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disproportionality, represented in the population of offenders, much like the slide i presented here showing disproportionate racial and ethnic disproportion in the racial and ethnic [speaker not understood]. part of their mission is to do what they can to eliminate that disproportionality. and i have some details here about one of their programs which is the program they're operating in the seattle school district. so, turning to san francisco and questions that could come up as part of the budget process here, these are some examples of what kinds of information departments could be asked to be -- to present to the budget and finance committee as they are coming in and requesting their budget, addressing issues of racial and ethnic diversity, for example, questions could be asked and information provided to show what programs and policies departments have in place to ensure their services are
culturally appropriate and understood by the maximum number of residents going back to all the languages and different cultures in san francisco. to address disparate educational attainment rates, what programs and policies did the agency have in place to improve educational opportunities and attain san francisco youth and residents. particularly the racial and ethnic groups and neighborhoods that have lower educational attainment rates. while it might sound like something that would just be appropriate for certain agencies that deal with youth, there's probably many applications that, that could be implemented from all kinds of departments. we have the department of public works, office of economic and workforce development, but there are programs that could be put into place. as an example of king county where the jail department, the detention department is running programs in the school to help alleviate the disproportionality in the incarcerated population.
finally, to address disparate income and poverty status, departments and agencies should be asked to identify the programs and policies they have in place to reduce income and poverty inequities affecting residents of certain neighborhoods and certain racial and ethnic groups. so, information can be presented, budget allocation could be tied to it and probably most important and i know something king county is working on is performance measurement system. so, when these types of programs are put in place, there is some mechanism for the departments to report back on what they've actually done, what's been accomplished and has it really made a difference in terms of the inequities they're attempting to address. finally, the city of seattle and the city of portland both have also adopted principles along these lines, social justice and equity lines, and are tying it into their budget process. so, as we go into the phase 2
of this request, we'll be looking more at what other jurisdictions are doing and have more information about that for you subsequently. anyway, any questions, comments? [speaker not understood] and katy who work on this project are here also and we're all available to answer any questions. >> great, thank you. appreciate your work and your staff's work. i know it was a couple months, many months you were working on this and compiling all this data and providing this. for me it provides a really great framework to look at the city in lots of different ways and even beyond, of course, beyond my own district to see what we can do to assure that we're providing the greatest benefit to the most people who need it the most in the city. especially we're in the boom time right now. we're seeing a lot of economic activity. we're seeing a lot of wealth that's generated as well as
being shared and get into places where it's needed most. i think this report can give us a baseline sense of how we can actually make decisions about resources that can provide that greater opportunity. i would like to see if it's possible we can actually as a committee agree to give direction to the budget analyst to provide, you know, somewhat of a framework for all departments they're doing work with to look at some of these indicators and use them as a way to -- as a lens to look at the budget and how they could -- we might be able to improve upon the work that the departments are doing in terms of the service delivery. i want to pose that question to you, colleagues. >> supervisor breed? >> i'm okay -- i'm definitely open to that, but i also had a couple of other comments. i was going to wait until you finished up. but there's a lot to be said
after hearing this report. and as someone who is african-american and grew up in this city, this is of course quite depressing. i think the problem that i continuously have is that we continue to say minorities and instead of saying minorities, we need to look at who is truly impacted because not all minorities are truly negatively impacted by what's happening here in san francisco and various communities. we look at the high numbers of incarceration in our city and see that clearly based on the total population of 6.3%, 55.5% are african-american. we look at the median household income, african americans, $30,000 annual median household
income and everyone else is over 50. i mean, the numbers are clear. the numbers are -- in terms of population, everyone in the city has had an increase in the number of -- number of residents in san francisco except the african-american community which has had a significant decline. this city is doing something wrong when it comes to african americans specifically. and as much as -- i mean, i first want to say thank you, supervisor avalos, for asking for this presentation because it has been really frustrating for many, many years in the african-american community working with nonprofits and working with programs and working with children and working with families, trying to deal with the city and the resources and the infrastructure and the changes, whether it be redevelopment,
whether it be planning, whether it be dcyf. this city is doing something wrong, and we can't continue to move down this road of this program and that program and think that we're going to make any changes. we need to -- we know the data. we know the problems. so, we need to aggressively look for real solutions that positively impact people's lives, which are why i'm really excited about the fact that we are looking at public housing, which a significant number of african americans live. but the fact that you have brought this to our attention in this way, i'd like to bring up a point, a problem i have with various city departments in the city, because they're not using actual data when it comes to allocation. specifically, the department of children youth and families, when you look at the biggest
decrease of support in this grant cycle, it came out of district 5 which was over $500,000, $53 1,000 to be exact in terms of the level of cuts in district 5 for program allocations. and in district 3, which received over 1 million in additional revenues, when it has less children in that particular district than district 5, there's something wrong with how we are allocating resources in our various departments in order to effectively provide the kinds of support services that could really help change lives. i don't necessarily think we need to reinvent the wheel in some instances, but we have to look at more aggressive ways in which we can start to deal with the problem in order to change these statistics. so, i do think that it's important we move in that direction, that we give
directive to the budget office as well as the budget analyst to really figure out a better way how we allocate in various departments, whether it's contracts, whether it's housing, whether it's jobs, whether it's education, whatever it is, we need to make sure that we have tangible, accurate data and we're actually trying to positively delegate resources in order to positively impact people's lives. we just approved millions of dollars of contract money in the puc department. you know, how many of those contractors are african-american? how many people working in their businesses are african-american? how many of the people that work in any of those contract businesses are actually san franciscan? we have to start looking at the data and making sure that we're holding people that we give millions of dollars to accountable to san franciscans, accountable to the challenges that we face here in san
francisco. and i definitely think that it's going to be important that we have those conversations using data during this budget cycle and i'm happy to be a part of that effort. thank you. >> great, thank you. and just reminder of we're celebrating black history month in february, it was a couple days after, there was a young man whos was african-american who was shot in my district, right on the playground. he was found by two young african-american young men -- boys who were under 10 years old. and i use that event to really show that it's not enough that we're just, you know, celebrating black history month, but what are we doing as a city that's really actually promoting opportunity and really getting at building the power of communities to stay here in san francisco to have greater opportunity, for education, for employment, and be able to stay here economically. that is something that we
haven't been able to address very well in the city. i think looking at the business community is something as well. when it comes to my district, i've actually made request that we have an economic and workforce development program that addresses the needs of the specific community, african-american community. if you have a one size fits all approach, we know that one size fits all approach is not necessarily going to hone in on a specific neighborhoods' needs. how do you taylor a program to do that? ~ tailor i requested that a number of times and haven't seen it come out of the mayor's office for that specific department. so, i believe there are ways we can size up the city to make sure we can actually hold some of our departments more accountable and i believe the budget analyst can provide that framework for this committee to move forward with and like to request that we give that direction to the office to do that. >> he and i would also like to add that we can't continue to call ourselves a diverse city
without a thriving, healthy african-american population. and what that means from my perspective is we have to do more. and it's not always about the city allocating resources. it's about holding companies accountable. for example, recruiting from historically african-american colleges with regards to a lot of the tech jobs that are in our city which are mostly held by white guys. and i have no problem with white guys. i just have a problem with the lack of diversity in the tech industry when it's booming in our city, and we need level diversity. so, you working in partnership with tech industry, with various companies that are all over our city, with development, with unions, not just construction jobs, but there are so many different opportunities here in our city. but what are we doing as a city policy wise to try and
incentivize these companies to recruit and hire and retain african americans? what are we doing to prioritize african americans in our affordable housing stock? i mean, just -- there are various -- the [speaker not understood] preference program that existed -- i was on the redevelopment agency commission. we worked on extending to children and grandchildren who weren't alive who received certificates, a majority of these folks were african-american. many had already been displaced. many were settled in other parts of the bay area and in some instances not in the bay area at all. we provided down payment assistance. we provided staff, but the damage was done. this problem was not created overnight, and i think that what i'd like to look at, and is something that i have wanted to do for sometime now and exploring what the options are especially now that we're
living in i guess postop significance 209 era, just as gavin took a risk in saying that we are not going to stand back and we know state law, we know federal law, but we are going to allow same-second couple to get married and we are not going to tolerate not moving in that direction. ~ we need to do the same with regards to our policies on a local level as it relates to african americans. and we need to take that first step and wait until we are challenged in court in some capacity. but unless we start making those kinds of aggressive moves that bring the kind of attention that we need to to the issue, i'm not sure how far we're going to be able to go. but it's one of the things that i'm eager to begin the dialogue. i'm eager to try and look at alternative ways and things we can do as a city in order to
attract and retain african americans in our city. >> thank you. i see it, you know, there are different ways we can look at addressing service needs in san francisco and certainly there needs to be a real strong effort around african-american community. but i think that report is also addressing a number of population number indicators as well. i think there is ample space in our budget to be able to allocate specific approaches to specific need. and when it comes to the african-american community, i would say that we have to do much more and long ago to really make an impact and now we need to step up efforts. that was my statement during black history month that we had to have a plan specific to my neighborhood that was going to respond to the needs we have there, specific to the african-american community. but i do believe when it comes to chinatown we have needs around there that we need to really address as well that could be specific to the
chinese population that is experiencing housing conditions that are really difficult, lack of public space, lack of pedestrian safety needs i think are really important but weren't necessarily highlighted in this report, but are actually there. so, i think there's just ways that we can provide some framework for how we look at the city in terms of our budgetary allocations. that was the point of this, and i was hoping to be able to get support from the chair on requesting some framework from the budget analyst and looking at our city budget as it is being presented to us from the mayor's office so we can actually have some, you know, space there to make decisions on our impact list. perhaps we won't be able to give specific direction that the budget analyst needs, but we can actually indicate that we can follow-up subsequent to this meeting to be able to provide, you know, a framework of indicators that we want to look at.
perhaps it's looking at what our city is doing specifically in [speaker not understood] department to respond to the decline in the african-american population. perhaps it's looking at how our after school programs that provide level educational opportunity and perhaps employment opportunity are being spread across the city and we can make decisions across the city about how we can hone in on areas of specific need and geographically in the city. perhaps it's looking at how our housing services are being rendered across san francisco. just recently i received a plan from the proposition c, the housing trust fund. i put in specific request for that plan in the charter that would say it would address single-family homes. and i get back a plan from the mayor's office of housing that is taking the single-family home program spread across city-wide to support tenants in apartment buildingseses. while i see there is a need for
that, we're not necessarily trashing the needs we're experiencing in a lot of parts of san francisco where single-family homeowners are struggling to remain in the city and make sure that they're well -- that they have in their homes can be built upon. so, i think there's ways we can follow-up, but if we can agree as a committee that we can provide greater framework for the budget analyst to look at our budget, i think he'll be great to have for the entire budget committee. >> supervisor wiener? >> thank you. and i want to thank supervisor avalos for requesting this and the budget analyst for doing a very thorough evaluation. and the numbers are often -- they're unfortunately a number of statistics are not surprising because i think there are thing that we all just operating the city, we know what some of these challenges -- some of these
challenges are. i was -- one thing that i actually hadn't focused on in my district, we actually have more children than we do people over 65 in district 8, which i do not think was the case maybe 10 or 20 years ago. and it is actually very interesting i think positive statistic trying to get more kids in more parts of the city. and that's i think really important to helping the city. i do want to mention supervisor avalos mentioned open space, and this i think was a somewhat -- it was reported in the press i think in a misleading way. there are two different statistics for parks that were used. the number of park and rec centers, and the number of acres per 1,000 residents. so, it's interesting when you look at the number of -- number of park facilities, districts 8, 9 and 10 are the top three.
this would be by far the top one. when you look at the actual acreage per thousand residents, district 6 is horribly low and we have to do something about that, but district 8 was way, way down, and so was district 9 and district 10. so, there are different ways of looking at it in terms of -- i toely agree when you have district 2 was off the charts because of the presidio and district 7 is really high presumably because they have twin peaks and davidson. so, when you look at the park metric, it can mean a lot of different things. whether you have a few really huge parks or a lot of really small parks. it's not a value judgment about which is better or better for quality of life, but it can be a little bit misleading. but i do think this is very, very helpful report that we should always keep in mind.
>> thanks, supervisor wiener, and thank you supervisor avalos as well for the study into the budget analyst report [speaker not understood]. and supervisor breed's comments. i associate myself with all of them. i agree as someone who grew up in the city, these statistics are depressing when you look at them. in terms of direction, i guess i would be open to what i -- i want to be clear what direction is, and i'm not particularly what is being asked now. supervisor avalos, if there is specific direction, can you talk about a framework, if you want to clarify what that is specifically. >> i think it's working with the budget analyst and maybe we can set up a series of indicators that we'd like to be able to address, have them addressed through certain departments, especially ones that deal with, i would say, economic, you know, economic justice. and other ways we can look at measuring the allocation of after school programs.
we seeing a decline in after school programs in the population, in a particular part of the city? when it comes to the health disparities we see in terms of prenatal care, are we actually seeing that the public health department is providing some kind of response to the lack of prenatal care? do we have to put some resources into assuring prenatal care is provided in certain parts of san francisco? [speaker not understood] we can come back and despite those disparities we have and infant birth, we see there is ample programming or increase in programming space. [speaker not understood] all of them right now, but we can work together to perhaps provide, you know, that kind of specificity we can do off line. >> that sounds great. and i think if we're not allocating resources where the needs are, we're not doing our job.
so, certainly as a budget committee we can work on that iteratively with the budget analyst. we can take it a step further with our specific departments. supervisor breed mentioned dcyf funding in districts where children actually are, and after school programs are needed we need to take a hard look at that. so, we should work on that as a committee and with all of our departments, not just our budget analyst. >> the other question is we're seeing a dramatic increase in housing costs here in san francisco. what are we doing as a city to stem that? is there something we can do in the city? and we may be getting from the mayor's office or from the budget office looking at departments where are specific services and programs for departments to assure people have protections as tenants, or homeowners are able to sure up their ability to maintain their housing situation. so, those are just examples. i can meet with the budget analyst to kind of go over
these and provide -- i think have a collaborative process with the budget analyst would be the best way to do that and perhaps to make sure it's all transparent. i can just come back and share with you next week. we can continue this item to the call of the chair or to the next week and we can come back with kind of a proposed framework for that project. >> question maybe for you or the budget analyst. part two of this report, what is the timing on that? >> chair farrell, the timing is this summer. so, after the [speaker not understood] and hope to get it done in august. >> okay, understanding the time, i think that is going to be the most constructive at the end of the day identify where the item are needed [speaker not understood] that's where the rubber hits the road what we're trying to get toward. let's resume this conversation next week. supervisor avalos, it's your call if you want to continue to the call of the chair i'm open to that or if you want to close it off and speak on it next week, that's fine. >> i think we can speak on it
next week if it will be an item on the agenda i can bring it up in. is there a budget update we can put in that might be -- >> i don't have the agenda in front of me, but we can -- to be safe, why don't we continue it to the call of the chair. >> okay, great. thank you. >> at this point, if we're all good, let me open this up to public comment. if there is any members of the public that wish to comment on this item, please step forward. and if there's more than one person, if you'd please line up on the side and we can -- we'll bring you forward. my name is greg [speaker not understood]. good afternoon, supervisors. john, it is always a pleasure to see you doing great work. i've known you since you were a legislative aid. i'm going to speak briefly on the comments. thank you, ms. breed, as well as your comments. i watched that report last night on the last word, and lawrence o'donnell.
to bring it more home, nationwide every minute there is a black man shall two black males arrested, every minute. we sat here for 20 minutes. nationwide, 80 black men have been arrested nationwide. now, that has happened to a dog or even just a white person, there would be an up rage. i was kind of offended -- nothing personal to him -- that he went directly to his report right after that statement was made. we're human beings before we're officials and that should a paul anyone. i want to speak on the issue of renaissance. i've been a volunteer there a couple years now. i have watched this lady here change lives of young black men and black women. i have watched them when they come n. again, i've been there three years. i would be scared to say a word to them. now i watch them to turn into young good black men and women.
i have watched young men get jobs and still hold these jobs. let me repeat. they're still holding these jobs. we just did a job fair and i'm going to finish real quick. we just did a job fair and we had i-t companies. we had private sector companies. she pulled the bulk of the weight, her staff. we need to support organizations that are changing lives, not just throwing money out therethv the money doesn't do it. it's the organizations that are changing people's lives and keeping black people in san francisco. thank you, london breed. thank you, avalos and [speaker not understood]. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. good afternoon, my name is [speaker not understood], director of renaissance from district 10. i've been in business, our nonprofit has been in business for 29 years. we have 75 youth per year that we provide -- we provide them
with an education. we provide them with activities to keep them empowered. dcyf did not fund us this year. our school was 74. the cut off was 75. we had a job fair. we had 38 employers, 22 wrap around services. we had over 500 participants to attend the job fair. we are now in the last phase of the job fair, calling employers. as of today, there are 50 individuals employed from thursday of last week's job fair. we had ross, we had cvs, we had five security companies. it was a group process. i was the lead agency along with puc, ycd and other agencies in district 10. it was hard. it was hard trying to gather all of the employers. it was hard trying to do the [speaker not understood]. it was hard trying to do orientation with the clients coming in. but we did succeed. we did have a very good job
fair. we have another program which is a security training program. we provide guide cardthx to individuals in the community. i have guard cards ambassadors already. what we do is even if you have a felony, it's okay. all you have to do is go through that training. if you appeal, if you fail the appeal process, we go to sacramento with you with bsis. we have a 95% success rate with our reentry guides in getting their guard cards. this is a way that we can give back, this is a way that they give back to the community that they have robbed from, that they have taken from. we did not receive funding from dcyf. we're asking in reference to the add back is we can receive our funding back because we are doing a tremendous job and we need to do more. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please.
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