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force at this time, i'm sorry. >> that this task force be filled with members of the community. >> sir, i'm sorry, you can't comment on the task force. i'm sorry. >> okay. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, madame president and board of supervisors. my name is pastor from the western edition -- i'm just here's a member of the san francisco black and brown organization alliance. we're aligning our communities. we have young men, young women that are dieing in the streets from bayview-hunters point to the western edition, tenderloin , we have got the western edition. it's touched everybody. lake view omi is completely
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wiped out of black people, period. everybody is ended up in the tenderloin and we're getting pushed out of tenderloin. we sit right next door to the marina district. right over the hill. so we just thank you for hearing us. as an organization, we're pulling together, it's not about individualizing but it's about all of us coming together, just like we have all of the supervisors together. we're all coming together as organizations and as people of color to stand for righteousness and injustice. but we need help. we need the city and county of san francisco to include the community. to finally include the community. the western edition was the first redevelopment act of wiping out the african-american
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community and we're still as a community not represented. so finally if we can band together against violence, we know all of this stuff came from economics and redevelopment wiped it out. so if we could just come together somehow and make this organization/alliance with our city and county, that is what we want to do. thank you. thank you, next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors, my name is sue vaughn, i'm the chair of the sf group of the sierra club, but i'm here speaking on my own. supervisors, a pandora's box of problem for muni and other public transit agency and statewide could be opened unless we all act fast. a republican assemblyman from southern california has introduced ab 61 to amend the state vehicle code 2250.5 which prohibits all, but common carriers, muni and other public transportation agencies, buss
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from operating in public bus stops. this bill quite simply is an attempt to circumvent environmental review. and the tech companies to mitigate their impacts. apple's 4th quarter profits were greater -- and other tech companies with similarly wealthy. and environmentally review would assess the impacts of these buss from everything ranging from safety pedestrian and bicycle safety and infrastructure impacts to evictions and hyperinflation of housing prices. these companies can afford to mitigate for their impacts. why is a republican assemblyman from southern california introducing legislation to privatize our bus stops. thank
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you. >> thank you, next speaker, please >> hello everyone, i'm paulette brown and i would like to use the overhead. i'm here kernighan my son and i'm not here to bash anyone. i'm an advocate and i'm out there all the time trying to bring just for my child and other children. we ran an organization [speaker not understood] and i just wanted to say about all the unsolved murders, including my son's case. my son's case is still is closed case -- it's not closed, but it's not solved and i'm concerned about that as a mother. it's been eight years since my son was murdered. you know, i am taking responsibility as a parent, you know? as i would say if my son hadn't been out there causing
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problems, there is no way i would have watched my son die. there is no way i would have watched my son go identity and shoot someone else. sometimes the parents got to take responsibility and tell on their children, if they are doing something wrong. in this snitch culture that is going on it needs to stop and we need to open our mouth, because our silence is killing our children and we need to do something about that. i carry my pictures with me and these are all unsolved murders of young men that have been going on for years and years, and all of these are unsolved, including my son's. i also have a picture -- i tell people that they don't want to stand over their son's casket, this is all i have to remember my son. this is all i have to remember my son. and the next thing that keeps me fighting is my son laying on the gurney, dead, 30 rounds of
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bullets left in my son. this is for me to remember the rest of my life and i'm willing to get out there and stand and help anybody. that is what we need to do. thank you. >> thank you, miss brown. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, president london breed and board of supervisors, i just want to say thank you supervisor breed and other board members who have been on the front line of this issue and including our chief greg suhr, who has been with us since the beginning of these homicides that have taken place. my name is madie scott and i'm the executive director for human nation and president for the brady campaign, san francisco chapter and chapter leader.
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i'm very angry, very angry to the response to the homicides that have plagued our whole city. it has affected everybody here in san francisco. as a mother who lost a son 17 years ago, it just brings back memoris for me and my family and for the community and for 13 young men of color, where the majority of these deaths happened in district 10 and in the filmore district. we should by outraged. we should be outraged and angry that this has occurred in our city of hearts. a city that represents hearts while all of our hearts are broken here in the city because of this recent rash of homicides and violence. we can do better. we elected you all to support us on a journey to have a safer and better san francisco. the mayor's response to this is an atrocity. he has not reached out to anyone or said anything about these homicides or even said anything in sympathy towards
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the families. we will take this to our attorney general harris if we have to and we're you encouraging everybody to write a letter to here. we're going to take it all the way to the capitol and if necessary to the president. so we hope that the board hears us and takes action on this item. >> thank you, miss scott, next speaker, please. >> tom gilbertey, spare the air is spare our lungs. we need our ventilation systems upgraded constantly. you never thought that a 65-degree in january and february could be as dangerous
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as it is. bathrooms. it's time, muni opens up, bart opens up the bathrooms on market street. time has come. muni needs toing to and bart needs to clean up the elevators and take a ride at civic center and street elevator at powell. next 26 years at south beach apartments within a five years there, a pattern kind of grew and people lived for two to three years and left. i have seen a lot of people leave. in all of that time i'm only corresponding with one person, overhead, please. rodney fong. he was the butcher at the
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bayside village market and i would say it's two, three years and he would laugh and said two years and i built the clientele and they were gone, two years. he was terribly frustrated. we're not building rental-rate [speaker not understood] it's just not a healthy two, three years these people have to go, because they are paying a huge amount of rent, and they can find cheaper digs somewhere else, farther away. we don't create a healthy community. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker please. >> good afternoon supervisors. i'm jackie stanford. i am an educator, and with expertise in race and community race in school and society.
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i just would like to support my friends and family in the community as we raise our voice about the trauma in our community and to remind us of the words of simon who said in mississippi, schoolchildren are sitting in jail and now people are dying in the streets, and she asks the question, why can't you see it? why can't you feel it? i don't know. i don't know. >> thank you very much. are there any other members of the public who would like to provide public comment at this time? seeing none, public comment is closed. i want to thank everyone for coming out. we are here. we hear you. and we will be with you throughout this situation. the
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community is in my heart and in my prayer and we'll continue to work with you to resolve these issues for our community. thank you for coming out. madame clerk, can you please read the doption without committee reference? >> items 29 through 36 are being considered for immediate adoption without committee reference, single roll call vote may enact these items if a member objects a matter may be removed and considered senatorly. >> supervisor mar? >> thank you, item 29. >> okay. >> roll call vote on the remaining items. >> on items 30-36, supervisor campos? >> campos aye. >> supervisor christiansen? >> aye. >> supervisor cohen? >> aye. >> supervisor farrell? >> aye. >> supervisor kim? >> aye. >> supervisor mar? >> aye. >> supervisor tang? >> aye. >> supervisor wiener? >> aye. >> supervisor yee? >> aye. >> supervisor avalos. >> aye. >> supervisor breed?
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>> aye. >> there are eleven ayes. >> okay. these items are adopted unanimously. madame clerk, can you please read item 29. >> item 29 is a resolution to urge the california state legislature to amend state law for youth fare-evasion. >> supervisor mar. >> colleagues i ask for a week for this item. the commission ended in strong support of this resolution. the youth commission chair michael lee stated the criminalization of youth for fare-evasion was among the youth commission's primary concern. props to supervisor david campos, and other groups for advancing that major expansion of our public muni system.
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this resolution supports decriminalization of youth fare -evasion. the law allowed for other infractions to be handled administratively and not criminally. so the decriminalization of youth fare-evasion, the option to replace fines for community service. but youth were exempted from this change, and this resolution urges the state government to decriminalize these infractions. following the amazing grassroots campaign to bring free muni to san francisco, the current law is completely out of step with our valued and this resolution urges us to be consistent. it doesn't mean that youth who break the rule and are ineligible, it would be handled administrative like a parking ticket and not in the justice
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system. i urge strong support for this policy. thank you. >> not seeing any other names on the roster, can we take this item same house, same call? without objection, this resolution is adopted >> madame clerk, can you please read the in memoriam. >> yes, today's meeting would be adjourned in meming of the following individuals on behalf of supervisor campos for the late mr. meay, mr. alfonso and mr. maraiso and on behalf of supervisor wiener and supervisor campos for the late mr. ed edward cookie dough robert bell. >> this brings us to the end of our agenda. madame clerk, is there any further business before us? >> madame president, that concludes our business for today. >> seeing none, we're adjourned. thank you. [ gavel ]
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♪ ♪ >> hello, welcome to the meet your district supervisor. i'm nona melkonian and we're here with supervisor katy tang
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for supervisor 4 which includes central and outer sunset. supervisor tang was appointed by mayor ed lee to serve as district 4 representative replacing previous supervisor carmen chu after she was appointed assessor reporter that same month. before her appointment she served as legislative aide to supervisor chiu. today you'll get to know her and the issues facing the city. welcome, supervisor. thank you for join using us. >> thank you for having me. >> let's start with a little about your background. where you grew up, went to school and what kind of jobs you had in the past. >> sure, i grew up in the sunset district. still live there. spent about 20 years living in the sunset district and just am so proud to be able to represent the district that i grew up in and where my parents still live. i had gone through the public education system and went to neighborhood schools throughout the sunset district. so, had gone to francis scott key elementary school, hoover middle school, lowell high school and am just so proud to
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be able to come back full circle to support a lot of those schools that i went to and be part of that community in a very integral way. >> so, you spent most of your life in san francisco. why did you choose to live in the city? >> well, first of all, my parents decided to move us to the sunset district because they really wanted my brother and i to have a really good and safe r growing up. there were a lot of children and families in the sunset district and i think they felt like it would be the best environment for us to grow up. so, we ended up staying out there and fell in love with it and have a lot of pride after especially working for the sunset district as the electricity i have aide to supervisor chiu for over five years. and working with -- very intimately with a lot of community members, the merchants, our local residents who have, you know, interest in things such as public safety or public transportation, our school communities, our parks and play grounds, just really
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been such a wonderful experience working with them. so, i just really enjoyed that work experience as well as my own experience growing up there. >> how has your experience as aide to supervisor chiu prepared you for the board of supervisors? >> i think that i probably don't have a learning curve on having worked in the district so long and having grown up there. i think that it's been really beneficial knowing who to go to to ask certain questions, or, you know, learning how to read pieces of legislation, for example, knowing what the issues are that the city has faced. i think that those have all been really helpful experiences during this transition. >> what motivated you to get involved in politics? >> i've always wanted to be involved in whichever community i'm in. for example, what ix in school i was in student government and, so, working in city hall was one of my first jobs, actually, out of college. and, so, i have been doing -- i have been working at city hall
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for over six years now and i just feel very much pride in working for the city that i live in. >> where do you place yourself on the political spectrum, are you progressive, centrist, or more on the conservative side? >> i think i'm probably more of a moderate person. i think that our district, again, lots of families and children, seniors, immigrant community, and i think that we tend to be more classified as, you know, fiscally responsible, i would say. and, again, having my experience in working for the mayor's budget office, for example, prior to working for the board of supervisors, i think that gave me a really great background in terms of how the city works, how the city's budget is put together. and those really -- that experience has really influenced my decision-making process. >> and speaking of the city's budget, the city just enacted a two-year budget and it seems the city is always dealing with complicated issues including whether or not to raise taxes and fees. how will you approach these tough choices? >> i think that when we talk
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about raising fees or taxes, we always have to come at it from a very balanced approach. we have a lot of homeownerses, we have a lot of tenants in the city. and, so, again balance is really key. i think we also have to approach the budget and some tough fiscal issues looking at the city-wide budget as a whole and not just looking at specific sectors or issue areas that we real have i to look at the city's financial standing as a whole for the long term. that's really important and that's definitely what drives a lot of my decision-making process. and i think it's also tougher in san francisco because we really are held to a very high standard where we have to balance the budget every single fiscal year. we cannot run into a deficit in the new fiscal year. we cannot print more money. we are held to a high standard by our charter and, so, i think that's why these tough decisions are made every year rent. >> what other issues do you feel are facing san francisco? >> i think for san francisco and also elsewhere, one of the biggest issues right now is really how do we ~ attract
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economic development and spur job creation. and those are two things that really go hand in hand and really is what makes the city vibrant and a place where people want to live and can afford to live. and i think that keeping those city-wide goals in mind, to really want to try to also make sure that locally we support our small businesses and all merchants, for example, give economic benefits and help create jobs as well. >> what are your thoughts on the city's economic development? do you feel we're on the right track? >> i think we're on a very exciting time right now in san francisco where we have a lot of energy in terms of businesses and especially the tech industry wanting to locate in san francisco and that's something that we really haven't seen as much in the past after the dot-com boom. and, so, we are in a very exciting time and we really see a transformation going on in our city because of that. >> what would you like to see change about the city's approach to developing its economy? >> i think that really depends
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on the changing times. and there isn't sort of one solution for the entire city. it real i depends on kind of what the dynamics are going on with the economy as a whole in the region. not just looking at san francisco, but really as a regional body. >> sometimes district issues are different than zvi issues. what do you feel are some of the biggest issues facing your district? ~ city >> i think because we have a lot of children, families, seniors in our district, they care a lot about your quality of life issues, right. and it's the reason why people choose to live there. they want to make sure that your streets are repaved, that our potholes are filled, that public transportation works for you, that, you know, your parks and play grounds are safe for your children to play in, students can go to local schools. i think that those are all important issues facing district 4 and will continue to. >> how have you balanced the needs of your district versus the needs of the city as a whole? >> i think that as a district supervisor, we play that balancing act every single day
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in our jobs. and we respond to all of the constituent needs, whether they doll us, whether they e-mail us or talk to us in person about a problem, we try to sort of bridge the resources that are in the city and help connect them with whichever department it is they might need to be connected with to resolve their issue. ~ but also at the same time we are city-wide representatives and we vote on legislation every week that impact everyone in the entire city. i think that when we take those votes, for example, we keep our district interests in mind and how they might want us to best represent them on city-wide issues. >> you mentioned transportation and muni earlier. what do you see about transportation for your constituents, is there enough needed service? >> i think especially given the fact the sunset district is located so far from the central portion of the city, that transportation is difficult for them. and as you know, there are some issues with switch backs for example on muni and folks feeling like, you know, they don't have adequate service down to the end of the line.
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so, i have worked with mta and we're trying to figure out solutions to address that. but i think overall our residents really just want to make sure that they can get from where they need to go from the sunset district or back home via public transportation. >> what about parking and traffic? >> i think that the sunset district typically has a little bit more pricing than some other districts. there are always pedestrian safety issues we have to watch out for. our district has boulevard, we have sunset boulevard. we were also have 19th avenue and great highway. and, so, those are actually state highways that -- except for sunset boulevard, but the three are state highways that run through our district. and, so, when you have that, we have seen some fatalities along some of those corridors and, so, we work very closely with the state agency, our local agencies to see what sort of pedestrian improvements can be made to help make it more safe for feev l. so, for example, maybe it means
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that we install more pedestrian countdown signals or install sidewalk build outs so that we can shorten the distance for pedestrians to cross the streets. or lowering of speed limits. so, all of those things we try to look at comprehensively throughout the district to people can travel safely whether you're a pedestrian, cyclist or driver. >> speaking of safety, what are your thoughts on how the city is dealing with crime, especially in your district and how do you think the police department is doing? >> we work very closely with our local police station which is terraville police station. we have community groups in the sunset. they have formed out of response to concern of public safety in the neighborhood and i think that generally speaking the sunset district has lower crime levels than many of the other parts of the city. however, because we are bordering ocean beach and golden gate park, we do have pockets of problem areas. and, so, our neighbors are the
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first to alert us and the police station when there are issues and the police has been very responsive to that. >> what kind of issues are you having with ocean beach or golden gate park? >> i think that because it's so far from the center of the city and because there is so much open space, we do see a lot of encampments in those areas. some neighbors express issues with safety and feeling safe in their neighborhood and, so, they have worked very closely with our terraville station to make sure they monitor those regularly. >> what are your thoughts on the city's economic development? >> so, in terms of economic development, i think our city is in a very, again, exciting time right now where we are able to attract a lot of businesses who want to locate here in san francisco. you know, we have seen a recent wave of technology companies that have located here in our downtown core area and it's really transformed our neighborhoods. and i think that as we continue to keep drawing talent and
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those kind of companies that are city's economic state will continue to grow. >> speaking of growth in our city, how do you feel about the role of the warriors coming to san francisco and the plans for the new stadium? >> so, the warriors and the plan for the new stadium, you know, the project approvals and the environmental review report will actually have to go through the board of supervisors. so, i'll have to make my decision then. but the prospect of something like that would be very exciting for the city, i think, not only as an economic engine but also in terms of san francisco's cultural history. >> to a degree, do you feel the city should subsidize the team? >> i think that negotiations are still to be sorted out and i think that all of that is in the works. but it's something that i'll pay close attention to. >> what would you like to see change in the city's approach to developing its economy? >> you know, i think that san francisco is a very creative city and we tend to be on the cutting edge of issues, right?
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and i think that to that extent of our administration and our various departments such as the office of economic and work force development have always thought of creative approach he that might be new for the region to, for example, attract new businesses or, you know, other sorts of financing mechanisms. and i think that we will continue to do that in san francisco. >> well, are there any other issues that you plan to concentrate on throughout your term as supervisor? >> yes, i believe that having worked, you know, for many years in the district 4 office and now as supervisor, over time we have felt that, you know, many times we are very reactive to a lot of the problems that are presented our way and i want to really make sure that during my term i would love to do some long-term planning for the district to make sure that we think maybe 5, 10, 15 years out and think ahead, you know, now and start the planning work and laying the foundation for things we want to do in the future. >> what are some of your ideas?
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>> i will be engaging in a community process where we focus on some of our key issue areas that we care a lot about in the district and working with them to kind of layout the groundwork for what we envision for our district in the future. >> we're almost out of time. but it's been great chatting with you. thank you so much for joining us today on sfgov tv's meet your supervisor. >> thank you for having me. >> we've been talking to supervisor tang from district 4. watch for the next episode of meet your district supervisor when we'll be back with another round of our 11 city supervisors. sore sfgov-tv, i'm nona melkonian. ♪ ♪>> good afternoon, we'll call this meeting of the historic preservation meeting to order. >> this is the s


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