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-- we like to use the acronym dime, improve, meet and ensure services for all individuals that are exposed to the streets or live in conditions on the streets. the first area of the goal that we like to emphasize is that there is an agreement between the four partners to deliver a coordinated, to deliver coordinated city services to effectively address encampments, hot spots and quality of life issues, and the second goal, behavioral health of individuals on the streets and that's an emphasis that's been closely looked at a lot more in the last 6 to 8 months. just because when we look at the issues on the street, as many of you know, we need to be looking at what type of behaviors and what type of health needs are needed in order to deal with the issues of homelessness or any of the issues of encampmentes, and
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ensuring san francisco streets are safe and clean while improving the response to resident concerns. so, how does it work? we wanted to quickly highlight. typically as she shared, the hsoc team, the staff, every lead department has assigned staff to be deployed at the incident command center. 311 or typically anyone could call to 311 if there's an issue on the street. a coordinated call organized, coordinated dispatch system among the departments and the stat at 1011 turk. a daily planning and response process that's facilitated at 9:30 and 2:30 every single day of the week and it's looking at
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expanding services and a response on saturday and sundays. often times a very large screen such as this one that looks at all in the hot spot incidents where we see the calls coming from. there's also an effort in the future to work with the controllers office to start looking at in general where a lot of the city system partners, including the hot team are looking at hot spots that may not be coming into the 311 system. there are certain callers that may understand the system and other parts of the community of san francisco that may have more access or may feel more comfortable working with city partners and reporting the support that's needed. so, data is an area that we are looking at trying to really use on a day-to-day basis to look at deploying services in the immediate response. and then again, the fifth area is about responding to street behaviors. we work really closely with the
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san francisco police department, the hot team part of the hsh department, homeless department and we are now working really closely with other external partners, including the department of emergency management to respond to all conditions and try to make sure that we are leading with services first. we have worked really hard in the last year to really look at not only providing sort of the day-to-day unified command str you are and training to staff. so, as the doctor shared in the past we functioned under the department of emergency management model where it was a unified command structure. we are in the last year experiencing a lot of changes and we are trying to really create a theory of change, leading with services first and so training is a really big component that is needed to actually train staff. so, we have currently about
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33hsoc officers connected to the structure. the full hot team, part of homeless department that's connected and as the doctor shared, we have divisions that's, that are part of the department of public health that all respond to the work that, or the calls that are coming into the department of emergency management or 311. given that array of staff and that diversity, d.p.h. has really been asked to take a lead and a front center around training staff, including the police officers. so, we have often trained around service navigation, motivational interviewing, narcan, how to use it, harm reduction approach, also been asked to explain our psychiatric emergency services and our crisis intervention experts have actually provided training on how to best look at trying to intervene and use less lethal options and less, more restorative justice practices on the streets in the last eight
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months. another big role that we have as the department of public health, this is where we work really closely with our behavioral health division is to coordinate the care of any individual that gets notified to the 311 system. d.p.h. in the last six months has actually stepped in to really looking at a multidisciplinary team format where we are looking at trying to work with partners, if anyone gets identified in need of substance abuse treatment, identified as someone in need of any sort of behavioral health or harm reduction intervention. and so given that effort, what we have been trying to do is really make sure our clinicians and psychiatrists and psychologists working with the department are looking at cases that are coming in, one by one and the full comprehensive need of an individual. we also partner with h.s.h. to identify at least 40 individuals
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on any given time that actually need priority services. we are in the process of working really closely with h.s.h. to even also identify how do we get to the high priority list so we offer shelter so that if someone is coming into our contact through the police department and referred to 311 and coming into our services, that we actually also provide a moment in time where we can give someone shelter and navigation. so, part of the share coordination team, our effort is facilitate the holistic approach of an individual and support obviously by offering the behavioral consultation, health consultation that's needed and also looking at trying to work with partners of the needs of an individual and their families. another big component that d.p.h. reflects or implements as part of the hsoc work that's fairly new to align is working closely with the health fairs. as you may know, population health division, presented a
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couple of months back around the work they are doing to reach out with our street outreach teams, to encourage individuals to look at an array of services if they are living on the streets or dealing with substance abuse issues on the street. and so this is some of the work that gets done with some of our consistent health fairs and in 2018, what i would highlight, one of the successes are that we ended up engaging 281 individuals into medical engagements. i would also highlight the h.c.v. tests, 359, hiv tests that were offered, and some of the narcan trainings alongside with the other information that's listed there. i would also add that we provided a sheet, i believe, to actually emphasize the 2019 outcomes that have been met. so as you could see in the first six months, mirroring similar numbers and again, our role is to try to offer to hsoc with the partners that we have internally
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and the divisions there, including street medicine, we try to provide a community-based approach to try to get to individuals into more healthy environments if they are living on the streets. so, this is the way of participating and leveraging the work that gets dock with the department. if there is an area by homeless or encampment, we have to try the multidisciplinary ways or the creative approaches to get to the community that we are reaching to. another area that we have been recently the last eight months working closely with the partners, including san francisco police department, is our healthy streets intervention program. we offer as part of the department of public health an opportunity to divert individuals out of the criminal
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justice system in multiple ways. in hsoc, typically what happens, if there are individuals that come in contact with the police department we have obviously set up a system to deal with the medical referrals that are needed if someone is dealing with an emergency incident, need to be transferred to the psychiatric emergency services or if there is a case where you might need to be transferring someone to the emergency department. we also in the last eight months have developed an opportunity to work really closely with the community assessment and resource center, that's, i'm sorry, community assessment and service center, located by the hall of justice and operated by the adult probation department. we actually have staff now that are located at this community center close to the hall of justice on 6th street and what we are offering is a safe transport and a space for individuals that could actually get diverted away from the criminal justice system, if in
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fact a police officer comes in contact with someone that may not have a criminal activity or criminal consequence, we are actually encouraging a partnership with the department of public health stepping in and we are providing services as much as we can. so a very clear example could be if an officer on any given day sees someone that might be exposed, may be openly using drugs or using needles, we may offer an opportunity for those individuals to actually get transported over to the center and encourage they use our resources that are levered through lead to actually do an intervention and talk to individuals about rolling into services, as opposed to continuing the law enforcement contact. some of the examples of what we do when it comes to the program that we have in place. and again, our role at d.p.h. is really to provide an opportunity to divert away from the criminal justice system. that's how we see our role being
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valued in this operation. we also have, you know, many, a couple of incidents that might end in obviously in the hands of the criminal justice system and we are encouraging leveraging with jail health services and some of our partners that are part of hsoc include the sheriff's department and they have leveraged their contracts through the nova system around community-based partners to reintegrate individuals back to the community. so, as you could note with this diagram, we have multiple access points where often times the hsoc officers might be in contact with someone on the street and try to leverage as much to offer an opportunity to move away from on healthy street behaviors and enroll in the services someone might need. some of the actual successes that we have had associated with it, in particular, there have
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been around 50 operations and there have been close to about 1,000 contacts with those operations. 205 out of those contacts have actually come through and into our services. for us d.p.h., it's a houuge success, away from the criminal justice system and we were an alternate to incarceration. some of the successes beyond that, we have created a streamline approach in san francisco. an operation where it's about services first. we have created an opportunity where we offer full wrap around approaches. close to 8,000, 7,904 engagements to date with individuals and we work really closely with the s.f. aids
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foundation and other operations, case management, reentry work and try to, we try to figure out how to really meet the need of citizens or residents of san francisco that are coming in that are actually calling into our 311 system, and needing an approach. but at the same time, if they are reporting an incident how we are looking at holistic and healthy way of intervening on the streets. so i'll move on back to talk about some of the next steps and what we plan to do. hsoc is involving initiative that we have here. >> so as mentioned, hsoc is looking back at the goals and looking at its vision and one of the things we know as a department, many of our services are hfi, after that it's emergency services and so really trying to meet clients and their
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needs after hours is a big priority. and we are putting some things in place and testing them out to see if they work. so, we want to improve outrage engagement on the street and there is the harm reduction therapy center has been doing some great work in the bayview, they have a van that does mobile outreach and a wonderful program that they have agreed to expand their hours from 5 to 9. and so we will start implementing that, and people can get counseling and directive services. we are also looking into expanding our hours and capacity of services. so, looking into increasing our staffing at hsoc itself. hospitality house is going to expand its hours, so it could be a drop-in center to take individuals and then we are also increasing our case management capabilities, and then additionally, we know that a lot of people go to p.e.s. with
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crises, and even if they are given referrals or link to care, the inability to have a warm handoff can lead to dropoffs in that care. and so having peers at p.e.s. as well as social workers to do the warm handoffs, not only during the day but after hours is another place we are adding to our capabilities. and so all of these are planned within the next year and we are planning to look at what the outcomes are from this and do we need to invest more. so that ends our presentation. happy to take questions. >> before we go to questions, commander lazar is here, an opportunity here -- york work out there. >> thank you very much, and good evening, commissioners. my name is commander david lazar, san francisco police department community engagement division and i represent the department for the healthy streets operations center and i want to emphasize in all my
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years of being in the department, i'm in my 28th year, i've never seen the collaboration just so good in our city. and we are working very closely with public health along with all the other departments represented in order to really, as has been explained this evening, to lead with services. and we as police officers have a role for public safety, but what's amazing this year, the amount of people that have been demonstrated on tonight's power point, the amount of people we have gotten into the community assessment service center and really, the officers are engaging with people and connect being with public health and working with adult probation and working to get people help. so as we continue the model, whether we are involved in the law enforcement assisted diversion or the resources we need, steering more towards that than we are towards the jail, incarceration and the other models that don't necessarily work as well when you are trying
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to help people. honor to be here tonight and more than happy to take questions, and again very thankful for what public health does in the city and the partnership. >> thank you. >> public comment? >> there are two public comment requests for this item. >> ok. first up, commissioner roma guy. >> thank you again, commissioners. i agree with the direction that we as the department of public health and the last six plus months have improved our communication and our collaboration, but i still want to say that the main pathway for mental health, detox, substance use and substance abuse
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disorders for the poorest people in our community is through law enforcement. the jail is the biggest homeless shelter, the biggest detox, the largest mental health facility, with seriously mentally ill, over 280 people today in our jail. i think we have to think bigger and use an approach that services first you need to be services first outside law enforcement except for a few people. and that's what i ask you to look at. it's not that hsoc is a bad thing, but it's that the department of public health has to be preventing law enforcement's major pathway for people who are very ill who have, who are homeless or highly
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vulnerable, to different behaviors. and so i just really want us to think like that, and i know that through the health commission's incarceration is a health issue that's the beginning of it. and i know in the jail as mr. dunton said, the nurse, there's been some improvements and so, but i think we need to think a little bit more out of the box and say that the pathway to health services that we are talking about should not be primarily for the poorest people through law enforcement. that's not why we have police. so thanks. >> thank you. jay monaco klein. >> thank you.
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i'm part of san francisco taxpayers for public safety, and i want to figure out how to say this a little differently than roma guy said it. at a time when we are trying to move into public health when we talk about incarceration, some of the language used sends up red flags that are a little scary, like talking about an unhealthy street behaviors. and health officers. it sort of criminalizes or puts back into the criminal justice system some of the language that sort of makes it almost inevitable that you wind up in the criminal justice system. i think that the collaboration that you described is as exciting, but it's such a fine line between expanding the criminal justice system with
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some public health resources as opposed to moving some of -- moving some of the folks we are talking about into the public health system all the way out of criminal justice. i urge you to consider that as part of this. thank you. >> before i put it in the commission, dr. colfax, do you have any comments about the report? >> emphasize what was discussed earlier with regard to the collaboration across the city agencies, i think having going around and proving the wellness of individuals as well as communities is very much key. and sharing the data and using evidence-based approaches to do that. i think from the health department perspective, obviously we do know and know that recovery is possible and that we want to offer as many opportunities for people to reach recovery as possible and that it takes off in multiple
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attempts for people to do that. our goal continues to meet people where they are, and across the continuum of the hsoc system you saw, to build that out and ensure there are treatment options available for people so that, whether it's a behavioral health, detox center, on the street, that we are investing in the options for people so they have the opportunities to avail themselves of treatment when they are ready. >> i would also like to thank you, and i know i'll do something wrong with your name, but emilio aroche, and put it in the hands of the commission, so stick around. commissioners. >> commissioner. >> yes, please, thank you. i'm wondering, and the program
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certainly is trying to bring everybody together and the data that you are showing is very helpful to let us know that you are reaching a number of the population. i think when i heard in our smaller committees that there were problems still trying to move people into the right settings. how much of that has been overcome or will be overcome in terms of housing and is that an area -- i don't see that on the intervention program, and yet as you are doing a lot of these things, quite often it's a matter of where they are staying. so -- is it, we don't have -- have you found that this becomes part of the problem that still remains? we can put all of us together into a lot of services and trying to move them into the right areas, but if we don't
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have a place to house them, does that represent to you a major problem at this point and what are the attempted solutions over the next half year? >> i'll let deanna answer fully, but i think as we all know, housing is a huge issue in the city and there are some ways that h.s.h. has been able to address it with hsoc, ems6 and the officers availability to the navigation beds. it is a limited availability, but at least they have some availability. the hope is as more navigation centers come online we'll have more access. but we can do wrap around but if we are not able to get somebody into a place they can stay, it is the whole situation becomes unstable.
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>> and i think the other two areas that i would add is that now is part of the command center, we have had the hot team now dispatch workers that are going to be working side to side with our clinicians and the san francisco police department and the d.e.m. staff. so, that's a big plus for the hsoc program in general. what that means, we have two hot dispatch workers that are working now to triage into the h.s.h. system, so any call that's coming in, now the agreement is the hot team will be able to look at, is this individual on a high priority list, are they actually eligible for housing and immediate way. no longer something that's delayed and that was just implemented last week, so it's venue but it definitely is a challenge that we have. i think we are doing our best with being able to look at trying to put partnerships in place wherever d.p.h. has a system of availability so another area or asset is the
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task. so, we are our clinical team at the casc, and asked h.s.h. can you leverage your staff to be available there, so they are ready whatever we do an assessment and sfpd hands over aversion opportunity, i need a bed, place to stay, that we have someone stationed to do that work. another change we'll see in the next couple of weeks as well. i do think from a greater standpoint, standing back as a city, there's a large challenge and it's no secret, and we are trying to see how i believe, you know, mayor breed has really looked at trying to open up new opportunities and we are hopeful for that, looking at new navigation center on embarcadero, fruitful for the work we are trying to do, we need more placement. that's the highest demand that we have around services when we approach any individual,
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including our care system. >> just one follow-up. and in the data it's impressive, 2018, 29 and thus far in 2019, have placed 28. might be interesting to be able to know how many we haven't been able to place and that kind of also helps justify increasing our efforts to open up those centers because that does show that there is a demand, you are there, you have reached, and so that would be a number that would be kind of useful. what is your waiting list that then says, you know, there really is a need for this type of housing because we have reached these people and they can't get there. >> yeah. i think the only comment i would just add to that then is we are working with the controllers office, and our department policy team to be able to really look at sort of a nonbias way of calculating the number of refusals or opportunities we
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don't have available for anyone we encounter on the streets. as soon as that's available and given to dr. colfax and the rest of us as part of the policy team, we would be happy to share that. >> thank you for this work, really wonderful. you mentioned engagement, do you have a break down of, as to what the point of contact has been among the 7900? i know you have the list which is less than 7900 of the health fair and so far, but what are your top points of contact for these outreach engagements and do you have any prediction if you were able to extend services into the night, what do you think you could accomplish? if you flip the hours, how do you think that would impact, you know, your ability to place people and accomplish all your goals. >> yes, i'll probably answer that question alongside with commander lazar.
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the san francisco police department is probably the most accurate data point when it comes to looking at additional services needed. general outreach contacts, 7,900 or so. some is a combination with health fairs. the others are community outreach teams, their engagement that they have during certain hours of the week. but we can certainly break that down further so you can see how the different programs interface with that. >> i think that question was answered, our numbers are included in the outreach, we have police officers that are going out and asking people if they are willing to come with us and get into the casc and all that, that's been good. and healthy streets operation center, open 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week. we are staffed up, and we have found that as public health representatives are there, and we have one particular person there, very helpful. very resourceful for the
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officers who call from the field and say i have an individual and they are in crisis and they are in an encampment and we are dealing with this, and coordinate and other internal meetings of strategies to get that person help and by extending those hours, just continues the conversation because this is happening beyond, you know, the 9 to 5 monday through friday, and that's why we have committed to a seven-day strategy with hsoc. >> thank you. >> thank you for the presentation. this is definitely very inspiring program and i like to flip the hours idea very much. the question i have, it seems like most of the impact you are measuring at the immediate short-term impact of how many people you can place, or helped,
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what about longer term impact. how many of them stay housed for at least a year or over? i think that if, if there are more -- if we can paint a better picture it helps us, you know, like to also know, you know, how to further support these people. otherwise i think that we are going to go through the revolving door again. >> thank you for that question. for us, when we connect people to services, especially as has been mentioned when they are identified as high priority, there is a definite pathway we follow them when they come in and out, we know that recovery is possible, but it's often, it takes time, right? so people fall out and then they kind of come back in and our job is to be there at every second to be able to catch them when they are ready. so, i think that pathway is very clear for us. we are working with h.s.h. and i
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think it will reflect in a controller data on the people that are put into navigation centers, or into shelters. what are the outcomes of those individuals. obviously our shelter health team is there to help at the navigation centers as well as the shelters to help with the health needs. but a client does not come in saying i was referred from hsoc, so, they are taken as just the clientele of that population and so it really is -- it takes some maneuvering to figure out, you know, who has been referred from hsoc from other programs. but that is part of the things that we are looking at and the controller as well as what are the outcomes we can associate with this intervention. >> and i have one question, has to do with the cross departmental training and the focus on the harm reduction. does that harm reduction model come from a place of informed care, because harm reduction is
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one thing, are they integrated into a model of services for the people on the street that you are having contact with? >> so, for the trainings, i know they have done harm reduction. i'm not sure about trauma and informed care. all of our outreach workers have been informed trauma informed. i'm not sure about the hsoc officers have gotten the training yet. if they haven't, it's a great idea. ok. yeah. >> they have received training on trauma informed care, harm reduction, crisis intervention training, deescalation training and a whole host of other things and it's really all the homeless outreach meet to receive training every week, not only a resource to other officers but changing their hat in terms of what traditional policing is versus policing social work. the training has been great. public health is out front
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making sure the officers are trained up. for that, we are very grateful. >> thank you. >> commissioners, a couple things. one with regard to the trauma informed care piece, i can't help but mention just this morning i was going over some data with some team members and actually training the health department, 8,000 staff in the last four years on trauma informed care, impressive there. and the other part, in terms of framing the hsoc operation in the broader context we are working to provide the physical health care, behavior health care, housing supports, healthy streets for all of the communities in san francisco, hsoc is one intervention, but also want us to think through in a broader context from the crisis intervention teams to the flow of a system from acute care and emergency services to supportive housing. hsoc is one, albeit a high
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profile and merely around the clock intervention done, but other parts of the system we are building out to reach people. although there are many people who are touched by hsoc who are experiencing homelessness, not all the people touched are experiencing homelessness. a key piece there. and while many suffer from behavioral health issues, not all do, and certainly not all at the point they intersect with the hsoc team are necessarily in the contemplatetive stage for treatment. my point is, we need and are investing in other infrastructure, in other interventions, to complement the important and collaborative intervention. >> thank you, doctor. >> along with what director colfax was talking about, nice to see integration of where we are going with these and probably moves closely into also the work that the mayor would
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like to see in terms of how we are doing that, so, i think adding those other parts would help us all understand totality of where we are going and what we also need to do. >> thank you. next item. >> sure. commissioners, october, meeting focussing on flow throughout the d.p.h. all right. item, other business. >> commissioners. >> and before you you have the calendar commissioners, i'll note at the moment, based on all of your schedules you gave me and appreciate you sent me the dates you are going to be away, august 20th seems to work for all of you to have the community meeting in chinatown. i'm working on details on that and will let you know about location and more about that. >> thank you. >> commissioners. calendar, comments? additions?
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>> shall we move on? >> yes. >> great. item 11, report back from the april 23, 2019, commissioner chow is the chair of that meeting. >> thank you. i want to take a moment or two because there were two important items, so along with the fact that we did our usual regulatory reports and looking at a new format for the c.e.o. report, included new graphics, which i'm assuming you will all, do they all get that? >> they don't but happy to send that to them. >> yeah, i think we need to look at how we are going to give the commission additional information. i think it's important from our hospital that we continue to keep you informed. medical staff level, we actually
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looked at the pediatric rules, regulations, pathologic rules and regulations, and passed those, and technical corrections we agreed to on the, because they are there and a lot of the rules and regulations cite how to do charting, family medicine, emergency medicine, urology and neurology change, rules and regulations to reflect the new epic system. pediatrics gave us training and reappointment, and there was a new pediatrics privilege list revision. and within our association, we did approve the report of the pips minutes. i wanted to talk about two things. one, we were actually presented a quality core measures and
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c.m.s. star rating update. it is public information. that we remain a one-star hospital, but we are not the only one-star hospital in fact amongst apparently safety net hospitals, most hospitals are within the one star, which is somewhat related to the manner in which c.m.s. does these report cards, and i wanted to explain that in as much as you might be questioned or we might be questioned in terms of how as other places are showing all their stars that ours is only one star and yet we believe that we are a superior hospital. and part of the reason, and doctor, correct me if i'm wrong, some of the data is outdated. some of the data also is not collected correctly, probably for a safety net hospital
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because it is actually based on benchmarks that cross all hospitals all the way from small rural hospitals to a large complicated academic facility plus safety net hospitals, and also there is a problem in some of the data related to the fact that there are different populations being measured and so that has been something acknowledged by the federal government and we actually have a representative on a group that is trying to resolve some of these issues so that apples could be compared with apples more correctly, and so here i think we have a mixed thing of fruits and come up with one star. that does not mean the hospital doesn't want to do better, and it intends to, it has improved a
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number of the measures that we have seen. but a lot of this does not get reflected into the stars because do they reflect 2015 or 2016 -- is that congratulate, doctor, in our performance? >> good afternoon, commissioners. susan urlick. it was great. may i clarify a couple of things. so, the c.m.s. star rating, the hospitals can get from 1 to 5 stars. and generally you see hospitals in the united states falling into a bell curve. so of course we are at the tail end of the bell curve. it is true that safety net hospitals, those serving disproportionate share of medicaid and uninsured patients, tend to be shifted to the left on that bell curve. if you looked at the bell curve of safety net hospitals, instead
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of the hump being a three, it's closer to a two or below. so, it's not that safety net hospitals could not be 3, 4 and 5, it's just much more rare. so, that's the circumstance. the reason is that the data going into those reports is not adequately risk adjusted. meaning that we have in addition to serving disproportionate numbers of medicaid and uninsured patients, that includes more people who are homeless, more people who have mental illness, more people for whom it's difficult to do well on some of these measures. so, that is, that has been recognized as you correctly state, it's been recognized by the federal government, it's just that c.m.s. has not adequately factored into its rating that that risk adjustment. that being said, it does not mean we can't improvement. and there are measures that we are focussed on and want to
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improvement. one of them is one that we actually have improved on, it's that the data are reflected from 16/17, so you can't see the most recent results. the other thing i think we can do better on and hopefully will be able to do better on once we go live with epic, is our coding, accuracy of coding data. that definitely disadvantages us here. when we look at the data, it makes it seem as if we don't see highly complex patients and we just know that that's not true. and so our index is how it's referred to, so we hope to do better there as well, and over time that will reflect in a better star rating. >> thank you, and hospital as the goal at least two stars, which is -- >> well, over time we would like to get to three. but we recognized that's going to take a few years. so, that's our goal in the next
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five years. >> right. >> thank you. because you might see that as people are looking at different scores. and we were given that explanation yesterday, is that right, dr. green? >> yes, the improvements and just the quality of care at the general is i think unparalleled, and we are being kind of profiled unfairly by the age of the statistics as well as the case net issue. >> on better news, i wanted to also explain and we passed out to the commissioners the power point that we received on zuckerberg, patient care quality improvement fund. so, contrary sometimes to public perception that the zuckerberg was merely a fund that was given to build the hospital, also a component of the fund that was specifically related to
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improvement within the hospital, and allows, therefore, one to do things after the bricks and mortars occurred, and before you, it just shows some of the examples, like it takes whenever you move into a building or a house, there are needs that were not anticipated. this funding was created to allow that to happen. and there is optimization and improvements of certain flows that are coming from this type of funding instead of having to come from city funds. likewise, there is a category 2 in here, transforming patient staff and visitor experience. you can read what it also is doing. these are all part of the funding and part of what the zuckerberg fund was created to do, not only build the hospital or complete the hospital, but also to allow for continuous improvement in the hospital
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services, with a fund that would not have to depend on the city's general fund. i throughout it would be good for your information also. i think we found that very important for us to realize. thank you. >> commissioner chow. >> and the last item is the consideration of adjournment. >> motion to adjourn. >> so moved. >> second. >> all those in favor say aye. >> aye. >> meeting adjourned. >> please stand by for closed captioning. >> good morning and welcome to the san francisco county transportation authority meeting
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for today, tuesday may 14th, 2019. our clerk is mr. alberto quintanilla. can you please call the roll? [roll call] >> thank you mr. quintanilla. colleagues, i received the unfortunate news that commissioner ronen has taken ill and commissioner brown will be 15 minutes late. can we have a motion to excuse commissioner ronen and temporarily excuse commissioner brown. motion made by commissioner stefani and seconded by
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commissioner haney and we will take that without objection. commissioner yee, do you want to say something? >> i believe commissioner walton -- >> i have not heard from commissioner walton, but if you have, i am happy for you to excuse commissioner walton as well. we'll take that without objection, and next item please. >> item 2, citizens advisory committee report. >> mr. larson, good morning. >> good morning commissioners, i'm john larson and i'm here to report on the april 23rd meeting. the c.a.c. recommended approval of item 5 on your agenda, the allocation of funds for two neighborhood transportation improvement programs or capital project requests. both the intersection immater l
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improvement and bikeway is an example of the projects that the funds were to facilitate. as per the update, c.a.c. members reiterated concern about business impacts along the construction zone and we're frustrated with the lack of performance data regarding the programs targeting it. a request was made for the office of economic work and development come and brief c.a.c. during their future meetings of the effectiveness of mitigation efforts. we also heard about the progress of the subway and the plan bay area updates, where the issue of equity within the context of the upcoming pricing study was highlighted by the c.a.c. the bulk of the meeting was taken from an update on the issue of the light rail vehicle
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procurement. the issues that have come to light since the c.a.c. recommended approval in march of accelerated acquisitions of the vehicles. c.a.c. members wanted to know how long single cars will be in service with issues of coupling and they were also concerned that the signs alerting people that the back doors would be closed as precautions for getting hands stuck was not visible enough. in general, seat redesign and timelines for retro fits, and ensuring safety for the vehicles was of a paramount interest to the c.a.c. and the public commenters. they were unsettled that known incidents impacting safety was not performed. objects or people getting caught in the doors did not meet a reportable standard and was not
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shared and was not satisfactory. they reported to the c.a.c. that after your last t.a. board meeting, a search of their central control log found up to eight possible incidents, three of which involved injuries to passengers. a full report of incidents for stakeholders and decision makers is needed moving forward and that completes my report. thank you. >> thank you mr. larson and i can see mr. ramos is paying close attention to everything that the c.a.c. just said from everything ranging from the central subway to the l.r.v.4 matter, so thank you for that thorough report. is there any public comment on the c.a.c. report? mr. decosta. >> commissioners, i'm glad to hear a report from the c.a.c.
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after hearing what was discussed by this commission, i think what is paramount issue to san francisco is safety. the new light rail trains, brand new trains are giving us a lot of problems. one of the issues was about the sittings, they're now getting to the train and it's more or less like the bus sittings. that adversely impacts many of the seniors. i wanted to bring this to your attention. also in the c. a.c. report, you
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can see missing is technical expertise. in the past, we had those sitting on the c.a.c., who had a lot of experience with transportation issues. that's what we have to aim at getting into the c.a.c. is the expertise. then the tendency is just for the c.a.c. to speak in generalities, and that's not what san franciscans want. we need to -- in our outreach, try to get people on the c.a.c. that have qualified experience on transport management and more that side of operations. thank you very much. >> thank you, are there any other members of the public for
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this item? seeing none. public comment is closed. mr. quintanilla, next item please. >> action item -- i apologize, item 3 approve the minutes for the april 23rd meeting, next item. >> all right, are there any public comments on the minutes from last meeting? closed. is there a motion. on that motion, a roll call please. [roll call] >> we have approval. >> next item. >> item 4, state and federal
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legislation update is the action item. >> mr. watts, it's getting towards the end of may, what do you have to report? >> we do have several bills we're recommending for you. i want to point out that when i conclude my portion of this legislative update, that amber crab will be providing an update on federal items as well. let me just jump into this. there are three measures we're propossessing for consideration that would be ab by mr. muller that deals with smart city grants, we're recommending ab326, which deals with motorized carrying devices and finally an oppose on ab112 by ms. freeman that deals with shared mobility devices. >> sponsored by bird. >> yes. so i thought it would be better
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to take the two mobility device bills at the same time. they're similar in content and approach, but the bird bill is much broader and deeper. on ab326, the staff is proposing unless amended, and the amendment would restore the authority that the bill would seek to eliminate over localities in california to develop their own regulatory structure in addition to the state's regulatory structure. we already initiated in sacramento. i reached out and told them this was the likely measure to be considered by the full board, to give them a heads-up. the bill is on suspense, which will be considered this week, in the assemblies appropriations committee and ab-1112 by ms. freeman was amended and
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expanded. it deals, really it's the local authority, with respect to a host of, a wide range of mobility devices. the san francisco m.t.a. is on record, in opposition to the bill and their staff is in discussion about possible amendments and consequently, i think we would like to be able to be part of that negotiating effort to restore or insure that the city and county of san francisco has the authority that they are dually permitted currently. the next measure is ab-659. this bill is the smart city challenge grant. frankly, it is a structure of a grant program. it is at this point lacking a funding source and actually lacking any specific types of
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innovative, creative proposals that they're expecting. instead the bill would delegate to the state transportation committee via workshop, guidelines and development process, those kinds of details. the bill is on assembly, appropriation suspense file because it has no funding source identified at this point in time. so that's frequently would be the result of the bill. so we'll see its fate later this week, but in the meantime, we're proposing to endorse that in the event the bill con -- continues to move forward. one watch bill we're looking at, and this is the housing alliance for the bay area program, which is part of m.t.c., and the casa
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program here attempting to jump start housing development in this region. the measure provides structure for a regional tax measure and authori authorizes a series and duties for the entity if it's enacted, however there has been a hold up in the development of the governance structure for the haba. in the previous verse, they had mtc providing staff and governance, and now the bill was amended to take that out. so it's a bill without a driver in the driver's seat. i assume, and i have checked, there are deep negotiations to fill that in. a couple of bills on the second
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table in your packet, table two that are of interest, and we followed the first one, ab-147, that's been approved by the governor. that bill was the state's reaction to the way fair supreme court decision dealing with use tax, collection, and it is anticipated by virtue of the approval of this bill that sale tax measures, when this new bill takes in effect, and i think that's the fall, you'll start to see an increase in the revenues and staff is working to identify how much that is going to be and when that will come online. so the other bill i want to update you on is ab-1605. this is the reservation system bill. it cleared the assembly, it is in the senate, it's