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of directors and their family decided to donate a small profit to self-help. a small bedroom house in the sunset area. and we could not really make it work at senior housing so i went to k katie and said, over the years our south centre has so many seniors every day that we are bursting at the seams, wall to wall. it's a possible for you to help us either build half a story up, or maybe 5 feet wider so we can add another 20 or 30 elderly? and she listened and listened to the needs of the seniors a and this year she brought us is wonderful news that she found us some money. with this donated property we could now expend it and by the end of next year we will be able to open our second senior centre for the sunset residents. so thank you for this great gift that you brought your elderly. and as i reflect on the work that i've done at self-help and
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also in san francisco, i thought about each of your work. day in and day out you listened to us. we come marching and sometimes with our senior is, you know, demanding funding. demanding your attention. asking for affordable housing and everything else. but you listened and you never got mad. and sometimes, like us, probably working in the trenches. you wonder, you know, what is all this leading? what is all this for? i picked this very, very short poem which i love and i want to just share it with you today. it is called "the way it is" by william stafford. >> there is a threat that you follow. that goes among things that change. but it doesn't change. people wonder about what you are pursuing. you have to explain about the threat. but it is hard for others to see. while you hold it, you can't get
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lost. tragedies happen. people get hurt or die. and you suffer and get old. nothing you do can stop times unfolding. you don't ever let go of the threats. so thank you katy and supervisors for hanging in there for all of us, your citizens, your constituents, your seniors, and thank you so much for all of your support and patience. thank you kt. [applause] >> supervisor breed: congratulations again annie and thank you so much for your patience. okay folks, we got through it and about an hour and a half and i want to congratulate each and every one of the honourees for being here today and i note that supervisor he would like to make a few comments. >> supervisor yee: i just want to wrap this up, you can see
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from the people here today, what i diverse group of people we have in the community. not only in regards to the different ethnic groups, but also from the professions that people have chosen, to contribute to san francisco from judges, lawyers, people working in the community, to entrepreneurs and restaurant businesses and just a variety, a variety of ways that our community contributes to san francisco just like every other community that we constantly try to honor in this chamber. it has been a honor for us today to be able to talk not only honor does who came today before us, but i want to thank all my colleagues for selecting such fine representatives from the apa community, and to see that there is four of us in this
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chamber representing the community. it is something that i did not grow up with, and i am proud that we are they are today. thank you very much president breed and thank you very much audience. >> supervisor breed: thank you supervisor you and congratulations to all the honourees. we will now return to our agenda and we left off with a roll call for introductions and supervisor you you are up again. >> supervisor yee: oh, my goodness. thank you. really, the weight, collects today i'm introducing legislation intended to promote a healthy balance of businesses, business types on our vibrant ocean avenue corridor. and to get this aroun try to coy a greater say in the development of the important neighborhood and commercial transit district. health services, on the ground floor of commercial corridor, tend to reduce store frontage and drop less foot traffic than
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certain other types of businesses. in response to concerns i have heard from merchants and others, i'm introducing this ordinance that will create a conditional use authorization requirement for health service uses that want to come into the ground floor space on ocean avenue area. this ordinance is similar to an ordinance that was passed by this board in 2016 to help maintain the vitality of the sacramento street neighborhood and commercial district. i look forward to your support. >> supervisor breed: thank you supervisor. collects todacolleagues today ig a hearing about funding and support for housing stabilization programs. as a city, we are planning for construction of thousands of new units of housing all across san francisco. including a number of larger
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projects which will be entitled under development agreements. as we planned for these desperately needed housing units and negotiate at least development agreements, we have an incredible opportunity to think creatively about how the funds generated by these projects can support both the construction of new affordable housing units, and housing stabilization efforts that we know actually work. i hear from residents all over san francisco, including many who support our efforts to's build more housing stock that their primary concern today is holding on to their existing housing. we know that the most cost-effective way to prevent someone from becoming homeless or displaced from san francisco, is to make sure that they are able to keep their housing. and while our current inclusionary and affordable housing fees have been a critical opponent of helping us build new permanent affordable housing, we do not have the same
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level of financial commitment to other housing stabilization programs which keep people housed. those include our small sight acquisition program, which purchases and stabilizes rent-controlled buildings kark our financial planning and eviction prevention programs, which help residents with the resources to get caught up on rent, purchase their units or prevent eviction. our rapid rehousing program, i want to thank supervisor cone for her cosponsorship and i look forward to a robust discussion with that mayor is office. our planning department and controller on the ways we can leverage our negotiation of your lease development agreements to support housing stabilization efforts for residents and the neighborhood where these developments are occurring. we can build more portable housing and at the same time, increase our investment in
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stabilization efforts that we know will make all the difference in keeping our current residents in their homes and in their communities. the rest i submit. supervisor cohen [roll call] >> supervisor peskin: as week called last week we passed a resolution that was sponsored by mommy -- many members of the board to condemn the 28 our detainment of
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i also have two and memorial to return to this board meeting. first, for, as mentioned by supervisor kim earlier, mr lau was a beloved community board member. and a council president. and really a renaissance man and chinatown.
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he was very talented and played the guitar and the harmonica and sank cantonese opera and wrote songs. and she was the editor-in-chief of the community tenants association newsletter. he was an expert at our anti- displacement history and stood strong and proud with seniors and low income families city wide. citywide. i believe he was actually depicted in a film. he was a loving husband who always attended activities with his wife, who survives him. he has daughters and five grandchildren. his funeral was today and i want to send deepest condolences to his widow and children. my final in memorial them, is another difficult loss for the community.
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i am sad to say that my dear friend and longtime neighborhood -- neighborhood collaborator and co-conspirator lee brad generic passed away at the day. my office and i... i want to extend my appreciation and gratitude to the many folks who in the last 24 hours, have written and to extend their condolences. it is really quite a testament to the legacy and how loved he was in the neighborhood. you remember him last july, he came in here after he completed his 205th consecutive swim at the golden gateway swim club, the recreational centre that he loved and fought to preserve over the past decade and a half. as you know, he led the eight washington waterfront movement, and did so into his nineties. what was really special, was not
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glasselast his advocacy but thet that he started almost a decade ago, eight years ago, the summer kids camp scholarship program, which he was dogged about. subsidizing youngsters from 5-12 years old from low income housing. a lot of it in chinatown and at the north beach place, to attend this recreational facility and participate in team building activities. it is my hope and intent to help the scholarship continue to keep his memory alive. he was also very active as a tenant in one of the city's if not the city's largest rent-controlled housing complex, golden gateway apartments. he was really just a sweet soul. super sweet to my staff, where he would make them dinners and even though sonny never have the courage to tell him that she was a vegetarian, he loved to serve
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hurt his corned beef and cabbage with hash. my condolences to his two daughters who i understand are on their way from hawaii and the rest i will submit. >> supervisor breed: thank you supervisor. seeing no other names on the roster, that concludes the introduction of new business. thank you ple, please. please read public comment. >> supervisor stefani: the public -- >> clerk: the public may now address the entire board of supervisors for two minutes. to include to the april 3rd 2018 board meeting minutes. and i team -- agent 18 through 22 on the adoption without reference to committee calendar. public comment is not allowed when an item has previously had his public comment satisfied and it committee pursuant to the board's rule of order, direct remarks as a whole, not to individual supervisors are nor to the audience. speakers using interpretation assistance will be allowed twice the amount of time to testify and if you would like to display
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your document on the overhead projector, please is clearly do so and then remove the document when you would like the screen to return to live coverage of the meeting, thank you. first speaker, please. >> february is black history month, and women's month. this past three months has been a big time historical situation and i am calling attention to all of these issues. during the month of february, instead of speaking up for black history month, i came up here and spoke about women who would be accommodated for their performances and took charge on the grounds that i know women are not being treated fair in the criminal justice system. i address the problem of rape kits and how i suspect that there are 50021000 rape kits that have not been tested and are sitting in the hall of justice from five, ten, 15,
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possibly 20 years. by the same response, i also pointed out that while watching the educational show, rape victims who were raped by bill cosby, i came across a female who spoke and said that if there is anyone out there who can help us, will you help us? as a result, i used my legal law library research skills and came across this law that is called continual injury. i address that problem because a lot of the information coming from the district attorney's office claim is that the statute of limitations has passed. when speaking about bill cosby, he has just been convicted of raping those women by using drugs. now, that information was taken by you and we had a hearing. at that hearing i pointed out the statute of limitations should not be applied to women
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who have been raped. there should be no statute of limitations period. the demonstration was being widespread and by the people of sacramento and as a result, there is no more statute of limitations on rape victims of crime. >> supervisor breed: thank you amr wright. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon supervisors. i am the executive director of library users association. on may 17th, the budget and finance committee will hear the library, among other departments, on the library wants to install, for about $3 million, very highly privacy threatening technology into the books. it is called rfid or radiofrequency identification technology. this is a very serious privacy threat. and the board of supervisors actually rejected, two years in
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a row, any funding for this project when it first came out approximately 13 years ago. it is not just a matter of simple privacy, but it is a matter that every person, who uses the library library, and, , especially any individual of a minority group that is, or may become a target of negative attention. those folks would all be concerned with what is planned and i hope that you, as a body at the budget and finance committee as well as as a whole, reject all funding for rfid. let me read you, from an examiner article, what the aclu of northern california said about this. a spokesman for the aclu northern california said in a statement to the examiner that the organization continues to oppose the technology and urged the city to reject the effort.
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by the way, they jointly, with the sf foundation sent a letter to the library opposing implementation. the aclu went on quote rfid has profound implications for civil liberties in san francisco, including for immigrants obsessed rights. it goes on, i can provide that for you. do not fund rfid. thank you. >> supervisor breed: thank you for your comment. next speaker, please. >> supervisors, when this public comment, public comment is sacrosanct. stop having the sidebars. i was very happy today that some of you nominated some beautiful san franciscans. and i would advise, whoever is
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the chair, that we set aside at least two hours so that we can do due diligence and respect these people. whether it is a filmmaker, or three of the individuals who came here who had to be honored, we need to afford them the right type of hospitality. and i say that, because i represent the first people of san francisco. now i am looking forward to representation of san francisco. and i hope we have those who have empathy and compassion. because, realistically speaking, at pains the heart of san franciscans to see so many san franciscans living on the street of san francisco.
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while some politicians are not fair to represent the people, but more to make money. thank you very much. >> supervisor breed: thank you very much, before the next speaker begins, while we welcome your public comment, audible sounds of support or in opposition of are not prohibited in the chamber. if you would like to express yourselves, you can use your supportive hands like that. all right, thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello supervisors. my name is kelly cutler and i am a human rights organizer with a coalition of homelessness. today we are here to bring attention to this sweeps that happened and have been happening since the 25th when the mayor had ordered sweeps in the mission but we are seeing it throughout the city. this is, there is so much evidence and we know from our past experience here, a couple years ago, that sweeps do not work. people were down there and i was
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down there the day people were offered seven days on the mat next door. which is not a real option because they cannot bring their belongings and it is not an option. people are being shifted around and we are getting a lot of reports of people wear their tents are being slashed, and there was one woman who has autism who was in her tent at the time and her shoulder was slashed. we are not just seeing this on the vision. we are hearing it and other neighbourhoods. i have some handouts for you all and there is some really good new research and it. there's a lot of research showing the best practices coming from the obama administration about how to effectively address these issues. first off, we have had over a thousand people on the shelter waitlist and what the mayor is coming out and saying that they are resistant, that is nonsense.
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it is. we do not have the resources. so there is, one of the things we have is a safe sleep policy so people can have somewhere to go. no one is advocating for tents or encampments. known as advocating that is appropriate housing. in the meantime there is no way for people to go. and so yes, i will hand beats back to you guys. on two of them there is a typo. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. next speaker, please. >> my name is christine bell. i am a native san franciscan and also speaking about the sweeps. there is a lot of statistics i could say but, you know, i would rather speak from my heart and experience to hopefully touch yours. i am calling to urge a moratorium on the sweeps that do not provide adequate, appropriate places for people to move to.
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i am a native of san francisco, like i said, i went across the bay for a living, caretaking job, until that person passed away. when i came home, i crack myself, was homeless for a short period of time. and so, it is just really inhumane to people who already have nothing, to just say, like, pick up your staff and whatever you can get in the next couple minutes, and go. and then, you know, the dpw takes off the rest of their belongings to the dump armed then they have to start over and they already have nothing, and criminalizing them for sleeping is like violating their constitutional rights. and i were just urge that, as a city cap that we were trying to come up with a more humane
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things instead of just move it along, but move it along to where? so, affordable housing in san francisco. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon board of supervisors. my name is ivonne ivana kane. and regards to the emergency homelessness crisis, there is an alternative in the alternative is not to have revolving doors of navigation centres. the alternative is to reallocate our funding to the vouchers called the moving on initiative, as well as shelter across the cares of the people that are already in the sros can graduate into the luxury apartments and then you can move the people that are homeless into the sros. that is a simple thing where we do not have to build anything, built anything more, but we can just use what we already have and implement the homeless into the sros from there.
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okay thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon members of the boards of supervisor, you all know who i am. my name is john payne's. i am on the coalition of homelessness to talk about the encampment sweeps. i'm a native of san francisco and lived in almost every single one of our districts and i have been homeless myself. i know what the experience of living on our streets as and i know the expansive living in our tents and i prepared a comment that is similar along the lines of the other comments and that i was appalled when i saw photos pop up on facebook with members of our police force showing up with shotguns and seizing evidence of members of our community haven't being cut while sleeping within their tents. because i have been homeless myself, and as a leader in the community, that represents having worked in our human rights commission, i have created a nonprofit organization called san francisco impact partners. we also want to advocate for the
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moratorium on sweeps as to evaluate our shelter system because i also have an issue with the word service resistant. it does not take into account the fact that some of our shelters are challenging for our homeless population. some of our homeless population, women, families, children, have reported that there are issues with safety in our shelter systems. a moratorium would allow us to do a number of things back to evaluate what some of those concerns are before we directly enforce that people go into the systems. but we can address those systems while providing additional resources that are homeless population can take use out of. storage would be one of those and that is one i will continue to advocate for in the city. i appreciate the time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon supervisors. john allow speaking as an
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individual and not as a representative of any city department. i want to thank supervisor tang for sponsoring the resolution of the acoustic awareness week and for acknowledging and in so doing the important work of the association to provide knowledge and support to people touched by this disease. the acoustic neuroma association strives to help patients and their caregivers as they navigate the confusing waters that appear with a diagnosis which is a benign brain tumour of the auditory and testicular nerve. helps people better understand and cope with the many challenges associated with a severe neurological damage that all too often comes with treatment to actually address the issue itself. such damage can incur a loss of hearing, vision impairment, balance issues, facial paralysis and reduce or loss of swallow function. my own journey with the disease was such that i was not able to learn much about the condition
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in advance of my first surgery as might tumour it was already almost the size of a golf ball at the time of it's diagnosis. and two months i had a craniotomy to remove most of it. the information provided in the network provided could have been an important factor to help to put the pieces back together after my surgery almost six and a half years ago. they continue to be a resource to me and over a dozen followed procedures that i've needed in the past six years. so an important lesson i have learned in my journey and something that they help patients come to terms with is a recovery from the disease is a very long road. and in many cases it is a road you never leave. the effects of brain trauma can be long-lasting and impacting on physical appearance and capability is and on one's emotional state. but at the time, in the case of the disease, it does not heal all of us, unfortunately. but with a little luck and support and determination, you can indeed improve with time.
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thank you for taking the time. >> clerk: good to see you. thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> encampment resolution. to effectively and compassionately. >> clerk: excuse me, sir,, i will just interrupt you for a moment are you sharing 12 amendments are are you each asking for two minutes. >> we are sharing two minutes if we can start now. >> clerk: sure. generally it is two minutes per one enter -- individual but we will make a special decision today. please proceed. >> encampment resolution. to effectively and compassionately addressed encampments, the city has created a team. during resolution. >> recently i overheard a word about the obscenity which it was referred by the human removal that could not be obscured. i know the expression was meant to disguise this terrible truth in front of our eyes. encampment,. >> to close encampments and insist remaining people to
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connect with programs, we are committed to address... >> encampment resolution sounds like a final solution treating people with pollution of their homes. land for contributions leading further into destitution. resolution. encampment resolution is a euphemistic absolution, some kind of spiritual wash underway at the evidence of our collective negligence. [captioner switch]
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>> encampment resolution sounds like a final solution. their belongings are landfill and defendant tuitio-- defendan tuition. there will be a resolution. >> next speaker, please. >> my name is fred sherminzer, housing rights, here to speak out against the mayor's sweeps.
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we see seniors sleeping on the streets and as a city we prioritize okaying new luxury housing over affordable housing that residents can afford, let alone low housing folks. that's seniors have had no relocation plans, no housing to move people into. please do what you can to stop the sweeps, the evictions, listen to homeless residents and try to provide some permanent housing. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi. i'm sonya trouse.
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i'm here to ask you to stop the sweeps. i'm running for supervisor in district 6. i talk to a lot of people about homelessness. people are not asking the city to move people from one place to another. they're asking the city to end homelessness by providing housing and shelter. so we have the money. we have the space. what we need is political will. and that political will comes in the form of telling the residents around francisco park that the city will follow the state law and build affordable housing there and not another park. telling residents around forest hill proposed development that we have a real need for senior housing that's bigger than their need for neighborhood character preservation. for telling the barberie coast
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neighborhood association that the city isn't going to substitute middle-income housing for low-income housing at 88 broadway. the list goes on. it's a real crisis, but we have some agencies acting luke it's not. >> for future reference, we will welcome your comments, but refrain from any campaigning in your future comments, not that you did today, but just to assist. thank you, kindly. next speaker, please. >> i'm michelle king. i'm a district 8 voter and active community member. i'm here in support of the coalition on homelessness. i'm appalled at the sweeps that are going on.
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i'm calling for a moratorium on sweeps without somewhere for them to go. with over 1,000 single adults on the waitlist, we need to find a safe place for them to sleep while working on long-term solutions including permanent housing. with community members on our street, we need to create real solutions and not exacerbate the problem. don't get me started how wasteful it is throwing away tents and their belongings. i know a young man that cannot afford rent because he's uninsured and his medicine is so expensive that he has to stay on the street. will he throw his medication away. are you going to throw the paperwork away? those are just two people, two people, in a large city of people with needs. that's what is inside those tents. these are people's lives.
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give them a little bit of dignity. let's stop vilifying our most vulnerable community members. we're here to represent everyone and all need to work together. we want to do it together to support our community. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> jordan david speaking for myself. first, i would like to thank supervisor ronen for legislation on sexual misconduct. i'm here because of mayor farrell's sweeps of the homeless. we can agree that tents are not healthy and safe, but we're in a housing crisis and people with nowhere to go need to do some harm reduction. and seven days on a mat in a conventional center and having to give up their possessions is not a solution.
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they're avoiding pitching tents in residential areas. they're lives have been disrupted. we need a moratorium on sweeps that don't provide at the very least a bed in the navigation center and need a safe place to sleep until housing solutions can be identified. i'm demanding that hsh and dpw be put on public oversight so that they operate in sunlight and i don't see any movement towards that from the board. and i want to say -- and this is really personal for me -- whoever slashed that autistic woman needs to be charged with assault. and i also want to say that mayor farrell's speeches around this issue sound suspiciously trumpian and it has consequences. when i was homeless, i almost lost an eye because of hateful
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rhetoric spewed by farrell and weiner. are they going to let farrell mistreat the homeless without at least calling it out. shame on you to everyone. the city must do better. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hello. my name is melody. i'm here to request a moratorium on the sweeps. individuals who are hired and installed in these various "outreach teams" are allowed to be in the possession of judge, jury and executioner. it often amounts to legalized bullying, theft and emotional violence. these command center healthy street operations centers and sweeps, encampment resolutions are merely government-sanctioned rogue behavior.
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i believe it's a sheer violation of the rights of vulnerable persons without resources to defend themselves. these outreach interception cleanups are emotional violence and is an outrage. it, in fact, increases ill will and exacerbates condemnation of people trapped in a no-win situation. it escalates the problem they're claiming to solve and blauming and escape coating the problem person for the purpose of using another human being as an object for their personal hostility. it unmistakably communicates loud and clear to the general public that it's okay to hate on homeless people. this is absolutely no way to street a human being and chronic displacement by its very nature
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is designed to destroy a human's resources, spirit, sanity, well-being and destroy their life. it is inhumane and nothing short of torture and i have no doubt that i am next on the list. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi, everyone. i'm sam. i'm work at the coalition on homelessness and i grew up in the richmond district and i'm also here to speak out about the mayor's sweeps. as many have said, the sweeps of homeless encampments and people is just plain wrong. we see families, seniors, young people and adults living in encampments and there's nowhere for folks to go and there aren't real resources or services being offered to unhoused people. it's really, really
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heartbreaking, but more than that, it's inhumane and a violation of people's basic human rights. they've increased in the last couple of weeks. and we need you, the board of supervisors, to speak out against these homeless sweeps that we've been seeing. we just can't hear silence any longer. we need you to say something that said, we think this is wrong, inhumane to speak out against what the mayor is doing. i urge you to stand with unhoused people because we need to address homelessness in a real way. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> i'm leslie dyer to back the moratorium on sweeps. we see people every day, thousands of people a month, come through our offices, fearful of eviction, because they know there's nowhere to go. there is no affordable housing
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if they get kicked out. then they see what the city does to homeless people. in 15 minutes, imagine collecting everything that you could need to live the rest of your life. what would you grab? it's all their giving these people. mayor farrell is going against his own terrible legislation, prop q, and not even giving 24-hour notice or shelter. if i'm homeless, which luckily i'm not right now, i cannot imagine what i would take in 15 minutes, but it's like losing everything. it's like having your home burn down in a fire. so we want you, the board, to say something. i know it's election season. people play it safe, but we need this to stop. this is tragic. people are dying. please do something. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please.
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>> good afternoon. i was born and raised in the t.l. i'm here with mission housing in solidarity to join the call for a moratorium on the current sweeps against our homeless comments in the city. the solution to homelessness is not criminalization or dehumanization. it's safe shelter and necessary services. let's get the immediate solutions put forth by the coalition of homelessness supported and funded and then build housing with supportive services on site for current homeless populations. let's move towards getting people housed, keeping them housed, and away from the current im moral, nefarious, sinister sweeps. mission housing has been building affordable housing with service-based model for four decades. we can point to years and years of data proving that housing people and providing them
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services where they live is better than literally sweeping the problem away. this city can and must do better. as representatives of each district in this city, you must do better. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> my name is jack. i work at the coalition on homelessness, again, speaking out against the sweeps. it's weird to speak to this reprehensible silence that one would hope the city was better than and the supervisors could move beyond. there so is much wrong with how we're addressing homelessness and cities all over the world that disprove the frankly illegal and inhumane way that
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san francisco is treating homeless people. it's absurd. i hope today is a day that at least one member of the board of supervisors speaks out and maybe tomorrow another will and maybe we'll move to acknowledgement of what we know is wrong. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please? >> hi my name is colleen. i live in district 3. i wouldn't have been able to go to sleep tonight and actually fall asleep if i didn't take the opportunity to share my disgust with the latest reaction to homelessness that the mayor and some city departments have undertaken. we've been calling them sweeps.
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what they are is forced removal of homeless people from areas that they've set up to be safe places to sleep. and with no other option given, no shelter, no housing, no -- well, seven nights in shelter and then back on the street. it's simply not a solution. and as i'm coming to city hall for 13 years begging at all different sorts of venues for more services, shelter, housing, healthcare, mental healthcare, for homeless people, and in the years of the reception, we cut away a lot of ourer is russ ises. we cut away our drop-ins, shelter beds. and you know, to take away people's only shelter as a
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response to street homelessness without offering a real solution is not a real response. it's not a response that anybody should be proud of. and going further, it's a response that demands action because what we should be doing is spending our time and resources on solutions that could help people move into stability and out of poverty. what is happening over the last few weeks with the response to homeless people in tents in the north mission district is the exact opposite. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hello. good afternoon, supervisors. i'm a taxi driver. abdullah erbada, 22 years in san francisco. all my friends got the free medallion for 20 years and they used to lease it to the drivers for $3,000 and they don't work.
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they make money and they're home and relaxing as retirement for 20 years ago. and the city of san francisco sold us the medallion for $250,000. they engage us with a big bill and high-right interest. we have difficulty. we're still suffering. i paid $100,000 for cars. i give the cab companies $1 million. i have receipts. i support the city. i have four parking tickets in 22 years. i am an excellent driver. by the way, when something is
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wrong, people complain. when they complain when they have good people in government, they should, you know, help you out. we need for the city to reverse the money back, to be our loans, because we deserve free medallion. please, please, please do that for us. we thank you very much. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> thank you, supervisor and commission. i bought medallion for $250,000. i'm not making money. i paid the amount of the money against the home, put the loan on my home and i pay all that money. i'm not making a penny.
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they're not following the same laws. city needs to make the same laws for everybody. no permit, no license, and we have everything, permits, everything, this is not justice. please save the cab industry. we're losing millions. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, board of supervisors. i've been driving cab for more than 18 years in san francisco. i bought a medallion 4 1/2 years ago. business getting worse and worse and it's very hard for us to, you know, i have eight people living at home. how can we make a living?
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$250,000 is a lot of money that they charged us. it's very unfair. they sold some at 125 and some free and they charged us $250,000. it's making some people -- some cannot afford the payments and they are like homeless, you know, and they're becoming sick and dying. and nobody cares what is going on in the city and it's very cheap. is the cab driver -- they work like 14 hours and they take like $80 or $90 at home. how can we support a family and
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then we give the money. make it free for everybody, the medallion. give us our money become and we can have a comfortable life. we've been in the city more than 18 years and people are getting sick and dying and becoming homeless. for god sake, please try to solve this problem, otherwise the cab drivers will be -- thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi, everybody. i think it's two months that you have been hearing about the taxi issue. it's not going to go away unless something has been done.
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the one is $250,000, the other is $125,000. another is free. the sfmta is charging the cab companies $600, long-term lose for $2,000. and that's unfair. we want you to help us out, to do everything square. and we want our money back. we don't want to end up homeless or seeking shelter. before we come to the homeless, please help us. and all we want is the money we've given and sfmta was in a dire situation and they took the money from us and went to a deficit of about $25 million,
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but they've collected more than $100 million from us. so we're in a bad situation. they should refund our money back and they will give the medallions to whoever they think are waiting for theirs. but bail us out. this is a kind of slave labor. we're forced to do the labor upon $5 an hour. this board has indicated that minimum is $15. we're not making more than $5 to $6 an hour. that's not fair. an investment of $300,000 -- >> thank you for your comments. thank you. thank you. next speaker, please. >> i'm emily cougan and this is
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my son, bert, and we're here to talk about the violent removal of people from the streets. and that's unacceptable. i personally am lucky enough that homelessness has not affected me directly, other than having to walk past the suffering when i leave my apartment, trying to push it out of the way is unacceptable and a human rights violation and i think this city needs to look really carefully at what it's doing, trying to bring in educated young workers like myself and my husband while also criminalizing people that have lived here for a long time. you guys are creating a class dynamic and other problems by doing that. and it's not okay to choose us instead of them.
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and i won't stand for it. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, folks. god bless you. love the city. love you guys. i'm pastor evan pasture of the homeless church. my wife april and i have been working with the homeless for 24 years. we lived on the streets for seven years with the folks to know what was going on. someone gave us a home and we have homeless people living there and we go out on the streets and do a lot of things. jesus said and moses said, you will always have the poor with you. the lord leaves the homeless and poor among us to see our reaction. what are we going to do. we as government, we as church,
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we as individuals, and i want very simply to challenge you. face the need. i'm calling you individually to face the need. i'm calling you as city representatives to face the need. the need is the suffering people on the street. and they're outside your doors and these doors. you move them off civic center. i go out there every thursday to feed people and they're no longer there, but they're somewhere. face their need. >> thank you for your comments. before ms. riedenboch speaks, any other members of the public that would like to address the board during public comment, please come to your right near
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the windows. thank you. >> good afternoon. coalition on homelessness. i want to start off reading a quote that was made by mayor farrell at the beginning of the sweeps that happened -- started happening about three weeks ago. at some points after months of trying there's a service-resistant population that wants to be there. this is a population that contributes to the crime, arson, rapes, additional public safety issues." so farrell made this statement, very similar to a statement made by trump about mexican people being rapists. it was a class-based statement about a group of people who are disproportionately people with color, with disabilities, members of lgbtq community, and there was not a lot of outcry from members of this body in response to that.
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and that is really disappointing. we'd like to see a lot more outcry against that and the sweeps that are happening.