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with services, leading with help, leading with linkage, not from the police. you -- one of your slides, you had three slides cited an almost 60% reduction of 311 calls in three years. that's meaningless. that's absolutely meaningless. you can take that slide out of your presentation. one good stat is i've just reduced your slide presentation by 33%. it's ridiculous, the amount of just horseshit that was said today. the statistics that these guys come up with are not what's actually going on on the ground. it just blows my mind. it just absolutely blows my mind. that's all i wanted to say. hsoc is a great step in the first direction, but having the police lead it doesn't do anything. [please stand by]
the sweeps, which people are saying it's not happening and it's not policy. when we see it in reality happen, commander lazar, i heard you talk about your policy. i didn't hear a lot of reality. that's all i want to say. i think i'm not the most knowledgeable person in the room but i can detect bullshit when i see it so thank you. >> thank you, next speaker. >> christopher mika. and henry canolowitz. kelly cutler kevin carole.
>> hello, my name is c.w. johnson and i want to applaud your passion and your fire. just someone who is homeless and even for 15 years, i just want to say a few observations i've witnessed over a period of time. one is, we need three-level housing from shelter to affordable apartments. we need job centers to help train for today's jobs market. continue job creativity for the city, homeless and low income and having a fast track for people with mental health challenges and drug addictions. increasing or spending current services. four is when we have funds that are allocated by the people in this city, they should be used in timely manner due to crisis. not to four years later when the crisis is supposed to be over. five, let's decriminalize
homelessness. people are struggling with mental health and substance abuse. we need to be helped. we need help and compassion, not hurt and harassment. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hi, spencer hudson. supervisor mandelman, i am dismayed at the comments you made to the examiner yesterday and some of your comments this morning. you are quoted saying homelessness is a did h detrimeo people on the street. i think you may be confusing voters with constituents. voter or not, homeowner or not, wealthy or not, we are all your constituents. all of your neighbors and people in d8 are your constituents and
they deserve your equal attention. second, did h for me a homeownea business owner, a wealthy white guy, i'm secure. homelessness is not a a a. owning a home is unlikely to kill me. people died in san francisco because they have no home and they're living in the streets. that's 400 too many. it's a disgrace. thank you. >> next speaker. >> hi, i'm flo kelly and i
volunteer with the coalition on homelessness. today, supervisor brown said that homelessness is not a police problem. san francisco laws make homeless a crime, therefore, it's a police problem. in sf it's a crime to live in a vehicle and it's a crime for folks who appear to be homeless to sit and lie on the streets or in a park. some people are allowed to live in san francisco and others by ver ut over youvirtue are breako live here. when i attended community meetings, some say the homeless folks must go because they're breaking the law by living here. san diego erased their law that made it a crime not to live in a house. san francisco must do the same.
thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. it's a beautiful, rainy day. i think i'm going to give up my home and go camp out in the marina and sacrifice my mental and physical health and putting me at risk of encounters with police and public works. said no homeless person ever! i am formerly homeless. while yes, tents are inhumane, i agree, taking away those tents and people's medication and other possessions is even more fucking inhumane. i have never forget the story of a usautistic women, it's just sh fucking bullshit. we need safe camping sights and
safe parking sites. we need to lead with services and not with the fucking police and d.p.w. we drove the homeless people out of parks at night in 2013, now they're in the neighborhoods. we sweep non residential areas. now they're in our neighborhoods. maybe the reason why we take up rest in parks and non residential areas is because we don't want to be fuckig detected and people are trying to make the best out of a bad situation. i will conclude by saying that i think the ward for most use less department has based on what i seen today, goes to jeff kaczynski. thank you. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is kevin carole and i'm the president of the hotel council for san francisco. thank you for calling this hearing. we agree the crisis on the streets is something we should all be very, very concerned
with. i do want to thank the departments that have been working together and especially the team that works on the healthy streets operations as well. i know jeff, your department and then commander lazar and the teams that are working together obviously it's a hard situation to deal with and making sure that everybody is offered services and doing that first. we definitely would support the hosc team and we want this city to be a city of innovation and i agree with everybody you've said. there's no reason why we shouldn't make this happen. i think what you are hearing today, and something needs to change. i'm a resident of this city and i've lived here most of my life. it would be important for all of us. i do think leading with services and the work you are doing to make sure it happens is important. thank you for your time. thank you for calling this hearing today. >> thank you. next speaker. >> my name is tom shaw from d8. just as a suggestion, these are thoughts you may have had with
the department, is the empty pottery barn store could be an alternative for some housing, some occupational housing? also, there's everett middle school with their parking lot. there's mission high with the parking lot. these are areas in district 8 that could be examined. there are many others. we are seeing our district with the overflow of people coming in. we all know this. i really thank you for having this meeting. and having discussions that we're having. thank you. >> thank you. >> all right. casandra costello, gregory carry, del seemore, cheryl trappers, christopher kirby, david goldman, kenneth cone, michael lions, renee decasio,
david segagu, brian edwards. i think that's it. next speaker. >> hi, good afternoon, supervisors and department heads. i'm casandra from the san francisco travel association. we represent over 1300 business partners and 25 million visitors who come to the city. thank you for holding this hearing today. we agree that we are in a housing and health crisis. i commend the city and all of you for looking at creative and innovative ways to combat these complicated issues. although hoc brings key city departments together. we heard that folks cannot point to a more collaborative time in the past that they've been able to work with city government and folks on the street who are most vulnerable to provide services.
we are working inter departmentally and be innovative in ways to serve our neighbors and continue to lead with compassion and services. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> thank you, supervisors. my name is gregory and i'm the chief of patrol for castro community on patrol. we're one of 12 organizations that make up the group castro cares, which is a program that we started in 2015 to help improve the quality of life issues for both people living on the streets as well as the residents and merchants of areas. the reality is that there are at least four different types of homeless populations. we see song term san francisco residents with no shelter and a group we call travellers that come introduce our neighborhood with other cities and they're here for just a short period of time. those who are eligible for a
night-time bed in a shelter or navigation center and four, those who are in support of housing such as s.r.o. hotel rooms. the last two groups or on the streets because they're not allowed to be or not expected to be in their shelters or rooms for 24 hours a day. this suggests the need for some type of day-time drop-in center like the one provided by north beach citizens to allow people to find connections to services as well as comfortable spaces to socialize and find services such as access to laundries. we also recognize the lack of capacity in nearly all of the homeless services. people must wait weeks or months to begin improving their situation. this includes the wait list for addiction or mental health issues. we would support some temporary use of the ability to have
encampment in an area that provides shelter -- i'm sorry, sanitation, rest room facilities and heating food without the danger of starting fires, which is happened frequently with encampments and we could encourage these ideas be used are found. >> thank you, next speaker. >> i've been listening to department after departments, torontoing odrowning on about ty reduce homelessness. you think they would find each other to find a single, solitary homeless person to help and yet homelessness grows. this is very frustrating. why have all these efforts seem to not work? i've got to conclude that
ultimately you are not going to solve this problem medium range let alone long range. the city's real goal is profitable corporate wealth, profitable real estate, profitable restaurants, and even profitable monday profits. with all this poverty and displacement that this agenda entails. this is been in place for decades and the city is either ignored it or encouraged it and now the chickens have come home to roost. >> caro lin car caroline. i'm familiar enough with the center of the city. i'm dismayed today because, if this is a crisis, there's only a few supervisors here and a few agency heads here. i rearranged five meetings so
that i could be here and speak. thank you for those of you listening. my boss has a phrase, he says hope isn't a strategy. hope for 500 beds bit end of the summer is not a strategy, what i don't hear today from any of the agencies here, with the exception of hsoc is collaboration across agencies, a willingness to stop digging your feet in on your silo agency and start sharing information and create a strategy. take off your hats. take off your injury is dictions. after the help that you need. don't do this one-off ad hoc on solving this person and that person's problem. work with the supervisors to get you the resources you need. you need an objective. thank you very much to the supervisors who ask for the data
and the metrics that are the most meaningful. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker. >> >> christopher kirby. district 8. i'm a 30-year resident of the san francisco. i'm blessed to be a homeowner. i acknowledge the crisis. the one thing that i would like to raise, and i don't think it's been talked about is the issue of aggression. aggressive behavior by homeless individuals. on my street alone, there are people who are attacking neighbors of mine, picking them up. we've had to get stay away orders against people. i think it's problematic, obviously. those are the people that presumably aren't -- well, those are the people that presumably
have mental health issues and so to that extent -- and there's another hearing scheduled for the 5150s, et cetera. but those are the people in which i think beds in terms of shelter beds are not the be all and end all. i think there needs to be beds that are associated specifically with mentally disabled people. i was quite excited to hear fron why and i thought it was under gavin newsome, the homeward bound problem. it's terrific and it was a mistake to be given up. i'm thrilled to hear it's still
going. >> next speaker. >> my name is sonia and i live in district 6. this hearing has been excruciating. i'm so glad to hear that building a shelter and housing a priority for the board of directors. it's excruciating because a month ago, when the mayor came to the board and said, let's spend the entire surplus on housing and shelter, the board said no. supervisors mandelman and ronen, who called this hearing, and spoke at length at the beginning about how important it is to treat this like an urgent emergency and build housing and shelters supported a proposal to give $50 million to pg&e. which is it? is this important or is it important to score points against the mayor? hopefully this hearing is due to a change of heart. i was naive when the mayor proposed that. i really thought at first, great, this is something
everyone is going to get together on. we did eventually go with the mayor's priorities and they are everyone's priorities to build housing and shelter. but getting there required a lot of organizing on the part of activists including myself. and the organizing that it took to make sure that the board of supervisors heard that housing and shelter is in deed the number one priority for san francisco, was organizing that took away from other great proposals. so, please don't be the barrier in the way of getting what we need to build the housing and shelter. money is one thing. we have a 300 million-dollar bond going on the ballot. everyone supports that. why not a $1 billion bond? and literally why not? who exactly would be against that? to zoning reform. i wrote to mandelman's office about legalizing affordable housing all over the city. i look forward to a response.
thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon board and city members. my name is dale seemore. i'm a homeless activist. i'm also a business owner. it's a really sensitive position to be in. for example, last sunday, i came to work on a sunday and my office doorway was completelien camped. it was raining like hell and i didn't have the heart to ask them to leave. i was pissed because i couldn't get in my office but i did not have the heart to ask them to leave. sometimes i'm in a mixed situation. i'm asking that the government here today is taking politics off of that guy laying in the alley. he don't know whether he is a monitor or conservative or whatever. he is wet and cold. let's take the politics out of this. you know, commander lazar, and i feel you and i agree with everything you said about your officers and the officers knowing the policy. man, day-to-day i'm out there commander and i'm seeing
officers that are not abiding by your policies. maybe that's a good-cop-bad-cop situation but they're not abiding by it. i'm not hearing it from someone, i'm out there seven days a week, walking and talking and trying to get people in out of the cold. i see officers come by and say get the hell out of here or you are going to jail. that was recently as yesterday. i know this is not something old. i commend you for everything you do. we've known each other a long time and you know how much i respect you as an officer and a good friend. some of your officers aren't doing it. i just want to invite you to take a look -- sometimes our housing and our capacity shelter is under our nose. 300 feet down stairs is brooks hall. 94,000 square feet. 94,000 square feet and you got old desks piled up in there. it's fireproof. it has exits. it has bathrooms.
it has plumbing. it has electricity. it has heat. it can hold up to 1700 seats. >> are there any other members of the public that would like to speak on this item? >> i think the one system solution is a pretty good idea and you can expand the budget in the sense of streamlining expenses. the city is presently scheduled to invest $21 million to finance construction at 58 permanent affordable housing units, at the same time, 23 million is consumed in medical provider calls for arguably racially segregated mental health programs and four year's time the $21 million invested might be housing. 100 or more individuals and permanent affordable housing structures where as 91 million will have been the expended on
the 80 patients in this facility without having constructed anything in the city. i don't believe we can afford something that lucrative. 91 million could provide the construction of 500 permanent affordable housing units for 1250 individuals and i think narrowly, tailoring the potential bidders in some of these contracts makes it impossible for all but one bidder to step forward. i suggest that you make your budget rational and if you can't demonstrate the therapeutic efficacy of culturally sensitive medical environment, then i don't understand why that would take place. i don't know whether you can or not. i would like to see the studies. also, is that it? >> next speaker.
>> is there video on here? >> can we do a -- >> a video? >> you are going to up load a video into the computer. >> it's online so i can put in the link to it. it's going to be his comment. they say sweeps don't happen but i can show you videos of it. my name is kelly cutler and i'm with the human rights homelessness. hsoc has been a huge focus for mine over the last year. i've been seeing what is going on and so close when it comes to outreach with folks in encampments and regularly doing outreach and talking to folks. if we were hearing from maybe one person every once in a while. we're hearing the same thing from everyone when it comes to
sweeps and their belongings getting taken. i also talked to the officers on the front line and i got to tell you, they're being thrown under the bus. they don't -- first off, they're being put into a role that is not their role as an officer. they also don't have the resources. they just say i wish there was somewhere that folks could go and they know that there isn't. my big beef with hsoc from the get-go and continued throughout has been the lack of transparency, the lack of community involvement. i'm on the local homeless coordinating board and i was with sfpd homeless advisory board and nothing. nothing. the only way i was able to do it was to do a ton of sunshine requests. it's not ok to be where the department heads are all just working together. there's no input from the
community. that's a major issue with that. there are alternatives and we've been working on the safe sleep policy until this prop q nonsense that was just a political ploy came in. but we were bringing everyone to the table and making progress to go into the right direction. we need to start doing that again. we need to find real solutions, not just sweeping people around. it doesn't work. >> thank you. >> our next speaker. which may be a video. >> click enter and it should change over to the live broadcast of your video. >> we have it cued up. present on the url.
>> hell oh i'm resident of district 8. at hearings like this we seldom get many voices of the homeless themselves and we, who are housed at the luxury of coming out and leaving our possessions safely ensconced in our homes. poem less people don't have that ability. they put their positions at risk if they come to a meeting like this. they also are out there fighting just to subsist on the streets and i just want to keep that in our thoughts as we move forward. thank you. >> thank you.
the shelters are full, right. 1,000 people are on the waiting list for the shelters. so, ma'am, you are more than welcome. >> that's not abandoned property. it's his. >> it's not abandoned. his right there. >> i understand. it's his property still. >> it's not abandoned. >> i understand. >> you can't take unabandonned property. >> i'm done talking to you. you are not understanding.
i owned a home and i lost it in foreclosure and now i pay taxes my whole life and they're talking all my stuff and throwing it away. they don't offer me housing or shelter. they expect me to stay out here in the freezing cold with. >> dan: shelter. they thrown away seven tents of mine. they're taken it as evidence. seven tents. they through it away. >> have you tried to go retrieve it? >> yeah. >> thank you. are there any other members of the public who would like to speak on this item before i close public comment? i am now going to close public comment. public comment is now closed. colleagues, any comments or thoughts? >> thank you, chair mandelman.
i would just like to give you an opportunity to respond to what we just saw obviously, that is very emotional and i don't know the situation of this individual, whether or not he got his stuff back, whether he can still? whether or not he is in services now but obviously that's a very short moment in time. we saw a little bit of an issue. if you can comment on it and let us know what you think about what we just saw? >> i'm grateful to see the video. it really shows the challenge that we have in our attempt to help people. i will say this, the officers did a great job, very professional. very composed. very patient. they have to be patient. these things take a long time. and we're trying to win over people on services. i also know that watching the video, i think whoever was recording it was making an issue about posting notices. the reality is is that we're not required to post any notices. everyone in the city knows what is legal and not legal.
we only post notices for prop q and prop q is led by the department of homelessness in support of housing. the officers followed the law, the policy and i know it felt like there was a believe that their items were being taken but that's the bag-and-tag policy. individuals can go pick it up at the public works yard. thank you for asking me the question. >> thank you, vice-chair. well, i, again, want to thank our departments for coming to this hearing and presenting and helping us to have this conversation that i know they have to have. on a daily basis with constituents and in community meetings and i did feel it was important to have this conversation in this building with the public being part of it. i also want to reiterate the
part of this that gets lost, was the ways in which san francisco is doing better than other places. we have create the more supportive housing and we have prioritized that. we have added hundreds of new shelter beds over the last couple of years and we are trying to lead with services first. i really appreciate that. the other thing that struck me about this hearing, and i said when i started, is that san franciscans do not agree about what we want all of you to do when confronted with tents or stuff or people in public spaces. it's been clear in this hearing. i am reminded of a particular block in my district where i know hsoc and public works get inundated by this block because they're confronted half the
time. there's something at this intersection, tents, gathering of folks, blocking paths, and difficult folks and they are asking our office for help and they're asking all of you for them. so we try to get them that help. we ask you to get out there and try and clean up conditions there. there's also another person who lives on that block who knows out and argues -- this person is a friend of mine, who argues for upwards of an hour sometimes with the public works crews and the police who are out there spending to thresponding on tha. it's a microcosm of san francisco right now. our office is overwhelmed with calls, e-mails, texts from people who are seeing things in their neighborhood that are
unacceptable. there's a little bit of shock when they ask for reinforcement around these conditions. i will fess up and say i will do it. when i get a call, there's a guy norm us tent next to fitness sf and everyone is unhappy about it. i ask you to do everything can you do to get that tent gone. so, in that sense, impart of the problem. i suspect all of my colleagues are too. you are in this difficult position of having us responding to different sets of constituents demanding di diffet things from you. i can't solve that problem for you. i recognize that you are in that spot. you all know how to do things that none of us know how to do. i am very grateful for the work that you do each and everyday. we do have a scarcity problem.
we have a scarcity of resources in this city that we did not create. we have more supportive housing than more place and more shelter than most places. we're doing everything we can to expand that out as quickly as we can. the reason i wanted to hear from the coalition and contemplating this concept of whether we need to explore sanction some lower level of care for folks or a place where folks can be and not be moved around i can is the, ie coalition's point is receipt anyone with me. when our offices are demanding an enforcement response and that enforcement response does not offer most people an actual place to be, it is an untenable situation for everyone. it seems to me that if we can explore coming and finding places where people can be, and remain, and not be disturbed, until we reach those goals, which we need to be aggressive
about, bring on those shelter beds, get the additional capacity, sanctions encampments or tiny homes or whatever other options are not a permanent solution. we do not want them becoming part of our landscape in san francisco. i do believe that we are going to get to the place where west shelter capacity we need and until we get there we may need to look at some of these options and i'm grateful to the folks who helped us explore that this morning or this afternoon. i also think another point i don't want to let go by is really going to be supervisor vice-chair stefani's hearing coming up in two weeks where we explore the mental health response. clearly, a significant portion of the folks on the street and a significant number of the behavioral issues and a significant amount of the stuff that collects is related to folks having serious mental health issues, serious substance use issues, and us not having the ability to get them the care and treatment that they need whether because we don't have the resources or the legal tools to do it.
so we will continue that conversation in two weeks. i think we're going to have to take that matter up next. with that, thank you all for being here and thank you folks who came out. mr. clerk, can you please call the next item. >> is there a motion for this final item? >> we need a motion for the last item. >> i'd like to move to have this continued to the college here. and i will take that without objection. thank you. >> agenda item number 2 is a hearing on the coordination of homeless services including the county's use of welfare and institutions code section 51 other for substance abuse and mental health challenges in order to prevent them from ending up back on the street and entering service providers. >> thank you. >> voice chair stefani, can we -- i'm going to have you
motion to continue this for two weeks until march 14th. >> yes, do we have to take a public comment on that? >> yes, ma'am. >> we will take public comment on that. if there is any? >> oh, as far as prevention? the effects of social exclusion and cognitive performance are known the results of the significant cognitive skills and the consequence of experience threat to an individual's need to belong also described as a defense state of cognitive deconstruction. the effects was clearly shown by worse performance on i.q. tests and time interval estimates and proper explanations and simple reaction time tests and a cognitive marker such as the anti test. the test is providing gross equipment of injury or dysfunction to the frontal lobe
and eye movement. so social exclusion results in self-regulations deficits and self-awareness aversion, disorder time perception and orientation as opposed to future orientation and a sense of meaningless, lack of emotion and lethargy and the contributors to that paper are from university of new queen's land case western reserve san diego state and one other institution in the social and personality psychology november 1st, 2007 and the paper entitled thwarting the need to belong and the interpersonal and inner effects of social exclusion. so at the same time my previous comments were not entirely fair. my argument against the creation and maintenance of various special interest groups and the multiple indication of calls involved that i fully recognize
disparities in medical services. racial steering and discrepancies in the services provided. all of that. >> thank you. are there any other members? >> yes. >> >> good afternoon. my name is eric, i love in san n francisco and i work for a non-profit heath care provider. we serve over 10,000 low income san franciscans with over half experience and homelessness. we appreciate the allocation of the dollars to create house for those experiencing at risk of homelessness in san francisco. as you know, our city currently has a fragmented system where hundreds of unstable housed people living with mental health and addiction disorders are released from psychiatric emergency hospitalization without follow-up. very often, health rights 360 has no option but to do the same
and discharge people from our addictions treatment into unstable living conditions. it's unrealistic to expect a person to maintain goals to stay connected to on going services when discharged back to the streets. thank you for calling a steps to this issue as we look at people go through our systems as their conditions worsen and chances for recovery slip away. we appreciate your efforts and trying to understand and solve this complicated issue. thank you. >> are there any other members of the public who would like to speak on this item? seeing none. public comment is closed. we have a motion before us to continue this item until march 14th. we will take that without objection. mr. clerk, do we have anymore items before us today? >> there's no further business. >> thank you, with much gratitude for all that you've done to make a difficult day work, we are now adjourned.
w>> 5, 4, 3, 2 , 1. cut. d. >> we are here to celebrate the opening of this community garden. a place that used to look a lot darker and today is sun is shining and it's beautiful and it's been completely redone and been a gathering place for this community. >> i have been waiting for this garden for 3 decades. that is not a joke. i live in an apartment building three floors up and i have potted plants and have dreamt the whole time i have lived there to have some ability to build this dirt. >> let me tell you handout you -- how to build a community garden. you start with a
really good idea and add community support from echo media and levis and take management and water and sun and this is what we have. this is great. it's about environment and stewardship. it's also for the -- we implemented several practices in our successes of the site. that is made up of the pockets like wool but they are made of recycled plastic bottles. i don't know how they do it. >> there is acres and acres of parkland throughout golden gate park, but not necessarily through golden community garden. we have it right in
the middle o >> welcome to another episode of safety on today is episode we'll show you how 0 retroactive you're home let's go inside and take a look. >> hi and patrick chief officer and director of earthquake for the city and county of san francisco welcome to another episode of stay safe in our model home with matt we'll talk about plywood. >> great thanks. >> where are we we if you notice bare studs those are prone to failure in an earthquake we need to stabilize
those they don't lean over and plywood is effective as long as you nail along every edge of the plywood for the framing we'll nail along the sides and top and on the bottom 0 immediately you'll see a problem in a typical san francisco construction because nothing to nail the bottom of the plywood we've got to wind block between the studs and we'll secure this to the mud sill with nails or surface screws something to nail the bottom of the plywood. >> i notice we have not bolted the foundation in the previous episode thorough goes through options with different products so, now we have the blocking we'll a xoich attach the plywood. >> the third thing we'll
attach the floor framing of the house above so the top of the braced walls one to have a steel angle on top of this wall and types of to the top of the wall with nails into the top plate and the nails in this direction driving a nail it difficult unless you have a specialized tool so this makes that easy this is good, good for about 5 hundred pounds of earthquake swinging before and after that mount to the face of wall it secures the top of wall and nailed into the top plate of the with triple wall and this gives us a secure to resist the
>> my family's starts in mexico in a small town. my parents are from a very, very small town. so small, that my dad's brother is married to one of my mom's sisters. it's that small. a lot of folks from that town are here in the city. like most immigrant families, my parents wanted a better life for us. my dad came out here first. i think i was almost two-years-old when he sent for us. my mom and myself came out here. we moved to san francisco early on. in the mission district and moved out to daily city and bounced back to san francisco.
we lived across the street from the ups building. for me, when my earliest memories were the big brown trucks driving up and down the street keeping us awake at night. when i was seven-years-old and i'm in charge of making sure we get on the bus on time to get to school. i have to make sure that we do our homework. it's a lot of responsibility for a kid. the weekends were always for family. we used to get together and whether we used to go watch a movie at the new mission theater and then afterwards going to kentucky fried chicken. that was big for us. we get kentucky fried chicken on sunday. whoa! go crazy! so for me, home is having something where you are all together. whether it's just together for dinner or whether it's together for breakfast or sharing a special moment at the holidays. whether it's thanksgiving or christmas or birthdays. that is home.
being so close to berkley and oakland and san francisco, there's a line. here you don't see a line. even though you see someone that's different from you, they're equal. you've always seen that. a rainbow of colors, a ryan bow of personalities. when you think about it you are supposed to be protecting the kids. they have dreams. they have aspirations. they have goals. and you are take that away from them. right now, the price is a hard fight. they're determined. i mean, these kids, you have to applaud them. their heart is in the right place. there's hope. i mean, out here with the things changing everyday, you just hope the next administration makes a change that makes things right. right now there's a lot of changes on a lot of different levels. the only thing you hope for is for the future of these young kids and young folks that are
getting into politics to make the right move and for the folks who can't speak. >> dy mind motion. >> even though we have a lot of fighters, there's a lot of voice less folks and their voiceless because they're scared. hey welcome and thank you so much. thank you for that beautiful too hard to stop dancing. but we have some wonderful dignitaries here today who want to speak with us and share their wisdom my name is dr. ellen hammersley i'm the vice president of the client services at catholic charities. and it's my honor and pleasure to introduce to you today our ceo hilmer vanessa's she is a
light of inspiration to all of us at catholic charities her grace and servant leadership is an inspiration to all of us and we hope she will inspire all of you as she does all of our staff thank you. welcome film. what a wonderful crowd. we have today. well this is beautiful. first of all i want to extend a very warm welcome and thank you for participating to our interfaith leaders bishop william justice rabbi best singer. mom neil shekau and i also of course extend our warm is welcome to our dignitaries honorable mayor of london breed. reverend dr.
aim is brown was also the president and double acp danny glover or civil rights leader in distinguish actor. jeff brzezinski the director of homelessness and supportive housing division of the city of san francisco captain matthews. one of the very few african-american women captains in the force. so think about we thank them for their leadership and helping solve some of the most difficult problems in our community. and of course i want to thank all of you are neighbors are community partners our guests are staff who are here today in the sacred heart choir and the shipwreck crier we're going to sing for us a little bit later. this is the first anniversary of this program here. here at the bayview where we put our hands and love around some of the most vulnerable populations and
you're going to meet some of them today. of course you know the catholic charities service over thirty five thousand people across san francisco san mateo and marine counties some of the most vulnerable populations of all faiths and walks of life we commemorate that today but we're also commemorating black history today as the black experience in san francisco has has shades of darkness and shades of light. i want to tell you a very important very short story but very important story that is very emotional for me because it's personal when i asked dr. reverend james brown whether he could join us today. asked a little bit about me and i said reverend brown i tend to burnett elementary school in the country's pointd