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>> good afternoon. my name is michael cowen. i'm secretary of the democratic club. i want to make a suggestion, that is for with compassion program, how about tying it to medicare. that way you could track it, it would handle people who are already in the system and i think it would be practical way to manage a compassion program. second point is i think we're going to need more consumption lounges, we have eight in the city. we're going to have thousands of more patients medicating and we need to find a place where they can medicate safely and away from schools, parks and other locations where it's not going to be allowed.
my last request is that please do not overregulate cannibis. this is a new industry, we -- it needs to be managed but it also needs to be managed in a responsible way and overregulation will damage it and could kill it. thank you so much. >> good afternoon supervisors. excuse me. my name is greg goodbetter. i'm co-chair of the rose kenya group, a small group of patients that share medicine and activities here in the city. i am also sit on the chair of the board of the mental health here in san francisco. i think i have a good solution to the cry for smoking lounges and it would be a great idea for
all of our community to be able to turn around and heal together. a community center in this city is desperately needed where all of us, all different ethnic groups and parts of the medical cannibis community can come together for events and just have harm reduction groups and things like that. these lounges are great idea but that's just what they are, lounges. medical cannibis patients need healing places, places they can have bingo, movie nights, or just be able to sit down and talk to one another. with that i'm going to close but know that patients in san francisco are waiting for you guys to make the best decisions that they can get out of you for medical cannibis in general.
thank you. >> next speaker please. i think we got a little out of order. >> i'm terrence allen. i've been h.i.v. positive since the early 80s and chair of the task force. there are members of the task force, i encourage you rules committee to appoint those members and encourage more patient voices. there is no practical legalization without consumption and really no legalization without compassion. if i went to all of the cannibis consumption lounges in the last week, i added up how many patients are allowed as of right into the eight consumption lounges and supervisors do you know the number i came up with? 175. that is all the patients that fit at one time in all eight
consumption lounges. there's no space for tourists and we don't want to put them on the sidewalk. as we talk about the eight, we have to understand the restrictions of size and access that the dispensaries have put on the eight locations. 175. there's no equity without property. without an address, the equity program is broken. so the overregulation that is the tendency of trying to get out of the just say no message, we have to keep coming back to make sure we don't exclude through overcomplication. there's no public process without the task force. i thank you for expanding it another year and i'm open for this rules committee to expand the membership of the 14 and make it as representative of the community as we can. and there's no representation if we don't listen to those 74% of the voters.
cannibis users will be disappointed. 414,000 voted for it, they represent a clear majority. thank you. >> next speaker. >> hello, good morning. my name is nina parks. i'm an advocate through super nova women, women of color organization, we have been participating in san francisco's equity cannibis equity working group. we have been convening with quite a few people affected by the equity program and experts to help to strengthen the data that we needed to be able to push the most equitable playing field that we can. and also as a business owner with my brother who spoke before me, obviously we have a lot of horses in this race.
so equity issues, one in regards to licencing, the licencing requirement says felonies considered from 1971 to 2009, however like my brother said, 2016 we were still seeing african americans arrested at 10 times higher than any other rates in san francisco and 2.4 times higher than african americans anywhere else in california. that was within the human rights commission report submitted. in regards to other equity issues. capital and real estate is a big issue. us having shared locations, multiple businesses in one space would be helpful to us on equity. delivery, delivery was preserved to have a low barrier retail access, like equity businesses,
where they would be able to enter. so to be able to -- to have a static manifest is going to be difficult for us. to go back and forth it would not make us competitive with the larger people. i know there's a lot of conversation -- >> next speaker. >> i'm david carter, we're hoping to make the transition. today i want to talk to you about a couple of things i heard here, other people talking about, one is the ownership, it would be -- it would make it a lot easier for businesses my size which i already said is small if we were able to attract
a larger percentage of investors than what i think you said right now is 20% which is a start but to expand it would be helpful. also consumption is really important thing, obviously we have heard it mentioned a number of times today. we need consumption sites. i think i heard we have eight right now. we're about to go into adult use, the pool of cannibis users is going to explode i like what
>> we're here. >> come forward. >> sorry about that. >> that's okay. >> good morning. i'm andy greenberg, one of the co-owners of a small women's medical cannibis collective in san francisco. we primarily work at private parties, educating women and selling products, we also have a small delivery aspect to our business. like i said, education is a big aspect of what we do. i really want to thank the supervisors of this committee and the office of cannibis for putting on the record and working on the education aspect for this community, cannibis policy is not developed in a vacuum but is a long and complex history. i thank you for acknowledging that. this is important to understand in order to educate people and battle misunderstanding.
we at society jane support the two step regulatory process, this will give us a pathway forward and allow us to remain in business. to that end, it's essential to have co-location or space sharing allowed. we also support the compassion program, the portability of permits, the 18 year age requirements for employees of medical businesses, technical assistance and importantly on site consumption locations. i also support the san francisco cannibis equity working group and all they're asking for to make equity possible, buffers between mcd's, cannibis businesses and schools should not be increased but i would argue decreased to 500 feet. we also support what i have been hearing today about the increasing the ownership chains
from 20% to anywhere less than 50. thank you for your time. >> thank you next speaker. >> good afternoon. thank you for your time. i'm aaron ash, a law student here in san francisco, vice president of students for sensible drug policy. i'm here to show support for the amendment that supervisor sheehy proposed today. compassion is extremely important. addressing supervisor fewer's concerns, state regularlations do allow loose leaf to be on display. i appreciate the concerns of finding the right quality of cannibis for each individual patient. consumption is huge. the voters voted to legalize cannibis, if we limit consumption to be only eight places we are recriminallize cannibis and pushing people out on the streets.
i really appreciate your support for a stronger equity program. overall i think it's great. i do want to echo some of the concerns of the other speakers, you should extend the conviction window to 2016, i worked at the public defenders office in san francisco all summer, i have seen that continues to be a problem. communities of color are targeted way more than any other community in san francisco. recently as 2016, a federal judge ruled that the ss police used racially selective law enforcement. i'm sure you remember the case where all 37 detectives were african american. the video show the police going up to white drug dealers and declining to buy the drugs and going and arresting black people. i think even after 64 it's been a huge problem. extending the window to 2016 is
important. >> thank you next speaker. chris emerson. betsy cabiker. >> i'm senior member of access of love. and i'm a disabled veteran. i also was born in san francisco in district 11 and all i wanted to stress again about having patients and advocates of the community in the process of the task force so we can get input from the community as well. i also like to stress education, especially to the schools because i have been smoking cannibis since 18, my three nieces i have raised have been educated with drug education and
they have a few points about cannibis use they were against and i was proud of that. i explained to them what is good for me may not be good for you. i wanted to explain to you that when i was living in oakland, i lost my unit because i got run over by a car here in san francisco. i ended up in a shelter for eight months in a wheelchair and had nowhere else to go. this is why it's important to have dispensaries where low income and disabled can at least go and stay until closing time even. play bingo games, chest games, open mike. things like this that -- if you talk about a problem with homeless, this would be a perfect idea, especially for those who smoke cannibis, thank you. >> thank you next speaker. chris emerson, betsy and jessie
stout. >> hi, i manage two of the consumption spaces in san francisco among other businesses in cannibis. consumption spaces are for education, not necessarily for recreation, but be able to get information, if you didn't have that source you would have to sift through forums online and that's not really from experts necessarily. so being able to have access to those spaces is extremely important. even if it is simply for recreation to have a city with only eight bars is a little crazy to me. i'm sure you guys feel the same way. another point i want to bring up, shared manufacturing space. i also have been developing an edible company for a few years trying to make it compliant and seeing the overhead is too much for an individual within the space. to share the cost with other entrepreneurs in the space would be beneficial to me among 400
public comment and hearing everyone out this morning. it's an important issue to many people in the community. i remember back in september at the board when supervisor fewer requested the equity report from the office of cannibis and now this november 1st, the equity report has come out, i remember when the members of our community who were present were promised no adult use cannibis permits would be issued until after the program. people harmed by the war on drugs will be granted permits for retail and non retail cannibis uses. i appreciate the commitment from the city. we're looking forward to land use this afternoon when we understand the compromise will be offered to allow for some businesses to be licensed for adult use this coming january. that's wonderful quick progress. i'm grateful to the board for working so diligently to address
it quickly. i really want to emphasize that it's so important to members of the community working group and others commenting on the issues all along, the equity permits will be included so people harmed by the war on drugs can get permitted at the same time or sooner than other businesses. we don't want businesses to be licensed for adult use when equity permits are not yet available. please consider the timing and impact it will have on the equity program, it will make much more of a difference if they can start business at the same time or sooner as other mcd's and others operating the space. >> thank you. next speaker. >> supervisor, today we had the
english, why we join the hearing, someone help me. >> can we have the overhead display. >> the picture and the tv? can you do that? >> he's putting it up. they called for it. can you put it back -- don't worry, we'll fix it. >> there it is. >> no, she's doing a good job. thank you, yeah. can you add a minute to her time, please?
there it is. we saw the picture. yeah, we saw it. >> you saw the picture already. okay. now san francisco has lots of social problems, like this picture, almost in the city. according to health san francisco health department update report, because people take marijuana and use the health services, it increase 138%. and also, people use marijuana need emergency, increases it 88%. these are san francisco report.
>> like salmonella, e.coli, such like that, that cannabis can be something that can be controlled pretty simply with e implementing things such as locks, separate indoor equipment, and then, rooms within the commissary shared spaces. we already have those processes and procedures in -- with our -- with our current setup, and we hope to be able to continue to do so. i'd also like to advocate that
there should be permits for pop up shops and vendor permits for special events, and yes, thank you for your time. >> thank you. zoe polk -- it's whatever, so there's zoe polk, and ace, whatever you want to take it in. >> good morning. i'm honored to be here before you speaking on this issue. as you may recall in 2012, the human rights commission did a human rights hearing of the impact on the war on drugs. we had over 100 members of the public who talked about the war on drugs, and about what the consequences are. we were delighted to work with nicole elliott and the department of public health and hope that really laid out a sense of equity and it's crucial and
needs to happen as as soon as as the program is laid out. i also just want to talk about thinking about the report and intersecti intersectionality, we were thinking that people's identities and multiple intersection of identities, so we're taurki we're talking about incarcerated people, for example, which includes veterans who were particularly after the vietnam war experienced high rates of mental disorders, ptsd. it's also in the lgbt community, people are more likely to experience discrimination and harassment, and that is the reason that 16% of transgender identified difficulties are more like adults are more likely to be
incarcerat incarcerated. we know that women are often leveraged to get the male kind of king pin in the drug industry, and they are facing harsh sentences in order to maybe rat out their partners, and they are disproportionately affected by the war on drugs, as well, and i just want you to think about people's identities. thank you. >> thank you. ace, come close us out. >> i'll close it out in two minutes. thank you, supervisors. i'm here specifically something, for everybody giving titles and founders, i'm the founder of case, community assisted enterprise. i'm speaking for the black community. now, you talk about the unfairness, you talk about
the war on drugs, you talk about how many of us down in that building down there, because of a bag of weed, the people been serving their families -- not serving, but providing for their families, all these dispensaries -- everybody's got a great start, everybody's connected, but what about us african -- no, i'm not african, i'm blacks. i want to know how many blacks are in the city prisons, jails right now for an ounce of weed. if anything, you supervisors, release them, and put them in these dispensaries and they'll be millionaires. they put people like me in jail. the war on drugs, you know what it did to the western edition?
it wiped us out. all the black men, it just wiped us out. president's wife just said, just say no to drugs, and now, all of a sudden you want to let these millionaires becomes billionaires? by the way, my name is ace, and i'm on the case. we need places like this, just like you drink your wine and beer, we need to go somewhere so we can be somewhere. so my name is ace, i'm on the case, and i will be finding out who's on the board. thank you very much. >> i don't have anymore speaker cards, but if you'd like to come and does thaddress this committee, please step forward. >> thank you, supervisors. my name is stephanie tucker, and i'm here to speak in support of
the cash compassion program. i think compassion was basically the founding principles of cannabis, and it's really, really important that we honor it and more important that san francisco take a leadership role in it so that the state will follow suit. i'd also like to just bring up the ownership right now is at 20%. if you guys might consider bringing that up to 35, i think in addition, if you can identify other places that, you know, businesses can get funding, liking making available small business loans and -- and things of that sort prior to limiting the way that people can raise cap pital, th would be really thoughtful, and i just want to just also make sure that everybody realizes that on-site consumption is also a tool, a tool that's used to get people off the streets, and that we spoke to the head of dph for the state, who said that he understood that, and
that he would follow suit of the local municipalities, so i hope that you take that into consideration as you move forward. exami and lastly, i just want to express my strong support for the equity program. i want to thank supervisor cohen for taking the lead on that, and that is all. i hope you have a wonderful day, supervisors. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hello. my name is brandon brown. i'm with the equity working group. i'm a retailer, as well. i'll be real quick. appreciate you guys on these long -- these long hauls for public comment. i just want to touch on the consumption lounges as forcing the elderly, as well as lower income housing to break the law, like a man said earlier, is a fine outside. if you don't have lounges, you're
forcing our elderly -- so basically, you have to own your own home in this current circumstance. it's an issue that's been going on for years with existing patients that i have over the years, and so i'd just like to put that talking point in your mind that without consumption lounges, you're forcing people to break the law, either smoking inside, inside their home, where they might lose their home, or outside, where they might get a fine. obviously, you're heard the thousand feet in front of a daycare is inequitiable. i believe 500 away is enough away from a school, and the 300 feet radius. thank you very much. >> any other members of the public wish to comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. okay. so do we need deputy
city attorney pearson back here? you're good? okay. so i think we have a couple of things on the agenda. we have amendments proposed by supervisor sheehy. can we take those without objections? supervisor sheehy's amendments that were proposed without objection on the program and on-site consumption? >> i'm okay. >> yes. >> without objection those items are moved and ordered. you want to make a formal amendment, supervisor fewer, on the -- regarding medicinal -- i just want to reiterate again what you were looking for so they can draft that up? >>supervisor fewer: sure. i think that city attorney givner will have language drafted for tomorrow, is that correct? >> yes. you just want to reiterate what it is. >>supervisor fewer: yeah. it's just adding into the amendment strengthening the integrity of our medicinal
cannabis offering, making sure that medicinal patients have access to the loose product, medicine. >>supervisor safai: is that clear, anything else, deputy city givner? >> yeah, let me just make sure i'm capturing what you want. it would be -- the amendment would say something along the lines of the director of the office of cannabis shall adopt rules that ensure that customers purchasing medicinal cannabis, or that -- >>supervisor fewer: medical patients have access to -- direct access to physical product or something like that. >> right, to a variety of different types of product. >>supervisor fewer: exactly. thanks. >>supervisor safai: is that good? >>supervisor fewer: yes, and then, i also wanted to mention i think that miss elliott -- >>supervisor safai: has done some research quickly?
so you want to mention that before we make a motion. >> i wanted to clarify my suggested amendments that i was asking you guys to propose. >>supervisor safai: okay. >> page 58, line 12, for cannabis retailers this is one that we did officer, striking authorizes and did -- >>supervisor safai: oh, no, wait. >> page 58 first -- >>supervisor safai: can we dale with just ensuring that we're talking about that there's language in there that says the operators shall have loose product made available to medicinal patients on-site? >>supervisor fewer: yes. >> yes. >> so that's something the board can vote on tomorrow. >>supervisor safai: so we'd -- we don't need to vote on that. we're just giving you direction. okay. clear. and then, with regard to page 58, line 14, where it says a cannabis retailer permit
authorizes the permitee, i think we want to strike the word authorizes and replace it with requires. okay. we'll do that and what's the next one? >> page 60, line 19. >>supervisor safai: page -- oops, why is this going backward? >> you would do the same thing, strike authorizes and replace with requires. >>supervisor safai: so those two areas. so motion to strike the word authorizes on page 14 -- on line 14, page 58, and strike the word authorizes on page 60, line 19. >> moved. >>supervisor fewer: moved. >>supervisor safai: without objection, that is ordered. and then, the direction that i gave you guys earlier, in terms of the good neighbor policy and
the management and security plan, that they must be approved by the director of office of cannabis, in consultation with the local police captain and the office of the supervisor, so if you could have that drafted for tomorrow, that would be great. >>mr. givner: we will the ordnance can't require the director to consult with the supervisor's office, but within her discretion, she can -- >> i wanted to get on the record what the intent was, and then, you can draft it legally so that there's no overstep of powers. okay. >>supervisor safai: so for the individuals that we're talking about commissary spaces, my office is drafting language of
commissary locations in retail. we're working out -- there's an institutional language conflict between the department of public health and the planning department, so we're in the process of working on that now, and we will infuse into that conversation the idea of -- of commissary spaces for he hadible hadib hadible -- edible, we'll have that conversation and see what we can do. there's some very strict processes that have to be in place. it's not as easy as saying, this is already used as a bakery, there are zones ordinances in terms of how spaces with used. it's called an accessory use, so zoned for a limited restaurant, and then, you want to come in and do an accessory use, and you want to come in
and do a commissary kitchens. they're not necessarily in the places you might think intuitively. they're not always on neighborhood commercial corridors, and so it's something that we're tackling, but now that i heard that multiple times as a way to kind of foster this conversation, we're happy to infuse -- that's not going to dealt with this language today in this legislation. the other piece that we have heard about is the idea of deliveries. there's been a lot of conversation about all of the retail, but we haven't spent a lot of time talking about the business of delivery and delivery permits. we have 16 delivery permits. there's individuals in the industry that are trying to do predictable delivery. we have a -- i have heard, and i -- i will speak for myself, generally, i have a problem with there being unlimited amounts or excessive amount of product in a car or in a vehicle. i understand the idea of getting it to the doorstep in a
fast manner, but i also understand that you have security issues that arise with that. i also understand that from that, there arises the concern for -- how should i say this delicately? for abuse of the system because if someone is intended to have, and the way that this is -- predictable delivery works, is you're supposed to have an alfiatifiln of a brick and mortar retail, but from what we have from talking to individuals in the industry, that predictable delivery are going directly to the manufacturers and distributors and cutting out the brick and mortar, so that presents some issues. we'll have to come back to that. so what i appropriates is we split the file. make a motion to send the entire -- the edited version with the amendments that we made today with recommendation to the
board tomorrow. >>supervisor fewer: yes, i agree. i also concur, that i think that the issue of delivery, we can speak about that at a later date, and -- and also, just get updated on where state legislation is and blah, blah, blah on that. >>supervisor safai: right. in terms of w-2 employees, labor piece, we just don't have time to daeal with that right now. and then, the last thing we heard from a lot of folks is the concern, 20% amount of ownership, and we said this to a lot of you privately, and i've had conversation with my colleagues, and i know they have with you, addres well. we understand the industry, and we understand there's barriers, but we don't want these licenses to become a commodity. we need to revisit that conversation, so we're going to leave the threshold at 20%. that's why we split the
legislative file. this file will remain here and here can continue do hato have conversa about this, but the goal is to be ready for january 1, so splitting the file and sending the file with full recommendation to the board from this body. without objection that's ordered. >> can i clarify that order? >>supervisor safai: yes. >> the matter is amended. the matter will be duplicated. one version of that duplicated file will be referred to the board of supervisors meeting at community report as amended for tomorrow's meeting. >>supervisor safai: with full recommendation. >> clerk: and the other portion will remain in committee. >>supervisor safai: yes, correct. >> clerk: correct. >>supervisor safai: any other matters before us today, mr. clerk? >> clerk: that completes the agenda. >>supervisor safai: so moved, and this committee is now closed. thank you.
>> hi, i'm lawrence corn field. welcome to building san francisco. we have a special series, stay safe. we're looking at earthquake issues. and today we're going to be talking with a residential building owner about what residential building owners and tenants can and should do before earthquakes and after earthquakes.
♪ ♪ >> we're here at this wonderful spur exhibit on mission street in san francisco and i have with me today my good friend george. thanks for joining me, george. and george has for a long time owned residential property here in san francisco. and we want to talk about apartment buildings and what the owner's responsibilities might be and what they expect their tenants to do. and let's start by talking a little bit about what owners can do before an earthquake and then maybe after an earthquake. >> well, the first thing, lawrence, would be to get together with your tenants and see if they have earthquake insurance or any renters insurance in place because that's going to be key to protecting them in the event of
a quake. >> and renters insurance, there are two kinds of insurance. renters insurance coffers damage to goods and content and so forth. earthquake insurance is a separate policy you get after you get renters insurance through the california earthquake authority, very inexpensive. and it helps owners and it helps tenants because it gives relocation costs and it pays their rent. this is a huge impact on building owners. >> it's huge, it really is. you know, a lot of owners don't realize that, you know, when there is an earthquake, their money flow is going to stop. how are they going to pay their mortgages, how are they going to pay their other bills, how are they going to live? >> what else can property owners do in residential rental housing before an earthquake? >> well, the first thing you want to do is get your property assessed. find out what the geology is at your site. get an expert in to look at structural and nonstructural losses. the structural losses, a lot of times, aren't going to be that bad if you prepare.
an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. get in there and get your property assessed and figure it out. >> so, what is a nonstructural issue that might cause losses? >> well, you know, pipes, for instance. pipes will whip around during an earthquake. and if they're anchored in more numerous locations, that whipping won't cause a breakage that will cause a flood. >> i've heard water damage is a major, major problem after earthquakes actually. >> it is. that's one of the big things. a lot of things falling over, ceilings collapsing. but all of this can be prevented by an expert coming in and assessing where those problem areas and often the fixes are really, really cheap. >> who do you call when you want to have that kind of assessment or evaluation done? >> the structural engineering community is great. we have the structural engineers association of northern california right here in san francisco. they're a wealth of information and resources. >> what kinds of things might
you encourage tenants to do besides simply get tenants renters insurance and earthquake insurance, what else do you think tenants should do? >> i think it's really important to know if they happen to be in the building where is the safest place for them to go when the shaking starts. if they're out of the building, whats' their continuity plan for connecting with family? they should give their emergency contact information to their resident manager so that the resident manager knows how to get in touch. and have emergency supplies on hand. the tenants should be responsible to have their extra water and flashlights and bandages and know how to use a toilet when there's no sewage and water flows down. and the owners of the building should be proactive in that regard as well. >> so, george, thank you so much for joining us. that was really great. and thanks to spur for hosting us here in this wonderful exhibit.
and thank you for joining us >> the renovation of balboa park, the oldest in the city of san francisco, and now it is the newest part in the city of san francisco. through our partnership, and because of public investment from the two thousand eight fund, we are celebrating a renewal and an awakening of this park. we have it safer, happier, more
joyous. >> 3, 2, 1, [laughter] =--[applause] >> it is a great resource for families, to have fun in the city, recreation. >> this is an amazing park. we have not revitalized it without public and private investment. the critical piece of the process of this renovation was that it was all about the community. we reached out to everyone in this community. we love this park dearly and they all had thoughts and ideas and they wanted to bring their own creativity and their personality to bear on the design. what you see is what the community wanted. these ideas all came from the
residents of this community. as a result, there is a sense of ownership, pride and responsibility that goes along with what is going to be an exciting park. issue. >> homeless in san francisco is a challenging issue that effects owner in the city in many different was as of the 2014 homeless census over 64 homeless in individual in the city to try to address the issue we've got a program for chronic homeless welcome to the navigation center. >> this pilot project is for
people living on the street what makes it different the navigation center is able to accommodate homeless encampments lowell u allowing people to keep their pets and bring their personal bloonlz. >> the full realization that people don't want to be homeless not refuse services but from the services don't meet them and not relevant they're not going to be successful if you look at the budget losses we've got a community sacrifice important people to get food and laundry we're standing next to the bathrooms it is designed to be a dynamic and brief residential experience where right of on this site city staff to connect you to homeless places to return to family dine is up for medi-cal and all those things that are complicated for people.
>> the other exciting thing city agencies come on site and provided the services for folks this is existed to see when the goal of streamlining a a whole processes of getting people on go gentle assistance into housing as much as possible. >> way totally different you can come and agree as please and get laundry services and showers any time of the day and night it's twenty-four hours a day whatever and twhefr it's not like any other she recalls. >> they come and help people for what it is they're required the issues they need and reach out and do what we can to say okay how can we accommodate you to get you set up and straight never in my mind imagined a
program like this this place it different and a a lot a lot that better it works. >> the navigation is center is a collaboration of partnerships too city departments one is the homeless outreach team managed by the san francisco distributing i look forward to the navigation center we'll have our agents go out and help and say don't go anymore over and over send our dayshift out they've meet the population and hang out and hang in the encampment and transport people and be with them and make immediate impacts with me and my staff. >> bringing our wloongz whatever you go presents a problem this place their help
with the storage i don't have to worry about it staying here you know you're getting things done they need to get things down done to get off the street avenue of the hope alsoness is gone. >> they help you if you're hungry go eat if e you need to go places go. >> they're 4th district it awe auto. >> it was funded through a unanimous donation and of may 2015 an additional $3 million to help to continue the program beyond 18 months. >> you see people coming out they're ready to being so the future homes you know how variable the navigation center is my message for the constituents yes something can be done do break chronic
homelessness it is being done. >> this is a community that sets an example but i how to pick an area that was funky they've seen we're trying to do is help their neighbors they've seen getting sicker and more frail and broken down on the streets and welcomed us that's a powerful statement people are exist and president in they're becoming to see the movement for folks and people on the streets are only survival modes where is there next meal and their itch more carefree. >> the staff here is interpretation the first day i have a appointment and everything was made all you do
is go through them this makes a huge difference. >> to get settled in a helping hand, to get on my feet, take care of the issues i have and get out of bed and help. >> even though the navigation center has been up in march 2014 the program is creating successful outreach for it's clients. >> a month ago they came to me and asked me to go into a new program i moved into here and now 3 months later i have my own place it is mine i lock my door don't worry about my stuff it feels human again a once in a generation -- >> good morning, everyone.
my name is ed riskin, i'm the director of transportation here in the city and county of san francisco. so glad to be with you all today under this beautiful sunshine to mark really what is a once in a generation milestone for muni, for the transit service and for the people of san francisco. today we are putting into service this beautiful vehicle that's behind us. and a lot of folks are responsible for getting us here. i want to acknowledge mayor lee, president breed who is, i'm sure, on her way. our state and federal and regional partners and the tremendous work of our transit director john halle and his staff -- [applause] a lot of whom are in bright colored vests and jackets. as well as many other parts of our agency, the safety division,