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together to show the district 11 can do its share of the excelsior mission. this is something that's super important for our city and community. i ask for your full support. as a budget committee member, we are bringing a whole number of these through our committee as much as we can to make advantage of the opportunity to create more supportive housing options in every part of san francisco as much as possible. thank you. >> president walton: thank you so much supervisor safai. seeing no one else on the roster. this resolution is adopted unanimously. please call item number 24. >> clerk: a resolution to authorize department of public health to accept grant from the hellman program.
to bridge the divide between healthcare system through the innovation of providing food is medicine through the clinic-based food pharmacies through may 1, 2025. >> president walton: i do not see anyone. same house same call. this resolution is adopted unanimously. call item 25. >> clerk: to amend the planning code to modify the geary masonic special use district for a project within one and one-half miles of the boundary of the district or anywhere in san francisco. >> president walton: supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you. colleague, i think you already have a conversation around the
project last year while i wasn't here with you, i think that we all know that in terms of market rate housing in 2019, san francisco already -- what san francisco really needs during this housing case is affordable housing. we need affordable housing city wide and everywhere. which is the reason why i'm grateful to supervisor stefani for bringing this legislation forward to make sure that we do continue to hold our developers accountable and making sure we build affordable housing. we also know that the challenges with affordable housing is that to create a diverse city that is equitable on social economic and racial condition for all of us. when it comes to equity, we fleed to make sure that we have
mixed income neighborhoods all across. in this case, with this legislation, i know we're expanding the area to allow the developer to create affordable housing. i really appreciate supervisor stefani's leadership making the compliment -- commitment that those housing developments will be within district 2 and to continue to create a diverse mixed income neighborhood everywhere in san francisco. i want to have a chance to state this and let you know that i'm in support of this legislation. thank you. >> president walton: thank you so much. supervisor chan. seeing no one else on the roster, we can take this item same house same call. this ordinance is passed on
first reading unanimously. item number 26. >> clerk: an ordinance to amend the planning code to designate 336-398 12th street the san francisco eagle bark to determine ceqa determination and make the appropriate finding. >> president walton: supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you. today is a remarkable day for our city. the lgbtq community and, we'll be approving the san francisco eagle bar as a landmark in san francisco. i'm happy that we're finally here at the culmination of it. it's san francisco's oldest lgbtq bar. it opened doors in 1981 at the corner of 12th and harrison for 40 years.
sf eagle is one of the remaining leather bars in the area that host history for lgbtq history. it is imperative that we acknowledge the significance and we endeavor to present this rich history from being erased due to the destabilizing pressure of ongoing gentrification and development. sf eagle bar is a cultural institution and community anchor that deserves all the protection and privileges that the city can provide.
i want to thank all of you for your support and especially co-sponsor supervisors mandelman and ronen for supporting this historic landmarking, the planning mission, the lgbt culture district and current owner and historian who have documented the rich leather in lgbt history in san francisco including gale raw ben -- ruben and s.f. city planners. i want to thank my staff who worked on this diligently to make sure this important part of our history and lgbt history is
preserved for generations to come. >> president walton: thank you supervisor haney. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you. thank you supervisor haney for your leadership on this. i thought i had done it in committee. may be i neglected to do so. please add me as a sponsor to this item. >> president walton: thank you. see nothing one else on the roster. we can take this item same house same call. this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. please call item number 27. >> clerk: a resolution to declare the intention of the board of supervisors to rename donner avenue to charlie way. >> supervisor safai: i'm proud to be co-sponsoring this resolution with you today.
thank you for your leadership on this. i want to say couple of words about mr. walker. charlie walker is an iconic name in the san francisco black community and hard knocks story resembles that millions black families. charlie walker is a man with only an eighth grade education. his name is synonymous with businessmen and now his legacy can live forgive in a community that has given life and raised his children. thank you mr. president. >> president walton: thank you so much for cosponsoring. this is one of the most pleasant parts of the job where we get an
opportunity to honor someone with so much historic value and held with high regard. i'm excited about moving this forward. i want to thank the rules committee and i want to say to everyone, thank you so much for supporting this as we move forward. with that said, i don't see anyone else on the roster. we can take this item same house same call. this resolution is adapted unanimously. please call item 28. >> clerk: ordinance to amend the police code pertaining to cannabis regulation. >> president walton: thank you so much. i don't see anyone on the roster. we can take this item same house same call. this resolution is passed
unanimously. call item number 29. >> clerk: a resolution to accept the report of the city administrator and designate the department of public health, fire department, the health services system, city attorney, treasure tax collector and department of technology healthcare components under the health insurance affordability and accountability act of 1996. >> president walton: please call the roll for item number 29 >> clerk: on item 29. safai is absent. [roll call vote]
there are 10 ayes. >> president walton: this resolution is adopted unanimously. please call item 30. >> clerk: a resolution to determine that the transfer of liquor license doing business as presidio cocktail as 907 post street will serve the public convenience. >> president walton: i don't see anyone on the roster. we can take this item same house same call. this resolution is adopted unanimously. please call item number 31. >> clerk: an ordinance to amend the administrative code to repeal the city employee's sexual privacy ordinance to direct the department of of human resources to request that
applicants for city employment voluntarily provide unanimous sexual orientation and gender information to direct city departments to request that employees provide unanimous sexual orientation and gender identity information when responding to surveys and to direct d.h.r. to develop systems to retain sexual orientation and gender identity information. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: this is a good and important piece of legislation. but in the time between getting voted out of committee and coming before us, department of human resources realized in conversation in departments that we ought to make changes to it. those changes are substantive. i will ask that we move amendments. then send it back to committee and it will come back here.
the issue is that the legislation that we had been considering refer to the anonymous collection of that data. if we're doing this consistently, it needs to be confidentiality. there are some changes related to that and clerical cleanup item in there. the amendments are before you. i like to move the amendments. >> president walton: do we have a second? seconded by supervisor ronen. on the motion to amend. >> clerk: on the motion to amend item 31. [roll call vote].
safai absent. >> president walton: there are 10 ayes. this motion passes unanimously. >> i like to rerefer that item back to rules committee. >> president walton: seconded by supervisor peskin. on the motion to rerefer. >> clerk: mr. president, refer it back to the rules committee where it came from. on the motion to refer item 31
kauper, paul bellar. >> supervisor peskin: there's been few gunmans -- there's been a few developments. i would like to make some non-substantive amendments namely to strike so strike scott spertzel, he's withdrawn his request to be appointed. then to put mr. bellar back in that seat 8. strike paul bellar per his request and then to put ms. elizabeth zareh in seat
number 5 leaving seat number 6 vacant which we will conduct a recruitment for as soon as possible. would like to make those amendments. >> president walton: thank you. do we have a second? seconded by supervisor chan. on the motion made by supervisor peskin. seconded by supervisor clan. please call the roll. >> clerk: on the motion to item 33. [roll call vote] there are 11
>> president walton: thank you. without objection, the amended item is approved unanimously. please call item number 34. >> clerk: a motion to appoint scott patterson, betty packard and ann merrill to the ballot simplification committee. >> president walton: same house same call. this motion is approved unanimously. we are now at items 52, 54 and 55. call them together as item 53 was not sent as a committee report. >> clerk: item 52-55 were considered by oversight committee on thursday
september 30, 2021. item 52 was recommendedded as a amended. it's a resolution to respond to the judge of the superior court on the findings and recommendations contained in the 2020-2021 civil grand jury report continuity report to urge the mayor to cause the implementation of accepted findings and recommendations through the development of the annual budget for the items. as president said, item 53 was not send to the board as a committee report. item 54 was recommended as amended with the same title, the resolution to respond to the presiding judge of the superior court on the findings in the civil grand jury report. the fluid concern, san francisco must approve resilience and urge -- item 55 was recommended as amended with the same title. item 55 is a resolution to
respond to the presiding judge on the findings and recommendations contained in the 2020-2021 grand jury report. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you. i want to give a little context and some well earned thanks to folks for getting all these materials together and going through what is quite a bit of material on these four reports. last thursday, we leader these four civil grand jury reports. responses that are before you are in response to their findings and recommendations and i want to start by as i did in committee, recognizing and thanking all the members of the civil grand jury for their work
to shine a light on potential inefficiencies and point to improvements that can be made in our government functions. each response requires detail response as provided in statute by the board of supervisors. i want to thank my colleagues on g.a.o. we tooked lead on different reports and responding to them. my office led on the breaking through to a living age and continuity report.
supervisor mandelman led and is leading on the van ness report, which is the one item that is still in committee and will be here soon. i want to recognize all our staff who have worked on those responses. the van ness report, was continued in committee to allow our committee to get further clarity and guidance on the important issues raised in that report. we'll be hearing that again this thursday. hopefully before the board soon. lastly, i want to recognize again as i did in committee, our g.a.o. clerk, john carol, who put in lot of time and energy in
coordinating with departments and the san francisco superior court. finally, the various departments who also had to provide responses in mayor office. i want to thank them for their thorough responses as well. finally, turning to the one grand jury report that i took the lead on. i wanted to make some brief remarks on that. that's breaking through a living wage report. civil grand jury report. came out at a really critical time a moment when many san francisco residents are living with unrelenting financial insecurity. they are looking to change careers or stuck in jobs that do not pay a living wage in our responsive city. i think the report does many things really well.
one of the things is really highlighting the important distinction between minimum wage and a living wage. living wage which allows an individual to support themselves and families, minimum wage often does not. this report also really makes clear the connection between education and existing certificate programs and building the ability for low income san franciscans to actually achieve a living wage and doing so at tuition free city college. the grand jury report discusses
oewd. i look forward to continue to track the outcomes of these efforts. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you. i want to echo our chair of the g.a.o., supervisor preston's sentiment of thanking everyone. i wanted to highlight for you in the civil grand jury, also the civil grand jury themself specifically on field
resilience. we partially disagree on a few items. really mainly is the approach that we really think it's timer the city and county of san francisco shifting its dependency on fuel. to really identify ways and plans to move away from that. we ask for a hearing on the item to ask city administrator to report back for a plan that they are supposed to be able to put together. another part that we partially disagree civil grand jury is about a location where a site could actually store fuel. we have to disagree that the southeast sector of the city to be an ideal site. there are different kind of plant exists.
we thought that for equity, city wide, we should really identify other sites. also mindful of the environmental impact. ultimately we thought the civil grand jury should look or the city should move away from fuel dependence. we understand should the next big earthquake hits us, we got to be ready. those are paths we can take on to work on. i wanted to let you know that is what we have learned. thank you. >> president walton: thank you so much supervisor clan. madam clerk, seeing no one else on roster, i believe we can this same house same call. thee resolutions are adopted unanimously. please call item number 56.
>> clerk: considered by rules committee at a regular meeting on monday october 4. to appoint ryan to cannabis oversight committee ending december 23, 2022. >> president walton: we can take this time same house same call. this motion is previewed unanimous. we'ral roll call for introductions. >> clerk: supervisor safai is first up to introduce new business. >> supervisor safai: i'm presenting a resolution as well as two hearing requests. my first hearing request is regarding -- i'm seeking to receive a better understanding on how we're addressing childhood obesity.
this hearing will seek to examine the data and prevalence childhood obesity spanning the past five years. seeing what support we can provide as a city in multiple areas. we're asking that the department of children youth and families and the department of public health are present to talk about these issues with us. second, the second hearing request i'm calling for is has to do with the department of public works. it's rather long process when it pertains to hiring. the number of hiring of people and staff particularly in the operations department, the am -- the amount of vacancies and the amount of time it takes to fill a position in that department. one of the most important departments in the city
responding to calls for service. in the most recent conversation we had, there might be as many as over 70 vacancies in that department. all of that is impacting calls for service. we think deserves a hearing and attention to this matter. we would like the department of public works, the operations division and the leadership, along with the human resources department and our city administrator to come present and be part of that conversation. finally, i'm introducing a resolution that mirrors what has happened in many cities around the country. urging the secretary interior to recognize the plane crash site of roberto clemente as a historic landmark. he was an iconic american baseball player, model citizen.
i first puerto rican player in baseball. roberto clemente challenged stereotypes in the major legislate. sadly on new year's day, he died in a tragic plane crash on his way from puerto rico to nicaragua to deliver humanitarian aid to hurricane victims. we would follow in the footsteps in many cities around the country and urging the department of interior to recognize this plane crash state as a historic landmark. the rest i submit >> clerk: supervisor stefani. >> supervisor safai: thank you. i'm introducing a resolution to declare october domestic violence awareness month. in san francisco we do not have such a declaration. i have confirmed that.
domestic violence awareness month was launched nationwide in october 1987 as a way for individuals and organizations to raise awareness for issues relling to domestic violence. domestic violence is largely still considered a family issue and for families to address in private. however, in the united states over 10 million adults experienced domestic violence annually and one in four women and one in ten men will experience domestic violence. in 2020, 7241 domestic violence related 911 calls were made. 3379 incidents were responded to by the police. of those incidents, black american and latinx communities were over represented with share of 29% and 27% of the incidents. in 20 between, 79% of survivors of family violence who sought
set shelter in san francisco were turned away. domestic violence continues to be a pervasive public health issue that is only been exacerbated in the past year and a half. social isolation, financial hardships and general uncertainty related to covid-19 has created a shadow pandemic with rates of domestic violence intensifying worldwide. qualitative reporting from community-based organizations showed feelings of decreased safety for survivors after the shelter-in-place order took effect. concerns were raised over the potential for underreporting of family violence due to decreased interaction with mandated reporters because of the pandemic. lastly, dramatically increased throughout the pandemic, gun sales surged across the united states. we know that the presence of gun in a domestic violence situation
increases the risk of homicide for women by 500%. every 16 hours a woman is shot and killed by a spouse or intimate partner in the united states. that is insane. in response to this month's call for domestic violence awareness, i introduced a hearing on the findings and recommendations made in the family violence council tenth annual report in san francisco. on october 28th, my legislation requiring the d.a. to publish information on cases each month will be heard. specifically that legislation called for reporting on how many cases are presented per month, presented by the police to the d.a.'s office, how many cases d.a. offices filed charges on, what type of charges are filed
and what are the final outcomes of those cases. addressing domestic violence requires meaningful intervention, such as 52-week programs focusing on abuse prevention, treatment for mental health and addiction issues or time in custody when necessary. i hope with this resolution we can slow that we stand with all those who have been affected by domestic violence. recognize those individuals and groups who step forward to break the cycle of violence and recommit to cultivating an environment that refuses to accept incidents of abuse as the norm. i want to thank my co-sponsor supervisor mandelman, mel g peskin, ronen, safai, president walton and chan. to mention that thanks to this board, two years ago, 2019, we passed italian-american heritage month for the month of october. i want to thank you for that. san francisco joined los angeles
and boston and proclamations by presidents obama, clinton and george h. w. bush in declaring october italian heritage month. this past sunday my daughter and i joined the 86th annual madonna del luma at fisherman's wharf. it was such a nice ceremony and celebrate our italian heritage. this weekend, there are many activities in north beach. this is all in supervisor peskin's district. it's a huge importance to me as well. we will be honoring and celebrating our italian heritage
in the contributions made to san francisco by italians and italian-american who came over here starting in the 1840s. on washington night there will be a lighting and it will be the kickoff of the italian heritage weekend. that will be on friday night from 6:00 to 8:00. also on sunday, very excited about this. it's the first parade out of the pandemic. we'll be back for 153rd san francisco italian heritage parade. that sunday starts at 12:30 at the foot of jefferson and stockton street and it will end in washington square. happy italian-american heritage month and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor walton. >> president walton: submit. >> clerk: supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you.
my family love movie nights. the reason i'm introducing a resolution in support of the workers of international alliance of theatrical stage employees. also known as aofse. they are production in coordinators, writers, cinematographers, customer, script supervisors, technicians, designers and other below the line employees that are the backbone of film and division production. there are near 60,000 workers
across the united states and 52,000 in call. in san francisco we have two locals. our union sibling have been in contract bargaining with the alliance motion picture and television placer -- producer. unfortunately, their negotiations has stalled over some basic workplace conditions, including excessively long work days that have developed their own slang. that means when friday work days extend deep into saturday. they are also asking for breaks for meals and rest so they can put down their equipment for a moment or even sit down. for adequate periods of rest
between work days and time to sleep as well as sustainable wages for the same work across platforms. nearly 90% of the members i believe is over 56,000 of them, voted overwhelmly at over 90% authorize a strike. that tells you. they've been suffering. if they strike, this would be the largest private sector straight in the -- straight in -- strike inthe u.s. this would shut down film and television production in california. today's resolution is to let
them know that the city and county of san francisco, this union town, stands in solidarity with their fight with fair wages and urges alliance of motion picture and television producers to bargain in good faith on fair contract. we talk a lot about social economic and racial equity and this immigrant kid, i know lot of my friends back in the day, probably curious and wanting to work in the movie industry. yet, as good kids go, we're asked to choose between our passion or job that pays to support our families. if we support these workers, perhaps that they are going to be a generations of kids that don't have to decide a good job that pays, versus something that really they're passionate about. thank you to supervisor peskin,
i think that will be come in handy for many families working families san francisco. this new program will allow qualified home buyers in the program to build equity. while at twice the race of a conventional 30-year mortgage. we they that black latinos and native americans are under represented in california mortgage lending. this is why i'm in this resolution urging mayor's office to work together to identify ways to help income residents to
purchase their first home and for the pressure's office to continuing working with us and reinvestment in san francisco working group, board of supervisors and -- thank you for cosponsoring. >> clerk: supervisor haney? submit thank you. supervisor mandelman? smith, supervisor melgar, submit. supervisor peskin? submit. supervisor preston. submit. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: i want to mention that i'm cosponsoring a resolution approving the an agreement between the city and pg&e to ensure that new affordable housing projects are
able to use clean safe public power. something we've been fighting with pg&e about for a long time. this is a major step forward. affordable housing the most important. i wanted to congratulate s sfpuc. >> clerk: mr. president, that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president walton: we will go back to 11s-13. >> clerk: items 11-13 before the board, these three items comprised motions for the conditional use authorization
>> president walton: supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: i'll defer to supervisor haney. >> supervisor haney: -- there's been outpouring of letter about this project. i weighed those as part of our responsibility here to determine whether the requested conditional use authorization. for a group housing project has currently designed is necessary desirable on capable for the neighborhood. spent lot of time with the planning department over the last few weeks to come up with a set of conditions that can bring the project in line with the needs of the neighborhood. i want to thank all of them as
well as my aid to resolve this and find a way forward. the units are small and tiny and lack full kitchens. we have come to the conclusion that the conditional use that is request to authorize this project does not meet the need of the neighborhood. as relates to clear need of neighborhoods for housing for families. the project will provide level of affordable housing that is half of that that will be required if the project of proposed today. that is deeply problematic. i cannot imagine a project which is 13.5% affordable.
the original conditional use authorization was for 176 unit project which was broadly supported by the neighborhood and welcomed more closely conformed to the community hosing needs and the plan to build more housing for families and single adults. this original already approved project which is also a very large project will be one of the largest market rate projects in the tenderloin in recent history. the original 450 o'farrell project sit well within the context of this tenderloin historic district.
this original project preserves the need for a new facility for the church. i confirmed with the planning department that the project sponsor can still move forward under the original conditional use authorization for this project which will provide nearly 200 units of housing, that is compatible with the neighborhood. that conditional use authorization i support. this one i do not. i'm moving to uphold the appeal and preserve seasonal use organization of the previously approved project which better meets the needs of this neighborhood. i will make a motion now -- the motion i will make is to table items 11 and improve items 12 and 13.
i want to further what i think we can conclude and statistic also is a group housing projects that are currently in the tenderloin mid market areas including those with very high turnover of nonpermanent residents that primarily serve transient and temporary populations. i want touch on something that was touched on last week, which is the issue around the inappropriate grandfathering of the 13.5% inclusionary requirements. on first point, the original
policy with the happy -- earlier the same year, that original 2018 project that was approved the planning department released its housing for families with children report that i'm incorporating by referencing this part of the record, which offers guidelines addressing the needs of families including affordability, unit size, number of bedroom, unit storage space like on site child care as well as the general mismatch of housing topologies. it's clear that the current proem erodes bomb of the -- i tg
administrator has made it clear that planning has taken the group housing unit size to the very ceiling at 850 square feet and i think he expressed that even that was pushing the envelope and was a line called. he agreed with that statement. i would argue that the current proposal does not -- is not necessary and is not compatible and is not desirable as it relates to kitchen facilities. the appellant spoke to the need of kitchen facilities which has been the bear minimum for group
housing projects. including market rate and affordable group housing projects. the ability for group housing residents especially families to have functional adequate, food storage, preparation, cooking facilities is essential. this board of supervisors closed a loophole in our housing code to protect group housing from kitchen, demolition and removal. the most recent annual report issued by the san francisco food security task force through the department of public health, clearly shows, district 6 is the most at risk for food insecurity in the entire city with the most families depending on some kind of government subsidy to food
access. community-based organizes like the tenderloin neighborhood area, shows one reasons families and residents are food insecure. the ability to prepare and store healthy meals set forth on page 12 is essential to meeting family food security needs. and in the 12 report speaks on needs of housing residents in the project sponsor said that under the counter, fridge and microwave is insufficient to meet the requirement, these are much more consistent with dorm rooms.
in 2005 zoning administrator interpretations of the planning code that allowed for fast and loose interpretation of limited kitchen as being sufficient in group housing. there's a very good case that this housing is not intended for permanent residents. stating recently department practices, has been allow limited kitchen facilities in hotel rooms or suites or tourists hotels with stays less than 32 consecutive days. these units are not intended for permanent residency. the project sponsor of talking about charging, which he said
was $3500 per month average which meant the top was $5000. i think that we're looking at a new project that will likely have a high level of vacancies or it will be short-term rentals which relien an extremely high turnover and transit client mace. we already made findings in our short-term rental legislation that speaks to the impacts like the t.l., which is why we have laws, regulating the residential and hotel construction and conversion. [please stand bring]
by reference speaks to the high rate of vacancy and having gone through the process of having to identify the group projects upheld by the potential acquisitions of the city to serve as supportive permanent housing through what we've been discussing today. i can tell you that there is a reason that so many are on the market including the panoramic which was the efficiency unit project that was supposed to bring down rents in the mid market and soma areas in which the city is now looking at buying because it wasn't successful and has vacancies. the transient needs from these communities is not what the community asked for. it had been at its best with engaged permanent residents to advocate things like open streets, patronize local small
businesses and volunteer in the neighborhood activities and, finally, on the last point, there is legitimate concerns. i know the housing project wants to qualify as group housing, but we're not going there, not today, and hopefully not forever. baseded on all of these issues, i am happy to second the motion to table item 11 and approve items 12 and 13. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: thank you, president walton. thank you, supervisor peskin, for those excellent remarks. i appreciate that. i will be supporting supervisor haney's motion and i just wanted to talk a little bit of the district as a supervisor. we have a bunch of our
districts zoned for religious use. and we are seeing a lot of these institutions whose memberships are dwindling looking at ways to reuse their properties. and i absolutely support that and i think we as a city should support that and make it easy for folks to be able to meet community needs. and also, you know, the needs of those congregations, so i'm very excited about that. that being said, i just wanted to address specifically some of the arguments that were made by the project sponsor when we heard this last. and, basically, what they said was, you know, the 2018 entitled project lost financing. and, what that means is the project sponsor had a plan the project went to the money people. the money people looked at their assumptions and said, there's no way you're going to
get that rent for these apartments in the tenderloin, of course. so coming back to entitle a different project that can make the same level of profit that they were expecting wrongly to make in 2018 and i just don't feel like as a city that is a responsibility that we should take on in terms of guaranteeing a return for the investment of a particular project. we are looking at what's necessary and desirable and, sure, what's doable, but that's not something that should guide an appeal for us and i think that in terms of good policy making, we should look at this world that we're now living in and helping institutions reutilize their land, but it has to work for the community and i hope that we can all get that done. thank you. >> president walton: thank
you, supervisor melgar. supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: yes. colleagues, i do want to support the motion. i also want to draw your attention to the fact that this isn't the only promise that has promised one thing when getting entitled and then pulling a major 'switch-a-roo' after the fact and i want to thank supervisor chan for her early co-sponsorship of that because we've seen this movie before and it's just not right. and so i wanted to just take a moment to alert you all this would be before the planning commission and then the land use committee up coming, but this is a problem we need to fix legislatively for the future. this project is a little
different, but it's following that same trend of entitled projects being -- it's significantly changed after the fact and there being very little process or consequence around that. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor ronen. and i would just say i want to add my comments or equate my comments to supervisor melgar, supervisor peskin, and supervisor ronen and just say that this type of housing is anti-family. it's anti-community and so we have a responsibility to combat that. with that said, we do have a motion on the floor which i believe is to conditionally disapprove the decision of the planning commission and disapproving the conditional use authorization at 450 to 474
o'farrell street and 532 jones street to approve items 11-13. >> clerk: on the motion to table item 11 and approve item 13. [roll call] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. and without objections, item 11 is tabled and items 12 and 13 are approved. madam clerk, i believe we are now at public comment. >> clerk: yes.
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had its public comment requirement fulfilled at the committee level. we do have interpreters on stand by and they are ready to jump in to assist public with their interpretation. operations, let's see here. i think we have three callers who are listening, and one caller in the queue. this could go very quickly. if you're part of the three who are listening, press star three now to make your public comment. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: good evening. this is peter warfield, executive director of library users association. library email@example.com. today facebook was once again the center of the hearing in the senate. on the subject protecting kids online testimony from a
facebook whistler. we learned that facebook, well, for some people it's already well-known, facebook does not respect users' privacy. facebook prioritizes its products over safety and profits versus harm including to children. and its own research has shown that facebook prungts has caused increased the thoughts of suicide by those who are using its instagram and fully understand this is part of social media addiction which they knowingly seek for their users. so what does the library have to do with all of this? the library is continually tauting facebook to the library's users. the library likes to say it's a safe environment for all of its users, so why does it taut the use of facebook? example: the library's monthly use programs of the library events. the library repeatedly tauts using facebook and instagram. on page two in the october
issue as an example, a headline reads 'get social' and then tauts facebook and instagram. page seven has a similar box saying, 'get social with friends' and it says 'stay connect wednesday all the latest happenings,' and the bottom of the page shows icons of facebook and instagram. this is really contrary to ethical librarianship to protect the privacy of library users as being essential to library freedom and should not go on. we've been talking to them for a long time and they haven't done a thing about it. this is something you should look in to. thank you very much. >> clerk: all right. operations, let's hear from our next caller, please. welcome, caller. >> caller: yes. this is david elliott lewis with just a couple of items.
one, tomorrow, wednesday, at 3:00 p.m., there's going to be an outdoor memorial celebration of the life of gale packwood c. graves. gale has worked on several supervisor campaigns including matt haney and others and it will be at beau decker park at 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for people who want to say a few words. up to two minutes per speaker, just like public comment here. i hope i'm just putting out that invite to the community. it's hopefully covid safe, masks required, socially distanced, outdoor event celebration of gale packwood c. graves. so you're invited and thank you for your last vote on 450 o'farrell. the community really appreciates it. that's all. have a great night and thank you for your good work. signing off. >> clerk: thank you for your good comments this evening.
okay. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> caller: good evening, supervisors. i'm the co-chair with family services. i just wanted to support the resolution which would urge the biden administration to direct fema funding to sustain support for san francisco's shelter-in-place hotel program. that program has been really critical and has supported so many people that have that sense of dignity they get. the door closes when they have a safe place to sleep and a safe place to shower. and i only wish we had not proceeded with our s.i.p. hotel wind down so soon. i really wish we dill had those programs as we advocate for this. thank you very much for the resolution and the community
fully supports it. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. we have six callers who are listening. three callers in the queue. so if you'd like to provide comment this evening, press star three now otherwise we might take this last group to the very end. welcome, caller. >> caller: yeah. thank you. good evening, president walton, supervisors. my name is wesley saber and i am a policy manager for glide. thank you, supervisor haney, for introducing legislation urging president joe biden to direct fema for the s.i.p. hotel program on behalf of glide. i urge the board to vote unanimously on this resolution. we know in the midst of the pandemic, things are constantly changing, and when that mind as the city continues to relocate current recipients and hotel acquisitions that we applaud to
ensure every unhoused person has the option for safe shelter. the newly emptied hotel rooms should be made empty. i've committed an associated letter and testimony from one of our case managers about the strengths and successes of the s.i.p. hotel and we are seeing all sorts of people at glide's doors and through our outreach asking for assistance and these are necessary and responsible moves. thank you very much and, again, we urge your support for the resolution. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's hear from another caller, please. >> caller: good evening, supervisors. my name is carlos watkins. i'm the organizer on the coalition for homelessness. i'm calling to thank supervisor haney for bringing forth item 59 on the resolution to urge president joe biden to extend
the fema funding for the s.i.p. hotel and i want to encourage the rest of the board to support this resolution. it's really indescribable without seeing for yourself how impactful the s.i.p. hotels for every person that's been able to stay in them. and it's been essential to providing some level of safety from the covid-19 pandemic to some of our most vulnerable populations. and, are as we've seen over the last year and a half or so, the nature of this pandemic is super unpredictable. i mean, most of us thought it was over during the summer and delta came in and totally caused havoc and then we began winding down our hotel programs. we need to be keeping these hotels as long as possible so we know for sure we're past this pandemic and our vulnerable communities are safe from it and we need to be allowing as many people as possible to stay in these
hotels. and to treat housing like it is as a human right and as of an essential form of health care and really extending the lives and the health and the well being of as many people as possible using federal funding. so thank you. please support this resolution. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. let's hear from our next caller, please. >> caller: good evening. this is anastasiya. i just want to thank all of you supervisors and the secretary for all the work that you've put in for us. the residents of san francisco homeless or at-risk residents. you've been doing a wonderful job and i know your heart is in the right place all of you working together. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your
comments. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> caller: yes. my name is michael nulty. one of the previous meetings you misspelled my name. it was spelt n-o-l-t-e. i'm calling because i'm the executive director. i hope that the board seeing the impacts of group housing in the various neighborhoods including the tenderloin and could do some legislation which
has happened in other neighborhoods and the tenderloin. i think this kind of legislation needs to happen and needs to happen now. so no more developers start planning unnecessary development in our neighborhood because it causes the volunteer organizers and volunteer residents having to organize that don't get paid and have to go through a whole process of dealing with a planning process that a lot of tombs we don't know how long it's going to take for our neighborhood to get heard about these kinds of issues. so, could you please help us with our needs and come up with legislation to ban any further group housing in our neighborhood? thank you. >> clerk: thank you, mr. nolte. we'll get it right. all right. next caller, please.
>> madam clerk, there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: okay. thank you, mr. atkins. mr. president. >> president walton: thank you so much to all of our callers. seeing that no one else is in the queue, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, let's go to our adoption without committee reference agenda. please call items 59 through 63 and item 65 as item 64 has been addressed and approved unanimously. >> clerk: items 59-63 and 65. alternatively, a supervisor may require a resolution to go to committee. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you. can you just remove item number 62? >> clerk: 62.
>> supervisor safai: yes. >> clerk: okay. >> president walton: remove it? >> supervisor safai: i mean, sever. sorry, aaron. gosh. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai. seeing no one else on the roster, madam clerk, would you please call the roll for items 59, 60, 61 and 63. >> clerk: and 65? okay. for items 59, 60, 61, and 65, [roll call]
>> president walton: thank you. and without objections, these resolutions are adopted and these motions are approved unanimously. madam clerk, would you clooez call item number 62. >> clerk: item 62 is a resolution to recognize every october as dislexia awareness month in the city and county of san francisco. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you, mr. president. i was just reminded by my son. i just wanted to add a couple things. he wanted me to remind on the record for this month, talk about some of the famous people that are dislexic. i want to start by one of his favorites which is muhammad ali and then his second favorite is albert einstein. steve jobs, motsart, governor
wilson, all had dislexia and have found ways to get that. so i just wanted to get that on the record. also, another point to contrast that with, there are estimates at 30% to 40% of our prison population also suffers from dislexia. so it's two ends of the spectrum. those that have the support early on. those that have the family support and the early education support and those that don't in what that means in terms of early awareness and early intervention. i just wanted to get that on the record. there's also a tremendous number of people that are not diagnosed until later in their lives that are confronted with so many times they're told to try harder, work harder, apply themselves more, focus more and it's something that is somewhat of a psychological burden that they carry for their life if they're not diagnosed at an early age and given that support and many times turned
off from our educational system in the worst case in prison because of what has happened to them in their lives in terms of isolation. so i just wanted to get that on the record. i also wanted to thank president walton, supervisor chan, supervisor ronen, supervisor preston for sponsoring me. thank you for your support. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: please add me as a cosponsor. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor stefani. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: likewise. >> president walton: thank you. we appreciate you for calling attention to this matter. >> supervisor safai: thank you all for your support.
>> president walton: thank you. and seeing no one else on the roster, i believe we can take this item same house same call. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, do we have any imperative agenda items? >> clerk: i have none to present, mr. president. >> president walton: colleagues, this brings us to the end of our agenda. madam clerk, is there any further business before us today? >> clerk: that concludes our business for today. >> president walton: as we part, never forget that justice is what love looks like in public. cornell west. this meeting is adjourneded.
shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services within our neighborhoods, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> my name is ray behr. i am the owner of chief plus. it's a destination specialty foods store, and it's also a corner grocery store, as well. we call it cheese plus because
there's a lot of additions in addition to cheese here. from fresh flowers, to wine, past a, chocolate, our dining area and espresso bar. you can have a casual meeting if you want to. it's a real community gathering place. what makes little polk unique, i think, first of all, it's a great pedestrian street. there's people out and about all day, meeting this neighbor and coming out and supporting the businesses. the businesses here are almost all exclusively independent owned small businesses. it harkens back to supporting local. polk street doesn't look like anywhere u.s.a. it has its own businesses and personality. we have clothing stores to gallerys, to personal service stores, where you can get your hsus repaired, luggage repaired.
there's a music studio across the street. it's raily a diverse and unique offering on this really great street. i think san franciscans should shop local as much as they can because they can discover things that they may not be familiar with. again, the marketplace is changing, and, you know, you look at a screen, and you click a mouse, and you order something, and it shows up, but to have a tangible experience, to be able to come in to taste things, to see things, to smell things, all those things, it's very important that you do so.
city where you can hear music stands and take a ride on the low rider down the street. it is an experience that you can't have anywhere else in san francisco. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> district nine is a in the southeast portion of the city. we have four neighborhoods that i represent. st. mary's park has a completely unique architecture. very distinct feel, and it is a very close to holly park which is another beautiful park in san francisco. the bernal heights district is unique in that we have the hell which has one of the best views in all of san francisco. there is a swinging hanging from a tree at the top. it is as if you are swinging over the entire city.
there are two unique aspects. it is considered the fourth chinatown in san francisco. sixty% of the residents are of chinese ancestry. the second unique, and fun aspect about this area is it is the garden district. there is a lot of urban agriculture and it was where the city grew the majority of the flowers. not only for san francisco but for the region. and of course, it is the location in mclaren park which is the city's second biggest park after golden gate. many people don't know the neighborhood in the first place if they haven't been there. we call it the best neighborhood nobody has ever heard our. every neighborhood in district nine has a very special aspect. where we are right now is the mission district. the mission district is a very special part of our city. you smell the tacos at the [speaking spanish] and they have
the best latin pastries. they have these shortbread cookies with caramel in the middle. and then you walk further down and you have sunrise café. it is a place that you come for the incredible food, but also to learn about what is happening in the neighborhood and how you can help and support your community. >> twenty-fourth street is the birthplace of the movement. we have over 620 murals. it is the largest outdoor public gallery in the country and possibly the world. >> you can find so much political engagement park next to so much incredible art. it's another reason why we think this is a cultural district that we must preserve. [♪♪♪] >> it was formed in 2014. we had been an organization that had been around for over 20 years. we worked a lot in the neighborhood around life issues. most recently, in 2012, there
were issues around gentrification in the neighborhood. so the idea of forming the cultural district was to help preserve the history and the culture that is in this neighborhood for the future of families and generations. >> in the past decade, 8,000 latino residents in the mission district have been displaced from their community. we all know that the rising cost of living in san francisco has led to many people being displaced. lower and middle income all over the city. because it there is richness in this neighborhood that i also mentioned the fact it is flat and so accessible by trip public transportation, has, has made it very popular. >> it's a struggle for us right now, you know, when you get a lot of development coming to an area, a lot of new people coming to the area with different sets of values and different culture. there is a lot of struggle between the existing community and the newness coming in.
there are some things that we do to try to slow it down so it doesn't completely erase the communities. we try to have developments that is more in tune with the community and more equitable development in the area. >> you need to meet with and gain the support and find out the needs of the neighborhoods. the people on the businesses that came before you. you need to dialogue and show respect. and then figure out how to bring in the new, without displacing the old. [♪♪♪] >> i hope we can reset a lot of the mission that we have lost in the last 20 years. so we will be bringing in a lot of folks into the neighborhoods pick when we do that, there is a demand or, you know, certain types of services that pertain more to the local community and working-class. >> back in the day, we looked at mission street, and now it does not look and feel anything like mission street.
this is the last stand of the latino concentrated arts, culture and cuisine and people. we created a cultural district to do our best to conserve that feeling. that is what makes our city so cosmopolitan and diverse and makes us the envy of the world. we have these unique neighborhoods with so much cultural presence and learnings, that we want to preserve. [♪♪♪]
>> i view san francisco almost as a sibling or a parent or something. i just love the city. i love everything about it. when i'm away from it, i miss it like a person. i grew up in san francisco kind of all over the city. we had pretty much the run of the city 'cause we lived pretty close to polk street, and so we would -- in the summer, we'd all all the way down to aquatic park, and we'd walk down to the library, to the kids' center. in those days, the city was
safe and nobody worried about us running around. i went to high school in spring valley. it was over the hill from chinatown. it was kind of fun to experience being in a minority, which most white people don't get to experience that often. everything was just really within walking distance, so it make it really fun. when i was a teenager, we didn't have a lot of money. we could go to sam wong's and get super -- soup for $1. my parents came here and were drawn to the beatnik culture. they wanted to meet all of the writers who were so famous at the time, but my mother had some serious mental illness issues, and i don't think my father were really aware of that, and those didn't really
become evident until i was about five, i guess, and my marriage blew up, and my mother took me all over the world. most of those ad ventures ended up bad because they would end up hospitalized. when i was about six i guess, my mother took me to japan, and that was a very interesting trip where we went over with a boyfriend of hers, and he was working there. i remember the open sewers and gigantic frogs that lived in the sewers and things like that. mostly i remember the smells very intensely, but i loved japan. it was wonderful. toward the end. my mother had a breakdown, and that was the cycle. we would go somewhere, stay for a certain amount of months, a year, period of time, and she would inevitably have a breakdown. we always came back to san francisco which i guess came me some sense of continuity and that was what kept me sort of stable. my mother hated to fly, so she
would always make us take ships places, so on this particular occasion when i was, i think, 12, we were on this ship getting ready to go through the panama canal, and she had a breakdown on the ship. so she was put in the brig, and i was left to wander the ship until we got to fluorfluora few days later, where we had a distant -- florida a few days later, where we had a distant cousin who came and got us. i think i always knew i was a writer on some level, but i kind of stopped when i became a cop. i used to write short stories, and i thought someday i'm going to write a book about all these ad ventures that my mother took me on. when i became a cop, i found i turned off parts of my brain.
i found i had to learn to conform, which was not anything i'd really been taught but felt very safe to me. i think i was drawn to police work because after coming from such chaos, it seemed like a very organized, but stable environment. and even though things happening, it felt like putting order on chaos and that felt very safe to me. my girlfriend and i were sitting in ve 150d uvio's bar, and i looked out the window and i saw a police car, and there was a woman who looked like me driving the car. for a moment, i thought i was me. and i turned to my friend and i said, i think i'm supposed to do this. i saw myself driving in this car. as a child, we never thought of police work as a possibility for women because there weren't any until the mid70's, so i had only even begun to notice there were women doing this job. when i saw here, it seemed like
this is what i was meant to do. one of my bosses as ben johnson's had been a cop, and he -- i said, i have this weird idea that i should do this. he said, i think you'd be good. the department was forced to hire us, and because of all of the posters, and the big recruitment drive, we were under the impression that they were glad to have us, but in reality, most of the men did not want the women there. so the big challenge was constantly feeling like you had to prove yourself and feeling like if you did not do a good job, you were letting down your entire gender. finally took an inspector's test and passed that and then went down to the hall of justice and worked different investigations for the rest of my career, which was fun. i just felt sort of buried alive in all of these cases, these unsolved mysteries that
there were just so many of them, and some of them, i didn't know if we'd ever be able to solve, so my boss was able to get me out of the unit. he transferred me out, and a couple of weeks later, i found out i had breast cancer. my intuition that the job was killing me. i ended up leaving, and by then, i had 28 years or the years in, i think. the writing thing really became intense when i was going through treatment for cancer because i felt like there were so many parts that my kids didn't know. they didn't know my story, they didn't know why i had a relationship with my mother, why we had no family to speak of. it just poured out of me. i gave it to a friend who is an editor, and she said i think this would be publishable and i think people would be interested in this. i am so lucky to live here. i am so grateful to my parents who decided to move to the city. i am so grateful they did. that it never
good morning. and welcome to the country club. and i really want to first of all thank billy and the country club and the whole team for hosting us here today. for those who don't know, the country club is it one of the core community pillars in the castro for many people seeking recovery can have support. and the castro. so thank you castro country club for all you do. i'm scott weaner. and i have the opportunity of
representing the california state senate. we're here to talk about what we're doing at the state and local level to address it and i'm honored to be join by our mayor, mayor breed and supervisor mandelman, by our director of public health and my amazing community leaders who you'll hear from today. so we have been working all year on providing more state support for san francisco's work addressing our meth crisis which is a significant crisis in the city. we know in 2019, a majority of overdose deaths were meth related. that most admissions to our psych emergency room are meth related. we also know we have big problems with fentanyl and heroin. meth is a huge contributor to
those overdose deaths in san francisco. we also know that meth leads to significant behavioral health challenges on our streets with people creating unsafe conditions for themselves and for other people and we need to get people to get healthy and to recovery. so right now, i authored senate bill 110 which is sitting on governor newsome's desk, which will explicitly legalize something called contingency management which is perhaps or one of the most effective tools for helping people addicted to meth. for people to get sober and stay sober. we know that meth does not have a pharmaceutical treatment to help people get into recovery, like, for example, opioids,
there's medication that you can take. that doesn't exit for meth yet. we hope it will one day. and contingency management is a proven tool that the san francisco aids foundation have been using for a decade. that the veteran and that has proven results in helping people use less or stop using entirely and to get into recovery and stay there and be healthy. so we're calling on the governor to sign sb110 to allow san francisco and other cities in california to take this approach which the biden administration has embraced. so this is something that we really need to move forward here in california and in san francisco. in addition this year in the state budget, i was able to obtain $4.2 million so san francisco can open up an additional meth sobering center. san francisco is moving forward with these sobering centers so
that people who are using meth have a place to go to come down, to be in a safe space, to get connected to resources and we hope eventually to go into recovery. so i want to thank our senate leadership and everyone and our budget committee who allowed us to obtain this funding for meth sobering center in san francisco. we know that people of san francisco are incredibly frustrated with the situation with overdoses and people dying. we had a record number of overdose deaths last year. it's heart breaking for this incredibly compassionate city. it is a public health crisis. it is not a criminal problem. this is not about arresting people and cycling people through the system. this is -- this needs to move away from the overwhelming of our emergency rooms when we have other tools that can help people without flooding our
emergency rooms. and that's what these strategies are about. so, again, thank you. and now i'd like to bring up mayor breed who has been and is a true leader on these issues with a lot of different innovative approaches here in san francisco. mayor breed. >> thank you. first of all, i want to just say thank you to senator weaner for his leadership in sacramento on all things that are important to address in san francisco and in particular addiction we know is a very challenging thing. he has been leading the fight on safe consumption sites. he has been leading the fight on resources to address the challenges that we face with getting this meth sobering center open and i really want to thank and appreciate his work, his ability to deliver $4.2 million to help support this facility is going to be
absolutely incredible and we will be opening that center in the soma neighborhood in november. we have to think about diverse number of solutions and it's not one size fits all. i have had as some of you may know family members who struggle with addiction and the last thing that you want to see is someone who you love who is strung out on drugs, out on the streets, or worse, someone that you love die from a drug overdose. we can't just make it disappear because we don't want to see it. these are people. these are people with families. these are people who folks love and care about who have challenges just like many of us have challenges in life and so this is really important to me and very personal because, you know, what we see happening on our streets because of the
challenges with addiction is something that we can help to do something about and part of what we want to do is we want to save lives. over 95,000 people in this country died as a result of drug overdoses this past year and we want to make sure because we saw record breaking numbers of overdose deaths in san francisco and we want to make sure that we're doing everything we can to prevent that. that's why we're here today. we know that we have to think about a diverse number of solutions and how sb110 is really i think a very innovative way, again, one that senator weaner already talked about as being implemented by the aids foundation here in san francisco and others because we have to make sure that we provide as many resources as many incentives as possible to
get people on the right path. and not to mention here in san francisco as we all know, we see, you know, a lot of the addiction play itself out on our streets and so many people see and then they think, we don't want this happening on our streets. well, we don't want it happening on our streets. we have to make sure we have places like the castro country club. we have to make sure that we continue to support health right 360 and their incredible work. we have to make sure that people have alternatives. this, you know, crisis of addiction with fentanyl, with, you know, meth, with heroin, and all of these other drugs that, you know, are getting into the hands of folks all over the streets, it's a struggle. it's a challenge and it's one that we're prepared to meet, but we have to make sure that we have the places, the resources, the capacity so that
when someone says "i need help, we're able to be there." when they're at this meth sobering center, they're not just sitting there by themselves. they'll be people there to provide alternatives and to try and help them get back on their feet. we want to make sure that every solution possible exists in the city and county of san francisco so that as soon as someone puts their hands up and says i need help, we are right there, we're ready to get them into any treatment that makes the most sense and that's going to lead to success for them and their life. so i want to thank you all so much for being here again. thank you so much, senator weaner for your leadership and work on all of these matters. it is great to have a partner who understands and values the need to do this work and he has truly been an amazing leader and an inspiration. so thank you so much, senator
weaner. >> thank you, mayor breed. we'll now hear from our san francisco director of public health grant colfax followed by my successor on the board of supervisors, supervisor rafael mandelman. >> good morning everybody. it's impressive to have the leadership of so many here. your work to address our city's overdose crisis and meth crisis is saving lives and, again, placing san francisco at the forefront of compassionate and effective care. thank you for hosting us today and your stewardship of the castro country club. for decades, this has been a place for where people can come on their journey in recovery. so key to the community.
and thank you for the leadership at hr360, a tremendous partner as we address ongoing issues in the city and for your focus on helping us develop the drug sobering center coming this winter. and, finally, thank you tammy martin for your advocacy in sacramento on these key issues that are so important to the lgbtq+ community. as we all know too well, san francisco has seen an alarming number of overdose deaths. and these overdose deaths are truly preventable. and today marks a big step forward in supporting our community who struggle with substance abuse. to get there, we are expandaing what we know to be an effective care treatment and creating a safe space like soma rise. this is about innovative practices, low barrier to access and meeting people where they are so that every door is
truly the right door for people to begin their journey on recovery. in 2019, i had the honor of cosponsoring. we came together with community based organizations, and people with experience using methamphetamine to develop a plan. that seems awhile ago, but i'm so proud that our top recommendations from the meth task force are taking shape and being implemented. and as senator weaner shareded, many of the addiction treatments are unfortunately not effective for stimulant addiction. a treatment for stimulants that we know work is truly contingency management and that's what we've been supporting in the health department for many years. advocates have been waiting for someone like senator weaner to make it possible to expanded funding source, contingency management and therefore serve so many clients.
we all want to do the right thing, we all want to implement effective treatments, but i can tell you making it reality with ab110 would really allow us to scale up this intervention. we also know that not everybody is ready for treatment. meeting people where they are, building those relationships and serving their immediate needs is key. some will rise. it will bring people indoors where they can have a safe, welcoming place to come down, rest, and be connected to services. tragically and unfortunately, fentanyl has changed the landscape of drug overdoses throughout the country and here in san francisco. contingency management provides our key parts of our approaches, but are pieces of a much larger response. san francisco is investing millions of dollars through mental health sf. we are filling gaps and coordinating services. i want to remind our
communities for ways we can support friends, family, neighbors who use drugs and/or stay safe ourselves. san franciscans are saving thousands of lives a year with naloxone, a medicine that reverses the effects of overdose. along with our community partners, we've distributed over 28,000 overdose kits annually. test strips are free at our pharmacy at 1380 howard street and at community sites across the city. we simply cannot give out too many given the pandemic, the pandemic of overdosed in our city. second, the san francisco department of public health in partnership with the fire department has launched two teams to respond to people in crisis or those suffering from an overdose. the street crisis response team and the street overdose response team. if you see someone in crisis or suspect someone needs support, please call 911 and someone will be there to help them.
and now it's my pleasure to introduce a champion of our efforts in our community, supervisor mandelman. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, dr. colfax. and i will echo all of the praise and gratitude that has been should you ared on billy lemon and the castro club because you are doing life-saving work every day and it's an honor to represent you. this is a great day and this is great legislation senator weaner. when we had that meth task force a few years ago, it was not an uplifting or happy experience to have that conversation because we do have -- we did have a meth crisis, we do have a meth crisis, we've had a meth crisis for some time and the reality is that meth is a really hard drug to figure
out good intervention for. and as has been said, the medical interventions seem to not be particularly effective. but when we heard the presentation on management at the aids foundation, really, i thought it was a cause for hope and something to feel like man oh, man, we really need to be doing more of this. and so recommendation number six i believe in the meth task force report. thank you for letting us convene, mayor, and dr. colfax and i following that up was to build out and fix out the medi-cal funding contingency management. and here we are two years later but we need a signature, governor. we need a signature, but we can dramatically expand those efforts throughout california. it has been personally gratifying for me to see some of the other top reports of those get closer to fruition. the sobering centers were the
first, the number one recommendation, a safe place for people who are in crisis or on the verge of crisis in the streets, shouldn't be on the sidewalk. need to be in a safe place and ideally get connected to services and we're on the cusp and i think we're going to need more than one, but one is a start. and the second recommendation of that task force report was better outreach to those on the street. and the mayor has made that a priority. we are exploring many different ways of getting to folks on the streets, not having the police be that first point of contact, but rather folks who can work with people ideally before an overdose, but after an overdose to keep people connected and get folks into treatment. so the crisis continues. you can see it every day out on the streets. it's not just on house folks either. one of the things we learned, the prototypical of a meth
overdose was a gay, white man in his late 40s. that's a little close to home. but this has been a challenge in the queer community, but it's a challenge for lots of communities and so we need to move faster, more, do more, not rest until we actually -- until we get more of a solution than we got. so i know we're going to do it. i know the mayor's super committed. thanks everybody for your efforts and now we've got to do a whole lot more. oh, and after saying nice things about billy levin, i get to bring billy levin up. i love billy. >> thank you, supervisor. good morning everyone. my name is billy lemon. i am the executive director of the castro country club, a position i've had for about six years and before that i was addicted to methamphetamine. i got sober in 2013 through the
help of -- [ applause ] -- through the help of a myriad of city services that are offered and now supported by many of the folks standing behind me and most primarily mayor breed. we appreciate everything you do. a little -- what i want to say and what i feel is most important is, you don't get a crowd like this in a space like this, in a small neighborhood community center unless there is a very pressing issue. senator weaner has been a long champion of the castro country club. he helped me get out a work force development program funded in 2014 because here's the deal, i got sober with the help of prop at the san francisco aids foundation. at the time, i was homeless. i had a backpack and i walked into the offices of rick andrews, hi, rick.
at that time, rick was the director of prop, i invited him this morning. and prop worked for me. prop is positive reinforcement opportunity project. and, basically, it allows somebody to get a positive test -- a negative test for methamphetamine over a period of time and those little incremental rewards for somebody who was a stimulant user is an effective treatment. and that combined with a whole host of other things. abstinence, maybe not abstinence and eventually folks find their way. and they find their way because san francisco is a compassionate city that cares about folks moving forward. everybody up here cares about folks moving forward.
and what i hope is over time that through the fantastic board of hr360. places like the castro country club, we can meet folks where they are and provide a myriad of options to kind of get their substance use to it a position where they feel comfortable. that's what i do every day and i am a living, breathing example that if you offer a helping hand, that eventually folks will figure out a way to make it work for them and so i really want to thank everybody up here. dr. colfax, vicka, senator weaner and the mayor for funding our work force development program. thank you. we very much appreciate it. we know that you have a lot on your plate and it really is
appreciative. i'm very heart warmed to have you on the premises in a sacred place. so thank you everyone. >> our final two speakers will be vick eisen. >> thank you everybody. can you all hear me? i'm short. thanks for having us here. you know, i am grateful to live in a city and a county that follows and believes in science and follows the research and that is no small thing in this era of covid. and it's also demonstrated by how this city and how our state has responded to drug use, drug overdose and to problematic drug use. we follow the research and we follow the evidence and the science even when it kind of
defies our beliefs, closely held belief systems. in it defies with someone we might of read on the internet. contingency management under sb110 from senator weaner follows the science. it follows research on effective interventions for people who use methamphetamine. now, you have to realize sb360 has been around for a long time. it was a partner and a research project on contingency management back in the late 90s. now i'm an old treatment person. so the idea to me of paying people to not use drugs seems strange, but i said, hey, it's research. let's go with it. and so what did we find? it was effective. we said follow the research. we need to invest in things that work even if they seem unusual to us or unexpected or
it's not the path we thought things would take. so i'm grateful to live in a place where we have a mayor, senators, and board of supervisors who are willing to do that. the summer rise project which we are grateful to be apart of is also evidence of following research on low barrier, low threshold intervention for people in drug crisis. what we want to be able to do is to meet them where they are and connect them to care. that works. that research that shows that that works is also personal experience that shows that that works. you heard billy's story. i'm a former drug user. way back in the day, i went to ashbury's detox clinic. i must have gone nine times.
i felt welcomed nine times. eventually, because they cared about me and i trusted them, i went to treatment and so we look at soma rise. people think they should be in jail. people are filled that we will greet them with love and compassion and food and a shower and a warm place to be and we'll do it all over again until the point they say we want to do something else and when that second comes, we will be there to connect them to care. we'll connect them to health right 360. we'll connect them to service along the path to health. we will be there to do that. we are facing an unprecedented
crisis in overdose deaths. these are just steps to take, but we are proud to be apart of a movement towards really doing anything it takes to taking care of people who use drugs and improving the life of people in san francisco. thank you. [ applause ] >> good morning everybody. tommy martin, legislative director of equality california and every day i go to work to push back against discrimination, against stigma, and against shame. those are just a few of the barriers that prevent people from accessing treatment that they need to overcome addiction. i'm honored to be here today to represent the over-900,000 members of equality california which is the nation's largest statewide lgbtq+ civil rights organization.
and, together, we all joined senator weaner in urging governor newsome to sign sb110 and to combat meth use which is a long standing crisis in the lgbtq+ community. and advocating for this bill over the past 10 months now, imet with a surprising number of people who were not aware of this crisis in the lgbtq+ community and that lack of awareness is another barrier to treatment and another reason stimulant use has grown so rapidly. and meth is often presented as a party drug in the lgbtq+ community, but as we know all too often, it comes for roughly 60% of overdose deaths in san francisco in 2019 and in the mortality rate is high among african american men. so sb 110 is not just a public health priority. it's not a priority just for
the lgbtq+ community, it's also a racial justice priority. we heard this year senator weaner secured a significant state budget which will provide trauma space. and governor newsome has shown a strong commitment by improving that budget investment and that's why we look forward to his signature on sb110 which will provide another critical tool in reducing meth addiction and saving the lives of lgbtq+ californians. thank you. >> thank you, tommy. so now i want to thank everyone for being here. we're happy to answer any questions that members of the press may have. >> reporter: mayor breed, there's currently a resolution at the board of supervisors committee urging you to call for a local emergency on overdoses and then immediately implement overdose prevention sites is that something you're
supportive of? calling for a local emergency on that? >> what i plan to do is exactly what i've been doing and that is making sure that we're focused on action and investments. you know, this pandemic, when we were hit with this pandemic, we use the powers of a declaration of emergency for the purposes of addressing this issue and we know that there are challenges with drug overdoses that are, of course, problematic and this is definitely a public health crisis and the solution is not necessarily a declaration of emergency. the solution is putting resources and putting forth action toward addressing this issue. and so we are doing what we can
to invest significant resources in combatting the crisis and to also be clear ever since i was on the board of supervisors, i have been trying to push to open a safe consumption site and we have been experiencing a number of challenges. senator weaner has been pushing for the state legislation that would allow for us to open those sites and avoid people losing their licenses and other challenges that may come their way. so this is not a issue that san francisco's going to be able to combat alone. this is an issue that we're going to have to continue to work with our state representatives to try and get the job done. and i think, you know, with the investments and the advocacy that we have here today, every single day, we're going to continue to push in that direction. >> reporter: if this
resolution made it to your desk, you would not support it? >> i cannot confirm that at this point because i have not had a chance to review the resolution. >> i do want to reiterate that sb57, our state legislation to legalize safe consumption sites is moving forward and it will move forward in january. governor brown vetoed it in 2018 but we're going to put it on governor newsome's desk next year. >> reporter: mayor breed, director colfax recommended that if we're in a crisis to call 911. are police still responding to meet calls that involve nonviolent situations involving the unhoused. don't you have different advocates to get crisis response to the streets? >> no there shouldn't be. what has been said today is that almost every single day,
san francisco police officers are providing narcan to those experiencing overdoses and they are also saving lives. but what happens when you call 911, the dispatcher analyzes the call to determine who should come out. so, for example, we had the overdose response team, but if they're not available, we need to send someone sooner rather than later. we can't wait and this is a new vehicle. a number of the things that we're putting in place in terms of the street crisis response team, the overdose response team, the wellness checks, we have just put those things into place. and they're working very effectively when they are able to respond, but they're also very time consuming. so it's not like you can just show up to a scene and say get in an ambulance and say let's go. sometimes it can take an hour or two hours for one individual to get support because it requires patience and it requires an understanding of what that person is actually
going through. so if none of those groups of people are available to respond in those teams, and someone is calling 911 and it's a crisis, we're going to send what we need to send in order to try to help deal with this situation. and it should be noted again that there are offices out there with narcan that are helping people too. and i get it. there are some folk who is have a problem with it, but at the end of the day, it's going to take all of us to work together to help address this crisis. and i apologize, but i do have another thing to go to. >> thank you. >> final questions. >> reporter: quick question for dr. colfax on another note. where do we currently stand on the indoor mask mandate? is that something you're discussing? repealing at this point? >> we're in discussions with our health officer and other science health experts looking at our numbers and figuring out
where there may be sub substantiatebility. and we're on a downward path and we're going to be continuing to figure out the best time to potentially roll back some of the indoor masking mandates, but right now, we're not prepared to do that. >> do you have a timeline? >> i don't have a specific time line. >> can you expand a little bit more on san francisco in terms of that positive path that you're referring to? >> well, our cases have been dropping. we're almost at half the statewide average, but right now we're about 11 per 100,000 cases. our test positivty rate is below 2% and that's the first time it's been below 2% for a number of months. we have about 65 people in the hospital on average on any given day. i think the most important metric is our vaccination rate. so we're at 82% of people eligible to be vaccinated and in relationship to how we all
get back to an ongoing, safer environment, the new normal, we're really excited about the 5-11-year-olds being eligible for the vaccine at the end of october. that will be a major step forward allowing children to continue that in-person learning. so excited about that. >> what kind of metrics are you looking for? are you looking for certain case rates? >> it's a combination of factors. so it's looking at that and a lieu of those variables that i just talked about. >> do you think it is the vaccination rate that's most contributing to san francisco being at a better vaccination rate. >> i think it is. i mean, we're higher than most jurisdictions and i think you also see the fact that in the hospitalizations among people hospitalized, people without vaccine are eight times more likely to be hospitalized with covid than people who are fully vaccinated. so these vaccines are saving
lives. they've saved lives in san francisco and will continue to do so. so the message is if you haven't gotten vaccinated, please get vaccinated. we have drop-in centers across the city. we have 100 vaccine sites usually within a 5 to 10 minutes walking distance in san francisco. >> great. any final questions? >> perhaps dr. colfax mentioned this, but we heard about the unprecedented crisis on overdose deaths, what is contributing to that? >> it's spiking everywhere. this is throughout the country, throughout california. san francisco is not unique and i think there are -- we were already, you know, we talked about death of despair. people who feel like they have no other options, lack of support and and the pandemic made things worse because there was less access to services and to health and so, again, this
is not just a san francisco problem. it might be more visible here because we're more concentrated denser city, but it's happening absolutely everywhere. in rural areas and in urban areas, suburban areas and that's why this sb110 received a unanimous bipartisan vote of support in the senate and almost unanimous in the assembly. it was not controversial and it was very bipartisan support because every community is suffering. okay. thank you very much everyone. [ applause ]
stores, like bars and gyms, will close effective midnight tonight. [♪♪♪] >> my name is sharky laguana. i am a small business owner. i own a company called vandigo van rentals. it rents vans to the music industry. i am also a member of the small business commission as appointed by mayor breed in 2019. i am a musician and have worked as a professional musician and recording artist in the 90s. [♪♪♪]
>> we came up in san francisco, so i've played at most of the live venues as a performer, and, of course, i've seen hundreds of shows over the years, and i care very, very deeply about live entertainment. in fact, when i joined the commission, i said that i was going to make a particular effort to pay attention to the arts and entertainment and make sure that those small businesses receive the level of attention that i think they deserve. >> this is a constantly and rapidly changing situation, and we are working hard to be aggressive to flatten the curve to disrupt the spread of covid-19. >> when the pandemic hit, it was crystal clear to me that this was devastating to the music industry because live
venues had to completely shutdown. there was no way for them to open for even a single day or in limited capacity. that hit me emotionally as an artist and hit me professionally, as well as a small business that caters to artists, so i was very deeply concerned about what the city could do to help the entertainment committee. we knew we needed somebody to introduce some kind of legislation to get the ball rolling, and so we just started texting supervisor haney, just harassing him, saying we need to do something, we need to do something. he said i know we need to do something, but what do we do? we eventually settled on this idea that there would be an independent venue recovery fund. >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this resolution is passed
unanimously. >> and we were concerned for these small mom-and-pop businesses that contribute so much to our arts community. >> we are an extremely small venue that has the capacity to do extremely small shows. most of our staff has been working for us for over ten years. there's very little turnover in the staff, so it felt like family. sharky with the small business commission was crucial in pestering supervisor haney and others to really keep our industry top of mind. we closed down on march 13 of 2020 when we heard that there was an order to do so by the
mayor, and we had to call that show in the middle of the night. they were in the middle of their sound check, and i had to call the venue and say, we need to cancel the show tonight. >> the fund is for our live music and entertainment venues, and in its first round, it will offer grants of at least $10,000 to qualifying venues. these are venues that offer a signature amount of live entertainment programming before the pandemic and are committed to reopening and offering live entertainment spaces after the pandemic. >> it's going to, you know, just stave off the bleeding for a moment. it's the city contributing to helping make sure these venues are around, to continue to be part of the economic recovery for our city. >> when you think about the
venues for events in the city, we're talking about all of them. some have been able to come back adaptively over the last year and have been able to be shape shifters in this pandemic, and that's exciting to see, but i'm really looking forward to the day when events and venues can reopen and help drive the recovery here in san francisco. >> they have done a study that says for every dollar of ticket sales done in this city, $12 goes to neighboring businesses. from all of our vendors to the restaurants that are next to our ven sues and just so many other things that you can think of, all of which have been so negatively affected by covid. for this industry to fail is unthinkable on so many levels. it's unheard of, like, san
francisco without its music scene would be a terribly dismal place. >> i don't know that this needs to be arrest -- that there needs to be art welfare for artists. we just need to live and pay for our food, and things will take care of themselves. i think that that's not the given situation. what san francisco could do that they don't seem to do very much is really do something to support these clubs and venues that have all of these different artists performing in them. actually, i think precovid, it was, you know, don't have a warehouse party and don't do a gig. don't go outside, and don't do this. there was a lot of don't, don't, don't, and after the pandemic, they realized we're a big industry, and we bring a lot of money into this city, so they need to encourage and hope these venues. and then, you know, as far as
people like me, it would be nice if you didn't only get encouraged for only singing opera or playing violin. [♪♪♪] >> entertainment is a huge part of what is going to make this city bounce back, and we're going to need to have live music coming back, and comedy, and drag shows and everything under the sun that is fun and creative in order to get smiles back on our faces and in order to get the city moving again. [♪♪♪] >> venues serve a really vital function in society. there aren't many places where people from any walk of life, race, religion, sexuality can come together in the same room
and experience joy, right? experience love, experience anything that what makes us human, community, our connective tissues between different souls. if we were to lose this, lose this situation, you're going to lose this very vital piece of society, and just coming out of the pandemic, you know, it's going to help us recover socially? well, yeah, because we need to be in the same room with a bunch of people, and then help people across the country recover financially. >> san francisco art recovery fund, amazing. it opened yesterday on april 21. applications are open through may 5. we're encouraging everyone in the coalition to apply. there's very clear information on what's eligible, but that's basically been what our coalition has been advocating for from the beginning. you know, everyone's been
supportive, and they've all been hugely integral to this program getting off the ground. you know, we found our champion with supervisor matt haney from district six who introduced this legislation and pushed this into law. mayor breed dedicated $1.5 million this fund, and then supervisor haney matched that, so there's $3 million in this fund. this is a huge moment for our coalition. it's what we've been fighting for all along. >> one of the challenges of our business is staying on top of all the opportunities as they come back. at the office of oewd, office of economic and workforce development, if you need to speak to somebody, you can find people who can help you navigate any of the available programs and resources. >> a lot of blind optimism has kept us afloat, you know, and there's been a lot of reason
for despair, but this is what keeps me in the business, and this is what keeps me fighting, you know, and continuing to advocate, is that we need this and this is part of our life's blood as much as oxygen and food is. don't lose heart. look at there for all the various grants that are available to you. some of them might be very slow to unrao, and it might seem like too -- unroll, and it might seem like it's too late, but people are going to fight to keep their beloved venues open, and as a band, you're going to be okay. [♪♪♪]