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we had a presentation from michael blecker around the challenges we know the v.a. system and how that effects older adults. the presentation, and all the information, is available on the long-term care coordinating council's website. including minutes, agenda, other things like that. so if folks would like to review you can look at that and contact me directly. do you have any questions? >> thank you, valerie. any comments or questions? >> any comments or questions of the public? thank you, again. >> thank you. >> the case report. no case report. the nominating committee is recommending the commission to reappoint the following advisory council members who are incumbent. william marota, kay parek, and beverly taylor. because this is coming from the
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nominating committee we don't need a second. do we have any discussion? any comments or questions from the public? call to question all in favor of reappointing these three? >> aye. >> any opposed? thank you, the motion carries. please thank and congratulate all three. right now it's time for general public comment and that is for anything that is not on the agenda. please come up. >> good afternoon commissioners. my name is anna sylvester. i have one visual i'm going to show on the projector in my speech. i'm here to ask for your support
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and your e-mail help. the sfmta board meets next tuesday, august 21st, here at 1:00. to vote on final approval of the gerry rapid project. there are no more appeals. the m.t.a. staff recommendation is to lead the 38 inbound stop at starking and not to relocate the stop to goff and gerry. this is not a good recommendation for seniors and people with disabilities. here is why -- the current stop is isolated, scene of crime, and dark at night. in m.t.a.'s words there are no eyes. what that means is there's nobody around. >> please speak into the mic. >> sorry. there's no one around to see you. it's a long, winding hill.
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it is scary at night, it's scary in the morning too. it's notorious. there are people loitering, sleeping in the bushes, around there and everything else. so i can't take this stop anymore. i'm afraid to stay there. wait for the bus or get off the bus. the current stop is on the slope hill. it's difficult for seniors and disabled to dis mount and get off and on the bus. especially if you have a baby stroller, wheelchair, shopping start, et cetera. i myself have trouble doing this. the proposed stop is open and visible with a lot of eyes. it is in front of saint mary's cathedral. you can see what is going on there. you don't have to be afraid to stand and wait for the bus. it's' year to get on and off. the proposed stop is the site of
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community meetings, conventions, tourists and pilgrim destinations as well as a landmark and architect actual gem in our city. here is a list of community stakeholders who support relocating the stop to goff and gerry. m.t.a. accessibility advisory committee or mack. the m.t.a. owned advisory supporting supports relocation, yes, you heard that right. senior disability action supports relocation. the cathedral saint mary's cathedral. the cathedral hill tower homeowners association. the dr. ellen clark, grace cathedral. patricia tuttle, mr. don lee, mr. murray, fifth church of christ the scientist 450 or farrell street. deconan see brian. robert brown stone attorney, sean fletcher. >> thank you. >> steve white and i will conclude by just asking you to
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e-mail the mta board to support relocation of the inbound 38 to gough and geary. the board meeting is next tuesday at 1:00. >> thank you, very much. any other general public comments? hearing none. any old business? hearing none. new business? item a. requesting authorization to modify the exiting grand agreement with institute on aging for the provision of increasing the center for elderly suicide prevention and grovgrief-related services for programs capacity. during the period of july 12,018th through june 302,019th for $180,000, for a new grand amount of 485,273, plus a 10% contingency for a new total amount not to exceed
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$533,800, welcome. >> good afternoon. president, commissioners and director mcspadden. i am program annalist. today where here to seek your approval for a modification to i.o.a.s, center for elderly suicide prevention as known as the cesp program. the cesp program provides 24/7 crisis support to older adults and adults with disabilities. out calls that increase social connectiveness for isolated individuals. as well as grief support groups, grief counseling sessions and outreach and education for caregivers, and provencials related to topics on suicide risk, assessment and suicide prevention. the program has seen a increase in its demand for services over the past three years. additionally, the community education and training sessions it provides. during that time, the program has provided more than 2,000
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individual grief counseling sessions, provided trainin traid outreach to 3,900 individuals and served 5,000 residents in san francisco. in addition to the increase call volume, cesp has seen a shift in the types of calls it receives. callers are presenting with more complex emotional issues, including showing initial signs of mental health issues, as evidence by exhibiting symptoms such as delusional thoughts, paranoia, anxiety and depression. it could be relighted to increase in promotion and awareness of the program services through insurance companies, clinics and other community providers. to manage and properly serve clients in the community need, csp is looking to increase services, which includes increases in staffing, as follows with proposed contract modifications. the program will use additional funding to help pay for five
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friendship line councillors, part of their role is to support and manage the volunteer staff. the program will be using funds to cover the cost associated with training the volunteers. which is a corner stone of the cesp program. last fiscal year, they had 176 volunteers come through the program. costs with training volunteers include background checks, putting together and producing materials for a training binder that every volunteer receives. in addition to providing lunch for the all-day training sessions they have for volunteers throughout the year. the program will use funds to pay for the overnight supervisor of the friendship line. this is a 24 hour crisis line so the crisis line is operative for 15 hours a day during normal business hours and in the evening hours there's a volunteer each night that staffs the phone line for crisis calls that come in.
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additionally, the program will be increasing service units to increase the call volume and need for program services in the following catagories. i'm going to speak to the service unit increase that's will happen. first, the unduplicated client will increase from 850 to 1200 per contract year. the hours for grief education. we're talking hours not individuals. the hours for grief education, training and community outreach will increase from 25 hours per contract year to 50 contract hours per year. the number of participants who are provided grief education and training will increase from 500 per contract year to 725 per contract year. the number of unduplicated consumers provided formally motional support increasing from 125 consumer a year to 150 per contract year. and finally, the number of individual grief counseling
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sessions will increase from 50 per contract year to 150 per contract year. thank you for your time and i'm happy to answer any questions that you may have. >> thank you, very much, mike. any comments or questions from the commission? commissioner lou. >> what is the patten for this program? in san francisco we have different ethnic groups. do they have bilingual people in different languages? >> that's a great question. right now services are provided in english and spanish. i.o.a.cesp program looks to engage diverse communities within san francisco to get individuals to come in that speak multiple languages. there's active involvement when they're out doing their training education and their promotion to seek out bilingual individuals to help with the program. at times, we're able to get more
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people. there's a low. they did have chinese-speaking capacity with some of the volunteers later in the last fiscal year. those people have since moved on and now they're actively looking to recruit more volunteers from the chinese community. >> we have a large asian population in the city. i thought, you know, maybe with all the staff at least they could be actively recruiting bilingual-asian and volunteers just are volunteers. >> correct, yes, my understanding is they are actively pursuing that and it's part of the interview process to find out if they have bilingual capacity. chinese and spanish and the targeted languages in san francisco. >> when they do the educational to the community and other agencies, do they have bilingual materials? do you know? >> to my knowledge they don't have bilingual materials at this
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time. >> will you be encouraging them to have bilingual materials, because, you know, we a diverse community in the city of san francisco. >> it's a point that's very well made and i agree and part of my on going conversation with leadership and cesp is diverse staffing and looking into getting materials translated as appropriate into alternate languages. >> one last question. and i just feel very uncomfortable about the increase of the rent on the last page. it's jumps from $9,856 to $19,445. i mean, i know that -- i brought this question up in the past. it's like a base on the number of the staff.
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but it really -- i just feel uncomfortable about only having four additional staff and a little increase of other staff and yet the rent has gone up so much. i'm a program person. i just felt like if we have less to reduce the operating costs, we will be more beneficial to have the program. >> sure. >> john. good afternoon. contracts director for h.s.a. we'll see this a lot more with the increases in rent. i'm sure the commission understand the non profits are struggling with the cost to rent. it drives a lot of the non profits out of the city. out of city government, there's a program to help support non profits to stay in the city. so having said that, when we
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review the contracts as they come in from the program and we present them to the commission, we look at line items and try to see if they're within a reasonable cost. and so, a lot of times with non profits they own the property so there's zero rent. in the old days, if you were to break it down per f.t.e. it might be 200 or 300 per person per month. on this i think it's 5.6 and it comes around 430 -- it us didmendoesn'ttake into account . nowadays square foot for office is $76 per square foot. this is actually -- where we're seeing the increase is. some of the stuff for some of the programs we're seeing $900 per person per month and this false in the $430. it's a big jump but i think it's a reflection of cost to rent,
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office rent in the city. it is one thing, i think an easy rule of thumb is to take it and divide it into the rent and try to factor in if there's additional space that that program uses. >> institute on aging have their own buildings so they have no threat of increasing rent. isn't that right? >> i.o.a. is here. you can talk to them? >> it's their own building. >> my name is car -- >> speak into the mic. >> i'm the senior director of behavior health. i oversee the friendship program. this is mia greg the director of the friendship line.
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i.o.a. owns the building. >> may i ask a question. it's my understanding that some of the programs of i.o.a. have been utilized at a building owned by cpmc that they lost that lease and so they're actively looking for office space. i'm wondering if this is part of that issue? >> i don't know that i'm qualified to provide the answer to that question. i don't know whether or not that is what would contribute to this. that is true, we have lost space and we're seeking out additional space for our programs. >> ok. >> we're not sure if this program represents incremental, actual incremental cost in terms of rent or a riel occasion of existing rent. we don't have the answer to that, is that right? >> so our rent is based on a standard equation used across
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all programs in the organization. it's based on, as was said, f.t.e. and square footage and so, our program is quite large. we have over 100 volunteers at any given time. we actually have a fair amount of square footage within our building. the rent that was presented is based on adding those f.t.e. in a larger space. previous personnel allocated were generally in much smaller office spaces sharing -- you know, two desks within a space that was previously for one person. you are seeing an expansion because it's in a larger space. >> and again, even if the premises are owned, there are expenses associated with rental property, they would have to be allocated out. this program, is it taking place in owned premises or in leased
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premises? >> owned premises. >> owned premises. so this represents an allocation to in theory, the costs are fixed so another program would be getting less of an allocation, which mayor may not be a program we'rmay -- may orme funding. >> one thing that sometimes i think for non profits in the budget, there are costs that are associated that are treated as rent that are not rent. there's ways to capture through depreciation and other items. i think we'll have to look at this budget item and categorize it in terms of how it's charged and determine what costs come under it. >> what might be helpful in the future for issues like this, is if we might told whether this is actually an incremental expense to the agency or rie re allocatn of existing expense.
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any other comments or questions? >> i just want to thank you for the presentations but also on the challenges non profits face. my organization convenes the c.e.o.s of the 15 major faith-based non profits, which, during the great recession, were being asked to cut their budgets by 30% and the programs and staff were disappearing. they were never fully reinstated and with the housing affordability crisis and the real estate affordability crisis, so many of them were displaced. and so, they are struggling. they continue to struggle. the issue of retaining and attracting staff is an equal struggle. i just wanted to thank you for highlighting that.
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i would also ask, with the question of language -- [ please stand by ]
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>> i don't have the latest numbers off the top of my head. i can get those for you. there has been an increasing age 50 and above the. we can get those to you off-line eric and the other part of this is a communities are more aware of the friendship line than they were in previous years. there is a more common resource that may be four or five years ago. now there is a combination of statistics of suicide rates of for seniors increasing, and then locally, more communities, more providers out there and referring clients to it.
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it is a combination of both. i will get you those numbers so you have them for reference. >> president serina: don't go to a great deal of trouble, it is just something to monitor. because if the need is increasing as well as the awareness, then we may want to look at this again. thank you. any other comments or questions? called the question. all in favor? >> we actually have to wait for commissioner loo to return. >> president serina: thank you. [laughter] >> you don't have a soft shoe act? >> president serina: i do. but i did not bring it. music art -- [laughter] >> may i ask a more -- more questions about the friendship line in general? with this modification and the questions that have proceeded, with this modification helped me to demand -- do we have the
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capacity of volunteers and resources to meet the perceived demand that is out there clearly does this get us there? >> that is a great question as well. the program for program file for the last three years has physically seen the increasing services needed. they are monitoring visits. they have met or exceeded their service units. the areas where we are seeing increases is based on the fact that there are more people in need and more people calling in and more people wanting the outreach. the big indicator could be the tripling of the grief counselling sessions. i mean, that is huge. that is the in person or group sessions. entered -- individual. you know, when i was reviewing the service unit increase, that is one that stuck with me the most. the individual need for support around loss and grief.
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>> president serina: out of curiosity, are there care for the caregiver programs we for folks who are injuring secondary trauma. >> right. there is a component of that in the program with the grief and loss groups. sometimes people call in who have lost somebody and maybe they're not exactly suicidal, but they are going through a major life trauma and to the friendship line has the capacity to field the call and get them appropriate services, whether it is with this program or something else. >> my question was more towards a volunteers who are on the line or the staffing. is there some support for five them? >> that's a great question. the friendship line counsellors that are now staffed, there is someone there for every hour of the day picked a 15 hour shift is supervised by the friendship line counsellors. they are there for for the volunteers if they have any
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questions. if an unexpected call comes in that they need assistance with, yeah. >> president serina: thank you. any other comments or questions? all in favor? any opposed degree thank you. the motion carries. item b. requesting authorization to enter into a new grant with trans- metro for at the provision to provide transportation services for office of the public conservator and adult protective services during the period of september first 2018, through june 30th, 2021 in the total amount, not to exceed $80,000. welcome, sandra. >> good afternoon president and commissioners and executive director. i am the program manager at the public conservator office. in the regular function of the public conservator office and the adult protective services
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program, we often need transportation services to serve clients who have very high levels of need. through the use of this contract, will be able to provide this service to those linked to these programs. the public conservator uses a service approximately 5-6 times a month, typically to transport clients between varying levels of care to attend legal proceedings, and/or medical appointments. the adult protective services context, transportation is used to assist clients to meet with legal services providers, attend medical appointments and/or to obtain benefits. commissioners, i seek your approval for this contract. thank you for for the consideration and i am happy to answer any questions you may have. >> president serina: thank you. any comments or questions? >> i did have one quick question. so the staff for trans- metro will provide couriers to vulnerable clients. whether it be mental illness, physical fair teat -- failed to, welt -- wheelchair device mobility, et cetera, are they
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also et cetera, are they also trained in cultural competency, lgbtq awareness, different language considerations as well? >> that's a really good question. i believe that came up in one of the discussions, but i defer to the contracts manager to verify. >> president serina: thank you. any other comments or questions? commissioner loo? >> president serina: we have not asked for public comment. >> good afternoon. and the project manager. although those are very good traits and skill sets that was not part of the original association we had. however, that is something that if we need to incorporate as part of the dissociation going forward, we certainly would like to take that into consideration. >> sure. >> president serina: commissioner into consideration. >> sure. >> president serina: commissioner loo? >> vice president loo: this is a new contract, ok. how many people bid for this contract? how many agencies? >> two.
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>> vice president loo: how many? >> two. >> vice president loo: so they were selected. i have a question. this is a new program. how would the client be -- before this, how was this handled in transporting the client's? >> through our previous contractor. this is a new contract for for us. we had a previous provider. >> vice president loo: oh, oh, k. how many clients are we talking about? >> we use the service about 5-6 times a month. our unit caseload is about 550 people. it is not often. >> vice president loo: ok. i just looked at the budget. it seems like its a little bit high. eighty-five dollars an hour. i don't know. i do not have any money to take this. [laughter] i am just wondering, is $85 an hour, and is a minimum of 44
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hours per trip. am i correct? >> that is correct. >> vice president loo: and also the attendant care is 49 dollars and 50 cents an hour. isn't that expensive? it is a question. i don't know. i know that some of the residents in my facility, they use attendant care and it is $25 an hour. and this is 4950. i am just trying to ask the question. isn't that a bit high? >> on the contract director with hsa. people are coming out of mental health facilities and are being transported from the hospital to a program or back. it is not like a normal
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transportation where you are just going in there. it is the rare circumstance when you have to bring in someone under that type of situation so they can move from a facility to a home where they will live for back. so there is higher liability. >> president serina: commissioner pappas? >> commissioner pappas: typically services are provided by the driver themselves. if there are places where the park and accessibility, or if there is no parking where an attendant has to assist in this location to the actual permit itself, or have special needs, that is where the separate attendant is added. it is not a standard addition to the hour, plus the attendant. the attendant is optional. >> vice president loo: are you telling me that may be also the
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attendant has some special training create they are not the regular attendant that does housework? >> that is my understanding. it is also more so with the manpower and the actual assistance available. >> vice president loo: thank you. >> president serina: what kind of vehicle do they use? do they have their own vehicle? does they have their own vehicle? >> yes, they do. they have their yard right across by 15th and scent bernardo avenue. right by ups by the freeway. >> president serina: ok. thank you. any other comments or questions? 's. >> commissioner wallenberg: i did have one other question. services will be requested by e-mail. i would assume that there is a provision if there is a crisis situation when somebody needs to be reached faster, that it would be by phone or through other means of communication. is that correct? >> that is correct. we discussed that in the event there is something more urgent, they would be willing to help us. they have a rather large fleet's. >> commissioner wallenberg: thanks. >> president serina: thank
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you. any other comments or questions? and eat from the public? hearing none, called the question. all in favor? every commissioner should say yes. thank you. any opposed. thank you. the motion carries. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> president serina: any general public comment or any announcements. >> clerk: commissioner, we have to vote on a. did weekly. >> president serina: we did. we voted on both. a and b. >> clerk: my apologies. >> president serina: >> president serina: any announcements. patty? >> good afternoon commissioners and deputy director. i wanted to announce the health and wellness affair that is coming up september 15th. it is a saturday. from 11-two i put out flyers for all of you at a put flyers out off i guess here that are in chinese, spanish and english. it is something we have been working at really hard to.
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we are happy to say the event is growing and we have five community business sponsors this year. we have an amazing raffle. three vaccinations vaccinations, blood pressure checks, dental screening, and it is a family affair. it is fun for all. you are welcome to come join us. we invite you and we want to get the word out. we will be sending out electronically all over the city too. >> president serina: thank you eric any other announcements? any other public comment? do we have a motion to adjourn? >> vice president loo: so move. >> a second. >> president serina: all in favor? by rising vote, we have adjourned. adjourned. [♪]
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♪ our debts are not for sale. >> a piece about sanctuary and how his whole family served in the army and it's a long family tradition and these people that look at us as foreigners, we have been here and we are part of america, you know, and we had to reinforce that. i have been cure rating here for about 18 year. we started with a table top, candle, flower es, and a picture and people reacted to that like it was the monna lisa.
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>> the most important tradition as it relates to the show is idea of making offering. in traditional mexican alters, you see food, candy, drinks, cigarettes, the things that the person that the offerings where being made to can take with them into the next word, the next life. >> keeps u.s us connects to the people who have passed and because family is so important to us, that community dynamic makes it stick and makes it visible and it humanizes it and makes it present again. ♪ >> when i first started doing it back in '71, i wanted to do something with ritual, ceremony and history and you know i talked to my partner ross about the research and we opened and it hit a cord and people loved
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it. >> i think the line between engaging everyone with our culture and appropriating it. i think it goes back to asking people to bring their visions of what it means to honor the dead, and so for us it's not asking us to make mexican altars if they are not mexican, it's really to share and expand our vision of what it means to honor the dead. >> people are very respectful. i can show you this year alone of people who call tol ask is it okay if we come, we are hawaii or asian or we are this. what should we wear? what do you recommend that we do? >> they say oh, you know, we want a four day of the dead and
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it's all hybrid in this country. what has happened are paper cuts, it's so hybrid. it has spread to mexico from the bay area. we have influence on a lot of people, and i'm proud of it. >> a lot of tim times they don't represent we represent a lot of cultures with a lot of different perspectives and beliefs. >> i can see the city changes and it's scary. >> when we first started a lot of people freaked out thinking we were a cult and things like that, but we went out of our way to also make it educational through outreach and that is why we started doing the prosession in 1979. >> as someone who grew up
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attending the yearly processions and who has seen them change incrementally every year into kind of what they are now, i feel in many ways that the cat is out of the bag and there is no putting the genie back into the bottle in how the wider public accesses the day of the dead. >> i have been through three different generations of children who were brought to the procession when they were very young that are now bringing their children or grandchildren. >> in the '80s, the processions were just kind of electric. families with their homemade visuals walking down the street in san francisco. service so much more intimate and personal and so much more rooted in kind of a family practice of a very strong cultural practice.
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it kind of is what it is now and it has gone off in many different directions but i will always love the early days in the '80s where it was so intimate and son sofa millial. >> our goal is to rescue a part of the culture that was a part that we could invite others to join in there there by where we invite the person to come help us rescue rescue it also. that's what makes it unique. >> you have to know how to approach this changing situation, it's exhausting and i have seen how it has affected everybody. >> what's happening in mission and the relationship with the police, well it's relevant and
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it's relevant that people think about it that day of the dead is not just sugar skulls and paper flowers and candles, but it's become a nondenominational tradition that people celebrate. >> our culture is about color and family and if that is not present in your life, there is just no meaning to it you know? >> we have artists as black and brown people that are in direct danger of the direct policies of the trump a administration and i think how each of the artists has responsibilitie responded ss interesting. the common >> all right. here we go. good morning! >> good morning. >> how's everyone doing here today? >> great.
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>> well, thank you, everyone, for joining us. i want to thank the san francisco unified school district, the san francisco police department, sfmta, the department of public health and walk s.f. and the boys and girls club for working with us to make sure that our kids are getting to and from school safely. as a new school year begins, we are stepping up educational campaigns and enforcement so that drivers slow down and our students are safe. no matter if they're walking, biking or taking transit. the s.f. police department traffic company is increasing its enforcement near 20 schools and foe cushion on our high injury corridors where the majority of the accidents happen throughout city. we know that the key to reducing accidents and fatalities is reducing the speed that cars are traveling.
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a pedestrian hit by a car going 30 miles per hour is six times more likely to die than a car going 20 miles per hour. the sfmta is repainting approximately 90 crosswalks to make them visible -- more visible to drivers and we are deploying 187 crossing guards and we are joined here today by some of our most talented crossing guards in the city. thank you all so much for your work. i went to rosa parks elementary school and we would all walk to school together and we were so fortunate because we always had a cotszing gar. there was someone that made sure we got to school safely. that is what this is about. keeping our kids safe. along with enforcement, we know that we need to make physical changes to our most dangerous
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transit corridors. earlier this week, i unveiled the new masonic avenue corridor which previously had been the site of far too many accidents and, sadly, for too many fatalities. numerous city agencies work together to make the new masonic avenue a safer place for our pedestrians, for bicyclists, transit riders and for drivers. hopefully i don't get anymore of those complaints about bumpy roads along masonic. it is a newly paved street as well and it is absolutely beautiful. we are working on infrastructure improvements like this across the city, while also taking immediate stems to make our streets safer. so know to the point of this press conference is safety. it is about making people aware that, as our kids return to school, we want people to be aware. we want drivers to drive more safely.
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we want people to look out for one another and just to add an extra bit of security, law enforcement will be out there in full effect making sure that we are all on our best behavior. together, we can make sure that every student in san francisco gets to and from school safety and i want to thank you all again for joining us, for helping us get the word out. and that the time, i want to introduce one of our partners in this effort. our school superintendent, dr. vincent matthews. [applause] >> thank you, mayor breed. and i also want to thank you all for being here and joining us. on monday morning, monday the 20th, over -- we're standing in front of everett middle school. over 750 students will return to this school and it is
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important that we do everything we can to keep them safe and the number one way of keeping them safe is slowing down. reducing speed saves lives. 750 students will return here, but throughout the city, 56,000 students will be returning to our schools along with 10,000 staff moebs and coming to these schools will be anywhere from 75,000 to 100,000 parents dropping them off and picking them up. we want to make sure that all of our people who are associated with our schools in any way, shape or form are kept safe. so once again, we want to encourage you to know that we're starting school on monday and we need you to slow down. what we're also excite about is that we're training the next generation of safe walkers. we are partnering with so many organizations. and what that does is it allows us to have our safety workers here and they will be at our sites.
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last year, they were at 15 of our schools. and this coming year, there will be an additional four schools added with more safety workers to help our students stay safe. daniel webster, ed cleveland elementary, gordon j. lowe will have safety workers added to their sites. we're really excited about monday. we're excited about partnering with our partners to keep our students safe and we're excited that you're all here today. with that, and without any further ado, i'd like the introduce our chief of police to you, chief scott. [applause] >> good morning. >> as we relate to the start of this school year, the safety of our residents, especially our children as the mayor stated, is one of our top priorities. under mayor breed's leadership, we're collaborating closely with our partner agencis to put in place smart strategies to
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drive down traffic injuries and fatalities. outlined in our vision zero initiative, we want to get to zero fatalities by the year 2024. and here are a few numbers to think about. while children represent about 6% of our traffic injuries overall, they make up a slightly higher proportion, 8%, of our pedestrian injuries. compared to 6% of passenger and 4% of bicyclist injuries. we're pleased to say that there is a downward trend in children trafficked fatalitis in san francisco, decreasing from three in 2013 -- three fatalities -- to zero in 2016 and zero in 2017. i think that is very commendable. last year we saw significant drop also in overall traffic deaths. compared to 2016, there were 34 deaths that were traffic related and 2017 there were 22 deaths that were traffic related and then 2018 we have
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10 deaths. we're tracking better. we know 10 is far too many. just this week, a bicyclist lost his life to a hit-and-run driver in our tenderloin district. so we're focused on getting to zero. what i've asked my staff to do, including the police department's traffic company which many are here today, is to conduct back-to-school child-pedestrian and bicycle safety operations for the entire week. these officers will perform traffic enforcement at or near 20 san francisco schools -- i'll wait until the bus passes, the train -- located near what is are considered our high injury corridors. our efforts to focus on the behavior is to jeopardize pedestrian and/or bicycle safety, which are speed, failure to yield to
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pedestrians, violating bicycle lane regulations and other at-risk violations. it's really important to point out that we work on these efforts year round. not only during the school year to make our streets safer. throughout the school year, we'll be engaged in traffic enforcement and education regarding the consequences of unsafe speed. we know that higher speeds increases the severity of injuries in a crash so we're focused on getting drivers to slow down. our officers will be conducting high-vizability enforcement and education in part through a state-funded safe route to school program. we've done 30 operations so far this year. in addition, our school resource officers will balls on hand this year to engage with student and teachers and continue the conversation about safety on our street. the message that i'd like to leave the public with, and it is the same message from the
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mayor and superintendent of schools troeb slow down. the speed limit is 50 -- is 15 miles per hour. watch out for small children enterg our cross walks and we can keep every pedestrian in our city safe throughout the year. now i'd like to invite mr. tom mcguire, the director of sustainable streets for the san francisco municipal transportation authority to the microphone. thank you. [applause] >> good morning. thank you. it's great -- it's a great time of year. the first day ofle school is a great time of year to remind ourselves and recommit ourselves to our city's vision zero commitment. the commitment to end all traffic fatalities in san francisco by 2024. our school children are, on one hand the future of our city. on the other hand, some of our
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most vulnerable pedestrians and we can all do better. we can all do better by not speeding, by slowing down and by yielding to pedestrians, especially seniors and especially our school children as they twaouk and from school. a pedestrian in the crosswalk always has the right-of-way. i'm really excited and i'm joined today by four of our most senior crossing guards. the m.t.a. will have over 187 crossing guards out at over 100 elementary and middle school this is year. they are on the frontlines to keep all of our kids safe. and to work with our communities to build that culture of safety that we need. we are excite about things that the m.t.a. does to support safe travel to and from schools. our muni assistance program provides transit assistance to help kids on the bus, on bus routes with high rates of crime and vandalism. we've repainted over 90 crosswalks, high-visibility
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crosswalks so drivers and pedestrians are clear about the rules of the road and they know where the crosswalks are and know how to use them safely. so we're very excited about our efforts at the m.t.a. in terms of engineering and crossing guards and education. but it can't just be -- it can't just be those efforts. we need everyone to participate in the effort to slow down and keep our kids safe, to move from that culture of speeding to the culture of safety that we need if we are going to achieve our ambitious goal of vision zero by 2024. i'd like to introduce the head of walk s.f. [applause] >> good morning, everybody. thank you, mayor breed, superintendent scott to talk about our partnership in making streets safe. for many parents, this weekend getting ready to go to school is more about new sneakers and backpacks and school supplies. it is the work of figuring out how their child will be getting
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to and from school safety. san francisco is proud to be part of the team that is making it possible to choose sustainable forms of transportation, like walking, biking, transit or car pool or the four fun ways of traveling to school. because in the 1960s, about 50% of children used to walk and bike to school and now that number is less than 20%. and we know that this -- children and parents don't allow their kids to walk and bike to school because our streets don't feel safe. and we're trying to change that. in 2011, san francisco became the first large city in california to establish a 15 miles an hour school zone city-wide. this is around 181 schools. we did this because we know that speed is the number one cause of severe and fatal traffic crashs in our city. proud to say that walk s.f. led
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this initiative, along with city agencis that are here with us today. because we need to help protect children, families and all pedestrians city wide. through smart initiatives and strong partnerships like the safe routes to school program, we're coming together to make sure that parents have options to get their children to school safely. . beyond a single occupancy vehicle. this behind me is the team to put in place necessary infrastructure, the engineering, enforcement, encouragement and education through the safe route to school partnership to enable our children the future of san francisco to arrive to school safe. and ready to learn. we hope to see you all on october 10 for our 10th annual walk and rolle to school day. we will be announcing the location soon. but i hope to see you all there. thank you so much. [applause]
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>> thank you, all. this concludes the press conference. members of our team will be available to talk right off stage here. so thank you for being out here today. [applause]
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>> we have a wonderful adult ceramic class. we offer over 10 adult classes in morning and evening. it accommodates people who work in the day, people who work in the evening, people who are day people and night people. we try to cater to the whole group. it's beyond just a clay lesson. it's really a lifeless on. when you meet people you never know what's underneath. sometimes they show you what they want to. and you kind of expect that it's just going to be that. but it's never really what's on the surface. it's really what's underneath the surface . that's what i try to get at when i do my clay. the camaraderie that we have here. we have students that have
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been for for many many years. we have students here for the first time. we share our skills, our formulas. this is how we learn. how did you do that? let me show you. that's the attitude that the students and the teachers have here. it's a really wonderful nurturing place.
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