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he will show you cards to show that we are moving along. >> good morning. i'm executive director of the san francisco parks alliance . we are the independent partner to all of you, all of the city departments in all of us residents in san francisco for everything having to do with arcs, recreation and open space in san francisco. mr. mayor, yet seen a number of statistics, supervisors you have seen them, department heads, but many of you have not been many of the research statistics produced in the last year or so about just how much we love our parks. two thirds of us visit a park at least weekly; 90 percent of us believe that our parks are essential to the quality-of-life in san francisco;
we use them so much and we love them to death. since 2005, into the city's general fund has grown by 20 percent we have cut the funding to those parts by more than 26 percent, moving in the wrong direction and has been for years. as supervisor wiener pointed out, the greatest weaknesses are in the areas of gardening and patrols. we want to show you some beautiful spots but also some of the places that have been all but abandoned because maintenance has been so referred because we don't have enough gardeners . to get out there and take care of that part the same is true for many parks across the city because we don't have enough gardeners. and we also would take you out to dolores park, and the
beautiful new helen dillard playground open a year ago between public and private partnership between the city and us, through the bond funding, and private philanthropy, one of the most beautiful playground in the country and yet we are having trouble there with vandalism and damage caused in part because we don't have park patrol officers out there monitoring our parks; same thing is the case all across the city. in a study that was done recently by spur, they identified about a 30 million dollar gap, between the level of funding that we are currently putting in and what a park system of that size and scope and complexity really needs, 30 million dollar gap. growing because we have been cutting the budget to parks instead of growing it. this leads me to a twofold question to you mr. mayor, and to you supervisors.
in the budgeting process, how can we begin to turn that around and address the budget shortfall? the second half of the question is, beyond the budget, what is the long-term fix to close the 30 million dollar gap? does anyone care to address that question? >> moderator: who would like to take the question? >> supervisor wiener: what we have done for years and years is to force the department to generate revenue in other ways which is great, they are keeping the park system open and functioning but it causes tension and controversy when they have to generate revenue in other ways.
it is a matter of priorities. i'm not saying that we are going to find 30 million dollars and a one restore the department but we need to stop cutting this department and to start gradually -- like we did with the police department, we let it atrophy, and then started police academy again last year; we need to replenish our gardening staff and park patrol officers. >> moderator: i actually want to encourage us -- it is my job to make sure that we get comments so that we have more of an opportunity to hear from you guys, and commit to that first. and then we'll come back first and have the supervisors and the various representative speak to all the comments. next we have bill hirsch and -- andrews, hiv prevention network. there is a media camera.
if speakers can stand in this area so they can capture images of you while you are speaking. >> good morning. thank you for coming out on a saturday morning. my name is bill hirsch, the director of the aids legal referral panel; we are going to share with you briefly some of what we presented to the board's budget committee on hearing on march 27th. we have some presentations that we are happy to share as well. so there are some good news and bad news with regards to the state of aids in san francisco sometimes it waxes and wanes in peoples consciousness; the crisis is continuing, there are now more than 22,000 people in san francisco living with hiv, 45% increase in the last
13 years; in the same time period we have lost over 14 meeting dollars in funding for services. the hiv/aids provide a community has been doing a lot more with a lot less for a good amount of time now. couple of statistics that are powerful: 1 in 36 san franciscans is living with hiv; 1 in 3 men is living with hiv and african-americans are four times more likely to be living with hiv. at the federal level they came up with a tool called the gardener/cascade which try to visually show how there is a great drop off at many different points. while we think that many people are taking medication now and their lives are fine, in fact many people have not been able to successfully manage this disease. there are roughly 1.2 million
people nationally living with hiv in only 19% of those folks have successfully managed their hiv so they have an undetectable viral load which also allows them to be much less likely to transmit the disease. while in san francisco we don't have housing and services for everybody who needs them, and we don't want to see more mental health and substance abuse cuts, we have twice the national average, more than 50 percent san franciscans have been able to manage their hiv to an undetectable load; the san francisco model works and we need to make sure that we sustain it. >> i have half a minute?
i sent other very important memo last night, a pink shirt memo. i am brett andrews, executive director of positive resource center for the last 26 has provided employment counseling to people with disabilities. people impacted by this 7.1 potential cut; supportive services in primary care would face about a 50 percent reduction in some programs, some would be program lugers. intervention there would be about a 19 percent reduction, that is specific to hiv testing and i want to say that for those of us, all of us in this room, treatment is prevention. i encourage all of us, even
those who don't think you participate in any kind of activity that would involve an hiv test, get yourself tested in staging treatment. i encourage you to do that. food for delivery, financial services around immigration. we were able to fully restore the cuts last year, being fiscally responsible the mayor did put in about half of that funding for this year and i am encouraged by the proactive stance that both the mayor and the board of supervisors have taken; we had the meeting and talking about this particular issue. is a priority for them and ,it is an urgency because it is more than these numbers, is numbers that impact people's lives on a daily basis. thank you for your consistent
with activity everyone, the department heads, the board and the mayor for your ongoing commitment to hiv and aids. thank you. (off mic) >> moderator: thank you. next we have representation from the district nine, jesus yanez, instituto familiar de la raza. >> thank you larissa, like everyone for being here, mayor, supervisors. instituto familiar de la raza, is not patient serving latino families. --
our concerns revolve around the safety net for fighters which specialize serving the most marginalized communities. as frontline providers, serving a community disproportionately impacted by the effects of trauma it is of the utmost importance to advocate for sustaining and wherever possible expanding the network of services to address risk factors and posttraumatic effects of violence and youth caretakers. a there is a direct and positive impact on the levels of violence and recidivism that plague our community. over the last five years dph has reduced support by around 94 million dollars with over 74 million of those cuts directly impacting the direct services. depending on the particular agency's reliance on funds, the
5-25% of cuts will have an unfair impact on uninsured families that don't have access to medicare or private insurance. lack of access and treatment outlet impacts service providers and increases the risk for involvement in -- behaviors. it is an unfortunate reality that without treatment many folks who could benefit may eventually be served by more costly and less effective criminal justice system. it is projected that the cost represent a potential of 175 treatment beds throughout the city eventually leading to a loss of housing to a very vulnerable community. it would decrease in insituto's case the capacity to serve at least 200 clients this year. it would have an impact over
quality-of-life issues that vulnerable populations have to contend with. -- we have a formula for treatment and capacity issues. we want to advise the city representatives to preserve the existing resources and not move forward with the proposed five percent cut as they would in fact the most vulnerable communities.thank you. apl (applause)>> moderator: jesus just bought us a minute. i want to point out christina, director of neighborhood services; she is collecting question cards. look out for the pink blaser. next up is rachel ibarra - executive director of -- community center.
apl (applause)>> my name is rachel ibarra, good morning everyone, supervisors, department heads. i am the executive director of bernal heights neighborhood center; for the surrounding areas and bernal heights. i want to focus on leveraging and successful transitions. as an organization that provides multiple programs and services, and one whose members reflect the communities that we serve, providing linguistically and culturally responsible programs and services i applaud our staff and their efforts and commitment to ensure that we are able to serve the many children and youth and families who see our center as a mutual safe and welcoming space. we help the needs of the most is advantaged population creating an interdependent web of support across the senior,
youth, affordable housing programs, to address those needs in the most efficient ways. some of the other organizations do this very well too. we have a public safety meeting when there were issues happening across several neighborhoods that involved over 350 committee members from not just district 9, and supervisor winner knows he was there, but from district 8 and 11. that said, there is an impact not just on one program when there is diminished funding for another. an example is the 100,000 reduction in our youth programs at hmc from dcyf, includes youth programs that happened also have it community
building, crossgenerational youth leadership and employment development work. this will have a direct effect on our senior programs because we are leveraging all of the programs to make sure we serve everyone in the community. leveraging is good, but it means there is a much larger effort and effect went other programs are defunded. second, transition. many organizations industry nine like hmc - have been defunded by dcyf. committee members especially monolingual immigrant use continue to be served by culturally and quizzically responsive organizations and that they don't fall through the cracks. another that is something that many of our organizations are concerned. i want to make sure that dcyf
commitment is continued. especially for those who will need to build new relationships with newly funded organizations that these vulnerable populations don't sincerely know very well. transitions, leveraging, thank you everyone for listening. apl (applause) >> moderator: thank you rachel. next we will open it up to committee feedback. we have one minute for comment. maybe two minutes. keep it short. sorry- we also have right now presentation, i'm getting caught up on this. we have a presentation about summer jobs. will have glen eagleson and eric mcdonnell from the united
way, bay area. >> thank you very much. on your agenda test you have a presentation by youth participants; clearly we are not those two people. we did have two young people to speak today; one got a job that he signed up for, and the second is at a training program in stanford. a little over a year ago president obama put out a call to action, for opportunities, for young people struggling in our country and otherwise might not have opportunities to make successful transitions into employment and education. mayor lee took the challenge
seriously and put out a call and a challenge to our city departments, nonprofit agencies and the private sector to address this and asked us to provide 5000 employment and training opportunities for young people. we are happy to say that we are able to provide over 5200 opportunities for young people, 14-24. based on that success the mayor has again challenged us and raise the bar to provide 6000 opportunities for people 14-24 throughout san francisco. we are on target to reach that. we partnered with the united way bay area to reach out. we want to make sure that we let people know that these opportunities are for all young people in san francisco. we are particularly concerned, want to make sure that we reach
young people from low-income communities who may not otherwise have access, and we made a place to young people that regardless of documentation they have access to these. 211 is a place where you can go to get information on all the different programs. >> mr. mayor, supervisors, department heads. i am the other young person today. we have this enormous challenge and the opportunity to create these pathways for young people, connecting to the college system, connecting to the four year institutions. last year over 3000 of those jobs were city department jobs; and the private sector we want to continue to challenge them. the mayor has said over and over as the supervisors
to this is about jobs and economic growth and vitality ,and this is one important way to make sure that happens. one of these people would have been tomas. he got a summer internship job as a real estate company got great exposure and opportunity. 39% of those jobs one from summer jobs to permanent jobs. they have this great summer experience and over time they have a year-round op opportunity for exposure and opportunity. thank you for continuing in the context of budget planning. saturday, may 11, we have a youth resource fair, 9-3, mosconi center north. you'll know, all the kids will be there. will have 500-600 young people.
we need volunteers. that will review resumes and support young people to get access to these great opportunities. thank you very much. (applause) >> moderator: thank you. i want to remind everyone that while we are not going to have time to go through every question card those cards are going to be transcribed by the supervisors' office and shared with all the departments that are here today. know all information will come back to the city for consideration. next we'll are going to have one minute comments. the first person is
decirles que necesitamos recursos. >> she's here to speak on behalf of her trans latina sisters who need resources. >> estamos hambrinetas de conocer >> we are human beings. we want to grow; we need to grow and we are not just here to be forgotten. i am paraphrasing a little bit. they re here to come out and let the world know that they are here
>> (spanish) >> they don't have english. they're coming to workshops to learn and develop themselves and to learn to advocate for themselves against those who discriminate against them and the police. just because they don't speaking with that does not mean they will not fight for their rights. >> muchisimas gracias. >> the summary is they need services and they are here. >> (spanish) >> her name is andrea, she is a member of ella, the translatina
community has always been discriminated against; they are members of this community and they should not be forgotten. their needs are important. their needs and services must be secured and preserve , so they have a place in our community and the community understands and supports the translatina community. make the right choice and support them. >> i want to say that ella para translatinas has not received any funding from the city since 2005; that is the bulk of the work that we do. we see the level of trauma coming in through the door everyday and it is not stopping and we are not being funded to the capacity that we need with our staff. i really want to advocate to the city to please, , it we don't receive this funding i don't see a future for ella para translatinas in the city anymore.
i do thank you for hearing our story. >> thank you. >> moderator: isa loyola? healthright 360. (applause) >> hello. mayor lee, department heads and supervisors. my name is shelley winn, we word hope stands for healing opportunities and parent education. is tailored to the unique experiences of women, and the knowledge that women are more successful in treatment when they continue to care for and connect with the children and families. in addition to women's hope program was developed with the experience of the child in mind, to create a warm, safe and nurturing environment.
to make sure the substance abuse services are integrated. women's hope offers therapy and psychiatric services and group -- our access to resources of prenatal care ensures regnant women get connected to have a healthy and safe child. in addition the parenting department offers parenting education, one-on-one counseling and support. interventions are and integral part of creating a change in the parent/child relationship. they are able to leave the foster care system and returned to the family of origin where it is a safer, nurturing environment. cutting even four beds at women's hope puts all of the above services at risk; it
means losing staff. our children need to be a priority. women's hope program of healthright 360, needs to be a priority. >> moderator: we are relying on technology as a timekeeper helper. next we have district 8 representatives to speak about lgbt youth and -- >> as a director of lyric- based initiatives i have seen firsthand -- i have seen straight identified students who wants partook in bowling behavior in our class understand the intersection between race and gender and how a trans-student access to bathrooms without harassment is not too far from racial profiling. i have witnessed students --
and come out in front of their peers and sometimes in front of their entire school body. i have seen families who have never had -- that is worth linguistically and culturally relevant, to give them the tools to expand their knowledge on these topics but also facilitate how they can raise their own children to be fierce allies. these are some of the stories that i have humbly witnessed. i'm asking you city supervisors andmayor lee to make sure the initiative does not go away despite dcyf decision not to fund this; this work saves lives. i want to give you to -- who is one of our students and was able to partake in that school-based initiative. >> my name is rexi amaral,