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>> president cohen: sergeant mitchell, would you please call the roll. >> clerk: would you like to call the pledge of allegiance? >> president cohen: i would love to call the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] >> president cohen: all right. this meeting is called to order. please call the roll. >> clerk: absolutely. [roll call]
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>> clerk: president cohen, you have a quorum. >> president cohen: wonderful. let's go ahead and start the first item. >> clerk: line item 1, general public comment. the public is now welcome to address the commission regarding items that do not appear on tonight's agenda but that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission. speakers shall address their remarks to the commission as a whole and not to individual commissioners or department or d.p.a. personnel. under police commission rules of order, during public comment, neither police or d.p.a. personnel, nor commissioners are required to respond to questions presented by the public but may provide a brief response.
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members of the public who wish to enter public comment should dial 415-655-0001, then enter meeting i.d. 2481-778-3710, then press pound and pound again. press star, three to lineup to speak. best practices are to speak slowly and clearly and turn down any speakers in the background. alternatively, you may e-mail the clerk of the commission or written comments may be sent to the public safety building located at 1245 third street, san francisco, california, 94158, so at this time, we have two public comments. good evening, caller.
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you have two minutes. >> i'm francisco dacosta, and from time to time, i pay attention to this commission meeting. if we are a first-class city, and if we represent a first-class city, then we must talk about climate change, food security, and the mess that we have on our streets in san francisco. stop bringing people like senators from sacramento to tell us what to do. when you commissioners have failed us miserably, i say miserably. today, the people in san francisco are suffering more so because of covid-19, and you all are talking in circles by
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bringing people from sacramento who are not doing their job over there. you do your job over here. represent the people. enough of your b.s. we want real solutions with timelines and goals, and thank you for the measly two minutes. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> good evening. my name is kit [indiscernible] and i'm with wealth and disparities in minority communities. i'm going to going to call this what it is: antiblackness when it comes to the use of force
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and racial profiling. i've grown tired of talking to the police commission, to sfpd, and to the board of supervisors. where is the urgency? i agree with first lady michelle obama when she stated, [indiscernible] that happens to us, end quote. [indiscernible] i'm tired. tired not to quit
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[indiscernible] is still under investigation by the d.a. tonight's agenda does include [indiscernible] the same level of antiblack racism in s.f. policing continues from 2016 to the present. will the police commission take action regarding antiblack racism policing? thank you. >> president cohen: thank you. >> clerk: thank you. good evening, caller. welcome, caller. you have two minutes. >> there is an urgency to address the injustices of black san franciscans. i'm going to call it what it is, antiblackness when it comes to the use of force, arrest,
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and racial profiling and traffic stops of black san franciscans by sfpd. i have grown tired of talking to the police commission, to sfpd, and to the board of supervisors. where's the urgency? if the tables were turned and these statistics represented white folks, i know there would be an urgency. i agree with first lady michelle obama when she started [indiscernible] when are you going to take responsibility and address the harsh and unjust statistics for love of all san franciscans, not just black san franciscans, which is truly your responsibility as you took an oath to uphold the law and safety of all san franciscans. i'm tired. not tired enough to quit, but tired of beating a dead horse. tired of arguments that fall on deaf ears, and therefore, we've
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sought help from attorney general [indiscernible]. meanwhile, a black san franciscan is six times as likely to be subject to a traffic stop, more than nine times as likely to be subject to the use of force, and more than 12 times as likely to be arrested. we and other community groups have provided recommendations to eradicate violence and racism in san francisco. what happened to those recommendations? we have heard nothing about next steps or whether those recommendations will be implemented. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> hi. my name is victoria juarez, and i live in district 1.
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there is an urgency to address the injustices of black san franciscans. i'm going to call it what it is: antiblackness when it comes to the matters of racial profiling, arrests, and racism by the sfpd. i agree with first lady michelle obama when she stated [indiscernible] it happens to us. when are you going to take responsibility when you address the harsh and biased statistics that happen to san franciscans, not just black san franciscans as you took an oath to uphold the law and seek the good for all san franciscans. as i said, i am tired, but not tired enough to quit. tired of beating a dead horse, to look to new sources to find
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this antiblackness inside of your chambers and offices and urgency, and therefore, we've sought help from attorney general banza. a black san franciscan is six times as likely to be subject to a san franciscan, more than nine times as likely to be subject to the use of force, and more than 12 times as likely to be arrested. we are not just going to drop oversight of sfpd when d.o.j. cops concludes. will the police commission act to stop sfpds antiblack racism? >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> i firstly wanted to echo the words of the previous three callers and say that sfpds long
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history of racism makes it a special problem needing special reform, but tonight, the section that i wanted to highlight was the drug war. we continue to [indiscernible] continues to increase, and this is well predicted by the theory called iron wall prohibition. it was discussed by an economist called thornton who showed that the potency of marijuana was disproportionate to the punishment provided. he studied the 1920s through 1933 period. the basic approach is based on the [indiscernible] theorem.
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if drugs are legalized, then consumers will begin to wean themselves off of higher potency forms. these promised switches off of the higher potency forms are essential today, where we see opium users having transitioned to heroin and now having transitioned to fentanyl. we see the process transitioning to carfentanyl on our streets. these dangers are real, and our choice cannot be to continue the failed policies of the
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past. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. hello, caller. you have two minutes. hello? good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> no, i'm sorry. i already spoke. >> clerk: okay. thank you. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> hello. can you hear me? >> clerk: yeah, i can hear you.
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>> yes. this is miss brown. i'm calling concerning my son, aubrey abrakasa, who is case is still an unsolved case. each week, i'm calling in each week. it's something that i'll be doing for the rest of my life. another christmas and thanksgiving are rolling around, and i'll have an empty seat at the table again. last week, i just left the hospital with a mother that had to pull the plug on her son, and it just shifts the discussion back to unsolved homicides. i call in concerning my son, yes, but i also help other
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mothers and fathers that are going through the same thing that i'm going through, and i was just wondering how -- what can we do, officials, for us besides just -- i don't know, just letting the homicides happen? and i'm not saying you do it, it's just that they're not getting solved fast enough, and the perpetrators are killing again, especially with guns that are not labelled now, the ghost guns, and these kids are killing more now. and i'm just speaking for my son that i'm waiting for the day to stand in court and confront the killers of my son. again, i say thanksgiving and christmas is coming up. my son loved both of those days, and this is all i have to do for him, every wednesday, is
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to keep his memory alive. what else do i do? what else is there to do? i just pray that, one day, that i get justice for my child. okay. thank you. >> president cohen: thank you, miss abrakasa. >> clerk: we also have a written public comment that i'll read now. the public comment reads, elias needs to resign. i read your website and what hamasaki tweeted using the n-word and other racist sexist tweets. if you had an officer that used that word, you failed in your
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job. resign, hypocrite, yet hamasaki sits up there. you made the standards, now abide by them, and that concludes the written public comments as well as the public comment. if there's anyone with an anonymous tip, please call the anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444, and that concludes public comment, president cohen. >> president cohen: all right. thank you very much. let's go ahead and call the next item. >> clerk: line item 2 has been removed from the agenda and has been rescheduled for december 8, so we will move onto, next,
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item 3, consent calendar. the items under consent calendar are considered routine and for information purposes only. if any commissioner would like to discuss any item under the consent calendar, please advise president cohen that you would like to place the item on a future agenda and discussion. tonight, there will be no discussion or presentations on these items, and we have on consent calendar to receive and file action, family code 6228, incident report release quarterly report, third quarter 2021, so we need to have an action regarding line item 3. >> president cohen: i'm sorry.
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i didn't hear you. >> clerk: we need to have an action regarding line item 3. >> president cohen: all right. let's go to public comment since we don't have any comments? >> l. simon-weisberg: lie i ? >> vice president elias: i just wanted to say i thank everyone for all of their hard work and i don't have any other comment. >> president cohen: let's go ahead and go to public comment and then we'll take action. >> clerk: if you would like to make public comment, please dial star, three at this time, and there's no public comment, president cohen. >> president cohen: all right. thank you. is there a motion to accept? >> vice president elias: motion. >> president cohen: motion made by commission elias.
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is there a second? second. >> president cohen: okay. thank you. >> clerk: i'm sorry, president cohen. there's one public comment that did come in. >> president cohen: okay. let's take it. >> clerk: good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> what i want to say is when it comes to incident reports, not once have i -- have you asked, commissioners, how are the incident reports addressed? what type of software do they use? in the year 2021, we have very sophisticated software that addressed incident reports in a very logical manner, but if you
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all are not educated on issues, meaning you have never once asked the director to state on an incident report in the last ten years how incident reports have been addressed, i know several years ago, you all were doing the incident -- several years ago, before chief scott came on board, you were all doing the incident reports manually. in the presidio in 1999, we had a better system. we also had a better communication system. any way, it's wonderful,
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commissioners, to hear you talking in circles about these incident reports and how they're working very hard, but are they using the latest technology? are they using a technology where our incident command center can communicate with the f.b.i. and address types of crimes, type one, two, three, in a very efficacious manner. >> president cohen: all right. thank you, speaker. someone needs to mute their speaker because i can hear them in a back conversation. all right. we had a motion and a second to that motion. >> clerk: on the motion to accept and file the cobb sent
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calendar item -- [roll call] -- the consent calendar item -- [roll call] >> clerk: commissioner cohen, you have five yes votes. >> president cohen: excellent. let's call the next item. >> clerk: line item 4, chief's report. just one moment, please. >> okay. good evening, president cohen, commissioners, director henderson, and the public --
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>> president cohen: okay. that sounds like public comment. >> okay. sad news, we lost an officer, jack nice, who passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. he worked a number of assignments, last assigned to park station. definitely, we're supporting his family and please keep officer nice's family and friends in your prayers. more to follow on that as we get the information and services following that. the information this week, starting off with violent crimes, homicides are up to 46.
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we had one from october where the victim died, so we'll be up to 47. sexual assaults were down 15%. 167 year to today. robberies 1917 compared to 2011. human trafficking were up 32%, 29 compared to 22 last year. total violent crimes, there's a 1% increase. as far as property crimes, our burglaries are down 2%. that's good news because we were up significantly several months ago. we had 6163 burglaries year-to-date compared to 6300 this time last year.
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motor vehicle thefts were down about .6%, 5,019 compared to 5,050. overall, larceny, we're up 13% 24,890 compared to 28,984. included in our larceny numbers are auto burglaries. we're up 37% year-to-date. when we compare to 2018, we are down 25%. aggravated assaults, i mentioned that we are up
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year-to-date. just a breakdown of the types of assaults. firearm related assaults were up 15%, which is -- the good news is that is decreasing from where it was earlier in the summer, so we're up 15%, 1580 to where we were last summer. assaults using a knife or cutting instrument were down 11%, 243 compared to 274 this year, and assaults possessed by others, we were up 9%, 915 compared to 840.
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our total homicides with firearms is 35 compared to 27 year-to-date last year, and that is a 30% increase over this time last year. in terms of our individual stations, our shootings by station, tenderloin is leading in terms of the increase, 32, compared to 22 shooting incidents year-to-date. mission, 29 compared to 15, bayview, 49 compared to 46 year-to-date. central, we have a decrease over last year of one, southern, an increase in one w. northern, an increase of two, richmond, an increase of one,
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and taraval, an increase of two. the biggest decrease year-to-date is ingleside. they had eight this time last year, two year-to-date this year. other significant trends, gun seizures, 869 guns seized year-to-date. as we have done every year for several years now, we will participate in a gun buy back toward the end of the year with united playas and others and we are excited to get a number of guns off the streets, and i
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want to thank in advance united playas for all they do year in and year out. as far as our ghost guns and manufactured guns year-to-date, we're at 169 recoveries, and this time last year, we are at 127 compared to this time last year. ghost guns continue to be a problem for the city, but we have a very good relationship with our federal partners on our gun violence and gun
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reduction. in terms of hate crimes, we have had 56 antiasian hate crimes, which lead all categories combined. i will note that 30 of the incidents against our asian community members were committed by one individual, and -- >> president cohen: i'm sorry.
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did you say 30? >> yes, 30, madam president. >> president cohen: 30. wow. >> so that person was arrested and charged were filed against that -- charges were filed against that person. significant incidents, a couple here to report.
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the victim is expected to survive his injuries. one of the individuals who committed this crime [indiscernible]. our investigation is on going, so if anyone has any information on this shooting or any of the shootings that i'll talk about today, you can call 415-575-4444 and remain anonymous. we also had a homicide on november 3 at 12:51 p.m. our victim was located near a b.a.r.t. station walkway. he had been shot.
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we recovered shell casings from the scene and information is being developed. please call 415-575-4444 if you have any information on this case. november 5, 12:12. tenderloin residents observed a shooting in progress. they were directed to a vehicle, and they said the person in the vehicle had the weapon. our officers located the person and took the person in custody without incident, and we located the victim a couple blocks away.
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we transported the victim, and the victim is expected to survive their injuries, and a second suspect has been identified, was tied to this incident by evidence, and was also arrested. on november 6 at 2:30 p.m., a person walked into san francisco general hospital and -- with a gunshot wound. the patient was not cooperative about who shot him or where this happened. while conducting an investigation, the officers discovered a vehicle nearby with bullet holes. the registration came back to a shooting earlier in the day on the friday. the person who walked in the hospital was arrested for an
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outstanding warrant, but that shooting is still under investigation. on november 7 at 1:12 p.m., there was a shooting in the bayview. our victim was a 14-year-old male. he and the subject had an on going dispute. subject pulled out a gun and shot the victim, grazing him in the lower extremities. our victim refused to be transported but was treated at the scene and is expected to sur viesk. no information is available at this point. information is being followed up on, and hopefully, we'll make an arrest in this case. on november 8, in the ingleside district, a person was walking home when a person shot him. our strict was shot in the lower extremities but was taken
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to the hospital and is expected to survive. we have not located a suspect as of yet and are continuing that investigation, as well. we had a bank robbery on the 1500 block of van ness in the northern district. we have developed information and believe it to be part of a series of several bank robberies with several m.o.s, and our investigation is on going in this case. i think hopefully, we will hopefully resolve this case and take this person into custody. also. we had a significant marijuana [indiscernible] oak dale. i reported several of these in the last few months in the bayview district. this is yet another one. approximately $200,000 of marijuana was taken in this
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burglary. no information is known as of yet. if anyone has any information on this, please call 415-575-4444. two traffic incidents i would like to report, both of them involved bicycles. we have seen several incidents this year involving bicycles, so i want to ask the public to please, please be careful when you're riding a bicycle. wear a helmet. we had a bicycle collision at lombard and divisadero at northern. this was on november 5 at 5:57 p.m. the bicyclist had severe injuries and was reported to be in critical condition. we had another on november 7 at
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3:50 p.m. in the mission district. bicyclist was struck by a vehicle. the vehicle remained thornton thomasetti scene. the bicyclist received injuries, and neither one of these, fortunately, is life threatening -- or neither of these is life threatening. we want people to ride safely, carefully, and enjoy what the city has to offer, but please slow down. speed is one of the factors involved in many of these collisions. we will be having a report next week on traffic safety, including on what i'm about to talk on now, stunt driving. we've had some success in following up after the fact, locating vehicles involved in
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these incidents, and taking action through investigation, so that's going fairly successfully, and hopefully people are really understanding that when they do these dangerous events in a city that we will follow up, and when the evidence is there, we will impound vehicles for 30-days, and where we can identify a person, we will try to get that case prosecuted. this district station strategy, i'll report on what's going on in the mission and ingleside, as well. southern district has several operations to reduce break ins, and they involve plain clothes officers and uniformed officers, as well. they had some successful arrests in that regard.
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we put a lot of officers in the area, and we just have to try to continue to disrupt this activity and continue to try to make a difference there. in the mission district, high visibility in the mission district and the 24 street corridor as we've reopened.
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our tourist department continues to focus in the castro street, market street areas and particularly in the area of 18 and market, we've had some challenges there, so that deployment has helped relieve some of the challenges in that area. high visibility patrols and foot patrols will continue in that area with the purpose of deterring robbery and thefts so people can enjoy that area.
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we're working with our service providers and we are leading with trying to get service providers connected with individuals who need help to get them resources, and there's been a lot of collaboration with our city partners in that regard. we remain focus on residential garage burglaries, and we've seen a big drop in the gun related homicides in the district this year. our community violence response team and our crime intelligence unit is also working on [indiscernible] in ingleside which we had involving some of our local networks, group related networks, and we've
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made some headway there. we are reaching out to individuals at risk through our sbit collaborative and really trying to offer services, live coaching, to try to address this from a different angle. we have a number of people that have accepted that offer for help. not enough, but we're making progress there. also s.f. safe, materials being shared in the community and via social media to provide safety tips for residents of our city. we've had an uptick in homes under construction being burglarized, so we're focusing on those areas with extra patrols and hopefully some of those will pan out and we can get some people in custody with those. we had events at kezar stadium
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this week. also, the mayan art music festival will happen this week, we'll have the timber wolves this week, and the bulls going on on the 12. officers are working with chase to make sure that's a safe event, and also, we have a university of san francisco basketball game on 13 november, mens and womens basketball will be hosting games. also, last week, the dave chappelle event at chase drew some attention. no incidents were reported. later, protests occurred during and prior to this event, and no incidents there. chase has the golden shell
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concerts on the 13 and a 5-k for melanoma on the 14. no significant domestic events to report. and the last thing, just to follow up on, a question asked by commissioner byrne, how many officers remain unvaccinated, and the total number of officers that remain unvaccinated is 38. thank you. >> president cohen: so let me run through this. there's been some good news this week and some alarming news when it comes to the numbers. the officer that was on administrative leave, i think the p.o.a. indicated he was unvaccinated, the officer that unfortunately died due to
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covid. just want to, again, underscore that it's important that we get vaccinated and, at this point, receive a booster, and i also want to acknowledge that sfpd have a 97% vaccination rate. we've made some progress since the health mandate was published from the mayor. i want to talk about the p.d. sergeant that was arrested in south san francisco for attempted robbery. i'm wondering, did e.i.s. detect any indication that he was troubled? >> no, not at all, commissioner, and definitely a very unfortunate situation. can't go too far into the situation, but the main thing is we want our officer or sergeant to make sure that he's okay health wise and get the
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help that he needs, and we will deal with the rest, as we always do. >> president cohen: okay. i'm sorry to hear this. very painful for many of your officers who worked side by side with him. >> yes. >> president cohen: also, kudos to our officers for working with vallejo officers in the arresting of a robbery suspect. also, a grant for increasing
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quality of life? >> yeah. it's what we can do to drive down alcohol related injuries and deaths, and it is a big deal. thank you for that. >> president cohen: yeah. i think that's all i have in my notes. thank you very much. colleagues, anyone else? i don't see any hands up. let's see...hand? okay. commissioner hamasaki, go ahead. i see your hand. >> commissioner hamasaki: thank you, president cohen. i want to follow up on a few points that president cohen just made. i think it was really sad and devastating to hear news that an sfpd officer had died from covid, and especially since that's something that we as the commission have really been
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encouraging everybody to obtain. the only question i had was i know the individual was placed on leave. was that, do we know, after he was infected, and was there a contact tracing program put in place to ensure that anyone that's been exposed is being tested? >> yeah. as far as we know, commissioner, there's no exposure in the workplace with officer nice, and so we don't know, really, his -- because it did not occur in the workplace, so we don't really know, in terms of the contact tracing, what that is really going to lead to. but in the timing of all of
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this, it did not occur in the workplace. >> commissioner hamasaki: it occurred after he was already at home? >> yes, i believe so. >> commissioner hamasaki: okay. the other point that president cohen raised about another, i think, tragedy involving one of our officers is that it sounds like one of our officers was suffering from addiction and made some obvious pretty bad choices while suffering from addiction. [please stand by]
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>> sound like you're seeing how portion of the tenderloin drug sale moved over to seventh and mission? >> correct. >> you -- what was the term you used? president cohen, we didn't have
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a calendar, the meeting on strategy? >> president cohen: yes. commissioner barnes made that request. we are still negotiating on a date. >> commissioner byrne: we're www.--we're waiting on certain statistics. >> i put thatten out -- i don't put that on the department. i don't think there's going to be a policing solution to it.
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i look forward to the discussion. >> commissioner hamasaki what about to that big microphone in l.a.? now it's hard. you sound muffle and far away? >> commissioner hamasaki: i didn't have a chance to pick it up. >> president cohen: let's keep moving forward. anyone else want to comment on the chief's presentation? chief, we appreciate your patience again on behalf of the commission, i want to extend our sympathy to the family of the officer who died of covid-19. i'm very sorry to hear that. >> sergeant youngblood: thank
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you commissioners for that. >> president cohen: who's next up? i believe it's paul henderson, executive director of department of police accountability. >> clerk: actually, president cohen we have public comment on the chief report. if you like to make public comment, please dial star 3 now. we have one public comment. good evening caller, you have two minutes. >> caller: chief, when you give your report, i listen to you very intently. i think what you should do, this is just a suggestion, there are many gram -- many groups all over the city where you can invite yourself so that you know really what's happening at ground zero. remember not too long ago, we
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had a little meeting with you. i want to thank you for accommodating that meeting. we got a real good feel of what happens in our community and people are hurting more so in this covid. we used to be at the bayview because of covid we cannot. now it's opening up little bit. people like to talk to you, you can take that talent and bring
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it to this commission which at times is so boring. you will be amazed to hear what really is happening at ground zero. thank you very much. >> clerk: good evening caller, you have two minutes. >> caller: hi, again. this is ms. brown again. i want to thank the chief for his presentation. i wanted to put a plug out for my son. i know we've said for anonymous. i want to say if anyone knows who murdered my son in district 5 on august 14, 2006, the case number is 060-86-2038.
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i appreciate anyone that is listening that was there on that day, or know of anything what happened to my son, 17-year-old murdered in district 5 for saving someone's life, his case number again is 060862038. thank you again. >> clerk: thank you caller. good evening caller. >> caller: thank you commissioners. particularly president cohen. i appreciate the opportunity to talk. i want to tell you a brief little story and then give you suggestion. i worked in the tenderloin for a
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while. there was a time where we had in the tenderloin these yellow bricks painted on to the ground. it demarcated a safe passage for kids to get from one place to the next -- school, after school programs and the like. it has been up for a while. people gotten used to it. not really paid much attention, may be. i got to see a kid skipping down the yellow brick road, careful to get from brick to brick and there was that joy that you see when kids are around. that pathway goes directly through -- it's on the path of that corridor. that's the epicenter for the
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tenderloin drug market. i agree what the chief said. i gone to the police meetings i heard about it moving to seventh. your daily experience is not bad. the daily experience walking through there is that it actually is not reduced. i believe there may be connections. of course, it doesn't feel reduced. not four weeks ago a young boy was walking with his young sister and their youngest on the way to the tenderloin community school on that same passage. they were attacked. everyone was aghast and shocked. but it is our daily experience there in the tenderloin. let me tell you where the police got it right.
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>> clerk: thank you caller. president cohen, that is the end of public comment. >> president cohen: to the last caller, i will be interested hearing what the police got it right. perhaps you could e-mail us the rest of your public comment. we can get it read in the record. very interesting commentary. >> clerk: there's another public comment that just came in now. >> president cohen: let's see what this person has to say. >> clerk: good evening caller, you have two minutes. >> caller: thank you. i'm long-winded. >> president cohen: you are. >> caller: i'm going to keep it tight. when we were dealing with a heavy part of this right out of covid. what the captain did is deploy
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more officers during the time kids were walking to school in the morning and coming back at night and watch the dealers scatter was amazing. that clear path created. with the community officer on foot patroller day -- every day and every night. things are changing and there's an opportunity. when you have this conversation about open drug dealing in the tenderloin, please take a look at the street level drug dealing task force recommendations. we paid $200,000 for it. it should be considered as you all are thinking about it. i'll reach out to others about the community meeting you guys talked about last week. i got some opportunities for you. i will send that e-mail. thank you chief for doing what
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you can. thank you commissioners. >> president cohen: thank you. time is up. thank you. >> clerk: that is the end of public comment. >> president cohen: let's go to the executive director. thank you. >> good evening. let me start with our statistics here. we are currently at 678 cases that have been open so far this year. this time last year we were at 699. we closed 765 cases so far this year and currently our docket is 71 cases. be-- we sustained 41 cases which is up from the amount last year which was 37.
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we have 20 cases who's investigations have gone beyond the nine month period. that's down from this time last year. we have mediated 36 cases so far this year. of the cases, of the 20 cases that have investigations that have exceeded nine months, 18 cases are toll cases. we currently have nine cases that are pending with the police commission. we are awaiting six case decisions for chief decisions. in terms of what has gone on this week and the cases that have come in the office are 11 cases which is a total of 14 different allegations, 36% of those allegations involve issuing a citation without cause, 36% of those cases were
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for officer behaving or speaking inappropriately, allegedly. nine% of the allegations were for officer displaying threatening, intimidating and harassing behavior. the types of cases were for involved traffic stops, parking citations and one of the cases was for an allegation of an officer making racist comments. by breakdown for the districts, these cases came from three of those cases were from northern station. all of those cases involve allegations of an officer behaving or speaking inappropriately to a civilian. in the tenderloin, two cases came in and those were for the citation without cause and one for harassing behavior. there was a case out of southern station as well.
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in terms of the audit this week, we had our exit conference for the dgo8.10 audit. that was today. the goal is for d.p.a. to provide their final draft to the police department next week for response to the reports recommendation. the draft was submitted today to sfpd and next week is the response based on the recommendations within the report. as a reminder this report is on first amendment activity. the previous report was for use of force. this week, we had our quarterly meeting with the coalition. the coalition is an organization that we put together at d.p.a. for all of the oversight, agencies that exist in the state of california. we meet quarterly.
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this meeting was attended by the president of an organization. also co-presenting at this week's meeting was executive director oakland community police report. the other presentation was for local officials and their staff on sheriff and oversight. many of the agencies in the state also do oversight with the sheriff as well. conversation for upcoming meetings are 1421 strategy and management. also we have for the monthly report, a heavy august statistics. that i will present. in august the d.p.a. received 67 complaints which was an increase 29% from the same period last year but a decrease of 5% today.
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total cases received at that time was 529 and of those 67 cases they involve a total of 169 allegations. i won't break them down. they are filed and available on our website. also in the september statistics, we received 63 complaints which in that month was an increase of 24% from the same period last year. a decrease of 5% year to date from the previous year. total cases in september cumulatively were 595. of the 63 cases that were collected in september, they involved total of 119 allegations which are also broken down on our website and available as well. i think we last month, i wanted
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to mention this for october. i think we brought this issue out at the last police commission. in october, we disclosed over 2000 pages of documents for 1421. that's the largest disclosure that we ever had in a particular month. i wanted to articulate that and point it out. we were talking about it last month. the issue came up i believe in public comment that the disclosures had slowed down. if they have, it is not at d.p.a. currently, we released over 32,000 pages for 1421 records to the public. since the law has gone into effect. there are no cases in closed session with d.p.a. currently on the call with me in case there are issues to be followed up upon one of our
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senior investigators steve ball. if anyone has any further questions or like to get into contact with d.p.a. directly, website sfgovtv.org/dpa. i believe that concludes my presentation. i'm available if anyone has questions. >> president cohen: thank you.
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>> clerk: commissioner hamasaki? if you like to make public comment regarding d.p.a. report please dial star 3 at this time. vice president elias, there's no public comment. line item 6 is commission report. commission reports will be limited to a brief description of activities and announcements. commission discussion will be limited to determining whether to calendar any of the issues raised for a future commission meeting. commission president's report, commissioner's reports and commission announcements and
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scheduling of items identified for consideration at future commission meetings. >> vice president elias: we had a productive meeting with the chief and staff. we hope to have ready for the full commission the first or second week of december for approval. that's what i have to report this week. any other commissioners have anything to report. we'll start with commissioner hamasaki? >> commissioner hamasaki: i look forward to seeing the report. as folks know, i've been working with the coalition been pretty much everybody involved.
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pedestrian, bike, traffic safety around trying to figure out how to reduce racial disparities in traffic stops and searches. i believe the coalition will be reaching out to the chief and president cohen to set up a next steps meeting. i think that's going to be taking off and how we're going to format that will be part of the next we had a meeting this morning. that's what's on my plate right now. thank you. >> vice president elias: thank you. commissioner byrne? >> commissioner byrne: two things to report.
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commissioner yee and i are meeting with chief scott on friday. concerning the upcoming discussion on the open drug dealing in the tenderloin. last saturday i had an opportunity -- the captain met with me 1:00. earlier there was a small demonstration over to city hall in demonstrating their concern of the open drug dealing that is going on in the tenderloin. i spent four hours down in the tenderloin. i walked the beat with two wonderful officers. we stayed in the middle of the
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street in front of the apartment building, which is the real epicenter. enough time was spent there they moved around the corner. police got a call for service to go there. we went there and then they scattered again. during the week the captain put a command van at the corner of turk and hyde as a result, that corner was actually clear and walked. it's the best i've seen it. it is indeed a cat and mouse type of thing. the officers need to be commended. lot of the time we stopped to see people clearly addicted to drugs. make sure they were awake and
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talking so that emergency services needed to be called. it's safety with respect in san francisco. they were trying to keep residents in san francisco city safe. it was a thoroughly -- i must say, enjoyable because i saw the difference those officers were making and how much more things were done. we can take that part of the city for its residents. >> vice president elias: commiss ioner byrne do you attribute the improvement to the actual officers out there on the street patrolling? >> commissioner byrne: yes, it's
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clear. you have ex-felons that are no longer addicted to drugs. coming up and complimenting the officers. it is amazing the welcome. when i walked around, not the first time i done this -- the idea of taking this area back, which has a huge amount of children. of course, you see two lovely parks with swings and slides with no children, it's absolutely devastating. because of what's going on. a child we saw, a saw a mother holding her hand, she had to put her arm around her. for fear even holding her hand, the child would not be safe.
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there is life in the tenderloin despite what goes on, it's a vibrant community. it's full of life. people need to be able -- at least during the day -- to walk the street without the fear of somebody coming up. the idea that they scatter as the chief pointed out when you show up, that's fine. many of them not from the city. they come in peddle this fentanyl to the people. it was enough lifting experience for me once again. >> vice president elias: i look forward to the presentations
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that you requested to be agendized. >> commissioner byrne: we're going to talk about statistics and deployment. niese are -- these are important things. this area has seen the greatest rise in gun violence this year. it's a much smaller condensed area. i think that the police commission, police department need to make a statement so most people who come and peddle this poison, that we are here. we don't want you here. we want to do it in a respectful manner to the local residents. what what i have seen so far, down there, i been going down there, i usually driver there three times a week and sometimes four. seeing it, i'm seeing greater police presence.
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i commend the captain placing that van there. it makes a statement to the neighbors that we do care. that corner was the best i've seen so far. there's still dealing going on leavenworth street between golden gate and church. it's unbelievable. >> vice president elias: i look forward to hearing the solutions. >> commissioner byrne: the presence alone, uniformed officers on their feet, definitely makes a difference. i have noticed it now, definitely does make a difference. again, people -- the idea that the officers check to see their
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well-being. it's to be commended. they are -- you don't know when you go up to them because they are asleep. are they o.d. the officer has to approach them. look, are you awake. if they do not respond, they may be their last breath on this planet. that's what they do. they go up and do that, it's very important. these people hopefully will be able to deal better with their addiction. everybody in life deserves a second chance. so do those poor people. >> vice president elias: commiss ioner yee?
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>> commissioner yee: i want to echo the commissioner. in chinatown area, -- i'm looking forward going down there to the tenderloin. i used to work out in that area. i know what it's like out there. it's a challenge. now it's ten fold with the rise of the fentanyl and the drug dealing. may be we can have other solutions than this buy bust. i'm looking forward to talking to the chief on that. i wanted to tell vice president cindy elias, you missed our marine -- [ indiscernible ] it's a beautiful day. it's nice and clear. i know you probably had other pressing things to do.
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went on a tour with sergeant keith matthews. he explained that the obligation that the city and county is for. looking at technologies they do use is very eye opening. it's similar to like air traffic controller. it's on the seas. it's been great investment for us and the city. may be we should have 24-hour and around the clock. they do manage it very well. since you don't hear too much from them. they are doing a job. excellent job keeping us safe. i won't go too far in that.
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i ask that if anybody interested in going on a ride there, it will be nice to make sure that the way -- make sure there's no white caps out there when you do go. i'm looking forward to meeting with the chief on this coming friday. that ends my report. by the way, we also was invited
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to meet our new city attorney, david chu. we wish him the best and looking forward to working with him and the police commission. thank you. >> vice president elias: thank you commissioner yee taking it for the team. i appreciate your effort to go there. >> commissioner yee: let's give them a call and probably book a time and date when they can come by. >> that's a fantastic idea. sergeant youngblood and sergeant reynolds make a note please.
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>> president cohen: i want to make a brief statement. we will be sending an invitation to supervisor stefan to discuss with us piece of legislation that is going to be heard and voted on in the board of supervisors' coming the first of the year in january 2022. that's all i have at this time. sergeant reynolds, we can take public comment. >> good evening caller, you have two minutes. >> caller: i wanted to specific to mr. byrne's report.
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i wanted to highlight another portion of the findings of the iron law prohibition. specifically, i wanted to talk about popular -- hard liquor. it has a parallel -- marijuana, also found too troublesome to smuggle across borders, much higher potency.
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as we suggest, we might have an easy solution of more policing or more police officers in these specific sections, that might make us safer. i ask the police commission to consider whether or not their actions are causing this crises on our streets and whether as you can demonstrate, those actions are causing our society to be more dangerous and causing these substances to be in use rather than the less potent substances that will be safer. as we consider mr. byrne's suggestion that it might be easy with the simple reallocation of police personnel, i ask to consider whether or not it might be impossible and doing so might be dangerous. thank you.
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>> thank you. that concludes public comment. >> president cohen: thank you very much. next item. >> clerk: item 7, presentation of the firearm discharge review board and incustody death review board findings and recommendations, third quarter, 2021 report, discussion. >> good evening.
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in the 3rd quarter of 2021, there were no cases presented. 3rd quarter 2021, following cases were reviewed -- [ indiscernible ]
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officers responded to neiman marcus. officers recorded the suspect to place his hands behind his back. he refused. officers went to handcuff the suspect. when he went down on his left side, flex cuffs were placed. the suspect was immediately placed in position of recovery, and then walks to their patrol car. officers requested -- while walking to their patrol car, the suspect was placed on the ground. officers began cpr. medics arrive the and took over cpr. the suspect was transported to
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spmc where he was pronounced dead five days later by the staff. the recommendations to the chief of police is in policy. in summary on july 30, 2015, officers were dispatched to san francisco and richardson street when the parties involved fighting as one chased the other. officers met with one party confirming the suspects. officers drove eastbound. the suspect attacked her, thrown her to the ground and began punching her in the face. the passenger officer came for assistance and also thrown to the ground. both officers got to their feet, fought with the suspect and
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repeatedly commanded him to stop. the suspect ordered officers to shoot him. the suspect walked eastbound as officers reported him to stop. the suspect walked to the international house of pancakes where he banged his fist on the glass door. the suspect was ordered to the ground but did not comply. the suspect placed both his hand in his pocket as if he was reaching for something. the officer commanded him to the ground. the suspect ignored all demands and continued eastbound lombard.
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he place the his left arm under his torso. due to the suspect's size, flex cuffs were used. the suspect continued to resist by rocking his body and flailing his leg. the suspect was monitored with no indication of a medical emergency. the suspect was placed into a position of recovery and the hobble was removed. officers could perform chest compressions and the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. last case, on january 5, 2019. an individual came to the
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tenderloin police station requesting -- at 8:00 p.m., officers were at cpmc on an unrelated matter. officers believe he was going to be influenced of a narcotic stimulus. officers observed the suspect to become ring aand paced the hallway. the suspect approached an officer telling him you have to fight me. the suspect grabbed the officer's shirt and vest.
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the suspect was taken to the ground in handcuffs. the e.r. doctor asked doctors to escort him off the premise. the suspect was based on an -- the suspect was placed in position of recovery but no pulse was found. recommendation to chief of
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police is in policy. this grid identifies the status of the current open investigations. the one that i would bring your attention to will be third, fifth and sixth lines. those will be presented a they fall under the fourth. as it stands now, there are no open in custody death investigations. i believe that concludes the presentation. >> president cohen: thank you very much for that presentation. very informative. do you have any questions? commissioner hamasaki and then commissioner byrne.
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>> commissioner hamasaki: thank you president cohen. i feel like i know this, i can't recall, is there any independent agency that review these deaths? do d.p.a. review them or is there any way where the public can have can haves there's a mutual party reviewing these. >> is there an external entity that's assisting in the investigation? not that i'm aair of. >> in respond to that, we had the same comments for a child while. we have been raising the issue of transitioning serious and
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into review. we goes beyond to look at all uses of force including weapons used and we think is best practices. we talked about it in the past. i wanted to -- >> the expanded version includes the captain of the treasury division. that is at training piece within the organization that will be part of that discussion is that they were trained.
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i thought that was the presentation that myself and the chief mentioned the expansion of the report. that is in process. >> we do still have work to do. i don't think we're that far off. i want to ask you as well as far as the information. of course the medical examiner's office investigate the cause of death and there are depending on
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where that goes. if the call is a factor and it's a political political. if it's a medical by cause of death, the medical examiner would determine that as well. we have to wait for on the medical examiner before we can arrive at what the cause of death is. if it involve -- that can trigger another serious of events and get the turn -- >> i wanted to make sure that everything --
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[ indiscernible ] >> with these cases in particular, d.p.a. doesn't have jurisdiction in the current charter for custody -- just to clarify for everyone knows what we're talking about. >> something to think about. >> president cohen: commissioner byrne? >> commissioner byrne: commander ford. do you know the cause of death
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for these three individuals? >> it's interesting that you mention that. i can say that laws some -- i i can say that at least all three were methamphetamine use i won't paint it a -- methamphetamine was determining cause p.p.p. >> president cohen: anyone else like to ask a question? does the record not indicate exactly what the cause of death was? >> it does.
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first case it says manner of accident. same with the third one where you have coit. there are some other ones. -- there was a lot on board.
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>> president cohen: okay. i want to talk about -- there doesn't seem to be lot of detail when the subject was subdued when he was discovered not to have a pulse. this is filed with 15-003. he had just been very active. with details like this would this be necessary to determine if an incustody death was in policy? >> every aspect falls in that category. >> president cohen: in 19-001
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more clear what caused the suspect to come. open investigations? >> just a side note, on lombard and pierce. he was about 5'8", they interest -- his weight played a huge role. he was a huge guy. he had huge risk. i remember this case personally. i knew people who were involved. i remember the commentary that it was met pretty -- he was a
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big guy. >> president cohen: i think it will be helpful if you guys include the cause of death in the summary? >> i will make note of that. >> president cohen: i think it will make more sense knowing the cause of death. >> president cohen: all right, i'm seeing nothing in the chat. >> clerk: if you like to make public comment. please dial tar 3 now. there is no public comment. >> president cohen: great, thank
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you. thank you, commander. we appreciate you. >> line item 8. adjournment. action item. >> president cohen: motion to adjourn? >> motion. >> second. >> president cohen: all right. thank you very much for your service today. we are adjourned.
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>> i view san francisco almost as a sibling or a parent or something. i just love the city. i love everything about it. when i'm away from it, i miss it like a person. i grew up in san francisco kind of all over the city. we had pretty much the run of the city 'cause we lived pretty close to polk street, and so we would -- in the summer, we'd all all the way down to aquatic park, and we'd walk down to the library, to the kids' center. in those days, the city was
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safe and nobody worried about us running around. i went to high school in spring valley. it was over the hill from chinatown. it was kind of fun to experience being in a minority, which most white people don't get to experience that often. everything was just really within walking distance, so it make it really fun. when i was a teenager, we didn't have a lot of money. we could go to sam wong's and get super -- soup for $1. my parents came here and were drawn to the beatnik culture. they wanted to meet all of the writers who were so famous at the time, but my mother had some serious mental illness issues, and i don't think my father were really aware of that, and those didn't really become evident until i was
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about five, i guess, and my marriage blew up, and my mother took me all over the world. most of those ad ventures ended up bad because they would end up hospitalized. when i was about six i guess, my mother took me to japan, and that was a very interesting trip where we went over with a boyfriend of hers, and he was working there. i remember the open sewers and gigantic frogs that lived in the sewers and things like that. mostly i remember the smells very intensely, but i loved japan. it was wonderful. toward the end. my mother had a breakdown, and that was the cycle. we would go somewhere, stay for a certain amount of months, a year, period of time, and she would inevitably have a breakdown. we always came back to san francisco which i guess came me some sense of continuity and that was what kept me sort of stable. my mother hated to fly, so she
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would always make us take ships places, so on this particular occasion when i was, i think, 12, we were on this ship getting ready to go through the panama canal, and she had a breakdown on the ship. so she was put in the brig, and i was left to wander the ship until we got to fluorfluora few days later, where we had a distant -- florida a few days later, where we had a distant cousin who came and got us. i think i always knew i was a writer on some level, but i kind of stopped when i became a cop. i used to write short stories, and i thought someday i'm going to write a book about all these ad ventures that my mother took me on. when i became a cop, i found i turned off parts of my brain. i found i had to learn to
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conform, which was not anything i'd really been taught but felt very safe to me. i think i was drawn to police work because after coming from such chaos, it seemed like a very organized, but stable environment. and even though things happening, it felt like putting order on chaos and that felt very safe to me. my girlfriend and i were sitting in ve 150d uvio's bar, and i looked out the window and i saw a police car, and there was a woman who looked like me driving the car. for a moment, i thought i was me. and i turned to my friend and i said, i think i'm supposed to do this. i saw myself driving in this car. as a child, we never thought of police work as a possibility for women because there weren't any until the mid70's, so i had only even begun to notice there were women doing this job. when i saw here, it seemed like
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this is what i was meant to do. one of my bosses as ben johnson's had been a cop, and he -- i said, i have this weird idea that i should do this. he said, i think you'd be good. the department was forced to hire us, and because of all of the posters, and the big recruitment drive, we were under the impression that they were glad to have us, but in reality, most of the men did not want the women there. so the big challenge was constantly feeling like you had to prove yourself and feeling like if you did not do a good job, you were letting down your entire gender. finally took an inspector's test and passed that and then went down to the hall of justice and worked different investigations for the rest of my career, which was fun. i just felt sort of buried alive in all of these cases, these unsolved mysteries that
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there were just so many of them, and some of them, i didn't know if we'd ever be able to solve, so my boss was able to get me out of the unit. he transferred me out, and a couple of weeks later, i found out i had breast cancer. my intuition that the job was killing me. i ended up leaving, and by then, i had 28 years or the years in, i think. the writing thing really became intense when i was going through treatment for cancer because i felt like there were so many parts that my kids didn't know. they didn't know my story, they didn't know why i had a relationship with my mother, why we had no family to speak of. it just poured out of me. i gave it to a friend who is an editor, and she said i think this would be publishable and i think people would be interested in this. i am so lucky to live here. i am so grateful to my parents who decided to move to the city. i am so grateful they did. that it neverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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and the meeting is called to order at 4:32 p.m. and the small business commission thanks media services and sfgov-tv for televising the media on sfgov2. or live streamed. the members of the public who will call in, the number is 1-(415)-655-0001. the access code is 2496 304 4629. press pound and then pound again to be added to the line. when connected you will hear the meeting discussions and muted and in listening mode only. when your item comes up, dial star 3. if you dial star 3 before public comment is called, you will be added to the queue. when you are called for public
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businesses in san francisco. the office of small business is the best place to get answers about doing businesses in san francisco during the local emergency. and if you need assistance with small business matters particularly at this time you can find us online or via telephone. and as always, our services are free of charge. before item number 1 is called i would like to thank media services and sfgov-tv for coordinating this hearing and the live stream. and special thanks to matthew who will will be running the meeting. matthew will moderate the public comment on comment line. call item number 1. >> clerk: item number 1, call to order and roll call. [roll call] all right, we have a
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quorum. >> president laguna: great, thank you. commissioner ortiz-cartagena will you read the land acknowledgement? >> it would be my honor, president. we acknowledge that you're on the unceded lands of the original owners of the san francisco peninsula. and in accordance with this tradition, we have have the responsibilities as caretakers of this place as well as for all peoples who reside on the traditional territory. and we recognize that we have benefit from living and working on the traditional homeland. we wish to pay all respects by acknowledging our ancestors and elders and by affirming their
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own rights as first peoples. >> president laguna: thank you. please call item number 2, please. >> clerk: item 2, approval of legacy business registry applications and resolutions. this is a discussion and an action item. richard carillo, the office of small business will be presenting. >> president laguna: welcome, richard. please proceed. >> sure, can i have my powerpoint presentation? you can see that? >> president laguna: yep. >> good. good afternoon president laguana and vice president zouzounis and commissioners and city staff and members of the public. richard kurylo, legacy business program manager. and before you the consideration for the business registry. each application includes a
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staff report, a draft resolution, and the application itself, and a case report and resolution from the planning department. the applications were submitted to planning on october 6th. and heard by the historic preservation commission on november 3rd. item 2a is biordi art imports. the business is an italian ceramic store founded in 1946 in the north beach neighborhood. biordi art imports is the premiere destination for high quality italian ceramics and pottery, featuring handpainted cook wear and decorative items that celebrate a variety of styles. most items are utilitarian. previous owners of the business traveled throughout italy in search of the most famous artist ans with long-lasting relationships with those represented in the store today. biordi art imports is to celebrate the italian culture and they satisfy their mission
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in a beautiful and practical way. the core feature of the business was maintained to remain on the legacy business registry is pottery and ceramic store. item 2b is blue danube coffeehouse. the business is a coffee shop in the inner richmond neighborhood since 1979. blue danube coffeehouse sells all coffee beverages, beer and wines, juice, breakfast items, salads and sandwiches. there's also an assortment of pastries and desserts from bakers. blue danube aims to take care of people and the owner believes that the heart of any business is its relationship with its customers. the bohemian-style coffee shop has artwork and vibrant colors and their display spaces for local artists to display work. blue danube has weekly events for comedy night, music and
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poetry reading nights. the core featured tradition the business must maintain is coffee shop. item 2c is button down. a business that is a retail store selling men and women's high-end and luxury clothing and accessories and furnishings it. carries high quality and independent brands from europe and local manufacturers. they first opened in 1980 in the calhalla neighborhood and moved to presidio heights in 1990. features of button down store has classic storefront configuration and large window displays. the retail area is composed of eclectic, vintage decor, furniture and items such as antique trunks and sports equipment and model airplanes. they have an in-store full-service barbershop. button down is a retail and fashion anchor in the sacramento
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street commercial corridor. the core feature tradition that the business must maintain and clothing and accessory store. item 2d is dee dee boutique. it is a beauty store founded in 1988 in chinatown. dee dee boutique is a one-stop-shop for asian beauty products and skincare advice with a personalized model for its customers. known as one of the most popular and the oldest beauty stores in chinatown, dee dee boutique has a niche customer base in the chinese community and has moved and relocated several times within the neighborhood. they also have a store in mullberry. and dee dee boutique has highly trained staff certified to provide personalized customizations to customers and continuously receive training through seminars and other tools to ensure the highest level of customer service. the boutique ensures that its
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customers are well-informed by staff about skincare and health the core feature tradition of the business must maintain is cosmetic store. item 2e is harris' restaurant. the business is a family-owned and operated american steakhouse that opened in 1984 at 2100 van ness avenue where it remains today. named after its founder, anne harris, it exuses old-school san francisco elegance and charm of a bygone era with leather boots and brass chandeliers and dark wood features throughout. the restaurant uses only the finest corn-fed midwestern angus available. mainly from kansas and nebraska and aged on premise for three weeks. san francisco is one of the fine dining capitals of the world and harris' restaurant has contributed to that status since it opened, serving classic, thoughtful american fare to generations of san franciscans
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and returning visitors alike. the core feature tradition of the business must maintain is restaurant featuring steakhouse cuisine. item 2f is shear's beauty and barbershop. the business is a family-owned hair salon and one of the few remaining black-owned businesses on the bayview neighborhood. originally taking root as billy's beauty and barbershop since 1949, the business sold in 1971 and underwent a name change to shear's beauty and barbershop in 1980. the business makes an effort to give back to the community that supports it, from backpack giveaways to local youth to discounted haircuts for foster families much the business' longevity is a testament to the power of family ownership, even as the community it serves changes. family member owners choosing to remain and to operate the business in the bayview hunters point neighborhood is a testament to the commitment that they serve. the core featured tradition that
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the business must maintain is hair salon. and item 2g is teevan company. the business was established by james teevan in 1963. moving to san francisco in 1978 the company services include painting, carpetry and restoration and their arrival in san francisco coincided with the emergence of the historic preservation movement in response to displacement, destruction and demolition of redevelopment activities during the 1960s and the 1970s. this timing, along with teevan's restoration skills established the company as a contributor to the restoration industry. teevan has painted and restored hundreds of properties in san francisco and received local, regional and national awards for preservation of san francisco's buildings. the core featured tradition that the business must maintain is
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building, restoration and remodeling. item 2h is vj grocery. the sentence a family-owned neighborhood grocery store located in the heart of knot hill. it is named after its opening on august 15th, 1945, by victory over japan day. vj grocery is a retail store with tables outside for customers to enjoy coffee and snacks it. stocks everyday items such as groceries and beverages and tobacco products and over-the-counter medications and toiletries. beyond its function as a mart, it is a congregating point for the community. vj grocery is well known for being featured in several motion pictures, including the famous film "bullet" in 1968, and starring steve mcqueen. in the film, mcqueen's character frequented vj grocery to buy frozen foods. vj grocery was also featured in
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"hereafter" with matt damon and directed by clint eastwood wood and as well as numerous commercials. the core that the business must maintain is grocery store. all eight businesses met the three criteria for listing as a legacy business registry and all eight received a positive recommendation from the historic preservation commission. office of small business staff recommends adding the businesses to the registry and drafted eight resolutions for your consideration. the support of the business should be framed as a motion in favor of the resolutions. thank you, this concludes my presentation and i'm happy to answer any questions that and there is a business representative on the line that might like to speak during public comment. >> president laguna: thank you, rick, i appreciate that very much. before we go to commissioner comment, i would like to recognize the supervisor chan who is here to speak on behalf of the businesses in her
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district, and a very hearty welcome and i appreciate having you here, supervisor. >> supervisor chan: thank you so much, commissioners and thank you for your leadership and the dedication to really helping and supporting our small businesses and i really want to thank mr. richard kurylo for all of his hard work supporting our legacy businesses. in this case i really am speaking on behalf and in support -- on behalf of our community in the richmond. and to speak in support of blue danube. i know jimmy, and his wife, ashley. who also has a business on clement. and his partner, jake, that has a wishing well that is a laundry mat. this is -- i'm so fortunate to have great small business owners on clement. and jimmy is one of them. and i cannot be more proud to
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recommend them and to nominate them to be for the legacy business. let me just say that even my son who -- and thanks to blue danube, being able to offer the smoothie that has spinach and mango in it. i can get my son to actually have some greens. and it's just a wonderful -- wonderful spot for our community. if you join us at the farmers market you will see that blue danube is right there where before or after you have shopped at a farmers market, that's where our community really gather. and it is not just for our farmers market, but every day you can see our community being able to gather in both the indoor and the outdoor space there. and so i'm really hoping that while they established since 1979, i really hope that they have many more years to come to be able to stay around in our
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neighborhood, supporting our community. and for our community to continue to support them. again, thank you, president laguana, indulging me and allowing me opportunity to speak before the commission. >> president laguna: of course, it was an honor to have you and i share your desire to get your children to eat more greens. it's a never-ending battle. and, certainly, any business that can facilitate that is a great business indeed. so thank you. and we're honored to have you here today. so thank you, commissioner, for that -- excuse me -- supervisor, for stopping by. commissioners, do we have any comments? or questions? seeing none, we'll check to see on public comment. is there any public comment today?
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oh, while we wait for public comment, vice president zouzounis. >> vice president zouzounis: thank you. i wanted to welcome our legacy businesses that are on the line thank you for serving san francisco in the way that you have. i wanted to give a special shout out to vj groceries, a legacy business, family. so i'm really honored to have your legacy as part of our meeting. so thank you for your contributions to the city and for being, you know, a great model for a corner store that represents different eras and is still here. it really captures the heart of san francisco, with -- with being iconic for our city. so that is really neats.
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and congrats to everyone for getting on the agenda, and we'd love to hear from you. >> president laguna: thank you, commissioner adams? >> commissioner adams: yes, i want to also contact all of these businesses, these new businesses, that are legacy businesses in the verse. i love it. but i have to give a shout out to harris' steakhouse. the best steak in the city. and it's a go-to steakhouse. so it was -- it's very cool to see them finally, finally, making the legacy business. because they are san francisco's legendary legacy steakhouse. >> president laguna: great. thank you. you know, as president, i would like to thank you, all of you, for your applicant -- for applying. and here we go, commissioner ortiz-cartagena?
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>> commissioner ortiz-cartagena thank you, president. i too want to give a shout out to when i have sparking lot, and that's my midway point from the marina to the beach. so they're always great and make you feel welcome. harris -- i concur with my co-commissioner, and also i think -- [indiscernible] i usually take them to "the nutcracker" and before "the nutcracker" we go to eat a the filet and show them a different way. and you always have someone [indiscernible] so congratulations and i'm just so excited. >> president laguna: you know, listening to you guys is making me think that we should have the annual off-site at harris steakhouse. that would be -- that would be like a great place for us to have a meeting.
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we could do that, right? we can have these meetings anywhere now on zoom, right? so, listen, thanks to all of you for applying and congratulations in all of your contributions to the city. we're very grateful to have you here. we're extremely grateful for everything that you bring to this city. so with that, can we -- sorry -- >> i am so sorry, i just jumped the gun on you. we do have public comment in the queue. >> president laguna: i was about to go to public comment. >> clerk: apparently it's six people listening and three people in the queue. >> president laguna: perfect. thank you so much. please proceed. >> caller: good afternoon, commissioners. for the record my name is marcus tart and i'm with entrepreneur center in the bayview. i'm here to express my support for really all of the legacy applicants, but especially for shear's barbershop and beauty
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salon which has been a beacon in the bayview-hunters point community, especially for the african-american aspiring entrepreneurs and established entrepreneurs that have seen just the tremendous loss over the years of black businesses. shear's is more than just a place where you go to get your hair done. it is a place where folks come to share information, exchange information, learn about resources, talk about their problems, get guidance. unfortunately, i spoke to the owner earlier today and she can't be here, but she did want me to express her sincerest and deepest gratitude to the commission for this recognition so thank you. she also left me with one other thing -- she left me with her father who started this business more than 50 years ago, would be really proud today as we all
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are. so i just want to thank you for giving me this time. i want to thank you for your service. >> president laguna: and thank you very much. next caller, please. >> caller: hello, my name is tom tatelis, i'm the owner of vj groceries. i want to thank all of the commissioners for all of the support. i mean, those words were really -- really warm and it just -- it's motivating to hear from all of you. i would like to also thank rick he's been great throughout this whole process. every email that i sent or phone call, he's been extremely responsive. him and his colleagues. so the way that you guys are running things are excellent. i have a brief reading over here, just a little description of what vj is all about. first off, i just want to thank everyone for the opportunity to
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be a part of this historic program. when i think of the word "legacy," i think of the rich history that san francisco represents and how it relates to the legacy of my family. my great-uncle migrated from greece without knowing a word of english, living the american dream and opening up vj grocery in 1945, which coincidentally fell on vj day which obviously stands as victory over japan. after 30 years, my great-uncle sold the store to his nephew, which is my uncle. which was inherited by his brother due to his sudden passing which was then sold to me. over 76 years of san francisco history is in our blood. this is the legacy of my family we are proud greek americans that we have a saying that we go by, whenever we mention the store -- we always say that you have to hurt for the store, which means that you feel the pain when the littlest thing goes wrong.
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it may be a bit extreme, but then again vj grocery has been a part of san francisco and our family for almost eight decades throughout the years, we have established beautiful and personal relationships with our customers. vj grocery isn't only a place where people come to shop and it's also a place where people come to unwind. it's sometimes reminds me of the show "cheers" where people just come in and they're just saying, you know, whatever they want to say. you know, it's like we have customers that come in and tell us all of their personal problems. >> president laguna: i'm so sorry, we -- all speakers have a two minutes of speaking time. i apologize, but we have to move on to the next caller. >> caller: oh, okay, that's fine. >> president laguna: okay, thank you, thank you though. next caller, please. >> caller: hello, my name is deborah valdini and i'm the
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owner of biordi art imports. first i'd like to thank the commissioners and the small business commission for supporting and considering biordi art imports for this legacy status. that means so much to us. my husband and i, michael, purchased biordi's three and a half years ago. we were long-time customers, my husband for over 30 years and myself for 20 years and we were registered here when we were married and it was always that very special place that we would come to get that very special gift. so when we have the opportunity to buy it, john franco savio, the former owner -- we knew him well. and he gave us a call and said that he was selling it and we talked about it and really decided that we wanted to buy biordi's and we wanted to continue the legacy. partly because it meant so much to us, but we also knew that there were so many other people, not only in san francisco, but
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everywhere that loved biordi and loved the beautiful ceramics that we sell. so i would like to thank all of you and i, you know, for us it would be so incredible for us to be a legacy business. and i want to ensure you that we will continue building the business as a legacy business and continue, you know, everything that's been done over the last 75 years. so just thank you all. >> president laguna: thank you. next caller, please. >> that completes the cue. >> president laguna: okay. seeing no more public comment, public comment is closed. commissioners, any closing remarks or questions? do we have a motion? >> a motion to approve this slate of legacy businesses. >> i second it.
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>> clerk: motion by commissioner adams and seconded by commissioner dickerson. and i will now call the roll. [roll call vote] motion passes, 5, with two abcent. 5-0, with two absences. >> president laguna: congratulations to all of our new legacy businesses. thank you. we love you. we support you. and thank you for taking the time to go through this process and we look forward to visiting your businesses. next item, please. >> clerk: item 3, board of supervisors file 211098-public
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works code -- waiver of temporary street space occupancy permit fee -- sidewalk sales during the holiday season. this is a discussion and action item. commission will take action on an ordinance required by public works code section 724.1 [b] for temporary street space occupancy permits on certain designated city streets on saturday, december 4th, sunday, december 5th, saturday, december 11th, and sunday december 12th, 2021, to promote sidewalk sales of merchandise during the hollywood say season. and today presenting we have emily abraham, legislative aide to supervisor stefani. and, emily, you should have screen controls. >> president laguna: another familiar face from supervisor stefani's office. >> i am here. can everyone hear me? >> president laguna: we can hear you beautifully. >> okay, great to see you all, commissioners. and thank you so much for having
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me. it's a joy to be here. and as announced, my name is emily abraham and i am staff to supervisor stefani. this legislation was introduced on the 19th required by public work section for 724.1 [b] for temporary street space occupancy permits on certain designate the city streets on december 4th, december 5th, december 11th and december 12th. this is to have sales for our local businesses. an effort to promote street activation and an effort to shop local over the holidays we did consult with wodd and had a temporary street space occupancy fee waiver for major merchant corridors throughout the city. the original legislation before you has a long list of streets that were included. and i'll go into more background
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of those in a minute, but first the dates were chosen as best to complement the existing shop local campaigns as well as to be inclusive of multiple holidays throughout the holiday season. and this legislation does follow precedent set by prior sidewalk sale fee waivers and as passed by the board. and for numerous years in the past, most recent in 2019. so like i said the original legislation that you have before you has a few different streets, primarily mcdds and a few mctts. however, before and since introduction we have been working closely with other districts and supervisor -- supervisor staff and offices to try to incorporate these inclusive as possible. so based on that input, we did -- we are working with the city attorney's office to make this more city-wide. so not just -- those listed streets, so anyone that wants to
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participate can. we think that this will be helped -- sorry -- be more inclusive. we have also included the diagnose of the term retroactive in our amendment draftings to allow as many businesses as possible to participate. we are working with other districts so they can spread awareness of this offering as well as the san francisco chamber of commerce, cmda and other merchant groups. this item will be heard at budget and finance on the 17th. i thank you all for your time. and i hope that we can get your support on this item. i'm here for any questions that you have. thank you again for having me. >> president laguna: thank you, emily. commissioner adams. >> commissioner adams: yes, yes, yes, thank you very much. and thank you supervisor stefani. this is -- we have not had sidewalk sales now for almost two years and i'm just so happy that you're going to be doing this over the holidays.
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it will be a boost to these neighborhoods. and a boost to these merchant corridors. so this is awesome. thank you. thank you. >> president laguna: commissioner adams. sorry. i kept calling -- for some reason -- you know -- my voice is shot and i guess that my brain is shot too. i concur with commissioner adams' remarks that this is fantastic and very helpful. do we have any other commissioner comments? seeing none, do we have any public comment? >> clerk: i believe matthew is having a power issue. so i think maria is going to take over. give us one second. >> president laguna: sure.
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>> clerk: actually it looks like there's no callers. >> president laguna: okay, seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners, do we have a motion? >> move. >> i'll second. >> clerk: motion by vice president zouzounis and seconded by commissioner adams. i'll read the roll. [roll call vote] motion passes, 5-0, with two absences. >> thank you, thank you to the
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supervisor's office. >> president laguna: yes, thank you to both of you. >> thank you for having me. >> president laguna: all right, next item, please. >> clerk: item 4, board of supervisor file 211099-waiver of banner fee -- "shop and design in the 49," campaign, and commission will discuss and take action on ordinance waiving the banner fees under public works code, section 184.78, for the placement of up to 300 banners per year, for three years, starting on november 20, 2021, by the office of economic and workforce development to pub publicize the city's "shop and dine in the 49" campaign. and affirming the planning department's determination under california environmental quality act. we have marianne thompson, office of economic and workforce development. >> good afternoon, commissioners, and thank you for letting me attend. so "shop and dine in the 49" was
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started in 2016 as part of the then commitment to supporting small local businesses. and it came from his quarterly business small roundtable. the campaign was originally focused on may and december to support small business week and the holiday season. in previous years, it was a holiday campaign, two pop-ups at city hall and a bayview pop-up. unfortunately, in 2020, it was solely online but with a very, very robust holiday campaign. in 2021, we came back to support recovery in san francisco, and took on projects like fleet week and the neighborhood banners. and the banners will be up for three years, which interestingly enough, coincides with our expansion of "shop and dine in the 49". and our support for recovery. in 2022, we're going to broaden the campaign to be a year-round campaign.
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to support the recovery and to include more neighborhood activation, such as the fleet week band, and the holidays and lunar year to just name a few. we would like to pause at this moment and thank supervisor stefani for her sidewalk sale. the sidewalk sales are exactly the type of complement that we're always looking for for equip shop and dine in the 49." i thank you for your time. and i am here to answer any questions that you may have. and thank you. >> president laguna: thank you, marianne. commissioner adams. >> commissioner adams: i want to publicly thank marianne thompson for everything that she has done in "shop and dine in the 49" and you have been going at for several years and you're the force behind it and i just can't tell you enough how much i appreciate everything that you have done for these neighborhood
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corridors and the "shop and dine in the 49" program. it's just -- it's amazing. and i see everybody with their "shop and dine in the 49" with stickers and logos on their windows in the neighborhoods and you should be very proud of yourself with this one. this is something that works. i hear people all the time saying that, yeah, "shop and dine in the 49." so thank you for creating that buzz and this program. >> thank you. thank you guys for being champions. you and commissioner laguana, everyone -- you know, you lead the way. so thank you. >> president laguna: thank you, commissioner ortiz-cartagena? >> commissioner ortiz-cartagena i want to copy and say thank you to marianne thompson. i don't know how you do it, you're amazing. and every neighborhood that i go, they love you, they talk about you, so you're out there -- you're out there in the weeds with us, so i appreciate you. and i want to recognize again this program for what it is, and it wouldn't be what it is
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without you. so thank you, thank you, thank you. >> thank you. >> president laguna: thank you. and also, you know, while we're talking about all of the great work that marianne does, she also spearheaded fleet week this year, and that was a huge massive success. so thank you, marianne, for all of your work. >> thank you. >> president laguna: commissioners do we have a motion? sorry, do we have any public comment. >> clerk: we do not have anybody on the line. >> president laguna: seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners, do we have a motion? >> i'll move. >> i'll second. >> clerk: motion by commissioner ortiz-cartagena and seconded by president laguana [roll call vote]
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motion passes 5-0, with two absent. >> president laguna: thank you. >> thank you so much. >> president laguna: thank you, marianne, we appreciate you. next item, please. >> clerk: item 5 is a possible closed session regarding nomination for appointment -- office of small business, executive director. this is a discussion and action item. it's got several parts. members of the public will be allowed to comment on all matters pertaining to item 5, including public comment on whether to hold item 5 [c] in closed session. commission will discuss and possibly take action on whether to hold item 5 [c] in closed session. commission will discuss and possibly take action on the public employee nomination for appointment -- osb executive director. this item may be held in closed section pursuant to california government code section 54957
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[b] [1] and san francisco administrative code section 64.10 [b]. if closed session is held, the commission will reconvene in open session. commission will take action on whether to disclose information from closed section, as specified in san francisco administrative code, 64.12 [a] commission will report any action taken in closed session, as specified in california government code section 54957 [a] [5]. >> president laguna: this is to consider the executive director and san francisco administrative code and the brown act allow for this discussion to be held in closed session. if a small business commission votes to convene in closed section the commission will move to a separate remote meeting space. during the closed session discussion, we may review potential candidates and nominate a candidate to the mayor for appointment as a new
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executive director. the following staff members will be present. reginaa ortiz-cartagena director, and the secretary. and before the vote is taken to convene in closed session, the public comment will be take own all matters pertaining to item 5, including public comment on whether to hold item 5 [c] in closed session. whether the commission should make a nomination at this meeting or a future meeting. and whether the commission should disclose the contents of the deliberations. any public comment? matthew? >> clerk: i believe that maria took over, but i don't see any attendees. >> president laguna: as there's no further comment, i now entertain a motion for the commission to move into closed session to consider the appointment of the new executive director of the office of small business. this closed session is being held pursuant to our statutory authority under california
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government code section 54957 [b] in san francisco administrative code section 67.10 [b]. do we have a motion? >> i motion that we go into closed session for the appointment of the office of small business executive director. >> president laguna: i second the motion. >> clerk: motion by commissioner adams and seconded by president laguana. i'll now call the roll. [roll call vote] motion passes 5-0, with two absences. the commission will now move to a separate remote meeting space
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commissioners, remember to log out of this meeting and use the link provided in >> we are back to the small business commission meeting. >> president: processing meeting is now reconvened. i'd like to thank members of the public watching for their patients during the closed session. the small business commission will decide whether to disclose any all of the discussionheld in closed session except to the extent the discussion is confidential under federal or state law . chartered or nonwaivable privilege. standard ofdisclosure is whether the majority used is closer to the public interest . may i have a motion not to disclose any of the items in closed session? >> i mentioned we don't discuss any of this in closed session i
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send it. >> motion by commissioner adams,seconded by president laguana .[roll call vote] commissioner dooley is absent, commissioner huieis absent, commissioner laguana . [roll call vote] >> motion passes with 2 absent. >> president: we are recording the commission voted tomake a nomination for appointment in closed session and to forward that nomination to the mayor for her consideration . the matter of closed session i now concluded . next item please. >> i'm six, racial equity subcommittee updates, this is a is. members will provide updates on the resort outline future projects vice president zouzounis community chair is presented.
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>> vice president: thank you to thedirector on your work . setting a new part of this policy bond set up inaction , we have been meeting and mainly arm and this point is to go through the action plan that has been issued by racial equity by december 2022 so i'm going to runthrough a couple of updates to where we are with that . and what we havelooking forward . we have ... there's 11 items on the action plan and two items
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have been completed thus far. accident 7146 which passed a resolution on the band acknowledgment which we have done and are reading the beginning of the commission meeting as well. we have also completed action item 7.17 which removes any requirements on citizenship and voter registration for individuals to serve to the boardcommission and advisory . and the action items that we are currently working on our 711.1 which is the review of order to include more inclusive language with the departments racial equityaction plan . and 7.13 which is to have our
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commission.a resolution around racial equity which kerry had drafted a great piece that we reviewed in the last meeting, did some feedback but we are hoping to have this the january meeting. we're excited to share it. i think it's going to be a good blueprint for our policy recommendations and our policy purview moving forward. and as well as we're working on 7.15 which expands the ability for the commission members to hear from diverse voices and that's going to come in the form of presentations for our racial equity committee and the first one that we are having schedule is the 11th 18 meeting
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and that's i think going to help us in more action oriented party because there's a lot of relevant campaigns that communities and business organizations are currently working on that relate to access to capital, that relate to commercial ownership, those sorts of things. it will give us a lot of reference points to organize in that space with small business entities outsidethe public realm . and then let's see. 7.12. some of the items are internal and are going to have staff
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really take those on so 7.12 is data related. mostly demographic data with us along with the department of staff appointment and yes, there's a lot of other internal points. we also want to start looking at standardizing protocols for accommodation requests related to disabilities, working people, parents whether that comes in the form of allowing meetings or translations. that's another item that we will get to. >> sounds like themeat of it is coming in january, is that right ? >> going to have our resolution
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which is kind of our foundational reference point for a lot of policy holes that we're going to build off of the internal processes are going to be ongoing within our administrative side of things. but i want to make one last point, and that is as i mentioned we have internal goals and policy related goals so the economic litigation working group is part of this racial equity work and we will be prioritizing some of those recommendations as part of thi process . >> understood. commissioners, are there any questions or comments? commissioner adams.
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>> clerk: commissioner adams, you are muted . >> i just want to say thank you to vice president zouzounis and commissioners ortiz-cartagena and huie for this task force subcommittee.it's important work and i'm really proud of you vicepresident . i like this and you know, this is, your things that need to be looked at and i appreciate that. thank you. >> i think what a lot of us want to work on now we have the infrastructure to do it. that's sf wall street isone of
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the organizations reach out to present on .i think like i said there's a lot of existing work that we can better connect to this body. >> i just can't think thank you as a committee enough for bringing this work to us. >> i like to echo taking on the additional responsibility additional work and the additional meetings. there are important elements of this are very challenging. and time-consumingand involves a lot of input and conversation . i'm looking very much forward to putting the proposals to work and to seeing some
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results. and i hear you loud andclear on theeconomic mitigation work working group . did i get that right ? and i support you about present. completely 100percent thank you .on meeting sure we get that work through. i echo what commissioner adams said about theimportance of this work . about how meaningful it will be and i wish commissioner q. week was here. to hear from us but we will have to tell him next time i guess . >>. >> is going to be fun to get to roll it out. i'm looking forward to thatpart of it . i know it's careful work so
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that's why it takes time. but anything worth having takes time and takes effort so appreciate you guys doing it. okay, is there any other commissioner comments. i'd probably go on for the lif . words are justbailing me . all right. i'm not seeing any other commissioner comments. is there any public comment. >> we have no colors. public comment isclose . unless there's anyfurther, commissioner comments i will move on to the nextitem . i don't see any. next item please . >> item 7 approvalof draft meeting minutes . this isan action item .
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>> are there any comments or amendments or adjustments or edits to theminutes . >> non-online. >> anypublic comment on the minutes . >> we have no colors in queue. i will move to remove the minutes.>> i'll second. >> motion by the president, secondedby commissioner adams . [roll call vote]
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>> motion passes5 to 0 with two outs and . >> next itemplease. >> died in the general public comment, this is a discussion item which allowsmembers to comment on items within the small business commission's jurisdiction but not on today' calendar . and suggest new agenda items for the commissions future considerations . >> any members ofthe public would like to makecomments on items on the agenda ? >> clerk: we have no colors . >> public comment is close, next item . >> item 9, directors update and report on office of small business and small business assistance center department programs policy and legislative matters announcements from the mayor andannouncementsregarding small business activities . this is a discussion item . >> evening commissioners.
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i will start off by providing some updates on the city and office initiatives andprograms . so at the last meeting i made note that the workforce side of the office ofeconomic and workforce development was holding a job fair . on november 3that took place last week and an amazing event . the job fair brought out over 1000 jobseekers. to connect with 50 different businesses. >> director, i apologize. but i just interrupt briefly to say that they were expecting 300 and over 1000people showed up . >>. >> what i want to highlight is we have been hearing many of
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our small businesses in a neighborhood commercial corridors . about the challenge of hiring and finding staff. so there's a real opportunity with the development of the new workforce link sf job board. in the past used to be just available for businesses that have some nexis to the city. in terms ofeither contracts , and the job had to be a prevailing wagebenefit . this isnow changed . and as not only are those jobs are of the workforce job links job board but i did talk to ellie romulus who is working, who staffed the workforce sf
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job board and they do want to make it available to small businesses in our neighborhood commercial corridor . so for example, i think our businesses and our commercial corridors may be somewhat ... this may help facilitate and broadcast their jobs a lot further and what they're able to do right now. this is something that you may want to think about putting on a future agenda. if you give a presentation of the workforce sf job board and for us, not me but for you to figure out a way to promote this and connect oursmall businesses . i really think we know that free covid hiring was starting to be a significant issue and if we are taking a look at our
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economic recovery, our small businesses are challenged in hiring and challenged in hiring in terms of finding employees, then that's going to affect their ability to generate more revenue and again, thinking back to the accumulated debt, it could be with rent. and also if it's known that it is challenging to hire staff, this could slowour recovery until we fill a vacancy . finding ways to help our small businesses connect with employees, this is onepotential opportunity . and you know, what a good job workforce to be able to access and pass jobseekers. and then to provide updates for the office so the business
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assistance center and i want t provide some updates on the business assistance center from staff .we i noted a couple of months ago that we had one individual, walter maki who was on a temporary assignment. he left and found a new job so he's not here and then maria maldonado will be going onleave . shortly and december 6. through may 22 so we did have floor staff, we will now be down to two. we do have two positions as were initially targeted for the permit center staff. we have definitelyone go over there .so i will be meeting with director surface to take a
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look at what we can do in our interim not only for hiring and bringing on the's new staff but as a result of this we are now having to again sort of reduce down our in-person services and cutting them back to half days on tuesday wednesday thursday. again where available through email and phone. the reason being is that the peril and martha also have other projects they have to get done and the days that we are open it's nonstop. so it's nonstop withclient services . but this is the plan that we have in place. at least for the next 4 to 5 months until we can get a
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better assessment on our how to get a little more personnel in for our businesses or the timing for bringing on the tube staff. then for the legacy business, proposition j requires the controller's office to do a five year report on the grant program. that are under the legacy business preservation fund. this has been delayed a year due to covid so the controller's office is completing this report. we should have it completed before the end of the year. from my departure for you to view. so the report by the controller's officeis nearly completed . and i want to let you know that is coming to do a report from
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the controller's office and the economic analysis of the two grant programs under the venue fund. i mean under the legacy businesspreservation fund created by prop j .then rick has is working with digital services to set up an online application for the additional $400,000 in back funding that we got grants. for the legacy businesses. that will open next monday november 11 and will run through january 14. the application will close mid-january 2022. and then will be administered through the end ofjanuary probably into early february . the job position for the legacy
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business that was also provided through back, position was posted. it's close and now the next stepsare to begin to set up interviews . the venue fund, rick is working with digital services again to update the online grant program. we have an online grants application program through the first round of the venue fund. we are getting, preparing to issue the second round. though the remaining funding of the initial 3million . and this will be issued in early, the application will go live in early january 2022 and this is to allow for any donations that may come through from bids to be credited towards the remaining amounts of this venue fund. the neighborhood anchoring
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business, this will watch and the first quarter. of 2022 into the beginning quarter of second quarter of 2022 so the calendar year. the job posting is making its way through our hr processes and should be posted at the very latest by the end of the year. the ada grant program i am sure we've been hearing a bit about the number of lawsuits that have been taking place. we did have an ada grant program prior to covid that helps pay for past infections and a little bit of remediation for our door for those businesses that were required to install them under the
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essential business insurance program by their propertyowner . so because of covid the grant administrator or the contracts expired and so we're in the process of the rfp for that new rfp for the grant program is out but we're doing it in concert with all of ewb's programs and so there's been a bit of a delay in issuing the rfp so i had hoped that we be able to launch this in early january but there may be a delay because of ewb delay in issuing the rfp for the administration of the funds. and then lastly i want to just let you know that i'm preparing
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transcript documents for you at the new executive director. there are as for example there are a couple commission responsibilities that some of the, some of you commissioners and there will likely be you commissioners later next year. that we have not been able to do in the last two years due to covid and one of those is facilitating a small business honoree programduring the month of may for the board of supervisors and the mayor . so these are some of the items that i want to make sure our highlighted for you and know that it is a legislative responsibility that has been delegated to the commission to do and so because the board of
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supervisors has returned to doing recognition and honoree, recognizing and honoring individuals at the board of supervisors meeting even though right now it is virtual, we should expect that this program will be able to reinstate this program may of 2022 . and then lastly to move on to legislative matters. i did inform you at the last meeting that supervisor mandelman introduced legislation to increase the numberof bars in the castro neighborhood commercial district . we have not scheduled that for you just yet at the commission meeting but two new pieces of
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legislation that or ordinances thatwere introduced last week . one is supervisor mandelman's introduced a ordinance that will temporarily suspend the cannabis business through december 31, 2022. the 30 day hold was waived so we will have to check and see if the timing of this whether it will come before the commission. waving the 30 day hold is pretty unique so that is an indicator that there is a need to expedite the process for this piece of legislation through the board ofsupervisors . and then supervisor peskin introduced legislation lifting the suspension of the issuance of certain violations and reinstating the collection of
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certain fees and fines mostly around graffiti removal and the public works abatement ordinance. so these fines were season fines wereput on hold . while working on hold or waive while during its some they have to choose legislation to lift that and then lastly i noted a our last commission meeting , that supervisor katie had introduced a resolution that regarding ada and so he pulled back resolution from being heard at the board of supervisors . and referred to committee and then so i will let you know if there's going to be any furthe action on that .
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so with that, i am happy to that concludes my report and i'm happy to take any questions. >> commissioner ortiz.>> i wanted to comment on the job fair . it was amazing. it was a real job fair. people actually got jobs. i know several people that got jobs out of the job fair . it's one of those things that actually work really well received . i want to give a special shout out to george sweitzer. he just killedit . i want to give a shout out to the task force in conjunction with ewb. there is at dollar to show people from the board so jenny over there i want to give a shout out. you just killed it.you killed it. it was simple and it was.
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it was awesome. that's all you need to know. so i gotwe want to highlight that . then director you mentioned about our phone line staffover there at the hospital . our commission or offices small business over therewith mark and caroline . you definitely need to find out how we can be more supportive. i know we bombarded them with clients and that's just one neighborhood . i don't even know how to do it to behonest . you always get positive feedback in the community from them. so we need more bodies. it's just impossible to work and then once going to the new building. i'm concerned because it's just human way impossible. i want to put that on record as we figure that out at the commission. that's it from me.
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>> thank you. director, did youwant to comment or reply ? >> thank you for that acknowledgment and support. i do think we have some options of looking at sometemporary support .that i will be discussing with director's office. though it does doesn't hurt to consider the short term and needing to sort of fill why we are filling some of the long-term . so again, feel free to i will pass on your need, your express need that we do find short-term solutions and long-term solutions to ensure that we are able to you know, provide more
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services. i will say in person services are absolutely critical for our businesses who you know, english is not their first language and really being able to take the time to walk them through the permittingprocess . explaining why certain things areas they are . as you know, as we all know him things don't necessarilyseem intuitive . but we are able to explain all of that andtake the time to do it . so yes. i just want to add to commissioner ortiz. really the work that josh and director are stated was just incredible. and you know, just to mention a few ofthe other partners .
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the way you get from 300 people to 1000 applicants is you do a lot of hard work reaching out to a lot of community partners and i think you've got in mission hiring calls. you brought in self-help for the elderly. hospitality house and francisco, young community developers, chinese for affirmative action . bay areacommunity resources . you mentioned gary bauer donated buses to help shuttle and then hired people at the job fair. there were people getting jobs who literally just walked up and by the time theywalked back now they have a job . and there were people just you
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know, after a couple of minutes were walking away with jobs and obviously that's incredibly helpful for our businesses but it's incredibly also helpful and inspiring for the folks in our communities who are looking for work and ready for work and it's also great to see a this time, this paradigm shift in hiring has resulted in wages also going up so it's winter winter all around. thetargeting paid better. employers are hiring folks . and i just can't say it. i was there at that event and i overheard the mayor saying to josh weneed to do this every month . and talking about doing it at cityhall so that was great to see as well . just to echo and amplify that
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that was a huge success. >> i'd also like to direct director or say did an amazing job and in addition he has us assembled amazing i think amazing team. and so while some of his team members and while some of the job fairs may not necessarily be a retail store in one of our neighborhoods commercial districts have more jobs is not necessarily a fit for the job fairs. but they are also very committed and being able to really try to connect, help these businesses as well so i just also wanted knowledge his team as well for being really
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committed and working really hard . put on such anamazing event . >> is there unless there's more commissioner comment i will check for public go ahead . >> you made some really good points the rector and i mean, i know so many mom-and-pop stores that are businesses working for helpright now . i know we talked a little bit about how to improve our commissions coordination with workforce. maybe there's some room for brainstorming there about how we can help mom-and-pop shops need to hire as well get in front of potentialapplicants . because yes, that then you and like the structure is not
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really set up for that type of hiring what i'm sure director per se has some creative solutions. >> vice president zouzounis, not only does he, we had discussions about this. we have run a couple of trial tests working with him actually i hired somebody through that workforce program so, but your comments are very well taken and i think that's an excellent avenue to push forward on. and i'd be delighted to help facilitate that conversation perhaps. perhaps we could invite director irsay to present on his work and how potentially to move forward with smaller mom and pops.
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>> even a lot of small businesses need service providers to. that could be union companies, i know we talked about this before but janitorialstaff is such a huge turnover for small businesses . so tbd. >> let me just say just because we talked about it before doesn't mean it's not worth reminding ourselves and each other that it's because things do get lost in the mix. and if there's opportunity we need to help hold each other accountable so that we can not miss out on the opportunity. i know for a fact that director irsay would be thrilled to work with our office. >> we love to be included in those conversations. >> let's make it so. >> anybody else western mark c9, is there any public
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comments on item number nine. >> i don't see anyone in the queue. >> public comment is closed. next item please. >> item 10, commissioner discussion and new business . vice president and commission to report on small business activities, make announcements of interest to the small business community and make inquiries to staffallows commissioners to introduce new agenda items or future consideration . this is a discussion item . >> is there any commissioners who would like to make the news items. while we wait, i'm going to introduce too little bits of good news. one, you all may remember during the pandemic we passed prop h which was a small business development measure to help streamline and you know,
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make iteasier for people to spark start new businesses . during that campaign, i tried to push for it anyway i could. anywhere i could, i talked to anybody that would listen and a lot of people who didn't want to listen but really wanted to do everything i could to help make prop 860. we have some initial results on what prop h has done in terms of streamlining and making it easier for businesses to start a new business and it was always my belief and it remains mildly that when we make it harder to start new businesses adversely and disproportionately affects vulnerable populations, people of color, women and when we make it harder, we also it's a
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form of redlining almost. a form of segregation. so just to share with you all i learned these numbers. prop hnew businesses that have taken advantage of proposition h . 84 percent bipoc. 84 percent.45 percent women and or lgbtq and 26 percent immigrants so this program has ... and those numbers are far greater than what we typically get interms of percentages on starting new businesses . i was thrilled to see this program working as intended and it's making it easier for all kinds of people to start businesses which is what a goal i know we all share.
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any other even newer news i want to share with you. this is so new that nobody knows about it and literally i heard this five minutes before the meeting directly from supervisor ronen's office. you remember the first year free program that makes it free for new businesses tostart in their first year . we are barely into this progra . it just went live. we already have 66 zero businesses that have applied to use this program so that's very inspiring and encouraging and i think it's programs like this that will go a long way towards filling these vacancies that we have all over the city and helping the city again to recover. one other thing i want to mention, the downtown is in
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this district as many of you all know has been particularly problematic for us small businesses, many of them have had to close because without office workers they don't have customers anymore and sometimes people lose sight of the fact that it's an ecosystem. we need both customers and businesses and for traffic and we may complain about these big tech companies they also enable a lot of small businesses to succeed and thrive and without them , we're infull . well, the new as of just two days ago new office rents being close our pace we haven't seen since before 2019 so there is signs of office space recovery. i think san francisco is really
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starting to come back and that is going to be good news for all of us. i think companies out there that are wanting to do remote work i think that works to appoint there's a lot of advantages to an serendipity when you worktogether . i know in my visits i encouraged staff to come back as they feel safe because it's a lot easier to have conversations with four people once rather than have it with oneand asking them to pass it on to the next one or catch somebody on some zoom meeting at a random time . so to those companies i recommend they get out there andget their lease signed and rents space now become before the rent goes up . san francisco is coming back. and i think that's going to be great news for our small
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businesses downtown area i'm also very excited for the holiday season. shop and 949 is coming up and we have a new director robbie silver of the downtown cvd in the plans he shared with me for the holidays sounds amazing. i don't want to spoil his surprise but i can't wait to see it. let's put it that way. so thoseare my updates . >> i don't i don't see any other updates so i will check for public comment. >> we have no attendees. >> all right. see non-public commentdisclosed . nextitem .
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>> clerk: item 11, adjournment. thisis an action item .>> i move. >> clerk: i think the president has to read aclosing item 1st >> president: duly noted commissioner . we will end with a reminder that the small business commission is the official public forum place your opinions and concerns about policy and the economic vitality of small businesses in san francisco and that the offices small business is the best place to get answers about doing business in san francisco during alocal emergency if you need assistance with small business continue to reach out to the office of small business .your turn. >> sorry. it was on youth. motion to adjourn by commissioner ortiz-cartagena. is there a second? seconded by commissioner adams. commissioner adams. yes, commissioner dickerson.
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commissioner dooley is absent. commissioner huie is absent. president laguana. and vice president zouzounis. motion passes 5 to 0 with two absence at meeting is adjourned at 6:20 9 pm. >>
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a city like no other, san francisco has been a beacon of hope, and an ally towards lgbtq equal rights. [♪♪] >> known as the gay capital of america, san francisco has been
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at the forefront fighting gay civil rights for decades becoming a bedrock for the historical firsts. the first city with the first openly gay bar. the first pride parade. the first city to legalize gay marriage. the first place of the iconic gay pride flag. established to help cancel policy, programses, and initiatives to support trans and lgbtq communities in san francisco. >> we've created an opportunity to have a seat at the table. where trans can be part of city government and create more civic engagement through our trans advisory committee which advises our office and the mayor's office. we've also worked to really address where there's gaps across services to see where we
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can address things like housing and homelessness, low income, access to small businesses and employment and education. so we really worked across the board as well as meeting overall policies. >> among the priorities, the office of transgender initiatives also works locally to track lgbtq across the country. >> especially our young trans kids and students. so we do a lot of work to make sure we're addressing and naming those anti-trans policies and doing what we can to combat them. >> trans communities often have not been included at the policy levels at really any level whether that's local government, state government. we've always had to fend for ourselves and figure out how to care for our own communities. so an office like this can
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really show and become a model for the country on how to really help make sure that our entire community is served by the city and that we all get opportunities to participate because, in the end, our entire community is stronger. >> the pandemic underscored many of the inequities they experienced on a daily basis. nonetheless, this health crisis also highlighted the strength in the lgbtq and trans community. >> several of our team members were deployed as part of the work at the covid command center and they did incredit able work there both in terms of navigation and shelter-in-place hotels to other team members who led equity and lgbtq inclusion work to make sure we had pop-up testing and information sites across the city as well as
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making sure that data collection was happening. we had statewide legislation that required that we collected information on sexual orientation and our team worked so closely with d.p.h. to make sure those questions were included at testing site but also throughout the whole network of care. part of the work i've had a privilege to be apart of was to work with o.t.i. and a community organization to work together to create a coalition that met monthly to make sure we worked together and coordinated as much as we could to lgbtq communities in the city. >> partnering with community organizations is key to the success of this office ensuring lgbtq and gender nonconforming people have access to a wide range of services and places to go where they will be respected. o.t.i.'s trans advisory committee is committed to being that voice. >> the transgender advisory counsel is a group of amazing
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community leaders here in san francisco. i think we all come from all walks of life, very diverse, different backgrounds, different expertises, and i think it's just an amazing group of people that have a vision to make san francisco a true liberated city for transgender folks. >> being apart of the grou allows us to provide more information on the ground. we're allowed to get. and prior to the pandemic, there's always been an issue around language barriers and education access and workforce development. now, of course, the city has been more invested in to make sure our community is thriving
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and making sure we are mobilizing. >> all of the supervisors along with mayor london breed know that there's still a lot to be done and like i said before, i'm just so happy to live in a city where they see trans folks and recognize us of human beings and know that we deserve to live with dignity and respect just like everybody else. >> being part of the trans initiative has been just a great privilege for me and i feel so lucky to have been able to serve for it for so far over three years. it's the only office of its kind and i think it's a big opportunity for us to show the country or the world about things we can do when we really put a focus on transgender issues and transgender communities. and when you put transgender people in leadership positions. >> thank you, claire. and i just want to say to claire farly who is the leader of the office of transgender
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initiatives, she has really taken that role to a whole other level and is currently a grand marshal for this year's s.f. prize. so congratulations, claire. >> my dream is to really look at where we want san francisco to be in the future. how can we have a place where we have transliberation, quality, and inclusion, and equity across san francisco? and so when i look five years from now, ten years from now, i want us to make sure that we're continuing to lead the country in being the best that we can be. not only are we working to make sure we have jobs and equal opportunity and pathways to education, employment, and advancement, but we're making sure we're taking care of our most impacted communities, our trans communities of color, trans women of color, and black trans women. and we're making sure we're addressing the barriers of the
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access to health care and mental health services and we're supporting our seniors who've done the work and really be able to age in place and have access to the services and resources they deserve. so there's so much more work to do, but we're really proud of the work that we've done so far. [♪♪] i behalf of our partner bridge housing corporation it is my pleasure to welcome you all to the grand opening of broadway cove and 735 davis.
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>> jack and i will be the co-emcees. we promise to keep things moving. thank you for the part you played in making this possible. as jack said, we also are sonnored to partner with john jn stewart. thank you for celebrating with us today. >> we are going to do tag teaming. bear with us. the mayor is a cup well minutes late. on the former site of the tom thefreeway we are reminded of te long histories of these sites. starting with the many generations of the ohlone people who lived here and on the bay that made up the site

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