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>> good morning, today is wednesday, may 15th, 2019. this is a regular meeting of the building inspection commission. i would like to remind everyone to turn off all electronic devices. the first item on the agenda is roll call. [roll call] >> commissioner moss is excused. we have a courtroom. or next items item two, president announcements. >> welcome everybody to the may
15th commission hearing, and i just want to point out to my fellow commissioners, our commission calendar is pretty light this morning due to the fact that i thought that we would have a very quick meeting, and because we were going to have the joint hearing meeting there which was supposed to be with planning tomorrow, which has now been continued due to legislative process not fully expedited yet, so they are in the process of rescheduling that i'm not sure how it will play out, because i know it is coming into the summer and a lot of people will be away, but i don't have an understanding as to when the joint hearing will be rescheduled but as soon as we know i'm sure our secretary will reach out to everybody immediately. i'm constantly doing a phone call to planning every week to see where things are also along with supervisor peskin's office. i know bill is working hard to communicate with them and see how we are doing there.
with that said, welcome, everybody, and obviously good morning to tom who has been very active in the media to help inform the public about the behavioural program. the new vacant storefront that is in place and the mandatory seismic retrofit program which is ongoing every month for us. he participated on april 22nd with supervisor fewer and brown, in the media event at 6 avenue and balboa in the richmond, announcing the tougher requirements and the newly updated safety storefront ordinance for owner registration he also has been reaching out directly to chinese speaking audiences about these programs, with radio interviews, as well as radio ten 14:50 a.m. these interviews are excellent ways to keep the public informed and updated in many important
building safety programs. another reminder that d.b.a. will host another quick safety fair which is always a big event , at the bill graham civic authority on june 11th, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 a.m. registrations for the free workshops are at the website. i'm looking forward to seeing everybody there and hopefully it will be successful like the director. thank you to dan lowry who received a letter of appreciation for assisting the customer with the permit process which led them to getting the job card in a timely manner. the customer went on to say that they were grateful and we intend not to disappoint them. well done down there. finally a little bit of recognition of praise. i also want to alert you all to the may 21st to link wind properties hearing at the board of supervisors. the board board will vote on these finalists. staff began with about 700 properties, believe it or not without extending costs.
as of today, the outstanding work that they let down to 300 owners have already been into pay and achieve their compliance well done there. that is tough. i would also like to commend our communications team for the distribution of the commercial property newsletter to over 9,000 building owners. it reminds owners of their responsibility for the accessible business entrance program as well as a new vacant storefront legislation requirement, and it encourages recipients to come to the june 11th earthquake safety fair and it's free workshops. i encourage everyone to visit d.b.i. and read the newsletter for the departmentwide update. d.b.i. will be welcoming this year's project interns in june. there we 17 high school and college students that will be joining d.b.i. from june 17th until august 9th. we look forward to having them join us and learn about the work
to be done with d.b.i. i'm looking for to hearing how they are doing and maybe you can get them to come and tell us their experience. finally, d.b.i., the deputy director of managers and supervisors, remember we are seeking nominations for our employee of quarter two, covering april, may, in june of 2019. please send your nominations to carl and jim, and carl's we might announce our winter at the july 6th meeting. madam secretary, that concludes my announcements. >> thank you. is there any public comment on item two? seeing then, item three, general public comment. the b.i.c. will take public comment on matters within the commission's jurisdiction that are not part of this agenda. >> hello, my name is kevin chang i would like the commissioners to touch on the topic of the
issues that are brought up in the president's announcements. i would like to talk about assessment liens as it relates to state street. based on the april 16th hearing for about $3,200 in fines and charges and another $500 pending reporting fees. there were some problems, unfortunately with this assessment process. currently there is no noticing that can be determined on the compliant data sheet. in the past, people were noted and documented on the datasheet, however, the property owner did not receive any notice whatsoever of this hearing on april 16th or about the pending billing. there was no initial billing statement issued nor a notice sent out. there was no substantial response to outreach by property owner. to date, there are problems with the equal enforcement with the liens, and also vacant buildings and registration requirements as documented by complaint data
sheets. 655 alvarado street is suspended and with no current permits like to enforce state street. this commission should be vocal because they appeared before you one year ago. 655 alvarado has no assessment liens and no vacant building registration. forty-nine hopkins street has three assessment liens and no vacant voter registration. 214 state street has three two months of assessment liens that have been paid for, and they two week -- to be determined amount for the april billing which has yet to be determined and shared with the property owner and has been acquired -- required to report as a vacant building. there are problems of communication between staff. for instance, on the vacant building registration, staff on e-mails to the property owner requires registration of a vacant building. staff on the complaint datasheet accepts registration.
so far only 214 state street is required to register as a vacant building, and currently only to 214 state street is required to pay outside number of months of assessment liens compared to alvarado and hopkins. how can that happen? is that fair? i am requesting help from the building inspection commission to stop the delay of this assessment lien for proceeding with the board of supervisors, and also to allow time for the property owner to work with staff. the property owner has to pay and register, so should all other properties with similar violations is suspended permits. property owners are committed to working with staff and have been doing so since april 2014 when the project was first started and again in december 2014. it has done so by paying for past lien amounts. the inspection commission needs to ensure transparency and fairness in this process. we would appreciate any help this commission can provide. thank you.
>> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good morning, my name is jury i have spoken before the planning commission on 655 alvarado street and 49 hopkins avenue. i think one thing that would be helpful, if mr. chang would provide some time horizon. 214 state street is a much earlier violation. forty-nine hopkins was in the last 12 months, 655 alvarado was in the last 12 months, so i really can't speak to the other factors, but the number of months is radically different. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please.
>> good morning, commissioners. i gave miss harris a copy of the letter and a list for you. something i have been working on for the last four or five years. i think if you want to read it, it is self-explanatory. i think that a lot of these projects -- well the big thing with the use is not many of them received a hearing of the planning commission, they just one through, but the big thing is that they were speculative projects. the building was bought for usually under a million dollars or around there, and the increase was over $3 million, somewhere in there. they sold in various price ranges. that is the average overall. often times the entitlements were solved before the buildings were complete, so you have this
incredibly accelerated and speculative market for buildings who did not perhaps receive proper review. i don't know that they are all demolitions, but they sure look like demolitions, and just to follow on that, here is one and i will not say what it is specifically. may i have the overhead, please? thank you. there it is. it is completed and for sale now it is on the market for $5 million. it was originally purchased for under $1 million in 2014. here it is, a friend clued me onto this. this is during the work. she took that with her phone, so then i went up there a few weeks later and this was in february of 2018, that one there, and i went up there, i didn't get up there until august. there it is. you see that little bit of wall left, and there's a little bit more there, but that is it. so when -- it was at the
commission. someone did do a d.r. the project sponsor said, i'll put a second unit, i will put it in lot unit. that sounds kind of great. they wanted it to be bigger, they said it would be bigger, i don't know if it is. i did not get to go to the open house. there is wonder as you can see, there is one front door and one address, but i didn't go to see the open house, and i don't know how it is configured once you are inside their if there are two doors or what. this is the second unit kitchen and this thing to me is there is no stove, i don't know how someone could live in a second unit without a stove, you are not going to eat veggies all the time, so there is no microwave. there is a refrigerator, there is a sink, there is a dishwasher , and this is down below the garage. that is kind of what the pattern has happened with a lot of these on the list with a second unit. these are all things i just wanted to raise with the list. when you do finally meet with
the planning commission and you discuss the demo legislation, how you want to approach the demo legislation, and i will talk about it more sometime soon thank you all very much. >> thank you. next speaker, please. seeing none. >> thank you. our next item is item four, commissioner questions and matters. for a is inquiries to staff. at this time, commissioners may make inquiries to staff regarding various documents, policies and procedures which are of interest to the commission. >> seeing none. >> okay. our next item is for b., future meetings and agendas. the commission may discuss and take action and set the date of a special meeting or determine those items that could be placed on the agenda of the next meeting and other future meetings of the building inspection commission. our next regular meeting is on june 19th. >> unless -- sorry, mr. walker,
please. >> i realize that this is ongoing to reschedule the joint commission, but it is a priority that we find out as soon as possible and have the meeting as soon as possible so that we can effectively communicate with each other about, especially that issue of demolition and all of those things related that we will have on the agenda. i really just want to support you being aggressive with that. >> yeah, and i know commissioner watson, did you want to leave any comments? >> yeah, my concern on this is we have, as a department, been responding to the information we've gotten from the supervisors and expressing what our concerns are with the proposals that have been presented, and that is wonderful
, and i understand the department and the responses have been very well received by supervisors who have been working on this, however, one of my biggest concerns is, you know , just how proactive we are in coordinating our efforts with the staff at the planning department department so that not only are we responding as things come to us, but that we are really trying to coordinate our efforts with planning staff to come up with really strong solutions to any of the challenging or improvable pieces in the legislation, and i would just really encourage our staff to be as aggressive as possible
in their outreach to the planning staff to get that coordinated effort so that together we are really helping formulate the best solutions to reach the common objectives of getting this legislation as bright as possible from the outset with common, agreed-upon, best strategies to achieve the objectives. again, i would really encourage us to be as proactive as possible with our sister department staff towards that end. >> thank you. could i ask you, if you wouldn't mind, and i know you and bill have been working closely with the supervisor's office and with planning, maybe you can give us insight at what your steak would be and have you received the
legislation officially from the supervisor's office. just update the commission on where we stand. >> sure. don murray, legislative affairs. bill is on vacation. supervisor peskin introduced the revised ordinance on the meeting on may 7th. we are still going through it to see what the effect on the department will be, you know, how many projects this would affect and how would they affect it. >> could you forward that to the commission? >> certainly. >> we haven't seen copies of it so i think it would be helpful if we were at least aware of it. >> i'm happy to do it. >> of what the current state is. >> so what you are doing now, which we've talked about in the past, his is going through and pulling out the issues that you see that affect our department, and i'm presuming planning are doing the same.
>> yes, they are. >> is there any other department this affects? was it planning and d.b.i.? >> mostly planning and d.b.i. to our knowledge. >> if we have the legislation now, what is the next steps? what do you think will be the next steps? >> we're working with planning on the presentation i would go before the joint commission hearing. my understanding is that late june is what i have heard, i don't know, everything is in flux, but we are working on that right now. again, we are trying to figure out what the universe of projects are affected. even small changes in the ordinance can have a big effect in terms of what gets caught and , you know, as you know, under the ordinance, there would be a lot more projects that would be required, conditional use authorization, so just trying to get it -- get a beat on that.
that is a priority right now. >> okay. when is our next commission meeting? >> june 19th. >> we technically could -- we don't know this for sure, but we could technically the day after that. >> all i heard was late june. i have not heard a date. >> i don't know what our schedules are like. okay. good luck with that. how big of a piece of paper is it? is it large? is it that thick? >> the legislation is about 70 pages. >> so it is pretty thick. >> a lot of it is planning code, but there's a fair amount affecting the building code as well. >> is it your understanding we would still have the same format that is probably not a fair question to you.
>> that is my understanding. >> great. >> if we could see that that would be helpful. send us an e-mail. >> we will get it to you today. >> i will e-mail it to you this afternoon. thank you. >> thank you. >> okay. , where were we? >> we were just on the future -- future meetings and agendas. if commissioners do not have any agendas right now, you can let me know via e-mail. is there any public comment on these items? seeing none. next item is item five, discussion regarding the san francisco amendment to the 2019 california building standards code, including the building, existing building, residential, mechanical, electrical and green building code. >> hello, i michel from michelle from the department of building inspection, technical service division. i am primarily the division who will be working, who is working
on adopting the 2019 san francisco building code. i just wanted to update the commissioners about d.b.i.'s progress right now and the, as well as the subcommittees. right now the, has approved three out of the six codes. plumbing, mechanical, and green building code will be soon afforded to the commissioners. we are waiting for a little bit more discussion regarding the san francisco building code, existing building, and electrical code, but we are in really good standing right now, two months ahead of schedule from previous years, so we are doing really great, so i just wanted to let you guys know to look forward to a full set at the san francisco building code amendments in the next meeting or two. thank you. >> okay. thank you. if there are no questions or comments, is there any public
comment on item five? seeing none, item six. update on s.f. permit and project tracking system. >> good morning, commissioners. my name is bruce and they may project manager with the department of building inspections. henry bartley was called away for this meeting and it is my pleasure to represent the project to give this report today. at the moment, we are in the process of fixing and retesting the issues from our last round of the user acceptance testing stage, and our staff is very diligently turning around any of the presented fixes to those issues. we are in the cycle of finding issues, and the system will resolve those issues and send them back to our users for testing, and our users are doing
an outstanding job of juggling their daily needs with the testing process, the retesting process, as well as meeting with the project team to make sure we have an understanding of what the questions and issues are. the open so one and two issues will be reduced to zero before we move on to the next phase. we will be able to move onto our next stages of end to end testing, as well as the next round of user acceptance testing additional activities and progress, we are reviewing and updating our training materials as well as our public outreach materials in preparation of this project coming to conclusion. i would be happy to entertain any questions. >> please, commissioner walker. >> how many open items are there
still in the current stage? >> as of 5:00 a.m. this morning, there was 124, which is been steadily increasing. of those, about 30 of those are data migration related issues. the rest are application-specific issues, so that is where we stand today. >> perfect, thank you. any other questions? >> seeing none, thank you so much for coming out here this morning. >> is there any public comment on item six? seeing none, item seven, director's reports. seven a, update on d.b.i. finances.
>> good morning, commissioners. on the deputy director for the department of building inspection. before you is the april 2019 financial reports. it includes revenues and expenditures for the ten months of fiscal year 201819 and july 2018 through april 2019 and i will go over a couple of the highlights here in summary. first on, the revenue side, april has been a little bit different than all the other months. for the first time in a very long time we actually have seeded our prior year amount. our revenues have gone up based on last year. last year we were at about 60 million and this year we are at 63 million. them up until now, we have been seeing a decline. better than budget, but still coming in left. that is primarily due to two of
our major revenue sources. that is the plan, checking revenues, and this month, april loan -- april alone, it was 2.8 million, normally we are 1.7 million. and also, in our building permit revenue, we are up at about 1.6 compared to one point to last year. last you this time, plan checking revenue, we are at 1.9, and this year we are at 2.8. we went back to look at that says that is the pattern that we are used to, and there were a couple of large projects. for instance, and the in the 2.81 project was at about $2.8000. and plan checking revenue there a couple of large projects that bump that amount up. on the expenditure side, same thing again, which has been a pattern for us. our expenditures are increasing. last year we had 51 million, and last -- this year we are 56 million. that is due to our two largest
expenditures. salaries are up because we are hiring, and also services of other departments of work orders are at because the departments are now building on a more consistent basis before doing the first year of s.f.p. people thought there was a little lag and now they are dealing on a consistent basis. i'm happy to answer any questions. >> on the revenue, could you just tell me if it has been determined, you mentioned that the major project bumped up the revenue. is there a trend on the smaller projects right now, are those going down, or are they steady? >> if you look at -- let's look at -- if you look at the second page, we will go over issue permits. you will see that pretty much you look at the permit valuation and you will see that all of them are pretty much study. much of them are above the prior
year when you look at the zero to 2,000 all the way up to the 5 million. they are all above what the prior year was. and also, if you look at the 50 to 100, we had a lot of different -- a lot more issued permits. some of these had already paid fees in prior years, and those revenues have already been covered. some of them are paying issuance fees and that is what we are seeing everybody. >> if there aren't any questions on the financial report, i want to give you a brief update on the budget. we have been working with the mayor and we have been given some numbers to be added to the budget. we're still talking to them but this is where we are right now. we talked about this for 49 saw the van and nass, the funicular fixture equipment.
now we are at about 7.9 million or 8 million. it will be furniture for networking, expenses, there are new systems that will be placed. the move will cost about $660,000. so far we are at $10 million of expenses, and they have not been included in the budget because we didn't know where they were. in many instances, for the 7.9, the largest expense, we don't anticipate that that would require additional funding because we had already had an $8,000,000.49 south venice amount of money budgeted already so the goal is to repurpose those funds. so we wouldn't have to find additional funding for that. but on the other ones, will be
looking for additional funding, and we're looking at existing projects that could be closed in instead of bumping up and finding new money, balancing a little bit and using some of the existing funds. we probably will have to use additional funds. outside of the 49 south van ness , digital services in the city administrator office will be working on digital permitting and we have been told that over a two-year period, that will cost d.b.i. about $7.7 million. so for the first fiscal year 19- 20, it will be maybe $3.8 million in additional amounts that will be needed to add to the budget. we are, once again, the budget will be submitted to the board until june 1st. we are working closely with the mayor's office. so when we come back in june, i will have specifically what was included in the budget for you and we will have the details and the funding. >> okay. >> i'm happy to answer any questions. >> commissioners?
>> great news that this is improving. as you are going forward on this , i know the legislation is not finalized yet on the test for the low income housing, 100% affordable, and a.d.u. are you including that in your forecast, though, anticipating it will happen? >> we were going to go back and determine whether we needed to go back and lower the revenues. at this point, i wouldn't lower the revenues because we have lowered them so much already, so for instance, based on this current month, we are anticipating to collect about $76 million in revenue. let's take out the interest because the interest can go up or do -- we'll be using the fund
balance to budget us and we will stay where we arced cover what the revenues are in the fund balance that we actually have. >> thank you. >> thank you deputy director. >> next item is seven b., proposed and recently enacted state or local legislation. >> hello, again, don murray, legislative affairs. we already talked about the demolitions ordinance, so supervisor fewer's ordinance updating the vacant storefront program took effect in april 22 nd. we started sending out the courtesy letters of what we are calling them as called for by the amended ordinance and they haven't registered or shown that they are in compliance within 30 days of receiving that. we will start sending those out so that process will start soon. as you know, we are working on a pallet measure that will tax
vacant storefronts. that is still very early on. we don't know much about that. the a.d.u. and 100% affordable housing fee waivers, that has been sent back to g.a.o. because of supervisor mar had some proposed amendments that they wanted to discuss further regarding a.d.u. supervisor fewer has requested a land use committee hearing on the state of the restaurant industry in the city, including what different departments are doing to support restaurant operators in the permitting inspections process. we do not have a date yet for that hearing, we will let you know as soon as we do. we assume this is coming from the recent budget analyst report on permitting times for commercial storefronts.
we had some issues with the conclusions of that report, which we talked about last month last week, supervisor ronan introduced her substitute ordinance to legitimize the currently illegal uses of the active space building at 315018 street. there is no hearing date set yet , but this was the building. it was like 180 units. the owner rented out many of the units to businesses like therapists and businesses and whatnot that were not compliant with the zoning. largely the planning code issue, but we will have the issues and permits for each change and a few units that may have had some work done to them that will have to get that addressed. that is about it for me. i'm happy to take any questions. >> so they are proposing to do
nonconforming permitting on those, allowing them to stay, but not rerent? >> yes. >> it is not a permanent change. they are essentially grandfathering them in. >> that's great. that is a good solution. >> thank you. >> next item is seven c., update on major projects. >> good morning, department of building inspection. as you can see, the construction cost increase by zero-point 2%, any question you have? >> no thank you. thank you. >> next item, seven d., update on code enforcement. >> good morning, commissioners. and sweeney, deputy director for inspection services. i have a code enforcement numbers for april 2019 b.i.d.
building inspections performed 6,042, completes received, 435, complaint response was 423, complaints of first notice of violation, complaints received to her 35, beta compliance beta compliance notice of violation, 145, second notice of violation regarding -- according to code enforcement, housing inspection performed 1212, complaints received, 457, complaint response was 419. complaints would notice of violation issued, 161, a beta complaint is 403. number of cases sent to directors, 31, and routine inspections performed was 304. code enforcement services, number of cases sent to directors hearing was 126. number of order of abatements
issued, 30. number of cases under advisement was nine. number of cases was 122. code enforcement inspections performed 290. number of cases referred to b.i.c., none this month, we do it every month -- every other month. this month, the numbers were a bit down because of the code enforcement outreach because of the lean cycle was down a bit code enforcement outreach programs, total people that reached out to was almost 48,000 , counciling cases was 1561, community program purchase attendance was 1148 and cases were resolved were 219. >> thank you, mr. sweeney. just before you go, maybe you could on the next commission meeting get back to us on the 655 alvarado and the 49 hopkins avenue, and go through that and
make sure to address the public comment here today. i believe that will be that will be your department. >> we are meeting with mr. chang tomorrow for code enforcement to go over his issues. >> particularly just to address the comments that were made to make sure that it is full transparency. >> thank you. >> thank you mr. sweeney. >> i just wanted to thank you all and also including our code enforcement outreach partners. this is the new part of our reports that actually gets the numbers back from -- we have like five partners that our community organizations that do outreach to resolve issues between tenants and landlords to get code enforcement resolved and they are really an important part of our outreach program.
i ask for those numbers here because -- i would probably be a good idea to get an agenda item sometime in the future so this partners can come in and talk about what they do so everybody here knows sort of what we are doing out there thank you, and thank them for that as well. thank you. >> i think that would be a good presentation. >> all right. is there any public comment with these items? seeing then, item eight, review and approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of april 17 th, 2019. is there a motion to approve? >> so moved. >> no. >> motion to approve, yes. >> yes, there was one. >> before we take public comment >> we would like to take some comments. >> there is one correction, and
it relates to a comment i had made at last hearing since it was a public comment, i would like the correction read into the record publicly. i would like to do that now. following the april 17th meeting, we knowledge there were comments made during the hearing regarding 535 growth street, but the property is located at 525. the commissioner said the decision was fully based on the evidence that was provided for 426 and 525, and the b.i.c. initial package -- in the b.i.c. initial package. i want that in a public admission of error. i appreciate the efforts once i realized my mistake that day. i contacted the city attorney. they said the option was for her
to be made aware of her right to appeal should she feel that that is the case, and i appreciate that quick response from the city attorney. our secretary reached out to her immediately, got a quick response that she chose not to do the appeal, and following that concern that she might have been owed an apology for hearing things about her building that were not accurate, i called her to apologize, and i must say she showed kindness, understanding and graciousness. i would like this in the public record. >> thank you for that clarification. >> thank you.
there was a motion by commissioner walker to second. >> second. >> it's or any public comment from the minutes? seeing then, are all commissioners in favor? >> aye. >> any opposed? minutes are approved. next item is item nine, adjournment, motion to adjourn. >> moved to adjourn. >> second. >> all commissioners in favor? >> aye. >> we are now adjourned, it is 9:57 a.m. >> i'm sorry, commissioner walker, we are four minutes over >> oh, really? [laughter] >> with the cancellation of abatement and everything. thank you, commissioners. enjoy the morning.
>> a way of life in san francisco. when the next major quake hits, the city hopes a new law requiring seismic upgrades to five story buildings will help keep more residents safe and sound. tell me a little about the soft story program. what is it? >> it's a program the mayor signed into law about a year and a half ago and the whole idea behind it was to help homeowners strengthen buildings so that they would not collapse. >> did you the soft story program apply to all buildings or building that were built in a certain time frame? >> it only applies to buildings built in the time frame of 1978 and earlier. it's aimed at wood framed
buildings that are three or more stories and five or more units. but the openings at the garage level and the street level aren't supported in many buildings. and without the support during a major earthquake, they are expected to pancake and flatten ~. many of the buildings in this program are under rent control so it's to everybody's advantage to do the work and make sure they protect their investment and their tenant. >> notices have gone out to more than 6,000 owners of potentially at-risk properties but fewer than one-third have responded and thousands might miss an important deadline in september to tell the city what they plan to do. let's talk worst case scenario. what happens in a collapse? >> buildings have the tendency of rolling over. the first soft story walls lean over and the building collapse.
in an earthquake the building is a total loss. >> can you describe what kind of strengthening is involved in the retrofit? >> one of the basic concepts, you want to think of this building kind of like rubber band and the upper three floor are very rigid box and the garage is a very flexible element. in an earthquake the garage will have a tendency to rollover. you have to rubber band analogy that the first floor is a very tough but flexible rubber band such that you never drive force he to the upper floors. where all your damage goes into controlled element like plywood or steel frame. >> so, here we are actually inside of a soft story building. can we talk a little about what kinds of repairs property owners might expect? >> it's a very simple process. we deliberately tried to keep it that way. so, what's involved is plywood, which when you install it and make a wall as we have done here already, then you cover it
with this gypsum material. this adds some flexibility so that during the earthquake you'll get movement but not collapse. and that gets strengthened even more when we go over to the steel frame to support the upper floor. >> so, potentially the wood and the steel -- it sounds like a fairly straightforward process takes your odds of collapse from one in 4 to one in 30? >> that's exactly right. that's why we're hoping that people will move quickly and make this happen. >> great. let's take a look. so, let's talk steel frames. tell me what we have going on here. >> well, we have a steel frame here. there are two of these and they go up to the lower floor and there is a beam that go across,
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>> the product homeless connect community day of service began about 15 years ago, and we have had 73 of them. what we do is we host and expo-style event, and we were the very force organization to do this but it worked so well that 250 other cities across the globe host their own. there's over 120 service providers at the event today, and they range anywhere from hygiene kits provided by the basics, 5% -- to prescription glasses and reading glasses, hearing tests, pet sitting, showers, medical services, flu shots, dental care, groceries, so many phenomenal service providers, and what makes it so unique is we ask that they provide that service today here it is an actual, tangible service people can leave with it. >> i am with the hearing and speech center of northern california, and we provide a
variety of services including audiology, counselling, outreach, education, today we actually just do screening to see if someone has hearing loss. to follow updates when they come into the speech center and we do a full diagnostic hearing test, and we start the process of taking an impression of their year, deciding on which hearing aid will work best for them. if they have a smart phone, we make sure we get a smart phone that can connect to it, so they can stream phone calls, or use it for any other services that they need. >> san francisco has phenomenal social services to support people at risk of becoming homeless, are already experience and homelessness, but it is confusing, and there is a lot of waste. bringing everyone into the same space not only saves an average of 20 hours a week in navigating the system and waiting in line for different areas, it helps them talk, so if you need to sign up for medi-cal, what you need identification, you don't have to go to sacramento or wait in line at a d.m.v., you go across the hall to the d.m.v. to get your i.d.
♪ today we will probably see around 30 people, and averaging about 20 of this people coming to cs for follow-up service. >> for a participant to qualify for services, all they need to do is come to the event. we have a lot of people who are at risk of homelessness but not yet experiencing it, that today's event can ensure they stay house. many people coming to the event are here to receive one specific need such as signing up for medi-cal or learning about d.m.v. services, and then of course, most of the people who are tender people experiencing homelessness today. >> i am the representative for the volunteer central. we are the group that checks and all the volunteers that comment participate each day. on a typical day of service, we have anywhere between 40500 volunteers that we, back in, they get t-shirts, nametags, maps, and all the information they need to have a successful event. our participant escorts are a core part of our group, and they are the ones who help
participants flow from the different service areas and help them find the different services that they needs. >> one of the ways we work closely with the department of homelessness and supportive housing is by working with homeless outreach teams. they come here, and these are the people that help you get into navigation centers, help you get into short-term shelter, and talk about housing-1st policies. we also work very closely with the department of public health to provide a lot of our services. >> we have all types of things that volunteers deal do on a day of service. we have folks that help give out lunches in the café, we have folks who help with the check in, getting people when they arrive, making sure that they find the services that they need to, we have folks who help in the check out process, to make sure they get their food bag, bag of groceries, together hygiene kit, and whatever they need to. volunteers, i think of them as the secret sauce that just makes
the whole process works smoothly. >> participants are encouraged and welcomed to come with their pets. we do have a pet daycare, so if they want to have their pets stay in the daycare area while they navigate the event, they are welcome to do that, will we also understand some people are more comfortable having their pets with them. they can bring them into the event as well. we also typically offer veterinary services, and it can be a real detriment to coming into an event like this. we also have a bag check. you don't have to worry about your belongings getting lost, especially when that is all that you have with you. >> we get connected with people who knew they had hearing loss, but they didn't know they could get services to help them with their hearing loss picks and we are getting connected with each other to make sure they are getting supported. >> our next event will be in march, we don't yet have a date set. we typically sap set it six weeks out. the way to volunteer is to follow our newsletter, follow us on social media, or just visit our website. we always announce it right away, and you can register very easily online.
so law enforcement assistance diversion to work with individuals with nonviolent related of offenses to offer an alternative to an arrest and the county jail. >> we are seeing reduction in drug-related crimes in the pilot area. >> they have done the program for quite a while. they are successful in reducing the going to the county jail. >> this was a state grant that we applied for. the department is the main administrator. it requires we work with multiple agencies. we have a community that includes the da, rapid transit police and san francisco sheriff's department and law
enforcement agencies, public defender's office and adult probation to work together to look at the population that ends up in criminal justice and how they will not end up in jail. >> having partners in the nonprofit world and the public defender are critical to the success. we are beginning to succeed because we have that cooperation. >> agencies with very little connection are brought together at the same table. >> collaboration is good for the department. it gets us all working in the same direction. these are complex issues we are dealing with. >> when you have systems as complicated as police and health and proation and jails and nonprofits it requires people to
come to work together so everybody has to put their egos at the door. we have done it very, very well. >> the model of care where police, district attorney, public defenders are community-based organizations are all involved to worked towards the common goal. nobody wants to see drug users in jail. they want them to get the correct treatment they need. >> we are piloting lead in san francisco. close to civic center along market street, union plaza, powell street and in the mission, 16th and mission. >> our goal in san francisco and in seattle is to work with individuals who are cycling in and out of criminal justice and are falling through the cracks and using this as intervention
to address that population and the racial disparity we see. we want to focus on the mission in tender loan district. >> it goes to the partners that hired case managers to deal directly with the clients. case managers with referrals from the police or city agencies connect with the person to determine what their needs are and how we can best meet those needs. >> i have nobody, no friends, no resources, i am flat-out on my own. i witnessed women getting beat, men getting beat. transgenders getting beat up. i saw people shot, stabbed. >> these are people that have had many visits to the county jail in san francisco or other
institutions. we are trying to connect them with the resources they need in the community to break out of that cycle. >> all of the referrals are coming from the law enforcement agency. >> officers observe an offense. say you are using. it is found out you are in possession of drugs, that constituted a lead eligible defense. >> the officer would talk to the individual about participating in the program instead of being booked into the county jail. >> are you ever heard of the leads program. >> yes. >> are you part of the leads program? do you have a case worker? >> yes, i have a case manager. >> when they have a contact with a possible lead referral, they give us a call. ideally we can meet them at the scene where the ticket is being issued. >> primarily what you are talking to are people under the