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this meeting will come to order. this is the december 8, 2021 budget and finance committee meeting. i'm matt haney, chair of the committee. i'm joined by committee member
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supervisors mar and safai. i want to thank matthew from sfgovtv for broadcasting this meeting. do you have announcements? >> yes, mr. chair, the minutes will reflect that committee members participated through video conference to the same extent as physically present. public comment will be available on each item on this agenda either channel 26, 78 or 99. we're streaming the public call in number across the screen. each speaker will be allowed two minutes to speak unless otherwise stated. public comment is available by calling 1-415-655-0001, meeting i.d., 2496 587 7269 ##.
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when connected, you will hear the meeting discussions and will be in listening mode. when the item of interest comes up dial star 3 to be added to the line. turn down your television radio or streaming device. you may submit public comment, e-mail myself the budget and finance committee clerk. if you submit public comment via e-mail it will be forwarded to the supervisors and included as part of the official file. written comments may be sent by the u.s. postal service to 1 dr. carton b. goodlett place san francisco, california. we did receive a request for interpretive services for item
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15 to establish a paid sick leave system for domestic workers and we're working with the office of civic engagement and immigrant affairs to assist us during public comment for that item. please provide the call-in information in your respective language. [speaking spanish] [speaking spanish]
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>> clerk: do we have mr. potters on the line? >> interpreter: [speaking foreign language] [speaking foreign language]
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>> clerk: thank you. and finally mr. chair, items acted upon today are expected to appear on the board of supervisors agenda of december 14th unless otherwise stated. that concludes my announcements. >> chair haney: thank you.
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all right so because supervisor safai wanted to be here for a few items, i'm going to take things a little out of order. can you call item 2? >> yes, mr. chair. one second. item 2, resolution approving an amendment to agreement between the department of public health and the san francisco public health foundation for a program administration and support services for the san francisco sugary drink distributor project, to increase the contract amount by $11 million for a total amount not to exceed $20.9 million and to extend the contract term by four years for a total agreement term of april 1, 2019 through june 30, 2026. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 1-415-655-0001. meeting i.d. 2496 587 7269 ##.
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if you haven't already done so, dial star 3 to line up to speak. the system prompt will indicate you raised your hand. wait until the system says you've been unmuted. that is your cue to begin your comments. >> chair haney: great. welcome. >> thank you. good morning. chair haney and members of the board committee, the proposed budget and legislative analyst report that you have before you reflects the contract amendment that is before you today. so i just wanted to note since you received a redline version of the resolution that originally we introduced this item in june 2020. and then we continued it to the call of the chair. now we're getting back to you. i'm actually shocked at how proactive we were still not retroactive. the original proposed amount was $20 million 20.9 our current
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proposed amount is 19.6, which is a reduction of $1.3 million from our original request. and the original -- the reason we delayed the contract initially was to confirm our out-year funding baseline funding. so what you have today has been adjusted to reflect what we believe is ongoing baseline funding. so we specifically adjusted two out years and then the contingency so that's how we arrived at the reduction. the structure of this contract is that the san francisco public health foundation provides program administrative services for the sugary drinks distributor tax through a subcontractor and consultants. the foundation received a 10% administrative fee with the balance of the funding going toward program costs. media consultation, campaigns, et cetera the cbo grant the school district. and that's described in the
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report what public health's foundation does administers, solicits and what not. it's to prevent chronic disease in san francisco by decreasing sugary drink consumption, increasing physical activity and implementing media campaigns. the subcontractors that have been selected through this are tasked to serve populations and communities most impacted by health disparities and adverse effects related to the high sugary. it's latinx, native americans, american indian youth and transitional age youth and especially adolescent males and
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others as identified. we really like the model how this contract works because it has allowed us to reach smaller community-based organizations that haven't traditionally contracted with the department. and this is why we're proposing this extension to this contract. and if you had a chance to look at the end of the report there is a list of the subcontractors and what they do all of them working in their different capacities to achieve the goals of this initiative. the contract is measured in two ways. essentially, the effectiveness of the san francisco public health foundation in providing the program administration as well as the effectiveness of the project and having successful outcomes and the individual contractors and meetings requirements in their set contracts. if you have more questions or want to know more about the program or any of that i have
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my colleague here christina, who is the program manager for community health equity and promotion and i'm happy to take any questions. >> chair haney: thank you. i don't see any questions from colleagues. is there a b.l.a. report on this? >> yes, chair haney we have a report for you. good morning nick menard from the budget and legislative analyst office. so this report i'm about to give you is based on revised legislation that the department is submitting today as noted by ms. ruggels. so the proposed resolution would approve the first amendment between the department of public health and the san francisco public health foundation which would extend the agreement from june 2022 to june 2026 and increase the total not to exceed by $9.6 million to a total not
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to exceed amount of $19.6 million as detailed on page 13 of our report. now under this contract the public health foundation charged a 10% administrative fee to select and manage subcontractors that provide services to decrease the consumption of sugary products. we show that the granties of the cycle based on the information provided by the department, we recommend approval of the resolution. i'm happy to answer any questions. >> chair haney: thank you. appreciate that. can we go to public comment, please? >> yes, chair haney, operations is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item press star 3 to be added to speak.
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for those already on hold continue to wait until you've been unmuted. please let us know if there are any callers who wish to comment. >> mr. clerk there are no callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. chair? >> chair haney: public comment is closed. so i want to make a motion to move the amendments that have been offered. can we have a roll call vote on the amendments please? >> clerk: ahead of that mr. chair should we excuse supervisor safai until his arrival? >> chair haney: sure. >> clerk: okay. i'll take it -- on the excuse of
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supervisor safai until his arrival, member mar? >> supervisor mar: aye. >> chair haney: aye. >> clerk: there are two ayes with vice chair safai excused. now on to motion to accept the amendments offered by d.p.h., member mar? >> supervisor mar: aye. >> chair haney? >> chair haney: aye. we have two ayes with vice chair safai excused. >> chair haney: okay. can i move the amendments? >> clerk: we did accept the amendments. >> chair haney: okay. >> clerk: yeah. >> chair haney: can i move the item to the full board with a positive recommendation as amended? >> clerk: on the motion to forward the item as amended, member mar? >> supervisor mar: aye.
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>> chair haney? >> chair haney: aye. >> we have two ayes in vice chair safai excused. >> chair haney: good thank you, appreciate that ms. ruggels. can you call item 3? >> item 3 is a resolution to retroactively authorize the office of the district attorney to accept and expend the grant in the amount of $321,000 from the california department of insurance for the automobile insurance fraud program for the grant period of july 1, 2021 through june 30, 2022. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 1-415-655-0001 meeting i.d. 2496 587 7269 ##. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait until the system indicates you've been unmuted and you may
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begin your comments. mr. chair? >> chair haney: great. and welcome to the d.a.'s office. >> good morning thank you. i'm the managing attorney for the economic crimes unit and we seek authorization to expend accept and expend these funds for the automobile insurance grant program. as we noted in the cover letter and has come up before, it's not, in fact retroactive in that this funding is included as part of -- it's a recurring grant and it's included in the annual budget submission but the granting agency the california department of insurance requires this specific resolution as to each
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year's funding. >> chair haney: thank you. is there a b.l.a. report? >> we don't have a report on this item chair haney. >> chair haney: okay. can we open this to public comment, please? >> clerk: yes operations is checking to see if there are callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, press star 3 now. for those already on hold continue to wait until you're unmuted. do we have any callers? >> mr. clerk, we have no callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. chair? >> chair haney: public comment is closed. thank you so much for your work on this. i want to make a motion to move item 3 to the full board with a positive recommendation, can we
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have a roll call vote? >> clerk: on a motion to forward the item as recommended? >> supervisor mar: aye. >> chair haney: aye. >> we have two ayes with vice chair safai excused. >> chair haney: great. mr. clerk can you call items 4 and 5 together? >> yes, mr. chair items 4 and 5 are resolutions approving the harvey milk terminal 1 food and beverage leases in phases 3 and 4, for lease 12, lease number 20-0042 with hff and lease number 14 with high connects l.l.c. both between the city and county of san francisco, acting by and through the airport commission for a term of 12 years and one two-year option and minimum
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annual guarantee of $545000 and $570000. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on both items 4 and 5 should call 1-415-655-0001. meeting i.d. 2496 587 7269 ##. if you haven't already done so dial star 3 to line up to speak. mr. chair? >> chair haney: all right, welcome. >> thank you. the airport is seeking your approval to award two harvey milk concession leases to the following. two food and beverage leases for
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hffsfo two for a $545,000 and high connects for $570,000. both for a term of 12 years with one two-year option to extend. high connect is an airport concession disadvantaged business enterprise. the lease awarded to hff is a partnership with local san francisco brand balboa cafe. although rent is suspended due to the impact of covid-19 on air travel, it will be reinstated when increased back to 80% of 2019 models. the b.l.a. has recommended approval for both leases and i'm happy to answer any questions. >> chair haney: thank you. is there a b.l.a. report? >> yes, chair haney. this is a report on item 4 and
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5, so file 21 is a resolution that approves a 14-year lease for a casual dining concept in terminal one of the airport and file 21085 is a resolution that approves a 14-year connection lease for pokey bar in terminal 1. the leases are summarized in the report. the two leases were generated approximately $15.6 million in minimum annual guaranteed rent to the airport over that period before cpi adjustments and accounting for the fact that it's suspended during which time tenants pay percentage rent. we recommend approval of these leases to the airport? >> chair haney: thank you. all right. public comment please. >> yes, chair haney operations
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is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to provide comment on this item, press star 3 now. for those already on hold, continue to wait until the system says you've been unmuted. do we have any callers? >> mr. clerk, we have no callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you much. >> chair haney: public comment is closed. i do not see any questions or comments from colleagues. i want to move items 4 and 5 to the full board with a positive recommendation, can we have a roll call vote? >> on the motion to move both items 4 and 5 to the full board with a positive recommendation member mar? >> supervisor mar: aye. >> chair haney: aye. >> we have two ayes with vice chair safai excused. >> chair haney: great. thank you so much. mr. clerk can you call item 6?
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>> item 6 is resolution authorizing the department of the environment to enter into agreements with other municipalities and entities under which the city will grant a royalty-free irrevocable and perpetual license to use the city's zero waste sign-maker tool. the members of the public who wish to provide public comment, should call 1-415-655-0001. meeting i.d., 2496 587 7269 ##. then press star -- -- if you have not done so press star 3 to line up to speak. wait until the system indicates you've been unmuted and you may begin your comments. mr. chair? >> chair haney: thank you. and we have the department of environment to present on this item. welcome. >> thank you. thank you, chair haney. and thank you, supervisor mar. my name is asia, i'm the
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committee engagement program manager at the city of san francisco department of environment. i'm joined by two members of the department. i'm here before you seeking your positive recommendation on a resume -- excuse me -- on a resolution authorizing the department of the environment to enter into agreements with other municipalities and entities under which the city will grant a royalty-free irrev. it is a web application that the department created at a cost of -- to allow the public to afix near recycling compost and waste
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receptacles. so an organizer can go online to show their attendees what is conpost-ible, what is recyclable and what needs to go into the black bin. the department believes allowing other municipalities to incorporate it into their respective offerings will assist them in improving recycling and proper disposal outside of san francisco and will help strengthen the city's leadership role in proper disposal efforts across the nation. i thank you for your time and i'm here to answer any questions you might have. >> chair haney: thank you. can we go to the b.l.a., please? >> we don't have a report on this item, chair haney. >> chair haney: okay. can we go to public comment, please? >> chair haney: yes, chair haney operations is checking to see if we have any callers. members of the public who wish
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to provide comment on this item press star 3 now to be added to the line to speak. for those already on hold, continue to wait until the system indicates you've been unmuted. that will be your cue to begin your comments. >> yes, we have two callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you much. >> yes, i'm actually a nurse calling from san francisco general. i'm actually commenting on the section that has already been addressed which the contract for cross country staffing in the amount of an additional $59 million for -- >> clerk: we actually haven't called item 1 yet. we called some items out of order, so when we call it yes, you can freely comment on that item. but for now, please press star 3 to get back in the pool.
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>> i appreciate that. thank you. >> clerk: sure thing. any more callers? >> yes we have one more caller. >> clerk: thank you. >> can you hear me now? >> once again, if you did get the prompt you have been unmuted that is your cue to speak. >> okay, hello, can you hear me now? >> clerk: we can hear you. great. good morning. david pilpel. so on -- one moment -- on this item 6, the department of the environment zero waste sign maker tool, i support the resolution the department has done great work over many years
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to make signage easy to understand for everybody and i think allowing other municipalities to license it at no cost is a fine use of our resources to share with others. i did just want to bring up on page 3 of the agreement, page 36 of your packet under section 5, notice to ccff. this was correct at the time it was drafted by since then the department of the environment has moved to 1155 market, i don't know which floor so the address should be changed and the internet coordination communications coordinator has subsequently left the department so might make that perhaps another contact, who is the grants coordinator or asia or someone else.
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just checking that as to form, but i do support the resolution and substance and urge your support this morning in committee. thanks. >> do we have any more callers in the queue? >> mr. clerk that completes the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. chair? >> chair haney: public comment is closed. i believe we're now joined by supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: yes, sir, i'm here, thank you. >> chair haney: i want to move item 6 to the full board with a positive recommendation, please. may we have a roll call vote, please? >> on that motion to move the item forward with a positive recommendation, vice chair safai? >> supervisor safai: aye. >> supervisor mar: aye. >> chair haney: aye. we have three ayes. >> chair haney: great. thank you. this will go to the full board
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with a positive recommendation. why don't we do one more. can you call item 7? >> item 7 is resolution authorizing the office of the treasurer and the tax collector to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $130,000 from larkin street youth services for the purpose of providing financial coaching to transitional age youth through the rising up campaign through january 1, 2022 through december 31 2022. members of public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 1-415-655-0001. meeting i.d. 2496 587 7269 ##. if you have not already done so please dial star 3 to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. it will be your cue to begin your comments.
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mr. chair? >> chair haney: thank you. we have amanda free from the -- wait. yes, amanda from the treasurer's office here to present on the item. welcome. >> good morning, chair haney, supervisors thank you for having me today. i'm going to joined and i'm going to go ahead and share my screen. today i'm presenting a $130,000 grant from larkin street youth services to the office of the treasurer and tax collector. so that we can provide one-on-one financial coaching which we call smart money coaching to transitional age youth through the rising up campaign from january 1, 2022 through december 31 2022. i'm now going to turn it over to
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share lin to give you explanation of the rising up campaign. >> thank you amanda. great to see you. the rising up campaign is a public private partnership that was launched by the mayor in 2016 with the goal of reducing youth homelessness by 50% by 2023. there are two strategies we use in rising up to be able to address youth homelessness. one is to be able to house 400 young people, rapid rehousing in their own apartments. the other is to prevent 450 from falling into homelessness through prevention and problem solving. larkin street in partnership with h.s.h. leads the rising up initiative. we have several not-for-profit partners who join us. the services that we provide larkin street and the partners our partners include third
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street youth center and clinic five keys first place for youth huckleberry youth programs, lyric the lgbt center and there is going to be one more that i forgot -- but they're a great partner and i'm sorry i forgot the name. too many things. anyway, we do have a -- brilliant corners is our other amazing partner. we provide subsidies to young people. there is case management. behavioral health education. conflict resolution because many young people are living in roommate situations so there is conflict resolution support. the smart money coaching is critically important to the work that we do, so we have been -- the public-private partnership includes a number of supports from foundation and other
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funders for private dollars which is what we were using to support the smart coaching. over the past two years, we've been able to house 246 young people, 88% of those young people are currently housed or continuing to be housed through with rapid rehousing and support. or have moved into another stable housing situation. next slide. and i'm going to turn it over to amanda. >> great thank you. so here's where smart money coaching comes in. i'm going to provide a general overview, because i want everyone listening to understand this is available to anybody living, working or receiving services in san francisco regardless of citizen status. we provide through our coaching partners, free confidential one-on-one financial guidance and this actually started back when a family started
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homelessness won a unit in the housing lottery and then had the application denied because of sub-prime credit and that spurred us to work to create this program so that would never happen again. services are currently funded by the public library, homelessness and supportive housing h.s.a. and the mayor's office of housing and community development. and they're offered by three financial coaching providers, balance the funding center and financial capability investment. so how can a smart money coach help? on the slide, you'll see a variety of ways that a coach can help an individual person. but i really want to stress that many of the financial challenges that smart money coaching clients experience are due to structural racism embedded in the financial system which is just not designed to serve low-income consumers. so our coaches help identify the barriers that prevent clients
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from accessing the financial mainstream and then outline clear and actionable steps to achieve resolution so the client can strengthen their own ability. we partner with rising up but with a deeper understanding of systemic barriers we think that our coaches can provide the best available options for the clients unique circumstances. our rising up partnership, the services are provided by our coach john luna. who is on the call today if there are any questions from community members. through our engagement rising up john has helped 84 clients exiting homelessness remove $85,000 in debt and save $13,000. and i'm going to play a bit of a testimonial now from one of john's clients although
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interrupt me if you don't hear the audio because sometimes that is funky. >> yes we're not hearing audio. >> okay. well i will make sure this is available to committee members. it's a fantastic testimonial from a young person talking about how the coach has helped him in his life. and with that, i'm going to conclude our presentation and just, again, let you know that our coach john luna is here for any questions along with me or sherry lynn and we have emily cohen from h.s.h. thank you. >> chair haney: thank you. and thank you so much for the
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rundown and for this great work. much appreciated. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> no, chair haney, we didn't report on this item. >> chair haney: all right. can we open to publithank you for everyone to work on this. i'm really excited to see this. s the fort garry project and take this important step. thank you, chair haney. >> ditto. appreciate that. can we open this up to public comments, please? >> yes, chair haney. operations checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to provide comment on this item, please press star 3 now to be added to the line to speak. for those on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicates that you have been unmuted and that is your cue to begin your comments. are there any callers? >> mr. clerk, we have no callers in the queue. >> thank you much. mr. chair?
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>> public comment is now closed. i want to make a motion to move item 14 to the full board with a positive recommendation. can we have a roll call vote, please? >> on the motion to forward the item 14 to the full board with a positive recommendation, vice chair safai? [roll call] we have three ayes. >> great. thank you. appreciate it. mr. clerk, can you please call item 15? >> yes. it's the ordinance amending the police code to establish a portable paid sick leave system for domestic workers and to require hiring sxwitties that do not directly provide p.s.l. to provide p.s.l. payments to domestic workers using the portable system. members of public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call
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415-5655-001 and meeting i.d. 2496-587-7269 and then press pound twice. if you have not already done so, please press star 3 to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate that you have raised your hand. please wait until the system indicates that you have been unmuted and may begin your comment and, again, as noticed earlier in the meeting, we are working with the office of civic engagement and immigration affairs to assist us during public comment for this item. if you could provide the call-in information in the respective language, please. >> yes. [speaking in spanish]
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[speaking arabic] [please stand by] [please stand by]
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employers that track and distribute paid sick time as needed. domestic workers, however often work sporadic schedules for multiple individual employers which makes it almost impossible for them to accrue enough paid sick time for any one employer.
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although they have the right to paid sick leave in reality, very few domestic workers are able to access this benefit. the way this new program will take shape is twofold. first the office of economic workforce development will begin a six-month planning phase convening stakeholders including domestic workers their employers and city departments to develop the specific features functions and to develop a budget for implementation of the portable paid sick leave system. this will allow the system to be designed by domestic workers to meet their specific needs. built into the legislation are several baseline requirements for the program to ensure it will track hours and net pay rates coordinate sick leave payments and minimize administrative burdens for workers and their employers. following a six-month planning
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phase oewd will conduct a procurement phase to build and operate the portable paid sick leave system unless the department determines it's best to run the program internally. based on initial conversations with stakeholders, i expect the program to function through a phone-based app that will easily be accessed by employers and their domestic worker employees. oewd estimates the procurement phase will take at least six months. thus we expect the program to be accessible to domestic workers in 2022 or early 2023. we have are joined by two people. domestic worker and an employer who tells us how the employers
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can comply with and understand the obligation under the sick leave ordinance. oewd is here and available to answer any questions. first i'd like to invite the first speaker. i want to thank the spanish interpreter who is standing by. >> okay. [speaking spanish] [speaking spanish] [speaking spanish]
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>> hello, i'm a member of -- i am san franciscan. i'm a mother of five ages range from 14 to 38. i've been a domestic worker for 15 years of which the last five years have been in this country. i work cleaning houses and taking care of an 80-year-old woman who i prepare lunch clean her room and wash her clothes. i have six employers at the moment. i'm here today to ask the budget and finance committee for their support for the paid sick leave ordinance. >> [speaking spanish] [speaking spanish]
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>> interpreter: before the pandemic, i earned enough to cover all my basic expenses including rent transportation and food for myself and my family. but now because of the pandemic many employers have cancelled my services. i've paid my taxes every year and i hope to have a pension some day, however i do not have sick leave benefits for illnesses or emergencies. i can take time off if i get sick but i don't get paid. i also don't have health insurance to subsidize my medical expenses. >> [speaking spanish] [speaking spanish]
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>> interpreter: domestic workers are always affected by not being able to afford losing one day of work to take a sick day or just to rest because if we do -- if we do not work, we are not paid. so what do we do? out of necessity, i stash a little bit of cash in case of emergencies. february of this year i fell at an employer's house and i fell and broke my hand. the employer didn't pay for anything. i didn't work for six weeks and my employer did not pay for any
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sick days. this has tremendous economic impact for me. >> [speaking spanish] [speaking spanish] >> interpreter: my hand hurts from my arthritis caused by repetitive work over the years. when i can't go to work i don't go to work but i don't get sick pay. the employers i have at the moment are very aware of everything we are going through during the covid pandemic.
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we have had less work. i have little more money -- i had a little more money for cleaning products masks and gloves, but not all employers are conscientious, but i do have one employer who pays me one sick hour for 30 hours of work. >> [speaking spanish] [speaking spanish] >> interpreter: in the same way
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that my employers have now given me a raise or offered me more money during christmas in a christmas card, i think they would be willing to contribute for portable benefits that would ensure paid sick leave. for me these benefits are important. if we get sick we should have access to sick-pay benefits like all other workers in san francisco have and stop being excluded. that is why i'm here at the budget and finance committee to please beg you to vote in favor of the paid sick leave ordinance for domestic workers. thank you. >> supervisor ronen: thank you martha. [speaking spanish] thank you so much for all of your work and your testimony today. next we will hear from mary
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ambler. are you here? hi, welcome. >> hi. hi, members of the board of supervisors, my name is mary. i live in san francisco in district 8 at 22nd street. i was a teacher for most of my career. i'm a domestic employer and a member of hand-in-hand, a domestic employers network. i'm here today urging the budget and finance committee to support the access to paid sick leave so that domestic workers are able to access the right to paid sick leave in san francisco. when my child molly was between the ages of 1 and almost 4, i hired a nanny by the name of heather to help me take care of my child 40 hours a week.
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heather was like a member of our family. she came to all molly's parties social events at our home and molly was even the flower girl when she got married. the work heather did for our family was incredibly important work. heather was consistently able to sense how my child was doing and know what she really needed. she imparted values in my child and we had a deep trust with her. the women we currently employ to clean my house is not a roomba that comes once a week and disappears. she is a complex human being. like the rest of us she deserves the right to paid sick leave so she can take care of her health and the health of her loved ones. if she got sick, the domestic workers are as important as other families. i've been paying my house cleaner during the pandemic,
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even when she was unable to come in. i believe during a time like the pandemic, access to a right such as paid sick leave is even more -- [indiscernible] many people may say in a heart beat i don't know what i would do without my housekeeper, my baby-sitter my nanny, but i want to pay them cheap. domestic workers already have exploitation and wage theft. i've heard stories of domestic workers who experience work added on to their responsibilities after being hired with absolutely no change in the salaries. domestic workers are essential workers. and they need to be treated with a dignity they deserves. the domestic workers i have employed have made it possible for me and my husband to do our jobs and for us to have breathing room. everyone should have a living wage along with corresponding
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rights and benefits. granting domestic workers access to a portable benefit system that allows it to paid sick leave for the multiple employers would increase equality and fair labor conditions for domestic workers. and that's why i feel strongly that the access to paid sick leave ordinance needs to be supported by the budget and finance committee. thank you. >> supervisor ronen: thank you so much. and i hope colleagues this helped to hear the perspectives from both a domestic worker and a domestic worker employer on why this piece of legislation is important for both entities. and i very much want to thank again the speakers for sharing their experiences with us today. colleagues, oewd has suggested a
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few amendments to the legislation. my office sent them to you this morning. the amendments are non-substantive. they provide clarity about the planning phase and timeline for beginning operations and additionally the city attorney has offered an amendment to the enforcement component of this law just to make sure that it complies with state law. after we hear public comment i'm hoping you'll adopt these amendments and the city attorney has assured me that they are non-substantive. before i turn it back over to you for questions and for public comment i just wanted to give a few thanks, especially to my cosponsors, president walton supervisor melgar, supervisors chan, haney, mar, safai and preston. thank you so much for your support. and my absolute deepest
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appreciation to kimberly the director of the california domestic workers coalition, who has been working on these equality and justice issues as long as i've known her. the senior council for the national domestic workers alliance who partnered with our city attorney and our office to help write this law and include her vast experience on making worker rights laws equal for domestic workers, not only here in california but around the entire country. the director of the -- [speaking spanish] -- who is an international leader for the right of domestic workers. and finally, to santiago from my office who has carried this
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legislation for quite some time with so much skill and love and focus. santiago, thank you so much. and finally to all the domestic workers who work tirelessly to support our homes and our families and our economy. no work would be possible without domestic workers taking care of our children our loved ones our homes, making it possible for us to work. -- if we're not domestic workers. so colleagues i look forward to your support hopefully today and sending this to the full board with recommendations and i'm happy to answer any questions. also just as a reminder oewd is here if you have any questions for them. >> chair haney: thank you supervisor ronen for this and your leadership. much appreciated. why don't we go to public comment. and i think we're going to do
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one minute each because we still have a very long item after this one if that's all right. so we'll open it up for public comment. >> thank you, chair haney. operations is collecting to see -- checking to see if there are callers in the queue. for those already on hold continue to wait until the system indicates you've been unmuted and that is your cue to begin your comments. as earlier stated, we're working with the office of civic engagement to assist in public comment for this item. can you let our public know that -- well about the call-in information and that we will hear them for one minute. >> sure thing. >> interpreter: [speaking spanish] [speaking spanish]
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>> interpreter: [speaking foreign language] [speaking foreign language] thank you. >> chair haney: thank you. if we could line up the first
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caller? >> caller: good afternoon. my name is -- i live and work in san francisco. sorry. i support the ordinance that would create a system for domestic workers to access the paid sick leave they are entitled to because we believe that all workers should have basic benefits that dignifies their work. and it is time to correct this social issue. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you so much for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: hello, my name is
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austin. i am speaking on behalf of san francisco foundation. and with racial and economic equity as part of our north star we are proud to endorse this effort to ensure -- our domestic workers who are the backbone of care-taking, care giving and as the employer said, they're complex human beings with rights and we wholehearted wholeheartedly support. vote yes on this ordinance that has been brought to you with partnership with the domestic workers coalition. thank you. >> clerk: good to hear from you, austin. thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: my name is carl kramer. i'm with the san francisco living wage coalition.
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i live in san francisco in district 9. the living wage coalition supports the access to paid sick leave ordinance for domestic workers. domestic workers do the work that makes all other work possible. this is necessary step to make it safe for others to return to work. this is critical in addressing our labor shortage and our economy. it's a matter of basic fairness. it's the right thing to do. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: good afternoon, supervisors. my name is amos. i'm the economic justice program manager of affirmative action. we're part of the community united for health and justice collaboration. i'm speaking today on behalf of
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caa that is based in chinatown and the excelsior district. i live and work in san francisco. they support the access to paid sick leave ordinance. majority of clients are those of color. the pandemic has affected domestic workers and their families. those most heavily impacted must be centered in the policy. i urge you to support this ordinance. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: hello, i am a staff
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member chinese association and also a cpa and also a member of the california domestic workers coalition. i am also a resident of district 11 and we support the equal access to paid sick leave ordinance. we have many domestic workers and families and friends who do domestic work that are also in our membership and so during the pandemic, care has become the forefront priority for not only clients and employers, but also the workers to risk their lives every day. all workers, especially domestic workers are entitled to their rights. right next to me i have a worker who i will -- who will give us her work and i will do interpretation for her.
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[speaking foreign language] >> hello my name is -- i am a resident of san francisco, i live in district 11. i'm also a domestic worker and i have worked for 10 years in this industry. i urge the board of supervisors to support the equal access to paid sick leave ordinance because i know that this ordinance will benefit all of my domestic worker brothers and sisters. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, both for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: good afternoon supervisors, my name is jenny. i live in district 10 and i'm
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with the legal voters of san francisco. the league supports measures that eliminate equities based on race and gender. we support the ordinance that would create a system for domestic workers to access paid sick leave they're entitled to because domestic workers deserve fair pay and equity in the workplace. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: good afternoon, thank you, supervisor ronen for sponsoring this important legislation and thank you to the committee. i'm a lawyer at the asian law caucus in san francisco. every day i talk to workers struggling to make ends meet in our city. recently i got to know a domestic worker who was working in the restaurant. i wasn't able to reach her, because she was caring for her son who had surgery. at her new job she accrued
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enough paid sick leave to provide the time her son needed. i was so happy to hear that she had paid time off to take care of her son and herself. yet if she were still a domestic worker she would not have been able to care for either of them. thank you for your time and your consideration. >> next speaker, please. >> caller: [speaking spanish]
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[speaking spanish] >> interpreter: >> interpreter: good afternoon, i'm a domestic worker in san francisco. i am here to urge your support for this ordinance so that we can gain dignified work with fair pay and equity for all domestic workers in san francisco. it's time to do so. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: my name is meagan whelan, i live in san francisco and i'm calling on behalf of the workers coalition. there are more than 10,000 been workers who are immigrant and women workers essential to families, culture and our economy in the city. we're so happy to hear so many community organizations and
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leaders coming together to call for the creation of the portable benefit system so that they can urge paid sick leave and we urge the committee to provide this ordinance. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you so much for your comments. next speaker please. >> caller: hello, my name is diane. legal fellow at work. i'm a member of the california domestic coalition. we support the ordinance because we believe that all workers should have time to care for themselves and their loved ones. no worker should have to choose between going to work or taking care of their family. we support the board of supervisors to urge a yes-vote on this ordinance. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: supervisors, hello,
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my name is marieamaria. i do extensive volunteer work throughout san francisco. i'm a member of san francisco jobs for justice and member of siu10 to 1 and both organizations are supporting this ordinance because we're about building worker justice and community unity. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: hello, my name is joyce. i'm a resident of district 3 in san francisco. and a volunteer with hand-in-hand domestic employers network. i wholeheartedly urge the budget and finance committee to fund and approve this ordinance. i know what it's like to have a parent who is a domestic worker
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with no employee benefits. as my mother widowed at age 45 worked as a housekeeper until the age of 80 with no help, social security or leave benefits. access to sick leave is a basic right to a domestic worker in san francisco. and requires no debate. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: hi my name is charlotte and i'm one of the staff members of the filipino community center. many of our community members are domestic workers whom some of them may not know they have the right to paid sick leave. i support the actions that would allow domestic workers to access paid sick leave and paid time
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off. for those who especially work for multiple private employers, this is very important so they can exercise their rights to access and advocate for their basic needs. and so they're able to take care of their health and their loved ones especially during this hard time in the pandemic and also in the future. i encourage you all to support this ordinance as well. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. currently we have 31 members of the public listening with seven in the queue. if you do want to provide comment for this item please press star 3 now. otherwise, we'll take the seven to the end. next speaker, please. >> caller: hi, good afternoon, supervisors. my name is grace. i live in south market and work
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in san francisco. i'm a domestic worker. i'm here to ask the board of supervisors to support the access to paid sick leave ordinance for workers. i've been working as a domestic worker for 11 years. i'm a single mom with three kids. i always struggle to have enough time to myself and my family, especially my kids' needs. paid sick leave for domestic workers is very important because we have to tend to our family needs. a lot of times there are times i have to choose my work or my family. they mostly work in isolation, one-on-one behind the closed doors. this working condition requires specific solutions. paid time off for domestic
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workers would help me and my family. it would make it easy for me to tend to my family if they are sick. if they have appointments or even for much-needed family time the ordinance would save as a necessary first step for san francisco to guarantee domestic workers access to the safety network -- >> clerk: the time has expired. so sorry to cut anybody off but we're timing each speaker to one minute. please accept my apologies. next speaker, please. >> caller: hello, my name is deena from organizing -- i live and work in san francisco as an ally and member. i support the ordinance that would create a system for domestic workers to access paid sick leave that they're entitled to because domestic workers have right to dignity and economic justice as was mentioned before.
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they face being at high risk of wage theft and are currently unlikely to have paid sick leave and benefit they're entitled to by law. thank you. >> clerk: thank you so much for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: hello, my name is leslie. i live in san francisco in district 4 and i'm a member of hand-in-hand and faith and action. i've been both a domestic worker and domestic employer. i support the ordinance that would create a system for domestic workers to access paid sick leave because everyone deserves to take paid time off when they or their loved ones are sick. and domestic workers need this ordinance to exercise their access to the paid sick time off they deserve and are entitled to. it's an equity issue that must
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be addressed. >> clerk: thank you so much for your comments. next speaker, please. >> caller: good morning, supervisors, my name is clare and i live and work in san francisco and member of gabriella oakland. i'm speaking on behalf of gabriella. we stand in support of domestic workers especially their right to access paid sick leave to ensure their safety and dignity. so we urge the budget and finance committee to support this ordinance. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. next speaker, please. >> caller: -- >> clerk: hello, we do hear a caller. you may begin your comments.
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perhaps we should circle around back to that caller. >> hello, we do hear you. >> hello, good afternoon. my name is -- i'm calling on behalf of the national domestic workers alliance and thrilled to be with you here today to share my support for this important policy introduced by supervisor ronen for domestic workers access to paid sick leave ordinance. the national domestic workers alliance, 2.2 million nannies house -- we work to ensure that every cleaning job in the country becomes a good job with living wages benefits and security. either through design because of racial exclusions from workplace law or default because of the nature of the domestic work, the
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safety net has never accommodated them. most domestic workers struggle to make ends meet. now in san francisco domestic workers do have the right to paid sick days but, unfortunately because of the nature of domestic workers, where workers work multiple employers none of whom are solely responsible for providing benefits, resulting in domestic workers receiving no benefits at all. they're not able to realize that right. this is why there is a problem with implementation and the problem of making this important right real for domestic workers. this new portable benefit system would allow domestic workers with multiple employers to be able to accrue paid time off by aggregating prorated contributions from their employers into one account and be able to take a sick day. >> clerk: the time has expired.
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we are timing each speaker to one minute. next speaker, please. >> caller: -- >> clerk: hello, caller? we do hear you. we have a caller on the line. >> good afternoon. my name is michael. i live in the mission district district 9. thank you, supervisor ronen, for sponsoring this ordinance and you're making us proud. i'm actually calling in. i'm so impressed by kimberley's organizing efforts at this. it's a commonsense issue. we need to support our domestic workers. and i ask for your support on this legislation. thank you.
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>> clerk: thank you for your comments. do we have any more callers in the queue? >> mr. clerk, that completes the queue. >> clerk: thank you so much. chair haney? >> chair haney: all right. public comment is now closed. supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: thanks chair haney. i really just wanted to thank everyone that called in many of whom i know and worked with for many years in the community. and really thank supervisor ronen the california domestic workers coalition, hand-in-hand for all of your incredibly important work on this proposal to -- that's really ground breaking and to allow the workers that care for our loved ones to be able to care for themselves through paid sick leave. and this -- i feel like this is really just the latest in -- latest step in exciting and important movement here in california and nationally to
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really support economic security, health and well-being and dignity of our domestic workers. and this is really one of the most important and inspiring labor movements of the 21st century. so, you know, san francisco was the first city in the country to create a mandate that employers provide paid sick leave to employees. it's been unfortunate and really frustrating that domestic workers haven't been able to benefit from that important step we took here in the city to become a national model. so it's exciting to see we're now going to really create a model, you know for portable benefits and paid sick leave for domestic workers here. and that could also help spark a movement nationally on this policy strategy. thank you again, supervisor ronen, and everyone, for your work on this. >> chair haney: thank you, supervisor mar. supervisor ronen, you mentioned
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there might be amendments. should we call oewd or do you want to make -- >> supervisor ronen: i described the amendments. do you want me to read them into the record? they're pretty state for the record and non-substantive. they were e-mailed to you this morning and i described them, but i can read them into the record if you'd like? >> chair haney: i think it's okay as long as the city attorney and everyone understands what they are. i wasn't sure if oewd had anything to add, but it sounds like we're good to go. can i move the amendments please and have a roll call on the amendments? >> on the motion to accept the amendments offered by supervisor ronen vice chair safai? >> supervisor safai: aye. >> supervisor mar: aye. >> chair haney: aye. >> we have three ayes. >> great. and any final comments supervisor ronen, before we move this? >> supervisor ronen: thank you
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so much. i just wanted to give my congratulations to domestic workers. this is one of those pieces of legislation that is going to change the industry and perhaps change the country. there are so many gig workers these days and really domestic workers are the original gig worker. and if we get this right, if we figure out how to operate a portable benefits program, really sick leave is just the beginning. and we really can transform the rights that low-wage workers in industries that are, as supervisor mar said the most exciting 21st century labor movement, this really, really is just the beginning. and domestic workers which i don't think it's an accident
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that it's an industry made up of women of color are leading the way. [speaking spanish] [speaking spanish]
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and now, please send this to the board with positive recommendations. >> chair haney: thank you so much, supervisor ronen and for your leadership and the broad coalition of domestic workers who came forward to support this and propose this legislation. i couldn't agree more with everything that's been said. this is absolutely an essential set of protections and benefits that every worker should have and that domestic workers have won and we have to make sure that they can access those protections. and, so i'm really happy to see us moving forward in that direction and grateful for the leadership of everyone who made it happen. supervisor safai?
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>> supervisor safai: thank you, chair. thank you, supervisor ronen, for your leadership and to all the people that called in today to -- for this extremely, extremely important piece of legislation to give voice to the voiceless and to give a tool, an empowerment tool for those who are feeling non-empowered for so long. this is extremely important and really appreciate it and know this will be something that will change the industry for sure. so thank you again and thank you supervisor ronen. and i'm happy and proud to be a co-sponsor. >> chair haney: great. make a motion to move this item to the full board with a positive recommendation as amended can we have a roll call vote? >> on the motion, vice chair safai? >> supervisor safai: aye. >> supervisor mar: aye. >> chair haney: aye. we have three ayes.
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>> chair haney: great thank you so much. >> supervisor ronen: thank you so much, bye. >> chair haney: all right, mr. clerk can you please call item 16. >> resolution approving and authorizing the director of property to acquire certain or real property located at 822 geary street and 629 hyde street approving and authoring an agreement of purchase and sale for real estate of the acquisition of the property. the purchase price of $6.3 million plus an estimated $20,000 for typical closing costs for a total amount of 6,320,000 from georgios markoulakis and crisula markoulakis as trustees of the family trust dated november 6, 2008 authorizing the director of property to execute the purchase agreement, make certain modifications and the purchase agreement affirming the
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planning department determination under ceqa and developing the planning department findings that the purchase agreement and transaction contemplated. and a priority policies of planning code section 101.1. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 1-415-655-0001. meeting i.d., 2496 587 7269 ##. if you haven't already done so dial star 3 to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. please wait until the system indicates you've been unmuted then you may begin your comments. >> chair haney: thank you. we have mr. peytoning and mr. pennic. >> good afternoon, chair haney supervisor safai and supervisor
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mar. i'm here before you today seeking your positive recommendation on a resolution authorizing acquisition of real property located at 822 geary and 629 hyde street for a total aggregate value of $6.3 million plus costing costs. i'll briefly describe the two sites go over the key deal points and then turn it over to dr. pating from d.p.h. who will describe the uses. the property for acquisition is actually continuous. the first site is 822 geary which i'll briefly describe and then i'll describe 629 hyde street. the prior use of this site was for a goodwill store. as i mentioned, the parcels are
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contiguous and i'll explain how the hyde street parcel assists and enhances the geary street site. next slide, please. describing the 822 geary street site you can see on the screen there pictures of the exterior and interior of the building. 822 geary is a approximately 6800-square foot parcel with 8800-square foot building. it has an elevator that services its mezzanine level. and we've already completed due diligence on the building which includes phase 1 and d.p.w. building assessment. these are additional photographs of the interior of 822. you can see it's a very large open space. it has fitting rooms and is uniquely suited to the use to
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which d.p.h. would like to put it. next slide. now describing the 629 hyde street location. you see from the picture on your screen that 629 hyde street is a lot without any vertical improvements. it basically acted as a driveway or ramp for the 822 project when goodwill occupied the site. both properties are being sold as a pair but the enhancement that the hyde street site provides is that it gives street entrance on both the hyde street side and street-level access to the mezzanine level of the geary street side. and, again, we've done our due diligence, completed by d.p.w. there is a phase one report and a site assessment survey. next slide, please.
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the major deal points for this acquisition as i mentioned earlier, the purchase price for the pair is $6.3 million. this purchase price has been confirmed by appraisal and appraiser review. the property will be delivered lein free and broom clean. next slide. at this point i'd like to turn it over to dr. patting to describe the activity that would be located at this site if you approve the acquisition. >> thank you very much. good afternoon, supervisors. i'm from the department of public health. we're requesting you support the purchase of 822 geary and hyde for the purpose of our behavioral health services expansion. d.p.h. has been increasing our residential treatment services
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and care services by approximately 400 treatment spaces or overnight beds. this expansion has been guided by our 2020d.p.h. behavioral bed optimization report and mental health of san francisco legislation as well as input from stakeholders. our goal has been to offer the highest quality care and recovery oriented care in the least restrictive environment f. we don't have the -- if we don't have the right kinds of beds, people end up staying longer in hospital. if we don't have the right kinds of services they end up going to the emergency room because of gaps in care. so 822 geary and 629 hyde are ideally located in an area of high need. we know and we've spoken to you before about the high rate of mental health concerns, of substance use of overdose and a street crisis and emergency response calls in the area.
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so it's for this reason that we think this site is a possible site for a crisis diversion unit and a safe consumption sites. these programs if sited here would need physical work. we need extensive community outreach would be needed prior to committing to this use. with that again i'll be open to any questions that you might have. >> chair, that concludes our presentation. i want to say in closing that i would like to thank the b.l.a. for their hard work on this item. and i would especially like to thank the chair and their staff for accommodating this item on your very busy schedule. >> chair haney: of course. i have a few questions, but let me first see if there is a b.l.a. report?
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>> there is, chair haney. this proposed resolution would improve the -- approve the purchase agreement with the markoulakis family trust for 822 geary street and 2 629 hyde street. the cost of the acquisition is $6.3 million, including $20,000 in closing costs which would be funded by proposition c. now the department of public health is considering two programs on the property starting in september 202, a crisis diversion unit and a consumption program. the diversion unit is expected to have up to 15 beds to treat mental health crisis and substance use. and the safe consumption site would provide a space for drug users to safely consume substances under the supervision of medical professionals and access to social services. the ongoing cost for the crisis
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diversion unit are budgeted at $4.5 million per year, but ongoing costs for the safe consumption program and capital improvement costs for both properties to bring them up to a certain standard and convert them for programmatic use are not yet known. we consider approval for that reason to be a policy matter for the board, because number one, the total cost of the property and programming are not known, including the development and ongoing cost of the programming. and, b, whether the city can implement a safe consumption program i think, is an open question. federal and state law prohibit that kind of program which could result in prosecution of city staff and loss of federal funding. if the board does approve the resolution to purchase the property, we recommend amending the resolution to memorialize two requests. one, to request that the director of health to report
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prior to june 2022 to the board, one, a report that details the actual uses of the property, including how the proposed uses address mental health s.f. requirements. and the total cost of developing and operating this property and how all those costs are going to be funded. and then number two provide the updated bed optimization report and how the department plans to you know, purpose those beds and make them available. i think that we kind of detailed the discussion about the most recent bed optimization report in the report and i'm happy to answer any other questions. >> chair haney: thank you. i have a number of questions, but why don't i turn it over, first to supervisor mar, who looks like he's on the queue. >> supervisor mar: thanks chair haney. and thank you director and mr. patting for the presentations on
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this important public health facility acquisition. i'm very supportive of the crisis diversion program and the safe consumption site and the department's efforts to create, you know -- to create these important programs especially in this area that is one of the most heavily impacted. i just have a question about the timing of this purchase of the property and the sequencing of it, especially as it relates to community outreach. and i know from your presentation the plan is to kick off neighborhood outreach about the plans for this site in early next year it sounds like you know, after the purchase is able to move forward. and i was just wondering why there hasn't been more extensive
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outreach about it prior to the purchase? >> through the chair supervisor mar i'll take that first and then i'll turn it over to dr. patting for follow-up. part of the timing was dictated by the availability and the suitability of the site. the site is on the market for sale and we felt if we waited until summer of next year that this opportunity would no longer be available. so in part coming to you now with the purchase and sale was dictated by the availability of what i believe the department would say was a uniquely located and uniquely suitable site. i'll turn to dr. patting if you wanted to add to that comment? >> i think that answers the question that supervisor mar -- we're really running. the goal here is to purchase the building and we've been driving toward that plan line. the program and program
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development has lagged somewhat. but we know the direction and the kinds of programs we want too to fit. the specifics have not been completely worked out. so we will engage the community per our usual department of public health practices and probably more particularly with this being a double site but we are finalizing the plans ourself and are, again, moving forward to get the property and then develop the site as quickly as we can. >> chair haney: thank you i appreciate that. -- >> supervisor mar: i appreciate that and certainly it's extremely important that -- the purchase of this property is serving an extremely important need and priorities for the city but neighborhoods notification and engagement. and really working with the neighborhood to make sure that it's going to fit, fit well in the neighborhood is just as
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important so we'd like to see -- and glad to hear your commitment to real neighborhood engagement around the -- yeah this utilization of this site. and then i had a question around the source of funding for this. is any of it coming from prop c funds? >> do you want to answer that? >> oh i'm sorry. i don't believe i know the answer to that question. the source of funding usually comes from the department so but let me endeavor to find that answer and i might be able to do while we're still in hearing. >> the prop c funds are being used for the purchase of this building, for the $6.3 million. >> supervisor mar: do you know how much of the $6.3 million is comes from prop c funds? >> all of it.
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that's my understanding. >> supervisor mar: is this part of the expenditure plan for prop c funds from the committee, the our city our home recommendations? >> this has already been pre-budgeted and pre-allocated as again it's part of the prop c allocations and development plans. >> supervisor mar: all right. thank you. thank, chair haney. >> chair haney: thank you. i have a few questions, one of them was asked in part by supervisor mar around the timeline for this. is there this sense that we're going to miss the opportunity to purchase this building? is there, you know, an impending deadline? i mean i certainly have heard from some people in the neighborhood who have asked for more community engagement before we purchase it.
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why is that not something that we're doing? >> supervisor haney, i can answer part of that question i think. what made this property unique and desirable was the fact that it was a twin property that was contiguous and one of the two properties is vacant. as was hinted by the b.l.a., one of the potential uses may have legal challenges with it and having a vacant lot really was -- was desirable for that use so if there were any sort of legal entanglements one part of the programming might be affected, but the other one since it's a separate parcel, would not. so we could have one program that would basically insulate it that we knew we could move forward with and another program which might have some legal
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challenges and if those legal challenges resulted in a forfeiture, we would be losing a vacant lot as opposed to a developed site. that's what made this site particularly unique and we did want to take it off the market before it was acquired by someone else. from a real estate perspective the timing, as to the community outreach, i have to refer to dr. patting. >> i'm going to call in my colleague -- i'm sorry, supervisor haney, did you want to respond? >> chair haney: no. >> with regards to community outreach and what's been done i'm going to bring in my colleague from our community health promotion division. eileen, can you discuss the work you've done with pre-engagement with this project? >> yeah. good afternoon, supervisors.
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i work with the department of public health and i do a lot of work around drug use health. because of the quick timeline we were unable to do a comprehensive community outreach, but i have gone to the area and gone to the area and, number one, assessed for people that use drugs or people that would access the services and they were indeed in the area of the service. we've also engaged with some of the nearby community providers to see, you know, to ask them about the service if it were located there, would it be a referral point? would it be an access point? we were able on a small scale to talk to some neighbors. i, myself, am a longtime resident of san francisco. i've had lots of conversations
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with people in the neighborhood the service. but as dr. patting said we do have a plan -- a very comprehensive community engagement process that will be multiple propose not only -- to ensure that they are aware of the service and will access it. does that answer -- does that touch on the question? >> chair haney: to some degree. i mean i will say it feels like a somewhat unusual situation because we are buying a property. we are broadcasting, it seems, what it is likely to be used
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for but we're not yet committed to that and we're not doing any significant engagement with the neighborhood before the purchase of the property. is -- i mean what are we -- i know that one of the potential uses for it is uncertain still because of legal questions. can you describe in more detail what the likely use is? i think that crisis diversion unit is not something that i think most people have any idea what that means. what exactly is the use of this that we're planning for aside from the other potential use that still hasn't been determined? >> both these programs are a great enhancement to our -- our
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health system and our system of care, both on a harm reduction side and a crisis side to prevent people from having to go or use emergency services unnecessarily. so the crisis unit is -- there is a -- it's similar to what we call our door urgent care service which is also in the south of market area, supervisor haney in your district 6. this is a site where the street crisis or medical emergency services can come in. there is health workers a nurse nurse practitioners there working to deal with drug withdrawal a mental health crisis, have enough capacity to stabilize clients that do not meet the criteria for going to a psychiatric emergency room all the way across town. so we feel that this site is so close to where it needs to be it's -- it's really ideal but the real estate purchase got ahead of us. my understanding was there were
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other offers on this build so the city is moving quickly. so we'd like to focus the emphasis here as this is a great building and we'd like to work with the supervisors and community to what goes into it. with regard to the safe consumption it's the idea of a continuum. not everybody wants treatment, not everybody is in a crisis but when they do and they use the safe consumption site, the medical unit is on the other side. if you have overdose, you can walk around the other side of the building -- actually i think there is a stair that goes down stairs. we have to figure out if we use that for exit and entrances. but they're intimately connected with meeting the street-level needs of people that are seeking services. lastly, i'll see with the crisis -- i'm sorry the safe consumption site the evidence is that this greatly improves the neighborhood and the
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neighborhood safety. overdoses in the neighborhood will decrease. this is multiple multiple studies. there has been over a hundred sites in the world at this point and unanimously overdoses decrease, visible use decreases. the risky behaviors related to needle-sharing and the consequences of that decrease. that alone, even if it stood alone would be a benefit to the neighborhood, but i think together, they sort of have a one-two punch. but we have a lot of work to do. again we're actually doing a site visit. we're trying to figure out how we want to fit all into this building. we know it's a good site for building and we'll build a program that serves the community. that's our goal. two programs that will serve the community. >> chair haney: and in terms of how you chose this site can you -- i understand the particulars of the two properties and all of
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that, but i definitely received some questions about how -- what was the process by which the analysis that led us to choose this particular location? >> again, i'm going to turn this over to mr. pennic but since our bed expansion, we've been working with the real estate division for -- we've been on continuous search for buildings particularly in the d6 area. it's been hard to find with adequate footprint and meet the zoning needs that we need. but i'll turn the specifics over to mr. pennic about this building. >> good afternoon again. as indicated, we work hand in glove with the department of public health in trying to identify sites that meet their ever expanding needs. we're pretty much constantly
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looking for sites for d.p.h. they identified this particular use and in this particular geographical area. we identified four potential comparables. of those four comp rabl /* this met -- all the needs for dph and basically had no negatives. it seemed to check all the boxes. and thus with the cooperation of d.p.h. we proceeded to negotiate a potential acquisition and we're bringing to that you today for your consideration. >> supervisor, i would like to add to this just that, you know how important it is to bring services where the community is where there is need.
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and we've been hearing from community from the supervisors about the intense need in the tenderloin. and again just working closely with outreach teams that are on the streets every day, this location stood out because of the close proximity to the intense need that we're seeing on the streets. and the ability to be able to connect people. for example, the navigation center is a block away. that would be a great area to connect people that use to the safe consumption component if that is indeed what -- if it moves forward. or like the multiple needs we see on the streets for crisis intervention. >> again the timing was dictated by the multiple offers that were already pending with
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this particular seller and the city's desire to take advantage of this unique opportunity. >> chair haney: this is in line with what the b.l.a. said too, i would assume that if we move forward to that there needs to be a report back to the committee in terms of what the specific use is going to be. and i would also ask that there is a report back on what the -- on the community engagement process and the timeline around that. i agree that, you know, this is a building that certainly can meet needs for us without a doubt. and there is obviously huge needs around services particularly related to stopping overdoses and public drug use and serving people who are experiencing -- or who are addicted and who have needs for
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services around that but i also think that, you know, one of the challenges is if we were to do a community process now, not only could we potentially lose this building but we're not actually sure yet it sounds like how we intend to use this building so we need to go through a process once people can give that input and come to that conclusion but then it would be important to come back to the board and present on what that use is going to be and also what the -- what the commitments are in terms of the -- the partnership with the neighborhood, who i know still have a lot of questions. you know, whenever we -- even if something is a use, which i think there is absolutely a need for these types of services there are things that we do for and with the neighborhood to make sure that it's done safely to make sure that the residents are engaged that there is accountability, you know, that
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we have clear sets of rules and standards and i think that when you talk about something like a safe-consumption site of which this would be the first one in san francisco, and i'm a very loud and active proponent, because these sites save lives, i also would say that when we open the first one, we have to do it very intentionally with clear commitments to the surrounding area clear safety and health standards both for people who are entering the facility and the surrounding area. i mean, this is cannot be done haphazardly or with shortcuts. so i just -- i have -- i support this as i have said but at the same time i really don't think that because we're buying the
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building before we announce the services that we can cut corners on the partnership and commitments with the neighborhood. i think that -- i'm, you know -- i'm -- i don't -- this would not be my preference that we are doing it this way. i would prefer that we were clear with the community about what is going to go in this facility and work with them before hand. instead for them it feels like we're buying the facility not telling them what is going to go into it but saying we kind of know what is going in it and we'll talk to you about it later. even though i strongly support safe consumption sites and opening one in san francisco, i would say that is not at all the ideal process to say the least. so -- but i also understand that this is for a variety of reasons. a property that can meet the needs. and that certainly we will have a use for but we cannot fall
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short of the commitment to doing this right in terms of the process and the communication and the engagement moving forward. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, chair haney. i think you asked a lot of my questions. i understand this concentration of need in this part of town for sure. and no one knows that better than you since you live there. i started my career in this district, worked there for almost two decades so it's -- i'm very protective of that area as well. i care deeply about it. my question to d.p.h. is what are the source of funds for purchasing this building? >> the source of funds are prop c. one-time expenditure funds which again have been pre-allocated or pre-budgeted. first for the crisis diversion
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unit will come out of prop c operating dollars. we're budgeting $4.5 million plus expected medi-cal reimbursement. i will get -- no that's it. that's what i know of now. the rest of it i think we are still exploring. and it's really one of the reasons we haven't come to the community yet. this is really under development. i think you're seeing it realtime. and the commitment to keep the board involved is definitely a priority. supervisor haney, this is your district. i hope that you're going to be all over this in helping us to, you know look at the issues and answers that you're wanting. and we'll also be doing this process as part of our requirements at the health commission. so there will be a lot of -- >> thank you for that, okay so it's prop c. did you take this to the prop c
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oversight committee to talk to about with them? >> not me personally but we've been working with our city, our home team and have been bringing the budget forward to their -- >> supervisor safai: because i know that we recently again, we purchased a hotel in my district, but they were required to have a community meeting prior to that process. and i think that, you know i support moving forward with having these alternative sites, but i also it does give me significant pause when people haven't had the opportunity to weigh in. and there is always the push and the drive to say that, you know multiple offers -- we hear that often. i mean that's not to dismiss that in any way. we work closely with the director and his team and they do a phenomenal job, but i also know at times when the city is involved, all of a sudden new offers come in and they try to put pressure on us to close the deal. i see director pennic smiling
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because he knows that that's the game that gets played. so i just feel like for me having a community involvement process you know, particularly when you haven't decided -- we did the same thing. there was a lot of opposition. a lot of people didn't want the to buy the hotel. we had initial meetings and we told them we were going to have additional meetings to decide the use of the site. so it does put us in a quandary. the other question i want to know -- i understand what you said about bringing the services where the need are, but there is also a real high concentration of services in the tenderloin. you referenced the t.a.y. site just up the street. and sometimes these uses don't actually -- i was -- i don't
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exactly understood what your statement was, but sometimes these don't complement one another, they conflict with one another. i want to talk about that a little bit. because supervisor haney when he first came on the board had a resolution to talk about other parts of san francisco doing their fair share. i took that to heart. we purchased a hotel in my district. we're building the first family affordable housing that has formerly homeless in my district's history. i took that very seriously, so i'm curious you said there were other locations you looked at director, pennic were all of those locations in the tenderloin, or did you look outside that area? >> i believe that they were in the tenderloin area supervisor safai, through the chair, in part we searched for what we're
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asked to search for. >> i got it. you answered the question. you're not the policy maker. there is always this conversation about concentration and oversaturation of service and having one part of san francisco disproportionately bear the burden of that, for lack of a better word. there is always conversation about do the services attract more people to the area? is the disbursement of those services important? i fall down on the latter. i think that overconcentration does not necessarily help in the delivery of those services and oftentimes can be triggering to people who are trying to move away from what their life was. so i just want you to talk about that a little bit and why only the tenderloin and why an oversaturation of services?
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>> thank you so much supervisor safai for your comment. and i hear you. it's a complicated balance. the reason that we were initially focused primarily in the tenderloin is because several years ago we had the safe injection services task force and there were some interviews with people who used drugs and just conversations. and the main area that kept coming up was the tenderloin followed by south of market followed by the mission followed by the bayview. and so while i completely agree that services need to be dispersed throughout the city, the reason that the -- the t.l. location was elevated was because that's where the largest concentration of people who use
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drugs are and that is also where unfortunately the number of overdoses are occurring. and so that is the thought. i mean in an ideal world, we'd be able to have several locations and this site will just be a pilot and we'll be able to normalize these in all the different neighborhoods of the city but that was the initial thought. >> supervisor safai: i want to go back to the question of prop c. did the actual prop c oversight committee weigh in and give a formal consent and recommendation to move these funds? >> may i get back to you on that? i'm getting a message from our finance person. i believe it is yes but i'd like to -- may i get back to you. i don't know if i can do that in the meeting in terms of confirming or disconfirming that, supervisor?
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>> supervisor safai: i just want to say, again, we just held up something else with d.p.h. because we didn't agree with their process. we didn't agree with them going over the agreed upon not to exceed contract limit. they exceeded that contract limit by $6 million and then you all came back and asked us to increase the contract by $60 million to cover that overspending and then extend the contract again. so we've set up these processes, oversight committee has been deeply involved in the process. i understand the money was allocated for one-time funding purchases, but we certainly don't want to circumvent what the voters set up. and the voters set up this oversight committee to be a fiscal kind of watchdog from the community side on how those dollars are spent. so that's actually very important to me before i make a final decision personally. >> okay so i received message.
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my question was, can you confirm the prop c review of this property at ocoh, our city, our home and my staff colleague said we have not brought the specific purchase to them. so... that's the response that i have. >> supervisor safai: are you required as part of this process to get prop c to weigh in and -- >> um -- okay so the second part is, the cdu, which is our crisis diversion unit is an approved our city, our home program. so the building purchase which is again one-time funds. the funds have been pre-allocated but the purchase has not been brought up with the committee yet. >> supervisor safai: and you'll have some of the members from the prop c oversight committee call in and hear from them directly but it would be good to understand that process a little better. i understand you're saying they
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have not but it would be good to know. we don't want to make -- we don't want to rush through something and then get overly criticized again. we have a few colleagues on the board of supervisors that don't attend the budget meetings but take a great interest when things get to the final vote at the board of supervisors and, so, we'd like to have all the answers to those questions before we make a final decision. but, chair i'm trying to hold off until i know the public comment, there is probably a lot of people calling in. we can move to that and come back to answer that question. >> chair haney: one last -- so the crisis diversion unit will occupy 70% of the building. the operational funds from that have been approved by our city our home committee. the $6.3 million has been pre-allocated for some one-time purchase to house like a crisis diversion unit but this specific building site, acquisition had not been -- nor
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a conversation with it also being co-located with the safe consumption site. >> chair haney: thank you. >> thank you very much. >> chair haney: thank you. well why don't we open up to public comment now. we'll have one minute each for public comment. mr. clerk? >> clerk: thank you, chair haney. operations is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to provide comment on the item, please press star 3 to be added to the line to speak. for those already on hold continue to wait until the system indicates you've been unmuted and that will be your cue to begin your comments. currently, we see 36 members of the public listening with 26 lined up to speak. so please be patient. we will try to get to the line as quickly as possible. first speaker, please.
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>> caller: hello, chair haney, supervisor supervisor, i'm a fourth native san franciscan. i live in the mission district. i urge you to support the purchase of the building at gathery and hyde to be used as a safe consumption site. this past october i lost the love of my life to overdose. we buried him the day before his 46th birthday. while he struggled with mental health issues he died alone and part of me wonders if he might not have died if he had access to a safe site to oversee his use of the crystal meth that was laced with fentanyl that killed him. how many more have to die before we open up the site? new york has two. they saved 15 lives in a week. san francisco used to be on the
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cutting edge of programs like this. [please stand by] [please stand by]
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>> please support this resolution. acquire the building and proceed with the urgency this moment deserves. thank you >> thank you for your comments. next speaker please. >> caller: i work in san francisco. i live right next next door to these locations. without safe consumption i am seeing overdoses on the way to and from work. i am grateful to those in my building overwhelming in support of safe consumption sites at this location. we know having services in the
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tenderloin near other services areare more successful. that is proven. there has been extensive community conversations about this over the past 10 years. the only disagreements about the location with [indiscernable] we heard the evidence say science. i will leave it at that. thank you so much. >> clerk: next speaker please. >> caller: good afternoon. i am the policy for glide. calling in strong support for the acquisition for the property at geary and hyde to open an overdose site. prior to covid-19 san francisco already faced significant drug overdoses.
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tragically it has worsened. the need for services amplified. the vulnerable neighbors are experiencing this. two people in san francisco die every year from overdose. this resolution represents an opportunity to help address the needs of people who use drugs. science is emphatic and they are cost-effective. listen to the people who use drug and immediately implement the overdose prevention site >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker please. >> caller: hello supervisors. i am the community engagement manager for glide. i urge you to support the property to open an overdose prevention center. it is a opportunity for the city to be a beacon to fill a need.
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those utilizing the services are taking the steps towards recovery and being safe. meet them halfway by making these site acquisitions a reality. the every day we delay is a death of two citizens or more. immediately implement the overdose prevention sites. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker please. >> caller: hi. i work in the tenderloin and part of the glide. i urge you to support acquisition of the property to open the overdose prevention site. every week i provide supplies. i serve many unhoused drug uses her expressed how much the sites would help. the trauma these folks
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experience is unimaginable. they told stories of family and friends dying in their arms. it is time to combat this public health crisis that killed over 700 in san francisco last year. public drug use and h.i.v. and take folks to groups. data don't lie. every day we delay is overdose death of two people. immediately implement overdose prevention sites. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker please. >> caller: good afternoon. i am rebecca killian district 2. seventh and eighth grade sister in san francisco and proud volunteer at sf aids. i urge you to support the prevention site.
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my seventh graders for folks accesses the syringe access understand that everyone including the iv drug users are members of the community. all members of our community deserve a safe, hygienic space to belong and be greeted with a smile. this will henry store trust in public services and save lives. if folk return they will know who to turn to seek treatment. let us wrap our arms around those. we need to end criminalization of those using drugs and save lives with the support of the board of supervisors we can achieve lasting support. >> caller: we are timing each
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speaker one minute. next speaker please. >> caller: hello, haves. i am brooke. director of harm reduction in an organization that continues to provide services to those impacted by criminalization. we urge you to support immediate acquisition at 822 geary and 629 hyde to open the overdose prevention site and to immediately act against criminalization that endangers those that use drugs. as program director in the tenderloin district and distributing 100 units of narcan. getting it into the hands of people using drugs are saving
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lives every day. the situation is now dire. opening of this site is long overdue is just the beginning. we need operations so safer consumption services. we need sites for women and youth and neighborhood >> your time has elapsed. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. reminding that we are timing each speaker at one minute. next speaker, please. >> caller: i am a doctor and addiction medicine specialist and parent of three giving in district one. i want to point out a fact. we have city-funded infection sites, library, hospitals,
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parks, shelters. they are unsupervised and dangerous. as a dr. we need a facility for overdose prevention to save lives and show the people we love and respect them for who they are. it is the opposite of addiction connection. restore dignity and increase confidence they can make a change. rapidly approve funding for the site acquisition. thank you >> clerk: thank you. next speaker please. >> caller: i am alex. policy and public affairs manager at 360 to support the acquisition of the property and to open an overdose prevehicles site. to address something supervisor
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safai said these services are needed in a lot of places. this should be the first of many overdose sites. we can take immediate action to save live also. the sites are evidence-based. they have been improving outcomes for those using drugs. we are seeing two overdose deaths each day the longer we take to implement the lives more people will lose lives. please support to acquisition and implementation of overdose prevention sites. thank you. >> clerk: next speaker please. >> caller: good afternoon, chair and supervisors. i am a district nine mission resident executive board member and member of the harvey milk
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club. this demands action now. we must stay focused on timeliness. with two overdoses per day every day matters. we know that these save lives, good for neighborhoods reduce crimes, public drug uses and there needs to be multiple saves. lives matter. i have narcaned someone on the street. let's improve the lives for san franciscans. the best time to plant a tree is yesterday. the next best time is now. get these sites open now. do the right thing. thank you >> thank you for your comments. next speaker please. >> this is laura executive
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director of the services at the san francisco league foundation. i want to thank the committee and board of supervisors for your consistent support for supervised consumption services. i point out there has been extensive community conversation back to 1977. the task force focusing on the drug sales in the tenderloin identified openly supervised consumption as one of the key recommendations to reduce the impacts of drug sales in the area. in line with the evidence that we know that these sites reduce crime and drug use around them. they address racial equity. currently african-americans are overdoseing in san francisco. in order to address that we need
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to open sites. we can't wait until this site is built out. we need services sooner as well as this site. the sooner we can get services up and running in mobile sites around the city the sooner we can be saving lives. i know you understand the urgency of the situation. i encourage the committee to be part of the solution and not to delay. >> clerk: your time is up. next speaker please. >> caller: hello. i am brittany. i am the strategic director since 2011. i am in full support of this purchase. overdose crisis is intertwined with help petitis. they havethey have a strategy
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[indiscernable] to improve access to h.i.v. and hepatitis c care. if you care at all about improving health out comes, please approve this purchase. thank you. >> clerk: next speaker please. >> caller: hi. i am jacob turner i live in oakland and a strongly urge you toto support this building to open an overdose prevention site. this shrub the first such site in san francisco. i have lost friends, classmates and members of the community to overdose. every day we delay we lose two live to overdose. please support the property acquisition and implement overdose prevention sites.
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thank you for your time. >> clerk: next speaker please. >> caller: i am hannah. i live in mission district. member of glide in the tenderloin. i urge you to to support this property. i like all callers have been personally affected by the overdose crisis. to reverse overdose i can tell you how enormous of an impact this can have on the community. every day we delay there are two more deaths. please support the acquisition and immediately implement overdose prevention sites. thank you. >> caller: thank you for your comments. next speaker
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>> clerk: do we have a caller on the line? >> caller: i am [indiscernable] i live here and am part of the san francisco aid foundation. i want to urge you to support the acquisition of the property and open the overdose prevention site. at the foundation i am working at the project for free substance abuse counseling for gay and by. we have been open for 23 years. my clients are using cocaine and methamphetamine. this would be helpful to our clients. many would take advantage. this is a social justice issue.
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i hope san francisco can be part of that. every day we delay results in two more deaths of san san francisco. i urge you to support the property acquisition. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker please. >> caller: i am doctor joe and emergency department medical director for st. francis hospital. we support this acquisition. at emergency department our role is to stabilize patients. we saw 20,000 patients last year. the patient population encompasses 40% in 94102 3, 4
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area codes. 80% are on government-funded insurance. what we have seen over the past couple years is an increase in overdose deaths. emergency department has seen is same increase in patients. since september we have seen an increase in high risk combative patients with double the number of patients with abusive behavior and restrained. the in out team does a great job. more of the patients need the services in the tenderloin. >> clerk: your time is up. thank you for your comments. i do apologize for cutting you off. we are timing each speaker at one minute. >> caller: good afternoon. i live in sunset district 4. i support the coalition and
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calling to urge you to support the acquisition of the property and use it to immediately open overdose prevention site for the city. people using drugs are community members. we have a responsibility to protect the lives of all community members especially those impacted by the crisis. those unhousing low income and black and people of color. we know overdose prevention sites work. we have seen the site and reversal in just one week of operation. we need overdose prevention sites in san francisco now. a measure is coming late was we see how deadly the crisis continues to be. every day we delay is two or more overdose deaths in san francisco. please support the property acquisition and implement overdose prevention >> clerk: next speaker please.
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>> caller: i am the director of operations for the project in san francisco. i work in the tenderloin for 13 years. we are calling to support taking bold action to save lives and provide a solution of epidemic of needs less deaths by offering life saving services through safe consumption in the tenderloin. 35 years these evidence-based interventions are spree haven't now
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operating in new york city. this makes sense. the stakeholders have asked for these services for years. we have been doing outreach and community building. it is connected to the health and well-being of the community. be brave, join the friends in new york city who reversed 15 overdoses since last week today secure a location for life saving services in the tenderloin. >> clerk: next speaker please. >> community engagement coordinator. i urge you to buy the property at geary and hyde. more lyings are lives are lost. [indiscernable]
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provides a space for drug uses for positive change. evidence shows it will reduce number of people injecting publicly as well as [indiscernable] overdose deaths. the health of the individual drug user but impacts the overall health of our community. we have lost more to overdose in san francisco than covid. do something about this now. not when we have lost countless more. please support the property now and open the safe consumption sites in san francisco immediately. thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker please
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>> caller: hello supervisors. i live in the mission. i am part of glide harm reduction. i work at the corner of taylor and ellis four days a week. overdoses occur daily. they are still on the rise. every day the people that i serve at the syringe access desk tell me the increase in overdoses they are reversing themselves. two are lost a day to overdose. act immediately anding choir the property at geary and hyde and use it as the first of many safe consumption sites in the city. thank you. >> clerk: next speaker please hello. i am wendy harris resident of
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d6. d3 out my front door and d6 out my backdoor. i have been in this neighborhood over 20 years. i want to call in support of the initiative and the property purchase. i have raised my daughter in this neighborhood. walking down geary to get to our favorite playgrounds we have to walk by people in various states of being high. i worry one day we will have to add morenalhave toadminister drugs. we need a safe use site so the people can live in dignity regardless of addiction. please, i urge you to vote in support of the purchase of this property. thank you. >> clerk: thank you before we call the next caller we have 27 members of the public
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listening. 11 in the queue. if you have not spoken and you wish to do so dial star 3 now to be added the queue. next speaker please. >> caller: thank you for letting me speak today supervisors. i am harkin a harm reduction. i have worked in the tenderloin for 20 years. i have been in the [indiscernable] multiple overdoses of people in doorways, stairwells, some overdose between parked cars. i am still incredulous why we don't have intervention.
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[indiscernable] we need another study. this intervention is over a year ago. 100% effective at preventing overdoses. [indiscernable] please address this issue. i hope today you move this forward. it is highly significant. thank you. >> caller: thank you for your comments. next speaker please. >> my name is mike. i work added add at the glide center for social justice. i encourage you to open the safe
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injection site. i have worked here four years and seen the compassionate work our team has done through harm reduction. can't imagine living in a city where we do not prioritize the lives of all. i want to encourage you. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker please >> caller: good afternoon. i am eric. i am the advocacy manager for glide for social justice. we support 822 geary and 629 hyde. the studies have shown that public injection sites go down and the health and safety of the surrounding area. [indiscernable]
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people use drug publicly. safety in the neighborhood where they are located. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. next speaker please. >> caller: thank you for this opportunity to speak in support of purchasing the building at geary and hyde to be used as overdose prevention site. i work at the project daytime shelter for those that need rest. overdose prevention prevents spread of disease. we are in a crisis and people are dying. do not delay in opening the site. yes, it is not an either or. we need more detox and access treatment. you can not detox the dead. every person who has overdoseded
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is someone's family and friend. 2000 people due died in five years we delayed opening. what is the number of deaths to move people in action. we now overaging two people a day whose relative died of overdose. move forward now. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker please. >> caller: hello, supervisors. i am calling as district 6 resident. i love two blocks away. i want to say anyone listening can speak on the dire issue of overdose and need for supervised consumption sites. this will be benefit for those
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that use drugs. our neighbors are local businesses. public health of our community. it is extremely important. we can't waste any more time. thank you >> clerk: we have 19 listeners with five in the queue. this is the last call. if you have north spoken regarding this matter dial star 3 to be added to the line to speak. otherwise we will take the five to the end. next speaker please. >> caller: hello. i am curtis brad ford. co-choy the tenderloin peoples congress. i support acquiring the property and opening the overdose prevention site. people are dying every day in
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the tenderloin. i found people on the sidewalk. they were reversed. i had to save by while they tried to someone and were too late. every day there will be more dead bodies. is that graphic? it is horrible. it is horrible to know that every day there are dead bodies in the tenderloin. quit playing politics. open it now. i want to stress the importance of the city working directly with the community residents in the area and service providers in the area to hear and address any concerns and to ensure we do this in a way that has a good outcome to everyone and the positive impact. >> clerk: your time elapsed.
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we are timing each speaker at one minute. next speaker, please. >> caller: i am gary mccoy director policy and public affairs health right 350. in my 20s i was in the tenderloin. injected drugs where ever i could, restrooms, sidewalk and shelters. untreated diagnoses and seen at general hospital with blood accesses and complications as a result of my substance abuse disorder. i did not trust anyone due to the trauma. i finally seeked help. i would have used the supervisorred site. ir did not want to use on the
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streets. i had no choice. i don't know how my life would have changed with one of those sites. ii am tired of losing friends. when you are dead you do not get second chances. please support this acquisition. >> clerk: thank you. next speaker please. >> good evening, supervisors. i am paul. i live in san francisco. i am calling to support the purchase of this site and to support safe consumption sites. more over, i am calling for an end to the war on drugs and the use of our resources in nonviolent means like these. we have seen evidence that the prohibition and war on drugs caused more dangerous substances to emerge. we can't prohibit our way out,
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can't arrest our way out. we can create safe zones for it. that is what we should do, what we must do. that is the way to safety for our city. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker please. >> caller: i am lee. i live on larkin near geary. i am a regular person living in the neighborhood. not a professional interested in opening this safe consumption site. i want to say 822 geary is close to why it needs to be. why? because there are drug dealers all over the sidewalks especially larkin and turk. if you let them operate in the castro. this whole area is over saturated with homeless hotels
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and drug programs. you have got multiple hotels along there. now you want to put more in d6? you need to open it up in some other district. the need is not there. i doesn't need to be there. you are making a disneyland for drug users. think about the children and residents in the area. there is a playground in the corner. how many more drug programs on the black. two shootings recently. >> clerk: your time is up. i apologize for cutting you off. next speaker please. >> caller: hi, i am a native san franciscan. i am senior director for the center for justice glide.
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i urge you to support acquisition to open the overdose prevention site. the property is ideal. that is where the need is the greatest to establish this center there. these types of sites are proven to save lives. we are called to do that in this wonderful city of san francisco. please support this acquisition. thank you very much. >> clerk: do we have any more speakers in the queue? >> caller: i am matt sharp. i live in oakland. i am on the leadership team of the h.i.v. add add row advocacy. please support this. this is the first of many overdose sites in san francisco with the safety and process in developing new sites has well
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been established and done right in san francisco. this acquisition will save lives. i am a long term aids survivor and harm reduction services for many years. i know harm reduction is effective. san francisco is known for model of h.i.v. care delivery. our society must respond to dignified rights of a user community. thank you. >> clerk: can you confirm if we have reached the end of the queue >> that completes the queue >> clerk: thank you mr. chair. >> supervisor haney: i want to thank everyone who called in and dph and and the director.
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i appreciate you. this is in my district. i live a block from where this site will be. i appreciate everyone who called in. i support safe consumption sites overdose prevention sites because they are proven to save lives. they help to get drug use public drug use off the streets for folks concerned about public drug use this is a solution to that also it will get people into treatment and care. there is a lot of positive impacts that come from safe consumption sites. i think this can help us address what is the most deadly epidemic in the city which is drug overdoses. i also think the need for crisis
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diversion and other types of services beyond be safe counseling sites are clear. if you walk around the neighborhood there are people that need to be inside getting help getting treatment, getting housing so they don't go back to the street. that is all more effective inside than out on the street. what we are doing right now is not working. with all of that said i do think that there needs to be a process once this is purchased with the neighborhood to clarify what the partnership of the community will be the standards the commitment to health and safety and that will need to be an important timeline. i would like to move this forward. supervisor safai if you can be click. >> i will do my best to be quick. real fast.
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i want to say appreciate the opportunity to have at least a potential for safe injection. as you said, having a place for people in crisis seeing the condition of streets in san francisco with people in crisis, i have never seen it this way in 21 years. we need to try new things to move aggressively to help people. the opportunities are extremely important. to have them in close proximity to the people in crisis is important. spreading out and having conversations in the future are worthwhile. i agree with supervisor haney. we definitely need to have a community process. that is why i asked about prop c. i appreciate you answering those, doctor. this is a one-time allocation for one-time purchases had gone
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through the process. that gave me assurance i need. as supervisor haney said i know he will be involved in it since it is his community. i want to thank you all for your hard work. i definitely we need to do things differently and trying new solutions that include the possibility of safe injection that include additional sites and getting people off the streets that are in crisis. thank you chair haney. >> i also want to say i agree and i should have said this. i appreciate supervisor safai's commitment to help us ensure these services are all over the city. the next one will be in district
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11. you heard it here first >> i think district 4 is ready. go ahead, supervisor mar >> in all seriousness, this is a city-wide challenge and problem. these services are needed all over the city. i think they help to solve problems not create problems when they are done right with that said i appreciate both you, supervisor safai and supervisor mar for your support on this. i do want to accept the bla amendments to ensure this comes back to us with both a outline of what the services will be and i would like like you to come back to talk about the process in terms of the timeline once that is decided >> may i address the bla amendments in a way to improve
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them? >> first of all, i want to thank the supervisors and speakers that spoke. both programs and purchase of the building. i understand the interest is on the programs. the bla says we should come back to you in six months with a director's report. >> i think six months is too long. i think we should come back and find be a mechanism that would be expedient with the process and come forward. that would be my thought is that we workout something different in six months. i also think the second amendment is six months for the second bed optimization report. we are out of covid. everything will be retrospective. we would like the report in one year to use this year's data to inform us for the next year.
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we are bringing beds online. we have had shelter-in-place. if we produce in six months we will not give you a good report. i would like to maybe work with your office or the mayor's office to figure out a way to keep you in the loop, keep the health commission in the loop. i think you as the point person supervisor haney makes sense. six months is too long. we will be lagging rather than ahead of the ball >> okay. mr. mennards is there a bitter way to say that that you would recommend in a short amount of time? youyou are on mute >> i think whatever the
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committee thinks is appropriate. we will track to make sure the report is delivered. the optimization report back and how the property will be used. also the total cost that is an important piece of this. it is still unknown >> what is the appropriate time, three months? >> i am thinking three months for the purchase and the programming. perhaps 12 months for the optimization report. six months is not going to give you anything reliable. we have started planning and 12 months is the cycle we are looking at >> three months you will come back and tell us what you are going to do there? >> i think that three months is good. it is really important that as we mentioned today we are committed to community be
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process committed to the partnership >> all right. we will take those two timelines. three months, come back. 12 months for the optimization. what do you mean by optimization? we look at flow. you have to take the buckets, figure out where you have gaps, how willing beds you need to optimize what is coming into the system and what is moving on through the system. it is very dynamic and fluid analysis >> how many beds do you need on the hospital ward to make sure the emergency room can continue to operate? that is what we do >> we are going to see you twice in the first year. first time in the next three months. i move to accept amendments. roll call, please.
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>> clerk: point of clarification. you did mention the interest in accepting the bla recommendations. then you added the community outreach process timeline. did you want that added? >> that is what they are to talk to us in the next three months >> on the motion to amends the resolution as stated. vice chair safai >> aye >> member mar >> aye >> chair haney >> aye >> we have three ayes >> great. now, i want to make a motion to move this item to the full board with positive recommendation as amended >> on the motion for assignment to the full board with positive recommendation as amended.
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vice chair safai >> aye >> member mar >> aye >> chair haney >> aye >> we have three ayes >> great. thank you for your work and your time. we will see you in a couple months. i will see you sooner than that. thank you. >> supervisors thank you. so much appreciated >> mr. clerk, anything else in front of us today? >> clerk: that concludes our business >> this meeting is adjourned. thank you all.
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[♪] [♪] >> 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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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 have a significantly diverse neighborhood and population. so i think that's the richness of the mission and it always has
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been. it's what made me fall in love with this neighborhood and why i love it so much. >> it did take a village. i was really lucky when i was 14 years old to get an internship. the difference that it made for me is i had a job but there were other people who didn't have a job, who, unfortunately needed money. and they were shown to commit illegal acts to get money. that is what i want to prevent. [♪] today we are here to officially kick off the first class of opportunities for all. [applause]. >> opportunities for all is a program that mayor breed
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launched in october of 2018. it really was a vision of mayor breed to get to all of the young people in san francisco but with an intention to focus on young people that have typically not being able to access opportunities such as internships or work-based learning opportunities. >> money should never be a barrier to your ability to succeed in life and that is what this program is about. >> there's always these conversations about young people not being prepared and not having experience for work and if they don't get an opportunity to work, then they cannot gain the experience that they need. this is really about investing in the future talent pool and getting them the experience that they need. >> it is good for everyone because down the road we will need future mechanics future pilots, future bankers future whatever they may be in any industry. this is the pipe on we need to work with. we need to start developing talent getting people excited about careers opening up those
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pathways and frankly giving opportunities out there that would normally not be presented. [♪] >> the way that it is organized is there are different points of entry and different ways of engagement for the young person and potential employers. young people can work in cohorts or in groups and that's really for people that have maybe never had job experience or who are still trying to figure out what they want to do and they can explore. and in the same way it is open for employers to say, you know what, i don't think we are ready to host an intern year-round are all summer but that they can open up their doors and do site visits or tours or panels or conversations. and then it runs all the way up to the opportunity for young people to have long-term employment and work on a project and be part of the employee base. >> something new to get new experience and meet people and then you are getting paid for it you are getting paid for doing that. it is really cool.
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>> i starting next week, i will be a freshman. [cheers and applause] two of the things i appreciate about this program was the amazing mentorship in the job experience that i had. i am grateful for this opportunity. thank you. >> something i learned at airbnb is how to network and how important it is to network because it is not only what you know but also who you know to get far in life. >> during this program, i learned basic coding languages had a had to identify the main components and how to network on a corporate level. it is also helping me accumulate my skills all be going towards my college tuition where i will pursue a major in computer science. >> for myself, being that i am an actual residential realtor it was great. if anybody wants to buy a house let me know. whenever.
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[applause] it is good. i got you. it was really cool to see the commercial side and think about the process of developing property and different things that i can explore. opportunities for all was a great opportunity for all. >> we were aiming to have 1,000 young people register and we had over 2,000 people register and we were able to place about between 50 and did. we are still getting the final numbers of that. >> over several weeks, we were able to have students participate in investment banking they were able to work with our team, or technology team, our engineering 20 we also gave them lessons around the industry, around financial literacy. >> there are 32,000 young people ages 16 and 24 living in san francisco. and imagine if we can create an opera skin it just opportunity for all program for every young person that lives in public
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housing, affordable housing, low income communities. it is all up to you to make that happen. >> we have had really great response from employers and they have been talking about it with other employers, so we have had a lot of interest for next year to have people sign on. we are starting to figure out how to stay connected to those young people and to get prepared to make sure we can get all 2400 or so that registered. we want to give them placement and what it looks like if they get more. >> let's be honest, there is always a shortage of good talent in any industry, and so this is a real great career path. >> for potential sponsors who might be interested in supporting opportunities for all , there is an opportunity to make a difference in our city. this is a really thriving, booming economy, but not for everyone. this is a way to make sure that everyone gets to benefit from the great place that san francisco is and that we are building pathways for folks to be able to stay here and that they feel like they will belong.
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>> just do it. sign up for it. [♪] [♪] >> hello everybody.
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i'm san francisco mayor london breed. i'm here at the 911 center with a number of our public safety leaders in the city including director of the department of emergency management, mary ellen carol, dr. grant colfax, our fire chief jeanine nicholson. and chief deputy lizar and we're here just to talk with a number of our dispatchers here at the 911 center and i just want to thank the dispatchers and the people who are part of this center because i think what people don't realize is every single day 24 hours a day, the people who work in this building, they are fielding calls on a regular basis of people that sometimes sadly are experiencing one of the worst times in their lives
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and they're looking for help. and these folks in this building who show up time and time again for us despite the pandemic despite everything that's been going on in this city for the past year and a half. they've been here. they are wearing their mask and doing their jobs and they're showing up for san francisco. so i want to that our 911 dispatchers and their hard work and commitment to san francisco. we just heard back from a number of things they of course want to see change and they want the public to be aware that when they call and you call 911, they hear a lot of calls and they know what is available and what's important for everyone to know is i know folks are asking i want a paramedic or a want a police officer or i want the street crisis response team. well ultimately they need to understand what is going on in the scene to the best of their
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ability. and they are able to make decisions baseded on what they hear from you. ultimately it's about public safety and they can't just send anyone into any situation without making sure that they understand what's going on and often times our police department are the first line of defense around issues that involve public safety and when you're able to dig a little bit deeper sometimes, they recommend the street crisis response team or a paramedic. ultimately the men and women who work here every single day, they've heard a huge range of things and they as far as i'm concerned are the experts and the best judge of what is most appropriate to send when you call 911. so trust them. many of them have been working here for 10, over 20 years and have heard a number of calls from a number of people and so we are here to express our
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pre-for their hard work and ask the people of san francisco when you call 911, please respect and trust our dispatchers. today, we're also celebrating one year of our street crisis response team and so i know simon peng and others are here with us and the behavioral health teams from the department of public health, i mean this was what some considereded a crazy idea bringing all these city agencies together to respond to the crisis that sometimes people are having on our streets. and the fact is there's not a one-size-fits-all. there are people suffering from schizophrenia. there are people who suffer from behavioral health issues and substance use disorder and it's complicated and sometimes people are violent sometimes they're not. i went on a ride with the street crisis response team and, you know, it took about an
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hour to even get to a point where we could actually get that person over to general hospital. we had to unfortunately do a 72-hour hold, 51-50 that individual because of their behavior and even if they didn't have a weapon and weren't going to harm themselves going in and out of traffic where a car could potentially hit them or that person in the car who hits them could be harmed themselves with a real problem and so they have to use their own expertise their own judgment to decide what is best for the individual they are trying to serve. and this program came about in trying to find a nonpolice response to things that don't require a police response. we have a lot of challenges in san francisco and we truly appreciate and value our police department and the work that they do to serve and protect the people of this city.
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but we also understand that there are some calls that they are not necessarily needed and so my preference is that when the dispatchers get the call they make the decision sometimes for there to be the street crisis response team or a police officer or a paramedic depending on the situation. and so this program has been in existence for years. they've answered thousands of calls. they helped divert people to some of our behavioral health beds which you all know. we have expanded significantly and there's a commitment from this past year's budget to increase the number of beds by an additional 400. we're already over 200 additional behavioral health beds and we plan to do more. the goal is to make sure that when we engage with members of the public who are struggling and having challenges behavioral health related issues we are able to have a
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place for them to go and sometimes that's not always the emergency room. so we know there are complex problems and complex solutions and other challenges that our city as a major, as a major city, that's a very dense city we know there are problems and challenges we have to face but i've got to say, i'm so very proud and grateful to all of our public safety officials who are doing the work on the ground to try and keep people safe. i'm grateful to them for showing up and despite dealing with some of the most challenging of circumstances every single day, they still show up. so when you see our firefighters our police officers our paramedics anyone wearing a city uniform in any way, just give them a smile and thank them for their service because they are doing the hard work day in and day out to deal with the challenges that exist in this city. so thank you again everyone for being here.
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we celebrate and we're grateful to our street crisis response team. we're grateful to our police officers and our firefighters and our department of public health officials, our doctors, our nurses our clinicians. all of the people who were extraordinary and helped us through this pandemic. we are so fortunate to have so many extraordinary public servants in this city. and now with that i'd like to introduce the director of the department of emergency management mary ellen carol. >> thank you mayor breed. i really appreciate the fact that you took time to come in today. we got some feedback on the implementation of the skirt teams and some of the other teams and we're super grateful
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for that. i just want to thank my colleagues, dr. colfax, chief nicholson, of course deputy chief lizar for your support and commitment to developing alternatives for people in crisis. the role of emergency management is to provide coordination and there is no significant crisis than what we see of the the tragedy happening on our streets. this includes overseeing multi-department operations. we need to unify all of these different groups to figure out are we doing this most efficiently. are we getting the results that we need and ultimately our goal
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is to improve the conditions on the streets and the sidewalks and our conditions. just to reiterate, we have increasingly more resources at our disposal to aid people working on the streets. again, to echo the mayor, we need to trust their expertise. please do not hesitate to call 911 or a nonemergency if there's an emergency and provide the information that these trained professionals are asking for. they care deeply about this city and they want to get the information out and the help out and their frustrations they indicated is they're going to have to get into these arguments to call in to get the information. we want to get the help to the persona needs it as quickly as possible. and so that starts with calling
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911 and responding to the prompt so we can get that help out quickly. the emergency management side of d.m. we are drawing on our experiences. the development of all the relationships that we've had and the expertise that we developed to help our department partners here really effectively utilize the resources and work towards those common goals and outcomes. san francisco is a leader in developing and implementing ultimate response teams for people in crisis. and we at the department of emergency management are honoreded to be able to help coordinate these efforts and bring our best outcomes for the people of san francisco. right now, are i'd like to introduce my colleague, dr. colfax the leader of the department of public health. >> good morning everybody.
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thank you director carol. hi everyone. it's great to be with you here today and i want to thank mayor breed for her tremendous leadership. san francisco is fundamentally changing how we serve people in crisis and leading the nation on how we respond to health care needs with health care response. and thank you, mayor breed and partners for helping us do this. i want to thank director carol and the 911 dispatchers to ensure they apply the most appropriate and compassionate response is provided to people in need and this includes people experiencing nonviolent mental health or substance use disorders to the best response the street crisis response team. our community paramedics mental health with lived experience together have a range of specialty skills to engage in crisis and address a
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person's immediate needs for care, treatment and shelter. skirt is truly a collaboration. as you know, staffing comes from the department of public health and, of course fire as well as our wonderful community partners health right 360 and rams. and the first year skirt responded to over 5,000 calls. those 5,000 calls in emergency visits a decrease in ambulance rides and a decrease in law enforcement responding to nonviolent calls and most importantly, an opportunity to connect san franciscans with those most appropriate services. skirt is supported by a dedicated followup team within 24 hours of the initial encounter. nearly a third of all people are successfully reengaged with followup care such as being connected to a provider or treatment facility. this is really about meeting
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people where they are and tailoring our response. if you have a person on the street in a skriesz, even the skirt team to wrap around that person that's an important step. you don't want to crowd that person. so the pier counselor will go out and engage that person one on one saying i've been here before. i have that lived experience. how do i share my experience and engage the broader team. they can transport that person to places like humming bird our low barrier care. that low barrier care. getting that person off the street linking them to care. skirt is part of our larger effort to bring our response to the community. our community based teams like skirt and overdose response team are removing access to care, treatment, and services. and i want to make one more plug if you see someone in crisis please call 911 to describe what you are seeing and somebody will be there.
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now, it's my pleasure to introduce a great leader partner, and collaborator in this response chief nicholson. thank you. >> thanks, dr. colfax. yes, i just want to say thank you mayor breed for trusting us in the fire department to take on this critical role with the department of public health and others. as you may have heard, street crisis response team we also call it "skirt." i want to give a shout out to some of the people here on the street crisis response team. we have a community paramedic that has more training than a regular paramedic. they're trained in de-escalation. they can redirect people to other services and a mental health professional from public health and as dr. colfax said a peer support person.
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in terms of the 5,000 calls we have gone on and of the folks we have gone out to help 40% of them have accepted help and transport to a psychiatric facility. that does not include people that we have had to 51-50. but this is an extremely successful program. we're working out all the creaks. but we look forward to it. chief simon peng if you have any specific questions, he is here as well. thank you all for being here today and, again, a big shout out to our street crisis
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response team and i would like to introduce our partner of safety deft chief lazar. >> thank you, chief nicholson. what else can be said? first on behalf of chief scott and the entire san francisco police department i want to thank our mayor london breed who back in 2020 was looking at policing and looking at the role of police. and really it was her vision that said you know we need to take this important issue of helping and assisting the mentally ill more away from the police and more towards professionals who are trained and go to school and are prepared to deal with the challenges on our streets and that's involved to what we see today. we have a lot to celebrate in one year and as you can hear that's 5,300 calls to police who are sometimes there but we're not there to do the
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intervention and to help people. and so that is a lot to be unlike other cities in america the police and fire like each other and we're friends with each other and and maintains the building. and the last thing i want to say is i want to thank our san francisco police officers. just like mayor breed has shown tremendous support. i want to thank them as well on behalf of the chief and the department for what they do every day working to help and serve the public and provide public safety in the city. thank you very much. >> i want to thank paul
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miamoto, but the people who secure i want to thank them for their services as well. with that i want to open it up to any questions. >> i believe this was a week before thanksgiving. i'm curious if there are plans to services and how they. >> well, i think what we've been doing around deescalation for the most part has been working and our police officers have a job to do when they're called to protect public safety. the chief last week showed the video and provided input. it's an ongoing investigation. there will be an independent investigation, but it appears that you know the training
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and what the officers learn to do around deescalation were implemented in this particular case. and so there's an ongoing investigation in this case but at the end of the day i'm grateful for the work that we have done in san francisco around deescalation and around the ability to identify and work towards a solution in most of these situations and this was an unfortunate situation that occurred, but i think that our officers handling themselves appropriately. >> reporter:
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[inaudible] >> i think it's hard to say because people have struggled with mental illness since the beginning of time. and the fact is we as a society, as a city as a state, as a country, we have not handled it very well. we are doing the best that we can within the laws that we have. but one very important law that is missing in order to really see and feel the difference has everything to do with force and that means forcing someone into treatment, forcing someone into some cases, you know a locked or unlocked facility based on what their issues are. and so there's a huge push around we don't want to take away someone's rights and i totally understand it. i'm going to tell you right now. i see elderly people on the streets who have dementia. who have no family members. who have no one making decisions for them and then when we take them into our care and we try to get them help and support and make sure they're
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not outside doing things that they would not normally do if they didn't have dmen can. as soon as they say i want to go. i don't want to be here we have to honor that and so the system is broken as a whole and needs to be changed. and so we don't necessarily unfortunately have the local jurisdiction to make those changes. we need a change in state law and we need a change in this country about how we address mental illness whether it's those suffering from substance use disorder or dementia, schizophrenia and all these other ailments that may impact the mind in a way. my hope is that what we are trying to do is we're trying to manage the situation as best that we can within the laws that we have. we can't force someone to stay in our care. we can't force someone to stay
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in a treatment bed. we cannot force someone to behave in a certain way. there's a number of layers that go into that and so we are still missing the most important layer to see in a real difference a lot faster in our city. you mean sheriff. >> reporter: [inaudible] >> work off duty in the private
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sector. i think at the end of the day, it's a sad state of what we're living in terms of what we are seeing with these mob style robberies and a number of other the burglaries, the car briek-ins, all of the things that and the people in this city want to change they're not coming back. so it's going to impact our bottom line and the ability to pay for all of these problems to help homeless and mentally ill. it's going to impact our city as a whole. so that line of defense with our police department, our sheriff's deputies is going to be critical. a critical piece to helping to maintain safety. that's just what it is. yes, we have our ambassadors. yes, we have different responses to calls that people
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make to 911. yes, we are trying to make the reforms and to ensure that the appropriate interactions take place with law enforcement in san francisco. but at the end of the day, people want police officers, they want to make sure that our streets are safe and we're going to do everything we can to make sure that they are. and that's part of it. and by expanding the ability for sheriff's deputies to work off duty at these various locations, that's only going to enhance public safety and i am fully in support of that. >> reporter: [inaudible] >> i'll let dr. colfax talk about that. we probably won't be able to relax right away. . it means that we don't know
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just like with covid when it first happened, we didn't know specifically the impacts. we don't know yet we don't know when it will be in san francisco. but the likelihood it will be here is likely but we are paying for close attention to this. we are working with a number of health experts all over the country and ultimately what has been said time and time again get your vaccine and do everything you can to make sure you are protected. even if we see this is worse than the delta variant, you do have a layer of protection with the existing vaccine, but there may be more needed as well. so we just don't know what we don't know, but as soon as we know our plan is to make sure the public knows everything
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that we know. dr. colfax did you want to add to that? last question. good. >> reporter: [inaudible] >> yes. first of all, let me just say i'm a big supporter of night life and going out in san francisco. and there are rules and number of regulations put in place in a number of establishments. number one, you have to have a mask. number three, when you go to the restroom you have to have a mask and i was in a private area with my drinks, with the people i was with enjoying myself at a venue and i had a great time and i followed the appropriate protocols, and, yes, i was dancing, and, yes, i
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was drinking and having fun and at the end of the day, i am doing everything i can to follow the existing protocols and i think sadly sometimes these videos are taken out of perspective. i took pictures who wanted to take pictures with me. i am out there in the public not just supporting night life but out there at our restaurants, shopping at various locations doing what i feel as mayor i should be doing but also as a human being who's been through a global pandemic who did everything i could to make sure that the people of this city were safe which is why it's no coincidence we not only have one of the lowest death rates in any major city in the country. so i'm doing my job and i am following these protocolonel colonels. what i've said to people time and time again that we need to do our very best. in a room full of vaccinated people. so that's what i have to say
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about it. i'm going to continue to support our night life and go out and enjoy myself as someone who is a single woman living in a major city who is having fun but i want to be clear, i'm not out there making the rules and then not following them. so it is just not fair to try and take a snip of a video which i knew was done by somebody who was at my table and use that as a way to indicate it's something other than what it is doing exactly what i would expect anyone else to do when they're out at a night life venue drinking and dancing and partying and having a good time. thank you.
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>> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their business in the 49 square files of san francisco.
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we help san francisco remain unique, successful and right vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i'm one of three owners here in san francisco and we provide mostly live music entertainment and we have food the type of food that we have a mexican food and it's not a big menu but we did it with love. like ribeye tacos and quesadillas and fries. for latinos it brings families together and if we can bring that family to your business you're gold. tonight we have russelling for wrestle community. >> we have a ten-person limb elimination match. we have a full-size ring with
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barside food and drink. we ended up getting wrestling here with puoillo del mar. we're hope og get families to join us. we've done a drag queen bingo and we're trying to be a diverse kind of club, trying different things. this is a great part of town and there's a bunch of shops a variety of stores and ethnic restaurants. there's a popular little shop that all of the kids like to hanghang out at. we have a great breakfast spot call brick fast at tiffanies. some of the older businesses are refurbished and newer businesses are coming in and it's exciting. >> we even have our own brewery for fdr, ferment drink repeat. it's in the san francisco garden
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district and four beautiful muellersmixer ura alsomurals. >> it's important to shop local because it's kind of like a circle of life if you will. we hire local people. local people spend their money at our businesses and those local mean that work people will spend their money as well. i hope people shop locally. [ ♪ ]
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>> what we're trying to approach is bringing more diversity to our food. it's not just the old european style food. we are seeing a lot of influences and all of this is because of our students. all we ask is make it flavorful. [♪] >> we are the first two-year culinary hospitality school in the united states.
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the first year was 1936 and it was started by two graduates from cornell. i'm a graduate of this program and very proud of that. so students can expect to learn under the three degrees. culinary arts management degree food service management degree, and hotel management degree. we're not a cooking school. even though we're not teaching you how to cook we're teaching you how to manage how to supervise employees, how to manage a hotel, and plus you're getting an associate of science degree. >> my name is vince and i'm a faculty member of the hospitality arts and culinary school here in san francisco. this is my 11th year. the policemanrogram is very very rich
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in what this industry demands. cooking, health safety and sanitation issues are included in it. it's quite a complete program to prepare them for what's happening out in the real world. >> the first time i heard about this program, i was working in a restaurant, and the sous chef had graduated from this program. he was very young to be a sous chef and i want to be like him, basically in the future. this program, it's awesome. >> it's another world when you're here. it's another world. you get to be who you are a person get to be who they are. you get to explore different things and then, you get to explore and they encourage you to bring your background to the
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kitchen, too. >> i've been in the program for about a year. two-year program, and i'm about halfway through. before i was studying behavioral genetics and dance. i had few injuries, and i couldn't pursue the things that i needed to to dance so i pursued my other passion, cooking. when i stopped dance i was deprived of my creative outlet and cooking has been that for me, specifically pastry. >> the good thing is we have students everywhere from places like the ritz to -- >> we have kids from every area. >> facebook and google. >> kids from everywhere. >> they are all over the bay area and they're thriving. >> my name is jeff and i'm a coowner of nopa restaurant,
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nopalito restaurant in san francisco. i attended city college of san francisco the culinary arts program where it was called hotel and restaurant back then in the early 90's. nopalito on broderick street it's based on no specific region in mexico. all our masa is hand made. we cook our own corn in house. everything is pretty much hand made on a daily basis, so day and night, we're making hand made tortillas carnitas, salsas. a lot of love put into this. [♪] >> usesd to be very easy to
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define casual dining fine dining, quick service. now, it's shades of gray and we're trying to define that experience through that spectrum of service. fine dining calls into white table cloths. the cafeteria is large production kitchen understanding vast production kitchens the googles and the facebooks of the world that have those kieptypes of kitchens. and the ideas that change every year again it's the notion and the venue. >> one of the things i love about vince is one of our outlets is a concept restaurant, and he changes the concept every year to show students how to do a startup restaurant. it's been a pizzeria, a taco bar. it's been a mediterranean bar,
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it's been a noodle bar. people choose ccsf over other hospitality programs because the industry recognizes that we instill the work ethic. we again serve breakfast lunch, and dinner. other culinary hospitality programs may open two days a week for breakfast service. we're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner five days a week. >> the menu's always interesting. they change it every semester maybe more. there's always a good variety of foods. the preparation is always beautiful. the students are really sincere, and they work so hard here and they're so proud of their work. >> i've had people coming in to town and i like bring them here for a special treat, so it's more like not so much every day but as often as i
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can for a special treat. >> when i have my interns in their final semester of the program go out in the industry 80 to 90% of the students get hired in the industry well above the industry average in the culinary program. >> we do have internals continually coming into our restaurants from city college of san francisco, and most of the time that people doing internships with us realize this is what they want to do for a living. we hired many interns into employees from our restaurants. my partner is also a graduate of city college. >> so my goal is actually to travel and try to do some pastry in maybe italy or france along those lines. i actually have developed a few
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connections through this program in italy, which i am excited to support. >> i'm thinking about going to go work on a cruise ship for about two, three year so i can save some money and then hopefully venture out on my own. >> yeah i want to go back to china. i want to bring something that i learned here the french cooking, the western system back to china. >> so we want them to have a full toolkit. we're trying to make them ready for the world out there. >> i try to start every day not
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looking at my phone by doing something that is grounding. that is usually meditation. i have a gym set up in my garage and that is usually breathing and movement and putting my mind towards something else. surfing is my absolute favorite thing to do. it is the most cleansing thing that i'm able to do. i live near the beach, so whenever i can get out, i do. unfortunately, surfing isn't a daily practice for me but i've been able to get out weekly and it's something that i've been incredibly grateful for. [♪] >> i started working for the city in 2005.
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at the time my kids were pretty young but i think had started school. i was offered a temporarily position as an analyst to work on some of the programs that were funded through homeland security. i ultimately spent almost five years at the health department coordinating emergency programs. it was something that i really enjoyed and turned out i was pretty good at. thinking about glass ceiling some of that is really related to being a mother and self-supposed in some ways that i did not feel that i could allow myself to pursue responsibility; that i accepted treading water in my career when my kids were young. and as they got older i felt more comfortable, i suppose, moving forward. in my career, i have been asked to step forward. i wish that i had earlier
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stepped forward myself, and i feel really strongly, like i am 100% the right person for this job. i cannot imagine a harder time to be in this role. i'm humbled and privileged but also very confident. so here at moscone center this is the covid command center or the c.c.c. here is what we calledun -- call unified command. this is where we have physically been since march, and then, in july we developed this unified structure. so it's the department of emergency management the department of public health and our human services hughesing partners so primarily the department of homelessness and supportive housing and human services agency. so it's sort of a three-headed command in which we are coordinating and operating
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everything related to covid response. and now of course in this final phase it's mass vaccination. the first year was before the pandemic was extremely busy. the fires, obviously that both we were able to provide mutual support but also the impact of air quality. we had in 2018, the worst air quality ten or 11 days here in the city. i'm sure you all remember it and then, finally, the day the sun didn't come out in san francisco, which was in october. the orange skies, it felt apocalyptic super scary for people. you know all of those things people depend on government to say what's happening. are we safe? what do i do? and that's a lot of what department of emergency
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management's role is. public service is truly that. it is such an incredible and effective way that we can make change for the most vulnerable. i spend a lot of my day in problem solving mode so there's a lot of conversations with people making connections, identifying gaps in resources or whatever it might be, and trying to adjust that. the pace of the pandemic has been nonstop for 11 months. it is unrelenting, long days more than what we're used to most of us. honestly i'm not sure how we're getting through it. this is beyond what any of us ever expected to experience in our lifetime. what we discover is how strong we are, and really the depth of our resilience, and i say that for every single city employee that has been working
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around the clock for the last 11 months and i also speak about myself. every day i have to sort of have that moment of, like okay i'm really tired, i'm weary, but we've got to keep going. it is i would say, the biggest challenge that i have had personally and professionally to be the best mom that i can be but also the best public certify chant in whatever role i'm in. i just wish that i, as my younger self could have had someone tell me you can give it and to give a little more nudge. so indirectly, people have helped me because they have seen something in me that i did not see hadin myself. there's clear data that women have lost their jobs and their
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income because they had to take care of their safety nets. all of those things that we depend on schools and daycare and sharing, you know being together with other kids isn't available. i've often thought oh, if my kids were younger, i couldn't do this job but that's unacceptable. a person that's younger than me that has three children we want them in leadership positions, so it shouldn't be limiting. women need to assume that they're more capable than they think they are. men will go for a job whether they're qualified or not. we tend to want to be 110% qualified before we tend to step forward. i think we need to be a little more brave a little more exploratory in stepping up for positions. the other thing is when given an opportunity, really think twice before you put in front of you the reasons why you
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should not take that leadership position. we all need to step up so that we can show the person behind us that it's doable and so that we have the power to make the changes for other women that is going to make the possibility for their paths easier than ours. other women see me in it and i hope that they see me and they understand, like, if i can do it they can do it because the higher you get, the more leadership you have and power. the more power and leadership we have that we can put out
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hi everyone. i'm san francisco mayor london breed and i know that many of you have been anxious to hear what's happening with this new omicron variant. the coronavirus and we're here today to talk about and announce that here in the city and county of san francisco under the university of california san francisco and our partnership with the department of public health using the latest of technology, we have discovered our first case not only here in san francisco but the entire country and i wanted


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