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co f generators? how much of istctually mp said, at&t park, ilding? embarcadero, the ferry building, some of these places that actually have people, you know, sos, js doing the w on-site have a significant impact of terms of how much're diverting versus buildings that don't. >> i would just that you al look is a bigger pictur of ilding owners. so for examl himes has 555 california. they can be able to h i'm sorry. boston properties and embarcadnlyero, tave one buildinghat's sorting or over himes building on mission and 2nd street is only -- out of their 28 buildings, they're only recycling at one. they only have oneorteat one of their 28 buildings, and
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ooi at it t it order. when we are doing our surveys of how many sorters we have in buildings, we look at it by building owner, and these are not just i own one buil, re really prt owners that are expansive, buildings,os erbuildings. tldskthat you himes or whateve look at it by owner and to ok at it by ste that information. >> supervisor safai: we will. any other members of the public wishing to comment on this item, please come forward. seeing none, public comment is closed. [ gavel ]. >> supervisor safai: and i i awireciate enrk tof dar envi thank u to rogy cong out. i think they are a wonderful partner. thank you to the teamsters and the janitors for coming out bit. think we've learned quite we will continue to work -- we've already started some things working with your office, drar -- director
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rafael, and i think we will continue in that motion ki it interesting to g it in so aitsters say they're otherlaces and they're oking at the black stream. so maybe that's a conversation we can have with gy, and looking at these large property owners, we've already started a conversation with you. we will reach out to them and the janitors and keep this conversation. thank you -- i guess what do we need to do, make a motion to file this? supersor sa a motion le the hearing. >> supervisor ronen: yes. thank you. before i ask you t calm number four, mr. clerk -- i'll wait for oneec. i just wanted to acknowledge
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and welcome supervisor mar back into the committee room. it's so good to see you back in, servisor. call the next item, mr. clerk. >> clerk: also, i'm going to puntion for the benefit of the ic, the house has changed. we have superree member for the remainder of the meeting. [agenda item read] >> supervisor ronen: supervisor yee? >> supervisor yee: thank you very much, supervisor ronen. as you know, may is asian pacific american heritage month, and it's drawing to a close. and i am pro that i was able to partner with the h jo legislative effort to remove a racist antiasian legacy from one of our city's public playgrounds,
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the juli playground th. ouks and open spaces are meant to be welcoming and open or al to enjoy, regardless of race, religion, gender or other differences. however, former cmans julius k immigration policy during the early 1900's did not espouse stands for today: values isco respect for diversity, values of tolerance, and values of -- to be inclusive, and appreciation of the many contribus ofur immigrant co iu ka's bill made permanent the chinese exclusion act. he further targeted other asian communities by advocating for legislation to also exclude filipinos, japanese and
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ameran indians from e the united states. todd's motion at this hearing to remove joule cuss kahn's name and rename the playground is very symbolic, especially during this month where we have been celebrating and recognizing the richl and long history of asian american's contributions to our city and to our country. today, will you please send a powerful message to our fellow san franciscans that san francisco will continue to be a city that values diversity, inclusion, and tolerance? that we will note raci m, bigotry and ion?us i want to say that my father actually was a paper son, meaning that there was a period where many chinese population i
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am -- immigrants were coming in under somebody's name mainy because of the exclusion act. and i'm saying th iscause rember - even when my grandfather was already here, so it was kind of ridiculous that he had to come in as a paper son. but i didn't know the impact of that until i was probably cl e close -- well, being a teenager when laws changed that allowed for somebody like my father to come to gain citizenship and the fear that he had. it's almost living -- i lived through some of the fears that people are living through today with the possibility of being deported because ofir statnd t relief that i saw in my father's face when it happened when he finally regained citizenship stuck to me today.
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so -- and i'm going to te you another story. i mean, i mentioned this earlier, that these issues of intolerance and racism, you might think that it's gone away and so forth, and -- and it y o.t have been at least a indeed, when i bought mome h inhe west side, and most of the west side was pretty much similar to this story, people that were either negro or livestock or orientals were not allowed to live or purchase homes in the west side -- many parts othe wst side, especially those associations that had those bylaws that states this. and when i bought my home a little over 30 years ago, that was still in the books, and it orttook meveral years
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later to say, what isthis, you know? and after much debate, was able to get the people that live there toctually change the bylaws, so that was only 30 years ago. and today, we're still facing -- i think this -- with what we're seeing today at the federal government, it just gives us antunior t s hey, let's don't stand for what's going on today because look what happened -- look what happened 80, 90 years ago. why are we repeating ourselves? and this is an opportunity as we look at removing this name for us to have dialogue, for us to have a discussion of, is this what we really want? that's what happened. that's part of history that's happened. we don't need to repeat it. we need to also find people that -- that also contributed to our history in a much more
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positive way to our society that reflects our values today. so this is why i personally feel passionate about doing this, and i'm very happy that commissioner -- the park e about this as i'mn lowe doing a parallel name change for phelan avenue with the same rational2ed. --nale. i want to thank him, i want tok is colleagues for leading this charge. and i want to also thank my cosp sors of this lemgs lation, supervisors fewer, peskin, and kim. and i want to thank the people that came out today for the press conference: jane my former classmate and interim executive director of the
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chinese historical society, cynthia choi, who's the coexecutive director for chinese affirmative action. and also the asian american bar association, president david xi. >> supervisor ronen: could i just say a couple words? >> supervisor yee: yes, you may. >> supervinen:ro thank you so much. i just wanted to thank you for bringing this forward and would ask to be a cosponsor, as well. >> supervisor yee: thank you. >> supervisor ron: i am so happy that you'rein this - this change in our shameful, racist history here in san francisco. i think it now is exactly the same not only because it is asian american history month, but also because this similar racist xenophobic attack is happening today, every single day, so it's concentrated today
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on the latino community, but it's part of -- not just the tino cnity largely the latino community being the face of these attacks. and it comes from- it's -- it's -- it's not new. it's lgto where different communities, the chinese community, the japanese community, the filipino community have been targeted by the federal government with in blaming larger communities ct which could not be farther from the truth, whether it's crime, this has never been the fault of ies.ra re a on immigrants, and this will never be ul communities. we are stronger, we are beer, we are a more informed cohesive community because we are a
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nation of diversity and immigrants. and i am just very, very proud to becosponsoring this today and really thank your leadership, supervisor yee. >> supervisor yee: thank you, supervisor ronen for your words, and i see that sharon chung, staff from supervisor stefani's office is here, and she would like to make a comment. >> thank you, community members of the my name is sharon chung, and i'm the legislative aide to district two supervisor catherine stefani. i want to thank supervisor yee for taking the lead on this. we are eager to work with community leaders and neighborhoods in taking the next steps of renaming this community park. thank you. >> supervisor yee: thank you. i'd likeention that t ju pa is actually in districtwo, t part of
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supervisor stefani's district,r now i'd like to ask n ommissioner, commissioner lowe, would you like to come up? [inaudible] yee: okay. >> good morning. my name is linda zhang chl i an associate with the law firm of perkins couie. i want to thank the many organizations and individuals who are here in support of this issue. for 61 years. the chinese exclusion act severely restricted immigration and entrance of chinese people in the united states. in the heart of san francisco one of the most diverse cities in the u.s., we still have a park named after a congressman who pushed to make that
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exclusion permanent. [inaudible] >> when the act was set to expire in 19, kahn introduced the kahn bill to make the act permanent. the chinese exclusion act when the chinese and americans became allies in world war ii. san francisco's a city of inclusion. our parks should celebrate inclusion now and carry that message for generations to come. thank you. >> supervisor yee: thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is lindsey kwak. i'd like to give litit more background on julius kahn.
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he did not stop at the chinese. after the exclusion act was made permanent, he pursued the exclusion of nap s, asian ans and evenaid horrible things abouton the floor. exclusion acts of 1923 and 24 did bar asians, but imposed literacy tests, imposed qas people from other nations including eastern europe where julius kahn was from, and julius kahn did not vote in favor of either of those subsequent acts, and so that shows that he had this particular annimus against and asoeeall did pursue -- he had a racist agenda. we have reached out -- we spoke with the jewish community relations committee, and they rehed out to local jewish
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historians, who have confirmed our research, including a researcher named fred rosenbaum who has gone onto say the jewish communities in the east looked to jewish leaders in the west and said what's going on? they were horrified at this campaign that was driven from the west coast, and they were concern thad it would spread to the immigtion policies would spread to jewish communities, which it ultimately did and was he have, very bad ieend. on aerte, i am a four genation san franciscan who grew up playing at julian kahn playground. i have very fond memories there, and when i learned about julius kahn, i was angered, disappointed and ashamed to know that a park that i had experienced so much joy and fun in was honoring a man who was so racist against people like me. so on behalf of kids like me
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and the 37 community organizations that have also signed onto this effort, i implore you to move this resolution forward and urge the -- direct the recreation andkmission to rename the playground. thank you very much. >> supervisor yee: thank you very much. so right now, i'm going to go ahead and call for public comment. wa if you want to -- if you to make public comments, go ahead and lineup to my left, your right. that's okay. they can just lineup. >> supervisor safai: do we do two minutes or one minute? >> supervisor yee: two minutes. >> two minutes. pule to this historical move, and i feel the hardship of this type of racism, but we can't stop there. i move for you -- both of you supervisors to put the finishing touches on the
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yomoval of james d. phelan. ve already got rid of his name on a street in the city and county of san francisco. i further urge you to remove the statue which is located in the front door of city hall when you come off polk street and make a hard left, his statue is right there. i move to have you take charge just like the mayor did in new orleans to get rid of those cist statues that condemned and used slavery to build new orleans and kidnap my nationality and made up slaves and then highlight those statues like they're some kind of monument that should be saluted. i further move you to incorporate a hearing pertaining to the ethnic cleaning of my neighborhood, ioethically cleansed my ic
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nationality, ruined numerous generations of black people fore t area, and this person -- whatever his name is? forgot his name. but any way, justin hermann, who got rid of my nationality. it's real who are identifying for somebody that's comprehensive on black history because 1964 was the year we got our civil rights, and dr. martin luther king made his "i have a dream" speech, and that was the same time frame when justin herman plaza got rid of the fillmore district, which was 60 squarelocks and 5 to 10% was japanese and chinese people. so we need to have a hearing on the fillmore. >> supervisor yee: thank you. >> good morn i'm jane chin. i'm the interim director of the chinese historical society, and thank you for this opportunity to address count was lady liberty stands
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in new york harbor, give me your poor, your hudled masses, to be free, this was not for the chinese. the exclusion law severely impacted the lives of the chinese peopl and the tens of thousands of men who were already here. first because the law required chinese to have proper documentation in order to reenter the united states if they were to leave to visit their family inhina prohibited them from leaving. and second, without being able to visit their wievs aves and children they left behind in china, their family unit was destroyed. imagine men could not return to
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their wives and children they left behind. imagine women in china never to on their husbands imagine children never to know their fathers. r could these men marry in the u.s. as the page act of 1875 restricted thetryn of chinese women and -- [inaudible] >> -- passed in the states prohibited and prevented men from marrying white men. further racism against chinese m biom living outside of the boundaries of chinese neighborhoods. that said, chinatowns were built as the country due to racism is a fact. due to exclusion, family life was exhibited not by choice -- [inaudible] >> supervisor yee: thank you. your time.
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thank you. nice seeing you again. >> thank you for -- committee members, for hearing our request and hearing the voices of the community today, and thank you to supervisor yee for leading the charge for -- towar truth and recoiation i'm h representinghine c affirmative action. i'm also here as a parent and someone who lives in san francisco and enjoys all of our parks and amenities in our great city. and we're here to express our full support in renaming the julius kahn playground, a playground that's enjoyed by many immigrant families, families that would be excd if julius successfully excluded. and i think the point of this, too, is it's a lesso and opportunity underand the generational harm that he has to today.ut also to draw lessons
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we represent clients who are low-income, limited english speaking, many recent immigrants who are particularly vulnerable under this current administration, and san francisco can once again lead the way, taking a stand against a xenophobia and standing by its reside and that means taking this action. we really do implore supervisors to the renaming and look forward to that opportunity to think about a worthy name to our park for we are here to stay, we don't have to prove our justification or our worthiness and we're here to also say what happened under julius kahn was wrong and what's happens t also wrong. thank you.
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>> good morning. i have a very bad cold, so i was coughing over there. i'mpeaking as a parent as well as a victim. i think we have all been victimized by what happened in the 1800's. i applaud supervisor yee, who is my district supervisor, and all the other supervisors, especially our t. liklow f taking onproj to urge you to go one step further, one step further for the victims: issue an apology. official apology from the city and county of san francisco for the pain and suffering san francisco has caused a generation since then. my son actually graduated from university high school and had a graduation ceremony at julius
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kahn playground. i feel so victimized to realize that my high school celebration occurred in the playground named after r o victimized my whole generation and generations before. so i really urge you to go one step further. i think changing the name has been supported by many people, but it's more significant if you can actually admit following to the victims, to san franciscans, to the citizens of the united states. i want to say that senator mark leno in 2009, he issued on behalf of california to the entire exclusion act that caused pain and suffering to the chinese. please san francisco take lead and do this also. thank you. >> supervisor yee: thank you. and i'd just like to make a comment that although we start talking about exclusion acts
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and more state and federal actually a lot of local legislation in san francisco that were very racist in itself, and it's something that i'd like to, you know, maybe pick up in regards to what judge singh just mentioned, maybe in the future resolution, an official apology. >> thanks. good almost noon, lissuperviso. my name is michelle olivas, and i am here to stand in solidarity with them. we also applaud commissioner low for helping to make this happen. names are important, words are important. what buildings are named, what statues are named is concrete examples of institutional racism.
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this issue is not about erasing history, this about remembering remembering, lifting up, shining a light on the past, it is wrong then and it's wrong now. our children shouldn't have to look up at the name of parks or buildings and know that that person not only hated them and spoke hateful words against them but spent their entire career working to exclude them and ban them from this country. so we just urge you to support this resolution. i'm so happy that we're at this point in time when we're having these conversations. there has never been truth and outow this woman was talking about how lands were stolen from the natives living here before, things that happened before, slavery, there has to be some kind of discussion, has to be some kind of reconciliation, it's not about forgetting, it's
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about remembering those people and saying it was wrong then, and it's wrong now. thank you. >> hi. good morning. my name is karla moreau, and i am the director of west filipino community center. yeah, so this is a very, very obviously emotional topic for all of us. and the reason why it's really important, as an organization that represents filipino lies,sian icans, we've been around for 50 years, so we've served thousands of filipinos, thousands of asian americans, all of whom were -- cambodians, all asian americans that were targeted by this man.
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and so i just wanto urge, i just want to stress that our neighborhood in soma has a few parks that we utilize. over the summer, our summer programs worked together, and we go to various parks because we don't have a lot of open space. so the thought of our kids going to this park and asking who is this man, and us promoting that is so psychologically terrifying to send a message to our kids about that. so stand in support for this and really urging that we move forward. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is sandy morey, and i'm here as an individual who's active in the japantown community and japanese
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community as a whole. i'm supporting the resolution that spree yee has put forward and supported by supervisor ronen. my understanding is the rec and ssio has t thor y to remove the name omhe playgrod, and so according to to according to its policy, this commission may change the n of existing recreation and park facility if there are most extraordinary circumstances of city or national interest, and so the exclusion ofhine and other asians from the united states is a shameful and extraordinary part of our nation's history. given similar imminent threats to immigrants today against which the city and county of a an francisco has ta stand. it is important that the city remove the name of a man who represents hateful, racist, antiimmigrant polies from the popular playground in san francisco. so thank you, supervisors, for
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making this move. >> good morning. my name is roy chan. i am a chinatown community planner at c.d.c. in 1940, my dad was a teen achbager who worked on a ship in san francisco, and because war broke how the in the pacific, i had to find a way to stay in the city. during that time, the exclusion act was in full effect thanks to julius kahn. he actually called the chinese the most debasing people on the face of the earth. my dad's outlet was tai chi, and he would go to local playgrounds to practice it, as a way to feel he belonged in a
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city, in a country where he was constantly told he didn't belong and was not welcome. and so if it wasn't for the repeal of the act, he wouldn't have become a citizen, and i wouldn't be standing here ay i believe that there's power in history in place andnd namingisk is a critical step for our city to work towards one which our public spaces are safe spaces where all feelwelcome. so -- so the next time i bring my kids to this park, i sincerely hope that it would be way more than a teachable moment where i have to force them to -- force myself to tell them that this public space was named after a public figure that promoted hate and fear, but rather, it would be a proud moment that our city stoodp and renamed this park to somethinghat stands for our
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values of inclusion. thank you. >> superr thank you, suor isr. >> thank you. it's great to be on this side of the microphone. i really appreciate commissioner allen low and chinese historical society and chinese for affirmative action opening up the discussion at this point in history. i am eric mar. i am a former supervisor from the richmond. when my daughter what's graduating from high school in two weeks, i would take her to julius kahn after it was renovated around 2003, 2004. it was a a beautiful place, but it also needs an appropriate mam where communities come to decide -- name where communities come to decide a name that promotes inclusion. i think the 38 organizations that support this effort are
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really on the right track of looking at history and who represents our values to have parks and memorials named after them as well. i teach at san francisco state, and a lot of whati teach i about laws and policies locally that supported white prem sucy, and ihink julius exoticized us, he racial eyesed entire groups. he fears, and i think blaming the victim approach is something also that he threw in very similar to what's going on today. this is very important. thank you to the community coal. as an asian american professor at s.f. state, 50 years from now, this is an important issue
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that we will build on as well. >> supervisor yee: thank you. >> supervinenro congratulations to jad. >> my ne is doug chan. i'm here oneh of theo of directors of asian american legaloutrea i'm here, of course, to express my board's sg suprt for the renaming of the julius kahn playground. on a personal note, when julius kahn ran for the 56th congress whih he d in ctober of 1898,y m grandfather wasorn in number 12 washington alley. supervisor yee has pointed out that the law that became the asian exclusion act was both a continuation of priorcommunity
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progressives, moderates, we're all standing together to say we are one city that values the ntons of immigrants and we are one city to make san francisco the opportunity for all of us so it's time to close
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this chapter. ten. chapter is gone but not we still have to use this as a teaching moment in the future, but time to rewrite a new chapter to build a park and name a park for all that reflect the values of the city and county of san francisco. so with that i urge you to pass this resolution on, adopt this resolution at the board, pass it onto the recreation and park commission where i have 100% confidence that we will do the right thing, even though i will not participate in it. thank you. >> supervisor yee: any other public comments? seeing none. >>erne pu mmen is closed. >> supervisor yee: . once again, i really want to thank the public for coming out and also the leaders i bringing this issue forward. as you can see, this not only -- i'm very passionate about this issue, but other
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pervisors early this morning came at the press conference and expressed the same passion, whether it was supervisor fewer or kim. and i've heard supervisor ueeskin discuss this same iss at a different event. i know he's very passionate about seeing this change. and thank you once again to supervisor ronen and skbrumpinn and cosponsoring because your sponsor is very symbolic, and stefani's office came in and lent their support, also. so what i'd like to do is make a motion to pass this out of committee with a positive recommendation to the full board. >> supervisonen: eat. without objection. that motion passes. thank you so much all of you who came out. very powerful hearing.
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mr. clerk, there befbure the board? >> clerk: madam president, that concludes the calendar. >> supervisor ronen: all right. then this meeting is adjourned. thank you. >> so good morning, everyone. i want to welcome everyone and thank you all for coming here today: you know, as mayor of the city, it is one of our core responsibilities as a government to provide public safety to our residents and preparedness for any emergencies that come about. both these issues have and
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a top priority of mine. an in calling 911 in our city needs to make sure there's a live person on the other end of the line when they make that phone call. it is sometimes a matter betweenath. and our 911 dispatch center has seen an increased call volume of 44% since 2011. that is a dramatic increase here in the city of francisco. it equates to dispatchers answering approximately 1,000 more calls perday. that's 1 more calls perday since seven years ago. with a growing population in the city of san francisco, we have to anticipate that this call volume willot n decrease but will only increase here in the city oan francisco. ispatcast year, our 911 dh center, despite many efforts, was falling short on response times. recognizing the importance of this, mayor lee created a task
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force to look at the issue, along with many of the people standing behind me here today. along with increased hiring rategi, the task force came up with a number of innovative approaches to help our dispatch center, tapping 311 to handle non-emergency calls. welcoming back recently retired veteran dispatchers duty, and hiring, training and retaining more dispatchers than ever before. as mayor it has been a top priority of mine to continue to improve our 911 dispatch times. we have put a number of policies in place over the last year to improve our response times, but we cannot rest on our laurels and we have to do more here in th city of san francisco if we want to continue to emphasize san francisco safety for -- public safety for our san francisco residents. and since these strategies have been em, w sen
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an ince in our response times by 22 is. which is goo but we have nor work tave our dispatch here here at our department of emergency management. so today, i'm introducing n funding to tackle exactly that issue. we are investing $8.9 million over the next two years to train 90 new dispatchers here at the department of emergency management to continue to improve our response time, to make sure that our resnse me overhe 90% national standard that exists today. we want to make sure our dispatchers have the resources they need tspond calls quickly. in addition, we are giving them the tools and the technology that they need to do their job appropriately. the budget also includes technology upgrades that will shorten the time it takes to dispatch fire and medical assistance on o streets. it a includes power loss
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prevention tech 23408g to su utility disruption will not interfere with our center right here. in short, this funding over the rld clch years will make suree center hereancio.esidts deserv less. meeting the national standard of 90% call times within ten seconds demands a fully staffed department and dispatch center, and i am thrled as mayor to the public safety of our for residents. abouaddition, i want to talk vst investments that we are making for ou fire department through this budget. the men and women of our fire department save lives every single day here in the city of san francisco. we have some of the best men and firefighters here in the city of san francisco.
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we need to continue to give them the tools they need to continue to do this beers. this package will include $15 million for new firefighter apparatus, fire trucks, engines, ambulancesnd com vehicles. the new ambulances are outfitted with cameras to make sure drivers have better sight lines so they're better able t congested streets here in the city of san francisco. our men and women in the fire department are also responding to increased medical callsere oday i'mnnouing we're investg $1.5 million for the fire department to add an additional quick response vehicle. this t and tget to support them will build upon rograthat responds to high freqy
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emergency service users. the team will provide 24/7 medical response to call services and ambulances that ar needed in our streets where we need an ambulance or a fire the appreciate on the larger fire vehicles to come to the scene. combined with the additional investments we've made over the past few weeks and that we have announced, i want to make sure that san francisco residents know that we are investing in the future of the ciy, that we are investing to makeur streets of san francisco are as safe as can be, and those that are on our streets can get the help that they anee off the eets as quickly as possible. since day one as being mayor, i've a states that public safety has been my top priority. theseestments and the funding we're making reflect exactly that.
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as mayor of the city of san francisco, i want to make sure that i leave our city in a office, and i believe these investments will do exactly that. so i want to thank everyone for being here today, and with that, i want to turn it over to our director of the department of emergency management, ann croneberg. >> thank you, may or farrell. thank you so much for your unwaivering support of public safety here in san francisco, first as a member of the board of supervisors and now as mayor of san frano. as the mayor stated over the last six months we've implemented strategies here at d.e.m. that have allowed us to maintain our goal of answering 90 is pfrs of our 911 calls within ten seconds or less. the first part of our strategy focused onin trainw dispatche. takes about nine months to a year to fully train a
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dispatcher, so it's a long process, it's a huge commitment. the fact that the mayor is giving us the funding in the next two years to hire additional 90 dispatchers will make a huge difference for us here at d.e.m. last year we added almost 40 new dispatchers and we're seeing the results of that right now with our 90% call answering time. the second part of our strategy was to make sure that the public knew which calls should be going to 911 and which calls should be going to 311. as the mayor stated, 40% of our calls that come into the call center areeaot emies,nco here we are, tryi t address that issue and let the residents and the that we have a highly ow functional 311 center that also operates 24-7 that people can call for non-emergency kd of
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es. we also had an ad campaign this last year, which i think really sl in educating t public who could call. at the department of emergency management, we reach more than 25 million people through our ad campaign last year, through social media, bus ads. you probably saw the ads on bus shelters, as well, be it the 311 or # 11. our strategies have increased our hiring, redirected calls, and allowed the public to be better educated. the announcement today of the additional $8 million to hire and train 90 new public safety dispatchers over the next two years is critical to maintain san francisco's ability to meet and exceed our call standards. for our residents, businesses, and visitors, this is an investment in our ability to quickly receive help when you
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have an emergency when you call 911. rediced a working 911 dispatchers, this is alsoyou. you've worked long hours over the last few years, oftentimes working mandatory over time, being away f your family, being away from your loved ones. with the continued investment in 911, we are hoping that we have the appropriate staffing level and that people will be able to have a life outside of work, as well. so thank you, mayor farrell, again for your vision and for yonvesent in san francisco's 911 system. the collaboration and coordination that we have here in san francisco between our public safety departments is something that we think is quite wonderful. we work very closely with the fire department and the police department. none of us could do it by ourselves. really, it is this investment in the entire public safety
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system that's going to make a difference. so at this point, i'm going to turn it over to my friend and colleague, chief hayes-white, to say a few remarks. >> good morning, everyone. thanks for coming out. first and foremost' to acknowledgend appla mayor farrell for his efforts not only as surprise but as our mayor. as he said, he has always prioritizeub e re grateful. about keeping our community n safe. with all of the challenges that we see in an ever growing city that we want to keep safe. also, like to thank mayor farrell for his investment in the department of emergency management. it's all about partnerships and collaboration, and the funding is much needed at the department of emergency management. that is the first agency that's call when someone is in need of help, and you need to have a high functioning department in
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department of emergency management to be able to get the appropriate resources out to the streets of san francisco via the san francisco fire department and san francisco police department so thank you for that investment. that's where it allstarts. mayore as it's a or say that privilege working for mayor farrell, and maaras expanded upon some of the initiatives of the lee administration. as he mentioned, over $13 million for new equipment to keep our members safe and our community safe. it's very important that we have state of thert equipment. it does a few things. not only does it add to the safety of our members, but it achieves goals such as vision zero goals. all of our specifications now for apparatus, talked about the importance of vision zero. making sure we have environmentally responsible vehicles to the highest he mission standards as well as
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moragile vehicles to navigate through our windy and narrow streets here in san francisco. so making that investment and bringing on a new you are fleet will achieve a whole lot of different things that really appreciate. just as the department of emergency management has experienced a boost in their call volume. we have, as well. it kind of makes sense, right? 25% increase in call volume since 2013. we're one of the busiest fire departments in the nation. we run o 100 cal a ar, and we pride olves in getting to the scene within about a five minute time period. if it's a medical call and someone needs transport, our response times are back where they should be in that we get an ambulance to the scene within ten minutes 90% of the time and that's because again, the great investment that we've started making in the lee administration and has continued in the farrell administration. we appreciate the continued support of mayor farrell and look forward to serve the residents and
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visitors to our beautiful city. thank you. [applause] >> so thanks, everyone. we're going to conclude the press conference. we'll be available to talk and r questions on the side here. thanks, everyone.
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