants that are sole proprietors first priority in permit processing, and as you know, we already prioritize equity. this would be within that category further prioritizing equity. the second one is giving temporary cannabis permittees that commit to shared manufacturing with one or more equity applicants second priority in permitting processing. what does this mean? essentially akin to a shared kitchen. it's labor intensive to get a facility up and running. we'd like to create more
pathways to allow temporary permit holders that do have these facilities to incubate and support our equity community by allowing one or more equity applicants to work with them. and if they do that, in exchange, we would prioritize processing their permit. the third allows equity applicants to allow equity support during build out process. the way that this currently stands, an individual who is being incubated by an outside partner cannot receive that support until after they receive their permit. that's after all the money and resources were needed. it's certainly helpful, but it makes more sense that it happens sooner, during the build out phase, and for
clarity, the build out phase couples after the planning process, so an individual has gone through and received land use approval from the planning department. they will have been issued a job part from d.p.i., and they're ready to build out their business, so at this point, they've probably been navigating the process for over a year, in some cases, almost two. next slide, please. this is equity preservation, and this kind of falls under its own umbrella. currently, ownership applicants can have their ownership diluted, in other words, sold without equity action. after all the work that the city has done to standup not only this office but this program, we wanted to make sure that this didn't happen; that instead, there was a way to continue to support equity in perpetuity.
there is a chance that equity businesses will exist for a moment in time, be bought out, and disappear, and this amendment will ensure that that doesn't happen. here the commitments would be in the event an equity applicant percentage in the business drops below 20%, and that could be zero to 19%. they would contribute the equivalent -- the business itself would contribute the equivalent of 1% of gross revenues to one or more community organizations or purchase equity property or incubating equity businesses, which is providing access to real estate or capital, all the things that are a major barrier
in the cannabis space. next slide, please. and the final point today is the administrative revisions. there are four of them. the first would shorten the time period before a cannabis business can sell their business, shortening the time that exists. today, you cannot sell your cannabis business for ten years, and that would shave it down to five years. this would allow businesses to scale down more quickly while also providing owners a way to shave down their businesses. the second one, in honor of those individuals who have endeavored through our process and haven't made it to the end because they've passed away,
notably, ronnie [inaudible], sr., we want to take a moment to acknowledge him, and those who are fighting for their lives, specifically, mitchell salazar, who many of us know. he's an equity partner as well as a member of united playas and turf. his situation is dire, and if he makes it to permit issuance, his endeavors through our, you know, permit process would mean the world to his family. we talk a lot about generational assets, and in
this case, we'd like the business to be able to be transferred to his family. the next one would remove a loophole in which equity applicants [inaudible] what does this mean? it means the intent of the program was that equity incubators support the interest of an equity partner in another business, not one where they are receiving the benefit of their own incubation. that's one that exists that we'd like to tie up. and lastly, we're clarifying the process for removing delinquent items in our cannabis process that are creating a bit of a backlog or making it difficult for owners to move through the process quickly. so thank you for your time on this and happy to answer any
questions. >> chair mar: thank you for that presentation. there's a lot included, but i think the intent and the overall goal is strengthening the equity and strengthening opportunities for equity applicants in the cannabis industry, so really, really thank you. colleagues, i just wonder if you have any questions or remarks? i had maybe some just general questions around the first part of the -- that you went over around the prioritization of equity applicants and prioritizing, like, 100% of equity applicants being first priority, and second priority being applicants that have
shared manufacturing with one or more equity applicants. i was just wondering, like, of all the applications that are currently being sort of processed by the office, like, what percentage roughly is involved with that? >> yeah, like, a pretty large percentage. our first tier applicants are equity applicants, and that's the largest group as of now, and we still continue to receive these applications. so within that priority tier.
the second priority is we're actually going down into tier four where our temporary permits are. these are individuals who are currently operating, right? so they're operating until -- on temporary permits until we can get to them and process them for permanent permits. there are tier four, and i believe there are about 50 existing medical licenses in tier four as well as approximately 126 temporary licenses. those temporary permits are part of our amnesty program. these were individuals who were a part of our supply chain. we didn't want a break in the supply chain in the existing
industry, so we have our manufacturers, our cultivators, our distributors, and delivery operators. those are our temporary permit holders, and they receive a temporary permit from d.p.h., so that just gives you a sense of how many equity applicants that exist in our pipeline. there are about approximately -- they're approximate numbers -- 30 that are in the buildout phase and planning that need to go through the process there, and i would say maybe about ten to 15 that are navigating part one of our permitting process.
>> chair mar: yeah, thanks. and then, for the 100% equity applicants, i'm just curious, what percentage do they represent of the overall equity poll, compared to the -- i don't know if the term is hybrid or partnership? >> it's 20% or smaller. it's a very difficult thing to endeavor to do. >> chair mar: yeah, but now, with this ordinance, they would be given the highest priority at the end of the line? >> yes. >> chair mar: okay. i don't see any other questions from colleagues, so why don't we go to public comment. mr. clerk? >> clerk: if i may just bring
up one quick thing before we go to public comment about the form of this ordinance, you may have a message from deputy city attorney ann pearson discussing a finding that is included in this ordinance that references findings of authority with 1986 part m and other priorities. that should be amended substantially out of this ordinance. i just wanted to note that before we go to public comment. we continued to work with calina mendoza from the department of technology for public comment. for those who are watching on cable, or sfgovtv, please call
in via the instructions scrolling on your screen. that would be by calling 415-655-0001. meeting i.d. 2495-033-8403, pressing pound and then pound again, and then star, three to enter the queue to speak. miss mendoza, could you connect us to our first caller. >> hello. thank you for the hearing today. i have a small equity business here in san francisco, and i just want to say thank you. i'm born and raised here in san francisco, and the cannabis program in san francisco has been one of the best programs so far put forth. this is so important, and we thank director rodriguez and the mayor for supporting and protecting this important program. allowing us to have the flexibility to sell our permits
if we choose to is critical. the preservation component will also ensure the interest -- our interest will be protected. i just wanted to thank everyone. >> clerk: thank you for sharing your comments. can we get the next caller, please? >> hello, there. thank you. this is lance williams. i am equity in san francisco, and i support the majority that in five years, you can sell your business. i'm very pleased to see that you're also trying to close some of the loopholes that may have been used against the equity process. i appreciate this effort, and i appreciate looking into other incubator information and trying to get things put through because it has been for myself and many other equity approved folks a difficult
journey, so thank you again for continuing to work on this. lance williams. >> clerk: thank you for sharing your comments, lance williams. can we get the next caller, please. >> good morning, commissioners, and everyone on the call. my name is damian cole. born and raised in san francisco. advocate, activist -- cannabis advocate and activist. i am approved [inaudible] about to venture into an amazing opportunity with an amazing partner. i want to stand in support of this. i believe that equity applicants deserve the right to
share their business just like anyone else. you know, it's costing us not just opportunities. i'm partners with a [inaudible] company, and i would like the opportunity to transfer my ownership to the parent company so that i can participate in a lot of things that the bigger company -- might be just a little guy excluded. i have big plans for not not only myself but the community, so not only having the opportunity to liquidate my interest, having a business, i should be able to maneuver it the way i see fit. i appreciate each and everyone's support on this. [inaudible] great relationship with each one of you individuals.
i appreciate the time that you're taking, appreciate the time for hearing us out, appreciate the mayor as having this for an update. as you know, previously, this wasn't even a thing, so thank you for the opportunity, and please, please, please allow us to use this priority as we see fit. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. miss mendoza, could we get the next public comment? >> good morning. [inaudible] as well as another one that is in the process of buildout now, and i'm actually -- damian is one of the partners on that one, damian, who just spoke. when the board passed the legislation back in late 2017, a lot of this was new territory, and i think that board deserves a lot of credit for creating a really solid
program that has elevated social equity and helped create a lot of [inaudible], but they got some things wrong. namely, an item that supervisor safai made that prevented a business from selling more than 50% of itself for ten years. we became frenemies after that. i appreciate the legislation is lowering it to five, but i would ask supervisor haney or supervisor stefani to please consider amending 1608-c-5 to say award of a permanent cannabis business ends 18 months following the date on which the director acknowledges
instead of five years because what's happening is you are actually precluding social equity applicants from participating in the upside of these businesses. so when i got into the business 4.5 years ago, cannabis businesses were worth about three or four times above their gross revenue. that's gone down now to about one times their gross revenue, so it's decreased by about two thirds. so you're tethering these social equity applicants that are decreasing -- >> clerk: thank you, connor johnston, for your call. miss mendoza, could we get the next caller, please. >> good morning, board of supervisor members. my name is mitchell salazar. i belong to the san francisco equity group, which is a group of individuals that have
crisscrossed the city for the last 25 to 40 years, providing social services in many of the communities. i am an equity partner and applicant in the process of opening up a dispensary. unfortunately, i have been diagnosed with stage four lung center three months ago or two months ago or so, and it is definitely taking a twist in regards to what's going on. fortunately, i'm doing pretty well, but i wanted to support director rodriguez in the issue around [inaudible] myself in a lot of sweat equity in trying to get a dispensary open, and we're talking about two or three years of equity, and i just wanted to support the ordinance in whole of which he's presenting today, and also
just wanted to thank director rodriguez and others on her staff, if we didn't have the support of her and her staff, i don't think we could have made it because of the bureaucracy involved in it. so those are my comments, and i thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you, mitchell salazar, for your comments. miss mendoza, could we get the next caller, please? >> hi. good morning, supervisors. i am angela white. i work at success centers, and i also work very closely with a lot of the equity applicants or equity business owners here in san francisco. i am in total agreement of this ordinance. i feel that it echos the voice of equity. i want to thank marissa
rodriguez and the mayor for making this a conscious effort to make things better for the equity community, so i just want to say that i'm really in support of this ordinance. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, angela white. could we get the next caller, please? >> [inaudible] marijuana makes people violent and no better than opium. i see [inaudible]. >> clerk: is the caller still there? we're pausing the caller's time to remind two things. first, federal law prohibits harassment of public or city employees. second, your comment may
violate the city's public of discriminatory or harassment remarks made at public meetings. we'll resume your time so you may resume your comment on the topic in front of the board. if the caller is still there, you have a moment if you want to redirect your comments. >> operator: the caller has hung up. >> clerk: we'll go to the next caller. thank you. >> supervisors, my name is francisco dacosta, and i've been monitoring the cannabis regulation at the director of cannabis agency.
i believe there are a few others that will work with the director so that we'll have very high standards when it comes to medications needing cannabis, which has served many people for centuries when it comes to your health. i'm here to give public comment because many people don't have sound -- they don't have
reputable information about cannabis, and we will not have, in the public comment, you know, people just saying things because somebody else told them and nobody's thinking for themselves. in san francisco, we have astute people, and we embrace everyone, but we have to do it with education. if you educate people on issues, then you can go to a better place. so i want to thank the director -- >> clerk: your time is concluded. thank you, mr. dacosta, for your comments. could we get the next caller, please. >> good morning, supervisors
and director rodriguez. i'm a cofounder of an organization called equity trade, where we help to identify equity brands to give them more visibility as well as help consumers and retailers. the first round of equity applications for varied retail, we saw so many applications in regards to retail spaces for equity applicants, so being
able to be a sole proprietor of a business would be amazing for us. the other part would be definitely strengthening the equity sale space. a lot of spaces that would be able to sell are vertically cultivated, and if they are not strongly encouraged to have shelf space, our local businesses will still not get priority because they make more money not having to support us, right? and then another piece that i want to be able to comment on is in regards to the 100% ownership, this one is something that we were working through quite a bit. yes, the sole proprietors that are holding on and wanting to push forward, the 100% is a little bit problematic --
>> clerk: speaker's time is concluded. sorry to cutoff the speaker, but we do have to keep everyone to the same amount of time. miss mendoza, could you please connect us to the next caller. >> greetings. my name is johnny de la plane, and i am the president of the san francisco retailers alliance. i'm also a partner and equity advocate. i'm a partner with damian richard and sean posey in helping them get their stores up and running. i'd like to thank everyone in this important cleanup. it's all very critical. allowing incubators access to funds will open their
businesses. the 50% permit limit, i'm going to agree with connor johnson. we need to be able to sell in any way we see fit and not just this is the model that we need to follow. business is changing all the time, and the opportunity cost over the last couple of years have been huge, and people have put their life savings and everything into these assets, and then not to be able to sell 50% if they need to be able to raise money, or perhaps they want to sell it and open another endeavor or send their child to college, we should be giving our equity applicants all the help that they need and use this as a stepping stone to generational wealth, along with participating along with their nonequity partners. so walking that ban down from ten years down to five years,
that would be great. if we could walk it down another few years, that would be great, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. i want to thank everyone for takes these matters up, and i will cede the rest of my time. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for sharing your comments. miss mendoza, could we get the next caller, please. >> hello, everyone. my name is perry jones. i'm the c.e.o. of [inaudible] and i'm also a verified equity applicant here in san francisco. a longtime native, as well. first, i would like to give a shoutout to the mayor, london breed, as well as the city for setting good examples on this change as well as the office of cannabis. well spoken, marissa. appreciate it. one thing that comes to mind in advocacy and running a business here, i think that is a good opportunity to set a good example, but i was most impacted by the war on drugs,
which was focused on minorities within our communities, especially the ones that was targeted. it changes the narrative and allows me to give generational wealth to my family in the future. i think what we're talking about, as far as sharing space, you know, we'll be able to benefit from the triumphs that came from cannabis when it was made legal, i think it's good to show some good faith to businesses that are starting to emerge in the community. with this agenda alone, i think it's great, it's revolutionary. it's setting a good example for the nation as a whole, and i support the legislation that we're trying to put forward because this is an opportunity to right some of the wrongs when it does come to, you know, the impact. i've been able to get educated. i'm a university graduate
thanks to people like angela white. it's good to see the city as a whole to get on board for us to set an example and be a better business. by having shared space, we can see from this legislation, i'm proud of those equity businesses that have been able to standup. a lot of them have gone through a lot to get to where they're at -- >> clerk: thank you. that's your time. thank you very much for your comments, mr. jones. could we get the next commenter, please. [inaudible] [please stand by]
they've always been a champion -- marisa has always been a champion, trying to help the community and the people out, especially the have nots. and the mayor always supports the people. and i know by having this ordinance, it is going to be beneficial to the people, the communities, the people who need it the most. and me being a frisco native, and who works in this community right now, in the elementary school, working with the kids, we're trying to get as much as we can for equity for our community and our people. so when the officers candidates and the mayor has an ordinance like this in place, when they jump, i'm jumping with them
without a parachute because i know it will be super beneficial for the community and the people. thank you. >> chair: thank you, rudy, for your comments. ms. mendoza, can we go back to one of the previous callers or the next caller, if there is someone else. >> there are one of two of them. they are unattended. >> i'm hearing my own voice. caller, are you there? >> yes, i'm here. >> please begin your comments. >> caller: yes, i'm here. hello. i just wanted to support all of the equity companies that are in san francisco trying to emerge. marissa, i want to give you support. you've got good companies that are emerging from san francisco that really need help, and don't forget about the people that are in jail, that are locked up in jail.
that can't stand up for themselves or benefit. and there is also people who used to use cannabis, that didn't have safe access, and they didn't have places such as shared places, and those who do sell drugs out on levenworth street, they don't have an opportunity because of the equity businesses as the ones mentioned, to be able to capitalized on an herbal product that has been demonized. i'm hoping that you guys can help such companies an opportunity to be able to do something special. [audio echoes] >> chair: did that conclude your comments, caller? >> thank you for sharing your comments. i understand there are no further callers in the queue, mr. chair. >> chair: thank you. public comment is now closed. i do want to thank all of the folks that called in
during public comment, especially the equity applicants and entrepreneurs and their partners, and thank you, again, director rodriguez and mayor breeze for breed for bringing this important item forward, the cannabis provision, to strengthen equity provisions, so we can maximize on the community benefits from this growing and evolving industry. so thank you. colleagues, do you have any remarks? matt haney. >> thank you. i just want to thank you, director rodriguez, and all of the equity businesses who gave input into this. i think some of the things in here are going to increase access for those who most need it and make the program work more
effectively. and i think that we should be always looking at how to improve on what is happening and making sure that more folks get access, making sure that we're not creating rules that actually prevent barriers for folks, and that the promise of this equity program is actualized, which is focused on those who have been most impacted on the war on drugs, who most need and deserve the economic opportunities that come from the adult use cannabis industry. and so i also really love the further connection between the manufacturing. we often focus more on the retail side of it. but if folks are involved with the manufacturing and are equity owners themselves, that should also be obviously given consideration. and we want to see sustainability. we want to see ownership. and we want to see through
the entire line of cannabis production, from growing to manufacturing to retail to delivery, really these principles of access, equity, and opportunity throughout. so i'm grateful for the work here, and i'm very strongly supportive. thank you, chair mar. >> thank you, supervisor haney. >> chair: if we can move ahead, there was an amendment that deputy city attorney ann pierson shared with us that removes a finding in the draft legislation regarding, i guess consistency with the general plan that is not needed. so i would move that we adopt that amendment, and then i would also move
that we send this item to the full board as amended with a positive recommendation. >> first on the motion offered by chair mar, that the ordinance be amended to remove the finding related to the planning commission, on that motion: [roll call taken] >> mr. chair, there are three ayes on the motion to amend. and then that the ordinance be recommended as amended: [roll call taken] >> mr. chair, there are three ayes. >> chair: thank you. thanks again, director rodriguez, and to everyone. >> thank you so much.
i really appreciate it. have a wonderful day, everyone. >> chair: thank you. mr. clerk, can you please call item 4. >> agenda item 4: a hearing to address concerns on crime and violence targeting asian american seniors and other vulnerable groups and the rise of anti-asian racism, including status of investigations, victim services programs. programs, other public safety resources and strategies that the departments are employing (indiscernable) and to promote cross-racial solidarity. members of the public who wish to provide public comment, call 415-655-0001, enter the meeting i.d. of 24950338403. press the pound symbol twice to connect to the meeting, and then press *3 to enter the queue to speak. mr. chair? >> chair: thank you, mr. clerk. colleagues, thank you for this opportunity to hold
this hearing, which will include an update from the human rights commission under city-wide public safety work. this followup hearing comes on the heels of our first hearing back in april on crime and violence impacting asian-americans. we took stock on what our city agencies are doing to prevent violence and crime, and to support asian-american communities. and we looked at how agencies are working together with the community. at the hearing, you may remember we heard directly from community advocates like stop a.p.i. hate and the coalition for community injustice, and folks on the ground on the need to increase culture relevance and trauma, with resources that support education as the solution to violence. in may, the board unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the
rise in violence against the a.p.i. community and urging city departments to create coordinated citywide violence prevention and support plan for the a.p.i. community, and establishing the board for violence and victim services. and this led us into a successful budget season. and thank you, chair haney, for all of your leadership, where we invested tens of millions of dollars in alternatives to law enforcement, and in language access, culturally responsive services, wrap-around victim support, and case management, in building a 50 network infrastructure because we know our safety depends on the safety of all communities. in my district, we further invested in community ambassadors to help small businesses prevent and address crime. and a new community safety
coordinator for district 4 to organize and support community leadership, working on the ground to enhance neighborhood safety. many of these budget wins are being operationalized at this very moment. now here in the fall, and today, we'll have h.r.c. present on the work they've been doing, including their landscape analysis that we called for in the board of supervisors' resolution, to further understand how city agencies are working together, and also with the communities. and then also hear the draft recommendations from the h.r.c. on how the city can do better for public safety. so today we have brittany chequata, the chief-of-staff at h.r.c., and sarah chan, at the office of the policy for racial equity, and they will be presenting an update on their work. for your information, we did ask other departments for their presence today, but i intend to bring
these agencies back together when the h.r.c. record is finalized. colleagues, i look forward to the discussion on how we can continue to take collective responsibility as a public body to protect our communities and hold each other accountable, and how we can continue investing in strategies that work and strategies that unify us strategies that work and before we go into the presentation from some chequata, i wanted to see, colleagues, if you have any remarks. no? okay. so i would like to welcome brittany and sarah to share an update on the work that they've been doing since our april hearing on this issue. >> sarah?
>> thank you, chair mar. good morning, supervisor stefani and supervisor hayden. i'm joined by brittany chequata at the human rights commission. in response to the resolution, the board of supervisors passed in may about hate violence against asian-american communities. we assessed how a citywide public safety assessments could be better aligned. why citywide? we know that hate violence in the city has been increasing and escalating, and it affects all of our communities. just last year, according to the police, the most common motivation for hate crimes in our city were anti-black bias, anti-latino bias, anti-a.p.i. bias. if you look at f.b.i. statistics, the number of
hate crimes due to racial bias has actually quadrupled since 2016. but we know the numbers don't capture the full extent of what people are experiencing. for instance, in contrast to the cases of the police and the f.b.i. report, they received over 350 reports of hate violence against a.p.i. folks in this city in just 2020. and that included 71reports of physical assaults. and we know where there are gaps, it is community organizations and residents that have stepped up. now, to divide up this landscape analysis, from june this year, we worked with city departments to collect information about existing programs, processes and services related to hate violence. we compiled information delivered by the city and
funded by the city and we developed two steady exercises based on the recent hate incidents. in our neighborhoods, we help city staff to collect where our responses are falling short of community needs. we also did interviews for city staff together to gather the individual perspectives on when the gaps may be in our services and processes. in addition to the information that the city provide, we conducted interviews and panel discussions with community organizations and residents, just around their experiences accessing city-funded violence prevention and services. and last month we followed up on this to discuss what potential elements will be for broader citywide violence prevention work. in our findings, hundreds of programs, as i'm sure you know, are funded and delivered across the city.
but they have very different frameworks for understanding and addressing hate violence. the departments gave us these lists of several hundred programs that they deliver either directly or through funds from community organizations. but across, and sometimes even within departments, many programs had overlapping or intersecting purposes, and there weren't any established venues for department staff or community organizations to coordinate services for people who have been harmed by hate violence or who have been causing harm. i'll hand it over to brittany. >> thank you, sarah. so one of the first things that our work revealed in the analysis that our department did is that there are gaps in services, gaps in accountability, and really gaps in basic information. so, for one, a referral is not a relationship. just because someone is referred to a program doesn't mean that they're going to be comfortable
with moving forward with that referral. and during interviews and discussions we heard very few violence preventions. so despite what was just touched on, as far as being a plethora of programs in existence, it is not really something that the public is aware of. it is really critical that more work is done to socialize the existence of these programs in the first place. and then on accountability, again, we noted that referrals (indiscernable). so for community organizations, guidelines and rules were unclear, and (indiscernable). the communities don't always have the resources to hold the hands and walk through the process for every survivor of hate violence. our findings also
demonstrated that there are structural inequities that undermine the neighbor fabric or safety net and a community's lack of resources can compound neighborhood tensions that result in hate violence. so in some circumstances, individuals will be accused of a hate crime, or a prospective hate crime, but other members of the community may see it as directly related to a lack of resources or just larger structural issues that resulted intentions and ultimately and unfortunately violence. lastly, we really want to double click on this issue of impact versus intention because there is an execution gap. so public sentiment that we captured is that there is not enough efficiency for the impact of the programming, as opposed to
the overcreation it. so there is a lot of programming without consistent training or visibility or accounting for the impact of that programming. next slide. so as far as our recommendations go, these are the six that we wanted to kind of elevate to the top. the first, standardized reporting and ensuring that across departments, we're using the same language and that we have shared definitions, to increase transparency and visibility and improve accountability of what is being reported. because for one department the wording can be completely different from how h.r.c. sees it. so it makes things hard for it to even be searchable and to track. so it is really important to standardize our language in our reporting. secondly, language access
has been a huge thing that came up. we want to note that there is a lack of reliable language, despite the existence of the language access ordinance. so right now the city is not providing for language access and services, and, you know, particularly with regard to this conversation and with regard to the individualized a.p.i. violence. this is presented as a really big obstacle many communities because it is really only english that we have therapists or intake people taken in. this has been identified for support following a hate crime. the next is the citywide response protocol. internally it is
established and shared to support those in harm, and i would say that one example of that would be sharp, which is an outreach in the h.r.c. for the office of response and prevention, which is really a warm receiver for those experiencing violence, who go through the process with law enforcement and who don't feel comfortable going through the process with law enforcement following gender based crime. we need more wrap-around services in that vain. another recommendation is civil rights enforcement. so i know that this is -- i feel with confidence this is a priority. and our office is the
agency that investigates and enforces the discrimination laws of san francisco. so our foundational charge is to investigate and mediate claims of discrimination, harassment, based on pro protecting classes. i know we are very committed to this, and the mayor's office as well is very committed to supporting the establishment of a more standardized or structural intervention that is stated globally, to understand how to be more responsive to state violence, and ultimately create a citywide system that would track and capture hate violence so we can recommend interventions to you and as well as the mayor's office, and the board of supervisors. the next is community partnerships. and really creating
pathway for conformative justice. we have trusted members of the community to help survivors as well as some of the (indiscernable). and, lastly, we wanted to elevate the overall investment in social justice and activities. and really get to have the support i spoke about earlier as far as the structural lack of resources that might lend to community tensions and ultimately violence. so i wanted to acknowledge all of the community partners that we engage with throughout this process, including stand together s.f., which is something that h.r.c. created during the
pandemic, stop a.p.i. hate, and the office of engagement and affairs, the coalition for the safety and justice, and i also want to thank my colleagues for the great work they did throughout this process, and our partners, as well as the community support that we are submitting along with our colleagues. thank you. >> chair: thank you so much, brittany and sarah for the presentation and the update on this really important work that you've been doing. along with director davis and the h.r.c. team for the past months. and i really wanted to say i really appreciate how thoughtful and strategic and comprehensive you've -- yeah, your approach to this work has been. and you documented
hundreds -- i think it was over 300 different programs related to violence prevention and victim support, provided by our city departments or community partners and have engaged in following up with dozen of city departments and community partners to get their input. so i really appreciate the great analysis that outlined today that is included in the draft report on some of the key issues and findings about our -- the current state of our, you know, city's violence prevention and crime prevention and victim support systems. and in the recommendations that you outlined on how we can really do better and really strengthen our support for victims and for our communities -- and you did all of this work
while hearing a lot of other important responsibilities for our city, too. so thank you so much. i really just wanted to have this hearing today to allow h.r.c. to share an update on their work. they're working on a report that just more fully describes all of the analysis and recommendations. it is not quite ready and finalized yet. i thought it would be important, just for process-wise, to hold a hearing to share an update. colleagues, i don't know if you have any questions or remarks. >> chair mar, first of all i want to thank sarah and brittany for their presentation. and thank you, again, for your attention to this. i don't know if you'll be continuing, or asked to continue, to the call of the chair. i know the last time we
heard this i believe was in april. i am still wondering what, you know, you asked other departments to report. i know the human rights commission -- your report was great today. i'm still curious as to what the other departments have been reporting back to you. and if they plan to, i would like to know from their departments what the increase, you know, we continue to see results on our a.p.i. community -- what is that increase? how is the police department working with our district attorney's office? what charges are being filed? what are the distribution of those cases? what is being done by our law enforcement? to me, i feel like we still need answers. i would like to be added to this hearing. i don't know why i'm not on it. i don't know what your intentions are, but i think we still need to hear back from the other department you requested
in your hearing to report back to get, you know, a better picture of what is really going on and what is being done by those departments to prevent this from happening in the first place. >> chair: thank you, supervisor stefani for those really good points. and thank you for co-sponsoring the hearing. we would love to work with you on the followup to these important issues. i want to clarify that as a followup to the hearing that we had in april, and then the board resolution that was passed in may calling for the creation of a citywide violence prevention and victim support plan for the a.p.i. community, in our engagement with the different city departments, and with h.r.c., h.r.c. stepped in into the role of sort of convening and coordinating the work, and so they've been really the ones engaging with the other
city departments, law enforcement, as well as other departments. but i think, yeah, i do intend to continue this and have a followup hearing once the h.r.c.'s analysis and the report is final and the recommendations, and that would also include the other departments. supervisor haney? >> thank you, chair mar. i would also love to be added to the hearing. thank you to ms. shang and ms. chequata for the work. i appreciate your analysis and the role that h.r.c. is playing in really bringing this together and focusing on outcomes, results, data, but also relationships and really helping to bring it all together. i also am interested in -- and we can maybe in future hearings look at this --
we did make, as you noted, chair mar, a number of new investments in the budget. and there are new initiatives, new programs, and also sorts of things that we put forward to try to address and stop the violence that is targeting asian-american seniors. and i wonder, also, what, you know, we could do to make sure we're hearing updates on how that is going and what the implementation is and all of that. so i realize that a lot of those initiatives are spread across a number of different departments. there are new initiatives with the mayor's office, the d.a.'s office, the police, and there are a lot of different aspects of it. so i wanted to kind of put that in there as well, that as we have an update, we want to make sure those programs are being implemented immediately and effectively. thank you, again, chair mar, for your leadership and to everyone who is working on this. [please stand by]
>> chair mar: -- and then having a follow-up hearing, as well, to -- why don't we go to public comment. mr. clerk, are there any callers on the line? >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. we're checking to see if we have any callers in the queue. for those that are watching our meeting on cable t.v., sfgovtv
or elsewhere, please dial in follow the instructions scrolling on your screen. that would be by dialing 415-554-0001, enter meeting i.d. 2495-033-8403, then press pound and pound again to enter the meeting. for those wishing to provide public comment, press star, three to make your public comment to the public safety and neighborhood services committee. [inaudible]. >> i really don't care about this. who cares about this? [inaudible]. >> clerk: speaker still there? i'm pausing the speaker's time once again. >> operator: the speaker has
left. >> clerk: okay. i'm not going to reiterate the script that we have for redirecting people's comments to make sure that they are on topic and not of a harassing nature if the speaker isn't there to hear us. could we get the next caller, please. >> so supervisors, my name is francisco dacosta. i've been the director of the environmental justice advocacy for 40 years, and i've never seen these two presenters on the frontline, nor have i seen sheryl davis, nor have i seen the mayor, so if you call this a hearing, i think the right
people should be given credit for this agreement. so i just want to discuss this face-to-face with a needs assessment. the discussion on the ground is all the people who need the mental attention and don't get it in our neighborhood, and if you look at the incidents that are happening, they're not normal people. there are normal people attacking people who are [inaudible], but what are we going to do about it on the streets? on san bruno avenue, i have stopped over 150 people during this pandemic attacking [indiscernible], yet i know the
guys that are patrolling and guys that are from c.n.c., and i help them. but this presentation is a good one to put it on the shelf. if you go to the police commission or you dare to call the police chief, i would ask him about the 272 recommendations. how many have been implemented? i want to ask -- >> clerk: thank you for sharing your comments, mr. dacosta. do we have any further callers in the queue? >> operator: there are no more callers in the queue. >> chair mar: okay. thank you. public comment is now closed. so thanks again for the presentation and sharing update on the very important work, and thanks, colleagues, for this discussion, as well.
that will form the public hearing that we have, so yeah, i'd like to move that we continue this item to the call of the chair. >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. i just want to note that i have received requests now from supervisors stefani and haney to add them as cosponsors. on the motion that this item be continued to the call of the chair -- [roll call] >> clerk: mr. chair, there are three ayes. >> chair mar: great. thank you, everyone. mr. clerk, is there any further business? >> clerk: there is no further business. >> chair mar: okay. we are adjourned. thanks, everyone. take care.
[♪♪♪] ♪ homelessness in san francisco is considered the number 1 issue by most people who live here, and it doesn't just affect neighbors without a home, it affects all of us. is real way to combat that is to work together. it will take city departments and nonprofit providers and volunteers and companies and community members all coming together. [♪♪♪] >> the product homeless connect community day of service began about 15 years ago, and we have had 73 of them. what we do is we host and expo-style event, and we were the very force organization to do this but it worked so well that 250 other cities across the globe host their own. there's over 120 service providers at the event today, and they range anywhere from hygiene kits provided by the basics, 5% -- to prescription glasses and reading glasses,
hearing tests, pet sitting, showers, medical services, flu shots, dental care, groceries, so many phenomenal service providers, and what makes it so unique is we ask that they provide that service today here it is an actual, tangible service people can leave with it. >> i am with the hearing and speech center of northern california, and we provide a variety of services including audiology, counselling, outreach, education, today we actually just do screening to see if someone has hearing loss. to follow updates when they come into the speech center and we do a full diagnostic hearing test, and we start the process of taking an impression of their year, deciding on which hearing aid will work best for them. if they have a smart phone, we make sure we get a smart phone that can connect to it, so they can stream phone calls, or use it for any other services that they need. >> san francisco has phenomenal social services to support people at risk of becoming homeless, are already experience and homelessness, but it is
confusing, and there is a lot of waste. bringing everyone into the same space not only saves an average of 20 hours a week in navigating the system and waiting in line for different areas, it helps them talk, so if you need to sign up for medi-cal, what you need identification, you don't have to go to sacramento or wait in line at a d.m.v., you go across the hall to the d.m.v. to get your i.d. ♪ today we will probably see around 30 people, and averaging about 20 of this people coming to cs for follow-up service. >> for a participant to qualify for services, all they need to do is come to the event. we have a lot of people who are at risk of homelessness but not yet experiencing it, that today's event can ensure they stay house. many people coming to the event are here to receive one specific need such as signing up for medi-cal or learning about d.m.v. services, and then of course, most of the people who are tender people experiencing homelessness today. >> i am the representative for
the volunteer central. we are the group that checks and all the volunteers that comment participate each day. on a typical day of service, we have anywhere between 40500 volunteers that we, back in, they get t-shirts, nametags, maps, and all the information they need to have a successful event. our participant escorts are a core part of our group, and they are the ones who help participants flow from the different service areas and help them find the different services that they needs. >> one of the ways we work closely with the department of homelessness and supportive housing is by working with homeless outreach teams. they come here, and these are the people that help you get into navigation centers, help you get into short-term shelter, and talk about housing-1st policies. we also work very closely with the department of public health to provide a lot of our services. >> we have all types of things that volunteers deal do on a day of service. we have folks that help give out lunches in the café, we have folks who help with the check
in, getting people when they arrive, making sure that they find the services that they need to, we have folks who help in the check out process, to make sure they get their food bag, bag of groceries, together hygiene kit, and whatever they need to. volunteers, i think of them as the secret sauce that just makes the whole process works smoothly. >> participants are encouraged and welcomed to come with their pets. we do have a pet daycare, so if they want to have their pets stay in the daycare area while they navigate the event, they are welcome to do that, will we also understand some people are more comfortable having their pets with them. they can bring them into the event as well. we also typically offer veterinary services, and it can be a real detriment to coming into an event like this. we also have a bag check. you don't have to worry about your belongings getting lost, especially when that is all that you have with you. >> we get connected with people who knew they had hearing loss, but they didn't know they could
get services to help them with their hearing loss picks and we are getting connected with each other to make sure they are getting supported. >> our next event will be in march, we don't yet have a date set. we typically sap set it six weeks out. the way to volunteer is to follow our newsletter, follow us on social media, or just visit our website. we always announce it right away, and you can register very easily online. >> a lot of people see folks experience a homelessness in the city, and they don't know how they can help, and defence like this gives a whole bunch of people a lot of good opportunities to give back and be supported. [♪♪♪]
>> restaurants will be open for take out only, but nonessential stores, like bars and gyms, will close effective midnight tonight. [♪♪♪] >> my name is sharky laguana. i am a small business owner. i own a company called vandigo van rentals. it rents vans to the music industry. i am also a member of the small business commission as
appointed by mayor breed in 2019. i am a musician and have worked as a professional musician and recording artist in the 90s. [♪♪♪] >> we came up in san francisco, so i've played at most of the live venues as a performer, and, of course, i've seen hundreds of shows over the years, and i care very, very deeply about live entertainment. in fact, when i joined the commission, i said that i was going to make a particular effort to pay attention to the arts and entertainment and make sure that those small businesses receive the level of attention that i think they deserve. >> this is a constantly and rapidly changing situation, and we are working hard to be aggressive to flatten the curve to disrupt the spread of
covid-19. >> when the pandemic hit, it was crystal clear to me that this was devastating to the music industry because live venues had to completely shutdown. there was no way for them to open for even a single day or in limited capacity. that hit me emotionally as an artist and hit me professionally, as well as a small business that caters to artists, so i was very deeply concerned about what the city could do to help the entertainment committee. we knew we needed somebody to introduce some kind of legislation to get the ball rolling, and so we just started texting supervisor haney, just harassing him, saying we need to do something, we need to do something. he said i know we need to do something, but what do we do? we eventually settled on this idea that there would be an
independent venue recovery fund. >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this resolution is passed unanimously. >> and we were concerned for these small mom-and-pop businesses that contribute so much to our arts community. >> we are an extremely small venue that has the capacity to do extremely small shows. most of our staff has been working for us for over ten years. there's very little turnover in the staff, so it felt like family. sharky with the small business commission was crucial in pestering supervisor haney and others to really keep our industry top of mind. we closed down on march 13 of
2020 when we heard that there was an order to do so by the mayor, and we had to call that show in the middle of the night. they were in the middle of their sound check, and i had to call the venue and say, we need to cancel the show tonight. >> the fund is for our live music and entertainment venues, and in its first round, it will offer grants of at least $10,000 to qualifying venues. these are venues that offer a signature amount of live entertainment programming before the pandemic and are committed to reopening and offering live entertainment spaces after the pandemic. >> it's going to, you know, just stave off the bleeding for
a moment. it's the city contributing to helping make sure these venues are around, to continue to be part of the economic recovery for our city. >> when you think about the venues for events in the city, we're talking about all of them. some have been able to come back adaptively over the last year and have been able to be shape shifters in this pandemic, and that's exciting to see, but i'm really looking forward to the day when events and venues can reopen and help drive the recovery here in san francisco. >> they have done a study that says for every dollar of ticket sales done in this city, $12 goes to neighboring businesses. from all of our vendors to the restaurants that are next to our ven sues and just so many other things that you can think of, all of which have been so
negatively affected by covid. for this industry to fail is unthinkable on so many levels. it's unheard of, like, san francisco without its music scene would be a terribly dismal place. >> i don't know that this needs to be arrest -- that there needs to be art welfare for artists. we just need to live and pay for our food, and things will take care of themselves. i think that that's not the given situation. what san francisco could do that they don't seem to do very much is really do something to support these clubs and venues that have all of these different artists performing in them. actually, i think precovid, it was, you know, don't have a warehouse party and don't do a gig. don't go outside, and don't do this.
there was a lot of don't, don't, don't, and after the pandemic, they realized we're a big industry, and we bring a lot of money into this city, so they need to encourage and hope these venues. and then, you know, as far as people like me, it would be nice if you didn't only get encouraged for only singing opera or playing violin. [♪♪♪] >> entertainment is a huge part of what is going to make this city bounce back, and we're going to need to have live music coming back, and comedy, and drag shows and everything under the sun that is fun and creative in order to get smiles back on our faces and in order to get the city moving again. [♪♪♪] >> venues serve a really vital function in society.
there aren't many places where people from any walk of life, race, religion, sexuality can come together in the same room and experience joy, right? experience love, experience anything that what makes us human, community, our connective tissues between different souls. if we were to lose this, lose this situation, you're going to lose this very vital piece of society, and just coming out of the pandemic, you know, it's going to help us recover socially? well, yeah, because we need to be in the same room with a bunch of people, and then help people across the country recover financially. >> san francisco art recovery fund, amazing. it opened yesterday on april 21. applications are open through may 5. we're encouraging everyone in the coalition to apply.
there's very clear information on what's eligible, but that's basically been what our coalition has been advocating for from the beginning. you know, everyone's been supportive, and they've all been hugely integral to this program getting off the ground. you know, we found our champion with supervisor matt haney from district six who introduced this legislation and pushed this into law. mayor breed dedicated $1.5 million this fund, and then supervisor haney matched that, so there's $3 million in this fund. this is a huge moment for our coalition. it's what we've been fighting for all along. >> one of the challenges of our business is staying on top of all the opportunities as they come back. at the office of oewd, office of economic and workforce
development, if you need to speak to somebody, you can find people who can help you navigate any of the available programs and resources. >> a lot of blind optimism has kept us afloat, you know, and there's been a lot of reason for despair, but this is what keeps me in the business, and this is what keeps me fighting, you know, and continuing to advocate, is that we need this and this is part of our life's blood as much as oxygen and food is. don't lose heart. look at there for all the various grants that are available to you. some of them might be very slow to unrao, and it might seem like too -- unroll, and it might seem like it's too late, but people are going to fight to keep their beloved venues open, and as a band, you're going to be okay. [♪♪♪]
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shop local as much as they can. the retail marketplace is changes. we are trying to have people on the floor who can talk to you and help you with products you are interested in buying, and help you with exploration to try things you have never had before. >> the fish business, you think it is a piece of fish and fisherman. there are a lot of people working in the fish business, between wholesalers and fishermen and bait and tackle. at the retail end, we about a lot of people and it is good for everybody. >> shopping and dining locally is so important to the community because it brings a tighter fabric to the community and allows the business owners to thrive in the community. we see more small businesses
good morning everyone. who loves transit in san francisco? oh, my gosh, everybody loves transit. who had a great ride? who had a problematic ride? that's actually a pretty good. that's okay. that's good. hi, ktvu. so i am rafael mandalmen. i got to take the j church in with a group of activists who are very committed to getting the j back in the tunnel. my experience on the j was a mix of the good and the bad.
so i will say that two years ago, the last time that we did this, i was not actually able to participate on that day but i think my staff waited 45 minutes. there was like a three to five minute wait but that was fantastic. i was riding with a woman who recently had hip surgery and now there was a transfer at church and market that there was not pre-pandemic and we had to, you know, i think the experience that a lot of folks with accessibility challenges had where we got off and we have to get across this street that is a very hard street to traverse and then it turns out that the elevator that's supposed to make it possible to get down and make the transfers broken. so then we waited for the s-line which is not as frequent and actually involves a fairly rikdy contraption crossing to get into it if you are having accessibility challenges in
getting in. so anyway, it was interesting to see the extra burdens that our system poses for people who may be in a wheelchair or using a walker or a cane and i think that needs to be foremost in our minds as we think about how to make our system work for everybody. thank you to the transit rider's union for getting us here after two years. thank you. it's been a rough couple of years, but i do want to just express my heart felt gratitude to the staff of m.t.a., the staff of the transportation authority, the operators, all the workers who have gone so far above and beyond over this last year and a half for operators getting on those buses and those trains at a time when it was not entirely clear what kinds of risks that might pose to your health when people were dying and like
chicago dying in and getting sick in terrible numbers. it was a very scary time and yet people showed up to work, kept our transportation system moving and we were able to radically in a matter of days transform a system that we had, you know, come to rely on into an emergency system that got our essential workers back and forth to prioritize equity and i'm proud of that. i think our m.t.a. has been recognized nationally for the changes it made in those early days and putting equity first and i think that's something that they can be proud of. as we approach what we hope will be the end of the pandemic, it is clear that we are not out of the woods. many of us, all of us i think are very concerned about the notion that we might be aiming at 85% of the service that we
had prior to the pandemic. i think all of us agree that the service we had prior to the pandemic was actually not adequate to the needs of san franciscans, much less the needs of the additional san franciscans that will be coming to address our affordability crisis. so 85% is not enough and, for me, and i think for all of my colleagues, a very high priority for the next year is going to be figuring out how to get the revenue that the m.t.a. needs to make sure that we are not aiming at worse service than we had before, but are aiming at better service than we had before. and that has been imperative for all the reasons we all know. it is the right thing to do for equity. everyone should be able to get around this city without a car, but it is also an environmental imperative as smoke is filling our airs -- is filling our air
and as we face a global climate crisis, we have to get people out of their cars. so, this is a -- an exciting thing to be back. i love this. i love this event. i love that we're doing a month this year rather than just a week, and, with that, i want to introduce someone as a friend who i worked with and thank you so much, cat carter. >> thank you, supervisor and chair mandelman. what a beautiful day for a muni ride. we keep having these beautiful days for our ride arounds in transit month. thank you all so much for being here. thank you all who did the ride along and leaving a good example. i want to quickly introduce our colleague, who worked tirelessly to pull this all together and coordinate
everything. he's been doing amazing work and he'll be up here a little later. we talk a lot ant our transit first policy and i think we all continue to fall short of that ideal. it's really past time to take our transit first policy seriously. we need to make transit the first choice for people to get around meaning more and better service that's fast, reliable, clean, easy to use and safe. we need to put riders first. we have no more time to waste as supervisor mandelman was just saying, the climate emergency is here. mount shasta has no snow for the first time. fires are causing massive damage across our country. before the pandemic, muni served over 700,000 daily trips while contributing less than 1% of the city's green house gases. back in the '80s, muni served over 900,000 daily trips. we need to figure out how to
get that many people back on muni and more. we know some people face dyer services in the coming days and months, but we need to start building the future. we need -- we know street priority is necessary to do that and we know sfmta has done a pretty good job of that. we've seen them move very quickly to bring faster, more reliable service by putting transit 1 on the streets. but too many riders are still left behind. we have too much service that hasn't come back yet and we need sfmta to work quickly to improve its network. but to really put riders first, we need to grow sfts. we need to invest in it. this is going to take all of us working together. we need to build a vision of a network of fast, frequent, reliable service that connects every neighborhood that provides real accessibility. we need service that's easy and safe for all.
this is the idea behind our 30 by 30 vision to have those fast, frequent routes that travel end to end and that connect all neighborhoods. we need all our city leaders to champion the major funding muni will need. we invite you to keep setting an example. keep logging your rides at ridecontest.org all month long and tweeting your experience. and, our city leaders need all of us as riders and as voters to keep speaking up and showing up to build the future of muni that we need. thank you again for showing up and speaking up today and every day for the future of transit in san francisco. and now, zack will introduce our next speaker. >> thank you so much, cat. we're going to hear from some of our courageous supervisors who road transit today starting
with supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: good morning, transit riders. it's so great to be here with all of and my colleagues. i'm showing our collective love for transit this morning and happy transit month. i rode in this morning on the n-juda and the ride seemed a little bit smoother with fewer delays and quicker than before. so that was great to see and i believe director tumlin and m.t.a. actually have some data to back that up. so, that's been really great. as you all know, we're in a critical moment for public transit in san francisco. we can't afford to debate measures. we can't afford to be divided and we can't afford to drop the ball on delivering the service or go back and forth on the
world class transit system that's needed and deserved. we need to put our money where our mouth is. that means we need new revenue. we need to make sure every san francisco voter knows what's at stake. we can't go backwards for our climate, for vision 0, for a more livable city and planet and we have to go forward. we need more service not less. more revenue not less. more lines not less. and let's give three car trains on the njuda. let's bring bar to the west side. and, sure, let's tax the rich to fund the bus. and, we need to have the vision to ultimately create fair, free public transit in san francisco because we know every dollar invested and spent on transit pays dividends for our economic recovery, for economic mobility, for our public health and the quality of air we
breathe and for combatting climate change and cutting our city's single largest source of green house gas. mobility is a human right and public good in reliable, fast, fully funded and ultimately free transit is a north star we all should be working for. let's get the basics right, let's dream big and let's deliver. thank you again, transit riders. thanks to m.t.a. and t.t.a. and just all of the passionate transit advocates in our city and my colleagues and i were with you and we're going to keep pushing forward to create the transit system san franciscans need and deserve. >> thank you, supervisor mar. now i'm thrilled to introduce san francisco's very own mayor. mayor london breed. >> thank you. well, good morning everybody. i am so excited to be here with all of you to really kick off transit month in san francisco
and, first, i want to take this opportunity to thank all of the transit drivers, all of our operators, the sfmta staff and many of the folks who during this pandemic were essential workers because we knew that during the pandemic, so many people would rely on public transportation and there was a lot of concern about whether or not it would be safe and i've really got to send a shout out to jeff tumlin and the work he did to make sure we were cleaning the buses on a more regular basis and, yes, they have been cleaned on a more regular basis that we were supporting our drivers and the transit riders union, i want to thank you for raising money for masks and ppe for many of our drivers especially because we saw really high rates of covid with a number of our drivers and you stepped in, you supported them and that's what this city is all about. we know how important public
transportation is. we don't want to go back to the days when i used to catch the bus in high school and junior high. we would always just look this way, look that way, is it coming? we've got to start walking? are we going to be late to school? well, we are new and improved. we have a lot of work to do and part of what the sfmta is trying to do as we speak is to make the system more reliable. make it more efficient. we know what we need, we know it's been very challenging to deliver to san franciscans the service that this city deserves because we're saying take public transit, but we also have to make sure that it's reliable, that it's safe, that it's clean and it's exactly what it needs to be in order to serve what is a world class city especially as we recover. i want to thank each and every
one of you today and i'll see some of you on muni. i've been on muni in this pandemic in disguise because i didn't want folks to bother me when i'm trying to get from point a to point b. every time. i end up missing my stop. so hopefully i'll see you out there on muni this month. thank you all so much for being here. >> hello, good morning everyone. i'll just be the bearer of all good news. like every year, i rode the 49 to city hall. it was fantastic the ride. it was quick and efficient. we got here within 15 minutes or so. it was incredible. and, that's how lucky we are to have a world class transit
system. we're just simply not going to be able to maintain and make it better. that is definitely a priority for me and for all of my colleagues on the board of supervisors and i am sorry that i have to leave early, but i have a very good reason that fits into transit month. i am a representative on m.t.c., the metropolitan commission. so congratulations. please get back on muni. it is safe. it is reliable. it is clean. can't wait to see you on the bus. take care. >> thank you, supervisor ronen. so, we have a couple more supervisors coming up. i'm thrilled to introduce supervisor chan from district
1. >> supervisor chan: good morning, transit riders. it's good to be here today. i came to san francisco's chinatown when i was 13 years old. i went to galleio high school and the 30 stop was my jam. that was great. i went to u.c. davis, but still used public transit. greyhound and m-track and then when i came back to work to the city, it was getting a little harder. but my first gig in city hall as an aide, i was still living in chinatown and i had the best ride to work. it was on cable car and it was awesome. i love public transit, but at the same time, you know, as my work got more demanding, life was a little bit more demanding, you know, riding around, bus hopping was not easy and for any of you who've done bus hopping in san francisco, you know it takes some time.
if you miss that transfer, you know what, you can just get a lot of anxiety going on in you waiting for that next bus. so i know that means we need to do better with our public transit. you know, today as a supervisor representing district 1, prepandemic in the richmond, we have one of the highest ridership with 38. 60,000 riders, one direction every day. let's bring back to that level and that's what we need to do and because we know that public transit is public good and we ought to fund it like it is. you know what, i want to also give a shout out to carina chan here from china town trip. she reminded me if any of you have known that her interview with ktvu recently, she reminded me that transit equity
is social, economic, and racial equity. let's remember that. happy transit month. >> supervisor stefani: good morning everybody. i am catherine stefani supervisor for district 2. i want to thank everyone for all their work on transportation and to the transit riders. thank you for continuing to call attention to this extremely important issue. i see my neighbor steven chun who now works for the sfmta and it's so great. i have a family of four. i have two kids. we took it right to the giants game. it was safe. it was reliable. it was frequent. we want it to be reliable. we want it to be frequent and we are very lucky we had that
experience the other day. this morning, i rode the 49 in. and, again, it was an easy thing to do. but, i do want to mention something about families and transit because you cannot ignore the fact that it is very difficult for families who have kids to get around the city especially when you have two different school, two different droppoff times, sports, there's so much that families face when it comes to making sure transit can work into their lives. so let's not forget the families in san francisco. i know my former boss used to say transit first does not mean transit last. i want to thank everybody for your continued focus on transit. we are a first class city. we need a first class transit. so thank you for continuing to be here and thank you for your focus on that. happy transit month. >> hello transit riders.
i am dean preston, district five supervisor. i want to thank transit riders for putting this event on. thank everyone else for m.t.a. and all of the workers making our transit system roll even during a pandemic. this month marks my 28th anniversary as an everyday muni rider and i've just got to say, i just love public transportation, love riding the bus, and, like they say in the movie, you've got to love it to hate it. here we are. but, you know, i took my daughter today to school on muni as i always do, and i thought about the fact that it takes me an hour round trip door to door to do that. and, it would take me 20 minutes if i were to drive.
and, in too many ways, we are a car first city masquerading as a transit first city. we have to do everything possible with urgency to flip that script. and, so when i think about transit month and thank you for extending transit week to transit month so we have a whole month to celebrate transit, but, you know, i think about all the neighborhoods that i represent that continue to not have their muni lines a year and a half later. i think about district 5 families. i think about neighbors who live up on a hill who are seniors. i think of folks who have seen their muni lines suspended indefinitely with promises for the first year that their line would definitely come back and now a process in place through which their line may be permanently and forever gone. i think about how advocates and
community leaders in the tenderloin and in the filmore had to fight so hard with everything else going on in the pandemic, had to fight so hard to get the 31 balboa back and thank you for fighting that fight on behalf of everyone in san francisco. when i think about transit month, i think about the operators that continue to drive throughout the pandemic as essential workers themselves and transporting essential workers. i think of the transit operators not just here, but in new york city who continue to operate buses and subways in the middle of catastrophic flooding. i think about all the operators from muni, sam trans, and other agencies that went to help in san jose after the tragic p.t.a. shooting. when i think about transit month, i think about the riders, all of you who choose to or who must use muni and how
we as a city have not done enough for you all during this pandemic or ever in san francisco. a transit system should be based on the principles that more service leads to more rides and more riders and less service leads to fewer riders and fewer rides. that is why cutting service and cutting lines for financial savings is a death spiral for transit. we must win back transit ridership as we recover from this pandemic. and unfortunately and it saddens me to say it, right now, riders are being given nothing to fight for. and, are instead too often being asked to just accept
osterity. we must have a more robust vision that inspires people to ride muni and to support the bold funding measures that we need to take to the ballot. we need a vision that includes fair relief on a path to free muni. investment in our workers and more reliable service and not strategies that pit riders from one part of town against riders from another part of town. we need a vision of a world class public transit system for our city for generations to come. and, as supervisor mar put it so well, let's tax the wealthy to make this happen. thank you so much. next up is supervisor haney. >> supervisor haney: all right. thank you, dean. i'm going to ask the easiest question that i know the answer to. who rode transit here this morning? all right. how many of you ride transit most days? all right. well, apparently, they're going to be tracking.
i already looked. there's somebody who already in september has ridden transit over 60 times, so whoever that person is, if they're here, i think their name is anthony, very impressive. you probably know this person. we are going to commit not only this month to ride transit, but to support transit and i want to thank the transit riders union. i want to thank all of my colleagues. jeff tumlin, the mayor, the m.t.a. staff. we always rode over here this morning with a guy named jason from the m.t.a. who works so hard every day 90 this system, to improve it and it has been especially challenging over the lars year and a half and i want to recognize all of them. many of the folks here are involved in supporting this system and improving it and i want to thank all of you, the m.t.a. board as well. one of the things that has been so important this past year as
there have been advocates and i see a lot of the folks standing up here who have fought for our public transportation system every single day over the last year and a half and it was under tremendous strain. other folks have said this, you know, people were scared to go on because they were worried that they might be sick, that it wasn't clean, that it was too crowded. as people stopped riding the bus and the train, lines were cut. all of that was a huge attack on what we know as one of the most essential parts of our city and people stood up and fought is to make sure it was maintained. and i especially want to recognize the folks who fought for the 31. this was a line and give it up for the return of the 31. people in the tenderloin. people who live in s.r.o.s.
families, seniors. we rode the 31 today from district 5. i went over to district 5 with dean preston and a number of folks and we rode it in and it is such a critical east west connecter for the district that i represent and i want to thank you all for fighting so hard for it. the last thing i want to say is i'm the budget chair and my colleagues told me i've been authorized to put this up and to say we are committed to funding muni, funding sfmta. happy transit month. >> supervisor melgar: thank you for being here. i'm the supervisor for district 7. we actually share a longer border with district 5 in san mateo county than with district
5 in san mateo county. i will talk about the great things we're doing. we're doing really well in terms of transit. i love muni. muni is now free for all youth thank you to my colleagues and to mayor breed for making that happen and, you know, we're committed to training and supporting a new generation of transit riders so that we can have the highest possible ridership and get people out of their cars and into public transit. that's how we solve the climate crisis is to make sure we reduce those carbon offsets and take the bus. that's what we need to do. i am an immigrant to san francisco. i came when its 12 years it cost a nickel back then and muni gave me freedom. it was a freedom that as a kid from el salvador like very few in my generation had in my country, but here, muni alloweded us to just have the
entire the world class city that is san francisco at our feet. if you haven't seen the newest marvel movie, go see it because muni is a prominent character. it's so much part of our identity. i want to thank all of you for your advocacy. t.w.u. and local transit workers who have put their lives and their families and health on the line for the rest of us. we need to keep supporting them and advancing this wonderful public good that is transit. in my district, we have city college, san francisco state, and u.c.s.f. as part of the zoo all of the organizations that rely on public transit to be healthy and expand. we want to make sure that san francisco comes back from this pandemic and public transit is the way. let's fund it. let's fund it adequately. let's pave the way for our future and our childrens' future by having a muni system
that's fair, that's affordable and that is open to all. thank you so much. sorry. i was supposed to introduce my great friend supervisor ahsha safai. >> supervisor safai: good morning everyone. supervisor safai here. in the past, i have to say and truthfully, i've been a big critic of the sfmta and a lot of that has been justified, but today i want to focus on the positive. i think within the last year, even in the midst of this pandemic, there's been a lot of improvement. there's still a lot of room to grow. there's still a lot of improvements to be made. despite all of the challenges and a virus that's spreading rapidly via air internally, our operators showed up to work. many of those operators live in my district in the excelsior,
omy and outer mission and they don't complain. i mean, they do complain, julie, i know you know that, but justifiably, they show up. and, if they have complaints, they make it known, but they still show up and do their job every single day. so i had an awesome driver today on the 14r. her name was "dee." we got from geneva and mission all the way to the inner mission and 14th. my daughter rode with me, got her to school in less than 20 minutes. it was a wonderful ride. the red lanes worked. no one was blocking us. the driver drove professionally and, you know, what, the bus was packed, but it felt safe. every single person was wearing a mask. i forgot my wallet at home. she still waited for me. i had to come back but we made
it on time and i think there has been a lot of good work done and a lot of that improvement has been the result of the advocacy of the transit riders and those that know the system intimately ride it day in and day out. so i'm very happy to say that the part of town that i represent, the essential workers have been getting up every single day to get to work, they're riding those buses. every single one of the buses was packed today. the 14r, the 14, 43, every single one of them. and thanks so supervisor melgar and her advocacy, we have the m-line coming back. that's also serving our district now. that's a really big deal. you know, the 52 excelsior's back. we are making improvements and, yes, my daughter rode for free. thank you, supervisor melgar for your advocacy and mayor breed and the rest of the board and supervisor preston for really making access for those
children and youth a high priority. so we're going to continue to celebrate it this month. we're going to continue to promote muni in any way and ridership as we can and we will invest in the right way. it also means pedestrian safety and traffic calming. so, anyway, proud to be part of this day today, proud to support this effort and i'll stand with all of you in continuing to make muni a priority. thank you. >> good morning. my name is jeffery tumlin and i'm here to say that public transit is fundamental. 47% of san francisco's green house gas emissions comes from the transport sector and public transit is the primary way we're going to make a difference with climate change. public transit is opportunity and our way to correct for past inequity. public transit is essential for
efforts to improve health and safety of our population and public transit is essential for san francisco's economic recovery after this brutal 18 months. i'm particularly grateful to all of our front line and operations crews particularly our operators who showed up to work every single day through a pandemic to make sure that essential workers could continue to get to work. i'm grateful for the incredible creativity and risk taking that all of our transit planning staff did in reinventing the muni system practically every month for nearly 18 months and i'm really proud of the achievements that they've been able to do with all of that work that they did. we're getting phenomenal speed and reliability improments on all of our core systems. yesterday, we released preliminary data that was showing 20% in speed on the
freeway. benefits that i did not think were possible and involved a tremendous amount of risk taking and creativity among our crews. i'm grateful to our traffic engineering team who has invested in designing 20 miles the in order to hold on to all the speed and reliability improvements we've gotten during covid. and i'm grateful to the operatoring crews who on our frequent lines shifted to headway management which has meant that our buses are more reliable than they've been in all of the decades than we have data to support that. i'm so grateful to our riders union who've put up with all of the changes that we've made. the stumbles that we've made, the corrections that we've made in order to try to deliver the best possible transit system despite the challenges we are facing. i'm also here to ask for your help. i think has been made clear to
all of you, muni is facing the worst financial crisis in history. we're so thankful to the government for getting us through last year and this year. what's clear from all of the data from the counselor and the controller's office is we're expecting at least another four years of huge covid related financial losses. particularly to two of our three biggest sources of revenue, parking fees and transit fares. we're going to need a lot of help to find ways to fill those gaps. we, all of us on muni staff believe that we were delivering far inadequate service back before covid. we need dramatic expansion and improment in the frequency, the number of lines, the speed, the reliability. we need a world class transit system for san francisco and we're going to need help from all of you. i'm also so grateful to all the
board of supervisors and have offered their help to find ways to fill this gap to fund mu nshgd eeushgd and to finally deliver the transit system that san francisco deserve its and need. and, with that, i'd like to introduce our sfmt academic board chair. >> thank you so much for that, jeff. i'm so grateful for our staff, the leadership of jeff tumlin in helping to reconfigure transit. our operators were essential workers and it was a really tough time for many of them as they struggled with things in their family. they showed up;, they persevered and they served this city. what was also so illuminating at that time was our riders were essential workers. in those areas where we had a lot of essential workers. i really want to thank the transit riders, you guys have
made such a large difrnts. because so many of our riders are essential workers and can't come up and show up at a hearing and testify and support the need for transit, the voice that you provide is super powerful and i'm so grateful bringing this up, celebrating for a month. we need to tell all san franciscans, public transportation is essential ask we need them to support our ultimate ballot measure which will come in the future for our funding needs. i want to thank the leadership of our board of supervisor, also our transportation authority for all committing here to support our funding in the future. it is really critical. the biggest challenge public transit has is it's not as sexy as so many other areas and it's very costly. especially to maintain the reliability and the service. we want to bring back as much service and all the lines that we can but it's crucial because covid really battered our revenue sources and we really
increasingly depend on the general funds. we don't have the advantage of generating most of our revenue but that means it's more critical that we need your support. we need all of our elected leadership, everyone in the public. the transit riders and everyone to champion us for a future that we can provide the visionary network that everyone wants and deserves and, without it, our city will struggle. i invite all of these people who've been off of transit to come back. we need you to come back to survive and thrive. i need you all to evangelize it taking muni is safe. tell them about our faster service. i live on the 14r, 49 line. i take those buses almost every single day and i have to say i've been so impressed whether it's 1:00 in the morning or
5:00 in the morning. thank you for your advocacy and let's fight together for public transit. >> thank you, director boarden. director tumlin, director chang. all the supervisors and mayor who made it out here today to celebrate transit month. and all of you who are standing in the sun for the past hour showing your commitment to a better transit future. thank you, everyone. public transit is at the core of san francisco's economic recovery. muni kept us going during the pandemic thanks to the work of the transit operators, our safety ambassadors and all our front line workers who risked their health to keep our city going. roger moranko is unable to be here today. thank you muni operators and members who kept us going
during this pandemic and keep us going today. now, more than ever, we know that muni is more than just a line on the map and more than just a yellow sign post at an intersection. it's a sense of belonging and freedom of movement it's access to education, to jobs, to all the opportunities san francisco has to offer. from the bay view to the richmond. just because i owned a fast pass. but supervisor melgar, it was $0.35 when i was a kid. it's a little bit more today we're gathered here today to celebrate transit but we also know how much further we need to go. many lines remain suspended
with their futures uncertain and sfmta doesn't have the funds it needs to invest in 21st century transit needs. i have hope to reinvest and fund a world class transit system here in san francisco. hope that when we raise our collective voices together, anything is possible. we're the people who make this city hum. the people who never stop riding during the pandemic. who know what's at stake should we fail to invest. but we're also the ones to make this change happen. in fact, we're the only ones who can. so, thank you all for gathering here today. thank you for your energy, for your spirit and for celebrating transit not this month, but every month to come for a world class transit system here in
san francisco. thank you. so that is the end of our rally and press conference. if you have not yet go to ride contest.org to sign up and track your rides this month. we're giving out prizes for winners. we have a ton of events coming up at transitmonth.org and we hope you'll join us throughout the month and going forward in the future. so if everybody can come up here for one last picture, that'd be great. thank you.
giving away 33 bicycles so i applied. i was happy to receive one of them. >> the community bike build program is the san francisco coalition's way of spreading the joy of biking and freedom of biking to residents who may not have access to affordable transportation. the city has an ordinance that we worked with them on back in 2014 that requires city agency goes to give organizations like the san francisco bicycle organization a chance to take bicycles abandoned and put them to good use or find new homes for them. the partnerships with
organizations generally with organizations that are working with low income individuals or families or people who are transportation dependent. we ask them to identify individuals who would greatly benefit from a bicycle. we make a list of people and their heights to match them to a bicycle that would suit their lifestyle and age and height. >> bicycle i received has impacted my life so greatly. it is not only a form of recreation. it is also a means of getting connected with the community through bike rides and it is also just a feeling of freedom. i really appreciate it. i am very thankful. >> we teach a class. they have to attend a one hour
class. things like how to change lanes, how to make a left turn, right turn, how to ride around cars. after that class, then we would give everyone a test chance -- chance to test ride. >> we are giving them as a way to get around the city. >> just the joy of like seeing people test drive the bicycles in the small area, there is no real word. i guess enjoyable is a word i could use. that doesn't describe the kind of warm feelings you feel in your heart giving someone that sense of freedom and maybe they haven't ridden a bike in years. these folks are older than the normal crowd of people we give bicycles away to. take my picture on my bike. that was a great experience. there were smiles all around.
the recipients, myself, supervisor, everyone was happy to be a part of this joyous occasion. at the end we normally do a group ride to see people ride off with these huge smiles on their faces is a great experience. >> if someone is interested in volunteering, we have a special section on the website sf bike.org/volunteer you can sign up for both events. we have given away 855 bicycles, 376 last year. we are growing each and every year. i hope to top that 376 this year. we frequently do events in bayview. the spaces are for people to come and work on their own bikes or learn skills and give them access to something that they
may not have had access to. >> for me this is a fun way to get outside and be active. most of the time the kids will be in the house. this is a fun way to do something. >> you get fresh air and you don't just stay in the house all day. it is a good way to exercise. >> the bicycle coalition has a bicycle program for every community in san francisco. it is connecting the young, older community. it is a wonderful outlet for the community to come together to have some good clean fun. it has opened to many doors to the young people that will usually might not have a bicycle. i have seen them and they are thankful and i am thankful for this program.
>> look at that beautiful jellyfish. the way to speak to students and motivate them to take action, to save the planet, they do, they care and my job is to speak to them in a way that they can understand that touches their heart and makes them feel powerful with simple actions to take every day. ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ >> i was born and raised in the desert of palm springs, california. my dad was the rabbi in the community there. what i got from watching my father on stage talking to the community was learning how to be in the public. and learning how to do public
speaking and i remember the first time i got up to give my first school assembly, i felt my dad over my shoulder saying pause for drama, deliver your words. when i was a kid, i wanted to be a teacher. and then when i got into high school, i decided i wanted to get into advertising and do graphic art and taglines and stuff like that. by the time i was in college, i decided i wanted to be a decorator. but as i did more work, i realized working my way up meant a lot of physical labor. i only had so much energy to work with for the rest of my life and i could use that energy towards making a lot of money, helping someone else make a lot of money or doing something meaningful. i found the nonprofit working to save the rainforest was looking for volunteers. i went, volunteered and my life
changed. suddenly everything i was doing had meaning. stuffing envelopes had meaning, faxing out requests had meaning. i eventually moved up to san francisco to work out of the office here, given a lot of assembly through los angeles county and then came up here and doing assemblies to kids about rainforest. one of my jobs was to teach about recycle, teaching students to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost, i'm teaching them they have the power, and that motivates them. it was satisfying for me to work with for the department of environment to create a message that gets to the heart of the issue. the san francisco department of environment is the only agency that has a full time educational team, we go into the schools to
help teach children how to protect nature and the environment. we realized we needed animal mascot to spark excitement with the students. the city during the gold rush days, the phoenix became part of the city feel and i love the symbolism of the phoenix, about transformation and the message that the theme of the phoenix provides, we all have the power to transform our world for the better. we have to provide teachers with curriculum online, our curriculum is in two different languages and whether it's lesson plans or student fact sheets, teachers can use them and we've had great feedback. we have helped public and private schools in san francisco increase their waste use and students are working hard to sort waste at the end of the
lunch and understand the power of reusing, reducing, recycling and composting. >> great job. >> i've been with the department for 15 years and an environmental educator for more than 23 years and i'm grateful for the work that i get to do, especially on behalf of the city and county of san francisco. i try to use my voice as intentionally as possible to support, i think of my grandmother who had a positive attitude and looked at things positively. try to do that as well in my work and with my words to be an uplifting force for myself and others. think of entering the job force as a treasure hunt. you can only go to your next clue and more will be revealed. follow your instincts, listen to