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unique situation in terms of the health dangers. any questions from colleagues? with that, i want to open it up for the many folks who are here for public comment. to thank everybody for being here and being a part of this process. we're looking forward to you all adding to this conversation from your perspective and giving us a sense of what you are experiencing out on the streets. >> i have some cards. if you have to leave, thank you for being here. we will continue to work together to address some of these questions and policy changes and to figure out how we can expand shelter access and other things moving forward. >> supervisor, my apologies. i stayed longer than i was supposed to. this is an important issue and we want to be here to answer your questions. i need to leave at 2:00 for another meeting.
i will come back if public comment is still going on and i want to a apologize to the people whose public comment i miss. i will go back and watch it on sfgovtv this evening and we'll again come back as soon as i can. >> thank you for that. so, we do have some cards. if you are interested in speaking but have not filled out a car, the cards are up here to my right and your left. i am just going to repeat the protocols, state your first and last name clearly and speak directly into the microphone. if you prepared a written statement and you are encouraged to leave those with the committee clerk for in conclusion in the file. no applause or booing is permitted. and the interest of time, speakers are encouraged to avoid repetition of previous statements. i'm going to call names and i ask people would lineup over on what is for you the right side
>> i have time seated by olivia glowacki. >> i'm going to pause the speaker's time. you will enjoy the same two minutes. >> some jurisdictions do the thing with seating time but this does not. you get two minutes. >> we have a two-minute video to show so it should be during her time. i'm lesley with housing rights committee. we are backing coalition on homelessness' recommendations for these changes to policy and we want you to ban the suits all together and not just during cold weather and we know that you are stealing people's belongings, these policies are a sham. they're not even posting notice and they're taking everything and throwing it in the dump. i took someone to d.p.w. to get her stuff back and they left us waiting in the rain for hours. this is what happens to everyone. there's nowhere to park or pick up your stuff.
it's all a sham. so, there's thousands of people that are losing all of their belongings, ashes of their family members and medications and everything that keeps them and you are taking their lives. this is a sham hearing. you need to stop the sweeps. thank you for having the hearing and listening. you need to stay and hear all of these stories. and this is systemic. you are benefiting real estate developers, causing evictions and we work with people evicted and now on the streets facing the sweeps. so it's all connected. we tarted a project called stolen belongings and we'll show you the stories we're taking from all over the city and we're a team working coalition on homelessness and they're all
saying the same thing. he everything is stolen and thrown away. >> next speaker's time can begin. my name is cooper. i happen to be homeless. i work with lesley and the coalition. the sweeps -- what is happening -- i guess this is lies. not being truthful with what they're saying. the thing with the buses, you know, helping people get to one place or the other. it's not being taken. everyday, i'm out here on the streets on my own time helping my san francisco residents to move their stuff because the cops have threatened them if they don't move, you are going
to jail and if you do move, facebook if you don't move you will get yourself arrested or your stuff will be thrown away and they put their stuff. they don't bag and tag. it doesn't exist. it's just a cute little thing that they they are giving to everyone. we went out there just the othef back and tagged and nothing existed. not being realized, you guys, you are destroying the trust we have as san francisco residents. we believe in you guys. guess what, you guys are fucking
up. i'm sorry. there's a line. it's disgusting. i'm a disabled firefighters. i had 13 years as a firefighters. all i've done is help people and to sit here and hear officers and other people and the city i believe in just lie when i'm on the street and i see this everyday. it's destroying me. i'm a strong person. i just think the people getting stuff taken everyday, and you know, thank you. >> i'll format this and come back. >> sounds good. >> next speaker. >> hello supervisors, my name is brandon and i am a board member of the alice coat. we thank supervisor haney and investigating homelessness during record-breaking storms and cold temperatures. it is unacceptable to provide a mere 75 extra mats for more than
4,000 people in need while 1,300 people are still on the wait list for shelter beds. it's not only unacceptable, but cruel and inhumane to force relocation and confiscation of people's only possessions, tents, sleeping bags, tarps, medication and clothing without officers shelter. this is cruel and inhumane on any given day but especially so during such particularly harsh weather. this conduct goes beyond criminalization. with criminalization, there is at least a level of due process. these people have had their only belongings stripped away amid the multiple storms and temperatures in the low 40s at the direction of city departments while shelters are full. we know that there's no easy solution to this homelessness crisis and we appreciate the dedicated city workers who are committed to making a difference. but we believe san francisco.
the city of saint francis is better than this. we are better than this. and it is our responsibility to do right by all san franciscans including and especially those who are unhouse. we ask that san francisco leads not with intolerance and aggression but with compassion and respect. >> thank you. >> is this working? yes. >> iris, row tired nurse. lived in the mission as a tenant for over 40 years. worked at windsor hotel and tom hoedel clinic. 70 people who are homeless had housing in the past few years. san francisco has failed these people. they have not protected people against evictions, harassment, displacement, and not built enough real affordable housing. but have had a glut of luxury hoursing. the cycle of poverty, eviction, poor health, and food insecurity
continues. and now we have the worst-case scenario, of tent sweeps. people are going from place to place trying to keep one step ahead of sfpd and d.p.w. we see this in our neighborhood in the mission all the time. people are sleep less, exhausted, very vulnerable to all kinds of very severe health problems and it's something that really concerns me as a nurse. sfpd has been telling people it's a crime to be in a tent. and some people actually feel safer in a tent than in a shelter. given the history of trauma. some people also feel safer in tent encampments where they can form communities that help each other out, look out for each other and give each other time to look for food. because bea being homeless is a7 job. going to find your tent where it's very hard to access that
area, there's no bus there, is even more difficult. one of my happiest moments on the street was when i saw a woman lying on mission street, and she was breathing, we always checked, but she was in an awkward position and i didn't know if she had fallen, hit her head. i asked if she was ok. no response. i shook her shoulders, and she slowly lifted her arm up and gave me the finger. i was so relieved and happy that i thanked her. but if -- >> thank you. next speaker. >> my name is fran taylor. i'm a pedestrian advocate and i recent the use of pedestrian access as an excuse to sweep the tents. for decades, i've complained about obstructions on the sidewalk to the supervisors,
city hall, i've never gotten a response. my mother in a wheelchair, we're out in the streets in traffic. i'm on crutcheses out on the street in traffic. because cars are blocking the sidewalk. do those drivers have a swarm of cops come and cite them and give them court dates and confiscate their cars? no. i just hear -- it's so hard to park. a tent takes up a fraction of the space that a car does on the sidewalks and this city has never responded to obstructed sidewalks when it's been automobiles. does san francisco want to go on record as giving more rides to cars than people? there is a short term solution. every homeless person should be issued a tent the size and shape of an s.u.v. and those can stay on the sidewalks forever and no one will complain and if they
complain, no one will respond. >> thank you. >> my name is jesus perez. i'm with the coalition of homeless. i'm just here to come and talk about these people here. they're talking about the belongings, it's a lie. you know, we should have something on paper saying they're going to keep our stuff. this is is bullshit. they say they are saving our stuff. it's not true. they're throwing it away. we need a paper saying they're going to keep our stuff. this is a bunch of bologna. >> thank you. next speaker. >> i'm christopher micah, i work with d.s.a. there's is too much to say to
this. i'm overwhelmed by these hearings. this last week. i think the primary thing i'm overwhelmed by is the wide, wide gulf between what the policy is for sweeps and what is actually happening in the streets which, like most of these people here know about, people are getting their tents and their stuff taken and -- what it amount to is harassment and torture of homeless people. when you walk through the tenderloin, and you see someone in a chair, in a wheelchair, covered by an umbrella trying to sleep in the rain, that's
torture. it's also a death sentence. i want to say i was homeless for a year-and-a-half until last july. and i stayed in the castro. someone like me sleeping in their garage. i didn't have to sleep on the street. i saw people across from me get swept everyday. unhoused people deserve agency and self-determination. sheltersare traumatic and can be dough stabilizing due to homophobia, racist or poor treatment. they're not appropriate or accessible necessarily in homeless people should have a rit to also refuse to be kidnapped and have their stuff taken. >> thank you, next speaker. >> hello, supervisors, amy fairwise on bow half of the saint francis homelessness challenge and safe organized
spaces. let's think about how we have a comprehensive and collaborative solution that scales to fit the size of the crisis. because what we have is a crisis and a crisis we're talking here today. back in 2016, david compost led the board of supervisors in declaring a shelter crisis declaration. that was throw years ago. so we've known for three years that we're in an emergency with our lack of shelter opportunities for people. we've known that for three years. there's a difference between not having enough safe spaces for people to go and then there's a difference with pushing people to know where and on top of that, taking away any kind of shelter while it's an extreme weather events. it's a crisis within a crisis. and the state of california said
there are so many cities experiencing a shelter shortage crisis we'll create a new code for emergency response that has basic health and safety guidelines. and i don't know if there's someone here from sfgovtv but just to show you these are actual documents, there's one. the other thing we can use for san francisco is to build off of
seattle. they had their health and services agency work with the planning department to have an interim permit process to activate under utilized land using these guidelines. we're supporting a comprehensive organized spaces, please learne more and sign the petition. >> imeson socialist of america. let's talk about homelessness. i'm formally homeless myself. i now live in an s.r.o. up at the top of district 6 run by non-profit and if i could end up back on the streets because we don't have just cause eviction protection and i could be one of those people that are being swept up. and you know, i see people camped out nearby place. i've seen it in the alleyway and i just do bother them. as long as a person in a wheel care can pass by because i'm a disability rights advocates and i'm big on access, i don't care. pitch a tent in the street. we have a fucking shelter crisis and we need to just let them be and sometimes i like to scream like fuck you to the cops when
they're sweeping them. and of course, sometimes i say fuck the pigs but i decide not to disrespect pigs because they're lovely creatures. anyway, we have a shelter crisis and we need to listen to the department of homelessness. i mean, listen to the coalition on homelessness, sorry. we should not listen to jeff. we should listen to them and the recommendations, pets, partners and possessions. you couldn't get me into shelter if i couldn't bring those possessions in. i just wouldn't do it. and there's a lot of people that share my things. thank you very much to supervisor haney and walton for supporting stopping this sweeping and last week i gave the most use less fucking department award to jeff and that still stands. thank you. >> next speaker.
>> thank you, supervisors for this today. roma guy, taxpayers for public safety. i just wanted to bring a little perspective on this. the jail is not even named as part of our shelter. 37% of the jail population is homeless. that has increased since the sweeps many of it's not a solution, it's harmful to people who are already living in harm. if you want to check on the police facts, go to the jail. 37%. that's about 500 people. that is bigger than the hospitals. we could close cj4 if you paid more attention to this. and we ask you to find safer places, not more harmful places, and put the jail on a no-shelter
hospitality health. all i can carry was what was precious to me. family heirlooms and survival gear. it was rainy. i asked them to please give me time could go through my heirlooms. i was told no. only then in my time of homelessness did i want to die ask contemplate suicide. robert courier, 60. julie damere, 42. david diamond, 50. sylvester diaz, 65.
resident council and myself was homeless. my son has been homeless. he is a vet. my daughter and i lived in an s.r.o. when she was growing up. we were considered homeless by the school district. it is important to help people and it's time we do something very drastic now to keep people from dying on the streets. in memory of -- wendell hackler, age 78. donte haze, age 41. francois heatfield, age 22. curt helmand, age 56. deric brown, age 48. william brown, age 69. phillip brown, age 44. michael buck, age 58. kyle budner age 28.
patrick burke, age 69. sharon butler, age 61. mark com each owe age 60. michael pan campbell, age 33. kason carter, age 42. francisco age 60. eric churn' age 48. valerie chowknot age 60. david oscar clark age 31. richard noels age 50. travis lopez, age 43. lena marshall, age 50. artist mono age 65. gay lord moody, age 64. joe angel joy o'conner age 36. >> thank you, next speaker. >> i'm laura.
the sweeps are inhumane the way they're carried out and the sweeps, people's lives are at stake. edward pokers junior, 54. joseph perkins, 58. elijah reed, 4. robert reed, 61. francisco diaz, 35. anthony dough 46. daniel 44. julia due aarti, 68. robert duncan, 64. alex 63. andrew emmett, 32. chris eunice, 59.
shirley wright. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker. >> my name is jaime and i'm a tenderloin resident. thank you for having this hearing and i want to continue the names of the people that died on the streets because of the cruel policy that the city has that leaves people to more misery and despair so continue on, please respect and honor these individuals. harrison, mark adams, jim montgomery, gary fong, benny
newly, catherine, christopher viola, frank beauty erez, john holmes, rick owe, richard brown, catherine west, bernard hollbert. robin simpson. richard opedo, jessica duke, mark volume com, michael memphis, pamela hall. earnest leva, cynthia hall, anthony brown, steven man, david la blanc, scott turner, boris benado, sherry haze, john bellard, eric, imani, stephen henson. brenda parks, michael hickman,
william wright, phillip, carter, ron redman, ramone reyes, benny chessnet, johnny andrews, hector flores. troy edwards, joy martinez, earl win so many, melvin morris, kenneth, jerry i didn't want to hear what he had to say. i lived all afternoon. many more of whom i could write to now as he and others of our elected officials are allowing
homelessness to extent until now out of control housing is being built to benefit the rich rather than the poor people. the police have been actively removingen cam maniments with tents taking the tents from the owners to hold them as evidence which we know it's not a lie. for their cases which were not. as for the homeless people collect, their area is cleaned and personal property is left behind is taken away. the shelters are in need of better position as to homeless into the streets. forcing homeless people out of the streets from 7:00 a.m. to late afternoon is unhuman as they're sent out to be in the cold in wet weather. during the last fires, our
city's skies were very smokey and it was extremely difficult and dangerous to breathe in air without the proper protection. the city did not effectively provide enough masks for the homeless. many were forced to broth this toxic air 24 hours seven days a week. this lack of care and response to the crisis is inhumane. it's time for the few to pay large checks from our city to do something better than that. they have not done well. >> thank you.
(inaudible). >> next speaker. >> my name is june bug, i'm part of poor magazine, i'm also part of the hold plus a numb lie and part of hearing voices. i'm born and raised here in san francisco. i'm also formally homeless person myself. i became homeless on the cycle started in the 80s. i was a child at the time. i was a victim of homelessness because of what was happening in the 80s in san francisco. now we're in 2019 and it's gets worse and worse. the city departments, i charge them with murder and i charge them with genocide. i charge the san francisco police department with murder and genocide and the d.p.w. with murder and genocide and taking someone's only means of roof is unacceptable. the police are lying and they actual lie are violating the laws and they're supposed to give a 24 hour written notice and they feel to do that and
they are supposed to hold your belongings for 940 days and they do not do. sweep, we're not trash. i think the homelessness are under aggressive attack. it's been increasing in the city. we need more compassion from our city departments not aggressive attacks. stop using homelessness as an escape goat why the city is dirty. why don't you have more garbage cannes, 24 hour accessible bathrooms, why didn't jerry brown sign for safe-injection sites, provide keys to someone and a lease for housing as opposed to taking their only buildingings, you are taking people's medication, people's property identification, this is an act. the thing is that when we talk about who are the experts in this situation, those of us who have been homeless, i was 8-year-old and i slept in a tent. who was there for me? where are you at for the people that sleep in tents? you are taking their only means of housing. we had to sit all day here and listen to these stupid city
>> my name is kim and i'm not a politician, i'm a poet. i can't talk to you on your level and your language from paper and pen. i can only talk to you as this, a human being. and so i appeal to you to come out of the dark as 250 years you have spent in this building calling us policy and turn to homeless and stand up on your feet, walk out these doors and i have your answer. send out -- hash out where every spare room is and you know where it is and everybody has to sign on this paper that we are human and they are to be used for the humans on the street. pull your pants up and use your phone and call everybody you know. we go out on the streets, we
pick everything up. i'm stupid. it's not that simple. why isn't it. if you can sit here for 200 years and talk about policies why can't you go back to being a human being, stand up and walk out these doors and do something. you worked for us and you are our employee, we say now you you have to subpoena people have everything. at the end of the year you can ex back inside your building and talk about all this paper you want to and then you can exchange this paper all you want. we'll be indoors by then. you put us indoors and then you sit here on paper and say back and fourth. that's the way a human really does it. please turn san francisco into the first human sane city. be human. make those building owners be humans. you can do that.
you have the power to do that. you may not think you do but you do. please, please, go to humanity instead of paper for policy. >> thank you. next speaker. >> the only representative of the police has left. you tried to silence the crowd, cut the mics on people. so even though this is a public hearing there's confusion whether you want to hear from the public. beyond the structural contradictions and this platform let's look at the structural contradiction this is what's been said in this room. it's been said that there are not enough beds. it's been said by government officials. we've heard that beds that are supposedly open are not actually accessible to large groups of people be it because of trauma, because they're likely to be targeted of disability and mental health distresses, et cetera. but the police officer here said that there won't be sweeps if there wasn't available beds. we're hearing there aren't available beds and we're hearing
that there won't be sweeps if there aren't available beds -- so by his own admission, he is contradicting his on policy. we've also heard that the con extra dictionaryincontradicting. if this firing, i don't know what else is. also, i want to say is we've got socialists distributing shelters and we've got men with guns coming and taking the shelters away. it's shameful. we've also got socialists distributing masks when they're not and we're doing a pathetic job of it. thank you. >> thank you for holding this hearing. my name is barbra. i'm a police accountability consultant and i want to say that the policy that was read issued by chief scott sounds humane. to me as a person who studys police practices and policies it
puts the police department, puts police officers at an impossible situation and there should be social workers out there working with homeless people with unhoused people and helping them find shelter beds. the cops aren't going to do that. it's just unrealistic. the only time that there should be arrests is if there is a additional law and if there's a serious violation in addition to the fact that someone is unhoused and ro residing on the streets. other ideas shared here using under utilized housing spaces and safe organized spaces and that is really important. we need to do that. we need to have a response that is in line with the problem here. we have a big problem. i want to just give.
evidence should be accounted for. if that's people's belongings, i know with my job, i have to account for a bunch of other stuff so when things are taken over to d.p.w., and i hear folks sake they'll get back with numbers and the numbers are on hand and they're not some things you have to go back for. i have to be accountable, not just for the people i work for but the people i serve and it's really getting tough because i'm trying to find the folks that i serve and i'm finding them secluded in allies and ones and twos. i did an arcan reversal on the way over here. i'm having a hard time with the folks that are doing the really difficult work while they're living outdoors and their stuff is getting taken, whether it's
hep-c meds, h.i.v. medicine and getting them re connected with services and it's hard. i'm doing my best. i don't mind the work. i love the work. but this is making it a lot harder. it's ok if it's harder for me but when it's harder for the people that i serve, i'm not just managing the heart break, i'm managing the heart break and the trauma they're given. a work in harm reduction. my job is to reduce a lot of things and i'm finding out i'm reducing trauma that is induced by the -- >> thank you, next speaker. >> my name is susanment i'm a small business owner, a former nurse at sf general and 20-year resident of san francisco public school parent. i just want to say that it should not be acceptable for
city employees to come in this public forum and completely lie without being called out. and i mean called out by you, not just noise from the room. they're lying. the bag and tag is a joke. i know from friends who are homeless how traumatic it is when these people, who are hanging on to life and their santee by a thread, to have their little few precious belongings taken from them. i also see the cops when i'm driving. you see them loading people's stuff on to their truck. you don't have to be deeply involved with the police force or the coalition on homelessness to know they're lying. you see them throwing people's things away. as far as the tents, i don't mind seeing the tents. i would rather see tents all
over the city than to know that these sweeps are taking place that are really a form of torture. and the idea that we need to make the view prettier for the wealthy tech's like they can't stand to lock at the des taught people who are struggling in this city, that's absurd. and it has to stop. thank you for holding this hearing. >> thank you, next speaker.
>> he just kept spraying. he was trying to wash the dude away and his stuff with the sprayer. that's like chemicals and it's cold and it doesn't make sense why he couldn't wait five seconds. >> the one time before that, i was sick for three days under a trent. they laughed in my face and got my stuff and i barely came out. i'm telling them, you took my
stuff. he was laughing in my face. i jumped in the truck to get my stuff. he goes, you are going to go to jail for getting that stuff. i said i don't steal and i don't do anything wrong for you guys to just record me and actually throw me in jail for taking my stuff back. he was like -- >> walk in their shoes. the world is a funny place. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i work in coalition of homelessness. for years i still see no
solutions of this issue of homelessness. i hear the officer talking about how helping homeless people and so i don't think the police help the homeless people. the police are trigger homeless people. when the police are coming, we feeling like criminals. they have to be honest. homeless people suffered trauma. everyone who is homeless suffers tram a imagine when the police are examining to them. it's crazy. they are talking about you guys, just talking about give you 50 mats. we have 7,000 homeless people. we have 1300 beds in this city.
how do you want to accommodate all the homeless people in one bed on one mat. it's ridiculous. so, the bad weather is all year around. why i say the bad weather is that all year around, number one, because we have a crisis in san francisco. we need to end the homelessness and the only way we can end it, we need to free the money from proposition c. and create a housing. not only shelter, housing. and for every single one and the only way we can solve this problem is the weekend --
>> it seems when we come to the desires of wealthy we always act but when it comes to the needs of vulnerable people, working class and poor people, we have studies and we have discussions and -- i don't know. i just feel like this is just insane. we need to stop the sweeps right now in any weather and not when we run out of beds but just now. this is a simpl symptom of someg
greater and we can't just sweep it aside and not dealing with the larger issue of our wealth and equality here. thank you. >> next speaker. >> jack coalition of homelessnessment i'm kind sick. i'll troy to be quick. we passed prop f as a city to offer due process to tenants allocating millions of people on the streets. most have been evicted from their brick and mortar homes from the city. the status quo is unacceptable and highlighted by fata u.n. special housing when she visited san francisco last year she said homeless community repeatedly expressed they wanted to be treated as human beings and it's dehumanizing and unjust to criminacriminalize thousands of.
i stair aware of trends regarding housing and homelessness and this in other countries and it's clear we're going to band these unconstitutional sweeps sooner rather than later. the decision before you as supervisors, is whether we should be a leader in the movement or wait for more homeless deaths to stack up. they will be of the city's poor, queer, trans, disabled, elderly, people of color, years after sweeps were city policy, and hundreds of deaths later, it is time for this committee and for this city to correct our moral lapse to stop the sweeps whatever the weather. thank you for holding this hearing. >> i support the representations outlined by the coalition on homelessness. they do confiscate tents, to the extent there's any need for
evidence and the police have body cameras, phones, it's definitely overkill positive whether any of the officers experience any consequences if they don't follow what was outlined by chief scott and the letter that we heard today. and also on the point about communication that clearly isn't working at quitly to get turnout for the extra mats and i'll offer the perspective we live in a city where every tuesday at noon the entire city hears an announcement about a test emergency and there's some terrible irony in the fact that we can't get out communication and real emergencies so i hope you will improve the process and one possible thing to look into might be can we post at least information about 311 on public buildings or on shelters and i want to thank you for organizing the hearing today and i'm very disappointed that the other city
officials do not stay around for any of the public comment period. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is anubis and i want to state for the record that i am an intern for supervisor mandelman's office. be that as it may, i feel duty bound today to my fellow homeless people, because i was homeless myself for six years on the street and before that i was homeless with my mother and to my family to speak today. i've had many conversations with people on the board of supervisors and the one thing i hear a lot is that supervisors, the supervisors want to make a change and they feel that they can't because their constituents will be angry with them. i want to say that most people
>> she was not able to answer and i'm going to ask you the same question today. the question is supervisor, when sweeps of homeless people who don't forget are your constituents, one of those sweeps ethical and humane. to steal people's tents, tarps and other survival gear. when it is ethical and humane to steal people's medication, medical supplies, food, water, clothing. to steal and confiscate everything something owns leaving them with nothing. alone a