tv Police Commission 12916 SFGTV January 7, 2016 7:30am-12:01pm PST
>> ladies and gentlemen, the chair has called the meeting to order. please turn off your electronic devices as they interfere with the equipment in the room. please rise for the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> president, loftus, i would like to call roll. >> commission president loftus, commission president turman, commission marshall, commissioner dejesus, commissioner hwang is excused,
commissioner mazzucco, commissioner melara. and with us is greg chief suhr and office of complaint joyce hicks. >> thank you, i would like to welcome everyone to our meeting tonight. we have an incredible crowd of people who have come to the commission tonight. we want to hear your thoughts and feelings. we want to hear everyone. in the north light court, there are other people who want to be heard. the sheriff's department is going to be coordinating that process. i want to let you know that it is my goal that we get to hear from everyone. it will take all of our participation to get to do that. based on the number of people and the long agenda that we have, it will be 2 minutes per person. byway for folks who
don't normally come to the police commission. we will go over our agenda. you probably have noted that there is an item on discussion for use of force. we will have that discussion and we'll have the opportunity to hear public comment. it is important that we actually get a chance to hear from everyone. please call the first line item. item 1. consent calendar. sf ptsd/occ document protocol quarterly report 3 quarter 2015. status report on general orders policy proposals third quarter 2015, request of the chief of please to accept
donation of $300 to go towards the central station as youth engagement program. >> can i have a motion? >> motion and second. >> all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> any opposed? next item. general public comment. city clerk: the public snout welcome to address the commission regarding items that do not appear on tonight's agenda but that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission. speakers shall address their remarks to the commission as a whole and not to individual commissioners or department or occ personnel. under police commission rules of order, during public comment, neither police or occ personnel, nor commissioners are required to respond to questions presented by the public, but
may provide a brief response. you have 2 minutes. public speaker: good evening, this is an inquiry for the purpose of determining the appropriate time to raise issues regarding alex nieto, mario woods and the whole lot of other people who have been affected by the police killings here in san francisco can that be raised at another time. >> general public comment. go ahead. public speaker: good evening, commissioners, i believe the time needs to start now. >> please start the time now. proceed. >> good evening, commissioners, good evening chief, good evening to the people of san francisco. martin del campo, executive
committee san francisco labor council. i rise for the purpose of exercising constitutional rights regarding the airing of grievances. i chose the place because there is not another place to do so. the recent killings have to be placed in the context. the context is what has been happening on the issue of police killings at the board of supervisors, at the mayor's, at the dcc, the failure of leadership and why any discussion tonight that is not adequate is just not getting to the problem. i submit that the problem is clear, we have a problem with the laws that are so broadly established that permit the
use of weapons inexcessively. and that's the first thing that any commission needs to do. the second biggest problem we have is the culture of the police department and that must be addressed. the basis of my statement is the following. what we have is a police association that bullies the board of supervisors. it's a matter of public record that says that the board of supervisors can't talk about alex nieto which now results in the anger that we witness outside. so i don't appeal, i air on the grievances that this discussion so little so late is inadequate and in insult.
if we can close to dear to -- door to hear the speakers. good evening, mr. washington. public speaker: unfortunately we are here today, not only san francisco, you see people all over the country, they are going to shine on san francisco like never before. god works in mysterious ways. i'm not pointing the finger at anybody. i have known the chief for many years, i have known the mayor. i'm not here to impress bushth to impress on you all and the country and the world to know, we in san francisco, are in a black state of emergency. we have been for a number of years. i'm the only african american media
person out with the migration. there is a few people there. let me go on. because of a tape that fred blackwell turned over to the human rights commission on why blacks were leaving and one was the relationship of the police department. now, that's not only here in san francisco. it's all over. all over the world. so the thing about it is, i'm thinking and hoping and praying throughout this process we can have a real sit down and talk about policing. i'm out stuck in the migration trying to put the black people together. i have a task that is unreal. only god can lead me. i don't need your permission. i'm on a mission. i have to get my black community leaders together. with guided leadership, failed
efforts and undermining our community that could be tolerated from this point out. my name is ace and i'm on this case. i hope you know chief and i hope we can talk about police relationships after the smoke clears. >> thank you, mr. washington. >> you're welcome. public speaker: good evening. you know something, you all have blood on your hands, everyone of you police commission. how many times did we talk about him. i stood out there with greg suhr and talked about the taser and taser. we might give it to you but you have to have a defibrillators with you and cpr techniques. we have a young man that is
dead right now. had those officers had a taser, he would be here. he might be doing some time for another stabbing. it's on your hands many don't blame greg suhr, d. a., it's you people. you have to own up for what you did. i hope it feels good. public speaker: good evening. i don't have a long conversation. i came today. i went to the community meeting. you are -- you know i have watched this movie where black people are killed all the time all over this country. my question is and i know chief suhr. i'm not going to say i don't like him. if we are going to change --
anyway, my question is what are you going to do about this? all of this talk. we are not getting anything done. i want to know if there is anything going to be done. otherwise we are wasting our time. there is not being done about the others. i was a young man when they killed a black man, shot him in the back without a cause. there is nothing to the police officer. now we have another case. the killing, a black man shooting him 26 times and now we all up in arms about it like it's something new and look at what just happened in chicago and all over this country. i want to know in san francisco what are you going to do about this in what are you going to do about it. if you are going to do something, chief, tell us what it is.
i mean what can anyone in this room say that can change it. you can't change the circumstances. so i say to the board and i say to all of you if you are not going to do anything about it, it's just a rerun with treadmilling. if that's all it is, i'm going home because it don't make sense to be with this. we are going to beat up on the chief and get another chief that is a member of the klu klux klan. >> thank you, sir. >> thank you, sir, thank you for your comments. thank you, sir. >> so we can provide a brief response and given those questions, i want to indicate that based on the agenda tonight the chief is going over the steps that this department has taken and this commission is going to begin the discussion of dgo on the
use of force. >> wouldn't it make sense to call a meeting with all of us to say, look, we decided to do this about it. so this ain't nothing but a charade. black people get killed every hour. this is nothing but madness. i think there is a proper person to ask you, commissioners, to ask the chief what you are going to do. >> thank you. next speaker. public speaker: bishop king.
we witnessed an assassination, a hate crime and straight up murder many i think the law already speaks to what we do to murderers. we arrest them and convict them and send them to prison. chief suhr is being demanded of this community to step down in a noble way without putting pressure on the mayor with his own problems. there is no justification in sight that we need to see this man needed to be executed. 10-12 officers can't talk a man to put a knife down. 10-12 officers that couldn't talk this person to put a knife down. we don't want to talk about tasers and
shields. what has happened has to be answered in a forthright way. if the chief continues to defend the right to murder and kill and slaughter with people on the street under his command, then he becomes the coconspirator to murder. anybody else here in this commission that is going to justify, defend, murderers on the street then you are contributing to that. as the african american relation board we have policies that will deal with this kind of stuff, but the administration before you thought that we needed to disengage them. i would ask the question where is your personally hand picked advisory board and what did this do to factor in to
keep this racial thing from happening. >> understand we are a policy board. understanding that we are a policy board, what does the african american community relations board that you say represent, what do you want to see us do? >> we would like you to move with your full power recommendation of the chief to step down in a very noble way. we would like those officers that are on leave that they be suspended of pay and to take away that whole idea that if you want a vacation all you have to do is kill a black man and go on administrative leave. we want their pay suspended and we also want to see them arrested. if you don't have that power, we would ask this board to recommend to the chief that he have or the d. a. have those men --
arrested and booked for murder. we would also like to see the videos from the case on third street. kenneth hardy videos that's been held in hostage need to be released so we can see what happened on third street when that young man was killed. we would also like this commission to entertain the reengaging the african american police community relations board. not an advisory board, but a relationship with the police department as a bridge from the community to the police department. >> thank you, bishop king. we are going to change the mic out. it looks like there is some
russel says , wants to every man and nation comes a moment to decide in the strife of truth and falsehood for the good are evil side. my friends tonight should be for this commission and this entire city. not a time to debate, but a time to decide to do the right thing. that right thing might be for you to respectfully consider is no. 1.
follow the program. that naacp presented to you over a year ago, and unfortunately has not been acted on. didn't even follow through on the admonition. just do it. what do you need to do? not to get seals when you have persons who unfortunately don't have sense. the sense to know what to do. >> thank you, sir. >> with tasers. >> please let the next speaker talk. >> reverend brown, i would like to hear further your thoughts on this
issue. >> i would like to hear your further comments on the three point plan and other discussion. >> three point plan on cultural relevancy training for all cadets, and for all officers in this police department. that would involve people not just talking theoretically from just a left brain approach, but also talking left brain right brain with persons from
this community. from history and the compassion to come to that academy and sit with the officers as was done during the days of mayor willie brown and chief sanders were leading this department. we did a great thing. we need to put that back into action. let the people come so that these officers will know that we are human. we are not a threat we are god's children and they don't need to be scared of us and we don't need to be scared of them when they show they have respect for our people. no. 2, it was referenced
earlier by our bishop king that we need not just respect we need to have to hear from the chief that our king mentioned earlier. not to be in the department or ego trip or power trip, but a board that has teeth that sits with the chief that communicates with this commission an we are acting on a crisis and we'll always move on a positive preventative
measure. i plead with you all tonight. let us act like san francisco knows how to do it. we claim to be a liberal aggressive city. let us not live a lie. let us become truthful expressions of love, of justice, fair play, equality of opportunity and when we do that, we will not have to come back here again to take up your time to say the same old thing that we have been saying for a long time. finally, just do it. make a vigorous effort to go across this country and recruit able
confident compassion persons who happen to be african americans, latinos, for god knows there are others in the land who should be given a fair chance when we do this, when we smile, we'll be able to embrace each other and we'll be able to say, look what we did for the betterment of our city and when we do that, no more blood will be spilled in this city, but we will have our young men in jobs, in school, at home, in their places of sacred worship living in people's conscious and goodwill. i thank you for your time. let's just do it. >> thank you, reverend brown.
next speaker. good evening, ms. brown and welcome. >> my name is paula brown. as i come here every wednesday to the police commission concerning my son. i would like to use the overhead. this is my son. aubrey abrakasa. to this day his case has not been solved. it's been 9 years. next year it will be a decade. the perpetrators are still running the street. the former mayor said i know who killed
your son, the d. a. knows who killed your son, and the police know who killed your son. after this, nothing was done. all i'm left with is my son laying in a cascade and a mother crying over his body. ideal with this daily. i die daily. i don't fight for only my child but all of these other unsolved cases of 81 men that have been murdered in san francisco. it needs to be solved so mothers like myself can be healed. this is what i'm left with my son that i don't have anymore. lifeless on a gurney. it's not like i can go have another one. i want my case
solved so mothers like me can be healed. chief suhr, i don't have a problem. i think you should stay here on the battlefield to continue to fight for us. that's what i feel. all of this other stuff, i'm not understanding it. i don't agree with mario being murdered. he needs justice. hopefully accountable for another young man. mothers, think about the mothers that are dying due to the police officers. think about the mothers. if there is anyone here with information on this murder. there is an anonymous tip line. good evening and welcome. public speaker: hello, i'm here today. i have never been to one of these things. i have never been involved in these kinds of things. my grandfather was one of the first black police officers in san francisco. he
was a goodman who did his job well. when he passed many people showed up to his funeral to pay respects. that's what i'm thinking of. chief is is you -- chief suhr is rotten scandal, it's cost millions of dollars, there is countless murders with people of color when they are suspect when they are actually victims. it needs to stop. black people are still here, we maybe less than 6% but we are still here and it's time for to you treat us with dignity and respect. i have been a victim of a crime and treated as if i were the suspect and told by the officer are you sure you want to file these charges, there are cameras and when i seen the report he said
she's very sexual in nature. this is your police department that sends racist text at a kills people of color and steals from people and mocks people as they demand justice for black people and say that black lives matter. you should not be leading this police department, you should be fired, chief suhr. >> you can file with the office of complaints. >> public speaker: i have lived here all of my life. you can see that i'm a believer in this city, but what i don't
understand is is why would you do something like start a meeting by telling me to stand up and say i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to that republic for which it stands one nation under god and i'm not included as one of that people in that nation. and that justice for all means justice for me and everybody else in this room. it's not centered around one group or one individual. i love this city. i'm a vietnam vet. i fought for this city, i love this city, but i can't stand to watch. that boy could have been my grandson. i'm 68 years old. the next one could be my great grandson. i can't continue to sit here and watch them be brutalized you have to
do one little thing and that's to create no more harm. that's not that hard to do when you actually when you look at the person across from you and say that's my child and ask yourself the question would i do this to my own. i pledge allegiance to the flag i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> thank you, sir. next speaker. good evening and welcome. public speaker: good evening, commissioners, chief, members
of the audience on both sides of the aisle. my name is lonnie fitch. i lost but i'm still being used. what you hear is a cry from citizens of san francisco before asking for loretta a lynch to come from capitol hill to assist. training has gotten in the way. some police has been using a frivolous approach when dealing with the general public. i'm asking mayor ed lee to look at use the spaghetti approach before his next 4-year term begins. by not including police chief greg suhr and fire chief joanne hayes white to the city payroll. they are not elected officials. i'm asking mayor lee to look closely to the spaghetti thrown
on the walls for the last 3 years by the san francisco police department and fire department to all standards not being used followed by a pattern of conclusion. misconduct, unsolved racial and defines on the public. the mayor must use the same approach. tear down the whole and rebuild. i say solidify and become concrete. you have been given the iron fist and the velvet glove. meanwhile there needs to be 5,000 signatures to be attached to this affidavit so it can be placed on the mayor's desk. thank you very much. >> thank you. public speaker: hello, my name
is michael pe trellis, mayor lee get out of city hall, come to the community for town hall meetings. my second item is about the report from occ. there were six sustained complaints and not one officer is named. you received a report without one officers name disclosed in what they did. they were reprimanded in writing and i have no idea who they are. the problem here when we file complaints with the occ is police privilege. police privilege is when the police are given confidentiality rights that prevent joyce hicks and the occ
from telling us who on the police force have sustained the complaints. you have to start disclosing names. my third item is, the police chief released hi calendar to me. here is the police chief calendar laid out. tells me when he meets and how long and where he meets with people. it's a great document, chief. you e-mailed me yesterday and said this calendar of yours will not appear on your website. you need to understand community policing starts with real transparency. that means for the $300,000 you are paid, you are giving them loaders as your calendar on your website.
everyday people should read your calendar. >> thank you, mr. pe trellis. next speaker. public speaker: good evening, my name is maddie scott, executive director for healing foundation in our nation. president chapter four, brady campaign and president for the san francisco chapter of mothers in charge. i stand here on behalf of glinda woods and as a mother. i'm stand here on her behalf because she's not here to speak. i know we are angry and we want solutions and that's what we all came here for. my goal is to help gunda lynn woods, i
think the commissioner should take into consideration. i have spoken to chief suhr about it and san francisco that this we need to pay for. question need to help her lay her son to rest peaceful and move forward on our agenda about better policing and about sensitivity training and a lot of things that will help us as citizens of this city and citizens of the cc. yes, i think we can work this out in the community. i'm angry but i want to challenge my anger in the right direction. working with all of us. this is about all of us or none of us. it doesn't look good in san francisco when you have the killing of alex nieto, gush
and kenneth junior and now mr. woods. it took me back after we lost all of those lives. we have to look at that as a city. we don't want to talk about it, but we need to. there is something wrong here an i know we can fix it. thank you for your comments. next speaker. public speaker: hi, my name is arlene ire son. i have been living in san francisco and paying taxes on my house for 30 years and part of operation ghetto storm which some of you may have heard of as the every 28-hour report. this is a report that is just found and itemized 313 killings of black people by police in 2012.
one every eight hours. what i'm saying as a mother of two black sons who have each been brutalized by police since they were 9 years old. is suhr is not the first chief to protect the police union. his tone deafness is exemplar by within hours of mario being murdered by a firing squad while dylann roof and the killer in colorado could somehow be captured without a scar. >> can we keep the door closed so we are able to hear the speaker,
supremacist. there is no reason to have them on the force still. there has to be a policy to deal with this systemic problem. next speaker, please. good evening and welcome. public speaker: i apology that people heard this comment on the news. i feel like i need to reiterate it this evening. this picture taken less than minutes before mario was shot, i believe demonstrates without any doubt
that there was no reason for mario to be shot. you had nine cops there an injured man who after hit with bean bags, pepper sprayed and you have nine cops there and they couldn't figure out how to get this man handcuffed without killing him. this is absurd. from this picture, the chief showed up with one second of video that demonstrated that mario lunged with a 4-inch knife. i don't care if mario lunged at everyone of these police officers. they were not authorized to shoot him. they should have had non-lethal
weapons. the cops in the middle near the tree when mario slipped he did something completely stupid. he moved around in front of him and got closer to him. the only alternative would have been since the guy had not given up the knife since he obviously wasn't completely there. the only thing he had in his hand was the gun. the only outcome of that scenario as he got closer to mario, he's going to have to shoot him. on the other cops shoot him. >> thank you for your comments. >> i want to remind everybody the goal is to hear from everybody.
any conduct that disrupts our ability to hear everybody -- i want to remind you, your conduct is interrupting our ability to hear from everybody. thank you. i would like to hear from the next speaker. next speaker. guys, we really want to hear from everybody. i hear you and i want to hear from everybody. i hear you. i don't want to have to -- thank you. i don't want to have to recess this meeting. thank you. thank you. next speaker. thank you.
unaccountable. sf p.d. is systemic. sf p.d. is seeping in racism. the failure to release crime statistics, rape kits, prevent whistle blower retaliation and failure to release sting operation and the failure to create a culture of integrity that would prohibit officers from joking about killing unarmed civilians over coffee and donuts caught on video. the culture of a union that is determined to bully leaders and anyone that might disagree. the culture of killing mentally ill citizens instead of crisis intervention. we must hold
chief suhr accountable as gary and the mayor. we must hold chief greg suhr and mayor ed lee accountable. 70% of the officers do not live in san francisco and chief suhr doesn't see this as a problem. he asks which side are you on sf p.d. and the police commission. the league of voters is on the community side and the community demands that chief suhr go. >> thank you, next speaker. >> good evening mr. lacy, welcome. public speaker: good evening. my name is lacy. here representing the family of
mr. woods. i'm not here to comment on the federal courts due to the unlawful and wrongful shooting and killing of mario woods. what i'm here to talk about this board and commission. one is to set policy. i understand the commission has the advice and suggestions by the mayor that you revisit the issue of the use of force by the san francisco police department. i urge you to reach out to parties such as myself and others in the community who are present here today. i am here to talk more about the second function of this body which is to offer discipline that have abused the mighty power and authority that we have given them. right now mario woods' body lays with 21 bullet holes, 21 in his
body because of and egregiously, egregious force. chief suhr is to step down. i'm not here to tell you that needs to happen to rectify the wrong that has been done then this commission needs to take the authority and stance to do so. but definitely what needs to happen is the officers who were involved in this perpetration of injustice need to be held to full count of law. that's what your job is. i'm going to do my job in the courts. you do your job here.
public speaker: i come here tonight because the number of things it's not just the police department chief suhr, it's the whole san francisco period. i just found out today that a home girl of mine was murdered who was wheelchair bound in the alley, a dark alley and it hasn't been any mention of it. this is the young woman, this is the older woman murdered clothes ripped off her and i had to hear it in the
streets. it's the same thing that's going on with our community. it ain't just the police killings, there is no solving of anything dealing with black folks. we have black on black crime that have not been solved. we have mothers that are grieving for over 20 years. over 20 years because nobody can find out who killed their children.
>> i'm woods grandmother. i have contemplated, i have prayed. i don't understand how a knife take all those officers to shoot him down. i don't understand that. i don't understand, and it's breaking our heart. i'm asking the chief of police to resign. i'm asking for the five officers that did this to him sensely. it only takes one bullet to kill anybody.
one bullet, not 22, 25. they are trying to keep up with chicago. i heard a kid tell his mother, i'm not going to police because they are killing people. that's ridiculous. they are supposed to be civil service. they are supposed to protect for us. now, that's what i want. i want you to resign and the five officers that did this, i want their job and be brought a bunch of charges because it was senseless. >> thank you, ma'am. next speaker. public speaker: my name is deandre with the incarceration efforts. their lives don't matter, but
it does to many of us. i will be goddamned if i'm going to be a good german to say it doesn't happen and say it won't happen to me. as german, what happened when that war ended. people are just as guilty when they gassed the jews. yes, sir, you should be fired, the officers should be fired. you are a murderer. you need to be tried and convicted of murder. these are basically to take his murder and turn it around and allow them to do even more. tasers, batons kill people. they could not take down a man without shooting him. that's the point.
it's open season on black and latinos. no matter what they have for weapons, they are going to end up shooting people. this has to stop, these meetings have to stop, hash tags have to stop and i say with a we need to do is is take this to the streets. take the example from ferguson and chicago and let's show them what san francisco really is, but beneath the facade of this liberal city is a cesspool with racist tactics attack and all of this other stuff. we have to shut it down. >> next speaker, please.
>> good evening. i wish i did not have to come tonight. i'm not sure that you have already heard it loud and clear. it's time for transparency. remember maria cohen and london breed saying that san francisco is not ferguson. san francisco with worse than ferguson with all the killings we've had this year. it's time for this commission to actively diligently look at policy and procedures that are being violated about the lives, the lies that we hear. the community that is deeply insulted. those lives are insulting our intelligence. we are going to hear from mario's organizing community forming in
bayview. it's longer review and it's going to be nationwide very soon. you see that new yorker is picking up a couple of fines. yes, i'm asking for your resignation, chief. i'm asking for ed lee to resign or do his job and asking to examine her position now, the statement made and the kind of support she's going to give to the people. thank you. public speaker: good evening. i'm speaking for san francisco. how do you feel being part of the most genocide city in the united states. how
is it this population shrunk to 3% which is 56%. that statistic is the epitome of the united states. united states is the epitome of locking black people up. of killing black people. you have to make a viable change now because of prop 47, we have hundreds of millions that can come down. you have the resource to go to disfranchise areas to housing. if you look like meyou don't deserve it. you have individuals that look like me should be on the police force. if you have so much problems with the police force, change it. wipe everybody out. i know in another city in new york when they had a killing just like this, the police stopped patrolling in the neighborhoods and every disfranchised neighborhood, there was not one
911 call, not one robbery, not one crime. that's a bigger city. this city is getting ready to blow up. when it blows up, how do you feel? how do you feel when you walk down the street and so many homeless is there. you make 3,000$3,000. how do you make this. my organization is is all of us or none. we are right down the block. i will personally come meet with everyone of you if you decide to make a change. we've been over here helping with legal services for the last 37 years. all of us have been for the last decade helping the poor and disenfranchised. i implore you to take that money and do some viable programs. please
broken. the travesty that has happened is very personal. so, what i want to talk about is an opportunity for the community to come together with this commission as well as the police department. i believe we need to really sit down and be conscientious as ms. brown stated to go into academy and do the sensitivity training and allow our community leaders to establish a trust relationship with the heads of the precinct. we also need to empower the d. a.'s office throughout the neighborhood courts to bring a viable court system to the bayview. these neighborhood courts will work all over the city, but we have never been able to get it to work in the bayview. what that means is you have
community members on those panels when you have complacent occur in the community as well as particular officers that you may have problems with and lastly we also need to do a recruitment of actual persons who are interested in being in the department and also to begin to mend the broken relationship because at the end of the day, we have to have someone to come there to be there for us. the duty of the police officer is to protect and serve. that's what we want. we want protection, service and we want the officers to also know that the community will wrap our arms around you as well. we want you to go home to your family members, but at the same time we need you to value the citizens that you are assigned. >> thank you, ma'am. thank you for your comments.
>> public speaker: any other name is frank williams director of the program. i'm here for two reasons. one is to say to my elders who have been in these different positions for many years and part of our status quo need to step down themselves. we have a gang of youngster out here whose voices are not being heard and former incarcerated as well. we are working to build a leadership in this town. we went from 1989 to 3%. the problem isn't just with the chief. the problem with the mayor and
the problem with some appoint ees of the mayor and moving out of their homes and justify the increase over the last 3 years that came into this town and our people are leaving this town and they can't afford this rent. that man was executed. i want to say a gunshot and a black male hit the concrete like a sack of potatoes. people were startled and people were scurrying and some people were running from the scene, the scene where that crime took place. the scene, the scene, the scene where that
young black male met his fate. he met his maker calls that young black male to lose his life. a misplaced hatred and leaves the family to question, why, my baby. a mother cries. why those that gather around question god, question ourselves. why did this even happen trying to justify a police running in front of that man and they are going to say he launched at that man. >> thank you, sir. thank you.
public speaker: good evening, first of all, my position is i'm a soldier of the cross. my position is i'm a deacon. my name is wade. i'm here to present solutions. i have prayed, i have asked the lord to lay on my heart how we can eliminate this senseless killing of these young black young men. five solutions, short and sweet and to the point. the damage has been done. now we need solutions. solution
no. 1. the implementation of a black police chief. no. 2, hiring and balancing the number of black police to the equal number of white police. no. 3, and every predominantly black community there should always be one black officer with one white police officer. there should never be two white officers paired up in a black community. no. 4, this is with changes of procedures and policies which is long over due. no. 4, the only time a police officer should use lethal force and allow to shoot above the waist only when confronted in any type of firearm so there is a gun, cross bow and
arrow shotgun, last but not least, this mainly should be changed. solution no. 5, any hand held weapon such as a sword, machete, hatchet, axe, knife, club, baseball bat, rocks, bottles or hand forced object that are not dangerous or lethal danger in the category of a firearm, it would be mandatory that police shoot only below the waist preferably below the knees and legs. that's what it should be. >> thank you, sir. >> deadly force should be used when a person has a firearm. after that the person should be
shot only below the waist. >> we got it. you can give that to our secretary. thank you. >> good evening, welcome. public speaker: good evening. my name is alfred robinson. i'm a retired san francisco police officer. i was born and raised in san francisco. i am a deacon at third baptist church. pastor dowell is my pastor. i came to the police commission hearing to express my concern for the use of deadly force by five police officers against a black man carrying a steak knife. several officers approached woods concerning the alleged assault at approximately 4:30 based on a
complaint by a man at san francisco general hospital. now that woods is deceased, we don't know if he was defending himself against the person who he stabbed. we have no information on what occurred during that assault. after being based on what was reported in the newspaper by chief suhr after the officers used a beanbag arrest -- car triple -- cartridges and used a high power beanbag and mr. woods fell to his knees.
i don't understand how you can have over six officers surrounding a person whose on his knees and they can not apprehend him. every officer is issued a 24-inch baton. >> thank you, mr. robinson. we have to treat everybody the same and give everybody 2 minutes. >> my name is andrea robinson. i'm a teacher. i'm an sf teacher. my issue is i teach in the communities that we serve and my students
have fear and that's not okay. if i'm standing here as an educator telling my students that it's necessary to get their education for what hope? they don't have hope if they are looking at people who are supposed to protect them. so my question is how is the additional discharging of weapons justified and what is the justification of shooting him over 20 times once he was already on the ground. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker? >> good evening, pastor mcbride, welcome. public speaker: pastor mcbride, pico california. i understand it is tactics and strategies for policing. you must understand that we are not at a moment right now where policies and
practices are going to answer where people are. chief suhr, you have lost the trust and faith of the community regardless as to how anyone feels about that. it has been lost and we must understand that even though black people in san francisco only make-up 3% of the population, we all know that the police only have contact on a regular basis with 3- 6% of the population where usually the majority of that population is 70-80% black and brown people. so the trust that you need to police in the city is not with it's white residents. it is with the black residents and the trust has been lost. there is a lot of policies and practices that need to be put in place that can help to think about police legitimacy, procedural justice, tactics around the mentally ill. until
you get the trust of the community which means chief, you have to go. and here is the last thing i'm going to say to this commission, you cannot ask anybody in this city to be peaceful until san francisco police department is peaceful. you can't ask young people to be peaceful until the department is going to be peaceful. when we were raised sit ting in the class with dr. marshall, he talked about the commandments and the hood that we needed to apply to reduce violence. well, there is some commandments that san francisco people have. we challenge these commandments that say you shall be able to kill a black person when they don't comply. we reject the commandment that says if you are mental ill and homeless, you are going to die on the street.
chief, it is time for to you resign. i say to the commission, the worst that you need to do around the practices, around the policies, around the training to restore legitimacy, that cannot begin until you get to a place of trust. i close with this: if you don't want any people to get hurt in this city, somebody, i recognize the choice is not with you all, but you are going to have to use your relation at equity to get justice for mario woods, justice for the community. i implore to ask the commission to do what is right. >> good evening, sir and welcome. public speaker: i'm here to speak for mario woods. the stuff going on
today has been going on for a very very long time. my father was killed by a san francisco police officer in 1972 which is now retired. he's at home living and my father is dead. a couple years ago, i was shot at 4-6 times by the sf p.d., case no. 95010463. i was shot by police 46 times and 19 bullets hit my car and by the grace of god, i didn't get touched. what they did is they covered it up and it's done. there is nothing else being done about it. i'm here today because that could have happened to me. i could be dead today. you know, i could be dead because they shot at me.
aaron williams, he got killed on the dirt bike. so something needs to be done and these officers need to be prosecuted. if you can please write down this number please. because you know what happened, i got pulled over in my vehicle a couple years ago. the case no. 950166403. the officer pulled me over because the person in my car didn't have his seat belt on. one of the officers that responded, he came up to me and stuck his hand out to me to shake my hand. i looked at his badge. his name tag. you know what he told me. he said i
apologized. i could have took your life because he shot at me 21 times. that means he unloaded his handgun and still was shooting at me. >> i'm asking for a representative from the office of citizens complaints to meet with you so he can follow up. thank you, sir. next speaker? public speaker: how are you doing. any other name is gary busier, an educator. i work with the young people here. the day that mario woods was killed i was working and running a class 5 minutes away from the scene. my question is how can you look at a mother in her face after her
son has been shot 25 times by 6-10 officers and call it not even looking at his race, not even looking at his mental status, not even looking at the community but filing that protocol. she has to bury that man. when he was trying to walk away from a situation. i don't know what people's problem is around mental instability. first of all, chief suhr is, you need to go before we force mayor ed lee to push you out. after that, we need to charge these officers with murder. he did not need to lose his life. i'm a young black man born in america and born and raised in the bay area. i work inside the community. i have been shot at by the police. how am i
supposed to talk to my students. i have a student outside who is 15 years old, a freshman that i work with everyday. how can i tell him that he's safe in his community when he has bodies like him laying on the floor? if we can't get justice here we'll take it to the d. a.. if the d. a. can't talk to us, we'll go up and find out what we can do to start a movement to clean up this situation. >> thank you. next speaker. good evening, sir and welcome. public speaker: good evening. i'm uncle bobby, the uncle of officer grant. i am sickened by what i have seen and this is for chief suhr.
chief g of the police resigned. chief lee of the sanford police department, the one responsible for trayvon martin, resigned. chief lee who used to be in baltimore. chief thomas out of ferguson resigned. the chicago chief is going to resign this system, the very foundation of this country is imaging on black lives matter. for a person sitting in your seat, i want you to know you are going to be responsible for a major unrest that is going to take place because of you. that was an execution. never in this country have we seen on video how officers have conducted themselves on an arrest. what's happening right here is getting ready to spread. i suggest to you to resign.
to make yourself look good before we run you out of here. the commission, you have a responsibility to not give him them tasers. this is behind to give him the tasers so he doesn't have to deal with it. my nephew was murdered. i'm angry. we have a community that is outraged. pay attention. when i say this system is hemorrhaging on black lives matter, you are going to be accountable if you fail to do your job right. >> thank you, sir. next speaker. public speaker: i will tell you what,
there is nothing new under the sun. okay. you all have been doing this for a long time since the beginning of this country since this country started. we are tired of it. i will tell you one thing that's changed is technology. now we have see what you are doing. when you are doing it. we can see it and everybody see's it, the whole world seen it and you are accountable for it. i'm not going to come here and tell you to fire him, but he does need to get fired. i'm not going to tell you to fire him. i'm not going to come here and ask you for justice. i'm going to tell you justice is coming for you. >> next speaker. good evening sir is, and welcome. public speaker: i'm a family member of mario woods. this is my cousin. i want you to all look at him. he's a person. he's a person like you.
he deserves to be breathing right now. greg, chief suhr, we are asking you to resign. this is what we want. you lied to my aunty and a person that rides in a car with a murderer, what is he, an accomplice, that's what you are. you are the head of it. if you feel this is right, you deserve what happens, not my cousin. we have six names. we are asking to you release the names of all officers involved. we are asking to you give my aunty a personal apology. i want you to apologize to her. she didn't know that was her son on the ground and nobody cared about it. you need to pay for his funeral and i know chief, you need to do him right. i want a federal investigation iechl -- i know you guys don't
investigate yourself many we want all five officers to be charged. ed lee is going to get his, marshall, nobody spoke on you. i believed on you when i was on the boys including. i grew up looking at you. i'm sick of looking at you. every time i come to one of your public meetings. you look so bored. i'm sick of looking at your [bleep] face. public speaker: good evening, my name is charles grace. i'm with the united coalition. 12 years to be exact down in
third street where the chief was the captain there. we don't understand a lot of things that go on. as far as the grass roots people because i think that's a problem with the middle class african americans speaking for the grass roots, people that are out in the struggle and it needs to stop. we need to have a voice too. it's always those angry black guys stirring up more mess. and everything getting buried, swept under the rug.. we don't hear nothing else like the man shot out in front of the opera house. we started a concerned citizens committee. we knocked on doors, the mayor wouldn't respond to us. nobody responds. if we are going to get something done, you have to
hear from the people that's in the struggle. the grass roots people that's been in the trenches doing the work. that's all i say. you know, it's got to be some kind of dialogue that we can create that we can publically get some understanding on what's going on in our community. until we do, it's going to always continue to be the same. it will be swept under the rug 5-6 more years go by, maybe not even that nowadays the way it's going. african american males are being shot in the streets, cold blooded, murdered. like i said, i remember when wendy brought mario home as a little baby. you know, just like a lot of the african american males that struggle today. then all of a sudden it's mental health issues and all of these
different issues but he started out as somebody's child. we need to resolve all of this stuff by talking to some of the people out on the streets that understand what's going on to help the situation. >> thank you, next speaker. >> good evening, sir and welcome. >> my name is daniel garcia, brother of mark garcia at the officer that was charged where my brother was murdered at. you need to stop disrespecting the community. my family is 4 generations here all the way to the bloody
strike of '34. these protocols, why you new rules and training, they are not following it. the seven officers that were involved, didn't follow it. they were charged by the occ. nine violations of their general order in the protocols. and you know what happens, your mayor brown told the occ if they don't drop the charges, she's fired. so my brothers case, they got away with murder. don't let this man get away with murder again. justice, for mario woods and all the people that this man murdered. >> next speaker, please.
public speaker: my name is frank lara. a teacher in the mission. i remember these meetings and we get stuck trying to talk to the people in the mission. with the people watching at home and people are watching this over and over. this is really important. one of the commissioners here, thomas, when we are were doing the andy lopez case and getting fired up, he said you need to respect chief suhr to see how independent it is. we saw it with eddie lopez with 40 bullets in his
back and with lopez who seemed to have a big machete in his hand and got shot six times in the back, the same thing with this case. the reason why we need to do that because they are going to funnel this through a process. they are going to tell us that's the process. it doesn't matter how high it goes, it's all corrupt. they have all been placed that way. you at home have to see. i'm a teacher on the executive board. i can't keep talking about equality in the classroom and that you are going to provide a better world because that boy, 26-year-old made the decision that we tell our little children to make, pull away from a situation. pull away. and what did they do? they executed him. you at home you have to make a decision. all the cops here in san
francisco makeover $100,000. look it up. we used to organize from muni over $100,000. the chief makes over $350,000. you can't hire a teacher. you at home have to make the choice. if you are a nurse, you are union, if you are an nurse and fighting the union rights. think about who these people are bringing. >> thank you, sir. next speaker, please. good evening, ma'am and welcome. public speaker: my name is
jeannie demayo. i have an african american son. i just want to say that i feared for him growing up everyday. he's had encounters with the police. he's been roughed up. he does not respect the police department. he would never call you unless something happened to his children. his friends do not respect the police. i do not respect the police. when i was in college, i had a professor at san francisco state and he said to use words and to communicate effectively it took a very high minded person.
i worked all day like most of these people here and i stood outside. i take care of older adults and i came here because when i seen that video, my son showed me before i went to bed, it made me puke. and i fear for my son, i fear for my relatives and i fear for some of the black men that live in san francisco. it was an execution, trust me. i have been around the block and you will not go to heaven.
>> good evening, ma'am and welcome. public speaker: i represent the black lives in san francisco. several of my family members have died from cancer in hunters point. we are here to demand justice for mario woods and charge the city of san francisco with genocide. you have people out in the hall and not here for public comment, that is a crime. it is public comment and the community is grieving. what you are doing by is by keeping these people outside like they are animals and this is a zhao it is
i'm sure your family members in this country >> you pay respect to the people of color and the people by being silent you are being complacent. you can't accept a paycheck >> you forget that these people are human beings. i have to walk through the backdoor like an airport screening because we are here grieving for a black man's life. for you guys you felt you had to screen
us and wand us down with metal detecters. you assume the worst of black people and that's a problem. racism is a disease, all of your minds is rotting the minds of the entire police department. the entire city of san francisco. it's unjust. i'm angry and sad. it's evil. this is evil that's happening here in this country. >> can we let the sheriff's department there are more seats. next speaker. public speaker: my name is regina
callaway. completely gentrified community. i'm here because i'm angry, frustrated and i'm looking among these faces and seeing faces that are asleep and this is not the last time. we need you to wake up, mr. julius. chief suhr, why do you train your officers to fear blackness. because it's clearly a racial issue. when we have an incident of a white man who waved a knife at you guys, spell your police car and took oun a high speed chase and he's not dead. but you see a man named mario going through a mental moment and all he needed was help and you didn't give him help. you killed him. you shot him over 25 times. this is a crime. we are supposed to be that police are supposed to protect us.
police slammed my pregnant sister. how do you believe we are supposed to trust police. we have homeless women having babies on sixth street. we are spending money wasting on you and you are not doing your job. this mother needs justice. we have our demands. we want you fired, we want you to pay for this funeral. the funeral she wants it to be $29,000 that she wants trt -- from the city to bury her son from a proper burial. you need to pay for that. because you are a reflection of the community. we appoint you and you need to bring justice for us and it's not happening. it's disgusting and sick that san francisco only has 3% of black people. that makes no sense and we built this city. you set us up in the
bayview to get all of those toxins and you want to bring in this new community. it says nothing about the community. it was all to protect the income and residents coming in here and crime has been going down. you don't care about us and you want to over police our community and put us in danger when you know that police brutality has been going on. i can look at your faces and see no compassion. >> thank you, mam. thank you informfor your comments. thank you. >> thank you, ma'am. thank you. thank you.
ma'am, thank you very much. thank you for your time. >> we have to apply the same rules to everybody. we have to apply the same rules. thank you. next speaker, please. good evening and welcome. public speaker: you know why you all got jobs? do you know where the police came from? they started out as slave patrols. they gave white vigilantes and free men. you are all unnecessary. we don't need you. all of this money you are spending, we don't need you. so let me give you a little notice. i wish i had a piece of paper to serve you notice. you are fired.
you are done and we are coming for the rest of you all. we don't need you. i would suggest maybe you join a job corp, get some job training. this is done. this is over. >> thank you. next speaker. good evening and welcome. public speaker: hi, i was born in san francisco. there is a clear list of demands. clearly they want you fired, sir. they want an apology, they want you to pay for the funeral. it makes sense. you are doing your ancestors proud. they have been getting away with murder for years. i know that you are proud of your heritage and where you come from. you are sitting here. >> ma'am, you have to address the entire commission.
>> i will address everybody. you are all elected officials. i understand, you sit at the mercy of a white supremacy systemic situation. you are at the mercy of the system. you don't have much power either. you just have titles. god bless you, because the justice that mario woods needs is in the lord's hands. god bless you. >> next speaker? good evening and welcome. public speaker: thank you. my name is david carlos. i want to recite a few names. nieto carlos lopez perez and now mario woods. is this a pattern in practice of extra judicial killings in san francisco? that's what we need to ask ourselves. san francisco is an exceptional city, liberal tolerance, free
spirited except for the police department. have there been any discussions among you, members of the commission. has there been any outrage, any shame. policy and practice are what you guys are here to do, but you also by virtue of the fact that you have your positions, you have a moral duty i think if the system is corrupt and you cannot change it, you have a moral duty to resign yourself in protest. we have a police leadership that cynically argues that tasers as if it's responsible for or blamed for deaths. we don't want the higher tech forms of violence over the lower forms of
violence. we need new leadership to deescalate to military -- and this is a shrinking black and latino population. >> thank you. next speaker. good evening and welcome. >> from the cofounder of the project and i'm based in oakland here supporting san francisco. after mario was murdered, executed in broad daylight in your city, i asked myself, how long. i posted on facebook as a matter of fact. how long is it going to take the chief to come out to tell the community we didn't see what we thought we saw in the video in how long is it
going to take to understand the circumstances of that murder. that's the take. that's what happens every time. we see what happens and you tell us that we are not intelligent enough to under that we saw a black man gunned down execution style in broad daylight in the streets of san francisco and somehow you think that talking to us like we are children who have not been examining watching studying in your study for hundreds of year as we figure out how to tear it down. you continue to talk to us like children and you are inciting the rage of the people. it's coming, the san francisco from baltimore to atlanta, there is a movement sweeping this country and we are not going to stop until you stop killing us we will continue to shut it down, interrupt your business as usual and interrupt your election
cycle. i have news for you, chief suhr. we are going to continue until you resign or until you all have the courage to fire him. oakland will be here every time. next speaker. good evening and welcome. public speaker: you all might think i'm a little kid by saying this to you all but you are doing wrong by not letting people who have low income get hurt for what you all think they had or what they wanted to do. like, you all have no right to say that we as people should not have equal rights for white people or black people. we should have equal together. you should ge fired. you know he should get fired.
if he shot your kid in there. would you be crying? that's all i have got to say. think about it in your head. >> next speaker? good evening and welcome. public speaker: this is my mario woods. i'm his aunty. i'm andrea williams. i'm an educator. i come to you as a black woman that is an aunty, a sister, a daughter. i educate black boys and girls at balboa high school. i'm alumni of balance boa -- balboa high school. balboa is here for mario. i have four nephews. what you see is not a threat. this is a young man.
excuse me, he's 14. he's a boy. don't make our boys out to be men. because when i met you, you said i can call you that. officer is suhr, chief suhr. you said no, call me greg. when i met you, when we invited you to speak out at our martin luther king jr. celebration last january, you spoke hope into our boys. you said that we could believe in the fact that the system is going to be better if we do the part of assuring that our students are going to school, ensure that they come from good homes, ensure that they come from a good description. you shook my hand.
you offered jobs to my boys and girls. we had a personal conversation. when i look at you and i don't see an -- emotion. i thought i was speaking to someone who understood the struggle in san francisco, but yet i see you as a perp. public speaker: we are livid. you are putting us in a situation where we don't have to teach about social justice, what you are doing is
radicalsing them. they are coming to me and expecting people like me and ms. wirms -- williams and the beautiful faces and allies in this room to give them answers. i'm telling you, i'm running out of things to tell them, i'm running out of reasons to tell them about this system. we are ready to resist this. not in the sense of student resistance. i know you are not afraid of them because you don't see them as taxpayers yet. increasingly adults are able to resist this in ways we are working with the workforce. as a filipino, that is your job as another person of color with relative privilege by the luck of the draw that you might be lighter or people might see you slightly
differently. it's your job to put your voice on the line and be in solidarity with black people. if you are not righting for black people you are dealing with something you have not dealt with yourself. moreover you should not be blood related to a black person to understand that mario woods regardless of his background deserves the same benefit of the doubt that these white boys who shoot up schools at planned parenthood get every single time. sometimes it's possible to get -- they can get a rubber bullet. yet they can't be brought in peacefully by a backup of professionals whose tax money my money is going to. >> thank you for your time. >> i don't want my money. >> thank you, ma'am. next
speaker. >> thank you. we have to give everybody the same amount of time. it's based on the rules . i have to be fair to everybody. next speaker. thank you. next speaker. good evening, sir and welcome. public speaker: good evening. i'm a close friend of the family. i grew up with mario a few blocks away. i have a couple of questions.
one, do you believe mario woods deserved to die? two, what do you believe your police force could have done differently to prevent his murder? feel free any of you to answer because most of you, chief, you have been silent all night. >> i'm sorry, the public comment piece, we are here to listen to you. it's not a question and answer. that is the rules as they are designed. go ahead. >> i have this to say and then i will go. i have this to say and then i will go. growing up in bayview hunters point there is a fraction of a relationship. you have the chance to somewhat rectify the situation by firing chief suhr and
the officers involved with the shooting. if not, if nothing happens, if i see no action happen, if the community see's nothing happen as a result of this, then may the blood of mario rest in your hands and may the uprising that ensues be in your hands as well. >> next speaker, good evening and welcome. public speaker: san francisco is guilty of genocide on murder grounds. greg suhr, you are the key enforcer of genocide and you need to go. however, we will bring that charge to the united nations. we will also bring to the d. a. and attorney general genocide for what killed mario woods. this is the body that elected this killer. this body is be holding
to us to remove him from power like the people demand right now. we will call for the dissolution of this body for violating the laws of this state by refusing the public access to public meeting that is in their interest. furthermore we call for the recall for those screaming for justice. as said, there will be no peace anymore. greg suhr, your day has passed. you can make whatever face you want because you know what i have said is true. your days are numbered. you are gone. we are putting you on notice. you are gone. any sick of looking body or politician
-- we will not stop until that is achieved. all of these people of this community deserve a better city that deserve an end to this genocide and terrorism. we are not going to ask you or beg for it. we are going to [bleep] take it. >> looks like we lost part of the mic there. public speaker: >> you have seen the whole world on our
check working at ben ihanas restaurant. four boys massacred, no arrest. 11 months later. not even one dime is put on their case even for a reward. then the lowlife -- this boy was shot down. you say it was justifiable prior to all the boys massacred in the city. you are saying that is justifiable. what do you thing -- think that we are supposed to do. the blood is on your hands. when did you think we were not going to rise to the occasion. my son was a member of the boys club. you were saying that you were going to
be at my son's memorial service. you were not there. this is a backup of political rhetoric. we come to this office every other wednesday. we come constantly to your face and you do nothing about it. you sit here and play games like you are supposed to be helping us and you are not giving us any justice, any comfort. i have not gotten a phone from the mayor. but yet you are going to give a plaque to katie steiner that said she was murdered on san francisco public streets. well, what about all of these black boys murdered in this city and you have not even acknowledged. what all the mothers that are crying out for justice and what about you have your investigative team all of
someone is disrupting the meeting, i'm going to have to go into a recess. i don't want to do that. next speaker, please. i'm sorry, ma'am. we have to respect the rules here. sheriff deputies step back. this meeting >> ladies and gentlemen, i'm asking for everyone's cooperation to ensure that this meeting can run smoothly because as i said at the beginning, it is my commitment that this commission and this department hear from everyone who is here tonight.
two minutes per person. i do want to reiterate when folks are asked to stop after two minutes it is because there is a law that requires us to give the same amount of time to everyone. we ask for your cooperation and hope we don't disrupt public comment again and we don't have to adjourn the meeting. we have to run the meeting. disruptive comment is not going to help us. public speaker: i'm going to start by saying to let those people in the public hearing. we have rights. i would like to congratulate you for not being elected as chief. last year i was protesting alex nieto's
death. did anything change? no. you need to protect the lives of the youth. i don't want to see a man being executed in public. nobody wants to see that. it's completely unacceptable. the police need to be retrained. this system is systemic racism to the core. you are creating a hostile atmosphere outside because you are taking away their rights. thur breaking -- you are breaking the law. there is empty seats. it's unacceptable. you have to let them in at some point. greg suhr, i was brought up here and taught to respect the police. but what i have witnessed
throughout my life 20 years has not backed up what i have been taught. they need to retrain police. they need to know how to deal with mental illness. that is an issue that city hall has been lacking to deal with. if you don't know how to help them, back away from the situation. do not become a mob, a gang which you have all of your guns pointed at his face. what do you think is going to happen, really? it's called human behavior. did you go to college, did you go to psychology classes. you need to learn about people going through issues like this. public speaker: my name is lee stack -- this past april, the sf p.d.
beat up my kid who is black. because the occ is powerless to discipline and the only recourse is a civil lawsuit. i never knew to have to talk to my son when he was growing up. it is not right that african american and latino children must have a talk with their children to keep them safe from law enforcement, excessive force and racial profiling. i did everything in my power to give my son opportunity including into going into huge debt to give him a college education. when my son was coming home this april, the sf p.d. traumatized us and had a major impact on our lives. i'm hoping with exposure things will change here and it has to stop to heal.
al alameda man beat a person and the sf p.d. looked on and now mario is killed by sf p.d. something needs to change. it's tragic that black lives don't matter in san francisco. racial profiling has to stop now. excessive use of police force in the community against color has to stop. the lack of police accountability has to stop and mass incarceration has to stop. we need to repeal. police officer bill of rights, that shields violent cops from prosecution and keeps them on the street. we need to retrain sf p.d.. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker. good evening and welcome.
public speaker: good evening, my name is oscar salinas. i represent for alex nieto. i come to represent the family of alex nieto. his father and mother could not be here tonight. we are here again for another murder in the city of san francisco. we are tired of it. you killed our brother alex nieto in march 2014, you killed our brother mark perez this year of february. we are tired. i have seen the training of the police academy. i seen how you deescalate somebody with a knife, why is it not being used? i don't understand that part. we are tired of seeing this. we are not going to put with this anymore. and again, i tell you, in the past year 1/2, i myself have learned a lot of legal things and we have legal teams now. we are now right now sf st #r
in federal court with greg suhr's officers. you have to answer questions. a few days ago in london there was a man with a knife, a machete, no guns were used to deescalate that. why is that not happening here? there would be less black dead men and latinos in this city if it were not for that. think about it. if it were your child who has some sort of issue that is something you go to, the mental capacity of somebody. you use that against alex nieto and you will use that against mario woods again. you cannot do that. you have to sit up here and rethink this. we need new leadership. we have to start from the top. we are done with this.
you have made the latino community and black community unified now. we are strong and we will not stop. public speaker: i came mostly to help my daughter speak. she is the future of san francisco and she has a lot to say. they are afraid of the police these days. >> hello, my name is ashley. i'm 8 years old. i go to school at diablo. i really wish for police violence to end.
police are making rules how they get to do whatever they want though they know murder of african americans are illegal. they should go to prison themselves, right? here is a true story of oscar grant and ten cops surrounded him. one of them shot him at the house and he never came back. it's our chance to win this protest. stick up and it will happen. chief suhr needs to go. have a happy vote. >> thank you. next speaker.
>> i'm here again tonight. what i hate more than anything where i saw john lennon was shot. guns are something we all have to live with i guess. but in norway there is no guns. we do not need them. i saw john lennon, the first time. the monterey pop festival. he wasn't supposed to be there but he was anyway. i got to see him. and i won't see him again. now, as far as violence, i'm always faced with violence on the street. there was a situation where a man was trying to stab somebody on a muni bus and the muni drivers shut the
door and the knife was still and so i followed him around. and i got to a meter maid and i said, this guy's got a knife and he's being searched for it right now. he ran up to the meter maid and said this guy is crazy and he's standing there with the knife. the meter maids have nothing to protect themselves with. they need to have a camera so everything is filmed. so if he does use that taser, it is being videoed and there is discretion at what's going on. but we need something other than guns. it's a hard life that we live here. i thank you for being here, you know. police have to do the right thing. this is wrong because see that bicycle stood between me and the knife.
like they say a shield better than a gun. anything. and to unload the gun, a revolver. at least give some kind of discretion. we need to get rid of. >> thank you, sir. >> public speaker: hello, my name is reginald. i live in the tenderloin. i want to say the way police are handling stuff is deplorable especially in the black community, especially in the hispanic community. we have been treated like trash, talked down, looked down upon, thrown at. thrown to the ground and beaten. this man got shot 21 times. now this
man had a knife going away from the police. what gives the police the right to think they can move in on him. 21 gun salute? i don't think so. the man there who is backing them all up he is just as corrupt as they are because he's allowing it. he's supposed to be the chief and he's obeying them, not obeying him. he's not the police. he's acting like the police. he's in uniform. we have a problem. we have to stop this nonsense. all of you people sitting behind your desk with all your names written down, big deal. when it comes down to it, you are not doing your job either. how should we do it and when we should speak and shut us up when you don't want to hear no more. let me tell you, it is not the end, you
information. >> give it to the secretary. >> i'm going to repeat what everybody else said. the last time i was here with the texting scanned dal. no. 1 release the names of the officer, no. 2, apologize to the mother, totally disrespectful. pay for the funeral. i don't think it's fair to do a firing squad on someone and expect the family to pay for it. it's disgusting. the fourth one is to fire chief suhr. as you can see the community has no faith anymore. then we need an independent external investigation in addition to an independent federal investigation. you cannot investigate yourself. and finally i think this is a
no brainer, you need to fire the officers that discharged their weapons. training is not going to solve this. we've had problems. i really really encourage you to listen to the community because we are not going to stop. >> thank you. next speaker. public speaker: my name is felicia jones. first i would like to say that it's really sad that these meetings are just routine. and this is not my first time for many of the people of the public, this is their first time being at a commission meeting. this is routine. you want to hear from us, but when are we going to be able to have dialogue where we can sit in a room that
you first of all would trust us enough to be intelligent enough to carry out dialogue. the second thing is that the whole issue here is bigger than mario woods, and it started way back but i'm going to start in 1982 with the war on drugs as the campaign when it was to criminalize young black men around drugs and the decriminalization of black men. when i watch the video that the only way one can shoot another human being 26 times. i know someone is saying 15 times, 16 times. i believe it actually hit his body 26 times. when you look at another human being as being worthless nothing to the
world. so, again, you have to begin to say something and have dialogue with the community. chief suhr, during the racial text i talked to you and told you that you owed the community an apology and you should have come out to the community and apologized and you never did. until you respect black and brown people we will be here. but i think we are ready to do something else now. i think the people are ready to unite. we can be like the people of chicago. >> thank you for your comments, ma'am. thank you. public speaker: robert chew. i'm ashamed the city i have lived at
all my life. i didn't expect to walk through a memorial. if this is supposed to be a public meeting to the public to hoping to change, why are we not having it in a bigger location. why is this in a court house. why don't we have it in a place where people can come and speak and have constructive dialogue. i'm not here for that. what i'm here for post pca 32. once i get a copy of the training manual, i would like to know. alex nieto, i was crushed and while i was sitting in a cafe and another person got shot, i knew it wasn't going to be justified. i'm not here to attack, i'm saying that maybe pc 32 needs to be updated. most is version 3 and 4. this is absurd. a person with a
knife at close range, it would have been a different situation. he got shot by police who are supposed to serve and protect. it doesn't say deescalation on this page at all. i don't know what your deescalation. what i saw when i saw the video when i saw the cafe that night i saw that it was animalistic, the beanbag brought the person down to his knees. why didn't you continue to use the beanbags. he's dead, he's acting disabled. why don't we shoot more bean bags. know, let's rifrt to guns. in england, they did not use guns.
of mario woods being shot and killed by a group of sfpd officers while standing against the wall. the second was even more disturbing and the reason that i'm here tonight. in the video i watched chief suhr only hours after the shooting explain how the officers involved have followed procedure which justified the killing. and that saddened me, that angered me. the grotesque comedy of those two videos makes it very clear that the entire system is brought to the core. and i call on you, the police commission to act. you are an integral part of that system that killed mario. you have the power to fix it.
you heard the community demands here tonight and i urge you to listen to them, take them seriously and do something because if you don't, the blood of sfpd's next victim will be on your hands. thank you. public speaker: good evening, i'm pastor mcneil of the baptist church. i'm here tonight to speak on the behalf of justice for mario woods. last year we met with the police commission during the ferguson incident. at that time chief suhr assured us that san francisco would not be a ferguson. that was last august. that was when michael brown was
murdered by a police officer while unarmed. now, we have a killing in san francisco by police of a young man with a steak knife. lethal force for a minor incident. and tasers are not the answer. i'm a retired peace officer, 30 years. worked as parole agent. carried a weapon. first we had the 38 and 9-millimeter, automatic. in 30 years i never had to shoot or pull a weapon on any of my felons. i worked with some police officers that were rogue officers and i had to sometimes intervene. i know that's not good as a peace officer. but we have to take vicarious
responsibilities as leaders. if we have people that are working for us, that are in violation, we need to just let the facts fall and let the results be justice. right is right and wrong is wrong. we need new leadership. thank you. >> sir, may i ask you a question. just as a follow up. you said there were times when you had to intervene? >> yes, sir. >> can you tell me the nature of that intervention? >> at the time we intervened we had to arrest suspects and some of the officers were overly aggressive and one incident where the officer took his pistol and he took it to his
ear and he said breathe mother -- if -- i'm not going to let you put my job in jeopardy nor am i going to sit by and by the way, the officer just by chance were white and the victims were black. >> you did that as an officer intervening with another officer? >> yes, sir. >> thank you. >> yes, sir, not once, but a few times. 30 years. yes, sir. >> thank you. public speaker: good evening. my name is reverend daniel -- i'm standing here at the birthplace of the
united nations and 70 years after the birth of the united nations you have committed a grave human rights violation. where some might call what happened last week an officer involved shooting, the international community through the united nations would call that an execution and arbitrary punishment and judicial killing. i know tasers are seen as non-lethal alternative. this is a fantasy and a lie. let me read to you a search i did called taser used on genitals. cop shoots six times with taser on genitals. taser manufactures recommend use on genitals. man tasers in genitals by police and cops burn genital
tasers in front of family. police sodomize man with taser. it says to aim lower because you won't shoot him in the heart and they won't go into cardiac arrest and if you do it in the penis, it's going to sterilize anyone of you all there. that's a human rights violation. i'm not going to ask you to resign. that's up to your constituents to do that. the taser is not a panacea because there is ample evidence and investigation shows that cops torture you are with a taser, kill with a taser and if that doesn't work they
will shoot him with a real gun. thank you. public speaker: good evening. my name is elizabeth young. i grew up in a white and black and international neighborhood. let me tell you i learned at a very very young age never to trust the police. the police in my city as now here in san francisco killed six african american males including a six-year-old boy who they said stop and he got scared and ran. all of these people were unarmed. i have no trustor confidence in
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december 15, 2015. san francisco municipal transportation agency brooks parking authority president obama director brinkman director heinecke is on his way from the train director nolan and director ramos describing and mr. chairman you have a quorum please silence all electronic devices. by person responsible maybe asked to leave the room cells set an vibrate you cause
interruption for the approval of the minutes regular meeting so moved second. >> technical >> all in favor, say i. >> i. >> the i's have it. thank you very much item 5 communication directors please be advised for the establishment of a blue zone on delores regarding the arguable and others - for closed session have within removed from the agenda at the request of staff item 6 introduction of new and unfinished business by board members. >> first happy new year and thank internal revenue leader ed reiskin for a fabulous 2015 we really feel the agency has accomplished so much and seeing a result often the streets with and know how much hard work we appreciate if very much and it is is mark of a great leader ed and the leaders and his
leadership team they've moved forward hiring the right people supporting them and getting fabulous results happy new year and thank you to you and you're leadership team i don't see very many of you today but thank you. >> i'd like to add that the agency is so well served by every level we see it all the time basically continues very supportive and the ambitious - we get a well thought out and advanced on behalf of the people of san francisco and this board thank you very much and director reiskin thank you. >> so as just one more thing i'd like to request we adjourn in the memory of mary brown a city family member a brick coalition person was
constitutional in the valencia street consul general he went on to get over graduate degree at san francisco state university was a member the agency and passed away at 46 and socializing misses by the family she was amazing so adjournment in her memory. >> other business and item 678 director's report. >> again director reiskin. >> happy new year mr. mayor and members of the board and public and stave a staff a few quick things fir twifr r tom maguire. >> like to add the forestry is joining me. >> houston is a traffic technician in the trespasser who
has demonstrated sound ability for all covets events and street closer if approximately visits to others visiting san francisco to a small family scale event we worked with the public go to trouble shoot and solved problems they say defendable and over the last couple of years every position within a temporary and dependent decision making abilities to step enter a supervisory role to work with the consumers not only the events are signed correctly but successful and the public is invented as little as possible above and beyond the call of duty is great customer service person he determines the needs
of each location and moves little handicap parking and moves the staff around and helps to keep the streets safe so all public events we host in san francisco, california took place a great positive example for this is a colleagues and supervisors with a positive easygoing attitude and a consider it done attitude for that reason we recognize. >> on behalf of the broshgdz he recognize that you're family is here we'll to see the folks we promise. >> we'll be on tv come on up. >> (laughter). (clapping.) this is my daughter charm and i'm glad she came today you don't i did not think she could
make it her mom said she said and thank you very much for your service to the city thank you >> (clapping). >> we also have with us today mary lee our long time crossing guard working as a crossing gaud for mta for 38 years since 1977 (clapping.) since 1979 assigned to the school and being there for 36 years she's well known to the community as a puny i can't tell and courteous public sirntd with a positive attitude railing members of the commission a shift the commission recognized
here and almost every year she's received an award that is a tremendous tremendous feather in the cap she reports 15 minutes earlier four her shift and makes sure that over ask the crows the street safely and for the parents and general public we are happy to have her protecting our vulnerable on the streets. >> on behalf of the board and the mta thank you for your services for 38 years you have family here good; right? >> right. >> (clapping.) >> mr. chair a few other recognized happy to announce
that earlier this year the polk street bike way on the awards won the trails project if the bay area section of the american society of civil engineers in addition the city agency will recognize for the caesar chavez straight prong four outstanding highway projects and the central subway for outstanding projects and looking at those first two within polk and cesar chavez they are won 7 awards not just here but internationally with the outstanding projects i'll close by saying you're easily remarks and accommodations it is the kind of folks we recognize here and a lot of the folks on the engineers and mraernlz and mechanics and operators the pcos
they're the ones that are responsible for the achievements we're able to accomplish in 2015 and 2016 on behalf of the team wear fortunate to have a strong workforce and it is our job to take the policies and budget authority you give us and give them the support to implement so thank you and happy new year. >> members of the public want to address the public reports. >> seeing none. >> the advisor report not seeing mr. whatever and the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission except agenda items. with respect to agenda items, 306k we have to speakers that have turned in speaker cards herbert wiener and another gentleman.
>> good afternoon mr. wiener and herbert wiener the new line when is the resurrection will coffer absurdity street and terminate at 6 and clement street to get to the stop at samson and market street if the embarcadero e.r. to joining areas transfer will you been required ending the direct service if those areas this will result in garage travel time in addition there are be no stops at clemente streets and forcing are shoppers to walk a longer zoning districts e distance this will have an effect on the distances the line has been in the cross hairs of muni management for years it began with the clemente line to the new termination and now is effectively there because
this new run will be a toe line the ensues have been taken from the droplett of their line fortunately passengers were you able to stop that from being end but the management says it will be a clean plan moving forward hopefully the busses will run frequently than in the past and not end in the evening the two clemente line was a good one until it was stopped when the department began it's on the tip of my tongue with that paratransit ask proposed for the disabled and seniors who bend from this line it is a solution for already overloaded service that is desperately he trying to serve the passersby just as this
can be immediate bliss and strict advertising covers a awe strits. >> david and others good morning. >> good morning and a belaid new year's to all of you in any event i'd like about a one and thirty others senior cab drivers are what is called single operator permit households holders permanent a decision we have a certain amount of revenue for this there's been a decision made to end this program this is as closed to any kind of benefits for all the years of driving that we get
and i think would recommend bra this program is terminated there b&b be a full board hearing to review it we want to consider the consequences to public service what will happen if at the terminate the f single operators permit holder for the taxi riding public over and over force them into a maneuver no. i don't think so this decision needs to be reconsidered at the full board level as soon as possible thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> (calling names). >> those are the last two speakers who turned if speaker cards. >> good afternoon commissioners and happy new year to all of you pursue
i'm a colleague of david 123450id the name is glen eagle ending been driving a taxicab i'm 78-year-old and still driving not as much but we have a real concern one and 35 senior drivers they address this as single operators but it is allows up to 9 shifts no drivers by themselves is going to do that but to combrd of osmosis senior drivers the ones that you are still out taking care of the senior passersby people what wheelchairs a walkers and canes elderly that don't have smart phones yet the mere thought of could go this smacks to me of age discrimination measure and simple on average those drivers
have been driving thirty years they're in the neighborhood of 70 years of age this is absolutely ridiculous i mean, why would anyone say we need to get the most experienced out of the industry and leave to people that are licensed we'll leave this to the uber lyft so much turnover the tons of money that is driven they'd be gone please address this and at least we expect that and deserve that my feeling those green house gas emissions so be experienced to regular medallions and the people that have most this of the medallions these days were handed they got on a a list most of the drivers got on the listless because of hundreds of
people never got an medallion so thank you very much for additionally that. >> howard the last person to submit a speaker card. >> good afternoon corrections and happy new year i want to add something to your work schedule this year we know that the budget is a very political process but also, if he look at the budget we ought to look close enough to see who subsidies more you're transit rider subsidies more private cars i think if we study this in great detail and deal with the special things i'll see more work are you guys you'll have to approve certain sdpingz probable a thousand budget item is this the drivers e.r. the disabled how pays all the
different stuff i hope we can dig into this in a complete way you know we have the push and pull of politics that gets us to where we are this is not satisfactory in the areas of the politics we can use facts and study it it would be it may take some of the expenses this is not for transit this is not only for cars but it is split it up you don't have to make that decision and then certain fees like i would look at the parking text it is a fee for giving someone the conveniences and right to hold the piece of san francisco place in parking for in their convenience and others fee they agree to pay the fee it is market rate these kinds of
decisions should be made in the public and transit riders think they don't get enough let's discover the facts as you anyone else care to address the board seeing none. >> moving to our complete calendar directors i've annunciations 10 p.s. .2 and 6 have's cabin severed i've not received any other requests from the boards or members of the public for any other items. >> is there a motion to approve. >> motion to approve. >> any further discussion. >> all in favor, say i. >> i. >> the i's have it. >> moving to inform item 11 for the sfmta 2015 financial audit. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon happy new year to everybody
i don't see the auditor here they were supposed to be here so we can wait or do it i will do any presentation it is required they do a presentation in front of you. >> okay. thank you. >> all right moving forward to item 12 then approving the sfmta 2016 legislative program. >> good afternoon ms. >> good afternoon, directors this is the faster meeting i've seen. >> not over yet. >> fair enough. >> you're not with the auditors outside are you (laughter). >> thank you for the opportunity this afternoon to present the 2016 go legislative program you've seen this format so i'll not go over the packet but a quick overview utilized to
acknowledge our local are affairs person that has done a fabulous job and the way that the local program is laid out the ongoing engagements and relationships with a reaction those are broad in addressing the board of supervisors and little transportation authority with those entities and moving on to the high priorities that are fulfilling the local agenda this year is the approval the budget the 2015 ballot for the charter measure which is yet to be determined for the november 2016 election as well as other things with the
sustainability program which a comprehensive program for the sustainability fee all of that will entail the hand in hand work that is necessary for the supervisors following onramp it will be the contracts and grants that need to go to the full board fettered at the local level related to vision 2025 and item a through e programs you've been briefed on, on an ongoing basis that also have various aspects recommended to local approve with with the brt's that will execute the small combranlt agreement in the spring and aspects the muni for the record and the central subway and market street that's a lot all of those major initiates underway on with an o one stage or another i'll leave the locals program if you have any
questions certainly will encourage you to ask them and bill and i will respond moving to the stated this year, the approach i wanted to reflect on the fact we're hesitate in the second year the occurred two year legislative session obamacare in the legislative start up time, if you will, we're, on the success in year one with the i mentioned action with the enforcement of parking violations and consistent with san francisco leadership on the free muni for youth program we were successful in working with cal spaca to secure $41 million in cap & trade for light rail vehicles an ongoing effort with the state this year as we move into 2016 the governor under
item one will realize his budget on thursday that will be a start to the conversation about the budget within that context will be an ongoing conversation started last june in infrastructure investment and a something else session in praerlt to the current legislative session our efforts working studying with other transportation agencies a glimmer of hope for a moment i would say in august or september but then as time passed no reaching of the agreements we were able to get the votes this session is formally in place that is to is if there were something to come to pass in terms of of an agreement on a fund source that is directed to future translation we will pathologically have something news worthy to talk about as of today in predictions under cap &
trade the good afternoon will speak on thursday the program is growing in size i think san francisco was very successful in achieving $341 million this past year in the superintendant guerrero city program that program is going to grow the funding circles are moving into two year cycle that will be followed by 5 years and our decision to see had a is the most expensive as they feeds on this important program it is important to remember whatever we put forward has to show the enernex between the green house gas emissions and our team is figuring out what is the best project that is eligible for the fund give feedback, if you will, to the guidelines to evaluate those projects and advance those
projects working with the designation some of them were set aside to the programs hike transit in the europe city capitals rails there is still a lot of money on the table thursday we'll see whether the governor choices to make a call but those dollars are in play we have an arbitrary to insure that at least to the extent those radio designated by little transportation forces they go to transportation the third item on the agenda is really i'll characterize is as the centerpiece in addition to the initiates it initiative it is vabs at the state level the proposal is to embrace all aspects of the education and evaluation and policy and look
to specifically the action strategies commitment to seek authorization for the use of automated speed enforcement it is currently prohibited state law we have about this working with the walk sf and little bike coalition and others allies to start early in building the probation of support on the possibility of getting approval for this we have an interested and eager champion partner in the city of smoz you you know you're experience with the transit only lane enforcement program revealed us is us the long-standing concerns with regards to the use of cameras anytime you be enforcements activity we'd like to have so
grinning to the conversation another voices that perhaps have not been as historians for example, public health interests those families that suffered losses 12 will take a broad coalition of interests if we are successful we can say that the city is 12 in alignment with the springs and braid in having sdouptd this as a provided strategy parking policy this is really again sort of a place holder and put 24 to the extent any legislation related to assessable parking or 12k5i7b89d parking or more some of us in the organization that continue to serve and resources when asked because san francisco has done love work i was on a panel and folks in the room from oakland and los angeles in
particular that look at this but i think that at this point, we're not sponsoring the legislation but certainly serve as a enforcement as san francisco has zone on item 5 this is also a place a holder is having as is relates to the taxis and potentially others disruptive technologies initiative modes of transportation we will be mindful for this board in this role as a taxi regulate our to bring to those issues the concern that has been expressed brother the board before in this second year on some of the legislation that was introduced last year such legislative to require the tmc to enroll in the there that was entacked r acted
ensue other pieces of legislation having to do with drug and alcohol testing you're aware of based on previous conversations with the board the last item oh, under 6 to make sure we work cooperating with the city partners when we do go to the city, state, legislation committee which we do when we have a proposal for bills that fit within the pharynx with other city departments the last and it will be brief under federal legislative priorities we are happy to report that we have a federal multi year transportation reauthorization dubbed the fast act it is a 5 year bill and it grows the program sort of modestly but transportation interests are very pleased with a multi program and really what happens after that we look for
opportunities to weigh in an transportation that effects the agencies priorities the second item on here is making sure that we keep on track with the federal fund infunctions for the central subway and van ness brt the subway has to years left with the federal funds the next one is van ness brt to make sure those funds are commented and the number 3 is looking for other competitive grant we've exceeded in the tiger program last year others programs that will be keeping an eye on on grant opportunity which is where that item is for and the last one gosh at this point, i'll be disappeared we've seen that 5
millions times lee last month in the legislation they enacted the cropping congress and the president signed into law the par it's between vanderpool riders to workload 200 and 50 conflict of interests parking is treated equally in addition to it being permanent but adjusted for inflation really good news and i'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. >> >> members of the board q's. >> i have questions on the other legislation for the tmc any i'd like to hear more details about we're work with puc we want particularly i don't know some sort of coordination so i'm on one hand any
discussion of any sort of legislation limiting 9 amounts of types of vehicles on the street. >> the answer to the last one i've not heard anything specifically but trying to figure out where is the place to navigate frankly the puc again, just issued rule macro that an order we're looting related to the tmc you know unlike others interest areas where we plug into statewide organizations that you can really bring kind of a coordinated voice it is an area that didn't have that what you find we're trying to convene as of last summer to engage that is our best opportunity to really see how our others managing it constantly evolving realm i don't have an honest answer but working with the city
attorney's office that involves more on the xum we're trying to be close 2, 3, 4 coordination what is happening with that. >> i would suggest on that i think under those a natural industry we can seek input that is the taxi industry we hear from them to the extent that you can it is filtered i wonder if it make sense to coordinate is others in los angeles not only what legislation or regulations may favor with respect to the tmcs but they favor to themselves to be able to be more competitive i will urge it discussion. >> thank you that's very - >> thank you
good presentation i want to say thank you, again, for the amount safety enforcement included in there i know we have tough lifting around that you mention the eye ever cameras for enforcement continues to cause issues for some people that will be fascinating so show how it includes the situation i have high hopes it will not be a quick fix we've seen in surveys our insistence that satisfaction with the pedestrian environment is an area we're losing ground because people are understanding the streets are not as safe it will be important to continue extort capture that this disappointment what is like to be a pedestrian not only in san francisco but other crowded
areas thank you for continuing to work on that. >> thank you just briefly i wanted to add share the interests from some folks we've received correspondence around the transit on this to get those enforced as quickly as possible i know what happened last year in terms of you know the camera enforcements on the vehicles for moving violations i do know there is an increased need for this in other cities as well i know particular effort are you know across the bay in oakland and smoz and los angeles, san diego, shortening o stockton it feel like enough critical mass to help get this through i want to emphasize we going to need it
once they come online and really hope you're taking that and running with that as solidly as possible in particular in support of community. >> i'll be happy to give a comment. >> okay. >> award to us to cite for driving in transit lanes that under the proposal that was excluded in the proposal meet with strong resistance from the bill would 0 have been defeated from the assembly by the triple a and other resource those are positioned that were taken at the time i don't think necessarily building those are unretractable decisions we continue to explain the benefits and the burden that the system what work that we can bring
organizations along when we continue to make the case it not about revenue it is not about the current bound but safety and performance but with regard - i've had conversations with brt and others in terms of looking for the similar authority with the brt project and in the case ever brt double parking i appreciate that coming from the board members a little other organization it is really a question who is going to position themselves for a pursuit ensue certainly b be a resource. >> when you're ready to go again, you've have a lot of
allies where a lot of support whenever possible it is critically important opportunity to move our transit along and get anymore people using transit and cost operations all of that thank you very much for you're direction. >> and supervisor campos i'll add to van ness and market street i've spoken to people and feedback if the taxi drivers it was great the first several weeks pcos out there enforcing it oublt we cannot have all the councilmember parks on the streets every day but we now have although anecdotally from two sets of drivers how great it is when the laws are enforced and which other things have not yielded. >> i'd like to ask you a question this is terrific about
san francisco, however, we're part of region could you describe by corrosive venues with washington and legislative things as far as congress all together and outreach from the bodies before you presented this. >> yes. as a matter of fact i would say in a positive we meet about october with our partners at the regional level you know, i can is positively the results are that mp c is by the commission last week including the language that will allow them to be positions to support some of our initiatives like the speeding to the extents actually throughout the session we working closely with our transit colleagues as well as go transportation county c m a to
make sure that the extents we have the alignment we're speaking with multiple voices we do that didn't mean when it comes to funding the measures i'm hearing some things that will take our pocket at our expense at someone else's benefit we're playing defense on some of the things but, yeah we do cooperate the clerk will take the roll with them. >> there will be no washington legislative conference so it is important to say the region support and some give and take agencies will fill our pockets at the same time so all of this together. >> the nature the beast. >> i'm not we're not doing if thank you very much. we appreciate it. >> any members of the public. >> no members of the public have indicated an interest in
the matter. >> come on come up. >> it helps when you turn in a speaker card. >> howard. >> when someone does a great job on this give them more work here is more things in the same order locally it is about time we changed the laws that require the planning laws that require the commercial businesses to provide the capital had you get rid of of the required parking guess what there are a source office future funding you'll figure out in the years to come and continuing on i put my sfmta proof hat and supportive of cameras to enforce the right-of-way and one more thing add the yield to bus laws somehow we're not going to be
able to afford putting bus stops in many cases it will not pay when a bus runs every 15 or 20 minutes but keep that before us for another minute those buses you really want to maintain the schedule to look to the 5 of that same thing we need a sign that says yield to transit a book of signs you can't put the signs on the street unless it is in the book it sign is when we reach nevada even pedestrians yield to transit move the bus lines to help to provide us with the service so this is great you're attacking this early and done a great job. >> anyone else to address the board. >> to the gentleman's point it is important to acknowledge we're sorry a little bit hoarse
today, we do that with full buses when the school buses stop we all stop and plenty of the support for something like that so i don't know how far we can go with the efforts like that. >> thank you ms. bloomer. >> we need a most 80 motion to approve. >> all in favor, say i. >> i. >> opposed? >> back to item 11 the sfmta financial audit. >> good afternoon again. >> happy new year again, if i can use the overhead. >> that will show up but to get started the mta audit as you may know this is part of city's overall audit it is selected by
whoops - the auditor is selected by the controller and it has 3 consonants a financial audience with audit and go status and look at it by the stakeholders we work with and this is your grand compliance the sfmta, looked at this to make sure we're doing everything good with the grants and imagine that every year the auditors recommendation for any issuance and so for no finding is over the years this is good news jumping into numbers looking at the numbers here's our information comparing the last f for our operating side 90 in our operating revenues down
by $23.02 main reasons the low taxi medallion sales and the parking fines and penalties went down we saw increases in the operating grants doing better that financially with the grants we had a decrease for the central subway that didn't mean a funding gap but the timing for the grants of central subway but the good news we saw more money in the general fund to offset the decreasing line items our expenses went down $21 million and here so the majority of discharges in expenses were in 3 line items one in personal services so for the row counting based the county legislation and lower fuel costs the city has no
fuel contract and we have purchased new vehicles four materials and parts not having to fix as much that's good news and were able to reallocate the police orders to fund the bicycle capital improvement plan and so we had a decrease in the payouts that was in addition to the fy number 14 was larger a because we had a significant amount of payouts an increase in the paratransit contract and trying to fund for capital improvement plan and that's the other line item so let's see ohoh - so a quick last slide the balance sheet this is a snapshot of assets and liabilities so our assets went up by over
$4 million that is cash due to the grants we also saw increases on almost every line item but we have the liabilities exceeded our assets by that amount so i'm going to turn it over to lisa that will do their report. >> good afternoon. welcome. >> good afternoon happy new year thank you okay so ms. booze went over the financial of the finances of the year the operating for mta as the extra auditor i'm required to have discussions with members of management and have the slide up here for you so we want to remind the board you're responsibilities under
the general september 11th controls that the organization has within their operations we don't express on thinking outside the box opinion on interim controls but required to report any finding as was mentioned not reporting to management over the years and have to design and implement the procedures to not absolutely assure the finances are a statement if we provide the audit will be going on for years and perform the test with certainly laws and regulations as it relates to the audits with the laws and regulations we opi opine on the fidget statements this year, the mta received a clean bill of health and a modified statement we apply the limited procures to what we call
the dna analysis this management provides a narrative and not going to the rigorous procedures and mta accounting policies are noted to those financial statements in addition to discussing the quantify aspects but the policies they have what the county process included within the financial statements are stementsz that management makes it is impossible to tell with the pension liability will be over the end of time as of a certain date how the workers' compensation will be with the liability so managements prepares o estimates we work with the tick what has been marked as so taking the
financial statements as a whole - the audit completed in the time we discussed with management. >> so also as we raider to note any of the following let the board know there is no difficulties with management to our knowledge no problems with the accountants they've had office of the city administrator on issues no major issues discussed with the retention as
auditor and management provided a representation letter they're required to do taking responsibility for their financial statements so this presentation is intend for that the board so see if you have any questions. >> i have a question i was in consultation so 86. >> it's not the issues they've noticed but only to let us know if any communication not necessarily so. >> likewise. >> they talk to each other i see that is a requirement but what's the down see of talking to something else. >> there is isn't a down does the city auditors have an auditor as well and oftentimes the 3 parties meet together to come to a meeting the minds to come to the standards there is a
lot of conversation so not those are not bad things to communicate so the discussions - and i want to ask a question members of the board. >> yeah. one comment to go back do the conversation that was hit on number 3 i think the decrease in operating revenues due to the lower sales and parking penalties i know as we were phasing sf park in and new meters one of the stated goals we don't want to give people parking tickets we prefer them to pay for parking and move on and not get a ticket is this the results are we seeing the decrease in parking ticket. >> due to the medallions the fact we were issuing a lot of
citations from sunday parking and sunday parking was disconnected for 1 to 14 that was the biggest reason for citations. >> i believe the accounting for citations over the course a gradual decline in sieksz issues whether the results it is easier to pay the fines than for parkinsonian we know that but if you take out sunday parking enforcement it is roefk in decline singles 2007 you can 2008 a yeah, the the gentleman is correct about 8 hundred declined at citations issued. >> i thought for the cigarette tax things you want to decline becomes a prime sense of revenue
the higher you take 9 - is it costs something when it is $20 to pack on the sidewalk now it is 78 or more. >> interesting i thought i'd not find this so fascinating it is fascinating so the ramification of actions it does peak any interest in times of sf park and be taking a look at at packing i think that people appreciate the new meters and appreciate being able to park it is interesting to see those numbers. >> thank you. >> anyone else. >> thank you directors i'll submit another factor someone cut their street sweeping in half (laughter). >> so - and then to clarify on
the decline in revenue in medallion sales that is more a factor that we sold a lot of medallions sort not a situation we budgeted for a lot of mettle revenues it didn't happen it on this changed when with i rolled out the program we sold a lot of medallions. >> that's correct it is actuals to actuals the rate of medallions sales and transfers has been lover anticipated and right not to the tune of $15 million lower this is the difference; right? >> well, that is the case that we actually did sell a lot less medallions in 2015 because we didn't have the medallions to sell that's part of the reason. >> well, i people's it is a question that beyond this did we have a number bunted how much we thought we'd get off the
medallion sales and how close to that number. >> were that who with blood the last few years i don't know how scientifically that number is developed it may have been by the year we sold a lot of medallions. >> we have not had a single default an manages. >> not a single default and looking for people purchasing medallions. >> thank you very much. >> did we need an action no director this is for information only no members of the audience. >> moving to item 13 and i'll acknowledge a billion dollars multi capital budgets our cfo as done a interrelation job of getting us to the pointed those audits come and go and a lot of
work behind the scenes but the audits come and go without notes of concern a complex budget giving the resources and all the way i want to acknowledge the work of her and her team to make sure we search warrant a clean audit every year. >> it's appreciated. >> mr. chairman i nodded the head of the largest union i don't know why he's here but request you over him the courtesy not to have to sit through the entire events. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. >> happy new year to all last year, of course, we have had some accomplishments a lot of things we've been working on safety to our members of the public and everyone else in the city from our stand point we definitely time to continue that
our part what's our responsibility as employees and a union to make this work briefly i'm sure you've seen the newspapers a couple of weeks ago last week about the issues surrounding 5 years waste preservation so hopefully you can we can sit down and talk about that more i know there is more to it then sitting and saying okay what's right and wrong but hopefully over the next few weeks we'll sit down and talk about that for individuals you employ who are bailey making it in this region not just in san francisco we center like 80 percent of you're employees transit operators don't live in the city if you're not briefed i'm you pretty much you k pretty sure you guys are
here equipment for one or two of what rolled out with the waste progression and you're employees experience being unable to barely make that one can say who's fault let's see if we have a remedy soon sooner or later thank you. >> thank you and director for seeing. >> ms. bloomer. >> okay got that down. >> all right. moving to item 13 with the 4 hundred various section to increase the rates in parking meter and to eliminate a fee for transaction debit cards or paid by phone service and mr.
chairman there is no members of the public that addressed an interest on this matter. >> quietly not double the fee (laughter). >> it's nice to come good afternoon howard you don't i just don't come here to speak for parking meters 27 cents i don't understand when we buy you're gasoline we savior 80 cents to pay cash and somehow the credit card companies allow that over the state one fee to pay cash and another with a credit card why can't we do that with meters and when you raise
fees parking fees by 25 credence you'll go crazy on it applies to the convenience fee for credit cards or whatever that's their own choice i came here to speak to why it is necessary to change this thing our banks feel they own two or three percent of whole knew they thought they owned 0 the whole housing market they almost destroyed us we should encourage people not to use the card but if they had it costs 27 cents i don't understand the whole thing i was looking forward to someone telling us more about that. >> members of the board. >> do we have an explanation my understanding is that it is not our decision; correct? >> correct it is not up to us
on the transaction fee the agreement between the city eetsz is bank of america has an underlining agreement with the transaction charges on the question about the gas companies carve out in state legislation that allows them to charge the transactions for credit cards that's why we have to reduce the $0.27 transaction fee. >> what the contracts i mean, the priorities - >> yeah. >> we actually discovered it after the approved the transaction nia fee and found out by way of you shouldn't have done that unfortunately, we didn't know that but b before we approved the transaction. >> what it it come up.
>> it got renewed by the city. >> what was interesting and director reiskin brought this up if you pay tax they can charge you are transaction fee but from the public is toughing and has a tough of the meters or a tough touch to the transaction it is not credit card it is difficult to understand it took us months to understand what applies to the fee and the city attorney was a helpful. >> in a sharing the gentleman's concern we made every effort to make sure we didn't have to - in the end the citywide agreement is pretty clear we need to come into alignment what that maybe a little bit different there is benefit to us when folks use credit cards because
although we're paying the processing we're not paying the cash handling in a way that maybe removed disincentive for us to use towards credit cards as meter payments any consolation. >> we have a question we haven't had to give back the transaction fees we've charged so for. >> no i believe there was some threat of fees that will be assessed we're not to have made 24 change and presuming you approve the change we will actually execute the change rather quickly to avoid a position we're doing something in violation of the code but no financially course to date. >> well with technology and
the irony howard needs i'll make a motion to approve and labor more work to do around parking i looking at look forward to that coming before us. >> second and i have a maybe a procedural question a piece of this that raise the limit and therefore, the parking fees charged by everybody i suppose of what method they pay as you may know i'm looked at to do that on a one time basis for do we have policy as a procedural matter can we do what we're doing in the context of our indexing policy or somehow i mean again, i'm not against it we tried it we can't pass it into the credit cards holders
but i want to be careful about this at least make clear that the one time it forced action. >> that's correct you compasses not to use indexing policy in 2009 and meter fees is you carved out (laughter) the board explicit raise the meter fees since 2009 because and didn't apply the index to meter fees. >> we've held them flat. >> since 2009 arch over the course we'll be coming o coming back to you with ideas of expanding the pricing model for parking meter fees to the rest of the city one option to put the parking meter into the indexing with the new option or re78dz to take the sf park model and bring that citywide so that
those i mean and what we've done in the meantime is neither so one quarter to demands we have essentially left them untouched for the last 6 years. >> i've forgotten that points that maybe part of messaging we have not raised parking meter in 5 years so thank you. so, now i'm remembering that i'll second the motion. >> any further >> all in favor, say i. >> i. >> emphasizing the i's have it. thank you. >> decorations it will be priority for a motion as to whether to conduct a closed session and also for the record the items the jack matter is off the record no discussion or amended litigation. >> motion to closed session. >> a closed session. >> second. >> any further discussion. >> all in favor, say i.
>> i. >> the i's have it. we'll go into closed session. >> all right. >> mr. chairman item 15 announcement of closed session the mta directors discussed the pa let case the board of directors settle the matter for the removal from the discussion and directors item 15 disclose or not disclose to discuss. >> not disclose. >> second
>> all in favor, say i. >> i. >> okay. >> director that includes. >> adjourning in memory of ms. brown and signed the letter and also remind you, we have two more meeting many month the 15 >> the 19 and 26. >> you're working group that will be it. >> and second that will start at 9 o'clock a full day of fun. >> we're looking forward it it thank you, everyone and happy new ye
issue. >> homeless in san francisco is a challenging issue that effects owner in the city in many different was as of the 2014 homeless census over 64 homeless in individual in the city to try to address the issue we've got a program for chronic homeless welcome to the navigation center. >> this pilot project is for people living on the street what makes it different the navigation center is able to accommodate homeless encampments lowell u allowing people to keep their pets and bring their personal bloonlz. >> the full realization that people don't want to be homeless
not refuse services but from the services don't meet them and not relevant they're not going to be successful if you look at the budget losses we've got a community sacrifice important people to get food and laundry we're standing next to the bathrooms it is designed to be a dynamic and brief residential experience where right of on this site city staff to connect you to homeless places to return to family dine is up for medi-cal and all those things that are complicated for people. >> the other exciting thing city agencies come on site and provided the services for folks this is existed to see when the goal of streamlining a a whole processes of getting people on go gentle assistance into
housing as much as possible. >> way totally different you can come and agree as please and get laundry services and showers any time of the day and night it's twenty-four hours a day whatever and twhefr it's not like any other she recalls. >> they come and help people for what it is they're required the issues they need and reach out and do what we can to say okay how can we accommodate you to get you set up and straight never in my mind imagined a program like this this place it different and a a lot a lot that better it works. >> the navigation is center is a collaboration of partnerships too city departments one is the homeless outreach team managed by the san francisco
distributing i look forward to the navigation center we'll have our agents go out and help and say don't go anymore over and over send our dayshift out they've meet the population and hang out and hang in the encampment and transport people and be with them and make immediate impacts with me and my staff. >> bringing our wloongz whatever you go presents a problem this place their help with the storage i don't have to worry about it staying here you know you're getting things done they need to get things down done to get off the street avenue of the hope alsoness is gone. >> they help you
if you're hungry go eat if e you need to go places go. >> they're 4th district it awe auto. >> it was funded through a unanimous donation and of may 2015 an additional $3 million to help to continue the program beyond 18 months. >> you see people coming out they're ready to being so the future homes you know how variable the navigation center is my message for the constituents yes something can be done do break chronic homelessness it is being done. >> this is a community that sets an example but i how to pick an area that was funky they've seen we're trying to do is help their neighbors they've seen getting sicker and more frail and broken down on the
streets and welcomed us that's a powerful statement people are exist and president in they're becoming to see the movement for folks and people on the streets are only survival modes where is there next meal and their itch more carefree. >> the staff here is interpretation the first day i have a appointment and everything was made all you do is go through them this makes a huge difference. >> to get settled in a helping hand, to get on my feet, take care of the issues i have and get out of bed and help.
>> even though the navigation center has been up in march 2014 the program is creating successful outreach for it's clients. >> a month ago they came to me and asked me to go into a new program i moved into here and now 3 months later i have my own place it is mine i lock my door don't worry about my stuff it feels human again >> calling meeting to order and roll call, please. >>