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nonexistent, when the services are not really available, to have a conversation with the providers, what is the capacity, community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, provider by provider, and a sense of urgency and alacrity of getting these things in place because it seems like we're waiting to do things, but all we do is wait, and we keep getting told that things are happening, things are being discussed, options are being considered, but it seems like -- and i'm trying to be as charitable as possible here, understanding that there's a pandemic, but it seems to be focused on motion rather than movement, and i really have to appeal to all
the department representatives here to feel the pain here because providers who are closest to individuals, families, adults, young people have to tell people every day why things are not happening. we are the ones charged with that responsibility; that we have to explain to people, i thought there was a whole lot of money coming down from the federal level or i saw the federal government talking about all this money that was available, and wasn't there this prop c thing that was available. we have to explain this to people, and it's galling not to be put in the situation where we can actually determine how decisions are made, what resources are allocated, and what projects can be stood up in a reasonable period of time. what i would urge this
committee to do is to put department staff on notice that you will be coming back every 30 days with a specific plan and a specific update on what has been done in the previous month, just like we have to do when we invoice on our contracts. we have to prove that we spent the money in a certain way, so departments should have to do that, too. >> supervisor safai: thanks, joe. director mcspadden, i want to give you an opportunity to respond to that because i understand you're just -- you're new in your transition, and this is by no means an attempt to blindside you, an attempt in any way. we new this from talking about
your staff, and i was trying to -- i understand that there's an attempt to expand the numbers. i just wanted to give you an opportunity to respond. >> yeah, sure. so, i mean i -- you know, i do understand the frustration in the community. there is a sense of urgency. as a san franciscan, i see what's happening out on the street. i know that my staff are working very intensely, very
hard, many hours to try to get this money out the door. it's really challenging, and i can say having been a department head for a while, it's bureaucratic, and there are a number of steps out there to get a contract out the door. there are a number of steps in changing the system. we have to have a fair process where we have panels and we have proposals, and we have equity at the center, and it's
just how our system works. there are just so many things at work and things that we're prioritizing more. these are the things that are going to get us the most items out the door, and we're laser focused on that, but it is a multilayered process, and i don't have any power to change that. >> supervisor safai: okay. thank you for that, director. >> but that said, i have said in many different rooms that i'm happy to work with the community, to hear what people said. we have been spending a lot of
time doing that, and i have learned a lot from the providers who i've been meeting with regularly. >> supervisor safai: no, anything we can do, director mcspadden, that's great. >> thank you. >> chair haney: anything we can do, working with providers and increasing urgency, we appreciate it. i'm going to hold my questions for the other departments and set up a time to talk with the department of public health directly, and i am also, i
think, going to want to have an update when we come back in january, that we see some further progress and see some dollars go out the door, so i'm going to want us to continue this hearing when we come back from break and see where things are and appreciate your work, and there's a lot more dollars, and that's why we want to get the collars to where they are -- dollars to where they're most needed to the services they desire. with that, i'm going to continue this item to the call of the chair.
can we have a roll call on that motion, please. >> clerk: yes, sir. on the motion to continue this item to the call of the chair -- [roll call] >> clerk: we have three ayes. >> chair haney: great. thank you so much, and thank you to all of the service providers and directors and department leaders who are here. we really appreciate your service, and we'll let you get back to it, and we'll be in touch further about next steps and looking to you to get this work done. thank you. i know know that we have in item 12, which relates to b.l.a., that we're going to leave for.
can we call item 12? >> clerk: yes. item 12 is a resolution approving an agreement between harvey m. rose associates, l.l.c., and the board of supervisors for the budget and legislative analyst services for a total amount not to exceed $10.5 million for an initial term of four years from january 1, 2022, through december 31, 2025. member of the public who wish to make public comment should call 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 2482-945-4183. then press pound and pound again. press star, three to enter the queue and wait until the system indicates your line has been
unmuted. mr. chair? >> chair haney: thank you. we have [indiscernible] to present the item. >> thank you. i am [indiscernible] requesting the community to approve a new contract. as you know, we issued a request for proposal in april. although we received only one proposal, we conducted a thorough investigation by subject matter experts from the california legislative analyst's office, contra costa administrator's office and a member of the board to ensure we're hiring a qualified member for the board. the item before you is a resolution approving an agreement between harvey m.
>> clerk: i think we hear a caller. caller, you may begin your comments. >> yeah, supervisors, i was listening to the previous gentleman and, i think when whoever these people are that placed in positions because the mayor wants them in that position so that they can carry on their crooked ways, what i
find, i was trained in the military, they can go out -- >> clerk: mr. dacosta, i am pausing your time. we have already dispensed with that item. we are taking public comment on the agreement with the board of supervisors and harvey m. rose associates for budget and legislative analyst's services, so i will restart your time if you wish to redirect your comments. >> yes, give me another 1.5 minutes. so harvey rose has done a great job for the institution. thanks god for harvey rose because he's been there, seen that, so nobody can hoodwink here. so what i'm saying is,
supervisor, i'm asking for transparency, and quality of life issues are compromised, and the mayor has to play a role here. we can't let it go buy without challenging her. quality of life issues are compromised. harvey rose tries to do his best and put his best foot forward, but he cannot dictate to you all, supervisors. he cannot mandate to you all. you supervisors represent us,
so you supervisors should take it upon yourself to do a needs assessment and ratify things and put them back on track. that's all i've got to say. thank you very much. >> clerk: pardon. thank you, mr. dacosta, for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have any further callers in the queue? >> operator: we have no further callers in the queue. >> chair haney: thank you. i want to make a motion to move item 12 to the full board with a positive recommendation. can i have a roll call vote, please. >> clerk: on the motion to move item 12 to the full board -- [roll call] --
. >> clerk: i think member mar is frozen again. >> supervisor mar: i'm here. can you hear me? [roll call] >> clerk: we have two ayes with vice chair safai absent. >> chair haney: great. this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. mr. clerk, are there any further items before us today? >> clerk: mr. chair, that concludes our business. >> chair haney: great. meeting's adjourned.
[♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> so i grew up in cambridge, massachusetts and i was very fortunate to meet my future wife, now my wife while we were both attending graduate school at m.i.t., studying urban planning. so this is her hometown. so, we fell in love and moved to her city. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> i was introduced to this part of town while working on a campaign for gavin, who is running for mayor. i was one of the organizers out here and i met the people and i fell in love with them in the neighborhood. so it also was a place in the
city that at the time that i could afford to buy a home and i wanted to own my own home. this is where we laid down our roots like many people in this neighborhood and we started our family and this is where we are going to be. i mean we are the part of san francisco. it's the two neighborhoods with the most children under the age of 18. everybody likes to talk about how san francisco is not family-friendly, there are not a lot of children and families. we have predominately single family homes. as i said, people move here to buy their first home, maybe with multiple family members or multiple families in the same home and they laid down their roots. [♪♪♪] >> it's different because again, we have little small
storefronts. we don't have light industrial space or space where you can build high-rises or large office buildings. so the tech boom will never hit our neighborhood in that way when it comes to jobs. >> turkey, cheddar, avocado, lettuce and mayo, and little bit of mustard. that's my usual. >> mike is the owner, born and bred in the neighborhood. he worked in the drugstore forever. he saved his money and opened up his own spot. we're always going to support home grown businesses and he spent generations living in this part of town, focusing on the family, and the vibe is great and people feel at home. it's like a little community
gathering spot. >> this is the part of the city with a small town feel. a lot of mom and pop businesses, a lot of family run businesses. there is a conversation on whether starbucks would come in. i think there are some people that would embrace that. i think there are others that would prefer that not to be. i think we moved beyond that conversation. i think where we are now, we really want to enhance and embrace and encourage the businesses and small businesses that we have here. in fact, it's more of a mom and pop style business. i think at the end of the day, what we're really trying to do is encourage and embrace the diversity and enhance that diversity of businesses we already have. we're the only supervisor in the city that has a permanent district office. a lot of folks use cafes or use
offices or different places, but i want out and was able to raise money and open up a spot that we could pay for. i'm very fortunate to have that. >> hi, good to see you. just wanted to say hi, hi to the owner, see how he's doing. everything okay? >> yeah. >> good. >> we spend the entire day in the district so we can talk to constituents and talk to small businesses. we put money in the budget so you guys could be out here. this is like a commercial corridor, so they focus on cleaning the streets and it made a significant impact as you can see. what an improvement it has made to have you guys out here. >> for sure.
>> we are right now in outer richmond in the last business area of this city. this area of merchants is in the most western part of san francisco, continue blocks down the street they're going to fall into the pacific ocean. two blocks over you're going to have golden gate park. there is japanese, chinese, hamburgers, italian, you don't have to cook. you can just walk up and down the street and you can get your cheese. i love it. but the a very multicultural place with people from everywhere. it's just a wonderful environment. i love the richmond district.
>> and my wife and i own a café we have specialty coffee drinks, your typical lattes and mochas and cappuccinos, and for lunches, sandwiches and soup and salad. made fresh to order. we have something for everybody >> my shop is in a very cool part of the city but that's one of the reasons why we provide such warm and generous treats, both physically and emotionally (♪♪) >> it's an old-fashioned general store. they have coffee. other than that what we sell is fishing equipment. go out and have a good time. >> one of my customers that has been coming here for years has always said this is my favorite store. when i get married i'm coming in your store.
and then he in his wedding outfit and she in a beautiful dress came in here in between getting married at lands end and to the reception, unbelievable. (♪♪) >> the new public health order that we're announcing will require san franciscans to remain at home with exceptions only for essential outings. >> when the pandemic first hit we kind of saw the writing on the walls that potentially the city is going to shut all businesses down. >> it was scary because it was such an unknown of how things were going to pan out.
i honestly thought that this might be the end of our business. we're just a small business and we still need daily customers. >> i think that everybody was on edge. nobody was untouched. it was very silent. >> as a business owner, you know, things don't just stop, right? you've still got your rent, and all of the overhead, it's still there. >> there's this underlying constant sense of dread and anxiety. it doesn't prevent you from going to work and doing your job, it doesn't stop you from doing your normal routine. what it does is just make you feel extra exhausted. >> so we began to reopen one year later, and we will emerge stronger, we will emerge better
as a city, because we are still here and we stand in solidarity with one another. >> this place has definitely been an anchor for us, it's home for us, and, again, we are part of this community and the community is part of us. >> one of the things that we strived for is making everyone in the community feel welcome and we have a sign that says "you're welcome." no matter who you are, no matter what your political views are, you're welcome here. and it's sort of the classic san francisco thing is that you work with folks. >> it is your duty to help everybody in san francisco. >> it is being held virty