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forward. please add me to number 29, as well as 30. i concur with supervisor melded -- mandelman. i am not in favor of item 37 moving forward. >> thank you. supervisor ronen? >> mr. president, apologies, just to confirm, it is difficult to hear. twenty-eight, 29 and 30, you would like to be added as cosponsors? thank you. >> thank you, madam clerk. >> i like to be added as cosponsor to item 29 and 30. thank you to everyone for your amazing work on this. i would like to concur with supervisor mandelman's comments. >> thank you. [ laughter ] >> she can't bring herself to say it. >> i just wanted to speak to item 29. thank you. >> what item, i'm sorry.
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>> twenty-nine. >> thank you. supervisor preston? >> thank you. i believe my office may have spoken about some of these, but just for the record, cosponsor and 29, 30, and 31. >> thank you, supervisor preston. madam clerk, please call the roll for items 28, 31 -- i'm sorry. we will sever item 32. twenty-eight, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37. >> thank you, mr. president. on item 28 and 31, 33 through 37, w -- [ roll call ]
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there are 10 ayes. >> thank you. without objection, the resolutions are adopted and the motions are approved unanimously. please call item number 29. >> item 29 is a resolution to support the creation of an american indian truth and healing reparations advisory committee to develop a comprehensive plan to address the inequities that exist in the san francisco american indian community as a consequence of historical racist and unjust federal state and local policies that contributed to american indian genocide, land theft, forest removal from -- forced removals from their land and ongoing systemic erasure. >> thank you, supervisor melgar?
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>> thank you. thank you, colleagues. before every meeting, we now acknowledge that we are on the run seated territory. i want to thank the fierce advocates who are here with us today and who have worked so tirelessly to advance this work. i want to think, especially one individual for your very hard work and dedication and thought partnership, and the care that you bring to this board and the love for the community. and to all the leaders who came today and have worked so hard to advance the interest of the community, and to the american indian cultural district. i want to think the cosponsors, especially president walton and others for their support of this long-overdue resolution to
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support the creation of an american indian truth and healing reparations advisory committee. to develop a comprehensive plan with recommendations for our city to give the community of voice, to acknowledge and repair the harm that the american indian community continues to endure to this day. this resolution is a first step for us as a city to proactively dedicate resources and put our money where our mark -- our mouths are and to take the actions necessary to achieve racial act equity by addressing the decades of damage inflicted on the americans in this city through land removal, misrepresentation and the media and erasure to curriculum denial of the real voices in data initiatives. i am so grateful for the collaboration between the district seven office, the
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american indian cultural district and the human rights commission, particularly director cheryl davis and the chief of staff to make this effort a reality. it is my hope that we will fulfil the commitments to strengthen the stability of the american indian community, not just for this moment in time, but for all future generations. thank you, colleagues. thank you for listening. >> thank you, supervisor melgar. see no one else on the roster, we will take this item same house, same call. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. [applause] madam clerk, please call item 30. >> item 31, mr. president. >> is it 31?
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>> excuse me, pardon me, my asthma is activated with the dust. item 30 is a resolution to recognize the month of may and jewish-american heritage month in the city and county of san francisco. >> thank you so much. supervisor stefani? >> thank you. colleagues, this resolution is to declare the month of may jewish-american heritage month and i want to thank my cosponsors. in 2006, the federal government proclaimed may as jewish-american heritage month stating, as a nation of immigrants, the united states is better and stronger because jewish people from all over the world have chosen to become american citizens. since then, proclamations in support of jewish-american heritage month have been made by presidents of the united states annually. generations of jews have's blood to the united states and century better life.
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in recent years, jewish-american have experienced anti-semitism, including, but not limited to physical attacks, vandalism, verbal and physical harassment and hateful comments posted on social media. san francisco shares an obligation to condemn and combat anti-semitism wherever it exists and to stand with the jewish-american community against hatred or bigotry in our city and country. with this resolution we declare our appreciation of the achievements and contributions made by the members of the jewish community and to celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of the jewish-american community, including those who live, work and recreate in san francisco. we also recognize how san francisco has been enriched by institutions and synagogues such as congregations. jewish community relations council, the jewish community center of san francisco, here i am initiative, jewish family and children's services and others.
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i hope you support me in the clearing the month of may jewish-american heritage month and continue efforts to confront anti-semitism and other forms of hate impacting the jewish community. to support education about the diversity of our jewish-american community and integrate jewish-american culture into future programs, activities and ceremonies throughout the year. >> thank you so much. i don't see anyone else on the roster. we will take this item same house -- supervisor melgar, my apologies. >> it's okay. i just wanted to thank supervisor stefani for that introduction. i appreciate you. thank you. >> thank you. now seeing no one else on the roster, same house, same call. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item
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32. >> item 32 is a resolution to command and honor supervisor matt haney for his distinguished service as a member of the san francisco board of supervisors representing district six. >> thank you. i just want to once again congratulate a simile member haney and i wanted to make sure that this item was read into the roster. seeing no one else on the roster, we will take this item same house, same call. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, do we have any imperative agenda items? >> i have no imperative items to report, mr. president. >> thank you. please present any in memoriam. >> today's meeting will be adjourned in the memory of a following -- of the following beloved individuals. on behalf of supervisor peskin, preston and ronen, for the late kathy putin.
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>> thank you so much, madam clerk. this brings us to the end of our agenda. i am a human being and mother or not, as a person, it is my basic human right to control, plan, and to choose the sides of my family. i wish this right for all people. this meeting is adjourned.
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>> good morning welcome to the may 5, 2022. audit and oversight committee. i am chair dean preston joined by conne chan and commissioner mandelman. welcome our new clerk and extend thanks to the team at sfgovtv for staffing this meeting. madam clerk, welcome. do you have any announcements? >> clerk: yes, the board of supervisors and committees are now conducting hybrid meetings. while still providing remote accessoria telephone. the board recognizes that
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equitable public access is essential. public comment will be taken on each item. those attending in person will speak first then we will take those on the telephone line. if you are watching channel 26, 78 or 99 on sfgovtv, the public comment call-in number is on the screen. the number is 415-655-0001. id24887940994. pound and pound again. when connected you will hear the meeting discussions and be muted in listening mode only. when your item of interest comes up and public comment is called those joining in person should line up to speak. those on the telephone should dial star 3 to be added to the speaker line. if you are on the telephone remember to turn down your
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television and listening devices. you may submit public comment be in writing by e-mailing to the gao clerk at sfgovtv. jessica perki nsson. if you submit via e-mail it will be forwarded and included as part of the official file. you may send your written comments via u.s. postal service to our office in city hall room 244. items acted on today's agenda will appear on the may 17th, 2022 agenda unless otherwise stated. no changes at this time to the agenda. >> please call the first item.
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>> clerk: first item on the agenda resolution approving historical property contract between the leah culver revocable trust at 714 steiner street. block 803, lot 019. and the city and county of san francisco under administrative code chapter 71 electing not to renew the historical property contract as of the first day of the tenth anniversary date of the contract authorizing the planning director and the assessor-recorder to execute and record the historical property contract and authorizing the planning director to cause a notice of the non-renewal of historical property contract to be recorded in the city assessor recorder's office on december 31, 2032. >> thank you.
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we have supervisor aaron peskin joining us today. welcome, supervisor peskin. as i have noted before the subject property is within 500 feet of my personal residence. therefore i am seeking to recuse myself and ask my colleague make a motion to excuse me from this item and vice chair chan will chair in my absence. >> so moved. >> on that motion chair preston. vice chair chan. >> aye. >> member mandelman. >> aye. >> supervisor peskin. >> aye. >> thank you. motion is approved. >> supervisor chan: thank you, madam clerk. the motion passes.
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the committee has heard this item april 21st. continued to today's meeting after amended. supervisor peskin. do you have any remarks? >> supervisor peskin: thank you, acting chair chan. welcome, clerk. this is the third time that we have heard this item. as somebody who initiated the first contract some 20 years ago, i have been on a mission with the planning department and the assessor's office to try to institutionalize what we are hopefully going to do today which is to sunset mills act contracts after the property owner has received enough benefit to pay for the historic capital improvements. in this case as read by the clerk and as amended by this
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committee two weeks ago this would allow the contract to run 20 years with tax savings of over a half a million dollars to go some of the way to recouping the public investment in this property, which is a boone to the public because it is one of the painted ladies in need of restoration at al lamosquare. i support the amendment and after public comment i would make a motion to send to full board of supervisors with recommendation. i would like to thank the planning defendant staff and michael from the assessor-recorder's office as well as proponent of this project, ms. culver, and thank
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her for her e-mail after the last meeting on april 21st. i don't want to put words in her mouth. she concurs or is willing to accept the amendments we made at the last meeting. thank you, madam chair. >> supervisor chan: i want to clarify that today not only that supervisor peskin is joining the committee. he was the person assigned to being in place for supervisor preston as a voting member of this committee today. no other comments from this committee, madam clerk. please go to public comment. >> clerk: if you wish to comment on this item begin lining up along the windows.
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i am seeing nobody in person. anybody on the virtual cue? members of the public who wish to comment please call us at 415-655-0001. id24887940994. press pound twice and star 3 to get in the speaker line. we have two people on the line but no people in the queue. >> supervisor chan: thank you. no public comment. public comment is closed. please roll call on the motion that supervisor peskin just made. >> clerk: to forward to the board with positive
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recommendations. vice chair chan. >> aye. >> clerk: mandelman. >> aye. >> clerk: peskin. >> aye. >> motion passes. >> supervisor chan: the motion is approved. madam clerk, please call item 2 through 5 together. welcome back chair preston. >> clerk: 2. resolution receiving and approving annual report for the east cut community benefit district for fiscal year 2019-2020 submitted as required by the property and business improvement district law of 1994 as required by the property and district im movement law and agreement with the city.
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3. central market community benefit district and the management agreement with the city. item 4. resolution receiving and approving annual report for the north of market tenderloin community benefit district for fiscal years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 submitted as required by the property and business improvement district law of 1994. 5. hearing on the use of taxpayer funded communications and media and press offices and cost of policies abprocedures for accurate information and public safety and requesting the mayor's office and police department to report. >> i think that you read item 6. we are calling items 2-5.
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>> i do apologize. item 5. civic center community benefit district annual report. receiving and approving annual report for the civic center community benefit district for calendar year 2020 submitted as required by the property and business improvement district law of 1994 and highway code sections 36600 and 36650 as required by the district management agreement for the city. i will call item 6 after this. thank you for the correction. >> chair preston: i don't think they are here to speak on tax funded communications regarding police. these items, colleagues were all sponsored by former supervisor
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haney now assembly member heavy rain be ne. i have been asked to take them over in my role as chair. some are in the newly defined boundaries of my district. previously in former supervisor haney's district. some are not. regardless we wanted to make sure there weren't delays in terms of hearing and accepting these reports. we will be hearing from the program director from the office of economic and work force development and also from the executive directors of each of the referenced cbds. each director has three to five minutes to present before the committee. we can, colleagues, pause for questions after each one if there are questions specific to that cb e, but before we hear from the directors of the cbds or their representatives we will
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start and you have 10 minutes. i understand you will manage to cover all of these in that time. good luck to you and the floor is yours. welcome. >> thank you chair preston and supervisors and i am happy to not speak on number 6. can we police are the presentation pulled up. >> good morning. office of economic and work force development four reports covering calender and fiscal years. next slide please. community benefit districts are governed by two pieces legislation. first state law 1994 act found in the streets and highways code 36600 as well as local law
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article 15 of the business and tax regulation code. per law and each management agreement where the city and county of san francisco there is a review process for each cbd based on the annual report. we assure they meet the management plans. we provide the board of supervisors with a summary memo. this slide provides basic information about the four cbds you will hear about today. each one is a property-based cbd. each has assessment budget in excess of $1.2 million. as you can see from fiscal year 19-20's roll this differ the management plan which is accounted for for changes in characteristics. each district renewed. each has a term expiring in 2028
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or beyond. oewd reviews for benchmarks. first comparing the reviewed fiscal year budget to the management plan budget. two come firning nonassessment revenues are met. three they met the requirements between the calendar year budget and fiscal or calendar year actual. four if carry forward was identified in the annual report. first slide on the civic center cbd. met all four benchmarks. this oewd findings and recommendations are the benchmarks that work with the command center for community outreach on the covid-19 pandemic. continue to implement core
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services during the pandemic. board of supervisors currently met all requirements set forth by law. no reported violations of the brown act within the reports period and it is positioned to carry on its mission. mid market. cbd met all four benchmarks in 2019 and 2020. oewd findings and recommendations met all benchmarks, worked with the covid command center for the emerging pandemic, continued to implement core services effectively during the pandemic. board of supervisors met all requirements set forth by law. no reported violations of brown act within the reports period and is well positioned to carry on its mission. north of market tenderloin cbd.
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2018-19 and 2019-20. they met all benchmarks. findings. high capacity entity in the neighborhood to work with other neighborhood and nonprofit partners as well as city and county san francisco affecting the service area. follows and implements recommendations from the planning session earlier this decade. we are happy to see the organization continues to improve on lessons learned. they were delayed in provided oewd financial statements in both fiscal years. delays were exacerbated by covid-19 pandemic but root casse was change in bookkeeping service. lack of consistency contributed to delayed without in house professional financial to ensure reporting on time. oewd is pleased they worked on
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these issues relating to the internal structure. it was a full asset throughout the pandemic. they are well positioned to carry on the mission. this is for fiscal year 2019-2020. they did meet all four benchmarks. they were a community asset throughout the pandemic. they worked with the covid command center to disseminate covid-19 information to stakeholders and provided safety kids. the executive committees created the program which saw staff and volunteers deliver meals from restaurants free of charm. they meet requirements set forth by law. no reported violation of brown
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act. well positioned to carry on commission. if there are no questions i would invite ms. ever line for civic center and mid market cbds. >> thank you. welcome, everyone. the floor is yours. >> the presentations for all cbds. >> good morning, supervisors, tracey ever line to present on the mid market and civic center cbd. the first couple slides on the civic center for calendar year 2020. we have an annual budget $3.2 million. 2020 was the first year as newly expanded district. we had a larger budget, larger coverage area. we took over stewardship of un
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plaza previously in the tenderloin district. we have longer hours. this is our territory. we go as far west as west side of golf street and down to the plaza on market. up to turk on the north. we have a couple parcels on the south side of market street. between ninth and 12th. these are seven program areas. we have community ambassador programs, garage greeter evenings at the civic center garage. deploy practitioners in zone two. we have two zones. zone two is everything from city hall to market street. we provide safety monitors at the civic center playground.
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we have two roving pressure washer units and deploy downtown streets team in zone two. these are some really conservative stats. we in 2021 implemented a new service tracking software geo which is amazing. conservative estimates how much pressure washing we are doing, how much trash we are removing and how many syringeses we are removing from the public right-of-way. obviously, in 2020 all cbd workers city-wide were essential workers alongside city agency field teams and first responders. this is our crew at work santising touch points first and foremost. if you were downtown during
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shelter-in-place, you know who was left out there and unable to care for themselves. our field crews were absolutely essential in being first responders for like the gentleman on the right needing medical assistance. encampment issues were exacerbated during shelter-in-place. shelters were closed. service offices were closed. so many more people were forced to reside on our streets, sidewalks. this is one area that was challenging for our team during shelter-in-place. obviously, tina on the right did not take care of this all on her own. we came in behind the city's team after the folks were relocated and helped to restore the street to saver conditions
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for the community. we did that throughout the district. we were essential workers during the pandemic. we were essential during the protests that happened and the civil unrest. we abated a lot of graffiti on a lot of historic buildings especially around the civic senbeter. we were also essential workers during fire season. these are the worst air quality seasons we have ever seen making sure the streets are clean for the folks out there. >> we are often first on the scene for vandalism and break-ins. with so many boarded and
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sheltered store fronts throughout the pandemic there was quite a bit of that. we would call on those issues to law enforcement and help the business and property owners cleanup. park lets were amazing for businesses and community. they added a lot of extra work for cbds. with so much activity taking place in the public there was debris from outdoor dining and park lets were often vandalized and used by campers. that was additional work not in our scope that we took on. we made sure businesses had what they needed to indicate if they were open or closed or operating online. we worked closely with oewd and emergency management to get
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get out-- to get out the covid-9 communications. we produced postcards letting people know what food was open there. was a time the asian art museum was open but not the caffeine. they were asking where to eat. the marketing team started doing short video commercials. they could be shared online to drive businesses. to drive customers there. this is for the civic center 2020. i want to recognize these brave individuals who took care of our community through some really trying times in 2020. we owe them a debt of gratitude.
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i will take you through a couple slides for 2019 and 2020 for mid market. mid market we were eagerly anticipating the completion of the largest development project had mid market. this is trinity place at eighth and market. the cbd is 100 acres, 1,000 parcels, $1.5 million annual budget. this is the district boundaries. in yellow are development sites. mid market the service hours
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7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days each week. we provide maintenance support and public safety and economic development support. we were in 2019 dealing with challenging streetscape conditions, ex i drug dealing, open air drug use. encampments, illegal vending. our crew did their best when it was safe for them to do so to clean around encampments, clean after after encampments when they moved on. it was a lot of pressure washing. these are the maintenance crews at work. for public safety, obviously, ambassadors are providing directions and referrals, a lot
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of meet and greets with merchants to make sure they are supported and doing significant social service outreach. we also deploy safety teams at mid market to pair the officer with the community ambassador. we have that multi-pronged approach. going to different situations, sfpd loves the special support there and the am bazdoors love the support of law enforcement to help them in difficult and dangerous situations which will are many in the market. we have the public safety camera program. we were fortunate to welcome these new businesses to mid market for pizza, a fun
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restaurant that occupies an old pawnshop. it is fun if you haven't been. this is mission at sixth. these folks survived the pandemic. to 2020 the trinity plaza development nearing completion. this is the new whole foods. this is a tremendous asset for the area bringing housing, retail and jobs to the community. here are our essential workers, working in the field. we maintained hours 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days per week. fewer pedestrians to provide hospitality and social services to all ambassadors became cleaners.
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everyone was sanitizing in the field. our issues of drug dealing, encampments, illegal vending got exponentially worse. they per veered to -- persevered to make sure touch points were sanitized. dealing with street encampments, people in need on the street, and a lot of vandalism. there were so fewer eyes and es ears on the street. with all of boarded and vacant store fronts we made sure that they were secured to avoid
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issues of break-ins and squatting of which there were many. we boarded store fronts, abated a lot of graffiti. a lot of graffiti. at one point downtown san francisco ran out of black paint. as i mentioned. encampment situation was incredibly bad in our district. we began to take an inventory of these to make sure that these issues were communicated to the city's healthy streets operation center. we worked with them on a daily basis to see how we could best provide healthcare and mitigate these conditions. we had significantly more calls for medical emergencies with
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those many people living on the streets. significant instances of the images on the right. an individual breaking into market street property. this is the third or fourth squatter at that building alone. we experienced an incredibly high number of fires in the public realm. we are first on the screen and calling this to the fire department. we produced this really helpful handout that is used by our ambassadors and the organizations listed here. this was instrumental throughout the pandemic. i think a lot of downtown cbds are using it. we have copies for your offices if you are interested.
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with the hardship of 2020, we were very happy to see these projects come to fruition and the businesses joining the district and the beautiful new office. the hotel is close to finishing. the 50/50 residents at south van ness and mission. we welcomed three new businesses in 2020. we did our best to support what businesses were open. making postcards. the one on the right for the plaza with three open businesses during the pandemic. producing these small commercial videos for small businesses in the district that they could share by social media.
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these amazing men and women who worked so hard through the most difficult times in the city that we have ever seen. we owe them a debt of gratitude. thank you. >> chair preston: thank you. just a couple questions. one on some of the delays that were referenced around providing the reporting to the department. i wanted to get your comments on that to find out if we are on track in terms of reporting moving forward. >> thank you. the delays were not caused by them. they were caused by the pandemic. they turned everything in on time. >> chair preston: thank you for
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the clarification. the other question for director. if you could -- i want to ask about community ambassadors. thank you for your work. i am looking forward as our district encompasses more of the areas. i am looking forward to meeting with you and taking a deeper dive into the work that is going on and how we can collaborate. we have a tiny sliver of overlap previously. i appreciate the folks with the cbd civic center who worked really well with a lot of the volunteers getting the shared spaces off the ground in that area. i want to recognize that work. it was something spanning two districts.
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i am curious. one of the things we have done a lot of in my district to get community ambassadors through the ocf program and also recognizing that there has been just quite a growth in the different types of ambassadors and providers. you referenced some of them in your presentation. can you give a summary when you reference the ambassadors which programs you are recently working with for community ambassadors if there are defining things each one is doing. i would love to know that. >> is quite a few groups out there. our ambassadors are procured through two places. street plus company. a great nation-wide organization. urban alchamy and the folks from
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downtown streets team that serve as ambassadors as well in civic center. mid market all of the am bazof theambassadors are from street plus. >> next we will hear from the director of the tenderloin cbd. welcome. >> thank you, supervisors. , chair preston. i am presenting two fiscal years 18-19 renewal of assessment. founded in 2005. for 13 years we turned investment into supplemental services to benefit everyone in the neighborhood. they were primarily focused on
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cleaning and safety in this time period. the property owners in 2018-19 we asked them to double assessment and to extend for another 15 years. june 25, 2019 the department of elections counted ballots. 83% in favor. then in fiscal year 2019-2020 it was about implementing the expansion. it was the transition year for us finishing delivery on the services on the original 30 block district under the original 2005 management plan and beginning expanded services to a larger 48 block district in january 2020. we established several new programs to support tenderloin. parks and shared spaces, economic opportunity for small business and residents, pedestrian safety and expanded
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tenderloin camera and neighborhood program while continuing to work in the safe passage program and clean teams. this is the maps of our district from july 2018 to december 2019. january 2020 to the right an expanded district. we also seated to civic center cbd and expanded to the north side between larkin and polk to the west. this is the core framework that chris referenced. the strategic plan done earlier this decade when the tenderloin community district had reboot this. is the framework laid out in that planning process to think about how we got to a healthy
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neighborhood and vibrant community for all. we are focused on cleaning, safety and inviting spaces. neighborhood pride and economic opportunity. i will show you through the budget that we have actually fulfilled that framework in fiscal year 2020. this is fiscal year 19. we had assessment $1.1 million. the total budget $2.4 million spent on cleaning and safe passage. a little bit on camera program and neighborhood pride. then in fiscal year 20 we had assessment that almost doubled to $1.9 million. our total budget was $3.3 million. we added a host of new programs. we are still spending on clean and safe passage programs.
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we added economic opportunity and inviting space to fill out the vision. then for the next two slides i pulled out a couple highlights from the the fiscal years to get a sense of the kind of work that we do. again, most of the work is cleaning. we were able to add a third pressure washing truck and fourth trash pickup truck to increase ability to respond to hot pot issues in the neighborhood. we increased regular pressure washing of every sidewalk in the tenderloin from monthly to weekly events in january 2020 using the expanded easement. we also installed 68 trash cans bringing trash cans to every intersection in the tenderloin and wrapped in colorful artwork with funding from the mayor's
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office and the supervisor's office. on the bottom the numbers in terms of cleaning. thousands graffiti removed and letter and tens of thousands and human and animal waste santised. majority of work is in cleaning and we contract for that work. safe passage which was merged into tl cbd was under for many years. merged in the last couple of years. it has been providing avis sable safety presence for kids and families to and from school. it was a 10 and 11th year and one in two children in the tenderloin are supported safe
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passage morning and afternoon. we launched safety and stewardship for the park. we contracted with urban alchemy for safety and stewardship. pivoted to address covid-19. in the second half of the fiscal year we are reporting on. we pivoted all services to address the needs presented by covid and the covid pandemic. i want to call out we were able to direct with oewd direct $200,000 of mini grants to small businesses in the tenderloin. 80 businesses were supported early on. we led the collaborative process to establish working groups with the city when the mayor responds
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with a may 2020 tender loin plan in response to deteriorating conditions on the tenderloin sidewalks. one data point we did count 450 tents on the 40 blocks of the tenderloin. narrow sidewalks. people told to shelter-in-place in tents. closed the shelters. reason why the people were there. the tenderloin plan actually responded in very constructive way to move most of those people in a very full way to shelter-in-place hotels and safe sites. we are proud of our partnership with the city and neighborhood non-profits in terms of that emergency response. that is it.
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>> chair preston: thank you. colleagues if no questions we will move on. thank you for the update and report. next up we have director of east cut cbd andrew robinson. >> thank you. i am the executive director of the east cut benefit district. in fiscal year 19-120 we are 4304 parcels. now that is increased to 5,000 even in light of covid. we have another thousand in the pipeline. our district covers second street east of historic cut to steward street out of market to between bryant and harrison streets. we follow the bay bridge on the southern border.
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like colleagues before me, we have our core competencies around cleaning and safe and public stewardship of space. we provide cleaning, outreach for homeless, safety. 24 hours per day seven days each week we have staff in the neighborhood respondingtographyty, helping people homeless find services, addressing safety issues overnight. over the fiscal year 19-20 we picked up 200,000 pounds of trash, members of the community contacted us regularly. we did homeless outreach over 6,000 times to individuals living on the sidewalks. we do homeless census every morning at 4:00 a.m. to understand where people are to deploy our staff at 6 or
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7:00 a.m. to see if they need food or shelter or the like. there was another stat there. i apologize. some visuals of our team. upper left is the truck filled with debris. middle and before are before and after a dumpster tossed and cleaned up. like many peers we have big belly trash cans that we put art and information on as well. in addition to cleaning and safety. we are responsible for significant park spaces in the neighborhood. over six acres of park space. someday we hope to have 10. we fund at harrison street park. we fund 80% of all of the horty
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culture, programming, maintenance in sales force park. 20% from joint powers. we have a joint committee that manages that park. we also collaborate with san francisco recreation and parks on the mini park. we open and close. provide maintenance and stewardship. we are also working with our public agency partners to develop block three park, which is in the center of the formerly temporary transit facility. working with the tjpi to develop the park a 2.4-acre neighborhood park. additionally the cbd plays an active role in building community in a city known for neighborhoods. we aspire to create a sense of pride people feel for the neighborhood across the city. it has built housing quickly
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across the economic spectrum. 35% of all former redevelopment parcels are dmr housing. condos as well as rentals. 13,000 residents in the neighborhood and that number continues to climb. to foster that sense of place we do several things. we do some communication efforts. like the banners here. we have neighborhood newsletter to highlight retail events, items of importance to the neighborhood. also responding to what was happening at the 19-20 year. covid happened. we were doing mass handouts to the neighborhood. we launched east cut eats with free deliveries. we launched the east cut feeding of the public realm.
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we were working. we also do a fair amount of community programming. on the upper left is happy hour. bottom middle is halloween family event. upper right is programming of folsom street. in 19-20 fiscal year budget $4.5 million. 50% went to cleaning and safety. 40% to park maintenance and programming. small 3.3% went to communications where we try to squeeze every ounce out of that. 7% went to running of the organization. that completes our presentation. >> chair preston: thank you for your presentation. unless there are questions from colleagues. i will open up public comment.
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hello, speaker, you are unmuted. we will move on. >> chair preston: with no speakers on items 2-5. public comment on these items is now closed. i want to thank ms. ever line and mr. robinson for the presentation and reports. to them and their entire team,
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obviously, these reports cover a period of time that was consult for every -- that was difficult for everyone involved. we hope it gets easier moving forward. looking forward to engaging with you around the scope of work you are doing and partnering with you on some of the issues that you have brought forward. >> i do not see anyone on the roster. i will move to send items 2-5 with recommendation to the board. >> clerk: on that motion to send these items to the board. chair preston. >> aye. >> vice chair chan. >> aye. >> an supervisor mandelman.
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>> aye. >> you have three ayes. >> chair preston: thank you all for your presentations. the motion passes. please call item 6. >> clerk: hearing on the use of taxpayer funded communications, media and press offices as well as their costs, policies and procedures around conveying accurate information about public safety. >> chair preston: i called this though shed light on how taxpayer funds are used for communications and media work around police and public safety in our city. it is my understanding this is the first hearing that has been held and certainly in san francisco on this topic. as far as we can tell anywhere. i also issued at the time i called for the hearing a letter of inquiry to the san francisco police department and to the mayor's office on this topic.
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i thank both mayor's office and sfpd for their responses and the information they provided regarding the funding staffing and policies in place at the mayor's office of communications and sfpd department of strategic communications. my concern led me to call for this hearing was what often appears to be an orchestrated and constant narrative on crime, policing, public safety that encouraging increased police funding, increased policing, increases in budget at every opportunity. often seems to discourage serious discussions of the outcomes on the funding of the data and alternatives to policing. our society has come to depend
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on for the broad range and turn to for such a broad range of issues. i think especially as we experience significant challenges related to the media fueled backlash against demands made by activists during and following the murder of george floyd and protests that followed. we need to understand to what extent taxpayer funds are used to shape the media and the public narrative on these important issues. i hope that it is not controversial and our starting point is that we all agree that city-funded press units to be used to share factual information, not to sensationalize spending or spreading what some might see as propaganda. i also similarly think it shouldn't be controversial to insist the public know how the
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money is being spent and that includes when the money is spent shaping media narratives and public opinion. i think our government has a duty to be honest and transparent what we choose to highlight and deemphasize or ignore when we are discussing public safety and policing. at the end of the day, the narrative holds by city officials and echoed in the media really shape people's perception of crime and public safety and potential solutions. to that end we wanted to examine and have more space to examine taxpayer funded work in the city, the cost, what funds are used. what isn't featured.
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>> if we can pull up the first slide.perfect. nextslide please . so in the mayor's office as far as public agency decisions, public safety agencies we coordinate with wet there are agencies within the mayor's office, department of juvenile management, probation, fire and police and there are public safety agencies we coordinate with with regards to communicationoutside of the mayor's office which include adult probation, district attorney's officeand sheriff's department . next slide please .
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next couple of slides should give you a sense of what types of medication our office of communication engages in within public safety agencies. when an urgent public safety issue occurs the mayor's office works in coordination with those departments to create a response and ensure the public is aware of any safety issues meaning the mayor's office can take lead on responding or provide support to the lead departments andhelp coordinate any immediate response as well . and follow-up responses with other agencies . a recent example includes with department of emergency management and firedepartment to coordinate a last-minute press conference when there was increased and 911 calls . next slide please. with regards to the office of communication policy programs and investments when a department has a policy program or investment they are working on the mayor's office can coordinate with that department on press outreach and at other times the mayor's office will
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not be involved and the apartments manage the issue on their own. when our mayoral priorities the office of communication will work with relevant departments on those initiatives and some examples outlined there as far as the fire and police departments in direction with the budget supplemental to address overtime shortages, coordinating with police department on the agreement around the ouextension and the multi-department effort to address talent is in the title i . next slide . for media support with general inquiries when questions coming from the press regarding public safety issues the mayor's office will reach out to the relevant department for them to provide information so thatthe mayor's office can respond on behalf of the committee . when public safety departments receive inquiries that will at times reach outto the communications office in case there is more context to provide upcoming policy decisions . next slide please .
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when it comes to workforce support the mayor's office of communication will coordinate with any department on workforce efforts including public safety departments including the mayor meeting with staff or providing is recognizing work and recent examples include visiting the 911 dispatch on the one-year anniversary of the launch of the street crisis response team where the mayor thanked dispatches at a media event recognizing start as well as the mayor attendingpolice academy graduations to congratulate new attendees and that's my presentation . >> thank you mister polino. i do have a few questions and thanks for the presentation . my understanding is that the department is that the mayor's office spends approximately $1.3 million per year and has eight full-time staff on communication. is that right? >> that's correct.
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>> is there any ballpark estimate of how much of the office of communications work is specifically around policing related issues? >> as far as press releases or any specifics asfar as what the medications office is ? >> however did break it down. i'm trying to get a sense on how the mayor handles to medications issues related to issues in the city and i'm trying tounderstand with respect to crimepolicing if you have any estimate of what percent of the work either staff time , outreach , whatever metrics. >> i don't have a percentage as to how much of the mayor's office of communication deals with public safety as a whole. as far as other public safety agencies aside from the police
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department including dph with regards to any sort of response fordisruptive elementswhen it comes to public safety , i can follow up with you and ask the chair to make sure we have . insofar as how many departments impact public safety i'd imagine there's quite a few. >> and have any decisions been made regarding staffing levels for the office of communications coming into this next budget cycle? do you anticipate it would be roughly the same or increase or decrease? >> i would imagine it would decrease. i'm not aware with the budget discussions myself but as we outline in the letter ofinquiry we do have hateful staff in the mayor's office and we are currently backfilling one of those positions . as far as i'm aware that doesn't seem to change. >> also in the response and again thank you for your responseon this but i did want to follow up .it's my
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understanding that the mayor's office does not have any contracts or services regarding public relations, communications, media work with any outside consultants, firms, individuals or pragencies . >>that's correct . >> and in the questions we've asked about contracts i wanted to check and make sure that that statement would be true in terms of circuit regardless of whether the contract, regardless of who'spaying for it either the city orexternally thatthere are noservices provided to the mayor's office of communication by an external pr consultant , pr firm , individual or entity . >> that's correct . >> thank you. one of the things that surprised me and the responses to the loi is we requested a
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copy of any policies that are in place regarding the scope, framing or guidelines for the mayor's office. communications work or press o media relations . and the response was that no suchpolicies exist . so i wanted to ask you and give you an opportunity to address that and why is there? we've described that $1.3 million budget. nearly 10, i think eight full-time staff and obviously significant media work. why is there no written policy governing that work? >> we all self, seven full-time employees not including the indications director report to
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the communicationsdirector and then the communications director reports to staff . as far as any outlined policies insofar as you work with this team or not you either prioritize this or not. there are no documented policies outlined so much as it is we would work with any department to make sure any things they need put out to the press as far as a press release or are concerned or things outlined in the presentationbut we don't have policies whether to work with certain departments versusnot if that addresses the question . >> is there any ongoing discussion internally about possibly creating those policies and it's a real contrast . like the policedepartment has provided their veryextensive documentation around how they engage with media and around specific events or engagement with social media . asthey should . for the sake of transparency and accountability i want to make sure they're on the same page . it's concerning there's no such
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policy in place. i'm wondering is that a topic of discussion or a set of policies or is that something you're open to developing ? >> if i may from our side we are asked staff we work with the mayor to make sure her vision and agenda for the city is pursued and implemented and when departments whether they have initiatives to announce for a whole litany of other examples as covered earlier, those are things we would want to work with the department to make sure management is moving forward. as far as policies i'm not entirely sure. i apologize, i haven't reviewed the policies to be able to compare something againstit but to my knowledge there is not workforce on that . >> thank you for clarifying.i would assume and hope all of our departments that are engaged in extensive media
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work, both socialmedia and traditional media have policies governing that work . i think it's pretty standard in the private sector as well as nonprofits and i think this is a significant commitment of staff and resources at the mayor's office so i hope that something that would be considered going forward that didn't exist already . does the mayor's office of communication coordinate with sfpd's media team when issuing crime and public safety? do they work together in issuing those? >> insofar as development of a press release with quotes or when thedepartment providesdata , coordination in that way, yes . >> thank you and does the sfpd
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media team provide the mayor's office with copies of any briefing material that sfpd gives to the media? >> i'm notentirely sure. i can ask my colleagues and get back to staff . >> i will likely have other questions. i see vice chair chan on the roster. >> thank you chair preston. who is the director of communications? >> jeff creek. >> and why isn't he here? sorry, i'm just curious. i have specific questions about just the medications protocol so i think in this case i hope you can answer and just kind of wanted to understand better about the decision-making process when it comes to deciding what issue to highlight and what you should
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not highlight. and in this case i think specifically in coordination with sfpd that how do you make that decision and in terms of who has the final say on the press release or how do you communicate, who do you connect it with and what setting do you communicate i'm just curious about that decision-making process. >> if i made to the first question, i would say personally and professionally this is the honor of my career to serve on the board of supervisors and be able to represent the mayor's officeso i'm happy to be here and grateful to stand on the side of the railing . as far as who we work with within the department there are media staff within each department thatoccupations office does meet with . as far as the methods of which communication specifically i would imagine if not. >> the specific question is
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more like how. how do you make those decisions about the press release for example? either the press release or a press conference, how do you make a decision as to sfpd, i'llgive an example . who then makes the possible decisions this is what we're going to do. and does do they come to you and say this is what we want to get done for is the director of communications come out for what is the frequency of that type of medication in the decision-making process. i think it's really gotten into the weeds which i can't really expect you to be able to answer but director creek is not here. >> depending i would say it depends on the example of the press release so if it is responding to something that is emergent or is needed to get information out to the public
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quickly, that wouldbe something that would be rapid i would imagine the fast-paced respons . as far as an issue , any press release issued to the mayor's office it would reach out to director creek to dial on that. and like i said any department of staff to work with and coordinate with those departments if that is their job. >> in that though in that indications on behalf of the mayor versus someone like sfpd, how do you then make a decision between the two say for example in the space where of disagreement meeting as we know the additional policies and points or even the politics around it perhaps if there is a disagreement between how you communicate on issues, what facts are disclosed ornot disclosed . and what interests of the mayor or the sfpd or in the interest
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of the people of sanfrancisco or however when you make that decision . i think i'm asking pacifically how do you make that decision between the director of communications and media staff in the event especially in the event there's discipline. >>disagreement between the mayor's office and apartment . >> what informationyou'll be committing to the general public . >> to the public we would communicate accurate information if they're saying happened at whytime we would communicate that happened . as far as any policy disagreements as far as i mean, as far as my understanding. familiarity with our policy has been working there's been a disagreement and policy the department but the department towards the mayorsupports the mayor's policy in making her
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agenda and her vision a reality . >> what i'm specifically drilling down to is really feedback to what chair preston was kind of getting to a total set policy protocol. it's sort of a decision-making tree in the event this happens, this is how we communicate and i think that out of anybody i think the officers would know that ultimately it's obviously most definitely you're communicating facts and all the statements having enough space but most importantly if there is, how do you determine which facts to disclose at that time. and i think ultimately my question is does the director of the medications on behalf of the mayor actually have the authority to override the department includingdepartments like the sfpd . >> i'm not sure if there'sa
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specific example you're referencing that makeup that you . >> just generally speaking like a protocol. >> i would say the department provides our office with any whether it's data or just information that would be helpful in the press release for any press conference event that aims to promote or any initiative or any funding, any grants that the department particularly god in the instance of themore emergent crisis response that to get data that we can push it out for public awareness . >> thank you vice chair. i just want to follow up on feisty or chance weston and maybe less of the general level and a little more concrete example. we had a situation the last few months where nonprofit organizations released support that is really devastating in terms of its findings and commentary around how much san franciscans pay the police
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department ongoing racial disparities. mypurpose is not to debate the merits of it . there was a swift immediate response from sfpd's head of strategic communications. calling it a political spin job or a piece and really a clear message from sfpd. i think what we're trying to do is pop a little and find out whathappens . does the police department working with the mayor's office in a situation like that, do they develop that communication response to in this case a report that's critical of sf pd, does that developed together with the mayor's office approving úseeing that quote, seeing that commentary or are these two entirely separate press operations where
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codes are not medicating and coordinating a message the far as any response the sfpd wants to push out we do not for example direct the amount of oversight and approval. >> so it doesn't need to be approved. if the director of indications for sfpd wants to put out a statementor at least , a press release that does not require approval or review from the mayor's office. >> in reviewing, we took the time to review all the mayor's press releases. and all of the press releases that mention san francisco police department. over one third of those press releases call for more police staff. one third of the press releases
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is that a strategic decision of the communications department team for the office of communication in the mayor's office to include calls for police staffing as a regular part of increased police staffing as a regular part of the communications work? >> i would not call it strategic so much is consistent with the mayor's date of the city address the lack of police officers over the years as far as i believe that we're just at a little over 1600 police officers. as we met with several members before when we had to address any overtime supplemental issueswith regards to the mandatory positions needing to be filled because of understaffing , the mayor said we did need to hire more police
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officers to get our cadet classes filled in order to have more.i wouldn't say it's strategic so much as consisten . >> another third of the press releases claim that sfpd has been reformed as a model for reform. was that a ... was there any just strategic decision to be made or guidance given to the press office to highlight the reform or the alleged success of reforms sfpd as a dominant part? >> i wouldn't call it guidance from the police department. the police department's efforts in reforming the department are something to be proud of in san francisco. there's much more work to be done and chief scott and our chamber weeks ago testified that but as far as the workthat
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sfpd is doing as far as reforming the agency , also diversifying as a city we respond to crisis response teams i mentioned earlier but also to make sure we are continuing to take a look at how we can address withinthe department . >> any memos to anyone in the communications office on which things to highlight? >> in like a pressrelease or the press conference ? >> yeah, look. i'm trying to understand we have a third of press releases touting the reforms of the department. is that just the director digesting the mayor's speech and thinking here's how we're going to get it out or are the mayor or senior staff or anyone directing the communications office this is a message we want to get out ? >> a third of the press release mentioning sfpd plus reform or
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sfpd and within those third are mentioning reform? >> of the universes of press release that relate in any way to sfpd one third of them are touting the reforms of the department. >> as far as any memo that instructs that, i'm not aware of that. >> and any verbal guidancethat that should be a significant part of what goes out to the media ? >> no. >> in all these press releases thatrelate to sfpd from the mayor's office , not one mentions or addresses significant racial disparities in sfpd in terms of stops. why is that? >> i can't that but what i would say is when chief scott was in here they recognize there is much work to be done on thatfor sure . >> and no question that chief
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scott did recognize that. i think it took us a year of hearings to get to the point where we had a more clear presentation around the disparity but again i'm less interested in debating or discussing theextent of some of these issues . i'm more interested in understanding why a third of the press releases declarethe success of reforms . not one of them even acknowledges the existence of ongoing racial disparities at least in san francisco. can you give insight on why that disconnect? >> i do want to uplift the fact that we push up information with regards to public safety and is not sfpd related. there are matters the mayor is pushing along with members of this chamber, commissioner walton whether it's the initiative or things that can address the root cause of crime so i want to make sure when
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we're talking about as far as how many mentions of sfpd mention reform there are other pieces ofinformation the office of communication pushes out that address the root causes as well . >> why don't we hear from sfpd since we keep talking about them and please stickaround. sure there will be other questions . i'm sorry, supervisor mandelman. i did not see you on theroster . >> for that. an interesting hearing for me in that i've certainly called hearings that i think my colleagues have not understood . or not shared my views and had to sit through it. i will merely say that with regard to the communications coming out of the mayor's office, with regard to san francisco policedepartment i actually would thank her for her calls for more staffing
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when i hear from my constituencies . there are many things to be concerned about in this public safety world and many views on policing in my district but overwhelmingly i've been hearing increasingly on people who are concerned about increases in property crimes from what are the astounding levels due to the pandemic. burglaries in neighborhoods that have not previously experienced them. feelings of safety along the streets. a desire to see more of the cops. a desire to see more effective investigation and a desire frankly to be able to pursue criminal justice reform which as we new requirements onthe police do require more staffing . we are taking folks off of the street in order to document and report on what has happened. we need people who are then able to take their place out on the street from my perspective that is a critical and urgent need of the city and i think it makes a lot of sense for the mayor as the chief executive to be pushing for that and i guess
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i'd also say that i think the department does have things to be proud of and that it makes a lot ofsense to highlight successes . and particularly as we're trying to recruit new officers who share san francisco values and what to see policing in this country changed and policing in san francisco change , highlighting the moves they have made to make a successful department in that regard need to be valid and valuable things to be doing. i did not want my silence to be construed as suggesting those things are inappropriate. >> iq supervisor. next we will hear from assistant chief bob mozer. welcome and the floor is yours. >> iq chair and good morning. supervisor chan, supervisor mandolin and members of the public. i am assistant chief bob mozer,
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chief of staff for san francisco police department here to present on strategic communications andmedia relationship . if you could bring up the first slide please . >> thank you and if you can proceed tothe second slide . okay. the strategic indication and media relations unit main goal is to provide public information on incidents, major events and other areas of concern of interest to the public. more importantly the media relations unit really is an internal part of our community relations philosophy and transparency philosophy. and it is a breach of public facing and informationpolice department puts out best of public interest . communications really is the stretch strategy of police communityrelations .
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it's evermore important now where we have so many commands from of information coming from so many different sources and social media as well. it's important to note that the majority of the stories that we report on our media driven and they come from the various mediaoutlets . we at the media relations unit attempt to in a good faith effort to meet all the demands that are coming from them from media inquiries in a timely manner and being cognizant and understanding of the deadlines that media is quite often under in getting their stories out. an additional in addition to external requests for media relations unit also prepares news releases at the request of department members.often those highlight current and
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cold case investigations. and also provide community outreach and requests to help in the public self in critical cases such as at risk missing persons cases. the media relations unit also just to give you an idea of that type of work the media relationsunit receives , generally media relations response to somewhere in the neighborhood ofabout 300 emails every month . directly from the media outlet . this doesn't account for direct phone calls that are press information officers receive and field directly as well. in addition the media relations unit has issued over 400 passes for journalists throughout the bay area and they monitor those as well. in addition to responding to media requests and putting out pressreleases , the media
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relations unit also handles all public information requests that come through related to media. those are quiteextensive and inquire quite a bit of work . and there's certainly important in our mission of transparency so that takes up a significant amount of work that the staff is doing as well. the staff is also responsible for coordinating press events that highlight everything from major events to officer involved shootings, community partnerships . in a variety ofsuspects . such as save the zodiac investigation, gun seizures or as i mentioned officer involved shootings and town halls. next slide please. this slide gives a breakdown of the current budgeted positions for the media relations unit . and the cost. the media relations unit strategic medications and media
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relations unit falls under command of chief of staff and reports directly to myself.we are currently budgeted for nine members however we are only currently staffed at eight. that consists of three sworn staff and five professional staff. this year's budget that peoples 1.6 million in salary. prior to 2015 the media relations unit was staffed only with sworn officers and had one sworn clerk. this included a lieutenant, two sergeants and three or more police officers who performed the work that is currently now being performed a good bulk of it by our professionalstaff . such duties include like website maintenance for our departmentwebsite . and as we move forward in our civilianization efforts that
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our goal really is to kind of not only in the media relations unit but throw up an apartment where we can civilian guys more units with professional staffto really move those sworn officers out they can be on the public facing side and not out on the streets . >> go ahead. >> as part of our civilianization this allowed for sworn staff to be rotated back to patrol and that's evident now that we only have three sworn staff dedicated to the media relations unit as compared to the five that we had in 2017. i once thought a little bit about the individual positions of the media relations unit.
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the media relations unit is headed by the director of strategic communication. that's a non-sworn professional staff and the director has oversight of the unit . the director's responsibility is to strategized howto effectively relay information to the public including coordinating information of interest of various media outlets and how that information is provided . there are times and situations that do arise when there's a common story of interest to several media outlets such as possibly conditions of the tenderloin or staffing levels and that sometimes requires collecting data from various sources and reporting that out to the media. the unit is also staffed with public information officers and those public information officers are sworn officers assigned to the unit. there's currently three and
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pacer as our press information officers . they received extensive training in media relations related to law enforcement and this includes attending courses certified by post which is our commission on peace officer standards and training for our state board. then finally we have professional staff that are assigned to the unit and work on varioustasks . those include as i mentioned helping to respond to public records requests that are media specific and driven. making sure that the department's social media accounts are up-to-date and then filming and recording internal and external messages and assisting with filming training videos for the officers to make sure their understandingpolicies and
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procedures . next slide please. and this slide really talks about applicable policies and procedures as they pertain to the media relationsunit . they cover a wide variety of aspects throughout the department because quite often there is media interest to many things we do. i think i would also like to note that in the collaborative reform effort media relations unit and communications to the public and transparency was a tenant of several of the reform initiatives in the cri and media relations was touched. a lot of them surrounded officer involved shootings in town halls and its shaped how we move forward in our efforts on transparency in those areas.
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and next slide. and with that thank you and i'll open it up to questions. >> thank you assistant chief mozer. appreciate the presentation. just to clarify a couple of things, the $1.6 million you reference, is that the budgeted amount for the nine positions or that's the expense that you have? i'm just trying to understand. >> i believe that's the full nine . i know we do have executive director castle mcguire online as well. she oversees our strategic management bureau which includes physical so if i misspeak miss mcguire please correct me. >> i believe that's correct. >> thank you and welcome
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director mcguire. i don't know if you had beyond just to answer that question i justwanted to see if you had anything to give to the presentation before we move into questions . >> notat this time, number . >> on the budget for the strategic communications work, do you anticipate any significant changes to that budget going into our next fiscal year or are requesting any? >> the staffing report which we just submitted recently does call for one increased non-sworn position within the media relations unit and that the addition of a videographer. we have a fantastic videographer who does a lot of work but is really overtaxed in termsof the projects . that he is responding to and
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responsible for so it calls for one additional civilian. >> thank you. what is the sfpd strategic communications videographer do and why do you need two of them? >> as i mentioned the videographer helps present presentations for the's external and internal and a lot of the stuff the videographer will work on is internal. the chiefs message to the officers. training videos assisting with the academy which are more and more important. obviously we want to make sure we're getting out the right message to our officers. he also assists with
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it generally is different from two medications in that strategic communications is about really a combination of traditional communications efforts with an agenda or a bigger plan and the communications work is part of strategically achieving that goal. that can be to promote the brand in theprivate sector, is often to promote the brand of an organization . it may emerge through that strategy to get certain types of external coverage or action on a legislative body but it's strategic . i wanted to hear from you why is the police department communications office called strategic communications and headed by a director of
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strategic communications? >> that's a great question. the answer is we used to be called the media relations team and it didn't what we were doingand what we needed to do as an organization . we work solely responding to media requests. as communications in general has changed and moved forward and movedinto different platforms , our strategies on how we communicate and get our messages out also have to change. we have to bedouble and move forward and that includes internally and externally . so really it's a matter of looking at okay, if we're going to communicate something to our officers and to themembers of the police department predictably how is the best method of getting that out internally ? do we do it via the chiefs message, do we do it old school through a paper document that
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we'reputting out via trading ? externally. how are we putting out information? are we responding to a single media outlet or is this you know, of such interest were going to get responses from multiple media outlets and it requires a press release . do we put that information out in an effort to be as transparent as possible? how dowe do that? do we posted on the website as well? are we utilizing twitter or facebook to try to make sure that the majority of people out there are getting their information ? not everybody gets their information via what was traditionally called mainstream methods . thatrelease these two wide we kind of changed from media
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relations to more strategic communications because we have tobe more thoughtful . >> when does that change and the title of the department ? >> i'm not certain . the exact timing of that i believe it'sbeen that way for a few years now but i'm not certain on the timing . >> is there anything, any document that describes the strategic objective of the key medications work? >> i would refer back to the information that we had attached to this presentation in terms of all our policies and procedures. they the different aspects of media relations and i would also point back to relate the values of the department in making sure where transparent andputting out information . those were really a guiding factors and principles when
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we're talking about media relations. >> i ask this of mister pulido before but wanted to ask you as well.if there are any contracts that the department has with any external pr consultants firms,individuals or entities for media or two medications . >> so not on the media relations side. we are seeking to contract or contracting with a firm to help us on the recruitment side of the house. and really trying to get that message out to make sure that we're attracting good people to come to the apartment to help us with our staffing. our staffing concerns because we are significantly short so we have contracted on thatside of the house >> and who is that contracted with ? >> executivedirector mcguire do you have the exact name ? >> i'm sorry supervisor, i
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don'thave the name of that contractor off the top of my head . i can get it andget back to you momentarily . >>but your understanding isthat contract is limited to the recruitment . >> correct . >> and then whether by contract or paid by the department or not does the department received any services regardless of who's paying from any external pr consultants, firms, individuals regarding communications work. >> not that i'm aware of director mcguire. i think you mightbe getting the answer to your question . >> that is correct. sorry about that. i just didn't hear the question i'm so sorry. >> the question wasregardless of who's paying and whether
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there's a contract . whether services are provided by any externalconsultant, pr firm . >> sorry. >> other than the recruitment contract youmentioned . >> there are no otherservices . >> vice chair . >> thank you chair preston. my question is when it comes to social media account management or just social media managemen . i fully understand that you wanted to have a real time announcement and with that though how do you also manage your district police stations social media account? is it under the management of, under you or howdoes that work ? >> so the main departments social media accounts are managed directly through our
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media relations strategic communications division. the individual stations account are responsible for the responsibility of the individual station captain and frequently they will put out information that's pertinent or of interest within their particulardistricts . if it's crime patterns specific arrests or community eventsand those kinds of things . we do have a non-sworn staff who generally keeps track of all social media that's being put out there and would definitely just watches what's coming in and goingout for the output , it's the district. >> i'm sorry, now i'm looking through your report but is there a protocol how those individual stations are being approved . >> it really mirrors what the department's philosophy and message is inputting out
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factual stories that are of public interest or information we need to put out to alert the public or of community events. >> how would you say those social media accounts whatever they put out each station probably have their own individual protocol how that would push out. >> it's not based on individual station protocol. they would follow our department values and our protocols. they would have different topics. generally the topics are the same but they may have a prime pattern that's specific to a certain district. so they may be tweeting out about that and what they're doing about it or let's say it's a captain and they want t put out i'm at a committee meeting on this particular issue . come to my districtmeeting . >> communications is an
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expertise so do any of the staff have training specifically managing to medications and social media accounting? >> that's a good question. as part of our on boarding of all our commissionedofficers and commissioned officers are lieutenants and above . we do provide them with training regarding media and communications and we do that initially as part of intensive trainingthat we give them upon promotion before they go out into the field . >> and i think another part of it is i have a better understanding. today we're talking about sfpd and the mayor's office. thank you for walking through how you communicate with the public or the reporters and in general. i would also like to have a better understanding that with
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all these efforts that you have invested so much communicating with the public again, what is the internal structure? or i should say interagency. interdepartmentalcommunications . how do they, is there a protocol there and is that not just your coordination with the mayor's office but your coordinationperhaps with the board of supervisors here and other city departments . is there a protocol as well? >> it would depend on the actual story or what we're working on because if we were working on something that's a joint effort with another department say within an investigation or arrest, sometimes what will do is will do a joint press release whether maybe that's anoutside agency . maybe it's another city agency. maybe it's the fire department or district attorneys office.
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we would either do a joint press release or sometimes we put a quote in their press release because that's specifically how we coordinate . >>who ultimately then makes that decision, with atbu or how does that work ? >> how to structure ? generally it's the director of strategic communications will work on that. i know will work directlywith other press information officers either in those departments or those agencies . >> the director determines who you connected with, how you project the message which media or evensometimes which media outlet is that correct ? >> generally the overall strategy and advice would come from thedirector of strategic engagement . >> so with that also been the
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director of strategic communications would determine in general also which members of the board or the mayor's office or even electives on both of the state or federal level to determine how that medication should carry out. >> yes in that the director would provide advice and guidance and it depends on what level. that may come to my level, it may come to the chiefslevel . it dependswhat the story is and the topic we're talking about . >> iq. >> thank you vice chair. assistant chief mozer i wanted to ask you about an issue that i think is fairly significant and fairly consistent in the
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framing from the department and it's something i referenced in discussions earlier mister paulino. the issue of police reform and howthose are framed . whether they are framing in on objective way or a way that is designed to shape public opinion and referencing part of the story. i think one of the things that's clear is that the department in every press release and prominently featured on the website is the claim that sfpd is hailed by the new york times as a major department where police reform has worked . that's statement is made in every communication i've seen to the public.
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certainly in thepress releases . i think that the first question i have on that is do you think that is an accurate statement? an accurate characterization in the new york times article and an accurate statement that sfpd is putting out. >> while i can't speak directly to that new york times article, i didn't comeprepared to talk about that directly i can reform . and i can speak to our messaging about reform and our messaging consistently putting out there about what we're doing regarding reform. we intentionally try to keep reform in the conversation because it really is defining
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what we doand who we are since 2016 . the department has been living, breathing, eating every day work on reform. and i think it's important that we talk about what we're doing out there. >>. [please stand by]
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>> are never communicated with the other part of the store re. as the chief made clear in the last presentation to our board, that we continue to see persistent racial disparities in who is stopped, arrested and subject to use of force based on race in san francisco.
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in fact, the report referenced in the "new york times" who we followed up, the hearing was very clear despite attempts by sfpd to claim limited reforms are working that san francisco has one of the worst policing outcomes in the nation with more extreme racial disparities in policing and higher use of force rates than other major cities. i bring this up less to debate who is right and more to ask why the issue of persistent racial disparities is not even acknowledged, but there is a constant touting of the san francisco as the city where police reforms have worked. very different from what we have untaken certain reforms.
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we have untaken certain reforms and understand disparities persist and are working on it. that would be an objective statement, right? it feels like this is the strategic side of communications that it is not framed that way. why no reference in any of these press releases to the persistent racial disparities and the continued touting of san francisco as a city where police reform has worked? >> i think in relation to actually the work that we are doing with disparities, we start with we do responand have responded to media inquiries regarding disparities, racial bias and what we are doing in terms of work in moving forward. i think it is important to highlight what we are doing about racial disparities. what we are doing about bias.
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that goes back to the public interest. what is the department doing? it is important to highlight those things. looking back to collaborative reform efforts an entire section is on bias. the work we have done that is identified, that was identified by the department of justice at the time to say this is where you need to improve in the areas of bias and disparities, and that is work we have done. as i said, it is a starting point. that is where we begin and we are building off that. to your point, maybe we need to put out a press release. this is what we have been doing regarding working on disparities and bias and talk about the training that we send all of our officers to to talk about
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bias-free policing policy. to talk about the fact that for instance, we just sent an entire academy class to talk about history of policing and civil rights movement and bias and how that shapes policing today and how we need to get better. we need to put that message out. people need to know what we are doing about this. >> thank you for the comments. i want to note. i raised this when the chief was before the full board. the concern around the ongoing language in every press release on san francisco as a city model where police reform has worked. the same language continues to be used. i hope there is an openness in department to revisit that
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because the problem is continuing to send these out may serve certain objectives. it sends a message of people having force used against them and the folks who are the direct victims of disparities and the history that you reference. it sends a message that the city is sweeping those concerns under the rug when each press release is a model for reform. there is a way to acknowledge and talk about reforms under way and we have done that at the period and also acknowledge the ongoing racial disparities in policing and to tell a more objective version of that story in taxpayer funded
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communications. i think my question to you is why has that suggestion not been heeded. there is an openness to take another look at some of that language in how you are framing reforms but leaving out ongoing racial disparities from the presentation in every communication that comes from the department? >> i think that really and i would go back to my previous statement. the effort to highlight what we are doing in terms of reforms really speaks to the bias. it is a place for people to look to begin the conversation. it is not meant to be the end-all and be all. it is meant to open the conversation.
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these are the issues that the san francisco police department has been working upon and have been identified. what have then done about it? where are they going? that brings us to the website. if they are seeking additional information and additional published reports, they can find all of those published reports there and hopefully they do. >> is that a no to the question whether there is an openness to more directly addressing the ongoing racial disparities in these communications? >> no, i think that certainly there is room to address that. as i mentioned, it has spurred in my mind maybe we do need to put out a press release to say this is what we are faced with
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and this is what we are doing as a department. >> unless colleagues have other questions i would like to go next to alec who is joining joining usremotely. i see him. the floor is yours. pardon me. supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, chair preston. a thought or note. i agree that the department does tout its successes in the areas of reform over the last five or six years. my perception is that those are real and tangible. while shootings have declined there are many measurable ways
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where communities that had experienced the brunt of some of the policing are experiencing that less. if that is not the case, if reform is not working in san francisco, then it raises the question what are we doing? the impacts on police efficiency, time off the street for officers who are following general orders that now require extensive investigation of interactions. if we are going down the path to say this isn't working, i think that is a challenging path to go down because the costs to efficiency in the department are very real. i happen to go to a police lineup at one of the stations in my district. folks were asked how many were
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pulled off the street as part of use of force investigation since the new general order took effect. every hand went up. there is a real cost and burden. i believe it is worth paying and the department leadership believes it is important. if our conclusion reform is not working, that has all sorts of consequences that i hope that is not the right answer. >> chair preston: did you want to comment? >> i appreciate the discussion. i think there is obviously the substantive issue that hopefully we are all making sure that reforms aren't just pay number of this many out of this many that are achieved but have the impact. i think for purposes of this
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what is really clear in our review of what comes from the communications forum of the police department is that the -- a bit more what i would view in the private sector i would be calling it brands management than an open discussion of exactly the issue you raised. these are the things undertaken and a chiefed. these are the ongoing problems that people are facing. the second part is missing completely. to the point that it must be deliberate. i raised it in prior hearings. there is a decision made through the advances and not talk about except when forced to have a
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hearing about the actual impact and ongoing racial disparities. it is important. to think about this outside of the public safety realm if we adopted something like we have all come together at the board on something like the tenant right to council. we wouldn't issue if evictions quadrupled next year it would be strange if the housing and advocates said how fantastic it was in waiverring the right of council while evictions quadruple. there is aning acknowledgment of the problem. public transit, housing. we have an obligation to move us toward solutions not to just highlight the parts of the approaches that improve the public perception of the
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department and not those calling into question the outcome. i would like to turn over the floor. sorry for delays. floor is yours. >> thank you. i want to start briefly by giving you my perspective and background on these issues and open up for questions. i have done a fair amount of work in california. in san francisco, in particular. i see myself more as a national expert on civil rights. in recent years i have been studying and researching in great depth the way in which police departments and media institutions work together to prevent systematic change to
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remedy what our pervasive and brutal violation of the civil rights of the most vulnerable people in our society. i can offer the national perspective having examined how police departments across the country are working closely in each jurisdiction to change and manipulate the kind of information that makes the way to the public. first a i am the founder and executive director of civil rights forum in washington, d.c. we are civil rights advocates. we are poets and other people who believe deeply that the black people are six times and five times the rate of had
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historical average five to 10 times the rate of other countries across the world. we believe the system is devastating and separated tens of millions of children from parents. this is ineffective. not making communities more safe. police prosecutors and prisons, jails, courts if they may being people safe, u.s. would be the safest in the history of the world. they don't make people safe. as a result of massive investment in bureaucracy of punishment and our lack of investment in the things that result in safety. communities need to flourish. basic, adequate medical care, housing, shelter. places to learn in safety. after school music, theater,
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poetry and athletics. all the things research shows correlate with and cause lower level of violence. san francisco is a leading example where bureaucracy of punishment has met takesty sized to a degree unthinkable 15, 20, 30 years ago. that is our work. last year i argued a case in the california supreme court that struck down the money system in california. it came out of san francisco. in doing bail work across the country, i have come to understand how even the most senseless and i effective and violent bureaucracy. for example a system that keeps 400,000 people in jail cells every night because they don't
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have enough cash. a system that has for profit corporations that exist in the philippines and united states. that is so normalized and so powerful it is able to reproduce itself and control legislative hearings, block reforms. it works quite closely with the policing bureaucracy. not an accident the officers that you heard of in the san francisco police department worked closely over the years of the massage talking points about pre-trial release that are persistent with the for profit money bail system. i became interested because to work on bail reform and police violence over and over. it is a false narrative. what i call propaganda pervading the news coverage at strategic
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junctures. when the public is outraged. keeping poor people in james cells because they can't play. the narratives emerge. as we learned in studying strategically by offices and police department like strategic information they are adept at seeding the media and commenting on them. before i question i want to highlight three main areas of prop canada particularly pervasive in san francisco over the last 18 months. first is attempt by police and certain allies in local media to
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narrow and very significant bely constrain the kind of things we think of. it is very important when police are talking about crime. they only talk about certain kinds of harm against certain kinds of people and perpetrated by certain kinds of people. the san francisco police department issuing press release to the local media with articles about retail theft or shoplifting. i have not been able to find a single example about wage theft. we know it dwarfs all other property crimes combined. be estimates $50 billion per
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year. by definition this is money taken from lowest wageworkers, poor working class workers by employers. this is ignored and not investigated by the san francisco police department. it is not included in their crime data locally. the san francisco police department is making political charges about which law against which people in which neighborhoods? they have racial disparities in terms of who they investigated. the san francisco police department does nothing to enforce state tax evasion, water and air pollution laws. had of the blame is at the
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stakeholders. police departments are focused on investigating and surveilling and prosecuting the poorest people in society. first form of propaganda. when they talk about crime it is a sub set. it is a crime committed by poor people. second things we have seen and the misinformation is out of control. creating a constant sense among the population that crime is surging or there is a crime wait. it is out of control. >> every kind of crime in san francisco. if you go back to 1980 you can see how crime has declined. we are at extremely low crime rate ifs. lower prior to be the pandemic
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in 2019. there is a consistent effort through the voltuming of flus for res. there is good academic research if you give people taketistics they are unable to process. if they are received in a violent crime and certainly legal journalists do it. every day two three or four stories about violent crime. it makes people in san francisco much less likely to process that crime is at near historic lows. on their own terms there is an unfortunately narrow kinds of rhyme. it is a vital point be they are invested in the narrative of
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certain crimes skyrocketing when the times are not skyrocketing. part of a broader plan to invade public scrutiny. the third type of propaganda you see in the san francisco police department and mayor's office, press releases and regurgitated by local tengraphers in the media. it is only by the crimes committed by poor people. inappropriately suggested that is out of control in the way it hasn't been in the past. they suggest any basis or citation is more surveillance
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and punishments. we see this by police unions and right wing extremists. this is a common talking point of donald trump junior and former president trump. if there is a problem of crime, solution more in right wing policing and military equipment. public partnership with surveillance companies. you can the attention on facial recognition databases and body cameras for cops which they can link to databaseis and use as surveillance cameras to the same poor neighborhoods. these are related. for the funding for this they have to create a supposed connection.
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the best research is unambiguous the way to a safer posighty with less harm is by nesting in the root causes,eld care and drug addlition this is the final form of propaganda. it is false and misleading link between police, prosecutors and punishment to safety. that is something you see in the san francisco police department rapidly trying to influence local media. i will talk and let you ask questions. if not, thank you so much for having me. >> thank you.
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i have one question. in particular i wanted to get your thoughts on the san francisco police department's approach to talking about reform. you touched on this. more specifically i wanted to get your perspective. as i pointed out before you began the way that reforms and progress on reforms are discussed and what isn't discussed in the various press releases. the materials sent out from the police department. >> absolutely. i am not a lawyer to use overly technical language. i will say i think the way the
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san francisco police department talks about reform is a joke. no serious person puts any stock in it. it doesn't mean anything. it is too vague to understand what they are talking about. no rigorous thinking can come close to what they mean. do they mean they have becoming less violent? there is no progress? do they mean the san francisco police department has eliminated the rampant racial disparities in the stops and arrests and in uses of force? they don't have that. what do they mean? what you see them referring to when they talk about reform at pork is a series of vague and unsubstantiated claims that previous communications department are in the news
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without any scientific or empirical rigor. there is no basis for those assertions. nobody putting any stock in it. some members of the board of supervisors are politically aligned with the police and fully those people are not here. they know that. when i talk to local legislators across the country and state legislators. people understand the things they are saying about police reform successful are false. that is part of the game politicians are playing. nobody thinks police department in the u.s. have significantly changed behavior. they killed more people in 2021 after george floyd was murdered than in 2020. there is no meaningful change to any of that data.
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the reason there is no meaningful output is that not even the police argue there are significant changes to the way they do things. the reforms we are talking about are at best minor tweaks that don't address the actual core problems of the american policing. we expect any reforms to change in the violence. one more thing. it is impossible to talk about reforms when it is systematically lied to the public and hides from the public its own crimes. sfpd commits thousands of felony assaults every year that they don't record.
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row do you measure crime when you have an agency that doesn't measure the kind of assault it is committing. in some cities we have a federal investigation so the department of justice did an investigation with the new york police department. they found 94% of all police stops in that work were unjustified. someone that is not a state felony assault but federal felony violation. the police department does not track that. any institution that doesn't care enough to track what felony crimes are committed is not an institution that is able to talk about reforms. >> thank you. supervisor mandelman.
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>> i am weighing if it is worth responding. he has done extraordinary things and changed many aspects of incarceration in this country. i think that he has strong opinions what is happening in insan francisco without talking about daily lived experiences. as someone who supports progressive policies and wants to see democrats win and to see the country become a more just, fair, equitable place. following siron song is dangerous. he tells san franciscans they
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are missing the point because there is wage theft tax evasion and water pollution. it is extraordinary. retail theft is not out of control situation in san francisco is nuts. i don't know if there is a relationship between that assertion and conclusions about policing or police reform. that is just crazy. surely the media sensationalizes crime. i grew up san francisco. i am happy to see san francisco is less violent than when i was growing up in san francisco. to then go from that obvious point to say there is not a level of property crime in san francisco in neighborhoods frequently experiencing burglaries and were not 10 years ago, that that is not real and telling people it is not real and they should suck it up.
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that is not how progressives win and that is turning people against reform and to lose. >> i would like to open up public comment on this item. there may be further questions after public comment. i know some folks may have been waiting for a while to weigh in. >> let's wait until after public comment. >> members of the public line up to speak now along the windows. if you are joining remotely, please call 415-655-0001 and enter id24887940994.
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press pound twice. once connected press star 3 to enter the speaker line. wait until you are unmuted and you will be entered for comments. i see one person in the chambers. you may step forward for your comments now. >> i am kim striker. i live in san francisco. i need to catch my breath after listening to what i just heard from your civil rights attorney. i am appalled at what i just heard. the accusations against the police were inacceptable. i am offended you would bring someone like that into this body for all of us to hear. i am offended by that.
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i will also say that i have experienced crime, my brother, a visitor, had his car stolen in front of my home, in san francisco. there is glass on my street from break-ins of cars. my garage was broken into. thank you. no other comments in person. we have 8 listeners at this time and 4 in the queue. >> mynam is francisco dekosta. i have been monitoring what has been the presentation. not this one but the previous
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one for the last four years. supervisors are too late for this hearing. 10 years late. let's stop talking about it. have you head the report? have you participated in 272 recommendations. my thoughts? community services. [indiscernable] you are the san francisco police department $800,000 to graduate 272 recommendations. you tell me if the population
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and give them 272 recommendations to kill themselves or come back on track with the operation. this is a city. you are the supervisors. not one of you are in the trenches. you talk about it. then. [indiscernable] the chinese monitor you. they know everything what is happening. we need to learn the issues. secondly, the orientation. thank you very much. >> next caller.
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>> thank you. i have been in san francisco for a long time. my great-grandfather was on angel island before the 1906 quake. i want to thank him for speaking today and for people saying valuable testimony. i have questions about how the police communicate messages. i am particularly concerned how the issue of anti-asian violence was presented. it has been vastly underreported despite all of the hype that police gave the overall issue. it was underreported that the person who committed over half.
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one person who committed half of the hate crimes in san francisco in 2021. he is a white man. yet the media with the help of the san francisco police department continue to portray this crime affected by individuals who are black. it is manipulation. i know a good deal about the history of racist policing, specifically, against chinese in san francisco. i want to point out all of the anti-asian violence we have a very big police department. these are remarkably welcome pen saided. it raises questions about the manner in which the long history of policeman ilating crime and
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magnifies certain crimes or standing back and letting thinks happen and allowing the reform. i have questions about that. >> thank you for your comments. i apologize for cutting you. everybody has two minutes. next caller. >> good afternoon. i work for the american crime service committee. i would like to share my experience. more troubling of is the level. last year sfpd acknowledged receipt of our request. it requires response in 10 days. we did not receive response. the records referred me to
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legal. they told me someone else is doing it. media gave me an e-mail address for a response. i did this. on december 2 i called sfpd for instructions. i asked for an update. no response. december 7 i called again. this time i was called it would be handled by legal. i called the legal immediately after and told it was assigned to me. i will transfer back for the listing on the individuals who asked me to send the update. next day the sfpd chief. 212 days they acknowledged
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receipt. the public request. [indiscernable] thank you. >> we currently have the next call forward. >> thank you for this hearing. i submitted a lengthy submission this morning i will summarize. first i want to speak directly to my supervisor mandelman. i will invite him for anything i have saying or written that is inaccurate or things i am gaslighting. what do you think i said is inaccurate. your perspective is short sighted. transparency must be a state
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defined by candor. misinformation and certainly not inaccuracy. i would like to think we could agree that the strategic communication product of the san francisco department should be mackually accurate. they have not met that simple standard. i can give you an example. strategic communication for the police department should serve all legitimate institutional goals, no political. to maintaining public trust and providing public safety and services. they should always be pursued under the direction and consistent with the police commission which is the civilian representative in the democracy and goal of the police commission to drive the police department communication. they are currently disconnected and in conflict. a few examples. "new york times" did not hail
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sfpd as a department where police reform works false statement. police department should not longer circulate it as though it is a big propaganda. it is wildly exaggerated. fundamentally misrepresented. the public deserves the truth about that. the police department has a video saying this is the first -- >> thank you. i apologize for cutting you off. we are timing everybody at two minutes. >> i would like to thank chair preston for this hearing. this is really important and meaningful for me personally. i would like to see crimes committed by the sfpd as our speaker just mentioned and
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escalated such as crimes by sfpd such as false stops and deattainments reported. it is amazing to me those things can go unreported. i would like to see the mayor's office establish and keep our neighborhoods safe. police do not equate to safety. they equate to violence and they equate to constitutional rights being violated day in and day out. anybody who thinks that strategic communications from the police department are not bias toward the police unions we hear constantly about them not
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taking any action because dha will not prosecute that is a direct talking point pouring into these recall election efforts. thank you so much, supervisor preston. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker. >> this is kristin evans small business owner in haight-ashbury. i want to say my experience as somebody who has been in the merchant association. it is always persistent in the 16 years that i have had a business on haight street. i can't say there is a marked increase in retail theft in our commercial corridor.
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i don't presume my experiences are for other merchants. i do want to say that my experience with sfpd and that we have had maybe 10 different captains or more in the 16 years i have been a merchant in the haight-ashbury station, there is a pretty significant change in how polices is done from captain to captain. the communications between the merchants and the captain is more strained. i believe that is the result of response to what i think is sfpd taking a defensive posture to look out for justice. that way of doing constructive work and improvement to improve
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public safety. i do think that we all recognize that many of our problems have to do with housing and access to services, more than have to do about anything that the police can do to knock off people that are perpetuating break-ins. i do think we have to be honest about where we are at in these conversations or we will never make progress addressing those roles. >> thank you for your comments. next caller. >> hello, supervisors. thank you, supervisor preston for calling this hearing. this is what i hope to be an important step toward accountability. i appreciate each of you who have participated today in this
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hearing. i want to point out that the san francisco police department budget has been bloated for the past several years on an increasing basis while many crimes including violent crimes. this department was given 278 reform mandate in the wake of murdering mario woods in 2016. they completed about 4% of those in the course of five years time. in that time they have expanded the budget, obtained a multi-million dollar consultant firm to help them be forced to finish. ultimately sfpd is taken to task including myself whose cases
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were never investigated by the department. domestic violence victims sued the department for failure to complete the paperwork to get more money to the police department to fix these problems. they do not need a greater platform. we need to invest in community resources like education and housing. i hope we can get the calls that black lives mattered. i have some that know that propaganda is not the answer. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next caller. >> i actually wasn't be going to
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call in. i greatly appreciate supervisor mandelman's leadership on these issues. the comments that san franciscans are more concerned than about wage theft. i have been involved in the steering committee. the persons of san francisco are willing to work on police reform. i have been a victim of crime. my converter was stolen from my car. i am concerned about wage theft. stealing the wages of employees. that is a much bigger problem than shoplifting. we know that economic and
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equality and that we see a lack of prosecution and incarceration is not deterrent or driver of property theft in economic inequality. it is the city that we see an enormous amount of inequities. thank you. >> we have 13 listening and three in the queue. if you are listening and would like to be part of the comments press star 3 now to enter the queue. next person forward. >> this is district four
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resident. i want to thank supervisor preston. this is the strategies for social media versus press releases. rather than strategic communications. shaping, targeted messages in mind. further interrogation and discussion to understand how the department crafts messages. they choose to highlight and what they do not and the impact of that and how it impacts the communities in our city. so many other things to prioritize with this money like education, safe housing and libraries. i hope we will get to that point. thank you for your time. >> thank you for your comments. next