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i'm going to turn it over to the chief. >> thank you. chief? >> good morning supervisors. fire russia. a couple things i like to clarify before we get started on code enforcement. number one, i was part of the presentation. i give a presentation to the fire commission in the mission district and when in depth about or rule of fire prevention role in our duties to enforce code. i do have-we do have a report in the appendix a list of all fires per neighborhood broken to get i like to point that out there as well. supervisor to oppose you but something up earlier wittily to respond to. regarding percentage of fires in the mission compared to the total city. if we go back to 2000, again, my role is to prevent the data to see if we can find ways to improve on
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fire safety. we collect data. and we see with the data tells us. so, with that in mind, if we look at the number of fires, working fires in the mission, from 2005, >> if you could speak into the microphone, chief? >> if we look into the fires in the mission since 25-actually i think it's 204 i don't have a document for me but i do know it's fluctuated between a low of 10 and a high of 28. if we were to take an average of all those fires up to current day, the mission district is averaging roughly 17, a little over 17 structural working fires a year. does that
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mean i'm trying to discount concerns of the people in the mission? absolutely not. i'm here to provide the gadget that's what the data shows. that's what the information is provided from our it people that the information we put four. you referenced an article in our union paper about four fires that were not included. i don't know what the parameters with the street map-what area that covers the maybe that's outside. i don't know. i don't have that information it i will tell you this but we had those four hours within the missionary would have been reported to. it was not withheld it by any means. that type of the percentage of fires in the mission compared to the city. this is reality. our run volumes are increasing we have one. one 35,000 bonds are you. our fire volume, work and are structural fires has been a steady decline over the years. the majority of the city is in the kind mission is relatively flat meaning, it's been getting the same number of fires relatively speaking for the last 10 i'm 11, 12 you could while the rest of the city has been in the country that expense with the percentage of fires overall has gone up did not necessarily the number when
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compared to all city the percentage has gone up. also, i'd like to speak a little bit to that. if we look at 2014, you have 15 working structure fires in the mission. 2050 17 working fires structure fires in the mission. what we've had and i understand the concern and it's a concern about that some of the fires we had our larger budget we had more greater alarms. we had seven greater alarms in 2015 in the mission did so, too chief of department point, earlier, why have we are we having his big fires? to the best one ought at this point up to what's different about the mission from the rest of the city good i think does what your questions and i was a couple things. i would say the mission is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city i would say a number of the structures are built around the turn-of-the-century. number of the structures are wood frame. aluminum construction. a number
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of the structures the area is very dense and and i'll speak to the fire the fifth alarm on 29th st. what was unique about that fire spewing what jumps out at me about that fire was the time of day, 1:30 pm to whether we have a fifth alarm at 1:30 pm in the day spewing a couple things to the look of the aerial shot, you look at the buildings they'll converge in the back corner. there's no law line set back. there's no exposure protection. the just about it right up to each other. we typically have that in the city side-by-side but if you look at this the rear yard they got right up. if you're fire in the rear that structure which we did, you have immediate impact of multiple structures right away. what other challenges to that provide supervisor? it provides an axis challenge to the fired upon the weekend from to back to know when you're good to look away and see to that fire to and provides an additional challenge. there's a number of factors. there's a
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number of factors that play a role in greater alarms [inaudible] and fires we have. >> powerpoint, please. >> sure. there it is. as you can see, may walk up to this >> yes. >> this is rso right here. the fire to the customer knowledge at this point is somewhere in the reader here. if you look at exposures there's no setback here. all of buildings converge -excuse me-on the scorn. it prevents it presents an axis issue to the fire department and it gives you exposure to the
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building on 29 psr oh and the buildings on the south. i just want to point out. that poses a significant role. so, regarding larger fires what factors are, there's a number of factors. the number of fires, though we have not seen go up. >> well, i think the problem i have with that presentation is that this is the response, really. but they are basically saying is, the reason why the mission the fires in the mission constitute a larger percentage of citywide than they did 10 years ago is because the number of fires in the rest of the city have gone down the number of fires in the mission have remained the same. that doesn't actually give me any comfort right. you're still not saying, why is that the case? what is it that's happening in the rest of the city that has allowed those fires the number of fires to go down in the rest of the city, but remain the same in the
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mission? right >> i can answer that, supervisor >> images finish my statement and am happy to hear whatever you have to say. so, that's the very circular argument. the numbers are what they are because the numbers are what they are. well, that doesn't really explain the reason behind that and i keep hearing these statements about well we have a lot of old buildings in the mission. i think of a lot of old buildings throughout the city. if you want to give me a rundown of the mission to show that the percentage of old buildings in the mission is higher than a dozen other parts of the city, i am open to it. i've not seen the kind of presentation from the fire department. i think it's just a general statement. we know there's a lot of old buildings
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in every part of the city. why is it that notwithstanding that, there's more fires here? right? that's one thing. then, in terms of the specifics of this fire i'm sorry. i can go to any neighborhood in san francisco and point to a potential obstruction of access in any neighborhood and is not something that just specific to the measurement is the nature of the layout of our city. so, again, a lot of circular arguments that don't really address the point of what is happening in the mission that is not happening in other parts of the city. go ahead, please >> thank you, supervisor i was fine to your comment, sir, they said the percentage of fires has tripled and we are more fires in the mission. that is what you said. i was responding to that. you need to understand what the data is telling us. i'm not discounting the fires in the mission can i have as much concern as anybody in this room for what went on in the mission could answer but the
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city. my point was simply this. i was explaining to you were providing information as to why those numbers are that way. that part was left out earlier and it terrified indicating more detail on that. so, we can call that a circular conversation at all just respond to. number two, i did not say, sir, i did not say that the fires in the mission are due to just because of the old structure. i didn't say this. that there are multiple factors that contribute to the fires of which one of them is the type of occupancy. the type of structure. the age of the structure. the density. etc. the fire department access. we can go on and on. we can look at all that i took it on the point into one thing to simplify things and to throw up a smokescreen in the not discounting it at all. same we need to look at all these factors did that was the point
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of my comment, circuit >> okay, thanks. can we go back to the code enforcement questions i had because i think that goes to the heart of what were talking about? how do complaints come into the department stephen people called him and? how does that happen? >> i was prepared to address this slide. i can jump right to code enforcement or whichever you are >> whatever your preference >> autostart with this slide in general. code enforcement. the code addresses three main areas. but that whether cody a building code, fire code, health and safety code, regulations, standards as such a. so, there's three main you. your building standards that the code addresses. so construction tenant improvement, etc. the regulated activities regulated by the state fire marshal but open flame use of propane, etc. then
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you have issues in the fire code that address maintenance issues. what i mean about maintenance, maintenance of existing buildings can we do annual inspections on specified occupancies. one of those is are the are-to the department those multi residential units. i like to back up once i get the fire on plan street, trying to sound insensitive, supervisor then try to give you an example of background to understand how we are limited to a certain extent with enforcing the code. those buildings today will not be allowed to be built the way they are. give certain property lines setback requirements, fire separations that all would mandate some kind of setback something that would address
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the exposure issue. >> can i just jump in. that's interesting. i'm talking about complaints, how they were. i don't want to get sidetracked by the side issue. we could have if we have a hearing about them am happy to call for hearing about them they can we focus on store the issue at hand? >> i will finish my thought, sir. the reason i was bring that up was we can only enforce with the code was at the time with the building was hit. you can't build those today. whenever the code was the day those were built unless there's a retroactive provision in the code, the state or local code we cannot enforce that. that's the point of trying to make. with that in mind, with complaints we get complaints a number of different ways. we get complaints to our company inspections. we get complaints from citizen phone calls, e-mails, us mail, etc. the complaint comes in. is input
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into our fire tracking system. depending on the address, it goes out to our district inspectors the cities divide up into multiple district >> can i ask you how long it takes from the time the moment the complaint is received when it sent out to the inspectors? >> is real-time. there's a clerk and some calls and someone always at the front desk manning the phones. as it they come and they interacted. but automatically populates the district inspectors page. the district inspector, now and here is the district inspectors response for construction permit is responsible for referrals and is responsible for complaints. so we have a spike in construction of the
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subject volume is up so what we have done everything: three, what we have done is we've created a new fire complaint section we have taken all the complaints that are too stupid out to the different districts were consolidating them into one section. what we are doing is a sign that section to a captain, a lieutenant and five inspector. i know, we are capt. lieut. and to inspectors and were working on adding three more. once we get the three, the plan is that all the complaints will go through the one section and will not be-and their duties and roles which would only be to address complaints. issue violations, jerry notices, etc. >> do you keep jack of the complaints? to have data that shows how many complaints received in the neighborhood? >> if we can go back to the slide. what we have up here-no, sorry. that's it, there. yes. when the first column are r-two
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company inspections for district 9, battalion six which falls under district 9 which includes all the mission and a little bit more. i don't have the mission neighborhood itself. but this does capture the mission. so a company inspections from january first 2016 until present conducted 203 residential building inspections. what does that mean? beaux-arts apartment buildings, nine units or more that are on our annual inspection was. of the 203 inspections, 30 complaints were generated. >> of the inspection? >> of the company inspections 30 complaint regenerate. if your engine officer chuck officer and you got there and you see a deficiency you will submit a complaint to our office the bureau of fire prevention that will be sent
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out at this .20 district inspectors to address. >> he said earlier another way you can do complaints of people calling in couldn't do you keep track of how many of those complaints came in? >> yes that's on the second column, sir. we will get to that. so of the 30 complaints generated, 31, 38 from company inspections and 31 have been conditions have been corrected their seven open complaints. (meaning that action is been taken on it. stop in close. pending means it has not been open yet. so everything has been addressed are being addressed and their seven open complaints. those seven that are open are considered a lower priority. still complaint, still a violation potentially but it's not life-threatening at this point in terms of the safety issue we have seven. the next column over inbound citizen complaints, same time spent january 1 until present. same area. battalion six. we received from citizens 51
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complaints and 50 of those have been corrected we have one complaint that is still open. that open complaint is considered a standard, falls understand category at this time. does that answer your question supervisor? >> do you keep track of their sponsor, the average response time for complaints beyond java breakdown of how long it took you to- >> i didn't i don't have that in front of me >> i think they'll be helpless >> we could see the day was filed and the first inspection and when it was corrected we do that have information >> on average do you know how long it takes the apartment to respond to a complaint? >> our goal is this bit of that data broken down that digital radio. we can get that. our goal is a priority complaint if it's a life safety system, sprinkler, fire alarm were part of an egress system, article within 72 hours have
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responded to that complaint and have taken action. >> how many priority complaint of the receives about the mission, let's say for this period of time you're talking about, generate first- >> again supervisor that to get more detail on that. i 30 complaint coming about 10-15%. the majority of them are standard complaints but i'll have posters of numbers. as i'm >> i guess part of the challenge here right. there isn't a clear delineation of that shows this is our data. so, you're saying you're doing everything can. well how many priority complaints are you getting and how long did it take you to respond to those? i think that part of the challenge here is that i mean, if you listen to this conversation and this discussion there isn't a lot of information they can provide. it sort of we will get back to you and at some point it's not helpful and i think if anything
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it as-it raises more questions than it actually provides information. dick supervisor campos if i may be happy to provide that information at our fire marshal stephen we have built we don't bring it to get we checked in with your office and there were six items that you asked for. we provided all that. it is additional pacific information will be happy to turn that around to you in a week of time but everything last four we provided today. >> just to be very clear so there is no mistake. i want any and all information that is relevant about relevant to what's happening in the mission right now. and the response by this department was happening in the mission right now. so, that is as broad as i can possibly make it. so, i would
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say if there's a doubt or question about the relevance, give us the information about a have information than less. okay. i think that's all i have for the fire department. >> one more comments, please. we do specify priority complaints. that are zero better opened they've all been adjusted i do understand the supervisor concern about timeframe and will get that information for you but at this time we don't have any open complaints that are priority complaints at this time. in battalion six. thank you. >> so, just briefly, i know there's other items. i want to move this along to talk about code enforcement in the mission beyond the fire department. we hear, we have department of building inspections so i would ask our deputy director, dan lowry, and then also after the apartment of building session we also have it both department karen cohen.
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>> >> i think we have some technology issues. hopefully, we will resolve. okay.
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>> grades. great. good morning supervisors. daniel lowry deputy director of inspection services. i'm here to report on the mission the 29th status update. the department of building inspection issued notice of violations for six that fire damage property owners provided violations of 72 hours to emergency orders for the demolition were given. two of the buildings in the fire there were and hazards [inaudible] determined the building had to be removed. emergency orders were issued for 33-10 3316. and the adjoining building next-door 3318 mission st. the status update on this permit, the
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owners have obtained permits that working on asbestos reports and demolition will a person to those two buildings. the shortest timeframe for owners is typical [inaudible] we require they obtained an evaluation of 72 hours. we try to make it as soon as possible so we can get an update on the status of the building. why 72 hours? current affordability crisis in san francisco fewer opportunities to four location of displaced residents. the department of building supervise two instances of tenant which able of belongings from properties. monday, june 20 23 properties and wednesday june 22 for the sro tenants. the goal is for owners to make building repairs as soon as possible to enable tenants to return. as far as the mission
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street status update, 33 old mission st. has obtained permits to work on restoration of the hotel has begun. the anticipated time frame for that work in the hotel is nine months. it would be [inaudible] that the estimate from the owner. we get asked them to repair the fire gringo that was there could isolate the electrical and restore the fire alarm panel and the sprinklers and construction work has begun for the restoration of the property. for the cold hardware emergency order was issued and it was picked up monday, june 27. the emergency order was also picked up for 3318 mission st.. both buildings will be demolished. four 3322 mission st., commercial property only to permits were obtained for the repair. for the 20 street
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status update, 1/9 31 29 street 72 hour deadline for issue in evaluation and permit and they did not obtain a permit so we refer this to director to follow through the code enforcement process. further 33 3729 street permits were obtained. issued to commence work to restore the building. on 39-4529 street pg and he has restore power to a three unit apartment and commercial property.. the fire safety legislation, baby i supported help shape the fire safety legislated cheap housing inspector bosque he served as chair of the fire safety task force june-december 2015. the fire safety task force
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submitted detailed recommendations to the board in january 2016. so, for the mission code enforcement study james-will go through presentation. thank you >> thank you. >> thank you supervisor. thank you deputy. so, we felt that looking at code violations in the mission was extremely important. for the first time ever, we reviewed the content of the nov in that neighborhood parties producing very revealing numbers. how many violations were in the mission apartment last year? how many were corrected by landlords in the mission? well, we found over 1300 housing code violations were corrected in the mission last year. in my handout it says
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>> in my handout it says 2015 >> 2015. >> i ask you what that means you and 1300 housing violations corrected in the mission in 2015 >> that means of the number violations that take place 1300 of those were corrected >> yes. exactly >> how many of them predict the we have i see >> 1564 violations were cited by one housing inspector. in one year and 82% were corrected. we have a couple of images of things that tenants had to do to protect themselves to keep themselves safe. the image on the left is a window is being held shut a golf club and on the right is a can opener stuck in the door to keep the door shut. 215 notices of violation
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were issued last year by one inspector and 150 were dressed in the mission. but 25% had to go into our penalty process which is a director sharing lien on the property and a fine. and the tenant is those both get their rent reduced at the rent board. >> can i ask you as i compared to other neighborhoods? >> well, we have not finished our study of all the other neighborhoods yet. the preliminary results are that we have about 12,000 every year. violations of people's apartments. i would say the mission is probably above average. this is an image here of a new set of stairs where we cited the owner had to replace
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the back stairs the second means of egress. here we have a map. i also want to add that the data we use to compile all this turned out to 178 pages of data we had to sort through. the map shows district 16 now our shop is divided into 18 districts-so little different than the board of supervisors. this district includes parts of the trail go but mostly homeowners out. you see the mission has the will and majority goes to the violation in district 16. we have high concentration in the mission court or mission street corridor could we also have more of an even distribution from about 19th st. until cesar chavez. here, we have our housing code of process
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overview. where we have the beginning of the case of the top inspection, reinspection. we are that 48 hour response at all claims that come in. we have a hearing upon the reinspection of the landlord made any progress to goes right with directors hearing. that's where we institute a lien on the property and of fine and you cannot collect fine if you don't have >> i asked this of the fire department, with that 48 hour target how what percentage of the time do you meet that? >> nine and percent of the time >> okay. >> we report every month on our response time to a commission on every complaint. so, the next slide. how does our process committed that
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these and other cities? what we have here is this a survey conducted by the community. committee who surround the city reached out to other cities and other building departments and others to get the 20 largest cities in america. we asked them, do you have a housing code ? do have a housing inspector services you have a notice of violation issued when a notice of violation is found the one you have a directors hearing or administrative hearing process? are there penalties the owners does not comply with that point. to lean the property you for those lines to the board of supervisors which we do, next month to the board of supervisors about me know appears on the tax bill? do you litigate? cases that still are not solved? we also looked at is the city of online
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complaint tracking. only four of the 20 cities have an online system of complaint tracking. do you have outreach with the community to help inform landlords and tenants of their rights and responsibilities? we found that only in san francisco do we have all this available for tenants. you might ask, why only in san francisco because san francisco is the city that knows how or is it because the people demand it the service and that's what the answer is because in the 90s, all the tenant groups and the landlord groups came together and insisted the city implement this system. people like what about commissioner eileen hansen were in; making that happen. activists like ted: send, gin and new: norman fong, people around the city
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came together to make sure that the tenants right to have a habitable place to live is maintained throughout san francisco. one of the programs i run is the sro collaborative and the code enforcement outreach program. the mission we work with the sl collaborative which includes mission neighborhood resources center and committee service up it we work with just cause get housing rights community. this even apartment association is very important partner with us. so the owners of a place to go where they can have their voice heard and we can all work together to try to make people safe. our director, tom healy has increased the funding in the next fiscal year. if you have questions i can contact
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myself or deputy director dan lowry. he is a photo of number of our groups are working together to get a section on the landlord whether not compliant on a date. >> thank you very much for that. i mean, the only question that i have is the question i asked fire chief which is let me say that i felt the department of building inspection has been very responsive and the work of the task force in an agency would not have happened without the leadership role department played. given that the mission has probably a higher number of violations that some of these other neighborhoods do you feel you have resources in the upcoming budget you need to do the job that is needed to inspect the buildings in the neighborhood >> we have some staff vacancies working hard to fill.
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we feel when we get those we will be doing pretty well. were trying to get a couple more next year the next cycle but deftly helps other comments really get you would make a huge difference. >> i would ask if there is anything else that is needed that we seek it and put it in the budget and in the and it saves lives but also saves a lot in terms of economics or property damage that is caused by fire. i like to know call on the department of public health and i know they have a brief presentation. thank you >> thank you to committee is holding this hearing. by ms. karen cohen acting deputy director within the health upon. the likely where our role may based be developed services plays the aftermath of the fire tragedy on sunday and monday
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last week. english and spanish-speaking crisis workers were deployed to the site. this of the total 20 displaced people and for your healthy such as replacement medication and made appropriate resource connections. pretty behavioral also attended last friday's committee being to hear from the community and speak to what their services had been. to switch to code enforcement which is here before us today, the main residential inspection is from our healthy housing and retro control program. those inspections are for the purpose of identifying and ordering abatement of primitive public health nuisances as defined in the health code. this includes a hotel is mission program since 2009, the hotel inspection this routine inspections every three years of sro hotels with over fewer units includes common areas as was individual rooms and since 2014, the rooms and privately
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operated sro hotels also been included in the inventory. in the fire area this includes the gray wood hotel, 330 mission, which is a residential 20 unit hotel. for most recent violations in that site down in our data from november 2012 get the complaint related to sanitation of excess belongings that created a public health nuisance. that was resolved. in the next year. routine inspections occurred in 2015 in a single complaint generated inspection included in 2015. all have been anything generated has been resolved from those inspections. there's also private residential building, 3360 mission st. was inspected twice by dph in july of wet hazard which was abated. but to speak to are more ongoing investigation of the mission as a district, you requested that data so we provided that to you as a handout. probably
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won't be [inaudible] visible. thank you for your help with that. i think him and to speak to that and just put the hotspot map because [inaudible]. this is violation data from our mental health browsing issues from 2008-2013 and the more red orange and yellow portions are the one of highest concern, the mission is primarily a yellow and orange district. meaning there is a greater violation at density. in the last two years, there's been 1733 inspections. in the
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zip code 94110. it represents 9.1 2% of all inspections performed citywide. what this program does is both routine inspections that are proactively schedules with building operators to examine control conditions on exterior and common areas and also responds to complaints. complaints are about things such as accumulation of garbage and vegetation unsanitary conditions, mold has, lead hazards, illegal number of animals. so, there's a fairly big scope. those would've generated the 733 inspections.. in the table, most of those were private residential housing the mud 1565. the hotels are less common in the mission than some other areas but residential areas hotels only 14. as far
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as the type of violation, the violations were 336 the revenge rated from those inspections. that is 10.07% of all violation citywide. roughly, the same but slightly more than the percentage of inspections. we also do restaurant inspection in the area and that is included food handling sanitation in the two restaurants [inaudible] . in all of our regulatory work it's common to receive referrals from other agencies such as the ones represented here today and also increase rose. we don't attempt to enforce code provisions outside of our expertise but i'm somewhat inspired by today to ensure that all inspectors adequate crosstraining as to how to make fire prevention for all and that something i will check on good >> can i ask you right now what kind of training do they
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receive on that? >> i don't get that's what i will go verify for you and see, like, is it time for a refresher , what i can do we track him and he referrals we make, what sort of issues they are. that's not something i time to investigate prior >> how many inspectors do you have? >> does a lot of retirement and vacancies thoughts are number two is a. the smaller number than dbi. the way the system is divided >> what is it? >> eight >> eight? >> yes >> good awful kopelman of the eight right now? >> semiretired eight i'm sorry i was q answers but at the same question about the fire department and does the department of public health have the resources you need to do the job that needs to be done in terms of ensuring the public safety of this neighborhood? >> i don't have a way to answer your question not
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simply. so we do the task that's put in front of us. a good portion of that task changed at the time in 20 weight when the board of supervisors and the mayor created a fee-based system for our department. so, a significant amount of time is now spent on proactive routine inspections of exteriors and common areas. nobody has made an evaluation about did that enhance safety were not. it's only took away from--it created greater inspection of the agitation, which is a fire hazard. create a fire inspection of the tour cartridge which is a habitability issue could still have an advantage in that way. but then how do you manage the same level of complaint inspections if you're also doing the team proactive inspections with the same workforce. those are the big questions to evaluate >> i think we should evaluate at and maybe that sort of a separate hearing to focus on
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the department of public health because the answer is we don't know just kind of what i'm hearing, that's not encouraging. right? >> another person what i have that information would authorize to give you a simple answer good >> who would that be? >> i glued the would require analysis in common with a thoughtful presentation. >> we always want a thoughtful presentation from our departments. especially coming i mean is there something that the department is doing different given the number of fires in this neighborhood? i mean, have you responded in a different way? have you change what you're doing because of the number of fires? >> i can speak to that as a program manager for children by mental health commission. my
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staff primarily in the past only did lead hazard inspection. because we did not want to wait for children to be poisoned to be called out to their home we decided to more proactive outreach. we partner with paternal child health so that their programs which capture most of the low income families in the city are accessible to make referrals to us and so for instance we mail to 10,000 clients to opera conference of home assessment. in that assessment, we always note whether the smoke detectors carbon monoxide detectors. we make those referrals to the appropriate agencies when they're missing and require that to be part of our compliance. >> i think part of the challenge here and i'll ended because i know there's public comment people wonder provide is that there's still a lot of questions unanswered but with the department of public health is doing and that's not a good thing in the sense that i mean, we have a lot of people questions about different aspects of enforcement and what we want is to reassure the public that we're doing everything we can to ensure proper code enforcement in the
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mission and that all the resources have been provided to each department that has some responsibility in that effort >> i can assure you we want to be part of that effort and that enforcement has stayed on task. but perhaps what you're asking is good the task be better defined. the one recent improvement in the last two years has been our health director generated psychiatric social worker support to the hotel so that in the past when tenants were being held accountable for too many belongings that helped with pest infestation being counseled and given social support rather than being put at risk of eviction. >> thank you i know we might lose a quorum so that will and the presentation from the various departments. yes? >> what i said it's a quick
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question but the big question at this probably not the question for dph but for the other comments as well. in the case of fire, how do dph, dbi and the front fire department to mitigate with one another and i know one of the tasks of the passport is to see how the department could communicate better >> there's deftly a referral mechanism and the inspector has a form that could e-mail to the other agency. i mostly unfamiliar with my program is that allow time giving to a building inspection >> so, in the case of a fire dph would refer to dbi. is that what whitaker? specifically in the case of fire how does dph work with fire and dbi? >> so for where specific code violations we see in our inspections like a lack of spoke
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smoke and detector will be a fire department referral. >> got it dick my guess for you is i should audit everybody has the same understanding has a mechanism for doing it can often does it happen that does need refresher training pacific subcommittee today >> [inaudible] do you generally find in terms of communication there's a fair degree of positive or constructive to mitigation plea because i know everyone is busy. i'm not try to-i'm regularly in touch with jamie screwed. jamie and also rosemary bousquet also done a lot a lot of work with mr. lowrey in this last year on other issues. as far as the fire department our main attraction is there a hazardous materials program. where this inspection of business regulated substances. of concern because of the mobility attack service that's another area of overlap with the fire department. with there's been decades of cooperation conduct an ongoing relation. >> thank you. >> thank you. colleagues, with
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that if it's okay with you i like to open up to public comment. a member of the public would like to speak if you can please come on up. >> as a notice to the public, you have 4 min. for translation or interpretation. >> if you could speak into the microphone? >> my name is juan hayek
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torres and i was a person victimized by the fire in 2015. it's been about a year and a half since i've had my own house again. i have two issues i would like to talk further about. the first issue is about the report, but the fire itself. we were able to meet with the legal representative. he told us he was writing the final report. we waited. we waited.
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when we finally received this final report then he told us that he actually could not help us after all because it wasn't something that he could gain monetary income from. gain monetarily from. then he left us right there without actually helping us. so, we would like to know what are the ways, what is the way to be able to have the right to an attorney for our housing. the second point is safety after the fire itself.
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after the fire immediately after the fire occurred nobody put in a safety perimeter around the building so someone caand me in stole all of our belongings. so we would like to know what city department would be able to assist us in this regard? or if were going to be with to get back or how can we get back what was most lost in the fire were lost simply in the fact because the were no parameters safety established. that would be all. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon.
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>> if you could speak into the microphone? >> good afternoon. my name is [inaudible] and on attendance at the gray wood hotel building. that's where i lived before the fire that took place on june 18, 2016. we have been out of our home for almost more than two weeks. here, as a member of-to talk and to the city of san francisco has to do all of its part to prevent
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extensive damage due to fires and they should do this by actually making sure a system to examine all code violations doing with health or coat fire or security. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi. so, my name is lucas-counselor and organizer. our organization has supported over 200 individuals from 11 different fire disaster sites with multiple residential units affected. we help them secure visas for occupants newly after a fire disaster. we supported what is considered vulnerable
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populations in city terms. it is famous, long-term occupants, seniors, disabled folks. never was, the folks that make up that make up our committees in neighborhoods. although we can't say for certain these fires are caused by greed or arson, one thing is clear. that's that neglect potential quest for business buildings very commonplace. so, neglect doesn't characterize the time period after the fire would multiple city agencies are swimming to get all the non-cooperative absent-minded windows. we understand is needed for all departments to support preventive measures the means to collaborate a communicable actively run inspections citations of violations offer consistent in all issues that lead to life-threatening hazards. we also need further turnaround time for the city was for
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rebuilding for construction of the units after destroyed by fires. this would make [inaudible] possible to temper a displacement becoming permanent displacement of long-term tenants. so we hope that the words in ordinance injuries by supervisor campos puts an end to impunity of irresponsible landlords and applies pressure so they feel it's responsible to ensure long-term tenants return to their units in the repair and maintain these units as well. thank you >> i want to thank-just cause because what they have done for the victims of all these fires is just incredible. amazing work so thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> hi. tommy-from housing rights committee. of course, we agree with all the recommendations of just cause. we'd like to add some points that have come up for me as a been listening to city departments testified. in terms
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of fire department we feel that all violations should be given priority. i heard this term low priority and him confusable it lets a low priority and what's not although priority. with high priority. it feels like when those come to fire every nation be treated equally because anything can contribute to fire we want to prevent fires. another concern is is it going to be data on the fire department website like there is on dbi that will allow us to access the end of the and information about violations because right now as tenant counselor, i can access the information on the dbi say about all the violations that occur in a particular property and i think that's really important for us in value for us and we need that data in terms of fire violations as well. so i hope that 20 something that's going to happen. in terms of causes of fires, as lucas said from just
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cause, we are concerned about what's determined as causes. we know that user neglect such as what happened at 22nd and mission where there was years and years of violations that went on repair, we know you can't call that an accident. an accident if there's a fire. it's not an accident it's neglect it we feel should be labeled as they glad. times running out. i've got to hurry. this thing about two years and open investigation for two years what does that mean for insurance? would does that mean for landlord to get money to rebuild? began rebuilding the way that's two years later and still open and insurance won't pay for it tenants can return. so were concerned about these open cases with a means to the right to return. finally, we feel enforcement is most crucial thing. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good morning. thank you for having this. my name is-a been
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a resident of the mission for 23 years. i've never seen anything like i have in the mission. everyday i hear firetrucks rushing by. so most become a joke but what's on fire now. it's not always large sros. smaller buildings like a fire in san jose. budgeted to a transformer outside. in terms of transparency, regarding arson, from the fire department, as supervisor kim brought up, there might be a benefit for us knowing whether my view benefit trust knowing what to look out for what to see, especially in larger units. i mean is there something that may easily fabricated? is this something that can be shorted out? who benefits and where can we get the information amongst these departments as to who is going
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to benefit. i really appreciate this because i think though this is a step towards a cohesive sort of platform to work with including the public. that's all i have to say. thank you. >> thank you. is there any other member of the public would like to speak? seeing none, ivy mdm. chair that includes public comment if i leave i make my final comment. it might ask would be that this item be continued to the call of the chair so that we continue to monitor the situation and bring this back in the near future. one of the things that i failed to mention i know those actually representative of the san francisco apartment association at the beginning of the meeting this man has taken a long time. is to acknowledge the very important work that the san francisco apartment association has done.