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i'm just so happy with the department of racial equity, i think we're going to start seeing everything moving forward and really positive and i just want to thank everyone for their time moving forward, and so thank you. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor brown. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: so first, please add me to this important designation. i had the great privilege of working for almost a year and a half in the clinton white house, and the main work that we did was with the native american community, and at that time it was with the 558 federally recognized tribes was one group, but there was also a special group that they talked about, and that was urban indians. those that lived in urban centers that were not recognized, that were not on the map. so we went out of the way with president clinton. we hosted the first national conference for native americans with president clinton, so
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that's something that i carrie with me to this day. so i really appreciate supervisor ronen, supervisor brown, addres well as the enti community coming out for this important item. secondly, i'm moving for landmark designation for 4767 through 4776 mission street. both of the the royal bakery company was built in 1935 and is one of san francisco's most exuberant examples of our deco design as noted by the original green and yellow ceramic tile cladding, saw tooth peak parapet with
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pins and speed lines. it also has significance in my neighborhood for its association with italian american history. it began in north beach and was moved to -- the company moved to the excelsior in the 60s and 70s. the original operator that works there for almost 60 years is still alive, and we gave him a certificate of recognition for turning 100 this past spring. there's been movies filmed at this location, and many, many businesses around san francisco, many of them in north beach and other places, actually get their daily bread from this particular location. it's also a wonderful reflection of the blend of the diversity of our neighborhood which historically consisted of latin americans and italians living side by side. so i'm requesting that the
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committee prepare a landmark historic report to present to the historic preservation commission based on this mission street location and to determine whether this site warrants historic designation. i want to thank the folks from s.f. heritage who have also reached out immediately to talk to us about their support for this particular location. i think this is an important piece of history. we also intend for the record to initiate legacy business status for this particular business that has operated almost uninterrupted for 100
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years in san francisco. and finally, i'm going to do my best to try and say a few words about my father. if i can, i'm going to ask supervisor peskin to read it for me. ahsha safai was born in tehran in 1927. after atta graduated high school, he became a part of the early wave of iranian students
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in the push broad. prior to his entrance to the university of texas to study architecture, during his undergraduate years, he became a father to my sisters, learning to a student, father, and husband at the same time. upon graduation from the university of texas in 1965, atta received many offers to teach architecture at the university level, finally decided to move the family to the university of oklahoma. strangely enough, he turned down an opportunity to teach at s.l.o. and was not really familiar with california at the time. i kind of wish he had in many ways, but he went to the university of oklahoma instead. he truly enjoyed his students and truly enjoyed exposing them to architects of many different
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cultures. after a few years of teaching, applied and was accepted to m.i.t. in architecture and planning where he earned a dual master's in architecture and planning. after graduating, he returned to tehran where he would be part of the largest modernization program in the country's history that they had ever seen. he taught at the university level for a while but quickly became part of the shah's government. my father rose quickly through the ranks to become department minister of planning and spatial planning for the country and was involved in the placement of roads, bridges, highways, dams, and importantly the locations of major centers of housing and economic development to ensure balanced development throughout the country. it was during this time my parents had me. after all -- all of his life's
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work came abruptly to a halt in 1979 the when the people rose up to the shah and deposed him. this was wildly popular and atta was part of the new government at the time until the new party violently solidified its hold on power. it was after this violent revolution and the beginning of the iran-iraq war that my father left iran and went to the united states. during this time, he became a member of a joint program in architecture at m.i.t. and harvard. during this time at cambridge
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and later europe, my sister, rina was born. later, he returned to his home country and worked until the day he died this past saturday, committed to building iran's infrastructure and his commitment to its modernization. my father cared deeply about humanity and up until his sudden death would always talk about politics with me, constantly encouraging me to be a good person, a leader and as good as i could be and kind to all. he loved all his children equally and wanted only the best for us. may i rest in peace. the rest i submit. >> clerk: my sincere
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condolences, supervisor safai. supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: thank you, madam clerk. my condolences to supervisor safai. your dad should be very proud of who he raised as a son. you are amazing. colleagues, today i'm introducing resolution to fully raise gun laws in san francisco after learning of a man suffering from delusions and later placed on a 5150 hold had a rifle and several other weapons directly across from an elementary school in my district. after consulting with the san francisco police department, that legislation is finally ready for introduction. i'm pleased that we will have a program in place to fully implement gun violence restraining orders in san
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francisco. gun violence restriction ord-- restraining orders are also known as red flag laws in order to petition a court to temporarily remove a person's access to firearms before they commit violence. we need gun violence restraining orders because we know there are often warning signs before someone commits an act of gun violence. we know that in several of the mass shootings that have occurred in this country, family members or friends noticed warning signs that the shooters were dangerous and at risk of harming themselves or others. not a day goes by -- i know i sound like a broken record. not a day goes by in this country without the tragic loss of life due to gun violence. 100 people die every day and more are injured because of gun violence. just last week in san diego, a man murdered his wife and three
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young children with a gun just 24 hours after she obtained a restraining order against him. he put his fourth child in intensive care and then concluded the rampage by turning the gun on himself. two days before that, in santa clarita, a saugus high school shot at his students, killing two, before ending his own life. last saturday in fresno, two gun men opened fire on a party where more than 30 friends and family were gathered to watch football in a back yard. they murdered four people and injured six others. on monday, a man brutally shot his former wife and her companion in the parking lot of a pawalmart in oklahoma.
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we need to empower individuals to petition the court whenever there are warning signs, a history of violence, and access to deadly weapons. for far too long, that toxic combination has created the kind of carnage we see on the streets every day in this country. and unfortunately, these are not isolated incidents that i just read. this year, there have been 389 mass shootings in the united states. 460 people dead because of them, and 1,537 people injured in acts of mass gun violence. in more than half of all the shootings in which a gun man kills at least four people, one of the victims is a partner, former partner, or family member, and we know there are signs. the centers for disease control reported nearly half of all women who are killed in the united states are killed by a former or current partner. we all know the sense of
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urgency with which gun violence should be addressed. we know that gun control saves lives, but san francisco has not implemented a gun restraining order program, and we must. i want to thank chief lozar and those with the san francisco police department who will help craft this ordinance. with this ordinance, it will now be the policy of the city and county of san francisco and the san francisco police department to actively seek a gun violence restraining order whenever appropriate to disarm those who would harm themselves or others and to give those who would be victims of crime every advantage of making sure they have all tools to protect themselves. the final step to ensuring this policy has the maximum impact is to work with all of our community partners and the
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public about the availability of gvros. we must educate hospitals, community health organizations, all of our nonprofits and all of our city departments about this new policy. women, peers, colleagues, and victims of violence no longer need to suffer under the threat of someone with a firearm, and everyone needs to know about this legislation. there is no single way to win the fight against the gun violence epidemic plaguing this nation, but we will not win unless we urgently pass legislation needed to prevent gun violence and swiftly implement all policies. i also want to thank senator nancy skinner for sponsoring the original legislation that allowed our gun restraint to go into effect in 2014, and ab 61 for families who can petition the court for a gun violence
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restraint order. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor. supervisor walton? >> supervisor walton: thank you, madam clerk. first, i would just like to be added as a sponsor to supervisor ronen's and brown's resolution in support of our native community. second, i also want to extend my condolences to supervisor safai and his family. i'm here for you as a friend and colleagues. and i would love to be added to the memoryam in his father's honor. and i would urge you to listen to your father and be a good person. the rest i submit. >> clerk: mr. president, do you have anything to introduce?
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>> president yee: yjust that i ask that i be added to supervisor stefani's ordinance, and to supervisor ronen's ordinance for the native american zone? >> clerk: yes, we will see to that, mr. president. >> president yee: okay. the rest i submit. >> clerk: supervisor brown, did you have further business? >> supervisor brown: yes. i just wanted to add my name to the condolences to supervisor safai. if you need anything, we are here. i would like to add my name to supervisor stefani's ordinance. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor fewer? >> supervisor fewer: yes. i also want to add my name to the condolences to supervisor
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safai, and to the memoriam for his father. i want to say, my own father died when i was 14 years old, and i want to say how lucky you are for all those years. >> president yee: i want to say i want the memoriam to be noted for the entire board. >> clerk: supervisor fewer, that concludes your introduction? supervisor peskin, you asked to be rerefered? >> supervisor peskin: yes. i submitted the rest of my roll call, but i want to thank those of you that will be attending the special meeting of the board of supervisors on thursday where we are submitting the vacancy tax. the march 2020 ballot will be considered, and i want to thank the chair of the budget committee and the members of the budget committee for hearing that twice with one more to come on thursday as well as members of the public
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who have been very important in crafting it. and i want to apologize in advance that i will not be there on thursday. i will be submitting a letter to all of you noting that i will not be there, and again, i apologize in advance for not being at the thursday meeting where in legislation that i'm at the primary sponsor in, but thank you in advance for your consideration. >> clerk: mr. president, that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president yee: okay. thank you. i guess what we want to do right now is go ahead and go to public comment. >> clerk: at this time, the public may now address the entire board of supervisors for up to two minutes on items within the subject matter jurisdiction of the year to include items 53 through 63 on the adoption without committee reference to calendar items. public comment is not allowed when an item has been previously subjected to public
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comment. please address your comments to the committee as a whole and not to individual board members. if you're needing public assistance, you'll be allowed twice the amount of time to testify. if you need the overhead assistance, please place your document on the overhead, and remove it when you want it to go back to the meeting. and mr. president, we have a member of the public who will be making public comment by telephone pursuant to the americans with disabilities act. >> president yee: okay. before we take public comment from the live people in the room, i will allow this. in accordance of title 2 of the americans with disabilities act which provides people with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the programs and services offered through the city, we will make this commendation for public comment. to the caller on the phone,
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let's have you make the first comments today. so the floor is yours for two minutes. please begin. >> thank you so much for that disability accommodation. i very much appreciate it. i appreciate everything i've heard today, including lgbtq rights, native american rights, and other rights. i spend a lot of time trapped in my home because my building was built before the a.d.a. in 1991, which gives better disability access for buildings. this is a real problem because the rent control ordinance was passed in 1979 to give
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protections to renters, and rent control's a very important thing that keeps san franciscans like me from being homeless and more than 4,435 san franciscans are homeless right now are disabled, that number according to the san francisco point in time court. i'm trying not to be one of those numbers but it's ae very hard living in my home when i can't get a ramp. the code does not say that any disabled person should get a ramp in buildings built before 1991. it's really very inhuman to me, and i think it's something this board will think to address.
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i al the disabilities commission has been meeting less this year. i think the mayor's office on disabilities is a good office that should hopefully be given some more support from the board of supervisors and increase meetings so that people with disabilities -- >> president yee: okay. thank you very much for your comments. your two minutes was up, and hopefully, we'll hear from you again in the future. thank you for actually making -- making an effort to make your comments for the public to hear. so right now, i'll go ahead and begin with the next speaker. go ahead. >> it's amazing. time is consistent. it's -- the guy seemed like he had five minutes, but he got two minutes. it's just strange. mine seems to me like it's ten seconds. but any way, there's a prayer where david said, here in psalm 86, show me a token for good,
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that they which hate me my see it be and ashamed because thousathou lord has helped me and comforted me. on june 4 -- not this one, the previous one -- this lesbian i'm trying to convert lesbians and sodomites because of what happened on june 4. jesus says, you can ask me anything in prayer. i like to preach on the street, but i also like to go up to people's doors. after praying this, i went immediately to this lady's house in san jose, okay, and she went to the same church that i had gone there for maybe 15, 20 years and raised my ten kids there basically, and no
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one knew up until that day that she had a hate has no place here sign on her front lawn. and i asked her if she's a lesbian, and she denied it. hate has no home here, their own website said that educators and families are devoted to celebrating diversity. now as a christian, i cannot celebrate an abomination on anything that would be considered an abomination by the lord -- >> president yee: next speaker, please. >> my name is serina unger. i am here to thank all the
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supervisors to support the u.n. rights confrontation on the rights of the child. i am a long time resident of san francisco, a mother of a seven-year-old, a city and regional planner, and advocate for child friendly cities and child responsive urban planning. as an advocate, i've been going around the city giving presentations to different organizations, listening to people say what they want san francisco to become. when i explain the concept of a child friendly city to people, i say, imagine how the city would work and feel if we planned and designed it at the view of 45 inches, the height of a four-year-old? to seize opportunities that are in front of us, we need to put on a child friendly lens when we tackle vision zero, when we look at safe streets. we need a public realm that is clean, inviting and inclusive to children and to everybody. we need our transit to be the easiest and best way to get
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around the city for families and kids. these things are not insur mountable. we can do all of this year. that is what people are ready for. and speaking of a child friendly city, here are two recommendations from my seven-year-old who decided to scratch out his own vision on origami paper as he listened to youth vision last night. make roads to kids can go to school by themselves. for homeless, make homes that aren't worth a l-- that they dt have to pay a lot of money. children krcrave independence. they need to get around the city on their own. to me, that's what children's rights are about. thanks for supporting this resolution. it makes me believe we're on
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the path to great things. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is isaac peter. i live in the castro neighborhood, and i'm here to urge action on our housing shortage crisis in san francisco. specifically, i ask the board of supervisors to update our zoning codes so we can increase housing density on the limited amount of land we have in san francisco. most of our land is zoned as rh-1, 2, and 3, and i urge the supervisors to upgrade the density of them to four homes per lot. i've lived here for four years, and the more that i feel -- the more that i feel my dreams are fading. i can't afford living here. i can barely afford my old, tiny, and moldy apartment, and to get that moldy apartment, i had to compete with close to
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100 applicants from a two-hour showing. stores and restaurants in our city charge higher than comparable establishments in other parts of the city, and it's obvious it's to cover cost of wages to cover the cost of rent here in the city of san francisco. i urge the supervisors to look at other cities that has housing crises such as minneapolis, minnesota, because they totally eliminated single-family zoning throughout the city. i urge the supervisors to upgrade the zoning rh-1, 2, and 3 to a minimum of four homes per lot so that san francisco can be a city not just for the wealthy. thank you. >> president yee: next speaker. >> goverod afternoon, supervis.
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my name is tom mcdonough. i sense on -- a certain sense of animosity coming from this board in terms of cars and moving vehicles. to help make the streets safe for all of us, all of us, you need to be more aware as we -- as we walk around the city, whether we shouldn't jay walk, we should use the intersection, the pedestrian crossing, and we shouldn't pass in front of a car that's coming because if it hits us, the pedestrian, you know, is is ysusceptible to in. you know, it's common sense, and we just need to work together on this.
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i just thought of the word law enforcement. it's a tough term, i think -- i think myself. i think of police as having a roll in our society. the u.s. has a huge prison population relative to the entire population of the country. that indicates that there's something -- something wrong and it needs to be addressed. we live -- we all need to live in a far more civil society. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. hell hello, -- >> hello, supervisor. i love all of you, but i came in late as i always do about that trans -- i am so sick and tired about being confused as a transgender, and at least once a month, i get my ass beat like
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a man, and i'm sick of it. and most of the time, it's by some male security that works for somebody, and like i tell them, you need to get a female. what we need is more females that are put in security positions so that when they're interacting with a female, they can just say come on, ma'am. and i just had to do it today with lutheran social services, and i'm going to leave it at that because i feel like i have a relationship and an open-door policy with some of you all's offices, but some of you need to get some candy. thank you. >> president yee: next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, board of supervisors. my condolences to supervisor safai. i hope he rests in peace, your father. we sat down with kate teran.
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we're told she cannot do a buy back, that that's above her. who's above the m.t.a.? the s.f. board of supervisors, m.t.a., and mayors, past mayors are guilty. it's malfeasance. it's harmful act, contrary to the law, wrongful, used especially in violation of public trust. i cannot go visit my family for thanksgiving because i have this medallion payment strangling me. how long are we going to delay? how long are we going to wait? happy thanksgiving. >> president yee: thank you.
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next speaker. >> my name isally geller from walk san francisco and on behalf of walk san francisco, we offer our condolences to supervisor safai. we are very grateful to the board of supervisors for taking a strong stance for our city's children today. united nation's convention on the rights of a child offer a holistic way of san francisco strengthening ways of caring for our children. in order for san francisco to be a truly child friendly city, we want to be sure that we're creating safe streets for walking, biking, scooting, and playing for all children in every neighborhood. if we all work quickly toward this vision, we will all benefit every age and every ability. child friendly streets will benefit all our lives and our communities, and it will set our city apart in the best
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possible way and lead other cities to follow. thank you all. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is nick pasquariello. i'm delivering you a letter from the californians association of retired americans. this is to every member of the board of supervisors and to every member of the library commission. dear mary wordwell. the san francisco public library recently made major changes in its core borrowing procedures that adversely affects its most vulnerable population, seniors, low-income and disabled library users. in mid-september without any prior notice, the san francisco library eliminated public
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notices which let library users know which materials they requested are available for pick up at branchs. these notices greatly encourage borrowing of library materials. without them it's impossible for thousands of library users without internet access to use the library premises. the latest report reports that 300,000 san franciscans do not have internet access from their homes, including me. in making this decision, the library staff did not take into account this block of library users. they presumed all users have internet access which would allow them to receive notices via the internet. they did not take into effect all of these san franciscans who have no way of placing materials on hold for pick up.
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this greatly disadvantages 138,000 patrons from using the library. quite simply, if a patron cannot know if a book is available, they will likely not use the library. this action by the library violates its public obligation to serve all users equally and at the same level of service. it may also violate -- thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> i came today -- linda chapman from knob hill. -- nob hill. i came today to represent the poor people of san francisco. when i saw the flier at an interfaith event, and the huge
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page of national support from fack, tea facebook, tears came to my eyes. so you know, carr is getting tgetting -- cair is getting the word out. this is where i left off when i went to resurrected city, when i had the honor of my life of working in president johnson's poor people campaign and helping organize a local version of george wright's campaign. and then in the 60s, we lost all the voices -- the important voices. bobbie kennedy, martin luther king, and humphrey, and a few years later, george wiley. i came back to san francisco
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expected to devote my life to this kind of thing here, and everybody was off on the environment. and then, on the groups of, you know, affirmative action for women and for black people, and chicanos. well, my job in the federal service was affirmative action. but to see, forgetting poverty, poor people, the democrats turned their back on it after that. i only here middle classes mentioned once in a while, we must -- you cannot imagine unless you're lived in those -- you've lived in those circumstances -- >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> clerk: yes. we'll come and pick that up. thank you. yes, please. thank you. [speaking spanish language]
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>> clerk: ma'am, are you translating for you? >> sorry. let me get her notes. >> clerk: oh, sure. let me pause your time. >> hi. my name is sylvia, and i am
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here supporting the resolution in favor of asylum because i think that all humans deserve respect and to be treated well and they deserve protection from violence. thank you to all of the supervisors that supported this resolution. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. [speaking spanish language] >> hi. my name is wendy cortez, and i am here to raise my voice. [speaking spanish language] >> -- for all of those who have threats because of their --
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because of violence and discrimination. [speaking spanish language] >> there's a lot of women and children who die because they don't have anywhere to flee to. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> hello. i'm also here to speak in support of supervisor ronen's proposed resolution affirming san francisco's commitment to its asylum seeking residents and we're so grateful for the supervisor's support and the resolution of the cosponsors. i'm here from the center for gender and refugee studies and
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as attorneys we're fighting to overturn this ruling in the courts. every day, we're seeing the devastating impact it's having on asylum seeking women, children, and families. we face a steep uphill battle, but no matter who's in the white house, the u.s. government must continue to uphold its moral and legal obligations and provide every asylum seeker to present their case before a judge. we know that litigation victories alone do not create lasting change, and we know from our experience that real change will require a ground swell of public support for the communities we serve, and it is our hope that by advancing resolutions like this one and in welcoming cities like san francisco to help us support
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asylum seekers, that will allow us to get the victories that we need and to allow our next administration to restoring justice to our asylum system a priority. i did mention this morning, a similar resolution is before the los angeles county board of supervisors, and it passed unanimously and we're hoping that san francisco can do the same today. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> hello. my name is maria adrena and i work for san francisco recreation and parks department. i am here to thank you on behalf of recreation and parks and san francisco children and nature for adoption the resolution of the u.n. convention of the rights of the child. rights of the child work to address the disparities along
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socioeconomic and racial lines to ensure all the children have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow in nature. time in nature vershas been significantly proven to improve all aspects of development, including the decrease of negative emotions such as anger, if a seeifatigue, and s and the growth of creation, confidence, and more. on october 18, 2014, the san francisco board of supervisors unanimously endorsed the community based effort to establish the san francisco children's outdoor bill of rights proclaiming every san franciscan child has the right to feel safe in the outdoors, to play anyplace in the city, to play in the sand and mud, and to steep under the stars -- sleep under the stars, just to name a few. in 2016, san francisco became a
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member of the national initiative, and today, with the adoption of this resolution, san francisco continues to recognize its ongoing commitment for the rights of children including their rights to experience sustainable childhoods. thank you for your ongoing commitment and vision for a child friendly city that includes accessibility to nature and kid friendly programming. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. [speaking spanish language] >> hi. my name is juana florez. i'm here in support of the resolution for asylum.
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we want to thank hillary ronen and all the supervisors who are cosponsoring this resolution because we believe that the right to asylum is a human right. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is lourdes martinez, and i just wanted to share with all of you a message that we gave down stairs during the press conference. that we at mujeres thinks that this begins with justice and the healing of our immigrant community begins with accompaniment. a sister of mine who will speak in a moment spoke of a great success that we saw in immigration court due to accompaniment, and our resolution is a great example
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of this accompaniment that helps the heelialing of many wn that are arriving here in san francisco only to face the hate of the trump administration. we encourage you to stay connected to this movement and hopefully, we will eventually overturn what the trump administration has done and, you know, win asylum protection for women fleeing gender-based violence. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> hi. i'm sophia manjares, and i want to thank hillary ronen. as we know, asylum is a human right, and we hope that san francisco continues to be a trailblazer for other cities so that we can see changes at the federal level. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker.
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>> hello. last night, i went to a screening of a great film called last man in san francisco. showed the impact of gentrification and how it destroys communities. san francisco is destroying its soul by pushing out the locals in this city. we need to protect our culture and make sure we don't lose anymore artists in the culture that makes our city so wonderful to live in. on a separate note, there's not enough trash cans between 25 and 26 on south vanness in district 9, and we would like to request more trash cans as ones have been recently removed. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> hello. my name is lilia montecitos. as an immigrant survivor of
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domestic violence, i support the asylum resolution because it protected human life. it was a long road to get my freedom back. the city lacks of support for victims of domestic violence. let's take a step to help those who need it. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. [speaking spanish language]
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>> my name is ana delgado, and earlier during the president conferen -- press conference, i had the opportunity to show the testimony of one of the members where we had the opportunity to take her to court where the judge shared she did not qualify for conventional asylum. [speaking spanish language]
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>> unfortunately, it's complicated because she was eventually granted humanitarian asylum but unfortunately that was because of the severity of the three years of abuse that she endured, physical, emotional, sexual. and unfortunately, she survived, but the thing is, it's not just -- when we leave our countries, it's not just the violence that we experience when we leave those countries, it's not just the violence of crossing through the multiple
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borders a lot of times, and it's not just, like, the violence of the yeleras, the ice boxes, as they call them, so there has to be relief at some point. [speaking spanish language] >> and that's why we're passing -- we're grateful for your support in trying to pass this resolution. this is all our grain of sand, right? and we look forward to helping push this in other cities, as well, sacramento, alameda, oakland, washington, everywhere. so, you know, we're just starting with our grain of sand but hoping it gets a lot bigger. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker.
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>> hello. my name is dora ramirez. i'm with muja, and i am to share with you guys. i'm from guatemala, i'm recently arrived, and i'm asking your support with this resolution because a lot of times when we're recently arrived, it's very difficult. a lot of doors are closed in our faces, and that's why it's very important for me to be able to make these connections with muja to be able to receive
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the support that i receive by ask you guys to support in the ways that you can, which is with this resolution. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> following me, i want to say i feel a little odd when i'm the largest stature person in the room. i'm not of large stature. the events of the last few days, i just want to commend this board as a general thing. i know that the typical political career is not particularly long. the most -- the meeting one. some of them are quite long, but the meeting one is not, and i want to -- whatever changes are coming to this board, i want to thank the people here. i think all of your parents should be proud of you.
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there's been kind of a civility with this board. it started with mayor ed lee, and it went through mayor london breed, and it's through to the current board. and i hope it continues, and i want to thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i i'm edward with the original equity group. i just want to extend my condolences to supervisor safai on the loss of his father. normally, i stay in my lane when it comes to cannabis equity, but i do want to say i was disappointed with the appointment of susan diamond to the cannabis commission. >> clerk: sir, excuse me. i'm pausing your time. that item was addressed at committee, so you cannot speak about miss diamond. >> okay.
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i'll move on. the vacancy tax that wasn't spoken about today, i'm not in support or opposition for. the fund that's going towards small businesses, i do want to see that fund split between the office of cannabis's community reinvestment fund, which is still waiting to be funded since 2018. again, equity applicants are verified most vulnerable business population that we have here in san francisco, and i know this is not an urgent matter for the board, but i would like to see that amendment in the vacancy tax. i do want to congratulate the board for passing item 39. there are some changes i would like to see, but i'll take those comments offline. again, thanks for your time. >> president yee: thank you. any other public comments?
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seeing none -- okay. come on up. if there's anybody else, please lineup, otherwise, there will be the last one. >> well, with the new d.a., we're definitely running into a situation. i believe there'll probably be an uptick in tent encampments and public urination. i'm wondering what does your police department choose to do about it and what this body chooses to do about it? ultimately, i would request that you create more infrastructure and more legal infrastructure. the other thing i'm concerned about is your navigation
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centers. it seems like they're violating the laws that this body has created. let me see if i can pull this picture up. thank you go to this picture? if you look in the middle upper, i believe that device is a camera in people's sleeping area. i'm wondering, in what legal area is any of that even legal. do i have a right to put a camera in any of your bathrooms or bedrooms, and why is a contractor being allowed to deal with this? this image right here, this is also your navigation center.
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this is a very clear violation of your laws about bedding and -- and spatial. the jails that i've been in, they provide more space between individuals, so you have this problem. the other problem is the jeff kozinski reports -- >> president yee: thank you very much. okay. this concludes public comment. okay. madam clerk, please call the for adoption without committee reference calendar item. >> clerk: items 53 through 63 were introduced without reference to committee. a unanimous vote is required