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to the creator, he's the one that's a 5150? or is it those in the system that are trying to work something out that never seems to happen, the same system that did the very same thing from the native americans from that time to this moment? a system that's run by bankers, a system that has the bar association of lawyers -- liars -- lawyers, that have taken overall three branchs of government a long time ago. a very, very corrupt system that places even law enforcement in a tough position because they have spirit and souls, as well, but they're controlled by this corrupt system, and it's time for them to arise and take it over. it's time for us all to arise and take this over. why aren't the churches being
charged with false advertisement? love one another, do unto one another. there's plenty of ways to take care of the homeless issue. i've talked to plenty of students. i said walk out of school and see how fast they find an answer because it's a financial leverage if the students were to do that. as you are surely as the -- as su surely as the fires were commanded, a breath away will be the earthquakes, will be the explosions in the economic and corporate sectors, and the fire from beyond and down under as -- >> chair mandelman: thank you. [inaudible] >> clerk: next speaker, please. >> chair mandelman: are there
any other members of the public who wish to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. supervisor -- vice chair stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thank you, chair mandelman. first, i want to thank everybody from public comment who came out to speak. i know this is a very emotional topic for everybody. we all come at it with our own experiences, whether it's personal or family or the work that we do. and i want to thank you all for sharing your thoughts with us here today and especially, you know, to the woman who said about those going into treatment programs, you're right. becoming sober is mentally, physically exhausting experience. for people who go into 90-day treatment programs, they should have housing. they should not go into the streets. that's one of the reasons i cosponsored legislation to prioritize those who are coming
out of treatments. because why invest somebody for 90 days when they're getting sober, and putting them back out on the street? i think it's something we need to understand about addiction and the disease of addiction. if you don't understand what it's like to have that living inside your head, about wanting to take the next drink, and you can't. jennifer friedenbach was right. you don't hate the person, you hate the disease. the reason why i called this hearing is because i hear over and over again, and i see over and over again people suffering in our hospitals, going in and out on 5150 holds. whether you like it or not, they're going in on 5150 holds because what they're doing on the street is causing them to
be taken to the hospital, and they need that care and my point in calling is not about sb 1045, it's not about locking people up. that's not what this hearing is about. it's about how do we get our departments, our city departments, to coordinate better. how do we think about coordinated exit? how do we help the person that's leaving p.e.s.? how many more type of beds do we need? how many beds? that's what this hearing is about, because if we don't look at that -- at those investments, we're just going to keep doing this over and over again, which is the definition of insanity if we don't make any changes. so that's why i called this hearing. we need to understand what the departments are doing better.
we are doing good work. i want to thank you four coming. there is a lot of work going on at s.f. general, a lot of good work going on. i know all of my colleagues here want to do better. we are in charge of the budget. we want to know how to spend your dollars to get at this problem to help the people who are suffering on our streets. that's what i want to do and that's why i called this hearing. i want to thank those who presented, i want to thank my colleagues for their thoughtful questions because we're going to keep at this. this is not the end of this discussion for me. i'm going to keep at it, i'm going to keep asking questions, demanding answers, and i'm going to keep hearing from you. come to my office. follow up with your comments. let me know what you think,
what you think we can do better. i want to know. so again, i want to thank chair mandelman for having this hearing, for scheduling, and thank you to the department heads and everyone who spoke. we have a lot of work to do, and thank you for the good work that you do. >> chair mandelman: thank you. do you want to have this continued or filed? okay. so i'll continue this to the call of the chair. we can take that without objection. mr. clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: agenda item number four is a hearing to identify the scope of illegal dumping in district ten. current resources public work has devoted to curb illegal dumping and long-term plans to reduce ildeal dumping. >> chair mandelman: supervisor walton, this is your hearing, and the floor is yours.
>> supervisor walton: thank you, chair mandelman, and i want to thank everyone for coming out this morning -- or i should say this afternoon. as i go throughout the -- my community. as we drive, walk, jog and spend time in the streets here in san francisco, we see trash and debris being left on our streets and sidewalks on the daily. and illegal dumping is really proportionate in this area in san francisco. we are he here to hear from public works, recology about the problem and here some of the things that they're doing about the issues. i want to thank d.p.w. and recology for coming out and presenting as we discuss solutions. the teams at d.p.w. and recology have been responsive
when we ask them questions about people who dump trash. this is not just about how our streets look, but it's also about the resources that we take away from addressing other issues in the cities because we have to address illegal dumping which is costing up to $10 million a year as a city. in addition to recology and d.p.w., we have sergeant james pacini from the san francisco police department's bayview station and representatives from recology on-site for wes, and there may be other staff members here. but with that said, i want to first turn this over to hear from mr. larry stringer who's a deputy over at the department of public works. thank you so much for being here, and mr. stringer, it's on you. >> thank you, supervisor walton and supervisors. illegal dumping is a huge
problem in san francisco. kind of all over, but it is extremely probably at its worst in the bayview. there are a number of reasons why we have illegal dumping. one of them starts with inadequate garbage service. we find out from people that they either have insufficient garbage service and what happens is it ended up on the sidewalk, on a corner or in an abandoned area in the city. one of the second areas that we struggle with drastically is with construction debris. as the picture depicts, this was not somebody just cleaning out their household bar gagarb
this is somebody that has done some sentence stiextensive rec and instead of take transgender to recology, they dumped on the street. this looks like a tenant, and in any case, they put it on the sidewalk and unfortunately for us, we do respond within 24 to 48 hours and we clean it up. however, there's a better way of disposing it. and then, the other challenge that we face when we have illegal dumping is we try and find out who's the pull prit, and if we can -- culprit, and if we can find them, then, we go after them kind of
aggressively. we're looking for i.d.s, anyone who might be bumpidumping the material, and then, we go after them. however, there are cases that we found where someone else cleaned out a house, and the first person took it upon themselves to dump it somewhere else. a couple of slides, just give you an idea here within the period of the rest of the city, we had a total of, wow, 75,000 total requests for that, of which 10,000 were in the
bayview. of which in a month, we had 6800 service requests for illegal dumping. annually, as you can see, it's 82,605 between recology and us that we respond to on a yearly basis for abandoned waste and illegal dumping, and this kind of just highlights illegal dumping in the bayview. and we get all types, from commercial, residential, household, and -- large and small. in our current summary for dumping for the period of time,
since december, we've picked up 858,050 pounds of dumped material, and that was with the help of recology packers. the graph kind of indicates we've been cutting down on it. however, we're not able -- it's not sustainable because we're actually using heavy equipment, and that's been on a weekly basis. we are conducting two illegal dumping proactive runs in the bayview with recology two times a week. we added one in the last couple of months. we were doing it once a week, and we were not keeping up. so recology kindly added to work with us and add a second packer, so they're now running two days a week. we also during the last months
did some outreach and enforcement in the bayview area where we were having targeted problems. so i think jennings and i think wi i -- ingle were two of the worst areas. we found that 252 of the properties audited, 90 of them were found to be with insufficient service or no service at all. over the past 15 years, we've tried a number of different things. none of them have been, like, what would you call it? the magic bullet to help stop the problem? so one of the things we're looking at, we did some targeted outreach about potential residents that would be willing to do cameras within the area and we did find -- we
canvassed and found 15 businesses and residents that were actually willing to deploy cameras. another strategy that we're looking at, and it's going to take some minor tweaks of legislation. so you saw a lot of construction debris, large and small, were looking at trying to have a mechanism in place before permits are signed off by d.b.i. that they produce a receipt for the debris and where it was dumped so that we can verify that it actually made it to where it was supposed to go, and that would be a requirement of the permit. we found that philadelphia and l.a. had legislation that
allowed ticketing if there was illegal dumping. and then, the last one is a dumping strategy, a dumping task force which will involve several city agencies. one of the challenges that we have currently with illegal dumping is there aren't sufficient laws to effectively go after in great deal when you catch an illegal dumper, okay? and the last thing i'll talk about briefly is we recognize illegal dumping being a problem not just in d-10 but throughout the city. we're getting ready to embark on a public awareness campaign to get ready for that.
we're looki we're -- i think it's time for us to go on a public awareness and marketing campaign to change the behavior. it's something that everybody will remember but also everybody will embrace and help. so in a nutshell, that is it. i'm very happy that supervisor walton is taking this up. we need some help in the enforcement area, and i think we're looking at better solutions on how we can tackle the problem. >> supervisor walton: thank you, mr. stringer. before you come up, do you -- do either of my colleagues have
any questions for d.p.w. at this time? just a few questions, mr. stringer. you said 79 people were contacted on jennings and ingalls. what do you mean by contacted? >> no, we have an outreach and enforcement team. they knocked on the door or they engaged the business about garbage service, about proper containerization, about the potential for adding more service, but also, some of those were about adding cameras. so we just counted all the contacts that we actually made. >> supervisor walton: i know we talked about cameras, and you said 15 businesses so far agreed to ad cameras. did they give any timeline on that? >> no, and there's the win issue that we have to talk about.
funding, where that's coming from. we do have quotes from two different systems, the most expensive one being 1,000 and the other one being 500, and we're still looking at if there may be an incentive or program that we can help them with. >> supervisor walton: you talked about a program in l.a. that is a reconfiscatetion of cars. >> they were businesses that actually got caught and sounded like it was vehicle forfeiture, not necessarily returning. >> supervisor walton: i'll definitely follow up with you about that after the visit. thank you. >> thank you. >> supervisor walton: mr. giusti is here to present on
behalf of recology. >> thank you, supervisor walton, supervisors. illegal dumping is a big issue for recology. our regional manager is here, so if we have some questions, we can direct them to him, as well. i just wanted to remind you what recology does on a daily basis and the resources we put to illegal dumping. we work at the direction of public works on this and through the city's 311 reporting system. in addition to the 311, we also have reports that are made by our field supervisors, the calls that come into our customer service center and calls that come into the radio room from the chavez street yard. so the numbers are bigger than eve what director stringer reported.
it's probably closer 11,000 calls. monday through friday, we have ten crews out there, working together with a packer truck, which is one of the big traditional trash trucks. and then, we have a panel truck that we can collect things on, washers, dryers, refrigerators that are highly recyclable. so the crews work together, they help each other load the materials in the trucks and they're split into two shift. one shift of two crews started at 3:00 a.m. and works until
around 11:00 a.m. or noon, and then, the second is from 4:00 p.m. until midnight. we have eight drivers on saturday and six drivers on sunday because we don't do the on call bulky items on the weekend. that's purely for the waste. we have an on board routing system so the drivers will get their requests on the systems in their trucks. so that is really in a nutshell what we do on a daily basis
seven days a week, to try and keep up with the abandoned waste and then the illegal dumping in san francisco, and then, we can answer any questions you might have, as well. >> supervisor walton: thank you, mr. giusti. any questions for my colleagues in recology? just a couple of questions. i know there's been a couple of remarks about abandoned trash, what do you do? >> we'll also work alongside public works and we'll do what we call corridor walks, where i'll actually print out ledgers of customers and see what kind of service, who doesn't have service, who may not have adequate service, and walk the streets with public works. when we find something like that, we let them know that
this person might not have adequate service, or they don't have service. public works also has the ability to require commercial businesses to either put locks on their containers or to subscribe to inside service if it seems to be they're a nuisance with people spreading the trash out, also. >> supervisor walton: so i know there was a point in time where you had investigators out that would try to catch people that were illegally dumping. >> right. so we actually hired a private investigation firm to help us with security issues around our site, and we had a contract with them. and so as part of that contract, we had their services, so we said hey, we've
got a little side job for you to do as part of this, and we knew some spots in district ten that just get hammered all the time. we said hey, would you do a stakeout for us? what's doing the dumping, and what does it look like? they did that for us. they did the van with the blacked out windows and staked out a couple of locations in the bayview. then, to exasperate the project, individuals and homeless individuals know it's going to happen. they congregate in the area, and when it's dumps, they're swarming over it, trying to find something that would help their situation. it's not something we planned to do, it's side thing to a contract that they were already working for with us, and we
took that material that they did for the investigation, and we gave it to public works. >> supervisor walton: how can we work on something to possibly get something that happens more consistently in terms of working to get investigators out to catch people that are illegally dumping on our streets. >> i think we would be glad to sit down with you and people from the police department. we've met with catherine brown from the bayview. maybe together we could find out some sort of task force or strategy to figure out who is the illegal dumping and doing that cause a deterrent to it in the first place. >> supervisor walton: thank you, mr. giusti. i did have a question for, i believe, nancy -- and affirmative me if i pronounce
your last name wrong. [inaudible] >> supervisor walton: thank you. >> i have about 2200 or so requests. i'll have the exact number in a second. from january 1st to march 10, we had 2318 reports to 311. >> supervisor walton: and that was just in district ten? >> district ten. >> supervisor walton: do you know how that compares to the rest of the city? >> i don't have that information, no. >> supervisor walton: okay. i'll follow up with you.
>> yes. i'll get that to you. >> supervisor walton: any of my colleagues want to follow up? okay. want to make sure we have a conversation around one of the major concerns is quality of life particularly in our district. as someone who lives close to industrial areas, as we talk about ingalls, as we talk about jennings, and everything along the way as you go down jennings and ingalls, trash is just more imperative every single day. our office is going to send out letters to the residents in the district primarily in high dumping concentrations in
district ten and viz valley. the reality of it is, too, that we're going to work on some very aggressive legislation that will combat people dumping on our streets. i was having some conversations with the city attorney about how high we can go up in terms of fines. we can go very high. also about taking their vehicles away and licenses for contractors that are caught dumping. and also penalties and building permits, etc., as we catch some of these perpetrators, particularly people who operate businesses in our city. we know there's some bad
actors, so we're going to be hard to address this. i do want to thank recology, d.p.w. and sfpd for the work that you do. when we reach out to have places clean, you're responsive, but the reality is we just need it to stop. we live in the area where the dumping's located, too, and i do know that's a problem, as well. i do have one more question for d.p.w. before we continue this hearing to the call of the chair. i know we have overnight crews that go out in certain areas of the city. where are we in terms of having one dedicated to bayview and to district ten? >> we are -- we have crews that are dedicated to go all over the city. there's a truck assigned to the bayview in the city.
that's it. as far as what we have during the day, it's nowhere near the same. that's kind of where -- where it's at. >> can we get some of that in bayview? >> what i'll say is i'll be happy to sit down and talk to you about it. there's a resource thing and the responsibilities we have citywide, we can sit down and talk about how we can look at that. >> supervisor walton: do you know what the cost would be? >> no. we'll have to sit down and talk about that. >> supervisor walton: okay. >> chair mandelman: thank you, supervisor walton. i believe i heard a motion to have this item continues to the wall of the chair -- continued to the call of the chair. >> clerk: we can take that after we hear public comment. >> chair mandelman: oh, you are right. is there any public comment on
>> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses, and challenges residents to do their shopping within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services in our neighborhood, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i am the owner of this restaurant. we have been here in north beach over 100 years. [speaking foreign language] [♪] [speaking foreign language]
district in 1950 mine. i was two years old. i moved from chinatown and we were one of the first asian families to move out here. [♪] >> when my mother decided to buy that house, nobody knew where it was. it seems so far away. for a long time, we were the only chinese family there but we started to see the areas of growth to serve a larger chinese population. the stress was storage of the birthplace of that. my father would have to go to chinatown for dim sum and i remember one day he came home and said, there is one here now. it just started to grow very organically. it is the same thing with the russian population, which is another very large ethnic group in the richmond district. as russia started to move in, we saw more russian stores. so parts of the richmond is very
concentrated with the russian community and immigrant russian community, and also a chinese immigrant community. [♪] >> i think as living here in the richmond, we really appreciate the fact that we are surrounded three natural barriers. they are beautiful barriers. the presidio which gives us so many trails to walk through, ocean beach, for families to just go to the beach and be in the pacific ocean. we also also have a national park service. we boarded the golden gate national recreation area so there is a lot of activity to do in the summer time you see people with bonfires. but really families enjoying the beach and the pacific ocean during the rest of the time of year. [♪] >> and golden gate park where we have so many of our treasures here. we have the tea garden, the
museum and the academy of sciences. not to mention the wonderful playgrounds that we have here in richmond. this is why i say the richmond is a great place for families. the theatre is a treasure in our neighborhood. it has been around for a very long time. is one of our two neighborhood theatres that we have here. i moved here when i was 1959 when i was two years old. we would always go here. i love these neighborhood theatres. it is one of the places that has not only a landmark in the richmond district, but also in san francisco. small theatres showing one or two films. a unique -- they are unique also to the neighborhood and san francisco. >> where we are today is the heart of the richmond district. with what is unique is that it is also small businesses.
there is a different retail here it is mom and pop opening up businesses. and providing for the neighborhood. this is what we love about the streets. the cora door starts on clement street and goes all the way down to the end of clement where you will see small businesses even towards 32nd. at the core of it is right here between here and 20 -- tenth avenue. when we see this variety of stores offered here, it is very unique then of the -- any other part of san francisco. there is traditional irish music which you don't get hardly anywhere in san francisco. some places have this long legacy of serving ice cream and being a hangout for families to have a sunday afternoon ice cream. and then also, we see grocery stores. and also these restaurants that are just new here, but also thriving.
[♪] >> we are seeing restaurants being switched over by hand, new owners, but what we are seeing is a vibrancy of clement street still being recaptured within new businesses that are coming in. that is a really great thing to see. i don't know when i started to shop here, but it was probably a very, very long time ago. i like to cook a lot but i like to cook chinese food. the market is the place i like to come to once a year. once i like about the market as it is very affordable. it has fresh produce and fresh meat. also, seafood. but they also offer a large selection of condiments and sauces and noodles. a variety of rice that they have is tremendous. i don't thank you can find a variety like that anywhere else. >> hi. i am kevin wong. i am the manager.
in 1989 we move from chinatown to richmond district. we have opened for a bit, over 29 years. we carry products from thailand, japan, indonesia, vietnam, singapore and india. we try to keep everything fresh daily. so a customer can get the best out a bit. >> normally during crab season in november, this is the first place i hit. because they have really just really fresh crab. this is something my family really likes for me to make. also, from my traditional chinese food, i love to make a kale soup. they cut it to the size they really want. i am probably here once a week. i'm very familiar with the aisles and they know everyone who is a cashier -- cashier here i know when people come into a market such as this, it looks like an asian supermarkets,
which it is and sometimes it can be intimidating. we don't speak the language and many of the labels are in chinese, you may not know what to buy or if it is the proper ingredients for the recipe are trying to make. i do see a lot of people here with a recipe card or sometimes with a magazine and they are looking for specific items. the staff here is very helpful. i speak very little chinese here myself. thinks that i'm not sure about, i asked the clerk his and i say is this what i need? is this what i should be making? and they actually really helped me. they will bring me to the aisle and say this is battery. they are very knowledgeable. very friendly. i think they are here to serve not only the asian community but to serve all communities in the richmond district and in san francisco. [♪] >> what is wonderful about living here is that even though our july is a very foggy and overcast, best neighborhood, the sleepy part outside on the west
>> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their business in the 49 square files of san francisco. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and right vi. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i'm one of three owners here in san francisco and we provide mostly live music entertainment and we have food, the type of food that we have a mexican food and it's not a big menu, but we did it with love. like ribeye tacos and quesadillas and fries. for latinos, it brings families together and if we can bring that family to your business, you're gold. tonight we have russelling for e
community. >> we have a ten-person limb elimination match. we have a full-size ring with barside food and drink. we ended up getting wrestling here with puoillo del mar. we're hope og get families to join us. we've done a drag queen bingo and we're trying to be a diverse kind of club, trying different things. this is a great part of town and there's a bunch of shops, a variety of stores and ethnic restaurants. there's a popular little shop that all of the kids like to hanhang out at. we have a great breakfast spot call brick fast at tiffanies. some of the older businesses are
refurbished and newer businesses are coming in and it's exciting. >> we even have our own brewery for fdr, ferment, drink repeat. it's in the san francisco garden district and four beautiful muellermixer ura alsomurals. >> it's important to shop local because it's kind of like a circle of life, if you will. we hire local people. local people spend their money at our businesses and those local mean that wor people willr money as well. i hope people shop locally. [ ♪ ] >> they tend to come up here and drive right up to the vehicle
and in and out of their car and into the victim's vehicle, i would say from 10-15 seconds is all it takes to break into a car and they're gone. yeah, we get a lot of break-ins in the area. we try to -- >> i just want to say goodbye. thank you. >> sometimes that's all it takes. >> i never leave anything in my car. >> we let them know there's been a lot of vehicle break-ins in this area specifically, they target this area, rental cars or vehicles with visible items. >> this is just warning about vehicle break-ins. take a look at it. >> if we can get them to take it with them, take it out of the cars, it helps. [♪]
>> i just don't know that you can find a neighborhood in the city where you can hear music stands and take a ride on the low rider down the street. it is an experience that you can't have anywhere else in san francisco. [♪] [♪] >> district nine is a in the southeast portion of the city. we have four neighborhoods that i represent. st. mary's park has a completely unique architecture. very distinct feel, and it is a very close to holly park which is another beautiful park in san francisco. the bernal heights district is unique in that we have the hell which has one of the best views
in all of san francisco. there is a swinging hanging from a tree at the top. it is as if you are swinging over the entire city. there are two unique aspects. it is considered the fourth chinatown in san francisco. sixty% of the residents are of chinese ancestry. the second unique, and fun aspect about this area is it is the garden district. there is a lot of urban agriculture and it was where the city grew the majority of the flowers. not only for san francisco but for the region. and of course, it is the location in mclaren park which is the city's second biggest park after golden gate. many people don't know the neighborhood in the first place if they haven't been there. we call it the best neighborhood nobody has ever heard our. every neighborhood in district nine has a very special aspect. where we are right now is the mission district. the mission district is a very special part of our city. you smell the tacos at the
[speaking spanish] and they have the best latin pastries. they have these shortbread cookies with caramel in the middle. and then you walk further down and you have sunrise café. it is a place that you come for the incredible food, but also to learn about what is happening in the neighborhood and how you can help and support your community. >> twenty-fourth street is the birthplace of the movement. we have over 620 murals. it is the largest outdoor public gallery in the country and possibly the world. >> you can find so much political engagement park next to so much incredible art. it's another reason why we think this is a cultural district that we must preserve. [♪] >> it was formed in 2014. we had been an organization that had been around for over 20
years. we worked a lot in the neighborhood around life issues. most recently, in 2012, there were issues around gentrification in the neighborhood. so the idea of forming the cultural district was to help preserve the history and the culture that is in this neighborhood for the future of families and generations. >> in the past decade, 8,000 latino residents in the mission district have been displaced from their community. we all know that the rising cost of living in san francisco has led to many people being displaced. lower and middle income all over the city. because it there is richness in this neighborhood that i also mentioned the fact it is flat and so accessible by trip public transportation, has, has made it very popular. >> it's a struggle for us right now, you know, when you get a lot of development coming to an area, a lot of new people coming to the area with different sets of values and different culture.
there is a lot of struggle between the existing community and the newness coming in. there are some things that we do to try to slow it down so it doesn't completely erase the communities. we try to have developments that is more in tune with the community and more equitable development in the area. >> you need to meet with and gain the support and find out the needs of the neighborhoods. the people on the businesses that came before you. you need to dialogue and show respect. and then figure out how to bring in the new, without displacing the old. [♪] >> i hope we can reset a lot of the mission that we have lost in the last 20 years. so we will be bringing in a lot of folks into the neighborhoods pick when we do that, there is a demand or, you know, certain types of services that pertain more to the local community and working-class. >> back in the day, we looked at
mission street, and now it does not look and feel anything like mission street. this is the last stand of the latino concentrated arts, culture and cuisine and people. we created a cultural district to do our best to conserve that feeling. that is what makes our city so cosmopolitan and diverse and makes us the envy of the world. we have these unique neighborhoods with so much cultural presence and learnings, that we want to preserve. [♪]