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the glen park community plan. in its summary is attached to the documents. the community plan specifically calls for making short-term parking available for businesses in the village. therefore, i request that the board respectfully request that the board find the zoning administrator made an error, in his september 1st, 2017 letter of determination and allow the operation and improvement of the parking lot as contained in exhibit 9 of the appeal. and thank you very much for your consideration of my views, and again, thank you for being here tonight. >> thank you. i do have a question, supervisor. >> sure. >> as a city lejs legislator, currently in the books, there's no temporary designation, right, and so how would you suggest -- 'cause once they get the designation, they may not be able to develop? >> you know, from being in the
neighborhood, my experiences is that i think people almost universally in the neighborhood would like to see that developed as housing. i mean, we have a housing crisis in this city. and the parking lot itself, you know, in the long run, isn't what the community, i think, is going to want or need. the community's becoming more tech focused. i think we'll see a decline in cars. unless something's done with the traffic situation there, i mean -- >> but tigers will be there forever. >> tigers and glen park station, and la corneta, i think, will never go away. >> you know, this is a dilemma that i'm probably going to ask the department to explain, but you know, my auntie rosa owned the dry cleaner on the corner for years that had all the police uniforms on it. >> yeah, that's my dry cleaner. >> yeah.
>> yeah, i really think -- and to the degree that the five years i'm here, this is something i would push aggressively to see housing develop, because we do have a crisis, and for me personally, the more we can fill around the glen park b.a.r.t. station, these are units that don't need cars. >> maybe you can help your fellow comrads -- help the planning department write some legislation that would help us do this. >> yeah, i'll do that. >> thank you. >> okay. is there any other public comment on this item? >> come on up. don't be shy. good evening. welcome. >> hi. my name is joel campos, jr., and i'm -- i wrote my speech on the phone, if it's okay. i'm the manager of the la corneta restaurant in the glen park neighborhood. we have been open for a little bit over 22 years, and our
restaurant and other small businesses depend on the existence of that parking lot, whether it's the market down the street or the hardware store on the corner, or other small businesses. the parking lot definitely needs improvements. the changes that the hayes family wants to implement, i think it would help the whole area significantly, because it's not just customers, and you know businesses and employees that park in that area. it's residents. many residents, they use it to stop by their housing and stuff, and i'm the one that operates security cameras that are aimed at that parking lot, and we have a lot of break-ins. there's certain permits that need to make lighting and all the other stuff that they don't give you because it's just basically a grofl lot. and the sfpd officers are
constantly calling me because there's always break-ins in that area. and we believe that making that area more professional with asphalt and better lighting, it would help defer those individuals that are coming. just like two weeks ago, in five minutes, three cars were broken into. police cars were broken into. it's an ongoing thing in that parking lot, and i think it would help. the gravel is a problem. with the cars going in and out, it goes into the street, and there's ae all these dump trucks going in constantly, and there's potholes when it rains, and i think just putting concrete asphalt there -- i'm not asking for much. just a temporary thing until they do their housing project. and having said that, i think if they do decide to turn it into housing in the future, i
think the neighborhood would welcome it. that area -- i'm not sure if you guys are from the neighborhood. >> yeah. i remember olympic savings. >> there's some houses that are being renovated across from it. and with the traffic, there can be temporary parking on diamond street to alleviate parking for the merchants, people just trying to make a quick stop. so if they do want to build a how's in the future, it's fine. it's not going to be affected, and i would implore you to please take into account there's no negative kops consequences in the area putting it into a parking lot. it's already a parking lot. just let them put some asphalt, paint some lines, and some lighting. i don't think that's an issue. >> your question, if they're entitled to build a parking lot, and your customers love it, and then, seven years down
the road, they want to build a unit, aren't you going to be mad about that. >> i think there's several options that can be taken into consideration. >> i think you said you're supportive -- >> but i think there's options. right now, they need the money to obviously develop it. once they do that, i think there's some options for us merchants in the area that we can do. other areas, they have this temporary parking. >> that's fine. >> or you know, the meters, instead of putting it for two hours, you can put it for 15 minutes or 30 minutes, well the bulk of the -- >> all right. thank you sir. >> any other public comment? no other public comment, we can take -- you look like -- no, no, you have rebuttal, so if no one else wants to speak under public comment. we'll give you rebuttal after
public comment, okay? >> trying to be shy with us? don't be coy. welcome. >> my name is 4 oy campos. i've known this hayes family for over 20 years. i came to the united states, and know this family since. you cannot find better lenders than them. they help you, they listen to you, and we are -- we are very happy if you succeed by allowing you to work with the property. for me, the parking lot is crucial. they stated already, patty stated already, and i just imagine that if i -- if they
took the same thought that i was going to take with my property years ago, if the planning commission didn't allow me to put what we needed for that site, i was going to close it, and leave it there for my children or my grandchildren to develop it. finally, they were sensitive. they agreed. i remember those great commissioners, like mike antonini, and all of them that allowed me to do it, and now, that building is going to be finished in a couple of months. i know the planning department takes forever to grant you a permit, but why not take the chance and allow this family to use it, to improve it. and later on, we will see. and finally, in other cases that i hear, the previous cases, one side was going to hurt if the other situation was going to be taken. in this case, in this
particular case, the hayes family is hurting nobody. so if they decided to close it, it's going to be less sales, less taxes, and probably less employees. so take the chance. give them the chance. we are here to help them and you are supposed to help them, too. >> thank you. >> thank you, sir. >> any other public comment? seeing no public comment, we can take rebuttal with the appellant first. >> yeah. i just wanted to comment on when we mentioned the longer term development plans, that certainly, as we talked with the community and planning, that we would -- there's options here. we could incorporate parking within whatever development plan that is, whether there would be some parking aside, that we could continue to support the community and the businesses.
and as supervisor sheehy said, a lot of the feedback that i've gotten is from glen park community is that they do want to see housing there. it's a transit rich area, right across from b.a.r.t., but with some parking. and so we do think they would be supportive of down the line of a development plan for residential and commercial. any other...and we're only talking about 20 parking spaces. we're not talking about, you know, a double or triple structure. it's, you know, a reasonable number, 19. and the ones we've talked to have said yeah, it would be great to clean it up, make it look nice. we've got that green path that's right alongside it, parallel, and you know, put a sunset date on it, if you can, or a commitment that after so many years, we'll give you time to work on a longer term plan
that incorporates parking and housing and commercial. we just wanted to make those comments. >> thank you. >> anybody else? >> i guess, just to follow up on the process that you -- >> your name, sir. >> i'm sorry? >> your name. >> i'm sorry. i'm dan hayes. just to follow up on the process taking as long as it would if there is no, you know code or sentence or paragraph that you can lean on, can you create it? is there something you can do so that if you kind of have some empathy for this situation, is there something that could be legislated in a decent amount of time that would allow that window, or to answer that question, if the process takes that long, that's a legitimate -- the legitimate thing to bring up.
and -- but if something could be legislated in the meantime, instead of just sitting there, in the time it takes to develop. >> i have a question, whoever would like to answer. have you charged for parking there before? i'm sorry? >> no. in the -- over time, with the -- you know, my father and the breefs busineprevious busi there we there were periods of time where they did private parking, 12, 15, but once we took ownership, there was no paid. >> that was a while back. >> yes. yes. >> thank you. >> okay. mr. teague, rebuttal. >> boy, scott leaves you the easy night, huh? >> oh, sure, sure.
you know, all the talk of process and timelines and current events, i think it is worth pointing out that one of the major initiatives mayor lee was working on was asking our departments and oc departments to develop plans for additional process improvements on top of what we've done in the past, and we worked really hard on that and actually submitted a plan to the mayor's office december 1st, so hopefully in the future, the process times will go down even more. i know that is a big deal to him. we appreciated that. specifically to this case, i would just provide one request, which is if you do decide to move towards overturning the letter, i would -- i would advise to think about whether or not you want to use the rationale of well, it's been there for a certain amount of time, so it should be considered legal. this is a fairly feel-good use.
the community likes it. i've been tangential review of the planning department's use of this over time. the owners seem like good people. they're good people. this is kind of a good scenario for that type of event, but there are other scenarios with other uses and other people where that -- you know, that principle does not exist in the planning code. there's no statute of limitations for how long you go operating without permits that you automatically become a legal use, so i would just maybe advise that if you go that route, that maybe if there's another rationale, whether -- >> give us some guidance. >> i mean, there's other things in there -- in -- in the public documents for this site. i mean, it was a parking -- it was basically being used as unauthorized parking when the city owned it, and they sold it to the private -- to a private member of the public, so that doesn't -- for the code to
really convey that land use legality there, but the statute -- the statute of limitations kind of concept would be a little concerning, so if you do go that route, i would just advise to maybe consider another rationale if you can. >> what do you mean -- what do you mean, the statute of limitations. >> i'm saying there's no statute of limitations in the code for how long a parking lot can operate without permits, and then be considered for legal use for a period of time. the statute is clear, public use has to be legally permitted. there was the argument it's been here for 40 years, so it should just be considered legal, and i was making the point in this situation, this is a feel good situation -- >> but your point is -- [ inaudible ] >> -- that would not always feel at good in other situations, and so that's the only advice that i would give. >> that it would create a
dangerous precedent. >> yeah. >> sure. >> can i get further clarification on this. so -- so if we were to find for the letter of determination, we could find it based on the -- that the -- that the letter of determination was issued in error or if -- and what you're saying is that if we, again, found for the appellant on the -- on the basis that because the city historically had -- had authorized and/or had used this space as parking, therefore, it should be authorized for that use in -- in the future, is that the slippery slope that you're referring to? >> well, actually, first of all, i mean, i don't want to recommend a specific basis, obviously, to overturn the zoning administrator's decision, but the slippery slope was the other, which is if you overturned it on the
basis that it's been operating for 40 years, so might as well call it legal, that would be more of a precedent issue, and slippery slope, so to speak. >> so i'm still confused about what's the hook? there's no statutory provision. you can't just makeup a statutory provision. that's the legislative responsibility. >> sure, and that is -- and that gets to the basis of it's been here a long time. if you go on another basis. that's not a relevant issue. >> it's been there before b.a.r.t. i remember when the glen park station opened. it was so cool. i was like in the fourth grade. awesome. >> except the danger there is there are other situations and other contexts where we've said and others have said that just because it's been there a long time, does that make it legal, and so i worry about us doing something like that without some -- >> right, and that's my
recommendation, is to not have that be the sole basis, if you make that decision, because there's -- >> so what other recommendation for a basis -- >> he said he didn't want to. >> not really. >> pretend you're on michael. give it up. >> i want something. >> mr. teague. >> yes. >> the literature has certain references of potential master plan referrals back in the early 70's. did that -- that never occurred, then. >> i'm not sure i understand what you mean. the general plan referrals, the one that's specifically cited in the letter of determination is the one that was cited for the sale of the property. >> but they're referencing not so specific, but they were alluding to there were other referrals that are forth coming, but i'm not seeing
anything else. >> i'm sorry. >> not specifically in your search. >> not specifically to referrals, and that was the general plan at the time of the sale of the property. >> okay. >> actually, i have a supervisor question. you look like you have a solution or a request from the public. >> yeah. i think what we're talking about is the city established the use. that's the reason. they didn't establish the use, so the city established the use years ago, so we're not really talking about the city being, you know -- that gets to i think his question of having a -- having the nonconforming use, but now having to conform. it's really like the city, years ago, established the use solely to the property owners having established the use, and then, you know, that's why we're here today. >> okay. >> so just to acknowledge that the city established the use, and reject the letter of determination as being in
error, i think that could be a way to cut the knot. >> okay. thank you. >> okay. now, the matter's been submitted. >> so i'd like -- i'd like to make that motion, that we -- >> would you like to talk about it before you make the motion? >> well, i think that's the answer that we just heard, is -- is that the city established the use of this parking -- the use of this parking lot. the city authorized and the use of this space as a parking lot and operated it as a parking lot, and that sets the precedent. not the ongoing use over the last 30 or 40 years or whatever, but the city itself authorized the use and then operated it as a parking lot historically. so that -- that's a -- i don't -- i don't find that a slippery slope, and that would be the -- the intent of my
motion if i were able to make it or anybody else. >> i would concur with that. i'm in the neighborhood quite frequently. that's a pretty dark, dark space, to be honest. like i said, just if we could get to a space where we're not setting huge precedent here, right? >> i would add an amendment, if i may. >> i have made the motion. >> you can make the motion. >> yeah, you can make the motion. >> can i say something first? >> yes. >> since we're about to make a motion. i am completely sympathetic, empathetic, whatever term you wish to use. i would very much like to see this happen. i have not been persuaded that there are problems with the letter of determination, so i'm a little stuck on that. i totally can envision what it is you're trying to do, but i don't know if i can get there. >> okay. well, hopefully, frank will
have some problem solving skills. >> well, if you have a motion, go ahead. >> no. i'm going to let you make the motion. i'd just like to respond to commissioner lazarus. i think the problem with the letter of determination is that it does not recognize the city's authorization of this space as -- and use as a parking lot, and therefore, it's denying that if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck, because they saw it as a duck historically. so that's the problem in the letter of determination is that they didn't recognize that it was an authorized use, it was a practiced use, and therefore, the practice of using it as a parking lot in the future should be authorized. >> well, it's already established already.
>> it's already established. that's, i think my response to yours. since we're all on the same side. >> well, i'm not -- i think the language is a little bit different than that in the sense that, you know, the basis in terms of what the city authorized is one thing. but the continued usage of it as a paid parking lot created a legal nonconforming use. >> that makes sense. >> i would also add that to -- if we were to overturn the lod that -- on that basis, i would add to -- oh, what's the right word? not necessarily confirm, but to substantiate that legal nonconforming use, i would
submit a time frame of five years for them to permit that substantiate that legal nonconforming use. >> commissioners, i would recommend that's outside the scope of the letter of determinations before you, putting conditions on what can happen here in the future. you're just here determining if the zoning administrator abused or reached his conclusions based on the letter. >> you're saying only -- only that? >> i don't -- what's before you is not whether there could be a time limit placed on the future. it's whether the za has found correctly that the use that they've -- have asked about is a legal nonconforming use, and
has found that it's not a legal nonconforming use. >> do you have a comment, mr. teague? >> just to reinforce the city attorney, i mean, all of our -- all of our letters of determination that specifically state that, you know, this is just an interpretation of the use of the code. it's not a permit, it's not anything else to comply. we don't apply conditions to letters of determination. it's simply a question, is this a legal nonconforming public parking lot or is it not, and the zoning administrator said it's not. so the real -- the decision. >> but he's not here. >> i'm sorry? >> i'm going to leave it with no condition. >> so was that a motion? >> that's my motion. >> i would need you to please restate your motion, to grant the appeal and overturn the
letter of determination that the zoning administrator erred. >> because one that the city zoning preempted its use as a parking lot prior to the sale of the lot. and secondly, the usage of the lot after the sale as a paid public parking lot established the legal nonconform is use. >> -- nonconforming use. >> yeah, i agree. just because they didn't establish and continue it doesn't mean it hasn't been established already. >> it was a parking lot. >> so the basis is because the city authorized the use of the property for parking before it was sold by the city and that the use of the lot after the sale has continued as a paid public parking lot. is that right? >> to establish the legal
nonconforming clause. >> okay. on that motion, commissioner lazarus. >> commissioner lazarus: no. >> president honda: aye. >> >> commissioner wilson: e [ inaudible ] >> okay. and commissioner. >> commissioner swig: no. >> okay. >> i'm going to move to continue this case. >> oh, good. >> so that additional information related to the city's authorized use can be
provided. >> takes three. >> okay. vice president, do you want to pick a date for that? >> one month? >> january 17th, commissioner swig. >> how's our schedule? >> well, commissioner swig won't be there that night. >> i'd like to be there. >> perhaps if you want to look at a later date. you could do the 31st. >> january 31st? >> and are you accepting submissions from both sides? >> yes. >> okay. do you want them at the same time or -- >> same time would be acceptable. >> okay. so the motion, then, from the vice president is to move this -- continue this item to allow additional information related to the city's authorized use and this would
be to move it to january 31st, 2018. both sides would be allowed to submit additional submittals. do you want briefing or do you want to set a page limit? >> i think they should be able to do it within five pages. >> okay. with just five pages of additional briefing allowed, plus exhibit, both to be submitted the thursday prior to the hearing, okay? on that motion, commissioner lazarus. >> commissioner lazarus: aye. >> president honda: aye. >> commissioner wilson: aye. >> commissioner swig: aye. >> okay. that motion passes, and that moti matter is continued to that evening. next item is withdrawn, so commissioner honda, there's no further -- >> oh, you scared me for a second. [ gavel ]
>> good morning everyone. thank you for being here today. i just want to thank all of you for coming and give a special thanks to the va who is here joining us, they're important partners in this project. the owners of the site, there they are. thank you for making this site available and for being partners with the city on this and other sites to help address homelessness. we want to thank the nonprofit providers running the site, everybody from dish, if you can raise your hand. many dish staff are here and
providing services on site. everybody from the mayor's office and their staff. thank you very much. this is an important day for -- sorry and dell seymour. i forgot my other boss, the local chair of the coordinating homeless board along with ralph peyton who couldn't join us today. this is the opening of a new supportive housing site in san francisco to serve chronically homeless veterans, that adds to the 70 units we have, and this is important in mayor lee's desire and hope to get -- i shouldn't say desire and hope, his initiative and order for us to get 1,000 people off the streets during the winter and this is 70 more units of housing to help achieve that goal.
we have a few people who are going to give remarks today. first i want to invite beth stokes, the director of community services, beth as many of you know has been long time activist and leader in homelessness and used to be the executive director of hamilton family center that i used to be the director of back in the day and has done work in southern california and here in san francisco. she is new to her job and we're happy and blessed to have beth stokes here. beth, thank you. (applause) >> thank you jeff. as jeff indicated, i'm new to my position and i'm here to express my gratitude for all of you who have helped us get where we are today. welcome to the auburn, the new home for 70 u.s. veterans. (applause) (cheering) it is truly an exciting day as
jeff indicated. we're deeply grateful for mayor breed for being here, we know it's been a challenging time for the city and the city family. so thank you. i want to thank all our partners in the room this morning, there are many. to those who are not with us, to get us where we are. where we are today in addition to the 70 homes is closer to ending chronic homelessness to veterans in san francisco. we have 11 veterans who have moved in and one moving in today. that's great progress. i wanted to loosely quote something i heard from mayor edwin lee that i heard not long ago that was u.s. veterans fought for our country, they shouldn't have to fight for homes. i was very moved by that and it's something i wanted to share. i wanted to -- acs is proud to be part of the team effort to provide solutions to
homelessness in the form of supportive housing and ecs will continue to partner in supportive housing in san francisco. for this project, the master tenant and lead service provider and proud to be part of what is a collaborative effort. with the finish line in sight, in all of our collective efforts to end chronic homelessness for u.s. veterans and moving closer to a functional zero number is a remarkable accomplishment that requires great partnership and the auburn has many. i would like to begin, you know, the planning actually to thank a variety of people, i wanted to start with mayor edwin lee's former office of hope and acknowledge that effort and how that started. that has been carried forward with great determination by the department of homelessness and
supportive housing. i say new but i know it's been over a year and a half. ecs would like to thank the numerous community members that helped to make it happen, many in our city family, our city supervisors for support and great effort, veterans administration, thank you. we would like to thank the department of housing and urban development. hudd has truly been a partner, particularly with the obama's administration, the efforts of the president's wife and call to action to end veterans homelessness. and we would like to thank our local san francisco housing authority and of course san francisco local home for efforts collaborative. and their work to hold us accountable to get to the zero number. so thank you. and the san francisco association of realtors. in these partnerships new people step forward and step to the table and we're grateful for
their efforts and they help us turn a building into a home with their welcome home project so thank you to them. last but not least, ecs would like to thank dish and their co-directors and their team. the operations of the auburn is a collaborative partnership with dish. and with dish, we're excited to have the opportunity to work with them. this is our first effort in working with them. we're very excited, we thank them for their continued excellence and continued effort to get us where we are today. thank you. our board of directors and the remarkable team at ecs. along with dish who rolled up their sleeves and worked hard to ensure u.s. veterans had keys in their hand before the start of the new year. this includes our director of
housing development and asset management and her team. liz is here in the front row. anna cooper, and i would like to thank scott ecker, and others leading the supportive housing team and i want to invite everyone afterwards, we invite you up stairs to room 302 to look at the accommodations at the auburn. with that, i want to turn it back over. thank you. (applause) >> thank you beth and thank you for acknowledging this is sort of a bitter sweet moment. many of us are mourning the loss of mayor lee but we're grateful and lucky to have the leadership of london breed who is currently our acting mayor and mayor breed has picken up the tradition that mayor lee had of calling me at least once a day -- (laughter) when there's a homeless person
on the street and needs help. that gives me great comfort, because like mayor lee, mayor breed is leading our city and has so many things to deal with, i can't even imagine but takes the time every day -- not saying move this person out of here, but hey, i see someone suffering, i see someone struggling, could you please get your team out to help that person. please join me in welcoming and thanking acting mayor london breed. (applause) >> thank you. thank you jeff so much. i'm so excited about being here today. i was with mayor lee when he made the announcement after our first lady michelle obama basically challenged cities all over the country to end homelessness for our veterans. and mayor lee took that challenge very seriously and has really stepped up and pushed
aggressively to make sure we as a city not only end homelessness for our veterans, but we do everything we could to provide the wrap-around services they need to be able to live with dignity. and that's what's so amazing about this incredible place here. 70 homes with supportive services. i know there's been support for veterans for so many years and mr. simpson, i'm excited to welcome you today to your home. you served our country and we are now here to serve you. it's the least we can do for people who have put their lives on the line time and time again. and i'm just really proud of san francisco for stepping up to the plate and providing the services. over 150 homes already provided for veterans in the city. we are well on our way to making sure that we end homelessness for veterans. but we can't stop there.
we have to make sure that we stick to mayor lee's pledge of getting 1,000 homeless people off the street. it's cold outside. just imagine what it's like to have no place to go. just imagine what it's like to have no bathroom to use on a regular basis. the struggle that we see on our streets are struggles that so many people deal with every day. it's why we have expanded our shelter system and adding 75 new beds to our system so we can accommodate more residents. the creative ways -- we have to provide more creative ways to get more people off the streets and part of what i'm so excited about in the work that jeff is doing and the mayor's office, yes, we have to have shelters, yes, we have to work with different organizations and navigation centers and all the
options we have but our goal ultimately is to make sure we find people affordable, stable, permanent housing so they can live in our city in dignity. that is really the end -- (applause) of where we want to get to. so i'll tell you what i'm really most excited about. our emergency navigation centers, our behavioral health sites, the interfaith council winter shelter, our heading home campaign, which specifically i have worked closely with with park police station. they have done an amazing job in helping us work with people and connecting them with loved ones and returning them home to other places throughout the u.s. we will utilize every resource possible to work with the folks in the streets to make sure they're cared for. just this past week we cut the
ribbon on the respite center, people who are out on our streets who are maybe dealing with health related issues, where they go to the hospital and then put back on the street and they can't get healthy, when you think about even our own personal lives and you think about when we get sick, we have a home to go home to to get better. just imagine if you're living on the streets and you get sick and you can't take care of yourself and you don't have the support and you can't stay in hospital for the extended period of time you need. all of these things, all of these things are going to help make our city a better place for all residents and make the quality of life a better quality of life for all residents and as jeff said, it's not just pushing people from one end of the city to another, it's about trying to find out specifically what is going on with that individual person and what we need to do as a city to wrap around those
services to make sure they get the help and support they need which is what people like dell seymour continue to push for every single day. i'm picking up the mantal to continue the work that we know mayor lee cared so much about, and here today is a testament to all the blood, sweat and tears to get this job done, 70 people's lives will be forever changed because of the project. i want to thank every organization and group that's been a part of it. i have a list because it does take a village. it takes a village. and i want to start with the department of veterans affairs, the department of housing and urban development, the san francisco housing authority, delivering innovation in supportive housing. community services, homes for
heros collaborative, brilliant corners and the patels basically working with us to allow this space to be used for this particular purpose. it's been amazing, i know it's been in your family for generations and you both grew up here. this is an amazing testament to your family to allow us to use this for this particular purpose. it's going to change and save lives. thank you so much everyone. (applause) >> thank you mayor breed. good thing about being the emcee, i get to come back and say what i forgot to say. (laughter) it's not out of a lack of love and gratitude i forgot to thank my own staff from the department of homelessness and supportive housing, margo, randy, emily,
chris, thank you for all of the work you did to help make this project happen as well and help the 70 people who will be moving in to the site. we are blessed to have mr. simpson here today, one of the new tenants of the site and i think mayor lee and many others have said it well, people who have fought for our country shouldn't fight for a place to live. every individual deserves to have a roof over their heads, certainly the people who have served our country so well, he served in conflict in vietnam and we're so happy to have him be part of the auburn community. thank you for joining us today. (applause) >> i'm elden simpson, being around all you great people --
it's good to meet people who put this all together. and i thank you. (applause) >> thank you very much for being here and for your service to the country and for saying a few words. we appreciate your presence here. i'm going to close it out with the person who will be managing the site and doing the hard work of keeping the building going, denise works for dish and will be here -- her staff will be here 24/7 making sure this facility is a decent, safe quiet place for people to live. she's going to say a few words
and then take those interested on a tour. thank you very much. (applause) >> hi everyone. i wanted to welcome everyone here. i did want to say thank you to our fiscal sponsor for being here and supporting us through the project. and i want to thank the ecs collaboration, which is extremely critical and important and that dish is fiercely committed to ending homelessness and the case managers, desk clerks, janitors, people at the ground level to welcome our veterans home. we have 11 veterans -- we're going to wrap this up, i have a move-in a little later. we'll make it 12. and happy holidays to everyone and thank you for all of your work and collaboration and i am extremely, extremely grateful that the auburn is here. and we're looking forward to having the building leased up by the end of february is our goal. thank you. and whoever wants a tour, we'll
respite providing services for those who need that kind of support from our shelter system. this respite has been open for over 10 years and providing over 45 beds for those needing support around alcoholism and around another 30 beds for those coming out of hospital who need additional support. these are focused on the shelter system to ensure that those individuals who need more medical support and i want to acknowledge supervisor kim who has been a champion for the expansion, particularly when she spent time in the shelter and saw that many individuals needed additional medical support. this took about two years to open with the renovation and with the staffing and we're so happy today to be with you to open these new beds, as well as the fact that the staff is there
already, we have served over 3,000 homeless individuals in the past 10 years providing the upmost care for these individuals who really need support and provide them the additional support to continue their pathway into housing. at this point, i would like to ask for mayor breed to give us some comments and she has been a big champion around homeless issues and very happy for the respite to be open today. thank you very much. (applause) >> thank you. i want to start by thanking director garcia for all the work that her and her team have put in to really making this dream a reality. supervisor kim has been an amazing champion on this expansion. and our mayor, mayor ed lee actually had an opportunity to tour the facility. he was really excited about what it could do for some people that we know that are facing challenges, our most vulnerable
population. we think it's as simple as showing up to a shelter, but just imagine if you have a medical issue. just imagine if you have a wound or something going on with your body that basically you have not been medically treated for. people who sadly are living on our streets need medical support, too. often times, imagine when we're in the same situation and we stay home and need time to heal, this is what the respite center is going to provide, a place for people to heal, a bed, a safe space, three meals a day, support they need and 30% of the people who have been helped in this respite center have been permanently housed. that's been amazing. the staff is not only providing the medical care, they're providing the social services that go with helping people transition into permanent
housing. our goal has to be to make sure people are taken care of and this is one way to do that. to go from 45 to 75 beds is tremendous. which means we have a larger capacity to serve more people and that means everything for the person using this service. so i'm happy to be here today. i want to thank the staff and everyone who has been active in making sure that this space is not only providing care, but is providing compassion and support and resources because we want to make sure it's a wrap-around service that will eventually help people into something permanent where they have homes to live and the support they need to be sustainable in our housing market that is so challenging for so many. thank you for being here and with that, i want to turn it over to my colleague supervisor kim who has been a champion and
an important part of making this possible. the funding and all of the things we needed to do to get this place open, she was a fierce advocate for that. i want to turn it over to supervisor kim. (applause) >> thank you. thank you mayor breed for being here today. it's a little sad to be here without mayor ed lee. i had fought and advocated for $4 million to expand the medical respite shelter and i remember the day he called me and said he was going to make it an important piece of the budget. while it takes some time for the build up, it's amazing we have this resource in our city here today. director garcia mentioned why i came to fight for the medical respite shelter, it was because when i was appointed acting mayor, much more briefly, my
staff decided i would spend my first night as acting mayor in one of our single adult shelters in my district. in my first night there it became clear to me that homelessness is not just a poverty issue, it's a public health issue. the residents staying there were far oral far older and sicker than i imagined and we're seeing so many brothers and sisters aging in places on the streets. so i worked with director garcia to fight for our adult shelters and to see what the nurses are doing every day at sanctuary, next door, they are doing god's work. our residents need to see a nurse every single day and need the medical attention they can get at the shelters. the expansion of a 24/7 medical
respite shelter is a huge resource in our city. i don't need to tell anyone what we're seeing on the streets today, people are so sick and to have this resource with increased beds and 24-hour attention from doctors, nurses, psychiatrists is how we address homelessness in san francisco today. i want to thank director garcia, who has been an impassioned person working on this and to dr. barry stephen who is not here today and kate shuten and dr. alice chen. and finally to president breed, who knows -- probably the supervisor who knows my district
the best on the board of supervisors, she's in fact the only colleague who constantly asks me of the needs because she knows our residents there. i want to thank you for your support and for your support of a safe injection site. we also have to address substance abuse in our city as well. thank you for being here and i'm incredibly excited to double the expansion of the medical respite shelter here today. (applause) >> thank you supervisor and mayor breed. i'm honored to be able to present our doctor and medical director of the respite dr. kelly egan. dr. kelly egan has professionalism and compassion in the way she has brought the new respite expansion and all the patients she serves directly. so dr. kelly egan. (applause) >> thank you supervisor kim,
mayor breed and director garcia. as medical director i have experienced this program's transformation first hand in recent months. medical respite has served the sickest and most medically complex people in homelessness. in the past we have accepted referrals only from hospitals and now we can accept them from shelters for people who are too sick to stay there and are at risk. i want to put a face for the clients we served. we recently cared for a gentleman with a new cancer diagnosis and he needed a place to rest and recoup rate. without a bed -- (laughter) without a bed at respite, cancer treatment may not have been an option for this gentleman. and we have been working with a woman working intensely with
physical therapy, she can walk and take care of herself now again and ready to go back to the shelters. and we're seeing an increasing aging population among the homeless, people who are cognitively impaired and unable to keep themselves safe. they receive behavioral health, primary care, assistance with medications and referrals to psycho social services such as housing. personally i want to thank the staff of medical respite and sobering who provide the care day in and day out and shelter house street medicine, these are the care teams that provide compassionate and patient-centered care for our patients every day. i'm proud to be a part of the team. thank you.
extravaganza, celebration. >> sf gov, we are ready to start the meeting. this is the regular meeting of the small business commission held december 11th, 2017. this meeting is being called to order at 5:32 p.m. the small business commission thanks media services and sfgovtv staff. members of the public please take this opportunity to silence your phones and other electronic devicesment public comment during the meeting is limit today three minutes per speaker, unless otherwise established by the precider of the meeting. speakers are encouraged but not requird