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those are legal authorizes and requirements. they may turn out to make sure we do our best work with this grant and the best team dedicated to that. it's sort of a partnership. it doesn't look exactly that way in the document. >> thank you. i'm still now the commission. i'm still trying to understand our treep the comienity health centers in this new in addition to the community health centers. i'm wanting to understand if there were a situation where
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policy wise, the commission felt that will there was something -- there was -- something had gone a wry in this area. how would the commission be able to address that? >> the way that i would imagine that would happen and i'm trying to think of an example. so let's say that the -- okay. let's say that there was another public health emergency and we decided that our -- there's a
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very expensive vaccine to be given. we're in a budget crunch. they should start prioritizing getting ensured patients in so we can get reimbursement for this very expensive vaccine. if we propose that, the helming care for the homeless co-applicant board sees we have certain obligations, we're pushing them to be under the line because we need to pry orderrize a revenue generating
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vaccine administration. they might say we recommend you fot do that. that will would come to you as health commission to be the ultimate policy making body. their rule is to make sure we are fulfilling the intentions and guidelines with the health care for the homeless program. i'm not sure if that answers your question. that wasn't a great example.
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they're also responsible to meet legal requirements as well. >> that would be a terrible situation, agree. i guess i'm thinking about it from the hypothetical situation you proposed, there always will be and can be a number of different points of view on the correct policy to deal with
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special problems in the city, health problems in the city. given that under this framework the director of health, the department of public health after this initial board has no ability to have any impact on who the board members are. the board is going forward. it's a self perpetuating thing they choose each other for these terms. somebody could be on the commission for 12 years. in any event, under this framework there's no real avenue for the director of health or the department of public health as i understand it, my
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understanding is is incomplete and surely flawed. no avenue to have any impact on that. and that seems to be bha somewhat add odds with our requirement under the charter to provide oversight to the health -- the treatment that's provided to people in the city. of course, we never want to get into a scenario where a board has to get dissolved. maybe i'm thinking of worst case scenarios but it's always useful to think about what if we got into a situation if there's a
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huge disagreement about what should be happening. if the department agreed with the direction the members of the board were taking and certainly nem the community who have a history of being impacted by being unhoused or homeless, there's no way to effect what the board was doing. can you help me understand that. >> sure.
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>> create something that meets the goals for community involvement in a way that those two don't collide and allows us to meet the ultimate goal of being part of this system health care for the homeless program p. .i don't know if there's a perfect answer. we found the best balance that we can realize between us. >> i really appreciate all three of you and the answers. dr. hammer remembering that it's an advisory board gives a lot of
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help to me in seeing how the commission through our responsibility to oversee the department and through our work doing that through our director of health and the director of health has the responsibility for the department. the line is very clear and open lines for communication. it's incredibly important that the advisory board reflect the history and knowledge and recommendations of the people in the community who lived this experience, i appreciate the time you've take tone help me get my arms around how we will be able to continue to do the job that the charter requires us to do in the context of this very important program. thank you.
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>> there is a change happen inning the public health world. really redefining what patient center need. meeting patients where they are. allowing the most impacted lead those conversations. it's still the department itself making the final decisions. i think that's a really great and very -- it's a promising practice. how well it works for the most impacted to lead the development
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of some of these programs. we'll see. in the past some of these have seen some really great success. there's another program called special projects of national significance. this is along the same lines. thank you for asking those questions. i think those are really important. >> thank you commissioner. ive completely agree. one of the really amazing accomplishments we've had in the last i would say five to six years have been establishing community advisory boards at all of our primary care health centers and training those boards so they have a voice in a lot of operations and care
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experience issues that come up at the clinics. i think we have a lot of learning and good experience from those boards as well at the hospital and training them and really learning how to hear their voice and use it to improve our services. especially for people experiencing homelessness. >> thank you for your comments. i agree, this is really porn to dive into what patient centered means and what community centered work means. to be leads by what people tell us that they need. it's exciting in a fundamental way. thank you so much. >> thank you very much. i see no other comments from
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commissioners. that means we have a resolution with a motion to approve and a second. the resolution is before you. can we go to a roll call vote, please. >> of course. (roll call).
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the item passes. >> all right. thank you dr. hammer and greg wag ner. we'll move onto our next item which is a dph human resources item. >> hello commissioners nice to see you all again. i'm before you this evening on an overall hr update. thank you so much for your time.
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>> i've been asked for specifically what are you doing. what areas you have heard about
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-- it currently takes months to hire. it really is about collaborating with other city partners to be able to hire in a day. i'm pleased to let you know that we had an onboarding event, we onboarded about 44 nurses last weekend. they came -- having clear and
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consistent guidelines as opposed to having bias free related hiring. pathways we talked a little about. dph partnered with and we'll be providing our information and serving them as speakers and other ways we can partner. looking at apprenticeship programs, technicians, nurses. we talk about them in some of the trades.
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there's a growing interest in growing availability in modern programs, career ladders. the racial equity plans talk about meeting more diversity in more levels of our organization. we have conversations about mentorships and fostering relationships and perhaps we should also look at informal fellowship, leadership as well. looking at pay. are we having equity as we establish salary. making sure that we have an racial equity lens available. and also supervisor academy. inclusion occurs at the supervisor level. we want to work on creating that and having tools for our
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supervisors. great employees become supervisors but we don't provide training and skills. we want to work on that. the informs of new experience really bridging the gap between hr functions. it makes total and perfect sense to hr. unfortunately not so much for everyone else. it's really about for everyone else and not for us. we want to work on bridging the gap so people can come to any one of us and have answers and receive assistance and also about increasing employee voice. one thing we hear if employees have issues or concerns is they don't know where to go and get issues resolved. it come it a complaint process. a complaint process is not the best way to get together as a community here and solve them together. upcoming projects that we'll be
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working on. they are based on feedback i've received from you, from the unions, and other places in trying to address real issue it real concerns. and have the most impact. thank you for allowing me to provide this presentation. i'm happy to answer any questions you may have. >> thank you for your excellent presentation, certainly which you have provided align with the priorities that the commission has set out, we're pleased to see both the priorities and project that's are under way. commissioners do we have any questions or comments for chief kim? commissioner chung.
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>> thank you for the whole presentation. especially the hire in a day. that's phenomenal if achieved. it took nine months for the process to good through. there are so many time that's i wanted to give up. >> thank you so much. >> i want to echo that. you hit all the high points and points of concern an all the progress that's been made. that is truly remarkable.
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helping your employees figure out how they can participate and work through problems not just end up in a complaint arena. it's incredibly important. that's what we hear at the jcc and the county. it's such an important preemptive way, you have the scaffolding that have really been frustrating over the years. >> thank you. i have received a lot of questions from the union about the vaccine mandate. i met everyday with members of the union to provide answer it
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their questions. one way we'll establish a more collaborative relationship, we have a shared interest. i just want to make sure we continue to have that conversation. >> thank you. commissioner chow. >> thank you director kim for this wonderful explanation as to the status of human resources. it covers the whole wide range. i think as many of us follow human resources, a blossom has matured. it looks at how we have retention.
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employees really need to feel more comfortable. how can they give us a better mark on the scoring and feel better about working here in the departments. i just would like to be somewhat cautious from our expectations because on the hiring process. we have talked about this for years. we have attempted to work different work arounds basically and working with the unions try to find different ways in which we can actually hire. you know better than i do some of those limitations. in the course of these years, we have not, it seem it me, from our perspective, those of us who sat through this, have not been able toll get that competence that is so important with the
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unions to understand that a good example might be that covid actually did harm the unions. we actually got more employees. seniority has a place. if it takes nine months to hire somebody, we don't need ems that seniority. your average to them might well we be the turning key to that issue where i see one of the big impediments is to try to screen qualified potential employees and be able toll recognize that everything being equal, seniority is really porn.
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i'm not envious and i don't intend top do your job. i can look from the out side and see these problems continue. your really good efforts describing that if it works dorks. help work employees but i'm still very concerned with b the initial hiring process. i thought we were in the the course of doving better. this was before covid. we began to slip, you would know, people became more p wetted to the old system.
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rp the objective should be within days, we're giving you your proposal. i fully support that have you articulated a wonnerful vision. if you continue to find impediments, this should be reported back so we can see what we can do. so you don't feel like you were left alone. we're the voice of the public who can then try and make sure we get the right employees at the right time. if you for listening to me. i'm looking forward to
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productive work here. >> thank you. i think it's going to take all of us together in different ways wayssome areas are more ready to move forward. it will be harder for some to trust the pros pes. we'll have to manage that as well. even after working 19 yo 19 yeah the city, i still remain really optimistic. we have tom push and do things a little bit different. the city was really moved --
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being worried about the complaints, being worried about that patient has built a system around that. we'll keep you in the loop and you'll hear about it. thanks for that. >> thank you commissioner show. i'd like to recognize dr. co lfax. >> i want to thank drek yar kim director kim.i'm optimistic abo. evidence of how we can onboard over forty nurse nz one day.
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the concept of hiring in a day is a bold one and one yet i think director kim's key part of the defendant improve. i see this improvement having profound effects across the department. director kim has my full support and we'll receive in what she needs in order to further the goals that she just articulated. >> thank you director. i do not see any other comments or questions from commissioners. thank you so much director kim for your presentation. again, everything that you
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showed us aligns with the priorities of the commission. we're grateful for the steps you're taking and bringing to the role. >> thank you so much. they have afforded me ep couragement to think in way. >> our next item is item ten. the finance and planning committee update. >> good evening, commissioners. the finance and planning committee met right before the commission meeting. we had recommending contract reports. three contracts that are related
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to meeting the city's needs in a covid emergency. we would appreciate it if you would approve all these contracts under the report. one other thing that we -- one other business we conducted during the meeting is to share the prept aightses for health a assessments. a glide contract. i have to say that work we've done on equity has been quite
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impressive. let the quality of this presentation as well as forms that were shared with users. >> thank you, commissioner chung. that was our update. do we have any public comment on that item. >> i don't think we have comment for either. if you would like to make public comment for item nine or ten,
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please press star three. there are no hands raised for public comment. >> i move that we approve the consent calendar as stated. >> second. >> thank you. do we have public comment on those items. >> folks on the line if would you like to make public comment please press star three to raise your hand. joom i don't see any questions or comments either please do roll call vote. >> (roll call) pp item passes,
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thank you. our next item is other business. commissioners do we have any other business? seeing none there is nothing to comment on. we can move onto our next item which is the joint conference committee and other committee reports we'll have a brief summary of the jcc meeting. >> thank you. at this particular meeting, we actually received the reports, one being the quality data reporting update which described status of many of the required regulatory reporting metrics and the quality measured score card. we reviewed the true north score card from the hospital which was another set of metrics and that
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measured how well the hospital was doing in equity, safety, quality, and care experience and developing our people and financial stewardship. in all of these they were able to mark their scores as being in the green or in the red and describe what they were doing for those who were in the red. there was also a presentation in developing our strategic plan in human resources as they had an a3 document for thriving at work and trying to answer surveys that the city had had done in regard it satisfaction. the committee then also review the standard open session
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reports, regulatory affairs, the ceo report. we approved the form si standardized procedures. they approved the addition of the pronouncing of cardiac by death by nurses in certain protocol privilegeless. i'm happy to answer any questions or have any of my fellow commissioners add to that. >> any persons on the line if you'd like to make comment
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please press star three. there are no hands commissioners. >> commissioners, any comments commentsor questions seeing non. the next item is closed session. any public comment on this item. >> there is no one on the line. >> can we go to roll call then. >> (roll call). all right. please give me about a minute
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>> second. >> clerk: all right. [roll call] i can't hear you, commissioner, even though i saw you. >> commissioner: yes. >> clerk: okay. great. [roll call] yeah. i think everyone gets muted when you go back into open session. [roll call] all right. >> president: and then our last item is adjournment. do we have a motion to adjourn? >> commissioner: so moved. >> commissioner: second. >> clerk: roll call vote. [roll call]
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>> commissioner: that sounded like a dissent for a moment. >> clerk: thank you. >> president: thank you commissioners. thank you, director.
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>> chair ronen: the meeting will come to order. i am supervisor hillary ronen, chair of the committee. we are joined by our vice chair -- or we will be shortly, supervisor ahsha safai. [indiscernible]. >> clerk: the board recognizes that public access to city services is essential and invite public participation in the following ways: public comment will be available on each item on this agenda, either channels 26, 78, or 99
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and are streaming the public comment number across the screen. each speaker will be allowed two minutes to speak. comments or opportunities to speak during the public comment period are available by call 415-655-0001. again, that's 415-655-0001, and meeting i.d. is 2498-672-0699. again, that's 2498-672-0699. when connected, you will be in listening mode and your microphone will be muted. when you hear your item of interest, press star, three and
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begin speaking when prompted to do so. best practices are to speak slowly and clearly, state your name, and turn down volume on your devices. >> chair ronen: thank you so much, mr. clerk. can you please read item 1? >> clerk: yes. item 1 is a hearing on the status of buena vista who are
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an mass k-8 community school's building conditions and the safety issues the conditions present, and plans to address outstanding safety issues. members of the public who wish to comment should call 415-655-0001. meeting i.d. 2498-672-0899, then press pound twice. press star, three to enter the queue, and wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted before beginning your
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comments. we are joined by an interpreter who will assist us now. [speaking spanish language] [end of translation]. >> clerk: thank you. madam chair, that concludes my comments. >> chair ronen: thank you.
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this is the first time to my knowledge that i know that a classroom in the san francisco unified school district is participating live in a board of supervisors hearing, and so i just want to give a very special welcome to miss matamoras' third grade class from buena vista horace mann. thank you for participating in democracy, and we're very excited to hear from you and hear from your teacher, and just think that i'll just say as an sfusd parent, this is the type of special thing that happened in sfusd that -- that happens in sfusd that makes the schools truly excellent, and i want to start off with that. we're often hearing a lot of
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criticism around sfusd, but what we don't hear as much is the magic that happens in the classroom every single day. i know that happens for my daughter, that happens at buena vista horace mann, and it happens every single day, so i wanted to give some comments about why he called this hearing. colleagues -- why i called this hearing today. colleagues, the buena vista horace mann community has been voicing concern and sounding alarm about the dangerous and unsanitary conditions at the school for more than five years. in response to their advocacy, sfusd promised to put buena vista horace mann in its 2016 facilities bond, something that the buena vista horace mann community and my constituents help to fight to pass. however, buena vista horace mann is currently listed as an
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unfunded site in the plan that has -- and has not been prioritized for funding. in 2019, buena vista horace mann parents were tired from kids going home with rashes from hot classrooms, and children asking them to send them to school with toilet paper because the school had none. they started submitting williams complaints about the school. as a result of this case, a legal agreement was made that schools should be safe and clean. williams complaints were created to track and address these issues. according to the williams complaints process, the district must provide a solution within 30 working days of receiving the complaint.
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the williams mandate obligates that school facilities are clean, safe, and functional. possible reasons for filing a williams complaint for complaints that pose a threat to health or safety, school windows are broken, a building is damaged, creating a hazardous or uninhabitable condition, broken or unmaintained rest rooms. sadly, all of the above were listed in complaints filed by the bbhm community and more. during the spring of 2019, the bbhm community filed two williams complaints to sfusd after a letter pleading with the district to fix the wiring, open radiators, open holes in floors, temperatures reaching 90°, and all of those letters
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went unanswered. as they awaited the school district's district, an incident where ceiling tiles fell on a teacher's desk, along with dust and debris and near students. the very next day, sfusd made a few facility improvements, including making sure there was soap and toilet paper in the bathroom. in january 2020, the san francisco fire department inspected bbhm. they cited it for expired fire extinguishers, alarms being in trouble mode, missing evacuation signs, and missing sprinkler certification. on september 29, 2020, the fire department came back to reinspect for compliance. because none of the violations were abated, the school was referred to a san francisco fire department hearing.
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all violations were abated in april 2021, 15 months after the initial inspection. we hold our students to standards in their report cards and give honest assessments to families about students' progress. why are we not giving honest assessments about the condition of buena vista horace mann in the sfusd report card?
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in september 2020, sfusd submitted its annual district report. the facilities inspection report conducted by two independent auditors had, by sfusd saying that bbhm got good or exemplary ratings. in february and march of this year, parent and advocates filed two more complaints to san francisco unified school district, citing open wires, broken windows, bathrooms in disrepair with nonworking stalls and doors. this may, a child received an electric shock while trying to plug in a computer. two weeks after the child was shocked, a sfusd assistant superintendent tells the bbhm
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community that he was working on a recommendation to the school board that will go out to july 2021. later that year, on august 27, the bbhm community smelled an odor, and the superintendent called pg&e in addition to facilities. pg&e smelled a smell of gas and ordered all 400 students home
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immediately. for a week, there was a gas leak that could have resulted in extraordinary loss of life and school facilities, and sfusd did not do anything about it. this is why i'm calling this hearing today. i don't want to do this, but i have to do this because i'm worried about the life and safety of the facility at bbhm. as recently as last month, a child fell on a broken floor and had to be sent to the emergency room to get 12 stitches. this has risen to a level where i'm deeply concerned about the safety of our staff and students. we understand that the district is under resources and is triefg to correct some of these griefances, and misan opportunity to explain to the
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community what have they done to rectify things, to give the community an explanation on how and why things have gotten to where they are today without urgent action, and most importantly, most importantly, and you have my commitment, what we can do together moving forward to do right by the bbhm community in a timely manner. today, we're going to hear from bbhm faculty and students, sfusd and school board member matt alexander, who i very much appreciate being here today. i have also invited public works department, who i have talked to about working together with the district to identify the life safety needs of buena vista horace mann so that we can identify them and rectify them quickly. if my colleagues don't have any
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comments, we're going to start off with an opening presentation by miss matamoros, a teacher, and her class at buena vista horace mann, but before we get started, i would like to turn it over to vice chair myrna melgar. >> supervisor melgar: i just wanted to add a couple of points. i am intimately familiar with the school. as you may or may not know, i was director of the jamestown community center. aside from being an awesome bilingual school, our original bilingual school in the district, it's also a beacon, which means there's all kind of
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services and magic that happens. there's soccer practice, there's a carnivale practice that happens. there's food bank every week, with the entire being fed. -- entire community being fed, and there are all kinds of things serving the community, and this just hurts my heart, that a place that gives so much magic to its students and the entire mission district is being treated like this for so many years. so when i was involved in that school, there was a lot of parent activism. the soccer field that we got was because of a parent. all of these things have
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happened because parents have organized to bring the resources, and so i want to also make sure that, in this hearing, chair ronen, we talk about how to make it easier for parents to coordinate and actually get resources that they need. i just want to thank you, chair ronen, for bringing this to our attention. >> chair ronen: thank you. without further adieu, miss matamoros. >> hi, everybody. good morning, and thank you for having us here. my name is alison matamoros, and i am a fourth grade teacher at bbhm, and this is my fourth
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grade teacher. before starting, first, i would like to acknowledge that we are on unceded ohlone land. i would also like to acknowledge elder sylvia mendez and her family for fighting to desegregate california schools since the 1940s, and in particular, her fight against the deplorable facilities that latino children continue to face to this day. i would also like to acknowledge indigenous communities that my students are from, and we are here, we're the survivors of european
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colonization, and i welcome our ancestors. thank you for your resilience, and thank you for your struggle to be treated at fully human. i'm here because what students and teachers are facing at bbhm are inhumane. our advocates and parent teacher association have been fighting for years to get our dangerous and dilapidated facility renovated. we've tried board meetings, we've tried working with the school. you've heard how we filed williams act complaints, but we have to reach out to media, we have to reach out to our supervisor so that they know what our safety concerns are. and this is actually -- this is causing students to have missed
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school. next slide -- are the slides up? >> chair ronen: mr. clerk, do you know if the slides are up? >> clerk: my apologies. we did not know that you wanted the slides up, so just let us know when you want the slides up. >> yes, i'm ready. okay. so i just want to give some context. bbhm was the first middle school building built here in san francisco, so it's almost 100 years old? that means our electrical system, our pipes, our roof needs to be renovated, and the school was originally built for middle schoolers, not
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elementary school students, so it also needs to be redesigned for them in mind. next slide, please. i have an example here of how our electrical system is not up to date. this is the aftermath of a student having received an electric shock. a fourth grade student back in may needed to receive medical attention because he tried charging his computer, and our electrical system is so old, it's not really meant to support the amount of electricity that we use on a daily basis. next slide? okay. the picture on the left, this is the same room where the child received the electric shock? and so many of the outlets were fixed, and some were deemed so
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dangerous, they just, like, covered them like that? you can see in the middle, that's the breaker room, and you can -- you can see how old the system is. we actually have five different systems in place because they just kind of, like, added them over time? so that's why it also took so long checking through them? and i just want to add that we have found rodents in this room, which makes it even more dangerous because they can cew on the wires, and you can see the decay. and you can see that students sit directly below outlets that look like this. >> chair ronen: i'm sorry, miss matamoros, to interrupt you, but supervisor safai isn't see the slides.
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supervisor safai, is it maybe your computer? >> supervisor safai: maybe it is. usually, when the person is talking, i see them, and then, the slides come up, but i can't see anything. but i don't want to slow the presentation down. >> chair ronen: oh, i want you to see what's going on. can you offer any suggestions to supervisor safai, mr. clerk? >> clerk: for the time being, i can -- i'll directly forward the slide deck to supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: now, i can see it. >> chair ronen: oh, good. i just think a visual is incredibly important. >> supervisor safai: yeah. no, i just couldn't see it, but now, i can see it. >> chair ronen: okay. great. thank you. miss matamoros, please continue. >> mm-hmm.
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next slide. in addition to the electrical system being old, the pipes are old, too -- [inaudible] >> chair ronen: can you go back one? >> mm-hmm. mm-hmm. there you go. thank you. for example, in the server room, the average temperature is 90°, and then, that heat travels into the computer room? we've had students get rashes and eczema flare ups because of the heat on the first floor, the rooms that are above the boiler room? so our heating system is old, and temperature regulation doesn't exist. we have certain rooms that get really cold, and other rooms that you're seeing here, like the server room, that get extremely hot, and it's actually causing students to have -- for it to, like, flare
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up medical conditions. next slide? okay. here is another example, and that it even if it's, like, 55 outside, it's 75° inside, and that's after the teacher has the windows open, the fans on, everything to, like, help cool down the room. next? okay. more exposed pipes, which is another reason why we're asking for renovation. we have pipes that are exposed in classrooms? you can see that this pipe here runs from ceiling to floor, and this is a room where -- for sixth graders. on the other side, you can see that there are more pipes that are exposed, and those pipes get hot, and this is -- this is
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a room for our eighth graders. next? i think there was -- there were two -- oh, okay. i see. also, i just wanted to mention, with the -- with the pipes, that was part of the issue that caused the gas leak, so this isn't just, like, our heating parts, it's also the gas parts and the water -- the ones that carry water. our roof is leaking, and it causes -- the water damage causes the tiles to erode and fall apart, and you can see that the tiles look like a checker board because they get damaged, they fall off. we put in a work order, they come and replace the tile, but the core issue is the roof is
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leaking. it needs to be fixed, and it doesn't matter how many tiles we change or how many work orders we put in. next? and in addition to these issues, there's some things that photos can't really adequately show, so i took some videos to show the lack of ventilation and the state of our bathrooms that our special education students are forced to use and also the severity of the gas leak that happened in august. on august 16, our principal smelled gas, and the gas was leaking out here into the
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garden. she called facilities, and they chalked it up to rodent feces and pee. finally, they called back after i could smell gas all throughout my classroom. you can see, this is where the seventh graders go to class, and their windows open out into the garden, and they had been inhaling that for 1.5 weeks. this is a room for the middle education special department? it was up to 90° on the first day of school, so the teacher added up to four fans? there's no ventilation, and the a.c. leads to the bathroom. this is a bathroom that they
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use. >> clerk: victor, can you resume the slide show, please? >> okay. in addition to those problems, last month, we had a sixth grade student fall on this crack here in p.e. they had to be rushed to the emergency room and get 12 stitches, and -- next slide.
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and i want to go back to the point that this school is not made for the 500 k-8 students that we have. we've had to -- because of that, we've had to repurpose rooms. for example, this picture on the left, you can see that [indiscernible] which is the same place where staff urinate and defecate. if someone is using the bathroom, we cannot have access to this copier.
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when our school merged, you know, facilities made some changes, like lowering the bathroom stalls, so that kindergarteners could use the middle school boys bathroom. but you can see that the seat is broken, and this is what kindergarteners use. next slide. and we have just general water damage, you know? our building is old, so we have -- there's mold on the windows. you can see that our build --
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[inaudible] >> this is what our black and brown students have to deal with, and it's not just -- we are literally gaslit by the school district when we reported the smell and they dismissed us. the gas leak went on for another 1.5 weeks. it wasn't until pg&e got there and identified the problem that we were evacuated. i love bbhm. it is my second home, and i was part of the effort to help get the bond passed so we could help get our students the resources that they needed, but it's a slap in the face that we're still dealing with these conditions in 2021.
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what are we asking for? one, a complete renovation of bbhm. two, an inspection by a third party and immediate repairs, and the last thing is monthly reports to the commission.
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>> chair ronen: i'm speechless, miss matamoros. i want to start off by thanking you for the love and the care and the patience. i want to start out -- and i can't wait to hear from the students, but if you can listen to me, you deserve an apology, and i want you to hear from a government official that we have not protected you like we should, and that is wrong, and i want you to hear from me directly that i am sorry that
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we have failed you. this is not right, and you don't deserve this treatment. you deserve better, and i just want to thank you so much for organizing, for using your voice and your power, by getting together with your teachers and your parents. we hear you, and we are going to act. so without further adieu, we're looking very forward to hearing from you directly. please begin.
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>> i want to say that the
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school [indiscernible] and now it just seems, like, they don't care about us anymore, and the schools [indiscernible] but i feel like all the schools [indiscernible] and we just can't, like, fix it. and it looks like now we're
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going to have to get more funds to fix our school so it can be more safer. thank you for your time.
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[indiscernible]. >> and now we have some middle schoolers that are going to speak. >> hi? i'm natalie? i'm an eighth grader? and i have been known for years that we have these issues at our schools, like deteriorating [indiscernible] and many things are not up to safety standards, and i know, like, [indiscernible] i know that in the years since i've been in third grade [indiscernible] so that's, like, over five years of this problem, so i think that's where we really need this renovation, so the next
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generation of kids that enter our school can have, like, a good and up to standard school. >> hi. [indiscernible] i'm an eighth grade student at the school, and i've been going to bbhm since i was five. i've seen kids pee in the yard because they don't want to go in the bathrooms. i've seen -- i'm sure many students can relate to having class interrupted by having rodents run across the room. i think it's unacceptable, and this definitely needs to change.
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>> thank you for hearing us out, and that's the end of our student testimony. >> chair ronen: thank you, and this is going to definitely be the best part of our hearing. i'm not sure if you can stay because you have lessons that you have to teach, but i promise you, if you can't stay, that we are going to tell you what happens, and we are going to come with clear next step commitments and action plans. once again, i want the class to hear from an elected official that i am very sorry. this is wrong, what's happening. it's unfair. like the students said, it's unacceptable, and it is going to change, and we thank you for bringing this to our attention in such a beautiful professional way. thank you so much, and with that, colleagues, if it's okay, i just want to get through the
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presentation -- oh, yes, miss matamoros. we're going to give you a salud because we're going to head out. [speaking spanish language] >> save our schools. >> chair ronen: so we're going to hear from [indiscernible] who's representing the school, and then board of education commissioner matt alexander and then just a quick offer from public works, and then after, i'm sure we all have a bunch of questions. so with that, miss moli? >> good morning. thank you so much for having me. my name is [indiscernible] i'm the director of policy and planning at san francisco unified school district. the testimonies were very courageous, and, you know, i
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really do, like, feel and hear exactly what the students have been saying, and we wanted to just emphasize that, you know, we've had also similar community meetings at the school, and i know that, you know, similar to supervisors here today, every board member, especially commissioner alexander, who is here today, have had extensive conversations about everything that has been mentioned from students and from the community in trying to meet a lot of the
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immediate needs that the school sites do have. the item will be pushed forward on tuesday, and the board will have to approve that on tuesday. i understand that commissioner allen is here, and there will be funds allocated, and that a full plan will be presented on tuesday, and i'm also happy to answer any questions, as well. >> chair ronen: okay. i'm going to move on. i have a ton of questions, but i'm going to move onto mr. -- commissioner alexander, and then, we'll come back. thank you, miss mogy. commissioner alexander? >> thank you so much, chair ronen, and thank you for calling this hearing. i think it's really important, and also, i want to add my thanks and gratitude to the
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school community, especially miss matamoros' class and also add my apology. i think we failed the school. you know, i'm new on the board, and when i first learned about this, it was really disturbing. i went and met with the parents, and the first meeting i had with bbhm -- and this speaks to the fear advocacy that the parent -- fierce advocacy that the parents have taken, and they said, they've made their voices heard, made their faces known. they don't want any more words, they want action. i feel as public officials, we
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have a responsibility of sacred trust to the community, and we've broken that trust. as you eloquently laid out, chair ronen, this has been going on for a really long time, so back before 2016, and alison matamoros brought this up, and they were promised a renovation in the 2016 bond. they volunteered their own time to get that passed, and then sometime after that, the project was deprioritized. i don't know how that decision was made. apparently, the staff that have made that decision has moved on and left the districts. it was unfair not only to the community to make that decision
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but to fail to clarify that to them, and decisions have continued to deteriorate. what it does mean to have to be a fourth grader and worry about your younger siblings or cousins blowing up in the school every day, and how does that feel as a parent, knowing you put your kids in danger sending them to school in a place where they should be safe. bbhm is a school that serves over 80% immigrant families, spanish speaking immigrant families.
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they were on the frontlines of this pandemic. they were working at grocery stores, delivering food so we could eat, and lost hours and jobs, as well, so now facing potential eviction, and those are bbhm families that we're talking about. it's a bigger context, as well, and i think alison has said this is a matter of institutional racism, and i agree. this clearly was not intentional on anyone's part, but i think the system and the way it operated produced results that are unacceptable, so what i am going to propose on tuesday is we undertake a full renovation of the school, and i am proposing to reallocate a number of the 2016
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bond funds to a number of different projects. my understanding is the proposal puts about $15 million into bbhm of the planning of the full renovation, but then asking the communities to wait until the next bond for the full funding. i understand that, you know, why they want to do that -- they have -- they're acting with integrity, but i disagree. i think we need to act now. i think we've broken this promise already, and we can't continue to break it. i think we need to put aside the full funding, so i'm going to propose $55 million, which would cover the base -- not fancy renovation, but a solid renovation of the facility to deal with all of these front facing health issues on tuesday. so it's my hope that my colleagues on the board of ed will support the $55 million to
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facilitate the renovation. i think if we call ourselves a sanctuary city to help our brothers and sisters who were on the frontlines during the pandemic, i hope it will get the full support of my colleagues. again, thank you, supervisor, all of you, for having this hearing and bringing this important issue to light, really. really, really appreciate it. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. i'm just going to finish the presentations before -- i'm dying to ask questions, too, supervisor melgar. i do just want to note one thing. i want to thank you, commissioner alexander, because you are new to the school board, and the schools haven't been reopened very recently, and you are the first person that is appropriately taking the situation at bbhm seriously
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and is not making extra promises but is acting, and i want to congratulate you for that. i am angry. i started out this process wanting to be polite and calm about this situation, but i am angry, and i just want to note that you are the only person that is acting with urgency and with concern for this low-income immigrant community in the way that they deserve, and i want to put that on the record right now, thank you very much. i want to just bring up very briefly julia lewy from public works. the reason i have asked public works to be here is because frankly we have lost confidence in sfusd to tell us the life
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threatening conditions are at bbhm that must be addressed. the fact that pg&e was more concerned and acted quickly as to safety than the school district is a sad state of affairs, so miss lewy, i have asked public works whether or not they can go and do a full review, a full independent review of buena vista horace mann campus to identify what life needs are immediate. i understand that will cost some money. i am drafting a referral to repurpose some money that district 9 had reserved for another infrastructure need of the district, but this is so urgent that i want to repurpose that money to d.p.w. to do this independent review of the campus, and i just want to understand if -- miss lewy, if
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that's possible, and what that proposal would look like. are you still with us, miss lewy? >> clerk: through the chair, we do see miss lewy logged on, but she is muted. >> chair ronen: miss lewy, can you hear us? i'm going to ask my staff, jennifer, if she can try to contact miss lewy and see what's going on. maybe we can go to the questions and then come back to her? so i can pass over to miss melgar because i'm sure she has many interesting questions. i have, too, supervisor melgar, so you go ahead and go first,
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supervisor. >> supervisor melgar: thank you, chair ronen. so i just wanted to understand a little bit of the process because i wasn't familiar with it, how we can sort of rectify what has happened, and i'm not sure who could answer this question, miss mogy. >> hi, i'm here. >> supervisor melgar: is that okay, chair ronen, if we can go to her? >> chair ronen: yes. if we can just go to the question. did you hear me? >> yes, but the minute i logged on, it slows down on the computer. yeah, i just -- did you want me to just go ahead? >> chair ronen: yes, please. first of all, thank you, chair
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ronen, for asking me to talk to you. i remember working with you on the presentation on the homeless. i'm very emotional about that. i'm julie lewy, bureau architect with the department of public works. when you had reached out to us to do a facilities assessment condition assessment for horace mann public schools, there are many different kinds of assessments that we can do. we can do a full blown condition assessment, we can do a high level condition assessment, and we would be happy to give you a proposal to do that. they incorporate many different levels, including -- i mean, there could be anywhere from four consultants to 11.
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disability access, etc. i had some examples that i sent to jennifer lee, and actually, i had a little powerpoint show to show you guys. but we've done many of them for the african american art and cultural complex. we've done them for homeless shelters, so yes, we would be happy to do that. we've done some drawings for horace mann schools, and we'd be happy to show you, but yes, it will take some time to do this. >> chair ronen: i will say i had a long conversation with the acting director of d.p.w., carla short, and i know you've been working to keep your costs at a minimum and a bargain for your work, and appreciate that.
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this school deserves the best that we can give them, and we need to make it happen, and i just appreciate you for being willing and able to do this and for keeping costs down. thank you. >> yes, my pleasure. thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you. back to you, supervisor melgar. you're on mute. >> supervisor melgar: thank you. so as i had started to ask, i just wanted to understand how -- when the bond was voted through, [indiscernible] would
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be allocated to -- partly to bbhm, how that decision was made. if that was a staff committee or staff and, you know, the board voted on it or how that happened? i'm wondering, like, how those decisions get made because it just seems like -- you know, like -- i guess my experience with g.o. bonds, you know, with the city is that if you tell a voter in the language that this is what's happening, that's what you've got to do. you can't just wiggle out of it. tell us what you're going to do. >> hi, supervisor melgar. we did go to the board of education after the 2016 bond was passed and shared a plan. i'm not sure if it's similar to the board of supervisors, but we do list a number of schools that are funded and not funded.
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we identified a list of schools that do need modernization at various scales and that are not funded, so bbhm was on the list of not funded but a priority school, so that was all presented and approved to the board of education. i am trying to really quickly pull up a date of when that resolution was passed, but i can follow up really quickly if you give me a couple seconds, but that -- did i answer fully the question? >> supervisor melgar: yeah, i just wanted to understand the process. my second question is, you know, i imagine that we have a certain amount of money for maintenance, for operations, and for capital improvements, and that we have a different amount of money, but i'm wondering if we're not spending
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too much money putting band-aids on things that should have happened ten years ago. it's not just a human cost, but does it also make sense financially? do those things come to the board or do we have an on going capital maintenance plan that comes to the board? >> to the board of education? >> supervisor melgar: yes. >> well, i would have to go back, and i'm not sure if there's an on going -- like, if we have funds dedicated to on going improvements, of course we have that. but the most current bond in 2016 was $744 million. over $10 million was dedicated to construction, reconstruction, and improvements, so -- and then, we did identify, as many school sites, as you may know, as the city, as well, every bond
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measure would not be able to meet the full demand of the scale of what we -- all of our schools need, but we do try to, you know, address them in a priority. we are working, as you know, chief [indiscernible] has joined us a couple of years ago, and a full scale capital planning and capital improvement has begun, but it's not ready for her portfolio yet. that is part of her portfolio of work to be done. we don't have one to present to you today. >> supervisor melgar: thank you. >> supervisor? >> supervisor melgar: i'm sorry. who said that? >> sorry, me. i'm sorry. may i add something real quick about that that i think can help? i've been asking that same question, but one thing that i've learned is the big
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categories that are approved by the board of ed. you said 750 million of the bond, $400 million was dedicated for modernization, but then, the schools that were chosen for that modernization category are chosen by staff and prioritized by staff, and i can't get clarity on how that decision was made within that bucket to leave bbhm out. and as was mentioned, chief [indiscernible] is now embarking on a capital plan, which i think is going to be really helpful because she's going to rank the schools so that there's a transparent process moving forward to see how these decisions get made because in the past, to me, it seems very unclear. >> supervisor melgar: okay. thank you. that sounds great. great minds think alike.
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i know that when i worked with supervisor ronen to get that shelter in the stayover program at bbhm, we were able to get a lot of volunteers, you know, working leverage on our funding, and i wonder if you know, commissioner alexander, if our advocating would help us, leveraging for other funds. i totally think that it could, especially that community school serves so many people and, you know, acts as a hub for the mission district
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community. so i don't know if it's something that you considered when you, like, put this proposal that didn't arrive at the second phase on? >> i'm sorry, commissioner. i didn't understand your question. >> supervisor melgar: to me, it seems that we're doing economic recovery. there's a bunch of private funding to support the school, it would be important to have a map and a commitment because that would allow us to leverage
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private funding, and i think we probably do, because the school serves such a big footprint in the community, so i'm wondering if you considered that at all when staff put in the proposal of only $15 million for planning. >> yeah. i will go back and talk to our chief authorities officer specifically about trying to take other funding sources. i don't think that was part of the planning process, but i can confirm what our thinks was in and around that. i have, you know bust my experience, not specifically speaking on bbhm, but when it comes to facilities specifically outside of capital planning, we are trying to pursue but will likely be delayed, that is the only
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private funding that i can think of that we have pursued at this time, so when it comes to our school sites, we have heavily relied on our bonds. >> supervisor melgar: okay. thank you. thank you, chair ronen. >> chair ronen: thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, vice chair melgar. thank you so much, chair ronen, for having this hearing today. i have to say, in all my time on this board, this is the most horrendous item i've ever been a part of. when i see holes in the floors, broken windows, when i see rats, i think of my own children, children that have no voice.
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it's horrendous to have children come and say why are we being treated like this? i don't blame you, miss mogy. i know it predates your time at the school, and i know that you and commissioner alexander are doing everything you can to rectify the problem, and that you've only been there, and a number of others, have been there for just a short period of time. i think the position of the if a similarities prior was one of the most mismanaged positions in the entire unified school district. everybody that held that position, you know, prior to her was, you know, derelict in their duty, consistently, consistently putting off the work, getting paid an exorbitant salary and not producing for the people that needed it the most. so this makes me sad, it makes me angry, but i'm also hopeful
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that we're going to be able to do something positive. one of the questions that just comes to me, to mind, is is this building, despite the gas leak, being dealt with? is this first on the list? i know my son would be the first to go over and touch a hot pipe, wouldn't have the knowledge to know that he would burn himself. i'm not trying to shut the school down, that's not what i'm saying, but i'm saying there are emergency situations that need to be dealt with. is it safe to be occupied at this point? it's so falling apart. again, many children have respiratory issues.
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you even have a trace of mold, you are told you can't be in that. there are so many children that have asthma and similar conditions to begin with, i'm just wondering are there some real health and safety issues there that mandate certain immediate responses? i appreciate the response of planning and looking at what the overall road map is. i know it's hard to figure out. it sounds like there was money allocated in the bond, and staff made the decision not to prioritize this school, unfortunately. but just one question i would also have for miss mogy is if
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we were able to wave a magic wand, how quickly would we be able to see results at the school? thank you, madam chair. >> supervisor safai, just to, you know, part of the -- the funds is to go into a planning
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phase to actually understand how -- like, how long everything would take. a large mass renovation or even a large construction project does take, i would say, two to three years in general. that is just an average timeline of how long construction does take, as you already might know, so it would be very similar to a timeline of what you might see in renovating a building for any other city project, as well. >> supervisor safai: well, i guess my question is, is the scope of work identified, are there construction documents, and is this ready to go out to bid? again, if the board of commissioners and board of education made that decision? that in and of itself sometimes takes about a year to get the
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scope, construction documents, and the bid. and then, on top of that, another two or three years, depending upon the renovation. i know sheraton, in our district, they were able to get that done, but that one is not as in-depth as this one seems to be. my kids had gone to school at daniel webster, and it looks like this would be more on the scale of what that was, and this school was off-site well over a year, so it seems like that's what would be in store here. but i guess -- i think i already know the center, but is there school construction documents and how far away are
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you from going to bid? >> well, they would start the process immediately, and commissioner alexander could probably attest to this. there is a very clear commitment from the board that they want us to move as quickly as possible. so in our -- and making sure that we do follow our process and procedures correctly. that timeline that you're thinking through is probably a very similar timeline. as commissioner alexander has said, the leadership, there has been a transition in the team, and also, different members, as you are aware of. so we understand the severity, and we're going to bring that attention onto tuesday. just to quickly -- to also
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touch to your point, i'm sure it was not -- it was a definite question that you asked. i just want to make sure that i respond. while what we see in the photos are extremely painful to see, the school should not shutdown. it is safe, and just want you to know that i'm in touch with my colleagues, that it is a safe school, and we deeply understand that there are immediate needs that need to be addressed, but it is not at a point where we have to shutdown the school. >> supervisor safai: okay. thank you. thank you for your response to this. thank you, madam chair. >> chair ronen: thank you, supervisor safai. i really want to focus on firm commitments to the future. i really could dwell on the past here, especially with how
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egregious the situation is here. but also, i want to second what supervisor safai said, that with the entrance and employment of dawn and as facilities director, we have seen incredible improvements at sfusd, so i do have hope for the future, and i do believe that sfusd is moving in the right direction and an area that it was very lost in for a very long time, so i just want to put that on the record, and just have always appreciated working with dawn, that she is honest elevate, she is direct, and she follows up and does what she says she's going to do, and that gives me great hope. i will not dwell on the past, but i need to get some clear commitments on the future.
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so if i could first ask both of you, i want to understand how power works in the sfusd system. so this resolution that commissioner alexander is asking about on tuesday or asking that there be a vote on tuesday. if the board passes the resolution to give $55 million to bbhm, is that a done deal? is that going to happen? >> do you want me to -- okay. so my understanding of what's going to be on the agenda on tuesday is an indication from staff, to reallocate some of the 2016 bond funds to a variety of new projects, and it would include 15 million. so my attention is to offer an amendment that would alter that 15 million to 55 million and shift those funds around. and obviously, we have to vote
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as a board on that amendment and also on the full reallocation. if those pass, then my assumption, and maybe you can add to this, is that we would immediately get to work in planning. it would be the planning of the design and then the immediate improvement. i think the services that you're offering are incredibly generous in determining what are those immediate improvements. so what are sort of the health and safety improvements that are needed right away, and let's work on a design. i think the timeline that supervisor safai is discussing that's realistic. there is a design process, and that's going to take a while, but allowing that full funding will allow it to continue without interruption. let's say if that bond doesn't pass until late 2022 or early
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2023, for some reason, then there is going to be a gap between the actual planning phase and the construction. everybody in the community can know then that the renovation is going to actually happen. >> chair ronen: and where did you get that 55 million? >> yes, that's a great question. that's an estimate. we don't know the full cost until we do the planning and design phase, so there's a little bit of a chicken-and-egg problem, but the chief has indicated that that will give us a solid renovation. i think that's a decent estimate. if it's less than that, it's great. it can be given to another project, and if it's more than that, hopefully we'll find the other funding that's needed, but i think it's a recently
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estimate of the -- reasonable estimate of the cost. >> chair ronen: okay. if your amendment to the reallocation of the bond passes on wednesday, then it's happening. the planning will start, and you have at least a bulk of the funding that will be necessary for the major renovation. included in that funding is the emergency repairs that are needed at the school? it is. okay. so those would be active immediately, as well? >> is that right? >> yes. >> yes, and i just want to provide an update, not about the pictures, but just more about the air quality.
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we were able to provide the p.a.c.s to the sites before the incident happened, and so i just want to -- those are the -- a couple of the needs that would be able to met before the resolution passes. >> okay. and if we are able to get the funds, which i hope we'll be able to do in an emergency fashion -- i see our president is here, and we're going to draft an emergency resolution to get the funds, state the following, and then, i'll ask our president to wave the 30-day rule so we can pass it incredibly fast. i know that d.p.w. is ready and willing to go and inspect for emergency needs at the school. will the school district accept and expend that gift?
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-- accept and receive that gift? >> we would be happy to have at least a conversation to make sure that we can receive the gift. >> chair ronen: okay. because here's why i'm asking. you know, i think quite understandably, the parents and community do not trust the school district. if you're trusting the facilities are in good repair when all of the subsequent tragedies happened, then perhaps you're not doing a thorough enough job, and so i believe that the school's request to have an independent outside analysis is warranted, and not only is it warranted, but we are willing, as a city and county, to make that happen
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and pay for it, and we very much want to know that that will be welcomed and accepted. >> yeah, and let me just, like, clarify. if we are -- you know, we will be happy to -- as you know, you've met our chief facilities officer. if she is way more understanding of both jurisdictions, as much as i try to understand, so, of course, we'll be working with acting director or any other team members at d.p.w. to make sure it does happen. we've made things like that happen in the past, so i can move forward with having the conversation, and i just thank you so much for that. >> and i agree. that has been a request, and we were so happy that you were able to get that to make that happen. >> chair ronen: okay. fantastic. so again, i just want to repeat
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back what i'm hearing so that we can give the bbhm community some on the record documented officially, in front of several elected officials, a promise which they're sick of hearing, quite frankly, and i do not blame them, but there's some accountability built into this promise. number one, we are going to introduce -- we don't have a board meeting next tuesday, otherwise it would happen next tuesday -- but a budget allocation at the board of supervisors to give d.p.w. the authority and the money it needs to go in as soon as possible, certainly by the end of the month, to do a complete inspection of the emergency repair needs at bbhm to make it
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a safe school for -- for the students around air quality, around bests, around electricity, around cracks on the floor that students are tripping on, around falling ceilings, around copy machines in bathrooms. i mean, everything we saw today, and to make sure that all of those are documents and a repair plan is made. tuesday, is it this coming tuesday, commissioner alexander, or next -- so on this coming tuesday, the sfusd staff will present a bond reallocation plan to the commissioners. if that plan does not include at least $55 million allocated to bbhm for a planning process and complete renovation to the
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school, commissioner alexander will make that happen, and if that passes, the process will start immediately the planning to begin a complete renovation and redoing of the school for 2021 standards, a school environment where an elementary and middle school will merge without a complete facility update plan has ever taken place, beginning immediately. and last thing i want to pin down that has never been pinned down until right now, is that there will be a monthly update given to the school community about what's happening on the emergency repair side as well as the larger renovation plan for the school. is that something that sfusd
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and the commission can commit to? >> yes. >> chair ronen: okay. we are getting there. we have a plan, and with that, i know there are some members of the bbhm community that wanted to give public comment, so i'm going to open this up for public comment. >> clerk: thank you, chair ronen. we are working with maria pena from the department of technology to see if there are any members of the queue. to those who have already called in, if you wish to speak on this hearing and have not already done so, please press star, three to be added to the queue, and you will hear the system prompt to indicate that you have raised your hand to confirm that you are in line to speak. for those already on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicates have you been unmuted, and that is your symbol to begin commenting for up to two minutes. miss pena? [please stand by]
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>> i keep fighting for my
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language, my culture, my community to be treated fairly. so thank you very much supervisor ronen to bring us to the table for a conversation. as you said, we're tired of promises. we are tired of fighting sense prop a and five years later. always no money. that's not the answer that we want to hear. we want renovation, now. we need it like for years. now is the time to do it. thank you for putting -- i would still like to compromise to all the leaders in the district. thank you very much for the supervisors to take the lead on this. supervisor myrna melgar is a leader in our community. i'm sure the leaders can lead us
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for a successful renovation of the building. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you so much for your commentings. next speaker please. >> caller: hi. my name is bernice casey. i'm actually going to read statements of two parents that were unable to make the meeting. thank you very much supervisor ronen for having this meeting and special thanks to commissioner alexander for all of his work with our community. >> clerk: ms. casey, are you done with your comments? >> caller: sorry. first statement is from carmen rodriguez. good morning. i am a mother of three children
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who have been at bvhm schools for the last five years. since that time, i've seen the inequality in the district treats the latin community. i am here today to support the bvhm school to be completely renovated. our children and teachers deserve a safe place where they can learn. they do in the need to be thinking, what if something going to happen to me to my child, to my class? there have been many incidents in the past at our school when my daughter was in the fifth grade while in class, the ceiling began to crumble, dirt and dust was falling on the tables where the teachers and students sat. now she's in the eighth grade, things are the same. we are disappointed about the inequality the district shows
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bvhm. we want there on inspection renovation so that i as a mother of bvhm feel safe sending my children to school. we're asking that you, the district employees and leaders in san francisco, put yourselves in our shoes and ask yourself. you feel safe leaving your children at buena vista. other comment is from naoimi. i'm a librarian for the san francisco public library and concerned parent of a bvhm student. i'm writing to share my disappointment with the conditions of our school. i been at bvhm since kindergarten and my daughter is in middle school. i've been to many schools in district and very few are in the
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state of disrepair of our school. this is what systematic racism lubes like. rats in the cafeteria where the children eat, filthy bathrooms, children are fearful to use. unsafe electrical grid and concerns treated dismissbly by various school officials. this these stop. please renovate our school and make it safe for-- for students and staff. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. next speaker please. >> caller: hi, my name is sam murphy. i'm a parent of two special education students at buena vista horace mann. i want to thank commissioner alexander for following up with this issue. i want to thank supervisor ronen for calling this issue. we worked together when we were
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trig to open up the homeless shelter at bvhm. i know you understand a lot about our school. i really appreciate that you are trying to get the public works involved to help with oversight and increase trust in our community. as a c.a.c. member and advocate for special needs children, i know that our student body has more special education students than many other schools in the district. i wanted to bring that up. that includes also physical vulnerabilities to asthma. pictures of mold has direct effect on our children. i wanted to take a minute to say, we've all been talking about the horrible facilities of our school, i can't say enough
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how wonderful our teachers are and our principal. i went to a white suburban school that had the most amazing facilities. those teachers were really lazy compared to our teachers. i'm just so angry. i'm really hoping we can get this solved as soon as possible. our teachers, our parents our administrators and our children really do deserve better than this. thank you. >> clerk: thank you ms. murphy. next speaker please. >> caller: [speaking spanish]
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>> chair ronen: can we have the interpretation please? >> interpreter: good morning. i'm here to ask that the entire school be renovated with the
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money from the 2016 prop a bonds because it has been in very poor condition for many years during which school districts has been informed about the issues in the past. parts of the ceiling kept falling on student desk. a student received an electric shock and the most dangerous incident was 100 gallons of gas was leaked. this is a warning we can't remain silent about the lack of safety for our children and school staff. enough with being ignored. what you are waiting to see happen -- what are you waiting to see happen to implement an immediate solution. students deserve to have the same right regardless of their culture. it's time that you do what is right. i ask that any of other school in similar circumstances be heard as well. we're human beings. we have the right to be treated
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as such. gracias. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. that was excellent interpretation. [laughter] >> clerk: thank you. next speaker please. >> caller: [speaking spanish]
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>> clerk: sorry, your time has lapsed. we are timing everybody at two minutes. if we can have the
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interpretation? >> chair ronen: and what the clerk said as well. >> interpreter: i'm going to go ahead with the interpretation. thank you commissioner alexander. thank you supervisor ronen and supervisor myrna. i am a p.t.a. member and also a member of alek. i am here to advocate for the safety of our children and better academic future for them. i'm here to express my dissatisfaction with the lack of humanity of all parties involved. i have three children in public schools. i have my community.
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i love our schools. i don't like that for all of you, education and safety are not the most important things. you, who have the power it change this. we ask you to do so. our school and the school district should be working with all communities that have been most affected by the pandemic. we do not want any more meeting withs lengthy processes. we don't want any more promises. we demand the funds from it 2016 proposition a be used for complete renovation for bvhm school. stop playing with our health and safety. we are human beings. stop looking at us as we are numbers. i was so moved and saddened to see children speak and see in them the fear of the conditions that they have to study in. we will do everything in our
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power to make sure you do your work, the work you were elected to do, the represent the needs of citizens and the children who are the future of tomorrow. we want answers today and action today. that's where it got cut off. >> clerk: thank you. before we go to the next speaker, do we have 11 listeners in calling in with four left in the queue. if you have not already done so, dial star 3 to be added to the queue. you will hear the system prompt that you raised your hand you are in line to speak. you can wait until the system prompts say you have been unmuted. that will be a signal to begin your comments. can you have you give the call in number again in language? [speaking spanish]
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>> clerk: thank you. next speaker please. >> caller: hello, i am a parent at bvhm. my son is in sixth grade. we've been with the bvhm community since kindergarten. it's our family. i want to thank ms. ronen for all your help and all your support and everything you doing to support our school and bring this issue out in the open.
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we are living right now in a pandemic. lot of our families are going through eviction. they going through financial hardship. they going through mental and health issues. on top of it for not to have a safe place as a community to go and feel like we're protected. it's just for me, unbelievable. can't believe this is happening in our city. this is systematic racism. i can't believe this is happening. you all have to do something immediately. my son comes home with headaches from all the mold and the crazy stuff and the stress he's going through. i cannot imagine how these families are surviving this time. i cannot. you are the leaders here. step up! >> clerk: thank you for your
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comments. next speaker please. >> caller: i'm sfusd parent advisory councilmember. when i first learned about what happened at bvhm with the gas leak, i was heart broken. i'm a district 9 resident and this is happening in my neighborhood. this is happening to my friends and my family. i loved this school district. i want to say this not the first time this happened with the school administration. when i was 18 and 19 years old, i worked at a school called phoenix high school. some people called it 1950.
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sfusd thought it was okay for high school students be put in bungalows. i remember the horrible conditions. it reminded me of 1950, it reminded me of phoenix. when i worked there, the students decided we were going to do a campaign to get ourselves out of those bungalows. we did a campaign and made t-shirts, it says phoenix high school. our students deserve better. i want to remind people, this in the the first time. i think it's shameful that i'm hearing that -- [indiscernible]
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if you're not listening, i don't know what's happening. please commit even more funding to that down the line. i want to say at the same time when the gas leak was happening at the school, the same time the chief building officer was putting updates on instagram. >> clerk: we are timing everybody for two minutes today. thank you for your comments. next speaker please. >> caller: hi. thank you.
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my child, who is non-binary, identifies as they, them. , has been going to buena vista horace mann since kindergarten and is now a seventh grader at buena vista horace mann. throughout the year, they have informed me of many serious grave problems with the conditions of the school including tiles falling on the heads of their classmates and most recently, gas leak. as someone had identified as gas lit literally, they informed me, they smelled the gas. we're told that it was actually their own fault for having unclean conditions. there was rat feces.
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this is under condition. right across the street, there was a huge fire where the whole school had to be evacuated. that is so scary to think that what if those conditions happened on the same day. the whole school could have exploded. that would have been a national tragedy. i'm feeling very emotional now about these conditions and hearing everybody else speak up about these horrible conditions. one of the most wealthy cities in the nation is not the world, our working class poor children and family such as myself and child having to live under these conditions. we see luxury buses drive by and very wealthy people blocking our way to pick up our children. these deplorable conditions. we can be doing better and we must be doing better.
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our children deserve better as they have to watch this class disparity. >> clerk: thank you so much. i apologize for cutting everybody off. ms. pena, next speaker please. >> caller: hello. i had two duties at buena vista horace mann. i have a fifth grader there as well. i wanted to thank supervisor ronen for calling this hearing. i wanted to say that, the staff and the teachers at buena vista horace mann are truly amazing. not only is that our students deserve better, teachers and staff really deserve so much better. it's an amazing community there.
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i wanted to give little bit background on these complaints parents mentioned. if you're not familiar with the procedure, it's actually that has aces ending in segregation. there was lawsuit file on behalf students in san francisco and across california. the williams decision is a settlement that made to properly educate our students that everyone has to have adequate teachers, adequate textbook and facilities. the facilities have not been what they needed to be we started at the school. it's dejecting for me for somebody working as a parent volunteer for four years when we first started trying to get a meeting with the district.
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we've already been working on this for so long. i know that the city of san francisco has our back. that's why they overwhelmingly approved the proposition a school bond. the people of san francisco do not want anyone to have to go to school in these conditions. thank you again for having this hearing. we hope to get regular updates going forward. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. do we have any more callers in the queue? >> we have one call inner the -- caller in the queue. >> caller: hello.
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i have two children at buena vista horace mann. it is very sad on a daily basis to see the problems at the school from minor to severe. i totally support commissioner alexander's proposal to see the money given to buena vista for total renovation. i thank you chair ronen and making stuff move forward in a manner that my kids can witness the changes that will happen and how school supposed to look when is a school and properly funded. i appreciate all the teachers at buena vista horace mann.
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thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you so much. do we have any more speakers in the queue? >> there are no more callers in the queue. >> chair ronen: thank you, so much. public comment is now closed. i want to express my gratitude to all of the bvhm parents and families who not only took the time in the middle of very busy time to listen to this hearing, to advocate, file williams complaints to beg and scream for attention for your students and your school community. you're an inspiration. we hear you. we will watch until your students and community get the school conditions that they and you deserve. i wanted to briefly mention, one
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of our callers was misgenderred. i want to say that this was a desperately needed hearing. this community and this school needed to be heard in a public forum where there's accountability for conditions that they have been trying to bring to light and get action on for a very, very long time. again, as i did with the youth and fourth grade clam, i want to apologize to the buena vista horace mann community. i do this is an example of institutional racism. this is what institutional racism looks like. for all the talk of the fact that school district based on equity and we're a city that sanctuary based on equity, the
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proof is in the pudding. this is the example of what noncommitment to those values looks like. institutional racism is so often individualized. this is a situation where the parents in the community have been screaming to make that racism visible and they've been failed. you've been failed by every institution of government. it is time to write that wrong. i also wanted to thank especially incredible fourth grade teacher who is an example of what our incredible educators give to our students and our community every single day.
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we different appreciate our teachers before. we have a whole new appreciation new. i get to see it personal in my daughter's school every single day. but the commitment that these educators have to their students and school and community is nothing short of extraordinary. we appreciate you. we see you. we thank you for everything that you give. i also wanted to mention, my staffer, jennifer lee, who has been working tirelessly to prepare this hearing who had gone through every record that you can possibly imagine and uncovered every stone to understand what went wrong in the past and how we can all work together to make it better jennifer, thank you so much. our staffer are often the ones
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behind the scenes that do all the hard work to make it possible for us to write wrongs and create justice. thank you, jennifer for your extraordinary work. finally, i want to end in spanish so that everyone can hear and this is accessible to all. thank you for your extraordinary translation. appreciate that. [speaking spanish]
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with that, i wanted to see if supervisor melgar or safai wanted to make any closing comments? supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you. thank you so much for bringing this to our committee. i want to say to the families of bvhm and the latino families all over the city who attend bvhm. it is more than just a
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neighborhood school. you deserve better. our kids deserve better. we will do whatever we can within our move as a board of supervisors to support rectifying this institutional racism. that has led to the conditions at bvhm. we validate what you are telling us and we will get to work. thank you. >> chair ronen: supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you. sorry. i'm all tied up in my car. sorry. i want to make some closing comments. i appreciate supervisor ronen for you bringing this important hearing forward. really want to tell the parents that this is something that's on all of our radars. this is unacceptable. you're talking to parents on
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this committee. we care deeply about everyone's child not just our own and how they are educated. really saddened, angry but also motivated to do something really positive here. i would like to say, -- this is just my own opinion -- this is one of the things that's lost and kind of the leadership at the school board. there's no ownership over certain schools and certain neighborhoods. it's one of the reasons why i think there's conversations in the city now similar to district supervisors having a conversation about having district board of education members. i know that if supervisor ronen were the board of education member from that part of town, as she is the district supervisor, she would be the one advocating for her schools on a daily basis. holding the district accountable
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on a daily basis. communicating with the students, parents and teachers on a daily basis. that's one of the things that's lost. i wanted to throw that out there. i think that it's something that really under scored for me in this conversation today. no one can point to anyone that really was accountable for this final decision. i think there was a larger conversation about moving forward a bond. everyone agreed with that bond. somehow when the recommendations came forward, one the schools in the worse conditions in the entire city was left off the list. i think that a lot of people don't really understand how that can happen. in so many ways, this is informing our conversations as we move forward. i know that we're all 100% committed on this body to seeing this through. i know it's just words at this
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point. as many of the parents said. until there's action, people are not going to believe anything can change. i want to appreciate commissioner alexander for coming out today and really taking ownership over this as supervisor ronen said like nobody has in the past. we're here to support and work with the new leadership team at the school district and support in any way we can. thank you supervisor ronen, thank you to all the parents. thank you supervisor melgar for all the great work you done at this site in the past. i know you're committed to seeing this through. thank you. >> chair ronen: colleges i like to make a motion to continue this item to the call of the chair. i want to have the opportunity to bring this hearing back to this committee. if there isn't the follow-up that we made commitments to
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today. it's extra check and balance on making sure that you never receive empty promises again. with that, mr. clerk, can we please have a roll call vote. >> clerk: on the motion by chair ronen that this hearing be continued to the call of the chair. [roll call vote] we have three ayes. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. we'll be in touch. please call item number two. >> clerk: a resolution urging the department of children youth and families to require all organizations receiving funding from dcyf have a youth age 14 to 24 years old on their
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board of directors by 2023. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call (415)655-0001. meeting i.d. 2498 672 0699 pound and pound again. if you have already done so, please dial star 3 to line to up speak. the system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. please wait until the system indicate you have been unmuted. >> chair ronen: thank you, so much. president walton i'm so sorry that first hearing took so long. thank you so much for your patience. turning it over to you. >> president walton: thank you so much. thank you so much for that hearing this morning. it underscores the importance of this committee. why it was created. i want to thank you for doing that and making sure that we
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have that platform and really have the ability to do some things to make change at the board of supervisors level. today, we're here to discuss the resolution introduced by my office. urging the department of children youth and families to adopt a policy to require all organizations that receive funding from dcyf and the children and youth fund to have at least one youth member between the ages of 14 to 24 on that organization's board of directors by 2023. since 1991, dcyf had minister san francisco investment in children, youth and transitional age youth and their families through the children's fund and now the children and youth fund. have prioritized equity and access and opportunity throughout all neighborhoods and communities. this resolution urges dcyf to provide funding to train their community-based organization
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grantees and boards to be able to support youth members serving on the board of directors and provide a voice in the direction of the organization. i believe it's important in youth development and in youth voice to have a young person serve on each organization's governing and policy body as they make major decisions for our young people. i want to thank director maria sue and the team at dcyf for supporting this resolution and for preparing to ensure that young people who serve in this role are supported by the board and organizations on which they serve. i have two amendments for the resolution. which we did share with the committee prior as well. one is on page 2 line 17 i want to board of supervisors urges the department of youth and families. page 2 line 18, add the word to
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after families. colleagues, i hope to have your support to move this forward to the full board. so we can continue to promote true youth voices and opportunities for decision-making when it comes to youth and family programs here in san francisco. thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you so much chair ronen and thank you president walton for bringing this to the committee. it is something that is near and dear to my heart. as i believe that leadership development starts right then and i think that in order to grow the leadership of our young people we need to give them the opportunity to make decisions about their own lives. this is really awesome. i did have experience with this
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issue in the youth development organization that i worked at. one of the things that i found is that being on the board for a young person can be intimidating if they are the only one. as a best practice, we always try to have two at least on the board because it helps to have somebody who looks like you, who sees things the way you do. sometimes adults can be condescending to you. we know that happens. i'm wondering if we considered that? the other thing i was wondering is if we could also request to dcyf they make funding available for training for folks to be able to incorporate the youth voice on the board.
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i don't know that if is something naturally comes. lot of times, adult boards will use things and processes that can be intimidating if it's not fully understood. i know this is just a resolution, i'm putting it out there. in my experience, i did see thats a need both in terms the training of the votes to incorporate youth voice in a meaningful and respectful way and numbers just one can be lonely. thank you president walton and chair ronen. >> chair ronen: did you want to respond president walton? >> president walton: thank you so much supervisor melgar. one of the things -- as you know, similarly running a youth workforce development organization and we did have the opportunity to have a young person serve on the board.
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to your point, one it can be intimidating, two the training and making sure that there's a complete understanding of what actually serving on the board means. it's very important piece. the resolution does urge the department of children youth and families to provide that funding to train. i had discussions with director sue and some of her team about how we onboard a young person. i have no qualms about adding something like that at least one. i do know that some of our boards have certain number of membership -- members they allow and some of them are specific about each member and. i have no qualms about the goal really is to make sure we have young people that are weighing in on policy decisions that are made about them. often times, as you know, that's not the case, particularly when
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it comes to programming made at that level for each organization. i have no issue if we want to put that in there. that makes a lot of sense. we definitely did put along in the resolution that talks about training and providing resources to support that young person. >> chair ronen: director sue, is there any commentser presentation you wanted to make? >> thank you chair ronen for the opportunity to speak. good afternoon to president walton and supervisor melgar and supervisor safai. before i start, i want to say thank you so much for calling the item previous to this line. we need to highlight the needs of public school children and family. i echo president walton, insist
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where this committee is important. in terms of this resolution, we fully support this resolution that president walton and his team drafted. i want to thank president wall t.n.c. for including -- walton for including me. this resolution a start to that. having changing that language is fine or at least having the one in there. once again is a starting point for us. thank you so much president walton for adding the training components. we don't want c.b.o.s to just
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add a young person just to check a box. that is not the spirit nor the intent of this resolution. it's really to train up the next leaders of our community. we really do want to strengthen our training and our support to the c.b.o.s and the adults in the c.b.o.s to support young people and to support the young people themselves. we will take the time between now and when the task will be implemented to build out that don't within -- component within our department. to work with the c.b.o.s to make sure everyone understands the requirement and the spirit of the requirement. be ready to welcome these young people on to their board. >> chair ronen: thank you. i wanted to add, what a
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brilliant situation. i love this. i think there's been a ton of attention how few women and people of color are on board of directors, especially on corporate boards. i have never thought about youth. what an experience. the wisdom that young people bring absolutely should be included. the leadership development, possibilities, understanding how to run an organization, how to make payroll. how to make economic decisions. being on a board of directors is a huge responsibility. the learning that goes on in that process is invaluable. you get the dual benefit of that training plus that leadership development opportunity plus bringing very important voice. thank you so much president walton and director sue for
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doing this. i love it. i would love to be added as a co-sponsor. with that, if we can open -- sorry, supervisor walton? >> president walton: real quick. i know this is on my mind. i had to go back and look specifically. page 2 line 14, dcyf and the children of youth needs to have at least one meeting. great minds do interact. that is in the resolution. >> chair ronen: please open the item up for public comment. >> clerk: thank you. we are working with department of technology to see if we have callers in the queue. for those who already called in and done so, please call star 3
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to be added to the queue. you will hear the system prompt to indicate that you have raised your hand to confirm you're in line to speak. for those already on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicate you have been unmuted. do we have any speakers? >> we have one caller in the queue. >> caller: hi, there. thank you chair and president walton. i'm one of the lead organizers. i wanted to call in to thank president wall. -- walton for his work on this. we believe firmly that kids and youth and adults need more voices in san francisco. this is a great way to urge that amongst many other committees and boards. thank you again to president
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walton and the co-sponsors. have a good day. >> clerk: thank you. do we have any more speakers in the queue? >> we have no more speakers in the queue. >> chair ronen: thank you. public comment is closed. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you chair ronen. thank you very much president walton for all your work and your staff work. i would like to be added as a co-sponsor. you would like to make a motion that we amend the resolution as presented by president walton and then also make a motion that we move this out of committee with a positive recommendation.
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>> chair ronen: can we take roll call vote? >> clerk: on the motion by member melgar to accept the amendments as stated. [roll call vote] we have three ayes. [roll call vote] we have three ayes. >> chair ronen: thank you president walton. do we have any other items? >> clerk: that concludes the business. >> chair ronen: have a good week everyone. the meeting is adjourned.
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