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their numbers. >> i speak a little bit more. that was one of the recommendations that we let out back in 2017. we believe that if the san francisco housing authority leveraged the new system that we have, that it incorporates finance purchasing and human resources, that there will be some deficiencies. and i can -- it will connect the way they process things. from the staff is provided by the authority, i believe they have not implemented that. i know that they have been in dialogue with the city. >> but you have made that offer clear to them? >> correct. >> they have not yet availed themselves of it we? >> i will have the authority speak on that. >> in the list of recommendations, we did say that we have not implemented -- implemented that. we have worked with the city auditor on a number of special
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projects. but we have not tried to incorporate our financing into the city. i don't know if you want to hear from b.d.o., but the voucher management system is very complicated and very unique and does require special expertise. >> i hear you. there were 26 recommendations in the report. twenty-five in the city service auditor's report. twenty-five of which you accepted and 19 that you have implemented and five you have partially implemented and to you have not implemented. this her once you agree to implement. i understand the two-year tool is complicated and that vouchers are complicated but i also understand that the city is only going to be as good as we can interact with your numbers, particularly if you are going to be incorporated by the city. without getting into the details of it, i would love for that recommendation to be implemented
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first as quickly as possible, if we are going to absorb you. >> thank you. yes. >> thank you. madam chair, in the interest of time, i will truncate this. we can do this all afternoon, but why don't we open for public comment. >> at this time, we will open up for public comment. it is not that any of us need to eat lunch, but we do lose coram at 2:00 pm. supervisor brown wanted to make sure she was available. we will open up for public comment. >> i will show you why you have this shortfall. i talked to hartley k.? one of the department building -- apartment buildings that came available out of her office, the lowest income requirement for one of those builders was 80% of the a.p.i. it is like 80 or $90,000 a year. i made an appointment to talk to
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her to demonstrate that she is discriminating against low income bracket people. by you setting the requirement to move into each and every building that comes out of her office, it is so high that the housing authority is giving vouchers to pay that much money results in a sucking of their funds. that is why they have a negative cash flow now. because of hartley and the developers. they are paying an exception for the klute -- inclusionary rules of the developer won't have low income tenants in their building and pay that fee. the department is making $2 million a month. is that clear? you better audit on her department on how much money they have in their reserve. you will find that when a developer pays that fee, so he won't have to have the most vulnerable people will be attending in their building, they take that money and start up a new construction project
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and sets the requirement at a higher rate with still low income bracket people, the most vulnerable people who can't afford to live in the building and you displace low income people out of housing. she is scandalous. i tried talking to her about that. i said how can you say that is a low income affordable housing when you have the lowest income to move in that building at 80% of the a.p.i. and that is about $90,000 a year? since when is a low income, affordable housing project, and the lowest income is like 80-90 god damn thousand dollars a year do an audit on her account. that's why there is so much money in that account and you are shortchanging the housing authority. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> mr wright. thank you. >> oh, my god. listen. i only have two minutes. first of all, let's clear the air.
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we will talk about it later. it is not her fault. i commend her department because her department was ran by -- when she came on, she is doing a fantastic job. we will talk about that later. right now, peskin you are the master of legislation in city hall. because you are the one, years ago, when they had to reenvision , you are telling them they were wrong then. here they are again. i commend you. valley, district five, i see you here and i hate to say it, you are protecting room 200. i not say any names. that is why you were appointed. i call it a disappointment. here we go now. you are talking about the housing authority and accountability. peskin, did you know who is running oewd? that is somebody named -- what is his name? he is the director of oewd and
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he is also the president of the housing authority. therefore, how can you have mr torres as the president of the housing authority and now he has been selected, like you have, bad selection, london, i have to tell you. i agree to disapprove. you have two individuals that come from oewd that are protecting d. you know who i am talking about. somebody there. i am so glad that mr pestis -- mr peskin, the master of legislation is using the real thing. i am glad i'm here to get all this information. i am appalled at city hall. i am appalled. and i want to talk to h.u.d. they have the money. h.u.d. controls everything. that is a federal government. that is why i want f.b.i. to investigate city hall. that is all.
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>> are there any other public comments on this item? saying none, public comment is closed. >> thank you to the folks in the housing authority and the mayor 's office of housing and the budget and legislative analyst and the controller's office for spending your afternoon with us. i think where we need to focus is on how the transition process of s.f. ha to the city will work i would like to have some oversight over that and i would like to continue this item to the call of the chair so that perhaps at our next visit, we can talk about what the plans are and make sure that they are actually going to work and so this continuing trouble department will not remain troubled when it becomes a closer part of the city. i do totally acknowledge and appreciate the r.a.d. program
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has been, despite this great risk and challenges, a remarkable success. an increase in the amount of vouchers that we all support. we have to live with inapt -- within our means. when we are having conversations at the board of supervisors about minimum compensation ordinance and all of the analyst competing priorities, we have to know when we are getting an unexpected cash call. with that, thank you, colleagues for your indulgence and support. >> i want to thank vice chair peskin for calling for the hearing. i think, as you have seen in the number of cosponsors, it demonstrates the amounts -- immense amount of concern of the board of supervisors has about what has occurred. i just want to concur with his comments. if we decide to determine that this is a priority for the budget, dollars should be allocated. we need to ensure better oversight process for this moving forward. i want to thank supervisor brown
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who extended her time in order to be able to be at this hearing because she has public housing in her district as well. i will take that motion. >> before we do it, to miss partly, the reason that it is important it is because -- this has happened in my experience. the board has come just come back and said, pay, one -- what unallocated money from previous budget cycles is out there? we vacuumed that all up and redistributed it after having a policy conversation. had i known there was $31 million, we might have had a conversation and said that we want to put it in small sites acquisition. i realized that the colour of money is a different colour of money, without is actually conversation that we got elected to have. so it's important that you, back in with the 11 of us. this is an opportunity to do it. >> thank you, again vice chair
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peskin. at this time, we have a motion to continue this to the call of the chair and we can do that without objection. are there any other items before this committee? >> there is no further abyss -- no further business. >> meeting is adjourned.
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>> the hon. london breed: all right. good morning everyone and welcome. thank you for being here at hummingbird place. my name is london breed, and i am the mayor of san francisco, and we are excited. we are excited because we know this announcement is bringing us one step closer to our goal to make sure that we provide options for people that we know are suffering on our streets. some of you know that i've made an announcement a couple weeks ago to add an additional shelter beds, 1,000 shelter beds here in san francisco by 2020, and we are working hard in san francisco to accomplish that goal. but we know that just building housing, providing shelter is not sufficient for some people who need a little bit more support. it's just not enough. and many on our streets, unfortunately, are suffering from mental illness and
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substance abuse disorder. today, we are at hummingbird place, which helps the most vulnerable residents break out of the cycle between the streets and jails and hospitalization. here, medical professionals provide personalized care and innovative services for mental health and substance abuse help. hummingbird place is tailored for individuals experiencing mental health and addiction. we have an option for people to get off the streets every night, and we can do more. and that's why today, part of the announcement is that we are doubling the number of beds here at hummingbird to 14. we are committed to addressing the root causes of homelessness and providing access to mental health recovery, and we also
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know that more beds at hummingbird is not enough. initially, the department of public health had a plan to have another 20 beds at by 2021, and i know we need to move faster and have nor beds. i've given a directive to health to make sure that those beds are added by next year, but also, that we've added 40 beds. also, next year, we will have 70 to 90 new mental health stablization beds in san francisco, which is just amazing. these mental health stablization beds are just a piece of the puzzle. there's so much more work that needs to be done. and today at the board of supervisors meeting, supervisor rafael mandelman and i will be
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introducing legislation to introduce state senator scott wiener's bill sb 1045. many of you have heard about sb 1045, and this bill which was championed by senator scott wiener and supported by david chiu and signed by governor brown allows us to opt into a conservatorship program to help those with mental health. i want to thank senator wiener for his leadership and supervisor mandelman for his partnership. i also want to thank all the city staff including those in the city attorney's office who have been working months before the bill was ever signed so that we could be ready for this day
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to move as quickly as possible. and that is why the combination of this legislation and these new beds are going to help us get to a better place for those people that we know need help. conservatorships, we know are a challenge, and we are going to continue to engage all stakeholders on finding solutions for the purposes of helping this population, but we know we can do more, and we can't wait for new solutions. we have an opportunity today, right now, to increase our capacity and move this legislation forward so that you see a difference, and those people who we help are going to feel a difference. we aren't going to make it just go away. we haven't been able to so far. it's time to try new, innovative ideas for the purpose of meeting a challenge in san francisco unless we're prepared to make
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the hard decisions, the right investments to move our city forward. i'm committed and all of the folks who are standing here with me today are committed to addressing this challenge. and with that, i'd like to take this opportunity to introduce someone who understands this issue and who is working hard every single day in sacramento to provide the changes to state law that will help san francisco move forward in addressing our homeless crisis, and that is state senator scott wiener. >> thank you, madam mayor breed. i just want to thank you for your extraordinary leadership and coming into office and immediately pressing forward with innovative new approaches to addressing the homeless
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crisis and the crises of mental health and addiction that we see -- our mental health and addiction that we see playing out on our streets every day. i think the mayor recognizes that the status quo isn't working. she recognizes that money is important, but money isn't the only thing that we need. we need policy changes, so in addition to expanding our mental health system and our addiction system, advocating for safe injection sites, for all of the pieces to come together to combat the tragedy that plays out on san francisco streets every day. i just want to say thank you,
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madam mayor, for your leadership. i want to express my appreciation to the mayor and to my successor on the board of supervisors, supervisor rafael mandelman for taking the bull by the horns and helping us pass sb 1045. the mayor and supervisor mandelman came to sacramento to help us advocate for this bill, but moving forward to immediately past and craft legislation a conservatorship bill so that sb 1045 can be the law in san francisco. it's not progressive, it's not humane, it's not compassionate to sit by and watch while people unravel and ultimately die on our streets. we know that conservatorship is a significant thing. it's not to be taken lightly.
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it's temporarily removing someone's civil will i enter des and their ability to think for themselves. and that is something to be taken seriously. but allowing someone to die on the streets is a lot more extreme than temporarily having the city make housing and health decisions for someone so that they can get healthy and get their lives back. we have a situation now where people are unable to make conditions for themselves. there are homeless people, present of homeless people in the city who if you offer them housing, offer them offices, you're going to be able to get them help and get them back on track, but there is a small segment of aurchronic homeless population who are not able to make those decisions, and they are dieing, and we need to save their lives. and as i have said, debating
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people who are a little more skeptical of skefsh conservator we already have a conservatorships. it's called jails. people should be able to get mental health and drug addiction treatment without having to be arrested and interacting with the police and going to jail, and yet that is the system that we have setup right now, where people are just cycling through jail, they're cycling through interactions with the police, and we need to give an altern e alternative in this conservatorship program, and for this targeted, narrow population will help them survive and thrive. now it's my pleasure to turn it
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over to my partner and supporter, assembly member david chiu, who was a vocal supporter of their legislation. >> thank you, senator. let me thank all the men and women who makeup our public health system in san francisco. whether you work for city government or you work for a nonprofit, you are reflecting the very best of who we are as citizens in the city of st. francis in taking care of those who desperately need help. i want to thank my colleagues who are here. this is the team of elected officials who went to sacramento who said we need to change state law to help the fact that people are dieing on our streets. the status quo is not acceptable. i want to salute mayor breed for bringing a light to this issue in her first 100 days as mayor. and also for supporting and moving forward and opening up
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new beds for a population in desperate need of them. i want to salute senator scott wiener who has been a dogged advocate for change, but particularly with this conservatorship law. there was a lot of questions and frankly some controversy about what that was about, but we were able to answer the questions and help people understand that this is not a gigantic step forward, this is an important step forward if you have compassion and care for those who are suffering. supervisor mandelman who will be introducing an ordinance this afternoon, i want to thank you for your leadership. you have a personal experience that helps elucidate this issue. we need all solutions. we need to keep pushing on tested solutions that are
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innovative. we cannot be afraid of the status quo of making sure that we're moving forward no things in the city of san francisco. that is what we are about. we also need to make sure we're breaking down the silos, and that the substance abuse and mental health people are talking to each other. i want to make sure that these are laws that are put into place, so that someday, people with point to our city and our state and say you know, it was in san francisco, that we were able to turnaround this crisis. it's my pleasure to bring forward one of the newest members of the board of supervisors, raff negate mandelman. >> thank you, assembly member
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chiu. i notice that we've been joined by my junior colleague, vali brown, by about five minutes. we are so lucky in san francisco to have just an amazing team in sacramento, and i am reminding of that on almost a daily basis, but assembly man chiu for your dogged advocacy for housing in california, and your recognition of the tremendous need that we have, and senator wiener for everything, like, so many bills, so many bills. but particularly, sb 1045 has been important to me. and to our mayor, for your clear commitment of getting homeless people off the streets and getting them the care that they need, your commitment to increase shelter beds
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dramatically, and your commitment to coming out to places like hummingbird. i recently had the opportunity to tour hummingbird, and i think we need more places like this. i'm pleased to be joining the mayor to be authors legislation that will implement sb 1045. i see that as the start of a conversation for your city, and i look forward to collaborating in the weeks ahead with stakeholders, advocates and key city departments to make this program as effective and successful as possible. by introducing the legislation today, we're taking a necessary first step to get that conversation started. as i walk around my district and just about every neighborhood in san francisco, it is painfully clear that we cannot wait a day longer. we can't continue to allow our neighborhoods to serve as open airmen tall institutions, our
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jails as addiction services, and the streets to be the wait list between the two. sb 1045 and its local implementation is not a cure all, about you it offers one tool who help people suffering from mental health and addiction that are suffering on the streets. that enables us to take a hard look at our challenges, to focus on what's working, and to fix what's broken. much of the conversation over the next several months is going to be the problems circling this population. as we implement sb 1045, we must ensure we don't take resources away from other programs. i know that everyone up here is supportive of the need and recognizes the need to build out our funding for responses to homelessness, and i look forward to working with my colleagues on the board and the mayor to
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ensure that those resources are effectively deployed. so i want to thank the mayor and senator wiener and everyone up here to addressing these challenges, and i look forward to partnering with you to implement effective solutions. i said had i the opportunity to tour hummingbird a while back, and i also had the opportunity to tour this amazing if a ilt is, and i just want us to take the opportunity to recognize how amazing general is and all of the people it serves. one of the people doing good work in emergency psychiatric services is dr. bland from san francisco general hospital, who is up next. [applause] >> thank you. thank you so much for having me. hi. i'm anton bland, and for the benefit of the press, my last
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name is spelled n-i-g-u-s-s-e, space, b-l-a-n-d. >> the p.u.s. is the only service of its kind in san francisco, place where a person with a mental health crisis can be seen by a physician, a consist 24 hours a day, seven -- a psychiatrist, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. our dedicated team of nurses, doctors, and psychiatrists conduct over 7,000 crisis evaluations each year. six out of ten individuals that come to p.e.s. are experiencing homelessness, and if a person is homeless, they have on average three or more visits to t.e.s.
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each year than someone who is not homeless. successfully addressing challenges like this requires the innovation and collaboration of our medical community, civic leaders, as well as community partners. before hummingbird navigation place center, a patient with a p.e.s. discharge received a recommendation to go to far corner of the city, hoping they would go there to get the service they need to receive. hummingbird place navigation center fills an important need in the continuum of care for individuals that are experiencing homelessness and
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struggling with mental illness and substance use. in the first year of hummingbird's operation, p.e.s. generated 30% of referrals to the navigation center. the unique peer approach support that take place at hummingbird helps extend the reach of crisis stablization services from p.e.s. into a home environment where our patients experience dignity, respect, and additional empowerment on the path to recovery. with the additional 14 beds and the additional 20 treatment beds at san francisco general to be available, our options will increase and we will be better able to ease the transition from the acute emergency care settings back into the community. hummingbird place has been an important partner for p.e.s. enabling us to provide a better level of care for patients when they leave the hospital and
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breaking the cycle of this crisis. thank you for your patience, and i'll introduce simon tang, from san francisco department's e.m.s. six. >> thank you, mayor breed, for this invitation to speak. my name is simon tang, and i am a captain in the san francisco fire department. i work in a department that responds to frequent 911 users, shepherding people towards support, mental health treatment, detax treatment, and supportive housing. on those that are dependant upon 911 for their survival, a small number, in my estimate, less than ten, in my experience, have such substance abuse disorder and mental health disorganization that they cannot perform routine acts of daily living. these individuals don't have the agency to get food at
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st. anthony's. some lack the strength to dress themselves. some have life threatening infections that will not heal. some are ineligible for shelter, for not only are they chronically incontinent, but they refuse to participate in self-hygiene. i want to be clear, these individuals don't own phones or a tent. they aren't calling 911 for themselves. the compassionate citizens of san francisco call 911 for someone unconscious on the streets or for the person that has been sitting in their own excrement for the last eight hours. what does this small group of individuals have in common? severe substance use disorder, mental illness that has been exacerbated by substance use, and homelessness, which in my
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view is driven by the addiction disorder. these few individuals will use until they are incapacitated, stumble out of an emergency room as soon as they can walk or are rolled out of an e-r in a wheelchair and use some more. it is a vicious circle of misery and illness of which they have no agency to stop. one such person activated 911 over 200 time last year. because it was deemed that their psychology and psychosis are rooted in mental health reasons, shelter services don't apply. the city has offered services to these few, shelter, navigation
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center, and housing with supportive care: food, counseling, drug treatment, but it is continuously refused. my team, e.m.s. six, met with one individual 53 times last year, and offered, 53 times, to assist him with every aspect of getting housing, but we never got him through the d.m.v. door to get a copy of his i.d., step one in the application process. that man died this year, found hypothermic by paramedics. sb 1045 is not a magic wand, it is a tool that can provide temporary respite, so that free of substances, their mind can clear, their body heal and give them the possibility to discover
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the desire for a better life. thank you. >> the hon. london breed: thank you. that concludes our press conference for today, and thank you all so much for being here. ] >> san francisco city clinic provides a broad range of sexual health services from stephanie tran medical director at san francisco city clinic.
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we are here to provide easy access to conference of low-cost culturally sensitive sexual health services and to everyone who walks through our door. so we providestd checkups, diagnosis and treatment. we also provide hiv screening we provide hiv treatment for people living with hiv and are uninsured and then we hope them health benefits and rage into conference of primary care. we also provide both pre-nd post exposure prophylactics for hiv prevention we also provide a range of women's reproductive health services including contraception, emergency contraception. sometimes known as plan b. pap smears and [inaudible]. we are was entirely [inaudible]people will come as soon as were open even a little before opening. weight buries a lip it could be the
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first person here at your in and out within a few minutes. there are some days we do have a pretty considerable weight. in general, people can just walk right in and register with her front desk seen that day. >> my name is yvonne piper on the nurse practitioner here at sf city clinic. he was the first time i came to city clinic was a little intimidated. the first time i got treated for [inaudible]. i walked up to the redline and was greeted with a warm welcome i'm chad redden and anna client of city clinic >> even has had an std clinic since all the way back to 1911. at that time, the clinic was founded to provide std diagnosis treatment for sex workers. there's been a big increase in std rates after the earthquake and the fire a lot of people were homeless and there were more sex work and were homeless sex workers. there were some public health experts who are pretty progressive for their time thought that by providing std diagnosis and treatmentsex workers that we might be able
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to get a handle on std rates in san francisco. >> when you're at the clinic you're going to wait with whoever else is able to register at the front desk first. after you register your seat in the waiting room and wait to be seen. after you are called you come to the back and meet with a healthcare provider can we determine what kind of testing to do, what samples to collect what medication somebody might need. plus prophylactics is an hiv prevention method highly effective it involves folks taking a daily pill to prevent hiv. recommended both by the cdc, center for disease control and prevention, as well as fight sf dph, two individuals clients were elevated risk for hiv. >> i actually was in the project here when i first started here it was in trials. i'm currently on prep. i do prep through city clinic. you know i get my tests read here regularly and i highly
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recommend prep >> a lot of patients inclined to think that there's no way they could afford to pay for prep. we really encourage people to come in and talk to one of our prep navigators. we find that we can help almost everyone find a way to access prep so it's affordable for them. >> if you times we do have opponents would be on thursday morning. we have two different clinics going on at that time. when is women's health services. people can make an appointment either by calling them a dropping in or emailing us for that. we also have an hiv care clinic that happens on that morning as well also by appointment only. he was city clinic has been like home to me. i been coming here since 2011. my name iskim troy, client of city clinic. when i first learned i was hiv positive i do not know what it was. i felt my life would be just ending there but all the support they gave me and all
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the information i need to know was very helpful. so i [inaudible] hiv care with their health >> about a quarter of our patients are women. the rest, 75% are men and about half of the men who come here are gay men or other men who have sex with men. a small percent about 1% of our clients, identify as transgender. >> we ask at the front for $25 fee for services but we don't turn anyone away for funds. we also work with outside it's going out so any amount people can pay we will be happy to accept. >> i get casted for a pap smear and i also informed the contraceptive method. accessibility to the clinic was very easy. you can just walk in and talk to a registration staff. i feel i'm taken care of and i'm been supportive.
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>> all the information were collecting here is kept confidential. so this means we can't release your information without your explicit permission get a lot of folks are concerned especially come to a sexual health clinic unless you have signed a document that told us exactly who can receive your information, we can give it to anybody outside of our clinic. >> trance men and women face really significant levels of discrimination and stigma in their daily lives. and in healthcare. hiv and std rates in san francisco are particularly and strikingly high were trans women. so we really try to make city clinic a place that strands-friendly trance competent and trans-welcoming >> everyone from the front desk to behind our amazement there are completely knowledgeable. they are friendly good for me being a sex worker, i've gone through a lot of difficult different different medical practice and sometimes they weren't competent and were not friendly good they kind of made me feel
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like they slapped me on the hands but living the sex life that i do. i have been coming here for seven years. when i come here i know they my services are going to be met. to be confidential but i don't have to worry about anyone looking at me or making me feel less >> a visit with a clinician come take anywhere from 10 minutes if you have a straightforward concern, to over an hour if something goes on that needs a little bit more help. we have some testing with you on site. so all of our samples we collect here. including blood draws. we sent to the lab from here so people will need to go elsewhere to get their specimens collect. then we have a few test we do run on site. so those would be pregnancy test, hiv rapid test, and hepatitis b rapid test. people get those results the same day of their visit. >> i think it's important for transgender, gender neutral people to understand this is the most confidence, the most comfortable and the most
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knowledgeable place that you can come to. >> on-site we have condoms as well as depo-provera which is also known as [inaudible] shot. we can prescribe other forms of contraception. pills, a patch and rain. we provide pap smears to women who are uninsured in san francisco residents or, to women who are enrolled in a state-funded program called family pack. pap smears are the recommendation-recommended screening test for monitoring for early signs of cervical cancer. we do have a fair amount of our own stuff the day of his we can try to get answers for folks while they are here. whenever we have that as an option we like to do that obviously to get some diagnosed and treated on the same day as we can. >> in terms of how many people were able to see in a day, we say roughly 100 people.if people are very brief and straightforward visits, we can sternly see 100, maybe a little
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more. we might be understaffed that they would have a little complicated visits we might not see as many folks. so if we reach our target number of 100 patients early in the day we may close our doors early for droppings. to my best advice to be senior is get here early.we do have a website but it's sf city clinic.working there's a wealth of information on the website but our hours and our location. as well as a kind of kind of information about stds, hiv,there's a lot of information for providers on our list as well. >> patients are always welcome to call the clinic for there's a lot of information for providers on our list as well. >> patients are always welcome to call the clinic for 15, 40 75500. the phones answered during hours for clients to questions. >> >>
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wa >> the hon. london breed: all right. good afternoon, everybody. my name's london breed, and i'm mayor of the city and county of san francisco, and i'm truly excited to be here on this festive occasion with so many city departments and so many community members who made this project possible. i want to start by thanking president of the board of supervisors, malia cohen. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: she has been working on this project since she became a member of the board of supervisors, and thank goodness, president cohen, that you're able to complete it on your way out. doesn't it feel good?
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today, we celebrate this project, a project that will bring almost 1600 units of housing, 25% which will be below market rate, and 200,000 square feet of commercial office space or space in general, 14 acres of public park open space, and we will, of course, be increasing transit options with pedestrian and bike lanes and improving our city streets and infrastructure in this particular neighborhood. this is all as a result of an incredible partnership between city departments, as i said, and the residents of this community. because as our city grows, we need to make sure that all of our neighbors -- our neighborhoods are equitiable, sustainable, and diverse. i'm very proud of the effort
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that's been put into making this project an inclusive project by making community and housing spaces for people and families of all backgrounds. and thanks to everyone who's here today, we're doing just that with 394 affordable housing units that will be constructed through this project, and they're all -- and 40% of these projects are eligible for the landmark legislation that president cohen and i worked on a few years ago to ensure that the residents of district ten have right of first refusal for this housing. this program is so critical in keeping our communities intact as neighborhoods, like india basin and bayview-hunters point experience rapid growth and expansion. and with the public open space, the child care facility, the new growth restorers, the markets,
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and everyone in the community will have access to jobs and outdoor activity, and, of course, an important grocery store, as i mentioned. you're happy about that, right? i'm very grateful to the hard work and dedication of all of you here today, including the office of economic and workforce development, the rec and parks. clearly, the staff -- go ahead. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: thank you all for your work and your leadership, thank you all to the rec and parks department, the port of san francisco, the india basin neighborhood association and build, particularly, the principle and managing director, lou vasquez, for your hard work on this project. and as i said before, the leadership of president cohen on making this a reality and providing a real community
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process with a very balanced project that will bring all of what's needed to india basin where it will be an important part of district ten and the vibrancy of the bayview-hunters point community. i'd like to, at this time, thank her for her hard work and also her commitment to finishing this project before she left the board of supervisors. ladies and gentlemen, at this time, i'd like to introduce president of the board of supervisors, malia cohen. [applause] >> president cohen: thank you. thank you, mayor breed. thank you, everyone, for coming out this afternoon. i feel so many things. just a mixed bag of emotions. first, being the first -- strongest emotion i feel is exhaustion, and the second emotion is gratitude. gratitude is just filling me because this has been an
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incredible journey, an opportunity for me to go not only as a professional, but as a person, as a woman. i was elected when i was 32 years old and relatively young in one career, and projects like this have made me a woman, and i just want to say thank you, thank you to all of those that have touched this project. so many people -- i think i alone have had three legislative aides working on this particular project, so there are many people that i'd like to just recognize. you know, first and foremost, i want to talk about the bayvi bayview-hunters point community. this neighborhood is the beating heart of san francisco, hands out. when bayview-hunters point is thriving, you will find every nook and cranny of san francisco will be thriving. it is my joy to standing certify celebrating the project through
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this area, the india basin project. we're talking about 1500 units of housing, waterfront habitats and restoration that are only a few of the highlights that this project is going to bring to the entire neighborhood. ann, don't go too far away. don't walk away from me now, ann. i have, as you heard the mayor say, devote eight years of my life to this project. i just want to take a moment to say how thankful i am to the neighbors of india basin, to the neighbors that have been so steadfast, paying attention to every detail. these are neighbors that i didn't have a relationship with until i started campaign, and they took me under their wings and took me by the arm and indoctrinated me into seeing
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things there way. i want to recognize jill fox who's also here, who also works for the city, who has taken time on her lunch breaks to come and to advocate and to be in the chamber. and there are many members of the india basin neighborhood association that are not here today but have put in an incredible amount of work, and i just want to give voice to the neighbors that have been advocates from day one on this particular project. thank you. we are finally here to implement a strategy to maximize public benefits in the southeast part of san francisco through housing options, better transit, and open space. and i want to pause here and recognize the department of rec and park. r.p.d. has been a partner, a steadfast partner from the dinning when it comes to open pace. not only are -- beginning when it comes to open space. phil ginsberg has been a partner in developing new open spaces,
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spaces that were not in existence, small space acquisitions. we have been through it, phil and i, and we haven't always loved each other. we have our moments when we bicker, but today is a proud moment. i hope i can continue to work with you as we continue to get this park bond to move forward, as we continue to work on building the southeast neighborhoods and build open space, through the southern and central waterfront, connecting the entire city, so there is a joule, an emerald, a jewel of green, open space that's walkable, and bikable, that's open and unobstructed, so that any and everyone can enjoy open space. thank you, philip. [applause] >> president cohen: and i really need to give a moment to recognize the mayor's office of economic and workforce development. this is an incredibly awesome
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responsibility that this particular department has, and for this project, i want to up lift ann. this woman has been like a goddess. she embodies not only my fashion sense but my fitness goals, with arms like that. this is a strong woman, and i want to say thank you. ann, i want to recognize you have a whole team of people around you. you didn't do this by yourself, you've spent countless hours with the city attorney, as well. thank you to the see attorney's office for their time and billable hours that have brought us to where we are today. just a moment of gratitude. thank you. [applause] >> president cohen: now, there are two other folks that are standing up here to my right,
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and it's so appropriate that they stand to my right because they have been my right hand through this endeavor. this is jackie flynn, who's representing the a. philip randolph institute. [applause] >> president cohen: and then, this is michael hammond, who is representing himself -- just kidding. michael is representing ibha, the india basin housing association. they have advocated for the project, but they have educated their neighbors, they have educated the youth around in the surrounding area, and that is how we continue to move forward so we are uplifting and not leaving anyone behind, and i don't think that could be overstated. thank you very much. this is a dynamic duo that have put in a lot of work.
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i want to welcome the young people from apri, they have learned a lot about the inner workings of local government. thank you very much to kurt and sophia and the entire apri team. thank you so much. we couldn't do it without you. [applause] >> president cohen: let me tell you a little about jackie flynn. she's a native san franciscan, and we have a connection. that is her father, my god father, if you will, james bryant, who has been a stalwart in san francisco when it comes to labor and has been able to impress upon us the importance of labor, and with that, i want to thank all the labor leaders who are here in shaping this project. i don't want to forget anyone. thank you so much to the plumbers, the pipe filters.
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i want to recognize jackie, a true dynamic leader. she listens, and she responds to what she is hearing, so when there are community concerns, her advocacy reflects those concerns, and there are few leaders standing before us today that do that. jackie, thank you for mobilizing the community, thank you for giving notice and giving feedback on this project. it has been invaluable. i want to recognize michael hammond, who is a long time bayview resident, an institution. i'm glad you wore his red shirt, because usually, you see him in the blue shirt. it's either red or blue with this shirt, but one thing that is true, he's leading with his heart, and he always has the community at the forefront of his mind. he's been an advocate for housing in the community, playing close and careful attention to the developments, even developments that i don't want him to be focused on, but all of the developments,
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nonetheless, and he is serving on the bayview c.a.c., the bayview citizens advisory committee. once the redevelopment agency was dissolved, we saw there was a gap, that we needed to have community voinvolvement and inp on each and every one of these developments. thank you for serving on the c.a.c., thank you for serving on ibha. thank you. it's important that we have people that are committed, not only vested in ideology, but in practice. so madam mayor, and my colleague, supervisor safai, thank you for being here to recognize these wonderful neighborhood leaders, and again, to the project sponsor, i want to thank you for giving a gift that would not stop giving in the 11th hour in the chamber. we should even give a shout out to jane kim, just to be nice.
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but lou and the entire team, i just want to say thank you for the countless hours that we spent in shaping the project, listening to the neighbors, and producing a product that will benefit not only all of san francisco but specifically the bayview-hunters point community. thank you, and with that, i'd like to bring up mr. michael hammond. [applause] >> thank you, mayor breed, thank you, supervisor cohen, for giving me the challenge of a lifetime. they asked me to limit my remarks to one minute. so you know, when the planning commission approved this project unanimously, and that right there is a news worthy item, several commissioners came out and characterized this project as outstanding and exemplary, and indeed, in the years to come, this project will be held up as an example of how to do a large project right. and the main reason this is so is because of the way it came
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about. the project you see before you today is the result of years of collaboration with the neighborhood. and -- >> president cohen: don't be nervous now. >> -- the project is inseminated with the ideas of folks, and it shows. this is going to be a star in the constellation of stars that we call san francisco. thank you. >> thank you, mayor breed, and supervisor cohen. u