tv BOS Full Board of Supervisors SFGTV January 25, 2022 9:00pm-12:01am PST
mr. president, all members are present. >> president walton: thank you. the san francisco board of supervisors acknowledges that we are on the unseated homeland of the ramaytush ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the san francisco peninsula. as the indigenous stewards of this land, and in with their traditions the ramaytush ohlone have never seeded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as caretakers of this place. as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. as guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. we wish to pay our respects by
acknowledging the ancestors, elders and relatives of the ramaytush ohlone community and by affirming their sovereign rights as first people. colleagues, please stand with me and recite the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] on behalf of the board of supervisors, i would like to acknowledge the staff at sfgov tv. who record each of our meetings and make the transcripts available to the public online. do we have any communications? >> clerk: yes. i have a communication to the general public interested in accessing this meeting plotely.
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comment is limited to the following items. the board request your public testimony on the special orders scheduled not to begin before 3:00 p.m. item 24, that's the public hearing on the update on findings and recommendations regarding law enforcement practices. item 25 is the public hearing on the update to the city's response to address the omicron surge. the second area of comment is once item 27 is called, the board will request general public comment. there are several areas that are permitted to speak to. the approval of the december 23, 2021 special board meeting minutes. items that are on the latter section of the agenda, items 28-31. listing the matters for adoption without committee reference. the matters not on the agenda but within subject matter jurisdiction of the board of supervisors. all other agenda content would have reported out by the appropriate committee where the public comment requirement was
fulfilled. the board of supervisors will accept your written correspondence by u.s. mail. using the address the san francisco board of supervisors, number 1, carlton b. goodlett place, city hall 224, san francisco, california, 94102. or our e-mail address, that's bosatsfgovtv.org. you are experiencing trouble connecting call the clerk's office. we have a clerk standing by to assist you. that concludes my communication. >> president walton: thank you.
before we get started, just a friendly reminder, please mute your microphones when you are not speaking. we are now at approval of minutes. today we are approving the meeting minutes from the december 23, 2021 special board meeting. does anyone have any changes to the minutes? i don't see anyone. entertain a motion to approve these minutes made by supervisor peskin and seconded by supervisor preston. madam clerk, the roll please. >> clerk: on the minutes presented. [roll call vote]
there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: the minute will be approved after public comment as presented. we are now at our consent agenda items 1-3. >> clerk: these items are considered to be routine. if a member objects an item maybe removed and considered separately. i don't see anyone on the roster. please call the roll. >> clerk: on items 1-3. [roll call vote].
there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection these ordinances are passed unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 4. >> clerk: item 4. is an ordinance to approve a lease between the city and dolphin swimming and boating club for city property located at 502 and 504 jefferson street for a 25-year term in the 24-year option to extend containing general public access requirements and to waive the administrative code market rent determination requirement that otherwise would apply to this lease and to affirm the ceqa determination. >> president walton: thank you. please call the roster for item number.
>> clerk: on item 4. [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. please call item 5. >> clerk: an ordinance to retroactively authorize the department of public health to extend approximately $658,000 grant from the california department of public health to participate in a program entitled california home visiting state general fund expansion.
there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. please call item 6. >> clerk: item 6 is an ordinance to amend the administrative code to authorize the $7000 cash revolving fund for the office of the city administrator and real estate division. >> president walton: thank you. i do not see anyone on the roll. please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 6. [roll call vote]
there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: this ordinance passed on first reading unanimously. please call item 7. >> clerk: a resolution to authorize the office of contract administration to enter into a peoplesoft contract with intervision systems llc to purchase networking equipment, software, hardware manufactured by juniper network inc. through january 31, 2027. >> president walton: please call the roll for item 7. >> clerk: on item 7. [roll call vote].
there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection this resolution is adopted unanimously. please call item number 8. >> clerk: resolution to retroactively authorize the department of children youth and their families to extend $10 million grant from crankstart to support community-based organizations to provide before and after care programs for the san francisco unified school district for fiscal years 2021-22 and 22-23. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no one on the roster. please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 8. [roll call vote].
there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. this resolution is adopted unanimously. please call item number 9. >> clerk: a resolution to retroactively authorize the office of economic and workforce development to accept $500 million from the north valley workforce development board to expand the public workforce development system to respond to additional 100
>> president walton: thank you. without objection this resolution is adopted unanimously. please call item number 10. >> clerk: a resolution to approve the reissuance of revenue obligations by the california enterprise development authority for $11.4 million to finance or refinance certain educational and related facilities owned by the national center for international schools. >> president walton: thank you. i don't see anyone on the roster. please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 10. [roll call vote]
there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection this resolution is adopted unanimously. please call items 11 and 12 together? >> clerk: items 11 and 12 called together pertain to the power station, item 11 establishes the city and county of san francisco special tax district number 22-1 improvement area one. this item sets public hearing date for march 8, 2022 at 3:00. item 12 is the intention to incur bond debt for the city and county of san francisco special tax district 22-1 with other matters defined within the
resolution. >> president walton: i do have a small amendment to item number 12 on page 4 line 10. i would like to add the amendment to set the time to 3:00 p.m. similar to the amendment made to item number 11 in committee. can i get a second? seconded by supervisor preston. >> clerk: on the motion to amend item 12 to amend 3:00 p.m. time certain. [roll call vote]
adopted as amended unanimously. please call items number 13-18 together. >> clerk: item 13-18 comprised six resolutions to receive and approve annual reports for various community benefit districts for fiscal year 2019-2020. item 13 received the annual report for the yerba buena community benefit district. item 14 the ocean avenue community district, item 15 castro upper market district. the item 16 annual report for the noe valley district. item 18 receive and approve the annual report for the lower polk community district for fiscal years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
>> president walton: i don't see anyone on the roster. please call the roll for items 13-18. >> clerk: on items 13-18. [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thee resolutions are adopted unanimously. please call item number 19. >> clerk: item 19 is an ordinance to amended planning code to designate as landmark
reading unanimously. please call item number 20. >> clerk: to amend the administrative code to require landlords pursuing certain types of evicks to first provide their tenants with written notice and to end an opportunity to cure unless the eviction is base the on a safety issue and to make the appropriate findings. >> president walton: supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you. this board of supervisors has come together to ban most evictions with limited exceptions for health and safety throughout the pandemic. we did so as a public health measure. making eviction a last resort is a good policy not just during covid but for the future of our city. it's important that we have take things that work in our pandemic
response. one of the biggest positive changes during covid has been for the most part, making evictions a tool of last resort rather than a starting point for landlord-tenant dispute. with that context before you today is our eviction diversion ordinance and under this simple but impactful proposal before having grounds to serve a three-day econviction notice, a landlord is required to give the tenant a 10 day warning. allowing the tenant to correct the behavior at issue. as it stands now, a landlord can demand rent for example, on day one and if a tenant can't come up with the rent within three days, the tenant is subject to eviction. that landlord can evict if the tenant come up with the funnel rent on the fourth and fifth day. the same is true for other types of evictions. this happens too often and it's just wrong.
the fact is as a society, we don't resolve any other disputes like this. home foreclosures, consumer debts, car repossession, you name it. in no other situation does someone have just three days before losing their home or property but for some reason our system accepts three days as sufficient for resolving landlord-tenant disputes. ten days warning before eviction will be a game changer with advocates predicting this could help save thousands of san franciscans and resolve pending disputes without litigation. i want to thank my co-sponsor president walton, presidents chan, peskin, ronen, haney and melgar and my legislative aid and anti-displacement coalition for working closely with my office to craft this proposal as well as the city attorney's office.
madam clerk, let's go to our 2:30 order of business. >> clerk: official order 2:30, the recognition of commendation to the city and county of san francisco. >> president walton: thank you so much. colleagues, we have received three commendation requests for today. just reminder to colleagues, please remember to submit commendation requests by the end of the day on thursdays before board meetings so we can have time to make sure everyone is prepared for these special presentations. today we will go by roll call order which means i will be presenting first and today i wish to acknowledge the work of bayview hunters point advocates. the advocates established in
1994 as a grassroots organization founded, governed. and operated by long-term members of the vulnerable bayview hunters point neighborhood in san francisco. their programs combine community organizing with education, advocacy and direct services. they take an active role in mobilizing the bayview hunters point neighborhood on issues of environmental and economic justice. bayview hunters point community advocates work connected neighborhood residents with environmental justice issues in our neighborhood, seeking to increase community participation and environmental decision-making and to build skills in the community to support a cleaner environmental future. bayview hunters point programs help people live longer,
healthier lives of residents through new cohorts of environmental justice advocates. building and documenting strong social networks with neighbors and advocacy to local decision makers. under the leadership of michelle pierce, the executive director, the advocates have been able to expand their footprint since one onset of this pandemic. the advocates are a major partner in our covid response. before the data demonstrated why our community needed more resources, they were pushing for more community testing sites and more p.p.e. to protect people in community. as vehicle encampments grew and along side streets in the bay view hunters point community. the advocates went door-to-door and begun to identify the need
and provided resources to those families in need. like food, clothing and connection to services. i am so grateful and appreciative of this organization and their staff. i would like to thank the entire staff. executive director michelle pierce, anthony kelly, anthony khalil, anthony austin, da leila, cory monroe, jan zu and a tamia -- here to say a brief thank you is mr. cory monroe. i don't see on camera.
>> hello. how you doing? we wanted to say thank you. we really appreciate the acknowledgement from the san francisco board of supervisors. i'm here with anthony khalil and anthony austin. we're so thankful on behalf of michelle pierce, our executive director and tony kelly our supervisor, we're just thoughtful. thank you for giving a shot out to maya bonner who did a lot of work. we'll forever miss her and hold her in our thoughts. we're just really grateful for this acknowledgement, he go out and help people. we do it from our heart. we love the people in our community. the people really appreciate it and they are grateful for the work we're doing. >> if i may take a moment. thank you president of the board, thank you supervisors. for that moment, to recognize
selfless life of a dear center maya bonner who served countless people during the pandemic continuously with the food program as well as food insecure families here in district 10, bayview hunters point. we want to recognize her life for doing the work. i want to take this moment to salute this recognition to continue that legacy of not looking outside of our community but looking within. it takes each one of us. >> president walton: thank you so much, bayview hunters point advocates for your tremendous service and community. [ applause ] now we have commendation by supervisor rafael mandelman.
>> supervisor mandelman: last fall, the spread of the delta variant, constituent resources stretched thin. the leaders of the lgbtq cultural district recognized need for the castro. the narrative until that point has been that the castro didn't need a drop in vaccine sites. that narrative ignored the relate as a hub for lgbtq people from across the city with lots of visitors who might not have access to insurance and vaccines. that narrative ignored the disproportionate the risk people living with hiv and lgbtq seniors faced in this pandemic
and many healthcare providers failed to provide covid-19 testing despite health orders. in response to district 10, the castro lgbtq hub the site for drop -- their timing counterhave been better with the hub as a critical resource. as weekly case numbers soared, the lines around the hub grew longer every saturday. hundreds of people get tested there every week and over 1000 vaccines and booster shots have been administered there. hub continues to play an integral role in keeping san franciscos safe. i want to thank the following individuals for their work to
>> hi, everyone. thank you so much supervisor mandelman. i'm the program associate here at the castro lgbtq culture district and lead of our covid-19 hub. since the creation of our covid-19 hub, supervisor mandelman and his staff have shown up for us from dealing and volunteering at the hub. we felt your presence. our community thanks you so much. we started the commission because we see a need. we did this not only for the communities and our surrounding cultural districts. we saw they were being hit hard and just -- we extended an helping hand. we are a collective effort. we vaccinated over a thousand people and thousands more tested.
the thing is though, we did not just deliver vaccine and tests, we delivered a peace of mind. they came to our hub in emotional distress looking for basic access to testing and to testing with vaccinations after being turned away everywhere else. the community aspect of our organization and the love we provided eased these troubles and emotions. that's what i'm most proud of. i want to identify some of the organizations that came together to help out. thank you everyone for their commitment. thank you for your time. [ applause ]
>> president walton: thank you so much. congratulations again to the castro lgbtq community hub. thank you supervisor mandelman. now we have supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. colleagues, this afternoon it's my honor to offer a special commendation today for truly extraordinary woman who i always feel lucky when i bump into her on the crowded streets of chinatown and may be known to many of you. she is celebrating her very auspicious 88th birthday and lead up to the lunar new year. even without the double eight with extra luck and prosperity, this is a woman who makes her own luck. i known dorothy for many years
and is a beloved constituent, and a local and international tour guide for historic deep knowledge of chinatown coupled with creative and magnetic personality had solidified her role as the neighborhood de facto ambassador. to know dorothy polka dot is to love her. she brings a smile to everyone who had the opportunity to meet her on the street in chinatown. building on her travel and tourism degree, she's led 19 groups and peoples republic of china and sheparded trips to east africa and south africa. she's been a tour manager, chinatown tours for over three decades. in 2020, dorothy's iconic fashion sense were in the book
"chinatown pretty" which told stories through unique cultural and street styles. the book raised funds to help aid small businesses in particular restaurants and s.r.o.s. they was brought on to research and help produce with the team at good menacing films and starred in a short film which we will watch a brief teaser of in a moment, about her incredible life and self-discovery community service and progressive political activism. i like to thank james chan for putting together this clip and encourage everyone to check out
the film at good medicine films on venmo. [video] >> i decided to go back to college because i knew i would have to fend for myself financially. i got a degree in travel and tourism, mostly because it was a new curriculum but also i was trying to work through my depression. because of my tourism degree, i not only had the chance to be in china, east africa, central and south america. all that traveling experience
being exposed to so many cultures and people and places, it enriched my life. those experiences influenced my politics and social concerns with poverty, with injustice and it made me even more of a social activist. when i return, i was trying to decide what to do next and chinatown tours opened up. that gave me an opportunity working as a chinatown tour guide to reestablish my roots. that's how i ended up in my birthplace. ♪♪
>> supervisor peskin: thank you, john. dorothy polka dot happy birthday to you and thanks for everything you do to bring joy to our community and the floor is yours if you are out there on your computer. >> wow. thank you so much. thank you chan as well as supervisor peskin. i'm so very honored for this opportunity to live so fully in my native chinatown. thank you so much for this honor. i certainly turn to -- [ indiscernible ] >> supervisor peskin: hello, james. >> hi everyone, thank you so
much for this beautiful tribute to the human unicorn, herself, ms. dorothy. thank you supervisor for lifting up the community. thank you. >> supervisor peskin: i'm going to give this to you in recognition of your life of community service creative cultivation and active pursuit of anthropological adventures in roles including fashion icon, international tour guide and s.f. chinatown and ambassador. board of supervisors send our highest commendations on your 88th birthday. my chief of staff will take this one moment and bring it to you in chinatown right now. [ applause ] >> president walton: thank you. congratulations again dorothy.
madam clerk, this ends our 2:30 special commendations. we are now on item number 21. >> clerk: an ordinance to amend the police code to require the police department to perform an analysis for the implementation of article 25 which provides for the registration of private protection and security services with the police department to ensure the private security firms abide by all legal requirement and they not engage in racial profiling or other discriminatory practices. >> supervisor stefani: thank you. to give a brief background on this item. members came forward how private security was operating in our
city. many resorted to hiring private security with the police staffing shortages. it's very common in district 2 to have private security in a lot of our neighborhoods. they shared several stories of residents facing harassment by armed private security guards while walking and driving on the public right-of-way. most of the incidents that occurred in district 2, were not reported at the time they occurred. the residents did not know how to report or who to tell. they felt scared and intimidated to do so. as we started to dig into these incidents and what the city's role actually would be in regulating private security, two things happened. we unotherred article xxv of the police code which governs how the city supposed to regulate private security there was a high profile incident in castro safeway where a young student of
color was accused of theft. article 25 was passed by the board of supervisors in novembe. it created a framework for the police department to regulate and oversee the use of private security in 46. under that law, it created a definitions for private security. it required those firms to register with the police department and pay a registration fee, get fingerprinted, provide proof of insurance among other things. requires chief of police to issue i.d. cards to every employee of a private security firm and authorize chief of police to revoke the registration for failing to provide for the provisions of article 25. what became clear almost immediately was that article 25 is not currently implemented in any meaningful way in san francisco, nor have we unearthed any evidence of it ever been implemented since 1972.
we did look. it's clear that the current law is out of date. for example, article 25 does not contain any provision prohibiting discriminatory behavior, bias or harassment. it also does not include a manner for the public to file complaints when issues arise. the issue is further complicated by significant state licensing regulation that come into existence since article 25 was codified nearly 50 years ago. it's currently unclear what is any conflict exist between our local rules and those that exist at the state level. we cannot enact anything at the local level that is by state law. the members of the public that complained to our office and brought up concerns were not happy about this discovery. we vowed to do something about it. given the significant number of open questions, i sent a letter to chief scott in may 2021 asking about noncompliance of
article 25 and how we can correct these deficiencies so anyone feels safe and walk through the neighborhood without risk of victimization or harassment. the ordinance before you today is the next step. it amends the police code to require the police department in consultation with the controllers office to conduct a gaap analysis to determine what part of article 25 is preempted by state law and assess what changes are necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century. this means that at a minimum, the results of this analysis will include the development of an sfpd registration process, guidelines for denial or
registration for failing to comply with article 25 and appellant process for denied or revoked registration. also non-discrimination and elimination of bias requirement subject to registration under article 25 and then penalties for engaging in discriminatory practices and drawing a firearm in violation of article 25. finally, process for any alleged violations of article 25 including but not limited to violations of non-discrimination provision. once we received that analysis, which will be done within six months of the passage of this law, we can take the steps to modernize this function. i want to thank those that i worked with on this. president of the police commission, deputy city attorney, chief scott who has been absolutely wonderful. as soon as we contacted his
office, we unearthed article 25. no one knew about it. he was beyond willing to go the distance to headache sure -- make sure we do everything we can to correct -- [ indiscernible ] how we can implement article 25 to fit what is now our baseline in terms of making sure people are engaging in non-discriminatory practices. i have to thank katy cauley and julia for sounding the alarm. i want to thank supervisor haney and mar and i understand too, that supervisor melgar is adding her name as a co-sponsor.
we knew something needs to be done. we are looking forward to following this through, working with our city attorneys office and chief scott. he's been beyond incredible in terms of their willingness to figure out next steps. i urge your support. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: please add me as a co-sponsor. >> supervisor melgar: i want to thank supervisor safai for doing all of this work to update and implement something that we should have done many years ago. mandating comprehensive analysis of what is necessary and feasible to implement article 25 is an important step in revising these provisions. we have seen how much interest
there is in my district in private security. we should debate what is going on in terms of our public safety and privatizing public safety. whether or not that's something we want to do. in the last couple of years, we seen reports of security services company without any justification stopping youth from communities of color walking around in one of our
neighborhoods. accused of stealing food or shoplifting. these are deeply humiliating to the individuals involved. the public streets and walkways of san francisco are for all to use as are our stores open to the public. every person who is accessing these public spaces feel free to do so without risks being victimized and humiliated by security services and engaging in discriminatory practices. updating article 25 is a very basic thing that we have to do before embarking on this public conversation. thank you so much supervisor stefani for doing this work.
>> president walton: supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. i would like to be added as a co-sponsor. >> president walton: thank you. thank you supervisor stefani. i don't see anyone on the roster. madam clerk, please call the roll on item 21. >> clerk: on item 21. [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. please call item 22.
>> clerk: we will be asking for an amendment to this particular item. item 22 currently read the motion to appoint reappointing jason oringer, coyote martin and julienne fischer to the sweat free commission. >> supervisor peskin: just few technical corrections to this motion. in the short title it should say reappointments rather than appointments. david marin should be struck. he was not -- reappointing jason oringer, coyote martin and julienne fischer.
expedite the vision 0 improvement playgrounds to implement newly allowed changes by december 31st, 2022. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: thank you, president walton. colleagues, we have heard from the sfmta and from the t.a. about their plans for vision 0 improvements and dedicating funding and time to children in schools. i want to thank supervisor stefani for her partnership and working with my office on these issues. to achieve our goals of street safety is to make kid safety our top priority. resources for both infrastructure like stop signs, speed bumps and street changes and also noninfrastructure program events, outreach, information, to parents and guardians for the safe routes to school programs are
essential. neither the infrastructure nor the nonininfrastructure has robust or consistent funding right now, colleagues, and we should be alarmed that the noninfrastructure piece of this program has no identified funding at all beyond the school year. so i look forward to the discussion continuing at the t.a. in april and i will work from now and then to make sure that we are in budget season focusing and providing dedicated funding to protect the safety of our kids. thank you, president walton. >> president walton: thank you supervisor melgar. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you supervisor melgar. please add me as a cosponsor. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai. madam clerk, the roll on item 23, please. >> clerk: on item 23, [roll call]
there are eleven ayes. >> president walton: thank you, without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, would you please take us to our first 3:00 p.m. special order item, item number 24. >> clerk: item 24, the special order at 3:00 p.m. is rescheduled item from september 22nd, 2020, pursuant to an approved motion contained in file number 201021 for a public hearing for the board of supervisors convened in a setting as a committee as a whole.
today, january 25, 2022, for members to hear and receive updates on the progress and implementation status of the united states department of justice recommendations regarding reforms within the police department. >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk. and as you all know, this is a continued item from october 20th, 2020, then january 26th, 2021, and our last committee as a whole was may 25th, 2021, to hear an update on the department of justice mandates for the police department and now we are -- i know we're not to the point where we have our final report, but i did want to make sure that kept the commitment and reported back on any progress and what has taken place between may 25th and today. so we have kathryn mcgire who is the e.d. of the san
francisco police department's strategic management bureau and captain eric altafor to present for the police department today and i believe kathryn, you are going first. >> yes. good afternoon. thank you, president walton. members of the board, madam clerk, members of the public, my name is kathryn mcgire. i'm the executive director of the strategic management bureau of the san francisco police department. i'll be giving you an update as to where we are with respect to the u.s. d.o.j. recommendations today and acting captain altafor will give you on how we intend that we ensure we don't regress in our efforts and we'll also give you a flavor of what the outstanding recommendations are and then wrap it up with sort of giving you a sense of what's next in
the collaborative reform program. so, with that, i will hand it over. i've got to give you the headline which is we are currently at 90% substantially compliant with the recommendations of the u.s. d.o.j. and that totals out at 245 recommendations substantially compliant and that really is pretty balanced across all of the objectives we've talked about in the past with the exception of the recruitment retention and diversity objective. that objective is complete. all recommendations have been evaluated as substantially compliant. so in order to ensure that we made systemic improvements, california department of justice had built sustainability into the compliance measures of the recommendation and so with that i'm going to have acting
captain altafor give us a sense of that program and how we are implementing those built-in sustainability work. go ahead. acting captain. >> thank you, director mcgire. good afternoon president walton, members of the public. i'm the commanding officer of the professional standards at principle policing bureau and today we'll discuss the department's sustainability strategy and the collaborative reform initiative. as director mcgire mentioned, we do have 245 recommendations that have been [inaudible] the director mentioned are compliance measures and a component of those compliance measures are built in sustainability. as the recommendations reach substantial compliance, the team here which i'll probably
reference later as i go through this presentation really reviewed all the recommendations and when reviewing all those recommendations, we identified recommendations that were targeted review and general review. currently, we have 166 recommendations in targeted review. when i mention targeted review, those are recommendations that specifically require sustainability material. those are generally documents, audits, and those are required either quarterly, biannually or annually. and these recommendations don't necessarily require specific reoccurring material, however, it's important that the department continues to review all the recommendations that are in substantial compliance to ensure that we're always improving, we're always looking for best practices if there is statutory laws that change. if there's anything that can
affect that recommendation whether it be department policy or not. so of those 166 recommendations with targeted review, we have an organizational system we use. it helps us use our outlook and we use microsoft teams and that's how we can document the procedures that need to be done and in a timely fashion get the documents that are required based on the compliance measures and we also use that with all our communication and executive sponsors and all our members of the san francisco police department in terms of staying in compliance with the recommendations and substantial compliance and we generally use the same procedures for our general reform as well. we do have those objectives identified in monthly time frames into which we do all our
reviews. in january and february, we're working on our use of force and then built into the sustainability efforts within our unit to ensure that we are staying up to tate with each file that's in substantial compliance and by codifying and identifying our policies, what we do is we create a system that comes online in february that allows us to auto mate the entire communication process where we can reach out. we can put benchmarks on the recommendations and time frames which which it needs to be assessed. we also are in communication collaboration with the department of -- i'm sorry, with the california department of justice. so they're part of the sustainability process too and all this kind of culminates in a quarterly and biannually report that the executive director and myself do an annual report submitted to the
chief for review. and in those times where we're doing our terminal review, that gives us an opportunity to look if there's any deficiencies or any way we can improve our commitment to the community or to the collaborative reform issues. >> sorry. thank you, acting captain. just a few more quick things that i wanted to hop through here. i have to say thank you to the acting captain because where we are now wouldn't have been possible without him and the team. so thank you for that and thank you to the team. so as the acting captain mentioned, continuous improvement is really part of the sustainability process or the sustainability program. the key pieces to remember with respect to continuous
improvement is those, that regular reporting that's happening on an ongoing basis will help us look at ourselves and understand what we're doing and how we're doing and make it perfect as we go forward and in particular, i think one the most important pieces that cal d.o.j. that the u.s. d.o.j. recommended was the ongoing annual review of our department general orders. the general orders are really the foundation and the how where we are going about conducting our work and those policy updates allow us to continuously look for best practices. we actually have best practices research built into the instruction to our subject matter experts and our best
practices research keeps us from becoming stagnant. so we can be the best police department ever right now, but if we don't continue to make those improvements and updates to our policy, we can fall behind again. so the shifting to the outstanding recommendation that are left, we have 27 of those. i wanted to give you a flavor of what the work is that's necessary in order to get those recommendations into substantial compliance and they include about thir teen recommendations that require some kind of system or dash board technology that allow us to dig into the data in a more detailed way and a thoughtful way. seven recommendations require analytical thought or support and we also have strategic planning recommendations, an
annual community policing planning process and then finally, the ability to demonstrate that we are having sustained and ongoing community engagement activities. that's about three recommendations. turning to the future of the c.r.i. program really for the the next two years into april 2024, we have engaged with cal d.o.j. and committed to a relationship with them through that time and we're working with hillard heinz to finalize a contract in which they would also continue their work through that time frame as well. finally, the sort of resources that we know we will need in the next couple of years to ensure we can complete all the recommendations are really staffing technology and
contract funding and i'm happy to answer any questions, but i'm sure those conversations will be surfaced around budget time as well. so i'm happy to take any questions today, thank you for your time. >> president walton: thank you executive director mcgire and captain altafor. i do have a couple questions. when can we expect the final report? >> i believe it is due to us very soon. california d.o.j. had internal work that they had to do and i believe that they are completing that right now. >> president walton: and do you have any updated data on complaints of discrimination and racial profiling. that's something we definitely would love to have forwarded
over. >> yeah. i believe our 96 day report is due next month and so you'll see that data in there and we also can certainly send over anything that you'd like to see. >> president walton: you also mentioned that it was 245 that were -- 245 recommendations deemed substantially compliant. thank you for the work. 79 are in general review which require different strategies, but are you still going to report similarly the sustainability even for the 79 that are in general review? >> acting captain, do you want to take this question? >> yes, president walton, we are. and those will be documented in our quarterly and biannual reviews between the executive director and myself and the
annual report. although we identify targeted that's a way for our unit in terms to really kind of focus on 166 to make sure we're doing exactly what we need to do because executive director mcgire suggests that we're always trying to improve and look for better ways to do this. and they'll be times where we'll get documentation for recommendation and use of force that has a direct in the accountability objective and it strengthens that file and it strengthens our response. like i said, the five recommendations i wrote down into monthly reviews we're working on use of force and we'll continue to do that throughout the year.
and then a final report to the chief of police for review. >> president walton: and i did hear in your statements about the 27 outstanding and discussion in terms of what's needed in technology and other supports, but i didn't hear the plan for coming into compliance for recommendations. >> so i'm happy to go into detail here because i have it all in my head here. so, for instance, i'll give you an example. so for technology, there were recommendations surrounding arrests and ensuring that we had good documentation on arrests. now, we have documentation on arrests and we track it in our current data warehouse systems, however, there is some collaboration and coordination that we need to have with the
sheriff's department and really our system is not structured in a way to really track every individual person who might be arrested. so you might have five arrests. those five arrests are all tracked in the incident, but not at a person level detail. so our system isn't structured that way. we need to restructure it and since we're in this position now where we need to become national incident based reporting compliant, that also requires us to, you know, the straw on the cammal's back was really that we needed to get a records management system. so that's one example, those three recommendations will be satisfied, but also a number of recommendations would be supported by an r.m.s. being in place along with reporting and
being able to be a little more transparent about what the work is we're doing and who we're arresting, who we're engaging with, all those things, all in one integrated system will be immensely helpful. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, president walton. while we are on the findings in general, are you folks at the p.d. familiar with the audit released last month by the department of police accountability with regard to improvement and practices related to first amendment activities? >> i'm familiar with the work they were doing, i have not had a chance to really dig into
that i believe that we are happy to try to take some of these questions, but i think this will be a followup item. >> supervisor peskin: okay. before this becomes a future d.o.j. recommendation and in so far as department general order 810 has not been updated since the late 1990s, 1999 to be exact according to this audit and in the face of the fact that the police department has refused to comply with the use policy relative to surveillance policy that these board of supervisors overwhelmingly passed, i wanted to set forth this report that actually says that the changes in technology weren't that the police commission and the police commission revisit that general order and actually speak to the rise of internet connected
surveillance video cameras and what best practices are which look similar to the law this board of supervisors passed a few years ago but thatted the p.d. has thus far refused to comply with and is now seeking exemption at the ballot and it says other jurisdictions explicitly addressed these technologies in their policies ranging from chicago to the metro poll tan police department and the district of columbia. so you might want to look at them before they become future d.o.j. submissions. >> i was going to say we are actively working with e.p.a. on that audit. we're working on the recommendations and we're also -- we will be working with
d.p.a. in partnership on developing and addressing the update to 8.1. >> supervisor peskin: yeah but not to put a point too fine on it and have been passed by several dozen municipalities in the state of california and other state, the san francisco police department is an outlier in its unwillingness to comply is is now seeking through an ordinance to not comply. it's been flied with by the sfmta and 30 plus departments. so i'm cajoling you to consider complying with that because i believe that is the best practice and i believe that d.p.a.'s audit sets that forth. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor chan. >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton. i'm so sorry and there was a
comment that we just made earlier really about tracking arrests and the inability for the sfpd to track every single arrest. so or maybe i misunderstood that the statement, you know, relevant to how we provide data or the lack of ability to present data at this hearing. i just want some clarification of the comments of not being able to track every single arrest. could you clarify that? i think it's critical for me to understand knowing that an arrest it's an individual and would be critical to understand if we're not able to track it why not and just want some clarification, maybe i misunderstood the statement. >> no. you didn't misunderstand. i said it that way, but to be
clear, we're able to count number of arrests. we're able to go in and understand how many people we arrested in a particular incident. where it gets a little harder is if we have one incident and five arrests, one person might be arrested for the most severe crime and two might be arrested for a less severe crime and two more might be arrested, cited, and released. so we would count that as five arrests, but we couldn't tell you the detail of each of those five arrests in an auto mated way. so when you all request information from us, we often are having, we often have to go in and do a little bit of a hand count. so that's the kind of issue we have in our data structure. now, the lie really goes back
to the uniform crime reporting process and how we submit our reports to the federal and state government and that our system was designed in order to be able to report those and in the way they wanted it which is summary reporting. so the highest -- the most severe crimes and the most -- and by incident, not by arrests. so and then arrests were handled in a separate reporting function that was owned by the sheriff's department. >> supervisor chan: okay. so i guess my followup is let me try to understand, you know, a little bit more about how this is being tracked. for example, like what you just said, one is more severe.
say, i don't know, a case where everybody was arrested for different charges i think is what you're saying related to same incident, but each individual would have names and that just saying, you know, individual a, individual b, c, and d, they are arrested for these charges and when you can tell the number of arrests, but i would assume that you can then also break it down to a category of in the year of this year, you have, you know, sexual assault arrests and then there is a number of sexual assault arrests and, you know, it may be different individual for two different arrests. but you would -- is that what you're saying that's why it's difficult to track? i'm just trying to understand. i'm so sorry.
it's not clear to me, it's just alarming. >> yeah, it is and it's one of the reasons that we really do need a new records management system. now, just to be clear, the data exists in our system. so we have the name of the individual. we have what they were arrested for. we have the information. we don't have the ability to pull it out of our system in a routine way. so meaning we can't go and kwiry so and so to find out how many sexual assaults they had. we can query incidents or sexual assaults and then look at suspects, but beyond that, it's just a cumbersome clunky system that we need to update. >> supervisor chan: understood. then could you actually explain to me what is a wrap sheet.
>> i would defer to captain altofer on that or really the sheriff's department or probation. >> supervisor chan: wait. so what you're saying is that san francisco police department does not is not in custody or have access to wrap sheets or please walk us through what is a wrap sheet. >> i would have get back to you on that specifically. acting captain, would i like to address this or is this more appropriate for one of our criminal justice persons. >> supervisor chan: i would assume law enforcement knows what a wrap sheet is. so i'll look to you to help us and walk us through what a wrap sheet is. >> so with the wrap sheet, i can only speak to what i can view in the san francisco police department. in terms of when i identify an individual that there's probably cause, reasonable
suspicion, we can query their name in our system, we can do that from our cellular phones, we can do that by contacting the department management. and what will happen typically is we -- an individual's been arrested in the city and county of san francisco they're assigned an arrest number. what i can do in terms of my investigation is use that specific identifier, that sf number and then what that will do is that will generate a complete arrest history within the city and county of san francisco that will provide us the type of crime and location and if there are any other associates and provide us with court numbers which we can also query to see the disposition of the court case and that's what i would identify as a wrap sheet in san francisco. now, there are other forms of ascertaining criminal history from the federal and the state
level, but i wouldn't be the subject matter expert to talk about the state of defense identifier collector information. >> supervisor chan: understood. for example, but you do have an ability to access information even individual has a warrant from, you know, another county or even another state. wouldn't it in your ability to be able to actually have that information as well? >> yeah. absolutely. but that wouldn't necessarily be identified in a wrap sheet. a wrap sheet is previous arrest history. so if we in turn individual has an outstanding warrant for their arrest and it's in the california law enforcement database and we conduct a query, either we can obtain those results from the technology that we have for dispatcher communications will identify that the individual is wanted and specifically wanted out of county, they'll identify
what county and whether that warrant is expedited. >> supervisor chan: understood. so if the challenge is facing tracking that individual for arrest. help me understand, i along with my constituents are always trying to figure out within this criminal justice system assuming, we always assume that, you know, when the law enforcement especially the police department make an arrest, then it's just like turn it over and the d.a. is supposed to make the charge and someone's got to be held accountable and so if you have challenge to track to track the arrest for individuals -- i guess i'm trying to make a linkage if you're having challenges tracking arrest of individuals and produce that
data, how do you then communicate that information to a district attorney's office at the time of arrest to make sure that, you know, especially often times we hear the rhetoric around repeat offenders are not being held accountable and then they're just, you know, being released and so to speak, but my assumption is if someone has a clear arrest history that is being presented to the district attorney's office at the time of arrest and turned over, perhaps that it's helpful, but what you're saying is you have limited data at the time of arrest of the individuals to track their arrest history. >> so i'll jump in here. operation alley what officers have available to them is different from what we centrally are able to pool
together. acting captain altofer and the other many foreign personnel in our department are able to query klutz and that's a different system, different ability, different knowledge for investigation. so now that is very specific, very detailed. but with respect to what we need for reform work and what we need in order to build the trust and be transparent to the public is that replacement is our crime data warehouse. so to really keep us sort of transparent and open to the public on the work that we're doing, that is where we need
the technology support. >> supervisor chan: okay. i am just curious, this is all very interesting. thank you. thank you, president walton. >> and, supervisor, we're happy to have a conversation off line or in the future any time you would like to or not me perhaps someone else in the department. >> supervisor chan: thank you. thank you, both, i really appreciate it. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor chan. supervisor preston. >> supervisor preston: thank you, president walton. i wanted to ask a question around the recommendations related reform recommendations related to bias specifically and just looking, i know our most recent update is that may 2021, but on the bias so i'm looking at page eight of those recommendations under bias, it
has 0 in progress as a total of 54 recommendations. i'm just wondering if you could walk me through on the bias recommendations specifically. just are they. you know, there's four columns there, it looks like none are in progress, but only 25 are substantially completed. if you can just explain for me what that external evaluation collum is and whether those have been completed since this last report in may. >> okay. supervisor preston. i'm not sure which document you're looking at, but i can tell you that as of today, the bias recommendations stand at 47 in substantially compliant and 7 are in progress. >> supervisor preston: sorry. seven are in progress? >> correct. those are the recommendations
that we will be working on with cal d.o.j. and hillard heinz in the coming years. >> supervisor preston: okay. i'm a little confused. so the document i'm looking at was the may 2021 called ''collaborative reform initiative may 2021 update'' >> yeah. >> supervisor preston: that's part of the presentation packet here and on page eight -- what i'm confused -- that has 0 in progress. now i'm hearing there are seven in progress. >> supervisor preston: so wrong direction. i don't understand that. >> so we had -- so the recommendations that are in progress are recommendations, there's a good number of them that really are as we work towards our deadline, we did submit some that cal d.o.j. and hillard heinz felt needed more work and so we'll be continuing
that work in this last phase. >> supervisor preston: okay. thank you. so it sounds like i have 54 bias related reforms you're saying 47 of them have been substantially completed. >> that's correct. >> supervisor preston: yeah and so i'm trying to square that with our ongoing severe racial disparities in stops and searches and use of force. so can you address that? i mean, it seems like we have almost all of these substantially completed very few that are in progress and yet at least the latest department stats it shows some minimal improvements, right. but overall still show severe racial disparities in stop, searches, and use of force. so what do we make of that?
how do we reconcile the implementation of reforms particularly those related to bias with what the numbers are showing about the ongoing race related discrepancies? >> yeah. i mean, i don't believe that the u.s. d.o.j. suggests that these specific recommendations will solve all of our problems. we're continuing this work. this is all part of the continuous improvement process and the sustainability fortunes that we've implemented or are implementing. we will be watching these data and ensuring that we are monitoring outliers, trends, information that helps us get to a point where we can identify exactly where the cause is of the disparities and
address them. so, you know, we can talk at lengths about it, but we've got many approaches that we're taking and we'll continue to improve upon in order to bring down those disparities. >> supervisor preston: thank you. and when it comes to the message for the public, given the existing disparities, like, can you address like how you calibrate the message to the public on where we are? i will just tell you i'm truck by what we get every day from the material from the media relations unit of the police department with often very helpful updates on different developments and, you know, they close at the bottom of the statement about the mrpdz that i understand that any agency wants to do some self-promotion, but one would read it and think we have led
the nation and solved all our problems as a department and then i look at the bias data and i'm just wondering and i appreciate your being forthright that we're watching the data on some of these things and there's no necessarily one thing that immediately changes all aspects of bias and policing, but i just -- i struggle with understanding the department wants to sort of put a best foot forward, but also recognizing the reality of the ongoing bias reflected in the data and the disconnect from the public statements that don't, you know, we don't get public statements that say, you know, we continue to have severe bias in this way. we're working on reforms. it's nothing like that it's just a glowing police reform has worked and so how do you balance that? you know, what's the approach
as you're trying to achieve these reforms and what message goes out with every communication from the department? >> thank you for the question, supervisor preston. it allows us the opportunity to kind of plug our website. we do, you know, in the interest of transparency, we certainly provide all of our disparities data and we report to the commission on a quarterly basis where our disparities data sits and also talk about the solutions that we are undertaking in order to try to address those. so, we are -- we're balanced, we try to be balanced in our public facing information that we provide and that is the way that we do that for the
disparities piece. it's commission meetings and talking about the data, talking about how we address it and how we're trying to address disparities and providing the information on our website and to the public generally for them to look at and assess for themselves how we're doing. >> supervisor preston: okay. i'll wrap up. it's more of a comment along these lines. i just would urge a more balanced presentation in some of the communications that come out. i think it just doesn't land well if the department's serious about the reforms and about the data that's coming out to have none of that acknowledged other than the positive in all the media. we've got the last dad, but we're looking still unless something's changed very recently, african american people are being stopped at
five times the rate of their white counter parts. latinx being stopped at twice the rates of white people african americans almost ten times to be searched. the use of force data, i won't go through it. but it's a pretty dramatic disparity. and latinx folks over four times as likely to be killed by police as compared to white folks. so, i'm not suggesting there are easy answers on all these, but i'm just seeing with that reality in the data, i would urge some effort to maybe conform some of the public statements, the media work and all that and point in time descriptions of the department to acknowledge some of those disparities and address them.
thank you, mr. president. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor preston. and, you know, as there are conversations about plans to increase police presence and plans to try to increase opportunities for different types of surveillance, i just want people to remember to biases that continue to exist. there's no denying that the department has done a good job of addressing a lot of the recommendations, but the ones that still exist around bias and what the data demonstrates and what we can see is still actually happening, i just want us to be mindful of that as we make these decisions over the next couple of weeks because the compliance in terms of biases are of major importance as we look at all the recommendations. with that said, i don't see anybody else on the roster to
speak. madam clerk, can we call for public comment specifically to this item? >> clerk: yes. the board of supervisors welcomes testimony specific to updates on the department of justice recommendations and reforms within the police department. the telephone number is streaming on your screen using a touch phone. dial 1 (415) 655-0001. and when you hear the prompt enter the meeting id 24884621722 press pound twice and you'll have joined the meeting as a listener. you'll hear the discussion, your line will be muted. once ready to get in the queue to provide testimony, press star three and when it is your turn listen carefully for the prompt you have been unmuted and begin speaking your comments. as stated earlier from the office of civic engagement and immigrant affairs, we have three interpreters who are here today. they know to jump in and assist speakers in language. i invite each interpreter to
>> clerk: and thank you. we appreciate all three of you for being present today and we are mindful that you'll have to log off at 7:00 p.m. operations, let's welcome our first caller. this is not general public comment, but we are taking testimony regarding the implementation of the department of justice's recommendations and reforms within the police department. welcome caller. >> caller: hello, my name is kit hodge. i live in district 7 and i'm a core team member of wealth and disparities in the black community. i'm here to echo supervisor preston's comments. any comments that sfpd is making and the traffic stops aas bad or in some cases worse now since sfpd first started reporting in 2016.
based on sfpd's own data, a black san francisco is is more subject to use of force than a white san franciscan. a black san franciscan is eleven times more likely to be arrested than a white san franciscan. this measure has not changed over time. a black san franciscan is six times more likely to be arrested than a white san franciscan. the likelihood of a black san franciscan being stopped compared to a white san franciscan was half in 2016 than what it is now. we demand the racial disparity in stops, arrests, and use of forces immediately. because of sfpd's ongoing and racist traffic stops, we demand the cessation or automatic traffic stops to minor matters. thank you.
>> clerk: thank you for your comments. we have approximately eight listeners and there are three callers in the queue. operations, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: my name is susan buckman and i'm with the corps team of wealth and disparity. the statistics of race and policing have particularly in terms in use of force and racial profiling to traffic stops. it's bad or in some cases worse now that sfpd first started reporting in 2016. black san franciscans make up 5% of the population. based on sfpd's own data, a black san franciscan is 18 more times to be subject to use of force than a white san franciscan. anti-black disparity in use of force is now in the most -- is
worse now in the most recently reported quarter than in all other quarters going back to 2019. a black san franciscan is eleven times more likely to be arrested than a white san francisco can. this horrific level on anti-black disparity. based on the data so far reported for 2021 this is actually twice as bad as it was in 2016. sfpd targeted black drivers and stops of black people are often escalated into a wrongful arrest, use of force and even death. because of sfpd's ongoing and racist traffic stops, we demand
since sfpd first started reporting by race in 2016. based on the department's own data, a black san franciscan is more subject to use of force than a white san franciscan. the anti-black disparity for a black san franciscan is worse now in the most recently reported quarter in september 30th, 2021, than all other quarters going back to 2014. this measure has not changed overtime. in fact, going back to 2016, this level of anti-black disparity and arrest has remained at relatively the same level. . a black san franciscan is statistically more to be stopped. the likelihood of a black san franciscan compared to a white
san franciscan in 2016 than what it is now. we demand the further reduction and elimination of use of force and because of sfpd's ongoing anti-black racism, we demand the cessation of traffic stops for minor matters. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: good afternoon supervisors. i call with the other callers to note that as sfpd itself has emphasized, these reforms haven't worked. they've stated clearly they need reform they were destructive to our community. they perpetuated racism. they are a modern form of slave
catchers you've heard it from everywhere. now here's what we haven't heard. any piece of reform or evidence that they're going to do anything whatsoever to correct this issue, they have every intention to continue to be the brutal and thuggish police state that we pay them to be. we import the racists and they use their time off to fly to january 6th and have an insurrection in our capital. we pay the racists to come to our society and we brutalize our minorities. they hospitalize our homeless people. they beat our constituents. is it not positive contributing members of society and these reforms as they themselves emphasize haven't worked. it's time to try a less destructive and violent
solution. we should end the war on drugs to make our society and our city safer. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. >> clerk: all right. we have nine listeners in the queue and let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: last weekend, there was information for the public painfully on display on mission street as two incredibly small females of color were detained for what seemed an unreasonably long time and lacking in basic compassion by a group of primarily caucasian police officers. one caucasian female paramedic and two caucasian male paramedics. the females had the right to decline an expensive ambulance
ride but were treated with what seemed like some distim kaine for that choice and it was referred to as refusing treatment. one of the women had been tasered by a walgreens security employee who was so much larger. he did not need to chase her. she had stolen nothing. as a woman of color, i believe that she was not given the appropriate respect and kindness i believe someone should have brought her a blanket, should have asked her how she felt. should have commented with kindness about her child. [please stand by]
>> supervisor stefani. >> aye. >> supervisor wilson. >> aye. >> supervisor chan. >> aye. >> supervisor haney. >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman. >> aye. >> supervisor mar. >> aye. >> supervisor preston. >> aye. >> supervisor ronen. >> aye. >> and supervisor safai. >> aye. >> thank you very much. the motion to continue this
hearing to our march 22 board of supervisors meeting passes unanimously. and colleagues, we'll come back to item 25 as we need to approve item 31 first and we are now at [roll call] for introductions. >> supervisor stefani, you're first up to introduce new business. >> >> thank you, madame clerk. >> sorry. that came up quick. today i'm introducing two resolutions in support of gun violence prevention laws ab452 and ab1594. you all know gun violence is a national crisis at the national and local level. almost 40,000 lives are lost to gun violence every year and it's the leading cause of death for
children and teens in the united states. on average every year in the united states nearly 350 children ages 17 and under gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else and every year there's deaths by firearms. our communities have seen a dramatic increase in gun violence within the past year a 36% increase in total gun violence victims last year compared to 2020. ab452 would require a school district, county office of education and charter school to inform parents and guardians at the beginning of each semester or quarter and through any new enrollment or transfer of california's laws.
most evidence suggestion the secure firearms storage is essential to keep schools and students safe. research shows secure firearms storage practices are associated with up to an 85% reduction in in intended violence and the schools are to send home storage information and urge the san francisco board of education to share safe storage information at the beginning or quarter of the regular school term and any new enrollment or transfer even if ab452 fails. i want to thank the co-leads for the local chapter of students
demand action and brought a similar resolution which passed unanimously. in addition to ab452, i'm introducing a resolution to support ab1594. i would hold the gun industry accountable if they're failure to follow, federal, state or local law caused injury or death. almost every industry in the united states can be held liable when their products cause harm our the gun industry is not held to the same standard. the lawful commerce and arms act shields gun producers and dealers from civil liability when i a product is used to commit crimes or when the companies break laws and ab1594 would be held accountable and this empowers locals and residents to sue those for the
marketing of weapons that endanger the health and safety of others the threat of civil litigation is to prevent an illegal sales and theft to reduce gun violence. as we all know, we cannot wait for the federal government to take action. to thank assembly members gibson and ward and te for the issue. and i'm sending a drafting request to the city attorney to require every household to have insurance and pay a fee. that's in the news with what's happening in san josé and requiring liability insurance will allow us to compensate unintentional shooting victims from medical and other expenses. imposing a modest fee can support suicide prevention
programs and gun safety classes and mental health services. as i said earlier gun violence is a national crisis and will not go into the statistics we all know but on average every year nearly 700 children die by suicide, firearms and there's something more we can be doing for those that possess weapons but end up in the hands of children. i want to thank san josé mayor for introducing in san josé. i know it's being considered today. the first of its kind in the nation and estimates the cost was nearly $40 million. using that same methodology the dost san francisco could be higher than $80 million. the cost don't begin to cover the human cost and endless tragedy gun violence creates in our country.
everyone else is subsidizing their harmful activities when they cause harm. i know this measure alone won't end all gun violence but liability insurance like this has had a tremendous positive impact in other areas where unintentional death are common. my hope is measures like this with other laws like the restraining orders, banning those guns and requiring safe storage will save lives and again i want to thank san josé mayor for leading the way on this important initiative. finally, colleagues, i want to alert everyone if you haven't heard already about the disturbing reports from residents in pacific heights. over the weekend found anti-semitic flyers on the door steps and cars. it's my information similar flyering took place in miami and
los angeles and according to an audit of anti-semitic indents in the united states they accounted an increase of 12% of harassment and assault and the highest level since tracking began in 1979. the flyers left residents feeling terrified and vulnerable in the wake of what happened at the synagogue in texas earlier this month. as i said, i want to be very clear, this kind of anti-semitic hatreds into place in our city and must stand against it whenever and wherever it occurs. i've been in touch with the san francisco police department and been in touch with the fbi and hoping the suspects are apprehended and i intend to see these individuals are held
accountable and the rest i submit. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor stefani. supervisor walton. >> thank you, madame clerk. i'm hap dree introduce legislation codifying our shelter grievance policy. this provides a dispute resolution process for homeless shelter clients accused of violating shelter rules. it consists of a two-stage appeals process that results in an agreement between the shelter and client. fixing the if underlying likelihood of repeat rule violation. it's been a part of our shelter system for three decades but while it's been incredibly successful since its inception in 1992, the policy itself has never been codified in municipal code. our goal with this legislation is twofold. one, to codify an already
excellent policy and two, to make sure and make the following clear to our unhoused residents. you do not share your right to due process at the shelter door. i'd like to thank the department of homelessness and supportive housing, the coalition on homelessness and the advocates at the eviction defense collaborative and the members of the shelter grievance advisory committee and countless homeless service providers and shelters. all of have you been with us on this from the start of creating this legislation helping to make sure we got this right. i also want to thank my legislative aide for drafting this legislation and working with our city agencies as well as our deputy city attorney for helping draft the legislation. i also want to thank my colleagues, supervisors preston
and melgar and roney on the legislation. make sure our residents have the right to a fair and speedy appeals process creates accountability and increases the quality of our shelter system. lastly the racial justice for all act. the existing california racial justice act established in 2020 prohibit the state from seeking or abstaining a criminal conviction or frommism -- from i am posing a sentence based on
nationality or bias. including judgments rendered prior to january 1, 2021. this bill ab256 extends the common sense and overdue protection to those who have already been impact unfair convictions and sentences, providing for phased in retro activity will give the individuals an equal opportunity to pursue justice. the bill also makes technical corrections to the act. the rest i submit. >> thank you, mr. president. supervisor chan. submit. thank you. supervisor haney. submit, thank you. supervisor mandelman. >> i'm requesting a couple hearings and have a resolution and an ordinance.
first the hearings. two of them. the first hearing will focus on the recently released budget and analysis report on the use and effectiveness of conservatorship. some may request a requested a report released in 2019. among the noteworthy finding the number of referrals to lps conservatorship had changed and the case load decreased. the report cited a lack of appropriate beds. that is acute in-patient and subacute beds as one reason for the define in referrals and conservatorship caseloads though when those exhibiting behavioral health challenges were going up to anyone paying attention.
the 2019bla report identified policy sources that shift services from residential to community-based programs and staffing issues in the public conservatorship staffing as other factors and wait times for the san francisco healing center averaged almost 20 days and for other subacute treatment facilities then averaged 51 days. the bottom line was we needed to scale up the number of psych beds available to san francisco residents. this was not a particularly surprising conclusion at the time. the need for more mental health beds was not new news but important news. that analysis was reconfirmed by a 2020 beds language and by the appropriations of hundreds of millions of dollars for new mental health beds the mayor and this board made offer the last
three years. after the talk about beds i expect we'd be in a different position now in 2022 then back in 2019. and this shows we are not. to the contrary, it appears san francisco has made little progress on lost mental health beds and treading water with key indicators moving in the wrong direction. according to the bla record the number of subacute mental health beds available for san franciscans increased by two beds between 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 that's from 278 in 2018-19 up to 287 in 2019-20 and back down to 280 in 2020-21. to be fair, there was the pandemic and they're now
predicting an increase in bed but nothing about my experience suggests dph is moving at near the pace and intensity the need demands on subacute beds. assuming the department needs 31 beds before the end of the fiscal beds we'll still have less than 2013 and they consequences of that failure are awful. the most recent data provide the department of public health indicates average wait times increased from just under 20 days, remember that was the last blah report, to 111 now. an average wait times for other facilities increased from 51 days, back then, to 103 now. i think it's time took more about it. here at the board of supervisors in the hope we can figure out way to stop the talking and get the beds bought or built, staffed and operated and get care to so many san franciscans
to need it. the second is to request an update on the status of the conservatorship program under senate bill 1045 and 40. i requested an early update on the program's implementation in january 2020. back then i was concerned many months after the adoption no one had been using the new tool. the pandemic of course intervened here as well and we didn't end up pursuing the hearing until june 25, when we learned the city still a year later hadn't filed a single 1045 conservatorship petition. i continued that hearing to july 23 and then september 24 and then december 20 then january 11. at each time we learned progress was being made but no petition
filed. finally on march 11, 2021 i decided to finally file the hearings. as we approach the three year anniversary of sb1045, i think it's time for the board for the board to check in on thoughts and failures and lessons learn and my understanding is two folks have been con served using the program. the rollout of the program has anemic embarrassing numbers but less concerning to me if it was clear dph and the office public conservator was working on it and hope we can finally and
urgently move beyond the talk. i want to thank jackie thornhill in my office helping me think about this and staffing me on the conversations moving forward. next up monster hopes. i addressed locations like delores heights and others and there's relatively affordable homes being converted into four and five or 6,000 square feet luxury single family mansions. these conversions we continue to see in district 8 on a near weekly basis erodes the housing stock without adding new housing
and exacerbates the housing crisis. i'm introducing due to feedback from neighborhood advocates and architects and developers. the ordinance i'm introducing provides a more scaled back and simplified approach and same overarching goal to make it harder to convert an existing single-family to a more expensive one and encouraging more accessible homes and create a large residence district that includes glen mark and twin peaks and eureka valley and others. it would apply to new construction in rh zoning district that submit an application after january 1 of this year except the area already covered by the corona heights large residence.
a conditional use would be required for anything that is more than 3,000 square feet including garage and f.a.r. for example, on a 2,000 square feet a c.u. would be triggered if anything is larger than 2400 square feet and that said it would prohibit approval of any single unit exceeding 4,000 square feet and there's exceptions for a specific hardship and a decrease in square feet would still allow for the ability to add a kitchen or bedroom. i want to thank the planning commission and the district 8 leaders for helping shape this
ordinance and thank deputy city attorney and my office and i look forward to discussing this with you and hope we can enact it very soon. and finally, colleagues, i'm introducing a resolution urging the state of california to reform its cannabis cultivation tax. last year the board of supervisors voted to suspend the tax for, the second consecutive year in this action and i asked for this the last two years in response to concerns the imposition of a new local tax on state taxes would further fuel the illicit market. proposition 64 passed by voters in 2016 and legalized adult use cannabis established two state cannabis taxes. first a 15% excise tax on retail sales and second, a cultivation
tax on all harvested cannabis at 10.80 per ounce for flowers an 8 cents for trim. the legal market is experiencing a price collapse in large part due to the inability to compete with the illicit market. the price has fallen the tax rate for dry flower is 51% of gross receipts and for dry leaves and trim is equivalent to 153% of gross receipts. the california legislature did not eliminate the cultivation tax and governor newsom dblt -- ed his support. this will put san francisco on record with other jurisdictions including alameda, mendocino and others and suspend the state cultivation tax and establish a
regulatory system that does not impose barriers. i want to thank supervisor haney for his co-sponsorship and tom temprano for his work on the resolution and the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor mandelman. supervisor mar. >> colleagues, i have a hearing equity and in memoriam today. first, i'm introducing a hearing request on the emergency fire fighting water system 2050 planning study just disseminated to the board and the public several weeks ago by the sfpuc. it's one of the key long-term planning bench marks called for in the resolution adopted october 2019 declaring a state of urgency to expand the fire fighting water system by 2034 and ensure the safety of our west side and southern and south
eased neighborhoods. i want to thank the sfpuc in coordination with the s.f. fire department and office of resilience and capital planning for their work and look forward to their presentation at the hearing and to our continued oversight as a board and public of this important emergency preparedness infrastructure project. and colleagues, i have an in memoriam and joined by city administrator carmen chu and ask we close in memory of ron gagero a life long san franciscan and baseball player and athletic leader and cheer coach and mentor to young people and a passional -- passionate advocate he passed at the age of 86. he grew up across from a baseball field later named for his father and went to sacred heart high school where he was
part of four champion teaches before attending u.c. berkeley before he captained the world series championship team and played with the cardinals minor league team and inducted in the athletics hall of fame in 1983 and the san francisco prep hall of fame in 2001. ron returned home to san francisco after his career and began a long career as a teacher at marina middle school where he coached for 38 year and won city championships in baseball, basketball, track, volleyball and touching the lives of generations of students. in 1999, the marina middle school was renamed the ron gojero gym and his inspiration and support brought out the best in students. a caring friend to many
neighbors, he was an honest, caring, upstanding san franciscan who will be missed. in retirement ron regularly corresponded with city leaders and was a steady constituent correspondent end and like others on the board for the last three years i've received dozens of e-mails from ron sharing his perspectives on a wide range of important neighborhood and city wide issues including just this last fall a powerful appeal to not favor profit eering and with
ron no matter how a part we may be on something he would always sign off with regards and i knew it was sincere. we agreed on the passionate but civil discourse is what democracy looks like. ron was a third-generation san franciscan who moved into his home on 33rd avenue in 1967 and passed away in that home with his family by his side. he was a devoted husband of jacqueline and loving father to to his children. he cared deeply about our city and the sunset. i'm grateful to have felt that affection the last three years. rest in peace. the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor mar. supervisor melgar. >> submit.
>> thank you. supervisor peskin. >> i have already submitted. >> thank you. >> supervisor preston. >> thank you, madame clerk. colleagues, together with the mayor i'm proud to sponsor legislation to move forward 100% affordable housing in my direct. the resolution authorizes a ground lease to create a 100% affordable 63-unit multi-family rental housing development affordable to low-income households including 32 units for transitional aged youth. this is one piece of a long promise of affordable housing for the hayes family neighborhood as a result of moving the freeway a number of parcels were transferred from cal trans to the city including the property at 78 haight street. with the legislation introduced today we're taking an important
step towards realizing the community vision for affordable housing on the city-owned parcel s we continue to push for 100% affordable housing and the work on this effort and continue to look to our partnership for affordable housing in hayes valley and my district. next, colleagues, and in memoriam for glen foster. glen is a tenant rights advocate and long time district 5 resident. glen faster passed away october 25, 2021 at the age of 58. he is survived by his parents, donald and katherine foster, his siblings, tommy, dj and kate and
his partner of over 25 years, brian burger. glen foster was born on november 12, 1962 in queens new york. he graduate from perl river high school in 1980. for two decades after high school he traveled across the country for denny's leading their diversity program until they phased out the program in the early 2000s and in 2009 he graduate from city college of san francisco's nursing program. as a registered nurse, glen worked at san francisco general hospital in the hiv-aids patient and when moving a patient he tore his meniscus and moved tie family health clinic.
he was always there to help people with their problems and have their backs 100%. glen understood what it was like to struggle harder than others to get through the day. he also knew how easy it was for people to get lost in the system. glen understood a person's physical and mental health were precariously tied to their living situation and the connection between housing and health impacted people deeply. glen went to battle always for the most powerless. he was a tireless activist and they formed a union to stand up and traveled with housing organizers to the state capital to fight for tenants in the face of predatory real estate lobby
and led direction action again the ceo of veritas and i worked with people forming tenant associations and unions here in san francisco for decade and the cornerstone of that work and the building block on why the rest of the tenant movement is build are individual tenants are those who stand united with their neighbors against their odds to take on the power of the landlord. it is difficult and under recognized work and it matters. glen's work changed lives and inspired others. glen lived in hayes valley in district 5 for almost 20 years. it was in this home he created a support network for his neighbors. his partner, brian, shared in the lead up to an organizing meeting in their home, he would
find glen baking cookies and setting up a deli spread among large charts and graphs of all his research. caring for people came naturally to glen. one of the people that organized closely with glen, a member of the veritas housing organization said after glen's passing, quote, i'm so proud to have known glen as a fellow vta member, as a volunteer with hrc and as a deer dear friend in his city. the first time i met him he was airing an s.f. giants t-shirt and since i'm also a big giants fan we connected right away and became friends and soon bonded in our struggle for stable and secure housing. glen was serious about keeping people housed. and because he had health
issues, he knew that housing was an essential part of health care. we were fighting for the same san francisco cause, rooting for the same san francisco team and a will always remember him. rest in peace and power, glen and thank you for the comments. i wants to extend my condolences for glen's family and friends and neighbors and all he fought for. rest in power, glen foster. thank you, madame clerk and the rest i submit. >> colleagues, today i am requesting a budget and analyst report that looks into how many calls for services san francisco police department received each year both prior to and after the increase and creation of the
ninth street teams we have operating in the city today. the ninth street teams we have are the homeless outreach team and the street crisis team and the department of public health comprehensive crisis service team, the street overdose response team and the street medicine team, engagement specialist team and the street wellness team and the emergency medical service, ems 6 team.
we also funded a test team in last year's budget which is the community-led compassionate alternative response team otherwise known as cart. despite the fact nine of these 10 teams are in the streets working every day with individuals in distress, the police have told me their calls for servics especially the bnc calls have not declined. i want to understand why. if we're spending millions to millions on street teams out 24/7 and trying to enact a a different way to interact with
people on the streets why aren't numbers going down and this year given the mayor just introduced a budget supplemental for additional funding for the police, i need to understand what is going not as planned and are we wasting money here? what's going terribly wrong? hoping to have the report soon and help us in our analysis of how we're spending money and we should continue to spend money when money comes to dealing with people in the streets. second, i wanted to aannounce in collaboration with mayor breed, we've allocated an additional $5.4 million to extend the right to recover program through the end of june 2022. the mayor still has under her
emergency powers the ability to designate and move money from reserve into this purpose and did so and i'm grateful for that. you'll all remember i created this program with the latino task force on covid-19 in the early months of the pandemic to address the needs of our most vulnerable workers and allow them the peace of mind to safely quarantine if they were diagnosed with covid but had no sick time or savings. it has allowed over 7,000 low-income individuals and families to prioritize their own health and well being as well as the public by giving them the support. this has been a small bright light in the pandemic and grateful we're going to keep it going. since may 2020 this program distributed $10.9 million to
workers. many of which are speak lack -- languages other than english and live in the excelsior and other locations an over 50% of the money is spent on food and the other on utility and bills. many san franciscans would have likely faced financial ruin if not for right to recover. with the additional $5.4 million the city will continue to ensure a safety net for folks living paycheck to paycheck and estimate the additional funds will serve over 5,000 more san franciscans we have slightly modified the program to reflect new guidelines and now the program will distribute $1,000, roughly the equivalent of 10 days of work at the city's minimum wage instead of the previous 14 days when we were distributing $1200.
we need to stretch these dollars as omicron has hit us really hard. i just wanted to extend a few thank yous to the amazing program and for those in there are work administering the program saving me thousands of phone calls reaching out to the most vulnerable and make sure the resources were in their hands. i want to thank oewd for their diligent data tracking and consistently weekly reporting on the project to make sure we always have sufficient funds. a special thanks to mayor london breed and her office for supporting the program so strongly and finally to my office who was there from day one when we thought of the program and has worked with all city partners to make sure it's
alive and thriving. it's a little bit of good news for us during the grind of the covid crisis. colleagues, the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor safai. submit, mr. president, seeing no names that concludes the introduction of new business. >> thank you, very much, madame clerk. >> you'll be in live sync to provide your public comment throughout the meeting the telephone number is streaming on your screen, 1-415-655-0001, when you hear the prompt hit the meeting i.d., 2488 462 1722, press pound twice and you'll know you joined as a listener
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>> there are no other callers in the queue. >> if you would like it provide public comment, press star 3. >> we haven't met. i'm the ghost of christmas past and i'm here to of the mess you made when you went away. you know the lyric, my bad. nonetheless the uncompromised lives of those you governed were excruciatingly haunted over the holidays by city hall. that xmas eve and daunte's inferno where you were freed to avoid congregate and mayoral status as you hung stockings
with care. your constituents not so much. you're tracking and others were nearly suicidal with grief. i pray the gravity of your hasty pudding, i mean decisions, may cover your every step with the countless in hiding shivered in 36 degrees and soaked in rain. i can't recall a worse christmas in s.f. and i suspect everybody's favorite halloween costume in 2022 will be mayor greed grinch who stole christmas, stole new year's and stole who knows what else during the pandemic when we all desperately needed a trace. [♪♪]
>> what's going on, what's going on, what's going on? [♪♪] >> mr. atkins, do we have any other callers in the queue, please? >> hi, this is rj sloan. madame clerk let me know if this is an appropriate topic to comment on. i spoke with regard to the right to recover fund, i spoke to dr. weber at s.f. d.p.h. and apparently there's a three-week delay between the application for right to recover funds and the receipt of those funds.
my concern is that because of such a long delay for people to really to quarantine, their landlord may initiate eviction proceedings during the time they're waiting for the right to recover funds. it's my hope if people -- once people are approved for the funds, there's perhaps a letter for their landlord so their land lord will indeed be receiving right to recover funds and make up any deficits. >> i'm going pause your time, sir. are you speaking about item on our agenda on the eviction protections ? >> i believe so and my apologies if this isn't the appropriate time to speak on this. >> this is supervisor ronen.
he was talking about right to recover. i think it was appropriate. >> thank you, supervisor ronen. if you're speaking about something completely different than an item on our agenda you have a minute and 6 seconds to continue. >> thank you, madame clerk. because of the delay between the application and approval for right to recover funds and receipt of such funds three weeks later according to dr. weber in d.p.h. i'm hoping there's a landlord letter so they while the applicant is waiting for funds. thank you so much, folks. thank you for your comment. >> we have another caller in the queue, please. >> good evening, supervisors in
>> thank you for your comments. are there any other callers in the queue. >> no other callers in the queue. >> thank you, mr. president. >> thank you mr. clerk and seeing no more public comment, public comment is now closed. madame clerk let's go to our for adoption items 38-41. >> a unanimous vote is required for adoption of resolutions today on first reading. alternatively a supervisor may require a resolution on first reading to go to committee. >> thank you very much. colleagues, would you like to sever any items? supervisor peskin?
>> item 28, please. >> item 28. >> thank you. supervisor safai. item 30. thank you. madame clerk, seeing no other members on the roster would you call roll. >> item supervisor chan. >> aye. >> supervisor haney. >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman. >> aye. >> supervisor mar. >> aye. >> supervisor melgar. >> aye. >> supervisor peskin. >> aye. >> supervisor preston. >> aye. >> supervisor ronen. >> aye. >> supervisor safai.
>> aye. there are 11 ayes. >> thank you, without objection the resolution and motion is adopted unanimously. madame clerk, please call item 28. >> item 28 a motion to concur in actions taken by the mayor in the 42nd supplement to the proclamation of emergency to meet the ongoing local emergency related to the novel coronavirus, covid-19 pandemic. >> thank you. supervisor peskin. >> thank you, president walton and colleagues for your indulgence in continuing this matter for two weeks during the interim i have the opportunity to speak with our human resources director and while i am still not a big fan about the way this is written because of the language including rather than limited to, i'm convinced
she will use it appropriately and within the very constrained time frames during which this delegated authority to wave an otherwise provision of memorandum of standing with labor organizations representing fire department workers appropriately used and within the narrow time frames that i will vote for the matter at hand. >> thank you so much, supervisor peskin. madame clerk, please caught the roll. >> item 28, supervisor stefani. >> aye. >> supervisor walton. >> aye. >> supervisor chan. >> aye. >> supervisor haney. >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman. >> aye. >> supervisor mar. >> aye. >> supervisor melgar. >> aye. >> supervisor peskin.
>> aye. >> supervisor preston. >> aye. >> supervisor ronen. >> aye. >> supervisor safai. >> aye. >> there are 11 ayes. without objection this motion is approved unanimously. madame clerk, please call item 30. >> item 30 a resolution to urge the mayor the department of public health and the office of economic and workforce development, the department of emergency management and the human services agency to immediately re-establish an interim covid command center to address the omicron surge. >> supervisor safai and walton and colleagues. this resolution was drafted on january 10 in response to the surge in the highly contagious omicron variant but seems to be on the decline dramatically and i think we'll hear more about that in this meeting.
each whereas in this resolution has nearly been addressed. we're happy the departments have responded and the mayor's office has responded according ly. this resolution was in response to the concerns our community members, stakeholders and city employees and first responders reached out to our office and many represented here in this chamber. for the latter part of december and new year we were in undated with calls complaining about the lack of response and support for covid that was happening and many of us saw that first hand on the ground in our community. i also received e-mails and called from first responders themselves many working in emergency rooms and skilled nursing facilities and front lines. there's been great action taken
in many areas. $5.4 million has been given in the right to recover to stabilize this fund. my district the highest number of individuals putting in requests for this fund. a disproportionately of service workers and people living in crowded housing. i want to thank supervisor ronen for her continued support and pressure in this area and the mayor for funding this and keeping this moving forward. second part i think is very important and something that supervisor mar has been working hard for over the last year is continued covid sick leave in the amount of 80 hours has been retroactively restored until march of 2022 for the city and county workers. we've reinstated our policy on continuity of payment for nonprofits experienced
>> and other departments who have specifically been acting swiftly. in the title on page one and we have e-mailed this to your offices and we add established covid coordination team to address omicron variant spread and other possible surges online seven and eight strike the language that says re-establish a covid command center and add the language in that says establish a covid coordination team to address the covid variant surge and other possible variant surges. and then in the last page, on
page four, strike the language that says online four and five that says the third supplemental proclamation all the way to omicron surge and add language that says immediately establish a coordination team to address omicron surge and other possible surges and to require this team led by the department of public health required by the board every two months for the next six months. again, i want to thank the mayor's office and the departments for their quick responses and my colleagues for their action and reacting to what we've seen on the ground and staying on top of this and all of the departments, department of emergency management, public health, oewd and h.s.a. and others they can react and respond and stay ahead of this surge