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the week. i look forward to continuing that discussion. >> supervisor tang: did you want to add something? >> i just wanted -- in the development agreement and in the affordable housing -- page 2 of exhibit h, under the definition, it does say an affordable housing costs will not exceed an amount that is 20% above the market rates within district ten the methodology for determining affordable housing costs should be set forth in the manual. so i think that -- which is updated from time to time. that is where the definition is. i just wanted to clarify that. >> supervisor tang: thank you. >> i apologize. we need to clarify. this is an important point. we think that the 80% is the average of all units in district ten which would include rent-controlled units and market rate units.
we will clarify that. >> supervisor tang: it does not include public housing? >> it does not include public housing but it would include regular units that are not under some kind of deed restriction. that would be everything from new market rate units to the average rent-controlled unit, which is all over the place. >> supervisor tang: do we know what that currently is in district ten? >> the requirement of the d.a. is that a study be done at the time. it will not let us figure out how we can get that number his. >> supervisor kim: it would just be helpful as a point of context or to contextualize what that number means and what it is today. ok? >> supervisor tang: all right. thank you for that. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you thank you for all the great questions and conversation. i want to make a motion to approve the amendment. to supervisor cohen read into the record the amendment -- that we could make that on parking ratios as it pertains to grocery stores? >> supervisor tang: ok. there has been a proposal to
make that amendment. we can do that without objection >> supervisor safai: great. also, for the record, supervisor cohen, before she left, thinks there is some dialogue that needs to happen. she would like this item continued for one week. she wants all parties to continue the conversation and give it a little more time for there to be a letter of intent and finalize and give it a bit more time to have some clarity around the a.m.i. ratios, along with the specificity on where the land would be designated. i understand there's very little room for negotiation. i don't think this is really about negotiation, as it is more about clarity for all parties and all people intended. gives a little more time for the overall negotiations. this is, generally, a phenomenal plan. one more thing i have asked the developer to do, is to have more of a written agreement with
those that are the most impacted , the immediate neighbors living in public housing so that there is a formalized written language talking about availability and opportunity for jobs, as well as housing. we discussed that in the meeting i think that those are immediately across the street and living in public housing should have that opportunity. there was good intentions made from when we met and talked with the developer but having it in and writing, is always that much more reassuring to the community given those things, i make a motion to continue this item for one week. >> supervisor tang: ok. there has been a motion to continue for one week fortnight -- items nine through 11. we will do that without objection. are there any other items before us today. >> clerk: to continue as amended. >> supervisor tang: yes, i apologize. >> clerk: there is no further business. >> supervisor tang: thank you. this meeting is adjourned. -
>> shop & dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges resident to do their showing up and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services within the neighborhood we help san francisco remain unique successful and vibrant so where will you shop & dine in the 49 san francisco owes must of the charm to the unique characterization of each corridor has a distinction permanent our neighbors are the economic engine of the city. >> if we could a afford the lot by these we'll not to have the kind of store in the future the kids will eat from some
restaurants chinatown has phobia one of the best the most unique neighborhood shopping areas of san francisco. >> chinatown is one of the oldest chinatown in the state we need to be able allergies the people and that's the reason chinatown is showing more of the people will the traditional thepg. >> north beach is i know one of the last little italian community. >> one of the last neighborhood that hadn't changed a whole lot and san francisco community so strong and the sense of
partnership with businesses as well and i just love north beach community old school italian comfort and love that is what italians are all about we need people to come here and shop here so we can keep this going not only us but, of course, everything else in the community i think local businesses the small ones and coffee shops are unique in their own way that is the characteristic of the neighborhood i peace officer prefer it is local character you have to support them. >> really notice the port this community we really need to kind of really shop locally and support the communityly live in it is more economic for people to survive here.
>> i came down to treasure island to look for a we've got a long ways to go. ring i just got married and didn't want something on line i've met artists and local business owners they need money to go out and shop this is important to short them i think you get better things. >> definitely supporting the local community always good is it interesting to find things i never knew existed or see that that way. >> i think that is really great that san francisco seize the vails of small business and creates the shop & dine in the 49 to support businesses make people all the residents and visitors realize had cool things are made and produced in san
>> in november of 2016, california voters passed proposition 64. the adult use of marijuana act. san franciscans overwhelmingly approved it by nearly 75%. and the law went into effect in january of 2018. [♪] >> under california's new law, adults age 21 and over can legally possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis and grow up to six plants at home. adults in california can legally give up to 1 ounce to other adults. >> in the state of california, we passed a law that said adult consumption is legal. if you are an adult and in possession of certain amounts, you will no longer be tried. you will not be arrested or
prosecuted for that. that is changing the landscape dramatically. [♪] >> to legalization of cannabis could bring tremendous economic and social benefits to cities like san francisco. >> this industry is projected to reach $22 billion by the year 2020. and that is just a few years away. >> it can be a huge legal industry in california. i think very shortly, the actual growing of marijuana may become the biggest cash crop in the state and so you want that to be a legal tax paying cash crop, all the way down the line to a sales tax on the retail level. >> the california medical industry is a 3 billion-dollar industry last year. anticipating that multiplier as 20, 30, 50 times in the consumer marketplace once adult use is
really in place, you could go ahead and apply that multiplier to revenue. it will be huge. >> when that underground economy becomes part of the regular tax paying employment economy of the bay area, it not only has a direct impact, that money has a ripple impact through the economy as well. >> it is not just about retail. it is not just about the sensor. is about manufacturing pick a lot of innovative manufacturing is happening here in san francisco in addition to other parts of the state as well as the cultivation. we should be encouraging that. >> there is a vast array of jobs that are going to be available in the newly regulated cannabis industry. you can start at the top tier which a scientist working in testing labs. scientists working at extraction companies. and you work towards agricultural jobs. you have ones that will require less education and you look towards cannabis retail and see
traditional retail jobs and you see general management jobs. those things that are similar to working at a bar restaurant or working at a retail store. >> we are offering, essentially, high paid manufacturing jobs. typical starting wage of 18-$20 an hour, almost no barrier to entry, you do not need an education. >> that means that people who do not have college educations, working-class people, will have an opportunity to have a job at cultivating cannabis plants. there's a whole wide array of job opportunities from the seedling to the sale of the cannabis. [♪] >> last year, they said 26 million people came to san francisco. >> the tourism industry continues to be very robust here and the city and county of san francisco is about a billion-dollar industry. >> if we use a conservative cannabis user adoption rate to 15% that means 4 million tourists want that means
4 million tourists want to purchase cannabis. and we need to be ready for th them. >> in 2015, as adult use legalization efforts gained momentum in california, the supervisors created the san francisco cannabis state legalization task force. this task force offered to research and advice to the supervisors, the mayor and other city departments. >> we knew that adult use legalization was coming to the ballot and stat that would bring with it a number of decisions that the city would have to make about zoning and regulation and so forth. and i decided at that time, at a know it was a great, that rather than have a fire drill after the ballot measure passes, as suspected it would, we should plan an event. so i authored a task force to spend a year studying it and we made it a broad-based task force. >> we prepared ourselves by developing a health impact
assessment and partnered that with key stakeholder discussions with washington, oregon, colorado, to really learn lessons from their experience rolling out both adult and medicinal cannabis. >> within days of the passing of the proposition, ed lee called on agencies to act decisively. >> he issued an executive order asking the department of public health, along with planning and other city departments to think through an internal working group around what we needed to do to consider writing this law. >> we collectively, i would say that was representatives from g.s.a., as well as the mayor's office, met with a lot of departments to talk through what prop 64 and the implementation of prop 64 it meant to them. >> the mayor proposed an office of cannabis, a one-stop shop for permits allowing operators to grow and sell cannabis.
>> he wanted a smart structure. he wanted a regulatory structure that ensured that kids didn't have access and community's were safe and that consumers were safe. and he wanted to ensure, more importantly, it was a regulatory structure that encouraged diversity and inclusivity. >> this is an office that will be solely charged with a duty of wanting not only the policies that we create, implementing and enforcing them, but also executing the licenses that are needed. we're talking about 20 different licenses that will put us into compliance with what is happening on the state level. >> this is a highly, highly regulated industry now, at this point. we have anywhere from 7-10 departments that will be working with these industry participants as they go through the permitting process. that is a lot of work at a loss of coordination. we are creating a permitting process that is smart and is digital.
it is much easier for the user and for community input, and is less mired in bureaucracy. >> for the first time ever in san francisco history, standalone licenses are available for all aspects of the nonretail side of the cannabis industry. now, a cultivator can go in to the department of building inspection and to the department of health and say, with this first registered and temporary license, and then what will eventually be a permanent license, this is the project, this is what i am going to do. >> very rarely in city government do we interact with industries that are asking to be regulated. these guys want to be regulated. they want to be compliant. they want to work with the city. that is rare. >> san francisco has created a temporary licensing process so that the pre-existing operators here in san francisco can apply
for a temporary state licensed. >> we have taken teams of up to 12 inspectors to inspect the facility twice a day. we have been doing that with the department of building inspection and the department of public health. and the fire department. >> it is really important for the industry to know that we are treating them like industry. like manufacturing. like coworkers pick so that is the way we are approaching this from a health and safety and a consumer protection network. this is just the way practice happens with restaurants or manufacturing facilities. >> because there are so many pieces of industry that people haven't even thought about. there are different permits for each piece. you have to set up a permitting system for growing, for manufacturing, for testing. for delivery. for retail. you have to make sure that there is an appropriate health code. certainly the regulation of alcohol in terms of restaurants
and retail it's probably a model for how this industry will be regulated as well, both on sale and consumption. >> it is completely uncharted territory. there is a blessing and a curse with that. it is exciting because we are on a new frontier, but it is very nerve-racking because there's a lot at stake. and quite frankly, being san francisco, being the state of california, people are looking to us. >> we hope that cannabis does become more of an accepted part of society in the same way that alcohol is, the same way coffee is. >> it is a very innovative fear, particularly around manufacturing. san francisco could be an epicenter. >> san francisco can be a leader here. a global leader in the cannabis movement and set a bar just to other communities and cities and states and this nation how it is done. [♪]
>> i'm maggie. >> i'm nick. >> we're coe-chairs of the national led organization. what food recovery does is recover and redistribute food that would go wasted and redistributing to people in the community. >> the moment that i became really engaged in the cause of fighting food waste was when i had just taken the food from the usf cafeteria and i saw four pans full size full of food perfectly fine to be eaten and made the day before and that would have gone into the trash that night if we didn't recover it the next day.
i want to fight food waste because it hurts the economy, it's one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. if it was a nation, it would be the third largest nation behind china and the united states. america wastes about 40% of the food we create every year, $160 billion worth and that's made up in the higher cost of food for consumers. no matter where you view the line, you should be engaged with the issue of food waste. ♪ ♪ >> access edible food that we have throughout our lunch program in our center, i go ahead and collect it and i'll cool it down and every night i prep it up and the next day i'll
heat it and ready for delivery. it's really natural for me, i love it, i'm passionate about it and it's just been great. i believe it's such a blessing to have the opportunity to actually feed people every day. no food should go wasted. there's someone who wants to eat, we have food, it's definitely hand in hand and it shouldn't be looked at as work or a task, we're feeding people and it really means so much to me. i come to work and they're like nora do you want this, do you want that? and it's so great and everyone is truly involved. every day, every night after every period of food, breakfast, lunch, dinner, i mean, people just throw it away.
they don't even think twice about it and i think as a whole, as a community, as any community, if people just put a little effort, we could really help each other out. that's how it should be. that's what food is about basically. >> an organization that meets is the san francisco knight ministry we work with tuesday and thursday's. ♪ ♪ by the power ♪ of your name >> i have faith to move mountains because i believe in jesus. >> i believe it's helpful to
offer food to people because as you know, there's so much homelessness in san francisco and california and the united states. i really believe that food is important as well as our faith. >> the san francisco knight ministry has been around for 54 years. the core of the ministry, a group of ordain ministers, we go out in the middle of the night every single night of the year, so for 54 years we have never missed a night. i know it's difficult to believe maybe in the united states but a lot of our people will say this is the first meal they've had in two days. i really believe it is a time between life or death because i
mean, we could be here and have church, but, you know, i don't know how much we could feed or how many we could feed and this way over 100 people get fed every single thursday out here. it's not solely the food, i tell you, believe me. they're extremely grateful. >> it's super awesome how welcoming they are. after one or two times they're like i recognize you. how are you doing, how is school? i have never been in the city, it's overwhelming. you get to know people and through the music and the food, you get to know people. >> we never know what impact we're going to have on folks. if you just practice love and kindness, it's a labor of love and that's what the food recovery network is and this is
a huge -- i believe they salvage our mission. >> to me the most important part is it's about food waste and feeding people. the food recovery network national slogan is finding ways to feed people. it's property to bring the scientific and human element into the situation. [♪] >> i am the supervisor of
district one. i am sandra lee fewer. [♪] >> i moved to the richmond district in 1950 mine. i was two years old. i moved from chinatown and we were one of the first asian families to move out here. [♪] >> when my mother decided to buy that house, nobody knew where it was. it seems so far away. for a long time, we were the only chinese family there but we started to see the areas of growth to serve a larger chinese population. the stress was storage of the birthplace of that. my father would have to go to chinatown for dim sum and i remember one day he came home and said, there is one here now. it just started to grow very organically. it is the same thing with the russian population, which is another very large ethnic group in the richmond district.
as russia started to move in, we saw more russian stores. so parts of the richmond is very concentrated with the russian community and immigrant russian community, and also a chinese immigrant community. [♪] >> i think as living here in the richmond, we really appreciate the fact that we are surrounded three natural barriers. they are beautiful barriers. the presidio which gives us so many trails to walk through, ocean beach, for families to just go to the beach and be in the pacific ocean. we also also have a national park service. we boarded the golden gate national recreation area so there is a lot of activity to do in the summer time you see people with bonfires. but really families enjoying the beach and the pacific ocean
during the rest of the time of year. [♪] >> and golden gate park where we have so many of our treasures here. we have the tea garden, the museum and the academy of sciences. not to mention the wonderful playgrounds that we have here in richmond. this is why i say the richmond is a great place for families. the theatre is a treasure in our neighborhood. it has been around for a very long time. is one of our two neighborhood theatres that we have here. i moved here when i was 1959 when i was two years old. we would always go here. i love these neighborhood theatres. it is one of the places that has not only a landmark in the richmond district, but also in san francisco. small theatres showing one or two films. a unique -- they are unique also to the neighborhood and san francisco.
>> where we are today is the heart of the richmond district. with what is unique is that it is also small businesses. there is a different retail here it is mom and pop opening up businesses. and providing for the neighborhood. this is what we love about the streets. the cora door starts on clement street and goes all the way down to the end of clement where you will see small businesses even towards 32nd. at the core of it is right here between here and 20 -- tenth avenue. when we see this variety of stores offered here, it is very unique then of the -- any other part of san francisco. there is traditional irish music which you don't get hardly anywhere in san francisco. some places have this long legacy of serving ice cream and being a hangout for families to have a sunday afternoon ice
cream. and then also, we see grocery stores. and also these restaurants that are just new here, but also thriving. [♪] >> we are seeing restaurants being switched over by hand, new owners, but what we are seeing is a vibrancy of clement street still being recaptured within new businesses that are coming in. that is a really great thing to see. i don't know when i started to shop here, but it was probably a very, very long time ago. i like to cook a lot but i like to cook chinese food. the market is the place i like to come to once a year. once i like about the market as it is very affordable. it has fresh produce and fresh meat. also, seafood. but they also offer a large selection of condiments and sauces and noodles. a variety of rice that they have is tremendous.
i don't thank you can find a variety like that anywhere else. >> hi. i am kevin wong. i am the manager. in 1989 we move from chinatown to richmond district. we have opened for a bit, over 29 years. we carry products from thailand, japan, indonesia, vietnam, singapore and india. we try to keep everything fresh daily. so a customer can get the best out a bit. >> normally during crab season in november, this is the first place i hit. because they have really just really fresh crab. this is something my family really likes for me to make. also, from my traditional chinese food, i love to make a kale soup. they cut it to the size they really want. i am probably here once a week.
i'm very familiar with the aisles and they know everyone who is a cashier -- cashier here i know when people come into a market such as this, it looks like an asian supermarkets, which it is and sometimes it can be intimidating. we don't speak the language and many of the labels are in chinese, you may not know what to buy or if it is the proper ingredients for the recipe are trying to make. i do see a lot of people here with a recipe card or sometimes with a magazine and they are looking for specific items. the staff here is very helpful. i speak very little chinese here myself. thinks that i'm not sure about, i asked the clerk his and i say is this what i need? is this what i should be making? and they actually really helped me. they will bring me to the aisle and say this is battery. they are very knowledgeable. very friendly. i think they are here to serve not only the asian community but to serve all communities in the richmond district and in san francisco. [♪]
>> what is wonderful about living here is that even though our july is a very foggy and overcast, best neighborhood, the sleepy part outside on the west side is so rich with history, but also with all the amenities that are offered. [♪] >> hi, everybody. welcome to healthright 360 where we provide substance abuse disorder treatment, primary medical care, dental care, services to help people access housing, employment services, education services; basically everything that our clients need to help get well
and help get better, do better, and be better in their life. and hopefully, at some point, they're able to offer an overdose prevention service here, otherwise known as supervised injection facility. we think it makes sense. it makes sense for a couple of reasons. one, people who overdose and die never have a chance of recovering, never have a chance of reuniting with their families, and having a better life. and two because there's a lot of research that supports it, that it helps people to link to care and improve their health out comes. so because i work in this field, i talk a lot about this, and i get a lot of questions about these services. and the questions that are directed to me are often about aren't we enabling people who are using these services? aren't we enabling addiction?
to this i say, absolutely not. people who live on the streets and are publicly injecting drugs, those people live in a great deal of pain and misery, and pain and misery and shame do not lead people to health or recovery. they keep people unwell, keep people where they're at. it's really hope that brings people to health and recovery, hope and a belief in a positive different future, and if a person can't have it for themselves, somebody else has it for them. and i know this not because of the work i do and i've done it for the past 30 years, i know it from experience. i am a former heroin user, and i got clean through haight-ashbury health right programs over 30 years.
i came to haight-ashbury neighborhood did etox like nin times, and welcomed every time with love and compassion and support. so on the tenth time, i thought, i can't do this anymore. there was someone there who i trusted, who i built a relationship with, said maybe it's time to try something else, and because i trusted them, i did. i went onto one of health right 360's programs. it was because i trusted them that i believed in what they had to say, and i went on, and i've been drug free for the past 33 years. so it's really hope that brings people to health. it's hope, not shame, and it's what these supervised injection facilities will offer, hope and health to those who live on the
margins. i'm really excited to have incredible courageous elected osms and policy advocates behind me who have really stepped up in the face of a national epidemic, an opioid overdose epidemic is a public health crisis, and these folks have had the courage to bring legislation to the forefront that would help address this issue in ab 186. so i'd first like to welcome the author of the bill, assembly member susan egmon. when i went into recovery, one of the things, i went back to school, and i went to graduate school, and i got a master's in social work. i might be a little biased when i say that social workers make the best policy makers. so i'd like to bring her up to talk a little bit about it.
>> good morning, everybody. thank you for that warm welcome and thank you for having us in this great facility. so i'm susan egmon. i am a social worker by training, a politician by accident, like most of us are, i think. but there comes a time when you work with people for years on the streets in recovery in different parts of their lives. unless we have policy in place that actually allow people to rise to their full potential then we're not doing our full job. i'd like to specifically thank one of my staff members, logan hess, who was a champion of this bill all the way through x it probably wouldn't have been possible -- through, and it probably wouldn't have been possible without him. shortly after i got out of the military, i worked in substance abuse. i saw the epidemic go from
heroin to crack cocaine to methamphetamine back to opioids. during that time what i learneds and as becoming a professor of social work is this issue around relationship. i could teach my students all i wanted about different theories about what works, what doesn't, but the most basic thing what we can do is to connect with someone on a human level and treat them with dignity and respect. and that is the whole idea behind the safe injection sites. i think when we look around, and we tell stories about who we are as a society, when we talk about who we are as a people, as a country, as a state, i think we think about the fabric of who makes up that. is it journalists? is it politicians? is it rich and famous? it's all that more, but it's the people who walk by us on the streets. have we tried enough? do we judge, do we offer hope, what do we do? so i think this bill comes on the back of that, of really
understanding that we have a crisis, and seeing the evolution of people's willingness, i think, to think outside the box and try different things. we have long been a law and order kind of society, and i think we realize now that we need to work a little bit more towards humanity. we introduced this bill three years ago and i couldn't even get a vote in the first committee. again, when we started the bill, it was much broader to say let's go statewide. last year, we came back and said let's just try nine counties. when we came back, it was one city, one brave city, san francisco who was willing to try this. recognizing again that people who live on the street, addicts, are part of the fabric of our culture. they are going to be part of what we tell ourselves in 20 and 30 and 40 years, so it's really incumbent to use all of the resources we have to treat people with compassion, to keep them alive one more die.
everybody out there, they all have a family. they all have family members who have been waiting for this call, and hopefully that call will be they got into treatment. i couldn't have done this without a great team behind me, and i'd like to introduce a tenacious -- i'd like to introduce my friend and one of the coauthors of this bill, senator scott wiener. [applause] >> thank you, susan. and i try to be tenacious, but susan egmon is the definition of tenacious. i still don't know how susan was able to get this out of the assembly not once but twice, two different votes. i wasn't 100% confident but she was able to do it. then we almost hit a wall in the senate.
we did hit a wall and had to park the bill for a year, but we were able to make the case. we had a great team effort. the two of us also, senator ricardo lara, we made the case and got it out of the senate, and it's on the governor's desk, and this is really exciting. i want to thank healthright 360 and sfgov for hosting us here today. this is one of our amazing, amazing organizations. i'm proud to represent san francisco for many years but one of the reasons near the top is this is truly a public health town. this is a city, a community that believes deeply in the power of health care and the power of progressive, forward looking public health approaches, and we're not scared to push the envelope on public health policy, even if we are ahead -- even if we're ahead of other cities, even if
the federal government threatens us with criminal prosecution, such as that ridiculous new york times op ed that rod rosenstein crawled out of his cave to publish. we did it with needle exchange decades ago because we were experiencing the height of the aids h.i.v. epidemic years ago, and if the federal government was going to stick its head in the sand, we were going to do it here. we did it with medical cannabis. these are all situations where we were being threatened by the federal government, but we persevered. guess what? medical cannabis is being embraced even in republican states, so yet again despite threats from our federal government, we are going to move forward here in san
francisco and show the rest of the state and show the rest of the country that this can be done. we know from every other city and country, australia, canada, europe, every other place that does this has succeeded. safe injection sites lower crime rates, get people into recovery. this is where we should be going, and i'm just so proud of the legislature for doing this. we are urging our great friend, governor brown, to sign ab 86. the governor has spoken to me repeatedly about the syringe and the public injection crisis that we have here in san francisco. he's seen it with his own eyes. this is a governor who believes in progressive alternatives to incarceration. he understands that the war on drugs failed, that drug addiction is not a criminal
issue, it's a health issue, and we have to take a public health approach to addressing it. and of course, what we did in the legislature was simply giving permission to say, understand state law, it's legal. but nothing happens without local leadership, and we are so lucky here in san francisco to have a mayor and to have a board of supervisors who are solidly behind this idea. and it's now my honor to introduce and bring up our great mayor, someone who i have known about 15 years now, back to when we were both little political babies. and i think we are now both thankfully in a position where we can work on these issues. and she just -- not that many mayors would take office, and the first thing she would push is a safe injection site.
but other things haven't worked. we have to address this if we're going to tackle the drug issue on our streets, so i want to thank her for her position on this, and introduce mayor london breed. >> the hon. london breed: thank you for opening up the doors of health rite 360 and allowing us to hold this event here and all that you do for san francisco. i remember when healthright 360 was actually walden house, and i spent a lot of time helping people in my community and family members get into treatment at walden house. and i do really appreciate the approach to focusing on health and trying to get people healthy. and that's why the name is so fitting, healthright 360. i remember when you changed the name, and i kept calling it walden house, but now, i'm calling it what it needs to be called, and that is healthright 360, getting the health of
citizens here in san francisco who sadly struggle with drug addiction health -- healthy. and i want to thank our leaders in sacramento, including evsus egmon and scott wiener or their consistenty -- for their consistency in pushing something that's going to help us make a better place in san francisco. i would get complaints about the number of needles on the street, about the number of people shooting up on the streets. and in certain instances, some programs and other folks would be out there, talking to individuals, trying to get them help, trying to get them support, and sadly, it hasn't worked. what we've been doing in san francisco and i think in many places hasn't worked. i was basically not complete sold on safe injection sites initially until laura thomas over here from drug policy alliance kept bugging me and
bugging me and bugging me to get to vancouver to see exactly what it entails and look at the data and how it's actually been effective. and i was very surprised at how impressed i was with not only the numbers but the facility. zero overdoses in those facilities. over 3500 people refer today detox who have not come back through their system, the compassion of the people who worked there. and it just made all the difference to the people that i spoke to that wanted to get clean and sober. they knew they had a place to go, and had people that supported them and respected them, and would help them when they needed the help. such a major difference in terms of the before and after photos, the look, the conversations. this is something that i know will make a difference. what we're doing right now isn't working, and i know it
makes people uncomfortable. it makes me uncomfortable, but i feel like here in san francisco, we have to be willing to try new things. just because we don't want to see people shooting up, and we don't want to see the needles on the street doesn't mean it's going to disappear without us taking action to get to a better place here in our city. so it's going to take a lot of work, and this is one tool that is going to be so significant in helping us here in san francisco with state laws that get in the way of real progress. and so i want to thank our leaders in sacramento and i also would like to thank david chiu for his work and his support because this narrowly made it through the assembly and the senate, and we are so grateful for their work. and we are here today to encourage our governor, jerry brown, to sign this legislation. this is really going to make such a huge difference, and it
gets us one step closer to the reality of a real site here in san francisco, something that we are long overdue to try, something that we had the will and people want to see happen, but we just don't have all the tools necessary to get to a better place. so here we are today, and i am so looking forward to making sure that as soon as we are able, we will open a site here in our city, and we know we have some amazing partners, that we will continue to work with. but more importantly, we want to make sure we protect our great organizations, as well. with that, i'd like to introduce assembly member david chiu who has been just an incredible leader in sacramento on this issue as well as others that have impacted our city. assembly man david chiu. >> thank you, madam mayor, and let me thank all the health
advocates here for your vision and your courage and your tenacity. and i want to thank you for hosting us, and i want to welcome susan egmon to san francisco and thank her as has been mentioned before for her courage. i was the first san francisco le legislature to cast a vote. as a former prosecutor, i had some initial questions about this policy. it is initially counter intuitive until you stop to think about it. and before that vote, i actually pulled down many of the studies that i have heard about of vancouver, of sydney, from canada, australia, and europe, that showed demonstrably that show the
health data, the health facts show that we have to do this. as a senate housing committee, we all know that our housing crisis are exacerbated because of individuals that are addicted to drugs. we need to try new things. as i said on the assembly floor this past week, people are dieing on the streets of our state, on the streets of our city. we have to be willing to innovate, but innovate with facts, and ini receipt with science. i also want to thank the courage of my colleague, senator wiener, who has been tenacious in leading her colleagues along. and i also want to thank london breed. she risked on the campaign trail this moving forward. and the courage of san francisco in moving forward this important and dare i say this historic idea. this is a historic moment. if governor brown signs this
bill, we will be able to move forward with an innovation that is rooted in science and accoufacts. it was not along ago when an abortion, medical marijuana, and needle exchange were considered illegal in the state of california, and we are here making history to say that public health schwinhould win, science and facts should win. it is my hope that the rest of the country will follow in bringing true dignity and true health care to those who desperately need it. with that, it's my pleasure to bring up one of the earliest advocates for this policy, laura thomas is the executive director for the drug policy alliance. miss thomas. >> thank you. it's an honor to be here in
healthright 360. you know, its predecessor walden house, people are important to me. and now i owe them a huge debt. it's been amazing to have the treatment providers across california working with us on this legislation to be able to push back on the myths and misperceptions that leads people out of drug use. i'm laura thomas of the drug health alliance. we're one of the project sponsors of this bill, along with several others.
together, we did the groundwork for this campaign, but we relied so heavily on the leaders, the leadership and the tenacity that you've already heard about. and the reason that we're working on this, the reason that we've been pushing for supervised consumption service is at the most basic level, they save lives. they are people that may not be saved, they are people that may not be reached otherwise. we deserve better. san francisco deserves better. we deserve clean, healthy environments. everyone does, whether it's people that use drugs or those of us who have homes to go to where we may consume our substances, our glass of whiskey in peace. and so this is a new idea for us here in san francisco, but it is not a new idea.
you've heard the research referenced. there are now well over 120 of these sites around the world. they've been in place for 30 years, and the first one started in 1986 in bern, switzerland. so we have a wealth of information and experience to rely on as we move forward here in san francisco. but in order for this to happen, we need the governor to sign this bill, and we need to standup to a trump administration that is doing a lot of saber rattling and threatening us. this is par for the course with this administration, and i am grateful to live here in san francisco where we -- whether it's about the environment, it's about same sex marriage, it's about immigration, it's about access to medical marijuana or it's about supervised consumption services. our leadership, our population,
the people who live here will push forward to do the right thing. so i'm grateful to live here in san francisco. i'm looking forward to many of these sites opening around the city. i'm excited to figure out what kinds of models and locations will work best for us, and i look forward to being able to provide people who use drugs in san francisco with better options. you know, these sites work for everyone. if you live in a neighborhood that has -- where you're seeing needles discarded on the streets and people injecting, then your neighborhood is probably a good location for one of these sites. if you're not seeing that, then your neighborhood is not a good location for one of these sites, but i think everyone understands that people who are injecting on the street, that they're doing that because that is their last resort. they don't want to be injecting on the street, they don't want to be injecting in public where children may see very
brief. when senator ween iener told m about this event, i wanted to be here. we know that the situation in san francisco on our streets are intolerable, it's intolerable for people who are dieing, it's intolerable for people who are finding needles on our streets in the city. we know the war on drugs has failed, and although people in washington might want to try to pursue that war, they are not giving us what we need to cleanup our streets and get help for the folks who need it. i'm so proud as a san franciscan that we have such tremendous leadership from our mayor and our state leadership and state assembly. i'm so proud of the california that assembly woman egmon has provided such