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>> thank you. i don't know if you wanted that information now, but thank you for holding this hearing. >> supervisor fewer: thank you. so commander and captain, i understand that we are not disputing the facts that this happened. i think there was an eyewitness there. i think the chronicle also mentioned it in their paper. i also understand this is against state law which bans the unlawful furnishing of state criminal record summary information. the only people allowed to see these records are law enforcement workers and people with special authorization from a court. the person who provided it to be charged with a misdemeanor. under state law, this retired police inspector should not have access to these records, is that correct? >> i'll go ahead and answer that. a criminal record includes
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things such as f.b.i. numbers, driver's license numbers, things that are restricted from the public. >> supervisor fewer: and it's my understanding that the public cannot access information in clets, it has to be for some purpose, is that correct? >> correct. it has to be for a law enforcement purpose, a need to know, right to know purpose. >> supervisor fewer: so for example, commander, if you wanted to go on clets, and he wanted to find out the language -- and you wanted to find out the longest rap sheet you could find, would you be able to sign in and get that or would you be restricted from that if you are not in an active investigation about that particular person? >> so i would be able to access it, but you are correct, unless
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i am involved in that active investigation and have a right or need to know, i do not have access to it, either. >> supervisor fewer: so even a commander would not have it until they're part of an active investigation. so what we see here is this is a clear violation of your department general orders to use arrest records for curiosity of political purposes, is that correct? >> i can't comment on whether -- the reasons for this being used, whether it was political purposes. i can only say that access to those items are either criminal violations and certainly administrative violations unless there is an active investigation, so access to that by someone as unauthorized is a criminal violation and certainly an admin that we require and complete an investigation on. >> supervisor fewer: thank you very much. so we heard that in the chronicle that retired
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inspector was quoted as saying we'll continue to use these records until someone tells us not to. was he told not to do that? >> i can say our unit made an effort to speak to mr. delanis, and he refused to speak to us. >> supervisor fewer: so did sftd request an investigation from our state attorney general since this is a violation of state law? >> i know our office did an investigation into this. as mr. crew had mentioned, the general consensus of the witnesses that were interviewed was the document was quite old, in that it was, as he said, a spool of perforated paper by all the witness accounts, which
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would put us back before we could do any of those searches that you talked about where we could access the information. in other words, this was a very old document, possibly ten years or more -- i wasn't there, i didn't see it. but based on all descriptions, the document that was used, i have no idea whose name -- it was never revealed, and no one at the event never saw the name, so we don't know the person allegedly who this rap sheet was about. i mean, no one could actually even verify that it was a rap sheet and not a prop. so there was some issues with it. while it was purported to be by mr. delanis a rap sheet, it may have been bluster. it's impossible to tell, it's so old. >> supervisor fewer: so my question was, has sfpd
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requested an investigation by the state attorney general. >> no. >> supervisor fewer: did you do an investigation? >> yes. >> supervisor fewer: and what was the outcome of that investigation? >> i kind of synopsisized it a few minutes ago. >> supervisor fewer: excuse me, captain. i'm sorry to interrupt you. are you telling me that this incident happened, and you're telling me you could not say this was in violation of any of the general orders or any of your protocols, is that correct? >> no, that's not what i'm saying. the person in possession of the item, mr. delanis, was not a law enforcement officer at the time or retired law enforcement order, so he would not fall under the general orders. >> supervisor fewer: and what became of that criminal
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investigation? >> it's at this point insufficient evidence. there's -- it's inconclusive. as i said, the document that was described by the witnesses, including mr. crew, was so old, ten years or more, based on the type of paper if it was in fact our document. we haven't used perforated paper in approximately ten years in the department. so no one could provide us with a name so we could search in that direction. we dated it over ten years old, so we couldn't compile enough information to identify if in fact that was a true rap sheet. >> supervisor fewer: so, you know, this hearing is really about public trust, so how are you ensuring the public that this isn't happening again, that these rap sheets aren't
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displayed for political reasons as a prop during a public safety forum? or are you concerned about that or do you feel like that is a concern? >> supervisor, it's actually a concern. >> supervisor fewer: thank you, commander. >> we -- officers in our department have to go through clets compliance training every two years that tells us what we can and cannot release. there are times we issue reminder bulletins, although we shouldn't have to, because of the clets bulletin, the officer should know. when you use a rap sheet outside the manner of what the scope of their investigation is, we have a duty to investigate it, as i mentioned. we can't ensure that every officer doesn't go down this route and doesn't make -- and take an action like that. what we can ensure for the public is that when we find out
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about it, we will do an investigation, whether it's criminal or administratively. and if we need to address it with additional training, counseling, whatever comes out of it, we have a duty as a police department to do that. >> supervisor fewer: so have you had violation of police officers accessing information through clets that is not authorized? >> i'm sorry. can you repeat the question? >> supervisor fewer: yes, so sorry, commander. have you had instances where police officers, sworn personnel have accessed information to clets that has not been authorized? >> yes. >> supervisor fewer: and what has happened in those cases? >> there's in one instance been a criminal arrest. >> supervisor fewer: and have there been any terminations? >> sorry? >> supervisor fewer: terminations, because actually -- >> i don't -- >> supervisor fewer: -- you gave us this sheet that said it could be suspension or termination, depending on the
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severity. >> yeah. depending on the past practice of the individual, termination could be a decision, depending on the violation that was received. >> supervisor fewer: okay. thank you. i have a few questions about this latest leak that the public is concerned about about jeff adachi. i have a memo from an investigation at the public defender's office, from someone at kron that jeff adachi's was being sold by a stringer. i'd like to bring someone up from the public defender's investigation unit to explain this memo, if you wouldn't mind. >> good afternoon. i'm the managing attorney of
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the investigation unit of the public defender's office. thank you, supervisor fewer, for calling this hearing and bringing attention to these issues, many of which impact our clients and we care about very deeply. so on february 24, two days after mr. adachi passed away, an investigator in our office, senior investigator jackson holland who's in the audience today went to the location where mr. adachi was located shortly before his death. and he made contact with a kron 4 news reporter who said a stringer was offering to sell mr. adachi's death report for $2500 a copy. kron could not afford to buy the copy but other news outlets
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could and did according to this kron 4 news reporter. she gave mr. holland a copy of her business card, and he informed myself, matt gonzalez, and the new public defender. and on march 4, our office provided a memo written by mr. holland to sfpd. on march 4, mr. holland asked me for a copy of the -- for the name of the reporter and i gave it to him. the report was released prematurely at best, and far more concerning was sold to the media. now, i appreciate that today, the commanders have stated that they acknowledge that this
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was -- this release was believed to be improper, but if it is true that this report was actually sold, it bears grave concerns, in the public defender's office, a concern for jeff's family, and his wife, who's here today -- and something that the public should be aware of -- is that the police report was in the hands of the media within hours of mr. adachi's death in a situation where the police themselves viewed the location as a possible crime scene and an ongoing investigation. the fact that this happened involving the elected public defender who had a history of battling the police, exposing misconduct, is all the more
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troubling. now, again, i want to say that i appreciate that the police department has stated today that they're conducting an investigation. we appreciate that they've offered and extended an apology, but there remain a number of unanswered questions, some of which i think can be answered today. so first of all, who released or leaked the report containing the information to the media? did the lead investigator authorize this release, and when? was the report -- is there any evidence that the report was sold to the media? was a police officer or were police officers involved in selling the report to the media? has the police department identified any suspects? how many witnesses have they interviewed? has the reporter been contacted -- the contact from kron 4 whose name that we provided 46 days ago, on march 12, been identified? if not, why not?
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if so, what did that person say? did the police department contact the members of the media who had the report in hand in hours to determine how they obtained the report and from whom they obtained the report? have all officers who responded to the scene and identified in the police report been interviewed? have suspects been interviewed, any investigations been initiated? what's the status of the investigation, and as supervisor ronen mentioned, when will the investigation be made public? you know, as a public defender myself for 13 years in san francisco, and i've handled many different types of cases, i know that most -- even the most serious cases that are investigated by the police department and even charged by the district attorney, that arrests and investigations are completed sometimes within days, and then, questions are
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asked later. and our concern is there's a double standard being applied here because it involves the former public defender, someone who did battle the police department. >> supervisor fewer: thank you very much. so commander, captain, i think that we have some questions here, and i know i do. so can you respond to this memo, and -- that the police report was being sold to media outlets, and are you able to answer any of the questions that the public defender managing attorney has brought forth? >> so i am aware of his memo, and all of the questions he asked are being investigated, but to be perfectly honest, i can't answer them all here.
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>> supervisor fewer: because i think what you showed in your powerpoint, there is a specific chain of command on which this kind of information is released, is that correct? >> that's absolutely correct, and i absolutely concur with the inappropriateness of early release of information in an active investigation. i completely stand by that. that's totally inappropriate. >> supervisor fewer: thank you, captain. what is the procedure by which media can obtain information? and in particular, do you ever release pictures of crime scenes, possible crime scenes to the media within hours of taking those photos? >> so i'm not prepared to answer the question of -- you know, specifically, but that wouldn't be totally out of the ordinary to release the crime
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scene photos under certain circumstances. >> supervisor fewer: thank you. so what is the protocol for media to obtain the police reports and in your history, you've worked for the police department how many years? >> 24 years. >> supervisor fewer: 24 years? thanks for your service. in your opinion, how long does it normally take to get a police report released? >> the police report should be released within ten days. now, a police report could be released within hours. that's not totally -- it's not against any protocol. for the media, generally, they go through the public information office, and they make a request through the public information office, and they generally prepare that release, and it's normally released to all media at once. once it's released to one media
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outlet, they all should get it. >> supervisor fewer: so can you tell me if there have been in this particular incident any request through your public information officer from the media for a copy of the police report? >> i don't know the specific answer to that question. >> supervisor fewer: okay. so i would imagine you would be researching that, though. if you're telling me the official way is to obtain a police report is through a request, then, i would assume that you would be investigating whether there were any official requests from the media to obtain these reports. is that correct? >> as it relates to my investigation, i'm investigating the unofficial request. i don't have any information from the public information officer as to how many official requests were made at a later
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date. >> supervisor fewer: captain, i think what i'm trying to say, if the media has it in hand, and we saw it, and you're telling me that it is through these channels that they get it, then there would be a record, if it were released to the media via your protocols, there would be a record. my question to you, sir, is this is part of your investigation, i'm assuming. >> i apologize, i misunderstood the question. no, this release was not done through the -- we are investigating. it was not done through the official channels through the p.i.o. >> supervisor fewer: so what you're telling me today, you're taking this very seriously, as is the rest of the public, and many of the things you cannot tell us today because it's confidential information and the investigation is ongoing, is that correct? >> that is correct. >> supervisor fewer: and then, i think -- commander, did you want to add something? i'm so sorry. >> no, he answered the question exactly as you --
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>> supervisor fewer: thank you very much. and i just want to say that i know that when you release police reports, that there is a difference between different types of reports that you take -- accidents. but in the case of a death and -- that you are investigating, would you say, then -- and if -- did you say one of you worked in homicide before? >> yes, i did. yeah. >> supervisor fewer: okay. so in the case of a death that a criminal -- i mean, an investigation is pending, would you normally not release that report until after you have finished your investigation? >> when there is a -- an investigation that may be criminal, it's unusual for us to release that police report until that investigation is concluded because we don't want to compromise that investigation. >> supervisor fewer: and in that case, commander, it would take your protocol, one of
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these -- the folks that you mentioned in this to actually release that, give authorization to release that information, that is correct? >> that's correct. so an instance like this, if it was made through the public information officer, they would contact myself or the officer in charge of homicide or the investigation and ask for it to be released, and then, we would release it with the approval of the investigation often through the p.i.o. >> supervisor fewer: okay, and then concerning some of the questions that the public defender had, i think what we want to know is have there been individuals already identified that could have violated your protocol? >> i'm going to have to decline to answer because it's under investigation. >> supervisor fewer: and do you think that after your investigation is conducted that you would be able to comment on
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that? >> i would believe so. >> supervisor fewer: so i would ask the chair to continue this item to the call of the chair so you can come back to us and report on this. we appreciate it. and the timeliness of reports, what i'm hearing from different city entities and even police officers, that they are unable to get reports in that timely of a manner. would you agree with that? that the hours of release after is very unusual? >> once reports are signed off, they're generated for the district attorney's office, for the public defender's office. they get generated quickly for booking situations, o.r.
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situations. so i can't say there's a spoesk timeli -- specific timeline that prevents a report from being released in a certain situation. >> supervisor fewer: these are the questions that the public wants answered. we understand that it's under investigation, but the reason i also ask these questions is because public trust has been eroded from this. and i think that a thorough investigation and having you come back afterwards is -- after your investigation is conducted, and all these things that i bring up, the violation of your own protocol, the fact that it is unusual and unlikely that this was authorized. that you, too, are disturbed by this, and that this is -- this
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misconduct actually of police can actually be -- is punishable by -- that the penalty for the first offense of a class a misconduct is termination or suspension. i think that's probably what the public will be looking for after your investigation. so i thank you, gentlemen, for taking this seriously. i'd like to open this up for public comment now, so i'd like to call up masuko adachi, please. >> hi. thank you. my name's masuko adachi, and i'm jeff adachi's widow.
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it was despicable what the police did to myself and my daughter. i saw the police report. it was less than 12 hours, and they released the police report with pictures, and it was all over the news. we had no privacy. it was an ongoing investigation, and i don't believe that they should have released it. since then, we have requested a police report copy, and i've only received a partial police report with no pictures and not the complete police report, but to say that it doesn't affect the family is an understatement. it's incredibly painful to have the police department to this to you. thank you. >> supervisor fewer: thank you.
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>> julie su. >> thank you, supervisor. my name is julie su, and i speak as an individual, but i also will have my commission on the status of women on. you've seen the anguish with mrs. adachi and the entire family. this doesn't just extend to the police department but also the medical examiner's office because exactly one month to the date of jeff adachi's passing, the medical examiner released a report with the home address and a social security number. that is outrageous. i don't know who is reviewing these reports before it's released to the media. i spent all day friday -- i spent all day with the public defender's office. i also took the personal
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anywhe initiative to have the media redact that information. i am an attorney with a public agency. vital information is often redacted. i also make sure that information is redacted before i conduct administrative hearings so that public cannot get that kind of information. also, d.t.o. 3.6 has victims of sexual assault -- have to opt out before their identities are kept private. the equal access ordinance isn't even fulfilled by the police department. supervisor mar, i know you from working on that particular ordinance. finally, it's curious that the sfpd may be sued because they don't timely release reports on domestic violence cases, and that's by bay area legal aid
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victims of domestic violence. thank you. >> supervisor fewer: thank you, miss su. taku wilson. >> good afternoon, and thank you, supervisor fewer, for having us here today. i just want to point out that as you saw the pain from mrs. adachi. and not only did that pain affect her, it affected their daughter, and it affected the public defender's office as has been pointed out. imagine if jeff were your loved one, and then imagine that jeff was our loved one. and if -- hopefully, nothing like this ever happens to any one of you or the chief of police, but would this matter have been handled this way? this was clearly a political retribution. with regard to the manner in which the police report was released, it was released
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within a matter of hours. what is more troubling is that on april 4, 2019, mrs. adachi made the same request for the police reports, and she was told that it would take some time. they replied back to her on april 5. they said we have received your request, but due to the nature of the report, we must route the request to the investigative unit for review. please be patient as this may add several days to our processing time. thank you. then, on april 10, what she received back -- that is mrs. adachi is please find attached the report you requested, and it was four pages. there were no photos, no consent to search form, and it also said that if you want to request photos, statements, or evidence, a public records request must be filled out.
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why wasn't that done in the instance of the police on february 22 and 23, when this information was released? additionally, the public made -- >> supervisor fewer: thank you very much. redi prasad. >> clerk: next speaker, please. >> supervisor fewer: public comment? okay. any other speakers -- yes, mr. wright. >> i can tell you from hands-on demonstrating experience, when you have an incident pertaining to the police, and a police report is documented, they tell you right off the top you have to wait ten days until after the report is taken. then you have to go down to the main headquarters on third street and fill out an additional form, requesting a copy of the police report with the police case number on it.
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a lot of times, the police will come to an incident, and you tell them that you want to give them a report, and they'll just give you a c.a.d. number, and you have to make it your business to tell them that you want a case number which makes the officer write a report detailed on what took place. if you don't, they'll give you a slip with a c.a.d. number on it which gives them an excuse not to write a report, so you have to point that out. and after you get that case number, then, you have to take that case number slip down to the police station headquarters and fill out a form with that case number with identification showing that your name is in that police report. then, it goes to an inspector. then, the inspector looks at that report and any confidential information is deleted or redacted is the word that they use. so a report or information
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being released within hours after the incident took place, that's called retaliation. somebody had a conflict with jeff and wanted to release that information without going through legal procedure. whether it's a cop, whether it's a clerk, whether it's somebody in that system because you can't blame all the cops for this. there's a lot of top class police officers, and there's some that's skunk, there's some that's biased that got put in the federal penitentiary for making those racist texts. >> i also wanted to speak to what they did to our public defender. but first, it's not a good sign what you heard about the january 2018 incident. this is not something where the facts are in dispute. they admitted this was a rap
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sheet in the newspaper, and indeed, the president of the p.o.a., marty o'halloran, he took the sheet in. he could have been investigated. there are elements in this department that clearly over many years feel they can do what they want for political purposes. we should not dance around the context here. it wasn't just some theoretical political dispute. eight years ago, the public defender released video that showed serious criminal conduct by members of the sfpd. and for that, while he was alive, he got relentless abuse. the officers said we believe the officers in that incident will be exonerated. when those officers were indicted, the p.o.a. said these indictmented are apparently based -- indictments are apparently based on questionable testimony, and
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these officers will be acquitted, and they were convicted of federal felonies. and because of that, because of what the public defender did, the racist text scandal came out and officers were eventually fired them, with the p.o.a. supporting them. i have had police commissioners tell me that they fear the misuse of confidential information if they call for reform. if the rules are not enforced, this accountability avoiding culture will continue. so thank you so much for the hearing and thank you for following up. >> supervisor fewer: thank you so much. point well taken. any other public comment? seeing none, i'm going to close public comment. so commander and captain, so i know that you two did not do this. i mean, i think that we can clearly say that if it were up to you two, this would have
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never happened, and you would never have brought this type of pain on the family, the adachi family. but we heard today from mrs. adachi that she does not have the full report with photos, and yet, the media does. how is this remedied? >> so i'm aware of the redacted report that the investigators sent to miss adachi. the reason she hasn't received the report and the photos is from our standpoint, the investigation is still open. there are some administrative functions from court procedures that we have to finalize, and we expect to within the next few weeks, and then, the entire report would be released to miss adachi. >> supervisor fewer: and commander, mrs. adachi is here today. is there anything that you'd like to say to her? >> like i mentioned earlier to
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supervisor ronen, this -- situations like this erode the public trust of the entire community, but as much this is a personal attack -- it's a personal affront to the family of mr. adachi, and no family should have to go through this. no family should have their loved ones' untimely demise be put out in public. as a department, we apologize to miss adachi for that. i can tell you there is a thorough investigation going on both criminally and administratively, and those that are responsible will be held accountable if in fact the violations occurs as it appears they have. but again, we apologize to the adachi family, because no one should have to go through that. >> supervisor fewer: thank you very much.
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as most of you know, my husband was a police officer for 38 years. i think the work he did was honorable. i think it is a job that is very difficult, and there is respect amongst the public for the work they do, and trust. you're right. when we see a violation like this, and there are protocols and violations of the protocols that affect the public trust then i think this is a very serious matter for all of us. i think that this is the meaning of why i am going to ask the chair to continue this item to the call of the chair so we may call you back after the investigation is completed. thank you very much, gentlemen, for coming today, and thank you
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very much to everyone who came today. >> supervisor mar: thank you, supervisor fewer. i just wanted to add -- >> supervisor fewer: oh, i'm so sorry, supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: yeah. thank you for calling this hearing, and thank you to miss adachi and to the members of the community who spoke out at the hearing. i 100% concur with supervisor fewer's comments and questions raised at the hearing, and the nine other colleagues that have called for this hearing and the broader public that have been following this really outrageous situation publicly. i appreciate the captain and commander's willingness to provide an update and state of the investigation. i appreciate the assurances that this is a high priority for us to follow through on. but i think given the history of the january 2018 incident,
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that, you know, mr. crew highlighted at the hearing and that investigation, there was no wrongdoing found, no punishment, and apparently, no change in sort of the culture and protocols within the police department around respecting crime victims and their families. so i -- that really i think raises a lot of questions in my mind about, you know, whether we're going to see any kind of real positive outcome i think for the family and the community in this situation. i would say you certainly are aware that the eyes of the board of supervisors and the city are really on you on this investigation, and i look forward to the follow up hearing to talk about the results. thank you. so can we file this item to the
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call of the chair? thank you. without objection? and so mr. clerk, can you call items -- where are we at? >> clerk: 6 through 15, the balance of our agenda. >> supervisor mar: yes. 6 through 15. >> clerk: 6 through 15 are various ordinances naming various lawsuits and unlitigated claims against the city a city of san francisco. >> supervisor mar: actually, i'd like to call for a recess for two minutes. >> clerk: okay. >> supervisor mar: okay. >> cle . >> clerk: the recess is over and we're back in session.
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>> supervisor mar: mr. clerk, can you call items six through 15? >> clerk: yes. 6 through 15 are various ordinances and lawsuits concerning unmitigated claims against the city of san francisco. >> supervisor mar: are there any members of the public wishing to comment on items 6 through 15 which will be held in closed session? seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel]. >> supervisor mar: do we have a motion to convene in closed ses >> clerk: we are now back in
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session for government audit and oversight meeting april 18, to 19. by a motion made by supervisor fewer, all items were recommended to the full board with item 10 being recommended as a committee report. >> supervisor mar: thank you, mr. clerk. do i have a motion not to disclose the proceedings from the closed session? thank you. >> supervisor fewer: i make a motion to not disclose the meeting from the closed session. >> supervisor mar: the motion's adopted without objection. clerk, any further business? >> clerk: there is no further business. >> supervisor mar: thank you. we are adjourned.
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>> this is the meeting of the recreation and park commission. would the secretary please call the roll. (roll call). >> i am going to make a few announcements. we welcome everyone today. it is the april 18th meeting of the recreation and park commission. we would ask you to turn off sound producing devices that could go off during the meeting. we ask you take any secondary conversations outside in order for this meeting to proceed as efficiently as possible.
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commissioner buhl each commission has three minutes. each person will have three minutes to speak on public comment for each item. when you do, please address your comments to the commission. in order to allow equal time for all, neither commission nor staff will respond to questions during public comment. the commission may ask questions of staff after public comment is closed. if you would like to speak on an item of interest to you that is not on the agenda but is under the subject matter of the commission. you may speak under item 4 continued to item 4. if the fire alarms activate you must evacuate the building in an orderly fashion.
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elevators will immediately return to the first floor and are not available for use. if you need assistance out of the building please make your way to the closest area of refuge across the hall in the men's restroom. inside is a speaker box. press it and security will answer. let them know your location and they will assist you. one change. item 9 is off calendar and will not be heard. with that we go to item 2, the president's report. >> thank you. very briefly. i know this will be discussed later in presentations. i want to note that since the last meeting we have had two very significant public events. one was acknowledgment of the gift at india basin. the largest gift in the history of the recreation and park department. we had groundbreaking for the
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tennis center in tolden gate park. more will be said about these. this is because of the staff work and the constant attention to the quality of both the facilities and the programs in the department. it just is a reality the public fireds what we are doing to be worthy of major substantial multi-million dollars investments. this is a long time in the making, fill an it doesn't just. that he look carefully how they spend dollars. they have to trust those will end up being for the intended purpose. that only comes with confidence with the people doing the job. commissioner harrison wants to make a comment. >> i had the pleasure of
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attending zoo fest last friday. i want to congratulate you on a very successful and enjoyable evening. the food was good, company great and entertainment was overwhelming with the some of the purchasing. it was great. i want to compliment you an and also tanya. thank you. >> that concludes my report. >> any public comment on the president's report? being none this item is closed. we are now on item 3, the general manager's report. >> good morning. i apologize in advance for a joyous and robust report. that is code for longish. let me start with my not so favorite event of the year 420.
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this saturday is april 20th. as with every april 20, a throng of revelers is expected to descend upon us in robin williams meadow in golden gate park to celebrate all things green. as we have seen in years past, this previously not permitted event does create a host of challenges including traffic and health and safety issues. over the last few years we have been grateful to the leadership of supervisor london breed now supervisor vallie brown and local merchants and alex in particular who have stepped off to offer infrastructure around this event including 185 portable toilets in the event area and neighborhood.
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4900 feet of fencing, 90 security guards, 33% increase from last year. dedicated cleanup crews inside the event and in surrounding neighborhoods. this is our third year working together, and this partnership has created a safer and cleaner and less impactful event. the merchant contribution along with a significant amount of support from sfpd, m.t.a., public works, public health, juvenile probation, department of emergency management and, of course, our own staff who works around the clock to manage this event has yielded good results. this event is not without risk, and as always we encourage everyone using the park to
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respect each other, respect the park, respect the neighborhoods, and to be safe and smart. as a public service reminder there are traffic considerations around the event. in addition to our regular saturday car-free road closures jfk at eighth avenue will be closed to vehicles as will conservatory drive each and west, nancy pelosi drive and mlk drive between ninth avenue which basically means if you don't have an awfully good reason to be around the park, don't go around the park. moving on. earth day. the very next day we come back
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down-to-earth, and we get to celebrate, which i believe is also easter. we will be celebrating earth day and the eco center's ninth birthday. sunday april 21st 9 amendment to 2:00 p.m. there wil will be a habitat prot and enjoy a free barbecue lunch. to rsvp and to view the entire earth month calendar log on to earth month blog. next week is five playgrounds in the city including the panhandle, golden gate park. sergeant john mccauley park in the tenderloin playground, the play ground in mic chairren park and in the excelser. it is under the let's play sf
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initiative a $30 million public private partnership with the san francisco parks alliance supported by park fund money and general fund support. in total they will renovate 13 playgrounds around the city. washington square playground was completed a few months ago. we co-host one big groundbreaking for all five projects on thursday, april 25th at 11:00 a.m. this may marks 74 years since the en end of the holocaust. to remind those of the survivors an installation by a german artist is at the plaza. maybe you walked by it this morning.
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over 70 portraits of holocaust survivors including several local individuals, one i will talk about in a second. also including those from all across united states, germany, ukraine, they are to provide voice and visibility to survivors. courageous leann wonderfully presented by the institute of san francisco and the german consoling lat in part he -- consulate it is previously at the lincoln memorial in washington, d.c. and at the headquarters in new york city. it celebrates strength of survivors and they are pictured in the life affirming photographs. one of the survivors i learned about tenacity first hand in 2010 when ilsa alexander wrote
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me a series of letters demanding to know what we are done with her favorite bench after the pga golf tournament in 2010. she then came to my office to ask the same question. she got her bench back along with a plaque and also a surrogate grandson here at the park. it is an honor to see her out there. i hope everyone explores her portrait to see her warmth, charisma, humanity. you use it to realize the destructive power of hate. access to adventure. in partnership with support for families of children with disabilities will host access to adventure for kids with disabilities and special
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healthcare needs on may 4th at golden gate park band shell. this includes art, music sports and live entertainment for all ages. for more visit support for families.org. lastly i want to report about thaboutthe biodiversity survey d by 107-18. our department completed an inter department mental survey summarizing all planned and existing projects and initiatives to promote the biodiversity. earlier this month we submitted the results of to the department of environment. the survey results are being compiled with those of other city agency and share understand
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the near future. it would be great to come back to present about the report's findings with a specific focus on our organization. okay. i now have two bits of recognition. the first commissioner as you will note focuses on yesterday's wonderful celebration at the golden gate park tennis center. it was a day anyone who was there will never forget when mayor breed and president buehl and the supervisors and our tennis learning center kids and staff and our lead donors joined mayor breed in the ceremonial net drop. we officially began the final phase of the 10 year a long journey to create a community
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hub and youth development program that will be the best public center in the country. our center is 125 years old. it is the keeper of stories and champions. the courts have hosted billie jean king and peanut louie and brad gilbert and alice marble who won 18 grand slam titles before defeating nazi germany and fighting to desegregate the sport by demanding that gibson could play in the u.s. open. it is the home of those who depend on the courts for joy, health, competition and community. during the 150th anniversary next year the lisa and douglas
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goldman tennas centers opens to the next 25 years. the $27 million renovation will feature a clubhouse and new lights with 27,000 hours of play and garden for spectating and the pickleball court and the program at the tennis learning center. it will provide one-on-one tutoring and life lessons in leadership and teamwork through the game of tennis. most strongly symbolizing the unbreakable bond a large mural in the clubhouse will display the words love all. projects like this don't happen. they take determination and partnership and leadership and civic generosity. today i want to thank the tennis coalition for the park that got this project going and for