tv Government Access Programming SFGTV July 23, 2019 3:00pm-4:01pm PDT
it is still the last vestige in san francisco that really hasn't changed that much. you have irish people with the latin, with african-american, with asian, it is the most diverse district in the city by far. it is a gigantic district, and therefore hence the five different supervisory districts, but hit has a long history in the transition. most of the people, and why i love it there most, they are family. the people who are there, i really got to enjoy.
florez, stefani, rosemary, roseann, sharon everhart, rex in the back, my good, good people, and like i have told people in the past, if he was a little bit older, and you could have raised hell with me when we were youngsters, like you want to say that all these people, and the last one, my leader, the voice in your ear whether you want to hear it or not, joelle. [cheers and applause] but it's because of the people like that from my officers all the way to the people that work with me and those people within the community, they touch my heart, they made me want to help out as much as i could, and i want to thank you for the recognition, but it is really all about them. i applaud them. thank you.
[applause] could i say a quick few words about captain fadden? i will just take one minute. i will not get into too many stories because i actually gave -- i grew up in the same neighborhood as captain mcfadden and we have known each other our whole lives. the epitome of joe is just the way he just spoke. it was never about joe and whatever assignment he had, no matter what rink you are in this department, or what he rose to, every rank that he held, he was a leader in the police department. one of the traditions and the police department would you retire is you send an e-mail out
joe's e-mail was very heartfelt. is about four pages. it is the longest e-mail i've seen in 25 years, and some people that work were wondering where he has been for the last couple of weeks and i think he was writing that e-mail. but it showed his leadership, and he left everyone in the police department with his love of san francisco, his love of the police department, a love that he had been a seven cisco police officer. it is a huge loss for the police department. we miss him dearly. i want to thank you, supervisors , for recognizing joe today. we have not been able to find him since he left, so we are glad he is still around. joe, good luck to you and your family, you are sorely missed. i will be calling you for advice as the years go on. thank you to the board. [applause] >> okay. next up is supervisor fewer.
>> thank you. i would like to invite mr. david parr to the podium, please. colleagues, today i would like to thank david parr for his 34 years of service to san francisco unified school district as an educator and recognizing his lasting impact on a generation of students. david parr was born and raised in his beloved braintree, massachusetts. he attended salem state as an undergraduate and attended boston state for his masters in education. in 1975, you begin taking special education to middle school students in salem. he chose a teaching career because of his great -- he was greatly influenced by many of the teachers he had growing up. in the early 1980s, he began teaching special education in san francisco. after eight years, you moved across town to room 108 at a middle school where he has been
and it has been his second home for the last 29 years. former students use the adjective "phenomenal, unique, and interesting" to describe him and his teaching style. notable accolades from the age group that is typically tough to impress. not only did he go the extra mile to make his class enjoyable , he spent countless hours nurturing students long after the day ended and often long after they graduated. his career should serve as an exemplary model for all aspiring public school teachers and its enduring warmth and positivity she remind us to always look on the bright side, even in the most difficult of circumstances. mr. parr saw his students holistically, individuals, and understood the relationship between experiences they face outside the classroom and their educational performance. i know him personally, as he was my sun's teacher and he was one of my son's favorite teachers.
i was that p.t.a. president at the school for six years and knew mr. parr very well. we worked together on projects and developed a deep friendship. the adjective i used to describe him are warm, delightful, humble , kind, gentle, simply wonderful. as his career comes to a close, one thing is certain. the middle school will not be the same without mr. parr. his presence will be deeply missed and its impact on the community will continue to ripple out for generations. i know i will see david often as he is also my constituent. colleagues, please join me in congratulating mr. parr on his well-deserved retirement. i am thrilled that we will be voting to consider declaring today david parr day in san francisco. mr. parr? [applause] >> thank you, supervisor fewer, thank you board of supervisors. i am very grateful for this
honor and i would also like to say that i am incredibly grateful for 37 years of having the opportunity to work with some of the most outstanding educators in san francisco unified school district, and also to work with so many wonderful san francisco families , and to work and to teach with thousands of amazing young people in san francisco. so all of this has been quite an honor. i thank you all for your support thank you very much. [applause]
>> okay. next up we have supervisor ronen would you like to share your commendation? >> thank you. colleagues, today i am recognizing an incredible group of mission workers, residents, and activists who have made -- >> -- on the street possible. team, can you please come up to the podium? [applause] when i took office in 2017, i heard weekly from my constituents about an unpermitted street vendors who are highly concentrated in one
block of mission street. blocking the sidewalk to pedestrians and leaving piles of trash in front of the residences the situation was dire for the residents, but also for the vendors on mission and 15th street. increasing inequality in our district has pushed out working-class residents and the businesses that employ them. the sidewalk vendors were looking to support themselves but couldn't afford paddlers licenses or risking expensive police citations. i met with many city departments and tried and number of strategies, with the challenges persisted. it was time to take a risk and a more creative solution. with the help of my incredible staff who worked nonstop on this project, and in partnership with neighborhood leaders, we created a permanent outdoor market on julian street that we call -- [speaking spanish] -- which means little flea market in spanish. it provides an organized, clean, and affordable market for
working-class vendors to supplement their income. it redirects vendors from the sidewalk to a safe, permitted location, helping maintain mission street cleaner and more acceptable. this project proves we can solve neighborhood challenges without criminalizing the poor and while also uniting diverse stakeholders. it brings together important organizations such as -- [speaking spanish] -- and united to save the mission, with neighbors of all backgrounds, and several city departments including public works, as ff -- sfmta and the police department. more importantly, they have been fuelled by community power. this market may never have been possible without the tenacity, vision, and countless hours invested by the groups of the leaders that we have here today. this team of hard-working social justice activists have brought towards the talent, dedication, and talent in an inspiring way. i want to give a special thank you to neighborhood leaders for
their interviews leading to the outreach you conducted to humanize the challenges and help envision a people centred solution. i want to think -- [speaking spanish] -- for lending your artistic resources to create an inviting logo and your help to find locations for community meetings jorge rivera, josé, gabby, thank you for teaching us lessons of running an outdoor market and for welcoming an expansion of the original group within the area. natalie, luis, and jeanie, thank you for bringing your love of the neighborhood and its diverse community, your experience as mission natives, and your commitment to stopping a multicultural market. i am incredibly inspired by all of you and i'm grateful for your
partnership as we collaborate to improve the lives of all mission residents and workers. thank you so much. [applause] >> good afternoon, supervisors. we would like to thank you for this opportunity and for the ability to do this amazing work in this project. the launch of our group is a right of optimism. we see how important it is for cultural place keeping and community plays holding for our neighbors. we especially want to thank supervisor ronen and her staff. she came down, walked the market , talked to vendors and so how important this work really is, and especially we want to think the legislative aide, kerley number malice for all of her amazing work. looks like it was all pretty easy when you walked on the street right now. there were so many weaving parts
we especially want to thank the vendors. about two and a half years ago, larissa and myself went out and started interviewing everyone, and it is the vendors who told their stories. they articulated just the diversity of who they are, what they do, and just made it seem so much more important to see this kind of work happen. we thank them. they have been consistently making our market amazing. if you have a chance to walk down the street any saturday, you can see the great work. we want to think -- [speaking spanish] -- who has long been a pillar in the community. if anyone understands cultural place keeping and community development, it is the staff there. we also want to thank our team and our young staff, jeanie, rowell, luis, and especially natalie. they all grew up here in the city and they understand the importance of community development and cultural place keeping. they worked really hard. they have a can-do attitude, and it has been inspiring to see
them as future leaders in our community. we want to thank sarah noris who was willing to draw a beautiful cartoon logo, not a logo, local, the cartoon character, and this really cool flea guy. they worked on making that into the access that we have, the banners that we have, the letterhead, the rules, and things like that. lastly, our whole team wants to say thank you to our community side team leader who has done some amazing work, as well, and help to say -- stay focused. maybe we have all worked 100 and 10% for our community, but she has already get -- always given 125%. thank you all, from the whole team. [applause] >> i want to say thank you. we really appreciate -- thank you. [applause]
before we move to our next item, supervisor ronen would offer some words to a special family. >> thank you so much a kind oh, this is a little unusual, but i have an in memoriam today, and the widow of -- [indiscernible] -- several of his neighbors and beloved friends. i didn't want them to have to wait hours. so i am wondering if you want to come up to the microphone and i will read a few words, and then we would love to hear from you. thank you so much. the microphone is right over there. today i am sharing an in memoriam for paul andrews who died on july 21st at his home in bernal heights where he has
lived since 1990. after originally moving to the bay area area in the late 1970s . i had the honor of marrying paul to his beloved wife last wednesday. paul was born in 1950, the sun of andrew and and and grew up in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. as a very young child, he contracted polio, which left his health and his body permanently compromised, but imbued him with vast stores of courage, resilience, incest of life. he should creative promise and deep intellectual curiosity from an early age, and earned his b.s. in physics from carnegie mellon university and an m.s. and ph.d. from u.c. san diego in earth sciences. focusing on seismology. he also studied filmmaking at california college of the arts. over his more than 35 year career as a research seismologist at the u.s. geological survey, paul
conducted numerous field research projects, offered hundreds of scholarly articles and technical presentations, mentored many doctoral students, and consulted with research scientists and academics of crap -- around the world. among many professional honors and recognitions for his scholarship, he was named a fellow of the american geophysical union, the largest organization representing geophysicists across the globe. this honor is only given to about one in 1,000 of its members. he also deceived a department of interior meritorious service award in 2011 and the distinguished service award in 2016. paul was also a gifted pianist and singer who's wide ranging musical musical interests stressed from palestrina to the sex pistols. and in trumpet world traveller who spoke three languages fluidly and many more with gusto , optimism, and food centric vocabulary, a wickedly funny conversationalist and a
devoted and loyal friend to many , many people around the world. in addition to his many friends and colleagues, and so many neighbors who will miss him dearly, paul leaves behind his widow and his sisters. i am so sorry for your loss, and may paul rest in peace. >> supervisors, thank you so very much for marrying us. the wedding was last wednesday in his hospice home. when i took him home, i thought he would live a little bit longer. i don't know if i myself or he me or the doctors fooled me, i don't know whom, but i was not ready for this.
the reason i married him is because i wanted with him forever. i didn't want to leave him, ever i wanted to take care of him. we met when he was a professor in minnesota. i didn't mind were -- i wanted to be with him and take care of him. it doesn't matter how long. i thought he was going to be months, or at least a year, but i never thought it would be four days. i'm so privileged to meet supervisor ronen and have her in my house marrying us, he called me wife the next day and i said hi, husband, how are you today? what would you want for breakfast? and, you know, he was fine the
next day, he was fine on wednesday, he was fine on friday morning, he was completely coherent. he actually asked for an espresso for breakfast, and for dinner on friday he asked for something very tasty, so i ordered some indian food. as supervisor ronen said, he had so many interests. he was the only scientist, -- she was not only a scientist, he was a humanist, he cared about art, he cared about film, he was interested in people, he was respectful of everyone, no matter their condition, their rice, their background, he always appreciated people. he was well-traveled.
every time he was going to go to a country, you went to russia, he went to japan, if you went to italy, if he went anywhere in the world, he would learn the language before going. so he worked, in several locations in italy, so he spoke italian very fluently. of course, he spoke spanish, also because of his italian knowledge. he also enjoyed piano and i may be getting a piano, so he enjoyed me -- enjoyed counting me -- coaching me and said i wasn't counting right. he said i should count. from his bed, he could tell me, wherever he was, without looking , he could tell i wasn't putting my fingers on the right key. he said wrong key, a wrong key, move your hands to the right. okay, he was not only a
scientist, he was also a humanist, but above everything, he was a man of integrity. he had the highest morals, the highest ethics, and that is why we all love him so much. there will never -- i will never have a friend like him. i met him in 1987 and we were best friends. forever, we were loyal to each other. for all this time, even if we were just married last wednesday , not even a week ago, we were always loyal to each other and we cared for each other so much that we were there for each other always. he will always be with me. thank you, everyone for being here and for sharing this day with me and this experience. >> thank you. sorry for your loss. >> thank you very much. >> that concludes our special accommodations for the day. now we have to go back to business. madame clerk, can we go to our
committee of the whole special order at 3:00 p.m.? >> item 52 and 53. called together, comprise the public hearing scheduled pursuant to a motion approved by the board of supervisors on july 16th, 2019, for the board to convene as a committee of the whole today july 23rd, two consider the proposed ordinance, the subject matter of item 53 calling and providing for a special election to be held in the city on tuesday, november 5 th, 2019, to submit to the san francisco voters a proposition to incur bonded indebtedness $600 million to finance the construction, development, acquisition improvement, rehabilitation preservation and repair of affordable housing improvements and related costs necessary or convenient and to adopt the appropriate findings. >> thank you, madame clerk.
now we are sitting as the committee of the whole and you might feel like we have been through this, but we had some last-second amendments, so procedurally, we have to do this for the purpose of this hearing, the purpose of this hearing is to take testimony of the general obligation bonds. colleagues, are there any comments? seeing none, then we will now open to public comment. if you would like to comment on item 52, please come up. you have two minutes. see no public comments, public comment is now closed. colleagues, we are now reconvening -- seeing no other speakers, this hearing has been heard and is now filed. colleagues, we are now reconvening as the board of supervisors. can we take a vote on item 53?
create the homelessness oversight commission to oversee the department of homelessness and supportive housing at an election to be held on november 5th, 2019. >> are there any comments on this? >> i definitely have comments. [laughter] >> i didn't see her name. >> thank you. >> supervisor haney? >> thank you for calling this charter amendment which would put on the ballot in november a homelessness oversight commission. i wanted to thank my co-authors, supervisors peskin, mar, ronen, and walton, and i want to think the rules committee who heard this item and passage of the full board with unanimous support. i want to thank courtney mcdonald in my office for all of her work on this, and all of the stakeholders, providers, residents and members who helped us draft it. i want to thank mayor breed and her staff and the department of
homelessness for your partnership and all the work you did to inform this legislation that is in front of you. everyone agrees that our city has a homelessness crisis, yet despite increasing investments in supportive housing, services, and measures to prevent homelessness, the problem remains endemic and continues to worsen, with more and more people living on our streets. we all agree we need to deliver more effective services in more places to get people into shelter and supportive housing and we need to do it faster than we are now. we also all agree we need to work together, disjointed, patchwork, and slow decision-making horse the people we are trying to serve. from the state to the local level, governments are getting more creative think acting with greater urgency to address homelessness and we need to continue to push to do the same. with that in mind, in february, my office was approached by residents, providers, and stakeholders asking us to join them in looking at how we can facilitate stronger policies and strategies to address homelessness through increased transparency, public input, and
accountability. since then, we have been working with stakeholders and the department of homelessness in the mayor's office to carefully craft the commonsense proposal that is in front of you today to ensure a more coordinated and streamlined response for our city's number 1 priority, getting people off the street quicker. nearly every city department with a budget over $10 million has a formal oversight commission that provide support to the department and creates a public venue for because it's -- conversation and decision. the fact that the department of homelessness in supportive housing does not have one is the exception and not the norm. department commissions have been part of the fabric of san francisco city government. fire, recreation and park, library, police, airport, d.b.i. , i could go on and on. it has only served to expand the department's ability to enact and speed up thoughtful, effective policies and streamlined streamline and centralize public dialogue. the standard role of the commission is defined in the charter. they do more than advice. they have the formal authority to approve or disapprove policies and budgets, hold
public meetings and hearings, reviewing and approving policies for the department, guiding overall strategies and making recommendations to the mayor or the board of supervisors. they are a function of good government and protect the public's interest in open government, transparency, and good policy. the department of homelessness in supportive housing lacks formal -- a formal streamlined approach to oversight and governance. the department had six different advisory committees, five currently in operation, that have advisory functions relating to particular narrow pieces of the overall system. the result is a patchwork that is unpredictable that fails to provide effective oversight or opportunities for public input. no one, including the department , thinks this is working. what we have crafted here today is carefully and intentionally written to help us accomplish our goals and getting people off the street quicker, and ensuring more accountable and informed decision-making and more transparent budgeting and spending. we will do that by taking the disjointed and incomplete advisory structure and better coordinating in better coordinating it cat --
coordinating it,. and creating a clear public venue for members of the public, people experiencing homelessness , experts and advocates, to learn about and influence proposed policy and budgetary changes. we also want to establish a single and empowered venue where we can increase longer policies without delay. the commission would investigate contracting delays and set timelines and goals her policies to speed things up. we want to have the commission approve the budget which will provide for transparency and reform as they approve our overall city budget. importantly, no advisory body heard the department of homelessness and supportive housing budget this year until it was approved at the board. they are one of the only large departments at did not have this level of review. lastly, creating more buy-in by bringing in together diverse stakeholders, supporting implantation of new policy directives when making sure that providers are informed about new requirements and eligibility. we crafted a very intentional
appointment structure that promotes shared governance, three appointments from the mayor, three appointments from the board of supervisors, and one from the controller. the controller has supported and committed to playing that role. this reflects a similar appointment structure as the props he oversight committee which was authored by supervisors brown and supervisors fewer. the appointments themselves or people would direct experience and expertise, including individuals who have experienced homelessness or provide direct services. we have adopted the proposal after many meetings with the mayor's office in the department of homelessness. we have taken every single amendment that they offered. we initially proposed in addition to the three c's appointed by the mayor and board of supervisors, that in other see will be from the board of education. we change that to the controller we move the jurisdiction of the commission to approve or disapprove contracts procured under the shelter crisis ordinance, we require the board of supervisors to introduce trailing legislation to clean up and coordinate the existing advisory structure, and we gave
the commission the explicit authority to conduct performance audits. they're two things i want to clarify before i conclude. this is in response to some of the very valid questions and feedback that i have received from my colleagues and from others. i first want to respond specifically to the idea that this commission should not be in the charter or that we should do this some other way. this proposal is in no way some sort of unproven experiment adding a new definition or a new never before seen entity. quite to the contrary, if there's one type of entity that is entirely predictable, well-known, and proven in the city, is commissions. citizen oversight commissions are nearly as old as our city government itself. commissions are so well-known, established and standardized that their powers and responsibilities are literally defined in the charter itself. it feels contradictory for us to support and put forward appointments to the library commission, animal rights commission, recreation park, and dozens of other critical citizen
oversight bodies, yet continue to leave the department that oversees what we would likely acknowledge is our most important issue as a city, homelessness without such standardized accountability. at the board meetings we praise these commissions, and their individual commissioners for their essential work in serving our city, holding is accountable , and representing the public. if we reflect on it, we are very appreciative of our city commissions and their work. i also want to be clear that this is the only way for us to do this. our charter requires that commissions be in the charter if they are going to have appointments. if the board of supervisors are going to have appointments to this body, it needs to be in the charter, which means we have to go to the ballot. because commissions require a charter amendment, this is our job to quit the commission as we're the body that has given the authority. homelessness oversight commission is not a new idea. people have been talking about the need for this for decades. seventeen years ago, in 2002, the civil grand jury did a report on homelessness. their number 1 recommendation at the time was to create a quota
charter amendment to establish a department level seven-member commission on homelessness. they recommended we charge this commission to provide oversight of the mayor's office of homelessness and local board, establish clear and accountable public decision-making process and provide physical -- fiscal accountability. since then, the department has become department, it is no longer the mayor's office and its budget has quadrupled in size. i want to respond to the sense that this is going to be creating bureaucracy. i'm calling a commission that bureaucracy has things completely backwards. commissions are not part of the bureaucracy. the reason why our city and every other single big city in the country have citizen commissions is not to add bureaucracy, but add public oversight over the bureaucracy and insurance decisions are made in a way that is accountable to residents of the city. this is to make sure that bureaucracy is spending his money effectively, is a clear strategy and has public input into its policy. this isn't part of the
bureaucracy, it is a check on the bureaucracy which can otherwise be slow and unresponsive. commissions are a critical and integral part of the government because they are there to ensure the job gets done, not that it gets delayed. they made up of people we have appointed for that very purpose. in this case, people who have direct experience with homelessness or our providers. this commission has passed explicitly with investigating delay and speeding things up. the reason we have commissions is so we can share our plans with the public and allow them to give input and holistic -- hold us accountable to those plans. we're doing the opposite of adding bureaucracy with this proposal. we're taking a patchwork, unpredictable burdensome advisory structure that we currently have and nobody, including the department, think it is working, and aligning it with every other large city department, all with the goal of streamlining, centralizing, and clarifying. as director kaczynski said in the san francisco examiner quote if the card advisory bodies were all reporting clearly up to the commission, would create the
ability to set a single strategy for this city to have a clear place for policies to be decided that is exactly what we are doing. this is not, in any way directed at the mayor or the current director of homelessness and supportive housing, or anything they are doing. i appreciate the hard work of the department. i have worked closely with them and support their strategies. i'm grateful for the priority that mayor breed has put on this issue, but this commission will long outlast the current director, this mayor, and all of us. it is about good governance, accountability, and about making sure we are effective i getting people off the streets and into housing and services. dank you again to my cosponsors, i want to note that the cosponsors who have been a part of this since it beginning represent close to 80% of the people who are living on our streets, and we have seen first-hand that we need this commission and that will improve our ability to respond to the crisis on our streets. we also have the support of the coast chair of the local
homeless board who understands that the current advisory structure is not working, a former homeless -- many other services. homelessness is too big of a priority to not treat the department with the same due diligence as we do every other department that controls a large budget. it is unreasonable and reckless to have the department that oversees our most urgent priority have less accountability, oversight, transparency in public and put that every other large city department. this is a commonsense proposal and i hope i can have the support of this board and putting it forward and allowing the voters to have the opportunity to put it into our charter as a way to ensure more effective responses to what we would acknowledge is the most urgent crisis facing our city.
>> supervisor ronen? >> thank you so much. i want to thank matt for your hard work on this and for the work of your staff, especially courtney. today, colleagues, i'm going to ask for you to support supervisor haney, supervisor walton, and myself and our constituents because while homelessness is a crisis all over the city, it is so much more of a crisis in the neighborhoods that we serve. i wanted to read a few e-mails because i get them on daily basis from our residents and what they are dealing with, so you can get a sense of what we are trying to solve in our neighborhoods, and not -- and have not been able to solve despite norma his work, and i'll detail that work for you in a second, but in fact, things are getting much worse. and in case you have noticed,
homelessness and unsheltered residents have increased by 30% in the city. let me read you a few of these e-mails. this one is from june 5th. once again, the situation on our block has become pretty extreme. we have been calling to 311 about encampments for months with no results whatsoever. the combination of noise, trash, year-end, and feces it's becoming unbearable. we are dealing with an average of five encampments in a number of people living in their cars, adult males have been drinking, smoking, and urinating at the corner closest to the in cut park gate where many children enter. the following pictures were taken after street cleaning, but things got a lot worse over the weekend with trash flying all over the place. is there any way you could help us to keep our block clean by wait -- raising awareness of our plight to all relevant city departments we thank you. here's one of the pictures.
supervisor ronen, this was from june 13th. i haven't contacted you in a while, but i feel the homeless and vehicle dweller situation on our block has become increasingly toxic. today there are people living in a dozen vans, campers, r.v.s and buses on alabama street. we have called? one daily for many months, but they are still here. there is literally no parking for people who live and work here. in addition to this growing problem, tents are popping up all around our block right now. we called the police on numerous occasions but nothing is being done about this rampant problem. you need to know that your constituents no longer feel safe in our neighborhood. i urge you to visit mariposa today just to see how bad things have gotten. take a look at the homes parked on our block. something desperately needs to be done. we are becoming the district the city forgot. that is why i'm reaching out to today. please help our cause as we no longer know who to turn to for resolution to the ongoing threat
to our existence. many thanks for your attention to this matter. june 17th, i hope you are well my 4-year-old son attends sweet peas and their tents and garbage us outside almost every morning for the past 12 weeks, or sometimes less than 20 feet from the preschool entrance. the teachers and parents feel helpless and so frustrated at this point. we call 311 but there's often no response until i post to twitter there are no regular checks on the spot and it continues to happen. it's a city aware that this is a school, and what are there thoughts on this cross-section? has issued been examined or thought through? if so, i would love to know what the solutions are and if you could apply that to our case. the school is on the corner of 17th and florida. below is a picture from this morning. i will read you more because it goes on. i get these every single day. dear supervisor ronen, now we are completely surrounded.
why does the city allow this? these streets are not safe. not safe and extra meant -- excrement, needles, and camping degree is all over the ground. not for four hours, not for four days. we would be grateful for the help. it is as we plate -- pay taxes. to whom can we appeal? i has been submits pictures daily. june 28th, thank you, after many weeks, the blocks -- this is at 11:00 a.m. thank you. the blocks of florida have been a huge headache the past month, but recently, in the past for years overall, it has been clear for the past two days. thank you so much, blah blah blah. june 28th, 3:26 p.m., disregard the previous message, encampments are back and we cannot operate. this is maddening. the sidewalk is blocked in my business cannot operate. most recent 31 number, 11059713. thank you. i mean, i could go on and on and
on. i have a folder in my e-mail with thousands of these e-mails. these are the nice ones. i didn't take out the ones where they call people criminals, called homeless people experiencing homelessness criminals, or say mean things, these are people that are just wanting to live their lives in a safeway, and the people experiencing homelessness just need a home. let me tell you what i've done since i've gotten on this board of supervisors in the past three years, because the department isn't is in fixing the situation , i want to fix it myself. after asking jeff kaczynski to open a navigation center and being told no, went to former mayor lee and the department of public works and we jammed through two navigation centers, past the neighbors that were mad about it, and demanded an open -- to open them up, one and a record three months, the other nine months later. i worked with phil ting in the state government to obtain
$2 million to pay for one of the navigation centers so we wouldn't have to take it out of our own budget. every single week for months on end, curly number alice went from my office and woke up at 6:00 a.m. and went with d.p.w. to count the number of tenants in the streets, to make sure that we were making progress because we didn't want to give our constituents false promises when we jammed the navigation center down their throats to actually fix the problem. we went from a high of 260 tents , people living, 500 people living in those 260 tents, in a residential neighborhood, right in front of businesses, all the way down to 30 tenths. we are now back up to around 80 to 100. we went weekly and attended what was the original h. sock in the mission district, which we piloted and created because our department wasn't fixing the problem in order to fix it. we went every single month for
six months to demand, it every single time, we had to demand that the departments actually take action for our constituents both housed and un- housed. we open the first of its kind stay over program at a school in the mission district for showman of homeless children and families that were living in the street. and then the worst thing i have done since i have become supervisor, but i had no choice because when i asked the department of homelessness to deal with r.v.s in the portola that were out of control, i was told by jeff kaczynski a year ago, they are not focused on r.v.s. that is not something they are working on. and i'm watching the mayor's own staff nodding their head right now because they know that is the truth. it is great because supervisor brown and others fought and fought to open the first of its kind 30 vehicle center, and it is finally happening, but the one to the department to ask for it year ago, they told us they
had no plans to address r.v.s and they weren't going to do anything about it until, low and behold, it is up 60% in the city as a whole. i did not want to ban parking but i did because i couldn't get the department to act at all. so what is going on now and every other street in the portola, there are r.v.s lining the streets and the residents are complaining once again. we have no oversight or accountability for this department and it has got to change. if you don't have a lot of homelessness in your district, i am so happy for you, i am so happy that people don't have to sleep in the streets of your district. i'm so happy you don't have to answer these e-mails on a daily basis, but i don't know what else to do for my constituents. i have done everything that i can think of. it is time that we have oversight over this departments our constituents can learn about what the city is doing, if you
have noticed in this e-mail, they say what is the city doing? i don't know. i call 311 every day and nobody responds. they can learn about what the city is doing, and they can have a place to weigh in on the solution and to demand action from this city. this is a well thought out, reasonable policy. our constituents are demanding it. the three supervisors of the three districts, they are the vast brent of homeless people sleeping on the streets and the services that serve those residents, and i can show you the statistics right here if you don't believe me, they are begging you to help us provide some oversight and accountability for this crisis that we and our constituents can no longer take. thank you. >> supervisor fewer? >> yes, i want to thank
supervisor haney for bringing this forward. as a supervisor that actually has 60% of the homelessness in his district, he absolutely should have a voice in policy, but he also, i defer to him to know what is needed, and he has brought forth this legislation or this ballot measure, actually , to address some of the real issues that really need to be addressed that haven't been addressed. so i think i agree that everyone -- with everyone that homelessness is a crisis in our city. i do not have 60% of the homeless population, a supervisor haney does. so supervisor haney, i want to commend you for working with the providers, people who are really on the ground doing the work every day. i know this was a very thought out -- it was actually very
participatory with all of the providers, and i just want to say that for bringing a solution that you felt was really needed to help us with this homelessness crisis. i defer to your judgement, quite frankly, because as i said, you have the bulk of the homelessness in your district. i want to thank you for your leadership on this. thank you. >> supervisor mar? >> thank you. i wanted to echo that supervisor -- supervisor fewer's comments and thinking supervisor haney and your staff, and also all of the community advocates for working on this really important measure for creating a homelessness oversight commission. i fully agree this is a common sense and incredibly important good government measure that we
need to move forward, or at least put before the voters and allow them to decide on, and even though, you know, like supervisor fewer, i represent a district that is an extension isn't experiencing homelessness to the intensity. homelessness is a problem that affects all of our districts and every community here in the city we have a persistent and growing homelessness on the west side of the city that we are struggling to address with the department and our constituents, and we also constantly -- i constantly get questions and communications in communications from my constituents about not just what i am doing around the continuing number of community members in the sunset district that are living in shelters, but what the city is doing to solve this
issue. one of the two biggest issues confronting our city and our communities. i think our constituents and people on the westside want to see more oversight, or transparency, and more effective strategies on how we are addressing this problem. i fully support this measure. thank you so much. i encourage my colleagues who are on board, too. >> supervisor walton? >> homelessness is heartbreaking it is definitely a complicated issue to solve, and we have worked very hard as a city to come up with strategies and policies that actually address the systemic issues that exist with our homeless population. but more and more, i think that we need to come up with solutions and come up with a strategy that provides for a
government structure that provides policy support, as well as the transparency that is needed for people who are affected by homelessness, and by the things that are connected. therefore i am in support of supervisor haney's charter amendment." i . i also want to applaud the mayor 's office and my colleagues for a lot of the work that everyone is doing to address the homelessness crisis that we have in the city, and it is a crisis. i want to thank the supervisors for all of their work on finding a place for people who live in vehicles, because just from the last homeless count, we know the homeless population has increased about 17% here in san francisco, and even more so in district ten.
the biggest increase in district ten is people living in their vehicles. so with these great increases, and despite our efforts, the current structure of delivering homeless services in our city is not getting the job done. this is not because people are not trying, this is not because people are not working hard, but there are some things we need to work on to develop a better infrastructure with all the resources that we put into addressing homelessness to get even before the count, my office alone would receive several e-mails, several calls a day from constituents developed -- demanding action and wanting us to do more to deal with this and address this dire situation. when we talk about the dollars we invest, we are making an affordable housing -- in affordable housing, these are great things we are working on together for solutions to make san francisco more affordable,
but homeless issues are prevalent in our communities every single day, so our strategies have to address what is happening right now. i just want to say that as you have seen the demonstration from supervisor ronen in terms of all of the e-mails she is getting, all of the e-mails we get, and then there is the issue with the fact that 311 is determining how we respond when we go out. we know surgeon communities don't call government as much as others, when we know surgeon communities don't have the time to call government and make complaints as much as others, but we do know where our homeless population exists because we have conducted counts and we are no where sponsors should be and where they need to be. i think the commission also will
help assist with overseeing those types of ideas and the process by which we even decide to go out and dress -- address homeless encampments and address complaints because we will find it demonstrates higher populations of homelessness and how as individuals than what the phone calls may say 4311. the public has an extremely vested interest in allowing greater transparency and oversight over the department. we are committed to tackling the crisis head on, and people need and want to help, but we also have to do this with full confidence without structured oversight. our residents are left to wait anxiously as a cement at least $300 million a year, was some good results, with some results that are, and disheartening.
and this is really about good government and transparency. there is also the fact that this charter amendment continues to allow for the streamlining of navigation centers and emergency shelters during a declared shelter crisis. supervisor haney worked with the homeless provider community, he worked with colleagues, he has reached out to everyone in city leadership and came up with these amendments to the original legislation and the original charter amendment because we understand that in times of crisis, we need to be able to make sure we can move fast, in this charter amendment also addresses that. i definitely don't have all the answers, i know we don't have all the answers, but transparency and governance, from experts who can be put on a body to help to address these dire issues that exist, disproportionately in certain
the vast majority of this desperation and need is really taking place in your district. i support having a direct service provider at the table when it comes to setting policy and priorities for the department of homelessness and supportive housing, but i still have some concerns about the roles and responsibilities of those various advisory bodies that are already exist.