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there are a lot of people here who say if you build the navigation center, the neighborhood will become terrible. that is not my experience. it took me a long time to figure out even that the homeless shelters i live nearby were homeless shelters. sheer very good neighbors. so homelessness is a huge problem in san francisco. our mayor ran on solving it. the own path to solving it is through building a lot more shelter beds and permanent housing. so i know a lot of people talk about being blind-sueded. blind. if anyone lived next to a large parking lot, you should adjust your expectations now because we will have a huge expansion in shelter beds and affordable howing. every single neighborhood will experience that and it's a good thing. it's something we need. that's very rude, actually. please don't talk while i'm
talking. so finally, i just really want to assure people it's not that bad. oh, also, i think it's very interesting how many people really want the support to make money off of this land. so when you do propose high-rise racondos, take down everyone's name because i'm sure they'll come back and be in support of it. >> so deborah bomber? >> i think it's unfortunate she left because i -- >> can you please state your name. >> sam wagner. it's unfortunate sonya left because i think she should visit the facility at the dog patch because she clearly doesn't know. i've lived in the city for 19 areas. one of my closest friends from college is living on the trees s
now. i run passed two navigation centres and i personally hurdle needles and feces. i've been chased by an individual outed the dog patch facility. due to my experiences and concerns for safety, i run on the far side of the street to provide space. so imagine my surprise when the city wanted to drop a navigation center with the most concentrated use of scale schood childcare facilities. i cannot fathom a less appropriate place. there are five distinct preschools, half a mile away. two playgrounds and one park and within one mile, there's much more. this is a neighborhood with various children.
again, i cannot fathom this being the best decision for our neighborhood but look at other sites to find something smaller and scalable. foul thank you. >> thank you. >> deborah and then victoria. >> deborah? victoria? alex sweet. denise? and then amy woo. >> good afternoon thank you for the opportunity. my name is denise and i am the general manager for alcatraz causecruises. weaone of the things i wanted to mention today was the increase that we have been experiencing
in the types of crime, unfortunately, that seams to b e promulgated with storefronts, in connection primarily with the opioid crisis. wear not we're not a small busit there are small businesses down in the southern end of the dog patch area. those businesses are going to incur significantly more costs in order maintain a safety operation, particularly a retail operation people will want go into. we don't have cases of people coming in and making a stir or drawing attention to themselves. we have people that -- two so far that have overdosed in our banbathrooms and cafe. we have families that steal, grab purses and backpack and
run, scare little children. it's a significant -- we've been able to increase our security throughout the year and we'll be doing it again in anticipation now that daylight savings tame itimeis here but the businessese navigation centers are housed will be severely impacted and almost need training. having your front door open to your business is something that you want to do because it's warm and welcoming. however, if your doors are open, and wrong people -- to close your doors to feel more secure but what does that do for your business and storefront? so there are issues, i think, that should be addressed as far as making sure that businesses understand what their challenges are and can meet them. thank you. >> amy woo and then gene l -rbg? >> hello.
i know you all must be tired so i'll try to be brief and i won't repeat the points made but i wanted to share a couple of antidotes. the first actually is on my walk over here, i was rushed by a homeless man who said that he would beat me and what's really scarry is that i was next to a young couple with their child. i'm really worried about the concentration resulting in more potential dange danger danger tr families. the other antidote, i've been personally physical assaulted by a homeless man with clear mental health issues. i believe they need a full, medical attention and support in these facilities and that's what we should be prioritizing. it's not a matter of reasoning or convincing them to go to a inspection shelter or location. and in this particular instance,
you know, it was really terrible and i get anxiety attacks. i was rushed. i was kicked in my chest. i fell backward and hit a tree and slumped to the concrete and luckily, i was saved by a couple of construction workers who happened to walk by and pushed him away before he could reach me again for god knows what was next. i just really urge you to consider the cases of that happening in such a family-friendly neighborhood where now, i'm the mother of a beautiful, bright 16-month-old baby girl and i just can't imagine what would have happened if it had been her that i was holding to my chest at the time of this attack. so thank you. [cheers and applause] >> gene lions and brian edwards.
>> i was chased in broad daylight with a friend of main with a hopeless guy who had a huge chunk of metal and we were running at huge speed or the fact that my brother and family will never visit me again in san francisco after being accosted on the way back. i want to talk about due process. i canvassed 18 businesses on sunday and none of them knew about this navigation center. in addition to talking to neighbors, both in the street and going into condos in our neighborhood. you know, talking to the manager of safeway and i don't know if they spoke today, but just the other day some woman was punched in the face by a homeless person. one of my other neighbors was in safeway and had someone empty his stomach and almost hit him trying to buy produce. we could go on and on but i
think it's very important to make some friends in the community and have us weigh in and get visibility to where the budget is being spent and how it's spent. and as much as we know wit operational budget is, what is the cost in renting from the port? what is the cost of the construction of this facility and where are the mental health types of services that is so badly needed if we'll build these at all to assess the benefits and what are the downsides from the existing eight built since 2015? the other point i want to make as i was coming back from volunteer opportunity, obligation i ad, there was a yog man not 100% with it. he asked me for help. i don't know the city and would love to know where i can go. what are you looking for? i came here from portland a couple of nights ago and i met a
friend, a woman that lived in the streets. and she told me to stuff my luggage into a bush and said, could you describe the area there. he did. >> thank you for your comments. >> thank you. brian edwards and then pepper. >> they're here and the linkage to care that they aren't being provided right now while they're just out there, out there in the
station. it leads to much better outcomes and i've heard a lot of numbers today, as well. there's 7500 homeless people in san francisco right now. their shelter capacity for about 25 to 2600 of them and that includes families, includes single adults and substance abuse or treatment beds available. so that is 4,000 people plus that you couldn't indoors in you wanted to. you couldn't force them to accept services if you wanted to and this is just another 200 people that can help. you talk about feces on the ground and i see it, too. i would see it when i would bring syringe disposal supplies and that goes indoors. you have people supervising and they have access to substance abuse treatment and it's just -- they will not come.
they're already here. they're here more way more than 200 people. >> kelly cutler and then angela jay. >> excuse me. i'm not on the list and i would like to speak. >> ok, after they speak, you're more than welcome. currently we have 1405 people on the shelter wait list. people waiting just to get temporary shelter. it's been freezing. it's been coal. cold. every year we have a memorial for people who have died on our
streets. this past year we collected 240 names. so this is the reality of what we're talking about. and when there's a community meeting in any neighborhood, and believe me, i have my own issues with the homeless department, but every neighborhood says not our neighborhood. but the reality is, is as a community as a whole for the health of the community as a whole, we need to be creating resources and helping people and having places because we have a housing and health crisis. that's the reality of it. i encourage you to talk to folks in the mission neighborhood because there was a neighborhood where it went really long but what their experience was like once a navigation centre came in compared to what they were expecting or afraid of. but where so many were actually really happy because people
could get help and it helped the community. when we help each other, it's better for everyone. thank you. >> thank you. >> angela jay. >> thank you for this opportunity for those of us to address issues. i one time woke up in the evening or after a nap and i looked outside and i saw this person in my backyard, not far from my window. it was ob ok, understanding that some need to find a place to shelter but he was turning a magazine and in the next hour he completely disrobed. and other things were happening. it was very frightening for me. i was very very concerned. i think wag what's happening isn
>> so that is my plan. >> thank you. [applause]. >> is there any other comment? come on up whoever would like to come, please do. >> i am a singapore citizen, i lived in singapore for many years, grew up there. i want to comment on the last comment. i think there is a way to balance capitalism and social care.
i haven't been back home to singapore for a long time, but i chalk it all the time. i think there is a way for a joint solution here. >> thank you. [applause] >> my name is philippa and this is my twin sister. we are the infamous twins. we have lived -- i never felt unsafe until about a month ago. we actually live over here, not at the gateway. we have been hiking along the embarcadero on a sunday afternoon and we were coming back, it was raining, it was about 415 in the afternoon. we are waiting to cross the street, and out of the corner of my eye, this is on people who need help with mental issues, out of the corner of my eye, i
could see a figure in an orange jumpsuit coming across the street, but we were looking at the traffic light because we were going to cross. the next thing we knew, he was in my space, and he went like this. he would have killed me. he did not have any shoes on. he fell down on the ground because it was raining. next thing, you try to attack my sister as she had an umbrella and that's what saved her the police eventually came. they could not find this individual anywhere. there were four or five police cars, and he was heading towards the ferry building. i think the thing we are trying to say is yes, people do need help. how about battery street? there is a huge building there that has been empty for years.
there's offices around there, not really any residential neighborhood, but these people need help, and we are lucky to be alive today because he didn't actually get to us, but he could have got to other people. thank you very much. >> thank you. [applause] >> is there any other public comment? come on up. you can only speak once, i'm sorry. >> no problem, come on up. >> my name is diana. i've been in the city for over 20 years. there are three points i want to make. i feel so unsafe in the city that i've had to buy monthly munimobile passes to get from embarcadero over to stuart center. i tried walking on beale and
bryant, and it wasn't worth the risk. number 2, my mother and my family and friends don't want to visit anymore because they feel so unsafe. number 3, is it going to take something as tragic as a death or several deaths to happen before people realize, hey, this is a big problem. so i'm not saying that we shouldn't have a navigation center, i think we need to rethink where we are putting it in the gospel about that for both the homeless and the taxpaying citizens. thank you. [applause] >> hello. my name is jeffrey. i live at 200 brandon. i moved to the city after college in 1971. i work for zero magnan what is now called one number 1 harrison street over from hill's brothers when they were roasting coffee when we had train cars and flatbeds going in and out of the buildings, now when the trains
used to go in and out of the buildings, where the house sits, i know this neighborhood, i live in it. i have been in this neighborhood living here for 15 years. i used a bike and take my lunches in the neighborhood back in the seventies and eighties and nineties. changes are good. evolution will happen. this is a good change for the neighborhood. i've seen it over all of these years, and on a bicycle, i see things differently from people who are in vehicles or people who don't live in the area, and i walk a lot, i hope that this thing is reconsidered and people really think about it. >> thank you. [applause]. >> is there any other public comment? come on up. >> hello, my name is penelope and i've lived in san francisco
since 2001. i just want to read a quote from jeff kaczynski from the san francisco chronicle. if the city had unlimited resources, jeff kaczynski at the department of homelessness and supportive housing said he'd rather skip the navigation center step altogether and just have councillors with people straight from their tents into rehab, mental care permit housing. but that is not about to happen soon. so my question is, does this neighbor -- this neighborhood has had a surplus of tax collection in the amount of $415 million, is what i've i -- what i have read. i'm just curious as to why we are allocating money to temporary solutions instead of permanent supportive housing, which is what dr. margo -- she is the director at ucsf for the center of vulnerable populations she says we can spend a lot of money to make the problem look
less bad, or we can solve the problem of people experiencing homelessness. in her opinion, shelters don't work. she believes in building permit supportive housing. so i also just did a quick back of the envelope calculation and the cost to run this facility for four years, you could send 1,777 people to professionally professionally run rehabs for 90 days. the experts recommend that professional -- people who go to professional rehab should go there for at least 90 days and they have an 80% success right. i'm just wondering why san francisco is getting into the business of drug rehab when there is 13,000 drug rehab facilities all over the country, and we could take this money, and we could send people to rehab that is known to be successful. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. is there any other public comment? come on up.
>> hello. everybody spoke on behalf of elderly kids -- elderly, kids, children, homeless, except one. we are a century city. and there are a lot of families that employ nannies. people who will never, ever have a voice when it comes to calling the police, and what i have witnessed was really disturbing because i saw a nanny, and i know this family, the 90 doesn't speak english. she was pushing a trailer and she was startled by a high individual and she jumped with the stroller into a car lane and she ran across and almost got ran over by a car. this women will not call the police, i think she will never called the police, and we have so many people who don't have a voice and who are not be represented here. just think about those people. >> thank you. >> thank you. [applause]
>> is there any other public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. director kaczynski, would you like to say anything? >> sure. [laughter] >> how many of you are going to the community meeting? okay, most of you. i will be brief. i know, commissioners, you have been here for a while. i appreciate all of the comments and the opportunity to share concerns from the neighbors. i don't think i have time to respond to all of them, but we will be available tonight at the meeting, and i'm sure there will be other meetings. i guess i will respond to some of the most recent comments around permanent housing, homelessness versus navigation centers. i think it is true that if we had an unlimited amount of resources, maybe we would be
looking at different solutions, but the reality of it is, we don't have an unlimited amount of resources, and we have people who are suffering and dying on the streets in it temporary -- and temper a shelter provides people with a much needed respite and an opportunity to address medical and other issues that they are facing on their pathways to moving beyond homelessness. that is the reality that we are facing, and we're trying to build a response system that meets a whole variety of needs ranging from street outreach to other types of care, to shelter, to reunify in people with their family and friends and other communities, to very temporary assistance to permanent supportive housing. we have a wide range of services we need, an additional thousand beds. mayor bree did not pull that number out of a hat and just say , we need 1,000 beds, it is based on gaps analysis of homelessness response system that we did when our department was created and mayor lee was running our city, and we've
added beds, we looked to about needing 1200 more beds. we've added a few hundred in the past couple of years in looking to add an additional thousand to fill a gap that exists in our system and we think when we hit that goal we will make a tremendous difference on the streets. the other thing i think that i will leave you all with is i want to say i grew up -- i came to the city in 1989 and i was raising two doctors. my wife is a public school teacher. i live about half a mile in between two navigation centers and believe that what i saw was improvements on the streets in my neighborhood. my daughters both walked almost right by them every single day on their way to catch the 14 bus to go to school and i haven't had the experience of anything other than making a big difference in the neighborhood,
and i understand people's concerns, and i think we have a lot of work to do to educate all of you about how the navigation centers operate, and maybe talk to some clients, come see them with us or on your own so that there's maybe greater understanding about who is staying there, because i also want to close by reminding folks that these are people and some of them do have significant problems. many, if not all of us in the room have a family member who is either experienced -- has experience homelessness or suffered from mental health or substance abuse issues and have needed help at some point in their lives, and we shouldn't lump everybody together. the homeless, i don't even know what that means, but i do know a couple of facts, which is that homeless people are much more likely to be the victims of violent crime then the perpetrators of violent crime. i do also know that we had a u.c. berkeley class come in and do an analysis of crime reports and property values around the
navigation centers and saw absolutely no reduction in property values and no increase in crime around any of the navigation centers and i think that we need to do a better job of explaining and exploring these with you, and i hope that over time some of you who have concerns will feel -- we have not made a final decision about size or how long or about any of those things, we are in the beginning of a process in which we want to hear from all of you about how to make this work best for the neighborhood. thank you. >> thank you. do you have anything to add? >> i thank you covered it, director kaczynski. in addition to the street, there will be other community meetings which the porch closed on his website. they'll be coming out of the department of homelessness and supportive housing but we'll be sure to post them and anyone who is writing to me or janie or the commissioners, we are putting you on our mail list. we want to make sure the work
gets out so everyone can continue in this dialogue. >> thank you. >> i wasn't here for the beginning of it, but i will take a crack at saying we do have a city crisis with the homelessness and i am -- for a temporary navigation center. i think we should define temporary. i think we should look at alternatives, so when an opportunity comes to develop the site, we can move the temporary facility elsewhere and do what is appropriate under our mandate for the port property. i don't know if it was covered before i got here, but i believe that we should provide it rent free or for a dollar, i don't think there should be a price tag tied to it. i think the contribution that we
would would get citywide is ample enough pay in dealing with the crisis before us. i think that we should spell out and we should participate in whatever good neighborhood policies we want in mitigation for managing it. like i'm sure they do in all of the centers around the city. i think they have seven of them now. seven facilities now, this would be number 8, and i think we should get our arms around the true work of temporary. i mean we are talking four years , but rent control was enacted on a temper a basis in san francisco and we haven't 30 years later, so that's define what temporary is and how we are going to deal with it, and i believe that we should have alternative sites earmarked already, and then we know if the
opportunity comes for peer 3032 and lot 330, that we know where we will move the navigation -- the navigation center. i will open to my colleagues' comments. >> thank you. >> vice president? >> almost seven years in the commission, i have never seen this community coming out. i live in that area, you know, this is a very painful conversation that has to take place. we have to talk about this, and i'm glad that whether you are for or against, i am not a bureaucrat, i am just a regular working person. when mayor lee was mayor, they had a task force of all the mayors, the mayor of l.a., mayor lee, the mayor of seattle met in portland to talk about this crisis, and it is a crisis that
is grasping our city. with the success that we have had in the city, it is the most expensive city in the united states to live, and the average age is 27 years old. we have to really talk about it, and i always felt there should be a navigation center in every district, but aware, that had to be thought out and determined. now when i address the commission, merely called -- mayor lee called for a navigation center. we stepped up. we did and we did not feel that the mayor could do this himself. everybody here in the city is responsible for this homeless problem. we all have to chip in in some kind of way and make some painful sacrifices. one could say, i don't like that , and i could say okay, what is a solution? you can be against everything, but you have to come up with some thoughtful solutions. when you think about the street,
everybody wants to use that as a model. it was in pacific heights at first, and the president of my union and john and phil burton, they didn't want the people in specific -- pacific heights. at the time, jimmy hermon was president of the port commission leroy king was on redevelopment, nancy pelosi came down here. there was this fear. we kind of got through that and we thought about those things. we've had some very interesting conversations here recently. i wasn't sure if anyone would have been here when we had a conversation about canvas coming to the port. hardly nobody came to that discussion. and when we talk about mental health -- when he was the governor, he shut down all the mental hospitals in california. just remember that. let's bring it up and let's talk
about it. let's put everything out there where it should be. where do we go from here? and jeff, maybe you can tell me, because what i want to know is how do we get to that selection of this property here, how did it come about, i mean, i think the public deserves to hear that to me, the port and everything belongs to the people, and i think they need those answers, i think they need transparency, and we have to have a painful conversation and we need feedback. i always think about what the giants did when they came. they reached out and engage the community, and they got the community's supports. if you are going to be successful, you have to have the support of the community behind you and you have to have those tough conversations, and how can you make something where people can live with something.
people feel uneasy about this. i've heard the discussions today from people about being assaulted and attacked. san francisco, it is a dangerous city. there's a lot of criminals out there doing things here. we had a guy he was going to blow up here 39 who was a terrorist, we have all kinds of people in this city. if we are going to have this conversation, we really need to get down into the nuts and bolts , and jeff i have to ask you something, when the decision was made, was there a panel or community forum and was any citizens in that area, were they able to make -- give their feedback and their thoughts, because it would affect them, and who were the decision-makers that made the decision? we all know that mayor breed ran on this, and it is painful, we have to deal with it, it will not go away. we have a big homeless problem and the guy was right. they were already there, i live in this neighborhood.
we had this discussion at the port commission because i run every morning on the embarcadero and i was stepping over people that were right there on the embarcadero, but you would think that with all their brainpower in the city, how do we find a solution to make it work? we can't turn our back on the homeless people. nobody wants it in their community, somebody would say, a supervisor said, oh, yeah, it is a good deal, but not in my community. how do we make it work? how do we get there? this is just one discussion. this is just an informal hearing this got to be a lot more discussions before we come to some resolution and i think hitting jeff up, hitting the mayor, hitting supervisors up and say, we have to have more feedback and have this painful conversation. jeff, how did we get to that situation where this was laid out? i think the public needs to know i would like to know myself as a commissioner. >> thank you, commissioner.
so we have been going through a process of looking for sites pretty much since i started my job, quite frankly. as you can imagine, it is challenging to find any sight to develop anything in san francisco. so we sat down with -- we have been sitting down on a regular basis with the department of real estate, the department of public works, representatives from my department, of course, in the mayor's office, and have been evaluating at least 100 sites that we have looked at so far and trying to find places that are going to work. before we did that, i'm sorry, we also created specifications around what do we need for a site and what was going to work, how long, how big, did we have to have access to it, access to utilities, access to public transportation, and we use that to evaluate a number of sites and pursued many, many sites for a whole variety of reasons, various properties wouldn't work
, and we are currently actively looking at a number of sites, not just this site, because to get to another 800 beds to achieve the mayor's go and meet the needs, will continue looking. i will tell you that no member of our board of supervisors has said to me know, when we have approached them with sites, in every single district, we are looking around the city, but we're also looking for sights that are 15-20,000 square feet in size, that are close to public transportation, that are available at a cost that is reasonable, so there's a lot that goes into it. this is just one of a number of sights that we are currently looking at. i want to make sure that i am speaking -- it is the only other site, i believe it is the only other site that we are actively looking at the district six.
we are currently pursuing a few more sites in other districts. does that answer your question? there is a long list of sights that we have looked at and taken off the table or are still looking at, and we meet every other week and then we talk on the phone every week when we are evaluating the work, a lot of work has gone into this. the next step in the process, and i agree with the speakers, it is unfortunate that the community meeting had to be the same day, or after this hearing, although this is only an informational hearing. we are in the beginning of a process. we have many, many meetings scheduled between now and april 24th. we will continue to get input from the community. this is the beginning of that process, i agree. it would have been ideal if the community meeting started before we had this meeting with you, and i'd appreciate you taking the time and hearing all the public comment, but we will continue nothing that we put up there on the board.
it is a done deal. we're have laid out a proposal and we are still open and we are certainly open and want to get feedback to how to get this working best for the community. >> okay. one other question, jeff. are they going to be able to get their voice heard, so the community that they have, or any citizens on that committee, can they have their voice in their concern heard? one thing i heard really clear today from the citizens here, is that they feel that this thing was being crossed people think they're being rushed is this thing going to go at a pace where everybody can have involvement and have dialogue, because there has to be a narrative on this. >> absolutely. i believe tonight, a member is turning the community meeting, and we'll talk about the process ends their ongoing involvement,
not just during the development, but their ongoing involvement in the operations of the navigation centre at central waterfront, including the expectation which they exercise when they need to of being able to contact me or someone on my leadership team when there is an issue on their neighborhood toast from the neighborhood and asking us to respond to it quickly and to use the resource at the navigation centre and the central waterfront to respond to those issues. i will let the neighbors speak for themselves, rather than share the direct experience working with us and their ongoing involvement with us and our nonprofit partner. >> one other thing, i think we heard it very clearly, evidently i think from what i heard from some of the people speaking, clearly they don't feel like there's enough police and enough protection and security in those areas for people to feel safe. i think it would be fair if they knew. whether they like it or not,
they need to know that there has to be policing, people have to feel safe, if you live somewhere and you are paying a lot of money for your mortgage, you want to feel free to walk around your neighborhood and explore it , because if you think about it at the end of the day, we have over 30 million tourists a year that come to san francisco. san francisco is a city that thrives on tourism. down at her 27, we are trying to build up our crews ship. people walk back and forth going to the giants game, and if you are going to have the warriors -- so much is happening in our city. and a problem with the infrastructure and the traffic, i think there's so much, much going on right now, i am hoping as we take the slow path that people understand that if we bring the community along with us, but there's a lot more, in my opinion, of discussion that has to take place. because this is a very, very painful situation. i don't know -- in my opinion, it means it is just a regular
person, but i don't know if we can solve the homeless problem. we have always had the homeless problem. if you're reading the bible back from the beginning of time, we have always had those people. anybody can wind up homeless. a lot of people don't think that you could have a bad divorce, you could have a bad drug problem, you could have a stroke or an aneurysm. a lot of people what at one time had it all together, nobody should ever put themselves above the community and think like something like that couldn't happen to them, because they seep people are only a couple paychecks away from being homeless, and living paycheque to paycheque, so we'll have to check ourselves sometimes, because we could wind up there. there's a lot of people who are homeless, and at one time they had it all together. that is my comments for now, and i'm looking for more public comment and see and you come back. thanks. >> thank you. >> director kaczynski, thank you so much for your presentation. thank you for your opinions. this is a difficult issue, and
i've never heard any community stand up and say, please, give me a navigation centre. i have not heard that yet. [laughter] >> we have had this conversation before because we have a navigation centre on port property and the dogpatch community, the bayview community has the same concerns that you do. the dogpatch community has asked us to extend the navigation centre and the dogpatch. we did not ask them. they came to us and said it is working so well, and we see such a difference that we wanted it to continue. i just encourage everybody to keep an open mind, to listen, to get educated, to understand what it is that they are proposing, because all homeless people are not drug dealers. all homeless people are not criminals. homeless people are homeless because they can't afford to live anywhere anymore. it is a citywide crisis. we cannot not do anything.
we have to do something, and i agree that the concentration of the navigation centers should not be in district six and district ten. i think it is a citywide issue and i think every community should share in it, but we cannot just ignore it, we have to do something. so i look forward to hearing what happens from tonight's meeting. i look forward to hearing from all the other comments from all the other meetings that will be held between now and the end of april and if that time we are not ready to move on it, maybe we will push it to make, but everybody needs to keep an open mind and give it a chance. thank you. >> okay. >> item 88 is informational session and report on contracting for the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2018 and 2019, july 1st 2019
through december 31st 2018. >> good evening, commissioners. i am with the planning division. i know you've had a long meeting tonight, so i will quickly go through this presentation and then allow you to ask any questions that you had. we have some activity for the first two quarters of the current fiscal year between july 1st 2018 to december 31st 2018. i will discuss contracts that we have awarded, payments made on those contracts, and talk about the current state of our utilization plans on the developer to agreements of pierce 70, and mission rock and close by talking about the outreach activities. they're currently 1291 certified firms in the city and county of san francisco. that is a 147 firm increase or
11% more than we had a year ago. so we are seeing a significant increase in firms that are participating in the lbd program during the first half of this fiscal year, we awarded six new contracts valued at $25 million. three of those contracts went to lbd prime contracts and dollars awarded would have been to lbd firms. of the three contracts awarded, one contract was awarded to an african-american owned minority business enterprise. one contract was responsible for 78% of the overall dollars awarded during the reporting period, that was the park improvement project awarded to gordon at all. and that 19 million-dollar outlier was omitted from our overall awards. the performance climbs to 90 1%.
while we sought fewer new contract awards in the first half of the fiscal year, we will see a significant increase in contract activity for the remainder of fiscal year 1819. now turning to payments made on open porch projects of over $15.5 million that was paid to park contractors in the first half of the fiscal year, 40% of those payments went to those firms. during the reporting period, construction of professional service contracts exceeded their average subcontracting goals, well as needed contracts felt slightly before the lbd requirements. there are -- the majority of our contracts of meeting our goals. all of our contracts are currently on budget. we have to watch what that are following -- falling behind schedule. the crane cove park improvement projects and the. ninety-four back lands may have to come back to you for
extensions. details on all the current contracts and their l.b.e. performance are included in attachments two, three and four of your report. the slide compares awards made in the first six months of each of the past five fiscal years. while we had a deaf in l.b.e. award amounts during the reporting period, it is important to note that payment amounts increase significantly from past reporting periods, but our overall l.b.e. payments have stayed in the 50% range. we had strong participation in the contracts that were awarded in previous reports. this is another view comparing dollars awarded and contract awards for the past five fiscal years, but we are always beholden to the type of work. required on any given project
and the pull of firms are available to perform that work. large contracts like crane cove park and other contracts decrease our overall o.b.e. participation, but we have been able to stay over the 40% aspirational goal set by the office. we accept -- expect that redline to take an upward spike in the second half of the fiscal year. the port currently oversees two development projects at pierce 70 and mission rock. each project is now in the implementation phase. it will be going through extensive planning, engineering and construction in the coming years. each project also has a -- has committed to a unique l.b.e. utilization program that governs the inclusion and participation. the project -- committed to an outreach goal of 17%.
twenty-one-point 7% and $620 million in contract awards from the pier 70 project have been awarded to all l.b.e. firms but the next infra structure bid package is coming forward in the next few months and valued at $43 million and is expected to exceed 30% o.b.e. participation. last year, brook field hired an l.b.e. firm to provide outreach guidance and in project support, dwayne jones, was here earlier, but had to leave. mission rock partners l.l.c. the mission rock project is a little bit behind in terms of scheduling behind the pier 70 project.
they recently issued a request for qualifications for professional services. forty% of the 200 submittals they received came from l.b.e. firms will be shortlisted and invited to bid on specific r.f.p.s in the summer of this year. they have hired monica wilson, a women-owned o.b.e. firm headquartered in the bayview to provide l.b.e. outreach and support to the team. in addition to the formal administration of contracts, we spent a good portion of the reporting period organizing outreach activities to increase participation among small, local businesses. in partnership with the african-american chamber of commerce, we held a minority business enterprise mixer in september. the event allowed small firms to register for ten minute to meet and greet sessions with -- we
held a technical workshop to get micro firms tips and tricks on submitting winning proposals and to promote our upcoming as needed engineering micro l.b.e. opportunities. finally, the port's third annual contract open house is scheduled for thursday, march 21st from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in pier one. to date, we have had 130 people commit to attending. this is the largest of our networking events. we hope all of you are able to attend the 21st. we are currently in the midst of evaluating several r.f.p.s. we received more proposals, many from new firms that first learned about this opportunity through our outreach events. in january, we received 12 responses to our as needed engineering rfq, whereby we received half of that number for the same solicitation in the past. interest from firms to work for
and with the port is increasing with every new solicitation. upcoming opportunities include our micro l.b.e. as needed engineering rfq which was initiated today. we are going to work four contracts valued at $11 million each. in april, will be issuing an invitation for bids for three by 9 billion-dollar contract to rebuild building 49 at the park. in late april, our as needed and viable services r.f.q. will become available and our south beach marina repairs project will go forward this summer. in conclusion, 39% of dollars awarded the o.b.e., wall 40% of contracts payments went to l.b.e. firms. we exclude the project half of all payments went to l.b.e. his. we expect many more in the
second half, and we will continue to outreach and be as inclusive as possible to l.b.e. firms. that quickly can -- concludes my presentation and i'm available to answer any questions you may have. >> thank you. is there any public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. president adams? >> good job. thanks. short and sweet, but it seemed like you are getting better and you laid it out really well. thank you for all the effort that you are putting forward and the transparency. key portion, thank you. >> great, no questions. thank you. >> thank you so much for this report. i really appreciate all the detail that you put into it, and all the activity that has gone on to increase our outreach to
l.b.e. and the fact that we should be increasing. i think that is phenomenal. can you please give me a breakdown of the l.b.e. for the contracts awarded? >> the contracts awarded during this reporting period, we had six contracts awarded. of the six, three went to l.b.e. firms, 50% of them. two of those want to o.b.e. firms, and one went to the business enterprise. >> percentages meaning, in dollars? >> i don't have those numbers in front of me. i can tell you that if we take out the outlier. >> no. [laughter]. >> total. >> i can provide that. >> if you can just let me know, i would like to know that. and we always assess question