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regular meeting of the board of supervisors. would you please call the roll. >> (roll call). >> mr. president all members are
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president. >> you missed one. >> my apologies. all members are present. >> we acknowledge that we are on the home land. as the original stewards of this land, they are never seeded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as care takers of this place as well as all
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people who reside in their traditional territory. we realize that we benefit from living and working on their home land. we wish to pay respects by acknowledging the community and affirming their sovereign rights as first peoples. colleagues please stand with me to recite the pledge of allegiance. >> (pledge of allegiance.
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(pledge of allegiance. (. >> are there any comments from m the public. >> the most efficient way to provide up to two minutes of public comment is to call in from your touch tone. the telephone number is streaming on your screen. when you hear the prompt please inner the meeting i.d. press pound twice. you'll have joined the meeting as a listener. you'll hear the discussion and your line will be muted.
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when you hear the item you wish to speak, that's when you should press star three. there is a 3:00 p.m. special order on items. we have a date stamp on behalf of the co-appellants wishing to withdraw this appeal. a conditional use authorization for the project despite the withdrawal. items 23 through 26 are expected to be called together. the litigation is the subject of a closed session and litigation are items 25 through 26.
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these items have been called from the government oversight committee the settlement of lawsuits. with respect to general comment this is item 28. you are permitted to speak to the minutes. items 29 through 30 that hosts items that were not heard in committee. the board will accept your written correspondence by u.s. mail.
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in a great partnership with the office of civic engagement. assistance will be provided with their language needs. if you having any trouble connecting to this meeting, please call the clerk's office where a live person is waiting to assist you. >> a reminder to please mute when are you not speaking. today we're approving the minutes. i don't see anyone on the
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roster. we entertain a motion. >> i do apologize to interrupt you only to say that i understand sfgov is having problems streaming this meeting. it looks like it's back up now. may i have a moment to confer with the deputy. >> definitely. >> thank you. it seems to be streaming at the moment. they have intermittent issues. >> thank you, madam clerk. if it does become an issue please let us know so we can
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make sure that we're keeping the public informed. with that said, we're going to take a mote on the minutes from our september 28, 2021 meeting. we need to entertain a motion. madam clerk, on the motion. >> on the minutes. (roll call). there are 11 ayes.
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let's go to our consent agenda. >> these items are considered to be routine. an item may be removed and considered separately. >> i don't see anyone on the roster. please call item eight. >> to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness in san francisco. to expend the contract term for 19 months for a total term and to increase the contract amount
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by 12 point six million. >> thank you. seeing no one on the roster, we can take this item same house, same call. without objection this item is adopted unanimously. >> madam clerk will you please call item nine. >> to add energy storage capability to the existing solar capability. a new total cost of 222 million. >> thank you. colleagues, i am in support of this item today, i do want to flag for you as we vote on this
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item to really think about sustainable local clean power for the city and county of san francisco. as we know this contract which is a long contract but it's really a battery storage located in california. as we really think about clean power sf. local build out, which means we're going to think about a local region for sustainable power. while it's still in the state of california, i look forward to have an honest and candid conversation publicly to talk about what local build out really means and what it means for san francisco for years to
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come. i just want to let you know that is where we're heading for the conversation. >> thank you supervisor chan. seeing no one else on the roster. we can take this item same house, same call. this is approved unanimously. will you please call item ten. >> for an amount of 29 point six million. >> thank you. colleagues, i am troubled by this item, not by the work that the japanese youth council does
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but the fact that this is yet another instance of a grant in excess of $10 million that was supposed to pursuant to section eight come to this board for approval. it was originally a contract in excess of $10 million that required board approval. the increase to the contract to almost $40 million is what led to it coming to this board. this is not only about dc yf,
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obviously this is a problem. this has happened from time to time. i have spoke tone the controller about what systemic controls can be put in place to prevent this from happening. it's an absolute failure and violation of law. there's one commonality is the city attorney's office touches all of these contracts but that's not necessarily a systemic control. i'm heartened by the fact that with the new accounting system there are ways to put this in place. i will vote in favor of this, i think the merits are worthy. i think the breakdown of it is an absolute failure. >> thank you so much.
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controller. >> good afternoon, supervisors. thank you the president, supervisor peskin has asked different agencies to touch different approval processes. we're in the process of doing that. different control agency nz then the city. i will certainly report back to the board, i believe the city's financial system will be contracting grants and other types of agreements can be leveraged for improved reporting. we should get through that scoping work in the coming 30 days. i would be happy to come back to the board in writing at that
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point to better police this issue going forward. >> that's music to my ears. there's a reason this section of the charter exists. as a matter of fact going back a couple of decades there was actually one of these that came to us retroactively and the board refused to approve. the subcontractor was subsquintly not paid. anything over a mfl dollars requires approval by this elected body. that can be used as oversight for corruption and spending. >> thank you.
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>> i just want to let supervisor peskin know that we brought up the same thing to the committee. after an internal review, it was a mistake on their part. they promised our budget committee that they would do a review of all our contracts. they may have found one or two more at the most. i think that's what they had put on the record. one or two that they remembered, that they had fown that also missed review and come to this body. it's a question that we ask every single time. why retroactive approval, why is this process happening the way that it is. i want to make sure members of
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the board that's something we review on a regular basis. >> you're right. the bla made a recommendation in collaboration with our office look at all the grants that required board approval had sought board approval. they assured the committee they were preparing to bring it here. >> thank you. >> thank you. i was going to say what supervisor safai said. i had the good luck to sit in on the committee meeting.
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the japanese youth council serves as the go between and a bunch of subcontractors that provides opportunities for teenagers. they have greatly expanded because we had a bunch of teenagers at home doing nothing and bored. suffering from issues because of the pandemic. i'm really grateful that dc yf was able to expand these things. it was a question to our controller. we saw them expand contracts. they have to front the money, if
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they don't have the cash to do that, it could be a hardship. is there a separate way to comply with the thing nz the the charter and to be sure in an emergency departments can mobilize quickly. >> a number of different questions there, i think. during the emergency the mayor sought to repurpose contracts that normally wouldn't have been possible. it's in this way that dc yf and many other city departments have been able to take preboard approved contracts and respond
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timely. that's been a provision that's been possible where it typically wouldn't be. modifying that scope takes a process. timely payment and reimbursement to contractors is critically important. payments received to keep that number as low as possible. our office actually follows up with departments where we see extremely long lived payments owed. it can permit an advance for contractors we have a long history with. the city can advance money at the beginning of the contract to give the contractor working capital. that serves to provide cash for
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the contractor to begin work. >> thank you. i appreciate colleagues comments on this as well as the work of the budget committee. i'm just trying to understand how it occurs that a department with a contract over $10 million is under the impression that the department did not realize that agreements require board of supervisors approval. i found that pretty alarming. i'm wondering an through the president perhaps the controller or bla if there was some confusion because of the covid rules specifically and the
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changes or whether the department was more broadly to your knowledge under the understanding or under the misunderstanding regarding which contracts were under board review? >> i believe it was said in committee that this was an error. they do not frequently deal with grants this large. i think it was uncommon for them. i also want to as the city attorney's office accept responsibility. we touch all contracts. we do review them. we are working with the controllers office now. we're looking internally at our own policies.
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we do not approve contracts that require board approval and require board approval. we are for the first time developing a work sheet. we have always provided deputies with guidance and advice. we're hoping this will be a more user friendly tool that will be applied to each and every contract. we're also providing a training with our deputies. >> thank you for the tool. >> thank you. thank you deputy city attorney. first off rk i want to thank you all for the commitment to look
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at the practices and make sure that we're catching these. there's issues external to the department. the controller will be looking to how we catch some of these things. what is less clear to me is the department. i want to make sure there's some form of training internal to a department. i would think an hope that anyone handling a contract over $10 million would know as one of the first basic things they were trained that they know that has to come to the board. maybe i should ask that as a
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question. i'm not familiar with what that training looks like. is it part of the current training of folks who would be approving contracts of this size that folks know it would have to come before the board. you can advise the department but at the end of the day, you're only advising. that department needs to principling the matter forward to us. >> i don't know what the training looks like for the departments. i don't if the administrators office facilitates training modules. i can say when department's prepare contracts, they are working from a template that has been preaped by oca and our office. it provides everything necessary
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to comply with the law. there's something procedurally. >> thank you. please let me in on the efforts to address this. >> i think another thing they said in committee. a lot of times the amounts are under $10 million. it was a six point nine million dollar reference, their internal review perfects he is didn't catch it. regardless. thank you. >> thank you. >> not to put a point on it. this skirted the system, not
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once, not twice but almost three times. the original contract for $24 million is long before covid. that's amenned by almost $10 million almost a year ago in 2020. it's a system that's totally broken. every department should know this. it's been there for decades. this is not only dc yf. this happens from time to time. we ask every department to comb through everything and make sure they brought everything to this board that requires 9918 approval. i'm glad the city controller is
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taking this seriously otherwise our controls are rendered somewhat meaningless. >> thank you. seeing no one else on the roster. we can take this item same house, same call. this item is adopted unanimously. madam clerk please call item 11. >> a resolution to approve and authorize the manager for the right of report in the uncorporated area of alameda county. to approve and authorize the
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sale agreement to make certain modifications as to find here in. to adopt findings that the property is surplus land pursuant to the california purr californiasurplus land act. determine the c.e.q.a. determination to determine the appropriate findings. >> i don't see anyone in the roster, we can take this item same house, same call. this item is adopted unanimously. let's call our 2:30 p.m. special
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order. >> thank you so much mr. president. today it is my pleasure to honor someone i know we all care for and respect greatly. tim for his extraordinary life service. he retired over a year ago but because we're just now able to acknowledge people at the board again, i thought it would be an appropriate time to do this. tim was borp in november 1952 in virginia minnesota a small
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mining town. the sizable tax base matched with progressive work organizing realized the american dream. tim was and still is a prolific writer.
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executive director of the san francisco labor council, billing and construction trade council. just to list a few of tim's major accomplishments. justice for janitor's campaign and improve the lives of security officers. he helped to pass the 15-dollar minimum wage law the employee rights benefits. the first union immigrant rights
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union in the nation. he worked hard to ensure that labor education and pun lick schools and education for the trades are available to young people. academic author who represented the -- was one of tim's role models. it seems appropriate to have a quote that represents tim's life. from all of us in district nine. it's my honor to be your supervisor thank you and congratulations. [applause.] >> thank you so much.
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i want to echo the appreciation and say i'm excited to be able to honor you today for all of your decades of service to san francisco. commitment to labor and being someone who has had an opportunity to provide so many folks with jobs and careers here in the city. i want to appreciate you for being a big part of all the pipelines and programs and strategies we
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-- >> i just wanted to add my deep thanks for all of your incredible work in the labor movement for so many decades. i think your accomplishments are
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tremendous from the actual organizing campaigns and the policies and victories. the broader coalition billing that i think you were essential to on building labor community coalitions in our city over the last decade. thanks again and i look forward to seeing you in your new role in retirement. >> thank you. i want to echo some of my colleagues have made. i've had the privilege of working with tim from the minimum wage to project labor agreements. i want to say someone i've
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always respected and admired and really appreciated and learned from. >> i always walk up that windy stair that would end up at room 200 next to the elevators. we would go to one and in the
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chambers where's you're in right now. we would go back and be out side the mayor's office again. i learned whether it was that day or the next day or a week or even a year later. that once you got to number eight, you might not have to go to room 200 anymore. i spent a lot of time with many of you and on behalf of what i did for a living. i just want to thank you. i am a long time resident of district nine.
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all of you have supported district nine. that part of my life, i'm very proud of. supervisor ronan and your staff thank you for squeezing me in today. >> thank you so much. we appreciate you for all of your service and dedication. thank you supervisor ronan. thank you madam clerk. this concludes our 2:30 p.m. special order.
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we're onto item 12. >> i don't see anyone on the roster. we can take these items same house, same call. >> retroactively accept the parks department to accept funding for the project approve the form of the grant contract to maintain the project for the duration of the contract
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performance. >> thank you madam clerk. i don't see anyone in the rotter. roster. i believe we can take these items same house, same call. these items are adopted unanimously. madam clerk can you call items 14 and 15 together. >> the community benefit. these annual reports are for the improvement strict law of 1994. >> thank you. i don't see any one on the
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roster for these items. these are approved unanimously. >> add laundry mat. >> thank you i want to thank the vast majority of you who cosponsored and for your support in what has intervened in a
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third of the laundry mat's to close down. nighttime entertainment uses and creates a definition in our planning code. it lasts for three years. during which time we can garner information and think about what the appropriate permanent controls are. for the businesses who are low income communities and communities of color and interestingly enough remain profitable but not always the highest and best use. we had had a high profile case in my district in a topographically grej area. after discretionary review battle. the lawp ri mat stayed and they
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gave them a long term lease. i think we should be thinking p ways, we can thank everybody for your you support. for the planning department for helping us with this legislation. and of course to the community members. >> thank you. seeing no one else on the roster we can take this item same house, same call. this is taken on the firgs
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reading unanimously. >> item 17 is an ordinance to update the planning cord and confirm the c.e.q.a. determination and make the appropriate findings. >> thank you madam clerk. >> new mark pet rate rez ten shall dement. developers mitigate the impact of new market rate units. regularly updated local requirements. the construction of new market rate housing and consumption of goods and seven ises. we address our need for
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affordable house inning several ways. legislating protections for rent controlled tenants. building units onsite creating new units onsite or creating land for new affordable housing. this legislation establishes procedures and requires with respect to inclusionary timely marketing. the legislation transparency and
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accountability to the public by amending the code. i want to thank you for your work from the planning department. working extremely hard with my office. i want to thank the moh cd for their partnership. and a special thanks to those who offered their support. >> thank you. i don't see anyone else on the roster. we'll take this same house, same call. this ordinance is passed on the first reading unanimously.
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would you please read item 18. >> i need to entertain a motion to excuse supervisor mandleman. >> (roll call). >> thank you.
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without objection supervisor mandleman is excused from item 18. will you please call the roll on item 18. >> (roll call).
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>> last year the tax for the 2021 tax year. the uncertainty on businesses under struggling under the weight of the covid 19 pandemic. there were non covid 19 factors.
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the pervasiveness of the high cost of legalized cannabis. at the federal level irs code allowed cannabis businesses paying up to two to three times more than other comparable non cannabis businesses. i was one of three businesses who voted against putting prop d on the ballot. it was struggling to get out of the market.
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i'm at a point where we should not be putting additional fees on cannabis causing the illegalt market. these illicit cannabis markets can use unauthorized pesticides.
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if we extend the suspension of this tax, i request the controller with the tax collector and oversight committee analyze the business sales in san francisco, consider factors like state taxation and equity goals an present the board of supervisors on the gross receipts tax that can be implead for the 2023 tax year. it's also possible that during that additional year chaifngs
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may come at the state and edral level. legislation was introduced in 2018.
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>> there's a continuum of options for people to age in place and with dignity. how are we planning for and providing the housing needed across the spectrum and comprehensively. i'll be requesting that the.
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>> comprise the special order at 3:00 p.m. this item was continued. the office of the clerk of the board was in receipt. on behalf of the other co-a appellants withdrawing this appeal. the hearing of person's of conditional use. authorization is a proposed project issued by the planning commission by motion dated may 13, 2021. to approve the conditional use authorization for this project. item 21 is the motion to
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conditionally approve the findings by the board. in support of the board's disapproval of a conditional use authorization. >> colleagues we have before us a hearing of an appeal of a conditional use authorization. i believe the appellant and the project sponsor have reached an agreement. we'll be approving item 20 and tabling item 21 and 22. before we take that vote we must still take public comment. >> at this time the board of supervisor's welcome's testimony. operations do we have any
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callers in the queue. when you hear the prompt enter the meeting i.d. press pound twice, you'll hear this discussion and your line will be muted. when you are ready to get into the queue press star three. listen for the prompt. let's welcome our first caller, please. welcome caller. are there other callers on the line?
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>> i see the caller is speaking. unfortunately we cannot hear the caller at this time. okay. mr. president, we're going to call down to operations to determine -- we understand the caller is still speaking. i apologize to you caller, we cannot hear you. >> thank you, madam clerk. >> thank you mr. president. we want to thank the caller for
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their patience. i apologize that we cannot hear you at this time. we appreciate the operations team for bringing the caller through. operations if you can send that caller through.
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welcome caller, if you can hear us now? if the caller can hear us, if on a pc, if can you unmute yourself. our operations team is trying to see if we can manually have the system unmuted so we can hear you. mr. president, we're go to go ing tohave to ask to you take as to bridge the caller line.
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>> public comment around items 19 through 22. >> all right. to the operations team. we want to first thank our caller for their patience and for any inconvenience. we would love to hear your public comment at this time. >> good afternoon supervisors. my comment today is no matter
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how many good intentions we have when approaching the general planning conversations we have concerning these units. we do each individual unit a disservice by discussing it. that disservice we experience in our rough -- >> i'm pausing your time. we're taking testimony at this time on the appeal of conditional use authorization. items 19 through 22 only. if you're interested in providing comment on a different item we ask that you press star
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three. >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> thank it the team. >> i would like to make a motion to approve item 20 and table item 21 and 22. can i get a second. >> on the motion to approve item 20 and table items 21 and 22. (roll call). >> there are ten ayes.
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>> thank you item 20 is approved and items 21 and 22 are tabled. madam clerk will you please call our next 3:00 p.m. special order. >> items 23 through 26 together. a closed session with the office of the special attorney. item 21 to consider two
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settlelements. for the city to receive 27 to 50 million for the city to receive 11 million over nine years. once the committee of the whole adjourns, they'll enter into a closed session on the litigation. wunsz the closed session adjourned, the board will consider the two settlementsmens presented by item 25. this is a closed session -- excuse me, two ordinances that
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comprise two lawsuited by people of the state of california. prescription opioids for abatement funds in the range of 27 to 50 million to be paid over 50 years. johnson and johnson. subsidiary janssen violated the unfair competition law through deceptive marketing of opioids. increasingly large volumes of
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opioids despite knowledge of the epidemic caused by oap yid misuse as required by state and federal law javment thank you madam dlerk. i necessity prfor with lek to dpif some opening remarks. >> these items are settlele ms for their roles in the oap yoidd crisis. we've clearly seen firsthand the
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fallout from the opioid crisis. just last week this body adopted and urged the mayor to declare a state of emergency. i know all of us on this board care deeply about this issue. the opioid crisis effects every single district in the city. because of the broad importance and anticipated interest in these settlements. rather than hearing these two items as we do for other
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settlements and consultation with the city toarp's office, we called for a committee as a whole so we can deliberate and ask questions from the city attorney before disoiding to a prf them. i would like it it it turn the nor over. joo i'll state for the record we are not in a closed session scenario. >> i would like thank the
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opportunity to talk about this issue. there's some time sensitivity we'll speak to you about in closed session. those are our remarks for now and we can brief you more when we go into closed session joovment i don't know if other colleagues have that yous they want to share. >> i don't see any of our colleagues on the roster. before this committee of the whole is filed. let's take public comment. >> thank you mr. president. we understand there is one member of the public at this time for public comment.
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we invite the individual to be unmuted and provide their testimony. >> good afternoon supervisors. i'm not certain -- the general comment an conversation is to note the daily show which is to say this limitation for the laibility and and accepting this committee as a cup ri is unjust an wealth they created through addiction. the sale of oxy couldn't in oxys
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leaving them with billions of dollars for poisoning our society. i hope the supervisors look at this settlement as the false offering that it is and recognize that the damage that was caused by sales vastly exceeds what's being offered here. there's been -- the conversation about last week tonight with john oliver. it was the opioids three episodes he has done. please check it out and enjoy. >> thank you for your comments. operations do we have another caller on the line.
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>> there are no further callers in the queue. >> seeing no other speakers. public comment now closed. this hearing has been held and is now filed. let's go into our closed session item number 24. >> all right. for the members, we're going to go into closed session. we'll just take clerk. [closed session] . >> president walton: all right. colleagues, and to the public, we are back from our closed session for this november 2nd, 2021, meeting. i would love to entertain the motion that the board finds it in its best interest of the public that the board elect not
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to disclose closed session deliberations. motion made by supervisor preston seconded by supervisor peskin. on the motion, madam clerk. >> clerk: on the motion not to disclose, roll really [roll call] >> president walton: without objection, we will not disclose our closed session deliberations. madam clerk, would you please call items 25 and 26 together. >> clerk: items 25 and 26
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together and the settlement of lawsuit with johnson and johnson. the city to receive 6 million to 11 million over nine years. these items were called in 2ke79sdz a bit earlier. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. would you please call the role on items 25 and 26. >> clerk: on items 25 and 26, [roll call]
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there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and without objection, these ordinances are passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, we are back at roll call for introductions. >> clerk: yes, and we last left off. supervisor melgar, you're up to introduce new business. >> supervisor melgar: thank you, madam clerk, i want to tell you about a hearing we held yesterday at the land use and transportation committee on cooperatively owned housing. we heard from the mayor's office of housing, but also from reverend townsend from the community, san francisco community land trust of the
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urban home assistance board in new york city. and the outcome of the hearing was really interesting. what we found was that in san francisco, we have thousands of units of cooperatively owned housing in specifically for housing in low income and moderate income people that we have no infrastructure to support them. either to support the people who live in the co-op housing which is in districts five, eight, and ten almost overwhelmingly with one recent project in district three. but we also have no financing support for housing. no way to refinance these buildings or keep them affordable or help them in any way. the consensus among all of us is that cooperatively owned housing is an important tool
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for low and moderate income people it is a large part and it should be in our you city as well and it is a model that we haven't invested in for decades. reverend townsend reminded us the city did invest and partnered with labor union pension funds to produce a lot of the housing that is there and executive director ryker from new york reminded us that hud does currently fund co-oped mortgages. out of the minneapolis office. so sections 213 and 232 that fund co-op mortgages are very much still funded and available for us to use, but we have no one at the mayor's office of housing who knows how to use those products. so what i'm here to tell you is
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that we will be creating a task force of stakeholders to explore the ways in which we can support the people of co-ops in san francisco including the new co-ops that we have in the community land trusts in meta and some of the existing co-ops that are around through technical assistance, training, and professional development of boards in the way that new york housing preservation department does and that's in a really important part of the success of these co-ops and not wait until people are fighting that we provide technical assistance. and number two, to explore financial avenues or we can leverage other funding to incentivize the building of new co-ops. and the outcome of this working group will be to present a plan
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to the prop i committee and to the mayor for potentially funding co-op development in the future. so i just wanted to tell you about this important and interesting hearing that we had in the hopes that you can all be on board for when we carry on and advance this work. thank you. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: submit. >> clerk: submit. thank you. supervisor preston. >> supervisor preston: thank you, madam clerk. a few items, colleagues today, i'm announcing an emergency acquisition plan to prevent pandemic fuel displacement. simply put right now, we find ourselves as a precarious cross roads in our covid recovery. as it has from the start, the pandemic continues to put extreme financial hardship on tens of thousands of working families, seniors and other
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vulnerable households. this much has been true for the last year and a half and will continue into the foreseeable future. and while the covid crisis initially depressed rents and rental property sales now rents and market trends are on the rebound with increasing numbers of rental properties being put on the markets at rising prices and with growing participation and interests by real estate speculators. nonprofit affordable housing providers are reporting a major spike in copa notices. that is multi-family buildings being put on the private market for sale. these nonprofits have the right of first refusal for these properties. the problem is we are told there are insufficient funds for a nonprofit providers to acquire these and the city will
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lose a time limited to remove a recent report released by members of the housing stability fund oversight board which provides spending recommendations for prop i revenue shows the exextent of the problem. the report shows a snapshot in time of multi-family buildings on the private market. citywide, there are 109 buildings totally 1,065 units of housing currently for sale. twelve buildings totalling 70 units in district one. 28 units in district two. 22 buildings with 257 units in district three. and 17 buildings totalling 148
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buildings. private equity companies according to a recent bloomberg report entered this year with a staggering $1.5 trillion they can use to buy real estate. they are ready to pounce if we don't act. recent history shows us how that will end. a decade ago during the great recession as real estate values declined. institutional investment firms armed with loads of money gobbled up as much property as they could. as a result, san francisco experienced a consolidation of private real estate ownership previously unseen. a trend that occurred across urban america. we have not just an opportunity, but an obligation to take action. on thursday, last week, the housing stability fund oversight board tasked with guiding our prop i expenditures
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unanimously passed a resolution urging the san francisco board of supervisors to approve an emergency budget allocation quote for the purposes of acquisition and preservation of existing multifamily buildings to prevent displacement. i ask for your support in making good on their recommendations and i want to thank budget chair haney for agreeing to add the projected prop i revenue to the budget and finance committee meeting on wednesday, november 17th. the ordinance would deliver on the promise of prop i and the unanimous resolution passed last year by this board and use the transfer tax revenue for social housing. in this moment, in accordance with the oversight board, this would amount to an immediate injection of $64 million to acquire properties scaling up our acquisition program to an unprecedented level in our city's history just when we
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need it most. colleagues, this would stand to benefit every one of our districts. we have all heard from families living and buildings on the private market worried about what will happen as institutional investors step in. these tenants know they will become a line item on a spread sheet, a drag on a business bottom line with every incentive pointing towards displacement. we can present this to hundreds of many long-term stability if we act now. i ask for your support for the ordinance funding this plan to save our residents from displacement through the emergency acquisition program and look forward to talking with you about this item in the up coming weeks and at the budget and finance committee on november 17th. next, colleagues, in honor of one of san francisco's most beloved artists whose fountains
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grace the pedestrian way in the heart of japantown, i'm introducing a street named designation for the 1700 block to be named ruth asawa plaza. known for her distinctive sculptures, ruth left san francisco on behalf of arts education. her story is one of tremendous perseverance. she was along with her family and thousands of japanese americans sent to entournament camps during world war ii. while creating timeless works of art. beginning in the mid 60s, asawa created sculptures and fountains throughout the city. for some, asawa drew upon her life long experience with oagami. it's only fitting then that we introduce this commemorative
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naming during the international celebration known as world oragami days. a two and a half week celebration of the international community of oragami. though some of her best known work was inspired by oragami, her influence extended far beyond the world of art. and later became the first asian american woman to serve as a trustee of the fine arts museum of san francisco. she cofounded the alvarado arts workshop and was instrumental in creating the first public arts high school in san francisco in 1982 which was renamed in her honor in 2010. her legacy and influence are getting long overdue recognition. last year, the u.s. postal service released a series of forever stamps that feature
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asawa's distinctive fountains and last month, she was inducted into the california hall of fame. colleagues, i have for your support in adding ruth asawa plaza of one of san francisco's most enduring experience. finally, very briefly, colleagues, as you all know, as gao chair, it's my duty to introduce the comprehensive financial report and independent audit results for fiscal year 2019 and 2020. this financial report is meant to ensure that the city is complying with government accounting standards. it also requires an independent audit by a certified accounting firm and i just want to thank the independent auditors from n.g.o. and kpmg and the controller's office for taking the time to diligently brief our office and we're looking forward to scheduling the hearing and to hear more about the audit results. the rest i submit.
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>> clerk: thank you, supervisor preston. supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: thank you. colleagues, i have a few items today. first, i am very excited to be co-sponsoring with mayor breed to allow the city to accept the assignment of the new construction of affordable housing. as most of you know, the parcel that wraps around 16th street was the subject of a long, hard fought effort by community advocates to replace the initially proposed project with one that would respond directly to the community's most urgent need which is affordable housing in the city. without question, it could not have happened without the city. my office, oewd, the mayor's office all sharing the community's vision and working together to make it happen. this project will be the kind of project that the whole city is proud of. it should be tall, dense,
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green, architecturally beautiful and affordable. something that the elected officials at all levels can point to to show that sf is leading the way in creating a 21st century response to our climate and affordability requirements. i'm keeping my remarks brief because this is one step along the path. there will be time and reason for exuberant celebration ahead. second, colleagues, i am introducing a hearing request to analyze how long it is taking and # how many positions have actually been filled to implement mental health sf, the ground breaking law that
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supervisor haney and i authored and passed unanimously at the end of 2019 and it's slowly but surely being implemented and i'll emphasize slowly not only because of the pandemic, but by the fact that our hiring process in this city is broken. it takes half a year just to get a vacancy note posted in the city. and then another six months, tests, and then another six months to create a list. and then another six months to get authored. it is insane. and one of the biggest impediments to mental health sf to being fully implemented. so i am looking forward to hearing from d.h.r. and d.p.h. exactly how many positions we've funded in both the 2021
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and 202022 budgets. how long between when the hiring process first started and whether someone was hired, how long that process took or whether it was still vacant. it's an imbasement and i think we have got to work on bringing our hiring process into the 21st century. next, i wanted to introduce a resolution from november 1st through november 30th for thousands of years prior to spanish colonizers. traditions and spiritual
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connectiveness to the land. much of this culture has been disrupted or lost. we can educate ourselves. i am proud in district nine, we have one of the largest in san francisco and educate the general public about the history of native americans and supervisor mandelman to establish the first in the nation american indian cultural district to provide resources and land, uplift the history and establish and acknowledge a native american stewardship of this land. i by supporting the resolution and in recognition of their work, i would also like to thank the american indian cultural district for their
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work to keep native american traditions alive and well. and, then, finally, colleagues. super excited. this is just an announcement. first year free starts today. this -- actually, yesterday. it started yesterday. making it free for new store front businesses to open their doors this year or for a small business to branch out to a second location. i just heard this morning from amanda freed that they enrolled their first small business this morning. on day two, not bad. small businesses are the life blood of san francisco neighborhoods and employ hundreds of thousands of workers for immigrants, women and people of color, small businesses are often alternative to minimum wage jobs and can be a unique path to building wealth for their families and communities. i know every one of you and my colleagues on the board, saving small business is a top priority. san franciscans agree and help
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keep beloved businesses alive. we value your contributions, we recognize obstacles before you and we are here as a city to make it easier for you and to invest our money in helping you succeed. the treasurer's office along with oewd and the small business office have put together an amazing outreach campaign and we've been spreading the word to merchant's associations. if you need social media or newsletter materials to get the word out. please get in touch with amy barnard in my office who worked really hard with the treasurer's office and oewd to make this program a reality and we hope that $12 million that we put towards this program is used up if you have a talent. if you have an idea, have you
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cook great food now is the time to share the that talent with the rest of us so i hope you will. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: submit. >> clerk: supervisor walton. that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. let's go to public comment. >> clerk: at this time, the board of supervisors will now hear public comment. the telephone number is streaming on the screen in addition to the meeting id. telephone number is
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(415) 655-0001. when you hear the prompt, enter the meeting id 24953578280 and press pound twice. you'll know you have joineded the meeting your line will be muted. to provide public comment, press star three and when it is your turn, listen carefully for the prompt you have begin unmuted and begin speaking your comments. during general public comment, you may speak to are the minutes that are presented. but that are not on this agenda today and items 29 and 30. these are the -- this is the section of the agenda hosting items that were not heard in committee. all other agenda content has had its public comment requirement fulfilled. as i stated earlier, we do have interpreters on stand by today. they're ready to jump in and assist the public with their interpretation. i would very much appreciate it if we could have the
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interpreters introduce themselves and the service they provide the public. let's begin with speaking filipino raymond bores, and spanish, and chinese. welcome. >> translator: [inaudible] >> clerk: mr. boris, can you speak directly into the microphone so we can hear you clearer. >> translator: [speaking foreign language] thank you.
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>> translator: [speaking foreign language] thank you.
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spanish]. >> clerk: i believe we have six listeners and five callers in the cue. welcome, caller. >> thank you so much. >> caller: thank you. my name is jasmine. i have seen things to ask of you. one of them is in regards to an out of town out detailing they were able to obtain a city how did this out of town vendor local contract as well.
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and then also how is it possible for the oca to waive all the minimum requirements one of them being a two-year minimum work experience. i would like to find out why they were able to do that as well. in regards to these three questions, it's being lied to the oca has engaged in institutionalized racism as well as inequitable practices. at this juncture, i would ask if you were to research all of these questions that have brought to your attention today. >> clerk: thank you for your call. operations, do we have another caller in the cue please.
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hello, caller. >> caller: i'm calling myself regarding the car washing contract through oca. the previous caller stated there's an out of town vendor who has no qualifications to be in san francisco. none of the local vendors are being allowed to participate on this kind of track and i've asked all of the department heads why i would like the board of supervisors to look into this matter and get back to me. there's a lot of contract steering, back door dealings
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taking place and i've reached out to all of my supervisors and i'm wondering why it's being swept under the rug. i don't know what to do at this point. with the contract and no work. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir. >> caller: good morning, board. this is matt sutter. i'm purchaser of medallion 771
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and we're in a major crisis now. it's gotten to the point where the delays have caught up to us, all of our savings are gone. we did a calling campaign with the m.t.a. and at the end of the meeting and i won't say any names one of the board said we hear you and nothing's being done. competition a readsm. ta upon approval with the board of supervisors without the further board of approval. you guys also have this power to give mta all this power. when san francisco needed money, you guys sucked it out of the cab driver. it is time for san francisco
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now to pay us back. this has failed. the clerk case sfmta clearly states they will never pay the medallion sales program. you all know this is a scam all we do is paying interest to the bank. we're going to do something. when? when are we going to do something? this has gone on too long. please, sit down with the m.t.a. and get this resolved right away. we need help. >> clerk: thank you, mr. sutter. operations, do we have another caller in the queue? we have about six callers in the queue and 16 who are
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listening. welcome, caller. >> caller: yes. hi, good afternoon. this is barry toronto. it's nice to be able to do public comment before 5:00 p.m. on a tuesday. i am in solidarity with the purchased medallion holders. there needs to be some debt relief for them. the deputy city attorney and his closing statement on the jury trial with the credit union said that sfmta never not had the taxi industry's back. [please stand by]
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>> i beg of you to help get this taken care of. thank you. >> thank you. operations do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> this is mark. i'm a taxi driver and a board
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member of the san francisco taxi worker's alliance. when the san francisco federal credit union lost the lawsuit, they said this was good news the agency. it wasn't good news for the taxi drivers. many of them are faltering on the loans and many of them are facing financial ruin. there may not be a legal obligation and i believe there's
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a moral obligation. many who waited years for a medallion and it was striped away from them and made to them to buy for $250,000. these holders need to be compensated and redeemed. the mta is not going to do
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anything meaningful. in my opinion it's up to you. >> there are 18 listeners in the queue and seven are lined up to the speak. >> i'm speaking on behalf of the taxi medallion holders. a city destined to destroy taxi drivers. how can we pull through medallion payment. the city left us --
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[indiscernible]. our dreams shattered. our situation is out of our kn control. please do not turn your back on us. >> thank you. >> i'm a medallion holder. 60% of the medallions sold have
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been foreclosed on. medallion holders who acquired their permits before adopted have two choices, drive until they drop dead or give up their medallion. in addition they have no access to the airports. with the approval of this board, prop s of 2007 gave the mta power to bass a bond measure without go to go the voters.
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it is my hope you will consider this bond measure and get the taxi industry back on track. we have endured a decade of hardships. it must end. thank you for your time. >> thank you for your comments. operations, do we have another caller in the queue. >> thank you for taking my call. i'm going to go -- i wasn't going to speak to the medallion holders but that is a travesty. the city really should give you guys some relief. i'm calling because i listened to your meeting today. thank god you opened up city
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hall to the general public. i'm calling you because i listen to these meetings and i pull my hair out. you guys are so far over your heads in governing this city. the most basic responsibility you have is to keep the city safe and clean. you get an f minus on that. i call -- there's a woman who is completely unable to take care of herself. she has been sleeping out in front of my office for the last five days. i called the city and said you have to help this woman she harming herself. call the homeless out reach.
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telling homeless people to e-mail us. it's as if they are talking to some corporate secretary. refocus your energy on the real homeless people. not the non-profits that are just wasting the tax payer money. but get some real action for the people who need the help. >> thank you for your comments, sir. >> i believe we have four callers who are in the queue and 20 individuals who are listening. if you're listening and one of the 20 you should press star three to get into the queue.
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all right. operations let's hear from our next caller, please. >> hello. i'm with the taxi worker's alliance. i'm call inning support of the medallion holders who are struggling to pay this debt. i listened to almost all of the credit union's trial. he said because tax yif medallions belong to the people of san francisco we want to return some of that value to the people. that's the deal, san francisco wanted some of that value. when the medallions lost their value it's all on the shoulders of these taxi drivers to pay. how can you defend this one
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sided deal. hundreds of medallions holders are living in poverty. they are not going to pay it off before they day. they lost $23 million. hard earned money throne away due the sale program. it's shameful and you have to step up and do something to keep this largely immigrant work force in tact. they are shackled in debt.
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thank you. >> thank you for your comments. do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> good afternoon. i'm a 17 years cab driver. thanks for your time today. the medallion sales program has to be call a failure and needs to be scrapped and go back to scare one. we need to go back to proposition k and a medallion waiting list. the system is such, let's say i owned a bar and i'm selling my drinks and somebody rents out
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the store front next door. they are selling them a little cheaper. he doesn't have a liquor license and he is taking my customers. his customers order their drinks through an app so he doesn't need a liquor license. uber and lift don't have to pay $250,000 for medallions. i think we need to go back to the seniority based waiting list.
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that's a way forward for our industry. right now there's no way forward. >> thank you for your comments. >> good evening. i'm a district four residents. i want to express the concerns for the medallion holders. i want to affirm the affordable housing. the board has rejected two projects that -- we need affordable housing and market rate housing as well. i'm astonished that has become a
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blank check for the board to delay and reject projects at its leisure.
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>> they have been -- >> ma'am, i'm pausing your time. did you provide public comment earlier in this hearing? >> thank you. we're only allowing individuals to speak for two minutes one time. that way everyone gets the same amount of time to testify to the board. >> operations do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> i'm medallion holder number 286. i would like to mention something about the medallion
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program. when the beginning when we signed the contract with the mta. we couldn't move that, it feels like the lawsuit against the mta was going through in a fair way. with the verdict everything turned around to fail the system for poor people like us. as one of the guys mentioned, we'll die before we -- i'm trying to get rid of it and i don't want anything else. i don't want to be behind. i can't have family and can't have kids without the stress and
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thinking about the medallion. >> thank you, sir. operations do we have another caller in the queue, please. the people who pay for the medallions is the way the city pays off whatever.
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we have 18 individuals and if you would like to make public comment please press star three, now. >> hello. i'm current medallion holder. everybody understands that this program doesn't work. i'm wondering what you're going to do when things come to normal and nobody will still buy the
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medallion. [indiscernible]. we're like slaves. we're stuck in this cycle. i know people from india, pakistan, most people are suffering.
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>> seeing no other speakers, public comment is now closed. >> item's 29 and 30 were introduced for adoption. a member may require a resolution to go to committee. >> thank you. any colleagues wishing to sever any items.
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>> (roll call). >> thank you. with that objection, the resolution is adopted and the motion is approved unanimously. any imperative items. >> thank you very much. this brings us to the end of our
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meeting. when you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this. you haven't. thomas edison. this meeting is adjourned. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> so i grew up in cambridge, massachusetts and i was very fortunate to meet my future wife, now my wife while we were
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both attending graduate school at m.i.t., studying urban planning. so this is her hometown. so, we fell in love and moved to her city. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> i was introduced to this part of town while working on a campaign for gavin, who is running for mayor. i was one of the organizers out here and i met the people and i fell in love with them in the neighborhood. so it also was a place in the city that at the time that i could afford to buy a home and i wanted to own my own home. this is where we laid down our roots like many people in this neighborhood and we started our family and this is where we are going to be. i mean we are the part of san francisco. it's the two neighborhoods with the most children under the age
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of 18. everybody likes to talk about how san francisco is not family-friendly, there are not a lot of children and families. we have predominately single family homes. as i said, people move here to buy their first home, maybe with multiple family members or multiple families in the same home and they laid down their roots. [♪♪♪] >> it's different because again, we have little small storefronts. we don't have light industrial space or space where you can build high-rises or large office buildings. so the tech boom will never hit our neighborhood in that way when it comes to jobs. >> turkey, cheddar, avocado, lettuce and mayo, and little bit
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of mustard. that's my usual. >> mike is the owner, born and bred in the neighborhood. he worked in the drugstore forever. he saved his money and opened up his own spot. we're always going to support home grown businesses and he spent generations living in this part of town, focusing on the family, and the vibe is great and people feel at home. it's like a little community gathering spot. >> this is the part of the city with a small town feel. a lot of mom and pop businesses, a lot of family run businesses. there is a conversation on whether starbucks would come in. i think there are some people that would embrace that. i think there are others that would prefer that not to be.
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i think we moved beyond that conversation. i think where we are now, we really want to enhance and embrace and encourage the businesses and small businesses that we have here. in fact, it's more of a mom and pop style business. i think at the end of the day, what we're really trying to do is encourage and embrace the diversity and enhance that diversity of businesses we already have. we're the only supervisor in the city that has a permanent district office. a lot of folks use cafes or use offices or different places, but i want out and was able to raise money and open up a spot that we could pay for. i'm very fortunate to have that. >> hi, good to see you. just wanted to say hi, hi to the owner, see how he's doing. everything okay? >> yeah. >> good.
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>> we spend the entire day in the district so we can talk to constituents and talk to small businesses. we put money in the budget so you guys could be out here. this is like a commercial corridor, so they focus on cleaning the streets and it made a significant impact as you can see. what an improvement it has made to have you guys out here. >> for sure. >> we have a significantly diverse neighborhood and population. so i think that's the richness of the mission and it always has been. it's what made me fall in love with this neighborhood and why i love it so much.
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>> everything is done in-house. i think it is done. i have always been passionate about gelato. every single slaver has its own recipe. we have our own -- we move on
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from there. so you have every time a unique experience because that slaver is the flavored we want to make. union street is unique because of the neighbors and the location itself. the people that live around here i love to see when the street is full of people. it is a little bit of italy that is happening around you can walk around and enjoy shopping with gelato in your hand. this is the move we are happy to provide to the people. i always love union street because it's not like another commercial street where you have big chains. here you have the neighbors. there is a lot of stories and the neighborhoods are essential. people have -- they enjoy having their daily or weekly gelato. i love this street itself.
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>> we created a move of an area where we will be visiting. we want to make sure that the area has the gelato that you like. what we give back as a shop owner is creating an ambient lifestyle. if you do it in your area and if you like it, then you can do it on the streets you like. - >> tenderloin is unique neighborhood where geographically place in downtown san francisco and on every street corner have liquor store in the corner it stores pretty much every single block has a liquor store but there are
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impoverishes grocery stores i'm the co-coordinated of the healthy corner store collaboration close to 35 hundred residents 4 thousand are children the medium is about $23,000 a year so a low income neighborhood many new immigrants and many people on fixed incomes residents have it travel outside of their neighborhood to assess fruits and vegetables it can be come senator for seniors and hard to travel get on a bus to get an apple or a pear or like tomatoes to fit into their meals my my name is ryan the
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co-coordinate for the tenderloin healthy store he coalition we work in the neighborhood trying to support small businesses and improving access to healthy produce in the tenderloin that is one of the most neighborhoods that didn't have access to a full service grocery store and we california together out of the meeting held in 2012 through the major development center the survey with the corners stores many stores do have access and some are bad quality and an overwhelming support from community members wanting to utilities the service spas we decided to work with the small businesses as their role within the community and bringing more fresh produce produce cerebrothe neighborhood their compassionate about creating a healthy
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environment when we get into the work they rise up to leadership. >> the different stores and assessment and trying to get them to understand the value of having healthy foods at a reasonable price you can offer people fruits and vegetables and healthy produce they can't afford it not going to be able to allow it so that's why i want to get involved and we just make sure that there are alternatives to people can come into a store and not just see cookies and candies and potting chips and that kind of thing hi, i'm cindy the director of the a preif you believe program it is so important about healthy retail in the low income
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community is how it brings that health and hope to the communities i worked in the tenderloin for 20 years the difference you walk out the door and there is a bright new list of fresh fruits and vegetables some place you know is safe and welcoming it makes. >> huge difference to the whole environment of the community what so important about retail environments in those neighborhoods it that sense of dignity and community safe way. >> this is why it is important for the neighborhood we have families that needs healthy have a lot of families that live up here most of them fruits and vegetables so that's good as far
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been doing good. >> now that i had this this is really great for me, i, go and get fresh fruits and vegetables it is healthy being a diabetic you're not supposed to get carbons but getting extra food a all carbons not eating a lot of vegetables was bringing up my whether or not pressure once i got on the program everybody o everything i lost weight and my blood pressure came down helped in so many different ways the most important piece to me when we start seeing the
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business owners engagement and their participation in the program but how proud to speak that is the most moving piece of this program yes economic and social benefits and so forth but the personal pride business owners talk about in the program is interesting and regarding starting to understand how they're part of the larger fabric of the community and this is just not the corner store they have influence over their community. >> it is an owner of this in the department of interior i see the great impact usually that is like people having especially with a small family think liquor store sells alcohol traditional alcohol but when they see this
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their vision is changed it is a small grocery store for them so they more options not just beer and wine but healthy options good for the business and good for the community i wish to have more
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thank you all so much for coming. i'm very excited about today's programming and i'm so grateful that you all came out for this important event despite the much needed rain. i am deeply honored to be here. my name is jeffery tumlin and i'm the executive director to have the san francisco municipal transportation agency. before we begin, it's also important to acknowledge where we've come from. the geary corridor was muni's first transit line.
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the b. geary electric streetcar ran down here in 1912 and has long been one of the highest ridership service transit lines in north america. this neighborhood has also long been one of the most and interesting neighborhoods anywhere in the world and home to very strong populations of japanese and african americans. this is also a place where japanese americans were expelled from, were sent forcibly to internment camps during world war ii. also the area where post war era the redevelopment agency demolished of blocks displacing thousands of residents and businesses in the name of urban renewal. geary street used to be one lane in each direction lined with businesses owned by japanese and african americans and all of that was destroyed to make way for the eight-lane
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geary expressway. and so though we're so proud of this project, we also must acknowledge the project area's history and to acknowledge that this is a very small token of appreciation for what these neighborhoods have suffered and a start of healing. the geary expressway was intentionally designed to exclude, to separate these neighborhoods from one another. and so this project and working with the community and understanding the historic suffering, this project is designed in a small way to help with the healing and help restore the connectivity between japan town and the filmore. we're partly cloudy of the work that all of our teams have done, listening to community members to understand their stories and also to acknowledge the past and to also begin the healing. we've also learned a lot from past projects and delivery of this project.
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unlike certain other projects that have continued to drag on for year after year, we built this project very differently. we broke the work up into many different contract segments allowing for more and more diverse contractors to be able to do the work. we collaborated with half a dozen city agencies skillfully in order to get all kinds of work done while we were here including utility replacement and paving and pedestrian safety projects and, of course, the transit priority treatment. we also did much of the work in what we call quick build style allowing us to move more quickly and efficiently minimizing negative impacts on the community and its businesses. it's also meant that although is this project has moved incredibly quickly, we're already delivering a 20% improvement in speed and reliability to the 38 geary bus
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line. [ applause ] and i'm so proud of my team for just fine tuning all the details that allow for safer passenger loading and unloading and speedier departure, the changes to the traffic signals to allow the buses to be delayed at red lights, but particularly to these pedestrian crosswalks which were the first out here in five decades that allows peds could walk across the street into the square. simple changes, the changes that mean so much to community. so i am so thankful as well to the way my teams worked together with each other. i really want to thank liz bryson who led this project.
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dan pricen. michael carlin from the sfpuc. public works who is here and all of their construction management and design team who work together. i'm grateful to the sfcta who helped us fund and get this project through the environmental review. i'm grateful as well to our contractors who work together seamlessly together and with the project teams to deliver all of this work on time and on
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budget. who helped us figure out how to deliver this project for minimum disruption. and so a special to the benefit districts, the japantown task force. the filmore merchants and neighborhood collaborative. st. francis square cooperative. rosa parks elementary school. the tenderloin district. the union square alliance. the geary community advisory district and so many others. there are way too many people that i need to thank. thank you to all of you and thank you for showing up here today. and i would like to introduce our mayor london breed. please come up, mayor london breed.
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>> when i think about this project and what it's actually going to do to bring the western district and the japantown community together in a different kind of way, it really fills my heart with so much joy because i can tell you as someone who grew up here. i have some witnesses here because i know jada, pia, you toeia, you remember what it was like when we would come from this area of buchanan. we would stop at every park. we'd hop the fence and hang out in the playgrounds there and then we'd cross this very dangerous street. this is not anything i would advise anybody to do or any kid to do, but this is why this was so important to me. this crossing right here was so important to me because i
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wanted people to be safe. i wanted to make sure kids who are at the ymca, rosa parks who are in the square. who are apart of this community and who want to be apart of j-town and all the great activities and things to do here that they felt safe. so the field trip. i'm sure they probably just used the crossing here today to come over. so we're glad to have them and we're glad to see geary improve for pedestrian safety to meet our vision 0 goals to keep our people safe and to ensure that our transit system is working more efficiently. i see my folks from j-town, the folks who have been involved for so many years including sandy moory, ben nakasho. these are extraordinary leaders in j-town. and whenever there's a problem that they want fixed, you know, usually i get the phone call
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from sandy. so when this bridge was being threatened through this project of being torn down on on webster. to and what it meant for safety and the community and so many of the kids and families from rosa parks elementary school fought to keep that bridge there and so i'm so glad that the city listened to the community and that bridge is still there along with making the crossways a lot more safe. but as jeff tumlin talked about before geary boulevard, this was a community of mostly african americans who live in harmony. i used to wonder when i hung out no matter how badly we behalved we were responsible
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for one another. we took care one another and we built relationships and there was a real divide. and so what we are trying to do and correcting the mistakes of the past and build those bridges and make them stronger both with the people, but also with the infrastructure. and this project along with so many of the other improvements that are happening around geary boulevard to improve the ability for people to move around the city safely and also using public transportation and making it more efficient so that people use public transportation is critical to really also addressing climate change because 50% of the emissions, the green house gas emissions that go into the air and impacting our environment comes from private vehicles and
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so getting people to use public transit to continue to be an environmental leader. making muni more efficient. making our streets more safe, building bridges, this project did it all and did it did it all while working with so many people in the tenderloin, in the richmond, the avenues and out there in that area in the western addition filmore connecting the city like never observer r before and i want to thank all of you all, the contractors, the kids, everyone that had a role to play in making this project. i see you having a role to play and making this a great project for san franciscans and starting to move our city forward. we have so many challenges and so much work to do. it is always nice to be somewhere where something incredible happened for the people of san francisco that puts a smile on your face. so thank you all so much for
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being here. congratulations on this wonderful project. [ applause ] . >> thank you, mayor breed for your strong support. i'd also now like to introduce our state senator scott weaner who is also providing very strong support for us at the state level senator scott wiener. >> these are community that is need more transit and this is a great step forward. you know, as san francisco continues to wake up from our covid cacoon, we need to make
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sure people can get around. people want to be in cities, people want to be in san francisco and we need to make sure that the city is able to accept the people who want to live here because this is the best city in the world and people do want to live here. and part of that means great world class public transportation. and -- [ applause ] -- and 38 geary is just one example of what we need to do. we need faster bus service. we need bus route transit and when i was on the board of supervisors and on our transportation authority, we went down to mexico city to look at their bus rapid transit systems which they deliver in three years from concept to cutting the ribbon and we need to be continually moving in that direction. more bus rapid transit, faster deliveries. sometimes we struggle with that. this was fast, but we need to make all of our transit
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projects happen quickly. we need to deliver these projects quickly for our community and i know m.t.a. and our transportation authority are working hard on that. at the state level, we actually were able to pass a law last year to dramatically speed up delivery of bus rapid transit projects and we're looking to expand that law next year. so i see good things in the future for our city and for our
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transit system. but, today, let's celebrate this huge win for the community, transit riders, pedestrians, and everyone else who needs to get around this city. thank you. >> thank you, senator wiener. next up, we have kelly chang. the transportation authority agency our sister agency. >> congratulations to you for leading this fantastic project in partnership with the other agencies. good morning everyone. on behalf of our board including chair rafael man delman. i want to say thanks to the folks who labored to build this project and the next generation of kids who's going to benefit from all the safety reliance. as we all know, geary is really a microcausem of our city. particularly now during the pandemic. it's such an important and critical service. now, this corridor does pass through five different districts from the bay to the beach reflecting all the diversity of our city and that's what you see on the bus. it's really true. where transit goes, community
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grows. so i really want to take this opportunity to congratulate the sfmta, sf public works and p.u.c. because these projects are not easy. this one really had full features. we had bus liens, traffic signal upgrades and the sidewalk extensions. these are all features that make buses more reliable and the street safer for people walking and traveling. the transportation authority was proud to have provided over $13 million and sales tax funds as well as prop aa vehicle funds. so thank you to the voter who is have approved these sources and we hope to come back to you to do more in the coming years. thank you, of course, to japantown, filmore. and all the community members who remained involved in the planning station and of course in design and construction.
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this project, of course, will not only improve safety and reliability, but help support economic revitalization and jobs. maintaining and creating jobs for our city. i want to thank you, mayor breed. you saw this project come before us at the t.a. and thank you to the citizens advisory committee. community advisory committee. and really just want to appreciate everybody's continued support. please keep asking for projects like this. please keep demanding safety and bus transit reliability and rapid transit projects. it's our pleasure to support the city and we hope to keep it going to benefit generations to come. thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you, director chang. we have three members of the sfmta board here. sharon lai, steve hemminger, and our final speaker, mta
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board member amanda eacon. >> good afternoon, san francisco. on behalf of the entire mta board of directors i'm exciteded about the completion of the rapid geary project which is so important in accomplishing some of our key goals improving transit service and also improving traffic safety as mayor breed mentioned. it was noted my colleagues director lai and hemminger are here today and i want to thank them for their services. the geary bus lines are not just among the busiest in san francisco, they are among the busiest in the entire country where 56,000 and there's been a comprehensive suite of tools installed by this project to improve transit speed and reliability. of course, the red transit lanes bus stop optimization. as jeff mentioned, the quick builds alone improve transit
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service by 20% and i will tell you i experienced that this morning coming here on the 38r, that bus was flying down the street and it got here 13 minutes faster than google maps predicted. thank you to the geary rapid project. it's so nice to be able to be early thanks to transit. that's just with the quick build improvements. so i cannot wait for the valuation of this project to be done once all of the measurements are done and see how much more even than 20% we are actually getting to. along with the full sfmta board, i am also deeply personally committed to san francisco's vision geary boulevard shows up prominently in what we call the height injury network. that's 13% of streets in our industry where 35% of
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fatalities occur because geary as a disproportionate share of traffic collisions. you're eight times more likely to be hit by a car when crossing geary than the average city street. so just a couple numbers. 304 new pedestrian bulb outs. 74 new upgrade the crosswalks. 9 intersections with improvements as well as new pedestrian count down signals, longer crosswalk timing and also a reduction in the number of to just point, the number of total travel lanes from four to two and, of course, one bus lane in each direction. that's a lot of impressive numbers and i also wanted to share a story today about one geary corridor resident whose life has already been improved by this project. lou grosso is here with us today. maybe you can stand up or wave.
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[ applause ] thank you so much for being here. lou is a member of the geary advisory committee that advises the project team and provides input on project issues from the community. lou is blind and lives just across the street from where we are gathered now in st. francis square and he is enthusiastic about the new crosswalk installed just down the street at buchanan street that connects st. francis square to japantown. thank you. [ applause ] lou recently told us that he completed his orientation and mobility training for the newly upgraded geary. today, he can now successfully walk from his home to his husband's work at calvary presbyterian church on philmore and jackson streets. [ applause ] lou told us this has been his
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goal ever since he moved to st. francis square in 2017. his mobility instructor had previously told him he was forbidden from crossing geary because it was just too unsafe and the webster bridge was not an option for him. but because of all the safety improvements and with excellent training, lou can now cross geary on his own and make it all the way to the calvary church. [ applause ] thank you so much, lou, for your service on the committee. and thank you for letting us share your story today. we are so happy that your neighborhood is now more accessible to you. and thank you for working so closely with the project staff to make sure all of our pedestrian signals are loud enough so that they can be heard. thank you to everyone who helped to make this project a reality and thank you so much all of you for coming out today despite the rain to celebrate
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this milestone with us. thank you. [ applause ] >> all right. thank you everyone for joining us. now it would not be a project kickoff without a ribbon and a giant pair of scissors. so i would like to invite back up the mayor, our key project sponsors, sandy moory who will be holding the scissors for us. and i would also like to invite all of you to please stick around after the ribbon cutting ceremony for some delightful performances by local groups in japantown and st. francis square. thank you all for coming out. [ applause ]
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>> you need to be very careful. okay. are we ready? five, four, three, two, one.
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we almost had it. >> they are giant scissors. >> my background is in engineering. i am a civil engineer by training. my career has really been around
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government service. when the opportunity came up to serve the city of san francisco, that was just an opportunity i really needed to explore. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] i think it was in junior high and really started to do well in math but i faced some really interesting challenges. many young ladies were not in math and i was the only one in some of these classes. it was tough, it was difficult to succeed when a teacher didn't have confidence in you, but i was determined and i realized that engineering really is what i was interested in. as i moved into college and took engineering, preengineering classes, once again i hit some
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of those same stereotypes that women are not in this field. that just challenged me more. because i was enjoying it, i was determined to be successful. now i took that drive that i have and a couple it with public service. often we are the unsung heroes of technology in the city whether it is delivering network services internally, or for our broadband services to low income housing. >> free wi-fi for all of the residents here so that folks have access to do job searches, housing searches, or anything else that anyone else could do in our great city. >> we are putting the plant in the ground to make all of the city services available to our residents. it is difficult work, but it is also very exciting and rewarding our team is exceptional. they are very talented engineers
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and analysts who work to deliver the data and the services and the technology every day. >> i love working with linda because she is fun. you can tell her anything under the sun and she will listen and give you solutions or advice. she is very generous and thoughtful and remembers all the special days that you are celebrating. >> i have seen recent employee safety and cyber security. it is always a top priority. i am always feeling proud working with her. >> what is interesting about my work and my family is my experience is not unique, but it is different. i am a single parent. so having a career that is demanding and also having a child to raise has been a challenge. i think for parents that are working and trying to balance a
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career that takes a lot of time, we may have some interruptions. if there is an emergency or that sort of thing then you have to be able to still take care of your family and then also do your service to your job. that is probably my take away and a lot of lessons learned. a lot of parents have the concern of how to do the balance i like to think i did a good job for me, watching my son go through school and now enter the job market, and he is in the medical field and starting his career, he was always an intern. one of the things that we try to do here and one of my takeaways from raising him is how important internships are. and here in the department of technology, we pride ourselves on our interns. we have 20 to 25 each year. they do a terrific job contributing to our outside plant five or work or our network engineering or our finance team.
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this last time they took to programming our reception robot, pepper, and they added videos to it and all of these sort of things. it was fun to see their creativity and their innovation come out. >> amazing. >> intriguing. >> the way i unwind is with my photography and taking pictures around the city. when i drive around california, i enjoy taking a lot of landscapes. the weather here changes very often, so you get a beautiful sunset or you get a big bunch of clouds. especially along the waterfront. it is spectacular. i just took some photos of big server and had a wonderful time, not only with the water photos, but also the rocks and the bushes and the landscapes.
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they are phenomenal. [♪♪♪] my advice to young ladies and women who would like to move into stem fields is to really look at why you are there. if you are -- if you are a problem solver, if you like to analyse information, if you like to discover new things, if you like to come up with alternatives and invent new practice, it is such a fabulous opportunity. whether it is computer science or engineering or biology or medicine, oh, my goodness, there are so many opportunities. if you have that kind of mindset i have enjoyed working in san francisco so much because of the diversity. the diversity of the people, of this city, of the values, of the talent that is here in the city. it is stimulating and motivating and inspiring and i cannot
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imagine working anywhere else but in san >> hello, everyone. my name is london breed i'm the mayor of city and county of san francisco and i'm so excited to be here at anchor not just because they have a lot of beer enough to go around a dozen times with everybody that's here but more importantly, this is an incredible iconic company in san francisco. in fact they're a legacy business and have been around for generations. they've been great partners in our efforts to support businesses throughout san francisco but in addition to that, they believe in the importance of being a part of the solution when it comes to climate change. we all know that here in the state of california, we are experiencing some very
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challenging times with the wildfires. on top of that, it's becoming increasingly difficult to fight the wildfires because we're also experiencing a drought. we have to think differently about the way we do things to protect the environment and protect and use water in different ways. in san francisco when i served on the board of supervisors before i was mayor, we pushed for legislation to allow for gray water, the water you wash your hands with to be reused and recycled when there is new construction in buildings. but we also know they are buildings that exist now that if provided additional resources, could make very positive change and re-use in their water supply. here a lot of water is used. in fact the work being done here today is absolutely
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extraordinary. the company established the technology that would allow for anchor to take their whole infrastructure and make the types of changes that allow for the water that they use to clean the bottles and equipment and other things to actually be recycled water rather than water that could otherwise be used for drinking. this technology is really changing the way that we do business in the state of california and we're grateful for their support and the work that they did to develop this technology. and here in san francisco the san francisco public utilities commission have a grant program. a grant program where we've already provided over $2 million to various companies to change their businesses so that it doesn't impact their business directly so they can accommodate technology like this to make adjustments and anchor received
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a $1 million grant to make such changes. we're grateful to be here today because when you think bit, what they're doing in just this location alone is anticipated to save over $20 million gallons of water. that's the equivalent of over 1300 residents in san francisco and san franciscans used 32 gallons of water a day which is one of the lowest anywhere and we believe in conservation and try to do our best but we also understand there's a need to change infrastructure and businesses and how we support companies in san francisco to be innovative and creative in new developments that will help us to do exactly what we're doing here today. i'm grateful to be here and i know it's not after hours but i would hope that after we're done with this press conference,
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anchor may have some beer for us to sample so we can know what it tastes like. yes, especially because we have a special guest in the house and don't worry, he's not going to try to fight anyone here but edward norton, it's great to have you here in san francisco. bring that star power that we love but if you're using it for a purpose, that's going to protect the environment. it's going to help us move in a positive direction, san francisco with our new climate action goals and what we're doing around trying to be innovative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and do all the things we know we need to do here in san francisco, we want to continue to be the model for the rest of the country. we know we can't do it alone but so many of the great innovative things we've done in the city to protect the environment have really led the way for others to
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follow and that's what we're going to see with this grant program. that's what we're going to see with the work in bringing forth this amazing technology to change things as we know it and with they want to introduce matt silver who is the chairman and president and ceo of this great technology and clearly it takes real smarts to develop something like this and we're so glad to have him here today. come on up, matthew. >> thank you, mayor breed. >> it's work in the water and waste water industry every day it's not every day you have an event like this with mayor of the city and a famous actor. we appreciate you being here and appreciate you highlighting your support for sustainable infrastructure projects like we have here. and thanks everyone else for coming and being here. it's been a long time coming
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building this project and a couldn't be more excited than to celebrate it with you all. we're here to celebrate the plant and the impact it will have on the community here and the city but we're also here to celebrate the investment anchor is make and the city of san francisco is make in sustainable infrastructure right here in potrero hill. we also believe this can be a new model for how to do distributed industrial re-use across the country and that's something that's very much needed. industry is the second largest user of water globally and we can have a significant impact. and for those who don't know kam came bryan and we look to make it reusable and sustain tabl and
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cost effective and we have the capacity to recover potable or near potable quality water and in some cases clean energy from processed water streams. and we'll charge by the gallon to treat it we cut footprint and co2 footprint and helping companies save money in the process. anchor has a storied history and with the 20 year contract they have a contact for the future and we'll do a tour of the plant soon but i wanted to highlight a couple points. first, this is the largest
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commercial water reuse project in san francisco history and the mayor pointed out it's up to 20 million a year capacity. we have the ability to treat and recycle 100% up to 100% of anchors's processed water resulting in a drastic reduction in their water use and elimination of up to 92 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. it's been implemented under a long term contract which we're thankful for. a final point before i hand it off to our next speaker and sustainable infrastructure not easy. this project has had its ups and downs and we're really excited where it is today but it takes partnership. it takes partnership between the
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regulators and public sector and innovators and i'd like to thank all our partners that got us through to this point. anchor brewing, ceo michael tamiaka who i got to know and respect part of the project, scott peterson, we appreciate all working with us and trusting us on the project. the san francisco public utilities commission and a great advocate for the project and supporter throughout and i have to think the cambrian team, richard ross in essential engineering, and others did the hard work of building this plan throughout covid and you should be proud of what you have here today. and i'm also thankful for those
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who supported us in the journey and springling capital and others and i'll hand it off to the next speaker but i'm honored he's one of the supporters among those. while edward doesn't really need an introduction, what some of you might not know is he's dedicated a significant amount of time, energy and investment to the environment and particularly water. as a valued board member at cambrian innovation he knows how to create and sustain an innovative company in the infrastructure markets and know he shares our vision with industry as an eco system and with innovation and hard work we can develop solutions that support the environment, protect the environment while also saving communities and companies money. with that said, i'll introduce edward norton.
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>> hey, everybody, it's great to be here. i was listening to all of that and i was thinking that phrases like public-private partnership get tossed around a lot. it's a collateral at podiums but it's really true. i think this is a great example of what can happen when smart policy makers like mayor london and her public utility commission recognize that government can play a role in not just facilitating but actually stimulating how society remakes itself and what the interplay is between business and public good. and i learned a lot about that
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and my , andy, when he was deputy secretary at the department of energy create the loan company that gave us companies like tesla now the highest cap auto company in the world and that was very much the product of government stimulus and i think it's phenomenal what anchor is doing and what the public utilities commission has capacitated and what matt and the cambrian team have created. the state of california doesn't really have a water supply problem. the state of california has a water management problem. when you consider the dairy industry uses 50% of the water and doesn't recycle one drop of it, you know what we have to do
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in the state is use water as a renewable resource not as an infinite free we can assume we get it for free but can't presume industrial users can just throw it away after we use it. we have to demand as a city, state and country that the world we're living in period where you have to pay attention and this should be a national standard what's going on right here. and here's the great thing, that
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it's not just leadership that's on display by the city of san francisco insisting and stimulating and saying there are symptoms that can now allow a company to do this. what we're seeing in terms of leadership from anchor is what we need to see. this is what real corporate leadership looks like. they look at the 30-year balance sheet and say, look, how are we going to improve margin and evolve our business so we anticipate resource shortfall, etcetera. and anchor not just doing the right thing but save money and increase margins by figuring out a way without having to purchase a system like this, they can lower their actual operating costs while secure tieing their water stream. this is brilliant corporate leadership to increase the value of this company and basically
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what i see going on here is really a whole bunch of different partners throwing the gloves down. it's a challenge to other companies to do as well as anchor is doing. it's a challenge to other cities and the whole state of california to replicate this model and insist that water be wisely recycled as a policy mandate and what's really exciting to me as a board member of cambrian and we need ways to create a true win-win where a new american technological company makes a great business for itself, creates jobs while lowering, while improving the business model of its constituent clients. when they say a service industry, that's a true service. if one business is helping another business do better and at the same time improving the
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underlying water security of the entire state of california, that's what we need to be doing. that's what we need to be doing. so i think it's appear. we talk about drought and fires and these things. we don't not have enough water. we have enough water we just use it stupidly. we can't afford to waste what we have. now is the time. the last year in the state should have brought home to everybody that we can't afford to waste water and tre truth is yes it's great for people to think of watering their lawn but residential use of water is not the problem. it's in the massive waste in industrial use of water and what anchor and san francisco are doing here is what the state of california should be talking about with central valley livestock agriculture as well because they should be building
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systems like this in the central valley and where we'll see change to the profile of the crisis we're manufacturing by ourselves by throwing away water for and i've been a u.n. ambassador over a decade and water is a pillar problem. water affects human health and affects bio diversity and will end up affecting our air quality because it's how we fight fires in the state. we have to solve the water problem in the state of california and this is how we get it done and congratulations to ever one of you involved because it's more than a brewery coming up with a cool water system. it's really the solution we need to a massive problem in the
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united states. i also get to introduce someone who i think in industry what i would call alchemy and being a brew master at a major brewery to me is like being an alchemist. you're literally taking stuff and turning it into gold we drink. tom has been with anchor 37 years. he's been the brew master about two years. he's from the potrero hill area. a true local and a master at his craft and so he's going get to talk to us about what this means for his magic making in the tanks. >> thank you for that introduction. thank you for that statement. i that was very powerful. today's an incredible milestone for our team at anchor brewing as we celebrate our commitment to our hometown of san francisco
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through the initiative with the san francisco p.u.c. and cambrian innovation. anchor turned 125 years this year and we couldn't be more proud to partner with organizations that allow our brewery to reduce our water usage and overall carbon footprint. i'm born and raised in san francisco, i grew up in this neighborhood on potrero hill and been with anchor 37 years. i started on the packaging line when i was 21 and touched every corner of this brewery. i even served as i tour guide at one time. it's definitely inspiring for me to see this partnership come to life and a testament to anchor brewing and san francisco's commitment to not only the future of our brewery but our surrounding community.
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on behalf of the entire anchor team, thank you for supporting and contributing to the enduring legacy of our brand in san francisco. thank you. >> i'm going to introduce our next speaker, a quick story first talking about the nature of the partnership. as with any innovative partnership it hit some snags along the way and every time we hit them the san francisco public utilities commission worked directly with anchor and cambrianne and rolled up their sleeves and broke down barrier and that's innovation from a regulatory perspective and
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cambrian is the standards here and speaks to the values and quality of the people at the sfpuc and pleased to introduce the commission president. i will say along with being the commission president, she's the director of urban water policy with stanford university's water in the west program doing research on data principles to study human and policy dimensions of the urban water and hydro logic systems and a real expert on water management. >> thank you. it's a hard act to follow but i'm not president of the commission. i'm vice president of the commission and i just got appointed to that position so i am truly delighted to be here and as someone who has spent my
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entire career looking at how to build water solution are sustainable and resilient and trying to come up with different valuable policies that can reach this outcome, i'm really honored and excited to be in this position. i have followed this effort that has been put together by sfpuc for years and it's a visionary effort. so we all know that climate change is impacting our water supplies and infrastructure and obviously the future is a little bit uncertain when you're thinking about all these impacts. so unless we really look back and see how we can innovate and change the way we use water, we can't really move forward and i think this project is a great example of how we use recycling at any scale should be at the table and what we see here right now. by matching alternate water
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resources with the right end use such as what we're seeing here and using the waters in the tanks to try to reuse them, we can actually sort of save our precious water supplies and drinking water supplies and unlock the potential for resilient and sustainable water future and also equitable water future which we all need to pay attention to. this kind of project is why sfpuc launched the water reuse program for the breweries in 2013. it requires a real vision and leadership and i can say this not attributing to myself but it requires real leadership and vision for a utility to take this on because it was not easy and an appreciated to be part of this group. typically in a brewery you may not know they use four to seven
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gallons of water to produce about a gallon of beer. that extra four to six gallons of water can be reused for different purposes and what we're trying to do here. depending on how much water is reused, san francisco public utilities commission has been trying to provide $250,000 to $1 million to support these kinds of projects which i think is important. that is another reason why sfpuc has always been a leader in the re-use system. we were the first city to launch such requirements is something we started the first municipality in the nation to require this for new and large development and now we have made that strengthen what we have and make it broader to include more
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buildings and businesses as part of that. along with water reuse we have other water recycling projects going on. those initiatives include our water recycling project that will provide about 2 million gallons a day for golden gate park and presidio and lincoln park and irrigation water and some of the golf courses as well will be using some of that water. san francisco will always be a leader in conservation. as you heard we're using about 40 gallons per person per day which is quite low for the day. which is low and denmark is using 22 gallons and i say do not water your lawns with precious water and while we're doing re-use an recycling, it's great that we are here and i'm
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grateful for the team that's been trying to work hard to make water conservation efficiency re-use recycling and embrace it and make it a reality. with all the television cameras here today, this is an opportunity to remind everybody and all the breweries out there, please, please, reach out to us, embrace the solutions and technologies and let us work together and save water. this is the first time we are celebrating a project of this kind in san francisco but i really hope it's not last and thank you again for all of you to be here and i think we are going to do some ribbon cutting. perfect. thank you, everyone. >> okay. are we ready? five, four, three, two, one.
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>> all right. we have quorum. so we'll now move to public comment. at this time, is there any public comment on items not on the agenda? >> give me one second. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call (415) 655-0001. access code 1875839526 then pound and pound again. if you haven't already done so, please dial star three to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. please note that you have three minutes. can we get our spanish interpreter, please. >> translator: [speaking spanish].
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>> clerk: great. thank you. and i was notified that our cantanese interpreter is having trouble get on the line. i will give it my best shot if there are any cantanese. i do not see any public comment. >> okay. thank you so much. we will now go to approval of our minutes from september 21st and also from september 29th, 2021. is there a motion?
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>> commissioner: i can move. >> would you like to move one of the minutes or both? >> i can move both of the minutes. >> okay. is there a second? >> i'll second. >> okay. it's been seconded by member andrews. is there any discussion? hearing none. can we take this by acclimation. is there any objection? actually, we do have to call the roll. >> clerk: i'll also do public comment at this time. members of the public who wish to call public comment on this item 0 should call (415) 655-0001. a symptom prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. please note that you have three minutes. spanish interpreter, please.
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>> translator: [speaking spanish] . >> clerk: great. thank you. and, again, sorry for our cantanese interpreter. if there are cantanese speakers, i will go ahead and try my best as well. let me check the attendee list. currently, there are no public comments. >> thanks so much. we will now go to roll call on the minutes from the
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september 21st and september 29th. >> clerk: [roll call] >> chairman: all right. so the minutes are approved. we'll now go to item four which is on teleconferenced meetings on september 16th, 2021, governor newsome signed ab 60 during a state of emergency if the circumstances of the emergency and that is pretty much it. is there any discussion on this item? so this is procedural if we
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want to still be allowed to continue with our virtual meetings. we need to consider this every 30 days. >> sure. can i say something really briefly. can you submit? right. so here's sort of a time line of the state of emergency. san francisco continues to be under a state of emergency and the mayor has prohibited public policy body including our city our home oversite committee in person. to mitigate the and the last
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able to do so. you've fulfilled to bring transparency while minimizing health risks. so the next is the actual resolution and i don't know, chair williams, do you want to take it back. >> chairman: all right. this is the resolution and the state of california and the city remain in a state of emergency during the covid-19 pandemic. the ocoh oversight committee have considered the state of emergency. social distancing and other social distancing measures and settings and conducting meetings of this body in person would present imminent risk to
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meet safely in person for the next 30 says, meetings of the ocoh oversight committee will continue by teleconferencing. we'll provide an opportunity for members of the public to address this body and otherwise occur in the constitutional rights and members of the public attending the meeting. and be it further resolved that a controller's office staff the oversight committee and i believe that's right.
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we'll now open it up for discussion to the committee. and this is procedural. we'll need to do this every 30 days until we begin meeting in person. so this will be before us again next month. all right. hearing no discussion, is there a motion to approve. >> i can move to approve it. i move to approve the resolution making findings to allow teleconference meetings. >> chairman: thank you, member friedenbach is there a second? thank you, secretary. >> secretary: members of the public should call (415) 655-0001. access code 1875935826 and then
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pound and pound again. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. you have three minutes. spanish interpreter. >> translator: [speaking spanish]. >> secretary: great. and i see that our cantanese
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interpreter has joined. >> translator: [speaking cantanese]. >> secretary: great. thank you. checking attendee list. i do not see any public comment. >> chairman: all right. we'll go to roll call vote. [roll call]
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. >> chairman: all right. sot resolution is approved. all right. so we will now move to item five. department of updates on our city our home funds and programs. i will now turn it over to staff. >> just sort of framing of the updates, i know people are eager to know about implementation and about spending. we're working to align some regular reporting to you on spending. and to align it with the existing financial project at the end of this fiscal year and then sort of correspond, i
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think this economist has said they want regular reporting on this and so we're really taking that seriously to figure out how we can do it. to track spending against the actual and also to track the addition of the units or beds that are being added to the system of care as well as the units of services that have been delivered so we can provide a picture of sort of what has been spent and what has been provided with the materials sort of in addition to the materials of the spending. we're going to continue doing at least quarterly with verbal presentation with the committee. and then and year end just to make sure that we're continuing
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that projections are available in february. february are when those are being firmed up, right. and we can bring that back. i believe you received one of those last year in february and one of the outcomes is reporting is going to be sort of the next piece of work to be added. i have sort of collected your responses to a form, maybe six weeks ago about what you'd be interested in knowing in terms of performance and outcomes reporting. so we're working with departments to align their data collection to be able to report oven those things and that will
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continue to be part of the data with the officer. so just in the interest of time, i'd like to move ahead, but we can come back to this if there are questions people have. >> i just have one question. how does this relate to the dashboard? >> right. so dashboard right now is financial and so the progress report will be added to that. so, yeah, the idea of having some sort of dashboard.
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it's a visual representation of the data i think is what i think is that you what you mean when you say dashboard? great. >> chairman: great. any other members have questions? all right. so i think, jessie, do we want to move to the presentation from d.p.h. or did you have additional things? >> yeah. i just wanted to provide you on a quick update of the additional allocation. we've been able to compensate people with expertise for their time. there's not a lot to report particularly because there are negotiations happening. but this is there and we're hoping to be able to have some support in place to be able to compensate people with expertise for starting data collection in december.
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>> i just had one question. sorry, i can't. just on the outcomes, like having the beds and, you know, number of treatment slots and that kind of thing is really important, but i think it's also going to be important for us to have the human element, like number of people served. i think the big picture is like people who have experienced homelessness. so i think that's kind of an important element. so anywhere we're thinking about this, i want to center -- just thinking about how to center unhoused people themselves in the whole framework. >> yes. and programs like this doesn't reflect sort of order of importance. it's more like order of when the information will become available. so first of many will be spent. the capacity will be added and
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then service will happen, right. and so, but, yes, members of people served the demographics of those people, sort of the outcome of that service or stay or whatever it is, whatever this service happens to be where people exit to. i think those are all important. i think everyone is aligned. >> okay. thank you so much. >> chairman: great. any other members? if not, i think we'll transition. >> yeah. >> chairman: okay. so i would like to invite director kirk patrick from the department of public health. so welcome. >> good morning members. thank you for having me. we are working towards the more technical and budget based actual reporting that jessie
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described. in the interim, i will give you an overview of our progress to date. so these are the main categories that i'll touch on today. our street-based services, residential care and treatment, case management and care coordination and some additional focused programming. so there's three core street-based service programs that we are working on at d.p.h.. the 1 is our street overdose response team called sort that launched in august. since its launch, sort has handled over 300 calls of which over 200 have included in overdose. it will expand in 2022 to include more teams. it will be through c.b.o. contracting. our street crisis response team now has six fully operational teams providing 24/7 city wide
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coverage. will tentatively launch in early 2022. we do have a public dash board available. they're key performance indicators available in this website so you can see the progress and the number of people as sc.r.t. is serving and too. we are in the hiring process for the key clinical positions to expand the behavioral health and physical health support for that program. for the other component of overdose support, i'm really focuseded on our low barrier treatment and prevention services. our contracts, amendments are under way for key response and prevention services. about $5 million for low threshold and continues to be
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management as well as office space. agreements are in place with ucsf for the addiction clinic service expansion support as well as contingency management. those are well under way. next slide. for our residential care and treatment programs. we have reported previously on some of this progress, but just a reminder of where we're at. we are actively pursuing buildings with acquisition for the significant one-time funding we have to meet that goal to support the expansion of our residential step-down beds, our boarding care beds, as well as crisis diversion services. we've reported to you previously, we have successfully contracted for our high level long-term care facility placements. that includes 12-month
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rehabilitation center. and we've had great success in placing clients in them and so much in fact that our partners at the hospital have shared that this is greatly relieved the backlog of people needing placement in emergency services and we are working to quantify that and we'll come back to you all. but at least we are seeing the impacts of these contracted expansions. summer rise, our drug sobering program is well under way to open in the next couple of months, building permits are in progress and final operational planning with cbo contractor is underway. this is available publicly. the website is at the bottom right. we update this monthly. it is a densely packed dash board, but what it does do is
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it does provide project milestones, the little blue and grey boxes within each program as well as opening time lines. this represents the approximately 350 funded beds as well as two additional programs, humming bird valencia and enhanced duly diagnosis that were punding but we're still working on. but this is a 400-bed expansion that we're working hard towards implementing. for anyone to see the progress on implementation on each of these programs. next slide. for our case management services and care coordination efforts, we are nearing the final design phase and hiring for the launch of our phase one
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services which include the goal of clearing our existing waste service. the office of care coordination and health workers dedicated towards followup and care coordination for our street crisis response team clients launched in april and are well under way. we are hiring for key leadership and transition management. next slide. for our intensive case management expansion, contract amendments are under way to expand the number of contracted case managers. we're also in the planning phase for our intensive case management for additional focus and culturally on grunt case management services. that planning for rfp is under
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way. care coordination. we are supporting the intensive case management programming with hiring as well as building and the creation -- sorry, the design phase of our patient outreach team towards our mental health center, the behavioral health access center. i'm sorry. i have so many acronyms in here. i was trying to be concise. even for somebody who tries to avoid those. i apologize for those. our behavioral access center, our pharmacy expansion of services and hours is nearly understand way. we will be increasing access into evening and weekend hours nearly doubling our hours starting in january, 2022. the critical capital improvements as well as hiring to make that happen are complete. so we're ramping up to make that happen to allow people to
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come in and receive next slide: so hsh as well as housing providers. we have hired temporary nursing staff to permanent supportive housing and we're under way hiring permanent staffing for that long-term. we have taken the community process with our partners. we've received feedback that's
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important to but really have a better sense of behavioral health services. one point i wanted to address but isn't in the slides, i know that in a prior meeting, public comment was raised as regards to d.p.h.'s 30% rent cap legislation. their department is reviewing the impacts and has been over the last months. for d.p.h.. for the advanced implementation in many this current fiscal
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year like it was for hsh. we have a much smaller psh portfolio. dph is still committed to supporting our providers and implementing our program. we're working to see if we can advance it ahead of that. we'll need a little more time to do the due diligence. we'll report back to you as we work with our providers and the mayor's office on this analysis. with that, i'm happy to answer questions or however the chair or jessie would like to proceed. >> chairman: thank you, director kirkpatrick. we're going to go to our next presentation and then take questions after. thank you for your presentation. it was really thorough. welcome. >> thank you so much, chair, and committee members. it's nice to be with you again
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this morning. similarly to kelly i'm going to take questions at the end of the presentation is the following dollars allocated for
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s.i.p. guests is under contract and services are being delivered. we've also launching our prevention work in partnership with mohcd and have begun or have allocated resources to our partners in providing those resources. next slide. the mayor's office of health and housing retention in
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subsidized housing. most of these services are under contract and the housing retention strategies are in development. we'll move on to shelter resources for and then the safe parking programs. state lands commission and we are beginning the infrastructure that all the work shortly and are in the contracting phase with the provider. so we're hopeful we'll have the vehicle triage center open in
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the next couple of months. in terms of housing, we're so excited about the work that we have been doing to apply our more permanent supportive housing as i'm sure many of you are aware, the board has authorized the acquisition of three psh sites and with a total of over 237 units of new housing, we have identified target populations for each site and have issued our provider selection -- our provider solicitation. it's posted z all on our website and will be closing in mid november. so i encourage providers to check out that opportunity and, again, very excited about moving forward these three acquisitions in partnership with the community. additionally, on the our city, our home housing funding
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investments, obviously, the acquisition of the diva including some portion of the dollars and that added 338 units to the housing portfolio. we've also work ordered the $2 million from ocd to serve families and overcrowded sros over to mohcd and they have updated that as well. flexible housing subsidy pool. the expansion of this intervention is under way. we are in the planning phase for the 750 slots for adults, for families, we are doing provider outreach and we are estimated -- or we are anticipating the start of this new investment in 2022. i think something that the committee will likely be pleased to hear is that we're
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increasing the subsidy amount. and then we are in the process of amending the contractor at the cross roads to expand their flex pool. continuing on housing, on to the next slide, we are implementing the rapid rehousing program as funded through our city, our home. the $1.2 million for workforce services and expansion of the expansion of housing for rising up which will serve more than 70 young people than originally assumed. i know there's been lots of discussion in the community although i'm not sure how much at this community are on the emergency housing and so i did
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want to just take a minute to share information about the ehv program with the committee. emergency housing vouchers is a really unique opportunity through the federal government, through the american rescue plan and through h.u.d. to offer approximately 900 new vouchers in san francisco and these will function similar to like a section eight. they will be administered by the housing authority, but in partnership with hsh and one of the differences between this and a traditional section 8 is while it's time limited, it cannot be reissued. so it's critical we work with our providers that will be housed because after 2023, we
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will not be able to re-issue the vouchers. as we work with the housing authority to develop our plan and priorities identified three key priorities we want to keep up by targeting people who are literally homeless and decreasing flow homelessness by targeting those at risk. the ehvs are wonderful. we're super excited about that. of course, for their own stability and well being, but also if folks do fall out of these vouchers, we won't be able to administer there them in the community and providing
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support services is a good part of that work. the last slide which is also on housing and the ehv, as i mentioned, this represents a huge. there's a really good opportunity. these vouchers don't include services that many households will need and so hsh is looking to pair these with flexible funds to make sure we can provide the ongoing stable station services so that households maintain their housing and we're looking to leverage investments to increase the number of house holds that can be served overall with the vouchers and the service dollars from the
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flex subsidy pool. so i will stop there but just to the chair we can do questions. >> chairman: thank you. we'll open it up to the committee. i don't see any of the virtual hands yet. >> for some reason, it won't let me raise my hand. >> chairman: no worries. >> i'm so sorry. it's a strange situation. okay. so basically i've got some questions i don't know if we want to cat georgia them. so, emily, if beer using the
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support services, isn't that going to mean we're going to have less subsidy if we weren't able to combine the 900 housing choice vouchers with the number of housing. i mean the 900 vouchers, the overall number will be decreased. we're going to be able to fill in subsidy dollars to extend to cover more house holding. i don't have the exact numbers yet because we're still working out the increase. >> yeah.
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but that's not my question. we were counting on 900 you plus the plex full subsidy and if we're moving it over, that means a decrease in numbers overall. we need to use prop c to
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leverage and expand and not do it this way. i'm really concerned. >> so as you know, member friedenbach, we didn't know about these vouchers and to provide the wrap around services. without the services, we want to ensure that people remain stably housed and that's a big investment in year one.
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did you have additional questions? >> yeah. so we got the three acquisitions moving forward. i wanted to make sure those are obviously you've got to go through the application process, but the idea is to have home key dollars for each of those and is there other buildings that we're going to be applying for to take advantage of the home key dollars as well? >> absolutely. so we've already submitted the home key application for sorry the addresses get jumbled in my head and we're in process on the other buildings. we want to make sure that we carefully time the applications because of the time lines related to any capital and making sure we get through the capital projects in time.
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so we're trying to be very strategic, but we are absolutely intending to apply for home key dollars and we're continuing to do key due diligence on these properties. we are not backing away from our goal of 800 to a 1,000 units. so this is again just the first group to move forward. >> so you don't have an estimation on how many subsidies we're going to lose from the flex pool?
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>> okay. i feel like it's not really, yeah. yeah. it's a little frustrating because we're going to -- i mean, it sounds like we're not going to do as many that are authorized. i'm not going to count the federal dollars so i think that that's kind of an interpretation. from a homeless person's perspective. they want maximum numbers. >> absolutely. the dollars are going to so i'm hoping to have the numbers in the next couple of weeks once
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we have the exact estimate. >> okay. thank you. i'm going to hold on the behavioral health stuff as we circle l back around for kelly
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i just want to make sure that all the reports see that so the way we achieve that is to enthat folks serving in homeless organizations are in the program so we ensure we're serving the community in an equitable way. >> okay. so i want to make sure we
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especially when the numbers are solo city wide. i want to to some extent, but it seems like there's going to have to be a pretty heavy lift. so i want to make sure we're putting that in and similar for mental health. we started talking about this last time and i noticed they do
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this a lot of places, but i think the reality which kind of came out in the meeting before last because it's hard and so brett last time mentioned we've got to have pay equity. i know everyone wants the prison ones. you've got huge amounts that you have to pay back and so if you're coming and looking at a job that's paying like 75 -- i don't know what the jobs are paying right now but i can imagine we definitely have to
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make those jobs attractive and i think at the end of the day, it's going to be pay. so i'm just wondering once the rubber meets the road, we need them at any place where there's emergency shelter. i'm not saying that's all the department's everies are limited to, but i'm saying we did identify this as a i'm
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wondering what's the plan z our contracts what providers are needing to meet those needs and i will say, perhaps more broadly to this issue. if i know we are looking specifically for case management. and we know that it is an issue across kind of the portfolio and dhs generally. >> so, again, to me, that's not, you know, it's like okay
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we have intentions to look at it, but i don't really hear any solutions. i'm not trying to be critical because i know this is difficult, but what i am trying to do is say that we have to have more than intentions. when i was at the navigation center, i mean, the standard rate and we had high rates was like $50,000 for a case manager. you know, if they can't make more than $50,000, hell, my practicioners make more than that and so i mean, i just when you're dealing with people and such a heavy load and complexy of problems, you've got to have people all the way in there and pay them enough to where they don't have their own problems and so pay equity, it's garbage. i mean, we know that, it's just not good and these jobs
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particularly when you're working with poor people, the pay is horrible. especially for what we're asking people to do. so i guess what i'm saying is at some point, we need to do more than that. maybe i'm overstepping and it's not ocoh's role, but if we have a behavioral health component, ocohneeds to look at how we step up and make sure we're tracking people to this field. my experience as a provider for a whole lot of people that are out in these streets, meaning actually living on these streets is that the mental health issues are skyrocketing and no one is really looking at this, right and there's no help and so it's like how long are we going to say this before we actually catch up and put some things in place. so maybe we look at that as part of our retrieve or something and i don't think it's just dph's alone, but at
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some point as a city, we have to recognize that what we're paying these people to do, case managers and mental health clinicians, like wages are garbage. $40,000 to $60,000 as a case manager. it doesn't make sense in san francisco. i don't know what we're paying mental health clinicians? is it over $85,000? >> i i don't know off the top of my head, i apologize. but i think to your point, what we do and having a concrete way to address that is key and we definitely need more specific responses and i do think there is a broader conversation as you mentioned kind of across the city as relates to our cbo pay for the many contracted
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services that we have as a city. it's both across the board. >> thanks kelly. first of all, i couldn't agree with you more there's real urgency and for us to expand in other services, we need a well paid for work. [please stand by]
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mental health.
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>> we to understand what the gap is and do it because what i truly believe is that we have what i am seeing on the ground we have people suffering from economic homelessness, lost jobs, weren't able to pay rent. another group that is suffering from severe mental health issues. i don't see a lot of help, if any, for those folks. it is deep. we have to do something. at the rate we are going i don't see anything happening for at least 10 years to reach people on the ground in a consistent way. i don't know who that would fall
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under. if we could figure out what are competitive wages, what is competitive wages for san francisco and what the gap is. i think that would be a good starting place. >> thank you so much. >> is that a reasonable request to figure out what that is? >> yes. i want to acknowledge the department is tackling this. not alone. we think it is part of our work. parallel committee and umbrella of mental health sf where we are working on strengthening aggressively strengthening the continuum of care including care coordination and we see that and work force is one of the pillars in mhsf and we are working on
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solutions for that. among the things you mentioned we are trying to tackle that. >> i just want to be clear. not a criticism. this is hard. i am trying to make sure i use my position and my experience to support this. thank you very much. >> thank you, member miller. this is hugely important. i think behavioral health liaison to continue to track this piece and work with the department of public health. i will go to we have member ledbetter and member andrew. >> thank you for your presentations. i appreciate it. i love that slide. it is great to see.
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we are going to get the updates about spending and al location. we are very interested in seeing what that equates to in terms of number of people housed. i haven't looked in a little while. i don't know if the tracker for rehousing is back up or if those numbers are available to us. that is my first question. second question. i look forward to understanding the pairing of service dollars with vouchers a little more and hopefully it falls in mind with the intended allocation. more broadly we are going to move through the year and have understanding reallocation, need for creative use for the funs and i am wondering from the committee perspective we might need to go back.
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what is the process for the department to come back to us and say this is what we said, this is the total amount, what we signed. now we have this opportunity. would we have that discussion? the fair housing fund. i know you are not on camera. >> thank you, member ledbetter. i assume you are referring to shelter-in-place hotel rehousing? yes, i can update you we have housed over 700 people in the shelter-in-place hotels. we are de mobilelizing those hotels between now and it started over the summer through
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next september with a strong focus on ensuring people do not return to unsheltered homelessness and that they move into stable housing. we have been making steady progress towards that goal. we de mobilized seven hotels, rehoused 23% of the people out of those hotels. 66% of folks have been moved to vacancies to consolidate people as we are able to bring the hotels down. i believe it is less than 2% have returned to the streets after having multiple offers of housing. we are proud of the work we are doing. we want to speed up the process. that is a focus of ours. we have been implements new policies to try to get those
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housing places moving as quickly as possible. >> for your other question, member ledbetter, i will return to jessie for updates on expenditures. >> i want to be clear my question when the departments need to come back to us to make significant changes or things that differ from our original authorizations, what does that look like? >> i don't know what that looks like. i know that at least quarterly updates. we have had conversations. when those things happen, how
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can we get them into the quick way if it is not quarterly update. i do think it is a topic of conversation. as far as like i feel like part of your question is about reallocating how did that happen? that is part of my learning curve right now. >> thank you. one thing i would love to look closely and come back to us the rapid rehousing versus. [indiscernable] i think we have a significant cliff. i imagine our placements are not as successful currently.
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i would support what we can do to support getting more people with longer term health and human services. >> thank you, member ledbetter. members andrews then member friedenbach. >> thank you, chair williams. a few things i jotted down. i know we are going to at some point later in this meeting and certainly in retreat next we can discuss the role of liaisons and such and bringing more clarity to the role and value that they can bring and elevate to the committee's work. i wanted you all to know. i meet regularly with behavior health services, and these are the conversations we are having around pay equity and pay and
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wage parity. overall nonprofit sustainability. specifically, member miller in key areas of geographic areas of san francisco that have historically not been paid attention to to populations of people that you named and for what exactly it is not only for homeless population but for those disproportionately impacted by behavioral health issues. it is african-americans, black, generally black men. we need to call it out for what it is. to understand that there may very well need to be more than just the intention of being culturally appropriate. what does that mean? i don't know that and i will add myself to it. walked up to what does that really look like? how do you meet folks where they
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are in a harm reduction culturally appropriate way? it is not so cryptic and kind of deeply embedded that we have to work hard to. i think we need more intention to do it. more intention to do it means you have to value that person enough to want to do. attribute resources to do that. i will sufficiently step off my soapbox on that one. we can do better with and push it more towards intention from intention but into the subsequent actions to support it. as i think about mhsf, there is a lot of things good coming out there they are talking about the work force. member miller is right. where is the pipeline.
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what is the interest, desire to want to step into this work? we are competing with ourselves, with many other things. if there is a unique challenge in providing services and being in the nonprofit sector in a very wealthy professional town, compared to other towns we live in that have different blends of commerce. we are in many ways two sides of the same coin. it is very difficult to hear the surpluses happening at the state level and local level that are in the billions of dollars. here we have these conversations that feel a bit out of not abundance but scarety. i encourage us to move from
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scarcity to abundance. there is enough for everyone. we have to put intention behind that. i will put on my co-chair hat. hsn is taking this seriously. wage parity. we have meetings to figure out the options we believe are available to us, pulling ever lever and twisting every screw to think outside the box. what are the ways we feel we can address this in a permanent solution? is there a permanent solution? if we don't we will be hat in hand every year. that is no kind of prestigic planning. anyone who manages budgets knows that is no way to manage the future of some very critical services to the community. last thing i would say is you
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know there was that hearing cosponsored by supervisor ronan and haney on non-profit sustainability and a lot of good information we shared. at minimum away in which we all recognize that we are living the same stark reality. i feel like there may be an opportunity for either or both supervisors to join one of our meetings to hear more about what they think in terms of their intentions and next steps that they feel they could take in their respective roles. though are just a few thoughts i had in the conversations we had. i want to thank kelly and emily for great presentations. very helpful and for your remarks. thank you. >> thank you so much, member andrews. for our retreat equity is our
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north star. having a conversation around all of this with equity and racial justice lens is so important and i am excited to have that conversation at the retreat. member friedenbach is next. >> thank you so much. i wanted to follow up on a question with hsh around we had expenditures back in december around having subsidies for bayview hunters point. i don't think we were ever updated where those subsidies are. there was another subsidy for families with kids. i would love to find out where that is. that was one of our efforts to tankgibly address the equity issues and ensure people were being served.
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we also had some subsidies in this investment plan around making sure that folks outside of the safe sleeping villages were getting access to subsidies. i am not sure where that is at. there might be some on the the horizon. >> thank you for the question. for the bayview subsidy we are drafting the solicitation. i think we anticipate that being ready early next year. i don't have any more detailed timeline. that should be in process early
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2022. >> thank you. there is stuff around behavioral health. some of the stuff around decision making and prioritizing, you know, i think for this body that was a big priority. as much as that can be moved as quickly as possible. for behavioral health, a few different things there. the behavioral health access center, i believe 1380 howard was tabled. not sure where that is at. some questions around overdose. if prop c is paying for the ambulance. i think the ambulances were responding to overdoses and the money is going to the street medicine to expand response.
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overall comment on this. i appreciate the dashboard. this is awesome. i have been looking at it pretty regularly. i really appreciate transparency there. one of the things i notice again in this theme of priorities is that it seems like in terms of moving forward the department's priorities are around the streets, response and the lock beds and in terms of timeline priorities much lower timeline for community-based beds that i think from my perspective are the things really going to be helpful in terms of stabilizing folks. street-based responses are all most like a circle that you are going in constantly. if people continue to be out on the streets and are re-traumatized over again they
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require crisis response. overdoses continue if there is no place to stabilize. i want to get response on the thinking around that in terms of timelines. >> thank you. i can speak to the timeline for the at least the treatment beds. in terms of it is a balance between procuring new beds and facilities in the city takes time. we are actively pursuing buildings to have those community-based programs like board and cares and managed alcohol programs. the locked beds move more quickly because we are able to procure out-of-county through contracting. we do recognize critical importance of maintaining and
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expanding our community-based beds. it is a priority. because the other beds move faster do not mean they were higher priority they happened on the pipeline faster given the logistics we recognize the importance of those beds and are working very hard to get those online as fast as we can. you mentioned a question about ambulances and street-based response. in regards to the street crisis response team and their model every response? >> not as much. the rigs look very expensive. >> i have been getting feedback from folks on streets. i don't that was the best choice there. that is water under the bridge.
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there is an ambulance element and you know ambulances are responding to overdoses. i know that part of it was on overdose response. i am wondering if prop c is going towards paying fire department for the ambulance response? it seems like that was something already in existence. i am always worried one of my pet peeves is trying to make sure prop c funds are not supplanting. i am bird dogging that, so to speak. >> i appreciate that. we know very much supplants is a line not to be crossed with prop c fundings. i am aware of that. i don't imagine these were
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supplanting. expansion with fire. we can circle back on the component with ems. i am fairly certain they are not supplanting. we can connect on that for you. >> thank you so much. we are going to document these follow up items to share with the department. we are at time. thank you director kirkpatrick and director cohen for presenting and for being an ongoing conversation with the committee. thank you for your time today. we are going to now move to public comment. i will turn it over to the secretary. >> members of the public to comment on this item call 415-655-0001 code is 875-83-9526.
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pound and pound again. please dial star 3 to line up to speak. system will indicate you have raised your hand. wait until you are unmuted to begin your comments. you have three minutes. >> spanish interpreter, please. speaking spanish] >> cantonese interpreter please.
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[speaking cantonese] >> thank you. i do not see any public comment. >> thank you. one hand raised. let me get this caller. >> this is bill hearse. thank you for the opportunity to offer comment and to hear the updates this morning. i did want to share from the
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provider perspective. we are seeing a significant slowdown in the approval of contracts for this fiscal year. i know that much of the mayor's office of housing funding that is from previous years has not finalized contracts. providers have not been able to invoice since the beginning of the current fiscal year. this new funding which is supposed to fund an expansion to activities has not been folded into contracts yet. providers don't know what the new funding is. we do not have a path to begin hiring new employees to do this work, and the timeline will be much abbreviated. this is a significant challenge
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for the contractors. i also wanted to say that i am still not clear on where some of the housing subsidy funding that we received in the ad back process has landed. i know there was new funding for housing subsidies for people living with h.i.v. and aids. there was funding for seniors and people with disabilities. i have heard that it has landed with the department of homelessness and supportive housing. normally that would be administering through the mayor's office of housing. sometimes it has been funded through dos, but i don't know where it is. i don't think it is available. as we learn from member miller, there is a crisis out on the
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streets. real mental health crisis on the streets. it has been a crisis for as long as i can remember. we want this funding to hit the streets as soon as possible. i also haven't heard a lot of discussion about the layering of subsidies on bmr units which i have always thought was a key strategy to make mildly affordable housing deeply affordable. those bmr units are often new accessible units which are of particular interest to people with disabilities. that is it for me. thanks for the opportunity. >> thank you, caller. >> we do not have additional callers. >> thank you to the public commentator. we will go to item 6.
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discussion of the liaison structure we approved at the last meeting. we have a couple of things to get clear on for this item. we have a decision grid in front of us, decision tree in front of us. first i want to point out what took place at the last meeting on this item. immediate needs liaison we voted to retain this role with a different name. we need to get chair fiction on the -- clarification on the goal. are we keeping same members in those roles? for the immediate needs we will develop short term proposals for release of funds. this is one of the goals for the first strategic investment plan. we have the 2019 immediate needs allocation for our community impact accountability liaison combined with the impact
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communication liaison role. we voted for that. we need clarification for the goals to ensure transparency and accessibility of committee activities, engaging stakeholders and to provide support with recommendations, outcomes and planning for our system modeling investment plan liaison we combined with data officer role. we need clarification on the name of the role and if we want this to be an officer versus a aliaison role. strategic investment action plan including outcome targets and progress. we have threely say on rolls -- three of the liaison roles stayed the same. i hope that makes the decisions we need to make for this item
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more clear. we will open it up at this time to the committee for discussion. >> let me know if you want me to take this down. >> i see member friedenbach. >> we suggested this at the last meeting. we wanted to change immediate needs liaison to respond to the zip hotels to emergency shelter which is what it is in the budget process.
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we would change the name of the role. i don't know if we go around to see where people want to be placed. i want to point out that the shelter category is lower workload. i would be open to staying in that or if there is a heavy workload in another category that it would be helpful for me to switch because i would probably have more time on my hands. i am open either way. we need to change the name of this role. >> thank you. can you make that a motion, please. >> yes, i move to change the name of the immediate needs liaison to the emergency shelter and hygiene liaison.
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>> second? >> i will second it. >> do you think there will be a number of motions we want to take notes on all of them. >> we could do it that way as well. it is up to the committee if we want to take these one by one. >> i can put my motion on hold for the moment or withdraw my motion? >> we just need to have the package. >> i will make a note of it. >> all right. i guess we could go to the members if there are comments around a particular role. i see member andrews and member miller. >> thank you, chair williams. i wanted for everyone on the
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call it may be important to benchmark where we are. can we have a report out on the membership of the committee at the moment. we have some open positions. i wonder if there is any inter play between those open positions compared to who is the designated member. we can go through naming the liaison or renaming them if we are compelled to do so. i am wondering if we should stop short in the fact we are not fully ripe as a staff, as a committee. we are staffed but a full membership committee. >> member andrews right now we only have one position open, the system modeling data officer
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position. i heard exciting news that the controller's office and mayor's office are working on new appointment. that is in progress. right now we have one open. system modeling and data offer. it is important to hear from folks in these rolls. what are you thinking? is there interests to move to other roles? that is an important part of the conversation today. >> thank you. >> i am happy to stay in the role if that is agreeable to the committee. >> i agree that it should be focused on emergency shelter. my concern is that you know, i
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can no longer officially participate, i don't think. my organization actually runs the emergency shelter. with that being said, i am concerned because there is so much controversy around emergency shelter. i also think there is a -- i'm sorry. my dog is playing with this thing and it is loud. it is distracting me. i had to sit back because of the controversy. it is extremely confusing to me.
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i have really come to certain realizations about what is going on. i don't really think that as a city or even people who are involved so deeply in this issue that we are looking at what is happening. for example. the occupancy rate or vacancy rate at safe sleeps are like zero. i can go on and on with other statistics. there is something going on. i won't get into it right now. i am not getting into controversy. i think that it is important that we start looking at the trends that we are seeing in realtime on the streets right now. we have to be able to address them correctly. i guess what i am saying is that on the one hand i can't because
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of any kind of formal bias be on this committee but at the same time i feel like i am touching it everywhere all of the time. i think it is important that these issues are brought up. i am not quite sure how to do that. i just want to make sure we are looking at these issues if we are talking about emergency shelter or know away i can participate in a meaningful way as opposed to kind of on the side when we have meetings and say my two cents. anyway. >> thank you so much member miller. >> i am hearing from the committee, i heard member friedenbach say she is fine in the role of immediate needs to emergency shelter and changing
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the title. from member miller she would need to step back because of her role in administering services. i am hearing from member andrews that he is still interested in remaining as behavioral health liaison. is that correct? i see member ledbetter. >> thank you. i have not said conflicts or no conflicts. i am now officially unconflicted member which is much easier to think about than before when it was quite a delicate dance, i think. i was asked the same questions of the behavioral health and emergency shelter. [indiscernable]
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i need guidance around how to do the -- the knowledge as providers will say unconflicted. the same questions member andrews and member miller might come along with a conflict. [indiscernable] i would love to stay in the prevention role. i also would love to see the systems get going while we wait for new appointments. i would volunteer myself to temporarily be in that role to move forward. we have a lot on the agenda for the needs assessment. either both or one, whichever
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works. >> thank you, member ledbetter. i am hearing you would be open to serving in the system modeling data officer role temporarily serving in both with diversion and prevention, is that correct? >> yes. i would vote for keeping the officer as the chair and vice chair. you are very intentional about that. >> do you have a title in mind for this officer? data officer. you are saying system models is part of that and different name for the officer we can say data officer. member ledbetter. [indiscernable] i don't think there will be data
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analysis. that comes from our staff. to the general public it might be a little strange. systems models is not clear. that is the method we will use moving forward. [indiscernable] i would love to hear from community members. >> member friedenbach. >> i like this idea. to the earlier point we don't know who is going to be appointed in the two empty seats. i think we can alling knowledgee major loss. that created a huge void. i really appreciate the officer from julie.
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i think about our membership. she has background in doing modeling and working on that bigger picture stuff. i think that is a great idea. i really support that and appreciate that. it is quite a lot. >> thank you. i am going to check in with jessie if you are capturing these points for the overall motion. we had a number of things. >> i am a little unsure of the e things discussed. immediate needs. changing to emergency shelter and hygiene. keeping data officer? is that where we landed? >> it sounds like there is a planning officer is something
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member ledbetter is interested in serving in that role data and systems modeling planning to planning officer. sounds like everyone is okay staying in their role and member miller is stepping back from shelter hygiene liaison role. >> one thing that we are thinks is that for the liaisons to really think about a draft work plan for each of the roles and we have the retreat to gather more information for the work plans and finalizing this piece at our december meeting is what we are hoping for. to be transparent about that. we can go through each goal for each position today. we want to empower the liaisons
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to pull together a draft for each position and work with the committee over the next month or so. i see member andrews. >> thank you, chair williams. i wonder to member ledbetter's point and thinking of member miller and myself. i wonder if it may be helpful from a legal housekeeping perspective to have deputy attorney at the retreat to just do a refresher on the ways in which we identify real or perceived conflict. i think we did that when we were actually doing allocation and prioritization. that would be helpful. the challenge is and this is hard for people to say because a lot of times we don't step into
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the courageous space of being modest sometimes and sometimes we should. we have worked so long and hard in this work. the subject matter experts are in the room. it would behoove all of us to draw on their knowledge and expertise knowing we sit here in our bridge to our community in many ways. how does one do that? basically walk through this very fine type rope. i think we all do our best to make sure that is true. it is hard to get a bright line on how to be 100% conflict free and at the same time i think we all benefit from each other's knowledge and expertise and understanding. just thought it may be helpful.
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>> we can bring in city attorney to our retreat for brief overview. we have a lot to accomplish with the retreat. it is helpful. there is a treasure trove of expertise on the committee. i agree we want to be able to provide that expertise that is why we are here. thank you, member andrews. member ledbetter. >> i want to talk about what gives us the ability to really communicate no matter where we it is in the system is to focus on the model. it pulls it away from contract allocations or direct conversations about contracting but focuses on the need and what is the community-based need? i found that very, very helpful to approach it from that point
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of view. [indiscernable] we can use that as a safe place to really access all of the expertise of the members. >> thank you so much, member ledbetter. it will be great to go back to member friedenbach. you originated the motion now we have a few different additions. would that be okay with you? >> yes. >> jessie can state it. >> i wrote it down, too. you will be more articulate than me. >> the motion is to change the immediate needs liaison to the title emergency shelter and
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hygiene liaison. also, to change the name of the role data officer to the planning officer. another piece of the motion is that member reggio, friedenbach and andrews and ledbetter would all like to stay in their roles to that designated member. member miller would like to step back. there is also member ledbetter volunteered to serve at this time. >> it is not that i want to step back. i don't want complications. i want to be able to use my
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expertise in a more helpful way but i don't want to be on the front page of the chronicle with a weird scandal. that is what i am saying. >> member miller will step back to avoid real or perceived conflict of interest. was there also asking people to pull together a draft of the liaison pole? >> that is the motion. >> that's correct. we will be working on finalizing the work plan throughout the retreat until the december meeting. >> that is everything i have. does that match what you have, member friedenbach?
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>> yes. i will move to forward the motion. >> second? >> i have one question. do we have the vacancy in emergency shelter will member friedenbach stay there. >> member friedenbach stays there. >> i will second. >> seconded by ledbetter. >> additional discussion. >> the reason that people think it is strange i put the word hygiene in there. part of the language in the section of the funding is funding for showers. we didn't fund that last time, that is probably something we want to look at. i just wanted to make sure everybody knew that. >> we will go to secretary for public comment.
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>> this is the day for computer issues, i think. >> chair williams. perhaps if you keep your camera off we can hear your voice. >> can you hear me. >> yes. >> i apologize. we will go to roll call vote on the motion. >> member andrews. >> yes. >> vice chair d'antonio absent. member frieden back. >> yes. >> ledbetter.
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>> yes. >> miller. >> yes. >> chair williams. >> yes. >> all right. the motion passes. we will continue working on this through december. thank you everyone for all of your work. we will now move to item 7. before we get to proposed agenda items. a couple announcements. regularly scheduled november meeting is canceled. we will have two special meetings retreat on wednesday november 3 and thursday novembeo noon each day. we will post agenda tomorrow for those meetings. we will partner with united states inter agency coordinating council on homelessness for feedback on wednesday november 17 at 5:00 p.m. it is a general session for providers and stakeholders are
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encouraged to participate. there will be away for people with expertise for a gift card for $50. they will take place over zoom. we will have only 50 participants. the flyer will be coming out soon with more information. we would love committee member support with recruiting participants. i will work with staff to get that sept out. i wanted to flag those changes with the meeting. any questions before we go to proposed agenda items? >> the 50 people are going to be unhoused and each member present? would we be taking up spaces from other people if we participate? >> i mean if folks want to participate please let me know. we have the 50 slots for those
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experiencing homelessness. proposed future agenda items. >> i think maybe my earlier comments as we think about this whole pipeline of how to strengthen and sustain, recruit and retain the work force and about overall non-profit sustainability. it would be good to hear from some of our elected in that regard what their strategies are. i mentioned the hearing a few months back. cosponsored by supervisor haney and supervisor ronan. i am sure there are some strategies coming out of the mayor's office as well. it is just i can't underscore
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what member miller said enough. it is just we can have all of the resources available to us and if we just don't have a work force to deliver the services we are just sort of spinning our wheels. i want to say a word about that. point of process. that was the recommendation for our future agenda item for presentation. i also just wanted to get the process on the development of the agenda for the retreat, too. i chair a few other associations. i want to make sure we are living within the values of community input into the process and i think people have an opportunity to reach out. i wonder if we can more as we move forward formalize that and even have a session that involves the membership to
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develop a retreat. we will be able to get to all that we need to get to. i just want to throw that out there as a potential future opportunity for the retreat. >> absolutely, member andrews. for the retreat we are just based on our past conversations more time for specific items. looking at investment plan, needs assessment, racial equity, where we are at. i encourage all committee members please reach out to myself andvis chair d'antonio. we want your input based on our past conversations. >> sure. thank you, chair williams. i believe the restreets are times to gig -- retreats are
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times to dig in more deeply around be the work that is before us. thank you for that. >> thank you so much. any other future agenda items before public comment? >> go ahead member ledbetter. >> i would love to see a presentation around the prevention steps. i appreciate the caller who called in sharing we are concerned about the dollars out the door but the prevention proposal had a lot of interesting cases to it. we have never had a real chance to hear about the exciting work that they have been doing through portfolio in the past and this funding as well as through the expansion of
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prevention system. i would love to hear some detailed proposal on different be strategies. [please
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[speaking cantonese] >> thank you. checking the list now. i do not see any public comments. >> thank you, secretary. thank you also to our interpreters. i will now entertain a motion to adjourn? >> i will move to adjourn. >> so moved by member friedenbach. >> i'll second. >> oh, thank god. i thought we were going to be on here forever [laughter]. >> you can always count on me. [laughter]
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>> seconded by member andrews. is there any discussion? all right, seeing none, secretary, can you call the roll? >> member andrews. >> yes. friedenbach? yes. >> ledbetter? yes. >> williams? >> yes. motion passes and we're now adjourned at 11:33 a.m. thank you, everyone. >> awesome.
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