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we talked to san francisco mayor london breed about the gripping challenges and affordable housing. and presidential candidates prepare for the first debate next week. and joe biden picked up a firestorm. and pg&e, san francisco looks for several ties with the company. >> we begin our show with a official from san francisco. d london breecame the first
african-american woman who inherited - - she inherited a bunch of istough es, and in 2017, the homeless population has grown by nearly 20 and there was opposition from neighborhood residents. onshe is up for reelecthis november for a four year term. joining me in the studio is a san francisco mayor. >> thank you for having me. >> you are loong at the new budget, whatare you looking at using the money for? >> there are a variety of things that we want to use this money for. shelters, mental health stabilization, housing services and permanent exits for homelessness, reconnecting people to family members
through the homeward bound program. weere is not just one solution to homelessnessnow that it is something that we have to work on on a regular umbasis. our rs have increased in san francisco in comparison to other cities throughout the bay area. if we don't coinue to invest in these particular efforts, things could potentialget worse, i think that making investments, following through, accountability and regional solutions, and finally, building more housing will not it will be critical to the success of our city's future. >> there is a lot that you are trying to do. it has gone up by 70% in the last few years for homelessness and emphasis go. for all that money being spent, why hardly making more progress? >> we should talk about some progress despite the numbers.
last year when i was first elected, you salarge increments all over the city, you donsa see that i ssancisco like you used to. that is progr we know that the numbers are up and we know that it alo has a lot to do with the fact people are using housing, - - people are losing housing because san francisco is not affordable. part of what make sure that we invest more money in keeping people in housing in the first place and not let that affect the community. i have invested more money toward keeping people in in ho providing subsidies and helping those facing n addict and things that will preserve housing for people were basically on the verge of facing addiction. that is just one part of it, and it has it has idlaa role, for those who are homeless or living in their vehicles. >> the los angeles mayor is
facing a recall effort over at people view as his inability to really address the homeless crisis. how much of your success hinges hinges on this issue? >> we have helped almost 1500 people exit homelessness, 1500 people no longer sleeping on the street. >> for every person the exit homelessness, the more enter. >> part of it is dimension >> some face eviction for a number of reasons, move in - - displacement at any capacity, this is why it is important to
provide support and pay rent for people rather than the cost after someone is evicted, the cost will skyrocket comparison to providing a few months of rent to stabile an individual. preventing homelessness is someth g thwe are focused on and we are making more investments. the fact is, we need more housing in san francisco and throughout the bay areaa different areas. there aren't that many projects being held. maurice's heart needed to get land and homes. >> let me just pack and explain, the fact is we have
put in a $600 milliofor e housing bond on the ballot this november without raising the taxes, which would provide court with preservation, and housing for low in middle income residents. and we have put it toward affordable housing for the co unity, they been trying tackle this problem. what role do you think they should play in funding solutions for shomelss and the housing crisis? >> for starters, contributions are important. they also have to get more actively engaged, financially and provide resources and input on a regular basis, not just a one time contribution, but long- term, what is their commitment?
we support low and moderate co families. what is the long-term strategy to make sure that they are invested and actively engaged in supporting the community, and recruitment for people who work in san francisco? >> this is sending a message about city ficials. >> and the tough social problems. we have a new budget, $12.3 billion. the largest in city history. it is not as simple ias he the money and the problem, there is bureaucracy, when you talk about homeless people, some of them are suffering mental illness and substance use disorders. people that we are trying to help but don't necessarily have the tools to get them the help
and support that they need. is why i am really excited a about conserrship legislation. we provide someone who is a guardian to make this decision. it infringes on civil liberties. there is quite a ofbit controversy. >> we understand that, but jails and hospitals are being used mental health institutions for people suffering from things like schizophrenia or the psychosis that develops because ofthe drug use. is it okay to say that there is nothing do and we allow it to continue, we fix it or allnt things to ue the way that they are, i hadon't accept i think there is a balance that we can provide as a city, mental health stabilization, wraparound supportive housing, some people are not accept ting the helt we are offering, and they need a little bit more support. th does require someone to make a decision for them, ely when they cannot make a decisionfor themselve.
otherwiswe will not put a dent in this problem. again it is not just one thing, it is a number of things creating these problems and i am proposing competitive solutions to help address them. for the first time in history of the city, we have hired a mental health reform director, we have mental health crisis in san francisco. we need polici, we need mental health stabilization, support, we need accesand exits from homelessness. we need to make the right investments cawe change how people feel about san francisco. i want people to feel and see a difference when they are outside walking around in his beautiful and amazing city. we've got to make the hard on decisis, sometimes they are not always comfortable. >>itayor london breed, is always a pleasure to see you. >> president trump canceled the
missile strike against iran after he was told it could lead to 150 deaths. and american drone was shot down near iran. it comes just days after american offials blamed a red for attacks on foren shipping ankers. and joe biden is facing callsiz to apologe after he spoke about what he considered civil working relationships, he has declined to apologize. sean welsh is joining us. there was a missile strike in reliation for that don't drown. how dangerous is the situation? escalate into work? >> a scrimmage, maybe.
full-scale work, i don't think so take another shot i don't think at they will take another shot at any other aircraft, another tanker in the area and could lead to escalation iran is teetering on the brink of their own mini revolution. it is a very unstable situation. >> it is concerning on a number of different levels. >> the fact is, he threatened them and he celebrated the fact that he pulled back on the threat. that kind of dirty harry routine, playing well on the t ternational stage. people will stacalling his bluff. >> there are reports that they are looking at. maybe we can keep pushing it further the next time around.
>> a tremendous mistake. they tried that back in 8 it coans them half the nav they got smoked. if they push this issue hartke l of the weapons and capabilities. i think for mr. trumps perspective, i think he will be criticized, he spoke to the american people why he did it he was widely criticized as president intrump is criticized now. we have our finger on the trigger and we have a lot of targets to pull the trigger if need be picked > let's talk about the presidential election as well. have debates in i am in miami next week. president trump officially launched his campaign. and he told time magazine that he would work betweenevoters. c supporters, he is confident that they can propel
them to a second term. >> 67, 69,000 votes in the race, a lot of people really disliked hillary clinton. a lot of people really disliked donald trump. the speech was only to his base. it was almost 80 minutes long. he offered nothing ne my concern is what does it do to congress, to the parties across the country, i think it is a flawed rategy. >> it is a dangerous strategy. democrats have danger as well, with this huge deal that they have, what is the message? what is the attack on trump? what are the issues? we need to
be talking about jobs, blue- collar workers, and trump may be moving toward another election. >> it is very, critical co the first debate. and how e candidates set themselves apart. there are so many of them. the he sets her self on stage. >> it is up to her to set herself apart from those competitor so far she has had mixed reduce mixed reviews. she needs to have a breakout moment in the debate. >> there have been distinctive
differences. economic equality, immigration and healthcare. >>s thise chance for all of these candidates to define themselves regarding differences. this is where harris has an opportunity. joe biden and bere sanders go at each other these debates. and those leaders have to watch out. she has produced plans ona number of issues, specific plans and she lyhas been re good in oakland, recently. >> this is the equivalent of the autoshow at the beginning of the e year. en is the big winner, she
drew the first night. she on good footing. she also drew the same crowd. one bidenul potentially be the big e, he steps in cow pies time an >time again the segregation issue, let us talk about that. some of the candidates, especiallycory booker, talking about password with second spirit how much impact does this have on his current status as front runner? >> this is the biggest challenge for joe biden when you have decades ofexperience that you have to explain. lookinback, he has been in a bill to explain and apologize for a lot of these incidents. and he hasn't shown a lot of flexibility. i think he has alienated
individuals of color, and he will have to make up some ground. this is a problem he is going to have, he has to come out with momentum and strength. >> what do you think the ? w challeng like he vaded personal space, he seems generally out of touch with the ent culture and issues of racial and gender equality. old e is almost 80 years and he talks about his old stories over and over and maybe the youth has moved beyond him.
is not just about being uncomfortably close, but he steps on the abortion issuand that is a devastating problem for him. he brings himself forward with racial issues and he has a host of problems. i don't think ind uncle jo will get away himself. >> with issues related to reproductive rights. >> you got it, you bank on the hat he is against trum but you can't get to the end of the game before you play the game. >> sean welsh, nktyou. and we turn our attention to pg&e. they've agreed to put $1 billion in local government after wildfires were lynched
you power lines and apartment. and recovering damage over 14 ti ci and counties, and damage from last year's campfire killed 85 people. in january, they filed bankruptcy for the second time and environmental activists want san francisco to abandon that company altogeer and install its own power system. lisa, it is always good to see you. we will talk in a moment about that billion dollar settlement but first, the governor announced a new plan for multibillion-dollar insurance fund, how will work? >> the ideas that investors and pay into the fund which could be up to $21 billion. then if utility lines cause a fire, like the campfire and
other fires from 2018, victims l get money out of that fund. but if he utility is found negligent, and that is why the fires were started, investors will have to pay money back into the fund. the reason we are talking about that in the first place partially to placate wall street high liability, the credit rating was put down, they couldn't borrow money anymore. the governor is hoping that the fund will stop that aom happeniin in the future. >> will they be on the hook for that insurance fund? >> they do say it is a litt bit of a bond bailout, similar to what happened in 2001, for
the last bankruptcy. it depends, there are also other safety measures that are hooked onto this. eaw utility has to be rev by state legislators and the public utilities commission t would havreceive certification. there is also specific language that is very directed. they haveto exit bankruptcy and payout settlements from 2017 through 2018 for wildfire survivors. a lot of it is there. >> speaking survivors, this only applies to future fires. how are the survivors for the wildfirethat have already happened? what is the reaction? >> my colleague spoke to some of them this morning. for the most part it has beren good, theyhappy to see a way for people to get paid out in the future, they o are als happy to see the safety measures in the state looking at that nd of thing critics are worried about how much money this is going to end up chargi ratepayers in the
end. >>at the same time, th governor is also seeking regulatory changes that would allow ratepayers to cover the costs of wildfire damaged. consumers have not been happy, v they have beey low what are the biggest challenges that they are facing right now? balancing, keeping ilities accountable, and making sure that they have reliable goods. >> it is very complicated. >> there officially looking at four saprops to restructure pg&e, one would be to break up the gaand electric division and the other would be to basically looking at operating the utility more frequent. so, these are ways, the other,
pg&e is held by holding company. >> what will that ney be used r? how will the city and county e that money? >> they are going to use it to restructure new bills a c restructumunities. they want to get that money soon, they really would like get it as quickly as possible. hopeflly we are looking at a year. we are still looking at that and what esit t cover are the lawsuits moving forward.>> here is a lot of work to take over a utility.
san francisco has its own power company that stays in line. they say that they can run their own utility out of cheaper and safer ways. but this is coming up in san francisco a lot. they voted on public power 12 times and rejected it. me the sould be a little different. a lot of people are very involved. they think this is the best and theyarlooking further into this. >> how about setting up a power system in san francisco? it wou cost billions. they been very upfront about thato san francited on a measure last year that would and w this issue, the city
county to issue bonds. >> there is a lot still in splay. theciation is moving through bankruptcy court as well. thank you so much for being here. >> before we go tonight, i have a personal note to share. it is our last episode, it has been such a privilege to be invited into your week into your week every - - it has been wonderful to be invited into your home. giving news and analysis, deeper insight from policymakers and stakeholders. we want to better understand all that is gog on in the world. we are grateful for the atwonderful guests, and ul for the opportunities that i've had. i am incredibly think for all of you for edhaving jome on this journey here and moving on
to other adventures, in the meantime, i hope you will continue watching, thank you. and we will look at some of my favorite moments for the past six years. >> jackie went all the way from london. she was ready to take on any task that is nekied. >> whad of kid review? >> it was probably my social awkwardness that got me into this business. it was easier to draw someone and was to talk to them >> it looks really crisp >> i was tafraid th american people would not fully understand what happened. >> the me too movement is
robert: on the brink. i'm robert costa. welcomeo "washington week." iran shoots down an amer drone. and the president for now backs off a military response. president trump: this drone was in international waters clearly. dwe have it allumented. it's documented scientifically not just words. : robeanian officials insist the aircraft violated its air space. inside the president's cire, hawks hover. >> i would encourage forceful action to stop this behavior before it leads to a wider conflict. oing nothing has its own consequence. zpwr democrats seek restraint. >> the president may not intend go to war here. but we're worried that he and the ad nistration may bumble into a war. robert: and the race for the white house heats up. next.