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august 6, 2022. san francisco board of supervisors meeting. >> good afternoon, everybody.
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and welcome back and also welcome to september 6, 2022, regular meeting of the san francisco board of supervisors. madam clerk, will you call the roll. >> thank you, mr. president. supervisor chan? >> present. >> chan present. supervisor dorsey? >> present. >> dorsey present. supervisor mandelman? >> present. >> mandelman present. >> supervisor mar? >> present. >> supervisor milgard? >> present. >> supervisor peskin? >> present. >> supervisor preston? >> present. >> preston present. >> supervisor ronen? >> present. >> safai? not present. supervisor stephanie? >> present. >> supervisor walton. >> present. >> mr. president, you have a quorum. >> thank you, madam clerk. the san francisco board of supervisors acknowledges that we are on the unseated homeland of the room ramaytush oholone.
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[land acknowledgement] colleagues please stand with me to cite of pledge of allegiance. ["pledge of allegiance"]
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>> i would like to action knot the staff after sfgov and we have tom and michael who record each of our meetings and make the transcripts available to the public online. madam clerk, do we have any communications this afternoon >> yes, mr. president. the board of supervisors welcomes the public to the legislative chamber here in room 250 in city hall to advise the board in person or listen to the proceedings. the meeting is airing live on sfgov tv award-winning channel 26, where you may view the computer live stream at www dot sfgov tv dot org and additionally, participating remotely is possible via the telephone call-in system, best practices are to call in early from a quiet location and once it's your turn to speak, just make sure that you turn the computer
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or television sound down to avoid feedback in your ear with the phone. the board will prioritize hearing testimony or comments from those who attend in person, therefore the board will hear from those who called into the remote system. please note the remote system once it's open per item, and then closed, it will not be reopened. throughout the meeting, the telephone number is streaming on your screen, 45 -- 415-655-0001. press the pound symbol twice, you'll know you have joined the meeting once you hear the discussion, however, your line is not muted. and once you're read he'd to provide your comment -- ready to provide your comment, press star three to add yourself to the speaker queue and the system will prompt you that you have been unmuted and you may begin speaking and the only agenda content eligible for
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comment is during general public comment. once item 23 is called, you may speak to the minutes and we have five sets and the president will convey to you in a moment and the minutes will be approved until public comment is concluded. 24 through 28, those are the items for consideration on the adoption without committee reference calendar and other general matters that are not on today's agenda, but are within the board's subject matter jurisdiction. all other agenda content would have been reported out to the board by an appropriate committee where the public comment requirement had been fulfilled and communication is possible with the board. send it to the san francisco board of sfrs, the number one dr. carlton b goodplace, city hall, room 244, here in san francisco, california, 94102. or you can send an e-mail using the e-mail address bos@gov dot org. in
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partner with the office of civic -- interpreters will be present during public comment to cyst and provide the access -- to assist and provide this meeting in the remote language. if you have questions on how to access this board meeting, call the clerk's office 415-554-5184.. thank you mr. president and members, that's my communications. >> thank you, madam clerk. ask colleagues, just a friendly remind, mute yourselves, i'm sorry, your microphones when you're not speaking. we are now going to approval of minutes. and today, we are approving the meeting minutes from the june 28th, july 12th, july 19, 2022, regular board meeting and june 27th, 2022, and special meeting minutes at the budget and appropriations committee and the june 29th, 2022, special meeting minutes at rules
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committee which constituted quorums of the board of supervisors. i don't see anyone on the roster. i'll entertain a motion to entertain. motioned by ronen and seconded by mandelman. >> on the minutes as presented, supervisor chan? >> aye. >> supervisor dorsey? >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman? >> aye. >> supervisor mar? >> aye. >> supervisor milgard? >> aye. >> supervisor peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston? >> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> supervisor safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> and supervisor walton? >> aye. >> there are 11 ayes. >> without objection, the minutes are approved after public comment as presented. madam clerk, let's go to consent
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agenda. items 1 through 11. >> items 1 through 11 are listed under the consent an agenda. the items are considered to be routine, so there will be no separate discussion unless a member of the board so request in which the matter will be considered as a separate item, items 1 through 11 will be acted by a single roll call vote of the board. >> thank you so much, madam clerk. i don't see anyone on the roster. call the roll. >> supervisor chan on items 1 through 11. >> aye. >> supervisor dorsey? >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman? >> aye. >> supervisor mar? >> aye. >> supervisor milgard? >> aye. >> supervisor peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston? >> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> ronen aye. supervisor --
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supervisor sv. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> walton? >> aye. >> there are 11 ayes. >> thank you, without objection, the ordinances are passed on first reading. and finally passed unanimously. madam clerk, please call regular agenda new business item no. 12. >> item 12 is a resolution to approving amendment no. 1 to the agreement between crestwood behavioral health and the department of public health (dph), to provide long-term mental health services in a 24-hour locked facility, to increase the agreement by $146,936,994 for an amount not to exceed $224,216,994; to extend the term by five years from june 30, 2023, for a total agreement term of july 1, 2018, through june 30, 2028; and to authorize dph to enter into 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 are necessary to effectuate the
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>> call the roll. >> 12. >> supervisor? chan. >> aye. >> dorsey? >> aye. mandatory? >> aye. >> supervisor mar? >> aye. >> supervisor milgard? >> aye. >> supervisor peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston? >> yep, aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> supervisor safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> and supervisor walton? >> aye >> there are 11 ayes. >> without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item no. 13. >> item no. 13 is a resolution
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n designating wind newspaper to be the outreach community periodical of the city and county of san francisco for the chinese community; potrero view inc. to be the neighborhood outreach periodical of the city and county of san francisco for the potrero hill, dogpatch, mission bay, eastern south of market, mission, and bayview >> call the roll on item 13. >> chan? >> aye. >> supervisor dorsey? >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman? >> aye. >> supervisor mar? >> aye. >> supervisor milgard? >> aye. >> supervisor peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston? >> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> supervisor safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> supervisor walton? >> aye. >> there are 11 ayes. >> without o, this resolution is -- without objection, this resolution is adopted. please
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call items 14 and 15 together, madam clerk. >> items 14 and 15 are two resolutions that comprise two state grants. resolution 14 is resolution retroactively authorizing the department of public health to accept and expend a grant increase in the amount of $95,863 from the california department of public health for a total amount of $978,948 for participation in a program, entitled “sexually transmitted disease program management and collaboration,” for the period of july 1, 2019, through june 30, 2024. and item 15, this is retroactive authorization to the dph to accept a grant in the amount of 791,000 from the united states department of education through the california department of rehabilitation for participation in the program through july 1, 202 through july 30, 2025. >> items 14 and 15, supervisor chan? >> aye. >> supervisor dorsey?
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>> aye. >> supervisor mandelman? >> aye. >> supervisor mar? >> aye. >> supervisor milgard? >> aye. >> supervisor peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston? >> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> supervisor safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> and supervisor walt ton is this >> aye. >> there are 11 ayes. >> thank you, wut objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call 16 and 17. >> 16 and 17 are two resolutions that have accept fund allocation request to the department housing and community development. item 16, resolution reauthorizing the human services agency to apply
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for and accept a county child welfare agency allocation for an amount up to $183,775 from the california department of housing and community development under the housing navigators program to help young adults secure and maintain housing. item 17, resolution reauthorizing the human services agency to apply for and accept a county child welfare agency allocation for an amount up to $573,950 from the california department of housing and community development under the transitional housing program to help young adults secure and maintain housing >> thank you, madam clerk, call the roll. >> item 16 and 17, supervisor chan? >> aye. >> supervisor dorsey? >> supervisor mandatory. >> aye. >> supervisor milgard? >> aye. >> peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor press skin? >> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> supervisor safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >>y. >> supervisor walton? >> aye. >> there are 11 ayes. >> thank you, without objection, these resolutions are adopted
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unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 18. >> item 18 is retroactive authorization the office of the district attorney to accept and expend an in-kind gift of pro bono legal services, with a value estimated at $250,000 provided by the university of san francisco school of law's racial justice clinic (rjc), and funded by the vital projects fund and elizabeth zitrin, to support the rjc's work assisting the office of the district attorney's sentencing review unit and wrongful conviction unit and innocence commission, for the grant term of november 2021 through november 2022. >> thank you. supervisor preston? >> thank you, president walton and i wanted to thank the -- all the, both the donors to this important program as well as all the folks doing the work and the
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(indiscernible) commission and the colleagues for the support of this resolution for this on going work. since the time of our committee hearing, i have heard some concerns around the on going program that i wanted to ask a few questions of, a representative of the district attorney's office, i want to make clear, i'm going to certainly one to vote for this and fully support this work but also want to make sure that despite the change in our da in the city that this work continues, so at least someone from the -- i believe ms. anderson from the district attorney's office is available and mr. president, i would like to direct a couple of questions her way. >> thank you so much. i did see she logged on. go ahead, supervisor preston. >> thank you. through the
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president, so the donation was intended to fund the racial justice clinics work with the district attorney's sentencing review unit and i wanted to check with the district attorney's office that that unit is still in existence and is still collaborating with the racial justice clinic at usf? >> thank you, i'm tara anderson, director of policy from the district attorney's office and i'll do my best to respond to all of supervisors questions. and thank you for your continued support of such an essential and critical resource for the district attorney's office. so, these resources will continue to fund and support the work of the sentence review, wrongful conviction and what has been commonly referred to as the innocence commission, that work will absolutely continue.
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>> thank you, i appreciate that clarification. the district attorney's office previously had a liaison to the innocence commission. that person's employment was terminated july 15th. if media reports are accurate and i wanted to find out if the district attorney has appointed a new liaison to the innocence commission? >> that's correct. there's a new staffing pattern over that area of work. actually, i'm not familiar with this specific point of contact for the innocence commission liaison and absolutely i can get back to the supervisor and the board as a whole with this specific contact leading that specific area of work. >> thank you. that would be great. one of the other things that we have heard from members of the innocence commission is that they no longer have access
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to the documents and the e-mails that they need to perform their duties that previously they were able to access with the district attorney's office. i don't know if that's because of the change in the liaison or some other reason, but i wanted to clarify whether access to the necessary documents and e-mails for innocence commission members will be restored and if so, when? >> >> thank you for the question. i haven't been made aware of administrative challenges with accessing necessary documents. i'll certainly bring that back to our team and if necessary, provide a response to the board as a whole. >> so there's no change with respect to the innocence commission members should do or do or don't have access to documents and e-mails?
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>> i haven't been made aware of a lack of access or a policy determination of any sort regarding access to files. it is not uncommon with the nature of access to share point, for example, functionally, i'm aware through other situations whereby lack of access can happen because of the permission granted. it has not been brought to my attention this is an issue and i can circle back with our team to find out more. >> thank you. definitely, i would appreciate any follow up on that and i want to reiterate to the board, unanimously support, hear the on going support despite the change in da and so anything we can do to support that, we want to do. one final question and thank you,
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mr. president, for the time on this. so, this donation that we're being asked to approve today in the in-kind services provided, it funds -- my understanding is it funds the work through november and we have talked about that in committee. that's just a few months away. is there, are there current plans to seek to renew this grant, so that this work can continue to be funded beyond november? >> again, thank you to the committee and supervisor preston for your champion as joining for cosponsor before the board today. it's a critical resource for not only the san francisco district attorney's office but certainly prosecutors across the state of california and the nation as a whole. and we
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absolutely do hope to continue to have that support. as you have pointed out and know, this is against resource resolution and so, you know, in turn looking to support the city moving forward, this would be a great resource, so yes, we're looking for continued support, this is a critical resource and important function that we will continue in the san francisco district attorney's office. >> thank you, one clarification as you were answering and to my first question about the new liaison, can you just clarify at this point, will there be one new person, previously, at least -- (indiscernible) was the liaison between da's office and the commission. is the intention to appoint a new, like, a new person to be that point of contact and to assume those obligations or is this being
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spread across a team or to multiple individuals? >> it's my understanding it will be a single point of contact liaison and again, confirming who that is, i need to circle back with our leadership to provide that specific point of contact. >> thank you very much. i have no more questions, mr. president and i appreciate the time and urge colleagues to support this resolution. >> thank you, supervisor preston and thank you tara for coming on this afternoon with us. madam clerk, please call the roll on item no. 18. >> item 18, supervisor chan? >>y. >> supervisor dorsey? >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman? >> aye. >> supervisor mar? >> aye. >> supervisor milgard? >> aye. >> supervisor peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston?
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>> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> supervisor safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> supervisor walton? >> aye. >> there are 11 ayes. >> without o, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item no. 19. >> item 19 ordinance amending the planning code to designate 200 rhode island street (aka takahashi trading company), assessor's parcel block no. 3936, lot no. 001, as a landmark consistent with the standards set forth in article 10 of the planning code; and make appropriate findings. item 19. >> supervisor chan? >> aye. >> supervisor dorsey? >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman >> >> aye. >> supervisor mar >> aye. >> supervisor milgard? >> aye. >> supervisor peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston?
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>> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> supervisor safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> and supervisor walton is this >> aye. >> there are 11 ayes. >> without objection, this ordinance has passed on first reading, unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 20. >> item no. 20. [city clerk reading item 20] >> thank you, madam clerk. supervisor mar? >> thank you, president walton. i just really want to acknowledge and thank you the filipino community for all their work on this first, i think it's the city's first report for a cultural district, so really, really impressive and report in laying out the framework for the work to come. all the exciting
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work to come and thank you for the depths for working with them. i requested to be added as a cosponsor in committee but i don't see it noted on that, so please do add me as a cosponsor. >> thank you, supervisor. >> thank you, supervisor mar. supervisor ronen? >> yes. having written the legislation, creating a format and the concept of a test report for the cultural district, i'm excited to see this. this is -- i want to recognize racquel in the audience for your years of work on the soma filipino cultural district and it's incredible and excited about this ask to be added as a cosponsor. thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor milgard. >> thank you. >> i want to be added as a
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cosponsor. >> supervisor dorsey. >> it's exciting to have meeting and have see this coming together and the planning for the community and i'm just very happy for you and happy to be a part of this. >> thank you. supervisor dorsey. supervisor safai? >> thank you. we had sent also a message just a little while ago but wanted to be added as a cosponsor as well. congratulations. >> thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor stefr >> i want to be added as a cosponsor and sent a message to the clerk. >> thank you, colleagues and congratulations and this is great work. we're excited to move this forward. madam clerk, call the roll on item no. 20. >> on item no. 20, supervisor chan? >> aye. >> aye. >> supervisor dorsey? >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman?
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>> aye. >> supervisor mar? >> aye. >> supervisor melgar? >> aye. >> supervisor peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston? >> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> supervisor safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> and supervisor walton? >> aye. >> there are 11 ayes. >> thank you, without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 21. >> a motion to appoint supervisor matt dorsey term ending january 31, 2023, to the golden gate bridge highway and transportation district. >> thank you, madam clerk. and before we vote on this, i will entertain a motion to excuse supervisor dorsey, made by supervisor stefani and seconded by supervisor mandelman. >> on the motion to excuse supervisor dorsey from item 21,
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supervisor chan? >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman? >> aye. >> supervisor mar? >> aye. >> supervisor melgar? >> aye. >> supervisor peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston? >> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> supervisor safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> and supervisor walton? >> aye. >> there are ten ayes. >> thank you, without objection. supervisor dorsey is excused from item no. 21. and madam clerk, would you please call the roll on the motion for item 21. >> item 21, supervisor chan? >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman? . >> aye. >> supervisor mar?
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>> aye. >> supervisor melgar? >> aye. >> supervisor peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston? >> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> supervisor safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> and supervisor walton? >> aye. >> there are ten ayes with supervisor dorsey excused. >> thank you, without objection, this motion is approved unanimously. welcome back, supervisor dorsey. and i do want to say thank you for being willing to serve on this body. we definitely need more representation, so i appreciate you for stepping up. madam clerk, we're at 2:30, would you call our 2:30 special accommodations item. >> now, mr. president. it's time for members of the city and county of san francisco to be recognized by the board for their mayor torary service to the city. we have two
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supervisors, i believe supervisor stefani and mr. president. >> thank you so much and supervisor stefani, we'll go in order of roll call so you're on. >> thank you, president walton. colleagues, today i would like to honor the career january center, and a long pillow owe korean pillar and kate nam who i believe is here today. do you want to come up to the podium. since 1974, the korean center known as kci provide resources for a culture, employment and language training for korean immigrants, during the 1980s, koreans were california's most rapidly expanding immigrant population. by 1984, kci met the demand for serving their community through the purchase of their current building at 1362 post street which is in district two. this permanent location helps facilitate deeper services sxej cajunal programming and regular gathering space for a thriving
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korean immigrant population. by the late 1980s, undeserved minorities from russia, southeast asia and african-americans and latino can seek job placement at the korean center. they were offering korean languages for non-koreans and 1920s, second generation koreans had a greater impact in san francisco and the demand under inning lash and korean language and master these program in korean studies brought the greatest expansion. in 2012, kci was awarded with the tse john institute and focused to high-quality esl programming. which remains in current high demand. serving generations of generations, they had guitar and line training and tai chi. during the pandemic, they translated and provided over 90 resources to the community and delivered 6,000
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meals and 6,250 (indiscernible) to 160 korean seniors in san francisco. kci is the lead sponsor as of chew sock which is my chief of staff's favorite holiday and food at the festivals to everyone needs to go to that. we're going to recognize that later in this meeting. thank you kate nam and her team on behalf of the board of supervisors for all the work you do in san francisco. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you. honorable supervisor, stefani and the board of supervisors. on behalf of korean center, kci, i cannot thank you and your colleagues enough for selecting kci for these recommendations and
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especially on this momentous week leading up to the san francisco very own (indiscernible) festival. we are honored that you acknowledge our effort to serve the bay area immigration community from korea and from all overall the world. as they have made this place their home and contributed its reach history and culture. when kci was initially founded in 1974, we were focused on supporting early immigrant community in learning english and gaining professional job skills. our services not only helped them to settle in the bay area, but also more importantly helps them become active member
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of the city. the time has changed since then and kci's mission have evolved to inen expanded needs to san francisco. to create spaces for exploring korean culture and heritage, bridging communities and generations and collaborating with other organizations that shares in this vision. just as our services has expanded over time and will continually evolve the two (indiscernible) of the community's needs, our coprinciple has remained the same. bring our communities together. we have been doing these throughout almost 50 years. by creating collaborative
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opportunities and accelerating diverse cultures and heritage, they make up the beloved city of san francisco and the bay region. our city and in our community have experienced and is still facing many challenges that require hard work and continuous effort. a single person and a single organization cannot do this work alone. kci is committing to serve the city and working together with our communities. like helen keller said once, a lone, you can do so little. together -- alone you can do so little, but together we can do so much. thank you. >> thank you. [applause] >> thank you supervisor stefani and congratulations again to
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korean center inc. >> colleagues, we're going to celebrate another milestone. today, i'm pleased to extend a heartfelt congratulations to the san francisco black firefighters association for 50 years of service. and we're going to give a couple of honors out this afternoon, so if we could have the president, antwaan davis who will say a few words after we call up awardees but i want to say one, that this is an amazing organization. really fighting
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for equity within the fire department. one by demonstrating exemplary service for the members of the department for so many years but also for their work to make sure that the doors are open for people of color and for black people to become members of the firefighter and the fire department here in san francisco. so, we are proud to recognize and honor the association whose principle goals include fostering pride and professionalism among black firefighters, supporting their active involvement in civic community and public affairs and a commitment to the youth of san francisco through its san francisco fire academy. i also want to state that members of the bfa were instrumental and played a part in making sure the emt was program in place and we have seen graduates gone on to
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be emt's and working hard to be firefighters and as we talk about diversity and talk about racial equity and as we talk about taking the steps to make sure that opportunities are available for communities that have been left out of so many city roles and city departments, this is definitely an organization that has been stepping up to the plate to do the right thing in that area, so today, we want to thank and honor them. the first three people who we want to honor are -- the first one is earl jr. who was the first black firefighter here in san francisco and the director of community relations. some of you may know we also named a street after mr. gage. lieutenant edgar bryant who is the second black firefighter with the san francisco department and battalion chief john harris who was the founder and for first president of the
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san francisco -- and the first president of the black firefighters association so we want to honor them for their dedication and commitment and then their service and thankfully, we still have some strong retired members who are around to provide two mentorship, so first, we have assistant deputy chief of -- management frank scales. if you can come up, frank. [applause] assistant chief audrey lee who is a bfa founder and vice-president. [applause] chief robert who is the first black san francisco fire department fire chief, also retired. [applause] and lieutenant sheila hunter, the first black female san
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francisco fire department firefighter. also retired. [applause] so, we again want to thank you so much for your commitment, dedication and for your service and now we're going to have the black firefighters association current president antwaan davis say a few words. >> thank you, president walton. board of supervisors. just a little more to go into it, this is our 50 year anniversary and i want to personally say thank you. i'm glad we have the ability to honor them in a facet today because without them i wouldn't be here today and without them, i couldn't create the opportunities that we went on to create, so on and so forth, so one more hand because they did mean a lot to us. [applause] it's our 50th year anniversary and i'll read an exert. it was
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founded by the chartered membership which is frank -- the sfbfa is a chapter of international association of professional black firefighters which is 121 chapters over eight thousand members and they have an alignment with on a national basis to address the issues facing black firefighters everywhere. our mission is to work to eradicating practices within the sffd that led to redrument hiring and promoting and training and education of all minority fire services professionals. the sfbaa had made meaningful -- including implementation of the stretch unit and the start of emt certifications. a decent decree was granted by the federal court to create a working environment free of harassment and
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discrimination. the sffad reflect the diversity of san francisco through all ranks through timeless efforts of the membership. we're proud to have one of, if not the most diverse professional fire departments in the nation. our work is well accomplished but never complete because we must provide services and support all minorities in the sf -- thank you, president walton and i want to thank everybody standing here for their commitment and diligence and the courage it took to be in the shoes they were in a place they were in and be as successful as they were in an organization and that opened the door for me to do the same, so once again, thank you guys. [applause]
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>> >> [applause] >> madam clerk, this concludes our 2:30 special accommodations. we're at roll call for introductions. >> first supervisor up to introduce new business, begins with supervisor chan? >> thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, it's good to see all of you back from the legislature recess and though today i have to say today, i'm introduce
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daniel, a constituent in our city. he passed august 24th and survived by his lovely wife of 31 years, karen. and sons luke and cal, who dan considered his great evident contribution to the -- greatest contribution to the world and a life filled with them. dan was a native san franciscan. first raised in the sunset district before settling in the richmond district. he attended holy name and college prep before continuing his education at city college of san francisco and later uc berkeley his enthusiasm and leadership made him a favorite counselor at christian or catholic youth organization camp, o dental and he would go on to direct holy name summer camp for three consecutive years and continue to be an educator partner and (indiscernible) and soccer coach as well as a faith formation
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minister and teacher (indiscernible) perish. as an example and neighbor, just really great to just have him in the richmond. dan greeted passerby each morning as he loaded up his pickup for the day's work, as he loaded his pickup truck for days work and always took the time to welcome newcomers to the neighborhood. his friendliness warmed the outer avenues and it wasn't uncommon to see him joining a game with the local kids in the driveway, walking with cal and karen through golden gate park or toasting friends in the backyard of the beautiful home they restored in the richmond district and after struggling with asl for yeahs, dan leaves behind a swifting legacy but a family and beloved nieces and
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nephews and he'll be remembered for creating a sense of communities in all groups he moved in and i'm grateful to have known him and served him and represented him as his district supervisor. i wish we would have more of dan in our community, so he will be greatly missed and may he rest in peace and power, thank you. and the rest i'll submit. >> thank you. >> thank you, supervisor chan. supervisor dorsey, you're next on roll call. >> thank you, colleagues. i'm introducing a resolution that seeks to take a collaborative first step in scoping a comprehensive correlated and sustained citywide plan to make the kind of progress that san franciscans are demanding us on drugs. supervisor stefani and
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supervisor mandelman, we have dubbed the strategy of san francisco recovers, it aims to reverse trends in drug overdose deaths, to incentivize recovery for those struggling with addiction. and end street level drug dealing and open air drug scenes that's inflicting so many harms on so many of our neighborhoods. this approach intentionally starts by doing the necessary groundwork of engaging collaboratively with 21 relevant city departments and 6 commissions and then holding all of us accountable as members of the board of supervisors for ensuring our city response is well coordinated and fully funded and effective and the roadmap san francisco recovers envisions is based on proven drug market interventions and public health strategies that work and continue to work in major cities in europe and the united states. it calls for a coordinated approaches that will fit into five categories, public health, criminal justice, right to recovery programs, silver new
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deal programs and enhanced transparency efforts. i want to express my appreciation to city attorney david chiu on this as a 14-year veteran of that office, i want to give credit where credit is due to him and his outstanding team for the funding to which we'll have access because of his offices great work on litigation against opioid manufacturers. san francisco will have more than $100 million of funding over several years for drug abatement purposes and i hope this will enable us to maximize the input or impact of existing citywide resources with this plan that we're proposing. i'm looking forward to collaborating with city departments and most of all my colleagues on this, some who i have spoken with and some i haven't and our community stakeholders and city employees, i'm excited to get to work with this and it's what san franciscans are demanding of us. the rest i submit.
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>> thank you, supervisor dorsey. supervisor mandelman? >> thank you, madam clerk. i have a hearing request and three memoriam. i'm calling for a hearing on the state of traffic enforcement in san francisco. as you know, the city adopted vision zero as policy in 2014 which was a bold vision to eliminate traffic death by 2024 and committee city resources for safer streets and educate the public on safety laws and adopt policy changes that save lives. before the august recess, the transportation authority received a 2021 fatality report from the vision zero team at mta and pd. sadly, this report showed that with less than 18 months to go to meet the goal, there's no trend toward improved street safety and according to that report, there why 27 traffic related deaths in 2021 and the 27 deaths were a ten
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percent decrease from the previous year but remains 28 deaths since vision zero was adopted in 2014. more concerning is that 2022 is the deadliest on san francisco's street since the vision zero program began. the recent data available, there's been $19 traffic related fatalities this year including ten pedestrian killed by motor advised vehicles and the city spent millions on infrastructure fixes to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. but we are still falling short. vehicle speed is leading factor innatal and severe crashes and one in five or 19 or 19% of severe and fatal injury crashes in san francisco are caused by excessive speed. in fact a speed increase of five miles per hour is twice as fatal in a collision. in 2020, sf mta
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examined feed on driver behavior and had enforcement to achieve lower vehicle speeds. yet it appears as a city we have given up on enforcing traffic laws and sfpd is writing ten citations per day citywide compared to 74 per day in 2019 according to a new analysis. this downward trend began before the pandemic and traffic ticket -- recent analysis of sfpd citation data by community advocate that was featured in the chronicle, 35% of all traffic citations over the past five years were for folks on the five violations, these are the five most common causes of traffic collisions and injuries things like speeding and running stop signs and under vision zero, the police department had a target that half of all traffic citations should be focused on the five violations so plainly something is wrong. and i think
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it is appropriate for this board in particular, the public safety and neighborhood services committee to try and figure out what that is and figure out how we can change some of these trends. the first of my in me more y'all is for jane lloyd. or mary jane lloyd who died in her home on august 22nd at the age of 69. she what's a proud lesbian and fixture in the neighborhood. she was passionate about advocating for lgbtq issues and reproductive rights and dog rescue. she had two small dogs she loved much and she accompanied her to work at the barbershop in the castro. she served countless san franciscans as a barber and
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mentor and friend and one of those friends former supervisor and now bart director, (indiscernible) said she was kind. contributions can be made to muttsville and survived by her brother-in-law and sister and san francisco community that will sorely miss her. rest in power, jane. secondly, israel rivera. a long time public servant and community advocate who championed compassionate treatment and health treatment for the lgbtq. as the health division, department of public health, he was instrumented in shaping hiv strategies locally and nationally and he was focused on health disparities for the latinx community. he passed away too young on august 1st at the aim of 51. hisly y'all -- hisly y'all grew
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up in a puerto rican family. he taught high school in new york for a time but moved to san francisco where he went to work for a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the gay and latinx community. as director of programs and operations at uagulus, he implemented hiv prevention programs and mentored staff. this put him on track for drug abuse prevention. in 2005, he was a director at dph where he managed project pride which works to reduce drug abuse among teens and connects retired physicians for those in underserved communities and he provided input into the framing of national hiv strategy and served as the planning council and a founding member of the
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coalition member of the prevention aid's services. he served as policy director as -- he worked on local and state policy to improve health with a focus on reducing disparities and health equity and he supported to maintain the public health accreditation and worked on a cannabis -- i had the opportunity to work with israel for years. he wanted to overcome the trauma caused by the aides crisis as well as recognizing the importance the community spaces like path houses can play in education, and hiv prevention. i and my staff send our -- condolences to izry
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y'all. rest in paur and may your memory be a blessing. and the lastly, i would ask that we adjourn today's meeting in memory of pat norman who died on august 5th at the age of 82. pat was a trailblazing black lesbian activist. born and raised in brooklyn new york, pat was shaped by parents who described her as conscious of what was happening in the world. the parenten occur arounded her to get involved with social causes and she landed in san francisco in 1971 and cofounded the his lesbian's mothers. the next year pat become the openly gay person hired by the san francisco department of public health and
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putting her master's degree in psychology to work. as the aids crisis is acute, she coordinated the aid's service for city. she was a leader in the model care which was city networks and hospitals and health care providers, through the years, pat also served on several city commissions and the police commission and human rights commission and ran three times for the san francisco board of supervisors and she provided to -- president of sage and president of larkin street youth center. she retired in 2002 and moved to hawaii where she lived for two decades before residing in las vegas where she passed away on august 5th. she raised six children and leaves seven grandchildren and leaves three
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great grandchildren and her son said his mom ran with important people in her lifetime. she would say she's a righteous man and she added my description is she was a righteous woman. may she rest in peace and the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor mandelman. supervisor mar. >> thank you, madam clerk. i just like to join supervisor chan in her me memoriam for daniel. >> done. >> the rest i submit. >>, supervisor melgar? >> i'm asking us to close the meeting in memory along with supervisor katherine ste of lauren who passed away early in
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the evening of august 10th, this year. lauren was born on may 11, 1942, to joseph who went on to become our mayor in san francisco elected in 1968. and angelina in the marina district, lauren grew up in posidio heights and graduated from sarn (indiscernible). while at si, lauren met, the love of his life who he would marry when they were just 22 years old. and lawrence went on to raise two sons, joseph and lawrence jr. and his last several decades were spent in north beach where his grandparents settled in sicily in the late 1800s and he started his education at notre day but returned to ann after
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one semester and he missed her and transferred to is not ford university where he completed his undergraduate studied in three years and he went on to be a doctor for (indiscernible) in berkeley and spent 56 years loving the law with his gifted legal mind. he relished his family tradition of winning landmark cases over entrust throughout his remarkable career. he was a terrific athlete and basketball star and then later dedicated open water swimmer with the dolphin club in san francisco and avid golfer and he'll be remembered by those who knew him as a powerhouse and a true renascence man. lawrence was fluid in french and taught himself reading and writing in russian and he had weekly visits
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to the russian centers. he memorized shakespeare while being performed live in the park. he knew the side of his if you knew lawrence and all his pursuits were like this. if asked, he would share but never with any con den section. he was a pure intellectual and the alio family and the community and san francisco have lost a fascinating and uniquely talented man who upheld all of our traditions. lawrence survived by his loving family, his sons joseph the second and lawrence jr. daughter in law catherine, grandchildren joseph, sabella, anthony, joseph and -- michael alioa, patrick,
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dominico, and their spouses and 33 nieces and nephews. any donations in his name can be made to at the russian center of san francisco. thank you and the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor melgar. next up is supervisor peskin. >> thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, today i'm introducing a couple of resolutions, one with regard to shark park, city park in san mateo county in pacifica which if all of you saw the article in the chronicle by gary camia was unbeknownst to me and many people as a japanese internment camp during word war two. we know about topaz but didn't realize a city park was the site of an internment camp and this
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is a resolution urging our recreation and parks department to acknowledge this dark chapter of our history with appropriate interpretive signage onsite and the second resolution is urging our sf mta to enforce against motorized scooters on sidewalks ask clear violation of our existing laws but that's pro live rating and sidewalk fencing and asking sf mta to not allow are permits to be issued for scooters not equipped and the technology has been slow in equipping their four thousand permanent device was that technology and finally colleagues and would like to
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adjourn in the memory of several individuals, most of which i'll submit directly to the clerk but two i'm speak to. one, being somebody who we honored before this board on the occasion of her retirement at the age of 95. five years ago in 2017, i had the privilege of honoring a real life wonder woman ruth gotstein when she retired at age 95 and she passed away last week at the age of 100 and left a really on spiring list of accomplishments that's too many to list. but she was a remarkable and engaged san franciscan who founded the volcano press, a feminist press that ultimately moved to volcano california but started out at glide memorial in the 1970s. she
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used that press to combat domestic violence through activism and education and has been a role model for women and men alike. she was born in 1922 to ada and bernard zachbehind who moved to san francisco shortly after her birth. her father bernard was a jewish art ifrt and the first to be hire by president franklin roosevelt's new deal program which put to work artist and painters on public buildings and as a young girl, she watched her father and 24 other muralist paint inside coit tower sfashging a lifetime commitment to champions public art and she and her sister are depicted in those murals. ruth was the only person left alive who remember the smell of the wet plaster inside coit tower when the fresco murals were being painted and the spirit of harmony amongst the couple of
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dozen artist who painted it in a few months. and decades later, her frustration that seemed to deterioration of those murals at coit tower led her together with john to lead a 2012 ballot campaign to create a mural fund which the votes voted for and the building has been fixed and the murals resorted. and she remained one of the coit tower's biggest champions and most knowledgeable historian and it's fitting that we honor her on the former process for the federal government to designate coit tower as a national historic landmark and after retiring at 95, her dedication to literature and actism and public art was undiminished and i want to send my condolences to her surviving son adam and granddaughter jenny
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and express how much i loved ruth and how grateful i am for her years of service to san francisco, she was a true treasure and finally colleagues, i would like to adjourn in the memory of long time san francisco chronicle business and sports editor, al who died sadly and suddenly last month. he haled from ohio but grew up in cleveland and graduated from rutkers. he was a business editor, he accepted a buy out from the chronicle and joined as a director of news and sports in march of last year where he served as a general columnist and best known for his larger than life personality, often rev he willing in the old school news room of culture to culture people contact -- he had a way of turning up the right place at the right time. always in
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service of a killer story or capturing moment demonstrating a tenacity for his story. he got into the three -- the golden state warriors, three five title dynasty and super bowl trips by the 49er and he died the paper green at the printer to continue the tradition of the sports green. his love of shorts and hometown athletes were legislature and his love for music and he played soulful blews with the irish news boys including journalist from the chronicle and local publications. he was a proud -- he would wine and dine his targets at the at his favorite cruasan restaurant. he was the driving force to hire sports
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columnist and killian. al passed at the age of 52 and lived with his family in lafayette and i want to send our condolences to his family, his wife jennifer and son sam and daughter maggie and father: the rest i submit. >> thank you. supervisor peskin. >> thank you. i submit. >> supervisor ronen? >> submit. thank you. supervisor safai. >> i have a memoriam, sadly, i announce the passing of my staff rj jones father, ernest jones senior. he was a proud homeowner and resident of the all my lake view for over four decades. the son of a georgia croppers, earnest jones sr. was born may 1, 1944, in the town of west palm del rey beach florida. he
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was one of the 6 children. the family owned a large farm and at an early age, earnest was driving a tractor and tending to the farm with his siblings and it was during this time that earnest would develop his non-stop work ethic as you can imagine. upon graduating from high school, earnest enlisted in the u.s. airforce. he served as hamilton airfield base in marine county for four years and after exiting the service, he moved to san francisco where he worked for the post office for a short period before being hired by the san francisco municipal railway agency or muni. with the thirst to continue his education, earnest enrolled in san francisco city college where he got his associate's degree in business and went to san francisco state university. earnest worked for muni for over 35 years and retired as a train inspector working on all
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different areas of railway. outside of working earnest was a great family man, earnest was a proud father of two children, and in 1979, earnest married his soulmate and partner, avira and a son was born, earnest jones jr. who they called ej. earnest was known as a handy man in san francisco, and a quiet philanthropist and he would buy turkeys for saint anthony's and he was a known fixture at saint immediate school and outside of working which he did nonstop, mr. jones was an affectity collect of black santa clauss and was known to have the most elaborate christmas decorations on his block. in addition, he hosted the best christmas parties in town, everyone was invited to his annual christmas party, throughout his life, he remained humble and a stuart to
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the world and he was a part of the mission church in the bay area. earnest passing was unexpected and devastating to those who new him, his legacy of first family values and hard work live on through his wife of 42 years, his children, his grandchildren and anyone who have been blessed to meet him. earnest was the definition of a devoted husband and father and grandfather and overall great person and he'll be missed but his legacy will move on. the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor saleh abdeslam. supervisor stefani? >> thank you, madam clerk. i would like to close today's meeting in marilyn who died august 6th and she was 76 years old. marilyn was known forgiving a name to the glass ceiling, a term she referenced to women's
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barriers and workplace advancement. as a panelists for feminist conference in 1978, she coined the face -- the phrase would first appear in print in 1984 and introduced in the merriam webster dictionary in 1993. but marilyn was more than a catch phrase feminist but she was a brilliant leader. her clients is the u.s. treasury department, nasa and the federal reserve bank to name a few. her first book feminine leadership or how to succeed in business without one of the boyses published in 19835 have been named the best 50 business books and published in six languages. her second publication workforce america managing employee diversity was adopt as the
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principle text in executive development programs that many graduate schools across the country. marilyn was a true visionary in addition to being a writer and consultant. in the early 90s, she developed the diverset wheel with colleague judy, a framework that helps the social self -- a tool thriving today with training spaces alike. marilyn's legacy lives on not only through the women in the workplace and the glass ceiling but her leadership to breakthrough it. marilyn was predecease but her husband and survived by semester and two nefertiti views and two grandchildren, the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor stefani. president wall on. >> i have a resolution and one memoriam. the resolution is recognizing every september as childhood cancer awareness
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month. the american cancer fund for children and kids cancer connection reports cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among u.s. children between infancy and age 15. this tragic disease is detected in more than 16,000 of our country's young people. every year, and estimated 400,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer globally each year. every year, the american cancer fund for children and kids cancer connection provides a variety of vital patient psychological services including toy distributions, pet assisted therapy, educational programs and hospital celebrations in honor of a child determination and bravery to fight the battle against childhood cancer. this year, they requested a resolution from the board to recognize september as childhood
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cancer awareness month. and on behalf of the entire board of supervisors, i have an memoriam for our colleague in ventura county. supervisor carmen rah marries who -- she served on the board of supervisors in 2020. her colleagues elected her as the board chair earlier this year and a role she held at the time of her death. she was tragic struck by a truck drivinger august 12th during the summer resource. supervisor -- and a single generation she achieved milestone after milestone of progress in areas such as social, civil, and environmental justice. she continued on that path until her last day. it is impossible to
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even summarize supervisor rah mayor residential achievement but her home is filled with unaccountable awards, certificates of appreciation, commendation and designs trophies from the underserved communities that she helped. supervisor ramirez is survived by her husband roy prince, sibling, adopted sons, nieces and nephews and many members of her family who are incredibly proud of the extraordinarily life that carmen had. the rest, i submit. >> mr. president, you wanted that to be on behalf of the entire board of supervisors? >> correct. >> okay. noted. thank you, mr. president. seeing no other names on the roster, that concludes the introduction of new business. >> thank you, madam clerk. we're at public comments. >> the board welcoming general public comment. we'll hear from those in the chamber and those
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the boards's jurisdiction. all other agenda matter will approached by the board where the public requirement have been fulfilled and the board will accept written correspondence by us mail using the addressing. san francisco board of supervisors, the number one, dr. carlton b. place, city hall, room 244 san francisco, california. 94102. send an e-mail to the board using the e-mail address, bos@sgov dot org. we're joined by partners by the office of civil engage and i ask each interpreter to introduce themselves and how to connect to the remote center to provide it in the language: we'll start with the interpreters. thank you.
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>> thank you, madam clerk. >> interpreter: [speaking foreign language]
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>> thank you. we thank our interpreters for being with us this afternoon and we know that they know to jump in once we have a speaker who does attend in language. all right. now to those who attended this meeting in person, please line up on your right-hand side near curtains to make your public comment. we ask that you adjust the microphone once you approach the podium and you speak directly into the microphone so that the system can speak, peck up your comments. we are sitting the timer for two minutes. i apologize in advance if i interrupt your comments once the bell chimes. can the first person approach the podium to start. >> good afternoon welcome, and supervisors, city representatives and city residents who are here. my name is keer lin kennedy, i live near
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de-loris park and i have advocate for more effective and compassionate solutions to homelessness with rescue sf. i'm not here today to talk about my special issue or need, i'm here today to ask all of us collectively as city leaders and citizens to act differently, to listen more, to seek more common ground, to collaborate more and to address the unprecedented problems confronting san francisco. i grew up here in the city and the city i see today is not the one we know and love and the open drug use and drug sales and the 350 people would have died from od this year and it's someone's parent, child or friend. and dailies are living and dying on our streets and that's not what we want our city to be known for and those criminals who create burglaries in our neighborhoods and the vandalisms and it's crushing our
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business owners and workers and these are the issues staring us in the face and i know you hear about them everyday from your constituents and i hear about it from my neighbors in the corner in my area and the overwhelming message i hear, the city can't get anything done. people are so angry frustrated, fearless and cynical that they are turning to the ballot box and i don't think that's the best way for meaningful change. as one community leader to you and other city leaders i ask that we act with urgency. we seek common ground and common grounds and spend time working together on these issues. if you know me, that's not all i have to say about these issues, but i wanted to remind us as we come back from vacation and start back to work how important -- >> thank you for your comments. can we have the next speaker.
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welcome. >> good afternoon, my name is john phillips. i'm here today at the request of the board. please police credit union, excuse me, important letter we sent on august 17th, 2022, to the board of supervisors regarding resolution 317-22 which was sponsored by supervisor mar. although each of you received a copy of that letter hand delivered today, i was asked by the board to come down to make comments. first, the extensive data summarized in the tpc's letter confirms con traury to who was represented by the mid sunset neighborhood association which was relied upon and developed a resolution, the former tpc site and surrounding where surrounding homes have been tested and evaluated in close coordination with the dtsc and the same inaccurate
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representations from the mid sunset neighborhood association were incorporated into the resolution. the dtca credited the police credit unions extensive and extensive testing repeatedly noting close collaboration with regulators and concluding the tpcu is not the source of any contamination and the low levels of contamination do not pose harm to any neighbor or anyone who might move into the affordable housing that will be constructed on the site. the data also proves the parking lot across the street have been extensively tested and the second important point is the resolution is triggered concerns about the pending process to approve the application to proceed with the sale of the parking lot across the street from the development community, the resolution's board is linked to the efforts and tpcu is very concerned the
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resolution will be cited as a reason for further delay. ptcu needs final signage from the t -- the process is significant -- >> speaker's time is concluded. thank you sir. if you have something in writing, you would like to submit, we'll hand it out for you to all 11 members. >> the letter was hand delivered to everyone, thank you very much. >> thank you. all right. welcome to our next speaker. >> hello. my name is james. i'm a district five member. i'm a local pta board member. i'm also just a local individual that is interested in alternative healing, so some of you have been engaging with (indiscernible) san francisco, a learning and educating yourselves revolving around the new and renaissance resolving around (indiscernible) medicines, fun jay and here in san francisco, we hold a torch
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of understanding of wherein (indiscernible) over 55 years ago so we brought forward a progressive resolution to you and we want to acknowledge all the engagement and all the help we've and opportunities we've had to speak with. >> james, can you pull the microphone closer. >> sure. i'm going to acknowledge a bunch of my collaborative, community members and friends here locally that are going to be speaking behind me. resolving around the need for our local jurisdiction to decriminalize plant medicines for alternative healing and we're aware of the social and mental issues that exist in our city and this is an amazing opportunity for us to reignite and take the torch that was lit
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here 55 years ago, so thank you so much and have a wonderful evening and it's really hot and i appreciate you all for being here in this beautiful, beautiful summer day. >> thank you james for your comments. let's hear from our next speaker, please. >> hi, hello, my name is marianne. i'm a college student living in the bay area working hard to finish my degree and get into the workforce. i owe a lot of my progress to antigens and psychedelics and who i have done with medicines helped me get through personal circumstances and find motivation in my life and finishing my degree during the pandemic. we want to create a safer and healthier access for
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safety and equity and value, thank you very much. >> thank you for your comments. >> next speaker, please. >> hello. my name is niko summers and i'm a san francisco native. a small business owner, a fifth generation her ballast and i'm in support of criminalizing sacred plants because it helps keep these practices from being erased in my own and many others culture and ways of healing. decriminalizing these plants are the ethical choice in helping take the right steps forward to have allowing access to the medicines so our community can heal as well. >> thank you, niko summers for your comments. next speaker
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accident please. >> my name is yakalin and, support the decriminalization of ethgenics plants and thank you for taking the time to consider this resolution as i was introduced to these plant medicines about two years ago. at the time i had been dealing with severe ptsd, depression and anxiety, and disassociative disorder for two years. as you're aware, mental health can be complicated. when i realized i was dealing with something greater than i was, i seeked help and therapy helped me and i attended weekly therapy sessions and on a waitlist to see a psychiatrist of six months to a year, the waitlist. i was trying my best but sometimes your best isn't enough. i was struggling. i was really struggling. after a year of initially reading about the healing potential of these plant medicines, i incorporated
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them into my life as a last resort for hope. four years ago, i was struggling to wrap my mind around (indiscernible) let alone stand before you today working as a legal secretary and studying for the law school entrance exam and i'm not dismissive of the work i have done but therapy can be good for mental health, so can these tools. >> thank you. let's hear from our next speaker. >> thank you for recognizing -- we ask that you pass the resolution. >> please pass the solution. >> donald and i stood before you three years ago to ask you to do the same, we want to thank you for passing it and donald is the reason we're here. back in 2019, i brought doing this festival
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because i wanted to expose my son to korean culture because we -- it's a korean thanksgiving and during this period, i discovered the reason why it was hard was because of the community was fractured. i also learned that there are many issues in the korean community i haven't been aware of such as extreme above evident and food insecurity with the korean elderly and domestic violence. i worked with the korean community to make this more than a festival. we have nonprofit that offer services that the korean culture may not be aware of. i hope to turn this into a vehicle to educate the korean community on how local governments work and how interpreters come and bring kids and others in the korean community, get them a tour of city hall and work with
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legislative aides to have those listen to how it can be brought to a vote ask have them speak here at public comment as they are doing today and show them they can have a voice in local government and they can effect change. passing this resolution is just the first step for much more than just the festival. it will be a way to bring the career january community together and give them a voice so once again, we ask you to pass the resolution, thank you all for your support. >> thank you for your comments this afternoon. all right. let's hear from our next speaker, please. >> hello. my name is christina sue, this is -- >> addison sue. >> and logan sue. >> after witnessing the huge success of the successful 2019, recognizing the date for the korean community would mean so much and helps solidify our place in the korean san
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francisco community. kay culture is here to stay from kay pop to kay music to kay drama to kay pop. it is just the beginning. thank you for your time and if you could please pass the resolution recognizing korean day. >> please pass the resolution, please pass the resolution. >> thank you so much for your time. >> anna low began and christina sue, thank you for your comments this afternoon. welcome. >> >> my name is christina jon bentel and this is my daughter. >> naomi. >> and -- >> gelzi. >> we ask that you please pass the resolution to support true talk in the city of san francisco. i'm a second generation korean and my parents came here in their 20s and they were part of the earlier group
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that came and immigrated to the city of san francisco, lived on gary street. we have come a long way. the korean center and the korean community as a whole supported each other and brought us through to the future. and it has come a long way since my parents first came here. we would like to support the korean center for its contributions and to the city of san francisco to families and to the city. and then girls, did you have something to say? >> we don't have a lot of time. >> please pass the resolution. >> thank you very much. >> thank you to nice -- naomi and kristin that. >> hello, my name is kim and
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this is my son isaac. we want to ask you to please pass the resolution of tusa day and i'm the first generation here and i went to college in the united states and settled down as a medical dr. working at kaiser and it has been heartbroken to see how korean communities are having hard solidifying together and passing this resolution will be a big first step for korean community, so it can be more unified and solidified so we can be a better city in san francisco and contributing better for the san francisco, so please pass the resolution. isaac, do you want to say.... >> thank you, ms. kim for your comments this afternoon. >> welcome to the next speaker. or speakers. >> good afternoon. my name is
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barara and i'm requesting your support to recognize korean day. i'm a residential -- i'm a resident of district two. my life changed when i was nine years old and my family moved from the united states from korea not knowing english and we left behind all those familiar and we created our home and community and traditions like due talk holiday. when the pandemic hit, it changed our lives and the pandemic brought out violence to the asian community. during this difficult times i was disheartened to see -- step up to provide support and services to our elders and families with limited access to resources. and this same
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community organization has been working around the clock many of us volunteers like myself to organize a free public day long event such as the festival happening this weekend. projected to bring thousands of people safely outdoors in san francisco's very own pro sid dough. i hope to see you there as we celebrate. thank you. >> thank you for your comments this afternoon. welcome. >> hello board of supervisors. my name is lois wu and i'm a high school student proposing this to be a celebration of a culture day. in korean, it's uncommon to hear someone to address themselves as i:
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there's an emphasis of togetherness. in the language we say [foreign language] and for all of us to celebrate together as one. adopting the resolution is a step for the korean community as a whole and for second generations koreans like me. this is i country built off immigrants ask children of and recognizing kids -- it's one step towards embracing all san franciscos and celebrating different counties makes us unique. this resolution recognizing -- this is a celebration of a resolution and
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inviting those, second jen or those here for generations and the adoption of the resolution would not just affect the korean community but is a celebration of our community, as a whole. thank you for your consideration. >> thank you lois, excuse me, lois wu, thank you. welcome to our next speaker. >> hi, my name is tore yum and i'm the executive director of the technology and applied composition program at the san francisco conservatory of music next door and i'm sharing support of the resolution recognizing september 10th as chuseok day. and honoring the korean center to the community here in san francisco. i became of the career january center in 2015 when i was in need of learning korean to impress my in-laws to impressing them. we
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have celebrated chuseok on a regular basis. it teaches korean language and share the culture. i have many students and a community built around korean culture and i think they would all love to see this passed not just as a way to celebrate korean americans but share this cultural heritage that makes our city great. thank you. [foreign language] >> thank you for your comments. welcome to our next speaker. >> hi. my name is juna lee and a founder of a tech company in san francisco. i would like you to pass the resolution of chuseok and it was 1995, the first time i came to san francisco to attend a conference and i fell in love with the charm that san
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francisco had. i swore i was going to move here. by living here for five years, it's a cohesive communities with diverse cultural experience. yes, there's a large population of korean and asian communities in the bay area. yes, as you have already heard, we have been supporting the communities. these important points make up solidify the festival to be recognized as a celebration of cultural day and i would like to emphasize the city's charge i believe many people ought to share, a coly sifk community with cultural diversity. through we share food and showcase korean experience. it's a celebration with diverse communities and it's a time and place where everyone is invited
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and celebrated. people here cherish this and thank you for considering this as a celebration day of the cultural day. thank you. >> thank you for your comments, jon lee. welcome to our next speaker. >> good afternoon, members of the board. my name is carlos. i'm cofounder of an organization called decriminalized nature, chair of the national board. i want to give gratitude to supervisors preston and ronen for introducing resolution 25 to decriminalize our ancestral plant medicines and i'm the child of immigrants of the united states from mexico. my father was a small farmer in (indiscernible) and indigenous farmer in my earliest memory is being in the fields farming with him and after my parents divorced, my parents raised us alone in san jose and it was
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hard times with a single mother raising children in a tough neighborhood and it wasn't until i was 48 years old that i came across an though generals which helped me heal as a trauma. i was gardening at the age of 12 and got my masters in environmental science, bachelors in biology, nature has been very dear to me, but the antigens opened me to my ancestral pass. if i were to cult val -- i could face three years in prison in california so i'm grateful for you taking this on today and showing the courage to allow me to grow my own ancestral plant without fear of i am president onment. >> thank you carlos for your comments. welcome. >> thank you. good afternoon, san francisco supervisors. thank you for hearing this important issue related to antigen practices and gratitude to sfr
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preston and ronen for bringing on this issue and for your courageous leadership. my name is dr. leanardos and a founder called antigen research and it provides support to individuals related to antigens. we're in unusual times with increases in mental health issues and substance use issues and general needs for personal and spirl growth. it would be incredible if we had something to support this. antigen are being researched for -- outside of the scientific research, we have testimonies worldwide of people with life transformation after the experiences after we have heard. some said they wouldn't be here today without the transformation. how can we
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criminalize folks for seeking alternative ways of growth. this is bad policy from another era and we have an opportunity to change that. the support from the community is not just here in san francisco but worldwide. across the u.s. people are fighting to take back their access to antigen plants before pharmaceutical capitals swallowed it up. we advocate for self education for one's healing process and decriminalizing -- the base practice, so those interested will always have access to the healing sacred facts including ones from their ancestral linages and we're happy to pass this in oakland and san francisco. if san francisco passes this today, this is the 15th city to deer claire that the laws around criminalizing fun ghee failed. this will be the -- and join open santa cruz and summerville and south hampton, massachusetts, washington, d.c.
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with 76 voter approval and seattle washington and grand rapids and it's time for san francisco to shine and take place in the right side of history and fight for citizens to make sure antigens is -- thank you for your time and consideration and please vote yes on supporting antigen plant practices. >> thank you, dr. norris for your comment this afternoon. are there any other speakers in the room who would like to address the board? all right. seeing no one jump up, we're going to the remote system. we have mr. joe atkins from the clerk's office checking to see if we have any remote attendees. all right. hello caller. >> hello, yes. hi, thank you. my name is brenda barrels and first i would like to thank supervisor melgar for recognizing the adelo family. i hope everyone
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supports it for da, but the reason i'm calling, we have been talking to the board over and over and over again about harassment and bullying that happens in the workplace for city employees and i just want to let you guys know that one of the people that i had been trying to help, a gay white male who had been harassed to the point to where he had an initial stroke. he came back to work and the managers doubled down on him when he came back and he just died saturday. so there are real consequences to all this stuff happening in the workplace and i hope that you guys really do oversight on the eeo because he complained to different people and nothing happened and i know other people (indiscernible), same thing. i really hope that you guys pay attention to this and do some oversight on this and find out what this
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department of equity is doing as far as the workplace goes and thank you very much. >> thank you, brenda barrels for your comments this afternoon. all right. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> hello, name name is jennifer and a resident from district seconden. i'm call ongoing behalf of resolution 26, to support recognizing korean chuseok day as september 10, 2022. i have opinion volunteering with the festival and the kci since in the inaugural year of the festival in 2019 for the last four years. i'm a digital advisor for kci and can really attest that it is an important part of the community as is the festival. it's a really wonderful opportunity for everyone to get together after two difficult years of the pandemic with all
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the on going hate crime that has been attacking our community and across the country, it's now an important time to show we are stronger together and i really hope that the entire board of supervisors supports this resolution. thank you. >> thank you, jennifer kirk for your comments this afternoon. all right. mr. atkins, let's hear from our next caller, please. >> hello. my name is berry from district 8 and i'm here to support antigen plant practices. compassion has always been a part of the heart of the san francisco. champion by the likes of bryan mary, and compassionate use of cannabis was a genesis to move this plant across the nation. during the 1960s, dr. smith and the clinic provided compassionate harm and
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risk reduction to the public. san francisco also has a developed a rich and deep presence regarding research and educational and professional certification. ucf had a psych legal i can division and san francisco is hope to the institute of (indiscernible) studies and centered for research. the research and certification that happens more has treatment for mental health and antigenic treat the human condition. we need accessible mental health care in san francisco. decriminalized antigen medicines is a first step in meeting the needs for more practitioners and more traditional medicines and cultivators and keepers and viewers and to foster those in need of a healing benefit of the
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medicines, as i have received from these medicines, the compassionate act you take today by the board of for supervisor is pass this resolution. >> thank you berry for your comments. mr. atkins, we have another caller in the queue, please. welcome, caller. >> good afternoon. my name is bomen and a korean growing up in district five. i could rely on my family to enjoy a meal with one another and catch up on everyone's lives. and it might sound that festive but it felt special to step away from the daily grind and connect with the family members that we didn't get to see very o. often. a holiday like this is a good reminder to everyone who lives in san francisco that every wurns in a while we need an
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occasion to remind us that we can set aside our struggles and connect with those we loving. thank you all for considerations to representing september 10th as chuseok day. >> thank you, boman. there are seven callers listening and two callers ready to make their comment in the queue. if you're one of the seven, you should press star three now if you intend to make comment this afternoon. otherwise, we might take the last two callers to the end. mr. at kins let's hear from our next caller please. >> hello board of supervisors. i'm here to support the resolution to recognize september 10th as chuseok day and thank you for allowing me to speak over-the-phone. my name
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karina park. first of all, thank you so much for recognizing the festival for the past three years. we have since a momentum and surge among not just (indiscernible) speaking but english speaking koreans participating and engaging in the community like i have never seen before in my 40 years in the united states. while this is a single day, it represents a collaboration of all types of koreans to celebrate our culture and identity and for people who like me who never participated in the korean community before and for the majority of their lives to recently immigrated to second and third generations. this helps us unique and provide support to and for each other and it's an occasion to celebrate who we are and where we come from. as you know, since the 70s, the korean center played a critical role in
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advocating and being the voice of koreans and we continue to serve that as that helps today, now with changing the demographics and needs that also evolved so serve as a cultural hub where a second and third generation can explore and learn about the history and create spaces to bridge gaps that is in many facets in our community and we bring this to the festival and we collaborate with other organizations, people and government to serve the needs of the korean americans of today. aside from being (indiscernible), my husband and i started a mental hasn't clinic called my therapy clinic to tackle one of the most pressing problems of today, as you know, mental illness and i cannot stress enough of building community and support system and having a healthy mind by
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recognizing the chuseok festival and the korean center, this brings the community together, you're help and planting the seeds for growing mental resilience. thank you for your time and consideration. >> thank you for your comments this afternoon, karina park. all right. mr. atkins, do we have another caller in the queue, please? welcome caller. >> good afternoon, board. hello. hi, everyone. good afternoon, president walton and board of supervisors. my name is shirl and i'm a city worker. and happy labor day or happy belated labor day. i want to say that we need equity in the workplace. as you know, or if you don't know, the cat bonds committee, they settle lawsuits and to the tune of
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$90.7 million of the taxpayers money has gone to settle lawsuits to, for prohibited personnel practices. and my career span over 30 years with the city and county of the health department and i have witnessed over and over again directors and department heads ignoring the policy and procedures for the city and county and harming workers. but even worse, they are discriminating and discriminating against black workers the most. so, not to say that other people are not discriminated against, so i know a lot of you lawsuits, when they are settled, they come to the board of supervisors for you guys to settle and i can tell you that i have worked in the city for 30 years and given my service and what i have witnessed, it has got to stop so
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i know that the board of supervisors, you know, the seats change and the people change from every four years or every, yeah, every four years, so but in the interim, i think you guys need to do something about all of this because $90.7 million going to lawyer fees and harding people and their families are not acceptable. thank you. >> thank you cheryl for your comment this afternoon. mr. atkins, is there another caller in the queue, please? >> hello. good afternoon. i'm here to talk about and support the decriminalization of cannabis medicines and any name is jenny and i'm a criminal defense attorney and a san francisco local. i have many clients that suffer from addiction and it led me to a search to see if psychedelic can
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work to break the cycle of addiction and my search led me to read studies by acclaimed universities and they support that psychedelic can break addiction and my search led me to my good friend david smith who started the medical clinic in the 60s, when he recently started a new psychedelic center in ashbury called the hate ash bushy psychedelic center on clayton street. he cannot be here tonight to speak but he wanted me to stay a couple of words and he's an addiction specialist and he believes that psych psychedelic are the key to breaking addiction and people come in and give testimonials of how psychedelic changed his lives and a young man came into the center who was a heroin addict and then he was taking methadone to get off heroin but
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he couldn't break the cycle of methadone which is a very intense pharmaceutical that blocks receptors to people don't do heroin but he was locked in the pharmaceutical cycle and he wanted to get out of it and he started micro dosing psychedelic and it was 12 steps and he went through the 12 steps and he's clean and drug free and no more heroin and no more methane and 12 steps down and this is one example and if we can do this to just a fraction of the population in staff, which is suffering from drug addiction, we will be moving mountains and making real progress. and i think we can all believe and agree this town is suffering so i believe that we need to think outside the box. >> thank you. >> and really take advantage. >> okay. thank you jenny for your comments. we apologize for interrupting. we are setting the timer for two minutes this afternoon. do we have another
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caller in the queue, please? >> madam clerk, there are no further callers in the queue. >> thank you, mr. atkins. thank you for your great work. mr. president? >> thank you, madam clerk. and thank you so much to the public for calling in and showing us up in the chambers, seeing no more public comment, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, please call for adoption without committee reference agenda. >> >> items 24 through 28 were introduced for adoption without reference to committee, unanimous vote is required for resolutions on first reading today. alternatively, a member may require a resolution on first reading to go to committee. >> thank you. colleagues, anyone like to sever any items? >> preston is the roster, mr. president. >> supervisor preston? >> thank you, president walton. i wanted to be added to cospawn
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store to item 26. >> supervisor ste stephanie. >> item 26 as a sponsor. >> supervisor mar? >> i would like to be added to 26. >> thank you. >> supervisor melgar? >> 26 as well. >> safai? >> i would like to be added. >> supervisor dorsey? >> i would like to be added. >> madam clerk, call the roll on items 24, 25, 27, and 28. >> on items 24, 25, 27 and 28, supervisor chan? >> aye. >> supervisor dorsey? >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman? >> aye. >> supervisor mar? >> aye. >> supervisor melgar?
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>> aye. >> supervisor peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston? >> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> sfr safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> and supervisor walton? >> aye. >> there are 11 ayes. >> thank you, without objections, these resolutions are adopted and motions approved unanimously. madam clerk, please call item no. 26. >> item 26. [city clerk reading 26] >> thank you so much. supervisor stefani. >> thank you, president walton. i want to thank my colleagues for cosponsoring this resolution. i know it means a lot to kci and the korean community. this is a fun day, chuseok and it's like a korean
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thanks give and we're proud to have kci in district two and look forward to celebrating with everybody at the pro sid yo. i want to thank those who came out for public comment especially the adorable children. that did it for my colleagues. [laughter] even though they would have sponsored anyway, but yeah. it's just such an honor to be able to support chuseok day and we have been doing this since 2019. that is the most celebrated holiday in korean culture and honoring it is -- emphasis on celebrating family, community, it embodies that all of us in san francisco hold dear. no organization done more to keep chuseok thriving in the korean center which is in district two but provides are you sources to the city and the bay area. the career january center provided education
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cultural and social service programming for over 45 years while they have been support to everyone in our city, i want to callout their work with underserved immigrants in particular, the korean center provides support services in language access programming for youth and seniors and in this time, when immigrants are under attack in this country and slandered by people at the highest levels of government, i'm proud to take this opportunity to honor chuseok and the korean center as the ways that immigrants communities contributed to san francisco and the united states. thanks to the korean american community and the korean center for their decades of support and best wishes to you all during chuseok day and the first in person chuseok celebration will take place this saturday in the main parade lawn at the presid yo and i want to encourage everyone to attend. >> thank you, supervisor stefani
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and colleagues and everyone who got us here. madam clerk, call roll for item 26. >> supervisor chan. >> aye. >> supervisor dorsey? >> aye. >> supervisor mandelman? >> aye. >> supervisor mar? >> aye. >> supervisor melgar? >> aye. >> sfr peskin? >> aye. >> supervisor preston? >> aye. >> supervisor ronen? >> aye. >> supervisor safai? >> aye. >> supervisor stefani? >> aye. >> and supervisor walton? >> aye. >> there are 11 ayes. >> thank you, without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, do we have any imperative agenda items. >> i have none to record, their president. >> would you please present the in memoriams. >> today's meeting will be adjourned in memory of the following beloved individuals,
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on behalf of chan and mar, for the late daniel, on behalf of supervisor mandelman for the late mayor jane and israel and pat norman. can you please mute that for us, thank you. >> on behalf of supervisor melgar and stephanie for lawrence senior. on behalf of supervisor peskin, for the late mr. al civic -- sarific and thomas landers, mr. stefan reynolds, and ruth godstein patricia haze and on behalf of stefani for the late john sanders field, ms. maryland
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lodan, and for mr. earnest jones sr., former city employee. and on behalf of the entire board of supervisors, at the presentation of president walton, for a member of the ventura county of board of supervisors, carmen ramirez. >> thank you madam clerk, do we have further business? >> that con lewds our business today. the cause of homelessness is lack of housing, we are adjourned. [gavel]
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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
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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. 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
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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 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
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daily. we have minimal hours because of our small team during covid. we do welcome visitors to come in and browse through our products. also, visit us online. we have minimal hours. it is nice to set up viewings of these products here.... good mo
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everybody. welcome to southeast family health center. my name is doctor grant colfact. i'm grant colfax and director of the san francisco department of public health. i'm absolutely thrilled to be here with speaker nancy pelosi and community leaders to celebrate the passage of the inflation reduction act. i'm especially excited to be mark thanksgiving occasion here at this brand-new state of the art health center. part of the department's network of community health centers and -- this center, which is an essential resource for
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accessible, affordable health care in bay view hunter's point. the passage of the inflation reduction act is tremendous low important. for people in this community. and for all of those who rely on community clinics as it gives more people access to resources and health care. because of this act. seniors and those who get health insurance through the affordable care act save hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year on prescriptions and health insurance premiums. incredible and keep seniors on medicare healingy giving them access to additional, free vaccines, we know can be life saving. 91 of this would be possible without our representatives lead by speaker nancy pelosi.
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[applause] who has been an incredible champion, advancing truly transformtive and historical health care. including with regard to hiv aids, the afford care act and now with gratitude the inflation reduction act. ladies and gentlemen, speaker nancy pelosi. [applause], thank you, doctor colfact for your wonder opening remarks and tremendous leadership in our community taking us through covid and now monkeypox a valued resource that we have in our community. i know that you have a meeting have you to be at and so i thank you for honoring us with your presence and if you have to slip away, we understand. if you were not so busy we would
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not want you to be with us. because great to be here with doctor colfax with angels calgary the executive director of covered california we're proud of them. thank you, jessica. [inaudible] the director of aarp california thank you, thank you, to aarp for making, we can only do so much with inside maneuvering the outside mobilization. weighing in oft people on the issue and arp has been masterful in this, thank you so much when we talk about reducing the cost of prescription drugs. i have to pull this down. start all over? >> [laughter]. i said we have 2 v. i. p.'s with us. beatrice american cancer society action network ambassador and
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she is my boss. and oscar james a legendary figure here. board member of the southeast health center. oscar. thank you for making this wonderful occasion possible with community family center. >> and keith is not speaking but acknowledge wrchl is keith. thank you, keith for your leadership here and the hospitality you extend us this morning but important low the hospitality you extend to people in the community at this center it is pretty exciting the southeast south center now the southeast family health center. here we are -- [applause] families are grateful for their your capable leadership doctor colfax. thank you for that and again i know we consider it a privilege to be at the new renovated southeast family health center.
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quality, affordable health care. we took the tour and when you take the tour, it is about health care. but it recognizes health is about your mental state and sense of community and value that is placed on you and people here feel very respected because of the nature of this accomplice. it is just remarkable. we gather here to share the good news under president biden and democrats and congress health care costs will come down. powered by our rescue plan to begin with, health care is more accessible and affordable than ever. we tried affordable care act to bring down the cost health care and did except when it came to the cost of prescription drugs. we are about the kitchen table of america's working families. how can we lower costs and increase paychecks and make community safer. and that is what we have dmn
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this piece of legislation. with the inflation. we had in a rescue plan now extended it with the inflation reduction plan biden sign in the law, add to when we did in the rescue plan driving down the cost of prescription drugs and extending the premium reduction this is is about the kitchen table. here is what the ira. we call it they don't want to call at this time ira. sometimes they talk about that. the inflation reduction acts means for medicare beneficiaries in our city. cap the drug cost to 2 thousand dollars. this is a rable achievement. we have been trying to do this for arc while. we kept the copay so what people don't have to -- insulin. 35 dollars a month. that is like 110th or 120th of where it is.
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and i have to say, we did that without one republican vote. sad to say. without one republican vote. we have been drug members from pred tori price hikes they have been engaged in and finally empowered medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. that is the big triumph. this is historic we have been trying to do this for dekdzs big pharma weigh in the and weighed in and strangle hold on our ability to loose it free congress from that. we want to do more. but this opens the door on and we are proud. it is historic without one republican vote. and big pharma says the democrats will pay for this. can you imagine mag they say a thing to threaten us for lowering costs for prescription drugs for america's family.
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san francisco the provisions save millions aier in our own community. and now we will hear more from arp california on what this cost means for families. before we do, it is thousands of people in our community are in covered california this is what ira does for them. rescue plan slashed premiums now locked in the lower processes at least for 3 more years and then that is what many of the other provisions come due. our lever acknowledges increase in the that town. we will keep affordable insurance, the average enrollee in san francisco could save over -- 1400 dollars. the ming mum in premium costs. family of 4 could save up to 2800 dollars. 2 seniors could save 21 thousand dollars. we are fortunate to joined by
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jessica of covered california. will share how we save more for 90% of enrollees in our state. >> we are blessed be joined by 2 v. i. p.'s very important people. >> a leukemia patientness the burden of drug costs and oscar james will tell us about his pain. and a board member southeast family health center. medicare beneficiary. a powerful voice for many years and his reputation he honors us. law passed possible because the outside mobilization. you cannot do your best job just inside maneuvering.
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there has to be the engagement of the public. so that members of congress know and hear from their own constituents what they node. and how they need it. in the terminology that means something to them. because we believe that health care is a right not a privilege. too many families face the impossible choice. keep a roof over your head and food on the table or access to life saving care. campaign trail, i have seen grown men cry because they can't pay the prescription drug bills. they have family members and say, i just can't afford it. and it keeps getting more and the it was the one element of the affordable care act we reducing the costs that kept going up and now we have broken that strangle hold. lowering health care cost system
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about justice these benefits flow to the most in need. vulnerable seniors, working fells and communities of color. we honor doctor king, doctor king said, of all forms of inequality injustice in health care is the most shock anding inhuman, he said, because it is often result in physical death. now it is my privilege to introduce jessica k with covered california in delivering quality affordable care to all. jessica. >> thank you, so much. madam speaker not only for the opportunity to be here today. but for your leadership and commitment in make thanksgiving day happen. the inflation reduction act provide critical savings for millions of americans including the 1.7 million in california
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who get their health insurance through the affordable care act marketplaces including covered california i'm here to represent. the savings have empowered cover california to reach record levels of enrollment. reduce what consumers pay by 20% and a critical piece in bringing california to the lowest uninsured rate on record at the height of the pandemic. by extending for another 3 years we bring health insurance within reach of more people than ever before. this law will help californians and people across the country get coverd and stay covered. as you know, the act extends the increased and expanded financial help initial low included in the american rescue plan. the capped 8 and a half % of household income low are costs for more people.
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the law provides free, silver plan the average level of coverage for low income californians those who earn less than 19, 230 for an individual or 40,000 for a family of 4. and extends financial help to middle income consumers those who earn more than 51 thonned for individual and 10 sick thousand dollars for a family of 4 who were ineligible for financial assistance. right now 2 thirds of the consumers we serve get comprehensive coverage for 10 dollars or less per month and many get it at no monthly cost. [applause]. we saw gains among communities of color. and low indm families got the piece of moindz that come with quality, affordable coverage making our health care system
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equal at the same time we make it more affordable. we seen middle income families paying 20 or 25 or 30% of their income on health care premiums save thousands a year. and the savings for 3 years means californians and people across the country will continue to have the access to health coverage they need and deserve. those are a lot of big national members i will show what you it means for the people in the greater bay area. right now there are about 325,000 cover california enrollees. including 40,000 people in san francisco, county. in speaker pelosi's district tell help cover california enrollees save over 100 per month on average on top of the financial assistance they were receiving through the affordable care act. one couple that is benefitting is erin and jacob met with
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speaker pelosi when the american rescue plan was passed. they are professionals photographer and business stray up when the pandemic hit. the law helped them keep coverage at a time when it mattered more than ever observe and now they are paying less than 50 dlrs a month for a high quality health plan for the both of them. speaker pelosi, thank you. the work you have done along with congress and president biden will make a world of difference in the lives of millions of americans and hundreds of thousands of californians. it will allow people like erin and jibbing on keep their coverage and the costs within reach for people throughout the state who don't have health insurance today but could have it tomorrow. open enrollment on november first and i encourage anyone
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californian going without coverage to individual coverage california. it is more in reach than ever before. with that, thank you again to the speaker for her leadership and for this incredible accomplishment and my pleasure to introduce rossy advocacy director for aarp. california. >> good morning. thank you madam speaker and guests a pleasure to be here with you this morning to talk about inflation reduction act. years of discussion and negotiation and thank you to speaker pelosi, congress delivered role prescription drug price relief for millions of older americans by passing the inflation reduction act of 2022. this historic new law includes many key aarp priorities that
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will save taxpayers and medicare billions of dollars including foible low allowing medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs. >> [applause], >> getting people with medicare plans the piece of mind knowing they will not have to pay more than 2 thousand dollars a year for medications. penalizing drug companies raising their prices higher than inflation. limiting the cost of insulin to 35 dollars an among for those on medicare. [applause] >> and making many vaccines shingles available at no cost in medicare. these prescription drug provisions in inflation reduction act of 2022 broad bipartisan support in voters and are long over due. speaker pelosi we know you have
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been a strong voice of support for lowering drug processes and grateful to you and your colleagues for getting this bill across the finish line. one cannot state what a monumental improve am this will be february older americans and all struggling to afford medications. for decades, medicare has been prohibited from using the buying power to negotiate lower drug prices. up until now, the pharmaceutical industry successful at keeping that in place. this new law will finally change that equation and put money back in people's pockets instead of more profits for pharma. this law will also keep insurance affordable for millions of americans when qualify for expanded financial assistance and will prevent a massive previous premium
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increase affect 3 million people. this is so important for aarp especially for members 50 to 64 who already pay up to 3 times more for their coverage than younger people this is an e normous victory the fight is in the over. big drug companies spends millions trying to over turn the luto keep charging americans the highest processes in the world. aarp will keep fighting big drug companies out of control process and we will not back down. once again i thank you madam speaker on behalf of 3.3 california numbers and all older californians for strong leadership in achieving the passage of this historic legislation. and now it it is my upon honor to introduce beatrice duncan, health and wellness advocate and
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constituent. >> thank you. >> good morning, my name is beatrice duncan >> going through cancer presentses a series of changes the many trials we face in cancer journey covering the high cost of out of pocket for medication is the most troubling issues and contributed to health desparity patients force to delay or forgo life saving. for those taking new or special drug therapies or medications, include members of our communities, the cost prescription drugs can be in tens of thousands per year. if i have conversations with other cancer parents the tommic
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on how are out of pocket cost force us for paying for cancer medications or shelter and other essentials necessary to our daily life. for example, having to purchase to medication [inaudible] the cuomo therapy infusion i'm one of those. being able to have a care provider if affordable. consistent chronic aid health problems and most important low being able to address emotional and social problems the need professional attention. with the passage of the inflation reduction act for lower health care costs we have taken an important step in creating long-term affordability and will help spread the costs predictable for patients and survivors. to speaker pelosi, thank you for
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your support, leadership and our continue efforts to ensure this very important legislation was successful. thank you for bringing affordable medical coverage and access to cancer medication to the forefront. you have demonstrate third degree is a human right's issue. one that will impact the constituency you representative in the house of representatives. earlier i mentioned the challenges this we face as cancer parents with this law there will be reassurances the cost of cancer medication will be not one of them there is a bright future for me. and i look forward to share thanksgiving time with my daughter, my son and my 4 grandsons and 6 great grandchildren. and to focus on one of the things that truly matter in life that people give this life a
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true meaning. thank you. >> see how excited i get. it is with a great, great pleasure to introduce mr. oscar james. southeast health center advisory member board member and a person this we exchange a lot of history in this neighborhood. mr. james. like to honor the heros of market who help bring a lot of this to fruition. i would like to definitely -- give all the respect and love and all of the things you have done for the community mrs. nancy pelosi we should vote for the next time and make sure biden becomes the next president
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again. like they said before, it was a democrats who done this for our community and city and state. so therefore, i'm saying because of -- what has been done, this building would not have been here if not for persons like nancy pelosi and people in the community as a whole. >> both done was done through model cities and this building here was done from the work of ofy bever ~ess our president. this building would not have been here it is a historical building represents all the residents. of bay view hunter's point if you have the opportunity to go through and have history. has done art work show the heros on the quilts that in this
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building upon people not to the quilt in this community. i want to be brief. we need to vote for more democrats this project could have been better than what it it is. the nay sayers and ones who don't watch for the american peoples, did not vote for this package. therefore, mrs. nancy pelosi, you know, she brought a lot of money this community. she brought money to help with the ship yard and all brothers and sister in the kuntsful mental problems and things like that, she has done a lot to bring that money here. we owe her a debt. the city owes her a debt and make thanksgiving community and this city safe for all peoples. with that i will quit i will go
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on and on. but i just love you and keep doing what you are doing and vote the next year election her back in office and biden back in office and trump and his people when is they rescind when we should not do and should do we are watching for the peoples. united states and this community. >> thank you very much. >> [applause]. >> thank you for your community your appreciation with so many of us wing fort worth we are able to accomplish. you mentioned asthma earlier i saw a precious child across the street. and it is important to note in this legislation inflation reduction act, we have the biggest commitment to protecting our environment and savingor planet with environmental justice. ever, ever instituted by any
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government. any place at any time this it is again environmental justice is important part of what president biden is b. health and environmental justice. infrastructure justice. equity and he puts resource there is to make it happen. because again, the subject of asthma and it is occurring in communities of color especially is one that is immorality in our society. this legislation guess a long way for clean air and water as we again protect the planet for the children so thank you for mentioning that oscar and for your kinds words. this is again this bill was about health care. and we consider the health of our planet a health issue as well. i did deposit want to just focus on the health aspects without settle way to what else is in the legislation.
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2005 and 6 when we were run to take back the house from the democrats we had 6 row 6 a new direction. 6 pieces of legislation we would pass in the first 100 hours of the new congress. we passed all 6 in the house. 5 became law. one did not. and that one did not prevail in the senates was to enable the secretary of hhs to a negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. we were fighting for arc while. put it on our agenda passed in the house could not get it through to be passed because of the strangle hold. with the outside mobilization, aarp and all of you and the courage of might have members in the congress that just take that vote. and the leadership of president
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biden we had made history and have made progress. for our seniors and people. i'm sure we will be honored take questions you may have. questions? no. >> we anticipated all of your questions you may have. >> yes , sir. [inaudible]. yes. >> [inaudible]. >> it is disarc pointing because our the reason i have all the security i have is because i'm second in line to the presidency that never will help but none the less it is a continuation of government issue. so you would think that the secret service would have everybody else in the line all
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the secretaries of cabinets who follow the speaker of the house in succession have secret service protection the president and violent have the most. but they had justice decided that they would not do that. it is irresponsible. we have questions about irand not of the secret service at the time of january 6 some performed manage 95 cently. some did not. i have many [inaudible] probably more then and there anybody export air presidential candidate. i'm more concerned about the safety of my members. safety of our staff the safety of those who cover us. in the capitol and you see the frivolousness which the secret service treatd that. i have the protection of the capitol police i'm indented than i saved our democracy on january 6.
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[applause] >> strong democratic showing [inaudible]. >> this was a big victory left night. since oscar talked politics i will, too. the question would not brought up a political subject we had a victory last night. people were stunned the fact in a district that was not supposed to go democratic it did. i give credit to our candidate pat rion. excellent veteran and public servient. a small business person bringing so much to his candidacy and so much to the congress. very soon. he has won the special election. i get one more vote. when we -- when we have accomplished all these under biden the rescue package
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[inaudible]. were the infrastructure bill with with some republican row. the issue of chips and science and some republican vote. and now inflation reduction act with no republican vote we have 220 dem credits in the house. franklin roosevelt had 319 democrats in the house. we have do this carefully and i'm proud of the courage of our members. this was the residence should be very, very scared this morning about their prospects. i had never believed we would not hold the house. that's my mission and hope to accomplish and i have a floon do it under sean patrick had a victory last night. our chair. but this one -- they expected to
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win and they out spent us but we out organized them. and that's when. we don't agonize we organize. [inaudible] we had it in this bill reduce the cost insulin we had the bill on the floor on its own without anything else. and we only got 20 republican votes that means 190 residence voted against it. this bill had more because it had [inaudible] reduction of this or that. since they think the climate crisis is a hoax you see well they had that excuse not to vote but when it was insulin alone,
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only able to get. we thought -- how could they resist this. insulin is costing 6 or 300 an among. this take its down to a 35 a month copay. you would think that respect for constituents and the brood need you mentioned they would represent their constituents. no they represent big pharma and that's really what the success was in this bill. that we were able to -- losen the strangle hold of big pharma on our families. thank you for your question. >> thank you. >> thank you all so much and let us thank again the family health center. thank you doctor for your leadership. and wonderful being in the commuter. oscar given me the figures he is
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about the [inaudible] hidden -- black excellence [inaudible] >> in every way taking great pride in the african-american community as we do. you have to know about this area was the leading area in san francisco of homeownership. of homeownership. this is about community. and the word, communities, as we are remindeds had the word. unity. that's what this center is about you see the welcoming presentation called woven comb. just like -- that respected it has for the people coming in to calm them and provide a community center when they come together. share thoughts organize, not agonize and make the future
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better. so. thank you all so much >>
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>> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their business in the 49 square files of san francisco. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and right vi. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i'm one of three owners here in san francisco and we provide mostly live music entertainment and we have food, the type of food that we have a mexican food and it's not a big menu, but we did it with love. like ribeye tacos and
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quesadillas and fries. for latinos, it brings families together and if we can bring that family to your business, you're gold. tonight we have russelling for e community. >> we have a ten-person limb elimination match. we have a full-size ring with barside food and drink. we ended up getting wrestling here with puoillo del mar. we're hope og get families to join us. we've done a drag queen bingo and we're trying to be a diverse kind of club, trying different things. this is a great part of town and
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there's a bunch of shops, a variety of stores and ethnic restaurants. there's a popular little shop that all of the kids like to hang out at. we have a great breakfast spot call brick fast at tiffanies. some of the older businesses are refurbished and newer businesses are coming in and it's exciting. >> we even have our own brewery for fdr, ferment, drink repeat. it's in the san francisco garden district and four beautiful murals. >> it's important to shop local because it's kind of like a circle of life, if you will. we hire local people. local people spend their money at our businesses and those local people will spend their money as well. i hope people shop locally.
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[ ♪♪♪ ] >> good morning. i want to thank all of you for joining us i'm david which you the city attorney of san francisco we are here to announce 2 lawsuits fileed protect the patients of laguna honda and keep this institution open. my office filed a case on behalf of the city of san francisco, the reigning law group fileod behalf of the patients of laguna honda. for over 150 years willing lag provided critical skilled nursing and rehab service for
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our most vulnerable for seniors, family members with disabilities, those who can't take care of themselves. we are here because the federal government ordered laguna honda's closure. transfer and discharge of 700 patients and the end of the federal funding. by september 13th a mont away. our lawsuit describes how the federal government put laguna honda and the stele in an impossible situation. with the lives of hundreds of patients at stake. the hospital had challenges, our lawsuit describes our city bent over backwards trying to address issues and keep laguna honda open. every step we met with resistance by the centers for medicare and medicaid service. cms rigid in prop and unwilling
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to collaborate with our city and laguna honda. our city highlights how the deadline is completely arbitrary. we proposed a recertification press that would not require simultaneously kicking parents out of the hospital. it was rejected by cms. we asked for 18 months to ensure parents transfer and discharged, rejected. asked phase transfer for vulnerable transferred last, rejected. for weeks willing lag staff called an average of over 1 thousand skilled nursing fasills in california and the counts real have not been able to find beds for our medicare and medicaid parents. that did not change the mindses of the cms bureaucrats. our lawsuit highlights how the city due process rights violated. filed 3 appeals in february,
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april and may. those appeals will not be decided before the unreasonable september 13th dead line rendering the pel's process meaningless. a fake showing of due process. laguna honda and our city deserve real process not a sham. so are we asking for with this lawsuit? we are asking for the federal government simple low to continue funding. at least until the appeals process is complete and all patients relocated, which we know will not be by september 13th. we are asking the federal gentleman to exercise compassion and common sense. if the funding ends and the dead line is not changed there are not enough places to transfer the patients. and in the left weeks, 9 former laguna honda parents have died after transferred or discharged. 9 people. we need to protect patients from this rushed process and dead
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line. hundreds of lives are literally at stake. let me ends with this the federal government is the last thing we wanted to do. but after attempts, the federal government left us with no choice but legal action. our hope is this cms will come to the table. work with us on the plan that protects the remaining 610 patients preserving an institution that has been the last safety net for so many. for our patients, this hospital has been their last resort. with 5 and a half we've beenings to go, this lawsuit is our last resort. we must save laguna honda. thank you. >> i want to take a moment and acknowledge the fact that -- the entire city is united in our ask here. i want to thank all of our elected officials. we have supervisor peskin here
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and thank melgar and supervisor mandelman and others who have been tremendous add roindicates. our next speaker the granddaughter of a former laguna honda resident a champ for laguna honda needs no introduction. our office is suing on behalf of the city of san francisco the ceo of our city the 45th mayor of san francisco mayor london breed. >> thank you, david. i want to start by acknowledging and everyone thattinging our city attorney for his work and efforts and finding a possible solution to deal with this really challenging and complex problem. fact is, we should not have to be here. we should not have to be here to protect patients. and what is interesting is the arguments that have been used to protect patients have been the arguments to protect patients from the federal government.
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and in fact this is a long very frustrating process that started left year. when the leader of the laguna honda self reported challenges with those who over dozed who did in the die and the need to develop systems to support this hospital to ensure patients safety. cms did not come to us we went to them because laguna honda we understand have complex challenges, but important low, we have systems and regulations we know we must follow. so we went to them. and there was a discovery that there were things we needed to change. and we moved forward in making changes. and later on, this year, fact, early 30 year. we were notified that there were additional things that needed to be changed. to be clear we know this laguna honda has challenges. we understand that the need to make corrective actions.
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and we have already implemented significant amounts of corrective actions based on the recommendations of cms and we know we have to do. and we are in the process of making changes. that are necessary to get laguna honda on the right path. but let's be clear, our city attorney told you 9 patients died after transferred. during the covid pandemic we only lost 6 lives -- 6 people died from covid. and one of the largest skilled nursing facilities in the country we saw on the news people with lower amounts of residents carrying out patient in body bags. with a lot of uncertainty and fear. everyone was concerned about laguna honda. and the people who work there,
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they save lives. they protected the residents of laguna honda. that should count for manage we when we do over the 150 year history of this hospital. we have not seen large numbers of lives losteen though we than many people have passed away from natural causes. at laguna honda hospital. and now look where we are. forced to move patients. to move patients to homeless shelters. outside of the county where their families can't visit. we know this creates trauma. and until the numbers have climbed in terms of the number of dwaeth deaths the only time cms said hold off don't move more patients but with no date whether or not we need to continue. the problem is the uncertainty.
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we get mixed mess ammings. lack of clarity. not clear in our written communication. we are told one thing and another. this is frustrating and it is scary, we have a lot of questions that both the staff and the patients and their familiesment to answer that we can't always answer. the finger is pointed and we are blamed butt fact is we have to work with cms. almost 70% of funding come from ked cal and medicaid these are parents this don't have money to pay for their care. if any of us end up in i situation like these patients we should be luck that he there is a facility like laguna honda that can take care of us. they took care of my grand mother for 14 years suffer friday dementia. we tried take care of her at home and it was very difficult.
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laguna honda they took care of her. bathed her and gave her medication and make sure she was fed when she could not chew they made changes. this is not just a facility, this is a pasillity filled with people. nurses in the clinicians and all of the people who work there they treat the patients like they are their family. my grand mother passed away. her main nurse showed up to her service. and a could you remember of others who took care of her. they grieved like our family grieved. they loved and cared for my granted mother. that is happening at laguna honda hospital. the technicalities that get introduced that create the challenges that put us in this situation are really unfortunate. and i don't think we are asking for anything that is
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unreasonable. we are asking for clarity. of a date. specific. of when cms anticipates lifting the requirement for us to transfer patients where we are asking them thot not to ask us to do that to halt. we understand there are some patients that node to be treasured and we are working on that. we cannot turn them out in the street. that is not an option. that is not caring for the patient. that is not putting them first. we are also asked, to continue funding as we go through this process to bring laguna honda up to the appropriate standards that meet the cms guidelines. so giving us a deadline of september 18th to retrain staff for new guideline and make adjustments to many of the things we have not had to before, it is unrealistic.
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we have been working on this and making the adjustments and moving as quickly as we can we tr football responsible so when the changes are made this they work. we are not telling people what to do but we are demonstrating when than i ned to do that ask differents than what they have always done before. well is a lot of work that has to go into this. we are asking to provide clear direction in writing. just clarity about the things they are asking us to do. this is not unreasonable. we have been asking for this kind of information and support now for months. again, i understand, we have work to do. but think about it. sick lives sadly lost to covid. compared to 9 lives, 9 people who have been transferred.
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this is a problem. we are here to work with our federal partners. we are here to make laguna honda what it needs to be because it is needed. we don't want to see this facility closed we want patient and families and the staff assurances that this facility will be around for another 150 years. this is a matter of life or death. this is a last resort. we did not want to be here but we are. and we have a lot of work to do. we ask respectfully to meet the request that we have in the lawsuit. so we don't have to continue down this path and we can work together to ultimate low protect the people that truly are the most vulnerable in our city. thank you.
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>> thank you, mayor. appreciate your leadership as well as the leadership of public health institution in san francisco. i'm grateful to our next speaker not the founding partner of public law group filing the companion lawsuit in this matter not just the former city attorney of san francisco, while city attorney she sued the tobacco industry and brought a judgment for half billion dollars and championed the use of the fundses to rebuild the laguna honda that is in our city today. with that, of course i like to welcome louis remy >> thank you mayor breed and city attorney, thank you, both for your leadership and the health department officials and the attorneys that have been working on this matter. i have a long involvement with laguna honda. going become to the days when i was on the board of supervisors
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like supervisor peskin. and then and there diane feinstein came and said louis let's look at laguna honda. and i was immediately impressed with the mission and the care that laguna honda provides for the neediest in our city. with needs that require good care. that has been true over the years. and i'm here today representing the residence and families who cannot believe that they are going to be required to be discharged from laguna honda through no fault of their's. but under everunder the diabolical plan of cms, with the help of the state department of health, all must go regardless
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of innocence and regardless of medical needs. for example, one was plaintiff in our class action suit is a long time residents of san francisco. but suffers from diabetes a difficult form of diabetes. her treatment requires a machine to measure the insulin she has and the blood surety count. from time to time when were that machine needs to be maintained, she has to go to san francisco general to receive this level of care that to keep her arc live. where is she going to go? there are not 700 skilled nursing beds for people without special needs. where is she going to go? another client and representative of our class has
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denent mentia and probably at the end of her life. seriously, cms department of health, you are going to sends your people out to die? that have already. and the worse part about it transfer trauma resulting in death is medically documented and should be well known to every competent health official. cms and the state department of health had to know that there would be deaths that occur. how much longer are we going to keep this up before more deaths occur? we have today somebody with us who is the mother of a patient at laguna honda. and can tell his story very well. but if you go to laguna honda as
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i have on so many occasions, you will see the good care that is received -- the workers the medical staff at laguna honda are special. they dot lord's work. i am very hopeful i know mayor breed, city attorney chew and all involved we welcome cms and the state department of health come to your senses. come to your senses before more people die. before more people are thrust in homeless shelters. please, come to your senses. >> thank you. as she e ludzed we are here because there are hundreds of patients lives at stake.
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we are here because the patients are our grand upon parents our partners, our children. here to represent one of those parent system deb wra rabower the mother of sean. >> i'm excited have this opportunity, i told my friends i would stand up in the court of the world to speak how i believe about laguna honda and its care. my son has been there 20 years. had a brain injury. does not have a short term memory. diagnosed with decline to speak means he can't speak but does not often. he uses q to express himself. monster mom with intercept that q does not like it to be touched. hard to get him take treatment where his body is touched. and because of his loss of short
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term memory it is hard to build up familiarity and degree of security anywhere. and hoe has that at laguna honda. i feel like the staff there guess out of their way to understand the quirks of the patients and the units that house as many with dementia and memory issues and they have formed a family this makes way for each other. when i come in the unit and i visited 6,000 times sean is there in this room or point him out the new guy will say is that your son. i say, yes. and the guy is happy that he figured something out. staff is so supportive of trying to intercept different nationalities, different languages and codes of behavior and try to figure out and make the patients exist in the same unit together. i think they are successful. because i visit so much i'm
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snoopy and observant and watch how they treat other parents. if i saw something i would r and report it. but i have in the seen that. when he needs to go to the dentive if i'm not in town because i go to all his appointments on the bus i'm a bus queen in san francisco. the dental clinic will call and say we got him in the chair. i will persuade him and they call me at the end of the appointment with their victory report of how successful they were. i think it is amazing. they pass that on to any other technician who will handle my son. and he is just a sweet, complicated guy who makes odd noises and very loud and has strange behavior but he is an ancient and he will gentle and he feels safe at laguna honda.
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and. i commend them at all times on their ability to make the patients feel safe. my son feels safe there i don't want this taken away from him. i don't typeset taken away from him or the others i wave to in the hall. and hearing covid they made sure all the time that we got connected on the phone or by a face time call and that the -- some of the technicians say they were vigilent in making sure we had this daily connection and the mayor said, it is a family. as a mother for me to say that, i can apply that word, family to something other then and there what i provide myself. a big journey for me to get to that place. now i say, yes, willing lag is a good and safe and proper family for my son. and i want them to continue. i want them to make changes. i believe in it and believe in
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you know you walk down it is sxhaul there is drag queens in the room and sometimes or there are things going on there you could not find a wider selection of human life than at laguna honda hospital. that are all trying to get along and are brought together and are supported by the staff. that's what i got to say. thank you very much for giving me the opportunity. i have been itching to get my opinions out. >> thank you we pray for you your family and the willing lag family. >> our final speaker today -- represents -- the hundreds of folk who is as we referenced dot lord's work. reason laguna honda has been nationally recognized for work with alzheimer's patient and work with hiv and aids patients the reason they received top honors during this covid time by
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the colleagues in the public hospital community. is because of the workers. and not only do weep want to thank the workers we appreciate the leadership of the workers. i want to take a mobile home we are joined bite executive director of san francisco labor council kim. and i like to invite our final speaker theresa who is the president elect of [inaudible] 1021. >> thank you, mr. chiou. i want to rescue niedz our mayor and recognize all the other partners the board of supervisors who are here. i'm theresa rutherford i represent 1021 and i'm a nurse at laguna honda. and just to give away a secret, i did help to take care of the
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mayor's grand mother and at the time, if i recall she was not mayor we were not giving her special care. we were giving the care we always give. which is compassion, kindness and just seeing a patient as our own family. that's how laguna honda operates. i just want to also point out that -- reasonable, i got a call from one of our nurses and she was in tears. because one of the patients this she takes care of who has dementia and blinds was being considered for a transfer. and she was broken. she could not imagine how that patient was going to survive if she had to leave laguna honda. because part of the dementia
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process is that you have to be in familiar surroundings, the appeal have to know you. you have to have been them. you have to feel comfortable in order to be able to tloif and have quality of life. that's what laguna honda does. it does not just give medicine. it is about the whole person. and so, as we look at this situation, i doment to raise the reality of that, cms is an over site body they have a job to do. but oversight must come with compassion. oversight must come with the understanding heck is in the just a process it is a process about people and the people at laguna honda are not widgets they are humans, individuals with families. and they must come first. they must come before any
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oversight. if oversight is going to be effective it must, must consider the individuals the patients who's lives are impacted bite rowels and the decisions. when we do know at this point is the closure plan is not working. the closure plan is causing more harm than good. and as a labor organization, we are advocating for patients and advocating for the community. we know that laguna honda is a health care facility that is unique. it is the only one of its kind in the united states. it is also a fundamental part of the health care resource that we need in this counts real. and so by no means bino means, can we close an important facility that serves people and serves the elderly that serves
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the most vulnerable in our community. i call on cms to think this and apply a different approach. it is not going to be okay to close laguna honda. and send out the all of the parents wherever homeless shelters. we seen that 9 patients have died and that's not by not -- happenstance that is because of the trauma of having to move. the fear. the reality you don't know where you are going. the reality you are moved from your family. i will tell you this i took care of my grand mother a couple years ago until she was 92 years old. and when i took her to the hospital, all our family members took attorney staying with her. when she did not have her family around her blood pressure went up. started failing. butt mobile home family members
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were there, showed up it was like a different person. having your family, having a security place kin place where you stay is a big part of caring. it is a big part of being able to bounce back from an illness. willing laguna honda provides round the clock care. does art, music does all the things that your average long-term care facility does noprovide and cannot, does not have resources or capable. we must keep laguna honda open. it is not a factory temperature is not a building it it is a place of people, real people with families. the patients are in the widgets and i am calling and urging cms take a turn. keep the patients there and the building open and let's keep
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this hospital going. it it is vital to the city and county of san francisco. but also fund amally important as we talk about health care and as we talk about creating resources, for poor people and people don't have enough. this pandemic shown us that the people who are hurt the most when there is a pandemic when there is a major health care issue. our black and brown and poor people. let us not create a harder make it harder for people to have resources let us not remove the maker who is depends on laguna honda and need this vital service. let's not remove that option or opportunity or resource from them. because to do that is death. to do that is the condemn them to a life of further harm and hardship. oversight must make sings
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better. cannot add to the problem. as i see it now as we see it now, this oversight is an over reach. it is not serving the purpose that it was made to do. it is supposed to make it better not worse. i want to close with a reminder to all of us and cms and -- this is a quote from gandhi. says a civilization is measured by how it treats itself weakest members. let's not forget that. i would reach out to cms and say note this, oversight only has value had it makes things better. when it improves the environment and the circumstances that it is tasked with. this oversight is over reach, take a step back. get back to the table.
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yes, willing lag has issues let's address them but not use the patients as you know a game. not use them as football. not put them as target practice. they are human beings they belong at laguna honda they deserve the best care. let's give the best care. give good over sight and be responsible. let's do oversight with compassion. cms, come become to the table. let's talk and work together. thank you. >> thank you theresa for the powerful word and reminding us why we are here that is the end of our remarks. want to open up to questions. i want to note that here to help answer questions we have the director of our san francisco department of public health doctor colfax and have the ceo of laguna honda. i want to thank a number of
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deputies in my office but we have with us also to answer legal questions steel and he henry lipton. with that, happy to answer questions. [inaudible]. >> what we hope will happen immediately is that cms will come to the table. we want a conversation about what the next steps are. we only have 5 and a half weeks. we have 2 lawsuits and we will be considering all options if they don't come to the table and when we mead to compel that conversation. >> so, the city attorney's office we are bringing a lawsuit on behalf of the city of san francisco. and specific low we are asking the federal government cms, to continue the funding at least
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until the end of the administrative appeal's process as well as to the end when we know parents could be transferred orb discharged safely. i will ask mrs. rainy if you want to answer. >> thank you. i'm specific low our team is representing the residence den and families. we are bringing a class action for all residents and families. we are insisting that the discharge stop. period. unless there is a valid medical reason or the end of rehab care. people move out in an informal course of things. we want the discharge to stop, period. we also want the recertification order with drawn. you know, just for those of who you might remember a new laguna
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honda built and open in the 2010. as the first green hospital in california. it is literally brand-new. why, why would you recertify a brand-new hospital? and to add injury to the injustice, in the course of it, cms made clear that they are going to reduce the number of available skilled nursing beds by 130. if you take a look, there is already a skilled nursing beds available in california. we can't afford to lose 130 beds and still take care of the people in need. i know there is a cohort within cms and the state that have felt
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laguna honda was too complarj is nursing homes should be scattered. this is in the possible in san francisco we are 7 by 7. secondly as pointed out, there are amenities at laguna honda that are not available at all. in other nursing homes. medical staff is on do you every day. and some of the private homes you are lucky if the doctor passes by once a month. and we have petting zoos. a swimming pool. we have art classes. a hair salon. all sorts of things this others don't have. frankly, we want to go back to no discharge and no recertificationch and i will add this, yes, mention made of the
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deficiencies. there are deficiencies in every single skilled nursing center and hospital in california. because we are dealing with human beings. but you take a look as a deficiencies that cms and the state department of health pointed to they pale in comparison when we know and our investigation shows goos in other facilities. yet cms and the state department of health have chosen to 3 the box at laguna honda. why? nobody figured out why. our let yous are going to get to the bottom of that. and i think that is going to provide very interesting reading and media attention when we do.
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>> yes. [inaudible] >> we wish that our city policy makers could make the decision here, unfortunately than i are decisions driven by gentlemanal actors outside of san francisco. this is why we are asking the federal government the cms to make different decisions than the ones they made. they said we need to close the facility by september 13th they are cutting off our funning. told us we need to transfer and discharge patients and under federal law that is their they could do that if they chose but they don't have to. and when we are asking them to
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do is use their discretion to make different decisions to save lives and not abuse the discretion with arbitrary decisions like the ones we believe they made here. >> the transfers -- exactly not because of the board. so -- so right. so, for starters the board resolution it reflects the united position of san francisco but cannot compel a different decision by the good government. one other part to the question. so. last week, cms said they would temporarily pause transfers but we understand we have been told this does not change the september 13th date. so it is an attach rarely pause. while we welcomed what we thought was going to be a true pause for us to be able to catch
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our breath and engage in a conversation when we issue told it is the deadline it made things even more difficult we may have to transfer all the patients in a short period of time this is in part why we filed the lawsuit. one more question. one more hand? all right. if not thank you, i want to thank all the partners here today. and stay tuned for further developmentos this matter. thank you very much. .
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>> we have private and public gardens throughout the garden tour. all of the gardens are volunteers. the only requirement is you're willing to show your garden for a day. so we have gardens that vary from all stages of development and all gardens, family gardens, private gardens, some of them as small as postage stamps and others pretty expansive. it's a variety -- all of the
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world is represented in our gardens here in the portola. >> i have been coming to the portola garden tour for the past seven or eight years ever since i learned about it because it is the most important event of the neighborhood, and the reason it is so important is because it links this neighborhood back to its history. in the early 1800s the portola was farmland. the region's flowers were grown in this neighborhood. if you wanted flowers anywhere future bay area, you would come to this area to get them. in the past decade, the area has tried to reclaim its roots as the garden district. one of the ways it has done that is through the portola garden tour, where neighbors open their
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gardens open their gardens to people of san francisco so they can share that history. >> when i started meeting with the neighbors and seeing their gardens, i came up with this idea that it would be a great idea to fundraise. we started doing this as a fund-raiser. since we established it, we awarded 23 scholarships and six work projects for the students. >> the scholarship programs that we have developed in association with the portola is just a win-win-win situation all around. >> the scholarship program is important because it helps people to be able to tin in their situation and afford to take classes. >> i was not sure how i would stay in san francisco. it is so expensive here.
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i prayed so i would receive enough so i could stay in san francisco and finish my school, which is fantastic, because i don't know where else i would have gone to finish. >> the scholarships make the difference between students being able to stay here in the city and take classes and having to go somewhere else. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> you come into someone's home and it's they're private and personal space. it's all about them and really their garden and in the city and urban environment, the garden is the extension of their indoor environment, their outdoor living room. >> why are you here at this garden core? it's amazing and i volunteer here every year. this is fantastic. it's a beautiful day. you walk around and look at gardens. you meet people that love
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gardens. it's fantastic. >> the portola garden tour is the last saturday in september every year. mark your calendars every year. you can see us on the website >> you're watching san francisco rising with chris manors. today's special guest is mary chu. >> hi. i'm chris manors, and you're rising on san francisco rising. the show that's focused on rebuilding, reimagining, and restarting our city. our guest today is mary chu, and she's here to talk with us about art and the san francisco
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art commission. well come, miss chu. >> thanks for having me. >> it's great to have you. let's talk about art in the city and how art installations are funded. >> the arts committee was funded in 1932 and support civic review, design investments and art galleries. projects we have are funded by the city's art enrichment ordinance which provides 2% of construction costs for public art. >> so art is tied to construction. there's been a great deal in the southwest of the city. can you talk about some of the
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projects there? >> sure. our city has some exciting projected in the bayview-hunters point coming up. one artist created a photo collage. in the picture pavilion, one artist formed a collage of her one-year residency coming together with residents, and anchoring the new center is a landmark bronze sculpture, inspired by traditional ivory coast currency which the artists significantly enlarges to mark that it's a
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predominantly african american community in bayview hunters point. >> are there any art installations around town that uses light as a medium? >> yes. the first is on van ness between o'farrell and geary. it's funded with the m.t.a.s van ness geary street project. another project is for the central subway. it is one of ten artworks commissioned for the new line. it's over 650 feet long, consists of 550 l.e.d. panels between the powell street station and the union street station. it's called lucy in the sky, and the lights are patterned with unique sequences so that
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commuters can experience a unique pattern each time they pass through. >> perfect. what about the early day sculpture that was removed from the civic center? >> this is a question that cities have been grappling with nationwide. following the removal of early days in 2018, there was a toppling of statues in golden gate park as well as the removal of the christopher columbus statue. we are partnering with the parks department as well as the community to engage with the public to develop guidelines to evaluate the existing monuments and memorials in the civic arts
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collection and evaluate the removal of a monument or statue but also installing new ones. >> finally, it seems like the weather might be nice this weekend. if i fancy taking a walk and seeing some outdoor art, where would you suggest i go? >> well, i would suggest the embarcadero. this work was commissioned with funds from the fire station 35. this suggests the bow of a boat and the glass panel surrounding the structure depict the history of fireboats in the bay area. >> and where can i go from
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there? >> then, i would walk up to the justin herman plaza to check out the work of the art vendors. then check out the monuments like the mechanics monument. also, be sure to check out the poster series, installed in bus kiosks along market street, which features four artists each year. >> well, thank you. i appreciate you coming on the show, miss chu. thank you for your time today. >> thank you, chris. >> that's it for this episode. we'll be back with another show shortly. for san francisco t.v., i'm chris manors. thanks for watching.
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>> we are providing breakfast, lunch, and supper for the kids. >> say hi. hi. what's your favorite? the carrots. >> the pizza? >> i'm not going to eat the pizza. >> you like the pizza? >> they will eat anything. >> yeah, well, okay. >> sfusd's meal program right now is passing out five days worth of meals for monday through friday. the program came about when the shelter in place order came about for san francisco. we have a lot of students that
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depend on school lunches to meet their daily nutritional requirement. we have families that can't take a hit like that because they have to make three meals instead of one meal. >> for the lunch, we have turkey sandwiches. right now, we have spaghetti and meat balls, we have chicken enchiladas, and then, we have cereals and fruits and crackers, and then we have the milk. >> we heard about the school
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districts, that they didn't know if they were going to be able to provide it, so we've been successful in going to the stores and providing some things. they've been helpful, pointing out making sure everybody is wearing masks, making sure they're staying distant, and everybody is doing their jobs, so that's a great thing when you're working with many kid does. >> the feedback has been really good. everybody seems really appreciative. they do request a little bit more variety, which has been hard, trying to find different types of food, but for the most part, everyone seems appreciative. growing up, i depended on them, as well, so it reminds me of myself growing up.
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>> i have kids at home. i have six kids. i'm a mother first, so i'm just so glad to be here. it's so great to be able to help them in such a way because some families have lost their job, some families don't have access to this food, and we're just really glad to be
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august 6, 2022. san francisco board of supervisors meeting. >> good afternoon, everybody. and welcome back and also welcome to september 6, 2022, regular meeting of the san francisco board of supervisors. madam clerk, will you call the roll. >> thank you, mr. president. supervisor chan? >> present. >> chan present. supervisor dorsey? >> present. >> dorsey present. supervisor mandelman? >> present. >> mandelman present. >> supervisor mar? >>