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mental health disabilities from so many perspectives, from the veterans community and the mental health board and we heard about the medical model and about the recovery model and i'm often reminded of how similar our language is within the context of the larger disability movement and how folks with mental health disabilities have always been a part of that movement, but not necessarily been included in the forefront as leaders in the same way that you know that the disability movement is always viewed and perceived and it's a new generation that creates connections throughout much different disability populations. so i hope that the council would consider looking at that, and put something thought into a resolution that would advocate for better connections and
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better funding to do that type of work. >> thank you. >> thank you, joanna. is there any comment or questions from the public? yes, can you step up to the mic? >> good afternoon again, council. my name is jackie bison and in our own voices and in my particular voice i took a different tact, because i am very eclectic. i first opposed the incarnation or whatever we want to call it of the mayor's disability council when i first got here in 1998. i went to the human rights commission in 1998, because i was required to give up an accessible cubicle as a
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disabled person because somebody came in with a dog and the dog had a higher priority to that accessible cubicle than i did. i thought oh, and i went to the board of supervisors and spoke on that october 13 of 1998, which i believe was mark leno's birthday. well, they knew talent when they saw it, so on april 6, 1999, i got a certificate of honor from the board of supervisors. tada. 1999 guys and it's now 2013 and it's gotten worse. back in 1999 when we were all hopeful, the board of supervisors of the city and county of san francisco hereby issues an authorizes the execution of this certificate of honor in appreciative public recognition of distinction and merit for outstanding service to a
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significant portion of the people of the city and county of san francisco. jackie bison, now they had to give me two of them, because the first time my name was misspelled. so i made them redo it. it's jakkee. whereas jakkee bison has labored tireless on san francisco's less fortunate and disabled and her mentality agility and acute is greatly appreciated -- yeah, right -- at her weekly appearances during the board of supervisors public comment, whereas jakkee bison's feisty brand of advocacy is vital to the spirit of san francisco, be it resolved that the city and county of san francisco and the board of supervisors hereby
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bestows its highest honor upon jakkee bison, signed april 6, 1999 and i was still walking under my own power at that time. there was no cane. there was no walker. i didn't even have robotics. so yes, i have been using all of these venues as you can see by checking through the minutes and various things, but we still have a long way to go. we do. >> thank you very much. is there anybody on the bridge line? thank you. come on up, please. >> hi. david elliot lewis, mental health board and i wanted to respond to the idea about the use of the word "recovery," in
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mental health and i think there was a comment that was earlier -- that was provided earlier from a member of the public about being concerned about the use of that word. and i can see how in different disability communities that word could be trouble some and a crucial word and not just a word, but crucial concept for those in mental health recovery and noticed i did use the word because it gives us hope and i believe that many people who suffer the severest mental illness that at one time thought people could not recover from. i believe people can recover from schizophrenia and bipolar and psychosis and all the dsm-labeled categories. not everyone recovers, but many do and many go on to live very happy and successful lives.
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and even if you don't recover to what other people's standards are what they think "recovery" is, you can get to a point within your own life, you can achieve a lot of happiness. so i advocate recovery and i advocate hope, hope for a better tomorrow for ourselves, our community and our world. thank you. >> thank you very much. and i thank everyone for coming out to do your presentations. it is very much an eye-opener and thank you again. we can go on to item no. 8. information report on the golden guardian exercise on may 15, 2013, the disability perspective. presented by council members
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chip and denise. >> thank you, roland. there has been a miswording on agenda. this is more of an update than a report. the disaster -- disability disaster preparedness committee is meeting july 5th and we're in the process of accumulating data from the experiences of people with disabilities who participated as shelter residents at the golden guardian exercise. we have yet to have a committee meeting since the exercise and we have not been able to compile the data or prepare a report. the record will be given next month at the mdc meeting in july. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> the next item is "public comment." items not on today's agenda, but within the jurisdiction of the mdc. each member is limited to three minutes.
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yes? >> hi, i wanted to check. we didn't do a question part after our presentation on the hoarding, the peer response and i wanted to check if anyone had questions about that. >> sure. are there any questions or comments from the council regarding the resource and support services for hoarding and cluttering challenges? i don't see any from the council. idell, yes? >> thank you. i didn't hear if you guys, the days of your hoarding and support group meetings, what days you have or do you have a meeting or support group for
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that? >> yes, it's a drop-in weekly drop-in support, alternates wednesdays and months, every other week. i don't know the times on that off the top of my head. but the schedules can be picked up at the office or calling the mha office and it's also on our website. >> do you have the number with you for mha? >> i'm the only one left here. sure. i will grab my papers. >> and if you could give us the website and let us know. and david, we didn't hear when your mental health meetings were. >> mental health board meets -- >> you need to come to the mic. >> sorry, the mental health board meets the second wednesday of each month, city hall, 6:30 p.m., room 278.
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278, 6:30, the second wednesday of every month and the members of public are encouraged. it's disabled-accessible, and it's a comfortable environment and we have three or four opportunities throughout the evening for public comment. and you can speak several times, three minutes each time during public comment. >> thank you. >> mha's contact for the hoarding and cluttering is john franklin and the website is >> could you repeat that? >> the website is
3:41 pm >> the phone number is 415-421-2926 and hoarding and cluttering team contact is john franklin at extension 314. >> okay. are there any members of the public who would like to comment or ask questions regarding this topic? >> is it hoarding or cluttering or anything? >> anything. >> david elliot lewis, mental
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health board and i want to express my gratitude for these presentations. i hope the public was watching on sfgovtv and i think it was a really helpful session today. so thank you. >> thank you very much. >> roland? >> i'm sorry, oh, okay. >> my name is tony robles with senior and disability action and very moved by the comments that were made. you know, really about stigma and the fact that there are inroads that are being made in the media, because the media perpetrates so much of that
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stigma and knowing that i think it was united press or one of the news services has made a move to remove some of that stigma by changing some of the language. we know that language creates reality and language is very powerful. so it's incumbent upon us to shape that language and to form that language so that we can have a voice and say and to the reality that is made about us and the messages that are disseminated about our community. i am also very concerned about mental health and the stigma of mental health conditions insofar as the relationship with law enforcement, because there have been many deaths, deaths that could have been prevented had there been more of a dialogue or more knowledge
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of the community. parents have lost children that they should not have lost, and you know, the fact that this council is here to insert their voice in that and i would say keep doing that. our organization is there to help in any way that we can. i think david elliot lewis said something very poignant, volunteering is a pathway towards healing. i think the fact that we have so many folks here that are living testaments to struggle and overcoming, i think what david was talking about, going from the darkness to the light. that involves a lot of things, but you know, having that firsthand experience with that can help other people, because a face is put to that struggle and the difference successes and living productive lives. is there there is a face to it
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and a story and we have black diva media, that the fact that you have access to media and you are using it in a positive way and that speaks volumes. before i stop, i wanted to touch on how housing is affected by this. i don't have all the answers and i do housing issues with sta and i understand that the mayor's office of housing, there has been a proposal from advocates to put in some anti-eviction legislation that would cut -- that would try to curtail before things lead up to evictions and perhaps some mental health component could be inserted into that conversation to keep people out of houselessness. thank you. >> thank you very much. next item on the agenda is
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there any correspondence? [ inaudible ] >> apparently you had one more public comment. >> i'm sorry, i didn't see. yes, please come up to the mic. >> good afternoon, jakkee bison and i am speaking about how we still have a ways to go. and that my t-shirt says, "now you see me." like the movie that is out. so i thought it was appropriate to wear it today and now they are going to see me. if it were up to me, the meetings, which with policy
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making, would all be televised, so there would be transparency and there won't be the business of a said xy and z, you get the minutes and didn't even spell my name right, let alone what i said. if i did do public comments on agendized items, there is no public comment at all, and i am talking about -- [speaker not understood] i had submitted a complaint to the mayor's office on disability about the access for 48-wide. i keep doing that, 48" wide clear path of travel mandated for the sidewalks. and about the port-a-potties being on the sidewalks and us not being able to get down the sidewalks because of everything, but people walking on the side of the road that is why it's called a "sidewalk." all of these things. went through the mayor's office
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on disability, and carla and joanna, and heather, you tried. you tried. i am looking here at this absolutely wonderful letter over carla's signature and everybody else, her crew and it has it right there. what did cindy shamban not see and i'm talking about the first paragraph that has maybe four sentences in it. of course, she, meaning carla, acknowledges the folsom street fair accessibility fair and the folsom street event, so we're real clear about the transparency of doing it on tv. i am writing -- cindy had 30 days to respond to me, an illness befell her and she missed her deadline.
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next thing i know, mayor's office on disability is supposed to respond, which is kind of, sort of, liability, not a good thing. but we'll overlook that for now. this is just amazing. so it's in regards -- it's 4/17/2013 complaint regarding path of travel obstructions that you have observed during the folsom street fair. i spelled folsom street and up your alley, over the past eight years, you got that right. thank you. that is the good news. in your complaint, you report that portable toilets were placed on sidewalk and a clear 48" path of travel was not maintained during the day's festivities. that is really only four sentences and not very big words. what did they need? large-typed print to read this? carla, the way that that got
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translated into terms of the permit issued to folsom street events, i love "how i met your mother." wait for it. wait for it a 48" path of travel must be maintained throughout the street closure from the front door of 75 street to howard street. uh-uh, that is all sidewalks throughout the area in which the festivities are taking place, like you said in your letter. the fire department has a 14' emergency access lane throughout the entire street closure and i did go and chastise the fire department to make sure that their 14' emergency-wide lane -- put those words in any order that
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you like -- that is in the permit. because it wouldn't be there. i also asked cindy for a copy of the 2012 permit and she -- i guess she got sick before she could find it, because i was not presented with a copy of that. i was able, however, to have in the permit for "up your alley" that they are not going to be barbecuing in the streets and i had complained about the secondhand smoke in the area. so here i am again, carla somehow you are going to need to get back to cindy and tell her that they need to amend the permit for folsom street events, so that there is the 48" wide clear path of travel for the sidewalks throughout the entire street closure, just
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like for the fire department. and another footnote, that for disabled parking areas i don't know what that means. i really don't know what that means. does that mean one blue meter per block, four total in one block? it's not clear. but you tried. but i ain't giving up. rising sign aires and capricorn and berkeley native, not giving up. >> thank you miss bison. is there any more public comment? otherwise, we did correspondence? staff? ? >> we hadn't gotten to it co-chair wong. we had correspondence and it's
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out of date and i apologize part of the reason for it being out of date is our recent move to market street and so some of the senders hadn't updated their address list, but i will distribute them. they are invitations and communications from some different groups, including the bicycle coalition, and the ihss public authority. i will just distribute the hard copies. >> thank you. the next item is council member comments and announcements. no? x i want to say thank you to everyone for coming out to our
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meeting and please come out every month, every third friday at 1:00 p.m. and please come with your comments and come willing to share what is going on in san francisco and how we can help you. thank you. >> thank you for that. >> thank you very much. and now we can adjourn the meeting. thank you again for coming. [ gavel ]
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i'm the president of friends of mclaren park. it is one of the oldest
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neighborhood community park groups in san francisco. i give a lot of tours through the park. during those tours, a lot of the folks in the group will think of the park as very scary. it has a lot of hills, there's a lot of dense groves. once you get towards the center of the park you really lose your orientation. you are very much in a remote area. there are a lot of trees that shield your view from the urban setting. you would simply see different groves that gives you a sense of freedom, of being outdoors, not being burdened by the worries of city life. john mclaren had said that golden gate park was too far away. he proposed that we have a park in the south end of the city. the campaign slogan was, people need this open space. one of the things that had to open is there were a lot of people who did a homestead here, about 25 different
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families. their property had to be bought up. so it took from 1928 to 1957 to buy up all the parcels of land that ended up in this 317 acres. the park, as a general rule, is heavily used in the mornings and the evenings. one of the favorite places is up by the upper reservoir because dogs get to go swim. it's extremely popular. many fights in the city, as you know, about dogs in parks. we have 317 acres and god knows there's plenty of room for both of us. man and his best friend. early in the morning people before they go to work will walk their dogs or go on a jog themselves with their dogs. joggers love the park, there's 7 miles of hiking trails and there's off trail paths that hikers can take. all the recreational areas are
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heavily used on weekends. we have the group picnic area which should accommodate 200 people, tennis courts are full. it also has 3 playground areas. the ampitheater was built in 1972. it was the home of the first blues festival. given the fact that jerry garcia used to play in this park, he was from this neighborhood, everybody knows his reputation. we thought what a great thing it would be to have an ampitheater named after jerry garcia. that is a name that has panache. it brings people from all over the bay area to the ampitheater. the calls that come in, we'd like to do a concert at the jerry garcia ampitheater and we do everything we can to accommodate them and help them because it gets people into the park. people like a lot of color and
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that's what they call a park. other people don't. you have to try to reconcile all those different points of view. what should a park look like and what should it have? should it be manicured, should it be nice little cobblestones around all of the paths and like that. the biggest objective of course is getting people into the park to appreciate open space. whatever that's going to take to make them happy, to get them there, that's the main goal. if it takes a planter with flowers and stuff like that, fine. you know, so what? people need to get away from that urban rush and noise and this is a perfect place to do it. feedback is always amazement. they don't believe that it's in san francisco. we have visitors who will say, i never knew this was here and i'm a native san franciscoan. they wonder how long it's been here. when i tell them next year we'll get to