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tv   Mayors Press Availability  SFGTV  January 13, 2022 5:30am-7:01am PST

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>> good morning everyone. here we are. some of you have been with us. this is our fifth building the infrastructure of america event for our country. democrats delivered today safe streets and roads for all. some of you were with us when we began this series of just a few weeks ago at the joe mazola
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training center where we saw apprenticeships in action, kids learning how to weld so they could repair and build water systems which were very much apart of the infrastructure legislation, the bipartisan ininfrastructure frame work. following that, some of us were together at the transbay terminal where we all came together to solute what was happening in that legislation for transportation in the bay area. $5 billion to come right here for transit whether it's e electricfication. next, we had a town hall which was participated in by thousands of people in the bay area to talk about with garrett hoffman what was happening in the legislation to save our planet as we improve the quality of life, created jobs,
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lowered costs in the legislation. and, today, we have our fifth event. this one is a matter of life and death. this one is so important to us and this one takes place on a day where across america will probably add up to about 500 events including the ones that i mentioned to come to the community, thank people for their ideas, to share with them opportunities that will be there as we build back better. this is an initiative of president joe biden. president biden has said i want to do everything i can in a bipartisan way to build the infrastructure of our country, but i will not confine my vision for the country to that and so we're working on the b.b.b., the build back better legislation as we go forward to save the planet to lower cost for health care, to prescription drugs, lower cost for child care, lower costs in
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every way, lower taxes for the middle class again doing so paid for by making people who are wealthy and corporate america to pay for fair share. that's what's taking place today. so it's an honor to be in san francisco. we'll be joined by the mayor shortly. i want to thank her for all of her initiatives. oh, we are. thank you, mayor, for honoring us with your presence. and thank you for the leadership and the priority you have placed on the safety of the people of san francisco which is a very major responsibility for us. your vision 0 bold plan to end traffic fatalities by 2024 as well as your leadership just last week with the proposal to invest $400 million in muni
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reliability and street safety. i solute you for that and i know you join me in saluting our bay area colleagues who are here who are going to be making their fregss. janice lee, the san francisco bicycle coalition and i know you will agree our v.i.p. today is julie nicholson who survived a terrible traffic injury on our streets here in san francisco and extraordinary courage and resilience inspires us all and she will be speaking and representing the voices of so many of those who are here, families for safe streets. thank you all for being here. for sharing your tragedies, but also giving us your courage to turn your pain into progress and help to prevent other families from suffering the
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agony that you have. and we even have some other survivors of crashes as well. so we'll be hearing from them; but first as i put in context, this is a drum beat across america to make sure this happens, i'll talk to you know just a little bit before i have the privilege of yielding not only yielding, but praising our mayor once again. here's what it's about. the bay area has long seen more of its fair share of heart breaking traffic deaths. you all are here as eloquent testimony to that. while we saw 462 traffic fatalities nationally last year
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marked the most traffic deaths and fatalities have been shortly on the rise for a decade. they are families shattered by the tragedy, community safe streets and roads for all. we secured $14 billion nationally for roadway safety which will help make california streets safer and friendlier. $260 million from the highway improvement program to help reduce fatalities and injuries on our roads. this will help design complete streets to design safe and accessible. but the new $5 billion safe streets for all initiatives, our city can compete for
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funding for vision 0 particularly for our high injury network just 13% of roads account for 75% of severe and fatal accidents. with new funding to modernize our data collection, we'll get a clearer picture of where and how our crashes occur. and with $7.2 billion for transportation alternatives nationally, we'll improve safety of sidewalks, bike lanes, just got a tour in terms of what it means for bike lanes and trails. so i just want to for the bay area workers, rebuilding middle class as we rebuild communities. it will be transformative safe system approach and i know that's what's happening right here on folsom and second with
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this historic achievement, democrats are delivering for the bay area and beyond. i was now at this point supposed to be introducing julie nicholson. instead, we're just going to hear first from our distinguished mayor and we thank her for the priority of the people of san francisco. whether it's safety on the streets. safety in terms of their health care. safety in terms of diminishing drug use. more people have died of drug use and covid here. and the mayor is taking the bull by the horns. with that fighting retail crimes and all. safety is the first responsibility of government. it's the oath we take to protect and defend whether it's the constitution or the people, our mayor has been a champion in living up to that important priority for the community, for
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the people, for the children, our mayor, london breed. [ applause ] [please stand by]
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. . . . it was really about a demand from the people of san francisco to see change to see see change in the particular areas. so many collisions to build for access from the east side to the west side. homes were bulldozed in my community to make what i for gary boulevard which is in essence a freeway in the middle of our city. and we have had to make some significant change and as speaker pelosi has said, 13% of the location that are the high injury network represent 75% of the collisions that occurred in the street causing major injury
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and death. this infrastructure bill is so important because here in san francisco we are fortunate that the people of the city care about making improvements to our city. and last week i introduced a transportation and safety bond that will help with high injury corridors and we will aggressively continue the work. but local dollars alone are not enough, and we need help. this infrastructure bill will not only help san francisco. it will help this entire country. so that we can improve safety on the streets especially in major densities like san francisco where you have seen a significant increase in the number of people who are walking and biking and i am really proud that this city has taken steps
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since i have been mayor to produce 20 new miles of protected bike lanes as well as daylighting and changes. and we prioritize safety over speed. so that we change how people move around the city. so people know exactly where they belong on the streets to get from point a to point b. madam speaker said our responsibility as leaders to keep people safe. and part of keeping people safe is making investments and sometimes the changes and removal of parking and other things make people upset or uncomfortable. at the end of the day, if it's going to save someone's life, this is a small sacrifice to make. i am grateful to be here with
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the extraordinary leader with walk sf and the bicycle coalition and so many advocates who have been impact by tragedy. tragedy where they lost loved ones and where sadly they have experienced it personally hems. and my hope is that we don't continue to go down this path. that is why these investments and that work in san francisco is so important. at this time and i would like to yield the floor back to our special guest julie. thank you so much. >> thank you so much, mayor breed. and madam speaker. what an incredible honor it is to be here today. i am julie nicholson. i am a member for safe streets community and see behind me a professor of early childhood and a mother of three wonderful girls.
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almost two years ago january 4, 2020 i was out doing my favorite form of self-care jogging in the panhandle and kel a britting getting to the -- celebrating getting to the end of my husband's final chemo treatment and a driver ricochetted off a car and making an illegal left turn and came into the park to hit me throwing me 20 feet and leaving me with a broken back and broken neck. took me eight months of therapy and healing. but here i am. i'm fortunate. going through that experience opened my eyes to the preventible health crisis of traffic violence. this is a preventible health crisis that is getting worse not better. it is a preventible health crisis that impacts not just me
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but everything with the preventible health crisis with proven solutions. i am standing up feeling so thankful, so grateful and overwhelmeded as a traffic violence survivor and i also feel so grateful to our federal leaders for the infrastructure bill that is going to bring attention and action to bring safer streets. we have trauma all across this country from those who are being hurt by traffic violence, but i'm here to say thank you to madam speaker. and on behalf of families for safe streets and our community, i want to say thank you for the infrastructure bill, for the action you are taking to make our streets safer. it means so much to me. it means so much to all of us. >> thank you.
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>> and it says so much when we talk about what julie describes. and the eloquence of your statement and speaking for families for safe streets and the tragedy they underwent and one of them said this isn't about an accident. some of this is the decision to run a red light and we have to be prepared in every possible way. and the person who knows that very well is jeffrey tumlint director of san francisco municipal transportation area. thank you so much. >> let's hear it for jeffrey for keeping san francisco moving in a way that is safe for bicycle, pedestrians, people in cars and the rest. and during the q&a he will take
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all the hard questions because he tells us a beautiful story about what is happening at second and fulsom with the and as a local member of the state legislature -- so in any case, >> i hope he is not one of my constituents. >> i just really want to thank all of you for being here. i want to thank the speaker for the tenacity and vision at the last that i was able to attend. i want to thank the mayor for her vision and tenacity in a
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very difficult position. she is inspiring as a speaker. thank you so much for your career and vocation and your heartfelt story about your experience and to all of you as the speaker said through experiencing and helping you save lives. and i want to thank somebody as a staff person and appreciate -- she is shaking her head. we used to serve together when i was an mtc commissioner and she was a wonderful staff person and now she is working with san francisco to make sure the projects are done. and so this is really a kwigs vigs and it is time as the mayor said and the speaker has done so with her usual tenacity and for the federal government to reengage in the trfk.
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and when i started in transportation and the federal government and the model was almost 75% from the federal government, 25% local and state. and here in san francisco and the region with the eastern bay and contra costa county where we have passed super majority self-help sales tax to invest and where the state has done that and the mayor mentioned she is doing it again. now the federal government is back thanks to our leadership. this whole systems management not only will save lives but help everyone's quality of life. for every single occupancy vehicle you take off the road and put somebody on a bike or walking, it saves the environment. it is a multiplier of 10 on climate and traditional pollutants. it creates safety and reduces congestion. my constituents in the suburbs say every time we take one of us
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out of a car and put them on transit and bikes like comben hagan and amsterdam and mus any where 50% of the peak trips are by bike, we start to reduce congestion along with tele commuting and this is how readdress our transportation challenges hoer in the bay area. and what happens in the bay area and what happens in california, as jimmy carter said, happens in the rest of the united states. what we're doing here today not just saves lives here, not just in the region, not just in california, but will save lives all over the united states. so thank you so much for your vision, your tenacity and heartfelt advocacy. >> thank you. they are a health issue. clean air for our children. they are a safety issue in terms of what we are talking about here today. they are a jobs issue and the jobs created to do all of this.
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and they are, again, ea quality of life issue by getting more cars off the roads and more people safety making their own choices about walking and biking and here is jody who i referenced in my remarks. and from pedestrian. >> i want to take a moment to remember the people who have lost this year in san francisco to violence with a moment of sigh tense.
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in the past month we lost aram who moved to san francisco to be closer to his grand kids and made the city his home. he loved walking. he was walking home after working the night shift as a security guard and was hit and killed in the bayview neighborhood. we also lost andrew zieman. andrew was a paraprofessional who works at the elementary school he attended as a child. the school kids used to call him mr. andrew. he was hit and killed outside of the school on november 10. i was only 30 years old. only one block from here where we stand, antonio was hit and killed while, like so many others, simply trying to cross the street. standing with me today as you have heard from julie and members of the san francisco bay areas for safe streets. these are people who suffered
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incomprehensible loss. steve, gina and joe, we are here for you today. other survivors survived being severely injured with traffic crashes. the brave people are here to demand that the changes to the streets and mayor breed is standing with us as well as a true visionary for safe streets. it is deeply meaningful for us no n pedestrian with madam speaker as well as representative. thank you for being here.
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for so long they have been focused around making it easy for cars to get around. and the speed of vehicles has been the priority. but this bill does change that. the thing that i think about is every day what if a mid sight airport fell from the sky? that is the equivalent of what we are counting in our country from countless towns and cities and people in communities are suffering from unsafe streets for facing the crisis we have in our cities. we are sending a clear message that the country's approach to traffic safety must change because crashes are preventible. it is packing it up with funding
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to change this and doing this right here in san francisco. walk san francisco along with our advocates together with our city's mayor london breed and our city's agencies are pushing hard to make san francisco the beacon for other cities. we are trying to show what we can do when safety is the number one priority. and trying to cross the street is no longer a life or death situation. this infrastructure bill is focused on safety. that is incredible. this might be the first time in our city's history that federal agency is thinking about safety first. and as secretary of transportation pete buttigieg said, we cannot and should not
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accept these fatalities as part of walk fran and representatives for standing with us today. thank you for taking action to fundamentally change this country's approach to traffic safety. thank you so much. >> thank you for being with us. >> i want to extend my deep gratitude to madam speaker and representative for your tireless leadership in d.c., fighting for equity for bay area residents. the infrastructure and jobs act means equity for san franciscans
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right here in the south of market and means equity because this infrastructure bill is going to bring much-needed investments to streets historically design to be dangerous. just take a look at where we are right here standing. they were never designed with people biking, walking or taking transit and these were defactor highways to ket through one of the densest neighborhoods and the results were deadly. the names of bicyclists hit and killed while biking on these two treat streets won't stop until investments are made and of course, i cannot forget antonio, the 78-year-old senior who was crossing a block away from here this past april. he was hit and killed by a speeding driver just around the corner from the senior affordable housing he lived in. he was a well phone and beloved member in the filipino
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community. it is people like this whose lives are cut short when we don't have our funds to update our infrastructure to the modern day. this needs to stop and we need to fund shovel ready projects now to bring equitable investments to save lives on our streets thanks to state and federal funding, we are seeing the fruits of early implementation but they will soon be overhauled with transit priority traffic signals, better lighting and safe intersections for pedestrians and a protected two-way bike lane. lastly, thank you to you, mayor breed. you mentioned we are celebrating protected bike lanes ere and to build 20 miles of protected bike lanes in two years and thanks to jeffrey tumlin and the
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leadership at smif smif we want to thank you for prioritizing street safety because truly our lives depend on it. thank you. >> thank you for being with us. thank you for being with us. one of the many fine points is highways through the areas and to divide communities is equity ir, fairness, justice and is so so much a part of what he is doing to undue some past
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injustices of dividing neighborhoods so that this just piece of it and within the initiatives of building back better. and with that, any questions you may have? we like to start on this subject. on this subject. >> we never give up. wrote a letter to my colleagues yesterday. saying first and foremost we will continue to pass to fight the legislation. the democratic leader wrote a similar letter to his colleagues yesterday. this will happen, must happen and we will do it as soon as we can. there are conversations that are
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ongoing but we cannot walk away from this commitment and build back better and transforming the society. build back bet we are women in the work place and with work force development for younger people and newer people who are reaching in with the diversity that is there. this will not pass and i have confident that senator manchin cares about our country. we will not be deterred. anybody want to add to that? >> amen. >> but back to here, i think it will be very interesting just to hear jeffrey tell us this year some of what you told us on the tour because he made one point
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that was very interesting and i never thought of every day. and when you are building these kinds of changes for safety in neighborhoods, it is much more worker centric than big machinery. >> thank you, speaker. >> as the speaker said when we work for safe streets like building protected bike ways and upgrading traffic signals and other vision zero work t creation of jobs factor is so much greater than big machinery and concrete and steel. every single dollar spent on vision zero projects goes to creating skill labor jobs and hundreds up here at the sfmta. a lot of this work we do in-house and a lot more we spend
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on local contractors and disadvantaged enterprises to have the money spend in a way that develops community and created more skilled jobs. >> thank you for that enlightenment and also for your leadership. any other questions on what we are doing here today? >> thank you, all, for coming and salute the mayor because what happens in pedestrian serves as a model aross loed and what they thought would work very well, so your voices, the mayor's intercession and turn into public policy benefit not just san francisco but the
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entire country so thank you for being here. to all of you who suffers through any of this, thank you for your generosity of spirit to share your stories so el quantity so that other people will not have to offer. with that, again, congratulations, mayor, on your successes here. thank you, all, very much for coming. let's build back better for the people. thank you very much.
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>> my name is holly i'm been in enterprise software training for 10 years that expired film
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and art and voice-over week work and all kinds of work. >> i'm jane a program director for the state of california i have the privilege of working on special technology projects for the depth of the technology a passion for helping people and a passion for doing work that makes a difference and makes me feel good at night and i think about what i did today and helping every single person in the city as. >> a technology professional a need for more women and more women in leadership roles the diversity and the leadership pipeline is an area that needs a little bit of love. >> a lot of love. >> a whole lost love. >> i'll contribute for the
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change for women's equality by showing up and demonstrating that the face of success schizophrenia came come in a variety of corresponds. >> they're a lot of roadblocks for san francisco when it comes to our proposition and finding a play for information that has how to start and grow management so we started to build the san francisco business portal not just consults or the taxpayers and voters they're actually customers we are the government serving the consumers in our neighborhood i point to at least one best that i personally touched with one way or another and makes me feel good about the projects like the business portal and in embarking on this new exciting journey of finding
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better and efficient ways to deliver services to san franciscans i sit through a lot of senior management meetings i'm the only woman in the room i know that our c i o is tried to recruit for women and a male dominated environment. >> i've felt unbounded and inspired to pursue a lot of things over time i recognize to be cricked in ways i didn't anticipate you know i've followed the calling but now put me in a position to spend most of my time doing things i love this is the whole point; right? you ought to feel inspired in our work and found opportunities to have you're work put you in
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service for others and happy doing what you're spending so much time. >> my father was a journalist lift and my mom a teacher when we finally decided to give up their lives because of me and now i actually get to serve the city and county of san francisco it makes me feel really, really good not this didn't happen overnight i've worked my entire life to get to this point and much more to learn and i have a lot of changes ahead. >> really think about what moves you what you're pat's about and trust that you are sufficient and enough where you are to begin and then is her that you are being tenacious about getting to the next place
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in the evolution but by all means start with you are and know that's enough (clapping.) the airport it where i know to mind visions of traffic romance and excitement and gourmet can you limousine we're at san francisco inspirational airport to discover the award-winning concession that conspiracies us around the world. sfo serves are more 40 million travelers a year and a lot of the them are hungry there's many restaurant and nearly all are
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restaurant and cafe that's right even the airport is a diane designation. so tell me a little bit the food program at sfo and what makes this so special >> well, we have a we have food and beverage program at sfo we trivia important the sustainable organic produce and our objective to be a nonterminal and bring in the best food of san francisco for our passengers. >> i like this it's is (inaudible) i thank my parents for bringing me here. >> this the definitely better than the la airport one thousand times better than. >> i have a double knees burger
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with bacon. >> i realize i'm on a diet but i'm hoping this will be good. >> it total is san francisco experience because there's so many people and nationalities in this town to come to the airport especially everyone what have what they wanted. >> are repioneering or is this a model. >> we're definitely pioneers and in airport commemoration at least nationally if not intvrl we have many folks asking our our process and how we select our great operators.
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>> ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ the food option in san francisco airport are phenomenal that's if it a lot of the airports >> yeah. >> you don't have the choice. >> some airports are all about food this is not many and this particular airport are amazing especially at the tirnl indicating and corey is my favorite i come one or two hours before my flight this is the life. >> we definitely try to use as many local grirnts as we can we use the goat cheese and we also use local vendors we use greenly produce they summarize the local
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soured products and the last one had 97 percent open that. >> wow. >> have you taken up anything unique or odd here. >> i've picked up a few things in napa valley i love checking chocolates there's a lot of types of chocolate and caramel corn. >> now this is a given right there. >> i'm curious about the customer externals and how people are richmond to this collection of cities you've put together not only of san francisco food in san francisco but food across the bay area. >> this type of market with the local savors the high-end products is great. >> i know people can't believe
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they're in an airport i really joy people picking up things for their friends and family and wait i don't have to be shopping now we want people take the opportunity at our location. >> how long has this been operating in san francisco and the late 18 hours it is one of the best places to get it coffee. >> we have intrrnl consumers that know of this original outlet here and come here for the coffee. >> so let's talk sandwiches. >> uh-huh. >> can you tell me how you came
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about naming our sandwiches from the katrero hills or 27 years i thought okay neighborhood and how do you keep it fresh you can answer that mia anyway you want. >> our broadened is we're going not irving preserves or packaged goods we take the time to incubate our jogger art if scratch people appreciate our work here. >> so you feel like out of captured the airport atmosphere. >> this is its own the city the
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airline crews and the bag handlers and the frequent travels travelers and we've established relationships it feels good. >> when i get lunch or come to eat the food i feel like i'm not city. i was kind of under the assumption you want to be done with our gifts you are down one time not true >> we have a lot of regulars we didn't think we'd find that here at the airport. >> people come in at least one a week for that the food and service and the atmosphere. >> the food is great in san francisco it's a coffee and i took an e calorie home every couple of weeks. >> i'm impressed i might come
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here on my own without a trip, you know, we have kids we could get a babysitter and have diner at the airport. >> this is a little bit of things for everybody there's plenty of restaurant to grab something and go otherwise in you want to sit you can enjoy the experience of local food. >> tell me about the future food. >> we're hoping to bring newer concepts out in san francisco and what our passengers want. >> i look forward to see what your cooking up (laughter) ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪
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♪♪ >> today we've shown you the only restaurant in san francisco from the comfortableing old stand but you don't have to be hungry sfo has changed what it is like to eat another an airport check out our oblige at tumbler . >> president cohen: i want to welcome you to our regularly scheduled police commission meeting. it's wednesday, january 12th, 5:38 in the evening. we are excited to be here and ready to roll owl our sleeves
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and serve. i want to recognize vice president of there commission cindy elias. we've got commissioner byrne, commissioner yee, and commissioner hamasaki joining us. we've got the chief of police bill scott and the director of d.p.a. paul henderson. we've got a full house and we're ready to rock and roll. would you please join me and put your right hand over your heart and state the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the united states of america and to the republican, one nation, under god with liberty and justice for all. >> president cohen: thank you. could you please call the roll. >> clerk: commissioner carter
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oberstone, [roll call] president cohen, you have a quorum. >> president cohen: thank you very much. i appreciate that. let's go ahead and take item one, general public comment. >> clerk: general public comment. the public is now welcomed to address the commission for up to two minutes on items that do not appear on tonight's agenda, but are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the police commission. under police commission rules of order during public comment neither police or d.p.a. personnel nor commissioners are required to respond to questions by the public but may provide a brief response. opportunity to speak during the public comment period are available via phone by calling (415) 655-0001.
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and enter access code 24954595515 and press pound. and then press pound again. dial star three if you wish to make a comment. this will advise the moderator that you wish to speak and add you to the queue. best practices are to call from a quiet location, speak clearly and slowly and turn down any devices in the background. alternatively, you may submit public comment in either of the following ways. e-mail the secretary of the police commission at or written comments may be sent via u.s. postal service to the public safety building located at 1245 3rd street, san francisco, california, 94158. we have a few for public
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comment. good evening caller, you have two minutes. >> caller: my name is suzanne busman and i volunteer with wealth and disparities in the black community. i'm going to call it what it is, anti-blackness when it comes to the use of force, arrests, and racial profiling, traffic stops of black san franciscans [ indiscernible ] i'm tired of talking to the police commission. if the tables were turned and these statistics represent white folks, i know there would be an urgency. [ indiscernible ] this is truly a responsibility as you took an oath to uphold the law, as i said, i'm tired. not tired enough to quit, however tired of beating a dead
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horse and tired of our concerns falling on dead ears. tired of finding this anti-black discern discern. we've continually spoken about anti-black disparities in sfpd's data. the police commission -- at last week's commission meeting, vice president elias declared the state numbers to be disturbing including here in san francisco. that's a good start. let's talk about that. a black san franciscan is more likely to be stopped than a white san franciscan. a black san franciscan is nine times as likely to be subject to use of force. this is an entire statewide disparity. when will the police commission take charge and force sfpd to acknowledge these anti-black
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disparities and pledge to reduce them? thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> caller: hello, my name is june bridges and i'm with wealth and disparities in the black community. the following is a quote from founder felicia jones. there's an urgency to address black san franciscans.' i'm going to call it what it is, anti-blackness. i've grown tired of talking to the police commission, to sfpd and the board of supervisors. where is the urgency. if the tables were turned and these statistics represented white folks, there would be an urgency. when are you going to address the hash be bias and unjustice statistics which is truly a responsibility when you took an oasis to uphold the law. as you said, i'm tired, not tired enough to quit. tired enough to look to new sources who find this
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anti-blackness to be an urgency so we've sought help from attorney general rob bonnta. since 6 years we've been speaking to the anti-black disparities and sfpd data. the police commission has not responded. yet, at last week's meeting, the r.i.p.a. numbers were declared to be alarming. why are wnt talking about the numbers. a black san franciscan is more likely to be stopped in a traffic stop than a white san franciscan. nine times to be subject of use of force. and eleven times likelier to be arrested. sfpd is guilty of massive anti-black racial profiling which has only gotten worse over time. a black ups driver showed sfpd stopping her while she was in her uniform in her truck working. which are an opportunity for
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sfpd to wield its racism. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> caller: good evening, my name is kit hodge. i also volunteer with wealth and disparities. there's an urgency tea to address the injustices of black san franciscans. i'm going to call it what it is. i've grown tired of talking to police commission, sfpd and the board of supervisors. where is the urgency? if the tables were turned and these statistics represented white people, i know there would be an urgency. you took an oath to uphold the law and seek support for all
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san franciscos. i'm tired. not tired enough to quit. however, tired of beating a dead horse. out of our chambers and offices of urgency and [ indiscernible ] since 96a and [ indiscernible ] cops the anti-black disparities sfpd data. the police commission has not responded. yet, last week's meeting, the state numbers were declared to be alarming. but sfpd discerning numbers are far worse. a black san franciscan is six times as likely subject to a traffic stop, e.i. rochelle profiling than a white san franciscan. far higher than the statewide. and eleven times more likely to be arrested. [ indiscernible ] traffic citations that have been here for months. thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you, caller.
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good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> caller: good evening, police commissioners. tonight, i'm calling in comment with the tenderloin action that seems to be undertaken obviously causing a great deal of controversy with our supervisors and our mayor bringing things to a halt and questioning whether or not we should as a city do anything about the tenderloin because of the fear of this department specifically taking its usual brutal and excessive actions in that district. so i hope that you take that controversy as police commissioners as a note that this government dysfunction is targeted in this department and especially with the war on drugs, the actions that we're undertaking on behalf of
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probigs are causing the fentanyl crisis on our streets. only a few years ago, it was a heroin crisis and we were only carrying machetes and today it's a fentanyl crisis and they're carrying automatic weapons. this was predicted. it's predictable and we shouldn't react to it with more violence unless we want more violence on our streets. reliable and predictably as we've seen these police actions, we've seen a wave of murders. we've seen a wave of violence. so i'm calling on you, police commissioners to find another way. to find change such that your department isn't the most controversial piece of responding to something in an emergency. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> caller: good evening.
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i'm calling in to ask for more police officers routinely patrolling as well as increased foot patrols throughout the city. i was prompted to do this because i remain deeply disturbed by several incidents i've witnessed in the last few months both on muni and elsewhere in the city alarmed at what our city has become. san francisco should be a world class city yet we voluntarily ham strung our police department. i agree with our mayor that our city has been destroyed by crime and i'm deeply frustrated with the policies imposed by this commission and others which i see as exacerbating these issues rather than alleviating them. i believe our officers fail to respond to a crime out of that our district are more interested in dealing with victims. i'm sick of seeing san francisco as a place where people can come from other states, disrespect it, and
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leave all while our civic institutions are more protecting them than our own citizens. as a black man who's deeply concerned. i'm getting deeply tired of an agenda. i've lived in places where racial profiling is real. i believe there's an element in san francisco that has stretched this message so far that we have ham strung our criminal justice system. i know many people viemently oppose our police department i'd like to see policies move in the opposite direction. our police department has been hindered by policies from being able to respond to crimes and i think it's an utter disgrace. everywhere i go in our city, i see broken windows and boarded up businesses. i'm sick of the looting, the unchecked theft and the fact that people are interested in enacting policies that only make these problems worse. i started walking the streets
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of the tenderloin every day and i want to fully support the state of emergency and i want to see the actions that the mayor called for continue. >> clerk: good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> caller: hi. good evening. this is barry toronto. just a couple issues. i hate being a broken record, but the officers at the hilton continue to love occupying the taxi stand. it doesn't matter between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., but we would like to queue up to be available for airports and be available for people going out unfortunately, the officer system vehicle with the sometimes the emergency lights are on depending on which officer is there. however, i don't think it's their job to take away our
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business. unfortunately the officer next topic is i want to thank the lieutenant for helping to deal with the petty cabs blocking our ability to serve chase center. chase center's a major business for us and also those surge pricing, it is important that we're able to stage at chase center at the end of games and special events at that venue. unfortunately, the petty cabs are making it very tough for us. and last but not least, the taxi stand at walgreens at 18th and castro, i'm having trouble getting police officers late at night because after 11:30 it's police officers that are available to provide the tagging of the vehicles of the cab stand next to walgreens. i'm getting very little cooperation from the officers and they're not wanting to cite
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the vehicles parked in our cab stand. it is a very busy area at night. what is centrally located to make this available for calls., taxi calls and for dispatch calls to the nearby hospitals and other venues. to please help us out in getting the officers to cooperate in this way. why can't they write citations. what's wrong with that? thank you very much. thank you. >> clerk: good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> caller: commissioners. when you look at the emergency in the tenderloin, first and foremost, the people from the tenderloin should have been consulted. proposition c has sufficient money so that we can address the issues. the mayor was against it, but
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now she wants to tap into that money. they chose a building, tried to lease it, spent $18 million. this is a democracy. and you commissioners fall asleep at the cockpit and the chief now wants to be played like a sidekick. the chief must understand that this is san francisco. we embrace the poor and this addiction that people die is all over the city and we have
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companies like [ indiscernible ] who provide the opioids. none of us have the guts to ask companies like my cousin and others to contribute to the healing of our city. what we do is [ indiscernible ] down the streets and try to boot the homeless, boot those who are addicted and think that we are somebody. our heart is not in the right place. and you commissioners, each one of ya'll -- >> clerk: president cohen, that concludes public comment. i think you're muted, president cohen. >> president cohen: yes. thank you. what i'd like to do now is go back to the top of the agenda
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and hear the consent calendar. >> clerk: you would like to go to the consent calendar. >> president cohen: please call item two, the consent calendar. >> clerk: line item two, consent calendar. the items on consent calendar are considered routine and for purposes only. if anybody would like to address the items on consent calendar. please make it known that you would like it. tonight, there will be no discussion or presentation on the items. sfpd sb 1421 monthly report, november and december 2021.
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dpa sb 1421 monthly report. >> president cohen: colleagues, any questions on the consent calendar? all right. seeing none. is there -- let's take public comment and then we'll take action. >> clerk: if you would like to make public comment, please dial star three at this time. and, president cohen, there is no public comment. >> president cohen: thank you. is there a motion to accept and adopt the consent calendar? a motion made by commissioner elias. is there a second? >> commissioner: second. >> president cohen: second made by commissioner byrne. please call the roll. >> clerk: on the motion to accept the consent calendar item, [roll call]
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you have six yeses. >> president cohen: great everyone. that's unanimous. consent calendar passes. sergeant, could you please call a few items. we're going to go out of order. i'd like you to call item seven. >> clerk: line item 7, discussion and possible action to adopt revised department general order 5.01, "use of force policy and proper control of a person." meet and confer draft was approved by the commission on
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december 8th, 2021. discussion and possible action. >> president cohen: colleagues, is there any discussion? if not, i'm ready for action. i feel we've discussed a lot about this at this point. d.g.o.5.01. it's often we're here at this point. chief, is there anything you would like to say about this d.g.o. or director henderson? if not, i'm happy to entertain public comment and then we'll take a motion and get moving. >> thank you, president cohen. i had a whole list just to highlight the changes in the d.g.o., but we have discussed it. i do just want to highlight a couple things for the public for those who haven't heard this. i won't go through the whole list. but this policy has been revised and there's a lot of work that went into this. a couple of highlights that are significant.
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the reporting of or reported injuries. so that will capture more accurate view of when by virtue of an incident report has to go along with that. it also adds a section about drawing firearms even when they're not pointing it. that is not a use of force, but it is a reportable incident and
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the thought process behind that, often times when officers draw their guns and people end up calling us and try to get a explanation as to why the gun came out in the first place, we didn't have a measure to capture that unless it was on body warn camera and sometimes it wasn't. this will give us the documentation to evaluate when doctors pull out their guns. so that is another addition and then the last thing that i talked about is just the use of force reporting has been operated. it requires that supervisors look at the video and evidence before they're in watch of the forms and some of the reporting of data has been upgraded. so these are all policy upgrades in my opinion. number one, i think it will get us even better. we've made a lot of progress and reducing force and pointing weapons and i think the data
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will help us determine how we're doing on that issue and i think it will take us even to a better place and our efforts to only use force whenever necessary and appropriate. that is it, i have more to talk about, but i'll leave it there and thank you for giving me time to talk about those highlights. >> president cohen: if you want more time, give me time to talk about it. >> i'm good. thank you. >> president cohen: all right. director henderson, i see you. >> director: okay. i'll save my comments until after action is taken, but i wanted to introduce janel kaywood who is my director on policy. i think we'll save our comments until after action is taken, but i just wanted to put a flag in it to make sure i get something to highlight some of
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the things that the chief brought up and that we're about to see that are evident in the policy. >> president cohen: thank you. i appreciate that. i was wondering who janel kaywood was. >> yes. thanks for having me tonight. it's an exciting new policy and we look forward to the implementation. we're thrilled. >> president cohen: all right. thank you very much. now, janel, are you the subject matter expert on this topic? >> i certainly worked on it. most of the revisions that d.p.a. had occurred in 2020 when samuel marion so it's been an 18-month collaboration between various d.p.a. personnel, sfpd and the commission in particular your vice president elias. we're thrilled about it. >> president cohen: all right. i appreciate your humbleness, sounds like the answer is 'yes' you are the subject matter
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expert. very good. colleagues, i want to pivot to commissioner elias to see if she's got any parting thoughts to put this to bed. >> vice president elias: i think we've talked all about it. i think like the chief said, this change really is going to help us capture more information and really get us get a better picture of these uses of force that are occurring when, how, why and so it's going to give us a better picture and by doing that, it's going to enhance our ability to create better policies. >> president cohen: let's go ahead and take comment on item number seven and then we'll take action. >> clerk: good evening caller. you have two minutes. >> caller: generally 5.01 is
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about humanity. and i know that ya'll are going to be all over the place but none of ya'll who are there in the trenches when we had the incident of mario woods or oscar grant. i was. today, for example, if you're talking about the gentleman from afghanistan. if you all have discussed and i know you're not capable of discussing cultural. and the priest of the muslims, then mom could have solved the problem. i know you guys. ya'll are shallow, inept, and
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confused. i have disarmed many young people inside of the police over the last 40 years. ya'll police officers don't live in the city. they live outside the city. they come here to make their money. you commissioners, and i'm watching ya'll are not committed to serving the people. you had people going to oakland, living in oakland, trying to represent san francisco, trying to go to sacramento, trying to bring legislators from sacramento to tell us when we have stellar constituents in san francisco.
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501 -- >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> caller: good evening, police commissioners. to continue plate the use of force policy tonight, i ask you whether or not it's in line with what's in state and the rest of the country, whether it's in line with the rest of the civilized world. in britain, a man can be running with a machete down the street and be arrested without harm to the police officers or to the man. we can all know that regardless of the use of force policy tonight, we're still not going to live in the city as safe as the u.k. whereas they shoot about as many people in a decade as we do in our state on a yearly basis