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>> commissioner: colleagues, can we take this item same house, same call? without objection the resolution is adopted unanimously. next item, please. >> clerk: item 24, resolution to declare the intention of the board of supervisors to renew and expand a property based business improvement district known as the north of market tenderloin community district and to levy a multi year assessment on all parcels for the management plan and engineered map and set a time and place for the board of hearing for the board of supervisor to convene a committee of the whole on june 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. >> commissioner: colleagues, can we take same house, same call? without objection, the resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, call the next item. >> clerk: item 25 was considered by the rules monday on monday
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april 22 and forwarded as a committee report and amended with a new title. a motion to approve the mayor's nomination for the reappointment of amanda achin to the mune is pal trangs agency board of directors term ending march 1, 2023. >> commissioner: colleagues, can we take the same house, same call? without objection, the motion is approved unanimously. madam clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: roll call for introductions, mr. president. supervisor fewer is force introduce new business. >> colleagues, i have the first of the issue based budget hearing on homelessness and thanks on the budget and legislative analysts and the mayor's office of housing and community development for their robust presentations and community stakeholders and member of the public for making
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their voices heard. this resolution was heard by my colleagues in response to last week's hearing and the committee and the committee wants to share with mayor breed during the process of the budget. they urge funding for the following priority, prevention, problem solving and speedy exits from homelessness. two, permanent housing solutions. three, strategies for vulnerable populations unhoused or at risk of homelessness including seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, traditional aged youth and substance use needs. four, the production and preservation of affordable housing including capacity-building for small-site acquisitions with geographic balance across the city. we look forward to continuing to work with mayor breed's office as she crafts her proposed
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budget and urge her dlefgs -- urge her priority of the items. and i look to san francisco to be on track to succeed the goals for market rate housing but we're falling well short of our goals for moderate and middle-income housing. in 2014 voters passed prop k with the goal of assuring 32% of new building is affordable but only 24% of new units produced in the last 10 years have been affordable. our projected housing balance shows us falling further with only 22% of new units projected to be affordable. for every two units of affordable housing we lost one unit of existing affordable housing to evictions, move-ins
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or demolition or condo conversions. this illustrateses why it's critical the city have more production and preservation of affordable housing so we no longer take two steps forward and one step back. we are serious about meeting our balanced housing goals and affordable kriefgs. we cannot look to market rate developer fees for housing. let's instead put 50% of funds towards the production and preservation of affordable housing so that our ability to continue adding to affordable housing stock is not tied to the whims of the market rate development. this board of supervisors understands addressing the affordability crisis should be a top priority. this is an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is. i would like to thank supervisors brown, walton, mandelman and peskin and mar for signing on as co-sponsors. i hope i can count on all of you for support. the rest i submit.
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>> clerk: supervisor haney. >> thank you, madam clerk. i just have one resolution i'm submitting for the homeless and affordable housing act in 2014 and homelessness is a crisis in our city and a national crisis. half a million people are experiencing homelessness in this country including 160,000 children and youth. chairwoman maxine waters introduced house resolution 1856 the ending homelessness act of mandatory relief funding and initiative to prevent and address homelessness. the appropriation would support special purpose section 8 housing choice vouchers, the
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national housing trust fund and outreach to ensure homeless are connected to resources they need and funds for states and localities to help state and local governments integrate their health care and housing initiatives funded by federal programs. san francisco received the second large effort of homeless funding grants in the country. our congressional representatives have yet to take a position on this important legislation so i'm urging them to support the ending homelessness act of 2014. it's not something we can do alone. we need not just urgent action at the local level but also both the state and federal level. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor. supervisor mandelman. thank you. supervisor mar.
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>> thank you. this week book ended by earth day and arbor day i called for a hearing on our urban canopy. san francisco the worse of any city in the state and the management is split across half a dozen departments. last year we increased it by a grand total of one tree falling short of our goal proving without investment and accountability, the goals are meaningless. for too long trees have been seen as a luxury, an accessory. nice to have but an unessential extra left under fund and managed. the truth is greening our city
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is essential to public health and addressing the present and future climate catastrophe. it is already too late to evert disaster by emissions reductions alone. we must also make monumental investments in carbon capture to address what's in our air. trees capture carbon and particulate matter and regulate temperature and support water quality. this is why i've called for a hearing on our urban canopy to better understand the data in our cap any -- canopy and we must do more going forward. the rest i submit. >> clerk: supervisor peskin. >> thank you, madam clerked.
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ike like -- i'd like to adjourn the meeting in the memory of my friend who would have liked your last item. she was a dear friend who wandered into my office in 2001 after i first got elect and volunteered for my first two terms in office for eight years. she staffed the front desk and did the toughest job that anybody can do for a supervisor which is my schedule. and she did that with a smile on her face for the better part of a decade. she resourced her b.a. in liberal art from u.c. berkeley and she was the epitome of class and if you ever walked into her apartment on russian hill you could see she way she addressed and whether she was wearing a brightly colored t-shirt showcasing everything from her favorite north beach bar to an environmental organization she volunteered for but she had
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earlier in life a career in business where she bumped up against the grass ceiling and she was courageous and was a force of nature and loved nature as many of us who knew her knew all the time she would have been very happy with the vote that happened in the land use committee yesterday where we vacated the paper street on the francisco reservoir. she was part of the early movement working with then supervisor alioto and other preliminary ber to get -- members to get the land transferred to what will be san francisco's newest park. she was involved in pretty much everything from the russian hill improvement association to the
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pr pr area and was a dedicated member of the board of director for people for parks and i spent time with her before she passed about the community campaigns we were both involved in and i'm going to truly miss her. i know her niece and partner are in the audience and i wanted to express to them and to the rest of her family my sincere condolences. i'm going miss her terribly. the rest i will submit. >> clerk: supervisor safai. apologies. i'm so sorry about jan.
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>> colleagues, i'm pleased to introduce a resolution in support of senate bill 686. and i've worked with my office and sb686 expands california promise nakeds from the existing -- from the existing five to our promised neighborhood. mission promise neighborhood was formed between a collaboration between the city of san francisco school district and more than 20 community organizations as an urgent response to bridge economic security with students in the latino community. the coordinated intervention has been a success by almost every measure. it's led to a vast array of resources that improved the lives of young people that has
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been shown in kinder readiness and graduation rates and data sharing between partner. sb686 would ensure the future of this innovative model. colleagues, i hope you will join me in support of this resolution and the rest i submit. >> clerk: supervisor safai. >> submit. >> clerk: supervisor stefani. >> thank you. >> i want to join in the memorandum for jan. i had no idea she passed away. i worked with her a lot and we worked on the presidio working group and she rallied everyone to buy the stroller for my daughter in my office now and we worked on the park which will be breaking park and in large part
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because of jan's effort. i join in adjourning in her honor and she was an incredible friend and san francisco lost a great one. thanks. >> supervisor walton. >> thank you, madam clerk. today i'd like to offer an in memoriam in honor of a woman from protrero hill. ruth was the baby sister to her older brothers and ruth grew up in the fillmore district when the neighborhood was a mix of jewish, african and japanese american families. she gained an appreciation of
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diverse cultures through the community's natural integration. my dad's philosophy was a good one she once said. he felt as a jew you should know about discrimination and not discriminate against others. ruth attended junior high. she became politically active at a young age. while attending classes at san francisco state university, she joined a left-wing student group where she met world war ii veteran joe passing who passed in 1992. after living in los angeles for seven years ruth missed her beloved san francisco and she and joe found a hill on potrero
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hill and moved back in 1965. during the turbulent '60s she joined many organizations and joined the workers' right boycott led by cesar chavez. in the late 1970s, another po powe -- potrero hill resident hired her and ruth got involved in a neighborhood newspaper which later changed its name to the potrero view and held the position more than three decade. she recruited people to volunteer, write and proof-read stories. ruth retired in 2008.
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she loved to listen to jazz, opera and broadway musicals they were season ticket holders of the san francisco symphony and san francisco 49 ers. over her life time, ruth consistently demonstrated compassion and devotion to the causes of freedom, peace and equality. she deserved receive the great love and respect by all fortunate to have known her. she will remain in our hearts forever. ruth is survived by mark and his wife, dian, granddaughters, n natalie and carson and many nieces and nephew. the family will be hold tribute in memorial to ruth may 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the potrero neighborhood house. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor.
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president yee. >> commissioner: i will submit but before i do i want to recognize our former supervisor here, supervisor john avalos. submit. >> clerk: supervisor brown. >> submit. >> clerk: mr. president, that concludes the introduction of new business. >> commissioner: okay. i think we have a request to rescind wund of the item -- one of the items we voted on. >> clerk: item 13, mr. president? housing balance report? >> commissioner: yes. >> move to rescind item 13 the housing balance. i had questions and comments about it. >> commissioner: okay. seconded by supervisor walton without objection the vote is rescinded. could we go ahead and hear item
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13 again. >> clerk: yes. a republic to receiveped approve the bi-annual housing balance report number 8 dated april 1, 2019 submitted as required by plan code section 103. >> commissioner: is there a representative from housing that may be here to respond to questions we may have or are you representing the mayor? >> clerk: >> amy chanson -- chan is on her way. >> commissioner: supervisor mar do you have a question or a comment? >> i was going to make comments.
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thanks for the opportunity. i want to thank the planning department for all their work on these important reports showing where we're at in terms of meeting our housing production goals and particularly the balance and proportion of housing that's been produced between market rate and the different affordable housing a.m.i. levels. i think the latest report highlights a topic of discussion that's happened a lot on the board consideration of the s.b.50 ordinance and the purchase act and even today the introduction of the ordinance to dedicate more of the future funds to fordable housing and we're this report highlights how we're far behind on our affordable housing production goals and there's still a great
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imbalance in terms of housing production in our city. with the overwhelming majority of housing being produced and permitted on market rate and luxury housing. i think the report shows what's been affordable and the rest has been for above market rate. i think again this report highlights the high priority for us to focus on expanding affordable housing and as a board and in partnership with the mayor breed we have all made that atop priority. i also did want to point out the geographic imbalance highlighted in the report in terms of the affordable housing development and housing balance in san francisco and once again my
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district, district 4 came out the worse of all the districts when it comes to the housing balance measurements and we were at negative 200 on 60.7% in housing balance. i think the cumulative housing balance in our district is the lowest among all districts and much of this is due to the number of units permanently withdrawn from rent control production relative to the number of total net new units. district 4 has only built 21 units of affordable housing and no small site acquisitions. we're seeing some movement with seven moderate income units in the pipeline as well as the play land educator housing project moving forward which would bring approximately 130 units but are
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not accounted for in the housing balance report. we need to move more aggressively on 100% affordable housing and prfshg and -- preserving and protecting affordable housing through funding copa. as we deepen the conversations with community about and with affordable housing developers, we're running into structural barriers that prevent us from our community needs in district 4 including the lack of the west side affordable housing developer. if you want to improve the balance across san francisco we need to support the districts struggling to meet the mark. we need to talk about geographic balance in conversations about the budget. about eraf and the affordable housing bond and direct affordable housing dollars where it hasn't been directed areas without projects in the
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pipeline. we need to talk about the kind of funding for capacity building, site acquisition and predevelopment barriers identified by a -- affordable housing developers. we hope the housing report proves useful for your decision in affordable how fast development and i did -- how fast affordable housing development report and i look forward to comments. >> >> commissioner: supervisor haney. >> do i have some questions. as part of the annual hearing and i'm read from the ordinance here it says that the mayor's housing of investment and d.b.i. and economists will present and
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the ordinance requires the amount of funding needed to bring the city into the required minimum 33% should the cumulative housing balance fall through that threshold. have either of those things been presented? because one of the challenges that i've had is determining the exact funding gap that we have on even project are in the pipeline and the full extent of the gap and how much funding is needed to meet it and a real dish appreciate the report and i think as supervisor mar said there's a sense that we're not meeting those goals though i guess there were some goals we are meeting based on what you shared at the committee. but from what we see, it seems like we're a long way from a 33% cumulative housing balance so
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how much funding is needed has that been presented and if not when. >> amy chan. office of housing community development. thank you for the question, supervisor. we don't do a formal analysis in the sense that you're talking about but certainly we know what our funding gaps for our pipeline projects are and can also do a simple calculation based on an estimate of a per-unit subsidy needed for development of our affordable housing. multiplied by the amount of housing we need to develop to get to that 33%. we can do a rough calculation of what that number will be. it's not a formal report or formal assess many in the sense that you're -- assessment in the sense you're asking for and we can do that. we have a sense based on our
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pipeline what our guidelines are for building out that pipeline. >> thank you. it sounds to me based on the way the ordinance reads it's requesting a formal calculation. it doesn't seem to be in any way -- it's not lacking clarity as to what it's requesting. it requires it will determine the amount of funding needed to bring the city into the required 33% sudden the accumulative housing balance fall below the threshold and part of the annual hearing. so why aren't we receiving that on a regular basis in a formal way and i understand that you know what the funding gap is, but i've requested it a few times and have been been given it. as part of our responsibility to determine strategies here to get us on track based on this ordinance and based on goals we set as a city, i don't feel we have the information that we need to do that. >> well, we can certainly go
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ahead and do that and provide it as a supplement to the report. it sounds like that's what's being succeed us to do. >> i appreciate that and it seems to not be ambiguous at all we should be receiving this. it's an important part of our analysis and it was an ordinance passed and in the future something we spect as part of this -- expect as part of this report. numbers are great but we need to understand how we need to get to our goal and then be able to support you all with the funding you need as we make our decisions in order to do that. >> we appreciate that. thank you. >> commissioner: okay. thank you, supervisor haney. i concur with supervisor haney on this point. supervisor fewer. >> thank you, president yee. i wanted to associate my comments with what supervisor
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mar has just said about the imbalance in our city about the building of affordable housing. i also really think that the chart on page 4 of the report which eliminates, take out the replacement units, is a much more realistic number as far as how far we are behind because quite frankly, those are units that have already -- are already in use and are affordable. we need to look at how much newly affordable housing we're able to add to the housing stock. this is about units already there and that chart shows a more realistic number of how far we are behind but i also want to bring attention the need for a direct line of funding for affordable housing because when we have just concentrated on production but not preservation, this is what happens and this
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imbalance happens. so i just want to say and note of course i keep telling people that i'm losing affordable housing units every day. they're saying to me, oh, really. but now i'm looking at 500 units removed from protective status is huge when we're not building the affordable housing in my neighborhood. so it does not work in my neighborhood because we're not building in my neighborhood for my residents. 65% of the people in my neighborhood are renters. so we are losing these units from protective status. that means direct evictions for them. i just wanted to comment on that. thank you supervisor haney for the point and i also look to see what the gap number is. thank you.
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>> just tell me, how much does it cost to build one affordable unit i heard from $700,000 to $900,000. >> depends on factors. if there's a cost to the acquisition of the land or not and if there's additional subsidy from the state and what the construction costs are at the time of the project breaking ground and so those numbers do vary based on the factors. >> commissioner: if we have city land and we build and don't we have to build quite a few units though and have that density to really get to be less expensive? >> that's right. to be able to get tax credit
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equity investors to invest in the project we do have to build at a certain scale. typically we look at projects that are 80 units and above on parcels that are 10,000 square feet and above. >> >> so some districts would have to upzone to build more affordable housing in the area because they'll have to have larger, denser complexes, correct? >> to be able to leverage our local dollars with tax credit funding, that is correct. >> commissioner: now, can you nell -- tell me i heard the number 400 to 500 units to the small site program is that correct? >> i think we have 200 units in the portfolio and another 00 plus in the pipeline. >> >> commissioner: what was the average cost? >> i'd have to look at the actual project. i don't have it in front of me but we have a per unit cap i think we go up to 400,000 per
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unit when there's an active eviction and up to 350,000 or $300,000 based on the size of the build. >> commissioner: that's usually when there's an ellis act? >> correct. we'll go up to $400,000 subsidy per unit for an active eviction. >> commissioner: do they have to fix up units? >> that's city money. >> commissioner: and i agree with my colleague supervisor fewer that my district 67% renters. what i'm looking at is trying to keep renters in their homes it's so much cheaper for the city to buy the building are filled with representers. i definitely feel we need to put
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more funding that way in that small site program and as my colleague supervisor mar mentioned, there are areas like the west side and my district where we don't have the housing nonprofits to be able to buy those. and some we do have, don't have the capacity. so i'm just because for me i have five sites in my district land but the city owns but four have been waiting for funding for over five, six years. that was the octavia parcels we received from the state and nothing's being built on the last four and the one parcel that was built took forever to get that money and that was for families.
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i just thing like other issues we're dealing with, there has to be more than one way we do this and go out and say we're going to have to address this. i just want to make that point. i think the buying and acquisition of existing buildings just as important as building the new affordable. >> and we absolutely agree preservation is an important component of our work and appreciate the board and mayor also on allocating the funds to small site acquisition and contemplating adding a component to the fund because we realize we need additional capacity in other areas of the city there hasn't been historically a community develop tore go after sites. >> commissioner: again, thank you for the report.
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i wanted to maybe make some suggestions. i think it's great what we see in terms of possibly looking at what's lacking and certain distric districts can use help in some of the affordable units but one thing i find the report lacking is information. it probably doesn't quite fit into the format that's in the report right now. here's some example. i don't know if we're counting like a.d.u. s at this point as units being developed. and single family homes whether we acknowledge it or not have
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the a.d.u.s and many are below market rents. not all but many of them are. many of these occupy lower income residents. that's one thing. i don't know how you capture that especially if they're not legal. and the other piece where i thought was in capture is in for instance san francisco state is doing a very aggressive build out to house currently 4,000 students at the end of the whole build out there'll be housing 12,000 students. meaning does that have an impact on affordable units or units in general, yes, it does. it means 8,000 students are in the general public looking for housing. that's not captured in this
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report. i'm just talking about my own district at this point and the private developer said -- i forgot but they've been slated to build forever and 1,000 units would be affordable they haven't been built but they're plotting along and that's not captured and that's on the west side and in balboa reservoir affordable units republic built and that's not captured. what i'm saying is there a way to capture these to reflect
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what's really going on other than what's in the balanced report and seeing certain districts don't do this or that. and some are trying to make anne annest -- make an effort to make it happen. i don't know if you'd like to respond to that. >> i think the board can require the housing balance report to include a.d.u.s and other project are not captured in the formula. i think the board can direct us to do nap -- to do that. >> commissioner: my point is can we do more? of course we could. i don't want the city to continue to say that the west side isn't trying. in fact, we're trying and have little resources. every time i talk about
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affordable housing it's like we're out of money. so supervisor peskin. >> thank you, president yee. i just wanted for those not at land use say a couple things. one obviously is that section 103 of the code is something we can change as the body sees fit. the other thing is in committee there was actually also discussion about other adjustments we might want to make to the housing balance report particularly around the loss of affordable units not captured. specifically in and around buy-outs. we do capture no faults. so originally it was ellis. later on we included move-in evictions. but there are whole classes of people being bought out that are not captured. it's admittedly hard to figure out because some buy-outs are
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pursuant to law recorded and some happen and the law is not followed. but i think there are ways that we can at least estimate that. because this whole notion that we are building two units or losing one unit for every two we build is i think a fiction. i think we are losing more than one affordable unit for every two we build. it's a project we should all focus and work on and i'd be happy to participate with anybody interested in trying to bring section 103 to the dawn of this new era. >> commissioner: okay. thank you for coming down again and listening to our input in this. again, i think we appreciate the
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report itself. it does capture some sense of what's lacking and how we need to move forward and if we get numbers in terms of how much it costs us, we can plan some strategies around that. i think that's it for this item. what i'd like to do is i can once again ask my colleagues, can we take same house, same call? this order nangs. -- ordinance? >> clerk: resolution. >> commissioner: the resolution is adopted unanimously. okay. madam clerk, why don't we continue with the agenda and i don't know where we are at this point. >> clerk: public comment. >> commissioner: okay. go ahead and call that. >> clerk: at this time the public may address the entire board of supervisors for up to two minutes including the subjects of the board and the last meeting and items 28
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through 36 on the adoption without reference to committee calendar item. a public comment is not allowed when the item already had public comment at a board committee. speakers using interpretation assistance you'll get twice the amount of time to testify and if you'd like to display a document on the overhead projector, please clearly state such and remove it when you'd like to return to live coverage of the meeting. >> commissioner: okay, come on up. >> good afternoon, president yee and members of the county board of supervisors. ron griper, kiser permanente senior vice president. regarding what was introduced last week we appreciated speaking with you and supervisor
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ronen and the opportunity to discuss concerns with her and she has removed some language and hopeful the changes made reflect the points of view that are inaccurate statements. we remain concern about the content of the resolution and how to this strong message from the board can cause alarm to some of our most vulnerable patients. we believe our strides in mental health service not captured and the resolution singles out kaiser permanente and initially did not state the shortage of mental health therapists and growing need for mental health therapies in our communities a national problem and the resolution speaks to issues in our bargaining session with nuhw and does not address the fact our mental health therapists are
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the highest paid in california. we have built upon successful labor management partnership and would like to see the issues resolved at the bargaining table. we renew our request for the resolution to be withdrawn or the board continue the item to allow more time for discussion. thank you very much. >> commissioner: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. thank you. president yee and the entire board of supervisors for having us to speak a little bit about the mental health parity. i am someone who frequently along with my family uses mental health services through kaiser permanente. i'm lace -- also a mental
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health advocate within kaiser permanente and other hats and collaborations with the steinberg institute all while trying to further change the change in the state of california how we do the business of mental health care. while i agree access is a serious issue, i assure you as well as everyone else kaiser permanente it's not just their irish but throughout the country. as policy makers i hope you consider this as you grapple with the critical decision. and the crisis is to appear to be used as a political football. i also have a short story i'd like to share with you. usually when i give these talks i'm around the country and speak about one of my children and we
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decided a long time good if telling our story would save a life we'd tell it often and this somebody youngest and i'll be brief. she turned 17 recently and immune disorders hit her and her hair fell out and couldn't go to school for a month and a half and i walked in her bathroom as she was trying to take her life. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. next speaker, please. >> president yee, supervisors, john avalos with the national union of health care workers i want to thank those who had the
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kaiser permanente resolution for access to he -- the mental health industry and we have our political organizer who will be speaking on the resolution. right now our kaiser liquefied natural gas of our kaiser clinicians are providing support so thank you for your resolution. >> good afternoon, president yee. i'm here representing the 15,000 members of the national union of health care workers and i want to rise in support of the resolution in support of mental health parity introduced by supervisor ronen. access to mental health care is in' precarious state for all members including the members who live in the city of san francisco.
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in recent years kaiser has been fined and cited many times for failing to provide timely access to mental health care for their members yet despite the failures of care kaiser has done little to correct this and many have been referred to outside therapists. holding ourselves to high standards is vital to make sure san francisco can make a difference in saving and improving lives. we are urge the board of supervisors support this resolution that will boost clinician staffing to levels that are at a level where they can see a respectable amount of patients. strictly limiting the phasing out of outsourcing of mental health services and providing kaiser's mental health care clinician the other benefits other unionized members enjoy across the state of california.
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thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. next speaker, please. >> hospital counsel of northern and central california. the san francisco section. always good to see you supervisor avalos in the chambers. i'm here to speak to the same resolution and ask it be reconsidered withdrawn from today. you've heard from kaiser. this say -- is a national issue and hospitals like that organization are a key partners in addressing this pressing issue. your statements, your resolution do have an influence. they are powerful policy statements and ones that should be grounded in fact accepted by the party to have a robust policy discussion, work together and bring about some meaningful solutions.
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the statements in that resolution are in disputed and -- in dispute and hope to get it in a better place. thank you for your consideration. >> commissioner: next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, president yee and board of supervisors. i'm richard raya the direct of mission promise neighborhood at the economic development agency. i'm here to thank you for your consideration of the resolution to support s.b.686 as introduced by supervisor ronen. the legislation is co-authored by senator wiener and assembly member chu and fund five exists neighborhoods and 15 new ones. one existing promise neighborhoods is san francisco's own mission promise
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neighborhood. mission promise neighborhood has been around almost seven years now. we're a coalition of 15 different community-based organizations funded through the federal government and we have seen incredible results through our collaboration including increased readiness scores, increased graduation rates and the ability for families to stay in place in the face of growing income inequality and displacement. again, we thank you for your consideration of this senate bill 686 california promise neighborhoods act and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. >> commissioner: thank you. next speaker, please. >> president yee i'm terry vallon director of the filipino community center. i'm here with colleagues from the international coalition for human rights in the philippines to speak in support of item 29.
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the resolution supporting house 233 condemning president duterte's drug war. our filipino community are concentrated in district 11 and 6. they're being affected every day now by the drug war in the philippines. family members and friends of community members in san francisco have been killed in the drug war so we're happy supervisor haney introduced the resolution with co-sponsors fewer, mar, mandelman, peskin and president yee. and we just came back from washington, d.c. and we're happy the city of san francisco's stand and the first to step up and opefully other cities -- hopefully other cities will turn
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the tide on the administration. there's a forum tonight night and we invite to you come and hear from two speakers from the philippines from the labor union and from the alliance of community philippines will be here and we invite you to come together and others will speak. >> i'm the pastor at bethany united methodist church. i want to thank you for your resolution to call for the congressional hearing for the human rights violations in the philippines. i spent time with the families to lost loved ones on the war on drugs and i sat in hir homes and saw bullet holes in their walls and mothers who have lost their sons. a few weeks ago over 100
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advocates from across the country did over 100 legislative visits in washington, d.c. around the issue calling for a legislative congressional hearing so we can have some accountability about these human rights violations happening using our tax dollars. $185 million from our taxes are sent to the philippines every year. this is something that impacts everybody not just the filipino community or the filipino american community but all of our money is being used to aid in the human rights violations and we're grateful it's brought to the attention on the legislative level in our capital and here in san francisco. so we thank you for your support. we thank you for hearing this resolution and bringing it forward and being the first city to do that so others learn about what the duterte administration is doing in conjunction with our administration and how our tax dollars are being complicit in the death of hundreds of
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thousands of people including teenagers and toddlers. >> commissioner: thank you. next speaker, please. >> i'm reverend jannelle nacolasova and i want to give thanks for the support of the resolution as well. i was with reverend sadey in dak and since 2008 have been bringing folks to the philippines to raise awareness around the human rights situation and we got word someone in the south part of the philippines had been killed and he's a human rights worker from carapatan and survived through the marcos administration and the duterte administration is being killed tells us the intensity of what's happening in
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the philippines is increasing and a couple weeks ago in the same area there were 14 farmers killed in the style the drug and folks who are victims of the drug war have been killed where people just knock on the doors and come in and shoot people. sometimes separate them from their families and then shoot them. their loved ones are dead. killed without due process. obviously, journalists, senators, folks raising voices of dissent are being intentionally silenced. i'm grateful for the board of supervisors for being able to support this resolution given that voices are being silenced elsewhere. we are using our place in our privilege and being able to raise the voices of those who are not being heard. thank you so much. >> commissioner: thank you. next speaker, please.
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>> president yee and members of the san francisco board of supervisors, my name is reverend father barush anayan of the armenian church of san francisco. a descendant of armenian genocide survivors. my parents where from the towns among the mountains which is now part of the occupied lands in turkey. on behalf of the armenian-american community i'm here to express our deepest appreciation to the city and county of san francisco. the annual remembrance and the positive role this year. we thank you very much for keeping the memory and the truth of the armenian genocide in the public consciousness. the armenian community in san francisco was established by
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survivors of the armenian genocide who were forced from their ancestral lands by turkish government of 1916 and re-established themselves in this country. as we commemorate the 104th anniversary of the armenian genocide, we reflect on the injustices still taking place around the world today and vow to continue to fight for justice for all. we hope that congress and the president will heed your call to recognize the armenian genocide themselves. we invite the board of supervisors and san francisco residents to join us for the 103rd anniversary commemoration at 7:00 p.m. thank you. >> commissioner: thank you. [please stand by] .
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