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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 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 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 ? 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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.
>> 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 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. 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 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 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 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.
>> 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 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
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? 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 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 . >> 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 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 . 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 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].
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 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 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 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. 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. 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 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 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 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 . >> 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 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. >>.
>> 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]
>> 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. >> 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 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 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 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 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 . 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 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 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 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 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 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 . 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 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 . >> 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 . 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 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. >> 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 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 . 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 . 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. 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 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 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 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? >> 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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. 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 .
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 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. 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 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 . 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 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 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 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. 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.
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 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, 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 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
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. >> 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 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 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 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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the program is very, very rich in what this industry demands. cooking, health, safety, and sanitation issues are included in it. it's quite a complete program to prepare them for what's happening out in the real world. >> the first time i heard about this program, i was working in a restaurant, and the sous chef had graduated from this program. he was very young to be a sous chef, and i want to be like him, basically, in the future. this program, it's awesome. >> it's another world when you're here. it's another world. you get to be who you are, a person get to be who they are. you get to explore different things, and then, you get to
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it's been a mediterranean bar, it's been a noodle bar. people choose ccsf over other hospitality programs because the industry recognizes that we instill the work ethic. we, again, serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. other culinary hospitality programs may open two days a week for breakfast service. we're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner five days a week. >> the menu's always interesting. they change it every semester, maybe more. there's always a good variety of foods. the preparation is always beautiful. the students are really sincere, and they work so hard here, and they're so proud of their work. >> i've had people coming in to town, and i, like, bring them here for a special treat, so it's more, like, not so much
every day, but as often as i can for a special treat. >> when i have my interns in their final semester of the program go out in the industry, 80 to 90% of the students get hired in the industry, well above the industry average in the culinary program. >> we do have internals continually coming into our restaurants from city college of san francisco, and most of the time that people doing internships with us realize this is what they want to do for a living. we hired many interns into employees from our restaurants. my partner is also a graduate of city college. >> so my goal is actually to travel and try to do some
pastry in maybe italy or france, along those lines. i actually have developed a few connections through this program in italy, which i am excited to support. >> i'm thinking about going to go work on a cruise ship for about two, three year so i can save some money and then hopefully venture out on my own. >> yeah, i want to go back to china. i want to bring something that i learned here, the french cooking, the western system, back to china. >> so we want them to have a full toolkit. we're trying to make them ready for the world out there. shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and
challenges residents to do their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services within our neighborhoods, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> my name is ray behr. i am the owner of chief plus. it's a destination specialty foods store, and it's also a corner grocery store, as well. we call it cheese plus because there's a lot of additions in addition to cheese here. from fresh flowers, to wine, past a, chocolate, our dining area and espresso bar. you can have a casual meeting if you want to. it's a real community gathering place. what makes little polk unique, i think, first of all, it's a
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to have a tangible experience, to be able to come in to taste things, to see things, to smell things, all those things, it's very important that you do so. . >> my name is dave, and i play defense. >> my name is mustafa, and i am a midfielder, but right now, i am trying to play as a goalkeeper, because they need a goalkeeper. >> soccer u.s.a. is a
nonprofessional organization. we use sports, soccer in particular to engage communities that can benefit from quality programs in order to lift people up, helping to regain a sense of control in one's life. >> the san francisco recreation and park department and street soccer u.s.a. have been partners now for nearly a decade. street soccer shares our mission in using sport as a vehicle for youth development and for reaching people of all ages. rec and park has a team. >> i'm been playing soccer all my life. soccer is my life. >> i played in the streets when i was a kid. and i loved soccer back home. i joined street soccer here. it was the best club to join. it helps me out. >> the tenderloin soccer club started in the summer of 2016. we put one of our mini soccer pitches in one of our facilities there.
the kids who kpriez the club team came out to utilize that space, and it was beautiful because they used it as an opportunity to express themselves in a place where they were free to do so, and it was a safe space, in a neighborhood that really isn't the most hospitalable to youth -- hospitable to youth playing in the streets. >> one day, i saw the coach and my friends because they went there to join the team before me. so i went up to the coach and asked, and they said oh, i've got a soccer team, and i joined, and they said yeah, it was he for everybody, and i joined, and it was the best experience ever. >> a lot of our programs, the kids are in the process of
achieving citizenship. it's a pretty lengthy process. >> here, i am the only one with my dad. we were in the housing program, and we are trying to find housing. my sister, she's in my country, so i realize that i have a lot of opportunities here for getting good education to help her, you know? yeah. that's the -- one of the most important things that challenge me. >> my dad was over here, making some money because there was not a lot of jobs back home. i came here, finish elementary in san francisco. after that, i used to go back to my country, go to yemen, my country, and then back here. last time i went back was a couple years ago. >> i came here six months, i know nobody. now i have the team has a family, the coaches.
amazing. >> i'm hoping for lifelong friendships, and i'm super inspired by what they've been able to achieve and want to continue to grow alongside them. >> i love my family, i love my team. they're just like a family. it's really nice. >> street soccer just received a five year grant from the department of children, youth and family, and this is an important inreflection point for street soccer u.s.a. because their work in our most important communities is now known beyond just san francisco recreation and park department, and together, we're going to continue to work with our city's most vulnerable kids and teach them to love the beautiful game. >> i want to tell everybody back home, i hope you all make it over here and join teams like this like street soccer u.s.a., and live your life.
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