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give funding to make sure this is implemented. the senior strategy campaign i would be supportive of that. families for safe streets, that is important that it is hopefully supported. if it is not i see urge we continue to support their efforts. they are the voice we need for pedestrian safety. the last thing that floated up for me was joe wilson's group that mentioned employment for homeless 1.$4 million that was used for something else. i would be very supportive to see that happen. >> thank you very much. you can't remember what i heard a lot of it. but i just want to echo about the homeless employment
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collaborative and $1.4 million redirected to hsa. i am interested in all of the work force stuff. how can we bring that to scale? they have good results. food security, of course, but i will send you a document in writing because right now i am getting everything mixed up with public testimony and what we heard today. i will send you that. off the top of my head, i think i am looking for pathways for people to have independence and bring them from dependency to independence. work force development is key on my list. thank you. >> thank you very much, colleagues. i will take that as a motion. >> is there a second to the motion to file?
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>> yes. there it is. we will file this hearing as heard. thank you. all right. any other business before this body? >> no further business. >> we are adjourned. thank you. 8:00 my time
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>> supervisor cohen: good morning, ladies and gentlemen. i want to welcome you back. it's may 3rd. it's the budget and financesub committee. malia cohen, chair. i want to recognize my felly committee women, supervisor stefani and supervisor fewer. madam clerk, are there any announcements? >> clerk: yes. please silence all cell phones and electronic devices. speaker cards and any copy of documents that want to be included should be presented to the clerk. >> supervisor cohen: all right. we've got a light agenda today. let's dig in. madam clerk, could you call item number one. >> clerk: yes. [agenda item read]. >> all right. we've gotta mann amanda freed e
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office of tax resolution and tax collector. welcome, and the floor is yours. >> thank you. good morning, supervisors. amanda freed from the office of the treasurer and tax collector. i'm here today to present for your aful pro -- approval, copies of 102 parcels we are going to be auctioning in june. it continues to go down, and today, it is 102. and today, if i can request this copy replace the original, that would be welcomed. we're required to offer properties for auction that have remained delinquent for nine years. the 102 parcels i bring to you today are a tiny percentage of the 209,000 total parcels in our city.
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we collect over $2.1 billion in property tax payments annually. and over 99% of property owners pay their tax bills on time and in full. so before you for consideration are these. as a result of our close partnership with the assessor, the mayor's office of housing and protective services, i'm proud to say we have zero occupied properties on this list for your consideration today. i want to assure you over the past six months, we have pored over each and every parcel here before. we researched the physical characteristics and ownership history for each parcel on the attached list, using property information available from the assessor and the planning department. every supervisor was provided with their list of parcels, along with a one-page sheet that includes the parcel map and other identifying information about the owner of record. we also expanded our research to identify as many parties of interest as possible.
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we used our debt collection expertise to search publicly available and proprietary databases, city, county and other governmental records, as well as in some cases social media and internet searches. this resulted in some parcels being removed from the list due to title or ownership changes. in other cases our frequent mailings have resulted in people paying their taxes. yet we understand it is not enough to simply mail to these addresses and hope for the best, so we are closely tracking our return mail and making sure we take additional steps. all of the neighbors are aware, and if they have an interest in the property, we've given them instructions on how to contact us to resolve the matter prior to the auction. wherever feasible, we will also be physically posting on vacant parcels this month. once approved, this list will also be published in the
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newspaper of record and will be available on our website. thank you for your consideration, and i'm of course available for any questions. >> supervisor cohen: great. i have two, maybe three. first, a significant number of these parcels are, as you described, timeshare, right? and which means that there are units in the same building. what's the percent of the units in -- in these buildings that are up for auction, and we can use 1000 pine as an example. >> sure, supervisor. i'd have to go back and take a look. the thing that's really unique about timeshare is each particular share is considered a separate parcel, so what you see before you isn't an actual unit that someone could buy and move into, it's most likely one week, you know, an opportunity to stay for up to one week in that particular unit, and it's even very difficult for us, searching through all of the public records, to figure out which unit and how big and what week. it's sort of an oddity in our
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system, so we've been working with the five different timeshares, the company buildings so let them know which units are up for auction, and we've had many come off the list already. >> supervisor cohen: so why might they be delinquent on their taxes? >> every case is probably different. i imagine when many people purchase the timeshares, they might not be aware that they mitoparcel taxes, so they would owe school district and city college parcel taxes, bay restoration, etcetera. so while their property tax bill might be quite low, the actual core property tax bill, there are a number of other expenses, so their bill ends up being quite expensive. >> supervisor cohen: i see. so when they're probably being sold a timeshare, they're probably not anticipating the additional parcel tax. >> that's certainly our best estimate at this time, although
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we have many time shares where people are paid in full. >> supervisor cohen: okay. now, do you see a pattern? is it a pattern related to a specific company, perhaps? >> no. it seems -- i'm not sure how many timeshare buildings there are throughout san francisco, but these buildings seem to have the majority of the ones in the city, and so it's not a surprise. each building has many. >> supervisor cohen: so i understand you're looking at the building. i'm looking -- i'm thinking about the companies that possibly the building, the building owner partners with to market these timeshares. so you mention that you work with companies. my question is is there a trend, a theme or is there some kind of connection with a specific company that has several timeshare delinquent tax -- >> that's a great question. we haven't seen -- you know, we haven't seen any particular bad actors. we have seen some companies are much more willing to work with us the first phone call to try to find the owners and reach
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out. we don't have any major concerns with any of the timeshare companies, per se. >> supervisor cohen: all right. thank you for answering any questions. i don't see any questions from my colleagues. let me go to the public. any member of the public that would like to comment on item one, please come on. all right. seeing none, public comment is closed. [ gavel ]. >> supervisor cohen: colleagues, i'd like to make a motion to move this with a positive recommendation. if i could take that without objection. okay. without objection, item passes unanimously. item number two, please. [agenda item read]. >> supervisor cohen: all right. thank you. so this is a resolution that authorizes the sale of $125
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million in revenue obligations to finance the san francisco conservatory building, which was approved by this board, board of supervisors on may 2nd, if i'm not mistaken. today, we've got moses koret would you like to say a few words? >> yes. thank you for your support. the project includes not only 113 group dorms but also replaces the 27 residential units that were currently on the site and as a nonprofit educational institution, the conservatory is seeking tamt exempt funds to help finance the project. we have someone here from the budget and finance office to give more detailed information.
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>> supervisor cohen: well, thank you very much, mr. travetti. >> thank you. also in attendance, we have a representative from the san francisco conservatory of music who can speak to the details of the project request there are any specific questions about that. just to give the committee and members of the public a brief refresher on the tax equity and fiscal responsibility act allows joint authorities to issue certain types of debt for nonprofit public benefit corporations, and that that can then be issued on a tax exempt basis. but in order for that to happen, tax law requires that the governing body of the jurisdiction in which the project is located approve the financing and the project after providing the opportunity for a duly noticed public hearing before the bonds can be issued tax exempt. so this jurisdiction in this case is city and county of san francisco, and the city and county would not be obligated for payment on the bonds.
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we -- hearing notice was published in the san francisco chronicle on may 5th. we held a hearing at the budget and finance office on april 20th. assuming we receive the required approvals that the joint powers authority in this case, the california enterprise development authority would issue tax exempt obligations in an amount not to exceed $125 million. as mr. koret described, a large portion of that amount will be to construct the new 12-story building for education space and dormitory housing and also to refinance a previous project at 50 oak street and 70 oak street. also education stays for the conservatory as well as paying transaction costs on the bonds. just to give you a little bit of background on the borrower, san francisco conservatory of
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music began in 1917 as a piano school, and it was formally incorporated as the san francisco conserve acoatory in. in 1976, it relocated to the campus center, and was able to grow into its current state. it's a professional school, commitmented to providing education for its graduates, pursue and engage lives as citizens and performers. the mission of this school is to transform the students. has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 200 students. if you have any questions about the financing of the budget we're happy to take any. >> supervisor cohen: thank you. i don't think there's any questions. let's go to public comment. seeing none, public comment is
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closed. [ gavel ]. >> supervisor cohen: colleagues, i'd like to make a motion to approve with a positive recommendation, and looks like we can take that without objection. madam clerk, thank you. please call items four, five, and six together. >> clerk: madam chair, would you like me to call item three? >> supervisor cohen: yes, item three, excuse me. [agenda item read]. >> supervisor cohen: all right. we've got supervisor fewer that will say a few remarks and then we'll hear from miss tony moran. >> supervisor fewer: thank you. i'm thrilled that these items are before you today, and with your full support, we'll be moving to the full board. we worked to secure a $3 million in state funds for improvements to the golden gate
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dog training area as well as lake merced improvements. for the past three years i've been working with a group of citizens, and now we will be breaking ground thanks to assembly member tang's support with help in identifying state funds. i look forward to kicking off the design process in the coming weeks. thank you very much. >> supervisor cohen: all right. thank you very much. miss tony moran, is there anything else you want to add? >> just -- well, supervisor fewer covered all my points. yes, assembly member ting had secured these funds. he earmarked these funds for these general two projects because supervisor ting -- i mean, supervisor fewer and park and rec staff had met with him and showed him the need of the
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grant for $3.6 million. the funds, we have matching funds for both the golden gate park dog training area from park open space funds, as well as for the lake merced project, which from the 2012 park and safe neighborhood block fund. those funds are supporting the conceptual planning process, which is happening now and will also support the design and project construction. thank you for your consideration. >> supervisor cohen: no problem. thank you for your work on this item. supervisor fewer, it doesn't look like -- we're going to go to public comment. is there anything else you wanted to say? >> supervisor fewer: no, thank you. >> supervisor cohen: ladies and gentlemen, if you'd like to come up on public comment, please come up. seeing none, public comment is closed. [ gavel ] supervisor few
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[ gavel ]. >> supervisor fewer, do you have a motion? >> supervisor fewer: yes. i would move that we approve this with a full recommendation to the board. >> supervisor cohen: thank you. we can take that without objection. madam clerk, would you please call items four, five, and six. [agenda items read ] >> supervisor cohen: all right. thank you very much. so these three general obligation bond appropriations follow the resolutions authorizing the sale of the same bonds, one for housing, two for earthquake safety retrofits, which we have heard
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in committee, and i think we heard on april 12th. we've got mr. travetti from the office of the controller to present. >> thank you, madam chair. i -- to reiterate, i don't have a formal presentation, i just want to call to the attention of the committee and the public that these -- these three ordinances are trailing legislations that go along with the sale resolutions that were heard on april 12th. the projects that these bonds are going to fund were presented on april 12th, and so if there are any additional questions about the projects or the -- or the sale, i'm happy to answer them, but this is just trailing legislation that was held with regard to the 30-day rule for ordinances. >> supervisor cohen: great. i actually do have one question for you. so after the sale of the 2015 affordable housing bond, which there will be a remaining balance of $88.5 million, and
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then, for the public health is and safety bond, there will be a remaining balance of $121.5 million, what happens to that remaining balance? >> so we issue the bonds as they're needed by the -- the projects. we don't want to issue them until -- until the departments are ready to spend the money because we'll be paying interest on the bonds while we're waiting for the pros cee to be spent, so we review the plans with the departments ahead of time before we determine the right size of the sale. and so when the -- when the funds that we are issuing in this sale get expended, and the -- and it looks like that the departments have a plan to expand the remaining amount, then we'll do another sale for the remaining balances. >> supervisor cohen: so the short answer is you hold the balance until you have a plan
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to spend it z. >> right. and then we'll come back to the abortion with anoth board with an authorization to sell the remaining amount. >> supervisor cohen: great. thank you. any public comment come on up. welcome. >> item number five, on the track, we're going the right way. should be low-income and very lock income bracket people. it's an example of discriminatory examples where you discriminate based on geographical location. the way you've got it worded here, it's only for the mission district, so it should be applied throughout the whole city and county of san francisco. in fact, specifically, the fillmore area, where ethnic cleansing took place where you moved black people from their neighborhood, about 60 square blocks, and 60% was chinese and
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black people that owned property in that area. so in order for this grant to be fair, it should be applied to all neighborhoods in the city of san francisco, not just the mission district. we have a homeless problem, and by the same response to people that's out on the streets are very low and low-income bracket people, such as people that's got social security, disabilities, and our veterans. by starting that low-income requirement as the lowest income, if you price fix that range above their monthly and yearly income, they'll still remain out on the street. it's not fair to them, and we have an inclusionary law that's not being applied where everybody in the city is included in the inclusion of housing opportunity, so that should be changed throughout the whole city and county of san francisco: bayview, fillmore, mission district, every jurisdiction of san
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francisco, this bond should be applied to, not just the mission district. sincerely. >> supervisor cohen: thank you for your comments. is there anyone else that would like to speak in public comment? all right. public comment is closed. [ gavel ]. >> supervisor cohen: thank you. like to make a motion to approve with a positive recommendation -- oh, excuse me. before we do that, i'd like to pivot and go back to the budget and lengtgislative analyst. >> this is trending legislation for the bonds that were approved by this board earlier in the month. there are three bonds appropriations before you. the e-sure bonds are 189 million. the majority of the funds would be used on the traffic company -- the police department's traffic company and forensic services division construction and on fire station 35 at the port. on the affordable housing, it's 146 million in proceed s. as you pointed out, there would
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be a remaining 88 million in bonds after the appropriation, and that would be used for various low-income housing, a 143 unit affordable housing unit. and then, the final is the public health and safety bonds of 52 million, with the remaining 121 million to be issued and appropriated at a future date, and the remainder of these funds are for the ambulance deployment facility and for homeless services, and we recommend approval. >> supervisor cohen: thank you. we will will take that recommendation. i'd like to approve with a positive recommendation, and it looks like we have unanimous support, and we will do that unanimously. [ gavel ]. >> supervisor cohen: madam clerk, is there any further business before this body? >> clerk: there is no further
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good afternoon. i want to thank you all for being here today to talk about not only the success that we've had here in the garage in the mca with the police department, but also talk about what we're doing around car break-ins. i want to thank the director, scott, peskin and stefani, who have been at this and talking about this for some time. you know, we have and have had a car break-in epidemic in the city of san francisco. in 2017, we had 30,000 break-ins in the city of san francisco. as we talked about for months and i have as mayor, it should not be a gamble to park your car on the streets of san francisco. this affects people who visit the city of san francisco, the people that work in the city of san francisco and it affects the people that live in the city of san francisco. and the current conditions on the street, is something that is
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unacceptable. i want to commend chief scott. at the end of last year he implemented reforms, creating a dedicated unit in the police department and increasing foot reforms, we've seen 17% decrease this year alone, but as we talk about all the time, we're not resting on our laurells, it's still unacceptable what is happening, so we're moving forward. we're here in the stockton garage. this is a garage that is one of the most popular in the city. right next to the financial district, right next to union square, right next to places that people come to visit. last year, 2017, it was a hot spot for car break-ins. a high of 62 one month. but thank foss the reforms, we have seen a dramatic decrease in the amount of car break-ins here
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in the stockton garage. specifically an 83% decrease in the amount of car break-ins here. so in january, we had 44 break-ins. in february, 12. in the month of march, 9. and knock on wood, this year, so far -- this month so far, we've had zero in the month of april. so if you think about that from a high watermark of 62 last year per month, to now zero so far in the month of april, we need to acknowledge, celebrate and respect this as the city of san francisco. and we need to think about moving forward and what we're going do do about it. we thank chief scott, dedicated foot patrol officer here in the garage, which i know we can't replicate everywhere, but we've installed cameras, done fencing around the infrastructure to reduce the loitering. a ton of software and hardware
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upgrades, entry kiosk, monitoring system. simple but effective hardware and software upgrades making a difference for the people that park their cars here in the garage. it's with great excitement we're here to celebrate that. we're doing this in other garages, six throughout the city of san francisco. a garage that supervisor stefani represents, when i was a district 2 supervisor was the bane of our existence on pier street, now down 55% thanks to the efforts of the mta and the police department. i want to thank captain engler representing the area. we are doing it right and the sfmta and our city garages are doing it right. this is where we can lead by example. we can control this property. and we can focus on efforts that are going to work for car
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break-ins. so today, we are not only celebrating and honoring what we have accomplished so far, at stockton and these other six garages, but we're announcing also today that all 22 city-owned garages, by the end of next year, we'll be implementing all of these reforms at all of our city-owned garages. car break-ins are epidemic, but don't have to be moving forward. just the other week, we launched the parks mark campaign, a number of announcements are coming in the next weeks and around street cleanliness and homelessness, but as it relates to car break-ins, what we're doing now is working and we're going to now put the pedal to the metal and make sure that every one of our city-owned garages republiclicates what we
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seen. we all want to see it replicate the success we've had here as well. thank you for coming here today. with that, we'll introduce the chief of police, bill scott. >> thank you, mayor farrell. first let me say thanks to mayor farrell and supervisors peskin and stefani for their leadership. keeping the focus on the issue is important in terms of us moving the needle and turning the epidemic of car break-ins around. i'm going to talk about mr. ed riskin, head of mta, but today's approach, we know is the way to go. we have to be a more resilient city. we talk a lot about prevention, don't make yourself an easy target, but there are other things we can do to be more resilient and prevent the crimes from happening in the first place. the things that have been
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implemented here, the fencing installed, to stop unauthorized entry, the lighting and the surveillance cameras to discourage would-be thieves, this is a team effort. and this is what collaboration brings to the table. again, go back to mayor farrell and his leadership and before him, mayor lee in order to force this issue, force a collaborative partnership that has led us to some success this year. we are working hard to continue the effort as the mayor said. this is going to be spread to all the city parking garages. although the deployment is part of that factor, we'll do what is necessary in terms of having the visibility and the presence to make sure that people know we're out here. that was part of our doubling of the foot beat. the people that are apt to
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victimize others need to see us, they need to see their police officers out here visible. i think that gives everybody not only a sense of security, but also it deters these crimes from happening in the first place. we know we can't have a police officer at every corner every hour of the day, and that's why we need other measures, fencing, lighting, cameras to help us identify people that are apt to victimize others. so with this initiative, we believe that we will continue in the direction that we're going in terms of reducing these types of offenses and as the mayor said, we have about a 17% decrease year-to-date which is over a thousand less victims. i think that's something we can all be pleased with. but we still have a lot of work to do. i would like to introduce ed riskin, the head of mta. >> thank you, chief.
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good afternoon. we're happy to be able to be here. it may not be sexy stuff, but parking garages are an important part of the transportation system here in san francisco. we want people to be able to find parking and feel their car is going to be safe when they leave it, whether it's on the street or off the street. the parking garages are ways for people to find parking, not spend time looking for parking on the street, and we want them to know when they leave their car in a public parking garage in san francisco that their car is safe. so we have been working on this in a number of different ways, partner with the police department, the leadership of chief scott has been critically important. a lot of the success that you heard the mayor and the chief talk about at this garage in particular has really been the presence of san francisco police department. and we work with them in districts around the city where we have our garages to try to focus their resources as
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strategically as we can, because as the chief says, we can't have a cop in every garage all the time. to that end, we're using old technology and new technology to make more sustainable improvements in the garages, so that we need to -- so that we can really rely on the police only when we need them. the old technology as you heard, it's fencing, lighting, signage and we've seen some pretty good results already from some of those activities. and then there is the new technology. a number of years ago, doing an assessment of our garages, what we determined was that a lot of the technology in our garages was old and out of date, not just from security perspective, but operational and revenue collection. so we developed a program a number of years ago supported by mayor lee and board of supervisors and the mta board of directors, that culminated in a
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three-year project to modernize and upgrade all our garages. we're about a third of the way through this 3-year project and these improvements do include things like high-definition cameras that hope us both monitor activity in realtime, but also help the police after an incident make positive identification of suspects so they can -- and particularly they can identify repeat offenders and really target their investigative resources appropriately. it includes more secure gates for folks getting in and out. communications equipment so that patrons can communicate with garage staff. a number of other improvements to make our garages safer and secure facilities. as you heard from the mayor, the initial results at the pier street garage which i used to hear about from mayor farrell
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back when he was supervisor farrell and supervisor stefani, it had been a problem area. you heard the results, 55% reduction since the new improvements were in place. this is success we hope to replicate everywhere. we're not declaring victory here. you see a park smart sign, not a mission accomplished, because as the chief said there is more work to do, but we'll continue and complete these installations by 2020. we'll continue to coordinate with the police department and the d.a.'s office and are grateful for the strong leadership we have in our mayor and board of supervisors and the mta board of directors to ensure that our garages can be safer for people to park. thank you. >> thank you. and for your leadership. i would like to bring up two members of the board of supervisors who have been focused on the issue for a long time now, and have been leaders
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on this, supervisor peskin and supervisor skef stefani. >> thank you, mayor, chief scott, ed riskin, the working men and women of the police department. i want to note a number of great cases that the cops have made in the last number of days, 11 arrests out of northern, central and southern stations, so thank you, captains, for that work. and then supervisor stefani and i are doing our part today by funding that $32.5 million which is to say that we're parking here and those parking validations, those parking costs go to pay that. we're always worried about the money. this has been extremely frustrating, not only as a supervisor, but somebody who had his car broken into on the street. and i cannot tell you how delighted i am that we are addressing it.
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and those numbers are extraordinary numbers. 83% drop in this garage in a few month's time is really something to celebrate. i was just across the street at my optometrist and she said they have noted the immense change. so i heard about it from people on the street before i actually heard about it right here from the mayor. i want to thank you again and look forward to getting it to zero. [applause] >> thank you, supervisor peskin. last month at the budget committee, we approved the resolution of transferring this back to the sfmta and i raised questions about their greater public safety measures at this location and all the garages under their jurisdiction. i was motivated to do so not only on the terrible story of someone's dog thrown off the garage, sorry to bring that up, but it was devastating to many people and its owner.
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and the only way the police were able to identify the perpetrator was because of a private dashboard camera that captured the crime. but i was able to do so based on my own experience sitting in the pier street garage and witnessing sophisticated criminals staking out cars while i tried to call it in. they laughed at me while i was on the phone with police. this is criminal tourism and it must stop. this is a garage in desperate need of help and i want to thank the sfmta for their attention to these issues. we've heard everything that has been done in the garage and after the installation of 12 cameras, new lighting, signage, the pier street garage saw a significant decline in break-ins. with a 55% reduction in six months after the upgrades. i cannot thank everybody enough. i hear from constituents every day they do not feel safe and
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we're responsible and accountable for the safety of our community and cannot allow opportunities for people to be victimized. i am encouraged by their progress we have seen here, due to the measures put in place through our partnership with the mta. improving public safety and reducing car break-ins takes a multi-pronged approach and we have to use all of the tools available to us. i applaud the sfmta and the police department for working together to address this epidemic. this type of collaborative approach will combat future problems. i'd like to thank mayor farrell for his amazing leadership to make sure all departments are working together to make significant improvements in the area. as the numbers show, special attention and the presence of security enhancements actually do work. it is my priority to fight for these resources. we know that when captain joe engler of northern station assigned police officers to the
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palace of fine arts, a hot spot for auto break-ins, there were zero break-ins. we know what works outside the garages and inside them and we must invest in those resources to keep our communities safe. these initiatives are just the beginning to tackling this crisis head on. last month, i called for a hearing to review the progress of safety measures in place at our city-owned parking lots and garages and that hearing will take place in june. this is yet another chance to learn about initiatives at these sites and to receive updates on what is working. i know today that we all agree that residents and visitors to san francisco should not be fearful of break-ins or their own personal safety in parking garages or lots and we must do everything we can to keep them safe. thank you, mayor farrell, chief scott, supervisor peskin, all those who worked to improve the safety in our garages. thank you very much. >> thank you, supervisor.
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that wraps up the press conference. we'll be available if you have follow-up questions afterwards. ♪ >> supervisor jeff sheehy and i represent district eight, the castro, diamond heights. ♪ ♪ for me i think district eight is
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different than other districts because of the castro, right? that is really the birth place of lgbtq civil rights movement in san francisco. it's historic for that reason. it's a great district because it's very diverse. you have booming night life in the castro, a lot of families, we have an amazing array of parks, rock climbing wall in glen canyon is super cool. it was the first facility with a rock climbing wall. the book stores are treasures, charlie's corner is unique. >> charlie's corner is a children's book store but so much more, community space where care takers and children come together over storytelling, books, it's a gathering center. i am charlotte and we are at
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charlie's corner on the corner of castro and 24th. the type of books we carry at charlie's corner range from prenatal to young adult, 18. we have musical books, art books, all built around children of course. history, nonfiction, we have a wonderful picture book section. >> i love going to charlie's corner, number one, because you can find a whole range of books. my kid loves to read books. >> i always envisioned a space like this, surrounded by children's books and storytelling. we offer storytelling four times a day. we do curate well, we do a lot of time reading, researching, beyond the story time, it's going back to picking out a
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book, helping someone find the perfect book, unwrapping it and sending it off. there are people from all over the world and that's what i find so exciting. you see that every day in our story times. it's literally a melting pot. >> more and more families come into the district, whether it's the castro, strollers every where in the valley and tons and tons of kids in glen park now, with the canyon and a great library. >> i describe it as this village, i tell people i live in a town but i work in a village. >> one thing i really think is great about this district, it's a safe district, it's a clean district, it's great for kids, it's great for families and has a bit of wild life in it, too. >> i look forward to watching these kids in this neighborhood grow up and new kids come in and
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meeting new people from all over the world because that's what we're all about. ♪ ♪ . >> i just feel like this is what i was born to do when i was a little kid i would make up performances and daydream it was always performing and doing something i feel if i can't do that than i can't be e me. >> i just get excited and my nickname is x usher my mom calls
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me i stuck out like a sore thumb for sure hey everybody i'm susan kitten on the keys from there, i working in vintage clothing and chris in the 30's and fosz and aesthetic. >> i think part of the what i did i could have put on my poa he focus on a lot of different musical eras. >> shirley temple is created as ahsha safai the nation with happens and light heartenness shirley temple my biggest influence i love david boo and el john and may i west coast their flamboyant and show people (singing)
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can't be unhappy as a dr. murase and it is so fun it is a joyful instrument i learned more about music by playing the piano it was interesting the way i was brought up the youth taught me about music he picked up the a correspond that was so hard my first performing experience happened as 3-year-old an age i did executive services and also thanks to the lord and sank in youth groups people will be powering grave over their turk i'll be playing better and better back la i worked as places where men make more money than me i was in bands i was treated as other the next thing
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i know i'm in grants performing for a huge protection with a few of my friends berry elect and new berry elect and can be ray was then and we kept getting invited back you are shows got better we made it to paris in 2005 a famous arc we ended up getting a months residencey other than an island and he came to our show and started writing a script based on our troop of 6 american burr elect performs in france we were woman of all this angels and shapes and sizes and it was very exciting to be part of the a few lettering elect scene at the
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time he here he was bay area born and breed braces and with glossaries all of a sudden walking 9 red carpet in i walgreens pedestrian care. >> land for best director that was backpack in 2010 the french love this music i come back here and because of film was not released in the united states nobody gave a rats ass let's say the music and berry elect and performing doesn't pay very much i definitely feel into a huge depression especially, when it ended i didn't feel kemgd to france anymore he definitely didn't feel connected to the scene i almost feel like i have to beg for tips i hey i'm from
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the bay area and an artist you don't make a living it changed my represent tar to appeal and the folks that are coming into the wars these days people are not listening they love the idea of having a live musician but don't really nurture it like having a potted plant if you don't warrant it it dizzy sort of feel like a potted plant (laughter) i'm going to give san francisco one more year i've been here since 1981 born and raised in the bay area i know that is not for me i'll keep on trying and if the struggle becomes too hard i'll have to move on i don't know where that will be but i love here so so much i used to
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dab he will in substances i don't do that i'm sober and part of the being is an and sober and happy to be able to play music and perform and express myself if i make. >> few people happy of all ages i've gone my job so i have so stay is an i feel like the piano and music in general with my voice together i feel really powerful and strong
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being here today as we celebrate the individuals that i just had a chance to meet here right behind us. and today is really an amazing day for the city of san francisco. we're showing that once again our city employees, our residents, but our city employees are stepping up to the task. and want to welcome, i know there are 14 individuals that came from our department of public health that went to puerto rico to help the victims of hurricane maria and really dedicated their time and eor