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can go vertebrae far it is a fast job i wouldn't do anything else. >> ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪i'm excited to welcome you altogether, one big family. this is our lastmeeting of 2021 . time is 5:42 on december 8. welcome to the regularly scheduled police commission meeting. i want to recognize vice chair cindy lis and also our new member max, we've got commissioner hamasaki, who else? i don't have my screen. we've got commissioner yee
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joining us . wegot a whole house .i'm excited. sergeantyoungblood, why don't you call the role ? >> clerk: yes ma'am. [rollcall] you have a quorumand also here we have chief william scott and director paul henderson . >> president: looks like we are ready to rock 'n roll. ladies and gentlemen if you could join in the pledge of allegiance, place your right hand over your heart and repeat after me. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands. one nation under god
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indivisible with liberty and justice for all . and again sorryabout that . i want to correct the time. i was 10 minutestoo fast. sergeant, what do we have on the agenda first ? >> line item 1. >> he's all that. >> findings for the police commission to continue the meetings by a teleconferencing technology for 361, discussion andpossible action . >> president: anydiscussion on this item ? seeing none, let's go ahead and take public comment on the ite . >> clerk: members of thepublic that would like to make comment on white and one please press star 3 now . >> president: isthere a motion
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? motion made by commissioner hamasaki . isthere a second ? is there a second? commissioner elias second made bycommissioner elias . thank you. sergeant youngblood pleasecall the role . [roll call vote] >> president: thank you. sergeant, would youmind calling item 8 please . we are going to take a few of our items out of order today. >> clerk: line item 8, discussion and possible action to revise general order 5.01
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use of force policy and proper control of a person for meeting andconferring with the police officers association as required by law . discussion and possible action. >> president:i'm excited we are finally bringing this before us for a vote . i want to visit and recognize the leadership commissioner li has demonstrated on guiding us through the conversation . i know it wasn't just you, i know it's a faulty effort and i'mgoing to give the floor to you to recognize all the people involved in bringing this statute to point . >> thank youpresident colin. we are happy to the this point . it took us a long while. that she's, i want to think that she. we had numerous conversations on this dg oh. first of all when the pgo was first created it was the first ofits kind . it had been marked that other jurisdictions are using and we
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have an opportunity to fine-tune some of the language in it. this wouldn't be possible without bpa's help and their great policy language and suggestions so i would definitely not to thank them as well as commissioner brewster and commissioner caleb who also provided some input with respect to the pgo. the most important thing in this is that now we have a mechanism for recording and documenting use of force prior to our these additions, use of force was only documented when it resulted in pain and/or injury so this allows us to have a better mechanism in which we can document or we can track after the officers documents their use of force. so i really want to thank everyone that i think it would be beneficial to turn it over to that she can highlight a few of the reasonings behind some
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of the changesthat we made so chief . >> i applaud you and your effort andleadership as well. the floor is yours . >> thank you president colin vice president lisand good evening . executive director henson and the public i want to go through a couple of highlights on our revised use of force dg 05.01 and s commissioner lis said there's a lot of people to thank and i don't want to repeat but i want to thank everybody commissioner elias mentioned and thanked the members of the police department san francisco police department who worked on this and will shop this if you will and really kind of made the product a better product a lot of hands went into this and a lot of eyes were on this policies are evolutions. we know we don't answer every question with policies but i think this along with 3.01 which will hopefully before the
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commission in a very near future would really enhance our policy development process and keep us relevant, keep us up-to-date and keep us current and in rhythm and policy provisions whenthey are needed. so with that i wanted to highlight a couple of things. commissioner lis spoke about the documentation of use of force . one of the highlights is as she mentioned about previously our use of force levels stopped at the threshold of injury, visible. now that threshold has been lowered to any force use to overcome resistance. that is a pretty significant difference of the idea behind is sometimes force is used and people are injured and that force needs to be captured and recorded for the main reasons that we stated in this commissionmany times before . we need to understand why we are using force, we're using
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force upon the circumstances andall that data . that allows us to get better and be more efficient and with our goal in mind of when possible to reduce force we can do it if we don't capture all levels of force that we use so this is a good addition and i think it will give us better data to understand a more complete use of force picture. some of the highlights and policies have been updated to be consistent with some of the language in recentstate law . immediate versus eminent. the state law is specific on that language and we went through this policy to make sure that all of those are languages in terms of eminent versus immediate language was consistent with state law. the next highlight is the going back to the reporting. we now will report not as the use of force but as a reportable incident when
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officers draw and exit their weapons . their firearms. we have created the forms and infrastructure to report that as efficiently as we can and we will make adjustments as this goes along but the purpose behind that is often times we get community members playing about officers joining their even if it's not pointed and understandably pointing is the use of force and potentially when the weapons are drawn that type of event is very, it's a big event to people who aren't used to that for may not understand why theguns are being drawn in the first place . now we are requiring officers to document the reasons that they draw their guns. a policy has been clear for many years firearms should only be drawn in certain situations
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and now we want to make sure that is documented and we want to do it efficiently so there's more documentation required, more work but when officers pull their firearms they need to articulate why and the policy is clear on why they should be able to pull that so the documentation would help make sure we have oversight on when those instances occur anda lot of feedback from the kennedy on the department of police accountability . some of our policy processes with dta such as the discipline review board and things like that. the conversations from that contributed to this policy being put in place so this portion of the policy. another issue that we addressed in this policy was to clarify and really in detail about pressure to the next and the head area. we saw in 2020 after the
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unfortunate incident with george floyd at ourpolicy gaps that we felt needed to be bridged with pressure to the next . that has been added to this policy of basically in the event that inadvertent pressure is put on the head or neck area that the officer has to reposition as soonas possible . and that officer should avoid requiring that type of force to be used unless there's an exigent circumstance and that circumstancehas to be documented . that was i think a good policy addition andthat has been revised . one of the other ones is clarification on recording which is under section d7, 5.0107 d7, reporting and that last was commissioner lis is
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asked just to clarify that officers shall articulate pacific set of facts warranting the use of force. we were already required to report force we want to make sure our members are clear on they have to articulate specific set of facts that were in whatever force they use. there are just afew other things i want to highlight in the policy . one of the things that we learned through feedback over the years from our members is when we have these typesof policies , especially something as important as our use of force video that we need to get time for officers to understand what the changes are and make sure our planning is on point and that officers are given time to fully understand and that's explained by the department and our training
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staff that what thechanges are and what the requirements will be . i think this is a department that can embrace accountability but we have to embrace that we have to explain what therules are and explain them so everybody has a chance to process .we have lots of changes happening in a short timespan and we will , we have asked in a previous session for 90 days to do just what i described and that is train our officers and make sure everybody's on board with what the changes are and we will get that done within 90 days when this is finally adopted and ready to go and be signed by the police commission. just one other thing, i want to highlight the work this commission did in 2016 and 2020 when we started this discussion at all until now. we were one of the first departments that had this
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policy. this type of policy and for those ofyou familiar with the campaign zero which is a watchdog type of group , they had a campaign called can't wait they were prohibiting shooting at moving vehicles, prohibiting therocket . it was all a in our policy and we were one of the first if not the first major city department in the country to have alleight . we got a lot of accolades about this policy and i believe this is one of the reasons we've been able to reduce force by over 60 percent since this policy was implemented. reduce the pointing of weapons as our most recent data, over a percent since this policy was first implemented in 2016 and i think it's going to get even better because we are now collecting even more data that
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will help us get better . we've been told by other polic departments that we've been looking at policies and do what they're doing . some of our policy ended up being state law and i think i say that with humility but i say that really with the pleasure of seeing that is due to the many hands that have touched this work. it'snot over yet . these policies have to evolve with the conditions but we have a good product and i think it's been married with 3.01 those changes that have been finalized so that puts us in a position to be one of the premier compartments interms of policy development . i asked the commission for support and passing this so we can confer and get this going. >> president: i appreciate your remarks.
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>> the policies in this body and small jurisdiction have a reverberating effect across not only the state of california but the entire united states. once again this department, this commission is able to be a shining beacon of hope and just a good example of strong policing. and they are policies that protect everyone. that said, i don't have the ability to look at the chat so i don't know if you want to speak. if you want to speak raise your hand. director henderson icu. i'm going to recognize director function is. >> am i muted >> president: you are not muted . you or your staffwe would like
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to recognize your contributions publicly . >> thank you so much. i'm not as humble as the chief. i appreciated that approach but let me say i am damn proud of the policy. it is a big deal. i just want to give context to the work that's being done in san francisco as a reminder that more than two thirds of this nation in law enforcement agencies do not have reformed use of force policies. that's a big deal and even the minority of asian centers that do don't have to reform that we are contemplating and talk talking about right now. most of which have already been institutionalized in san francisco but this is going to set a new bar for efficiency and a new bar for best practices.
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again, not just for the state but for the rest of the nation as well. i want to make sure that's not lost on folks that are following these issues that these are policies that are reflected in recent state legislation because it's possible and has been working in san francisco. i believe this document, that these rules are going to be copied throughout the rest of the nation and it really is a big deal and i don't want to move on from without thinking specifically the folks that all leaned in to help create this document and create these rules especially the fullfrom my colleagues , sam marion is no longer with us but we've been working on this . sharon is no longer in the office but also contributed to thiswork. janelle haywood and remain jones. allcontributed through policy recommendations, policy work . i'll see , work to make sure
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that we got this done in addition to the work from the commission and this department as well i wanted to testify specifically the folks that did a lot of this work to make sure that it happened and i cannot say enough about the significance of expanding the definitions use of force and i think that she was talking about it with the drawing of the weapons and that's not a small thing. i think it's important that we are collecting data because we can't analyze what we don't know and what we don't matter so we can move towards a better solution tocodify that if we are not reporting on the incidence that again , disparately affect communities of color and in disenfranchised communities so this is important not just for the citizens of san francisco but it gives voice and credibility to disenfranchised amenities andspecifically i'm talking
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about communities of color . in the communities, talking about the lgbt and his activities that get undercounted and are frequently next and are frequently ignored and the policy evaluation that reflects best practices and this new policy send intentionally include them in outcomes. i think this is a huge step towards race neutral policing and race neutral public service which is public safety which is what our goal is to be here so i could not be prouder. i couldn't be more proud of everything that we like about this process for the people that were at the table. i'm encouraged and i can't wait to continue analyzing the information that comes out of this dto that will inform our audit and our performances to
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move forward into the future. thank you all so much for the privilege to work. honestly everyone deserves abig pat on the back and you will see over the next six months to a year the number of agencies , the number of departments and number of individuals that will come back to this dto in particular and groundbreaking andhistoric not just for san francisco but on law enforcement in particular . so that's it. >> we have said enough. we've taken quite a lot around. let's go to public comment and hear what members of the public say one thing before we do that, the past something i would ask on a change on the policy i see that it refers to our easy 5.17 incorrectly so we can just when we pass it be allowed to non-substantive change so just the title.
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>> good catchcommissioner, we will take care of it . sergeantyoungblood. you give it to public comment ? >> this time thepublic is welcome to make public comments regarding line item 8 . if you wish to make public comment please press star 3. good evening color, you have 2 minutes. >> caller: it's good to see you all again. the first thing i want to do is welcome you, i came in late last night and iwasn't able to do that . i think i don't know if everyone filled you in on some of the things that maybe like you know, i'm sorry. i guess the one thing i have about policy of force policy, i
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feel like if you have a policy and enforcement you don't have a policy so i'm wondering who enforces the policy and how it is more of anaccountability policy or more of a liability policy . >> thank you color.good evening, you have 2 minutes. >> my name isfrancisco dacosta and i want you to pay attention to what i'm saying . if you look at thehistory of the san francisco police department , it has a long history where the san francisco police has been under the consent decree.that's number onenumber two , in the last 25 years and more we are
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attending the police commissions, this police commission is the worst. let me repeat, it's the worst. stop patting your behind and saying things like you are the lightand the entire nation is going to follow your policies . that is pure bs. in order for you to know this you have to travel. go to the east coast and see what theythink about you all . and all the atrocities that have been committed recently that you know that been talking about quality of life issues and you don't give a damn about quality of life issues. you talk about the 272 recommendations that you all took six years and spent over $1 million. so why are you patting yourselves on your behind?
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just do your work. just do your work. just doyour work . change standards and then i'll just say what about don't pack yourselves, especially the chaplains. one of the lawyers says i spoke to the church. you can't speak to the church before. i don't know what that means but the chair wasn't present at the last meeting . that's stupidity. you're watching whose doing what. >> clerk: you have 2 minutes. >> caller: my name is susan buxton and i live i would like to agree with costa's remark that it's a good idea not to brutalize people is probably not the standard we want to hold upto the rest of the country . what we want to hold up to the rest of the country is that we follow policy and enforce the
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policy and actually bring down the incidence of use of force and violence against black san franciscans. so i've read the policy and i've compared to the previous one and it is impressive. it does expand things and particularly hands the things that will be reported but if someone reports something, what is the follow-up. are officers going to be disciplined if they don't report that they grabbed someone or havethem on the ground which is what the policy requires ? you can even have someone sit on the ground while your need them. and if someone doesn't reporte you're going to be in a follow-up . paper doesn't matter. paper doesn't matter, actions matter so bring down the disparities going forward and then you can yourself on the back .
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>> clerk: good evening color. >> caller: i volunteer in the community and the following approach is there's an urgency to address the injustices of black san franciscans. call it what it is, anti-blackness.when it comes to use of force there's profiling of black san franciscans by vs fpd. the tables are turned on the specific terms. i know there's urgency. i would like to quote that it happens to us. think responsibly and love all san franciscans notjust black san franciscans which is true responsibility . you took an oath to uphold the law. as i said i am tired. tired of being concerned and
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having it fall on deaf ears. tired of using our resources to combat anti-blackness and getting help from the attorney general in this process. there's a new use of force department general order. sfpd's own data shows a black san franciscan is nine times more likely to be subject to use of force. we entreat you to reduce injuries by officers but i can't help but wonder why you brought the doj here. kato o'neill, justin nelson all had no guns. sfpd justify the use of force? thank you. >> clerk: you have 2 minutes. >> i'd like toecho what suzanne was talking about earlier . i also like the policy andon paper it's good .
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we need a system to report these things. it's good to know it's happening. again i guess the part i still don't quite understand is what enforcement mechanisms are there to make sure officers actually report when they do these things. and how do you find outif they're not ? it just feels to me like based on what i'm reading if an officer chooses not to tell on themselves what's to be done about that and that's the part that's still missing for me so i would hope to learn what that would be and how to make sure that's not a loophole in this policy . >> clerk: thank you. and president colin, that is the end of public comment. >> i appreciate that. so commissioner elias. did you want to make a edits that you suggested in the form
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of a motion sowe can amend the document ? >> i'm going to make a motion asking my fellow commissioners to pass this pgo with the amendment that the correct pgo title, any corrections that need to be made to the ddo title is referenced in this 5.01 ddo be permitted since they are substantive and wouldn't require the full commissions agreement . >> i'll second that motion. sergeant youngblood, couldyou please call the role ? >> clerk: on the motion, commissioner . [roll call vote].
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you have 5 yeses. >> president:congratulations. let's keep moving forward. sergeant youngblood could you bring us back to the top of the agenda where we left off . >> line item to, general publi comment. at this time the public is welcome to address the commission for up to two minutes on items that do not here on tonight's agenda but are within the jurisdiction . under police commissioner moving forward during public comment neither police nor dba commissioners are required to respond to questions but may provide a brief response. commentsare opportunities to speak are available via phone by calling 415-655-0001 and entering access code 2499 110 3110 . press pound and pound again and press star three if you wish to
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make acomment. you may submit public comment in either of the following ways . email the secretary or written contact may be sent by a postal service at the building located 1245 fulton street 94158. if we'd like to make public comment at this time please press star 3 . good evening color, you have two minutes. >> caller: four years ago, i visitedafghanistan . that was maybe six months before the we call them at that time the soviet invading of afghanistan. and i've been keeping in touch with the people from afghanistan because i happen to know a lot of them. and recently, over a year but a
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month and a half there's a couple of generals and other special forces we've been doing rescue. and managing to bring afghans who have been documented here to the united states of america and trying to help them. now, when i heard that an afghan that worked with our special forces was shot and killed here in san francisco and also i know chip very well. i've spoken to himon one or two occasions about my experience in the military . and i did not like that. i was really angry at that incident when the gentleman was shot at knowing there was a
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previous incident where a public defender was involved so we have to be very careful. very very careful that we are going to get more of these cases because they are not treating the afghans when they come here, giving them the title of humanitarian refugees ratherthan giving them a chance to have a green card so that they can contribute . >> clerk: thank you color. any other colors you have 2 minutes. >> caller: i volunteer with walter is ready in the black community. the following is a from our founder felicia jones . there is an urgency to address the injustices of black san franciscans. i'm going to call it what it is, anti-blackness when it comes to the use of force and racial profiling and traffic stops of black san franciscans by sfpd.
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i've grown tired of talking to the police commission and board of supervisors. where is the urgency? if these tables were turned and these statistics represented white folks i know there would be an urgency. i agree with first lady michelle obama when she stated own that. that happens to us. when are you going to take responsibility and address the harsh bias and unjust statistics for the behalf of all san franciscans not just black san franciscans which is a responsibility as you took an oath to see the good forall san franciscans ? as i said and tired, not tired enough to quit but tired of eating a dead horse and tired of our concerns pulling on deaf ears. tired enough to look for new resources to fight anti-blackness in the office is an urgency and therefore we sought help from attorney general doctor period we are alarmed at commissioner yee's remarks about routine traffic stops.
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these reflected a lack of understanding about the policing disparity experienced by black people. a black driver is six times as likely asa white driver to be stopped by sfpd . 62 percent of stops are for minor matters but often result in long-term negative effects for black people. we explain this repeatedly and these are in sfpd's own report. we recommended to you and will continue to recommend the cessation of routine traffic stops . many cities have movedto eliminate routine stop is expected to improve racial equity . thank you. >> clerk: color, you have 2 minutes. >> i would like to bring a publics attention to a document i found called the dicer report. it's from 2016. it's actually same year we passed the measure to rename
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departments on the occ and i'm wondering if the commission has ever read that report and if so what they think and also i'd like to look at the dta's website from the review house, they have a message written by mister henderson that says i remain committed to reforming our criminal justice system through my work on the police commission and continue centering justice in my daily work serving california. i guess first i likethe commission to ask how are they reforming the criminal justice system ? is it his job and is he on the police commission and it does he servecalifornia or san francisco and withthat asked how do you center your work on justice and equity ? thank you . >> caller: tonight i wanted to call you and say with the
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summary from a report called today's fentanyl crisis. prohibitions iron wall revisited. now i don't have time just for theconclusion tonight so here it is . alcohol prohibition while well-intentioned was undertaken without consideration of potential unintended consequences with disastrous results. under the iron law of prohibition the current approach to illicit opioids is likewise a doom failure. without efforts to address the root causes of non-medical your use, intensive supply-side suppression efforts will continue to push the market towards deadly alternatives like car fentanyl. we must shift the focus from supplyreduction to demand and harm reduction . in the short term focusing on overdose fatality prevention and education including expanding access to maximum is
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critical especially following period of other vulnerability. access to high-qualitylow-cost drug treatment and other mental health services also is urgently needed . ultimately unless we must re-examine our policies through the lens of social determinism which is concentrated disadvantage of isolation and access to physical and mental healthcare. through difficult and multifaceted structural solutions are the only way to move the needle in the most formidable drug-related public health crisis of our time . i thankyou tonight commissioners for considering the fact that the war on drugs has failed and that the police might play a key role in helping us towards this thank you. >> clerk: color, you have 2 minutes .
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>> caller: this is ms. brown, i'm calling for my son who was murdered august 14 2006. i was reading a note from a news clipping of mayor gavin newsom. it may be easier to say what this wasn't. it wasn't gang ongang violence . it wasn't in one of the city's worst neighborhoods. it is, and it wasn't one of those cases where police have no leads. no suspects. and no chance to arrest the killers. of a 17-year-old boy. i know who killed my son. mayor gavin newson said. the da knows who killed your son. the police know who killed her son. i'm saying this because the name of the people that murdered my son were five
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personsnamed thomas animal , harris moffat, andrew i do. jason thomas. anthony hunter. marcus carter. and one of them is deceased now. these people except for one are still running the streets livingtheir life as though nothing ever happened . i believe paris moffat is probably in jail again, i'm not sure but thomas animal is still walking the streets. of the people that murdered my son how can we can't find other solutions of getting witnesses to find out so that mothers like myself can get some closure? the holidays are coming. christmasis coming up . thanksgiving just left. i'm just tired of it every yea . i just need some closure, just alittle bit . i want my chance in court. thank you.
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>>. >> clerk: members of the public who have information call the tip line at 575 4444. vicepresident elias that is the end of public comment . >> please call the next eye line item. >> adoption of minutes, action. meetings october 20, 2021 november 2 10 to 17. >> president: can i get a motion please? second. sergeant? >> on the motion to adopt the minutes,commissioner carter . [roll call vote]
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>> dpa document protocol report third-quarter 2021items on the press calendar are considered routine . planning commission would like to discuss items under the consent calendar indicate you wouldlike to place anitem on a further agenda . tonight there will be no discussion or presentation . >> president: would anyone like toagenda isaac ? hearing on let'smove on . >> clerk: i just need a motion to address. >> president: can i get a motion?>> i will make the motion to adopt. >> president:can i get a second ? >> second. >> president: thank you.
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>> clerk: [roll call vote] you have 4 yeses. >> president: next item. >>discussion, weekly crime stats, providing video of offenses in sanfrancisco . major significant incidents . provide a summary of planned activities . any current events or activities occurring in san francisco having an impact on public safety commission and discussion on unplanned events will be limited to determining whether the calendar has a need . >> thank you sergeant youngblood and can you put the graphic on the screen just with the weekly crime trends? and commissioners, what i will
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do tonight that graphic is up so rather than read this through our give the highlights of the graphic and give the highlights of the crime trends and gointo significant incidents . i'm going to give highlights forthose who may not have access to the screen . the highlights of this week's trend were down one percent. we are up 16 percent in homicides. robberies were down by five percent. results were up by nine percent and in terms of property crime down about three percent which is movement in the right direction and that percentage increase is increasing is a good thingconsidering where we were not too long ago. just for a five months ago . as far as larceny and theft that is our biggest property crime area where we are, we have an increase over the last
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year. that category includes all types of steps including retail theft and galleries from vehicles so we have a lot of work to do there. idle burglaries were up 36 percent from this time last year and we are down 21 percent from 2019 and 22 percent from 2018. just on the violence since the majority of our homicidesare gun related homicides . gunviolence we are still . we are a total of 36 percent up in our total gun violence so we still have a lot ofwork to do . if there is a bright side to this the trend has decreased over the last x months and i do believe some of the strategies that we continue to employ that i've mentioned many times in the commission hearing including some of the work we're doing with intervention acrossthe city , some of the work you doing to identify the
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high risk individuals involved in gun violence or as perpetrators or victims and trying to get to those individuals and their families to prevent the next shooting from happening. i strongly believe that strategy isgoing to pay dividends and we intend to continue that strategy . in terms of our station gun violence i'll highlight that bayview has the most gun violenceincidents this year with 54. tenderloin is a close second with 43 . and mission third with 30. there are over half the stations that have 10 or less this year. and we are seeingincreases . the most significant increase in shootings is in the tenderloin district so i'm going to talk about the tenderloin strategy and a second . homicides bayview had 14 and that is the highest in the city
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year-to-date followed by tenderloin with 10 and mission with nine at northern with seven area the rest of the stations have five or fewer homicidesevery one of these is important but i just want to highlight the trend . gun seizures continue to go up from last year with 968 gun seizures year-to-date whichis a increase over last year . and a large number of those, almost 20 percent, probably over 20 percent are both guns so we recovered 193 of those guns year-to-date which is significantly higher than last year which at this time we were at 144 so that continues to be an issue that we are committed to working with all of our partners. the va's office,federal partners and getting theguns off the street .
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on that note the mayor signed legislation today .our station is one of the first to manufacture manufacturing of those guns as a city ordinance so hopefully that will get us another tool when the arrest individuals that are actually manufacturing those guns in the city . this gives us another tool in terms of the laws that we can enforce significant incidents . nohomicides this week . happy to report that we had 4 shooting incidents. for in the tenderloin, all of them marking the intersection with the second one and those are still investigations that are ongoing. no arrests at this time but we do have leads andwe're following up on . we also had a shootings in the unified district on the fourth. of december and i shooting in the central district at the end hundred block of gary. that suspect was arrested and
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arrested by officers assigned to the units for their safety planning and even though the incident did not occur in that area the person trying to flee to that area and were captured by those officers. so really good job by the officers involved in paying attention towhat was going on. in other significant incidents , we had subjects that broke into the montclair retail facility and this was in the tenderloin. we are investigating that. we also had a burglary abatement operation that occurred in the centraldistrict and identified a vehicle we knew to be connected with several auto burglaries in the area . our plainclothes unit led this
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investigation andthey actually were able to apprehend to individuals with the help of other officers . in this case and these individuals are arrested and this is the type of work are doing to collaboratively between our uniformed resources and our plainclothes details to slow some of our burglary down in our city so these officers are doing a good job really good leadership by lieutenant stevejones and i just want to say to the work they're doing and they're doing it safely and in conjunction with uniformed officers as we have asked them to do . we have to driving events over thispast week . there were saturday night . our department received information about 12:30 a.m. from oakland police department that a stunt driving contingent
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saw a large group of cars making its way to san francisco we deployed officers in various areas in the mission and bayview district where we know these things occur and our officersreported that approximately 300cars exited the freeway, the bridge at ninth and harrison . officers followed them , the vehicles dispersed invarious directions.committing many traffic violations . ultimately when they splintered one event take place, one-stop driving event at 16th and mission around 12:40 a.m. and another on san bruno and bayview at 12:50 6 am during the later event officers were having bottlesthrown at them as they dispersed the crowd . actually no injuries to any of our officers but we were able to disperse those crowds and prevent any sort of further events. i will remind everybody listening that we are following up on these incidents andwhen we have evidence , we will seek permission to seize the
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vehicles and that vehicle will be held for 30 days. we've done that with a number of individuals and vehicles who thought they had gotten away because the escaped on the night of the incident and we had enough evidence to get warrants andseizures for those vehicles and we will do that when the evidence is there . so we are following up on those cases. strategies including the one i mentioned to deal with stunt driving our southern station, focus on robberies, burglaries and particularly auto burglaries and as i mentioned plainclothes details in conjunction with our uniformed officers working around the city to combat burglaries from vehicles. also we had a shift in some of our narcotics activities around areas in the tenderloin where we put officers . so southern station captain fauci and the southern officers
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have posted seven and mission to mitigate some of the crime occurring at that corner. all indications are that the corner has been relatively drug sales free and crime free as we've done that but we know that these dealers will go somewhere else and we will have to go to where they'regoing and try to prevent them from doing what they're doing . in the mission the visibility and police presence, uniformed presence is at 24th and mission, valencia street between 16thand 24th . during the valencia street version we have 50 units out there walking the beat and we're trying to determine robberies and thefts and pedestrians and businesses along the corridor and also artur is tourism deployment we have officers focused on castro street and market street and then on saturday in themission we have officers on mission street between 14th and 15th .
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besides this issue there's still residential garage glories, we had an increase in violent incidents in certain areas on mission street so we had officers passing calls her extra patrols along the corridor. also our captains are communicating with the acting captain that can indicating with social media letters to get the public involved in the process and also to keep the public informed of what's going on for incidents related to gun violence, our community violence reduction team is working with ourstation and other investigative entities to mitigate some of the ongoing tensions and violence . this is a situation where we have ongoing peace between different networks of people and we are trying to mitigate that andget intervention and crt involved so we can stop the
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next shooting from happening and that is our number one priority . auto boost, the main street corridor we had anincreased deployment along eighth street and we will continue to do that . the captain and officers also been out running abatement operations to combat this uptick and the community has expressed concerns with some of the activities with drug dealing particularly with some of our most vulnerable people in our city that are being dealt drugs by drug dealers so we will pay attention to that as well and put strategies in place to combat that issue. those are the highlights for the commission.thank you for yourtime and i will answer any questions . >> president: thank you. >> thank you, commissioner eliasmay i ask a question ? >>president: sure .
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>> you mentioned the sideshows that you've been seizing people's vehicles. how many vehicles have you seized at the impound so far? >> it's somewherearound 30 but i can get the exact number . we have been doing that. >> do you have any ... i don't know if evidence is the right word. but is there any way to shed light on the impact because it seems like there's still these incidents going on. or is it just that one person and that one car is not going to be doing a side sale for 31 days? >> the issue is we need to have some kind ofaccountability. we can't sit on our hands and do nothing .
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we have to have some type of accountability. we got 300 cars and it's difficult to police. it's really dangerous and rather than have officers rushed in and create a more dangerous situationfor the public , we tried to catch the people we can catch safely and know that wehave evidence like license plates, vehicles, things like that . so really the idea is to know that there are consequences and this is why the board of supervisors passed the legislation in the first place so people who are coming to our city committing these acts. we know that getting people the attention that we've heard on social media. we know that when they see us coming, they scatter. when in the past there was a lot more brazenness and boldness and so we think just
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from those anecdotal indicators that it does have an impact but time will tell. >> okay. for the calls that people are actuallydoing the doughnuts ? >> yes, the peopleactually involved in the dangerous stunt driving activity . >> the other thing was you are maintaining one quarter of the tenderloin now and then i guess how do you describe, i know i covered some of this last week but how do you decide because either people are going to go on another street and so is it just kind of that everybody gets a turn meaning we hold this block and then people over to the next block and then people over there complain so you go over there.
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>> it's a really, it's a number of factors. and if there's violence that happening. amidst some of the drug dealing things like that, we that becomes ahigher priority . of course unity complaints. we also have as you said a district where we hold this corner and mainly the drug dealers so to that corner. when the drug dealers go to that corner of the people that have substance addictions are going to go with them. so it's notjust a drug dealers. the people that are buying drugs are going to gothere to . it's a difficult thing . because we don't have the staffing as much as we would like to to hold every corner in the tenderloin but that's kind of what it's going to soak will hold as many corners as we can for blocks as we can signing officers to blocks that to make sure we have the visibility and presence there.the reality is
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when we're out there they tried to wait us out. they bring the drug mules and we get called off to different priorities and thenthey come back . we want to try to disrupt this activity as much as we can and we know this is not the answer but we do know that a disruption and making people uncomfortable or arresting when we can helps to keep some of these areas free from this activity so it's a very difficult battle in terms of just that type of presence on every block but we do the best we can. >> have you ever seen the tv show the wire? >> i have. >> that scene where they decided to stop enforcing in one neighborhood and all the other neighborhoods were clear but everything went to hack in that spot. it's an interesting theory because it's like you know, as much as i would speak aboutthis
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. i think we all recognize that it's kind of an intractable problem until we make different solutions but anyways, i'm glad you enjoyed the show. it's a good show and a season. the other question, i asked you to report on the union square service and you are going to present a one-week cross to the city. >> i don't have that and i will havethat . so we are capturing the cost of union square as well as other parts of the city. >> what i had asked last week was just for a one-week window from the date of the louis vuitton thing .
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just one week toget a sense . and i'll say because this is also all over the media people were having various discussions. i had at least one larger media reach out to me and ask for this data. so i do think if there's a light if it's something we could maybe put to the commission website and publish so that people can have this information beforejanuary . while the topic is being discussed . do you think we can dothat? >> yes . >>thank you . >> commissioner yee. >> thank you madame vice president. i have a questionregarding the shooting . looking at the month of november last month . we're double the amount of i guess shooting gun violence and looking at the rate of homicides for 2021.
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we're going back five years, that's how we create an impactful 2021 from the hopefully not any worse than 2016. was there any thoughts on why in november we had 200 shootings? as compared to i guess maybe last october or october?and i hate to see december or maybe november's projections or results so this just want to see ifyou have any thoughts, strategies . because it's pretty i guess i would say that everybody's is
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on everybody's radar. >> thank you. what i can say and what we do know is the nature is that some of the shootings were ongoing. we believe ongoing. between either groups which is the majority of our shootings is driven by that and the tenderloin there have been several shootings, homicides. thereare narcotics related, either narcotics related or things of that nature . and the tenderloin, that is comparative to a lot of our gun violence and that's the same as it follows some ofthe shootings and homicides we've had . we also see disputes that kind of pop up because of thisperson is mad at that person . you look, he looked at my girlfriend wrong. we've had shootings with this
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type of dynamic involved . so those are a lot more difficult to get a handle on. the last type that i mentioned ismore spontaneous . it comes and goes. typically the last few years we've had, we've seen an increase in violence around th holiday season . ican't tell you the reason for that . some people have attributed that to sometimes these people get crazy with the impacts of covid. people were suggesting that might have animpact but those things are notproven . they're not based on any type of research that's just anecdotal . what i know is the majority of our shootings continue the pattern of being a network of people against and other network of people and that
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trend is evident in some of our shootings in november. so the bright side of that is those are the ones that if we believe we can have the most impact on because often times if we don't have individuals inside, we have groups that we can deal with that in a variety of ways that's why the strategy is running them closer and their work is so important but those are the ones thatare the lion's share of our homicide particularly gun related homicides .>> i guess with retaliatory gun violence that would be what you call your gang passport. i wonder if they can probably look into i guess once you identify the trend if we can get in there to intervene or stop the violence or is there any thoughts on that?
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>> yes sir. we don't have a gang task force anymore. that is now the community reduction team. it's really a different model because they do bring in intervention. they do the community safety meetings we do when we identify the players the networks, the retaliatory groups, we do reach out and we have reached out and try to get engagement between the intervention. the people that are the most and we try to get the families involved and this is not the police department helps facilitate this but this is as the iq, the street violence prevention program and those workers hire another one and the intervention workers, they really help facilitate your talking about so that's in play . that's what crt does and they are very involved in making recommendations that we believe that is involved or that person might be at risk. let's investigate and we try to
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do thatbefore somebody have to go to jail for shooting somebody . >> you also mentioned the city legislators aim to i guess the passing the law regarding the manufacturing of those guns there. and i guess i guess with the district attorney is also doing enforcement to selling the manufacturer. how can we have parlayed that to reduce the gunavailability in the city . >> the city's ordinance is inactive. we come across somebody that's causing the criteria we have another tool in our disposal to use . a lot of activity when it comes to those is solid anyway and some of it might in some cases rise to federal statutes as well so we need to use all of
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our range available. thedistrict attorney and ags with our federal partners . we are now city ordinances so wehave to use all of it to deal with these issues . >> thank you very much. >> perhaps i can do an agenda item at afuture date . he brings up a great point that that'sdefinitely worthwhile . thank you. i don't see any other namesin the chat so can we go to public comments ? >> for those that would like to make public comments regarding line item 5 in the report please press star three. good evening car,you have 2 minutes . >> evening police commissioner . this was with great interest to the chief commenting that the majority of workers in our city were driven by gang-related beefs or drug-related disputes. it harkens back to the conversation about prohibition
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and how it drives violence. what we can see in our city and we can see in our streets and that reliably when we have a race of officers like we did in tenderloin a few weeks ago, we see gang disputes over the territories that have been surrendered. and not only have the police chief, as the police chief was commenting have we seen progress in the whack a mole being played between the tenderloin and fifth and mission we're seeing a steady march of technical progress. three years ago when mister ewald was an addict on our streets he was addicted to heroin.now it's almost extinct with until being in the majority. the vast majority. and carpenters know growing. sowe can see that marching
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progress as well . it isn'tas simple as displacement from place to place . we both create the violence that weare experiencing on our streets . and create the overdose crisis that we are experiencing on ou streets. with our systems of prohibition that we insist might be helpful . so i asked please commissioners again tonight or you might contemplate ending the war on drugs as one method that we might use to reduce our as you decided a majority of murderers. amajority of homicides in our city . and you very much . >> clerk: color,you have 2 minutes . >> i had a tough encounter with our officers, maybe 18 months ago. and it's been really hard for meto deal with . it's been tough and it didn't work for me. i believe in humanistic
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psychology. 99 percent of people are good people and when people make mistakes when you assume what they did , you might assume the wrong thing. you might get people in a situation really bad. i was wondering if i can meet up with you and meet with some of those guys and we can talk it out out of uniform, out of duty just as friends. sit down and discuss that and see what you think. i appreciate it. >> caller: dpa mediation? hello? >> i was going tosay there is an investigator on call with us today . brent i believe is the senior that we could put that person in contact with if youhave the number sergeant youngblood to follow up . but if you'd specifically like
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to help try and address whatever that encounter was, if we could get some positive results out of that . >> i do not have been under. >> i would ask the caller to contact the department. you can google it and go on the website to contact us directly to make sure someone canfollow up immediately . >> clerk: good evening caller, you have 2 minutes. >> caller: i had already spoken buti wanted to make one more comment and i didn't raise my hand again . >> clerk: goodevening caller you have 2 minutes . >> this is miss brown. i want to thank youngblood for their announcement of my son's case but i wanted to read this. the office of the mayor has
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authorized $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect responsible for the murder of hartley. on august 14, 2006 at approximately 3:00 in the afternoon he was killed in the intersection of grove and baker street. mister abercathy was 17 years old. anyone with information or questions is urged to contact sergeant scott winkler at the san francisco homicide detail. 1145. persons wishing to remain anonymous please call the tip line. his case number is case number is 060, 862.
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zero 38. and again thank you mister youngblood. i just don't want my son case to be forgotten about. i always hear him talking about the 2001 cases. my son was killed in 2006 andi just don't want him to be forgotten about . and justice delayed is justice denied. i don't want that to happen fo my son . with that i thank you. >> thank you miss brown. vice presidentalliance that is the end of public comment . >> line item 7, commission report. commission report. >> we're at the va. >> we are at dpa. item 6. dca directors report discussio
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. report on announcements, commission discussion will be limited to future commission meetings. >> thank you, have to make sure i'mnot muted . i have the statistics, they are alreadypublished as well .we are happened 700 and 31 cases so far this year. that's down by the eighth percent the same time last year what we're going into for december. we closed 805 cases versus this time last year. we closed 830. we have currently 285 cases that are pending and because the same 43 cases so far this year. this time last year we had sustained 41 cases. we mediated 36 cases and we
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have on number, 27 cases that are still open through the investigation. we've extended beyond period and of those 2718 of those are cold cases. we have 20 cases that are still pending. 10 of which are with the commission at 10 of which are waiting in the chief's division. in termsof the weekly trends , for this week since last week we received 23additional cases with a total of 40 allegations . 30 percent of those were on officer behaving badly. were speaking in a matter of becoming an officer. 22 percent were for an officer alleging to fail to take a required action or filling out a police report. 13 percent were allegations of an officer issuing a citation without cause.
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nine percent work for an officer failing to properly investigate. nine percent were for complainant which raised matters that were outside of dphrestriction and i'm going to come back to that in a minute . the final four percent were for an allegation for officers using unnecessary or prospective force. and it's cases that were involved, the type of cases that the allegations arose from work for cases involving a neighbor dispute, cases involvingdirect violence and cases involving burglary . and the occasions for quality of life. for district exams we had for by districts you can track and see there were four cases that came from control. and tenderloin. each, for cases from central
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and four in tenderloin.two cases from southern. two cases which were also from out of town. often times we have folks that come in and also because with the launch of thenew website , if you google police accountability you get ata so we get a lot of calls coming in that necessarily san francisco and we typically do is try and refer those cases to other agencies. one of the projects we've been working on is trying to come up with indirectly not just for san francisco of surrounding areas we want to make sure that we extend to the right area and its complaints like this that if we can't service them i hope that we here can make somefolks and give them the lead on where to go . talk about the percentage of casesthat were raised outside of dpa .
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there's one case of the mission district and there were five cases that we can't tellwhich district they came out of yet . until we've done more of the investigations but like i said, things are coming in this week. in terms of the audit, on december 7 we issued to the police mission the audit on compliance for dg 08.10. that report is available in public and it's on the website fordpa . and just as i wake up reminder dpa 8.0 requires that accountability audits compliance with the report and that fulfill that requirement for the calendaryear 2020 . although the department stated no investigation they were
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subject to dg 08.10 at 120. dpa identified several areas where sf pd and police commission can improve factors around investigation related to first amendment activity.but in the response sfpd conferred with all the recommendations that were made and the report also includes a section which brings attention to the police commissioner of the sfpd on matters noted . that includes the pd used for social media and event information and changes in technology that warrants the police commission and department revisiting 8.10 requirements on video and photographic recording that in that event. the office of the comptroller also received a department 12 month follow-up to the use of
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force data recommendation. and we are continuing today to work with the office of the comptroller to review the police response and to determine which of the recommendations are still in progress and for our are closed. that's kind of a big deal. i want to make sure that i made that up on the website for people to read and look at. i mean, it's really important the recommendations i don't want to give short shrift to that. i also want to make sure the commissionersreceived copies as well. in terms of outreach this week , the dca met with saint ignatius high school that reaches out to them about dpa and they will be including information on working with you on the newsletters.we will
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also be putting off resources that some of the schools we've been working reaching out to us and san francisco state university. typically there's those brochures again and a lot of them are doing obviously specifically for the stories of people looking at that and receiving that information. there are no cases from dca in closed session today. i've alluded to earlier but the senior investigator on the call is brent. he and the agency at sfgov.org and the phone number is 415241 7711. that's what i've got for you. >> president: thank you director henderson.
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public comment? >> clerk: members of the public that would like to make public comment please press star 3 now. good evening color, you have two minutes. >> good evening. i wanted to emphasize as the dpa reports that the systems resulting around prohibition and violence that they cause in our community are well documented. and evidence and in science. the science is remarkably consistent. they explain our systems of prohibition belie our systems of violence.
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>> they did respond and the
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>> yes, the 8.01 audit did respond and we had our responses completed so i'm looking at the height lights of this. >> you know, i just wanted confirmation and we're ask to to agenized district o'er henderson just mentioned so if we can get that agenized and it will give the department an opportunity to also add additional information with respect to the audit. that's the item that i want today agenized. i don't have any items to agenized but i'll turn it over to my fellow commissioners. commissioner yee. >> nothing other than to put on
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the calender. >> great, thank you. commissioner. >> just one thing to put on the record. the department is working on the the 96a report and at some point early next year and i just made a request to the department for a supplemental data in addition to what the department typically provides and sergeant youngblood graciously transmitted my request. just looking back at the last few quarters we've seen the data and racial disparities are glaring depending on the quarter. black people are stopped between five to eight times and the incidents in the population and that is having some additional data points would be helpful so,
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i list aid dozen but i'll just call it a few. some that are basic, like, the report does distinguish between pedestrian and traffic stops and the report doesn't say what the crime was if any that prompted the stop and being helpful to know and other things like actions taken by the officer in the course of the stop and was there a search and was there contraband discovered in the course of search and if so what type of contraband. was a police drug dog used and what was the result if any and i won't lis them all-out but those are some examples and i ask for the d.a., going back to 2019. one of the challenges is we compare ourselves year over year but we know that 2020 was an year for crime and for obvious reasons and so i think it needs to be ab to compare to a
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pre-pandemic trend so we can actually have a better accepts for what the trends like like so think to sergeant young blood for passing that on and i look forward to the department's response and it's presentation early next year. >> great, thank you so much for those suggestions. >> is that schedule -- i'm sorry, i just want to make sure that i'm tracking that as well. is that the first quarter? >> of next year. >> yes, ok. >> yes. >> and some of the data that you are requesting too, commissioner, is going to be incorporated in 5.03 policy around the searches and investigative stops and we have included that there as well to give us a better picture of the data that i think it is that you are seeking. commissioner hamasaki. reports and or request to agenized? >> no. i would like to zone in
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commissioner request and he is new here but it's something we've discussed needing for years now and so maybe this is something that we can actually get done now since i think there's a consensus that we do need to understand better why these uses of sources are happening and we end up speculating a lot more than being able to the more data the best data. data. i support any work. i'm the new guy. >> coming in strong and i support that.
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>> all right. >> president cohen: sergeant. >> those making public comment commissioner reports please press star 3 now. >> good evening, caller, you have two minutes. >> caller: i tried to respond on the last one but i just missed and i'll try to slip it in if i can. my problem with mediation that you brought up, if you do the mediation, there's no guarantee that the other party will say what actually happened and i wonder if that could lead to a worse situation and i guess the second thing i want to throw out there is i guess it's just a thought but i would feel comfortable with our law enforcement actually investigating itself. my personally, i trust in people
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and i think it's their reputation and i think that they would do a good job at it and it's just my opinion. thank you. >> good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> caller: good evening, police commissioners. i wondered whether, given our reaganal sis of a variety of topics of these reports, whether we might include the efficacy of our police actions on a broader sense on our drug wars so is the drug war in our city being effective at basic goals like decreasing the quantity of people using drugs is decreasing overdoses and decreasing usage and if you look at tenderloin and have we manage with our
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police actions, the over all and usage in this area and or that analysis might be done in a broad sense and might be discussed in a broad sense here. >> clerk: thank you, caller. vice president, elias, that's the end of public comment. >> thank you, sergeant. chief i'll turn it over to you for a brief second. >> thank you, vice president elias, i wanted to answer hamasaki' question about the number of cars that have been impounded from stunt driving activity and that number is 44. of those 44, five were cars registered to san francisco and all others were outside of the city and council and registered
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outside of the city and county of san francisco so thank you. >> line item number 9. public comment on all matters and closed session including public comment on item 10 but whether to told 11 item in closed session. if you would like to make public comment, press star 3 now. there is no public comment. >> great, next item, please. >> line item 10, vote on whether to hold item 11 in closed session. san francisco administrative code 67.10 action. >> can i get a motion. >> i'll make a motion. >> thank you. >> second. >> thank you. >> sergeant. >> on the motion -- [roll call
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yes. >> commissioner hamasaki. >> yes. >> vice president elias. you have five yeses. thank you, everyone. have a great night and a happy holiday. >> happy holiday. >> thank you, bye.
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>> working with kids, they keep you young. they keep you on your tones -- on your toes. >> teaching them, at the same time, us learning from them, everything is fulfilling. >> ready? go. [♪♪♪] >> we really wanted to find a way to support women entrepreneurs in particular in san francisco. it was very important for the mayor, as well as the safety support the dreams that people want to realize, and provide them with an opportunity to receive funding to support improvements for their business so they could grow and thrive in their neighborhoods and in their industry. >> three, two, one!
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>> because i am one of the consultants for two nonprofits here for entrepreneurship, i knew about the grand through the renaissance entrepreneur center, and through the small business development center. i thought they were going to be perfect candidate because of their strong values in the community. they really give back to the neighborhood. they are from this neighborhood, and they care about the kids in the community here. >> when molly -- molly first told us about the grant because she works with small businesses. she has been a tremendous help for us here. she brought us to the attention of the grand just because a lot of things here were outdated, and need to be up-to-date and redone totally. >> hands in front. recite the creed. >> my oldest is jt, he is seven, and my youngest is ryan, he is almost six. it instills discipline and the boys, but they show a lot of
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care. we think it is great. the moves are fantastic. the women both are great teachers. >> what is the next one? >> my son goes to fd k. he has been attending for about two years now. they also have a summer program, and last summer was our first year participating in it. they took the kids everywhere around san francisco. this year, owner talking about placing them in summer camps, all he wanted to do was spend the entire summer with them. >> he has strong women in his life, so he really appreciates it. i think that carries through and i appreciate the fact that there are more strong women in the world like that. >> i met d'andrea 25 years ago, and we met through our interest in karate. our professor started on
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cortland years ago, so we grew up here at this location, we out -- he outgrew the space and he moved ten years later. he decided to reopen this location after he moved. initially, i came back to say, hey, because it might have been 15 years since i even put on a uniform. my business partner was here basically by herself, and the person she was supposed to run the studio with said great, you are here, i started new -- nursing school so you can take over. and she said wait, that is not what i am here for i was by myself before -- for a month before she came through. she was technically here as a secretary, but we insisted, just put on the uniform, and help her teach. i was struggling a little bit. and she has been here. one thing led to another and now we are co-owners. you think a lot more about safety after having children and i wanted to not live in fear so much, and so i just took
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advantage of the opportunity, and i found it very powerful to hit something, to get some relief, but also having the knowledge one you might be in a situation of how to take care of yourself. >> the self-defence class is a new thing that we are doing. we started with a group of women last year as a trial run to see how it felt. there's a difference between self-defence and doing a karate class. we didn't want them to do an actual karate class. we wanted to learn the fundamentals of how to defend yourself versus, you know, going through all the forms and techniques that we teaching a karate class and how to break that down. then i was approached by my old high school. one -- once a semester, the kids get to pick an extra curricular activity to take outside of the school walls. my old biology teacher is now
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the principle. she approached us into doing a self-defence class. the girls have been really proactive and really sweet. they step out of of the comfort zone, but they have been willing to step out and that hasn't been any pushback. it is really great. >> it is respect. you have to learn it. when we first came in, they knew us as those girls. they didn't know who we were. finally, we came enough for them to realize, okay, they are in the business now. it took a while for us to gain that respect from our peers, our male peers. >> since receiving the grant, it has ignited us even more, and put a fire underneath our butts even more. >> we were doing our summer camp and we are in a movie theatre, and we just finished watching a film and she stepped out to receive a phone call. she came in and she screamed, hey, we got the grant. and i said what? >> martial arts is a passion for us.
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it is passion driven. there are days where we are dead tired and the kids come and they have the biggest smiles on their faces and it is contagious. >> we have been operating this program for a little over a year all women entrepreneurs. it is an extraordinary benefit for us. we have had the mayor's office investing in our program so we can continue doing this work. it has been so impactful across a diversity of communities throughout the city. >> we hope that we are making some type of impact in these kids' lives outside of just learning karate. having self-confidence, having discipline, learning to know when it's okay to stand up for yourself versus you just being a bully in school. these are the values we want the kids to take away from this. not just, i learned how to kick and i learned how to punch. we want the kids to have more values when they walk outside of these doors. [♪♪♪]
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>> hello, my name is jamie harper. in this episode, we are
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featuring the park locations in your very own backyard. this is your chance to find your heart in san francisco with someone special. golden gate park's largest body of water is this lake, a popular spot for strolling and paddling around in boats, which can be rented. created in 1893, it was designed foreboding and -- for boating. it is named for the wild strawberries that once flores. a pleasant trail follows the perimeter past huntington falls, 110 foot waterfall. two bridges connect the trail to the island. the climb to the hills summit, the highest point in golden gate
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park at more than four hundred feet. you can get quinces of the western side of the city through -- glimpes of the western side of city through a thick trees. the lake is ada accessible. it has a peaceful atmosphere where you can enjoy a warm day. walk along the lake and watched many ducks, and swans, and seagulls. it is a tranquil spot to stroll, enjoy each other's company, and sail away. many couples come here to take a ride around the lake, floating under the bridges, past the pavilion and waterfall. for a quiet getaway, it makes for a memorable and magical experience.
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located on 19th avenue, this grove is the place to wear your hiking boots, bring your family, and bring the dog because it has so much to offer you and your loved ones. it is a truly hidden gem in the city. the part is rich with eucalyptus trees. long paths allow you to meander, perfect for dog walking in a wooded environment. >> i enjoy this base and the history behind it. the diversity that exists in such an urban city, the concrete, the streets, cars, we have this oasis of a natural environment. it reminds us of what san francisco initially was. >> this is a section for dogs and plenty of parking. transit is available to get you there easily.
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and the part is ada -- park is ada accessible. there is also a natural lake. this is your chance to stroll and let the kids run free. it also has many birds to watch. it is the place to find some solitude from the city and appreciate what you share with a wonderful breath of fresh air. , an experienced this park and enjoy the peoples, picnics, and sunshine. this is a lovely place to take a stroll with your loved one hand in hand. located in the middle of pacific heights on top of a hill, lafayette park offers a great square a of a peaceful beauty. large trees border greenery.
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it features tables and benches, a playground, restaurants, and tennis courts. there are plenty of areas for football, frisbee, and picnics. it is very much a couple's part and there are a multitude of experiences you can have together. bring your dog and watch the mean go with the community or just picnic at one of the many tables and enjoy all of the park has to offer. many couples find this is the perfect place to put down a blanket and soak up the sun. it is a majestic place you can share with someone you cherish. it is located along the 1 and 10 buses and is accessed from the 47 and 90 buses. it is ada accessible. for more information about reserving one of these locations, call 831-5500.
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this number is best for special events, weddings, picnics, and the county fair building. for any athletic fields and neighborhood parks, 831-5510. you can also write us. or walking in and say hello at old lock cabin, golden gate park. and of course you can find more information and reach us at sfrecpark.org. [♪♪♪] ♪ homelessness in san francisco is considered the number 1 issue by most people who live here, and it doesn't just affect neighbors without a home, it affects all of us. is real way to combat that is to
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work together. it will take city departments and nonprofit providers and volunteers and companies and community members all coming together. [♪♪♪] >> the product homeless connect community day of service began about 15 years ago, and we have had 73 of them. what we do is we host and expo-style event, and we were the very force organization to do this but it worked so well that 250 other cities across the globe host their own. there's over 120 service providers at the event today, and they range anywhere from hygiene kits provided by the basics, 5% -- to prescription glasses and reading glasses, hearing tests, pet sitting, showers, medical services, flu shots, dental care, groceries, so many phenomenal service providers, and what makes it so
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unique is we ask that they provide that service today here it is an actual, tangible service people can leave with it. >> i am with the hearing and speech center of northern california, and we provide a variety of services including audiology, counselling, outreach, education, today we actually just do screening to see if someone has hearing loss. to follow updates when they come into the speech center and we do a full diagnostic hearing test, and we start the process of taking an impression of their year, deciding on which hearing aid will work best for them. if they have a smart phone, we make sure we get a smart phone that can connect to it, so they can stream phone calls, or use it for any other services that they need. >> san francisco has phenomenal social services to support people at risk of becoming homeless, are already experience and homelessness, but it is confusing, and there is a lot of waste. bringing everyone into the same space not only saves an average of 20 hours a week in navigating the system and waiting in line for different areas, it helps
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them talk, so if you need to sign up for medi-cal, what you need identification, you don't have to go to sacramento or wait in line at a d.m.v., you go across the hall to the d.m.v. to get your i.d. ♪ today we will probably see around 30 people, and averaging about 20 of this people coming to cs for follow-up service. >> for a participant to qualify for services, all they need to do is come to the event. we have a lot of people who are at risk of homelessness but not yet experiencing it, that today's event can ensure they stay house. many people coming to the event are here to receive one specific need such as signing up for medi-cal or learning about d.m.v. services, and then of course, most of the people who are tender people experiencing homelessness today. >> i am the representative for the volunteer central. we are the group that checks and all the volunteers that comment participate each day. on a typical day of service, we have anywhere between 40500
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volunteers that we, back in, they get t-shirts, nametags, maps, and all the information they need to have a successful event. our participant escorts are a core part of our group, and they are the ones who help participants flow from the different service areas and help them find the different services that they needs. >> one of the ways we work closely with the department of homelessness and supportive housing is by working with homeless outreach teams. they come here, and these are the people that help you get into navigation centers, help you get into short-term shelter, and talk about housing-1st policies. we also work very closely with the department of public health to provide a lot of our services. >> we have all types of things that volunteers deal do on a day of service. we have folks that help give out lunches in the café, we have folks who help with the check in, getting people when they arrive, making sure that they find the services that they need to, we have folks who help in the check out process, to make
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sure they get their food bag, bag of groceries, together hygiene kit, and whatever they need to. volunteers, i think of them as the secret sauce that just makes the whole process works smoothly. >> participants are encouraged and welcomed to come with their pets. we do have a pet daycare, so if they want to have their pets stay in the daycare area while they navigate the event, they are welcome to do that, will we also understand some people are more comfortable having their pets with them. they can bring them into the event as well. we also typically offer veterinary services, and it can be a real detriment to coming into an event like this. we also have a bag check. you don't have to worry about your belongings getting lost, especially when that is all that you have with you. >> we get connected with people who knew they had hearing loss, but they didn't know they could get services to help them with their hearing loss picks and we are getting connected with each other to make sure they are getting supported. >> our next event will be in march, we don't yet have a date set. we typically sap set it six
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weeks out. the way to volunteer is to follow our newsletter, follow us on social media, or just visit our website. we always announce it right away, and you can register very easily online. >> a lot of people see folks experience a homelessness in the city, and they don't know how they can help, and defence like this gives a whole bunch of people a lot of good opportunities to give back and be supported. [♪♪♪] >> restaurants will be open for
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take out only, but nonessential stores, like bars and gyms, will close effective midnight tonight. [♪♪♪] >> my name is sharky laguana. i am a small business owner. i own a company called vandigo van rentals. it rents vans to the music industry. i am also a member of the small business commission as appointed by mayor breed in 2019. i am a musician and have worked as a professional musician and recording artist in the 90s. [♪♪♪]
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>> we came up in san francisco, so i've played at most of the live venues as a performer, and, of course, i've seen hundreds of shows over the years, and i care very, very deeply about live entertainment. in fact, when i joined the commission, i said that i was going to make a particular effort to pay attention to the arts and entertainment and make sure that those small businesses receive the level of attention that i think they deserve. >> this is a constantly and rapidly changing situation, and we are working hard to be aggressive to flatten the curve to disrupt the spread of covid-19. >> when the pandemic hit, it was crystal clear to me that this was devastating to the
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music industry because live venues had to completely shutdown. there was no way for them to open for even a single day or in limited capacity. that hit me emotionally as an artist and hit me professionally, as well as a small business that caters to artists, so i was very deeply concerned about what the city could do to help the entertainment committee. we knew we needed somebody to introduce some kind of legislation to get the ball rolling, and so we just started texting supervisor haney, just harassing him, saying we need to do something, we need to do something. he said i know we need to do something, but what do we do? we eventually settled on this idea that there would be an independent venue recovery fund. >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this resolution is passed
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unanimously. >> and we were concerned for these small mom-and-pop businesses that contribute so much to our arts community. >> we are an extremely small venue that has the capacity to do extremely small shows. most of our staff has been working for us for over ten years. there's very little turnover in the staff, so it felt like family. sharky with the small business commission was crucial in pestering supervisor haney and others to really keep our industry top of mind. we closed down on march 13 of 2020 when we heard that there was an order to do so by the
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mayor, and we had to call that show in the middle of the night. they were in the middle of their sound check, and i had to call the venue and say, we need to cancel the show tonight. >> the fund is for our live music and entertainment venues, and in its first round, it will offer grants of at least $10,000 to qualifying venues. these are venues that offer a signature amount of live entertainment programming before the pandemic and are committed to reopening and offering live entertainment spaces after the pandemic. >> it's going to, you know, just stave off the bleeding for a moment. it's the city contributing to helping make sure these venues are around, to continue to be part of the economic recovery
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for our city. >> when you think about the venues for events in the city, we're talking about all of them. some have been able to come back adaptively over the last year and have been able to be shape shifters in this pandemic, and that's exciting to see, but i'm really looking forward to the day when events and venues can reopen and help drive the recovery here in san francisco. >> they have done a study that says for every dollar of ticket sales done in this city, $12 goes to neighboring businesses. from all of our vendors to the restaurants that are next to our ven sues and just so many other things that you can think of, all of which have been so negatively affected by covid. for this industry to fail is unthinkable on so many levels. it's unheard of, like, san
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francisco without its music scene would be a terribly dismal place. >> i don't know that this needs to be arrest -- that there needs to be art welfare for artists. we just need to live and pay for our food, and things will take care of themselves. i think that that's not the given situation. what san francisco could do that they don't seem to do very much is really do something to support these clubs and venues that have all of these different artists performing in them. actually, i think precovid, it was, you know, don't have a warehouse party and don't do a gig. don't go outside, and don't do this. there was a lot of don't, don't, don't, and after the pandemic, they realized we're a big industry, and we bring a lot of money into this city, so they need to encourage and hope
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these venues. and then, you know, as far as people like me, it would be nice if you didn't only get encouraged for only singing opera or playing violin. [♪♪♪] >> entertainment is a huge part of what is going to make this city bounce back, and we're going to need to have live music coming back, and comedy, and drag shows and everything under the sun that is fun and creative in order to get smiles back on our faces and in order to get the city moving again. [♪♪♪] >> venues serve a really vital function in society. there aren't many places where people from any walk of life, race, religion, sexuality can
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come together in the same room and experience joy, right? experience love, experience anything that what makes us human, community, our connective tissues between different souls. if we were to lose this, lose this situation, you're going to lose this very vital piece of society, and just coming out of the pandemic, you know, it's going to help us recover socially? well, yeah, because we need to be in the same room with a bunch of people, and then help people across the country recover financially. >> san francisco art recovery fund, amazing. it opened yesterday on april 21. applications are open through may 5. we're encouraging everyone in the coalition to apply. there's very clear information on what's eligible, but that's basically been what our coalition has been advocating for from the beginning.
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you know, everyone's been supportive, and they've all been hugely integral to this program getting off the ground. you know, we found our champion with supervisor matt haney from district six who introduced this legislation and pushed this into law. mayor breed dedicated $1.5 million this fund, and then supervisor haney matched that, so there's $3 million in this fund. this is a huge moment for our coalition. it's what we've been fighting for all along. >> one of the challenges of our business is staying on top of all the opportunities as they come back. at the office of oewd, office of economic and workforce development, if you need to speak to somebody, you can find people who can help you navigate any of the available programs and resources. >> a lot of blind optimism has kept us afloat, you know, and there's been a lot of reason
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for despair, but this is what keeps me in the business, and this is what keeps me fighting, you know, and continuing to advocate, is that we need this and this is part of our life's blood as much as oxygen and food is. don't lose heart. look at there for all the various grants that are available to you. some of them might be very slow to unrao, and it might seem like too -- unroll, and it might seem like it's too late, but people are going to fight to keep their beloved venues open, and as a band, you're going to be okay. [♪♪♪]
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my name is doctor ellen moffett, i am an assistant medical examiner for the city and county of san francisco. i perform autopsy, review medical records and write reports.
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also integrate other sorts of testing data to determine cause and manner of death. i have been here at this facility since i moved here in november, and previous to that at the old facility. i was worried when we moved here that because this building is so much larger that i wouldn't see people every day. i would miss my personal interactions with the other employees, but that hasn't been the case. this building is very nice. we have lovely autopsy tables and i do get to go upstairs and down stairs several times a day to see everyone else i work with. we have a bond like any other group of employees that work for a specific agency in san francisco. we work closely on each case to determine the best cause of death, and we also interact with family members of the diseased. that brings us closer together
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also. >> i am an investigator two at the office of the chief until examiner in san francisco. as an investigator here i investigate all manners of death that come through our jurisdiction. i go to the field interview police officers, detectives, family members, physicians, anyone who might be involved with the death. additionally i take any property with the deceased individual and take care and custody of that. i maintain the chain and custody for court purposes if that becomes an issue later and notify next of kin and make any additional follow up phone callsness with that particular death. i am dealing with people at the worst possible time in their lives delivering the worst news they could get. i work with the family to help them through the grieving process. >> i am ricky moore, a clerk at
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the san francisco medical examiner's office. i assist the pathology and toxicology and investigative team around work close with the families, loved ones and funeral establishment. >> i started at the old facility. the building was old, vintage. we had issues with plumbing and things like that. i had a tiny desk. i feet very happy to be here in the new digs where i actually have room to do my work. >> i am sue pairing, the toxicologist supervisor. we test for alcohol, drugs and poisons and biological substances. i oversee all of the lab operations. the forensic operation here we perform the toxicology testing for the human performance and
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the case in the city of san francisco. we collect evidence at the scene. a woman was killed after a robbery homicide, and the dna collected from the zip ties she was bound with ended up being a cold hit to the suspect. that was the only investigative link collecting the scene to the suspect. it is nice to get the feedback. we do a lot of work and you don't hear the result. once in a while you heard it had an impact on somebody. you can bring justice to what happened. we are able to take what we due to the next level. many of our counterparts in other states, cities or countries don't have the resources and don't have the beautiful building and the equipmentness to really advance what we are doing. >> sometimes we go to court. whoever is on call may be called
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out of the office to go to various portions of the city to investigate suspicious deaths. we do whatever we can to get our job done. >> when we think that a case has a natural cause of death and it turns out to be another natural cause of death. unexpected findings are fun. >> i have a prior background in law enforcement. i was a police officer for 8 years. i handled homicides and suicides. i had been around death investigation type scenes. as a police officer we only handled minimal components then it was turned over to the coroner or the detective division. i am intrigued with those types of calls. i wondered why someone died. i have an extremely supportive family.
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older children say, mom, how was your day. i can give minor details and i have an amazing spouse always willing to listen to any and all details of my day. without that it would be really hard to deal with the negative components of this job. >> being i am a native of san francisco and grew up in the community. i come across that a lot where i may know a loved one coming from the back way or a loved one seeking answers for their deceased. there are a lot of cases where i may feel affected by it. if from is a child involved or things like that. i try to not bring it home and not let it affect me. when i tell people i work at the medical examiners office. what do you do? the autopsy? i deal with the enough and --
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with the administrative and the families. >> most of the time work here is very enjoyable. >> after i started working with dead people, i had just gotten married and one night i woke up in a cold sweat. i thought there was somebody dead? my bed. i rolled over and poked the body. sure enough, it was my husband who grumbled and went back to sleep. this job does have lingering effects. in terms of why did you want to go into this? i loved science growing up but i didn't want to be a doctor and didn't want to be a pharmacist. the more i learned about forensics how interested i was of the perfect combination between applied science and criminal justice. if you are interested in finding
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out the facts and truth seeking to find out what happened, anybody interested in that has a place in this field. >> being a woman we just need to go for it and don't let anyone fail you, you can't be. >> with regard to this position in comparison to crime dramas out there, i would say there might be some minor correlations. let's face it, we aren't hollywood, we are real world. yes we collect evidence. we want to preserve that. we are not scanning fingerprints in the field like a hollywood television show. >> families say thank you for what you do, for me that is extremely fulfilling. somebody has to do my job. if i can make a situation that is really negative for someone more positive, then i feel like i am doing the right thing for the city of san francisco.
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check one two.ncisco. it's that time.
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first, let me introduce phil ginsburg, the general manager of park and rec is going to introduce the mayor. let's welcome phil ginsburg. >> happy holidays everybody. >> welcome back after a really difficult couple of years. welcome back to golden gate park. it's crazy out here. first thing i want to do is let's hear it for our incredible mc. unique. all right. so my job is to welcome you all to the annual lighting of our beloved uncle john tree and the
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kickoff of the lights. brought to you by the recreation and parks department. the san francisco parks alliance, illuminating the conservatory of flowers and the national memorial grow. all right. i only have about 20 more minutes. it will be good. so let's talk about how important this celebration is. this special v.i.p. i'm going to bring up in a second has been lighting holiday trees and and menoras all over the city for a week. there's only one city holiday tree and it's right behind you. let me tell you a little bit about this tree because to understand this tree, to
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understand our city and to understand golden gate park. this tree, uncle john's tree named after john mclaren who was the longest serving parks director in city history, 56 years. madam mayor, do you know the second? uncle john's tree is a cyprus and it was planted in 1986. of the that's 125 years ago. this ceremony tonight this ceremony tonight has been going on since 1930 which is the first time this tree was lit. so we are here on its 91st year which is pretty mazing. and madam mayor has been coming to this tree lighting since
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1970 started by mayor liota. for 51 years. that's longer than the mayor's been alive. so with that history in mind, golden gate park is always magical during the holiday season and this year, madam mayor, it's bigger and better than ever. so let me tell you, let me walk you all we're going to light the tree. afterward, we're going to walk down to that music concourse for part two to see the magic. one of the most popular installations of all timeses, this is an illuminated meadow of interchanging lights. it's fantastic. right across from intwined and a little closer to us is the circle of light and it did it
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just two nights ago and you see the conservatory of flowers. and then you keep walking past how many people went on the sled tonight. let's give it up for the recreation and parks department. and then we keep going and all the trees around jfk, they're all lit up and then we work our way into the music concourse and there's doing to be free music on that big old 150' ferris wheel is lit up. that's how we celebrate the holidays in san francisco. all right. so a few thank yous and i'm going to bring up the woman who's in charge of lighting this tree, but i want to thank all of our wonderful artists and performers, charles is
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here. of the joshua hubert has lit up all the trees. oliver did the circle of lights. dana king who did the incredible exhibit monumental reckoning and the music concord, ben davis who's here. i want to thank you to all our partners and then behind me, we had some amazing people the incredible department heads. our entire recreation and park commission. our staff who worked so hard to put this on and then a special thank you to our parks program.
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in our san francisco police department and offer safe spaces. that's what parks are. safe spaces. healthy recreations for park visitors of all ages, for building jobs and leadership skills boosting college readiness and giving kids a good time. over the last four years, rec and park has hired 100 kids from our park program in just four years. we have 100 kids working for us, but tonight, they're only job is to help us with the count down. our park champion and chief. she's everywhere. she's keeping people working. she's keeping people happy because she loves the fun and she loves her parks and she's been all over the last couple of weeks lighting trees.
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but tonight, madam mayor is the night. so give it up for our mayor. the honorable london breed. >> first of all, i don't think i've ever seen this many people at this tree lighting and it just makes me so happy because as you know last year, we couldn't come together in the same way, but we're here to celebrate the holidays and it just takes me back to when i was a kid and i used to beg my grandma, please, mom, i want this doll for christmas and please, mom, can we go downtown to woolworth where we can get toys and have fun and my grandmother would say only if you did good. only if you did your homework, only if you listen. and i tried my best. i did the best i could. but during the holiday season, i can't help but think of the memories when i was a kid and
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what the time that i spent in san francisco and looking at the kids here now and thinking about the memories that they're creating. they're going to remember the days that they came here with mom and dad and grandma and uncles and just a different program to light this tree. so just remember this moment, remember where you are and remember who you were with because today, we're creating memories. and i want to take this opportunity to really thank the rec and parks department for all the work in this pandemic. let me tell you. this pandemic has been hard on so many of us and because our parks were still open and available to us, it was really the only sanity i'm sure many of us had especially the parents and i want to thank them for their work and all the commissioners that are here. thank you to the families and all the people in san
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francisco. last but not least, before we light this tree i know we're tired of hearing talk, i just want to say we're at 70% of san franciscans vaccinated. so i am really excited about continuing to re-open our city. continuing to enjoy the holidays. so at this time, it is time to light the largest tree in san francisco to celebrate the holidays. happy holidays, mayor christmas, happy hanukkah and all the holidays in between. phil, can we get this thing starting? count it down. you can help me count it down.
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okay. are we ready? we're going to start at 10 and count backwards. are we ready? all right. ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one! turn the switch! happy holidays everyone.
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>> in august 2019 construction began on the new facility at 1995 evans avenue in bayview. it will house motorcycle police and department of forensic services division. both sfpd groups are in two buildings that need to be vacated. they will join the new $183 million facility in late 2021. >> elements of the cfi and the traffic company are housed at the hall of justice, which has been determined to be seismically unfit. it is slated for demolition. in addition to that the forensic services crime lab is also slated for demolition. it was time and made sense to put these elements currently
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spread in different parts of the city together into a new facility. >> the project is located in the bayview area, in the area near estes creek. when san francisco was first formed and the streetcars were built back it was part of the bay. we had to move the building as close to the edge as possible on bedrock and solid elements piles down to make sure it was secure. >> it will be approximately 100,000 square feet, that includes 8,000 square feet for traffic company parking garage. >> the reason we needed too new building, this is inadequate for the current staffing needs and also our motor department. the officers need more room, secured parking. so the csi unit location is at the hall of justice, and the crime laboratory is located at building 60 sixty old hunters
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point shipyard. >> not co-located doesn't allow for easy exchange of information to occur. >> traffic division was started in 1909. they were motor officers. they used sidecars. officers who road by themselves without the sidecar were called solo. that is a common term for the motorcycle officers. we have 45 officers assigned to the motorcycles. all parking at the new facility will be in one location. the current locker room with shared with other officers. it is not assigned to just traffic companies. there are two showers downstairs and up. both are gym and shop weres are old. it needs constant maintenance. >> forensic services provides
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five major types of testing. we develop fingerprints on substances and comparisons. there are firearms identification to deal with projectiles, bullets or cartridge casings from shootings. dna is looking at a whole an rare of evidence from -- array of evidence from dna to sexual assault to homicide. we are also in the business of doing breath allyzer analysis for dui cases. we are resurrecting the gunshot residue testing to look for the presence of gunshot residue. lifespan is 50 years. >> it has been raised up high enough that if the bay starts to
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rise that building will operate. the facility is versus sustainable. if the lead gold highest. the lighting is led. gives them good lights and reduces energy use way down. water throughout the project we have low water use facilities. gardens outside, same thing, low water use for that. other things we have are green roofs on the project. we have studies to make sure we have maximum daylight to bring it into the building. >> the new facility will not be open to the public. there will be a lobby. there will be a deconstruction motorcycle and have parts around. >> the dna labs will have a vestibule before you go to the space you are making sure the air is clean, people are coming in and you are not contaminating anything in the labs.
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>> test firing in the building you are generating lead and chemicals. we want to quickly remove that from the individuals who are working in that environment and ensure what we put in the air is not toxic. there are scrubbers in the air to ensure any air coming out is also at the cleanest standards. >> you will see that kind of at the site. it has three buildings on the site. one is for the motorcycle parking, main building and back behind is a smaller building for evidence vehicles. there is a crime, crime scene. they are put into the secure facility that locks the cars down while they are examined. >> they could be vehicles involved in the shooting. there might be projectiles lodged in the vehicle, cartridge casings inside the vehicle, it could be a vehicle where a aggravated sexual occurred and
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there might be biological evidence, fingerprints, recovered merchandise from a potential robbery or other things. >> the greatest challenge on the project is meeting the scope requirements of the project given the superheated construction market we have been facing. i am proud to say we are delivering a project where we are on budget. >> the front plaza on the corner will be inviting to the public. something that gives back to the public. the building sits off the edge. it helps it be protected. >> what we are looking for is an updated building, with facilities to meet our unit's needs. >> working with the san francisco police department is an honor and privilege. i am looking forward to seeing their faces as the police
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officers move to the new facility. >> it is a welcome change, a new surrounding that is free from all of the challenges that we face with being remote, and then the ability to offer new expanded services to the city and police department investigations unit. i can't wait until fall of 2021 when the building is finally ready to go and be occupied and the people can get into the facility to serve them and serve the community.
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>> we worked very hard with the san francisco venue coalition, the independent venue alliance to advocate for venues. put this issue on the radar of the supervisors and obviously mayor breed. the entertainment commission and the office of small business and we went to meetings and showed up and did public comment and it was a concerted effort between 50 venues in the city and they are kind of traditional like live performance venues and we all made a concerted effort to get out there and sound the alarm and to her credit, maybe breed really stepped up, worked with matt haney, who is a supervisor haney was a huge champion for us and they got this done and they got $3 million into the sf venue recovery fund.
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>> we have represented about 40 independent venues in san francisco. basically, all the venues closed on march 13th, 2020. we were the first to close and we will be the last to reopen and we've had all the of the overhead costs are rent, mortgage, payroll, utilities and insurance with zero revenue. so many of these venues have been burning $1,000 a day just to stay closed. >> we have a huge music history here in san francisco and the part of our cultural fab lick but it's also an economic driver. we produce $7 billion annual' here in san francisco and it's
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formidable. >> we've been very fortunate here. we've had the department of emergency management and ems division and using part of our building since last april and aside from being proud to i can't tell you how important to have some cost recovery coming in and income to keep the doors open. >> typically we'll have, three to 400 people working behind the teens to support the show and that is everything from the teamsters and security staff and usualers, ticket takers, the folks that do our medical and the bar tenders and the people in the kitchen preparing food for backstage and concession and the people that sell key shirts
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and it's a pretty staggering amount of people that are out of work as a result of this one verne you going tarkanian. it doesn't work to open at reduced capacity. when we get past june 15th, out of the into the blue print for our economy we can open it it 100% and look at the festival in full capacity in october and we're just so grateful for the leadership of the mavor and dr. coal fax to make us the safest ♪ america and this is been hard for everybody in san francisco and the world but our leadership has kept us safe and i trust them that they will let us know when it's safe to do that.
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>> a lot of people know about america is military stuff, bullying stuff, corporate stuff. when people like me and my friends go to these foreign country and play music, we're giving them an american cultural experience. it's important. the same way they can bring that here. it sounds comfy buyia, you know, we're a punk band and we're nasty and we were never much for peace and love and everything but that's the fertilizer that grows the big stuff that some day goes to bill graham's place and takes everybody's money but you have to start with us and so my hope is that allel groups and people make music and get together because without out, hanging together we'll hang separately, you know. >> other venues like this, all over the place, not just in the san francisco bay area need to exist in order for communities to thrive and i'm not just talking about the arts
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communities, even if you are here to see a chuckle bucket comedy show and you are still experiencing humanity and in specific ways being able to gather with people and experience something together. and especially coming out of the pandemic, the loss of that in-person human connection recovering that in good ways is going to be vital for our entire society. >> it's a family club. most our staff has been working with us for 10 years so we feel like a family. >> what people think of when they think of bottom of the hill and i get a lot of this is first of all, the first place i met my husband or where we had our first date and i love that and we love doing weddings and i
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expect there to be a wedding season post 2021 of all the make up we haddings and i hope that many people do that because we have had so many rock ep role weddings. >> i told my girlfriend, make sure you stand at the front of the stage and i can give you a kiss at midnight. at this got down on one knee at the stroke of midnight. it wasn't a public thing, i got down on one knee and said will you marry me and is he she had are you [beep] kidding me and i said no, i'm dead serious and she said yes. we were any time homicideel of the show. we just paused for new year's eve and that was where i proposed to my wife. this is more than just a professional relationship it's more than just a relationship from a love of arts, it's where
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my family started. we'll always have a special place in my heart. >> venues, you know, represent so much. they are cultural beckons of a city. neighbors can learn and celebrate and mourn and dance together. venues and arts and culture are characterized as second responders to crisis and they provide a mental health outlet and a community center for people to come together at and it's the shared history of our city and these spaces is where we all come together and can celebrate. >> art often music opens up people to understanding the fellow man and i mean, taz always necessary and if anything, it's going to be even more necessary as we come out of this to reach out and connect with people.
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>> we can sustain with food, water and shelter is accurate and does anybody have a good time over the last year? no. >> san francisco is a great down. i've been here many years and i love it here and it's a beautiful, beautiful, place to be music and art is key to that. drama, acting, movies, everything, everything that makes life worth living and that's what we've got to mow proteasome no san francisco and that's what is important now. [♪♪♪]
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>> i view san francisco almost as a sibling or a parent or something. i just love the city. i love everything about it. when i'm away from it, i miss it like a person. i grew up in san francisco kind of all over the city. we had pretty much the run of the city 'cause we lived pretty close to polk street, and so we would -- in the summer, we'd all all the way down to aquatic park, and we'd walk down to the library, to the kids' center. in those days, the city was safe and nobody worried about us running around. i went to high school in spring valley. it was over the hill from chinatown. it was kind of fun to experience being in a minority, which most white people don't get to experience that often. everything was just really within walking distance, so it make it really fun.
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when i was a teenager, we didn't have a lot of money. we could go to sam wong's and get super -- soup for $1. my parents came here and were drawn to the beatnik culture. they wanted to meet all of the writers who were so famous at the time, but my mother had some serious mental illness issues, and i don't think my father were really aware of that, and those didn't really become evident until i was about five, i guess, and my marriage blew up, and my mother took me all over the world. most of those ad ventures ended up bad because they would end up hospitalized. when i was about six i guess, my mother took me to japan, and that was a very interesting trip where we went over with a boyfriend of hers, and he was
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working there. i remember the open sewers and gigantic frogs that lived in the sewers and things like that. mostly i remember the smells very intensely, but i loved japan. it was wonderful. toward the end. my mother had a breakdown, and that was the cycle. we would go somewhere, stay for a certain amount of months, a year, period of time, and she would inevitably have a breakdown. we always came back to san francisco which i guess came me some sense of continuity and that was what kept me sort of stable. my mother hated to fly, so she would always make us take ships places, so on this particular occasion when i was, i think, 12, we were on this ship getting ready to go through the panama canal, and she had a breakdown on the ship. so she was put in the brig, and i was left to wander the ship until we got to fluorfluora few days later, where we had a
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distant -- florida a few days later, where we had a distant cousin who came and got us. i think i always knew i was a writer on some level, but i kind of stopped when i became a cop. i used to write short stories, and i thought someday i'm going to write a book about all these ad ventures that my mother took me on. when i became a cop, i found i turned off parts of my brain. i found i had to learn to conform, which was not anything i'd really been taught but felt very safe to me. i think i was drawn to police work because after coming from such chaos, it seemed like a very organized, but stable environment. and even though things happening, it felt like putting order on chaos and that felt very safe to me.
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my girlfriend and i were sitting in ve 150d uvio's bar, and i looked out the window and i saw a police car, and there was a woman who looked like me driving the car. for a moment, i thought i was me. and i turned to my friend and i said, i think i'm supposed to do this. i saw myself driving in this car. as a child, we never thought of police work as a possibility for women because there weren't any until the mid70's, so i had only even begun to notice there were women doing this job. when i saw here, it seemed like this is what i was meant to do. one of my bosses as ben johnson's had been a cop, and he -- i said, i have this weird idea that i should do this. he said, i think you'd be good. the department was forced to hire us, and because of all of the posters, and the big
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recruitment drive, we were under the impression that they were glad to have us, but in reality, most of the men did not want the women there. so the big challenge was constantly feeling like you had to prove yourself and feeling like if you did not do a good job, you were letting down your entire gender. finally took an inspector's test and passed that and then went down to the hall of justice and worked different investigations for the rest of my career, which was fun. i just felt sort of buried alive in all of these cases, these unsolved mysteries that there were just so many of them, and some of them, i didn't know if we'd ever be able to solve, so my boss was able to get me out of the unit. he transferred me out, and a couple of weeks later, i found out i had breast cancer. my intuition that the job was killing me. i ended up leaving, and by then, i had 28 years or the years in, i think.
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the writing thing really became intense when i was going through treatment for cancer because i felt like there were so many parts that my kids didn't know. they didn't know my story, they didn't know why i had a relationship with my mother, why we had no family to speak of. it just poured out of me. i gave it to a friend who is an editor, and she said i think this would be publishable and i think people would be interested in this. i am so lucky to live here. i am so grateful to my parents who decided to move to the city. i am so grateful they did. that it neverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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