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about $2.5 billion over the fiscal year that just ended and the up coming two or three fiscal years for homelessness services, housing and prevention. similar to the budget slide previously, most of the funds come from the general fund, 42% for general fund support. our city our homes contributes more than a third now to our system funding. 36% can. we still have 308% at federal ask state funding. housing and community development, those funds were received by our department, the department of social services, lead agency for that is the city's human services agency and
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the department of healthcare services. dp shrks the lead. that analysis included some capital and one-time covid response funds but i've taken those out for this summary and i'll talk about those later. one thing to think about, not all of the funding is on going. so we're trying as a city to make some strategic decisions until consultation with not only awful you, but our homeless coordinating board, department of public health and board of supervisors in the mayor's office as well as community stakeholders and non-profit partners to try to maximize one-time funding. this has allowed us to create opportunities -- the funding allows us to create opportunities to pilot new programs and then use local dollars to bring those programs to scale or iterate on those
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programs for local goals. and i think the key take away even as i was preparing this presentation was the highlight of the complexity of our system now. even compared to just five or 0 years ago. that there is many complex funding sources, there are different funding sources, all of them have different eligibility criteria, funding restrictions, timelines, and we're trying to meld all of this together in a strategic and fauth thoughtful way to support a comprehensive homelessness response and prevention system. i mentioned some of the capital funding that was identified in the landscape and preparing this presentation, i added and updated that to what we sent to the state. but in terms of acquisition of permanent supportive housing, we've identified and we're budgeted now more than $693 million just in a three-year
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period. for new psh acquisition. the majority of that has come from fedco funding. $388 million is the total if you look at the three-year budget including the budget that was just adopted by the board. and 304 million of that has been dedicated to purchase a site. after drsht other thing that occurred in 2020 besides covid and crop c was that the city also -- the voters passed a 2020 health and recovery general obligation bond and there was a carve out for behavioral health capital projects. $115 million of that is stim available for affordable housing axises. and we've been strategic and we've gotten a lot much support from this committee to continue to access the state home key
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dollars. there was over 2-point a billion dollars over two years allocated by the state. san francisco has been awardedded or anticipates to be awarded over $190 million. that's an incredible accomplishment in just a few years. our main source within the city of psh and affordable housing, cap at that tall development funds still runs through the partners at mayor's office of housing and community development. the landscape -- the funding landscape teased out a couple of key sources. the covid stimulus package and on going hud funds are contributing $23 million to permanent supportive housing projects. the state leveraged its prop 63 mental health allocations to sell bonds. the bond funding is now part of
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our program called "no/>s like home." it's an opportunity for localities:" the permanent supportive housing with a focus on vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals with medical challenges in permanent supportive housing to leverage those funds. $53 million is what we expect if that source. there also the on-going funding fundingfrom the housing trust fd it's strategy thaek whatever dollar of public money they put in that the project he they support are leveraging low-income housing and other state funds. last but not least, the recovery bond develops the oca bonds have been able to provide $190 million for the department of public health toe expand
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behavioral health sites as well as bed capacity. i wanted to talk a bit about some key city partnerships because sometimes this gets lost with we talk about the funding. but there has been a lot of work in the last particularly four or five years as we created this new department of homelessness. it's allowed us to really work across the city throughout all of the agencies to really sort of thoughtfully leverage funding. that started back in 2018 with the whole care initiative. this was a medical waiver pilot program. thrks ch was the lead agency but it's been a partnership with dos and hsh.
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we were able to leverage 200 million in federal and local funds. the goals were not toanl provide new services, but to really create a system of care and better data and partnership integration within the city. to improve not only the quality of heat care and clients' well-being to make them more efficient health system but also a recognition that housing is healthcare. and so, this included a large portion for housing stabilization, housing deposits, tenancy stabilization for adults experiencing homelessness and moving into permanent supportive housing. successor to this initiative is called the california advance and mead cal program or cal-aim. that's starting up now. there is a plan to start that in 20 tr 2022/2023.
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we have bridge funding from the state that is building on the successes of the whole secure partnership. it has an additional wrirchg that will is going to be administered through -- wrirchg that will is going to be add atmosphered through the managed healthcare plan. we're partnering with the san francisco health plan ask an them to provide important housing faf gaition and housing stabilization and housing deposit services. eph has a piece of their medi-cal waiver service bus i'm focused on hch services. a couple other key partnerships that are started with state funding. the state initiated and has expanded over the last few years the california housing and disability advocating program. hsa is the lead with hfc
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supporting. especially getting clients on ssi and outreach to the clients and providing case management with hsh providing housing assistance. as you've heard prior at this committee, one of the successes that oco prevention program has been strong partnership between hsh and ocd and their collaboration with all the home expafl creating a comprehensive homelessness and eviction prevention program. so some recent accomplishments or highlights of how the city has leveraged some of this new funding. i mentioned the state choam key funds where we've been able to leverage more than $190 million
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for 800 new pch projects. this started in october of 2020 and now that we're in july of 2022, we'll have brought on line or be in a purchase agreement for 96 o new units in two years which is an incredible accomplishment and really so much appreciation to this compete for your support. the other thing we've been able to do with your support is hsh has been working closely with the housing authority to take advantage of the 906 new emergency housing vouchers. these are on going fed ram subsidies provided to san francisco. we came back to the committee and told you we would appreciate your support in using some of the flexible funding to provide support services for those
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households exiting homelessness but using other sfj dollars for the at-risk violence claiming domestic violence and those at risk of homelessness. of the 906 vowmps, i got an update this morning that 725 applications have been referred to the housing authority and of the applications, 89% are household led by a person of color. it's been an intentional program really to identify providers who are meeting equity goals and able to advance the city's equity goals especially around serving bipoc households. applicants include 51%. these applicants are currently
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homeless. 19% at-risk. 17% had a recent incident of homelessness and 13% fleeing violence. there are now 601 vouchers on the street. of at that -- of those vouchers 230 households have been housed which is fan it's lick. the last recent accomplishment and my colleagues from dpl also on to answer any questions you may have. we were able to take advantage of the federal stimulus dollars administered through the state for eviction, prevention and emergency rental assistance. our own program was led by ocd and they've been able to leverage the federal assistance
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with $20 million prop c funding. to conclude, what does it take to fund a comprehensive homelessness response system? san francisco continues to aggressively leverage state, federal and private funds for homeless services and housing. but we're really reliant on local funding. and now general funding and oco funding has sustained that funding. new funding continues to allow us to be innovative and nimble with local funds. that requires a strong inner agency partnership, community support, mayoral leadership to leverage all these opportunities. oco funds are a critical funds for this programming and expansion. as you can see, it's about 36%. it's a portion of the overall funding picture for san francisco. and i would conclude by saying
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one of our goals and when i talk to my depletion other departments is to ensure that the system's goals and performance measures and outcome objectives is a source to can drive implementation and client experience so that we're looking comprehensively and being as nimble as possible to mix and match these various funding sources. that concludes my presentation and thank you for your time. >> thank you so much gee gee. that was a great presentation. you guys are doing great work and it's been exciting to work with you all, so thank you. i'm going to open it up to the committee for questions. >> yes. >> chair williams. >> yes. i really want to thank you gee gee for that phenomenal
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calculation and i want to highlight a key point around interagency collaboration. what is it going to take to get there? because i think that's the key. how do we build toward that more robust collaboration. and officer leadbetter touched on this earlier. >> thank you for the question. you are know, i think we can continue to improve inner agency collaboration. part of what hieltd the key partnerships was to say that putting this presentation toaght together and rife' been with the department since the ghing 2016. one of the goals is to have the central agency and talk to public health and housing department and human services
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agency. i've been excited in prepping this presentation that in start starting with the whole person care initiative and continuing through the state partnerships, also we have now quarterly meetings as an executive team with the mayor's office of howing to talk about cross cutting issues. we have similar tables with public health and human services and our partners at dos. it really the funding opportunities scw having more coordination and one-agency in this agency that is responsible for homelessness service agency allows us to start the more robust conversations. with the -- now we're going to leverage medi-cal dollars for
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permanent supportive housing and working with the managed care plan. that's a different -- that's an additional layer and complexity. i think the challenge for all of us is, you know, departments are all very busy. we all have different stakeholders or commissions or oversight groups. i think i heard the earlier conversation about incorporating lived experience and lived voices. i think that's why we're reliant on this committee and your expertise to help inform a lot of these strategies for the broader system. really appreciate the time and appreciate all of you. thanks. >> thank you so much.
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>> one quick question. vice chair antonio. >> thank you so much for the presentation. i appreciate it. do we know how many people have been housed out of eight buildings purchased? >> i'm still here. i'll have to get you that. i don't know that off the top of my head. of the -- some of the buildings have purchased ask sale agreements. we are closing on two buildings this fall. those two are not purchased yet. that's probably 300 of the units haven't closed yet. and then granada and [indiscernible] started some of the sites are starting to ramp up or get into contract. i can have that for you but probably nor say at a future meeting.
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>> we'd love that. that was helpful having that as part of the housing choice voucher. it gives -- we want to know how many people are all the streets because of this. i think also, i think it's important to have the different ribbon-cuttings and people if this body could be there. making sure that we're all celebrating this collectively as we move forward because, you know, there is just a lot of frustration over all this issue. i think as much as we can highlight the movement we're making as well as alongside the reality of the path we still have to go, that is really
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helpful. >> thank you. >> i don't know if it's all right to jump in. >> very. chair deantonio had to step out. i will turn it over to to member catalano. >> thank you gee gee for that presentation. a quick comment and two questions. first, so grateful for the data you shared on the racial and ethnic breakdown of the efc program and i'm excite for the opportunity to continue the strategies that allowed that to -- that data and those realities to be -- to
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prioritizing bipoc organizations and being intentional on communities and households that are prioritized and doing the intentional outreach and i'm excited to be able to continue those strategies across those programs. two question for you, one is around learning. as you describe the interagencies efforts like whole-person care, where do you see sort of the best place for us as a city to collecting those learnings and changing operations of response. is it the controller's office? how do we think about how we understand and learn and pivot our operations from whole-person care to nawnl. first that question. second big question is around --
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you described the benefit of having our local dollars both our general fund and prop c funds as the ability of being nimble and flexible. i totally agree and i think we hear constant delay we're not nimble and flexible enough with the local dollars. where do you see opportunity for us to move forward in that direction particularly for providers that need the ability to use the funding more flexibly to serve the clientsz with diverse needs and experiences. if you could help me with those two questions. thank you. >> i'll do my best. those are meaty questions. in terms of where do we see the learning opportunities, i invite other colleagues on to chime in, but i think where hsh especially having now a strategic planning
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framework in place that we're embarking on, we now have like a provider kind of -- provider group of experts that reflect across our system giving input into our strategies to help us iterate. we have a lot of i think support and also feedback at our local homeless coordinating board. i think in terms of the lessons learned in giving feedback, it's the strategy sessions and i wish that siptia and na jinder was here to see more about those opportunities. with whole-person care especially, the pilot was intended to force localities to really look at kind of forced
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you to play in the same sandbox and funding the outcomes and i think, to me, the key part of that that we still need to work on is really our data integration. and so, the more that an hsa case worker or someone operating a dos building can see someone's care coordination or understand, you know, their interaction with the public health system or they have a view of that i think leads to better client care and intervention development. but then being able to aggregate the data and we have an hmis system, dph has their epic system. hsa have their benefit systems and we're trying to bring these
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data points together within our one system and better integrate that data so we know what we're working off of and monitoring. it's not just a strane, it's being able to pull the data efficiency and look across the system that will allow the community to iterate and improve. i don't want to oversell, but these are still government funds. it's challenging, i know for our providers, especially as we start to blends funds, they have different reporting requirements canned. sometimes thoals local dollars can be used more flexibly, but it also requires often fiems foo
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use privately funded dollars. that's where we've had success with leveraging philanthropy and tipping programs to help highlight. i think there is more we can do and sometimes it feels like a systems fix as well. if you have clunky contracting systems, you can't see across your system and provide data, can feels anecdotal. i would say that it's an opportunity to -- as we're developing programs, to hear feedback where we can be more flexible and might be able to use private funding to try that out. then support it with local funding and layer in the more restrictive funding. that's off-the-cuff for you. >> thank you, gee-gee. are there any additional
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comments or questions? >> i do not see any hands raised from our members. >> okay. if there are no further questions or comments, i want to thank you so much gee ye, for at amazing presentation and all your work and everything you do, so thank you. all right. >> i'm going to take public comment if that's okay with you. >> yes. >> members of the public who wish to provide public comment shul five access code 24982128473 then pound and pound again. if you vn done so, please press star 2. you have two minutes for your comments. i do see a caller. i'll take the first caller.
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you have two minutes, caller. >> as an environmentalist, i look at this in a different way. my team can incorporate my comments. the process [indiscernible] i would look at the [indiscernible] house being element. how it incorporates into our future, because you can take the date 2013 and focus on the last four or five years. how much do i know about the housing element? which is created every 10 years. this year, 2022, we have a housing element. going 10 years back. you have 42,000 homes that are vacant in san francisco. how do we incorporate that?
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that into whatever we want to do as part of our solutions? now, we may say that we get funding from various agencies and the federal government is very strict, believe me. but now, because of the donations, many non-profits will be suffering.athathathathatzatze
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identifying priority sub populations with complex medical needs such as pregnant people. i think it's important to have mechanisms to continue to identify gaps as we do more and
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more work. thank you. >> thank you caller. checking for any additional callers and there are no additional public comments. >> thank you so much. and thank you to the public commenters. again, i want to share my gratitude for you director whitly on this presentation and with that, colleagues, we're going to move to the next item. secretary holmes. >> next agenda item is opportunity to propose future agenda!s)■ items and action by e committee. >> thank you so much. we never have time for this item. this is great. is there any future agenda items that you would like o propose? >> i would like to propose something, chair williams. >> yes, board member miller.
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>> i should identify myself. you know, i've been saying this since we started. i see the numbers going down. of people living unshelter dz on street. ed on the street. the recent point in time count o demonstrated i think we went down 13 or 15%. and i think that is significant. it's the first drop in quite a long time. we're in the middle of covid. every other surrounding county, numbers went through the roof. i think it's important to look from a psychologistist that we rely heavily on strength-base add approach. i think it's important to look at those from a strength-base add approach. what happened there? why was that drop? drop significant during this time when it was increasing everywhere else?
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we need to spend time looking at our successes and start to build on those successes. i know that there is some reasons that we can kind of right off the top, a lot was the housing and other factors as well. i think yous a■d committee, it's foreign to look at what is working in san francisco. i don't know quite how that would be agendized or what the framing of that would be. but i do think it's important that as the committee, we at least acknowledge it and, like i said, look at it. >> thank you so much member miller. that was an excellent agenda item in terms of looking at what is working in the city and i want to check with jesse if we could arrange that agenda item. >> i'll add it to my tracking tool, yes.
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thank you. i'm viewing the queue now for additional panelists. i see member catalano. >> just briefly. that's a wonderful idea member miller. that could be managing into the retreat as well. it's a way for us to end the conversation about where we can groal and learn from that. thank you for that suggestion. >> thank you. any other members would like to add? member freedom bach. >> thank you. they said it doesn't need to be a long agenda item, but i would like us to -- maybe it's on the work plan. but about the website and and makingsure all our documente
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easily accessible. and looking at other department web sites and stuff thriek. i would thriek see -- we've had some really important slide show presentations that you can access them, but you have to go to the meeting date. if you don't remember the meeting date, it's harder. there is a bunch of stuff on the website and it's looking good but i would like to figure out ways to make a work in progress. >> thank you member freedom bach. we'll add that to the list in terms of accessibility. is that okay, jesse? >> got it. thank you. do we have any other members a that would like to speak on this item? thank you. not seeing any additional hands raised. chair williams.
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>> we have a whole 12 minutes. all right. colleagues, i believe we are at the time of adjournment. >> we're going to take public comment, if you don't mind. members of the public should call (415)615-0001, access 24982128473 and pound and pound again. call *3 to line up to speak. a prompt will indicate you have unmuted and you may begin your comments. you have two minutes. we have a caller, he'll take the first caller. hello caller, you have two minutes. >> i'm fran sika decosta. i think our city should have commanders when it comes to emergency services. those are the people that can do
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a good needs assessment on what they're talking about when it comes to home unless less. then the public needs to have a hearing on navigation centers. if you want to go into whatever you feel that no recognition is given, we need to go deep into the practitioners and urban outcoming. very, very deep because i've been following this for many, many years. from the time it started in ohio. and then we need to do an audit how somebody can get millions of dollars on non-profit and so, they can do security, they don't have guns, but the
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practitioners/security/whatever. our city has gone to the hogs because we don't have standards. if we had a commander, emergency services, [indiscernible] a safety officer, a difference between a city officer and a commander. i have training as a commander by fema. i know what i'm talking about. there is a lot of bullshit that we can address. let's have a public hearing. let's have a congressional hearing. thank you very much. >> thank you, caller. checking for any additional kawrls and i do not see any so there is no further comment for this item. >> thank you everyone for bearing with me.
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is there a motion to adjourn? >> i can make a motion to adjourn. member freedom balk. >> is there a second? >> second, member catalano. >> thank you. roll call. >> member catalano. >> yes. >> member cunningham absent. vice chair dean toneio absent. freedom balk. >> yes. >> leadbetter absent, member miller. >> yes. >> member regio. >> yes. >> chair williams. >> yes and that we are adjourned at 11:22 a.m. thank you. >> thank you all.
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>> we broke ground in december of last year. we broke ground the day after sandy hook connecticut and had a moment of silence here. it's really great to see the silence that we experienced then and we've experienced over the years in this playground is now filled with these voices. >> 321, okay. [ applause ] >> the park was kind of bleak. it was scary and over grown. we started to help maclaren park when we found there wasn't any money in the bond
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for this park maclaren. we spent time for funding. it was expensive to raise money for this and there were a lot of delays. a lot of it was just the mural, the sprinklers and we didn't have any grass. it was that bad. we worked on sprinkler heads and grass and we fixed everything. we worked hard collecting everything. we had about 400 group members. every a little bit helped and now the park is busy all week. there is people with kids using the park and using strollers and now it's safer by utilizing it. >> maclaren park being the largest second park one of the best kept secrets. what's exciting about this activation in particular is that it's
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the first of many. it's also representation of our city coming together but not only on the bureaucratic side of things. but also our neighbors, neighbors helped this happen. we are thrilled that today we are seeing the fruition of all that work in this city's open space. >> when we got involved with this park there was a broken swing set and half of -- for me, one thing i really like to point out to other groups is that when you are competing for funding in a hole on the ground, you need to articulate what you need for your park. i always point as this sight as a model for other communities. >> i hope we continue to work on the other empty pits that are here. there are still a lot of areas that need help
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at maclaren park. we hope grants and money will be available to continue to improve this park to make it shine. it's a really hidden jewel. a lot of people don't know it's here. >> for us, we wish we had our queue and we created spaces that are active. >> food and drinks. there is a lot for a lot of folks and
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community. for us, it started back in 1966 and it was a diner and where our ancestors gathered to connect. i think coffee and food is the very fabric of our community as well as we take care of each other. to have a pop-up in the tenderloin gives it so much meaning. >> we are always creating impactful meaning of the lives of the people, and once we create a space and focus on the most marginalized, you really include a space for everyone. coffee is so cultural for many communities and we have coffee of maria inspired by my grandmother from mexico. i have
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many many memories of sharing coffee with her late at night. so we carry that into everything we do. currently we are on a journey that is going to open up the first brick and mortar in san francisco specifically in the tenderloin. we want to stay true to our ancestors in the tenderloin. so we are getting ready for that and getting ready for celebrating our anniversary. >> it has been well supported and well talked about in our community. that's why we are pushing it so much because that's how we started. very active community members. they give back to the community. support trends and give back and give a safe space for all.
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>> we also want to let folks know that if they want to be in a safe space, we have a pay it forward program that allows 20% to get some funds for someone in need can come and get a cup of coffee, pastry and feel welcomed in our community. to be among our community, you are always welcome here. you don't have to buy anything or get anything, just be here and express yourself and be your authentic self and we will always take care of you.
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>> in the bay area as a whole, thinking about environmental sustainability. we have been a leader in the country across industries in terms of what you can do and we have a learn approach. that is what allows us to be successful. >> what's wonderful is you have so many people who come here and they are what i call policy innovators and whether it's banning plastic bags, recycling, composting, all the different things that we can do to improve the environment. we really champion. we are at recycle central, a large recycle fail on san francisco pier 96. every day the neighborhood trucks that pick up recycling from the blue bins bring 50 # o tons of bottles, cans and paper
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here to this facility and unload it. and inside recology, san francisco's recycling company, they sort that into aluminum cans, glass cans, and different type of plastic. san francisco is making efforts to send less materials to the landfill and give more materials for recycling. other cities are observing this and are envious of san francisco's robust recycling program. it is good for the environment. but there is a lot of low quality plastics and junk plastics and candy wrappers and is difficult to recycle that. it is low quality material. in most cities that goes to landfill. >> looking at the plastics industry, the oil industry is the main producer of blastics.
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and as we have been trying to phase out fossil fuels and the transfer stream, this is the fossil fuels and that plastic isn't recycled and goes into the waste stream and the landfill and unfortunately in the ocean. with the stairry step there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. >> we can recycle again and again and again. but plastic, maybe you can recycle it once, maybe. and that, even that process it downgrades into a lower quality material. >> it is cheaper for the oil industry to create new plastics and so they have been producing more and more plastics so with our ab793, we have a bill that really has a goal of getting our beverage bottles to be made of more recycled content so by the time 2030 rolls around t recycle content in a coke bottle, pepsi
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bottle, water bottle, will be up to 50% which is higher thatten the percentage in the european union and the highest percentage in the world. and that way you can actually feel confident that what you're drinking will actually become recycled. now, our recommendation is don't use to plastic bottle to begin w but if you do, they are committing to 50% recycled content. >> the test thing we can do is vote with our consumer dollars when we're shopping. if you can die something with no packaging and find loose fruits and vegetables, that is the best. find in packaging and glass, metal and pap rer all easily recycled. we don't want plastic. we want less plastic. awe what you we do locally is we have the program to think disposable and work one on one to provide technical assistance to swap out the disposable food
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service to reusables and we have funding available to support businesses to do that so that is a way to get them off there. and i believe now is the time we will see a lot of the solutions come on the market and come on the scene. >> and is really logistics company and what we offer to restaurants is reasonable containers that they can order just like they would so we came from about a pain point that a lot of customers feel which wills a lot of waste with takeout and deliver, even transitioning from styrofoam to plastic, it is still wasteful. and to dream about reusing this one to be re-implemented and cost delivery and food takeout. we didn't have throwaway culture always. most people used to get delivered to people's homes and
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then the empty milk containers were put back out when fresh milk came. customers are so excited that we have this available in our restaurant and came back and asked and were so excited about it and rolled it out as customers gain awareness understanding what it is and how it works and how they can integrate it into their life. >> and they have always done it and usually that is a way of being sustainable and long-term change to what makes good financial sense especially as there are shipping issues and material issues and we see that will potentially be a way that
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we can save money as well. and so i think making that case to other restaurateurs will really help people adopt this. >> one restaurant we converted 2,000 packages and the impact and impact they have in the community with one switch. and we have been really encouraged to see more and more restaurants cooperate this. we are big fans of what re-ecology does in terms of adopting new systems and understanding why the current system is broken. when people come to the facility, they are shocked by how much waste they see and the volume of the operations and how much technology we have
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dedicated to sort correctly and we led 25 tours and for students to reach about 1100 students. and they wanted to make change and this is sorting in the waste stream they do every single day and they can take ownership of and make a difference with. >> an i feel very, very fortunate that i get to represent san francisco in the legislature and allows me to push the envelope and it is because of the people the city attracts and is because of the eco system of policy thinking that goes on in san francisco that we are constantly seeing san francisco leading the way. >> kids know there's a lot of environmental issues that they are facing. and that they will be impacted
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by the impact of climate change. they will have the opportunity to be in charge and make change and make the decisions in the future. >> we are re-inventing the way the planet does garbage founded in the environmental ethic and hunger to send less to landfills. this is so many wonderful things happening in san francisco. i feel very fortunate and very humble to live here and to be part of this wonderful place. -
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>> tenderloin is unique neighborhood where geographically place in downtown san francisco and on every street corner have liquor store in the corner it stores pretty much every single block has a liquor store but there are impoverishes grocery stores i'm the co-coordinated of the healthy corner store collaboration close to 35 hundred residents 4 thousand are children the medium is about $23,000 a year so a low income neighborhood
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many new immigrants and many people on fixed incomes residents have it travel outside of their neighborhood to assess fruits and vegetables it can be come senator for seniors and hard to travel get on a bus to get an apple or a pear or like tomatoes to fit into their meals my my name is ryan the co-coordinate for the tenderloin healthy store he coalition we work in the neighborhood trying to support small businesses and improving access to healthy produce in the tenderloin that is one of the most neighborhoods that didn't have access to a
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full service grocery store and we california together out of the meeting held in 2012 through the major development center the survey with the corners stores many stores do have access and some are bad quality and an overwhelming support from community members wanting to utilities the service spas we decided to work with the small businesses as their role within the community and bringing more fresh produce produce cerebrothe neighborhood their compassionate about creating a healthy environment when we get into the work they rise up to leadership. >> the different stores and assessment and trying to get them to understand the value of having healthy foods at a reasonable price you can offer
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people fruits and vegetables and healthy produce they can't afford it not going to be able to allow it so that's why i want to get involved and we just make sure that there are alternatives to people can come into a store and not just see cookies and candies and potting chips and that kind of thing hi, i'm cindy the director of the a preif you believe program it is so important about healthy retail in the low income community is how it brings that health and hope to the communities i worked in the tenderloin for 20 years the difference you walk out the door and there is a bright new list of fresh fruits and vegetables some place you know is safe and welcoming it makes.
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>> huge difference to the whole environment of the community what so important about retail environments in those neighborhoods it that sense of dignity and community safe way. >> this is why it is important for the neighborhood we have families that needs healthy have a lot of families that live up here most of them fruits and vegetables so that's good as far been doing good. >> now that i had this this is really great for me, i, go and get fresh fruits and vegetables it is healthy being a diabetic you're not
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supposed to get carbons but getting extra food a all carbons not eating a lot of vegetables was bringing up my whether or not pressure once i got on the program everybody o everything i lost weight and my blood pressure came down helped in so many different ways the most important piece to me when we start seeing the business owners engagement and their participation in the program but how proud to speak that is the most moving piece of this program yes economic and social benefits and so forth but the personal pride business owners talk about in the program
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is interesting and regarding starting to understand how they're part of the larger fabric of the community and this is just not the corner store they have influence over their community. >> it is an owner of this in the department of interior i see the great impact usually that is like people having especially with a small family think liquor store sells alcohol traditional alcohol but when they see this their vision is changed it is a small grocery store for them so they more options not just beer and wine but healthy options good for the business and good for the community i wish to have
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more learned and expand it across the city. [♪♪] the tenderloin is home to families, immigrants, seniors, merchants, workers, and the housed and unhoused who all deserve a thriving neighborhood to call home. the tenderloin emergency initiative was launched to improve safety, reduce crime, connect people to services, and increase investments in the neighborhood. >> the department of homelessness and supportive housing is responsible for providing resources to people living on the streets. we can do assessments on the streets to see what people are eligible for as far as permanent housing. we also link people with shelter that's available. it could be congregate shelter, the navigation center, the homeless outreach team links those people with those resources and the tenderloin needs that more than anywhere
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else in the city. >> they're staffing a variety of our street teams, our street crisis response team, our street overdose response team, and our newly launched wellness response team. we have received feedback from community members, from residents, community organizations that we need an extra level and an extra level of impact and more impactful care to serve this community's needs and that's what the fire department and the community's paramedics are bringing today to this issue. >> the staff at san francisco community health center has really taken up the initiative of providing a community-based outreach for the neighborhood. so we're out there at this point monday through saturday letting residents know this is a service they can access really just describing the service, you know, the shower, the laundry, the food, all the different resources and referrals that can be made and really just providing the neighborhood with a face, this is something that we've seen
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work and something you can trust. >> together, city and community-based teams work daily to connect people to services, >> you are watching san francisco rising. a special guest today. >> i am chris and you are watching san francisco rising. focused on rebuilding and reimagining our city. our guest is the director of financial justice in the san francisco office of treasure to talk about how the city has taken a national lead in this effort and how the program is comlishing the goals. welcome to the show. >> thanks so much for having me. >> thank you for being here. can we start by talking about the financial justice project in a broad sense. when did the initiative start and what is the intent?
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>> sure. it launched in 2016. since then we take a hard look at fines, fees, tickets, financial penalties hitting people with low incomes and especially people of color really hard. it is our job to assess and reform these fines and fees. >> do you have any comments for people financially stressed? >> yes. the financial justice project was started in response pop community outcry about the heavy toll of fines and fees. when people struggling face an unexpected penalty beyond ability to pay they face a bigger punishment than originally intended. a spiral of consequences set in. a small problem grows bigger. for example the traffic ticket
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this is california are hundreds of dollars, most expensive in the nation. a few years back we heard tens of thousands in san francisco had driver's licenses suspended not for dangerous driving but because they couldn't afford to pay traffic tickets or miss traffic court date. if they lose the license they have a hard time keeping their job and lose it. that is confirmed by research. we make it much harder for people to pay or meet financial obligations. it is way too extreme of penalty for the crime of not being able to pay. we were also hearing about thousands of people who were getting cars towed. they couldn't pay $500 to get them back and were losing their cars. at the time we hand people a bill when they got out of jail to pay thousands in fees we charged up to $35 per day to
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rent electronic ankle monitor, $1,800 upfront to pay for three years of monthly $50 probation fees. people getting out of jail can't pay these. they need to get back on their feet. we weren't collecting much on them. it wasn't clear what we were accomplishing other than a world of pain on people. we were charging mothers and grandmothers hundreds of dollars in phone call fee to accept calls from the san francisco jail. we heard from black and brown women struggling to make terrible choices do. i pay rent or accept this call from my incarcerated son. the list goes on and on. so much of this looked like lose-lose for government and people. these penalties were high pain, hitting people hard, low gain. not bringing in much revenue.
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there had to be a better way. >> it is important not to punish people financially there. are issues to address. >> sure. there are three core principles that drive our work. first, we believe we should be able to hold people accountable without putting them in financial distress. second you should not pay a bigger penalty because your wallet is thinner. $300 hits doctors and daycare workers differently. they can get in a tailspin, they lose the license. we dig them in a hole they can't get out of. these need to be proportioned to people's incomes. third. we should not balance the budget on the backs of the poorest people in the city. >> financial justice project was
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launched in 2016. can you talk about the accomplishments? >> sure sometimes it is to base a fine on the ability to pay. consequences proportional to the offense and the person. other times if the fee's job is to recoupe costs primarily on low-income people. we recommend elimination. other times we recommend a different accountability that does not require a money payment. here are a few examples. we have implemented many sliding scale discounts for low-income people who get towed or have parking tickets they cannot afford. you pay a penalty according to income. people with low incomes pay less. we also became the first city in the nation to stop suspending people's licenses when they could not pay traffic tickets.
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we focused on ways to make it easier for people to pay through payment plans, sliding discounts and eliminating add on fees to jack up prices of tickets. this reform is the law of the land in california. it has spread to 23 other states. we also stopped handing people a bill when they get out of jail and eliminated fees charged to people in criminal justice system. they have been punished in a lot of ways. gone to jail, under supervision, the collection rate on the fees was so low we weren't bringing in much revenue. the probation fee collection rate was 9%. this reform has become law from california and is spreading to other states. we made all calls from jail free. the more incarcerated people are in touch with families the
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better they do when they get out. it was penny wise and pound foolish. now phone calls are free. incarcerated people spend 80% more time in touch where families. that means they will do better when they get out. we eliminated fines for overdue library books. research shows were locking low income and people of color out of libraries. there are better ways to get people to return books, e-mail reminders or automatically renew if there is no one in line for it. this has spread to other cities that eliminated overdue library fines. these hold people accountable but not in financial distress can work better for government. local government can spend more to collect the fees than they bring in. when you proportion the fine with income they pay more
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readily. this impact can go down and revenues can go up. >> i know there is an initial group that joined the project. they had a boot camp to introduce the program to large audience. is this gaining traction across the country? >> yes 10 cities were selected to launch the fines for fee justice. they adopted various reforms like we did in san francisco. as you mentioned we just hosted a boot camp in phoenix, arizona. teams of judges and mayors came from 50 cities to learn how to implement reforms like we have in san francisco. there is a growing realization the penalties are blunt instruments with all kinds of unintended consequences. it is the job of every public servant to find a better way.
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governance should equalize opportunity not drive inequality. >> quite right. thank you so much. i really appreciate you coming on the show. thank you for your time today. >> thank you, chris. >> that is it for this episode. we will be back shortly. you are watching san francisco rising. thanks for watching. we spoke with people regardless of what they are. that is when you see change. that is a lead advantage. so law enforcement
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assistance diversion to work with individuals with nonviolent related offenses to offer an alternative to an arrest and the county jail. >> we are seeing reduction in drug-related crimes in the pilot area. >> they have done the program for quite a while. they are successful in reducing the going to the county jail. >> this was a state grant that we applied for. the department is the main administrator. it requires we work with multiple agencies. we have a community that includes the da, rapid transit police and san francisco sheriff's department and law enforcement agencies, public defender's office and adult probation to work together to
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look at the population that ends up in criminal justice and how they will not end up in jail. >> having partners in the nonprofit world and the public defender are critical to the success. we are beginning to succeed because we have that cooperation. >> agencies with very little connection are brought together at the same table. >> collaboration is good for the department. it gets us all working in the same direction. these are complex issues we are dealing with. >> when you have systems as complicated as police and health and proation and jails and nonprofits it requires people to come to work together so everybody has to put their egos at the door. we have done it very, very well.
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>> the model of care where police, district attorney, public defenders are community-based organizations are all involved to worked towards the common goal. nobody wants to see drug users in jail. they want them to get the correct treatment they need. >> we are piloting lead in san francisco. close to civic center along market street, union plaza, powell street and in the mission, 16th and mission. >> our goal in san francisco and in seattle is to work with individuals who are cycling in and out of criminal justice and are falling through the cracks and using this as intervention to address that population and the racial disparity we see.
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we want to focus on the mission in tender loan district. >> it goes to the partners that hired case managers to deal directly with the clients. case managers with referrals from the police or city agencies connect with the person to determine what their needs are and how we can best meet those needs. >> i have nobody, no friends, no resources, i am flat-out on my own. i witnessed women getting beat, men getting beat. transgenders getting beat up. i saw people shot, stabbed. >> these are people that have had many visits to the county jail in san francisco or other institutions. we are trying to connect them with the resources they need in the community to break out of that cycle.
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>> all of the referrals are coming from the law enforcement agency. >> officers observe an offense. say you are using. it is found out you are in possession of drugs, that constituted a lead eligible defense. >> the officer would talk to the individual about participating in the program instead of being booked into the county jail. >> are you ever heard of the leads program. >> yes. >> are you part of the leads program? do you have a case worker? >> yes, i have a case manager. >> when they have a contact with a possible lead referral, they give us a call. ideally we can meet them at the scene where the ticket is being issued. >> primarily what you are talking to are people under the influence of drugs but they will all be nonviolent. if they were violent they wouldn't qualify for lead. >> you think i am going to get
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arrested or maybe i will go to jail for something i just did because of the substance abuse issues i am dealing with. >> they would contact with the outreach worker. >> then glide shows up, you are not going to jail. we can take you. let's meet you where you are without telling you exactly what that is going to look like, let us help you and help you help yourself. >> bring them to the community assessment and services center run by adult probation to have assessment with the department of public health staff to assess the treatment needs. it provides meals, groups, there are things happening that make it an open space they can access. they go through detailed assessment about their needs and how we can meet those needs.
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>> someone who would have entered the jail system or would have been arrested and book order the charge is diverted to social services. then from there instead of them going through that system, which hasn't shown itself to be an effective way to deal with people suffering from suable stance abuse issues they can be connected with case management. they can offer services based on their needs as individuals. >> one of the key things is our approach is client centered. hall reduction is based around helping the client and meeting them where they are at in terms of what steps are you ready to take? >> we are not asking individuals to do anything specific at any point in time. it is a program based on whatever it takes and wherever it takes. we are going to them and working with them where they feel most
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comfortable in the community. >> it opens doors and they get access they wouldn't have had otherwise. >> supports them on their goals. we are not assigning goals working to come up with a plan what success looks like to them. >> because i have been in the field a lot i can offer different choices and let them decide which one they want to go down and help them on that path. >> it is all on you. we are here to guide you. we are not trying to force you to do what you want to do or change your mind. it is you telling us how you want us to help you. >> it means a lot to the clients to know there is someone creative in the way we can assist them. >> they pick up the phone. it was a blessing to have them when i was on the streets. no matter what situation, what pay phone, cell phone, somebody
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else's phone by calling them they always answered. >> in office-based setting somebody at the reception desk and the clinician will not work for this population of drug users on the street. this has been helpful to see the outcome. >> we will pick you up, take you to the appointment, get you food on the way and make sure your needs are taken care of so you are not out in the cold. >> first to push me so i will not be afraid to ask for help with the lead team. >> can we get you to use less and less so you can function and have a normal life, job, place to stay, be a functioning part of the community. it is all part of the home reduction model. you are using less and you are allowed to be a viable member of
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the society. this is an important question where lead will go from here. looking at the data so far and seeing the successes and we can build on that and as the department based on that where the investments need to go. >> if it is for five months. >> hopefully as final we will come up with a model that may help with all of the communities in the california. >> i want to go back to school to start my ged and go to community clean. >> it can be somebody scaled out. that is the hope anyway. >> is a huge need in the city. depending on the need and the data we are getting we can definitely see an expansion. >> we all hope, obviously, the program is successful and we can implement it city wide. i think it will save the county millions of dollars in emergency services, police services,
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prosecuting services. more importantly, it will save lives. . >> my name is ana renzi. i'm a fire investigator for the city and county of san francisco. the job of a fire investigator is to go after the fire has been put out and to determine the origin and the cause of the fire. so we are the people who after
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the firefighters have come in and done their magnificent work to extinguish the fire, we go through the fire scene and we are able to find how the fire started. just showing up, being who you are can mean a world of difference to someone. when someone sees you as an identifiably queer person, an identifiable female presenting person or a person of color walk into their home, they can feel more comfortable and more trusting just knowing that you are around and that you may have some insight into their situation and to their community needs that others may not have. the san francisco fire department i'm proud to say goes out of its way to recruit women, minorities, and to the
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lgbtq+ community, we are awaiting you and wanting you to come join us as a san francisco fire department. no one is going to represent us like you are going to represent us. no one is going to care for our communities and for our departments like you are going to come and represent our communities and our departments. i am a proud black queer member of the san francisco fire department and i'm especially proud to be part of an organization that respects and values our diverse communities in san francisco. [♪♪]
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>> it's great to see everyone kind of get together and prove, that you know, building our culture is something that can be reckoned with. >> i am desi, chair of economic development for soma filipinos. so that -- [ inaudible ] know that soma filipino exists, and it's also our economic platform, so we can start to
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build filipino businesses so we can start to build the cultural district. >> i studied the bok chase choy heritage, and i discovered this awesome bok choy. working at i-market is amazing. you've got all these amazing people coming out here to share one culture. >> when i heard that there was a market with, like, a lot of filipino food, it was like oh, wow, that's the closest thing i've got to home, so, like, i'm going to try everything. >> fried rice, and wings, and three different cliefz sliders.
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i haven't tried the adobe yet, but just smelling it yet brings back home and a ton of memories. >> the binca is made out of different ingredients, including cheese. but here, we put a twist on it. why not have nutella, rocky road, we have blue berry. we're not just limiting it to just the classic with salted egg and cheese. >> we try to cook food that you don't normally find from filipino food vendors, like the lichon, for example. it's something that it took years to come up with, to
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perfect, to get the skin just right, the flavor, and it's one of our most popular dishes, and people love it. this, it's kind of me trying to chase a dream that i had for a long time. when i got tired of the corporate world, i decided that i wanted to give it a try and see if people would actually like our food. i think it's a wonderful opportunity for the filipino culture to shine. everybody keeps saying filipino food is the next big thing. i think it's already big, and to have all of us here together, it's just -- it just blows my mind sometimes that there's so many of us bringing -- bringing filipino food to the city finally. >> i'm alex, the owner of the lumpia company.
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the food that i create is basically the filipino-american experience. i wasn't a chef to start with, but i literally love lumpia, but my food is my favorite foods i like to eat, put into my favorite filipino foods, put together. it's not based off of recipes i learned from my mom. maybe i learned the rolling technique from my mom, but the different things that i put in are just the different things that i like, and i like to think that i have good taste. well, the very first lumpia that i came out with that really build the lumpia -- it wasn't the poerk and shrimp shanghai, but my favorite thing after partying is that bakon
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cheese burger lumpia. there was a time in our generation where we didn't have our own place, our own feed to eat. before, i used to promote filipino gatherings to share the love. now, i'm taking the most exciting filipino appetizer and sharing it with other filipinos. >> it can happen in the san francisco mint, it can happen in a park, it can happen in a street park, it can happen in a tech campus. it's basically where we bring the hardware, the culture, the operating system. >> so right now, i'm eating something that brings me back
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to every filipino party from my childhood. it's really cool to be part of the community and reconnect with the neighborhood. >> one of our largest challenges in creating this cultural district when we compare ourselves to chinatown, japantown or little saigon, there's little communities there that act as place makers. when you enter into little philippines, you're like where are the businesses, and that's one of the challenges we're trying to solve.
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>> undercover love wouldn't be possible without the help of the mayor and all of our community partnerships out there. it costs approximately $60,000 for every event. undiscovered is a great tool for the cultural district to bring awareness by bringing the best parts of our culture which is food, music, the arts and being ativism all under one roof, and by seeing it all in this way, what it allows san franciscans to see is the
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dynamics of the filipino-american culture. i think in san francisco, we've kind of lost track of one of our values that makes san francisco unique with just empathy, love, of being acceptable of different people, the out liers, the crazy ones. we've become so focused onic maing money that we forgot about those that make our city and community unique. when people come to discover, i want them to rediscover the magic of what diversity and empathy can create. when you're positive and committed to using that energy,
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>> i am iris long. we are a family business that started in san francisco chinatown by my parents who started the business in the mid 1980s. today we follow the same footsteps of my parents. we source the teas by the harvest season and style of crafting and the specific variety. we specialize in premium tea. today i still visit many of the farms we work with multigenerational farms that produce premium teas with its own natural flavors. it is very much like grapes for wine. what we do is more specialized, but it is more natural.
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growing up in san francisco i used to come and help my parents after school whether in middle school or high school and throughout college. i went to san francisco state university. i did stay home and i helped my parents work throughout the summers to learn what it is that makes our community so special. after graduating i worked for an investment bank in hong kong for a few years before returning when my dad said he was retiring. he passed away a few years ago. after taking over the business we made this a little more accessible for visitors as well as residents of san francisco to visit. many of our teas were traditionally labeled only in chinese for the older
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generation. today of our tea drinkkers are quite young. it is easy to look on the website to view all of our products and fun to come in and look at the different varieties. they are able to explore what we source, premium teas from the providence and the delicious flavors. san francisco is a beautiful city to me as well as many of the residents and businesses here in chinatown. it is great for tourists to visit apsee how our community thrived through the years. this retail location is open daily. we have minimal hours because of our small team during covid. we do welcome visitors to come in and browse through our
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products. also, visit us online. we have minimal hours. it is nice to set up viewings of >> the bicycle coalition was giving away 33 bicycles so i applied. i was happy to receive one of them. >> the community bike build program is the san francisco coalition's way of spreading the
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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 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.
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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 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
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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 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
11:49 pm 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 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.
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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 this program. learned and expan it across the city.d and expan [♪♪] the tenderloin is home to families, immigrants, seniors, merchants, workers, and the housed and unhoused who all deserve a thriving neighborhood to call home. the tenderloin emergency initiative was launched to improve safety, reduce crime, connect people to services, and increase investments in the neighborhood. >> the department of homelessness and supportive housing is responsible for providing resources to people living on the streets.
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we can do assessments on the streets to see what people are eligible for as far as permanent housing. we also link people with shelter that's available. it could be congregate shelter, the navigation center, the homeless outreach team links those people with those resources and the tenderloin needs that more than anywhere else in the city. >> they're staffing a variety of our street teams, our street crisis response team, our street overdose response team, and our newly launched wellness response team. we have received feedback from community members, from residents, community organizations that we need an extra level and an extra level of impact and more impactful care to serve this community's needs and that's what the fire department and the community's paramedics are bringing today to this issue. >> the staff at san francisco community health center has really taken up the initiative of providing a community-based outreach for the neighborhood. so we're out there at this
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point monday through saturday letting residents know this is a service they can access really just describing the service, you know, the shower, the laundry, the food, all the different resources and referrals that can be made and really just providing the neighborhood with a face, this is something that we've seen work and something you can trust. >> together, city and community-based teams work daily to connect people to services, >> when i first started painting it was difficult to get my foot in the door and contractors and mostly men would have a bad attitude towards me or not want to answer my questions or not include me and after you prove yourself, which i have done, i don't face that obstacle as much anymore. ♪♪♪
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my name is nita riccardi, i'm a painter for the city of san francisco and i have my own business as a painting contractor since 1994 called winning colors. my mother was kind of resistant. none of my brothers were painter. i went to college to be a chiropractor and i couldn't imagine being in an office all day. i dropped out of college to become a painter. >> we have been friends for about 15-20 years. we both decided that maybe i could work for her and so she hired me as a painter. she was always very kind. i wasn't actually a painter when she hired me and that was pretty cool but gave me an opportunity to learn the trade with her company. i went on to different job opportunities but we stayed friends. the division that i work for with san francisco was looking for a painter and so i suggested
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to my supervisor maybe we can give nita a shot. >> the painting i do for the city is primarily maintenance painting and i take care of anything from pipes on the roof to maintaining the walls and beautifying the bathrooms and graffiti removal. the work i do for myself is different because i'm not actually a painter. i'm a painting contractor which is a little different. during the construction boom in the late 80s i started doing new construction and then when i moved to san francisco, i went to san francisco state and became fascinated with the architecture and got my contractor's licence and started painting victorians and kind of gravitated towards them. my first project that i did was a 92 room here in the mission. it was the first sro.
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i'm proud of that and it was challenging because it was occupied and i got interior and exterior and i thought it would take about six weeks to do it and it took me a whole year. >> nita makes the city more beautiful and one of the things that makes her such a great contractor, she has a magical touch around looking at a project and bringing it to its fullest fruition. sometimes her ideas to me might seem a little whacky. i might be like that is a little crazy. but if you just let her do her thing, she is going to do something incredible, something amazing and that will have a lot of pop in it. and she's really talented at that. >> ultimately it depends on what the customer wants. sometimes they just want to be understated or blend in and other times they let me decide
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and then all the doors are open and they want me to create. they hire me to do something beautiful and i do. and that's when work is really fun. i get to be creative and express what i want. paint a really happy house or something elegant or dignified. >> it's really cool to watch what she does. not only that, coming up as a woman, you know what i mean, and we're going back to the 80s with it. where the world wasn't so liberal. it was tough, especially being lgbtq, right, she had a lot of friction amongst trades and a lot of people weren't nice to her, a lot of people didn't give her her due respect. and one of the things amazing about nita, she would never quit. >> after you prove yourself, which i have done, i don't face
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that obstacle as much anymore. i'd like to be a mentor to other women also. i have always wanted to do that. they may not want to go to school but there's other options. there's trades. i encourage women to apply for my company, i'd be willing to train and happy to do that. there's a shortage of other women painters. for any women who want to get into a trade or painting career, just start with an apprenticeship or if you want to do your own business, you have to get involved and find a mentor and surround yourself with other people that are going to encourage you to move forward and inspire you and support you and you can't give up. >> we've had a lot of history, nita and i. we've been friends and we have been enemies and we've had conflicts and we always gravitate towards each other with a sense of loyalty that maybe family would have.
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we just care about each other. >> many of the street corners in all the districts in san francisco, there will be a painting job i have completed and it will be a beautiful paint job. it will be smooth and gold leaf and just wow. and you can't put it down. when i first started, it was hard to get employees to listen to me and go along -- but now, i have a lot of respect.
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