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deal with this loss. jessica was a member here of the bay area native community and she was indigenous to northern california. she is now one of the 135 missing and murdered indigenous women cases that we have identified across the state. [applause] >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is sarah alba, and i am jessica alba's sister. now that we laid her to rest yesterday, we will be her voice. i believe with everything in me that my sister did not kill herself. i know my sister and i know she would do anything in this world to protect her children. she fought with every moment since they were born for these children, and i know her.
she's a part of me, and i know that this was wrong, and i want justice for jessica. >> president yee: next speaker, please. >> hello. i am marlena alba, and i am jessica's sister. my sister was a big part of this community very quickly. she was here five years and she's built a whole life. she has all thoese entities an organizations and people surrounding her with love. this doesn't just happen accidently. people love you the love you
put out. you know, out of all the things that came out of my sister's death, it leaves me wondering that is it a stigma that she was in bayview? that she was in section 8 housing? is it a stigma that she was a recovering addict? is it a stigma that she was an indigenous woman? is it a stigma that she has a traumatic accident? all these things, they can't just be an accident. so as the people who are in charge of protecting your community, i speak to you with authority that you should find out what happened to your people and protect them. make your city great.
>> president yee: thank you. next speaker. my name's paloma florez. i work for the city in this county, directing the indian education program. there are new and familiar faces in this space. thank you for hearing us. jessica was my cousin. jessica was a beloved parent on our parent advisory council. her children attended john muir elementary. her children attended our spring programming the week prior this tragedy happening that friday.
jessica deserves justice. i go against my belief. we're not supposed to say her name for one year, but she deserves it. do the right thing. honor the original human being. there was no right done here. accountability is necessary. more than accountability, have heart in the same way that she did, for community, for the people, for these children, for her babies. i'm here today as an advocate for all of our women as a california indian woman who should never have been here in front of you, fighting for children, fighting for
families, we matter. we love her. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is april mcgill. i am the executive director of the american indian cultural center. i've been in san francisco over 20 years, raising my son here. i just am here because i want justice for jessica. the city of san francisco failed. they failed our sister. they failed to protect her, they failed to protect her children. her family is grieving, and we need justice for jessica. i just ask supervisor walton, can you please support us with making sure that the san francisco police department does a thorough investigation,
and they accept responsibility for their mistakes. they need to come forward and tell the straight story that she did not commit suicide. she was a big part of our american indian community. she was an activist, she was at all our cultural events. she stood up for women, and she would never take her life or abandon her children. we just ask that you hear our voices today, the voice of jessica. this could be your mother, this could be your sister, this could be your niece. she was our sister. we are here to tell you we are grieving, we want justice for her, we want san francisco to standup. this is indigenous land and there's a history of generocid on this land, and we ask for your support.
>> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> good evening, members, honorable people, and state of california. my name's nathan, and i'm a resident here, and i have a social security card, just like the member that was murdered. this was a beautiful person that walked in beauty with her children and was coming up the ladder and trying to do something for her children and being a strong mother for your family. and the police department, the area that's responsible for that building, the projects, where are they at? where's the laws. do they have to have a bounty hunter find this guy or what? you guys are the elected
officials to do this. you guys botched this -- this is a native american woman that was trying to do something for her family and her mom and everybody else in this community. i've known this woman when she was asking for help. she went through a lot of problems, and she sorted it out. she got three jobs, she got a place to stay, and she was working it. she was helping her community out, and just like that, you don't know who murdered her? you left the door wide open and didn't do anything about it and walked away? that's not right, period. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is tanya reyes. i came in from sacramento
today. i'm here supporting the sisters for jessica. it really hits home for me. i did not know jessica, but a lot of the -- for, it retrau retraumaizes me, personally. i was involved in domestic violence, and my father was an abuser, as well, so i can see it from both perspectives. for me, when this happened -- i'm so tired of seeing all our native sisters, every other day, it's another one. and i rarely speak on this type
of thing, but we are not invisible, and that's what it feels like, that everything gets brushed underneath the table. tomorrow, what if i got murdered? if your sister got murdered tomorrow? would you standup the way all of us are standing up? we are sick and tired of this as indigenous women. she was strong, she was courageous, just like me. all of you women up here are strong women. we need you to speak up for us, to help us. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is alexandra ramirez
and i'm a member of the strawberry valley naidu natives. i'm up here speaking today on behalf of jessica and asking on behalf of our sisters and our community that supervisor walton, that you please take action, that you hear us. hopefully, when you walk in, ouri our ancestors are talking beside us. i, too, grew up without my mother. she passed away when i was only four weeks old. her death was undetermined, and it shaped my life. i'm a mother, i have three children.
i'm a survivor of domestic violence, and my very first child, her father took her away from me. he almost kidnapped here. i didn't get her for a whole nother 24 hours later. this young mom, she had six children, she was murdered. murdered by her husband, the one that's supposed to protect her and her children at her home in front of her children. this was not a suicide. this family needs justice, and we will do whatever we have to
do. if i were to go missing or i were to get murdered, i want there person, this person, this person, and this person -- [inaudible] >> president yee: thank you. [applause] >> president yee: next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is jessie riddle. i am also a member of the pitt river nation, and i'm here in defense of our tribal women. my niece was murdered in '84, and not one call from a detective or any police at all came to us. they said don't call us, we don't know nothing. to this day, it's been a cold case. she was found on the side of the road -- barbed wire around
her neck and her feet and her hands. i never want another indigenous child to go through a horrendous death. this poor mother had to go through this, and for the san francisco police department to write it off as a suicide and walk out the door, that lady had bruises on her legs and her knees. you could tell it was bruises on top of bruises on her legs and her arms. she needs help. we walk among our ancestors. that's what's giving us the power to be here and talk to you, because we are tired. not one time has any organization besides the american indian movement, native women, missing and murdered women -- i don't know any other organization has
brought her name up to let you know that she existed in this world. o! >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. hundreds of native women go missing and murdered in america every year. we would not know about this murder without the family reaching out. why? because there was no investigation done. why? because the abuser called and said it was a sued side. san francisco was outsmarted and responded to a suicide. they left the abuser and his family in her apartment, to
sanitize the scene. he was left there, and it was a parole violation that he was even here. so the city responded how it responds to suicides, but we have to look past this because to allow an abuser to be in the apartment with a dead woman who clearly has injuries all over her body do not appear to be self-inflicted, and his would was taken that day and every day since over the word of this community and family who knows that jessica did not kill herself. certainly not in front of her children. so we stand with this family and this community, and we ask you, help us get a full investigation. we don't want to see anybody who's innocent go to jail, but because to know the truth.
san francisco deserves the truth, this family deserves the truth, the community deserves the truth. thank you. >> president yee: thank you, beverly. next speaker. >>arian hernandez. i'm here standing also in solidarity with the sisters and family of jessica alba. i also am going against my ways by asking you officials who are in office to do your job. we ask for a full investigation on behalf of the san francisco police department and we also have a question as to why our people are getting i.d.ed for the most smallest things, but on this day, these individuals weren't i.d.ed. had they been i.d.ed in this proper situation, they wouldn't have been allowed to leave and they would have been held
accountable for the situation. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> supervisors, my month of april was set aside for domestic violence, and most of you all have no clue or had no clue that this woman who i knew, an advocate very generous who went to u.s.f., a mother of six children, was killed. all of you supervisors sent a letter to the district attorney, george gascon. all of you supervisors have to send a letter to the mayor, who is a woman, and all of you supervisors have to sent a letter to chief william scott. we need justice. on saturday, i went to 850
bryant to witness the women speak and express their sentiments in song and a drum beat. i represent the ohlone, and i'm watching you all like a hawk. do not mess with me. i got very high clearance, do not mess with me. this is not the first time that a person of color, that an investigation hasn't been done in the proper manner. and so you supervisors, all of you organizations that you have in the city have to support the family, a mother of six.
i wrote an article, but it was very difficult for me to write the article, but i did write it. [applause] >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name's michelle anton. i'm a member of the tohono o'odham nation and i'm here to advocate for jessica for justice. shame on the sfpd for not doing a proper investigation. if they would have dug a little deeper, done a little more investigation, found out who he was, he had a warrant.
they would have did more -- i would have hoped they would have done more. i'm here to advocate to fight for justice for jessica, and we're asking for your support to help us get this investigation. this should not have happened. there's six kids without their mom which didn't need to happen. it's heart breaking, it's just heartbreaking all-around. this woman came to san francisco to start all over, and she became an active community member, she was a loving mom. she spoke on many different issues in this city that affected our communities. she is the kind of person that you would want as your neighbor, a loving, caring person, and she's gone. and nothing was being done about it, and his word is being taken over what we knee is not true. she would never leave her kids like that, and we need justice
for jessica. [applause] >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is bruce jolly. i'm here today as an elder to speak for jessica alba. 69 years old, but that's not the significance here. the day that i've been on this earth are over 25,000. for her is a little bit more than 12,000. for her, she had six children. she was a grandmother not only to her children, but to other children because she had a family. she was an auntie, she was a mother, she was a sister, she
was a child to her mom sitting her. we ask for justice. this lies on you, not so much for the san francisco police department because we're here speaking on behalf of her to you today. we -- we're not going to go away. we've been here. we're indigenous people, aboriginal people of this land, so we are not going to go away. she was a community worker, leader. attended many events. when people were mad, she'd say i love you, i love you. they kept saying that. i love you. we're here today, we're honored and blessed to hear this, and we want to see justice for jessica abla.
thank you. [applause] >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> hello. i'm here to support jessica. i did not know jessica, but i am an enrolled here of the cheyenne lakota tribe. i know all about police brutality on black and brown people, and their negligence when it comes to homicide, and from personal experience when deal from domestic violence, and then turning around and questioning me so much that i don't want to make a report, all of these situations turning around and making it worse. there needs to be a change, a lot of more sensitivities with cultural relevance -- a lot of
men that were in prison, they learned how to manipulate the system and make, like, calls for -- like, how he made the call, i dealt with that with my ex. they'll have the call just so it looks like it happened to them, and people will take their side. there needs to be reform, and there needs to be justice for jessica. thank you. knee knee new. ne -- >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> hello. my name is desiree, and i'm here to support the family. i just want to say the reason why this impacts me so much, i see so much of myself in jessica.
i see how she did everything she could to be there for hur her family, to her -- her family, for her community. she did everything right by getting a restraining order against this person, and you know, i think that rather than looking at what she did in the past, you need to look at what she is today. she's a resilient woman. our native women, we're murdered at a rate that's ten times higher than the national average. this is an emotional matter for me because we're constantly told i'm a survivor of domestic violence, and as native women, we're constantly told it's our fault when we get abused, and we don't get believed.
you know, right now, the family is saying one thing, and the abuser is saying another. why wouldn't we believe the family and why aren't their stories being taken into account in this investigation? it was clear that this was not her fault, and the family should not have to be hearing over and over again it was not her fault because it's not -- it's retraumatizing for not only the family, but the entire community. i stand with jessica, and i pray that each and every one of you can. [applause] >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> good evening, esteemed members of the san francisco board of supervisors. my name is jor galviz.
i'm here to stand in solidarity with the family to demand justice for jessica alba. as it's already been mentioned, san francisco has a legacy that was build on greed, gold, and genoc genocide, that's built on the murders of indigenous people you have an opportunity to make amends beginning with justice for jessica. it didn't take a rocket scientist to know that this was not a suicide. this was a young woman who was thriving in this community. she had a network, she was a leader. she has photos with mayor london breed. she was active in her
community, she was active in transmitting that culture and teaching that culture to her children. there was absolutely no reason why this woman would take her life. i speak from my experience. when i was three years old, i witnessed my father trying to kill my mother. i violence i experienced i ended up reproducing on the streets of the mission district, so i was incarcerated when i was 17 years old. we have to think about the ram a fications for her children. she's an ancestor now, so we're going to pray for each one of you to make the right decision so that you don't have blood on your hands. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker.
>> the overhead, please. tom gilberti. the city just lost a great person. i hope the full board steps behind president yee as he introduces this back into our police department, our district attorney. let's get some justice here. i also hope that what happens on 4/20, that we have a lax, julax, -- lab, just in case some s
sat -- sadist decides to spike the weed. 11% labor, 11% legal, 5% administrative, 4% commercial residential users, we can have a better pg&e instead of people that are just trying to make money. navigation center, i heard about it, my district, 2.5 weeks after it was announced; and the first thing i thought of was lowell, lowell high school. let's make this so great so that people want to get here, that people in other navigation centers, we can move here. it's a step up. the monkey in the room, the elephant in the room, drugs, you can be a drug addict and be
allowed to live there, but you can't shoot there, you can't use there. i ask that officers around the beat and other beats face it. we know where they are within ten days, but it's a sanctuary city, and there are immigrants that are doing the selling, and that's the d.a. >> president yee: okay. thank you. next speaker. >> good evening honorable norman yee, president of the board of supervisors, ladies and gentlemen of the board of supervisors. my name is marlon johnson herrera sanchez, and i was here several times about a year ago, asking you, begging you, beseeching you to please ask
the mayor and -- mark farrell, who was the mayor at the time, to help me apply for one of the housing units under the housing authority, one of those units that are now boarded up and sit empty so that we could move into one of our units and live there because all five of us are currently living on the streets. all five of us have been long time residents of the city of san francisco. i came here when i was 13 or 14, 1980-81. dianne feinstein was the mayor.
[inaudible] >> president yee: thank you. >> hi. my name's norm sands, yaqui and apache out of tempe, arizona. some people like to speak. i don't. my knees are shaking, but i'm here to stand in justice for jessica. in my culture, we believe that everyone is related and we honor the sacred and protect it. i ask that cindy go to bed tonight, thinking about her
sons. i ask you, that you go to bed thinking of jessica tonight. [applause] >> president yee: are there any other speakers in public comment? i have a question for my fellow supervisor, supervisor brown. when you spoke earlier ask the d.a. to investigate, is that a formal request or just a statement? >> supervisor brown: no. i would like to ask d.a. gascon to investigate because the police have just pushed it aside. i think cintilla's the top cop, and he should be investigating. >> president yee: and i said i would join you in this, and if others later want to join, let
her know. okay? thank you. where are we? supervisor walton? >> supervisor walton: thank you, president yee. aside from reaching out to the d.a. for investigation, we do need to follow up with the chief of police and the police department because we cannot let them off the hook in terms of investigation. you have a commitment from me to do that, as well as reaching out to the d.a.'s office, so i just want that notes, as well. >> president yee: okay. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: yes. i just wanted to thank jessica's friends and family for coming out today. last year, i created an office
in san francisco that takes cases like this, whether the police don't believe a crime of sexual harassment. i want you to know that we are this close to getting this office up and running. there's about three unbelievable candidates to run this office be and the strong advocates that we need in the city. every time i hear a case like this, it just pains me that this office is not up and running. i just want you to know that we're close, your coming here and speaking to us is so effective and so moving and we're going to be here with you and fight with you. >> president yee: so i've just been informed that we're -- this is not on the agenda and it's my fault. i started it. so i need to end this
discussion on this, and if we have a hearing on this, we could have a more polished discussion around this issue. >> supervisor peskin: mr. president, if i could just rise to a point of information which is that we could reopen roll call insofar as -- we can't respond to public comment, but there is something that supervisor brown spoke to, and i think the proper way to do this is is that by noon tomorrow, under an introduction form if the clerk of the board is willing, from the board of supervisors to the district attorney, so i think supervisor brown, you have until noon tomorrow -- and actually, we don't even have to reopen roll call. i just wanted to rise to a point of information, and i would be happy to join you in that. [applause] >> president yee: okay.
thank you very much, so i'm going to end the discussion for this. and we're -- i'm sorry, where am i? okay. i think we're -- madam clerk, can you call the items for adoption without committee reference? >> clerk: items 37 through 40 compromise the items for adoption from committee. any supervisor my require a resolution to go to committee. >> president yee: would any of my colleagues like to sever any items? supervisor fewer? >> supervisor fewer: yes, please, president yee, i'd like to sever item number 37. >> president yee: 37. okay. madam clerk, i guess we could just go ahead and take the other items, 38, 39, 40, same house, same call? >> clerk: that's correct, mr. president. >> president yee: okay. without resolution, these items
are adopted unanimously. madam clerk, could you call item 37. >> clerk: item 37 is a resolution to adopt state bill 857 to allow local government to apply for a state banking charter to establish a public bank. >> president yee: okay. supervisor fewer. >> supervisor fewer: thank you, president yee. colleagues, the san francisco oakland legislative bodies are all voting on resolutions today supporting assembly bill 857, the public banking act. bypassing these the cities of oakland, san francisco, and los angeles will provide a pathway for a municipal charter for public banks. it would allow municipalities to redirect public funds from
large corporate banks that invest in fossil fuels, private prisons towards publicly -- [inaudible] >> supervisor fewer: for a public banking model provides incredible opportunity for local governments and their residents. we should maximize our tax dollars by investing in priorities that reflect our values like affordable housing and neighborhood based small businesses. there is no question about it, public banking is an idea whose time has come. thank you to cosponsors supervisor shamon wallet ton, hillary ronen, and vallie brown for your support. i hope i have your support. >> president yee: okay. thank you very much. i think supervisor mar left the room, so we need to have a roll call -- oh, i came back in? colleagues, can we have this
same house, same call, without objection -- >> supervisor haney: i just wanted to be added as a cosponsor. >> clerk: okay. >> president yee: okay. without objection, this motion passes. madam clerk, please read the in memo memoryams. >> clerk: on behalf of supervisor manndelman on behal of the late ernie m. mastman, and on a motion made by supervisor brown and ronen, on behalf of the entire board of supervisors for the late miss jessica nicolle alva.