tv Government Access Programming SFGTV April 30, 2018 9:00pm-10:01pm PDT
if we could to increase the process from four supervisors to five to the number that could be able to get the appeal to the board of supervisors. okay, so we'll ask for that later. and then also i would just point out as well that sometimes it's very difficult i think -- you know, if we are hearing a planning appeal, you know, there's a project -- a specific project in our district. it's a building there. and with these it tends to i think impact potentially other parts of the city -- i'm not talking about, you know, blue zones or whatnot, but let's say a stop sign where it might impact a bus that you're trying to get on a rapid network or something like that. so i do think and i caution that we may be faced with situations where maybe a community wants a stop sign but it may also hinder transit effectiveness as well. so with that said, supervisor peskin, did you have another question before we go to public comment? >> i'm happy to hear from the public. i have a number of questions, mostly to the city attorney.
i would agree with you relative to the c.u. process, i was only referring to the appellate portion of it, the c.u. process had been in place for many, many years. just th the appellate process. and i agree with you five, from how the c.u. appeal from the board itself works. so i would agree with that. i do in addition i'm not a member of the committee to th the -- to the amendments that i recommended before. the deputy city attorney pointed out on page 5, line 8, we would have to make a conforming amendment to conform to the threegz odeletion of the fee toe the words "any filing fee paid shall be returned to the
requester." and i did have some questions for the city attorney. and before we hear from the public, i should probably also put on the record that i would also like a committee member to make one other change at page 2, line 11. which is the provision that says that a final sfmta decision shall not include a decision by the m.t.a. that was contemplated as part of the implementation of a prior final m.t.a. decision. which i think is extremely vague and as i said to my staff earlier today this piece of legislation has been contemplated for a decade. so i would like to remove at page 2, line 11, the words "contemplated" as part of the i.
implementation of a final sfmta decision and/or that would prevent us from getting into a lot of different skirmishes and us all yelling at deputy city attorney kennedy. >> okay, with that said we'll jump to public comment first and then we'll resume our conversation. so any members of the public that wish to comment on item 3, please come on up. >> good afternoon chair tang and supervisors, i'm with the bicycle coalition. before i launch into the meat of my comments i would like to take a moment to thank the authors of this amendment, supervisors peskin and safai for working with those of us who care about active transportation in our city. to make this appeals ordinance do what we think that it should do rather than what we think that it shouldn't do.
let me begin by stating that the sfmta is an imperfect agency. it must do more to deliver safe streets for those walking and biking and taking transit and it must deliver those projects faster. if we hope to see the sfmta lead the way in achieving vision zero in meeting our ambitious climate goals and realizing our transit first policy we have to give the agency the ability to act with some speed and relative independence. my concern and our concern as people who bike about the original draft of this appeals ordinance was that it posed a threat to that independence. and if adopted it would slow down the delivery of crucial transportation projects across our city. we agree with the removal of the public petition threshold for appeal as it would consume endless hours of this body's time in hearing appeals based on -- not time -- but parking spots, you name it. we agree that the threshold
number of supervisors necessary to hear an appeal should be increased to five in line with conditional use appeals. we thank the authors for considering amendments that amet strengthen the exemptions to include specific bike lane exemptions and transit projects and hopefully other vision zero projects as well. the goal of having the sfmta to be more responsive is a noble one and we want to see an appeals process that has safe and affordable housing choices so we hope that this legislation can be amended to do that. thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> thank you. my name is glen teksara and i run the largest linen and uniform company in california. i am in the dog patch area of san francisco. i would like to talk today for a moment about my experience with the m.t.a. it was a very positive experience and it surprised me
greatly. i come from a background of running business and i'm not all that familiar with the way that the system works. i heard at the 11th hour about the program to handle parking in my area. and i was surprised when i reached out to the m.t.a. that there was response. strong response. and i actually got some of the things that i wanted by working, which is a huge surprise to my wife who i have been complaining for weeks about having to deal with regulation of parking. and at the end of the day i was in great support of it and i really appreciated work with the m.t.a., with hank and a number of his people on the team. and i was surprised that i was able to get something done. the reason that i came here today is they wanted to let you guys know that i was very pleased with that and as a default i am never a strong fan of more oversight as a default
because i like to see things get done. and things did get done, which was pleasing. we are the last uniform company in the city of san francisco. there were probably about 10, and they all moved out. so i appreciate they were able to listen to us and get things done and i wanted to give my support and make sure that you were aware that i'm very pleased with the m.t.a. and what they did for us. i will let the rest of you battle out the details of the arena that i'm not familiar with on who is in control and who is in charge. so enjoy. >> thank you for that. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is rachel haiden, with the transit riders and like the name we are a group of transit riders who want to see fast, efficient and reliable service. i am here today because we're concerned that this appeals process before the committee is going to hinder the ability to deliver the service and improvements that riders deserve. i want to recognize that the
ordinance or at least in part arose from a frustration that is a real problem, the responsiveness and tran transpay and accountability. but as written it doesn't address those problems it. adds another layer of process to an already complicated process that is undoubtedly going to result in further delay to crucial transit priority projects. i am happy to hear that the public petition threshold has been remove removed and i encoue number of supervisors to hear the appeals to be increased to five. i was happy to hear you, chair tang, to mention that. but the language for m.t.a. decisions that are exempt from review needs to include any municipal railway, trends of priority project. you saw the list that tom -- that tom showed earlier of several projects that would improve reliability, that improve service delivery, that would be subject to this appeals process and will undoubtedly cause further delay to ruling those projects out.
so, again, i urge you to exempt any municipal railway project that seeks to improve service reliability. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisor, i am the executive director of the walk san francisco. i'm here to express serious concerns about this ordinance and how this ordinance will slow down the sfmta in a city that desperately needs our transportation agency to speed up. this weekend we had another fatality, a 40-year-old man died trying to cross 19th avenue. two weeks ago a resident was killed walking home from church. two pedestrian fatalities in april and five already this year. there is no time to wait and debate street safety redesigns because people are dying going about their everyday business. we thablg this appeals legislation and the way that it's currently written threatens vision zero. a city-wide goal to end all
serious and fatal crashes by 2024. just this month on walk to work day we're all standing by city hall and expressing our commitment to vision zero and i remind us that we only have five more years yet to get to the goal of zero. and we still have a long way to go. while san francisco would like to see vision zero projects added to the list of exemptions in this ordinance, we would also like to see an increase in the number of supervisors needed to appeal from four to five. thank you, supervisor tang, for making this recommendation. we know that sfmta is not a perfect organization and they certainly have their challenges. and so we believe that we should be finding solutions for the sfmta to do more to dligz on the vision zero projects faster and not to slow them down. thank you for giving me this opportunity to express my organization's concerns and the safety that it will lead to on our streets. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please.
>> good afternoon, supervisors. new name is alyssa kias and i'm here representing spur. thank you for the opportunity to comment on this item. the appeals legislation before this committee as currently drafted will hinder the city's ability to provide a functional and a sustainable transportation system. afmta must do more to make transit more reliable and further and to make our streets safer for biking and walking and to deliver them faster. but this ordinance will seriously curtail the sfmta's ability to deliver crucial transportation projects across our city. the sfmta needs to be able to act with speed and independence to achieve vision zero, to improve access and mobility for people across the city. to safeguard the city's ability and to make the transportation system work we believe that the following changes need to be made to this legislation. one, we support the proposal to change the threshold number of
supervisors necessary to hear the appeal to five, in line with conditional use appeals. and, two, the appeals legislation should include exemptions for transit projects and other vision zero projects. that's all i have to say, thank you very much. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> eileen bokan and i'm here on my own behalf. i support this legislation in principle as a means of restoring some checks and balances. my question would be if this review could apply to prior decisions. >> thank you very much. any members of the public who wish to comment on item 3? okay, seeing none, public comments closed. and i don't -- in response to the last public speaker's question, correct me if i'm wrong, deputy city attorney john gibnor, but i don't think that it's retroactive to prior m.t.a.
decisions? >> deputy city attorney john gibnor. no, the legislation couldn't be retroactive. with the amendment that supervisor peskin proposed a few moments ago you could -- the board could review new decisions that are related to projects that had already been reviewed. so you could have multiple -- basically appeals of different m.t.a. decisions over time within a single project. >> okay, thank you for that clarification. supervisor peskin? >> thank you, madam chair. with all respect to the representative from spur, who i think that were one of the original proponents of proposition a, including the carve out that i proposed that the sky will not fall, that
there will be a handful of decisions that are reviewed on an annual basis as i referenced earlier relative to the board bringing conditional uses before it. and hopefully they will be things that positively impact the public realm and transportation, particularly around the ever evolving world of new emerging mobility technology where directors and this board agree that actually having some accountable elected officials make tough decisions in the end, and regardless of who it may or may be, and how that individual may be affiliated with tech billionaires and venture capital companies, this is the people's house. actually, having a bunch of city council members, if you will, who have to hear it every day on the streets of san francisco will be a positive thing.
so with all due respect to spur, i put that in prop a precisely to have this level of oversight. it is a decade overdue. and it is coming shortly. i agree as i said earlier with my thumbs up that we should change the threshold to five supervisors. i did have a couple of questions for the city attorney and i mean no disrespect. i didn't mean any disrespect to the speakers, but i actually wanted to give our two deputy city attorneys a heads up about the questions that i was going to ask and that's why i walked over there. most importantly and this probably also implicates the clerk of the board of supervisors, it has to do with timing issues at page 4 in sub-section c  relative to the window, if not less than 10 days and not more than 30 days. and i just wanted to hear from the city attorney -- and this is
. >> supervisor safai: just through the chair, just to build on that, my understanding, at least the way i was reading it is we had to at least make an attempt to review the decision that happened within 60 days or we have to have our work done within that 60-day period. >> your work has to be done within 60 days or else the decision is ampld. -- affirmed. >> supervisor safai: and that's based on the reading of the charter? >> yeah, that's based on the charter. so it squeezes the timelines a little bit which is why i think the clerk's office maybe wanted to play with some of the numbers and make sure we did it right to give the board enough time. >> supervisor safai: right, but that would be just like any
other meeting through the chair, just like any other meeting, it would be agendaized and maybe a special item, and once we did that, we would, as you said, make affirmative actions to either overturn or amend or whatever? >> yeah. you only need to have one hearing. so some of the questions are, should you -- how much time should you have -- give to file the appeal, how long after the date of filing should we notice the hearing to occur, should the clerk provide ten days' notice, those kinds of issues? >> supervisor safai: okay. and then that would include public noticing or whatever? >> my deputy's here to answer any questions. >> hi. elisa somera for office of the board. we didn't realize there was a 60 daytime constraint. it's different than other appeals where we're able to continue them out to farther
dates where we can hold the hearing but put off the decision so we're still working with that. >> supervisor peskin: and madam chair, i think one thing that's very important is this 60 day hard stop for the board of supervisors to opine or not should allay the fears and statements made by a few members of the public and specifically the director from spur. as director reiskin knows, i always like to needle him that when there's a problem and a supervisor mentions it to mr. nuru, it happens in about 24 hours. and when you mention it to mr. reiskin -- and i appreciate that he is following the spirit and the letter of the law, it takes six to eight to ten months. so the 60 day hard stop is not going to be the end of the world. and i insofar as i still have
the floor, i have another question for the city attorney. >> supervisor tang: go ahead. >> supervisor peskin: so the other question has to do with the definition of a final sf mta decision, and i note that at page three, starting at line 14, the words changes in operating structure as it relates to private transportation programs is stricken, and insofar as the main thrust of my interest in this legislation really resolves around, and director reiskin agrees with having legislative surprise -- supervisory oversight over that policy. i'm wondering if it would be
stricken and b i'm wondering if that body can still get to those issues in pilot programs or other ways. i wanted to give that to counsel to answer. >> deputy city attorney jon givner again. the reason it's to line it up is the authority that the charter gives to the board. so the abort that's the authority to review certain types of decisions, time limitations for parking, prefer ential parking, etcetera, but doesn't have discretion under the charter to review the types of decisions that are listed in the -- in the struck out portion of changes of operating structure of permitees. the board, when it initially considers an mta decision, could put parameters on that decision to ensure that your concerns are met. you could apply permit conditions to the program, you
could also, as you suggested, make it a pilot program, so if you have concerns about how something might roll out, the mta has approved a five-year program, the board could ultimately make that on review, a one-year program, so that the program could come back to the board of supervisors at the end of the year if the mta decides to continue it. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, counselor. and then, finally, madam chair, i just wanted to say for the record that i acknowledge my staff, lee hepner, and as well as supervisor satisfai's staff. >> supervisor tang: one thing we would be able to hear is overweight vehicle issues. i know there's been a sort of
halting of this problem of late, but there have been talked with sf mta that would help attempt to get more services to those individuals living in campers. so i know that this is on our list for things that we might be able to see on appeal, but today, i'm using this opportunity to say that i want the department and the board to really move forward with that idea that you had chaired with me, director, because i do like it very much, and i think it's a great way for us to address the issues that we see with the campers, but yeah, helping the individuals in need. okay. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: yeah. i just have a couple of things that i wanted to ask. so i just wanted to ask director reiskin to come back up for a second, if he has a minute. so i just kind of wanted to go back to my issue about the -- the staffing and the reorganization, and i know we talked about that. and we've talked about that for a long time. but what's a firm date in terms
included because they don't fall -- they don't fit into the specific categories of -- that are authorized under the charter for adding time limitations, etcetera. bike stations on the sidewalk would be dpw jurisdiction, so they're not included in the -- in this ordinance because they're not -- you wouldn't be reviewing the mta's decision. >> supervisor safai: okay. but it doesn't seem that these were even contemplated back when the charter amendment -- so i don't even know if there's any -- i think that what the determination was because these are a red zone, they're not part of your review because you can't review red zones. but you are in some instances removing metered parking to put these in place. so it seems to me as though this is a little bit more of a gray area. >> mr. givner: unli.
>> unlike a change in meters parking this is a decision to put parking in that spot where you now have the bike parking. >> supervisor safai: do they define limit? >> they do not. but -- but our -- our advice in our reading of that charter provision, especially in light of what comes before it regarding mta's exclusive authority generally and how this is a specific carveout, our advice is that the board has authority to review time limitations but not to review absolute predictioohibitions at parking and stopping, which is why this ordinance doesn't review, for instance, red zones. >> supervisor safai: okay. through the chair, i'll just -- i'll follow up with you all on that one, but other than that,
i think i've pretty much said clearly what our amendments were. and did supervisor peskin, did you speak specifically about the fee waiver? i know we talked about that, so we're good. >> supervisor tang: yeah. supervisor kim? -- >> supervisor safai: oh, by the way, one last thing, i am also in favor of putting the threshold at five. >> supervisor tang: thank you. supervisor kim? >> supervisor kim: thank you. i just wanted to acknowledge that i am in support of putting the threshold at five, and i just want to thank you all for being here today and spending your time with us. i do want to say, just on a positive note, that i really have had a very good working relationship with sf mta over my seven years. in terms of moving forward, many of the vision zero improvements that our office has fought for, curbouts and
daylighting, and whiprotected e lanes. while the projects don't always move as quickly as i'd like, i think we do have a good communication. i think the one thing we've never been able to figure out is parking permits in these fixed-use neighborhoods. traditional we've had residential neighborhoods and commercial neighborhoods in san francisco, but the residential neighborhoods that we are now building largely in my district and district ten and nine are mixed use neighborhoods, so they traditionally don't fall under the rpp permits, and while i would like a city where there were no cars or no one owned cars, there has to be some balance, so that is one issue that i've worked on for seven years. but other than that, i do feel like i've been able to push through many of the items that i'd like to see here at the board. i probably have a different set of constituencies from my other colleagues, so i want to really respect what they have been
hearing and, you know, the changes that they'd like to see. i'm a little hesitant to see more appeals come before the board of supervisors, but i do think eliminating the 50 resident appeal process and limiting it to five members of the board will, i hope, help with that process, and hopefully, we will have a bigger say over i think some of the bigger projects that supervisor peskin was referring to, i think in large part, like the e. scooters and large shuttle buses. i think some of those large city programs, i do have a lot of questions, and it's frustrating that we have to hear from the constituents on those issues, but we don't often get to weigh in on it except to, you know, certify an exemption of a -- of a ceqa determination, which is very d dissatisfying and then often confuses our constituents on
what our positions on programs are. but on stop signs and daylighting and i think meter hours, i share supervisor tang's kind of reluctantance to hear those issues, and what i would like to hear are some of the big programs that sf mta oversees. so that's just my overall feeling. i do want this to go through because i know that supervisor he is pin a-- peskin and safai have spent a lot of time working on this. i would like to see some other priorities, including our vision zero implementation work. i would not want to see that slowed down because we're talking about lives, not only
fatalities, but consequences that have impacts on the -- our families and our communities. thank you, colleagues. i will support this today. i definitely think we should have a year point at which we evaluate how this has been working with this board, and i know that supervisor peskin and safai will be on the board to ensure that, and that would just be my one suggestion today at land use. >> supervisor tang: thank you, supervisor kim. i was going to say the exact same thing. i am reluctantly supporting this, i would like to see how it's going, whether it's effective before going down this road and to leave room for change or even potential repeal, depending, again, depebding d depending on how it goes, but i'm willing to experiment, and again, the ultimate goal is to ensure that we're being responsive with community members. we had a couple of motions on
the floor. we had supervisor safai wanted to add stop signs as part of the review. there was a motion from the commission to include passenger loading zones. there was a suggestion about increasing the supervisor threshold from four to five in terms of putting the appeals on our board of supervisors docket, and there was the elimination of the pat50 signatures or more on the appeal as well as the filing fee. is there anything else i missed? >> supervisor safai: yes. there was on page two, line eleven, from was contemplated all the way to and arrest. >> supervisor tang: okay. >> supervisor peskin: and then, there was the definition of bicycle lane on page one at line 18 and then as defined term on page two at line 12, capitalizing bicycle and lane. and i believe everything else you referenced, madam chair. >> supervisor safai: and then -- >> supervisor tang: and then
of course our clerk's office recommendation, which we will, i believe, get to next week or next time around. >> supervisor safai: are you talking about the filing fee waiver? >> supervisor peskin: no, about the ten day, 30-daewoo. >> supervisor safai: well, that was also one, didn't we do the filing fee waiver? >> supervisor tang: yes, i already did that. >> supervisor peskin: which appear nz two places that i mentioned. >> supervisor tang: okay. that was it? deputy city attorney? >> in the document that supervisor safai distributed at the start of the meeting, i believe there are a number of different proposed amendments around timing, including the ten to 30-days, the timing for the clerk's office to review the -- the supervisors or members of the public request for review. is the committee making these amendments subject to changes next week or just removing them from the docket now just so you can make all the changes next
week. >> supervisor safai: just through the chair, i think unless somebody disagrees, do no less than ten days but no more than 30 days. i think that was what we had worked out along with the deputy city attorney along with our two offices. >> and then, there are a number of different -- a number of other changes about the process and timing on pages four and five. >> supervisor safai: right, along review and goes into 48 business hours. i didn't read those into the record because i thought we had submitted to emergency room inform, but if i need to highlight those, i think we should leave those as is, and then, if we need to make additional changes, that's fine. i just had one point of clarification, just to what supervisor tang summarized, and it was about the project -- it was about amending the project of final mta decision to be included in development project. >> supervisor tang: okay. thank you for that clarification. >> supervisor safai: and i think you understand what we're referring to, deputy city
attorney givner? >> yeah. this is the supervisor tang's reference to the loading zones. i believe it's a new definition of the rest room development -- development proje developmendevelopment -- -- term development project, but then excluding that from the matters that be under the board of supervisors. >> supervisor safai: it would be on page 19, line 1, any final sf mta decision, and then, when you get to the, shall not include on page two, line ten, we would insert that as an item, right? >> okay. >> supervisor safai: so basically, final to exclude development project and then you define development projects. do you have that language? okay. thank you. >> okay. >> supervisor tang: and then, madam clerk, do we have to take each amendment separately or could we adopt them all as a whole?
>> clerk: you can adopt them all as a whole? >> supervisor tang: okay. that's fine. i will take all of them as a whole. >> supervisor safai: duly noted. >> supervisor tang: we can do that without objection. okay, and then, as amended, can we get a motion on the item? >> supervisor safai: so i'd like to make a motion to send this item to the full board with positive -- >> supervisor tang: oh, no, continue. >> supervisor safai: oh, we have to continue this item for one week. >> supervisor tang: so motion to continue this item for one week out objection. thank you. and thank you to everyone on sf mta and everyone else who was here for this item. madam clerk, is there any further business? >> clerk: madam president, there's no further business. >> supervisor tang: okay. we're adjourned.
- working for the city and county of san francisco will immerse you in a vibrant and dynamic city that's on the forefront of economic growth, the arts, and social change. our city has always been on the edge of progress and innovation. after all, we're at the meeting of land and sea. - our city is famous for its iconic scenery, historic designs, and world- class style. it's the birthplace of blue jeans, and where "the rock" holds court over the largest natural harbor on the west coast. - the city's information technology professionals work on revolutionary projects, like providing free wifi to residents and visitors, developing new programs to keep sfo humming, and ensuring patient safety at san francisco general.
our it professionals make government accessible through award-winning mobile apps, and support vital infrastructure projects like the hetch hetchy regional water system. - our employees enjoy competitive salaries, as well as generous benefits programs. but most importantly, working for the city and county of san francisco gives employees an opportunity to contribute their ideas, energy, and commitment to shape the city's future. - thank you for considering a career with the city and county of san francisco. sustainable future . >> san francisco streets and puffs make up 25 percent of cities e city's land area more than all the parks combined
they're far two wide and have large flight area the pavement to parks is to test the variants by ininexpensive changing did new open spaces the city made up of streets in you think about the potential of having this space for a purpose it is demands for the best for bikes and families to gather. >> through a collaborative effort with the department we the public works and the municipal transportation agency pavement to parks is bringing initiative ideas to our streets. >> so the face of the street is the core of our program we have in the public right-of-way meaning streets that can have areas perpetrated for something else. >> i'm here with john francis
pavement to parks manager and this parklet on van ness street first of all, what is a parklet and part of pavement to parks program basically an expense of the walk in a public realm for people to hang anti nor a urban acceptable space for people to use. >> parklets sponsors have to apply to be considered for the program but they come to us you know saying we want to do this and create a new space on our street it is a community driven program. >> the program goes beyond just parklets vacant lots and other spaces are converted we're here at playland on 43 this is place is cool with loots things to do and plenty of space to play so we came up with that idea to
revitalizations this underutilized yard by going to the community and what they said want to see here we saw that everybody wants to see everything to we want this to be a space for everyone. >> yeah. >> we partnered with the pavement to parks program and so we had the contract for building 236 blot community garden it start with a lot of jacuzzi hammers and bulldozer and now the point we're planting trees and flowers we have basketball courts there is so much to do here. >> there's a very full program that they simply joy that and meet the community and friends and about be about the lighter
>> thanks for being here today. i want to thank all the members of the city family behind us as well and thanks to barbara garcia, head of the department of public health. our needle and syringe issue has become an epidemic on our streets. it's something i heard about for a long time before becoming the mayor and now as the mayor of city and county of san francisco it's one of the things i hear about the most. people are fed up with the conditions of our streets, as am i. today, we're announcing in partnership with the san francisco aids foundation, we're
creating a team toward needle and syringe pickup. ten individuals sole job and responsibility will be to pick up the needles and syringes the city. and make a difference on the streets. that status quo on the streets today is unacceptable and we're not going to stand for it and do everything we can to combat that. we have great leadership and we have people working on this issue in our city government, but it's not having the impact we need today, so we're creating this new initiative. and i will tell you, it is one of the things again i hear about the most as mayor of the city of san francisco and we're going to move forward with the program. so these individuals, this new team will be doing two things. one they will be proactive. going to known hot spots are
needles are known throughout the city and county of san francisco, different neighborhoods, different spots that are very well known. we just did a needle pick up down here in the alley, collected needles in the box. but also, it's so important as mayor of the city we are responsive to our residents. so when people call three one one based on the data we receive, we'll have people that can respond to the requests and calls for needle pickup. this is a huge issue of san francisco. as mayor i fully acknowledge it and as a city i want to make sure we do something bit. with the creation of this new team, san francisco is taking a step in a new direction and we have prioritized this for the residents of our city. with that, i would like to bring up barbara garcia of the department of the public health to talk about it. >> thank you, mayor farrell.
barbara garcia, director of health. for the last five years the department has attempted to begin to do a lot of pickup. we do a lot of needle pickup at our access sites and we've been doing street pickup. so we and expanded our team to 10 more individuals. we have a response team already on the streets. we have over 30 individuals that work with us throughout the city with our cbo, this is a group of ten individuals, that will be focused on needle litter. and they will be walking the streets of san francisco to ensure that we have no needles in the streets. that's our goal. and we'll be doing this effort along with our environmental health department which is here with us today, along with the
many community based organizations. we believe this is an important initiative for the community of san francisco. and as the mayor gets complaints, i also get complaints. i've been trying to respond to this, but it's clear to me we've added more kiosks, which are large disposal, for people to drop them off, but we have to find them. many times they're under gates, in the streets. we're going to do everything we can to pick up as many as possible for the general public support and general public health, as well as the fact we believe this is essential health service we should be providing. i'd like to call up our director of the san francisco aids foundation, our partner in this project, he'll be providing the team for us. joe? >> good morning, everyone. i again want to thank mayor farrell and director garcia for
their commitment to promoting the public health and this recent investment allowing us to extend our team by 10 people who will focus specifically on needle waste. making sure our streets are clean and safe. each year, the foundation with the partners collect unlimited number of syringes on the streets. so we believe that this will allow us to expand those services even more. and as the mayor said, we'll be both proactive and reactive. so we're thankful to the mayor as well as director garcia for their continued investment in sound public health practice and look forward to partnering with the entire city on this initiative. >> we'll take questions now on
just this initiative. and go to other questions after that. >> so, correct, 275,000 syringes are picked up each month. so between the three different strategies, those syringe sweeps, 8,000 of those are picked up by sweeps and we expect those to go up because of the ten additional people. >> update on the safe injection sites, is that something -- [inaudible] -- july. >> yes, we're still working on the legal issues. we're also working with the state on legislation that would provide us a little more protection on that. so actively still working on that. we don't have a time line as of yet, but we have all the partners ready to go, we're just
having to work out the legal issues. >> if you were able to do them, wouldn't that affect the ability -- >> absolutely. those safe injection sites show they contribute to reducing needle litter in the communities. so we do believe that will be another initiative that will help the issue. >> reporter: [inaudible] >> well, in our -- what we know, people are using of illicit drugs, methamphetamine is one of our biggest concerns. next to that is fentanyl. it's a 100 times stronger than heroin. we saw someone today overdose in the park. it's important to provide them support, but we see shooting up of fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.
>> when you get a secondary accident, someone stumbling over the needles, child picks it up? >> the biggest concern is someone stepping on them, but we haven't seen any cases of outcome of a needle prick, but we're trying to make sure. it's a terrible thing to see and unsafe. we're working on the environmental health factor of needle access. >> mayor, why is this a better -- than supervisor kim? >> you know, appreciate that supervisor kim made that request. first of all, you don't do budget supplementals in the middle of budget season, and second, her ask was dedicated to district 6 and the neighborhoods she represents, which i appreciate. these are the areas effected, but from my perspective, this is a city-wide issue. i don't know a supervisor who has not gotten complaints this.
i did when i was representing district 2 and as mayor, i hear it from across the city of san francisco. this is a city-wide approach, not just targeting some neighborhoods. the residents of san francisco need to know this is going to impact their neighborhoods no matter where they live. to the residents, please use 311. we're beefing up to this tool, from a resource respective. that is the way we're going to be most effectively able to respond to get the needles off the street as quick as possible. >> so, look, street cleaning as a whole, needle pickup is part of it. a huge part of it, visible, something we can wrap our arms around, but feces and urination also a huge issue.