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tv   Mayors Press Availability  SFGTV  October 13, 2021 9:00am-10:01am PDT

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>> chair haney: i'm matt haney, chair of the budget and finance committee. our clerk is miss linda wong, and i want to thank kalina mendoza of sfgovtv for broadcasting this meeting. miss clerk, do you have any announcements? >> clerk: yes. the board recognizes access to city services is essential and invites public participation in the following ways. public comment will be available on each item on this
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agenda, and sfgovtv cable channel 28, 76, and 99 and sfgovtv are streaming this meeting live. public comment is available on each item on this agenda. when the item you are interested in is announced, dial 415-554-0001, meeting i.d. 2483-861-3621, then press pound twice. press star, three to enter the queue, call from a quiet
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location, turn down the volume on your television or computer, and speak slowly and clearly. finally, items acted upon on expected to appear on the board of supervisors agenda of october 18 unless otherwise stated. this concludes my announcements. >> chair haney: thank you. we have a very full agenda, and i thank everyone for being brief in their presentations.
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we are going to take item 6 out of order. madam clerk, will you please call item 6. >> clerk: yes. [agenda item read]. >> clerk: members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item 14 call 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 2483-861-3621, then press pound and pound again. press star, three to enter the queue for public comment, and please wait until the system has indicated your line has been unmuted before you begin your comments. >> chair haney: and i'll turn it over to chair walton for
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some additional comments. >> president walton: thank you. i appreciate you moving this up because of your crazy calendar. i appreciate you calling this out of order. i did introduce resources to s
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permanent exit from homelessness. two-thirds of the increase in the number of unsheltered individuals from 2017 to 2019 was due to people sleeping in vehicles. according to the homeless count conducted by the city in 2021, there were 1,088 inhabited vehicles in san francisco, with 677 of those in district 10. the state park staff and
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multiple city departments have collaborated to place people living in their vehicles in temporary housing and shelters. our office has worked closely with the department of homelessness and supportive housing, amendly member -- assembly member david chu's office to provide options to connect people to long-term care and housing. a 312-square-foot parking lot has been identified, known as the boat launch parking lot, located at candlestick park, as a recommended vehicle triage center because it will not impact the operations, parking, or recreation use of the candlestick point state recreation area. the property also has exist wa
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appreciate president walton for his early support for our safe parking, and that's why we advocates as strong as we did in the budget process for the addition of this as a model of the prop c oversight committee. folks working in this area advocated for this model, and we had the controller do an independent analysis to judge the success of this program. a large percentage of folks were moved into permanent supportive housing. there were zero incidents the entire time for 1.5 years, so
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for all those folks that are putting information out there that this is going to bring crime, that this is going to have a negative impact, that this is not something that will be something positive for the community, i can tell you, with 100% clarity, that this was not only a benefit to the area, but that that third of the people that came out that were opposed to this model, many of them stopped me on the street or called my office said they were absolutely wrong and were impressed by the impact that they had. not to mention that you're taking folks that are in the
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do this are 70% of the people that are unhoused are living in vehicles, so we have a responsibility to come up with a solution. why are the bayview doing this? oh, well, the excelsior did it first, and we showed what a positive impact it can have. so i want to thank everyone for
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pushing for this in the budget process, which will provide only 200 spaces, but i am in full support of this, and we will continue to advocate for this in other parts of san francisco. i know that other supervisors, as am i, are looking for another spot that we can do this again and again until we can get as many folks that are living in vehicles and unhoused into permanent supportive housing. thank you, chair haney and supervisor walton.
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>> chair haney: thank you, supervisor safai. as you said, the people living in their cars account for a number of people experiencing homelessness. we have shelters, navigation centers, supportive housing, not enough of those, and now, we need vehicle triage centers, and i appreciate everyone else coming together around this. this is a real problem that everyone is experiencing, and it'll make our city better. director mcspadden? >> thank you, chair haney and committee members, and can i give my staff a second to get my slide deck up? i'll start by saying -- well, first, i'm shireen mcspadden, director of public housing.
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i'm joined with a number of my staff to answer any questions after my presentation. so here to talk about the candlestick vehicle triage center proposed sublease, and i'm just going to pause to get the slides up. >> good morning. this is dylan schneider. director mcspadden, the slides should be up. is everyone able to see them? >> yes. okay. so if we could go to the second slide. so the 2019 point in time count indicated that two-thirds of the unsheltered people in san francisco were experiencing what we call vehicular
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hokelessness. a study found 677 occupied vehicles in 2021. district 10 opened this vehicle triage center in district 11, so our 2021 budget included allocations to fund new safe parking projects, and that was supported by mayor breed. it was also supported by our city, our home oversight committee, and i want to thank supervisor safai for his continued leadership on this. for almost two years, the city has been participating in other going conversations with city
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stakeholders. we've engaged with a variety of stakeholders and also the state park system. we've spent a lot of time outreaching to people in the area, trying to engage people living in their vehicles so they know services are available and to get them into the housing pipeline as soon as possible. since the start of the pandemic, approximately in approximately 100 to 150 vehicles have lived in the vicinity of the candlestick state park area, and it's really grown to an unsafe level. so our v.t.c., vehicle triage center, in an unused boat parking lot at candlestick, is
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our solution. it's what we called a low barrier -- call a low-barrier model that provides people experiencing homelessness to live safely while accessing services on-site or to live safely while accessing services elsewhere. 677 vehicles counted in d-10. since the start of the pandemic, 100 to 200 vehicles have actually started this encampment. we plan to work closely with partners and other city agencies on coordinated outreach to the people living in this area, and also, on jamestown avenue, by gilman and
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carroll avenue by ingles. this will help address pressing neighborhood concerns. next slide. so again -- sorry. next slide. so at the vehicle triage center, people will be able to access a number of services. this includes case management, 24-7 security and staffing, bathrooms, sanitation stations, mobile showers, laundry, mobile black water pumping, and spaces for case managers and others to meet with people there. we're aiming for an opening of phase one at the end of 2021. so the phase one of the program
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is expected to open with approximately 78 parking spots after minimal site improvement work to provide these critical resources as quickly as possible. h.s.h. will continue to work with the department of public works to make improvements, and we anticipate phase to to be open within six months of opening, so we're probably thinking june or july of 202 is. phase two is when we'll have the full capacity of 150 parking spots. so our resolution would authorize the director of real estate on behalf of h.s.h. to negotiate and execute a sublease with the california state parks for 312,000 square feet of property, and the lease would be for two years.
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the rent is to be paid through an in-kind law and parking improvement service that would improve utilization of the park and surrounding area. we're operating on a very tight timeline as the state lands commission meeting is meeting in about two weeks. if we don't get this on there now, we'll have to wait to open this site until 2022, which will cause greater impact to the neighborhood and community. we've received guidance to the city attorney that our proposed amendments are not substantive. the proposed amendments have been sent to the chair, the clerk, and the city attorney, and we have staff from h.s.h. to provide further clarity if
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you have questions. thank you. >> chair haney: thank you so much, director mcspadden. i appreciate this, and i appreciate the amendments and the urgency of us moving this forward to get it open as soon as possible. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> yes, chair haney. nick menard from the b.l.a. on this item. the proposed resolution would approve [indiscernible] with the california department of parks and recreation for a vehicle triage center and the candlestick point recreak area and endorse the area for a vehicle triage center and in-kind off-site public services nearby. as stated did i director mcspadden, this proposed sublease provides for a two-year term and is valued at $312,000 per year. the city would provide security
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and monitoring services in order to restore access to the park. the estimated annual cost, which is estimated right now at $5.2 million to operate the vehicle triage center is higher than what the parks and recreation department has in its budget, so therefore, it may return to the board in 2022 and we're recommending approval. i'm happy to answer any questions. >> chair haney: thank you. supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: thanks, chair haney. you know, i just wanted to
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thank director mcspadden and h.s.h. and also director pennick on all of the work on this. also, to president walton for your leadership, and i just
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think this is -- we certainly need more of these vehicle triage centers created, and we need one, i think, urgently on the west side. you know, there's a high concentration of people living in vehicles on lake merced boulevard and also scattered through my district on the great highway, so i'm just wondering what the plan is for additional vehicle triage
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centers. >> so thank you, supervisor. we have two planned for the west side, and we definitely want to work with you, with supervisor chan, and supervisor melgar to figure out where they'll be and have a conversation with you. >> supervisor mar: okay. thank you. >> chair haney: i know that the governor put out the call to use all of the possible state land available for our response to homelessness, and i think this is an example of the sort of thing we should be doing with public land, whether it's state, local, or federal.
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madam clerk, can you announce the call-in information for the public? i know there were some questions about whether people had the number in the information before i open it up for public comment. >> clerk: members of the public who wish to make public comment on this item should call 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 2483-861-3621, then press symbol pound twice. press star, three to enter the queue or raise your hand. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted before you begin to speak. mr. chair, you're on mute. >> chair haney: we'll allow one
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minute for public comment. >> clerk: thank you. members of the public who wish to make public comment, please press star, three to enter the queue. for those who have already done so, please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted before you begin to speak. operations, are there any callers in the queue? >> operator: madam clerk, there are seven callers in the queue. >> good morning. my name is steven courier. i just wanted to say it was my honor to be a cochair and to successfully bring this project to our district and i am
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wholeheartedly relieved that we brought this to our district. i would be happy to meet with shamann or people in his district to tell them what we went through and how we did it. i'm very honored to speak to you today and would be very honored if i was asked to participate in that project. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi, howdy. i just wanted to comment that the idea of this triage center is something that i support, but the triage center is only going to support 10% of the people who need it, and i think
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bringing additional law enforcement down on people is a bad plan, so i would reconsider that being the sole mechanism and how that creates an additional problem potentially. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hello, supervisors. think -- my name is russell morena. i live right around the corner, and i want to give a shoutout to supervisor walton and his district. it looks like you've already made up your mind that you're going to do this, and that's fine. but before you do, do three things. open the park up to parking. the park is open but open up the parking. number two, clean it up.
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make sure that if you do this, make sure that the park is free of r.v.s and encampments. please don't let the area around the park, around the boulevard be congested with r.v.s and encampments. and two, hard stop. you've been saying two years. let it be a two-year experiment. after two years, a hard stop. let it return to the state park, and go onto another site in the district for two years. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> candlestick -- shamann walton has not only allowed the
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deterioration of alice griffith and candlestick park area, but third world road conditions, violent mentally ill drug addicts have invaded our specific apartment building, urinating and defecating, shooting up in laundry rooms, parking lots, and back alleys. a homeless addict have violently attacked me and my daughter. i've called the police several times. we at alice griffith have had mentally ill homeless addicts banging on apartment doors and trying to get into residents' homes. my daughter, who is autistic, is afraid to go outside to ride her bike, go outside, or go to the park because of homeless
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mentally ill drug addicts, and i'm scared. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. again, if you wish to make public comment, please press star, three to enter the queue. currently, we have six callers in the queue and 30 listening. >> yes. i'd just like to know why anyone would like to put a triage center in the highest covid positive area of the city? please put the triage center in the part of the city that can absorb it. also, i don't hear any part of the city addressing the needs
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of the park. i'm disappointed to hear that you're going to approve this without wanting any funding that goes to fixing at least minimally the fence of the express highway. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi. i think that i might be next. i want to appreciate the kind of problem that we're trying to solve here, but i have considerable concerns about the location that's being chosen as somebody who uses candlestick park every day. that area has significantly deteriorated over the course of the last couple of years, but so has the bayview neighborhood in general? so it's a little unclear what this is going to do to address the r.v. encampments around the
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bayview. it's unclear -- i want to enforce what the previous speaker said, what it's going to do to address the bigger issues around gilman. this is one of the most isolated areas of the city that has very few services, and putting a bunch of people in the area without anything to support them around it seems like a particularly problematic idea, so i would like to see some strong assessment of how this plays out. i'd like to see a much better public assessment of what's done -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi, there. this is annette margolis. i'm a current bayview resident. i also use the park every day, and i'm a born and raised san
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franciscan from the richmond district. like, i really appreciate all the work done to solve the problem of our unhoused. i also share the concerns of the previous callers about a lack of services, and i'm confused, like, are we literally rounding everyone up against their will and having them come to this site? i would like a little more information around what's going on and what's going onto support them. and case management, there's nothing to support them. there's no grocery store, there's no corner store, so i'm concerned with that. and i'm concerned about the lack of engagement or community engagement. i only heard about this because someone i follow on instagram posted it? i'm concerned about this being
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rammed through? i think there's a number of other commissions that you have to get them through but -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> my name is [indiscernible] fisher and i'm a d-10 resident and have been for a long time now. i'm outside at candlestick park every day. i walk my dog there. i am calling because i'm in opposition of this from an equity program. this is not fair to dump this on d-10 or candlestick.
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i think this is a nefarious way to deal with a problem that the city needs to deal with as a whole. why not fort mason or marina green or crissy park or somewhere else around the city? saying that the homeless are already here is a failure of the supervisors and the mayor who allowed this to happen, so dumping it on us and saying that we need to deal with it is not solving the problem to our satisfaction. >> clerk: members of the public who wish to comment on this item should call 415-655-0001. meeting i.d. is 2483-861-3621, then press the symbol pound twice. if you have not already done
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so, press star, three. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. >> hi. this is r.j. sloane. i want to thank you for your leadership in this area. in addition to the tiny homes that are starting to be installed, i have issues around the confined space of a car for living, for a replacement for housing, so i was just hoping there might be a reasonable or an end game for car living and entering into housing.
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let's not forget the day-to-day experiences of living in such confined spaces, such as cars and tiny homes, and we might even want to try living in one of these small spaces ourselves for a week or so just to experience what we're expecting others to experience. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good morning. my name is shirley moore, and i am the president of the bayview neighborhood association. i am a resident, and i live about a quarter of a mile from the park, and i think i oppose the sublease of the candlestick state park for a vehicle triage center, and i think that the [indiscernible] and the disinvestment of the state park
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is purposeful and premeditated by our elected officials. to take away the only state park for our residents and families is criminal, and i think that the administration of the homelessness and the homeless issue, i sympathize with these people, but our elected officials are not doing enough to speak to and to try to resolve this issue. i propose that the money raised for this vehicle triage center be used to reinvest in the park and bring the park back up to use for families. the homeless health services nor our -- >> operator: your time has expired. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi. i'm a resident of candlestick,
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and i'm opposed to the d.t.c. some neighbors may have a different goal than me. maybe any plan that moves some portion of the current r.v.s is a one, but for me, getting this one camp moved away from my house and the children's playground 20 feet away is my goal. at the intersection of randall and bill ingersoll way is a camp hosting what i see is the largest drug dealing operation around. he is using the covid loophole as a cover. he lives in an $80,000 r.v. and he and his dealers drive lexuss and infinities.
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he's boasted to his friends he's not moving to the d.t.c. -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. we have one more caller in the queue. again, callers who have already called in and would like to comment on this item, please press star, three now. can we please have the final caller? >> hi. good morning. i just have a comment or just a question. when i'm out with law enforcement, they say it's covid mandated that they can't do anything, so if we open up this vehicle triage and we're still under the moratorium, what difference is it if we
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open it up or not if law enforcement is not going to be able to enforce things? that's just my only concern. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. we just received two additional callers. >> operator: madam clerk, those two additional callers have dropped from the queue. >> chair haney: thank you. >> clerk: operations, are there anymore callers in the queue? i believe there's one more.
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>> hi -- [indiscernible]. >> clerk: my apologies. just wanted to let everyone know you are allowed one time of one minute to speak on this item. >> chair haney: can you. with that, public comment is closed. thank you to everyone who called in to share your feedback. public comment is closed. president walton? >> president walton: thank you so much, chair haney. i do want to say thank you to everyone who called in to express their concerns. we continue to have conversation with community about what this is and is not.
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i do live in the area. i'm not just a supervisor but i live in this area. my family is here. my kids come here, my grand kids come here, and my friends come here. i've seen the rise of people living in their vehicles in this area, and this vehicle triage area really addresses your concerns. let me say this to anyone out there, our office takes allegations of crime seriously.
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this is very important to us, and we take crime serious. captain marin has been on meetings, so please let us know. we take crime very serious, but again, i want to stress that there is no data to support any increases in crime in the area. and i do want to say, we're not giving away park space. we have other parks in the area as well as other areas of san francisco, and this will address your concerns.
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the department of homelessness and supportive housing will install a perimeter fence around this site. there will be picnic area, guard shack, trash containers, parking stalls for r.v.s and vehicles and toilets, showers, trailers, janitorial services, so the things that the community is expressing they are concerned with, the vehicle triage site actually addresses. we just want to continue to get factual information out to community. we want to express we've had reports of vehicle triage centers working in other communities, and i would not
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have someone from this community as someone who lives in this community be proposing something that i do not think would address your concerns. as far as outreach, my goal is to continue to get the accurate information out to community, get the facts out to community. we do have a deadline. we worked very hard on this during the budget process to get the resources for this. i've had several conversations with people in the community, and we have a large part of community who supports this. we're going to continue to work with all of you, and that's my role, is to continue to work with you to address your concerns and the issues that
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you present, and this vehicle triage center is something that is going to solve a lot of the concerns. i would not be pushing this, promoting this, supporting this, and having conversations with you about this if i did not believe that, and so i want to thank chair haney, i want to thank supervisors mar and safai, and thank you for allowing me to go first because we have a busy day, and thank you for allowing me to call in. >> chair haney: thank you. vice chair safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, mr. chair. just wanted to make sure on the record that i was added as a cosponsor for this item, and just wants to underscore one
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last point that was made. one of the things about this model that's replicated is having on-site staffing 24 hours a day. it is something that we fought for, and when we negotiated for this in district 11, bob wells park station, there wasn't necessarily a full embracing of the ideas that the community was putting forward, and one of them was having 24-hour staffing and having it be staffed at the appropriate level. i know for this particular site, there will be multiple staff members 24 hours a day as president walton said, and then, they act as a liaison with the captain, as president walton underscored. with the security and the on-site staffing, people will see an improvement in the area for the services that are
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there. so that's what i was trying to say earlier. we had a site where there might be crime or things happening. in almost two years or a year and nine months, we had no incidents, constant communication with the police captain, sfmta, public works, and other areas. just wanted to underscore that, and thank you, president walton, for this, bringing this forward, and we're here to support in any way we can. thank you, mr. chair. . >> chair haney: thank you, and thank you for your comments. supervisor mar, anything you would like to add? >> supervisor mar: no, except that i would like to be added as a cosponsor, as well.
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>> chair haney: thank you. i don't want to be left out, so i will be added as a cosponsor, as well. and i know there was an amendment, so i want to make a motion to accept the amendments requested by the department of homelessness and supportive housing. can we have a roll call vote on that, please? >> clerk: yes. on that motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair haney: and, madam clerk -- well, i guess, i was going to have president walton make the motion, but he's not on the committee, to i want to make a motion to move item 6 to the full board with a positive recommendation as amended. >> clerk: yes. on that motion -- [roll call]
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>> supervisor safai: president walton's there. >> chair haney: yeah, he just can't make motions. [indiscernible]. >> chair haney: thank you so much to the team, and to director mcspadden, we appreciate it. all right. this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. madam clerk, can you call item 1. [agenda item read].
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>> clerk: members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 415-655-0001, meeting i.d. 2483-861-3621, then press pound twice. press star, three to lineup to speak, and wait until the system has indicated you are unmuted before you begin to speak. >> chair haney: thank you. director mcspadden? >> thank you, chair haney. this was a matter introduced last week and continued to this week because of some minor changes in the resolution.
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i believe they were read into the record and that the clerk has received them. i don't know if you'd like me to represent this item or what you'd like me to do. >> chair haney: no, we don't need you to represent the item. >> chair haney, ann pearson with the city attorney. i think you should describe them before the city takes action on the amendments, and then, you can vote whether to send this to the full board.
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>> [indiscernible] similar amendments are being made for both the [indiscernible] homekey since the application was made public since we introduced. correcting minor code -- misnumbering of the code. >> chair haney: okay. is there any questions from colleagues on this? simple enough. not seeing any. i'm sure we have to take public comment on this, so open this for public comment, please.
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>> clerk: mr. chair, you should have a b.l.a. on this. >> chair haney: is there anything more from the b.l.a. on this item? >> chair haney, we don't have an update on this item. >> clerk: yes, mr. chair, we can open this up for public comment. operation is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, press star, three to enter the queue. for those already in the queue, please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted before you begin your comments. >> operator: madam clerk, there are two callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. please unmute the first caller. >> good morning. this is anastasia ionnopoulos.
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it is cheaper to put people in a hotel than build new permanent supportive housing. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi, there. i'm a resident, and i live in west fillmore with my daughter -- my young daughter. she's a toddler -- and my husband. while i agree that there should be supportive housing, i don't agree with putting it in this neighborhood specifically. trying to raise kids here and talking to so many other parents that live in the neighborhood, it's becoming increasing not child friendly, and it's becoming increasingly hard. what's going to happen is families are going to start living out of the neighborhood because we already live next to a homeless shelter and nearby a
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safe injection site. the dealers that are attracted to these users will move in, and we're already seeing that. our local takeout on 7 and mission, they've been dealing with so many drug dealers outside their door that's been moving there in the last few months. we no longer go there anymore because i can't be pushing my stroller in an area where people are just openly drug dealing and using. as a resident, i'm very concerned here for increasing families moving out of this neighborhood, and it's just not safe. it's really just not safe, and i know that coffee culture are already struggling, and i know they're going to shutdown.
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all of these businesses that need the family and neighborhood support system, they're going to close because no one can do business with drug dealers and drug users outside. if you have the panorama turn into an unhoused building, it's going to turn into a drug yard. i already have fentanyl users use -- outside my windows and i can't open my windows -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. >> chair haney: i also want to comment that this is not the panorama item, but please continue. >> hi. my name is [indiscernible] and i live in soma. i'm calling in support of the acquisition