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employees who have residence in san francisco to sign on as well. we didn't have any interruption of service or any problems with the switch over to cleanpowersf. this clean power opportunity reflects that. i would encourage any large business in san francisco to seriously consider converting and upgrading to the cleanpowersf service. it's good for the environment, it's good for business and it's good for the community.
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>> supervisor mar: the meeting will come to order. this is the april 18, 2018 meeting of the government audit and oversight committee. i'm joined by supervisor vallie brown, and aaron peskin. mr. clerk, do you have any announcements today? >> clerk: yes. [agenda item read]. >> supervisor mar: thank you, mr. clerk. please call items one and two together. >> clerk: agenda item number one is a resolution authorizeding mayor to sign petitions in the affirmative for a proposed expansion to be named civic center community benefit district. agenda item number two is a resolution declaring the intention of the board of
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supervisors to renew and expand a property based improvement district known as the north of market tenderloin community improvement district, ordering and setting a time and place for a public hearing of the board of supervisors sitting as a committee of the whole on june 18, 2019 as 3:00 p.m., directing environmental findings and directing the clerk of the board of supervisors to give notice of the public hearing as directed. >> supervisor mar: thank you. and we have a representative from the office of economic and workforce development to present on these two items. >> good morning, chair mar and supervisor peskin. if it pleases the chair, we would like to present these as item one and then go into the presentation for item 2. thank you. oewd has been working with the
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civic center c.d. on the renewal expansion since 2018. this will allow the mayor to contact affirmative petitions on behalf of the c.b.d. which will help the c.b.d. reach the 30% necessary to hold an expanded election. this will generally be bounded by golden gate avenue and church street to the north. market street to the south rkt 7 street to t 7 -- 7 street to the west, and goff street -- gough street to the east.
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without city and county participation in the petition process, the c.b.d. would be required to get an approximately 80% positive response rate from the provide entity petitions within its boundaries. in oewd's experiences, that is highly unlikely. the district currently has approximately 16% of weighted assessments in favor of a special election. 14 parcels that would be able to represent petition represent slightly over 30% of assessments. as a result, the city's petition response will be 25% of the needed 30%.
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[inaudible] >> with me today is tracey everline to perform a brief presentation on the renewal, and the director of the city's real estate division to discuss outreach to the city departments and get their opinion on this. any questions for oewd? >> good morning, supervisors, tracey everline, executive director, t of the c.b.d. the first is our boundaries now and what they could become december 1, 2020. so our core services are
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community ambassadors, our cleaning and maintenance team, and we're also doing a lot of activation work right now, especially in the three plazas that stretch from the steps of city hall down to market street. and this is our proposed budget. [inaudible] >> okay. so this is our budget. slightly less attractsiive sli, but the important stuff is here. you can see 67% goes to our core services, and 17% for contingency, so the overall budget, 3.2 million. with that budget, our goal is
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to provide more cleaning and maintenance services, more ambassador services both in the day and in the evening. we will continue our civic center garage greeter, and we will have a lot more programming throughout the district. we are doing amazing things during the holidays. we have an annual safety summit. just completed the annual summit last week, and the tree lighting which we do in partnership with the mayor's office recreation and parks department and over a dozen community partners, and we're going to make sure that our workforce development program team can continue in civic center, so we'll have the hunters point family stewards and the downtown streets team doing a lot more work out there. and we really need to work to
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protect investment that's already been made such as the helen diller civic center playgrounds and the bi-rite cafe. starting next summer, we're planning more farmers markets and more things for the fulton street center mall. this is the information for our dispatch office, and i'm here if you have any questions. >> supervisor mar: thank you so much. >> thank you. >> good morning, chair mar and supervisors -- >> supervisor mar: one moment. supervisor brown? >> supervisor brown: thank you, chair mar. i have a question. because of a lot of the activity and police, what's been happening the last five or six months? they've been pushing a lot of the homeless into hayes valley,
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and i know the c.b.d. has been actually going into the alleys and trying to clean, but i'm just wondering, are you looking at putting stewards on that side or your day ambassadors because hayes valley doesn't know really -- they're overwhelmed, and i'm getting e-mails every day from the merchants because of the push here. not everyone, but a lot of the people are going over there. i think it would be really good to have your day ambassadors, your stewards, to go over there to really be around hayes valley, that area. >> absolutely. we've been paying attention to all of the neighborhoods impacted by the improvements made to u.n. plaza. the south of market has been feeling a lot of pressure as
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has hayes valley. we'll continue to meet with hayes valley merchants to ensure that we're continuing to hear their concerns and their concerns about their hot spots. yeah, we've ramped up the ambassadors in the alleys and strengthened our relationship with the city's hsoc team, which handles these complex encampment issues, primarily in hayes valley. we've meet with gail, and we're going to a couple of upcoming meetings with gail and her folks. >> supervisor brown: okay. thank you. >> supervisor mar: i'd just like to note that we're joined by supervisor vallie brown and raphael mandelman. >> thank you for giving the
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opportunity for me to speak before you this morning. i wanted to just briefly add my voice of support for this item. a lot of the property as you heard, 40%, that is in the proposed renewed district, is city owned or leased property. we have reached out to the city departments to advise them of the assessment increase should it pass. we believe this is money well spent. we have not only the cleanliness and safety issues, we also have, as you know, just using the bill graham auditorium, it's had a drug problem, and we do have city employees that virtually have to walk a gauntlet to get from city hall to civic center
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b.a.r.t. station, which is also true of some of our properties on market street. so we believe this is not only assist us in reducing the maintenance costs for our assets, but reduce the cost for city employees. thank you for your support. >> supervisor mar: thank you. all right. we'll move on. this is item number two right now. >> supervisor peskin: i have a question on item number one. i assume that all projected costs are going to be put in each department's budget for the year? >> all conversations on the budget have been included in this. >> supervisor mar: supervisor brown, do you have a question?
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>> supervisor brown: no, i just have a comment. i have downtown streets in my district in haight-ashbury. they're doing a great job with t.a.y., transitional age youth, and they're great in tenderloin. i think they're a great organization. >> item number two, the tenderloin intention for the proposed renewal and expansion. >> clerk: agenda items one and two are called together, and we will take public comment for them together. thank you. >> the resolution of intention to renew and expand the north of market tenderloin community benefit district, there is an amendment needed on this resolution moving the committee as a whole date from june 18 to june 25, in order to comply
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with state requirements on a 45-day special assessment district election. if a member can make an amendment, that would be great. >> clerk: the motion can be made after public comment. >> today, i'm proposing the proposition by supervisor haney. the tenderloin c.b.d. has been working on the renewal campaign since 2017 to determine if there was interest among property owners, merchants, and residents and community stakeholders in renewing and expanding the c.b.d. what should the renewed c.b.d.'s boundaries be to continue to meet their goals. what services should be provided to meet the goals of the area? how should the assessment methodology be structured to more accurately assess costs to
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benefit receives in relation to statute, and how long should the renewed and expanded district be in place given the goals of the renewed c.b.d.? the c.b.d. reached the needed 30% threshold to authorize a special election on march 31, 2019, with a total of 32.75% this would allow the department of elections to conduct a special election for property owners on the renewed c.b.d. ballots would be mailed out by the department of elections on may 10. the election would close on june 25, and a ballot hearing would occur where ballots would be counted. if the required ballot threshold is not met, the board of supervisors may meet to discuss to review and expand the proposed district. if approved, the expanded
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district would begin collected fees june 1, 2019, and the new district would go into effect january 1, 2020. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is simon bertrand. i'm the chairman of the north of market tenderloin community benefit district. we have a board of directors comprising six property owners, three residents, and three at large members currently oversees our management and our current f.y. 19 assessment is a little over $1 million and our current budget is a little over $3 million. we have a vision for a healthy neighborhood in the tenderloin and a vibrant community for
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everyone in the tenderloin, residents, workers, people on the sidewalks and that includes a framework that includes both clean and safe and creating inviting spaces but also looking to neighborhood pride and economic opportunity. our proposed assessment renewal is for a new 15-year term. again, as chris said, beginning january 21, 2020. we have some changes to the boundaries which i'll go over when we look at a map, and then, we have a continuation and expansion of the supplemental services we would be providing. and the proposed assessment is increased to just under $2 million. here's a map showing the proposed boundaries. i would draw the attention, the blue shows areas of the tenderloin that would be included in the new district boundaries. you note that the north side of o'farrell is included and also three blocks of polk street
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between turk and o'farrell. also missing from this map is u.n. plaza. the current boundaries include u.n. plaza, but we would be not including it in the proposed renewal and civic center c.b.d. would propose to take over u.n. plaza and provide services there as part of the larger vision that the city has for the civic center area. our proposed budget is almost $2 million collected and 66.77, it looks like there's a little error in the spreadsheet -- it's 66.7% would be clean and safe. 15% would be marketing, economic development, 15% be administration, and there's a graph on the left that shows the relative weight of those programs. our clean program collects hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash from the sidewalks and gutters of the tenderloin each
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year, tens of thousands of needles, and we do thousands of pressure washing events, including many code browns, as we call them, health hazards on the sidewalk. our proposal is to expand that cleaning program pretty dramatically and to take an approach we call the microneighbor approach where we will have a single cleaner whose responsibility is four or five blocks in the tenderloin, seven days a week, who is walking this area, getting to know the neighbors, getting to know the businesses and making sure that the sidewalks are clean for the people that are using them. it includes sweeping, including pressure washing, includes needle pick up. we also do graffiti abatement. this seven-day-a-week operation with this many cleaners is almost a doubling of what we currently do in the tenderloin,
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and we also have a contract with downtown team to supplement the service. we have tenderloin safe passage which has been created ten years ago by moms and now fully integrated into the c.b.d. we have dozens of volunteers helping kids and seniors across the streets and getting to and from school safely. we also have neighborhood block programs to support the groups that are emerging on a block by block level that are emerging because of lack of safety on the sidewalks. we have a camera program in the tenderloin where we are the stewards of a network of cameras to improve safety and accountability. that is for after-the-fact footage requested by the police department, the district attorney, or the public defender. and finally, we have our neighborhood pride program that
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tried to tell stories about the tenderloin, the gritty nature of the tenderloin. it's a wonderful neighborhood full of a lot of incredible people and a lot of vibrant businesses. we tell those stories in a newsletter, live events, and we could advocacy and connection for our merchants. thank you, and i'm here to answer questions if there are any. >> supervisor mar: thank you so much. colleagues, any questions? there's that -- that's the full presentation, mr. corgis? yeah, thanks for all the presentations and thanks for all the great and important work that folks in the community and oewd have been doing in the tenderloin and north of market community benefit districts. i think we can move to public comment on items one and two right now. are there any members of the public who wish to testify?
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speakers will have two minutes. please state your first and last name clearly and speak directly into the microphone. those persons who have prepared written statements are encouraged to leave a written copy with the clerk for inclusion in the file. no booing or applause are permitted. speakers are encouraged to avo avoid repetition of the previous statements. >> i agree with the statement that you say a petition process has taken place. i would like to give a demonstration on how a petition process for people who are involved in stablization of apartment rent process. we just had a hearing on that. people in those brackets are afraid of having their rents increased and losing their
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apartments. sf, viewer, please. got to stop my time while you're getting this. you're taking off seconds. okay. i went to the law library and looked up the latest information pertaining to the tenants rights pertaining to the housing situation pertaining to the stablization of housing under the rent board, and it says right here rent increases. if you have at least for more than 30 days, rent cannot be increased during that term of the lease unless the lease has rent increases. the people that came in complaining don't have that type of lease with the owners, but yet, the owner keeps trying to raise their rent to 7%. you need to have legislation to
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have the owner come in before the board and demonstration the reasons why you giving a rent increase to most disadvantaged and economically vulnerable people who are not getting the increase in their income which would result in them being homeless. and as far as you expanding the homeless, i object to demonstrations claiming that you are giving housing at 50%. i'll get to that later on another item. >> supervisor mar: thank you. actually, i have six speaker cards, so i wanted to call the -- the people that filled out speaker cards to speak next, so if you hear your name, please come to the line or get to the front of the line and speak. [names read] >> hi. good morning, supervisors.
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i work for tenderloin housing clinic. i'm also on the board. i'm the president of the board of tenderloin c.b.d., and i've been on the board of c.b.d. for last four years. i definitely would like your support to authorize the assessment election for the next 15 years, so i just want your support for this. thank you. >> good morning, honorable supervisors. my name is riannon baylor, and i'm the executive director at u. u.s. hastings law. we've been in the tenderloin for 140 years and we plan to remain in the community. we have a vision where we're going to bring together multiple graduate level institutions. we will look upon students to
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utilize our local businesses, activate or streets and be -- our streets and be responsible participants in the community, and we can think of no better partner in this than the tenderloin community benefit district. we have seen them do amazing work. everything of course from keeping our streets cleaner and safer to the graffiti abatement and needle pick up, but we've partnered with them on larger initiatives. we recently partnered with them to integrate a camera on our ca campus to deter crime as well as aid in criminal prosecutions. we also look to support them in their ongoing work on economic development, but even more
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important -- oh, 30 seconds. but even more important than the initiatives and activities is the sense of neighborhood pride that results from this organization that brings together everyone within the tenderloin, residents, local business owners, people who are hitting hard times, everyone coming together to create a livable and sustainable tenderloin. that's why u.c. hastings law supports this renewal. we are a nonprofit entity and could view an increase in our assessment -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello, supervisors. my name is renee colorado and i'm one of the founders of the festivals that the community recently had. i'm on the board for the tenderloin community benefit
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district. as a small business owner and manager on larkin street in the tenderloin, i just want to share a story that i have. when i was first planning this festival, i didn't have a lot of support, i didn't have any money. when i came to the tenderloin c.b.d. for help, simon bertrand, he told me this is good for the neighborhood, renee. do it. i'm like, i don't have any money. and he's like, just do it. with this support, this festival was able to come to fruition, and it was a big success, and i wouldn't have been able to do it without the tenderloin c.b.d. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good morning, supervisors. thank you for this hearing. my name's eric rudenbeck. i'm a 30-year resident in the
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tenderloin and a business owner on o'farrell street. i think under the leadership of simon, the group is evolving into something that can really make a difference in the neighborhood that so many of us call home. we need more from the c.b.d. we need more than other neighborhoods. we are a unique and sometimes challenged neighborhood, but we have a strong backbone to work from, and if you can support their efforts to support everyone that lives there, i think we can see a neighborhood that is both economically diverse and socioeconomically diverse but also clean, safe, and a good place for the kids that live there, including my son. please support their efforts. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi. good morning. [speaking spanish language]
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[inaudible] >> in all this time, i have been noticing all the importance of the safe passage for the community of the tenderloin or tenderloin community. i am daily on the corners, helping all the children and persons from, you know, elderly people to children, help them cross the streets safely. the parents and children they always show us they trust us around the corners, and they always feel they are safe with us around the schools.
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tenderloin is a community with a lot of dangers on the streets, a lot of drug dealing, accidents, and you know sometimes, we have even, you know, killings, and the traffic is so bad sometimes. and it's a big problem, especially because some of the drivers always expect, you know, the lights around the streets. i believe with the tlcbd, our streets will be safer for many, many years to come. thank you very much. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> supervisors, i'm tim hass. i live at 100 vanness. i'm on the board of the civic center community benefit district and i've been involved with this since 2006, when
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mayor newsom decided that there needed to be some entity to focus on the civic center area. it took four years to get the c.b.d. underway partly because there were all these public properties within the district that need to be convinced to be part of it because their budgets have to include the assessments. the -- the initial plan was rather modest. it has a budget of 800,000, and we've worked with that for eight years. it is clearly inadequate in terms of what we want to do, and then, we and the city and the tenderloin have agreed to switch and include u.n. plaza, which is a difficult place. so our area will increase and activities will increase.
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we have several representatives of city propertied on our board, the public library, the real estate department, the war memorial, etc. i ran across a note posted on a pole at 10th and market yesterday, which i brought with me. the note says my name is alex. i live on this block. i notice that the sidewalks around our block are usually dirty, and the city isn't able to keep them clean. then he proposes that people contribute to a service to do a cleaning. i point this out because despite the services and the people in the neighborhood propose it's not enough. i point this out because -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please.
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>> good morning, supervisors. my name is susie mckinnon. i serve on the board of the tenderloin community benefit district. the tenderloin is a very unique neighborhood that has a lot of challenges. it also has a lot of really wonderful qualities and assets, as well, and i would say that the tenderloin community benefit district is one of those. over the last several years, they've done tremendous work to address the challenges and also lead the evolution of the tenderloin into a vibrant community for all, so we're fully behind in support of the renewal of another 15 percent of the assessment district. from a business perspective, the c.b.d. has been a tremendous partner for the larkin street merchant association and also the small businesses on larkin street and around the corridor. they launched their mini
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microhood program to increase the level of cleaning and services on the corridor, which we've really seen a physical difference in the cleanliness and the safety and the improvement in the quality of life. there's a number of other projects that we've partnered with them, particularly with our business. it was mentioned that -- the camera network program, so we're very happy to be benefited by working with them. we're always trying to bring the best experience for customers that come, and the c.b.d. is the best for that. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi, supervisors. i represent rubicon point partners. we're the new owners at 10 u.n. plaza, one of the buildings that falls under the expansion
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zone of the community benefit district. we've been active members of this community benefit district in the midmarket area. this is the first time since taking ownership in, you know, almost a year ago, we've now been taking an active role in community and organization that serves the u.s. plaza area and community plaza area. i've lived in the city for about four years now, and until attending these meetings and taking an active role, i never realized all the work that goes behind the scenes in providing us with a city environment that we as citizens take for grants. i've been attending essentially two to three meetings for the past year -- about two to three meetings a month for the past year and i've been extremely impressed by the approach of this group? you know, the approach that they take to improving the neighborhood and the community. i've witnessed a group that has been taking extremely collaborative approach to doing
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this involving all stakeholders, be it, you know, local organizations, nonprofits, police departments. and not only that, they've reached out to other cities across the country to learn from their best practices and bring it to our city. while this renewal comes at an increased cost to owners, we still support it and believe in the increased service they're providing to the city and we'd like you to do the same. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is jeanine nu, and i'm the tenant representative on the c.b.d. -- civic center c.b.d. i've been on the board as a volunteer since its inception. it's a very good service to the community, a very good service to my staff. we're over on ivy alley here. we sometimes utilize the services of the c.b.d. up to three or four times a day to protect people coming in and
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out of our office and also my staff, so i'm here to support the renewal and the c.b.d. thank you so much. >> supervisor mar: is there anyone wishing to testify further in public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. i'd now like to invite self -- severin campbell to testimony from the budget and legislative analyst's office. >> good morning, supervisors. severin campbell from the legislative analyst's office. if you look at table one on
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page five of our report, the city's share of costs actually for the c.b.d. would be about 30% out of a budget of a little -- about $3.4 million in 19-20. the city's cost would be about $975,000 for the various buildings in the civic center, and we recommend approval. >> supervisor mar: thank you, miss campbell. colleagues, any -- do you have any questions or comments about items one and two? so i understand -- well, there was a request for a motion to amend item 2. >> clerk: the amendment as stated by mr. corgis was to change the hearing date to june 25, 2019 in this building at 3:00 p.m. >> supervisor mar: so can we move to amend item 2 without
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objection? and colleagues, can we recommend these items to the full board without objection? >> supervisor peskin: as committee reports. all right. mr. clerk, please call item three. >> clerk: agenda item number three is a hearing on the city's collection and analysis of sexual orientation and gender identity data. >> supervisor mar: for item number three, there was a request for spanish interpretation, so we have arturo from the office of civic engagement and immigrant affairs here. arturo, do you think you can maybe speak to the spanish speaking folks here to explain the interpretation process? [speaking spanish language]
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>> supervisor mar: thank you. now i'd like to recognize supervisor raphael mandelman who called for this hearing and who will lead it. >> supervisor mandelman: great. thank you, chair mar and members of the committee for hosting this hearing and allowing me to join you this morning. in 2016, then-supervisor scott wiener authored a city ordinance offering contractors that provide health and social services to collect and analyze data on the social orientation and gender identity of the clients they serve. senator wiener is hear in the chamber and will be -- here in the chamber and will be making remarks in just a moment. senator wiener, thank you for taking time to make comments and for being here today. today, we will be hearing for the first time those departments under senator
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wiener's ordinance and they'll be presenting on their soji compliance plan. their analysis demonstrated that lgbtq clients are under represented or underserved. collecting sogi data is more than just the law. if we are not being counted, our needs are not being counted. inaction, indifference, and outright hostility to us at the
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federal level makes it all the more important to step up and be counted. we have a number of amazing lgbtq serving organizations who work tirelessly to make our community safer, healthier, and stronger. but despite this work, lgbtq people still face hurdles. nearly half of homeless youth in san francisco i'd fee as lgbtq. in addition, nearly half of lgbtq seniors record experiencing discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity when accessing services at senior services or other agencies that serve seniors.
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sogi data collection is critical to our efforts. now frankly in the years since enactment of senator wiener's legislation, this process has taken longer than mandated by the legislation and certainly longer than members of the lgbtq community would have hoped, but i am hopeful we will hear today about progress we have made since the start of the current fiscal year and plans that sogi data will be collected more comprehensively going forward. i want to thank the office of transgender initiatives who worked closely with my office to prepare for today's hearings as well as o.t.i.'s director claire for her ongoing sogi data collection efforts. i also want to thank our lgbtq service providers who make sure their needs are met in the
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community for their work to coordinate this hearing, and with that, senator wiener, the floor is yours. >> thank you, supervisor mandelman, for calling this hearing and also for taking on leadership on this issue. as of your entry into office, we for the first time in decades only have one lgbt member of the board of supervisors. that's been a long, long, long time since that happened, so it's a great responsibility on you, and i really appreciate
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you stepping up into leadership, understanding we have great straight allies, as well. so in 2012, when we had three supervisors on the board of supervisors, myself, david campos, and christina olague, we said say, we're not grappling with the needs of the lgbtq community. so we created a wonderful task force that spent 1.5 years to craft a report presented to the board of supervisors on what we can do to address those years. we started methodically passing legislation and seeking funds in the budget to start implementing those recommendations. i know recently, we all announced, and the departments announced, and you announced
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that the bulk of these recommendations have been largely or entirely implemented, and it was great, but there's still a lot of work to do. one of the pieces of legislation we passed was finally started to collect data from city funded and city programs on lgbtq people using these services or not using these services. we as a community, as you noted historically have often either unintentionally or intentionally been invisible. no data collected, no one bothering to ask the questions, and when we don't ask the questions, we don't get the services that we need and we become marginalized. we know there's a federal effort to erase our community now, and we need to make sure in san francisco we're going the opposite direction. there are some people who say no, you should never ask people if they're lgbt because that is
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a "private" matter. of course you never force anyone to divulge anyone they don't want to divulge, but we should be asking the question, and that will allow us to figure out where are the programs that our community is very highly represented -- i don't want to say overrepresented, but beyond our percentage of the population and are those programs meeting the needs of our community. and then, where are the programs that we are very underrepresented, where our community is not accessing or being denied access to programs that a that are critically important? i'm very thrilled that we're making progress, and now as i've learned over time at the local level and state level, passing it and getting it signed into law is only step one. we have to make sure that our state agencies are implementing
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the legislation, and i know you're going to make sure that our agencies are implementing and c.b.o.'s are, as well. thank you, supervisors for doing this, and you'll continue to have my complete support. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, senator wiener. next up, we will be hearing from o.t.i. director claire farley. >> good morning, supervisors. thank you for having us here today. my name's claire farley. i'm the director of the office of trans initiatives. first, i want to thank supervisor mandelman for his leadership and holding this meeting. thank you, chair mar. also, senator wiener, thank you so much for your leadership and passing this important ordinance. as well, i want to thank all the people who have made sure
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this moves forward as well as the community who's really worked to mobilize to come out around the importance of this as well as tom and monday will man's office as well as aaron. i also want to thank powell on my team for his leadership in coordinating this today. today, i just want to give a little information about who we are and then our work to kind of help -- help move this ordinance forward for the city. our work is really focused as the only trans-led city government office in the country to support trans and lgbt folks to be thriving in our great city. our work is based on forming tiers, one, advising the city and city departments on lgbt inclusion. two, working primarily around civic engagement through our transadvisory committee, which is appointed by our office.
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and three, working on policy and programs that are implemented throughout the city to support both new policy as well as existing policy is supported. and then four, working through training and education through stories and voices of the communities that are most impacted. so the importance of sogi, senator wiener also shared. you know, one is to primarily collect information around trans and lgbt communities which often experience large levels of disparities and are undercounted across census, etc. furthermore, to identify city and city funded services in which trans and lgbt folks are underrepresented or underserved, and three to identify the needs and serve the communities and then four to ensure equity across city funded services. the chapter one of four data
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collection effort under city administrator's office, our office works to support the departments in collecting those reports annually. the guidelines were developed from d.p.h. to help departments really ask these questions in a respectful way. furthermore, departments are to work with their contractors and grantees, to also do this work, as well. compliance plans, and i'll show you a timeline here shortly, originally were due in september 2017, as well as annual data analysis reports that are due at the end of the fiscal year, and we just finished the pilot year of 17-18. those reports are to include analysis of the data as well as identify direct services where lgbt individuals are underrepresented or underserved
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and then to describe steps in which departments are working to make sure that services are more equitiable. so as discussed, the departments that are included that will report share after me include the department of public health, department of homelessness and supportive services, department of human services, department of ageing and difficult services, department of children -- adult services, department of children and their families, and the department of housing and community development. so just quick timeline of what i highlighted. the sogi ordinance passed in 2016. compliance plans were due the following year. my office became engaged through the city administrator's office in january 2018 to support departments with their first reports which were due in july of 2018, and then, that brings us to today where departments were also asked to submit a six-month plan for both their
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annual reports as well as this current fiscal year. so again, our work is really about providing guidance to support departments. we also worked with departments to remove sex questions for nonmedical process, which is a two-step process in the department which would allow us to better track trans folks, but we found through our housing programs asking that level of information really only made sense in our health services and often was a really difficult question to ask somebody, and so we got those concerns across departments, so we worked to do waivers for folks on that issue. and then, also to track and compile those reports, and then, we shared those with the board. and also, we've done a series of trainings with the
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departments to support them in implementation of the sogi data. and then, finally, working with departments to find out how to we really connect them with lgbt community and several listening sessions throughout community organizations to address the highest unmet needs around housing, mental health, and navigation and then working to document disparities. so that's all i have. any questions for me? >> supervisor mandelman: well -- so you -- we're going to hear from the particular departments later. >> yeah. >> supervisor mandelman: but sort of globally -- i don't want you to give them a grade on this process, but it has taken the city longer than we had hoped to get this up and running. if you could talk about some of the challenges that you're seeing for the departments and how they're doing in sort of actually meeting the
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obligations of this legislation? >> yeah. i think it's important to note that every single department has a completely data tracking system. there's some overlap in terms of who they're seeing in terms of community, but i think the biggest challenge is what is the right size for level of implementation. i think d.p.h. looked at a pilot program and how can we train folks and really initiate a comprehensive effort across staff to help folks understand what sogi data is, where other folks pushed it across their entire portfolio which i think took more time, specifically with the effort that there was really no funding or component built into the ordinance that really helped people cover training, build out curriculum. so i think since our office
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came into it, you know, at the time of my appointment, it was kind of late in the game, so a lot of our work was how can we help departments be successful moving forward, and that's providing sample trainings. several of the departments had done comprehensive trainings with their teams, but a lot of those programs had already had a lot of experience working with the trans and lgbt community, so it was other departments that didn't have specific funding or specific lgbt programs that i think were a little bit behind the curve. but my experience with all departments is that they've shown a willingness to. it's just that it also aligns, for instance, with department of housing and homeless services, a complete renovation of their data collection systems. for example, none of their shelter systems are within their coordinated system yet,
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so some of these efforts have been delayed primarily due to data efforts, and i think there has been a good effort by the departments to move these pieces forward, but they just haven't had the support or the capacity until now to move these things forward. i will say another thing we're hoping to see is this equity question and the breakdown around the impact that their grantees and so forth have in terms of reaching the community. we've seen some higher level data, but we'd like to see whatever the solutions to really make sure that, you know, every program that the city funds is working hard to make sure to reach our communities. [applause] >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next up, we will be hearing
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from abigail stewart kahn, district eight resident, department of homelessness and supportive housing. >> good morning, supervisors. thank you for having me. as supervisor mandelman said, i'm a district eight resident, so thank you for having me, supervisor. my name is abigail stewart kahn. i'm with the department of homelessness and supportive housing, and i also want to make sure to acknowledge the department of transgender initiatives and their work and support in this area. according t