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to jump in to assist you with your interpretation. so, to that, we have how many callers in the queue. i believe we have about 25 who are listening and there are nine who are actually ready in the queue to make their comment. so, mr. atkins, let's hear from our first caller, please. welcome, caller. >> caller: hello, supervisors. my name is parker day and i'm a resident of district 3. my partner and i are huge supporters of both streets. these spaces are so important they provide a space for recreation and safe roots for us to travel across the city, not in a car. these changes during the early days of the pandemic the potential for freedom of speech
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for recreation, potential for community building. potential for noncar transportation and potential to help us reach our climate goals. the city should continue to work to build on the success and improving them to function even better to meet this potential. thank you to the many hours that city staff have just mta, rec and park and dpw have spent keeping these going challenging of times. i want to thank the mayor for this time she's taken to support these agencies and their staff working through this extensive and transparent process. one thing i wanted to mention is that people around the the world see what we're doing here in san francisco. over the weekend, the new york times included the great highway park in a list of 52 places to visit that are showing environmental leadership. i hope you will continue that leadership and continue to show
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what's possible. these car-free spaces are really something special. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: dear supervisors, i work at the dejeoung museum. i'm on the receiving end of now thousands of letters from our visitors have disabilities or mobile it is the only access point for the museum's essential operations and the disease. for staffing from the public.
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the level that my colleagues need for experience is disturbing particularly my colleagues of color. this is clearly creating an unsafe environment. many throughout the entire pandemic, the essential workers who come on site each day. i really urge to consider the logic of this closure. if you choose the other side of the park. >> caller: i think because of the lack of transparency
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despite the mayor's comment, we need to reset and open all the roads until there is a transparent process. two, there's food trucks up on the great highway. another example of ginnsburg's commercialization. three, it's destroying the environment because people play around and cut through the median and destroyed the dunes. four, there's traffic and safety issues because emergency vehicles cannot get through. there's road rage and many accidents have occurred on the lower great highway given the diversion. five, there is collusion amongst the park and rec staff sfmta and other groups like the bicycle coalition who very much favor no cars anymore. six, it's very ironic that everyone drives who comes down
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to the great highway drives their cars with three bicycles on their roof parks, ties up traffic and then rides their bike down the highway: that seems to be counter productive. and, six, climate control demands that the highway be re-opened because of the issues for protection of the species that are protected. thank you very much. i appreciate the mayor's interest, but i think that given the findings of the task force last week, mr. ginsburg has been cited for willful intent of withholding documents and many examples of corruption were developing. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, can we hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: hello.
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my name is denise mayfield and i'm coming to you on behalf of the retired san francisco employees. my mother nancy jenn was a city planner and was a retired city employee for over 30 years. i'm sorry -- november 27th, she passed away. and if we wait until november of next year to give people that are her age group the money that has been already set aside for them how many more are going to pass away. taking care of mom last six years of her life was very expensive for assisted living and then she broke her hip and
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dementia started. we had to find a nursing home that specialized in dementia. not all retirees are that fortunate. the pre96ers deserve this money. my mom always wanted to remind all of you that hopefully you will live to be able to be a retired city employee and you should think about the ones that came before you. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, ma'am, for your comments. accept our condolences for your mother's passing. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> caller: good afternoon supervisors. i'm a huge support of slow streets, the great walkway and really some of the only good things to come from this
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pandemic. every one of you voted for city's climate goals last year. you all voted that 80% of trips in just eight years from now. you all celebrated the city's climate action plan and you also board the bedrock like transfirst and vision 0. yet, when it's time for action, where are you. i recently and i'm concerned that this board passed its own transportation and climate goals and then disappears leaving junior city staff the thankless job simply for trying to carry out the policy you all voted for. you all passed uncomprising transportation policies. the policies should be executed without compromise. what we're endlessly talking about here are changes to a fraction of a percent of thousands of streets in the city. with a third of all households in the city car-free and half
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of all trips taken without cars. a few streets prioritized with something else is not too much to can for. car-free jfk is not too much to ask for. over 72% of residents support the prom fad. the agency's have done the hard work. i was also puzzleded by supervisor chan's association are disrespecting the resolution that you all passed. the resolution should develop options. that's exactly what they did. just like you asked me to do. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller.' we have 31 listening and there
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are 14 callers ready to make comment. welcome, caller. >> caller: good afternoon, supervisors. my name is sheila presley. as a director of communication at the dejeoung museum i ask that the needs of abled bodied individuals not outweigh those with disabilities and that the desire of those fortunate enough to live close to golden gate park. to weigh in on this issue. thank you. the road closure has hit community members with limited mobility including people with disabilities. those with ada plaquereds. the elderly and families with strollers are especially hard.
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students and teachers, families, people with disabilities and those attending talks in classes each year. in addition, visitors with disabilities and those receiving medi-cal and food assistance benefits are also granted free admission to the museum. we also offer free general admission for all residents of the san francisco bay area every saturday. thank you to all of the supervisors for taking the needs of those who want to utilize the resources of the city owned museum into account. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please?
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>> caller: you've heard about the closure of jfk drive to automobiles has excluded many people with disabilities plus seniors and others. just one example, the recent light shows in december. this is the second year in a row that banning cars from jfk has made it impossible for many people to see the winter light shows. the only way to see these shows from any people including myself, i use a wheelchair full time and i have muscle dystrophy. many people who walk with difficulty and precariously,
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they cannot walk far and it's literally impossible to get there and to view the light shows without a car. winter evenings and nights are cold and often windy and this past december, unfortunately, there was a lot of rain. many of us need the shelter of being in a car and many including women alone don't feel safe walking in the park after dark. being in a car is safer. i think you're probably aware of the several disability rights, complaints at the u.s. department of justice about this. another aspect people were talking about and the mayor was about mta and rec and park they claim to be dated, but if you look at their fact sheet, they say technical analysis and public input to decide which streets should be closed to
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cars post covid. not to the question of whether streets should be closed, and their survey is so flawed within an hour. >> clerk: thank you sir for your comments. apologies for interrupting your comments. we are setting the timer for two minutes this afternoon. all right. thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue. i understand we have 34 listening and there are 19 callers in the queue. welcome, caller. >> caller: hello supervisors. my name is david alexander and i have two small kids and we get around san francisco by walking, transit, and biking. i want to thank staff for their hard work and public outreach for the project. i truly feel they try to rise to the moment to meet the demand of our supervisors
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especially mar, melgar, and supervisor chan. i also want to thank the supportive agencies. our city staff are getting basically attacked at community meetings. i'm not going to lie, so i'm really happy that mayor breed came out in support. i want to thank supervisor haney, mandelman, and preston. the great highway is so important for our community to more active and sustainable modes. we're building communities each day coming out to these car-free streets. also noise and air pollution throughout our city. kids and people of all ages and disabilities for places to walk, play, and commute. so, again. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's hear from our
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next caller, please. >> caller: good afternoon supervisors. i'm calling to ask you to exercise compassion and respect for all san franciscans of all economic status and mobility. the jfk drive road closure is illegal. it is in violation of park codes 6.12 and 6.13 which codified the hard fought negotiated compromised agreement of april of 2007 in which all of the opposing parties came to the table and debated all night and through the next day to come to that agreement. that agreement gave an additional half of the road, half of the year road closure on saturdays during the day in
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addition to the already existing daytime sunday road closure. and so the people, the working class people of san francisco of that time only had the full day of saturday as well as the other days of the week. but one of the two days, when they have a day off, they had full access until from 1967 when the road was closed on sundays during the day, to 2007. so this negotiated compromise gave an additional half of the road from garden drive to transfers drive on saturday during the day only from april until september. so returned to that negotiated settlement. nighttime closure is a sin againstern and it's completely beyond the pail. the voters voted down the saturday road closure and two different ballot measures and
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to close at 24/7 is just an abomination. nobody teaches a kid to ride a bike during the night. there's no reason to deprive everyone from full access and deprive the multi-generational families. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. apologies for cutting you off. we are setting the timer for two minutes this afternoon. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> caller: hi. good average everyone. my name is wesley pan living in district two. we have already connected active transportation working for san francisco. and protecting by claims. we believe that this network is essential to meeting our city's
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climate goals i'd just like to read some of the comments we've received so far from the pe car traffic if they want to bike, run, or walk. it's a win-win. for those who drive to get less traffic and for those who don't drive to get around town. another resident from the sunset stated that i want to send my son off to elementary school on his bike alone.
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>> clerk: we have 20 callers lined up in the queue to speak. let's hear from our next caller, please. welcome, caller. >> caller: hello mayor breed and supervisors. i live near the great highway in golden gate park. thank you for listening to my comments and considering them. i'm concerned you may not all beware of the reasons why there are allegations of as
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supervisor chan mentioned earlier. i exand we have limitations that rendered them unreliable to count pedestrians and bicyclists on our urban streets. i've sent this to each of you. rpd is reluctant to produce documents to the public and the sunshine task force has found mr. ginsburg and his department guilty of willful misconduct and the matter was sent to the ethics commission. we cannot get any official documents concerning the
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process by reliable equipment with independent oversight. let's share our great highway with people in or out of vehicles and not make it a miserable experience to drive in part in and around and through to san francisco. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: hi. i'm calling for changes. [♪♪]
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[♪♪] >> clerk: thank you for your comments. thank you for your comments. all right. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> caller: thank you for this opportunity to comment on road closures and in particular the closure of jfk drive to cars. my name is jessica gainer, my zip code is 94217 in district 7
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and i continue to live in the voting district where i grew up. currently, i'm a retired psychologist giving back to the city i love by serving as a community volunteer. in thinking about road closures in particular the jfk drive closure, i have some observations, but they all accessibility. accessibility is defined as equal, equitable access for everyone and specifically to golden gate park's wonderful public facilities, public program and publicly funded cultural institution. how do accomplish this challenge for those with mobility issues and those with toddlers and jfk drive is closed, the remaining parking spaces allocated as currently planned are too distant from some of the park's attractions. which are not adjacent to
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cultural attractions. such as the academy of sciences and the dejeoung museum. these are places that multigenerational families, the young and old can gather to experience fun, learning, and/or personal growth, navigating paths to the academy and to the museum can be difficult even for someone without mobility or visual limitations. also, please note the jfk drive currently does have a bicycle lane with paths on either side of the road and inline skating area and open space for and museum is erratic at best. as susan kirkland stated in today's chronicle, my best friend is often late or doesn't come at all -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. and i apologize for interrupting you, we are setting the timer for two
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minutes this afternoon. thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue. i believe we have 39 who are listening and there are about 19 lining up to make their comment. we welcome the next caller. >> caller: hi. my name is jay elkin and i'm not a resident of san francisco but i've come to speak to you today at this meeting because i have been working towards becoming a foster parent for the county of san francisco and i had the pleasure of actually being an emergency personal assistant through ggrc for a young man who has been in the system. so he's about twelve and has multiple diagnosis and frankly from what i understand is one of the most difficult kids in the county. in the month of october, i got
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the chance to help him because he didn't have a placement and so sfhsa came to me through dtrc, they were supposed to hire me as an emergency personal assistant and i worked as a personal assistant for the entire month of october -- i'm sorry. i get emotional because i just feel i've been so disrespected. i haven't. cdrc hasn't paid me for a month's work i didn't have a day off. i worked every day and i lived with this man and i want to be his foster parent again and i'm fighting for him right now because i know i can help him. but i want to be paid and i want to be paid fairly and i don't have anyone on my side because i'm just a person i don't work for anyone. [please stand by]
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like supervisor safai.
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i know you're not supposed to name names. he's been talking for 45 minutes. please respect public comment. the measly two minutes that you give us. thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. da costa. please direct your comments to the board as a whole and not to individual members of the board. all right, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> hello, my name is -- i'm a driver, a bicyclist. there are climate issues and equity issue concerns. i'm also a runner in district 11, like mayor. i want to say i applaud the mayor's driven approach to j.f.k. highway, slow streets and
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other considerations pertaining to the conversations. -- [indiscernible] by keeping the status quo, but rather -- i definitely see that. for example, in june 2010, an 81-year-old resident went missing and her body was -- police, but not create space for every -- that could not fit only -- but we can watch over the -- [indiscernible] space. today in the richmond review, you see personal mobility issues loving the space for j.f.k. and that's what's wonderful. even today, there are concerns of pedestrian issues, like today was a pedestrian that got hit by a car, webster and washington, a
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person who is bleeding from the head and we're still talking about, oh, should we have -- space and things like that? considering why i as a driver would want to have safe space. ran out of time. thank you, have a good day. >> thank you for your comments. >> we have 38 listening and 20 in the queue. can we hear from our next caller, please? >> dear policymakers, do you think the lincoln center could get we coerced -- i mean connected. i've only acquired the migraines since the board of supervisors meetings in pursuit of affordable housing. and while on the topic of treatment of the unhoused, is
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there any chance to s.f. mental health, the folks that thought ellis act evictions were not crazy. what is the difference between a woman using a tenderloin pay phone to call an eviction defense lawyer and a mayor in a jazz club just three blocks away dancing without a mask. the difference is thousands of dollars spent on facials. dear policymakers, how many behavioral health bionic women -- i mean enhanced social workers, does it take to tackle the hand of an unhoused person as they wait the 12 hours on average the housing authority says it takes to get housing assessed. it takes as many as can fit through the eye of the needle. and the eye at the sky at the
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same time. speaking with the sky, why does -- fortifying infrastructure, because the chronicle can't remember when sf voters voted against cameras installed on street lamps. not anticipating a state of emergency could afford the mayor's absolute power to veto their votes. how can homeward bound get an unhoused person back home who born and resides. fly into new zealand for merciful asylum, sanctuary and second hand smoke-free housing by 2025. madame clerk, call me citizen 22 -- [bell ringing] >> thank you for your comments. all right, operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> my name is -- and i'm a second year pharmacy student. i would like to make a public comment on the opioid epidemic and harm reduction. the opioid epidemic has been a
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public issue for the past several decades. unfortunately, drug overdose-related deaths have been exacerbated due to the covid-19 pandemic. over the -- one of the ways to reduce the number of drug overdoses is to reduce the number who choose to use illicit drugs, particularly increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to treat disorders. we believe pharmacists have so much more potential in having roles in our health care systems. over the past years, pharmacists have been gaining more ability to serve the community. for example, they're now able to give vaccines and nicotine replacement therapy. further more, pharmacists are also able to furnish narcan
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which is a life-saving medication to reverse the effects of opioid in a person who had an opioid overdose. pharmacists are the most accessible health care in the community. this will allow greater access to medication assisted treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder, thus improving the opioid epidemic. thank you so much. >> thank you for your comments. we have 31 who are listening and 14 who are ready to make their comment in the queue. let's hear from the next caller, please. >> good afternoon, thank you for the opportunity to comment on slow streets, including the closure of j.f.k. and the great highway. i am a person who absolutely loved slow streets during the pandemic, especially the early stages of the pandemic, when we
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were largely sheltering in place. i and my family used them all extensively. we thought it was a great idea, a great way to expand our outdoor spaces. as, however, things have returned to semi-normal, people are going back to work, people are going back to school, i am seeing that this -- the continued closure is having a profound negative impact on our community. if you get on next door, if you get on social media, you'll see very, very nasty fighting among community members. it's caused great divisiveness in our community. there are -- you can see increased congestion on all of the streets that are close to a closed street, including j.f.k. there is massively increased congestion all around the park.
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you know, if you look at the great highway that caused congestion in the chain of lakes. if you look at lake street, unfortunately, there was a closure of many, many east-west streets in the last two years in the richmond district which has caused a lot of additional congestion on people who live on those streets, while leaving lake street, for example, as a private drive for those who live on it. all of these places are close to public parks. and as a city that cares about the environment, the fact that people are sitting in their cars one to 10 to 20 for some friends i heard, longer than they were before, because of the closures, we're causing a lot more pollution. and i think we should be concerned about that as well as -- [bell ringing] --
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accessibility. >> thank you for your comments. we apologize for interrupting you. we are setting the timer for two minutes. we have 38 callers in the queue and 20 who are listening. let's hear from the next caller, please. >> hello, good afternoon. this is barry toronto. happy new year to everybody. i'm hoping the new year brings some bright solutions and some easier resolutions so the issues we have today. my concern first, i noticed a lot of callers have been calling about j.f.k. drive. as a taxi drivers, we're not going to weigh in on the actual closure section, except that we need easier access to the concourse area. to only allow us access through
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ninth avenue. lincoln way is not an option for us to serve the seniors and disabled. and other folks that need to have accessibility challenges in getting into the park. so, we have asked for access on eighth avenue at fulton. we're still waiting for that. and we are in concurrence that there has to be a better way for people who do not live close to the park and for people with ability to get there. the next issue is the contractors who provide service to the homeless and on san francisco streets. i feel that urban alchemy needs metrics to be met and not just make their executive richer by giving them these lucrative contracts without making accountability. the people who have the bathrooms supervision are rude, condescending and half the time
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do not have the bathroom available for use. please open more bathrooms. especially the one at market and castro at night. the next issue is regarding the purchase of dining holders. we're seeing a reduction in business throughout the city due to the expansion of the pandemic infections. and also the airport is a lot slower at this point. so you're not making them any richer to pay off their loans. i'm hoping -- [bell ringing] >> thank you. may we have the next caller, please. >> hello, supervisors. my name is michael. i'm a resident of district 5. i'm here to talk to you about slow streets and what we've done so far in the city. the "new york times" heralded the great walkway saying that san francisco can be climate-forward leaders, but
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we're not doing enough. we have the same fight over and over for every stretch of road in the city. our extra city staff at muni and rec and park know that equity of access must be prioritized in our car-free spaces and not after thought, but equity of access means people, not private luxury transportation choices. disabled people are not their cars. seniors are not their cars. 30% of residents of san francisco don't even own cars. our car-free streets are for users all ages and mobility. mobility device users, families with strollers and others make use of the car-free states every day. vast majority of our public space to private metal boxes all of these other people get squeezed on the narrow paths fighting for what little space remains. we can do better for everyone. if we want to maintain better access to amenities in the park, make sure park and rec follows
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through on their promises to add ada space behind the bandshell. make sure the museum provides lower rates for people with disabilities and allow them to make use of the garage for drop-offs. there is so many other ways to give people access to our beautiful spaces. thank you very much. i yield the rest of my time. >> thank you for your comments. >> next caller, please. >> hi, my name is harold. it was great to hear the mayor talk about process and transparency, at the same time, you all need to be mindful of the public policy role. we're in a crisis. -- [indiscernible] 2030, 80% of the trips are to be made by -- modes. you can't wait for 2029 and simply flip a switch to make that happen. change has to start now.
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very least it should be on the -- [indiscernible] j.f.k., great highway, all the slow streets, those should clearly be prominent. it's your job to clear up the sustainable modes. it's not like even most people are upset. there is not even a tough choice here. the path is clear for you. please take it for the well-being of all of us. and that's really all that needs to be said. >> thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller? caller, please proceed. hello? >> hello. i am live? >> yes, please proceed.
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>> thank you so much. thank you so much for hearing me today. maya scott and i teach accessible theater and art for city college and i am also blind and partner with an amazing guide dog. i am just reaching out to share a little bit of my story as far as j.f.k. goes. 25 years ago i had a dream come true and that was to move to this amazing place called san francisco where access and the arts were just so prevalent. and now i feel like i am amidst place that is all about survival of the fit. so home of where people now have to back into their parking spots to make room for the new bike lanes which makes it hard for people like me with guide dogs or people with strollers to pass on the sidewalks.
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now to j.f.k. drive, where i'm frankly terrified to cross the street as i think about a former friend who got a head injury from getting hit by a bicycle, to trying to step off on the curb and experiencing road rage. so, i just feel like there has to be a way to do this. we might be this hub of great innovation. we've got this. there has to be some way we can work in synergy. can we close down that little segment of j.f.k. where the blue spots are located? can we make blue spots closer to the museum and to the science -- museum of sciences and the concourse? we are an innovative hub. and we are full of amazing thinkers and creators. let's bring synergy and inclusive design into our community. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller?
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>> hi. my name is jennifer and i live on fulton street just across from j.f.k. i support vision zero and slower traffic all over the city. i think it's important to have traffic controls, police officers monitoring speed, red light cameras and safe pedestrian crosswalks all over the city. what i take issue with is that certain unlucky streets like fulton street and california street are absorbing the brunt of the entire richmond district's traffic. while lake street residents get to live on a private road overlooking a national park with
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end playgrounds. i live on fulton street, i'm also sucking in the wind of all of these cars. i cannot open my front window. and i think that is a real issue in the designation of these slow streets and in car-free j.f.k. the amount of traffic that is then diverted on to the unlucky streets that tend to be where the homes of middle and working class people are in san francisco. i think there is a real equity issue here and i thank supervisor chan in bringing up the transparency issue around the surveys, because i feel like the bias of the sfmta is real. i understand it. their futures depend on their green profiles. >> thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller?
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>> this is mike. i live in district 7 and i'm dismayed at the heads of our city agencies along with our special interest groups friends that think they can force their ideas on the general public without public input. -- found that rec and park director phil ginsburg withheld public records related to the closure of the great highway, not just on one occasion, but three complaints. one complaint has been referred to the ethics commission for the consideration of misconduct. pay to play between the rec and park and the park alliance and other special interest groups is great concern to many san franciscans. it has been shown that sfmta has been colluding with the bike
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coalition. with all the turmoil criminally affecting our city, school board recalls, the last thing we need to do is continue to divide our population because a few entitled people want to play in the streets. there is a glaring demographic or those who are pro-closed. as they're predominantly white and wealthy. these people are not representative of the people who need the roads to get to work. they want to play. we need to work. reopen all of the streets and roads for the purposes they were intended. thank you. >> thank you for calling today. can we have the next caller? >> hi, my name is martin. i'm a tenant, pedestrians and transit rider in district 5. i want to take a moment to thank the staff who have taken on the task of the tireless outreach for many months in many languages to ensure a robust
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community process. i'm disturbed by the disinformation campaign being waged by the museums that appears to have the least divisiveness among our community. denying there is 100-space garage controlled by some of their board members, a recent survey showed 70% support of the j.f.k. promenade. i support equity for individuals with disability, however, j.f.k. was previously on the high injury corridor where serious injuries and deaths have occurred. they're in the process of fixing these issues while keeping j.f.k. safe. since the closure, there has been zero facilities and injuries. to those who say we need to reset the process, i say this, we can't reset climate change. we can't reset vision zero. we can't reset transit first. it appears that the opponents of
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the walkway -- this is today, not in the future, but today. we're only asking for a tiny amount of road space to be safe for walking, cycling, and yes -- grounds for people with disabilities out of the many thousands of streets that prioritize cars above people. many of you have signed -- please act like you mean it. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. can we have the next caller? >> thank you for having me this evening, supervisors. joe here. couple of issues tonight. first i want to thank the supervisors and staff again for having, you know, these type of meetings. it's nice seeing who is paying attention and who is not. it would nice to be in person at a safe time to thank you for your service. and hopefully, maybe instead of public comment being break time for supervisors, there be a specific break time supervisors
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can use the restroom and stuff, because it's a little discomfiting here, but for those paying attention, thank you. i know -- supervisors as a whole, so i just want to say thank you to those who are listening. i also as a transit rider support safe streets. i support closing j.f.k. drive. there are bus stops to the sports center and a bus drive to the museum and i use muni to get around san francisco. it's awesome and i don't understand why people are poo-pooing it. maybe they should try it before dismissing it. and maybe supervisors could also please have a fair free again and encourage everyone to ride the transit. and i want to give all my best to supervisors chan and stefani as always and the clerk. thank you for your continued public service to our community.
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>> thank you for your comments. we have 29 listening and 10 left in the queue. can we have the next caller, please? >> hi. my name is lisa church. i thank you for your time today. and every day. i want to thank the board and all of the city agencies honestly for the work that's gone into the planning, all the conversations around slow streets, car-free j.f.k. and a great highway. these benefits to the city are a bright addition. i want to thank the mayor for her comments earlier supporting staff, particularly some of the sfmta staff who have taken considerable abuse from some of the public during recent meetings. i'm continuously offended by the young representatives pushing the false narrative that j.f.k. closure only serves able bodied individuals. it's an insult to be used to
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promote their agenda. i'm 60 years old. i very often have limited mobility and have for decades. i live in d3 which is a safe-street desert. i haven't driven in well over a decade and i regularly cross the city by muni to get both to the park and the great highway. i get much more walking time in because of these features. i really think they're great. i'm also now after decades of support of former fine arts museum member. i'm grateful in the time that we've had so much to worry about that the city has found the way to promote policies of vision zero. climate goals. i don't think we've done nearly enough, but these all help the health and safety of our residents. i hope to keep these streets open and continue to expand the program, not just for the residents, but for the view of the city it brings to us
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nationally. they're really great i ditions to the city -- additions to the city. thanks for your time and i hope you're all well. >> thank you for being with us here today. i'm absolutely support our network slow streets, including permanent closures of j.f.k. and great highway. those streets are only effective as the entire network, so i'm disappointed in supervisor chan and others for trying to dismantling the slow streets one by one, they'll be remembered by san franciscans for a long time to come as they absolutely not in line with the city's stated climate goals. personally, i love our slow streets because it allows me to safely bike over to my
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mother-in-law, to bring groceries from the local groceries like other avenues, all while leaving my car at home. in fact, i've been able to leave my car at home more often than not during this pandemic. i hope i'm able to sell my car. [please stand by]
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>> i will not take up too much of your time because i agree with all the points that have been made, but i want to add a bob dylan quote, which is "everybody moving, if they ain't already there, everybody got to move somewhere." that is why this is contentious because we are just trying to share the 7-mile by 7-mile spot, and it is challenging. we are trying to figure it out. i believe we will figure it
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out. we will figure it out. it is going to be fine. i would urge you to not go backward or press reset. let's just keep moving forward and making great calls. let's keep the streets permanent, everybody that needs to drive, the good news is they can still drive. they can drive everywhere. you can drive everywhere. that is good for them. then we will figure out the infrastructure and all the stuff we have to do as we go along, as we always have. that is it. please keep these. i am on jfk right now. i'm looking at everybody, it is joyous, the son's beautiful, the trees are beautiful, it is quiet. please keep it. that is it. thank you. >> think you for your comments. operations, do we have another color in the queue?
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>> hello, my name is herbert weiner. i have two issues. one is i would like the board to initiate a measure to decree to have the benefits restored. people who retired before 1996 are dying. those who have died, and those who i have known personally have been denied benefits. it is a benefit that i enjoy as someone who retired after 1996. so please, it is a human measure. we owe it to the seniors to work for the city to have benefits restored. it is cruel to deny their benefits. secondly,. [ indiscernible ]
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you are being a very cruel to seniors at the table by denying them access. also, there is -- [ indiscernible ] -- some people just hate automobiles. public transportation and transportation that should serve everybody, not the selfish few. please restore the great highway. restored jfk drive, and please don't deny back that you are creating congestion like crazy on californian street. now it is congested. this is congested thinking. >> thank you for your comments. >> think you -- thank you.
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>> do we have another caller? i will just say there are 30 listeners. if you like to make comment this afternoon you should press star three. there are eight callers in the queue ready to make comment. let's hear from our next caller, please. >> hello. my name is matt. i am a father to young children in the city and a resident of district eight. our family wants to thank the sfmta staff and recreations and park staff for two years of outreach and engagement. we have seen them at farmers markets, we have seen them out in the park, engaging people at transit stops, they have been all over, surveying san franciscans about the future they want for their city. and the survey they did showed over 72% of san francisco
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residents support a jfk promenade. a promenade that turns it into a place were people of all ages and abilities can move around and enjoy that piece of the park. i also want to talk about the climate action plan that the entire board signed onto that talks about shifting modes -- shifting travel modes to sustainable modes. our goal is to reach 80% sustainable modes. we have actually gone backwards in the past two years. such changes, as a slow street or the jfk promenade help shift people's transportation modes away from private automobiles. did you know that the 44 bus is three minutes faster now because it doesn't have to compete with congestion on jfk? that is a muni line.
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that's what i want to see the city doing. especially for our disabled neighbors, we should really get the museums and the directors that control the garage to put one% of the money towards free parking for disabled neighbors. with an 800 space garage, they could pay for the parking for our community. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue? >> thank you, madam clerk. can you hear that? >> we can hear you. >> that sound is the absence of catch through traffic driving on jfk right now. instead there are families pushing strollers and walking their dogs, kids playing, and countless people who have switched to a more active and sustainable mode of transportation thanks to the jfk promenade. i am a dad and a legal organizer
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at kids safe at -- could save s.f. i am advocating for safe spaces for kids to play. first i want to thank the number of people, thank you to city staff or your hard work and your various public policies, and your ongoing public outreach for the promenade, the parks. thank you to the mayor for her support of staffing and agencies, thank you to the supervisors for your vocal support of the kid safe spaces throughout our city. thank you for choosing to commute using sustainable modes of transportation and thank you to the vast majority of san franciscans who have shared their love and support for safe spaces, including the 72% of residents who support keeping it car -- car free for the majority of the people in our city being supported and the majority of all race and ethnicity groups being supported and countless of people with disabilities who love the car free promenade. we would be devastated if it was
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removed or destroyed with cut -- cut through traffic. there are innumerable benefits to our city. they give kids and people of all ages and abilities places to walk, play, and commute. they encourage people to shift to more active and sustainable modes and they build community amongst neighbors and city residents, reduce noise and noise pollution and reduce congestion for people who need to drive. i support the mayor's suggestion that we should trust the public process and the countless opportunities for residents to engage. thank you and please have a great rest of your day. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue? >> hello, this is patricia of concerned residents of the sunset. i wanted to address the inequity that we find in city government with these.
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we know from a record request that there was collusion between these three agencies and the bike coalition where in order to maximize the bike coalition's responses to surveys and to comments at meetings, these agencies colluded with them, gave them advanced knowledge. one employee even said, let's be sure we are all on the same page. meanwhile, we the taxpayers, are paying for the public servants' salaries, but we are not being represented by them. everybody is paid quite handsomely. in fact the salaries are
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outrageous, but we are not being represented. you are representing the bike coalition, not the citizens. in order for us to get equitable and fair treatment, we had to tax ourselves twice, we had to all contribute money so that we could actually bring a law against this, because we weren't getting equitable treatment. so we have been taxed want what times. we pay our taxes and then we have to pay for legal representation so we can get an equitable treatment. this is not fair. i would like to ask that the public servant start treating all taxpayers fairly, and not just -- >> thank you for your comments. please accept my apology for interrupting you. we are setting the timer for two
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minutes. thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue? >> good afternoon. i think i am in perfect place to make a comment after the prior caller. it is my understanding that the survey sent out by sfmta was -- you could take as many times as you wanted. if you are part of an organization that was trying to push a certain agenda, you could have all your members take it 50 times, 60 times, 500 times, so when we get that kind of survey, with 10,000 responses, it is immediately invalid. you can't have a valid data collection where people can game
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the system. so to supervisor chan's point, we need to go back and establish transparency. if the majority of people want the streets to remain closed to cars and jfk to remain closed to cars, we need to find that out legitimately. that might be what we want. we need to find it out legitimately. so the current state of the surveys is not what we should be adhering to. we need to have a very legitimate survey done so we really understand what we are actually dealing with. and not something that can be easily gained. and justin no. i too am on jfk right now, walking my dog, and it is great. but honestly, there's not enough people to justify the street
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being closed. there's plenty of room everywhere for people to bike, dogs, and cars if they were here. so i just wanted to make that note, but i think we do need to do this legitimately before we make any final decisions. >> thank you for your comments. we have 27 who are listening and six callers in the queue. if you are one of the 27, you should press star three now, otherwise we will take this group until the end. let's welcome our next caller. >> hi, i am a native san franciscan here. not a transport, not a snob. the way they have it now set up is a pretty fair compromise for everyone. we can keep jfk closed, and keep the great highway closed on the weekend. during the week it needs to be open. it should not take half an hour
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to get from one side of the sunset to the other. and not to mention we are being terrible neighbors to the neighbouring cities of daly city and pacifica for people who have been pushed out, who have to move and commute. that is all i have to say. thank you. >> thank you for your comment. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> good evening, madam clerk, president walton, and supervisors. i am in district eight. i am so happy to hear transit issues being addressed by the public today. i hope to co-op them to stand up for transit justice and transit equity. know that muni is cramped, muni is mismanaged. there are 200 bus drivers out sick today because of covid. what is muni doing?
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we need to hire more bus drivers to get the buses on the street. when you have 200 muni bus drivers that are out sick, people are less strength -- left stranded throughout the city. what are you going to do, close the subway again? close all the bus lines? we need to open up the bus lines, stop cutting services, and restore services to full effect and expand muni and expand this. expand the central subway, san mateo and contra costa have been giving free rides to their residents for over six months. it is time for free muni for everybody. thank you. >> thank you. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please?
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>> hi, my name is joshua and i grew up in the sunset. i went to sfusd schools and i also worked for a time for the school district. i want to first say thank you for implementing the slow streets program and i also urge you to keep the slow street policies in place, including keeping jfk and the great hot -- great highway car free. i have seen firsthand the positive impact on local community and local businesses, which are getting more attention because of the draw out here to the great highway. i think there's a lot of misinformation happening from powerful individuals who can pay for access to certain supervisors like connie chan, who are misleading taxpayers with crazy conspiracy theories that are not bounded -- founded in reality. we need to focus on making things better for our neighbors, our local businesses, and ourselves by emphasizing action
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on climate change, fostering healthy communities, and stopping allowing the wealthy and the powerful to mislead us. why are we fighting against cleaner air, increased safety for children and people of disabilities, more community building, and supporting local businesses? i encourage people who are adamantly against closed streets to think about where you are getting your information from and ask yourself why they might want to mislead you. that is all i have to say. >> operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> hello, supervisors. my name is lois scott. i am a resident of district five and have been for over 30 years. i am calling about concern for pre1996 retired city employees. i retired myself in 2009 from
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the planning department. as far as the pre1996 city employees, there are 4,500 of them right now. the average age is over 85, and they haven't had full cola adjustments for their pension since 2012, and the way to fix that is through a charter amendment. i know that most of them at this point are in -- are often in facilities where they are confined or living at home in a pretty isolated situation, and they couldn't enjoy jfk access. they are really frail elderly at this point. families are helping keep them alive and families are making up the difference where their pensions aren't covering the cost of their accommodations and
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their health care. we'd hoped for a charter amendment on the june ballot, but it now looks like it will kick over to november. i want to thank the supervisors who are helping on this and willing to sponsor the charter amendment and i want to thank the public for their support of this group of public employees, retired and knee-deep. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue? >> hi, i'm sherry rosenberg and i live in district one. i am a physically limited senior, with compassion for others, including working people, families, and tourists, also people in daily city. the great highway needs to be opened 24/7. the mayor's compromise with
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opening it during the week is a good start, but it is completely absurd that the great highway is closed starting at noon on friday. it adversely affects commuters and escalation to our neighborhood streets. also, cyclists who broke -- block the great highway on thursday afternoons are mean. the police should be instructed to tell them to ride in the bike lane, not to escort them and add to jamming up the commuters, causing much more pollution. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. all right, we have five members of the public ready to make their comment and there are 22 who are listening. if you would like to make comments this evening, this is when you should press start three. otherwise we may take this group to the very end. mr. atkins, let's welcome our next caller, please.
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>> hello, my name is evelyn. i am calling about the jfk closure. i couldn't agree more with the young representative who spoke on this, and all the others who spoke so eloquently before me. i would add my dismay and disappointment by the arrogance of the young and the able and their blind spots to the plight of the have-nots. it is a humanitarian travesty. i am a senior and a person living with a disability, and i have poor access to public transit. i was heartened by president walton's underscoring of the redlining issues brought forth by the idea of the jfk closure. if i recall correctly, a supervisor expressed similar concerns. again, i concur with the many
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folks who spoke so eloquently before me. thank you for listening. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue? >> hello, my name is fred sanders, i am the president of protect our bennett -- benefits and chair of the city workers. this pandemic has just had a horrible hardship on city government. i applaud you guys to try to work in these horrible conditions, but the group that is impacted most are these people who were hired before 1996. these people -- now, i know these dates are set for the schedule to get a charter amendment on, but they are unreasonable because city
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government can't function, so we are hoping that we could get an extension, a continuance from the board to carry this over to the february 15th meeting. this is an emergency. these people are dying at a rate of 50 a month. if we have to wait till november, another 200 will die. i was inspired when i saw a poster at the station of supervisor peskin with his arm around an elderly senior, asking for the public to report elder abuse, this is reporting elder abuse. when these people are dying at a rate of six a month, something can be done to expedite this. the cost comes from the retirement system. they make, in april or may of this year, they made -- a billion dollars a month. the cost will be worked on with
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people. the cost is around 200 million. it is abuse that these people don't get their earned benefits restored. it is a flaw in the system. please, i beg of you to understand the urgency of this. if this was your friend, your father, your grandfather, i know you would be trying to do something. if there is a will, there is a way to get it done. please continue this to the february 15th meeting. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's welcome our next caller, please. >> hello. my name is victoria. i have lived in san francisco for 43 years, in a variety of different neighborhoods of the city. i have a lifelong disability and i very often, and very frequently as a young adult and as a middle-aged person took muni everywhere in the city
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independently. i can no longer do so. because of arthritis and other things secondary to my condition that have increased as i age, i now have to depend on paratransit. i no longer drive, i have to be driven to destinations, either by paratransit or by relatives and friends. the closure of jfk drive effectively bars me from most of the public programs that are the most popular programs in golden gate park. it is inequitable for me, it is inequitable for people who live in the outlying districts, in the southeast part of this city, it is inequitable for my neighbors who are working people in the mission, many of whom risk their lives in the pandemic to be personal assistance, cooks, housecleaners, nannies, they went to work every day,
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they are being penalized by not having access to the park because of jfk being closed. there is an easy solution that would be equitable for everyone. keep jfk open, with safety features like traffic lights, marked crosswalks with audible signals, and low speed limits, and make middle drive a car free route through the park. i am not even a planner, and i can see that. i second the concerns of others who have called in saying that there has been collusion between m.t.a., rpd, the bicycle coalition -- >> thank you for your comments. please accept my apology for interrupting you. we are setting the timer for two minutes. we do appreciate your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue? i think we have five that are
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listening and five that are ready to make comment and 23 more listening. >> hi. >> welcome. >> my name is shirley, i live in district four senior residents. i drive. i hope that they will reopen all the roads that were closed during the pandemic. the closures have made those of us who live and drive in our beautiful city villains because we know keeping our streets open for all is best. the more closures, the more unnecessary congestion and added fumes into the air and unnecessary -- and in unnecessary areas. the restrictions put upon drivers and there is no reasonable solution. i am sure every car and every home has a car. if you notice in our part of town and the richmond and sunset
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district, we don't drive every single day as a senior, but you put so many restrictions that are unnecessary. the streets would be safer if there was better enforcements. somehow, you know, there was a time when we could drive our friends who were visiting around the city, and we can't do that, we can show off our beautiful park anymore if you have more than one guest. you are making people who are older the only way to see the park is to walk or drive, and sometimes that's not allowed, especially when we have senior visitors. i hope that you will reconsider that if you do keep the great highway closed on the weekends that you will change the time from noon to either later in the evening or 6:00 am saturday morning. i think that is a great inconvenience for commuters in our city, and i would just like to also say that no right turns
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on lynn turn -- on lincoln and no left turns on sloan, i think they just create more dangerous intersections for other areas. so i hope that you will all learn to share the road. i think we need to learn to get along and share. thank you for your time. [please standby for captioner switch]
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>> they used the pandemic to close streets and we hear they're being permanent. no environmental reports, no traffic i am path reports. both california street and garry street have become way more treacherous and there's a lot more pollution. there's the two streets as being two of the 10 most dangerous streets? san francisco by closing lake street, they made them more dangerous.
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no one quite understand why they took it or why it was shut down. except for the bicycle issue running through this side of town. thank you, very much. >> thank you for your comments. do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> caller: hello, can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, welcome. >> caller: hello, thank you, my name is victoria brown and actually i'm very much with the last caller just mentioned. i'm a lake street resident and i have a very hard time understanding why the street has been closed for so long. there was never nih outreach and even the tax and i'm pretty much
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blocked. it's created a lot of bad will in the neighborhood. people in california street are getting all the brands of the traffic. we have a street that was safe. we had a street with five lanes and sidewalks next to a park. if the idea is vision zero which we all want, i have a really hard time understanding why this street like lake street who has had no fatalities in 2014 at least, and places in under deserved areas, that have 800 fatalities are not the ones that are being targeted for some improvements. is here we are on a street designate bid a park where other neighbors are suffering from increased traffic making it more dangerous and then why are the funds coming to the wealthy neighborhoods that didn't need it. i'm happy to pay for taxes but
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the way the sfmta is running this, it's just not clear, not transparent and it makes absolutely no sense. so, i really appreciate you hearing my concerns. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, let's welcome our next caller. >> caller: hello, i'm a resident of d4. i wish there was someone in city government and in the police department to have the courage to speak out against the bike coalition members blocking traffic every thursday night starting at 6:00, holding up hundreds of commuters working people, taxpayers, for making their trip three times, four
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times longer than it need be. very dangerous situation. and nobody does anything about it. i don't understand that. this is not freedom of speech first amendment rights or whatever it's a tantrum by the bike coalition because they didn't get their great bike way for 24/7. in the future i wish they would stop the madness, it's just outrageous. also, i'm a senior and i'm disabled and i consider myself banished forever for the amenities along jfk which has been closed and can't ride the bus or take a bike and i have to go at a private car and i've never seen the winter lights and i never will because you closed
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this stretch of the road. i hope we have more equity and fairness and city government. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, i believe we have 17 who are listening and if any of the 17 would like to make public comment this evening, they should press star 3 right away or this is our last call. let's welcome our last caller, please. i'm calling regarding lake street but generally all those streets in tech. lake street has caused so much uproar in the neighborhood and california street the traffic is crazy and i wish someone from sfmta would come out and watch it and maybe that would help them and also there was a party
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a week ago on the streets and and there are rules if you plan to keep the streets open. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please. >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. president. >> president walton: seeing inform more public comment, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, please go to our for adoption without committee reference agenda. >> yes, thank you mr. president. before i read those items, i will make a statement about item 25. item 25 is the motion to approve a final map number 9475.
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a six residential unit condo project located at 668 paige street adopt the findings and members as you recall the board continues item 25 for the second time causing the ministerial approval of the final map and pursuant to government code 66458. this item was rennered moot and no longer before the board. so, the items on the four adoption without reference to committee are items 26-31. a member may request a resolution to go to committee alternatively a member -- unanimous vote is required for adoption of these items this afternoon. >> thank you so much, madam clerk. do any of my colleagues wish to sever any items. supervisor peskin.
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>> item 28, please. >> thank you supervisor peskin. i don't see anyone else on the roster. madam clerk, would you please call the roll for items 26, 27, 29, 30 and 31. >> clerk: items 26, 27, 29, and 30 and 31. [roll call vote] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you,
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madam clerk. and the items without objection are adopted in the motions without objection are approved unanimously. madam clerk, call item number 28. >> clerk: item 28 is the motion to conquer an actions taken by the mayor in the 42nd supplement to the proclamation of emergency to meet the on going local emergency related to the novel coronavirus covid-19 pandemic. >> president walton: thank you, so much. supervisor peskin. >> thank you, president walton. president walton respectfully and i know you are the sponsor of i have concerns to the supplement covid emergency and dubious about delegating the
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authority to the human resources director without oversight by the board of supervisors or public transparency to waiver modify provisions of memorandum of understanding with laboringizations, albeit for a brief per idea to the end of march as well as to wave charter and administrative code provisions. i really -- if i was to vote for this, i would really want to hear from the human resources director and the mayor's office about what is intended here and i mean, i think it's a slip row -- i understand that we are having a lot of folks who are out of work in various units of labor ranging from the mta to sworn officers and the sheriff department and fire department what have you. when we start talking about waving provisions of law relative to over time and premium pay, i think this board
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needs to maintain some level of oversight over that and i mean at a minimum, maybe we can continue this to our next meeting and hear from ms. icean and folks in the mayor's office. this is the first time one thatt inclined to vote for. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. i know we do not have anyone from dhr represented. i don't know if the mayor's representative that is here in the chamber would like to respond? >> thank you supervisor peskin and president walton. i'm trying to get in touch with my colleague to answer your questions. if someone can log on. i can try and get an answer before you end of meeting, unless you want to revisit in two weeks. >> the way it's written, it's not limited. it's written in a broad way. it says including but not limited to. this could -- i mean, i'm not
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feeling this one. >> supervisor peskin, is that a motion to continue? >> well, i mean, president walton, you and i have personally worked with the mayor's office relative to keeping a list of the 40 plus supplemental proclamations and sunsetting them and one of them was introduced and rescind before it got to the board of supervisors because concerns were expressed and i want to sate mayor and her staff have played it straight and i don't think overseeing amendments to memoranda understanding with labor is one of the fundamental roles that -- i need a good
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explanation as to why this belongs in the emergency. what exactly is intended. it just doesn't feel like something that this board should be waving. i mean, i'm not feeling it and it doesn't -- it's not limited in scope enough for me. >> president walton: thank you supervisor peskin. from a procedure standpoint and i see supervisor melgar and supervisor mandelman, i want to note that is a motion because we don't have anybody to respond right now from the mayor's team. >> if i had to make a motion, i would make a motion to continue it to our next meeting. >> president walton: is there a second on that? seconded by supervisor ronen. thank you supervisor peskin. supervisor melgar. >> thank you, president. i wanted to understand also, i don't know if mr. paulineo, you know, short of answering the issues and the content of
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supervisor peskin's questions and if you can talk about the timing of it. and what that is doing to our city and the shortage is the labor of nurses and testing personnel and drivers and just saying if there's a timing issue vote on it when we understand and it's actually going to present a problem. >> this only applies to two units of labor which is sworn
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members of the sheriff department and employees of the fire department. sworn employees of those two units of labor so it doesn't include nurses. >> it enclouds paramedics and all kinds of folks we are short on so i think it's context. >> president walton: supervisor melgar has the floor supervisor peskin if you want to regain the floor you are welcome. >> i guess i have a similar question, which is i have forgotten what the effect of our fail year to take action on these orders is and whether it means that this doesn't go into effect or does go into effect pending taking action. given that we are in an emergency, given that is the basis for all of these borders
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and it would be great if -- i'm not sure why the mayor's office is not available. and if it was they should be here. to do about what the observation thank you tive needs to do and come back in two weeks and take that authority away. >> president walton: i do see deputy city attorney anne pearson here. anne pearson, you want to she had some light on that? >> thank you. we've advised in the past when the mayor issues a supplemental order that supplemental to her emergency proclamation it goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect until the board takes action to not concur. this order is in effect and if the board choses to continue
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this matter for two weeks it will remain in effect and the director of human resources will have this delegated authority for the next two weeks and the board can decide whether to to concur or not. >> president walton: thank you so much deputy city attorney pearson. supervisor peskin. >> that works. thank you through the president and supervisor mandelman for asking that question and deputy city attorney pearson for answering it. i would ask respectfully, if we continue this and if the human resources director uses the provisions to wave or modify mous, charter provisions, admin code provisions in the intervening two weeks and the
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with that make a motion to continue that item. >> president walton: motion made. supervisor stefani, would you speak to speak on this. >> it will are not impede the mayor's ability to act under this motion and for me it's just a little bit dish feel like she gets criticized for not highering enough and we have a motion to help hire people and i just feel it's a little bit of saying one thing and doing another and it's how i see it for the first time having heard there might be an issue with it. why mind continuing it for two weeks only knowing that it will not impede the executive
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branch's ability to respond to the pandemic and the way that quite frankly we've asked her to with regard to the hiring problems that we have that have made the pandemic a little bit worse. >> president walton: thank you supervisor stefani just reminding everyone the order is in effect. supervisor safai. >> i want to go back to mr. paulineo. i understand it does not impede but i want today see if director icean was available and we can talk about it now. if not, we can talk about it in a week or two through the chair. can we hear from mr. paulineo. >> thank you supervisor. we don't have folks on the line and supervisor ronen.
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>> when this comes back, i just am having a really hard time understanding this as well. if the problem is that we're understaffed and we need more staff, then why does the human resource director need to wave provisions for over time and premium pay. it doesn't make intuitive sensor limit the cash out of accrued vacation balances. generally you can only cash out when you are done with your employment. so that just doesn't -- i agree with supervisor peskin. it actually doesn't make any sense so it would be nice to understand what power the human resources director is looking for. >> president walton: supervisor peskin. >> the way it's written, while
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it's very clear that the human resources directors delegated powers would terminate on it says compensation that would last so if this is a temporary thing where we're giving people incentives who are not sick, to come to work and work over time and by the way, there are things under the existing mous, the sworn officers from time to time are told sorry, we have an emergency. there's whatever going on and you can't take your holidays during this period of time. this is a common thing for those units of labor. so, i don't want to wake up, not that i'm saying anybody would do this, on april 1st, to find out under this provision, big
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parts of mous that have been approved by this board that we've considered carefully, in a fundamentally important role of the board of supervisors have basically been changed that modify an mou for the next two years, right. and that not be ok. >> president walton: thank you supervisor peskin. we have a motion on the floor to continue this item to our meeting on january 25th. made by supervisor peskin. seconded by supervisor ronen. madam clerk, on the matter. >> clerk: on the motion to continue item 28 to january 25th, 2022 -- [roll call vote]
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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, motion to continue item 28 to the january 25th board of supervisors meeting passes unanimously. madam clerk, do we have any imperative agenda items. >> clerk: i have none to report, mr. president. >> president walton: this brings us to the end of our agenda. can you read the end memorial. >> today's meeting will be adjourned in memory of the following beloved individuals on behalf of supervisor peskin. for the late mr. anthony borque ryan and mr. jimmy voros. >> president walton: do we have any other items before us? >> clerk: that concludes the agenda for today. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. what you learn in your education cannot be repossessed.
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there's no further business, we are adjourned.
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[♪♪♪] >> i just don't know that you can find a neighborhood in the city where you can hear music stands and take a ride on the low rider down the street. it is an experience that you can't have anywhere else in san francisco. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> district nine is a in the southeast portion of the city. we have four neighborhoods that i represent. st. mary's park has a completely unique architecture. very distinct feel, and it is a very close to holly park which
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is another beautiful park in san francisco. the bernal heights district is unique in that we have the hell which has one of the best views in all of san francisco. there is a swinging hanging from a tree at the top. it is as if you are swinging over the entire city. there are two unique aspects. it is considered the fourth chinatown in san francisco. sixty% of the residents are of chinese ancestry. the second unique, and fun aspect about this area is it is the garden district. there is a lot of urban agriculture and it was where the city grew the majority of the flowers. not only for san francisco but for the region. and of course, it is the location in mclaren park which is the city's second biggest park after golden gate. many people don't know the neighborhood in the first place if they haven't been there. we call it the best neighborhood nobody has ever heard our. every neighborhood in district nine has a very special aspect.
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where we are right now is the mission district. the mission district is a very special part of our city. you smell the tacos at the [speaking spanish] and they have the best latin pastries. they have these shortbread cookies with caramel in the middle. and then you walk further down and you have sunrise café. it is a place that you come for the incredible food, but also to learn about what is happening in the neighborhood and how you can help and support your community. >> twenty-fourth street is the birthplace of the movement. we have over 620 murals. it is the largest outdoor public gallery in the country and possibly the world. >> you can find so much political engagement park next to so much incredible art. it's another reason why we think this is a cultural district that we must preserve. [♪♪♪]
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>> it was formed in 2014. we had been an organization that had been around for over 20 years. we worked a lot in the neighborhood around life issues. most recently, in 2012, there were issues around gentrification in the neighborhood. so the idea of forming the cultural district was to help preserve the history and the culture that is in this neighborhood for the future of families and generations. >> in the past decade, 8,000 latino residents in the mission district have been displaced from their community. we all know that the rising cost of living in san francisco has led to many people being displaced. lower and middle income all over the city. because it there is richness in this neighborhood that i also mentioned the fact it is flat and so accessible by trip public transportation, has, has made it very popular. >> it's a struggle for us right
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now, you know, when you get a lot of development coming to an area, a lot of new people coming to the area with different sets of values and different culture. there is a lot of struggle between the existing community and the newness coming in. there are some things that we do to try to slow it down so it doesn't completely erase the communities. we try to have developments that is more in tune with the community and more equitable development in the area. >> you need to meet with and gain the support and find out the needs of the neighborhoods. the people on the businesses that came before you. you need to dialogue and show respect. and then figure out how to bring in the new, without displacing the old. [♪♪♪] >> i hope we can reset a lot of the mission that we have lost in the last 20 years. so we will be bringing in a lot of folks into the neighborhoods pick when we do that, there is a
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demand or, you know, certain types of services that pertain more to the local community and working-class. >> back in the day, we looked at mission street, and now it does not look and feel anything like mission street. this is the last stand of the latino concentrated arts, culture and cuisine and people. we created a cultural district to do our best to conserve that feeling. that is what makes our city so cosmopolitan and diverse and makes us the envy of the world. we have these unique neighborhoods with so much cultural presence and learnings, that we want to preserve. [♪♪♪]
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>> i try to start every day not looking at my phone by doing something that is grounding. that is usually meditation. i have a gym set up in my garage, and that is usually breathing and movement and putting my mind towards something else.
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surfing is my absolute favorite thing to do. it is the most cleansing thing that i'm able to do. i live near the beach, so whenever i can get out, i do. unfortunately, surfing isn't a daily practice for me, but i've been able to get out weekly, and it's something that i've been incredibly grateful for. [♪♪♪] >> i started working for the city in 2005. at the time, my kids were pretty young but i think had started school. i was offered a temporarily position as an analyst to work on some of the programs that were funded through homeland security. i ultimately spent almost five years at the health department
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coordinating emergency programs. it was something that i really enjoyed and turned out i was pretty good at. thinking about glass ceiling, some of that is really related to being a mother and self-supposed in some ways that i did not feel that i could allow myself to pursue responsibility; that i accepted treading water in my career when my kids were young. and as they got older, i felt more comfortable, i suppose, moving forward. in my career, i have been asked to step forward. i wish that i had earlier stepped forward myself, and i feel really strongly, like i am 100% the right person for this job. i cannot imagine a harder time to be in this role. i'm humbled and privileged but also very confident. so here at moscone center, this
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is the covid command center, or the c.c.c. here is what we calledun -- call unified command. this is where we have physically been since march, and then, in july, we developed this unified structure. so it's the department of emergency management, the department of public health, and our human services hughesing partners, so primarily the department of homelessness and supportive housing and human services agency. so it's sort of a three-headed command in which we are coordinating and operating everything related to covid response. and now, of course, in this final phase, it's mass vaccination. the first year was before the pandemic was extremely busy. the fires, obviously, that both we were able to provide mutual
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support but also the impact of air quality. we had, in 2018, the worst air quality ten or 11 days here in the city. i'm sure you all remember it, and then, finally, the day the sun didn't come out in san francisco, which was in october. the orange skies, it felt apocalyptic, super scary for people. you know, all of those things, people depend on government to say what's happening. are we safe? what do i do? and that's a lot of what department of emergency management's role is. public service is truly that. it is such an incredible and effective way that we can make change for the most vulnerable. i spend a lot of my day in problem solving mode, so there's a lot of conversations with people making connections,
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identifying gaps in resources or whatever it might be, and trying to adjust that. the pace of the pandemic has been nonstop for 11 months. it is unrelenting, long days, more than what we're used to, most of us. honestly, i'm not sure how we're getting through it. this is beyond what any of us ever expected to experience in our lifetime. what we discover is how strong we are, and really, the depth of our resilience, and i say that for every single city employee that has been working around the clock for the last 11 months, and i also speak about myself. every day, i have to sort of have that moment of, like, okay, i'm really tired, i'm weary, but we've got to keep going. it is, i would say, the biggest
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challenge that i have had personally and professionally to be the best mom that i can be but also the best public certify chant in whatever role i'm in. i just wish that i, as my younger self, could have had someone tell me you can give it and to give a little more nudge. so indirectly, people have helped me because they have seen something in me that i did not see in myself. there's clear data that women have lost their jobs and their income because they had to take care of their safety nets. all of those things that we depend on, schools and daycare and sharing, you know, being together with other kids isn't available. i've often thought oh, if my kids were younger, i couldn't do this job, but that's
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unacceptable. a person that's younger than me that has three children, we want them in leadership positions, so it shouldn't be limiting. women need to assume that they're more capable than they think they are. men will go for a job whether they're qualified or not. we tend to want to be 110% qualified before we tend to step forward. i think we need to be a little more brave, a little more exploratory in stepping up for positions. the other thing is, when given an opportunity, really think twice before you put in front of you the reasons why you should not take that leadership position. we all need to step up so that we can show the person behind us that it's doable and so that we have the power to make the changes for other women that is going to make the possibility
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for their paths easier than ours. other women see me in it, and i hope that they see me, and they understand, like, if i can do it, they can do it because the higher you get, the more leadership you have, and power. the more power and leadership we have that we can put out . >> 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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it over here and join teams like this like street soccer u.s.a., and live your life. get a better life. >> right away, just be patient, and then, everything will be we spoke with people regardless of what they are. that is when you see change. that is a lead advantage. so law enforcement assistance diversion to work
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with individuals with nonviolent related offenses to offer an alternative to an arrest and the county jail. >> we are seeing reduction in drug-related crimes in the pilot area. >> they have done the program for quite a while. they are successful in reducing the going to the county jail. >> this was a state grant that we applied for. the department is the main administrator. it requires we work with multiple agencies. we have a community that includes the da, rapid transit police and san francisco sheriff's department and law enforcement agencies, public defender's office and adult probation to work together to look at the population that ends
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up in criminal justice and how they will not end up in jail. >> having partners in the nonprofit world and the public defender are critical to the success. we are beginning to succeed because we have that cooperation. >> agencies with very little connection are brought together at the same table. >> collaboration is good for the department. it gets us all working in the same direction. these are complex issues we are dealing with. >> when you have systems as complicated as police and health and proation and jails and nonprofits it requires people to come to work together so everybody has to put their egos at the door. we have done it very, very well. >> the model of care where
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police, district attorney, public defenders are community-based organizations are all involved to worked towards the common goal. nobody wants to see drug users in jail. they want them to get the correct treatment they need. >> we are piloting lead in san francisco. close to civic center along market street, union plaza, powell street and in the mission, 16th and mission. >> our goal in san francisco and in seattle is to work with individuals who are cycling in and out of criminal justice and are falling through the cracks and using this as intervention to address that population and the racial disparity we see. we want to focus on the mission
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in tender loan district. >> it goes to the partners that hired case managers to deal directly with the clients. case managers with referrals from the police or city agencies connect with the person to determine what their needs are and how we can best meet those needs. >> i have nobody, no friends, no resources, i am flat-out on my own. i witnessed women getting beat, men getting beat. transgenders getting beat up. i saw people shot, stabbed. >> these are people that have had many visits to the county jail in san francisco or other institutions. we are trying to connect them with the resources they need in the community to break out of that cycle. >> all of the referrals are
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coming from the law enforcement agency. >> officers observe an offense. say you are using. it is found out you are in possession of drugs, that constituted a lead eligible defense. >> the officer would talk to the individual about participating in the program instead of being booked into the county jail. >> are you ever heard of the leads program. >> yes. >> are you part of the leads program? do you have a case worker? >> yes, i have a case manager. >> when they have a contact with a possible lead referral, they give us a call. ideally we can meet them at the scene where the ticket is being issued. >> primarily what you are talking to are people under the influence of drugs but they will all be nonviolent. if they were violent they wouldn't qualify for lead. >> you think i am going to get
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arrested or maybe i will go to jail for something i just did because of the substance abuse issues i am dealing with. >> they would contact with the outreach worker. >> then glide shows up, you are not going to jail. we can take you. let's meet you where you are without telling you exactly what that is going to look like, let us help you and help you help yourself. >> bring them to the community assessment and services center run by adult probation to have assessment with the department of public health staff to assess the treatment needs. it provides meals, groups, there are things happening that make it an open space they can access. they go through detailed assessment about their needs and how we can meet those needs.
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>> someone who would have entered the jail system or would have been arrested and book order the charge is diverted to social services. then from there instead of them going through that system, which hasn't shown itself to be an effective way to deal with people suffering from suable stance abuse issues they can be connected with case management. they can offer services based on their needs as individuals. >> one of the key things is our approach is client centered. hall reduction is based around helping the client and meeting them where they are at in terms of what steps are you ready to take? >> we are not asking individuals to do anything specific at any point in time. it is a program based on whatever it takes and wherever it takes. we are going to them and working with them where they feel most comfortable in the community.
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>> it opens doors and they get access they wouldn't have had otherwise. >> supports them on their goals. we are not assigning goals working to come up with a plan what success looks like to them. >> because i have been in the field a lot i can offer different choices and let them decide which one they want to go down and help them on that path. >> it is all on you. we are here to guide you. we are not trying to force you to do what you want to do or change your mind. it is you telling us how you want us to help you. >> it means a lot to the clients to know there is someone creative in the way we can assist them. >> they pick up the phone. it was a blessing to have them when i was on the streets. no matter what situation, what pay phone, cell phone, somebody else's phone by calling them they always answered.
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>> in office-based setting somebody at the reception desk and the clinician will not work for this population of drug users on the street. this has been helpful to see the outcome. >> we will pick you up, take you to the appointment, get you food on the way and make sure your needs are taken care of so you are not out in the cold. >> first to push me so i will not be afraid to ask for help with the lead team. >> can we get you to use less and less so you can function and have a normal life, job, place to stay, be a functioning part of the community. it is all part of the home reduction model. you are using less and you are allowed to be a viable member of the society. this is an important question
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where lead will go from here. looking at the data so far and seeing the successes and we can build on that and as the department based on that where the investments need to go. >> if it is for five months. >> hopefully as final we will come up with a model that may help with all of the communities in the california. >> i want to go back to school to start my ged and go to community clean. >> it can be somebody scaled out. that is the hope anyway. >> is a huge need in the city. depending on the need and the data we are getting we can definitely see an expansion. >> we all hope, obviously, the program is successful and we can implement it city wide. i think it will save the county millions of dollars in emergency services, police services, prosecuting services.
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more importantly, it will save lives. good afternoon everyone. thank you for joining us here today. i'm san francisco mayor london breed and i'm joined today by supervisor matt haney as well as the director of the department of emergency management mary ellen carol.
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the department of public health behavioral health director dr. hillary kunis and we are also joined by our police chief bill scott. i am here with our various leaders in san francisco to officially declare a state of emergency in the tenderloin community of the city and county of san francisco. we know that there have been a number of challenges that have happened in this community and have persisted over the years. but if we take a step back, when this pandemic first hit san francisco, of course, we immediately in light of what we knew was inevitable declared a state of emergency to deal with the global pandemic of covid-19 and, in fact, what we saw over the last almost two years was
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san francisco step up, remove the bureaucratic layers and the opticals that get in the way of actually being effective and collaborating with our various city agencies and what we were able to do to deal with the pandemic was extraordinary. we are one of the densest cities in the country and with less than 700 people who lost their lives throughout the entire pandemic, we saw one of the lowest death rates of any other major city in the u.s. and san francisco not just because we acted quickly and shut down early, it's because we had the ability to move quickly and set up our various locations including a covid command center embedded equity into our response to help deal with challenges all over the city. but the sad reality is when we
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look at the loss of life in the pandemic which every lost life is tragic, we had over 700 people alone die due to a drug overdose last year in san francisco. we have over 600 and counting this year. when we look at the conditions on our streets, it is really unfortunate, it's sad, it's heart breaking, and i must say, what doesn't get publicized enough is the fact that not only do we say and we are a compassionate city, the amount of money that we spend on services to help people struggling with mental illness, substance use disorders,
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programs. our street overdose team, our wellness team. additional resources for narcan. the additional organizations that assist us with those struggling with addiction and mental illness. the significant increase in number of behavioral health beds in our system. a mental health sf, we've done a lot of work to try and turn things around because we know that suffering from those things are not easy. it is not just about homelessness. it's about addiction. it's about the fact that there is clearly in the tenderloin community with the conditions of not just the streets, but the people living there and the people suffering that we are in
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a crisis and we need to respond accordingly. it's not just about our police response to make sure that when people cross that line and commit crimes, we hold them accountable. it's about getting people the help that they need and being able to do so quickly. i've said this time and time again, if you don't know what it's like to experience an addiction and i hope to god you never find out, we have to meet people where they are. we can't wait for something to be set up. we have to move quickly. we can't wait until something goes through a layered process. we have to move quickly. too many people are dying in this city. too many people are sprawled
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out all over our streets. and now we have a plan to address it. a robust, aggressive plan to address it. earlier this week, i made it clear that there are going to be a number of things that this city is going to do to address public safety and part of that is a police response. part of that is accountability. part of that is making sure that we are consistent, but the other part is being aggressive about getting people into services and support and not allowing what has happened on our streets to continue. not only the fact that people who are suffering from these things are randomly committing acts of violence towards people
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who are just walking down the street not to mention the number of shootings and stabbings and other things that are happening randomly in this community, but also the high number of people who are dying from fentanyl overdoses. so leading this effort to address this emergency will be mary ellen carol and the work that we have in place after our assessment will allow us the ability through this emergency declaration to move quickly, to move fast, to change the conditions specifically of the tenderloin community. this is necessary in order to see a difference, in order to reverse some of the deaths from
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overdoses and the assaults and attacks and other things happening in this community. so, at this time, i want to introduce someone who's been advocating for resources and let's be clear, this city spends more money on when
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people walk down the streets of san francisco, they should feel safe. they shouldn't have to see someone sticking a needle in various part officer their body laying out on the streets and wondering what can i do to help them. they shouldn't be spit on. we have to have an honest conversation about people who suffer from mental illness and substance use disorder and that crosses a line and impacts other peoples' ability to feel safe in our city, addressing those challenges, understanding
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what people are suffering through and meeting them where they are. and i'd like to introduce supervisor matt haney of district 6 to say a few words. >> supervisor haney: i want to thank the mayor for her focus for her urgency and courage in today's announcement. the tenderloin is a community of residents who want and deserve safety, who want and deserve health and who want to survive. they need help. and this is a statement of the urgency that help is on the way. our city came together over the last few years and through everything we had to confront a deadly epidemic. and because of those actions of
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the people who are standing up here, we save lives. and we have to do that again. the overdose epidemic is taking the lives of nearly two people a day in our city. most of those people in the tenderloin are south of market and mostly fentanyl. and if we are going to stop the epidemic, if we are going to save lives. we are going to once again throw everything we have at it. we need resources. we need coordination. we need tracking and we need it now. we cannot wait to take action. every day that we wait, anything that is getting our way to move slower, may cost lives. and this is something that we know we can do. decades ago, there was another epidemic that we faced which
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was hiv and aids. and this city came together we led the way and we saved lives. and so even though this is an epidemic that's not only affecting our city and the tentder loin, it's a national epidemic. we have to demonstrate through commitment and compassion not only looking the other way, but confronting the problem. i think if there's anything we've demonstrated over the last year and a half under mayor breed's leadership that we can absolutely do this. but it takes us treating it like the emergency and the crisis it is and that's what we're doing today. thank you, mayor breed also as a resident of the coo at the
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scale of the problem we're facing and you have my full support and partnership. and i want to thank chief carol and director scott and chief kunis for your partnership on it. i want to introduce the person who is going to lead this effort through the covid-19 pandemic bringing together resources, bringing together staff. unprecedented focus and speed to confront a pandemic. we have to do it again with this deadly epidemic of drug overdose. so i want to welcome up now director caroll. >> director: thank you, mayor breed, and thank you, supervisor haney. in emergencies, people need resources immediately and not months from now.
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an emergency declaration allows san francisco to cut through the red tape, to obtain the contracts, the resources and the personnel that we need to address the crisis conditions in the tenderloin. we only have to look at our covid response to see how an emergency declaration allowed us to quickly lease hotels, hire critical staff and establish testing and vaccines. if you remember, when we did that declaration, there is a lot of questions about why we were doing a declaration so early before we even had a case in san francisco. it is because we knew the lead time that we needed and we knew how important it was to have the ability to conduct those resources. that's what it's about. this includes speeding up the establishment of a linkage center that once activated.
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the site will connect individuals in crisis to resources like substance use treatment, counseling, and medical care. to date, we have conducted neighborhood assessments, community stakeholder engagement. we've coordinated interventions, and helped people in crisis connect to social services. i just want to reiterate that the emergency declaration is really about removing obstacles so that we can go in and conduct the work we need to do to help the residents of the tenderloin. our goal is to get those services coordinated as quickly as we can in order to alleviate the overall suffering that people are experiencing in the neighborhood. thank you very much. i'll turn it back to you.
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>> so, with that, are there any questions? >> question: the chronicle was told two months ago, if you declare it an emergency, it could practically allow -- not practically allow, but you can do anything [inaudible] today. what does this mean in two months? >> can you go back to the first question? >> question: [inaudible] >> so the challenge we have with our conservetorship process is we wait until someone is 51/50 which is a 72-hour hold before we can implement a course of action which goes through a lengthy court process. from my perspective, it's not strong enough to be as effective as we would like it to be and i think that's why we
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have to use our alternative of not giving people any option when they are struggling with addiction and have challenges with mental health. we have to take them somewhere. so either that somewhere is going to be san francisco general depending on their condition or that somewhere is going to be a location that we will set up as a result of this emergency declaration and the goal is to not let anyone stay out in the streets and not give them an option and to enforce many of our various laws that are on the books including sit lie and camping and sleeping and other things. so we're going to be a lot more aggressive with implementing existing laws on the books in order to get people off the streets and unfortunately the conservatorship does not work as effectively as is it should.
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>> question: and why the change in two months? if we did declare an opioid crisis that we would not be able to do anything that we're not doing now. so i'm wondering what's is changed in two months? >> what's changed is at that time we were working with the department of public health and the city attorney's office to understand how we can get more creative on declaring a state of emergency because the problem we were having is technically under some of of 0 our various laws, it wasn't in terms of what was put forward and what was suggested, it wasn't something that technically we could use legally as a basis. so we had hunkered down, got creative and workeded with our attorneys to figure out a way. even at that time, it was a crisis.
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this is not something that just all of sudden happened. we were able to find a way which we needed in order to address it and so that's what we did. >> question: mayor, do you think this declaration will save lives? >> my hope is that it will save lives. people laid out on the streets, we don't know if they're dead or alive. the ability for our street wellness teams to do checks, but most important, that person probably needs to be monitored and so part of our process is removing them from that location and moving them inside to a location where we have the kinds of folks that can monitor, that can provide resources, but more importantly, we're not here to judge. we're here to say, we're here, we're paying attention, we don't want you to die and so we're going to do everything we can to support you but we've got to they you off the
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streets. >> question: a public defender said that expanding police presence is going to be harmful to people who are already overpoliced and it cuts the promise you made in the wake of the george floyd murder death. what is your response to that? >> answer: it doesn't. you see significant investments in programs including commitment to the african american community for $60 million a year ongoing. and so you tell that to the families who i met with who are in tears from the attacks and telling me that they want the police there. telling me that they call the police and they want them to show up. the families and the people who live there, has anyone from the public defender's office or anyone else had a conversation with these families who feel uncomfortable walking their
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kids down the street. so have the public defender give them a call and see what they want and they need to protect their lives and their children. everyone in theory can is talk about all the policies they want around no police and defund the police and all of these other things, but at the end of the day, if someone beat your kid like that 11-year-old girl, who are you going to call to protect you? and that's the point of this. we have worked very hard in this city to turn things around with the challenges that have existed historically in the police department of san francisco and i'm very proud and confident in bill scott and his leadership and the various trainings, anti-bias trainings, the new recruits which have made the department more and more diverse and understanding of various communities, making sure that we're sensitive to the need and we're not creating these barriers to those who in the past have historically had
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challenges with the police. we have people who want a relationship. businesses in the tenderloin who want a relationship and treat their police officers with kindness and respect, the same with the police officers towards them. so folks can say what they want about all of this going back on your word this and that, but at the end of the day, the people in this community are not safe and it is not fair and it's not right. and part of the response to this is definitely police officers. >> question: [ indiscernible ] >> answer: and they're deployed in the tenderloin too. but let me just be clear and the chief can talk about that. this declaration of emergency is more so about making sure
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that we are dealing with our public health crisis on the streets and part of it separately from that is definitely a significant increase on our police response. so, if you want, i can bring chief scott up if you have a question. yes. >> thank you, mayor. everything that was said today only enhances our ability to do our jobs. enforcement, we have to enforce. we have to arrest drug dealers. a lot of what people complain about are the street conditions, open air injections of whatever is being injected in peoples' arms and toes and those things have to be addressed. the other side of that is our officer has said time and time again, let's have a system where we can get the social
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workers involved and that's exactly what this does at the front end so we can go and do the things that the public wants us to do. arrest people that are hurting people. stop the open air drug uses. stop some of the craziness that's going on on our streets and that's what most of us came on this job to do and this only enhances our ability to do that because our officers will work in partnership with the health department and social services so they don't have to do that. we know to treat people with dignity and respect. we came on this job to be cops and this will only enhance that and the deployment that's already been increased. and i want to echo that in my comments that the mayor said. thanks to the mayor and the support of her budget office than any other community by far year to date.
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all this needs to come together. we will continue to invest in the tenderloin, our officers have worked a lot of hours and they don't mind doing that, but they want good outcomes. so when we enforce, we want consequences when the evidence is there. we need to support so they're not doing social work. we understand we have to treat people well and do the job the way we have expected. and we need the support. the emergency declaration and my professional opinion will give us that support right now. so thank you. >> question: mayor breed, you mention an intention to move people to a place they need to be monitored. can you expand on where they will be moved to? >> answer: yes.
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mary ellen caroll can answer that. >> yes. so we made reference to a linkage center and we will have people who are experiencing substance abuse disorder, they can link up with the department of public health resources. they can link with community based organization resources and treatment. we can find out where they are in the housing system if they need housing and we can also meet them where they are with some basic hygiene, food. we really want people to -- this is really intended to be a warm intervention with people to engage people. i think i can tell you personally and i think a lot of people feel frustrated with the lack of intervention and the lack of ways to intervene with people who are suffering on the street.
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and so this is a place that we can pull people in and get them warm, get them dry. get them fed and have them connected to all of the many services and resources that the city has. >> question: [ indiscernible ] >> answer: yes. it is voluntary. people can come in on their own. people will also be given choices. so there is a push pull. our intention is to be more pull than push, but there will be and as the chief has talked about, there may be instances where people have a choice. you know, you're doing something illegal, something that's harmful in the neighborhood in this situation. we have this option for you to go here and we're hopeful that people are going to take us up on that option as much as possible.
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>> welcome to the rules committee of the san francisco board of supervisors for today monday january 10, our first meeting of the new year. i'm the chair of the committee, aaron peskin joined by vice chair supervisor rafael mandelman. our clerk is mr. young. >> clerk: the minutes will reflect the video conference. the board recognizes that public access to city services is essential and invites public participation. public comment will be available on each item on this agenda either channel 26, 78 or 99 at or streaming the public call in number across the screen. each speaker will be allowed two u.m.u.s