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the extensive renovation in my 95-year-old building, four units, and the whole bottom floor, that have been having ongoing effects to my health. i'm -- it's hard to -- i'm perhaps extra workers could come in to ex-pediate the work because it's making sicker and sicker, mindfulness of overloading the apartment manager, there's 25 units for him to navigate all of this, and please make health and well-being of tenants -- [inaudible] >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello there. my name is rosa maria caballo. i work with tenderloin housing clinic.
i've been employed there about five years doing code enforcement tenants rights outreach. first of all, i want to say i have a good working relationship with green tree in that i'm nice. i want to highlight that because i want to make sure it doesn't detract from the fact that i think green tree is a bad actor. i think they do have many bad practices that we have seen such as late fees on top of late fees when tenants pay on time, such as the bundling of rent increases, pass throughs, accumulated bank increases and then some late fees on top of that. we've seen habitability issues in various buildings in the tenderloin where i work and represent many tenants, and lack of green tree's response has been atrocious in numerous cases. [inaudible] >> supervisor sheehy: thank
you. thank you. next speaker, please. >> i was in like with two folks who weren't able to stay because they had to go back to work. one of them is an attorney who works for the bar association who told me she has seen dozens of cases from these landlords trying to evict tenants for nonpayment of rent when they paid their rent. the reason being was that the tenants were -- they were getting increases on top of increases, late fees on top of late fees that they didn't understand, especially given that they've always paid their rent, and this all happened at a time when they saw conditions in the building getting worse, not better. the other person had to leave is someone who just found out her building was bought by green tree three days ago, and
she's terrified for herself and for all of the other long-term tenants in the building including folks that have been there for 40 years. and i had to tell her yes, you need to be worried based on what i've seen, yes, you need to be worried for every single one -- [inaudible] >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is raymond sullivan. i'm a tenant at 709 geary street in the city, and it's a veritas building. i also want to apologize on behalf of the treatment that you received on veritas's consultant. i work as a volunteer paramedic in san francisco for the past ten years, so safety is a building deal for me. this is about safety, this is about pass throughs, and this is also about habltability. there's been a dryer in my building that caught fire a year ago in my building. the exhaust system is not up to code, and the fire code does
not connect to sf fire. the batallion chief said this was a big issue. so what the chief operating officer of veritas said is not true. there's no interest, there's apathy. something needs to get done. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker. >> all of the tenants that came to speak to you, there's a set of law books in the law library that's called landlord tenant law, and you want to look under implied warranty. once you sign a rental contract, that's a binding contract for the landlord and owner to fix anything in the building and outside that malfunctions. as far as these violations and malfunctions that you have in your unit, you can go to the second floor in the fox plaza and file a complaint with the health department, and the health department will come in.
as far as the people that have disabilities and health, they've got rights protected pertaining to the american disabilities act. all these situations -- [inaudible] >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> i just want to say, my name's amina rubio, and i just want to thank you so much mr. sheehy, and supervisor fewer, for your support and your time to take time out of your busy day to listen to all of us here. it's a really, really important matter, and i just want to say there are two people here that aren't able to speak, and i wanted to say that there's a young man who committed suicide when he got his pass throughs. there's an elderly woman who was reaching for the window.
the window was taped off, and she died trying to get enough air into her apartment. so i just wanted to thank you so much for your time, and i'm asking you to call for a full investigation by dennis herrera. thank you. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi. good afternoon. thank you for having this hearing. my name is jay fisher. i'm a resident at 65 pala street. i'm a veritas tenant. i'm here tot about habitability and the greater picture for veritas tenants. we've heard a lot today about bad actors, and i want to say that -- speak to that -- last month, i received a letter taped to my door, accusing me of racially attacking veritas employees and spitting on them. this was patently false, these allegations were untrue, and they never happened, so when we
hear about bad actors, this is an example. thank you for having this hearing today. i appreciate it. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. it's so nice to have a chance to speak with you. everything that they've said, they've voiced out, i've experienced. more so, i have a disabled son. there's a renovation below, demolition above me and in front of me in my unit, and that cracked ceiling in the slide show is in my apartment, actually, that they -- i was doing my shower when the loud banging from the ceiling happened, and then i went out and look at it's cracked. so i have to leave and go out
'cause i got scared. and since they started all the renovations, my son has been very sick. he has severe autism, and right now, he's under treatment for chronic lung inflammation -- [inaudible] >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. eric arguello, calle 24 district. we've seen buildings flipped, 10,000 residents displaced, 8,000 latinos. another components are the kpeshl spaces. we've seen 2 to 300% increases in these spaces. we're dealing with one at 25 and mission where we have 11
spaces with looking at large increases plus 20 units above, so there's something that we need to do with these landlords. we need to make sure that there's stronger protections for the residents and of course fore the commercial spaces, also. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> i'm peter warfield. the owner of my building is 275 grant street apartments, l.l.c., and for the first time in my life, i don't know the people that own the property that i live in. i understand they're part of ballas investments. for a year there's been construction all around, turning garages into apartments, and studio apartments into one bedroom, one bedroom into two bedrooms, and so on and so forth.
fumes, dirt of construction constantly, no notice to the tenants of what's going on unless they're coming into the apartment, and even in that case, not always adequate. i consider the whole process of the ongoing dragged out construction a kind of psychic assault. when the scaffolding goes up right outside my fourth floor window and anyone can walk ornd there, no notice whatsoever. they can see control is urgently needed because without -- [inaudible] >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. and if there are any other speakers, if they could lineup on the left, and if there's anyone outside that wants to come in, they can come in. >> hi. my name is joy with housing rights committee. i'm a renter living in noe valley. i've seen speculators coming into my neighborhood with the intention to evict all the tenants so they can sell the
building for a higher price. this creates enormous stress on the tenants since they have nowhere else to go. as a tenant and as a tenant advocate, i believe we can get more support from the supervisors so the tenant can be protected from being displaced. thank you. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi name's livvy staab, and i'm here to represent my neighbors in san antonio place in agent beach, units 120. basically i just wanted to come up with saying we're all friends, we all know each other, we all hangout, and basically we're a community. and i feel like, you know, we all have to work whatever we're doing, artists, we work locally, we use muni. it's, like, it's all a small dpsh-you know, small neighborhood. and we struggle to stay here, and we feel like we're kind of the reason that people come --
you know, we add to this city and that's why people think that san francisco's unique because we're trying to keep it unique. and if the fact that we're going to get, you know, rented out, basically to a higher price, then we can't stay here. so sorry, i got nervous there. thank you. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is gunmun shaw, and i am a tenant at 698 bruce street. i've been there for 46 years, and agree tree -- green tree bought this building in 2014. there's all this construction going on, there's not enough noticed. prior to that, i was infected. i went to general hospital, and they found lead in my blood. and i have proof for you guys. the problem with the green
tree, we have to complain them to take action, otherwise, they just let it go. i had an incident few weeks ago that landlord was charging me late fee. all these years i've been living there, i never been late in my rent. they send me $50 charge. i tried to tell them to change it, they didn't. finally, i told them, you do it now or else. i had to use that kind of language. [inaudible] >> supervisor sheehy: okay. thank you. [inaudible] >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. [inaudible] >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. thank you. >> clerk: mr. shaw. >> supervisor sheehy: there's your time. >> clerk: sorry. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. i appreciate it. okay. next speaker. >> good afternoon.
my name's kathrin bennett. i've been living at 1563 sacramento street for 43 years, and i've seen a lot of renovations, but my experience with green tree has been positive. they've responded to my work orders. if i -- i might have had to remind them over the years. i seem to get benefits from the solar panelling that they installed from the laundry room that we didn't used to have, and respect for the building, and the continuants. thank you. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is maria, and i live in a bg on pacific avenue -- building on pacific avenue managed by green tree, and i have nothing but good things to speak about the agency and the way things are regarding safety, and the way i've been treating, and the way i've been
understood, and the manager is great, and i have nothing but good things about. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> yes. good afternoon. my name is robert johnson. true san francisco native. a renter since 19. i've rented all my life. my current property manager's green tree, 6901 o'farrell, i find them the best ever. they fix them, they fix repairs, they're good on rent control, so i vote on green tree after many years of renting. i just want to give them the credit they deserve. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name's shawn ryan. i am an employee of veritas property as a resident manager of 1547 clay.
i'm also a city employee for the city and county of san francisco, and i have been for the last 22 years. you've had some people come up here and have some negative experiences. it's a very small percentage of the number of people that actually reside in green tree properties. i would have to say that though i'm impressed by the turn out, of what i would consider the opposition right now, i don't feel it is actually a true representation of howtenants are dealt with -- dealt with or treated by green tree properties. and if it were true, i certainly wouldn't work for green tree. thank you. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello. my name is katie lemon, and i live at 1547 clay street. and i've been extremely happy with green tree and these problems that i've heard about
today certainly don't apply to the property where i live. the customer service that i'm getting from green tree and the resident manager have been great. the building is clean, well taken care of. it's very safe with the security cameras there, people have tried to break-in, and they have been caught thanks to the cameras, so everything that i've heard today has been a complete surprise, and my own experience is completely different. thank you. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi. i'm jennifer cosgrove, and i'm one of the resident managers here for green tree. we acquired the building at 624 pala about 1.5 years ago. the old owner owned it 30 plus years, and we took on a lot of
deferred maintenance. i am a renter here as well, and the amount of work we're having to do with the building is not necessarily things that we wanted to do but that we absolutely need to do. and i know that is a nuisance to the residents, but i'm doing everything in my power to make it better, their living situations better, so thank you, yeah. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is james -- my name is james dawes. i'm the manager at o'farrell. green tree has made the tenderloin a better place to live. it upgraded that community. i listen to these complaints carefully. at no time did we not address issues, and i welcome all of you and the people that representing these groups to come to my building. you will never find that. we address all issues on time,
and i make myself available for the tenants 24-7 if they need me, so please come to my building. 691 o'farrell. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is scoot moore, and i'm a property manager. thank you for the opportunity to speak in front of this hearing today. while i am saddened to hear of the experiences our residents have lived through, many of these buildings purchased are approximately 100 years old, and with age comes problems, such as 100-year-old facades, windows, boilers, electrical systems and foundations. many of these buildings have deferred maintenance, plus the city has enacted legislation which requires construction such as soft story upgrades, electrical upgrades, life and safety legislation, and the promise of adu's to help with the housing shortage. i would say that communication
has not been good, so for those residents that are here, i'm sorry to hear that, and i work -- i work closely -- >> clerk: speaker must direct his comments to the panel. >> i work closely with rosa maria from the housing in the tenderloin. we are working to provide better communications from our residents. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is tony harkins. i'm a resident manager at a 45 unit valley in noe valley on clipper street. i actually live there, and i'm charged with taking care of residents needs. i have been a former resident ownership where i was not able to take care of residents, and under veritas and green tree, i have found them to be very responsive, and i am able to perform my duties as charged to take care of the residents that
live in the building. there is deferred main nance that is finally being taken care of at the building where market and below market residents get to benefit from that. thank you. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. >> i'm dee, also resident manager of a 32 unit apartment building in russian hill. thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak. i wanted to talk about the process for work orders and getting things fixed in the building. green tree has a really good process. they're very responsive. i'm the liaison between the residents and property management. just in the past three months, i've had three break-ins to my people, one person snapped the doorknob off. i had to put in work orders. within 24 hours, lock guards, a new lock costs thousands of dollars. stuff like that happens all the time. the residents call me as a resident manager if there's people that break into the
building, and the police take a long time to get there, so i confront those people. the resident managers do a lot at the properties, so i just wanted to point that out. thanks. >> supervisor sheehy: thanks. next speaker, please. >> yes. i'm paul, and i'm the resident manager at 1560 sacramento. i've lived there my whole life. i've been involved in managing the building for 40 years, and directly for the last 15 years. the building for 1907 is pretty old, and when green tree took over, there were many problems, and they addressed them. they painted the building inside and out, they installed new carpets, they put solar panels on and repaired the roof, they installed the laundry room. they submit a work order, i address it promptly. they originally installed a new boiler because it needed to be
installed, and they did some repairs in the laundry room because machines were broken into. yeah, they -- the building's about half long-term residents and half new ones. they didn't -- to my knowledge, nobody was forced out and intimidated. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. next speaker, please. thank you. >> thank you. [please stand by for captioner switch]
we have doubled our relations team whose full-time job is interaction with our resident. our average resident has been in place nearly 10 years and these are long-standing residents and we have happy to house them. 80% of our residents are very happy with the service we provide. we reach out to them. [bell ringing] >>speaker: thank you next speaker please. >> speaker 1: good afternoon, supervisor sheehy good to see you today. i actually want to talk to you about a couple issues with how
we are improving, and one of those is communication as we have had communication in the past and the insight that we receive from you with how we can reach out to our community and get the word and the message across of all the improvements that we are doing to our communities and building. i'm proud to say that when i look through san francisco as a native to be able to say we own that building and it was deferred maintenance prior. we have spend in district $840 million in capital improvements, primarily soft-store are mandated retrofit. [bell ringing]
>>. >> i am leslie with housing rights conditional. thank you for having this hearing. i think the last speakers didn't understand it's about the health impact. the burden is on them and it shouldn't be on them to take care of their needs. housing inspection doesn't actually oversee propertier containment of led and asbestos and that is a really problem. the planning code doesn't account for people. they plan for structures, unmitigated capitalist profit and we need them to take people into account when passing these permits. we need to fine people for
fraudulent permits -- i urge you to investigate green tree. [bell ringing] >>speaker: thank you. >> supervisor sheehy: did you already speak? >>speaker: can i speak on a personal. there was scaffolding put up at 520 buchanan street for five months and very little work was done there and this is an example of their construction mismanagement. they got permits to block both sides of buchanan and hickory streets so construction crews
could park there and they weren't there. [bell ringing] the therthere were people thereg things maybe two days of the month. neighbors were affected that weren't tenant. a lot of tenants would have been here but the hearing was moved up and they couldn't be here because of having to work and property managers are most likely being paid to be here. one of the bond pass throughs that is spoken of. [bell ringing] >> supervisor sheehy: anyone else who wishes to testify? seeing none, public comment is closed. i want to thank everyone who came out today for this hearing and it's been a while, so i'm going to go ahead and get us out. can i have a motion to continue this to the call of the chair?
[chanting] so i want to say first of all thank you all for being here today and i would like to start today to take a brief moment of silence in respect of our former police commissioner julius turman who was a great champion of public safety and a true friend to the city. so if you would please first join me in a moment of silence. >> [moment of silence] >> thank you. our thoughts and condolences are with his friends and family during this time. he's absolutely missed here in the city of san francisco. so i want to first do a round of
thank yous. there's a number of individuals and organizations who helped lead us to where we are today. first of all i want to thank our police chief bill scott. i want to thank our police commission, we have police commission president tip pi here. thank you. members of the board of supervisor, jeff seehey and katheri katherine stefani here today. our city departments, our controllers office for tirelessly working to find the right amount of staffing that we need right here in our police department. you know, since taking public office i repeatedly stressed that i believe we have some of the best men and women in our police department here inside of san francisco. proud of all of you do who are here today in front of us. i am not afraid as the mayor of the city and county of san francisco to say how proud i am of the men and women of our police department. every day they are putting their
lives on the line for us as san francisco residents, they deserve our respect and our gratitude. when we are so fortunate to have such dedicated men and women on our police department, we simply don't have enough of them today. san francisco is an ever changing city with ever changing neighborhoods. we cannot be bound by antequated staffing levels that do not reflect today's reality in our streets and in our neighborhoods. that is why today i am very proud to announce that my budget plan this year will include the addition of 250 new officers being deployed on the streets of san francisco. -- san francisco from our business department. in the fiscal year alone we will graduate 80 officers in the current academy classes, add 50 new academy recruits.
we will also increase opportunity for promotions and shift highly trained civilians into positions that are currently being staffed by sworn members to allow them to be out patrolling the neighborhoods of our city. these new officers will act as a catalyst and be the building blocks of our 250 officer plan. when these officers join the department they will be working on existing initiatives that have been undertaken to strengthen our police department. i have been proud to partner with police chief scott on innovative new public safety measures which include increasing our city wide foot patrols, adding investigative teams at district stations and expanding our burglary and serial crime units. as we know last year was a very difficult year for property crimes here in san francisco. over 30,000 alone in our city.
an absolutely unacceptable number. since undertaking our initiatives we have seen property crimes decrease by over 17%. we will not rest on our morals in san francisco, we will not let that be the new standard. we will continue to move forward and press ahead on reforms that make our streets and our neighborhoods safer for the residents of san francisco. it's also important to note that these increased officers will be more more than just a deterrent to property crimes. they will be reassuring presences in our neighborhoods of san francisco ensuring that people feel safe and securing the communities they live in here in san francisco. they will have the tools and the training to work with our communities and within our neighborhoods here in san francisco. these new officers will also be
supported by additional investments in our equipment and resources. my budget package will also include $7.5 million over the next 2 years to purchase over 130 new police cars that are needed in our department. it will include over $3 million to equip our police officers with tasers. in addition my budget will include $1.7 million to help support police reform measures. we will continue to support and fund on going efforts within our police department to make sure all 272 recommendations offered by the obama department of justice are fulfilled. when i've talked about my priorities as mayor of the city and county of san francisco public safety has always come first. today's announcement is a reflection of my commitment and let me repeat, i am so
incredibly proud as mayor of this city of the men and women that serve us in our police department. these words are not empty, they are not a political game, they are the truth. they are what san francisco will follow. it's impacting the public safety commitments reflects the needs of our entire city. we are pushing forward with a bold new vision for public safety in san francisco. i am honored to be here with all of you today to see these efforts through and to make sure that the future of san francisco is a safe and secure one for every single resident in every single neighborhood in our city. so thank you for having me here today. again, i'm honored to be with all of you. with that i would like to introduce the chief of our police department, bill scott.
>> good morning. let my start my comments by thanking mayor ferrell and his team. she is invested in the future of the city. recruits that we have in the team today represent our future. the budget presented today represents a significant commitment by mayor ferrell towards their future and towards the future of their police department and the future of this city. the budget envisions the sfpd as a more responsive, more productive and better equipped police department to face the challenges of modern policing and enables us to build our successes by creating the program tha programs that we know has a powerful and positive impact. the mayor talked about foot patrols and the increasing the foot patrols. we would like to sustain that. increasing the burglary and serial crimes opportunity, seven
day staffing, support 4 our healthy street centers which we see tremendous progress and addressing the many issues that face our city regardless homelessness. the expansion of our psychiatric emergency response team to help these experiencing mental crisis. it also means that we can continue the important work of carrying out our usdoj recommendations for collaborative reform and improving our department to become even better than we've ever been. this plan allows us to bring in an additional 250 police officers and it will provide increased opportunity for promotions including 20 new sergeants and two new lieutenant positions. the budget provided by mayor ferrell allows us to shift highly trained civilians into positions that have been held by sworn members enabling us to redeploy those sworn
members to the field and also provides as we stated badly needed resources including 130 new police vehicles to help our ageing fleet. we've been working really hard in the strategic frame work and it centers around safety with respect for the public and our members. this budget will empower us to increase our collaboration with our city and community partners to address safety challenges, to improve our responsiveness to the public, to find the future that we want for the sfpd and more importantly for the safety of our city. we want to be a modern and inclusive police department that provides safety. i'd like to thank mayor ferrell and the people of san francisco for their support of our officers. with this commitment the hard working men and women of our police department can continue
to rise to meet the challenge of the growing needs of our city. thank you very much, mayor ferrell. now i would like to introduce the president of our police commission. >> [applause] >> thank you chief and thank you mayor ferrell. this is not part of my prepared are -- remarks but if julius was here today he would take a look at this crowd and say he is proud of you. in fact, we ask all of you to live up to his expectations. two weeks ago on wednesday night he stood in front of the police commission, barely was able to stand for the pledge of allegiance. then after when he was being honored he said something very important for you-all to hear. i'm very proud of the men and women of the san francisco police department. so behalf of julius i share that with you tonight. i would like to thank mayor
ferrell, the supervisor stefani and sheey for recognizing and addressing the crisis that we are facing with staffing. i've been on the police commission for a long time as both a state and federal prosecutors here in san francisco so i'm aware of the need for policing. given the current state of our criminal justice and mental health systems, our officers can barely respond to the calls for service. they are busy dealing with repeat offenders and people in mental health crisis. by adding these police officers to our police department it will make the street safer for our citizens and those who visit our city. there's days when i walk from the parking garage to my office and i see the things that we all see, unsightly things of people in crisis, people shooting up. it's not acceptable and the only way we can address that is adding to our women power and men power of the san francisco police department. this is a great move.
we as a commission thank the mayor and the board of supervisors for putting this forward. with this it will give our officers more of an opportunity to be involved in community policing and, yes, proactive policing. so mayor ferrell, thank you on behalf of the citizens of san francisco. this is great and this is long over due. thank you very much. >> [applause] >> thank you. with that i'd like to bring up two supervisors who have been talking about public safety since literally the day they came into office, jeff sheehey and supervisor katherine stefani. >> thank you, mayor ferrell. welcome to district 8. i'm so proud to have the academy in my district. it's a source of joy for me. i want to thank mayor ferrell for his leadership in putting this forward. so last year as i came into
office one of the things that i identified almost immediately was a gap in public safety resources. i raised this with the budget and finance committee and was the voice in the wilderness. so i am so grateful that mayor ferrell has put this initiative forward. i'm also grateful to chief scott. some of the innovations are tied to our need for additional officer. the tactics that have reduced police officer involved situations have calmed down but those tactics require more boots on the ground. the second thing is foot patrols. so in my district we now have foot patrols on the castro. i know those guys, those folks. it's great the see them. people in the community know them. we had an incident at twin peaks. four officers assigned to -- so after the incident at twin peaks before the -- before the
incident at twin peaks, the murder, we had ten car break-ins a day. after officers were assigned there for the following month one. so presence is prevention. in dolores park we had an incident. the chief, other city departments, officers have been assigned to dolores park. every single neighbor surrounding that park talks about how improved that situation is. this is by having forces there, people there. it makes our neighbor safer. every day i talk to people in my district saying when can we get a foot patrol, have officers we can see. this will make that possible, not just in my district but across the city. i want to give a shot out to folks here today. i have been to graduations of academy classes and i have so much respect for the work that you're going to be trained.
it's amazing. you put in such hard work. i am so proud, i wanted to shake your hand when you get that badge pinned on you. i'm even prouder when i see people who had a badge pinned on them, whose hand i shook and see them walking the beet in my neighborhood. thank you for stepping up and protecting the citizens of san francisco. you are outstanding. the more we graduate the prouder i'll be so thank you. i'd like to introduce my colleague, supervisor stefani. >> [applause] >> good morning, everyone. i held my public safety forum in district 2 because the bottom line is people don't feel safe. whether it is because of our past crime epidemic, reports of a 7th grader being mugged on his
way home from school or the ramped trueiram ramped drug use we see on our streets, we must do more to keep the people of san francisco safe. i believe that we have underinvested for years. today's announcement by mayor ferrell is a huge step in the right direction. what i love about mayor ferrell's approach is it is thoughtful and designed to saturdays -- address san francisco's current needs, to help the homeless delivering help to the city's operation center and to equip our police force with the resources they need like working patrol cars to do their job and to help keep us safe. our focus should be on recruiting the best and the brightest by training our officers with all of the reforms that we've all been trying to implement. i have been so incredibly lucky
in my 12 years of public service in this city to work with some of sfpd's finest, captain dylan, commander manox, captain silverman, captain yep, officer matt loray and so many more. these individuals have truly helped shape my view of how incredible our police department is and how much talent we have here. i just want to thank all of you for stepping up and doing your part. i've also been a prosecutors and i've worked with so many police officers that have always shaped my view that police officers are good and we need them and i can't thank you enough for your service. i want to thank the mayor, chief scott and the command staff for their hard work and thoughtful analysis on the invests that we as a city need to make in the department.
i just want to tell one quick story in my direct. so many times we hear the negatives. the other day someone said i have to tell you what happened to me with a police officer. i got a pounding on my door at 7:00 in the morning and i went out there and i saw a police car and i was so nervous. they open it had door and the police officer said -- opened the door and the police officer said, dpd is going to do some care and towed your car. they asked them to move their car and saved them $600. there's so many stories about how important your work is. it's my hope as we increase our force we also do so in a way that bridges any divides with our communities and that we work together to create an environment where everyone feels safe and cared for. that is what san francisco is all about and i absolutely thank you for your service to our city. thank you. >> [applause]
>> thank you, vooup -- supervi supervisor. as mayor i want to thank you for your service. we are proud of you. we look forward to years of service ahead. so that's going to conclude our press conference. we'll be in the side room if any media wants to talk to us after wards off camera. thank you all for being here today. >> [applause]