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organizations, it's on their discretion how they will handle the fund? >> that's correct. >> what is the budget sides? >> the approximately remaining amount in the account is about $25,000. >> this friends of organization never need to report to the commission in the past. >> this was a relationship between the department and the friends of organization. kind of how that organization supported the department's goal. that was the intersection between the work. given the behested payment legislation that passed, this is why the city attorney -- there needs to be a clear line on you can't direct them anymore.
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they're already a restricted source on where to put that money. this not allowed anymore based on that legislation. >> generally, this is the most concerning aspect to me. money without oversight is never a good thing especially when we have such limited access to funds. those funds can get misappropriated. in the control's report, they recognize yes, friends of did have a board. the staff signed off and directed these funds. are any staff in a personal capacity still directing these funds? >> currently to this day, no. there's no direction of anything from staff and involvement from staff in the friends of organization. they have no input into where
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the funds will be directed. >> no staff currently hold position with friends of. >> that's correct. >> commissioner wald: this may seem like overkill, i want to follow-up commissioner hunter's question and ask my fellow board members to assure me that none of us have any relationship with the friends of organization? >> v.p. stephenson: everyone i see says no. >> commissioner wald: i don't. >> commissioner sullivan: the actions indicated here are that
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the friends of organization has been dissolved and also that this -- my question is friends of organization being formally dissolved. is it an organization that will go through disillusion so it no longer exist or will it sees to exist so that it doesn't exist and it can't just dispurse funds. >> that's a great point of clarification. the action that we have taken as a department is to sever our relationship with with the friends of s.f. environment.
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that's what we have been told. >> commissioner sullivan: thank you. >> to build on question again. the board of friends of, are throes of those board members connected to any other city departments or any other city staff? like was somebody's husband or wife connected to this organization? >> i'm going to have mr. sheehan answer this question. >> can you repeat that question? >> commissioner hunter: i no department staff directly connected to friends of but are
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aware of any relationships via close friends or family that sit on this board that might be connected to the city government. >> this is charles sheehan public affairs officer. i think it's safe to say that the external board members for friends may have connections to the city and or former employees to the city. >> commissioner hunter: beside acting director with friends of, are there any controls in place to make sure there are no back-and-forth or continuation
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conversation -- the point i'm trying to drive home, i want to make sure we dot our is and cross our ts. to ensure we are not connected with any shame form if possible. >> i'm not wear of any back-and-forth other than what has been recommended by the city attorney and transported over to -- i'm not aware of back-and-forth. >> commissioner hunter: in the letter sent to them, it does clarify that prohibition that the dispercentment of funds is --
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>> thank you for answering these questions. this is a very complex relationship. it has to come to a close. we are doing as much diligent follow-up as possible. help ease my anxiety. thank you. >> we appreciate the questions. there are questions that the public may have related to this. >> this is recommendation number seven. tv environment and allzy department -- the action here is
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as of 2021, this actually began already. all s.f. environment staff are required to take the biannual city ethics training. training is actually part of every new employee's on boarding process. when you become a new policy at the process, you must take this training. in item of 2022, we'll be doing another all staff training with the city attorney use office. the point here is that this anthony a one time thing. it's an ongoing process that we need to continue elevate through discussions, dialogue, meeting
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and training. today we had a training with managers about the best way of the payment rule. we want everyone to ask questions to the exerts. beginning in 2023, there will be an annual requirement to complete the training to align with the filing deadline for form 700 filers. which is april 1st. basically, it's lining up with commissioner hunter's recommendation to the earth month celebration.
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i think it fights nicely in that timeline. the second is that in addition, this is a new request that was made to the mayor's budget office for additional support to help us budgeting ethics contracts and grant compliance. i wanted to put that out there. we did make a request to have additional support to make sure we had another pair of eyes on all of those number of grants and contracts going through our department.
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>> v.p. stephenson: there's so much conversation around getting grants and getting funds in the door to enact the amazing policies that constituent does. a part of me wants to say this is an amazing opportunity for us
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to say let's stop that whole process and let the city fund all the work of the department and then all of that oversight in the day-to-day way around grant making, grant writing and getting sponsorship and making sure that we're following all the rules. my question for you is, in that training and in the behested payment rules is there clarity around gifts versus sponsorships? to me, this is one of those thing that i never understood. i see a big marquee with a bunch of logos on it. i know that people have given wine at the green business awards, i know that people done different levels of sponsorships. not people but organizations. it's unclear to me after going
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through the ethics training that we have to go through, where that line gets drawn. i'm hopeful as you're talking about this training, that line gets really clear. as long as we are in position or department is in position where we're having to go out and solicit these funds in order to do day-to-day operations it's critical that every single person who has any touch point on that really understands that. i don't think that has been the case today through no -- certainly through lack of understanding there. >> this might be a good time to introduce our deputy city attorney. i will start and obviously turn to her if she has anything to add. i do think that the line is very
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clear when it comes to new behested payment legislation. what is allowed and not allowed in terms of sponsorship. we have relationship with this organization, we are not allowed to ask that organization for funding for our department or funding to another behested payment. like funding to another organization to support something. you bring up a point that the reason why the funds had to be raised it's because there are no dollars in the department to host things like the breakfast. to bring up another point that
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the behested payment legislation -- the activities it done prior to this year. the issue around the recology issue, that's elevated in term of public profile based on all the other activities and things i noted with recology. that takes on a different perception which is ultimately kind of what we're trying to safeguard. that integrity and what all the commissioners said the integrity of the department.
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those things are really important to be followed. that's why we're asking for additional support. the current resources of the department isn't enough to ensure that. to make sure we don't miss, we want to make sure we are every -- even if this department, i hope this department is successful in getting all the funding we need to advance this important work, there will be a component just based on the work itself that will require -- that will basically benefit the public for us to seek grants. there are federal grants closely aligned with our climate goal. all of the money we need to be out there trying to get the
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dollars into the city so we can advance our goals. i don't think that necessarily stopped even if we get funding. we get to scale that work and make sure that the work is done appropriately in accordance with rules and regulations in the city. >> i agree with what you said. i want to underline the point you made. there's no real distinction between sponsorships and gifts when it comes to the behested payment rules. >> can you explain the current staffing situation related to contract and contract compliance. when you adding disposition, what will be the responsibility and who will be the direct
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reports to? >> we're still working out the details organizationally where that would fit. any initial thought is that the current staff that deal with budgeting that deal with contracts and the consolidation of everyone that deals with grants centralized grant function would report to this individual. that individual will provide that oversight. it allows for that oversight. also, there are some judgment calls that have been to be made. we like to think all rules and regulations are, there are circumstances and situations where you have to start put your thinking cap on and say does what applied and having someone
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-- [ indiscernible ] that first layer is really important to the process. we make sure other points are hit as they are needed if things are not clear. >> i'm thinking, this is really robust department that had so many contracts and grants. it's not typical. i'm wondering if one position is that even enough or if that assessment has been done and to figure out a structure to make it as sound? >> that's a great point too. unfortunately, given the timing of kind of everything as far as this report and also myself, we're in the middle of a budget season right now. what i was proposing here we
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know we need additional controls to get some additional help now that can do that strategic -- to have a very robust contracting grant budgeting team that kind of meets the standard that this commission wants to hold. >> commissioner wald: i think i may have missed something here. i apologize. i want to say thank you for moving so swiftly and so comprehensively to address the recommendation. i'm very impressed as we go
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through what you have done and what you proposing to do. one thing that i was wondering is whether or not you given any consideration to a position like an ethics officer for the department? even ideally or prospectively. i agree absolutely with what you said that again and again, there are going to be questions that require a judgment call. i take these ethics courses every single year. i'm a lawyer. i'm used to thinking about these kinds of issues. they are not crystal-clear even to me after multiple years of
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having the training. the notion that department might have someone who's job it was to be an advisor to people when those questions come up so they don't have to hesitate. before they can get the answer to the question while on the term of their tongue. somebody who have responsible for answering those questions and identify as such to everyone. >> thank you for your comments. i agree. that is the intent of this position that we're requesting. at an appropriate senior enough level to be able to provide that
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level of guidance. i think it's also important to note, it's easy to always find someone to be ethics officer if you will. lot of people have an ethics officer. it's important that we understand our role and supporting the ethics department. each individual is a safeguard. i had conversations with staff, we to each other are sources of information. as there are questions the most important thing is to have a resource you can turn to, b, know that you don't have to -- if you're not sure ask questions. in this case it will be initially senior person but it can be anyone in the department for that matter to seek in initial level of guidance and
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elevate it as necessary until we get to that appropriate level of certainty. that includes going to our city attorney's office, going to the ethics department. all in that process and the culture we want to have in place. >> commissioner wald: if i can add one follow-up question. so the person is not specifically -- the supervisor for lack of better word of the contract people, it's a brawledder -- broader role? >> that is the initial thought. i'm happy to bring back a job description for this role. it will be all of the above.
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obviously they would have oversight over our budget and contracting grant. i believe in my review other organizations we can find an individual with all of those skill sets. >> commissioner wald: thank you. i'm sorry i did not understand that from the beginning. >> not a problem. we are going on to recommendation seven. this is more an agreement in the recommendation. we are looking at all the top responsibilities within the department to determine which of these positions do have contracting and purchasing responsibility. tied with that, we'll make sure
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the appropriate training is died to the individual and disclosures is tied to those individuals that are appropriate. the department will work with the s.f. commission to identify additional sunshine training to include annual mandatory requirements. recommendation number eight. s.f. environment and all city departments should seek approval from the board of supervisors if the department wishes to charge fees and ensure that fee revenue is deposited and recorded in the city's financial system. the action here is a slight description also of the fee-based course. we look back when it took place. only fee-based for recology in q22014. the last fee-based presentation
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happened in q4 2019. this is to raise visiting delegation that were taking up staff time and pulling them from other responsibilities and have them cover the cost of those tour. it was done on a limited basis. based on what i've been able to see as far as it was not done regularly or frequently. there's a city process before any department should decide to enact any sort tv fee or charge. as such, i want to note this happened before i began.
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any fee revenues is recorded in the city's financial system. this goes to there's actually a process to set fees that requires approval by the board of supervisors before you you can start charging fees to the public. we definitely will follow up any of those rules and procedures should we ever do fees again in the future. >> commissioner hunter: just a quick question. you said they'll follow-up with the commission and board of supervisors. you mentioned there's process to follow with the board of supervisors. is there a process currently in department policies that requires the department to come to the commission or is this a recommendation to come to the
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commission? >> that i'm not clear about whether or not the commission has an action. i know that the controller's office is involved in the office and board of supervisors must approve the fee as part of the annual salary ordinance. i don't know if the commission has to take this action before going forward. that's a question i'm happy to bring back that answer. we can set that policy that the commission has to approve any sort of fee-based tour in the future before going to the other steps of the city process. recommendation number nine. this was actually directed at the department of human resources. they should consider require interview panelists to confirm that they have no conflict of
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interest before participating in hiring panel and develop policies regarding these matters. the department already made a comprehensive list of all contracted grantees available to all staff. that's posted on our sharepoint page and updated quarterly. i plan to develop department policy after kind of hearing feedback from the commission here that i wish to prohibit the use of contractors or grantees with a financial relationship from participating in any future hiring panel. that panelist will be required to confirm that they have no conflicts of interest. here i want to bring this back. there's no city wide policy on this. there's no prohibition that says you can't have a contractor or grantee sit on your panel. this gets to the perception issue and the public integrity and trust issue that we were discussing earlier. it's my recommendation that we just make it blanket policy and
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that's something i can do directly. >> v.p. stephenson: can you give me an example of a hiring panel that would have a contractor on it? >> i believe that was noted in the report that for several interviews for positions within the department recology sat on the hiring panel for the hiring of the position. >> v.p. stephenson: you know what years those were? >> i don't know exactly what year that hiring was done. [ indiscernible ] >> it's the hiring manager that works with our hr analyst to develop a hiring panel. we abide by the hr's requirement
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for having a diverse panel and the skill sets that are required to be qualified for the position that's hired for. it is a recommendation to seek outside people to sit on your hiring panel from other departments or outside organizations with expertise relative to the position they are hiring for. in this case, i think it was a perception thing of having someone that you're ultimately responsible for working with for regulating or developing policy for sitting on that hiring panel for the position that are actually going to be helping to implement or develop those policies. i think it's a much cleaner break to stop that for all contracts in general that there's a perceived conflict of interest when it comes to sitting on a panel.
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by having that interest, you maybe steered in wanting to hire a particular candidate that benefits you rather than the department. it eliminates any of that possibility. this goes to the commission's desire to be a leader here. this is what we're going to do in terms of stepping up and going above and beyond. >> v.p. stephenson: clearly, yo- [ indiscernible ] thanks for that clarification. if i'm right, the next thing that we're going to talk about is the commission's role. i had a question that goes back
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to the one of the prior recommendations. again, addresses this funding issue with regard to the way that the department is funded. do we have -- do you have a number? with regard to the new rules around behested payments, what percent of our budgets will be impacted? what percent of the department's budget or historical budget would have been impacted by that law and that regulation? >> we haven't done as far as that casting. we're happy to bring that back. >> v.p. stephenson: it's an interest of mine in terms of really looking at the challenge that the department faces with regard to how it's funded. making sure that these new moves
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which are absolutely essential for public trust, i want to make sure that we don't -- we should be tieing our hand. i want to make sure we can still access the funding needed. if that means that we get a general fund dollars, great. i would like to know the size of the problem in terms of what these very necessary restrictions do to our ability that the important work that the department needs to do. >> we can definitely do that in terms of looking back to see how much money applied to support these programs. whatever we need in order to implement the climate action plan. my suggestion to the commission may be for us to come back and
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provide that comprehensive. look at how much money we need to implement the climate action plan. we're talking millions and millions of dollars rather than -- it may not hundreds of thousands. we'll be happy to work with staff on bringing that back you in an upcoming meeting. >> v.p. stephenson: anybody else wanting to speak? >> no! [ laughter ] >> now get to recommendation one. we pulled recommendation one because this deal is kind of directly with the commission. recommendation one is the commission on the environment to ensure that s.f. environment establishes a strong ethical tone at the top modeling the
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importance of compliance with ethics laws. what we done is propose series of recommendations up for discussion for this commission in terms of getting feedback from the direction relike to head. understanding there's a lot more detail for you to take any action. getting some feedback from now on what interest you what help facilitate the discussion. >> v.p. stephenson: commissioner wan has left the meeting. >> number one, the department is identifying opportunities to form the commission about future audits. there are audits that happen all the time on items that are relevant to the department environment.
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it's something that's a good practice to make sure that the commission is informed of any and all audits relative to the department. there are audits that happen outside within the department as part of our good governance check. the second is that the department is identifying opportunities to engage and inform the commission contracts and grants. this relates to whether or not the commission would like to consider having greater oversight over the issuance of contracts and grants. the scale and scope of this would depend on the commission interest, everything from the basic we could report as we discussed. or it can go to actual commission approval of all contracting grants or somewhere in between of contracts and grant over a certain amount.
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that's kind of the range of options that are available to this commission should they be interested. we would need to bring back information on what that scale might be or that appropriateness might be. what i would note, in order to not too much impact the schedule our issuance of grants, grants sometime have a quick turn around. we want to be cognizant of that development. the next one is about identifying opportunities to engage. final one is hostal public forum to talk about all of these issues.
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we have information on what other departments do relative to contracting grants whenever we get to that conversation. >> president ahn: i would love to see that slide held up by kyle actually. to me, the recommendation one is really a heart of the matter. we need to figure out a way to prevent the situation we found ourselves in a month ago from happening again. i think knowing what the standards are, i don't have a strong opinion as of now over what the contracting threshold should be. generally, i don't think it's also good for the commission to micromanage the department as well. there needs to be some oversight
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of contracts and grants and what that contract threshold is will be dependent upon looking at what other city departments and commissions doing and the overall scope and range of department and environment budget. kyle, do you want to walk us through the slide as well? >> clerk: you can see the commission authorization requirement slide, currently the commission on the environment does not oversee budget contracts. in our comparison, we did consult eight other roughly comparable commissions in the city including the yard commission which does have the oversight over budget contracts and grants over $100,000.
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this is not required. they do have authority to approve outgoing grants in 12 months or less. the entertainment commission does not have oversight over any of these items for the fire commission. they do approve budget contracts that are at least $25,000. human services commission approved budget contracts and outgoing grant over $29,000. they do not deal with m.o.u.s. the small business administration does not have authorization oversight over these items. the war memorial board of
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trustees finally does have the authority to approve budget contracts as well as m.o.u.s but does not generally deal with grants incoming or outgoing. >> president ahn: kyle, quick follow-up question. how are these commissions selected and more to the point, was there reason why p.u.c. wasn't included on the table? >> we asked ourselves this question couple of weeks ago when we started thinking about preparation for this meeting. i think our first main ask was to look at commissions and departments that are kind of like size may have similar activities. we didn't take into the full
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breadth of commissions. one of the reasons we didn't look at the sfpuc commission they are so large and their contracts is so large. if i had pick out one thing on the list, our commission is probably the most like our department and commission. that was our intent when we did this project. >> president ahn: that make sense. i think for clarification, do we have a slide that shows the size, maybe like the average size of the department of environment grant. >> sure, that's a follow-up item. >> president ahn: knowing that and measure accordingly -- i think this table is a lot of work. i really appreciate staff putting this together. i think this is good context to have. the reason why p.u.c. comes to mind its connections overall to
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energy, utilities in the city. it's not a clean overlap of course. it's relatable. that's why i bring it up too. that said, i think just knowing how many grants are channeled now through the department and then how much the commission should be involved again like what is the contract threshold amount. overall, the question the commissioners should ask themselves how much more work are we willing to do. we don't want to approve every contract or assert authority over every contract. there's a balance to strike here in other words.
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>> commissioner wald: it seems to me that in addition to the specific question, we're talking about here, how involved should we be before these things come in. we should have a better understanding than we have of where the funds that are supporting the department are coming from. in other words, even for let's say we do adopt a policy of reviewing certain contracts, i think it will be advisable for us to be informed at least about all the contracts and grants that the department enters into. i have never served on the operations committee but i have. i don't know what you all do.
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but i have. [ laughter ] i have noted that when we do the budget, we are not provided a list of the funding sources of the department. we might have conflicts. >> v.p. stephenson: i think that's a good point. i think that in my experience in the operations committee, which i have not been part of the budget discussions for couple of years, generally speaking through progressmatic area, i do see the revenue sources for the major grants that are funding those program areas. i don't think that we ever saw a single comprehensive list of
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everything all in one line and one page. also think that whatever we adopt in terms -- i think it's a great idea to see all the incoming revenue sources in one place.
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>> commissioner hunter: i request few different level of review. if we do incur more general funding, i would want to make sure that we understand how much work to take on. to your point earlier on general
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funding, i think it is the mandate of this commission to now carry for aggressive ask to the board of supervisors and the mayor for general fund. i do not think we'll be in this situation if we got general funding from the city itself. i don't think friends of would need to exist. prior director's and staff have taken up the gauntlet to move forward with the budget process. the commission does direct the department but we do serve the public. serving the public make sure that we abide by ethnics rules. we carry forward the mantle of environmentalism. to do that we need to get you funding. beside all that. generally speaking there were few points that brought up today that i personally would strongly recommend including the stopping of anyone with conflicts on hiring panels. i think there should be an
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outright prohibition on fee-based tours on this department. i would also request that if a new friends of board to be formed that takes place over a extended period of time. i know that the department has immediate needs. this level of detail was refreshing from the department. the thought you and staff have put in these recommendations is great. being a program manager myself, you have about 90 days left. i'm curious how you feel about
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this timeline and i'll be curious to hear from other commissioners on any of the other points. >> the q3 timeline was put there because this is a top priority. in my mind, before we can really restore the public's trust to allow us to begin to work on policies that we have to implement, we need to address these issues first and foremost. just begin to start to restore that public confidence which eroded based on stories before. i do want to complete the task and i will come back to the commission whether the operation can report back on where we are. our goal is to hit one of these by end of q2. does this mean this may not be
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complete by then? absolutely. we may still be having conversation about what level contracts do you want to have. we need to bring you back more information based on the feedback here. you can determine what that level is. q2, i want to get to as many of these as i can. it is not just me working on this. there's a team from our chief of policy, our commission secretary our executive project, our deputy director and others that are committed getting the changes implemented as fast as possible. our goal is to get there. i really do want to get there. i think it's a goal. i don't think there are challenges that are so insurmountable that we can't
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achieve them within a timeline. >> v.p. stephenson: president ahn, where would you like to take this discussion next? >> president ahn: one thing i really want to focus on is that last recommendation for future follow-up. just to confirm for the '24, we're still convening again as a full body? >> we're going to bring that up in the director's report and new business. right now that meetly is currently still calendar. we can assess. >> president ahn: if we could agendize this for future discussion. i think that will be helpful with the further follow-up around essentially the scope of the department's budget and being able to put our finger on
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how much we need to insert ourselves as a commission. >> that's great feedback. we can work on that and then also kind of the request around the information on the number of -- information that you will need in order to have that detailed conversation on contract and grants. typical size of the grants, number of grants. we are fully complying with all rules and regulations as it relates to contracts and grants. what we're talking about here, which is a great conversation, the additional oversight that this commission wants to have on that front.
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>> v.p. stephenson: is there no more discussion, let's open up to public comment please. >> clerk: we will begin with public comment here in the room. once that person comment has concluded, we will proceed to remote public comment. any member in the room wish to speak, please come forward and speak clearly in the mic. seeing none. we will proceed to remote public comment. members of the public who wish to make a public comment on this item, should press star 3 to be added to the queue for those on hold in the queue, please continue to wait until it is your turn to speak.
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>> caller: this is david pilpel. i have some fairly detailed comments on this item. i anticipate that i may need a little more than three minutes probably three and a half to four minutes. i already communicated some thought on that matter to director tyrone jue. i believe he heard me. i support the acting director and the department's approach this issue and the recommendations presented in the matrix. i urge you to commit to at least one special follow-up meeting on this issue perhaps two or three months from now and to incorporate other follow-up reports as necessary. the mayor's executive directives that are referenced in the
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slides are not available to the public. i think it will be great if the mayor's office posted executive directives when they are issued and include those from past administrations. it is incredibly difficult for the public to get access to things like mayor's executive directives. on rate-setting. to my knowledge there is no written guidance for environment department staff interacting with recology now or in it future during or outside the rate setting process. clearly, we need an ethical and productive working relationship with recology. there's a lot of history there. we should have the good aspects of that and avoid any problematic aspects there. i think the department could create written guidance about those interactions. i'm unsure if the commission needs to see written policies
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and procedures for staff to implement the recommendations here. perhaps, just assuring the commission that those written policies and procedures have been developed and disseminated it future would suffice. i understand there's fair amount of work to do in this area. the department in my view should review its conflict of interest code regularly. it's required to do so any way but perhaps now is a great time to ensure appropriate staff are properly categorized. not everyone is appropriately category one form 700 filer. there's appropriate review of the c.o.i. code. i don't think it's a significant revenue source nor should it be. specific policies and procedures are needed relative to
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subcontractors. subgrantees and task orders who has to create review, approve what level in the department depending on tiers and all kinds of things. other city commission, i appreciate the chart, other city commission has various threshold for approval of contracts and grants. the environment department and commission does not have those thresholds. i think this commission should accept those in the future. i think those thresholds should be proportional to the money and scope involved in that work. >> clerk: your three minutes has expired. thank you for your comment.
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seeing no additional callers. public comment on this item as closed. >> v.p. stephenson: thank you. next item. >> clerk: next item is the director's report. the speaker is tyrone jue. this item is for discussion. >> part of what i was going to bring up here was mentioned in general public comment that i did want to note that in the mas budget, the general fund ask was not included in that budget. however, i do want to note that we are still in ongoing dialogue with the mayor's office. they've also indicated they weren't focused on general fund asks at the moment. there's still time to
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potentially add that. we are still engaged in those conversations. i will bring up one of the reasons why we want to keep the meeting on the 24th is to have a special conversation in case we don't find that the funding is inserted and this commission is aware. you can take whatever action >> v.p. stephenson: commissioner s, any discussion? any public comment? >> commissioner hunter: i realized this special meeting really about the current climate. generally for the next meeting on the 24th, we're about to hear about your plan as in turn director running the department beyond putting out the current fires that are in place. something to include in your
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director's report potentially. >> if i could possibly get a little bit more time on that. i honestly have been majority of my time has been focused on working with staff on this measure. that's been my priority as i outlined as well as we're just entering the budget. i think i'll be in much better position probably in the june meeting. we'll be informed by the budget conversations we're having. i'll be in much better position to present that. if we do hold that meeting we can bring back that information that through requested and where the money is coming in from. we can have that discussion alongside with any news we have on the general fund ask.
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>> commissioner wald: in your opinion, is there anything that we as a commission can or should do at this point in the budget process? >> i believe at this point, we still are actively engaged in conversations with the mayor's office who still have the ability to make adjustments. i think the 24th timing is actually the perfect time to revisit this because we'll have probably more information to share hopefully, we might -- if we don't, that's where we'll have the discussion on what other activity the commission can discuss. >> commissioner wald: thank you. >> v.p. stephenson: let's move to public comment. >> clerk: we will begin with
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public comment here in the room. once that person comment has concluded, we'll proceed to remote public comment. are there any members of the public who wish to speak? please come forward one by one and speak clearly in the mic. seeing none. we'll proceed to remote public comment. hello, caller. >> caller: this is david pilpel.
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i thought it was rude cut me off. i spent lot of time preparing these comments. i will conclude my comments now on both items. department may also have agreements with other city departments and the commission might want to set a threshold for review and approval of the agreements with other city departments or other publications. the department should maintain all records related to contracts and grants. regarding income account any changes could benefit the public and the rate payers. otherwise i would question to fund the department.
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i believe that at the board of supervisors land use and transportation committee meeting of november 1, 2021, the planning director rich hillis reported that plans city planning has been dissolved. the fee setting provision can be found in charter section 2.109 and administrative code section 3.7. i can't envision a proper basis to discuss audits in closed session which would suggest i would strongly discourage any talk of that. finally, --
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thank you for listening. >> thank you for your comments. caller you're unmuted. your three minutes begins now. >> caller: hello. i wanted to express solidarity with you in your work. i'm glad to hear you are as a group, planning to enhance the clarity and transparency of the
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work so that you can handle greatly increase duties and the amount of money that you will have to be disposing in order to carry out the climate action plan. i really look forward to seeing you and mr. jue in particular, move forward. thank you. >> clerk: we can close public comment on for this item. >> v.p. stephenson: next item. >> clerk: next item is item 8. new business future agenda items. speaker is charles sheehan. this item is for discussion.
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>> thank you. hello commissioners, i think we've talked a little bit about some potential future agenda items. both in the director's report. that may be the budget that we need to discuss on the 24th. that is an item that we may move forward with obviously. there's been some talk about other future agenda items in the previous conversation. i have taken note of that as well. coming up at the potential meeting on the 24th and after the 24th and subsequent meetings, we wanted to bring to you a complete presentation on our ev program as well as an update on community engagement as it pertains to our climate action plan. i will pause to see if anyone has questions. >> v.p. stephenson: any questions? i have one. i know it slows us down a
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little. opening the ability for people to participate remotely in meetings i think it's been that positive in terms of being able to get more people access to these meetings. i don't know if that is a decision that's going to be made at the city level in terms how we conduct these meetings. i would to love to talk about that in the future. >> we can do that. there's couple of rules and protocols around how we do these hybrid virtual meetings. they both involve local laws and rules as well as california laws and rules. we can do a quick bit of research on that and come back to you with detailed explanation. that's certainly an order.
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>> clerk: we will begin with public comment in the room. once with public comment has concluded we'll proceed to remote public comment. members of the public who wish to make public comment on this item please press star 3 to be added to the queue. seeing no callers. we can close public comment for this item.
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>> v.p. stephenson: next item please. >> clerk: the next item is adjournment. the meeting is adjourned. the time is 8:33 p.m. thank you for joining us.
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>> i don't think you need to be an expert to look around and see the increasing frequency of fires throughout california. they are continuing at an ever-increasing rate every summer, and as we all know, the drought continues and huge shortages of water right now. i don't think you have to be an expert to see the impact. when people create greenhouse gases, we are doing so by different activities like burning fossil fuels and letting off carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and we also do this with food waste. when we waste solid food and leave it in the landfill, it puts methane gas into the atmosphere and that accelerates the rate at which we are warming our planet and makes all the effects of climate change worse. the good news is there are a lot of things that you can be doing, particularly composting and the added benefit is when the compost is actually applied to the soil, it has the ability to reverse climate change by
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pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and into the soil and the t radios. and there is huge amount of science that is breaking right now around that. >> in the early 90s, san francisco hired some engineers to analyze the material san francisco was sending to landfill. they did a waste characterization study, and that showed that most of the material san francisco was sending to landfill could be composted. it was things like food scraps, coffee grounds and egg shells and sticks and leaves from gardening. together re-ecology in san francisco started this curbside composting program and we were the first city in the country to collect food scraps separately from other trash and turn them into compost. it turns out it was one of the best things we ever did. it kept 2.5 million tons of material out of the landfill,
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produced a beautiful nutrient rich compost that has gone on to hundreds of farms, orchards and vineyards. so in that way you can manage your food scraps and produce far less methane. that is part of the solution. that gives people hope that we're doing something to slow down climate change. >> i have been into organic farming my whole life. when we started planting trees, it was natural to have compost from re-ecology. compost is how i work and the soil biology or the microbes feed the plant and our job as regenerative farmers is to feed the microbes with compost and they will feed the plant. it is very much like in business where you say take care of your employees and your employees will take carolinas of your customers. the same thing. take care of the soil microbes and soil life and that will feed
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and take care of the plants. >> they love compost because it is a nutrient rich soil amendment. it is food for the soil. that is photosynthesis. pulling carbon from the atmosphere. pushing it back into the soil where it belongs. and the roots exude carbon into the soil. you are helping turn a farm into a carbon sink. it is an international model. delegations from 135 countries have come to study this program. and it actually helped inspire a new law in california, senate bill 1383. which requires cities in california to reduce the amount of compostable materials they send to landfills by 75% by 2025. and san francisco helped inspire this and this is a nation-leading policy. >> because we have such an immature relationship with nature and the natural cycles and the carbon cycles, government does have to step in and protect the commons, which is soil, ocean, foryes, sir, and
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so forth. -- forest, and so fors. we know that our largest corporations are a significant percentage of carbon emission, and that the corporate community has significant role to play in reducing carbon emissions. unfortunately, we have no idea and no requirement that they disclose anything about the carbon footprint, the core operation and sp360 stands for the basic notion that large corporations should be transparent about the carbon footprint. it makes all the sense in the world and very common sense but is controversial. any time you are proposing a policy that is going to make real change and that will change behavior because we know that when corporations have to disclose and be transparent and have that kind of accountability, there is going to be opposition. >> we have to provide technical
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assistance to comply with the state legislation sb1383 which requires them to have a food donation program. we keep the edible food local. and we are not composting it because we don't want to compost edible food. we want that food to get eaten within san francisco and feed folks in need. it is very unique in san francisco we have such a broad and expansive education program for the city. but also that we have partners in government and nonprofit that are dedicated to this work. at san francisco unified school district, we have a sustainability office and educators throughout the science department that are building it into the curriculum. making it easy for teachers to teach about this. we work together to build a pipeline for students so that when they are really young in pre-k, they are just learning about the awe and wonder and beauty of nature and they are connecting to animals and things
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they would naturally find love and affinity towards. as they get older, concepts that keep them engaged like society and people and economics. >> california is experiencing many years of drought. dry periods. that is really hard on farms and is really challenging. compost helps farms get through these difficult times. how is that? compost is a natural sponge that attracts and retains water. and so when we put compost around the roots of plants, it holds any moisture there from rainfall or irrigation. it helps farms make that corner and that helps them grow for food. you can grow 30% more food in times of drought in you farm naturally with compost. farms and cities in california are very hip now to this fact that creating compost, providing compost to farms helps communities survive and get
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through those dry periods. >> here is the thing. soil health, climate health, human health, one conversation. if we grow our food differently, we can capture all that excess carbon in the atmosphere and store it in unlimited quantities in the soil, that will create nutrient dense foods that will take care of most of our civilized diseases. so it's one conversation. people have to understand that they are nature. they can't separate. we started prowling the high plains in the 1870s and by the 1930s, 60 year, we turned it into a dust bowl. that is what ignorance looks like when you don't pay attention to nature. nature bats last. so people have to wake up. wake up. compost. >> it is really easy to get frustrated because we have this belief that you have to be completely sustainable 24/7 in
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all aspects of your life. it is not about being perfect. it is about making a change here, a change there in your life. maybe saying, you know what? i don't have to drive to that particular place today. today i am going to take the bus or i'm going to walk. it is about having us is stainable in mind. that is -- it is about having sustainability in mind. that is how we move the dial. you don't have to be perfect all the time. >> san francisco has been and will continue to be one of the greener cities because there are communities who care about protecting a special ecosystem and habitat. thinking about the history of the ohlone and the native and indigenous people who are stewards of this land from that history to now with the ambitious climate action plan we just passed and the goals we have, i think we have a dedicated group of people who see the importance of this place. and who put effort into building an infrastructure that actually makes it possible. >> we have a long history
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starting with the gold rush and the anti-war activism and that is also part of the environmental movement in the 60s and 70s. and of course, earth day in 1970 which is huge. and i feel very privileged to work for the city because we are on such a forefront of environmental issues, and we get calls from all over the world really to get information. how do cities create waste programs like they do in san francisco. we are looking into the few which you are and we want innovation. we want solutions.
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>> the bicycle coalition was giving away 33 bicycles so i applied. i was happy to receive one of
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them. >> the community bike build program is the san francisco coalition's way of spreading the joy of biking and freedom of biking to residents who may not have access to affordable transportation. the city has an ordinance that we worked with them on back in 2014 that requires city agency goes to give organizations like the san francisco bicycle organization a chance to take bicycles abandoned and put them to good use or find new homes for them. the partnerships with organizations generally with organizations that are working with low income individuals or
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families or people who are transportation dependent. we ask them to identify individuals who would greatly benefit from a bicycle. we make a list of people and their heights to match them to a bicycle that would suit their lifestyle and age and height. >> bicycle i received has impacted my life so greatly. it is not only a form of recreation. it is also a means of getting connected with the community through bike rides and it is also just a feeling of freedom. i really appreciate it. i am very thankful. >> we teach a class. they have to attend a one hour class. things like how to change lanes, how to make a left turn, right
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turn, how to ride around cars. after that class, then we would give everyone a test chance -- chance to test ride. >> we are giving them as a way to get around the city. >> just the joy of like seeing people test drive the bicycles in the small area, there is no real word. i guess enjoyable is a word i could use. that doesn't describe the kind of warm feelings you feel in your heart giving someone that sense of freedom and maybe they haven't ridden a bike in years. these folks are older than the normal crowd of people we give bicycles away to. take my picture on my bike. that was a great experience. there were smiles all around. the recipients, myself, supervisor, everyone was happy
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to be a part of this joyous occasion. at the end we normally do a group ride to see people ride off with these huge smiles on their faces is a great experience. >> if someone is interested in volunteering, we have a special section on the website sf you can sign up for both events. we have given away 855 bicycles, 376 last year. we are growing each and every year. i hope to top that 376 this year. we frequently do events in bayview. the spaces are for people to come and work on their own bikes or learn skills and give them access to something that they may not have had access to. >> for me this is a fun way to
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get outside and be active. most of the time the kids will be in the house. this is a fun way to do something. >> you get fresh air and you don't just stay in the house all day. it is a good way to exercise. >> the bicycle coalition has a bicycle program for every community in san francisco. it is connecting the young, older community. it is a wonderful outlet for the community to come together to have some good clean fun. it has opened to many doors to the young people that will usually might not have a bicycle. i have seen them and they are thankful and i am thankful for thankful and i am thankful for
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>> chair ronan: good morning. the meeting will come to order. this is the may 18, 2022 budget and finance committee meeting. i am hillary ronen, chair. joined by supervisor safai and supervisor mar. i would like to thank sfgovtv for broadcasting this meeting. mr. clerk, any announcements? >> a friendly reminder to make sure to silence cell phones and electronic devices. we are convening hybrid meeting to allow remote access and public telephone by telephone.
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the board recognizes public comment is essential. first is taken on each item on the agenda. those in person will speak first. then those waiting on the telephone loan. those watching charm 26, 78 or 99 and sfgovtv. public comment call-in number is 415-655-0001. id24852951638-pound and pound again. you will hear the discussions and you will be in listening mode. when your item is called those in person line up to speak and on the phone dial star 3 to be added to the speaker line. remember to turn down your tv and listening devices. we will take public comment from
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those attending in person first then the telephone line. you may submit in writing to sfgovtv. if you submit by e-mail it will be forwarded to the supervisors and included as part of the official file. you may send be by u.s. postal service to our office in city hall. room 244. finally, items today will be on the board of supervisors agenda on may 24 unless otherwise stated. >> please call item 1. >> 1. resolution approving amendment number one to the agreement between seneca center and the
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department of public health to provide mental health outpatient and specialized mental health treatment services to increase the agreement by $16.5 million for an amount not to exceed approximately $57 million to extend the term by five and one-half years from june 30, 2022, for a total agreement term july 18, 2018 to december 31, 2027 and to authorize the dph to enter any amendments or modifications to the contract prior to its final execution by all parties that do not materially increase the obligations or liabilities to the city and/or necessary to effectuate the purposes of the contract or this resolution. call 415-655-0001 and press star 3 to enter the speaker line.
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when the system indid its you are unmuted that is your queue to begin your comments. >> chair ronan: thank you so much. i want to thank dph for meeting with me and i believe supervisor safai as well to speak in more detail about these items. i believe mitchell is here. would you like to present anything for questions? >> i came in person to thank you
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so much for sitting in and accommodating dph items. it is a lot. it is a difference between them being approved and paid by june 30th. thank you very much. first item is for bringing back seneca center. if you have more questions there is a lot of staff on the remote. again, this is one of our largest behavioral health services children's programs. 10 program areas in one contract from three different solicitations. in the future we will try to break up the contracts so they are not quite so big, combining multiple solicitations. before you is our mental health outpatient, school based services and under the umbrella
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continuum of care focusing on foster care and criminal justice involved youth. the primary change between services this year and the future years is as the solicitation authority runs out we are moving services out into stand alone contracts that align with the solicitation. you have an exhibit n your report where you see zero that is what is happening. the money is moving out as we solicit the services. this is an amendment continuation of the services through r.f.p. without patient to the end of the term. i will stop there. we have a lot of staff available for comment. we are fortunate to have the school district join today if you have school based questions. >> chair ronan: thank you. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you for coming in person.
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nice to see you. it is a couple years since we have been here altogether. a number of the questions last week had a lot to do with the soar program for in school mental health support for difficult to serve populations. can you talk about that? maybe there was some confusion last week. the impression was that program was completely being eliminated. it is no longer offered by seneca but someone else provides that service. my question would be sounds like the size of the contract is remaining the same but yet they are offering less service. that is the way the interpretation we got from the bla. a lot of programs are eliminated or it wasn't clear how they were replaced. maybe i am misreading that. if the bla has additional information in the meantime.
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i know the soar program is no longer operated by seneca but somebody else is operating that. >> chair ronan: the bla didn't report any additional from last week. i think that is what the burning question that came out of committee last week was if you eliminated soar but another program from seneca why is the contract greater than previously. if the bla would comment on that, that would be helpful. >> on page 5 of our report we show the budget for this year and the contract. it is on the first column. the out years with the amendment. it extends the agreement to 2028. the budget is decreasing over the extension term. that is in part because some of
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the services. dph noted this is under multiple r.f.p.s. the authority in each is different. some are continued to be provided under another contract. this contract, the annual amount is going down each year. does that make sense? >> yes. that is fine the amount is going down. can we talk about the soar program. that was the one that again there was confusion. the way it was presented to us was there was a mobile mental health response to get there with in an hour. this committee as you heard last week said from my own personal
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experience and i don't know why i am wearing my headset. sorry. i didn't know i had my headset on. it leaves this committee and from my personal experience i saw the sew program in school mental health support how effective that was for children in need of that. we need explanation on the record about it is eliminated. part of seneca contract. how are you serving that population? that is not in front of us today. that is an important piece what we are looking for. >> here is our representative from the school district. >> before you speak this is what i was referring to. amendment 3 proposed service
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changes. aim high cannot funded except for sew not funded because of expiration. the soar was eliminated. it was not good fit to provide services in classroom. it was added to transitional age youthful service partnerships. nothing that gives you the impression that program is still continuing. >> chair ronan: i want to recognize the san francisco unified school district. >> thank you for your continued attention and commitment to making sure that we are able to serve our students. i am the acting executive director external affairs. a couple of contextual points.
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i want to clarify the soar plant is in 91 students. 140 to 160 capacity. my understanding is that while seneca center no longer provides these services for the soar program, children centers and lamb are providers for mental health services through this program. our understanding is also that soar is operated by the school district not outside agency. mental health agencies provide the mental health services. it allows for support for our
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students in classrooms and staff consultation. supervisor safai you mentioned the seneca mobile response team that is within the scope of the contract. i wanted to speak a little bit to that. this service will allow s.f.u.s.d. students to access support through the partnership between seneca that we are able to do so. these services are available to all s.f.u.s.d. students regardless of educational plan or any classroom or school can request referral to access the services from seneca. >> under what piece of contract? >> this is under the mobile response team provision. i think that this is sort of the piece that --
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>> they call out a number of different things. we have a number of specific programs so it would be good to know where that is what piece of the budget and how much is dedicated to that. >> i am online if you want me to respond. >> please. >> i apologize for not coming in person. i received notice that i was exposed to covid last night. i thought best not to come to chambers. the mobile response team is under the short term connections program code. i apologize for that. the connections is where they live. [indiscernable] >> in this chart again it is funded for 22-23. zeroed out for the preceding years.
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>> it is under a new r.f.p. solicitation. in the new contract for 22-23 which will restore that money. the solicitation for the mobile response team ended in 22-23. there is a new solicitation. that money will all be restored. >> for what amount? >> the grant amount. >> 1.3664.10? >> yes. >> how much of that short term connections is dedicated to mobile response unit? >> all of this. >> that is what this is? short term connection is the mobile unit? >> yes, i am sorry. i didn't mean to talk in circles. short term connections is a program we had for a long time that resembled mobile response team. short term service we used for
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kids coming out of the hospital to get services in there right away. when we developed the mobile response team combined both programs and that became the mobile response team. the reason we didn't change it. i apologize. it has to do with when they use the same program code and name. i understand it is confusing. that is the mobile response team. it is up and running. it will be up and running for that solicitation five years. >> thank you. what this says here and sounds like you said short term connections described to us fading out is specifically for court dependent youth and
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juvenile dependency cases. you amended the contract to make it a different scope that is now mobile mental health services for any school in the city and county of san francisco. rather than holding this up we have a long day ahead of us. it would be helpful to provide us the contract and the description between now and next tuesday before we make the final decision. is that okay, madam chair? >> chair ronan: yes. i wanted to ask the school district. i understand that the soar program ended with seneca and oaks children's center took up additional work to fill those spots. you gave us the list of schools that have providekers serving children in the program. the question is is every student who needs the service getting
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it? is oaks able to fulfill the hole left by seneca no longer providing these services. >> right. i only see four elementary schools here. >> thank you for the question, chair ronen and supervisor safai. my understanding and we just want to clarify that for the educationally related mental health services arm. it is a contract between sfdph and county agencies. there are 20 agencies contracting to provide these services to provide services to the students. seneca is one agency. oaks children center and rams are providers and have been for many years. the proposed contract amendment will not impact services for the soar program. the list was provided through
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our colleagues at sfdph. i believe that we would be able to provide you with additional information related to provisions if necessary. >> that would be helpful. >> i don't want to hold this up because i know that these services are essential. we don't want to stop them. i am happy to send out of committee. in the interim between now and tuesday if you could send to this committee or to the full board the contract with seneca that supervisor safai requested and also just confirmation for us that all of the schools that were receiving -- i should say all of the students whose mental
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health needs rise to the level of needing this intensive intervention are getting that service through oaks and rams. >> absolutely. >> chair ronan: thank you so much. >> supervisor safai: it would be helpful so the short term connections. i would like to see a copy of that scope and work and grants. i would like to see that is amended from juvenile dependent children to include all schools. i couldn't see here name. what your colleague said. as chair ronen said, the children served at all different schools served by soar under seneca. we want to see that and more. all i received here and i know seneca used to serve more than just these four schools. i want to see that.
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>> supervisors, i apologize. our administrator is having -- we had technical issues with her dialing up. i have updates for her for clarification. i mentioned 91 students received support through soar with providers and rams providers. we have a full capacity between 140 to 168. all students with parent consent to participate get it. all of our students in soar benefit from oaks and rams in the classroom support and services. when there is a clinician on site a clarification around the list you receive. three elementary schools and i mentioned this earlier.
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who are receiving services for middle schools. everything on the list except for presidio and five high schools. no changes from the list before you. there is updating that we could do to get you the most up-to-date list. i did want to provide this point of clarification on that. schools specifically the elementary school level, supervisor safai knows other elementary schools received it. they are no longer listed because they graduated? >> i would need to get back to you on that. >> supervisor safai: that is the million dollar question. i will end with this. these are sizable contracts. i know i say this a lot not to disparage dph. we give significant be dollars
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to dph to provide tremendous services in the city. when we see a contract of this size and it seems to be and i know you are clarifying. shrinking or shifting services for the most hard to serve population and ultimately down the road need additional services and additional level of government intervention and in the worst case most extreme and expensive. for the me the investment in the elementary and middle school level is extremely important. trauma, experienced children in so many different ways. a lot of them end up being african-american and latino that leads to other forms of either dropping out of school or expulsions. then down the road other social problems. it is not fair to those children. for me that is why this is so
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important that we get this right. i know you have a funding deadline. there are a lot of good services that i don't want to minimize. this is the second meeting. i still don't walk out with 100% clarity on the service, contract, amount. my staff met with dph to try to get abcs. bla was given as much information. we requested you to be here. thank you for being here. we need the answers before next tuesday. that is only fair. >> chair ronan: we will open this up for public comment. >> clerk: members of the public who wish to speak in person line up. remotely call 415-655-0001. id24852951638.
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pound, pound. star 3 to enter to speak. please continue to wait until the system unmutes you to begin your comments. there are no in person speaker in the chamber. are there any on the line? >> there are no callers in the queue. >> chair ronan: public comment is closed. because there are still outstanding motions i make a motion to send to the full board without recommendation and look at the additional information and that is before tuesday. roll call vote on that motion. >> clerk: to support the resolution to the full board without recommendation. safai aye. >> mar. >> aye. >> reason nan. >> aye. >> please read item two.
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resolution approving amendment 2 to the agreement between the regets of the university of california and the department of public health for behavioral health services for adults and older adults to increase the agreement by $63.7 million for an amount not to exceed $86.5 million to extend the term by five years from june 30, 2022 for a total agreement term july 1, 2018 through june 30, 2027 and to authorize department of public health to enter into amends to final execution to all parties that do not materially increase obligations or liabilities to the city and are necessary to effectuate the pumps of the contract or the resolution. if you wish to comment call 415-655-0001. 24852951638 for id.
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pound pound. press three to speak. when the system indicates you are unmuted that is your key to comment. madam chair. >> chair ronan: the reason we continued this last week is because i had a lot of questions city-wide case management is one of the biggest providers of mental health serviceis in the city. in my discussion with dph yesterday. i asked the department to do what it could with very little time to explain how this contract fits in to the overall provision of case management services in the city and the system of care in our last report budget legislative analyst there are 150 people on the waiting list for intensive case management waiting three to
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six months. that is a long time. it is better than a few years ago when they were waiting close to a year. i want to understand given what a prominent role city-wide plays in case management how this contract and the division of the different case managers supporting through the contract fits into our larger desperate need for additional case management services in the city. i don't know what you were able to prepare in a short period of time. we are looking forward to hearing what you have. >> on the line we have alexander jackson and alice miller.
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>> yes, we are here. thank you. alex is on the line as well. thank you for having us today. supervisor ronan said it was a very productive conversation when we were able to meet. what we discussed was being able to sort of better detail what we do. i think we do a good job of delivering service as other programs mentioned better job. for u.c.s.f. it is our largest contract. the uc system serves about a how clients with 57 dedicated staff. when you think about icm, we have a continuum of care from short term to long-term care.
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uc does all of it in a sense of it that two programs that provide care to the most complex clients or patients in our system. they are triple diagnosed with substance and mental health and medical issues, significant amount are experienced homelessness. i think supervisor safai talked a lot about trauma. when you think about population you are thinking about a traumatized population that is difficult to engage. for this contract the beauty and i know i am sort of talking in a way that you probably already know, but the beauty of icm. it can follow clients wherever they fit or wherever they fall.
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in jail or hospital or on the street or supported housing. you are looking at a system when we talk about most vulnerable population that meets clients where they are at. it looks at care broadly and works within the client's goals to stabilize them in an outpatient setting. >> chair ronan: let me ask a more specific question. the question that i had for you and, granted, very little time to prepare for this. we have approximately 150 people on the waiting list for case management. what is dph's plan to eliminate that wait list and have intensive case management services on demand? how does this contract relate to
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that plan? >> thank you for that question. i think we need to -- what we weren't capturing effectively is that we have through u.c.s.f. linkage program, a short term program. that wasn't being factored in terms of providing current care. that is a much more nimble system. it significantly cuts down on the wait time. that figure i would need to get back to you about. that is one piece of it that we weren't capturing what we are actually doing. the other piece that we talked about and this is across the board in all programs is that 30% vacancy around staffing, which i think is more broadly an
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issue around covid. through the hiring extravaganza, through robust hiring plan. hiring and training and retaining staff so that we can move to look at this is another issue that is being addressed. did that answer your question? >> it didn't. i need to know how we are going to eliminate is wait list. what is our plan? we have several other items related to mental health services.
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we tend to deal with all of these right now so i don't know how many we have in the future. i am never going to approve a contract again unless you explain to me how it fits into the overall system of care, how it fits into the implementation of mental health sf and how we are going to eliminate the intensive wait list. we do not want await list for those services. we have a raging crisis in the city. people with mental illness in the streets every day. we are begging for relief for them and residents of the city. my district and the mission and the tenderloin are grand zero. i see it every day. i have not heard a clearance on how we are going to eliminate
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that wait list. given reliance on city-wide to provide these services. i would think there would be a straightforward answer where this fits in. the fact there isn't makes me believe there isn't a plan. >> most of these client on the referral list are outpatient clients. they are receiving services. more than half of the individuals are already engaged in care. >> why is there 150 person wait list for intensive case managers? >> one challenge is just being able to hire and keep people in such a challenging position to be a case manager. across the board we have a 30%
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vacancy rate. that means that you have programs that are short a couple case managers. each case manager carries about 17 cases. just that number alone if we are able to hire up we would be able to get rid of this full referral list. that is the challenge. attracting the talent, bringing it back to the city, and being able to support our cpos. >> chair ronan: i am sorry. >> hiring is a challenge. it is a challenge on the civil service end. really a challenge for those in the cpos. it is a challenge for u.c.s.f. as well.
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>> chair ronan: i have a report required by mental health sf. it the probably two years late at this point. it was the result of the pandemic. the controller's office is currently in the middle of a staffing and hiring report about how to -- what wages and training programs and incentives are needed to hire the amount of staff we need. my worry and in talking to you all. the right hand isn't talking to the left within dph. there is not -- it doesn't feel that anyone can clearly articulate a plan. there is certainly not coming to the budget and finance committee and articulating a plan. i don't think we are getting anywhere further with this conversation. i thought that is what i asked
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for yesterday. i understand there wasn't very much time. once again, i don't want to dond up this contract because these services are essential. i am telling the budget director, dph, i am not going to okay these contracts in the future unless you can tell me where these services fit within the system of care under mental health sf that is implemented and how they are fitting into a plan to really imposition treatment on demand which dph says is implemented. it is not true. there are not on demand services. there is a 150 person waiting list. that is not on demand services. meanwhile we have a raging crisis in the streets i hear about as the supervisor of the
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mission district every day and see with my own eyes. i appreciate you coming back to the committee. i thought we were going to get much clearer answers and explanation than we are getting today. i am not going to -- i understand that and a hope people are talking to each other in dph. my conversations with anna in the mental health implementation conversations monthly do not correspond with what i am hearing from you. it worries me. mental health sf is to create cohesion anchored nation that i am not see -- and the
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coordination i am not seeing. it is a conversation i continue to have with the doctor. i can't say this has given me a lot of confidence today that that coordination, integration of different meters within the department is happening. it is worry some. i don't know if you want to say anything? >> the trust that you have in dr. cummings and the people you mentioned speaking on behalf of the system you can rely upon. our challenge is to meet the presentations better, to address those, to reflect those other discussions so you have a better comfort how the contracts fit into the system and that they are what piece they play to address the mental health and
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substance abuse issues in the system. the challenge and i will make sure in the future that is part of what is brought before you so that you are not left struggling with unanswered questions. that part we can address. >> if this is not your fault. it to me is a reflection that the integration and the coordination that i wanted to create by unanimously passing mental health sfh is not happening to the degree it should be. the case management services in the city we have 12 cbos and four different programs providing services. 16 entities providing case management services. office of coordinating care just
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launched. one of the prime purposes is to make sure there is consistency over the 16 programs, coordination and that there is no longer await list. before the excuse when we would have these conversations the office of coordinated care hasn't launched yet because the covid delayed the whole thing. that was true. i totally understood that. that can no longer be an excuse. there was a press release just last week or the week before saying occ is launched. it would appear to me there is always a new excuse for why there isn't the level of coordination that occ is posed to be providing. everyone is working with the same information. you know it is under going the
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project of the same strategy. what the clear to me today is that ms. miller and mr. jackson and ms. ruggles don't have that level of information as the people on ground that are doing this work. you are not speaking the same language as the directors of the department. that is very worry some to me. we can put this to rest for the moment, but i will definitely beef having a conversation with dr. comings about this. in the future i cannot have these contracts coming to this committee without being explained within the system of care. that is what mental health sf is, a system of care that did not exist prior to it. it needs to start acting like that.
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otherwise, it is only being implemented in name and not in practice. that is ultimately my worry. >> if i can jump in. i want to acknowledge your concerns. i hear them. we hear them. without making any excuses, i think part of what we are doing is building internal infrastructure and better communications for all of the work that we are doing. i completely concur about the importance of tieing together different pieces, the need to act as one. i think where historically these specific contracts have come before the board has been in a
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more technical sense is my understanding but i am hearing your strong recommendation is to make sure that the pieces are tied together, that we are relaying our sense of urgency and connections with the larger vision and approach to eliminating wait lists and improving access to care. >> chair ronan: yes, and that is the problem of these contracts coming in a technical sense. they are programs that don't work together, aren't coordinated. we don't see how the individual service fits into the whole. that is what we are trying to change in this city around the provision of mental health and substance abuse disorder of care. it is just not coming through.
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it is really not coming through in this presentation. we will keep talking about this. thanks for being here and being aware this conversation is happening. this is a benefit of mental health sf being the budget director. money is being spent in order to implement the vision of coordinated complete healthcare system for mental illness where people aren't cycled. the emergency service to jail and to the street and back again. it is back to the city for way too long. with that, mr. cook, please open this item up for public comment.
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>> thank you, madam chair. line up now, if you wish to speak. for those listening remotely call 415-655-0001. id24852951638. pound twice. when connected star 3 to enter the speaker line. wait until you are unmuted. that will be your queue to begin your comments. no in-person speakers. are there any on the phone? >> supervisors, san francisco has the problem. you have a great picture of this. i know this is about for adults and all are adults. you have done a great
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disservice. you have that on your hands. for the last 10 years look at behavioral services it is not going anywhere. then we get this liberal from new york. maybe the planet do be do may be coming to san francisco to teach us how to change things. things are not changed. you have no empathy with the people on the street. people are dying in the tents on the streets. you know that they need help. it is out of control. it takes months for them to get wraparound services. you are making salaries. how about cutting the salaries to half.
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maybe then you will realize the issue at hand. we cannot allow our citizens who worked very hard who do not have services to be taken for a ride when $87 million. they are not getting the services. thank you very much. >> we have no more speakers. >> clerk: no further callers in the queue. >> chair ronan: i would like to send to full board with positive recommendation. >> on that motion for positive recommendation. safai.
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>> aye. >> mar. >> aye. >> ronen. >> aye. >> we have three ayes. >> motion passes unanimously. item 3. >> resolution approving amendment number one to provide men it will health residential substance use disorder by $65.3 million not to exceed $120.8 million to extend five years june 30, 2022 for total term july 1, 2018 through june 30, 2027 and to authorize dph to enter into amendments or modifications to the contract prior to the final execution and necessary for the contract or resolution. members of the public who wish to comment on this resolution call 415-655-0001.
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24852951638. pound twice and star 3 to enter speaker line. madam chair. thank you. >> this contract is baker places merging with positive resource center. this is part of the system of care provides significant collection of dph residential treatment programs and co-op living. there are two substance abuse treatment programs. acceptance place residential and the medical detox. then six other residential treatment locations that also respond to mental health or dual diagnosis needs. this contract similarly to the others has three solicitations
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to give that in context. they were selected to provide substance abuse outpatient and then residential services and the same on the mental health side. this amendment is to continue the contract which expires june 30, 2022. we are requesting extension with additional funding. i will conclude the technical part. we have representatives. i believe doctor couple another couple -- dr. cummings is till on the line. >> chair ronan: one clarification question. baker places are merging. what does that mean for both entities have substantial
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contract was the city. what does that mean in terms of the large portfolio they both hold. >> they didn't bring the whole portfolio. when they did it was bringing in the residential treatment services into their portfolio to expand prc to have a continuum of care to the clients and broader community of clients. i don't know if someone on the line could speak to that more. it is in process for a few years. there been board of supervisors support for technical infrastructure. that is the technical term. it is merging. these have two separate entities right now.
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>> through the length of this contract i am assuming this contract goes -- let me turn it over to the legislative analyst for more questions. >> chair, this resolution approves first amendment to the existing agreement between public health and baker place incorporated. increases $55.3 million. extends term through june 2027. we detailed the services page 13 of our report. they are substance abuse services and assisted living facilities. page 16 we show the budget for the extension term. we recommend approval. >> chair ronan: i am wondering how the five-year contract how does that work within the merger of these two organizations?
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there this become a contract with prc? >> this isn't the first time this happened. there is a legal contract document, assignment and agreement or something to move ownership. it is a legal entity owner changes. it wouldn't impact the services. >> chair ronan: colleagues, any other questions? >> supervisor safai: the totality is 821 beds city-wide that is what is in the controller's report? >> yes. >> that is great. >> chair ronan: have we grown the number of beds in this particular contract from prior
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versions? >> i will turn over to my colleague jose. i think the number of beds in these programs is capped by the license. i don't think any of the individual residential treatment programs has grown. they are assisted independent living may have grown. jose louise? >> you are extending the program the existing programs for five additional years. okay. thank you. >> is there anyone that can confirm online that this is 821 beds? >> this is hillary cummings.
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i am trying to get that information. if that is stated in the contract. >> that is what the bla report has. >> yes. >> sorry one of my colleagues on to speak to this. >> thank you for this meeting. i want to make it short of this is the question about the number of beds at baker place. >> correct. maybe our bla can clarify on page 13. baker place provides substance abuse mental health services
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under umbrella positive resource centers. several facilities across san francisco. on the last sentence their contract with dph funds the following services providing 821 beds total. is that correct? >> yes. >> thank you for clarifying. this is the care for the services. mental health sf residential beds at baker place. multiple residential treatment program and housing. the residential program. they have. [indiscernable] 64 beds. they have like 18 beds.
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[indiscernable] it is independent living co-op with 69 beds. they have other beds. [indiscernable] it is a medical program. medical detox program. they have 20 beds. those are actually our contact. [indiscernable] >> i want to hear from the bla through the chair. >> that was the number when i counted unduplicated clients within the subcomponent of the budget that is the number i got. i believe that's correct.
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i know the department reviewed the draft. >> when i look at the odyssey grove transitional . it doesn't add up to 821 beds. >> i think the clients and then there are beds. each bed can serve multiple clients. >> they are not in the bed? that was clients not beds? >> right. >> it does say beds. >> it is my mistake. i apologize for the confusion. >> you know why i asked specifically not because i like to do small math? i wanted to know if we had that many beds under contract. there is an ongoing conversation about the number of available bed to serve those with mental health and substance abuse
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issues. i was pleasantly surprised at that number. it sounds like it is more like at least the number i have on this page besides healey and grove is less than 200? doctor, can you clarify that? >> i just don't have the bed numbers in front of me. it is as the representative from the bla stated. when clients move through a bed through either treatment cycle or in some cases longer term in co-op housing. that has been the annual number the programs can treat in a given year or do treat in a given year. >> how many beds under this contract do we have? that is the only question i want answered. >> let me get that to you in the next couple minutes, if i may.
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>> thank you, madam chair. >> thank you. can we open up for public comment? >> if you are speaking in person line up now. remotely call 415-655-0001. 24852951638 for id. pound twice. we have no in-person speakers. any on the telephone? >> supervisors the behavior scientist, i would like to bring to your attention that a lot of the opioids and other drugs that
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are flowing into san francisco come from china. we have to look at this as a problem. it is endemic in san francisco. you are talking this. the epvans is number one in the nation linked to the deaths of adults who do this type of drugs. this is a job. this is infecting quality of life issues in san francisco. i have been a director of environmental justice for 20 years. supervisors have no clue of the damage done. we have young people from other
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places and found dead on the streets. you think this is a joke. we need a place to go where they know wraparound services and quality of treatment given to the people in the institutions. how long they remain and how much it costs per patient. how much it costs per patient. you would be shocked. thousands of dollars. not hundred dollars, $5,000, $20,000 as much as 30 and $40,000 per person. >> sorry to cut you off. we are timing each speaker two minutes. thank you for your comments. do we have more comments in the
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queue? >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> thank you very much. >> thank you for recognizing me, supervisors. the number at the baker place is 179 beds. >> you know the question i am going to ask you, right? the same question i always ask. are any beds. [indiscernable] space? >> thanks for the question? my favorite question. >> let me try to answer it in the best way i can, supervisor. all of the programs many of which really focus not all on
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folks with mental health conditions and substance abuse disorder. the approach that we require them to take is consistent with the best scientific evidence we have including mental health and substance abuse. those programs in particular are the medical withdrawal management for joe healey which seeks to support people as they stop using substances. that is why they are coming in. importantly, the care so there is substance abuse treatment depending on what the person is interested in with what we fund and have available in the city. >> pretty much are harm reduction. i support it.
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if someone said i am interested. a lot of people getting mental health services need medication. those that are also doing supervised withdrawal are doing harm reduction. i wanted to ask the question. >> if i may, i would offer that to redescribe that that these programs work with people who want to stop using drugs and support them to do so. i wouldn't -- they are based to help them with the goal. i know you and i have had multiple conversations about that but i would characterize it as helping clients stop using
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drugs. >> of course, i don't want to spend too much time on that. i agree people purely on harm reduction to move withdrawal away from using drugs are trying to become drug fee. i am not debating that at all. my only thing there are times that people have gone through multiple programs. i have tried these programs i want to be in drug free environment. we are trying to expand to have the options. i was curious if baker had any that were purely drug free. that is all. i don't know enough about these programs. that is why i asked the question. >> any response? did we lose you? i think we lost her.
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>> i am sorry. i don't mean to beg the question. i think that the programs aim to be to support people to be abstinent. the approach at an individual program level and maybe this is a conversation to have with the program as well is what happens when folks in treatment or in care have relapse? what is the approach there? that is where operationally we want to support people to both stay in care importantly and to support the entire community of people in treatment so that they are folks refraining from drug use are also supported. i think that is what you are getting at. we want our program goes to
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support the entire community of people enrolled in treatment as well as the individuals who might be experiencing relapse. i know that is that we want to do both things. i appreciate the question. it comes down to programmatic operational details about how to do that. i want to say very clearly that the program's goal is to help people achieve abstinence whenever possible and using our best methods of treatment to do so. >> chair ronan: thank you so much. this is straightforward because it is extending the same programming. it is essential. i would like to make a motion to
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send this item to the full board with positive recommendation. roll call vote. >> on that motion. safai. >> aye. >> mar. >> chair reason nan. >> aye. >> we have three ayes. >> thank you so much. please read item 4. resolution approving amendment be number one to the agreement between community forward sf inc. and department of public health for substance use disorder and mental health services to increase $20.3 million for an amount not to exceed $29.8 million to extend by five years from june 30, 2022 for a total agreement term of july 1, 2018 through june 30, 2027 to authorize department of public health to enter into amends or modifications to the contract prior to the final execution by all parties that do not materially increase the
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obligations or liabilities to the city and are necessary to effectuate the purposes of the contract or this resolution. call 415-655-0001 to comment. the prompt will indicate ushunmuted that is your key to begin your comments. madam chair. >> chair ronan: thank you. this is an amendment to extend the term of existing contract. extending existing services five years to june 30, 2027 with the corresponding funding each year. it will continue the women's place shelter, drop in and the combination of mental health and substance abuse services provided on site. only change in the contract which is also a recommendation
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of the budget legislative analyst to reduce out funding for the future years that funds covid. when we submitted the contract and presented it was unclear. we should have -- well now it is clear. after next year there is no funding for the support that they have really done a great help in providing operational support and shelter. that is the only change. it is the continuation of the existing services through the term. the current contract expires. we are here to extend it. >> budget analyst. >> this resolution approves the first amendment to the grant agreement between public health and community forward. extending the term through june 2027 increases not to
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exceed amount $29 million to that number excuse me. contract funds detailed on 19 of the report and on page 20 of the report we show the spending which shows $18.1 million over the next five years. as noted the budget for the extended term includes price of the sip hotel. that is winding down. we do have a recommended reduction to the contract amount to $24.5 million to collaborate with the department. we recommend approval of the resolution as amended. >> chair ronan: one question. given in reading the bla report it says and i knew this from being a supervisor in the community. the women's place drop in center
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closed during covid. it seems like the building is inadequate. people end up sleeping in chairs. are they moving from that building? do they have a new site? >> i have heard that. i don't want to speak to that. i have a colleague that is more up to speed on the plan. jose is program manager for substance abuse disorders maybe he is online. >> yes, this is jose. program manager for the substance abuse disorder program. the program the physical plant for the drop in center is ending. we met with community forward leadership yesterday.
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terms for the building endings at the end of june. currently the plan is to move this service to their other facility on howard street. we are working with the program to meet the needs for drop in program as well as shelter program. just met with them yesterday afternoon. >> we are extending their contract by five years. we have no idea how they are going to provide the services for the drop in shelter -- drop in center or shelter? >> the shelter facility. the drop in center is newer development for them.
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>> ask the budget legislative analyst. we are extending the contract for five years. it is unclear how or where they are going to provide one of the major services that we are extending the contract for? is that common practice? that is worry some. >> there was a plan for that program to the department. >> i think we submitted this two months ago. what will happen now is that we need a mechanism to pay them. between now and approving the contract goes back to the city attorney, back to the purchaser to approve. then now knowing we can update the contract documents for fiscal year 22-23.
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i don't know at this minute in time how the budget is changing. they are asking about that. it doesn't sound like the program is going. they are in an intear mediate space where they are going to be located. that would be reflected in how we change the budget. i don't think anything is closing or ending, i should say. >> the drop in center is an issue. women feel comfortable going to the drop in center and prefer it over other shelter options is what i have heard many times before. it is very uncomfortable. they end up sleeping up right in chairs. it is always something that has worried me because clearly the provider is doing a great job. many women would rather it is in
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the up right chair than go to the congregate shelter with a bed. that says a lot for the provider. if the budget legislative analyst can explain knowing they don't have a site or details what type of drop in program they are going to offer. would you still recommend approval of this contract? >> i would like -- it is hard to evaluate the program on the fly. i would like to maybe work with dph to get the details about what the interim plan is for providing these services to re-evaluate the recommendation. at the time my understanding there was a plan to continue through the summer.
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i felt comfortable recommending based on the information we had. >> chair ronan: if we continue for a week would there be a problem with continuing the services that are up and operating? >> i will jump in. this is the program manager of mental health services. they are going to move the program to their offices. it is not they don't have a space. they have lost the lease in the old place as of the end of june. as of july 1st they will be in their current offices. they do have a place. they are not stopping services. they are also looking at a nob hill facility that is being offered to them as 30 year
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lease. however, that particular place will require more rent. if anything, it is going to bring more money in the future than less. they will be asking dph and sh for. >> chair ronan: it is great there is potentially a new place. how do you operate the same service in the existing office when you previously had a whole other place to offer services. that site wasn't sufficient to meet the needs of the community. in light of this information and yesterday's information. with the department recommend reducing the term extending for one year and that would allow us to come back. we don't have to wait a year. at least i need to get them
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funding this year and make sure there is funding july 1st. i think a week isn't very long. it may not have enough detail. we could do that if that seems more palatable to extend by one year. and then come back. >> i want to say this respectfully. these are significantly large contracts that you are bringing to us. they are extremely important services. this is the third or fourth contract in front of us today that we are getting information on the fly. it sounds okay. our budget legislative analyst is not provided this information. we get detailed reports. we spend a lot of time going over them. if we have questions we reach out to your department. we come here.
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actually what we are doing this is replacing this. it sounds good. we have a fiscal responsibility to the citizens of san francisco to offer see this contract. i appreciate you offering to reduce the term. from five years to one year that is a minimum. you know, another thing in here golden gate seniors close at the end of fiscal year 19-20. that is the first time i heard this. all clients were transitioned. i just do not feel comfortable supporting this today. i think it really requires you to extend for one creek. at a minimum reduce the term to one year. you need to get us more and the bla more exact information. it is not fair to us, not fair to the people listening. we have people we have to act to. i am sorry.
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having information on the fly for a $20 million contract here, $120 million contract there. we are hearing about soar. now it is going to this program. we needy tailed information to -- need the detailed information. i do notes feel comfortable. we should continue this for one week, madam chair. >> chair ronan: for me, if anything, i would like to increase the size of this contract so that women who need a safe place to be in the evening could have appropriate place. this service has been something that i have thought about and you know it has eaten away at me for many years. all chairs are full every night
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when it was open. i was working with several homeless women in my district who would only go to women's place. it is the only place they felt comfortable. they were seniors sleeping in up right chairs. for me i would feel more comfortable if you were coming asking for more money with detail us how women's place is going to have a place for women to lay down when they are coming to seek that service. it is not the length of the contract. whether it is a year or five years. it is the amount of money. what we want to know is that service is provided in a way that meets the needs of residents. again, i have heard nothing but great things about women's
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place. it is not criticism of the organization and services. it is the fact they are shutting down the building the only explanation they are moving to the existing building which absolutely makes no sense. mr. mennards. >> i ward to ask for clarity. i thought the only building closed was for the golden gate avenue program, not the shelter. if that is correct, i just want to clarify that. >> that was yesterday from my colleagues. it is not in the report. it wasn't contemplated when we submitted the contract. >> it was enough to say. i asked the question because you said the space was insufficient
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with no elevator. >> we got new information yesterday. >> i am sorry. i will ask the question again. it is not convenient. we need the woman's place to explain the plan given new information. you are asking us to approve. you originally asked $29 million contract. now it is $24.5 million. there is he major, major change. it is one that really impacts our residents and especially women experiencing homelessness. honestly. you need to tell us the plan. then we will approve this. if you need more funding in order to get the appropriate services, tell us that, too,
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because this is an essential service that doesn't exist elsewhere in our system. if we continue this one week that will not prevent you from continuing payments, right? i would like to open this up for public comment. >> thank you, madam chair. members of the public in person line up along the curtains. remotely call 415-655-0001. id24852951638. press pound twice. once connected press star 3. if you are already in the queue continue to wait until you are unmuted. we have no in-person speakers. are there any on the telephone? >> supervisors, you can see there should have been more
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people participating in the deliberation the public. what i find very right off the bat is that three months or six months before any contract expires it should come to the board of supervisors. in fact there should be a mechanism with the controller's office or the bla to have such a requirement mandatory to come a month or three months before. if you do not commulose the contract -- if you do not come, you lose the contract. come at the last moment. this is not an option. they are doing good service. that is true. now are we going to take it to the citizens of san francisco
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that it is okay that thousands of people it is on a chair for sleep? the world is laughing at us. we should have some mechanism with chair to recline. so that we have empathy and we show vanity. thank you very much. >> thank you for your comments. >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> chair ronan: public comment closed. i would make a motion to continue this item. sorry. looking at the calendar.
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i am communicating with my legislative aid who carefully constructs the calendar every week. she is asking if we continue this item to june 8, that would be best for our purposes. that is too late? i am sorry, nikki, we will fill you are it out. we are going to have to continue this item to -- i will make a motion to continue to may 25th meeting of this committee. please have a roll call vote. >> on that motion to continue to budget finance committee meeting may 25. vice chair safai. >> aye. >> member mar. >> aye. >> chair ronen.
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>> aye. >> three ayes. >> thank you. item 5. >> resolution retroactively authorizing the department of public health to accept and expand grant in the april of $1.3 million from the health resources and services administration through california department of public health for a program entitled the children and youth with special healthcare needs innovation grants for period february 1, 2022 through june 30, 2025. if you wish to comment call 415-655-0001. id24852955638. pounds twice and when connected press star three to answer the speaker line. wait until the system indicates you are unmuted. that is your queue to begin your comments. >> i understand ben nizel is on
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the line to present. >> good morning, budgeted and finance committee members. let me share my screen. >> i have exciting news san francisco is awarded a title 5 children and youth with special healthcare needs innovation grant. we are one of five counties in california to be awarded this
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grant. we anticipate it to be transformative grant for our city. i am pediatrician and medical director of california children's services, a program within the department of materrible child adolescents health in department of public health serving low income children with complex medical conditions. a little background about this grant and goals. there are approximately 20,000 children and youth with special healthcare needs from 0 to 26 years of age in san francisco. the major programs we know of that serve these children and young adults really like the mutual services and regional center in san francisco, serve
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approximately 5,000 children and youth. we have up to this point be had a very difficult time in identifying the families that have children and youth with special healthcare needs outside of these programs. we are looking to our main community-based organization called support for families with children with disabilities in order to help us assess this community identify the members outside these two programs that i listed and enable us to create inter agency council to collaboratively address the needs of this community. we have been awarded this title 5 innovation grant at the amount
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of $1,352,610 over 3.5 years. the grant goal is to create inter agency collaborative council among the agencies and organizations that serve this vulnerable population with the families integrally involved in a way that helps them actually drive this effort. the goals of the council are to identify incorporate best practices across agencies. so that families with children with special healthcare needs can receive support for successful transition across the pediatric life course and also to train and engage children with special healthcare needs and families to improve the
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system that served those families. and help them be involved in state and local program design, implementation and evaluation. to also build the data capacity to understand this community, needs and to help disparities within the children and youth with health care needs population and to reduce the racial healthcare inequality within the population of children apyouth with special healthcare needs in san francisco. in overview, the project aims are to establish inter agency collaborative council using an impact model with appearances and youth and family voices being front and center. to develop an organizational foundation that enables quick community response to changing environment like the pandemic
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during which a lot of the services that were working together had to fall away from this thoughtful population because a lot of us were deployed to covid related services. to create a learning community within the group so that the families and youth can teach the leaders of the agencies and vice versa the case managers in these agencies can integrate the families and teach them about the services that are available to them. from a funding overview in year one, that would expend from february 1 of this year to june 30 this year. $166,110.40. for years two through four each year it would be $395,500 for a
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total over the four year period or 3.5 year period with the ultimate goal of becomes sustainable through membership fees, foundation grant funding and some city funding through the department of children, youth and families. thank you. that is everything in my presentation. if you have questions, i am glad to answer it. >> thank you so much. i don't think there are questions. no bla report. please open up for public comment.
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>> if you are speaking in person line up now. remotely call 415-655-0001. continue to wait until you are unmuted. there will be a queue to comment. no in-person speakers. mr. atkins any on the line? >> this is very good program. i have had some experience trying to have children under the age of 5 undocumented. some children from places like afghanistan, children who have lead poisoning and need help.
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in san francisco we are blessed to va hospital, children's hospital established. i do not know what hospital you are working in but i want to make you that i have six or seven cases of children under the age of 5 who need help. i can meet and discuss with you these cases. in my opinion you should have at least $5 million for this work. when we have the children especially younger ones during the pandemic to get
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vaccinations. the impact is your work and god's work. thank you very much. >> thank you for your comments. are there any more speakers? >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> chair ronan: public comment is closed. thank you for the explanation why the need for retroactivity for january 28 of 2022 for a period of the grant periods begin on february 1, 2022. got it here expeditiously. thank you. >> i would like to make an amendment. >> thank you. please do so. >> thank you very much.
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page 2. [indiscernable] thank you very much. >> thank you for the detailed explanation for retroactivity. i would like to make a motion to amend the item as described. roll call vote. >> on that motion. vice chair safai. >> aye. >> member mar. >> aye. >> chair ronen. >> aye. >> we have three ayes. >> chair ronan: motion to send forward with positive recommendation to the full board as amended. >> forward to the full board with positive recommendation as amended vice chair safai. >> aye. >> member mar.
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>> aye. >> chair ronen. >> aye. >> we have three ayes. >> please read item 6. >> resolution authorizing the state lands american rescue plan in an amount of $14 million plus additional amounts of 215% of the original grant amount that may be overred for eligible operating and capital expenses. >> that is the wrong title. item of. resolution retroactive authorizing the department of public health to accept and expand a grand in the amount of $500,000 from centers for disease and control and prevention through the national association of county and city health officials for implementing overdose prevention strategies for august 1, 2021
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through july 31, 2023. members to comment on this call 415-655-0001. id24852951638. once connected press star 3. please wait until we take comments on the item. mr. vice chair. >> i believe we have the first presenter ms. judith martin. >> thank you. >> please keep it brief. >> grant for $500,000 for the period between august 1 of 2021 through july of 2023. it is specific for overdose
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prevention strategies. it includes partial salary for a manager. it includes testing supplies for drug testing in the field. it including creating an opioid overdose board to collect all of the information what we are doing and display it properly and collect data from the system across the nation. it increases capacity of navigators and overdose response in emergency rooms throughout the city as part of the program. i am glad to answer any other questions you may have. >> thank you so much. i understand mr. wong has an
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amendment. >> thank you very much. the resolution as follows. to focus has been changed to january 1, 2022 on page one line eight. line 15. page 2 line 6. the wording of notice is signing agreement. to. [indiscernable] same page the word retroactively. [indiscernable] thank you very much. >> thank you again for the explanation for the reason for
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retro activity. the department received the initial grant letter november 18, 2021. worked with the controller to get it to this budget committee. the grant started january 1. we are hopefully going to approve it today. can you please open this item for public comment. >> if you wish to speak join up now. remotely call 415-655-0001. please wait until the system indicates you are unmuted. we have no in-person speakers. do we have speaker on the line? >> there are no callers in the
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queue. >> chair ronan: i would make a motion to amend as described by mr. wong. >> on that motion to amend vice chair safai absent. >> member mar. >> aye. >> chair ronen. >> aye. >> we have two ayes. vice chair. >> supervisor safai: safai is . >> vice chair safai absent. >> two ayes and safai absent. >> item 7. resolution retroactively authorizing the recreation and park department to accept and expand grant for $4.8 million from the california department of parks and recreation for the
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buchanan mall approving the grant contract for july 1, 2021 through june 30, 2024 and to authorize the recreation and park department to enter the amendments and modifications to the grant contract and to to execute further agreements that do not materially increase the obligations or liabilities of the city and are necessarily to effectuate the purposes of the projector this resolution. please call 415-655-0001. madam chair. >> chair ronan: i understand tony moran is here to present from rec and park. >> yes. good morning, supervisors. on behalf of the recreation and parks department i am here to request a recommendation to forward the resolution to accept
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and expend retroactively these grant funds and enter the grant agreement. the city through the recreation and park department opens and operates the buchanan mall. the park is outdated. much of the equipment is deteriorated. in 2014 we started working with the community and the public land trust to develop the vision plan that would analyze the blocks and develop scope of work how to improve them prioritizing recreation and really reflecting the culture of the community. we have been applying for several grants.
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we have received three state grants. this is a grant given to us by the state legislature through the work of senator scott weiner. he helped secure this funding. we are grateful for it. we are using it to work on fulton and callister blocks. this is administered by the california state parks department. they require we enter into the grant agreement back dated to july 1, 2021 and ends june 30, 2024. this is one of the reasons why the grant is retroactively. when they create the grant agreements they have the performance day to start when the funds were appropriated. we did also have to enter into a contract earlier this month because of the short term of this grant ending on june 30,
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2024. that would also make it retroactive. we have not expended funds or appropriateid any for this at this time. that concludes my presentation. >> thank you. no questions and no bla report. i will open up for public comment. >> members of the public to speak in person line up now. remotely call 415-655-0001. 24852951638. pound twice. when connected press star 3 to enter the speaker line. wait until you are unmuted. that will be your queue to comment. madam chair. >> public comment is closed. exciting grant. the buchanan mall needs
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updating. so happy it is happening. motion to send to the full board with positive recommendations. >> on that motion to send to full board with positive recommendation. safai. >> absent. >> mar. >> aye. >> ronen. >> aye. >> we have two ayes with safai absent. >> passes unanimously. please read item 8. resolution retroactively authorizing recreation and park department to accept and expand grand from the amount of $25 million for the india basin 900innes project july 1, 2021 through june 30, 2026 and to authorize the amendments or modifications to the grant agreement to not materially increase obligations or liabilities of the city and are necessary to effectuate the purposes of the projector this
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resolution. members of the public call 415-655-0001 to comment. i press star 3 for the speaker line. wait until you are unmuted to begin comments. madam chair. >> chair ronan: ms. graham you are on this item. >> on behalf of the department recreation and parks we would like to request the committee forward this grant to the board of supervisors with a recommendation to accept and expend the grant and to approve the grant contract from july 1, 2021 through june 30, 2026. the 900 inniss site under the jurisdiction of recreation and park department since 2024 when they acquired the property. there have substantial funs to
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remediate the site. it is to be completed this june. next phase of the work would be the construction of the 900innis park and this would support the work on that site. the site is with the project through the community be process working closely with community and again with the trust for public land. started around 2014. similar to buchanan project. now we are ready to go to construction in the summer of this year once we secure the funds to get them appropriated. this project will provide new public access to the waterfront in the bayview hunters point and for the entire city. funding was secured for us by
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assembly person phil ting through the legislative process. they were back dated to july 1, 2021. it was appropriated when it was appropriated in the budget. that concludes my presentation. >> thank you for your work on these improvements. thank you. also, thank you for explaining the retroactivity as well. >> chair ronan: thank you. public comment. >> the public to comment on this
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item line up now. listening remotely call 415-655-0001. id24852951638. pound twice. star 3 to enter the speaker line. wait until the system indicates you are unmuted to begin comments. we have no speaker in the queue. >> chair ronan: public comment is closed. >> supervsor mar: i would move we send to full board with positive recommendation. >> on that motion to forward with positive recommendation. safai. >> absent. >> mar. >> aye. >> chair ronen. >> aye. >> two ayes with vice chair safai absent. >> the motion passes unanimously. [please stand by]
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committee, i'm from the controllers office of public
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finance. can you hear me? >> yes. >> thanks. thank you for considering this resolution today, i'll be making a brief presentation and also in attendance we have dr. dan glass and from the brandies school and their bond counsel. if there are questions about the school or the project, as a reminder, tepra, allows certain debts to be issued on a tax exempt basis by non-profit organizations through a joint powers authorities. the resolution is here before you today because federal tax law requires the governing body of the jurisdiction approve the financing of the project, after dual i notice public hearing before the debt can be issued on a tax exempt basis. jurisdiction, city and county of san francisco is not obligated for the payment of the bonds and the governing body is the board of supervisors.
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brandies school of san francisco, non-profit benefit corporation, approves the proposed issuance of certain tax exempt obligations, authority is a joint power authority, the city is an issuing member. and a hearing notice is on the public notices website on march 31, and public hearing was held by the office of public finance on april 8th via teleconference. one comment was received submitted on behalf of brandies, i will not quote, it's a small school that has been in the city since 1963. give over 3.5 million intuition assistance every year, and the ability to refinance the debt will allow more students and given we are a small school, the ability to refinance are significant for the budget. to give you a brief description
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of the project, not to exceed $8.5 million, those obligations will be purchased by financial institution and use the proceeds to loan to brandies school, which will be repaid from payments by the brandies school by is the borrower. intend to use the proceeds to refinance the costs for educational facilities, 655 brotherhood way and other related costs. the project is and will be owned by the borrower and used by the borrower for prekindergarten through eighth grade. background on the school, independent jewish day school for grades k-eight. established in 1963 to inspire students to lead lives of learning and purpose. a challenging academic
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environment and enriched by jewish thought, values and tradition. they have a current enrollment of 336 students for their website. a safe space for every child and a true sense of belonging and community made up of families from a wide variety of ethnic, linguistic and cultural identities, many are just beginning their jewish journey. nearly half the students take advantage of the assistance program, and a learning environment, most economically diverse. in district 7, sponsored by supervisor melgar and approval will have no impact to the city and county as the obligations are paid by the borrower and no pledge being made by the city. >> thank you. >> if you have any questions -- >> thank you very much, no questions and no b.l.a. report, public comment. >> yes, members of the public should line up now in public,
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and 1-415-655-0001, 24852951638, and pound twice. star 3 to enter the speaker line. wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. comments, mr. akins. can you confirm the speaker line, please. >> mr. clerk, no callers in the cue. >> send to the full board with positive recommendation. >> on the motion for the positive recommendation. [roll call vote taken] >> thank you, the motion passes unanimously. mr. clerk, can you please call items 10 and 11 together. >> yes, items 10 and 11, item 10, resolution authorizing issuance of multifamily, not to
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exceed 71 million, and taxable multihousing not to exceed 19 million for the construction of 221 unit affordable multifamily residential at 600 7th street in the city, not to exceed 90 million. approving the form of authorizing a trust indenture, and regulatory agreement and restrictive covenants, and authorizing the collection of certain fees as defined, ratifying and approving any action here to for, the project as defined, granting general authority to take actions
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necessary to implement this. item 11, resolution approving and authorizing the director of property and the mayor's office of housing and community development to enter into a ground lease for real property owned by the city and located at 600 7th street. for a lease term of 75 years and option to extend in annual base rent of 15,000. in order to construct a 100,000 -- i'm sorry, 100% affordable, 221 multifamily rental housing development affordable to very low and low income households, 120 units set aside for households experiencing homelessness and commercial space for community serving purposes, approving and authorizing loan agreement, not to exceed 84.2 million for a
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minimum loan term of 57 years, so finance the development and construction of the project authorizing and authorizing a light air maintenance and access easements between the city and the developer for $0, to benefit the project and maintain compliance with the building code and fire code, approving and authorizing the director of property. to enter into commercial grand lease for the commercial space with 600 7th street, at or prior to permanent financing, adopting findings that the project and proposed trans ance consistent with the plan and policies of planning code 101.1, director of property to execute the ground lease. loan agreement and easement make certain modifications to such agreements and certain actions in furtherance of the resolution. members who wish to comment,
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1-415-655-0001, 24852951638 and pound twice. star 3 to enter the speaker line. when the system indicates you have been unmuted, you can begin your comments. madam chair. >> chair ronen: i understand we have judy from the mayor's office here to present. >> a good afternoon, judy shepherd hall, and joining me today is sarah, our senior project manager. here for 600 7th street. the purpose of the resolution before you is approve and authorize the city to enter into a long-term ground lease for the property owned by the city at 600 7th street and permanent loan agreements not to exceed
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84,277,000, to finance the development as well as associated findings. the project is known as 600 7th street, 221 unit affordable housing, eight-story development. to be constructed on the corner of 7th and brand street, 100 studios and 121 2 and 3 bedroom units and one manager units. 120 permanent supported housing units designated for families and adults experiencing homelessness. mercy housing west selected in september of 2019 to develop and manage the property in response to the parcel developer request for qualifications that was issued on may 17, 2019, with community services as their service provider.
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loan proceeds will include the housing, land and contribution in which the city and developer at 801 branun street and henry street reached an agreement to convey the site. i'm sorry, my dog decided to go crazy at this time. units will include 100 studio units and 20 family units, three bedrooms, that will be set aside to form homeless adults and families by the local subsidy program. the plan to start construction in early july 2022 with construction completing around may of 2024. and again, my dog is trying to upstage me, so, thank you. and happy to answer any
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questions that you may have. >> and we have a b.l.a. report on this item? >> this report is on item 11, gap financing for the development. it's a resolution approve $84.3 million amended and restated loan agreement, 97lp, also approves a ground lease for the property and stated, this is 221 unit project, and includes a mix of permanent supportive housing and affordable housing. also includes a commercial space. in both cases the city will retain landownership and ground lease, the residential portion of the site to mercy and the commercial space to the commercial operator, affiliated with mercy. lease is expected to be completed in summer 2024, and
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page 25 of our report, total development cost, $151 million of which the city's financing 84.3 million and we recommend approval. >> thank you, supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: thank you. thanks for the presentation and for all of your work on this. it sounds like a very -- a great project and thanks to mercy housing also for working on this. i just had a few questions, i'm sorry i was not able to ask them before the hearing. so the first one is around the mix between affordable and permanent supportive housing on this project, so i noticed 100 affordable units and 120 permanent supportive housing units, and that ratio is different than what i understand to be the typical -- what's typically done in affordable
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housing projects, it's around 20 to 25% permanent supportive housing unit. i was just curious how that, how the decision was made to include over 50% permanent supportive housing units in this project. >> i think initially, i may ask, or sarah to jump in. initially there was, it was submitted with a projection of 200 units and an opportunity to access additional funds. that option to increase the number of permanent supportive housing units, and to clarify the statement, 120 of the units are actually going towards the designation for that set aside for formerly homeless families
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and adults of the total 221 units. sarah may want to add background as well. >> and i guess my question is, isn't this more than, a higher proportion of permanent supportive housing units for former homeless than most housing project, i'm really just curious. i don't have an issue with that, we said certainly it's housing for formerly homeless folks, i want to understand how the decision was made. >> yes, supervisor mar, this is sarah, a colleague of judy's. and it is true that typically there is 25, or 20 to 30% of units are set aside for lost
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households in our developments and i wonder if keon has more to add, both judy and i were not working on the project at the beginning when the rpf happened, but i want to note $17.5 million of the gap loan is actually coming from the state through the no place like home program and that may have something to do with the additional permanent supportive housing units at the project. >> thank you, sarah, for the introduction. i'm the project developer with mercy housing. i was not also part of the rfp process but know the context how it was structured. two wings, one wing is serving 100% single adults, our entire permanent supportive population, the other wing is 120 units.
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of those units, 20 of those units are going to be for permanent supportive housing. so i would treat the property as two wings. the second wing all family housing, 120 units, it's our traditional model you have seen, you have recognized supervisor martha we have done all of our other properties, a common practice by ocd. the other wing, 100% single adults, that is more typical with permanent supportive housing for single adults. so, in a sense it's two models but represent them as one unified building. the reason behind that, the project was able to really have some really great efficiencies when it comes to serving these populations on an operational standpoint. having such a high percentage of units on the property, made it extremely competitive when it came to state funding. so, it was a great model that we are trying out here, which i
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think will be successful. other providers have done similar models to date and we are expanding upon those efforts for the need in san francisco. >> great, thank you for that explanation. that's helpful. and then i had one last question from ocd. i notice, seems like the financing from this project is pretty complicated and, well, i guess, like it is for all projects, and but i notice for the ocd funding for the project, there's a half dozen different sources. one of them is excess, $14.7 million, and that kind of stood out to me because it's different from the other sources for the ocd financing and again, i don't have a problem with that. i know the board passed a resolution prioritizing excess funds for affordable housing. but yeah -- i was just curious.
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do we have -- is there -- is there an actual budget amount of excess funds that can be used for affordable housing development? >> right, right. supervisor mar, i just wanted to find out if our director is on the call, her name is mara blitzer. are you on? supervisor mar, we can definitely get back to you with that information. unfortunately, our director was not able to make the meeting, i think she has an unexpected sick leave that she had to take. but we can get back to you with information. >> and then the controller have a comment? >> yes, supervisor -- part of the general fund like other tax proceeds, like property tax, hotel, sales taxes, so they come
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into the general fund and are distributed. if there is an excess eraf, it's continued from prior years and might have been a revenue amount from the original mid year supplemental we did to appropriate excess two years ago. i expect that's what it is. i will say in the past, for the past, in the current fiscal year and the year prior, all excess proceeds have been budgeted in the general fund. so i think this might be kind of a residual revenue budget carrying forward, only on this project. they do not get an allocation. >> ok, thank you. i would appreciate maybe some follow-up on this just to clarify, i guess my main question is, well, you answered my question and there's really no designation of excess erap
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for affordable housing despite the resolution the board passed in 2019. >> general purpose revenue and it flows into the general fund. >> supervisor mar: ok, thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you so much, i appreciate it. both of your questions, but especially the first one that stood out to me as well and i'm really looking forward to seeing how that works, it's an unusual model. thank you for asking that question. can we please open this item up for public comment? >> yes, madam chair. [please stand by] we have no in-person speakers in the chamber and no speakers in
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the cue. -- in the queue. >> chair ronen: do you want to do the honors? >> i move that we send this item to the full board with positive recommendation. >> both items, member mar. >> yes, both. on that motion offered by member mar, positive recommendation. [roll call vote taken] . >> aye, and add me as a co-sponsor. >> chair ronen: also add me as a co-sponsor. can you read item 12? >> number 12 is a resolution authorizing the director of property on behalf of the department of public health to extend the term of an existing city lease, 1170 market street
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l.l.c., from june 30, 2022, through december 31, 2022, base rent of 75,000 per month, authorizing the director to execute the documents and take certain actions in furtherance of this resolution and limits or modifications to the lease, did not materially increase the obligations or liabilities to the city and are necessary. members of the public joining us remotely and wish to comment, 1-415-655-0001, 24852951638, and press pound twice. and press 3 to speak, and wait until you are told to begin your comments. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. coming on the afternoon director, thank you for being here this whole time sorry for
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the long wait. >> not at all, chair ronen, and good afternoon. good afternoon, supervisor safai, and mar, director of real estate. i also have tricia with me from d.p.h., apologies. we were before you today seeking your positive recommendation for a lease extension at 1170 market street. i believe that we have a slide presentation, if you can pop that up. next slide please. thank you. this is an existing lease for the building located at 1170 market street. this lease was entered into under the mayor's emergency proclamation for the lincoln center, now known as the tenderloin center. under the terms of the lease we had a six-month initial term with three two-month extensions
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taking us through december of 2022. we were here before you to seek your ratification of the six months prior plus authorization to exercise the two -- the three two-month extensions. the terms of the extensions are exactly the same as the original lease. 75,000 per month base rent. the city is responsible for janitorial, security and electrical services on the floors that it uses in the building. landlord pays all the other services and utilities which are baked into the base rent. i will now turn it over to d.p.h. to discuss the continued use of this building. however, i would like to note that we have a nonsubstantive amendment which i will explain to you at the end of the presentation for your consideration. thank you.
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>> good morning, supervisors. oh, i'm sorry, good afternoon, supervisors. i got here in the morning. i'm here to briefly talk you through the program design at 1170 market street. as you all know, this program is a direct result of the mayor's state of emergency in the tenderloin to address critical issues affecting the tenderloin neighborhood. just four months ago actually today we opened up the center to specifically address the alarming rates of drug overdose deaths in the tenderloin, public drug use and to be able to provide connection to the critical supports that folks need to rebuild their lives. so how do we do that at the t.l.c. first thing is that we provide a radically welcoming safe space where folks are at would ut judgment or stigma.
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this is important to make sure people feel safe and want to come to the site for the variety of services we provide. we are open seven days a week from 8 to 8. come to get respite from the streets, basic needs met, and then to also engage with our health navigator, service nay -- navigators for health and wellness. we are intentional of having a space for all, we are intentional as well providing services who meet the needs of folks who use drugs in the tenderloin. i want to walk through the guess flow which is really important to show you how intentional we are about how we have designed and staffed this to increase connections and relationships, which we know are the foundations people need to make important changes in their
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lives, and also to make sure that they can maximize engagement in a variety of services we do provide at the site. so first things folks are, you will see many of my esteemed colleagues and the white coat tenderloin vests are met and greeted at the door, a brief check-in, oriented to the site and services, and urban alchemy places, they don't have to stress about the things which they do on the streets. then the food station, people are provided three hot meals a day, access to water and snacks and come out into the courtyard where they will see service navigators from code tenderloin, and m.l.u. environment, also will engage in conversations what they are there for, what services are on-site, and available off-site, and then make connections.
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and also have on the courtyard, showers and laundry, toilets and hand washing, basic things that people need. we will have health workers with hr360 on-site, harm reduction services, hygienic supplies, naloxone distribution, engagement and then monitoring and overdose reversal support. i'm really happy to announce we opened our living room on monday which is a space where folks can meet with peers who are really looking to explore their sobriety or maintain their sobriety. excellent three days there, it's a gorgeous space, i would love for you to see at some point, it's relaxing and comfortable and they can reflect on what's important and the steps they are going to take to get there. next slide.
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so there is a lot going down in the courtyard and connected to a variety of things. one of the most sought after resources is housing and shelter. contractors there, and community services five days a week doing housing assessments, problem solving and placement into shelter ab housing. h.s.a. doing benefit applications and the service navigators and health navigators are there engaging and connecting them to off-site treatments such as medication assisted treatments, methadone and other residential treatment options. and then also connecting folks with a variety of social services and have pop-up services like hiv and hep c testing. and one of the wonderful things we can provide is transportation to these services, often be a barrier, kind of taking the next step. so a van monday through friday, taxi vouchers, muni passes, and
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many times they will walk them to a service, take a van ride with them and make sure they get to that connection and sort of, you know, take those extra steps to support somebody in what can be a very scary next step of their lives. next slide. so like i said, we had six weeks of planning, four months of operating, we have learned a tremendous amount, made improvements and continue to make improvements. we have been responsive to neighbor feedback, brought the services off market street, increased tenting in the back, moved staff development days to not conflict with the farmer's market and are working with the civic center c.b.d. to improve our fence line. and also interacting with guests and getting their feedback, increased the hot meal distribution, made changes to the space to reduce crowding. we have added more comfortable seating and as i just said, implemented a sober space, the
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living room. i know we have a lot of people here today who are going to give public comment and they can say it better than i can. but wanted to share just a few quotes from some of the folks that have visited us. people don't treat me like i'm a problem, are that gives me hope. i feel safe, if i were to o.d., people are here to watch over us and save our lives. i like this place a lot, i can get my place together, reconnect with family rather than be concerned about using drugs, i'm not constantly moving around. i like being able to communicate with people and feel safe. so i am here to answer any questions. also dr. cumins is on the line and donna hilliard, executive director of code tenderloin to here to answer any questions. one more thing from the director.
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>> thank you. supervisors, i have just two nonsubstantive amendments i would like to read to the record. plan to insert additional language on page three from lines 17 through 20. they would read whereas the planning department has determined the premises temporary use as the tenderloin lincoln center is consistent with the eight priority policies of planning code section 101.1, and is on balance in conformity with the objective and policies of the general plan. and then on page four from lines 9 to 12, adding the words further resolve that the board of supervisors affirms and adopt as its own the findings made by the planning department in the general planning determination on file with the clerk of the board of supervisors and phone number blank, and is
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incorporated herein by reference, and be it. basically these two minor amendments allow the board of supervisors to make the general plan findings that are contained in the general plan referral letter that is in the clerk's file. thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. before i turn this over to the b.l.a., for people coming for budget and appropriations, we are still on the morning budget and finance meeting. we have this item and one other item and then we have been going nonstop since early morning, grab like -- wolf down a little lunch for about 20 minutes. so, i would estimate we are going to be back here for budget and appropriations 1:45. >> one more item after this. >> chair ronen: hopeful thinking, thinking 1:45, between 1:45 and 2:00. so, if you want to use your time productively in some other way,
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feel free. thank you. with that, if we can hear from the budget and legislative analysts. >> thank you, chair ronen. this is for a lease extension on market street, with the landlord by that same name, 1170 market street l.l.c. used for the tenderloin center, and original lease expires in june, it was entered into under the emergency order so it did not come to the board and now exercising the option to extend for another six months, subject of the board of supervisors approval because the emergency proclamation expired. we show the budget for the services at the tenderloin center this year on page 32 of our report, that does not include the lease costs, about $450,000 and the six months of
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this year. and will remain that for the next six months as well. now as we show on that page the costs in this year were about a million dollars a month. we also discussed the outcomes of the intervention and the tenderloin center on page 31 of our report. now, i just want to point out that you know, when the mayor originally declared an emergency in the tenderloin and the board of supervisors approved that proclamation, this body was provided a plan for what was going to happen, you know, as a result of that emergency. the plan did not speak to the period after the emergency, so there's no -- we don't have any documents that describes the plan after march 2022. so i would recommend that the board request that plan from public health. we have the elements what that plan should include to inform your decision making in the
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upcoming budget on page 28 of our report. and we consider approval to be a policy matter for the board. >> chair ronen: thank you. i think, so i'll start off with some questions probably for d.p.h. so, i've been to the site, not since the new living room has opened up, i'm excited to see that eventually, and you know, did get to sit down with the team and hear about what's been going on. my office, you know, in the beginning -- well, for quite some time, the first three months of this project met weekly with both dr. cumins and director carroll from d.m. to sort of have a realtime look at
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learning and what went on there. usage of the center is extraordinary, you know. obviously the need for these services is enormous. i still am a little unclear, you know, as our budget and legislative analyst stated the long-term plans. so what happens after december, you know, what has been the overall impact on the neighborhood, given the goals for the emergency ordinance, or the emergency declaration in which i supported. but you know, i also understand this is an experiment, it has never happened before, you are learning. literally daily what works, what doesn't, how to help better serve people and often times establishing relationships with people that have serious substance use addiction takes
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time. so you know, i -- i'm inclined to support this, knowing that we usually have a little bit more information before us to decide given how expensive this endeavor is. is this the right investment, is it accomplishing the goals we set out to accomplish, we don't have that information. but i'm also willing to continue the experiment and see what we learn, especially because of how much usage the center is getting and that over four months you can't really come to many conclusions in that short period of time. so that's where i'm at. i'll turn this over to supervisor safai.
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>> supervisor safai: thank you. director penock. >> good afternoon, supervisor. >> supervisor safai: good afternoon. the way the lease was written, a six-month lease with option to extend. is that currently, if we move past that, what happens to the lease? month to month? >> there is a provision for month to month thereafter, but that's not baked into the lease. that would be custom and practice. what i would anticipate if it's the city's desire to extend the lease is that prior to expiration we would enter into negotiations with the landlord. >> i don't mean before this extension, i mean if this extension were not granted six months, does it go month to month. >> no. >> supervisor safai: it ends. >> under the terms of this lease, yes. if i understand correctly, if we
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do not exercise the option to extend, and the lease would end at that point. >> supervisor safai: in terms of the desire of the land lord, is there a time period they have set for the use of the building? >> to my understanding, no. this building was vacant for several years prior to this lease. it is my understanding the landlord would welcome a conversation to extend the city's presence here. >> supervisor safai: ok. >> just going back to the b.l.a., that's not for you, director, just back to the b.l.a. point about in terms of the monetary allocation for services at this site, director, there is an intention, it seems, that the mayor will be making a commitment to services at this
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site in the upcoming budget? is that correct? >> yes, the mayor in the proposed june 1st budget the mayor will be speaking to the level of services that will be happening at the site. >> supervisor safai: that seems to be, what we are being asked to do is extend a lease without understanding exactly what the allocation is for level of services, and what the plan for those services are based on the b.l.a. analysis. has the department of public health, are you with department of public health? >> yes. >> supervisor safai: and do you have a plan in place that details the tenderloin initiative budget? >> tenderloin center budget, yes. we have submitted a budget to the mayor's budget office and we are waiting for feedback at this
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point. >> how do you respond to the b.l.a. analysis of the cost effectiveness of it? have you seen the b.l.a. report? >> i have seen the b.l.a. report. i think what is -- what i want to echo what supervisor ronen said it is really difficult to measure the effectiveness of this program when we have only been in operation four months. i think we need more time to really understand the impact both on the neighborhood and on individuals. one of the challenges of this project was how fast we set up and were not able to adequately set up the data systems that have really captured all of the work that we are doing on-site and off site. and we have -- we are really working on those data systems to really capture the wonderful connections and the wonderful suck sees. we are making connections to folks and to services every day. yesterday i heard a story of two
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folks what were escorted over to methadone by our service navigator, one person connected with mental health services, immediately to psychiatric meds and ongoing services and i want to make sure that we can reflect those advisories both in data and tell the stories and we need more time to do that and see whether this intervention is effective and cost effective. >> supervisor safai: wasn't that part of the intention, the intention was to move quickly so we were not really given the opportunity to set that up. >> yeah, absolutely. i think we needed to respond urgently to what is an alarming amount of people dying on the streets unnecessarily so it was important to start serving people first and put in data systems and increase the effectiveness of those so they really reflect what is happening and the wonderful work happening every day. >> supervisor safai: are you able to provide us with that
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plan? >> when you say that plan, are you speaking to the budget -- >> the plan from the department of public health that would detail the budget for this initiative and that would include some of the cost effectiveness, service goals and long-term service capacity constraints. i mean, i think one of the things i see in the b.l.a. analysis is purely on residential substance abuse treatment they have a similar type program, referral and cost per person, and then they have -- they compare that to some of the costs per connection here, if you are just doing simple math, based on the numbers. comes out to almost $38,000 per person per connection.
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so i don't know if we can accurately evaluate that right now. >> supervisor safai: can you tell me what you think is the most unique aspect of this site? people are coming in and referring them to services. what is the unique nature that you think is hard to evaluate at this time? >> unique nature, what i believe, is our range of services that we offer. the extremely low barrier service that we provide that really invites a lot of folks in who are very hard to reach and have been hard for this city to reach. i, it's also the collective impact approach we are taking, the number of city departments and non-profit providers who are on the site bringing their collective strengths and resources to really wrap around the person, build those relationships, and when somebody is ready it's the opportunity to be there when they are ready with that right opportunity and that right support.
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and when i say it's hard to evaluate, i think what we need is give some time for the data systems to get in place, the staff transitioning into place so we can capture the wonderful work that's happening there, and i think we will be able to do that, and what i'm hoping we can do, we are asking for a six-month extension right now, not a long time, but we work so incredibly hard every day to make improvements to the site. let us come back and talk to you in six months. i think we'll have a better understanding of how effective the services and what the cost effectiveness of it is. >> supervisor safai: do you think you'll be able to put that plan together that i ask, that i referenced? >> and when you ask the plan, right now can we show you the budget, yes, we can do that. >> supervisor safai: i don't have any other questions. >> chair ronen: before i turn this over to supervisor mar, i wanted to make another announcement to any departments that are here for the budget and appropriations committee meeting.
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we are still in the morning budget and finance committee meeting. i estimate we are not going to start the budget and appropriations committee meeting until 2:00, so i wanted to give you an opportunity to get a cup of coffee, or do something else in the meantime. i just hate to see you all waiting around, i'm so sorry for the delay and being behind. supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: thank you, chair ronen. i wanted to start by saying i appreciate all the work that d.p.h. and the many community partners have done in creating this new experiment and model for addressing a range of different urgent issues, particularly at this location, the epicenter i think of a lot of the challenges. but i do share my, some of the concerns about reflecting my colleague's comments. it's more about like wanting to understand what the community
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impact is, has been and will be for this important effort and then also the cost effectiveness. because i appreciate how the budget and legislative analysts compared it to the center in some, that's about a third of the cost of this, and i know the figures are not totally transferable. but i just had one question, and maybe i missed this earlier because my colleagues asked. the lease extension is for six months to the end of the year. is it h.s.a. -- or city's intention to continue the program for more than beyond that? and if so, what is -- how does that relate to the lease extension only extending to the end of the year? >> good question. first i just want to say i share all of your concerns and i'm deeply wanting to understand the answers to these questions and find the right service model to really have the maximum amount
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of benefit to the folks that we serve. and i think one of the things i did not talk about was just what can be very frustrating for all of us, but that the slow pace of change sometimes, so not only allowing us to get our operations going, but also to allow us to build those relationships and really work with people over time, to really make change in their lives. and so yeah, i think that our intention is to operate the site beyond december 31st. this was just what we were allowed to extend in the current lease extension. the department of public health is looking at other sites as well that might serve various purposes in the departments and may actually really help us to build an even better program through co-location of other services like the b.h.s. pharmacy, etc. we don't have answers on that today, but hopefully we will have answers on those items soon.
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>> thank you. and i'm supportive of this lease extension. >> chair ronen: can we open this item up for public comments. >> members of the public when wish to speak on the item and joining us in person should line up now along the curtains. for those remotely, 1-415-655-0001, 24852951638, press pound twice. once connected, star 3 to enter the speaker line. please wait until the system indicates that you have been unmuted and that will be your cue to begin your comments. i would like to invite our first in-person speaker up to the lecturn. >> good afternoon, supervisors. dale seymour. you all know me, i spent 35 years in the tenderloin. 18 years walking around like a zombie stoned on drugs, that's
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the hat i've got on today. i have a lot of hats in the community, that's the hat i want to put on today. i've been clean 12 years. you talked about the cost. my sobriety is worth more than $30,000. it could be hundreds of thousands where i feel i got help from the city way back. so this means a lot, and one of the supervisors mentioned the word experiment, this ain't no experience mernt. you don't experiment with people, you experiment with robots, teslas, rocket ships going to the moon, you don't experiment with people. they are not experiment in the tenderloin. this is dedicated service. last week on my own dime i flew to new york and went to harlem to visit the lincoln center in harlem on 126th street. based on the chronicle article where the reporter went two weeks ago before me. i was blown away at their ability to help folks and their dedication and their full
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support of the city of new york behind that center. we got so many stories here, you asked about, give me an idea, we had a family, now they had a family walked into the lincoln center two weeks ago with five kids. sleeping in their car. that's seven people sleeping in the car. and they handled it. is that worth 30,000, hell yes. so, please give a concern this is new, i admittedly said a lot of the folks doing this didn't know how to do it, it's the first time. so, it's only four months, brand-new, brand-new. please give us a chance to extend this program. it means a lot, maybe not as much to me or you but tyrone and sheila who is down there right now, that's what it means to. thank you for this time. >> thank you for your comments. >> hello, i've been -- we
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started off when everybody was in tenderloin did not have a hotel to stay in, they came and asked us to let them know they were coming to get them, so we have been doing this work for a while. we connect with the community. we have people that come to the center and they want help, you know. they want to make sure they get the services because y'all giving money to programs in different places but they are not doing what they are supposed to do. and i have some people that will be speaking about that. they keep on coming back into the lincoln center because when we had made that move where they go out, some of the stuff is just not fair. and this is a good program. we have tooken people when there was covid off the streets, brought them and employed them. we are doing the same at the lincoln center. we are making change.
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people are getting jobs. not just for cold tenderloin, but other places. some are doing coding classes, jrp class, this program is working. the city, y'all have a chance to make this homeless thing turn around. it's up to y'all. >> thank you, gina collins, for your comments. >> good afternoon, everyone. eric rose, from cold tenderloin, and thanks out to the lincoln center. if it weren't for them, it would be a lot of issues out here in the streets. i had a gentleman come to me one saturday, he wanted to get his self clean and he wanted housing. so one of my co-workers, miss nina, we got together and we got him shelter for the weekend. that monday morning he was back down there, he got his shelter
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bed, he got his resume' together, and then he ended up getting him a job and got his own place now. and i really, you know, we need the lincoln center for our help. thank you. >> thanks so much for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi, nina foster, i lived the t.l., i was out there using drugs, i was stealing, breaking windows, robbing stores, robbing people and everything. with the help of cold tenderloin, giving me a place where i can get myself together and help others. that's what we do. it's a good -- a good place. it helps people, house people. we got people from the streets coming in with suicidal, we take them in, take them to mental health places. people are coming in telling us that they need a drug program,s we take them. we get them there, we take them. we talk to them first, you know, we let them know we care.
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you have to let these people know you care, you know. we take them to the drug programs, they come back with stories thank you for helping us, we got four months clean, you know, it helps a lot from people being on the streets, using drugs, where kids have to walk down the street. knowing that we have the lincoln center, they can go in there and do what they do and feel comfort and. we save their lives. give them opportunities where they can get on g.a., food stamps, get housing, and they are coming for the support. to eat, to get clothes, to take a shower, they didn't have that on the streets. you have people on the streets doing troubled things but when they come and get the love and caring from us, they don't go out on and do the same thing no more. you should give us the opportunity, funding we need to keep the program going to give the people the help and support
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they need out there for they won't be doing all kinds of things they shouldn't be doing. just give us that opportunity to help us, you know. it's all a learning game for all of us. we all have to learn something in life. so, give us the opportunity, we can teach them and get guidance for ourselves. >> thank you, nina. >> thank you. >> thanks so much for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, my name is tenish, my husband pierre. we recently just came back to san francisco, we were here earlier. once we got back we went to another agency we were familiar with to obtain services and found out they didn't have services anymore and it took a lot of, well, i won't say that. it didn't take a lot of effort. once we learned about the lincoln center, we found out they had everything we needed. the young lady that just spoke
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before myself, i've literally been able to see her turn her life around through the cold tenderloin and everything. so, this program is definitely needed. thank you for letting me share. >> thanks so much for your comments. next speaker, please. >> board of supervisors, good afternoon. my name is robin smith. i've been a resident here over 30 years. i have never in my life seen how this city can go and get run down. never in my life did i expect to see san francisco collapse. but the reason i'm here is to let you know that these people right here have saved more
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lives, including myself, by their kindness, their love, and compassion, thank the lord, that anybody i've ever known. and i'm a -- the way i see it, if we do things together we can get things done. but if we quarrel about it, bicker about it, ain't going to get done. these people don't do that, they get things done. and supervisors, thank you for listening to me. but that's all i have to say. support these people. they need all the support they can get. >> thank you robin smith for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, chairman and everybody else. julie, i was born and raised in san francisco. and san francisco has been run down, but the lincoln center and these people open their arms to us and they showed us that even
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what color you are, whatever, they are going to support you, physically mentally and spiritually and they have helped me more than than i could ever imagine. and don't close the doors to them. keep the doors open. we need this. because other agencies, more or less -- more or less all over everywhere else, nobody does what they do and we need that. and thank you for your time. >> thank you so much for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, my name is elgin rose, sr., director, a resident of the tenderloin 30 plus years and like they say, never has there been opportunity to touch so many people and just without -- without no prevention, just let folks come in and say from the minimal things they need to centralizing like hot team and department of health and service after service and just right here in the
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middle of the tenderloin, and what we have done in over 100 days was, i mean, up to 500 people come a day, and if you multiply $6.25 times 400, you get the 450 we are looking. $6 a day. and people are opening up to these services that they think they are not available. and so we need to continue to give that invite to the folks, they are sleeping in the cold and doing drugs, just totally gave up. they are coming in, seeing a ray of hope, they are excited about life, and with the partners that we have in this project the sky is the limit for the tenderloin and homelessness as a whole in san francisco. please believe and keep an eye on this project. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. >> good afternoon, board of supervisors. i came with data and numbers, but after hearing everyone speak
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i just want to tell you please, we are doing something phenomenal in this space. we call it the t.l.c., the community has named it t.l.c., not the lincoln center, because when they come in there we are giving them hope and what we have looked for solutions, right, for homelessness, drug addiction. we all know one of the biggest weapons we have is inspire that person to let that person see there is a light at the end of the tunnel. so including myself, everyone on the team comes from lived experience and we are able to talk the language, we are able to understand what they are going through. this is something that maybe a doctor can't do because they have not slept a night on the street and don't understand what it means when a mice runs past you and how you feel and how you need to stay awake, somebody might try to rape you, right. we are seeing women come into the space who have been trafficked, they feel comfortable to come in, there's no police, they have someone that will take them in.
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there is stories after stories after stories we are seeing 400 to 500 people a day, not everyone, and i want to say this and want people to hear this, not everyone coming into that space are drug users. we are seeing people who are just lost in the shuffle who have lost hope, you know. we have veterans coming into that space, we have seniors coming into that space, they are looking for help. san francisco has done amazing job, we have so many resources but when you cannot see the resources because you are on the ground, you need someone to help you navigate them, and that's what it is doing, peer-to-peer support, helping get to the wonderful services you have provided in san francisco. thank you for your time, please support us. >> thank you so much for your comments. that concludes our in-person speakers in the chamber, do we have any callers on the telephonic line.
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>> we did hear you. if we can go for the next one. >> yes, we hear you. >> hi, my name is robert hoffman, i'm a community contractor with chapped and population health at d.p.h. and i've been deployed to the tenderloin center since the start of the mayor's tenderloin initiative emergency. i just want to just kind of speak to what i've seen. i think this model in itself is like, you know, it is taking people in, and people are attracted to it, and what it's doing is it's kind of meeting people's basic needs, offering
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them support and comfort, and then it kind of is wrapping, you know, like on-site and navigation to off site services around people so that you know, people often, who are experiencing homelessness, are not able to access services because they are trying to meet their very basic needs. and in this program, it's the first program that i can think of in san francisco that is doing this by meeting everyone's basic needs and then having the wonderful staff and all the wonderful community partners, 360, urban alchemy, everyone just like attending to people, having that shared experience, and you connecting with people. and so people are getting their basic needs met and then you are willing to maybe look at other
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things and this stuff is happening. so, i appreciate everyone's support for this project. and i hope we continue to go with this model. thank you. >> thank you, robert hoffman, for your comments. can you confirm that was our last caller in the telephonic line? that was the last caller, madam chair, no further speakers here in the chamber. >> chair ronen: public comment is now closed. i first of all just want to thank everyone from code tenderloin and residents who have used the center for coming out and speaking. the staff of d.p.h. is excellent at giving an explanation, but hearing from people with lived experiences talk about their experience with the center or providing services at the center is extremely compelling.
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thank you so much for your work. thank you so much for coming out here today and speaking to us. as dell said, it's not -- we have limited dollars to serve enormous needs and we always are trying to figure out what's the best use of those dollars to serve the needs. i am very intrigued by the -- this experiment, and i do believe it's not like anything that we are doing anywhere else in san francisco and i'm really, you know, i've been watching it extremely closely because i think we are going to -- we have learned and we are going to continue to learn a lot from the center. so it's hard for us on the board when we don't have long-term
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plans and this, you know, arose as an emergency and didn't have much of a plan and enormous amount of money to ok the massive contracts without having much information. but we are also collectively doing our best to serve a crisis on the streets and learning as we go. and i'm well aware of that and am learning, doing this learning with you as we go along, and i think it makes sense to continue this lease for another six months as we continue this learning together. but as it's open longer and longer, we'll need more and more answers and we all know that. so thank you again for coming out today and, oh, supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you. i just want to thank all the folks that came out from the community. i think it's really important to hear about people's lived
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experiences. we did a program last year, you all might know, positive directions equals change. we, i led that effort to ensure that got funded because community was asking for an abstinance-based therapeutic community, similar to what you do in terms of sharing your lived experience, helping surround those in need with services and then helping to direct them speaking from your own personal experience. so, for me that is a phenomenal, phenomenal thing you are doing. whether we come into this room on the budget committee, we have to look at it through the lens of just the numbers, right. and so how much are you getting for what you are putting in, and i understand, dell, you can't put a price on the amount of money that it takes to turn someone's life around. and of course, we are dedicated to that in this chamber. so i'm willing to support this today. i really appreciate you all coming out and sharing your experiences from the heart.
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i know it's not easy to do that publicly, so i want to recognize that and i also want to say i look forward to continuing to work with you all on hopefully this will continue to be a success. we will look forward to the mayor's budget and how they detail what additional services and money is put into this. and i'm happy to put efforts behind innovative ideas and look and see how we can get better outcomes for the money we put in. so, we will look at that further when the mayor puts the proposal forward in terms of what the commitment is. but right now what's in front of us as i was reminded the other day is the contract extension for a lease. so, i'm happy to support that contract extension and then we will come back to the further conversation of additional services and a plan. it would be so that the department of public health knows, we would like to see a plan in terms of the budget once it's approved by the mayor. we will see that budget and how you intend to spend those
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services and what the true objective is for this t.l.c. center as folks from the community renamed it the t.l.c. site. thank you, madam chair. >> chair ronen: i would like to make a motion to send it to the full board with positive recommendation. can you take a roll call vote. >> with amendment. >> chair ronen: first i have to amendment it. i would like to make a motion to amend this item as detailed by the director. >> yes, on the motion to amend this resolution as offered by department of real estate. [roll call vote taken] >> chair ronen: thank you, now make a motion to send the item to the full board with positive recommendation as amended. >> the motion to forward the resolution to the full board with the positive recommendation as amended. [roll call vote taken]
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>> three aye. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. >> thank you, everyone. can you please read item number 13. >> 13, resolution approving the send amendment to grant agreement between five keys school and programs and supportive housing, and next door shelter, increasing the grant amount by approximately 22.7 million for total amount of approximately 32.4 million, extending the grant agreement from june 30, 2022, to june 30, 2025. and five one-year options to extend the city's discretion, and enter into amendments or modifications prior to the final execution by all parties, and did not materially increase the obligations or liabilities to the city and are necessary for purposes of the grant. members of the public joining us
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remotely call 1-415-655-0001, 24852951638 and pound twice. press star 3 to enter the speaker line. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and your queue to begin your comments. >> chair ronen: emily cohen i believe is on the line to present. >> good afternoon chair ronen members of the committee. emily cohen. i'm here before you today with an amendment to the, second amendment, excuse me, to the branch agreement with five keys for ongoing operations of the next door shelter. resolution before you would approve the second amendment to our grant agreement for shelter operations and services.
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extends the term by three years for a total term of december 1, 2020, to june 30, 2025. continue services t he same level, increasing not to exceed amount by 22.7 million to account for the additional three years of operation. the annual budget is approximately $6.8 million for this shelter program. as background, next door closed in june 2020 due to the pandemic and then the site reopened under the operations of five keys. and the site can support up to 334 guest at full capacity, although we are currently operating at a covid informed capacity of 248 guests. since the project reopened, the shelter reopened, it served 618 people, providing a safe place to be, food, services, showers,
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the robust services provided by shelter. and i am happy to stop there and of course take any questions the committee has. >> chair ronen: thank you. we have a report from the budget legislative analyst. >> this resolution approves the first amendment to the existing agreement with five keys to operate a congregate shelter at 1001 polk street. extends the existing agreement through june 2025, and not to exceed by $32.4 million. we show the budget on page 39 of the report, of our report, we did have a recommendation at the time we were writing this report, the monitoring report for this provider was not available, but we did get that last night from h.s.h. so we do recommend approval of this resolution. >> i'm sorry, through the chair,
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can you repeat the last thing you said. >> when we issued the report, a recommendation to provide this year's program monitoring report on this particular site, which was not available at the time our report was published. we did get a copy of that report last night so we are recommending approval. we did not see any issues in the report. >> chair ronen: great, thank you so much. my questions, colleagues? >> supervisor safai: yes. >> chair ronen: supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: deputy director cohen. >> good afternoon. >> supervisor safai: good afternoon, how are you? >> doing well, sir. thank you. >> supervisor safai: good. one of the questions, one of the things i saw in here the size of this grant, extension of it, i understand is three years. but it's growing exponentially from the original amount. over 234%. can you talk about that? i understand it's a number of
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years, and you've provided the monitoring, on-site monitoring report. can you talk about the on-site monitoring report since we did not have access to that information? >> yes. absolutely. so, the on-site monitoring report we have done in the past year as a desk audit due to the restrictions of covid, but on-site monitoring, and five keys is meeting all the expectations in terms of the services provided, guest satisfaction, and being able to keep the site in good working order. so, we are continuing to work with them to ensure that the site satisfaction, increase the
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rate of completion of those, as well as connecting folks to coordinated entry, but generally found the shelter is, is functioning very appropriately and meeting the needs of the guests. >> supervisor safai: and then in terms of -- in terms of just because i've always known five keys as providing, i mean they started as a program that provided high school diplomas with the sheriff's department for those that are adults in county jails, how long, and i understand you issued an rfq, which i appreciate. how long has five keys been in the shelter business for single adults? >> absolutely. i believe the first contract we entered into with five keys to operate navigation centers and shelters was at the embarcadero
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safe navigation center. that was before the pandemic, i want to say 2019, they also operate the bay shore navigation center, they have operated several hotels, they also recently were awarded a contract to operate a new housing site in partnership with h.s.h. and as five keys has grown statewide they have taken on more and more housing and homeless services. i believe staff from five keys is on the line to give public comment but they have developed a robust and very successful shelter and housing component of the work that they do. not just in san francisco, and so we have found them to be an incredibly -- i'm sorry, the bay shore was the first with h.s.h. and then contracted embarcadero as well, so a very strong
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partner and appreciate how much work during the pandemic to operate safe hotels as well. >> supervisor safai: and how many people responded to the rfq you issued, number 130? >> let mow -- i don't think i have that information in front of me with you can get it quickly. >> supervisor safai: that's fine, you can follow up. i was curious, just looking at the report in terms of the analysis of qualifications and previous demonstrating capacity. but seems as though they have done work with you over the years so you feel comfortable with their capacity to deliver the service. and i appreciate the fact you did an rfq. i don't have any additional questions. thank you, madam chair. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. open the item up for public excellent. >> members of the public in person should line up now,
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remotely, 1-415-655-0001, press pound twice, star 3 to enter the speaker line. we have no in-person speakers in the chamber. can you unmute the first speaker. >> hello, my name is megan fallen, calling as a director of five keys but also as a strong advocate for unhoused neighbors in san francisco. i've worked in homeless services in san francisco for the last six years, and worked for five keys for nearly three years. and i've seen over and over how shelter can change lives. i'm super excited to share with you today and five keys is honored to provide shelter services at next door. runs a variety of different shelters, hotels, nav centers and phh in the bay area, and
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given the opportunity to run next door, we were super sighted. it's a safe place for folks to stay and the hope is that they are connected to permanent housing. we have case managers that help our guests get stabilized, medical services for folks who need care and focus on building community with every interaction we have with our guests. thank you for your consideration and support for this agreement. >> thank you, megan, for your comments. do we have any more speakers in the queue? that completes our chair. >> chair ronen: public comment is now closed. i would like to make a motion to send to the full board with recommendation. >> on that motion to send the resolution to the full board with recommendation. [roll call vote taken] three aye.
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>> chair ronen: thank you, item 14. >> a resolution approving the first amendment to the grant agreement between bayview hunters point foundation, and the department of homelessness and supportive housing to provide shelter operations and services at the bayview safe navigation center, increasing the grant agreement amount by approximately 17.1 million for a total amount not to exceed 26.6 million, extending the grant agreement term by 36 months. december 1, 2020, through june 30, 2025, and amendment, prior to the final execution by all parties and did not materially increase the on gauges or liabilities for the city and necessary to effectuate the purposes of the grant. members of the public joining us remotely and wish to comment please call 1-415-655-0001,
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24852951638, and pound twice, and then 3, and the system will indicate when you have been unmuted. madam chair. >> chair ronen: update for those here for the afternoon budget and appropriations meeting, we are still in the morning meeting, budget and finance. new estimate of time will come back and start that meeting around 2:20. so please feel free to get a cup of coffee or do something else in the interim. miss cohen, could you please try to keep this presentation very short? >> absolutely, chair ronen. thank you very much. we are here before you with a contract amendment for the bayview safe navigation center. this would extend the contract to june 30, 2025, and increase the not to exceed amount to
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$26.7 million, continuing services at the same level. annual budget for the shelter that is offered in partnership with bayview hunters point foundation, about $5 million annually. project first opened in january 2021, and can serve 186 adults and 17 families. it's in a beautiful newly constructed facility in the bayview neighborhood and just really incredible partnership with bayview hunters point foundation, appreciate their collaboration, i'll take any questions. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. b.l.a. >> this resolution approved the first amendment to the bayview hunters point foundation, grant agreement which operates the bayview safe navigation center, extends the existing agreement through june 2025 and not to exceed amount by $26.7 million. as we show on page 44, annual
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cost is approximately $5 million, and you'll see that is a decrease from the current year of $6 million, and my understanding from the department is that they are going to add a case management to this side that will increase the annual cost, accounted for in the contingency budget of the existing contract. we do -- we are not able to review this year's program monitoring report so we do recommend that the department provide that report which i understand is underway to the full board prior to the full board approving this resolution but we do recommend approval, assuming there is no issues in the performance monitoring report. thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you, and to miss cohen, can you get us the performance monitoring report between now and tuesday when we have to make the full --
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we have to make the final decision at the full board? >> i do not think i can get it to you by tuesday. the work is underway, but we have not will regular meetings with the provider, regular visits, not a lot of -- our shelter monitoring staff has been impacted by covid this last couple of weeks and so we do have some minor delays getting the report out. we expect to have this well -- i think we can have it before the full board. >> chair ronen: that's tuesday. >> okay. i think -- we could get this for you -- possible. i can't commit to next tuesday. >> chair ronen: what i'm going to do, send this out to the full board without recommendation and then if we don't get the report
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in time, we might continue it at the full board. so, but first of all, we'll set it up for public comment. >> chair ronen, we have the site visit as part of the monitoring scheduled for may 23. so the report would be available following that site visit. >> chair ronen: ok. so that's a day before. you'll have some time -- we'll just continue at the full board if we have to. so -- can we please open this up, item up for public comment? [please stand by]
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. . . . i have been able to get sober and get in many different programs and to work with the list to be put in permanent
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housing. they also helped me apply and i am in the process of getting social security and med-ical. they have definitely saved my life. >> thank you so much for your comment. can i confirm that was the last caller? madam chair, that concludes our queue. >> public comment is now closed. [gavel] like to make a motion to send this item to the full board without recommendation. >> on that motion to forward to the full board without recommendation, vice chair safai. >> aye. >> member mar. >> mar, aye. >> chair ronen? >> we have three ayes. >> a thank you so much. that passes unanimously.
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mr. clerk, do we have any other items on this agenda? >> no, madam chair this, concludes our business. we are going to meet back here for the budget and appropriations committee meeting at 2:25. and we'll be looking at the schedule to make some changes in the future. i'm so sorry and really hate wasting people's time, so i apologize. with that, this meeting is adjourned. [gavel]
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>> okay, all right, well, this is a very exciting day, everyone. and i want to welcome you all to the opening celebration of our newest permanent supportive housing building. i want to begin by thanking you, mayor breed, for your ongoing leadership and commitment to really acquiring these new buildings and building up our permanent supportive housing stock. thank you so much for your leadership on that. your plan is exceeding its goal and expanding housing options and providing hope for people experiencing homelessness. i also want to thank the partners who are making this program possible. supervisor haney was a big champion of this and now supervisor dorsey, we're very excited to have you onboard and supporting this as well.
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and a special appreciation to the provider partners who are partners who are bringing this to life. and we have compass family services, it's a beautiful partnership between three great organizations and super happy to be here celebrating with all of you and we know that this will be a really strong program because you're all here working together. we're honored to be a part of this partnership in affordable housing deliver that provides a pathway out of home littl homeld into hope for families. and today is a very exciting day for us as well, because mayor breed just announced this morning the preliminary 2022 point in time count results. it's great news. i will let the mayor share details but we're excited that the numbers reflect progress that we are making locally to reduce homeless, unsheltered homelessness in our community. our investments in sheltering and housing is showing wonderful results and improvements in the lives of people who have experienced homelessness in
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those conditions on our streets so, mayor, thank you for your leadership and we're looking forward to your words. [applause] >> good afternoon, everyone. first of all, it smells like a new building when you walk through the door, like that new car smell that we all love so much. and i haven't had that new car smell in a long time so this is going to have to do. but i will say that today is a very exciting day. you know, what's interesting is that, you know, oftentimes some of the negative messages that you hear about the challenges that exist on our streets in san francisco are highlighted in a way that doesn't tell a real story about the work that we actually do in san francisco. and this is just another example of working together with federal, state, and local resources and our non-profit
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partners, how we can make something great happen for people. and this is important work as we all know because the last thing that any of us wants to see is someone sleeping outdoors when we have places like this available for them to be. and this is the thing that i love about being a mayor. people say, do you love the job and i say well, well, on most days, and today is one of those days. today is one of those days because it's not just about a building. it's about the people who will have a safe, affordable place to call home. so when i think about the challenges that sadly continue to persist in our city, i know that as much as we want to of course, you know, to celebrate this incredible milestone, there's always work to be done. but i just want to say that getting access to this brand-new building of over 160 units, means over 160 people that were formally homeless will have a
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safe, affordable place to call home. but more importantly, they'll have supportive services because of dish and because of compass, because we want to make sure that they don't end up back on streets if it were that easy to just house someone and to move on to the next person, we probably would have solved the problem already. but we know that it's so much more complicated and it's not a one-size-fits-all. and it requires making investments and providing the wraparound supportive services that are necessary. what i'm so happy about is that sadly during the pandemic it was challenging but it give us an opportunity to not only cut a lot of bureaucratic red tape to get people into over 25 locations, 2,600 hotel rooms and a number of buildings purchased with project home key and to do all of this extraordinary work -- it meant that we were able to as the numbers reflect to see a decline in the number
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of unsheltered homeless people out on streets during the last point in time count. what does that mean? every other county saw an increase and san francisco saw a decrease of about 15% of people who were unsheltered who are homeless on the streets and we saw that number go down. and since i've been in office, we have been able to help not only house 6,500 people who were formally homeless on our streets, but 1,800 people who would have otherwise have been evicted on the streets. we've been able to keep them housed. this is the work that we're doing in san francisco that needs to be elevated. this is the work that we need to talk about. we're doing this work because we know how important it is. it is not just about what people visually see and don't like to see on our streets, it's about individual human lives that we want to support in this
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capacity. so this project is so much more than as i said a building. it's about the people that we are here to serve. so i'm really grateful, really excited, because we have other projects like this that we have purchased before, others that are coming online, and my hope is that we are able to continue to move forward as aggressively as possible with getting more of these projects. we're getting more of these projects online. you know how -- not only important it is to get places like this built, but it's also important when we have underutilized properties to take advantage of the opportunity to lease or to purchase for the purposes of being able to house people who are unhoused. i am looking forward to a lot of the work that i know that we have to continue to do. yes, we have made progress. yes, we see the numbers reflect a lot of the work that we're doing, and, yes, today is a good day for all of that
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extraordinary work. so i really do want to thank so many of the people that have been actively engaged in making sure that despite, again -- i know a lot of challenges and criticism, the office of housing and homeless services, they have been doing extraordinary work to get these properties online, to make sure that we're providing the resources, to repair properties, and we're providing the wraparound supportive services with the various agencies that we work with. so thank you, charine, for your work and we appreciate it very much. and i want to thank our other partners and i think that someone here is from dish who is going to be helping us as well as compass. our non-profit partners who we rely on heavily to provide those wraparound services. i see that you have a new property manager here. thank you, denise, so much for being here and working with us. it does take a village. and this village has wrapped its arms around making sure that we
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continue to support those who need support the most in san francisco. this is a great day for us and i am truly excited that i have been able to work with the previous supervisor of this district, but also i am so looking forward to the work that i know that supervisor matt dorsey and i will be doing to put more projects like this online. so this is just the beginning for him and the best is yet to come and, ladies and gentlemen, with that i want to introduce supervisor matt dorsey. [applause] >> thanks, everybody. so i want to welcome everybody to my neighborhood. i live just like a block and a half away. and one thing that i love mid-market and south of market, this area, is just how inclusive a community that it is, and there's density and market-rate housing and b.m.r. and supportive services. this is really the promise of the city of st. francis, and i'm just so grateful to mayor breed for her leadership, charine, and
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compass family services and ucsf, and dish and for fulfilling the promise of what we can do as a city. i think this is officially just the one week mark as we stand here. i've talked about my own personal journey in recovery and a lot of that i think that i emphasized some of the problems that i see. i think that probably i didn't talk enough about the things that really inspired me to want to work with mayor breed. how inspired i was by the leadership that she showed around the tenderloin initiative and the leadership that she's showing on programs like this. so it's not all bad news and it's a lot of the good news and the optimism that i see and i want to be a part of and i'm so excited to be a partner on this on the board of supervisors. to the extent that this is something that you want to rave about or complain about, my door is open and i look forward to working with all of you. and thank you so much. thanks. [applause] >> thank you so much, mayor
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breed, and thank you supervisor really looking forward to working with you. so, as i mentioned earlier this is a really phenomenal partnership and we're going to get to hear from some of the partners. we're going to start with allison murphy, who is with city wide, who is that housing program director at city wide. [applause] >> hi, everybody. my name is allison murphy. and i work for ucsf. [applause] i'm a social worker and a program director for city wide supportive housing programs. thank you so much for being here. it's great to see so many supporters of this project. thank you, madam mayor and supervisor dorsey. and ucsf is thrilled to continue our work here at 1321 mission
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and we're excited to be part of this innovative collaboration with our new partners at dish and compass, family services. just like with all of our other supportive housing programs, our clinical services are going to be here on-site to work alongside our partners at dish and compass to support the residents of 1321 mission in stabilizing their housing and achieving whatever goals they have. we're really excited to get to work and to provide a stable and supportive community for the folks that are living here at 1321 mission. and we're thrilled to be continuing our work as a part of the terment in solutions of homelessness here in -- permanent work here in solutions in homelessness here in ucsf. and thank you for having us as a key partner in this program. and to everybody who is
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supporting this project. thank you so much. get to work. >> thank you, allison. and next we'll hear from denise riggins, the property manager from dish. [applause] >> good afternoon, everyone. welcome to this beautiful celebration of supportive housing done right. everyone experiencing homelessness in san francisco deserves the dignity and a home as beautiful as this one. at dish, we are thrilled to have been selected to operate this site, and look forward to working with hsh, our resident community, ucsf city wide case management and compass family services to provide a safe and joyful and inclusive community. while dish was contracted to provide the property management services, our focus is on fostering community where residents feel safe, feel
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valued, and feel empowered to achieve their goals and to put homelessness behind them for good. i have also experienced homelessness myself and had faced structural racism facing this crisis. i'm deeply proud to be here today with my dish family and all of you. the site staff are part of the backbone of the homelessness response system and our continued success is dependent upon investment, in not only beautiful new sites like this one, but also in supporting the workforce, many with lived experiences, not unlike the residents that we serve. join me in taking a moment to appreciate those who show up every day to ensure that our residents get the service and care that they need. thank you for sharing this moment with all of us. we look forward to continuing our work with the mayor and our team at hsh to ensure that all supportive housing communities can provide a solid foundation
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of recovery from trauma of homelessness. thank you. [applause] >> thanks, denise, and thank you for sharing your personal story with us. that means a lot, and it really helps to bring home how important this is. so next we have mary kate bacalau from compass family services. [applause] >> thank you so much, director mcfadden for the introduction. i am the policy director at compass family services. and i feel so lucky to be standing here. our executive director erica kisch wanted so badly to be here today and she just celebrated her 20th anniversary leading the agency and she's been waiting for an opportunity like this for the 28 years that she's been serving compass family services for more than a hundred years, compass family services has been helping and supporting the most vulnerable san franciscans,
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whatever it takes. and today we have a continuum of care supporting at-risk and home little families, and we -- homeless families and we are so thrilled because this is our first foray into supportive permanent family housing. [applause] 1321 mission is a beautiful modern building in the heart of san francisco with something truly special. 160 units with enough bedroom capacity and community space for 40 unhoused families. that is a lot of families, that's more than a hundred people, most of them children, and we will be able to permanently break the cycle of poverty for those kids and their parents. and i cannot say enough how much that means to compass, and our partners at the city, and in our non-profit partners. when i first toured the building and actually every time that i walk into this building i'm struck with a sense of beauty
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and spaciousness and light. and the sense that anyone would love to live here. and everyone who walks through that door with a key in their hand is going to know that they matter to their city. they're going to know they belong to this neighborhood and to this community, and every parent most importantly is going to lay their head down at night knowing they can give their kids the stable, happy childhood which they deserve, which is really the foundation for stable, happy lives. so i am so grateful. compass is so grateful to our partners at the city, and to all of the extremely hard work that hsh has done in partnership with the city to acquire buildings like this and to bring projects like this online and to get families inside -- people and families. so, mayor breed, thank you so much for your remarks. and supervisor dorsey, it's wonderful to have everyone here and to lift up the potential and the hopefulness in this project thank you.
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[applause] >> thanks, mary kate. and next we're going to hear from linda lockhart who is a current tenant at the building. linda. [applause] >> hello, everyone. welcome. mayor, thank you so much for everything that you do. you stole my line though because i was going to say it takes a village. it really, really does. it starts with you and then goes down to people like me and when all of your hard work -- everybody's -- city wide never left my side from the day they came to my door and i was over at work -- i am sorry, i get very emotional and i'm very passionate -- your passion -- it just trickles down to someone like me who is just an emotional wreck, but in a good way. it's all positive. and it was funny, when we had a meeting and met the new management, i started crying and they were all staring at me and i said it's positive, all good.
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because i'm just so grateful. and it breaks my heart that someone like me have suffered chronic homelessness because back in the 1980s, i owned my own home in sacramento, and look where i am today. but look what i am today. i went to my first giants ballgame and fell in love with san francisco when i was 9 years old and now i get to be a resident here. i'm proud to be here. soma -- i have lived here since 2012, i'll be honest, i spent most of that time at harbor light, which i love, and a lot of it absorbed into me and i will never forget those tools they learned. i have been sober two and a half years and it's funny -- [applause] a little asterisk. i'm sober but i'm not clean but
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i'm working on it, and i'm sure and i'm hopeful that you will have programs here that will help people like me, because when you have it right in your building you have to go. i mean, come on, you have to go [applause] i mean, and i -- there's one thing and i will say it and i know that my sister will say this, but i didn't. i didn't go to one meeting and shame on me because when i managed to not pick up a drink that is a god thing -- just a god thing. and i worked with jason, and he's a wonderful man, and we just had such a great rapport and i'm so glad to see you here supporting me and the whole project. i want you to know that you have a lot of projects and a lot on your plate every day, but this one is successful. and i am so appreciative. and it's funny, but the camera does put on 10 pounds because you look fantastic. you do. you do, you look wonderful.
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and so with that, i will say thank you for everything. i love my apartment. it looks so cute. [applause] can i go now? >> thanks, linda. that's why we left you for last, to get us all going. so -- so we're going to have -- we're going to have q&a now, so that's good timing. so we have a few minutes for questions and answers and there are a number of people in this room who can answer the questions. so hopefully you're all ready to do that. but let's open it up then. open it up to the floor. you have a question?
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it can wait, okay, okay. >> [indiscernible] [question off microphone is indiscernible] >> goodness. i don't know. i'll just be honest. you know, as i said, we were able to quickly move and acquire 25 hotels that we entered into agreements with that helped to house 2,600 people. and we did that in lightning speed through project home key and our relationships with some of the hotel owners and we were able to move quickly to purchase some of those buildings without them going onto the market. and we have been working with a number of people who developed properties like this and we have 100% family housing building that we're purchasing and a number of other properties that
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i'm really excited about and that we have been able to move faster than i think that had we not been under an emergency declaration and as you know, we have continued that to a certain extent but there's been some orders that we've had to lift, so as we move forward we're just going to try to do everything that we can to move full speed ahead. but, definitely, the bureaucracy does have an impact on our ability to deliver these projects faster. they also make building these projects more expensive as well so it's really tough. we in the city have acquired a number of actual properties where we know that we can build, but, unfortunately, the challenges, you know, of dealing with building housing in san francisco persists. we have over 70,000 units that have been entitled and they are not necessarily being built in rapid speed. we're trying to at least commit
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to 5,000 units a year that are being built here in the city and we have not yet in past couple of years reached that goal. so we're not going to give up, we're going to keep trying, and, you know, my hope is that we are able to deliver faster and avoid the gridlock that makes it difficult to get ahold of buildings like this. thank you very much. thank you. >> so i just want to thank everyone. we have an opportunity for a tour after this and so if anyone would like to see what a room looks like, please stick around but i also want to just thank you all for coming today. this is a great day. [applause]
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>> good morning, everyone. we are here today to celebrate re-opening of the san francisco first responder museum. formerly known as fire department pioneer memorial museum. thank you for being here. long-standing board member of the guardians of the city. i have the honor of being the emcee today through this program. thank you all for being here. [applause]. is it really great to be back in person standing here like this in front of the museum where we get to go and experience firsthand live and in person the artifacts, apparatus, part of the rich history of first responders and public safety in san francisco. you are in for a real treat. board members and the guardians of the city have put time, energy and commitment into preserving the pieces and getting all set up for display.
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after we go through the plan with speakers speaking i would invite everyone to come in and experience it. it is a little small. now that we have covid restrictions lifted, we have the opportunity to share the experience together. as you know, this museum is around 54 years now. i live down the street. what i was growing up we would walk to share in the experience. i wasn't hired as firefighter. i moved to other things. it is an honor and privilege to be part of public safety. this first responder museum highlights the fact that all of us involved in public safety work collectively together to keep community safe. it speaks to the fact we have grown from in a fire station with a museum dedicated to not just fire but to all of us involved in public safety.
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please enjoy the experience when you have the chance. as i say, public safety, i recognize that many members of public safety in san francisco, all of us from the sheriff's office to police department, fire department, department of emergency management, we are all here from may or down with commitment to public safety. i thank everyone from being here. the museum would fought be here without hard work of the guard yarns of the city. we have the chairperson retired fire department captain jim lee. it takes passion and commitment. [applause]. it takes passion and commitment to pull something like this off. especially because all of this is done without public funds. it is done on the beneficiaries and donations and support from the community for the group. she has worked for many years to
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preserve the public safety history. also helped to produce the 1906 earthquake centennial in 2006 and 150th anniversary in 2016. i would like to welcome to the podium jim lee. [applause] >> thank you, sheriff. mayor london breed, supervisor stefani, sheriff and bill scott and chief nicholson and director carroll and command staff from emergency response agencies. distinguished guests and friends, welcome. i am james lee, retired fire department captain. it is my pleasure to welcome you to the grand re-opening of the
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san francisco first responder museum. [applause]. 58 years ago chief william murray stood at this very spot and dedicated this museum to preserve the rich history of the san francisco fire department. he knew to move forward with new ideas and innovation you must preserve and respect the past. guardians exist to preserve the heritage age history of the fridays first responders over 170 years when you include the san francisco police and sheriff's office. we gather today, may 11, by no accident. the guardians of the city staff have been working tirelessly to introduce the exists and days displays of the police department and sheriff's office to coincide with law enforcement
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appreciation week. i will let them comment on that later. for those that have not seen the little museum. it is, in fact, tiny. we are bursting at the seams with artifacts, photos, antique fire apparatus too numerous to display. there are some other fire engines that cannot be enjoyed due to the space limitations. we have a goal of opening a larger museum and event center. not only can we properly share the rich history of public service, but we could train youth in disaster preparedness, expose to public safety career opportunities, first responder promotional ceremonies and graduations and self-sustaining
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and income generating event center. i invite you to meet the board members today. for now we celebrate the end of two years of being closed. we want to welcome you to the new displace and artifacts from the police department and sheriff's office and for the first time ems in san francisco. while there are many to thank today to get this grand re-opening, i would like special attention and thanks to the board members mike, jackie martin and jamie o'keefe. i would be remiss if i didn't be give a special thank you to those who always responded to the aid for help. back to the sheriff. i would like to thank you all for coming and enjoying the day.
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thank you. [applause]. >> as you knowledge the members of the guardians of the city. i want to point out to my left these aren't firefighters that haven't spent money from the uniform allowance. they are wearing vintage union forms and members of the board for the guardians. i want to acknowledge they are here living the history. the next speaker we know very well. born and raised in san francisco with a very interesting history herself. forty-fifth mayor who lives our history by dazzling us every april 18th with a costume that out does the previous year every year. please welcome may orthop mayorn breed. (applause).
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>> mayor breed: i would have dressed appropriately today. women weren't necessarily mayors at the time. there is a new day and trend to set. when i think about the fact that over 170 years ago when some of the first volunteers started the various police and fire departments because of a need in san francisco to protect the public and a number of aspects, they did so because they had a desire to serve. they had a desire to help. in fact, that has not changed much in terms of men and women of our various public safety departments. many of you here today, i know, were in the various agencies. it is because you wanted to serve the public in this capacity. what i want to express today is, of course, appreciation for the preservation of history of what
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these various departments represent. more importantly, i want to appreciate and thank you for your service and carrying on the legacy what now exists for san francisco especially as we come out of the global pandemic. we appreciate that first responders regardless of pandemic you had to show up to work. regardless of the challenges in exist no matter what they are, the people who respond to emergencies in the city have to be on the job. they have to show up. there is no other option. we appreciate your service. thank you so much for everything you do to support the city. we also want to really thank guardians of the city because in reprieving the history they realize the importance of giving back and working with kids, working to do collaborations. one i can think of off the top
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of my head. i don't know your title with the sheriff's department you were werecaptain of the police statin bringing christmas trees out to the various locations in the community and making sure that it is not just about doing the job or showing up and challenging times it is about connecting with the community and building bridges that is what guardians of the city represent a preservation of the history and desire to build those bridges. when we think about san francisco and its very challenging past what happened back then, i can't help but be proud that when you look at the leaders of these various departments you have a woman who is leading the fire department. you have an african-american man who is leading the police department. you have an asian-american man leading sheriff's department. how far we have come
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diversifying departments and becoming part of the fabric what makes san francisco so special. as we celebrate history of first responders, let us remember how far we come. the challenges of the past but resilient of what san francisco is. despite those challenges, how we continue like the phoenix to rise to become a better more inclusive, vibrant san francisco. the way we are able to do that has everything to do with the people who serve and protect the city and put their lives on the line every single day. i want to thank you all so much for being here. thank you all so much for the work that you are doing. know that especially in this upcoming budget my priorities will reflect the need to support and uplift public safety departments in san francisco. the other thing i want to do is
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really acknowledge again all of the volunteers and the people who are part of guardians of the city. i also want to acknowledge we just had our new member of the san francisco board of supervisors matt dorsey join us today. he is definitely familiar to the men and women of the police department. we are so grateful for his service. i also want to acknowledge the fact that a lot of this happens because of philanthropic support and the san francisco police department has the support of chris larson joining us today, a native from san francisco who supports the department and wants to improve moral and support which is a challenging time for the department. so many care about our public safety officials. do not get discouraged what is on social media and other
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alcohol ings. the an attend of the day the people of the city support you and appreciate you and you are showing up at the most difficult times in their lives. that means something when you have someone that no matter what is going to show up, make sure that people are okay, they are safe, served, protected. that is what public safety and what you all represent for san francisco. we appreciate you. we need you. we will continue to uplift and support you. we thank you so much for being here to celebrate that history and what that means to san francisco. thank you so much. [applause]. >> thank you, mayor breed. come back up here. we have something to present, i believe. on behalf of the guardians we have this jacket for you. guardian logo and your name.
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in case you forget. that is your name. it will be on your jacket. it might be warm. >> mayor breed: it might be a little tight here. >> thank you. [applause]. >> thank you again. i do want to mention i am going to talk about the sheriff's office now. i will switch hats for a second. i have the honor of leading a very large work force of deputies and professional staff who contribute to the safety and well-being of our residents. i don't want to forget past. this is commitment to remembering what we have done, where we are and where we will go as part of the public safety community. i want to recognize that we have had support from former sheriffs as well.
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some are here and some couldn't be here. vicky and mike hen see helped us move forward as we collected many pieces. former sheriff here for a long standing period of time because he was part of the history for the long time is now one of the people who manage the history website and who has contributed a lot of information, history and materials to that website to preserve the history that we share here with our public safety partners. i want to shout out karl, one of our former board members. they were a significant part of what you will see inside today for the sheriff's office. thank you for that. [applause]. our next speaker has a special connection to our event. as ad catherine stefani was in
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the behind the scene works that formed the legislation working for supervisor mark farrell. she helped codify the role as protectors of public safety history. she helped pass a resolution to outline the great mission today. a very much supporter of public safety. we are lucky to have her speak here today. supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: i was just thinks. one of the great things about being involved in public service you see great things like this come to fruition. in 2012 working with jim lee and going to different locations around the city like fort mason and oak street to figure out where to house these incredible artifacts to honor the first
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responders. this is a culmination of the success and perseverance of everyone involved. it is nice to see so many men and women in uniform. i feel protected. thank you. i am the district two supervisor. i am hull belled to stand alongside so many first responders. this is one of our district two fire stations. thank you, chief nicholson. i want to acknowledge what the first responders do starting with the dispatchers who field 24 hours each day 3800 calls. 1.4 million calls per year. first responders, the san francisco fire and police and sheriff's office and emergency medical services kept the city and residents safe through earthquakes, fires and emergencies our communities face every single day. these