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community. i think this is very timely given the recent debate fueled by public frustrations with significant corporate profits at a time of growing economic inequalities. i think that promoted the benefit corporations is one way that we can transform all of the frustrations that i think we share into a positive force to creating jobs in san and cisco, to foster a new way of doing business and will be on one bottom line. the rest of my items i will submit. supervisor mirkarimi: colleagues, i am is submitting an ordinance for evaluating alternatives for providing crime lab services, including the possibility of an independent crime lab. the legislation follows efforts of proposed more than a year ago to shift responsibility for providing services from the police department to the city administrative just in the same ways that the medical examiner is currently looking at the city
administrator now and to study the creation of an independent crime lab within the municipality of san francisco. as part of that ordinance, i requested the controller to investigate further, but at the time, the those investments had been suspended because of the wave of scandals caused by one lab technician, which had induced the district attorney to dismiss more than 500 cases. outside auditors found that other problems having to do with the crime lab, along with the district attorney, the public defender, and even the police department that we should at least explore the possibility of an independent crime lab or be able to examine the pros and cons. since then, a decent amount of time has passed. meanwhile, several other u.s. cities and counties and states decided to follow the national
academy of sciences. the national academy of sciences had recommended a couple of years ago that city police department and the crime lab's move into an independent status. those cities are seriously considering or have moved to an independent status of crime labs in washington, d.c., houston, and the state of north carolina. i continue to believe that crime lab issues require strong consideration in san francisco to make sure the integrity of our crime lab is not further compromised here this ordinance asks the controller to pursue this. the rest i will submit. supervisor campos: thank you, colleagues. i have a couple of items. the first is a hearing request that the hearing be held at the government audits and oversight committee on the controller's
city services auditors review of the sfmta work orders for the year 2010-2011. as many of you know, the mta presently spends about $60 million in the work order services provided on behalf of the mta by other city agencies, and the controller has been conducting a review of that process, and the review is complete. for this hearing, we will have an opportunity to hear what, if any, progress has been made with respect to work orders. when you think about it, even a 10% reduction in work orders, that is $6 million and would be more than enough to pay for something. 20% reduction would actually pay for increased services throughout the system. this presents a new opportunity
for us to really get to having a better understanding in terms of a nexus between what is being paid for and the nexus, the connection to public transportation. the second item is a resolution that i am introducing supporting the regulated and safe patient access to medical candidates. i want to thank the following colleagues who are cosponsoring this resolution. supervisors mar, avalos, chiu, mirkarimi, kim, and wiener. the vast majority of californians voted and approve proposition 215 in 1996, the compassionate use act, that recognizes that there is a medical use for cannabis. san francisco has in turn adopted a comprehensive
regulatory system to prevent and control medical campus collectives and cooperatives. supervisor mirkarimi has played a key role in making that happen. what we have is an industry being regulated by the city and county of san francisco in accordance with state law. we in california are not the only state that has recognized there are medical benefits to canada's. there are least 16 states in this country that are doing that. doing -- during the campaign for president, president obama repeatedly asserted that he recognized and respected the right of states to allow for medical cannabis. ultimately, this is an issue that is about patients' rights, the rights of patients to access the medication that is needed peer the state's largest association of doctors and california medical association, which represents more than
35,000 positions, has clearly stated the need for the recognition of medical cannabis. we have a number of associations that have made the same case, and there are also benefits in terms of job creation, which is one of the reasons why organized labor has also taken a position to support the rights of patients to access to medication. at different times in the last couple of years, the federal government has made some positive signs, made some positive comments about the importance of protecting state law when it comes to the issue of patients' rights and their access to medical cannabis. unfortunately, in the last few weeks, there has been a negative, bad turn of events with the federal government has, unfortunately, decided not to respect the laws that the state of california has passed.
the legislation i am introducing is legislation that follows the lead of assembly member ammiano, senator leno, senator ye i am calling upon the federal government to reconsider its policy and simply do with the president indicated you would do, which is to protect the rights of states like california to provide access to medical cannabis to california patients. this is truly about the rights of patients, so we are asking that the federal government comply with the principles that until recently were the principles that have been articulated by the president. i know that sometimes the issues can be sensitive and complicated, but this is simply about medical cannabis and the right of patients to access medication they need. i believe it is important for
us in this time for the city and county of san francisco for the board of supervisors to be clear that we do support the rights of patients to have access to medication. with that, i ask for your support. the rest, i submit. supervisor avalos: just a couple of items for introduction. one, at long last, the advisory committee for the balboa park station. the plan was approved in january 2009. i think it was my first piece of legislation because i had inherited from my former supervisor from district 11, and since that time, there have been a lot of discussions about how to proceed with land-use issues surrounding the station, and there has been a lot of need for the community to have greater oversight along with greater entities involved around the station including bart,
caltrans, muni, dpw. this body will be meeting quarterly to provide input. it will be staffed by the mta if we do approve this, and it will be a great benefit to district 11 and people who have a stake in bell ballpark to ensure that we have transit that meets the needs of riders and neighborhood residents appear willing to make sure we're moving forward with transit that can move the ball park out of the industrial zone. i hope to have your support of that if it comes to committee, colleagues. my next piece of legislation, the resolution, it is actually supporting the occupy wall
street protest movement and urging mayor lead to hold the people's right to peaceful assembly -- urging mayor lee. the timing of this could not be more important. we heard what happened in oakland and earlier today. police and law enforcement from several jurisdictions have come down around 4:30 this morning to remove the people of the occupy oakland set up. they used tear gas and force. we had two locations in san francisco where there had been the use of force to remove people from the plaza and separate them from their belongings. my concern is that these confrontations travel that happen between the -- confrontations that happened between the police and
protesters only increase the amount of uncertainty and distrust between the police and the people who are protesting, a distressed that i think will only get worse as we see the movement escalating, as i believe it is. we have seen a proliferation of the demonstrations, starting from one in wall street, now it is across the country and even across the world. this is not something that is going to end any time soon, and a thing that we will use force to make it more difficult to -- difficult for the to mistresses to occur is only going to backfire. we need to have a more supportive city and not use force to prevent the demonstration from continuing. this resolution i am sending to the city operations and neighborhood services committee, which i am the chair of. hopefully, we can have a special meeting on monday and have it come back to the full board.
i think time is of the essence. i am concerned that the police could be moving against the demonstrations this evening. there needs to be concerned from the people who are demonstrating right now that that is going to happen. what it comes down to, we are talking about people's peaceful assembly and the right to free speech. in this case, the right to free speech and assembly seem to be one in the same period that is what the movement is about. a demonstration to call for a better world, one that takes into account people over corporations and flipping the current paradigm that we live under now. that will be my last item for introduction. >> thank you. seeing no other names on the roster, that concludes roll-call for introduction. supervisor chiu: thank you.
why don't we go to general public comment? >> the next item is an opportunity for the public to address the board of items within the subject jurisdiction of the board, including items on the adoption without reference -- include in -- including items on the reference agenda, excluding items which have already been discussed. supervisor chiu: why don't we hear from our first speaker? up to two minutes per speaker unless you are translating in another language. >> [speaking foreign language]
to give congratulations to the people from libya who have been encouraged to kill the dictator, muammar gaddafi. when muammar gaddafi died, the others died friends with him. 's mubarak -- hosni mubarak comes closer to death. i wish he is dead soon. i urge all of you to help my country, to return $183 billion. he took it with his children. $183 billion has been taken from us because he is becoming like mickey mouse and using you. i am egyptian. i left my country for 40 years, but i never forgot.
28 years, i see a young man who played guitar, and thank god. i would like to thank him, and i thank everyone of you. he never forgot us. he grew up on mission street, and he went yesterday to mission high school to help them. that is a man who loves his country and loves us. we love him, too. i would like to get 11 turkeys from you to feed the homeless people as soon as i can. before i die, i want to make something else. but how i wish to give you some tickets. supervisor, let me see you tomorrow, and i want to see support for each one of us to
them. i am going to be there, and i watch every one of you. thank you. supervisor chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. stop the corporate rape of the public library. do not give money to oregon accept money from the friends and family foundation. it is a private fund raising entity that presents itself as a public-private partnership. what does a few over time show? when citizens of san francisco approved a bond issue in 2003, they were told it would cost $105.9 million and be finished in january 2010. at that time, the friends of the library originally claimed it would be raising $16 million. in other words, 15.1% to the project. required filings with the california state attorney general revealed that between
2000 and 2010, they raise a total of $31.7 million. not only does the branch program's actual budget show they have only expanded $870,000 for furniture fixtures and equipment, but the required filings by the library under the sunshine or events show that during that time, they have only given or expended for any library benefit $3.1 million. this means that as a percentage, instead of raising 15.1% of the branch library improvement program, so far, they have only raised 4500 of 1%. yet, they are allowed to operate without any agreement from the city because they would not answer questions about the finance committee. whether it is bankers, mortgage lenders, or corporate philanthropists, because i did
not receive broken, freedom from accountability is with the corporate grifter's get for their money. some public/private partnership. what they do is line their own pockets, and that is why the lies cost more than the money. thank you. supervisor chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> hello. i am here on my own behalf. how appropriate that we follow the gentleman that just spoke. i am part of occupy sf, though i do not represent them in anyway. the mayor said we had support in spirit from the mayor's office, but we have no contact, and with the word that the protesters are being told to clear out because the police have a lot of work to do, we feel we're going the way of chicago, baltimore, san
jose, who are being shut down systematically. we're just asking for help. please give us a contact so we can communicate properly and show a respectable front to the city and work with the city. thank you. >> how is it going today, guys? thank you for this hearing. i presented this to all the supervisors earlier when i came in, but i just wanted to reiterate, we are very excited that we received a letter of solidarity from the san francisco building and construction trades council earlier today, so this just goes to show that occupy sf is not just a bunch of do-nothing college kids or what not. we have trades council's that understand the importance of why we are down there. kind of bouncing off of that, i wanted to present another letter that i was woken up to this morning. we get these on a regular basis, and it shows how the san
francisco police deal with us. this right here is an unsigned and undated latter from the police chief. you all have a copy of this. appropriately named "you are subject to arrest." it goes through and how is of numerous complaints that we have been dealing with with the problem of recreation, the fire department, department of health. the one that is most pressing is the department of health. they have come on us erroneously, claiming that there is human waste issues in our camp. in assessing our camp, they assess all of justin herman plaza and the surrounding areas. as you guys well know, that area has had an indigenous homeless population for a while. i just wanted to repeat that we have been in communications with the mayor to try to get port-a-
potty's in there. we really do need your support to put pressure on the mayor. it is obvious that alone, he is not listening to us or the trade unions that are on our side as well, so thank you. supervisor chiu: thank you. next singer, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. here is a great book, the mayor 's book. hear you all are. i was here on that date. that day, yeah. great book. get it. ♪ i wonder, wonder who wrote the book of city love i wonder wonder who
i wonder who it says so in this book of city love that this is the city that is true i wonder, wonder who who wrote the book of city love i wonder, wonder who who wrote the book of love i wonder, wonder who is going to be the next mayor is it david chiu is it you who who wrote the book of city love had the city days are here again the skies are clear and green in and it is going to get better, the budget, again happy city days better days great days are here again
have the city days are right in here and it is going to take away all the federal budget fear happy days are coming wait and see the line and it will be free and nearly will bring -- mayor lee will bring happy days are here again ♪ supervisor chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i wanted to take a second to acknowledge my gratitude for the support for people's assembly that was put forward as well as the support for occupy sf as well as the support for people of california choice for medical
cannabis. however, i am not here to speak about this today. i am here to speak about this man, an outspoken community youth leader from the bayview hunters point neighborhood of san francisco, and a week ago today, he was arrested. he was a victim of a political arrest. he was approached under serious pretext -- spurious pretext, where a couple of officers physically engage him. he is facing serious felony charges on an altercation that never needed to happen that was instigated by officers that is a direct result -- and we can show a history of this -- a direct result of harassment and police antagonism towards him based on his speaking out with a critical position on the true nature of
the officer-involved shooting of kenneth harding. he has been traumatized, harassed, and arrested multiple times prior to this. no charges stop. no records. they targeted this man and this man's family, and we can provide a direct chain of evidence of this. this is political repression, so weak demand that he be released immediately -- we demand that he be released immediately. and if that is not possible, that his bail be reduced and the pressure be put on the va to reduce his bail to something reasonable so that this straight a city college student that you see here can -- [bell rings] supervisor chiu: thank you very much. next speaker. >> greetings. thank you for your time. i am here in support because i
wanted to put a face or to humanize this individual who has been criminalize. he is a lifelong resident of the bayview community, and he is someone that has spoken out. he has not always spoken out about the death of kenneth harding, but he has also spoken out about the criminalization of the youth in the bayview hunters point area and throughout san francisco. there's a coalition of us that have come together. we have been together since the killing of kenneth harding. we have noticed that, like jeremy has said before, there have been two different incidents in the last three months where he has been detained by the police. this last incident, he was brutally abused by the police
and was hospitalized with his brother. we are just here -- i am here because i am pleading with you guys to probably just -- not even probably, to get information about this case and get information about who this young man is. the fear we have as a community is that i will be doing this, wearing a t-shirt like i am wearing one of oscar grant because he was beautifully killed. that is an issue we have in our community. one of the most vocal people in the san francisco bay view -- the only person that is coming out and speaking as much as he is is now in jail. it is really a reminder of the sentiment and the environment right now, and this is not a way to lead the use theyouth -- lead
the youth. >> good afternoon. i wanted to give each of the supervisors a copy of the recommendations i got from his school. as was stated before, he is a straight a student at city college, and he has been trying to do the right thing. he is only speaking the truth, and he is speaking up for people who could not -- even myself. i do not speak up. i was letting go. but he has the nerve to speak up for things bigger than himself, and i am proud of him, but i am offered for him. anything you can do to help protect my son and he just want to tell the truth, and i am afraid for him, and i do not want to have his name added to the list of people killed