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>> the health check we stopped doing it three years ago. again, there was issues with information transferred from the unit and the agreements on how that information was there. we are bringing her back again with the benefits of members, knowing what their issues are. . >> v.p. covington: those issues where privacy issues? >> yes. the information when they received it they would go to our doctor, or did? in our opinion what we need is raw data. what types of issues, stress or whatever it is we are experiencing so we can address without having to be in by -- invading the privacy and all of that stuff. they need to address it with her private doctor as well, too. we will have a meeting on how we do not come up with a good agreement on how we are going to function this. . >> v.p. covington: very good.
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thank you for responding to that. i am also glad to see that doctor to roz is regarded in your report. have a question about activity. i see the largest count in any category is miscellaneous consultation. can you tell us what comprises miscellaneous? >> i will ask him. . >> v.p. covington: i think that would be helpful. for that to be the largest category, it seems as if there may be some things that could be broken out and itemize for us. and, the comments made by myself , commissioner alioto veronese i could see why he would think that three would be
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low, i also thought the same thing. thought also brought up the question regarding the new chief of health safety and wellness. it is part of charge for that person going to be actively trying to change part of the culture in the department so that people feel more at ease in coming forward with things they are dealing with that my fall under stress? >> that is absolutely the core of the issue. absolutely. the culture change is one of the major factors. years ago we had a culture that we had a code, season firefighter, that has it is a
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culture change that takes some time. . >> v.p. covington: when i would visit the scene, people would encourage me, rub your back up against the wall, your turnout coat looks clean. i heard that was not the best thing to do. that is still going on, that, you know, so much so. thank you very much. >> thank you very much vice president covington. before we start and continue with, chief nicholson? >> if i can just respond to the work-related injury count in terms of stress. it says three, what they are referring to here is people who
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have actually made a workers compensation plane -- claim. they're going to their own health care, this is simply workers compensation paperwork that has been filed. . >> v.p. covington: 's out for categories, chief? >> for the work-related injuries, yes. . >> v.p. covington: thank you. >> thank you very much. . >> comm. hardeman: this is a comment more than anything. this star can report that was presented to us, it is not good to see it. it is nice to know what the numbers are. there is a nationwide lawsuit going on chief comfort inn, probably familiar with.
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this just blew me away when i heard this, there's a town, i think in ohio, where 1400 people live and there were over 2 million pills distributed -- purchased by those 1400 people, in the last two years. they are using that as an example in this lawsuit. oxycontin is the primary one, and most of these are heroin, and. the ones that the narcan, i don't know if that's the case. >> it is. . >> comm. hardeman: they are also saying that the vast majority of these folks, nationwide, that are administering narcan always have somebody with them, or the next person with them because they are no -- they know they're going over the edge with her dose. they want to get that superhigh and if somebody's not with them, most likely they are going to die if they overdose. i guess, you know better than
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me, there is a certain amount of time, matter of minutes that they have to be resuscitated. anyway, that is a staggering number. the pharmaceutical companies have created this oxycontin, i bet it is a huge responsibility for our street people. >> thank you. commissioner cleaveland, additional questions? >> yes, mr. president. when you're talking about the chief health and safety wellness position. are you recruiting this from battalion chief level and above, or, you know, at what level do you cut it off basically? >> if i may, i will speak to that. initially in the budget, i
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requested an assistant deputy chief for this position, because i felt that the scope of the work they needed to do was at that level. what we were given was a battalion chief. we will likely allow people from a lower rank than that, captain to apply for the position and the battalion chief. possibly lieutenants, we are not sure yet, we haven't figured that out. i believe it needed to be a battalion chief or above for this position. because of the scope of it and the importance of it. >> technically speaking because it is "battalion level" anyone
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qualified to be considered for battalion level would be battalion chief level, would be eligible, at least to put their hat in the ring, so to speak? >> sure. >> i did know how big of pool was. my other question, with narcan, last year, you gave out 14 tendinosis, what is the cost of a dose? >> i don't have that information, do you, mark? four dollars per box. >> okay. that is for one dose essentially it's a lot cheaper than i expected.
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>> thank you very much for your report. again, as you can tell from the reaction on the questions, it's a comprehensive report. i believe this is your third report, chief? i, again, marked what i enjoyed reading the airport division, the recruitment page, the fire reserves information as well. it's important that the neighborhood emergency response team, as you heard a comment, the recent earthquakes down in los angeles and southern california that seems to be now, part of that is what we can do as a department is to get us
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ready, if you will. i know there was a mention of her grand jury report, i know there will be some discussions on that at a future date. that is part of it. again, the office of the doctors physicians report. when we get to announcements, there will be a presentation by our physician to this commission investigation service report. again, totally enjoyed the concept of resource in planning assignment office. the intricate information is very important. support services by chief rivera what is the section update? what exactly is tasc? >> the task group, we meet with agencies, and transportation issues and protection projects,
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they are affecting navigation. we have to approve any project that has navigation of our apparatus. we have approval into those projects. that is what that tasc, transportation and staff committee. making sure any project in the city that affects public safety. . >> president nakajo: thank you for that clarification. as i read that through, i surmise that, but your narrative explanation very much helps the division of administration. i totally appreciate the comments of nature of your report. i also enjoy the updates that you give the commission, in terms of community structure and
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media assignments. i'm sure the commissioners that were looking at this opportunity of a new administration like chief jeanine nicholson and yourself. an opportunity for us to examine the components of the department what is functioning? what is not functioning? what could be better? i totally appreciate that. thank you very much for your report. did i take public comment on this already? i believe i did. thank you very much. >> item five, commission report. report on commission activities since last meeting on july 10, 2019. >> commissioners i have a couple of items that i want to relate to you as part of information. there was mention about our correspondence through gardens over the city which was sent. we asked for a response back on august 2.
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commissioner cleaveland was involved with that with the chief's office. a point of information, the letter that was sent was that we wanted to get an update in terms of the wellman fund which was under our jurisdiction as well as the one 50th anniversary balance. will be asked for in that correspondence we are hoping for on august 2 is an expenditure report. also we are trying to find the balance. i wanted to share that with all of you. thank you very much, commissioner cleaveland her working on that. the second item that i wanted to report on, with communication and coordination with our commission secretary, there is a number that has come out, since our last retirement ceremony, our last retirement ceremony was march 17, 2017, from that date
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there are 210 retirements that have occurred. with that number, and with us going into the end of the fiscal calendar year, myself and working with the commission secretary, we are looking at a designated target date for this fiscal calendar, excuse me before this yearly calendar is up, as you all know the month of november and the month of december there's only one commission meeting. assuming we can perhaps get this retirement certificate included somewhere around the month of november. as a point of information, commissioners, it might require us to have a special meeting just for that particular ceremony. 210 is quite a large number. not everybody comes and responds , but generally we had in the past, friends and family come.
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individuals who have been working with these various members come. more importantly, it gives an opportunity for the member just say a few words. we are looking at trying to project that for november, as well, in terms of retirement. another point of information, i have asked commissioner cleaveland who handled the last evaluation of our department, excuse me the commission secretary, as well as our physician to conduct an evaluation on both of them. i believe the commissioner will have an opportunity to talk about it in the sense of requesting a meeting and report the findings on the commission secretary. i'm not quite sure if the evaluation on the physician has occurred. as a point of information, we are asking the physician, of the department, to come in front of this commission calendared for august 28, to give us an update in terms of what he is doing at
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his office. various questions out the commissioners want to be able to ask, as well. thank you very much commissioner cleaveland for your cooperation in terms of that, as well. the other thing that we wanted to talk about and came out a little bit, but i wanted to announce that we are, again, working with the grand jury. every commissioner in this docket has a copy of the grand jury report. i asked the secretary to present the cover letter to the commission and to look at your pleasure of the grand findings, recommendations for the chief of the department, the department, as well as the commission. we are currently working with myself, with the chiefs department, with the various administrative members to work with the puc in terms of coming
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up with their explanations, the results, as point of information the respondent, when they ask us for a response, if we agree upon the findings there is no explanation needed. in terms of the respondent, if we disagree holy, or partially, with the findings and explanation needs to be submitted. are responding to recommendations, if the recommendation there is an explanation that needs to follow without. in terms of a recommendation that has not yet been implemented, it will be implemented in the future. an explanation needs to be provided with the timeframe. a third category, recommendations require further analysis. there has to be an explanation submitted with an excellent nation of the scope and analysis of study. finally if the recommendations
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will not be implemented because it is not warranted, or reasonable, an explanation is needed with the explanation explaining therefore. i want to share the commissioners, we will calendar the grand jury item on august 28 , given the amount of time the department needs to research it. the findings, in terms of the department office will be submitted to us on the commission with the commission secretary, so that we can coordinate the findings so that we can submit our answers, in terms of the questions being asked. i wanted to share that with you, as well. at this particular point, if there's any other announcements, from the commissioners? vice president. >> three -- -- vice president
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covington? . >> v.p. covington: thank you. i made a request to our commission secretary that i receive a copy of the former grand jury report that was produced by the commission 4-5 years ago, it is a document that i need a copy of that. >> the one you referred to you said was 55 years ago. . >> v.p. covington: that was a typo, i would not remember 55 years ago. >> thank you very much, now i know where to start looking. [laughter] . >> v.p. covington: we would have to go down to, you know, what is the facility under civic plaza -- civic center? brooks hall. [laughter]
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that is right, the catacombs. you better bring a stick to fight the rats, that's all i can say. no, five years ago. thank you. that is why i haven't received it yet. i was typing too fast. thank you for getting that to me , in a timely fashion. also, let's see, mr. president you said on august 28 this will be on the agenda, but not before then? >> correct. . >> v.p. covington: those were the two things i was wondering about. oh, i'm sorry? let's see, commissioner cleaveland, can you talk more about the process of doing the evaluations for the commission
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secretary and doctor t, at which.you will be chatting with your fellow commissioners? . >> comm. cleaveland: i am pleased to announce that we did, in consultation with the department of human resources have a meeting with our commission secretary, and went through the procedures, and the duties and responsibilities of the commission secretary. we recorded her comments. i also made comments, all of this will be written up and presented to the commission for discussion, of course, in a closed session. we are going to ask that it is on our next agenda, in two weeks, so we can get that out of the way. i think, without going into
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great detail, i was pleased with the conversation we had. i believe our commission secretary, we are very fortunate to have one as confident as she is, in the various duties that she has. she is that she has completed an exemplary fashion. for details on the at the next meeting. it will go on a closed session on have a more robust conversation. of course, as regards to physicians, i think, i haven't started to do that. i reached out to a number of people in the department who do interact with him, because i, as a commissioner, do not on a day-to-day basis, to get their input on his performance and what they believe is responsibilities and duties are, and how he is carrying them out.
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all of that information will be brought together with a face-to-face eating with him, of course, in consultation with dhr , so everything is done appropriately. that report will be brought back to the commission. we will not be able to have that kind of conversation in a closed session, until after we have met with the doctor here at commission in october, excuse me august we had -- -- august. that is where we are. . >> v.p. covington: i am finished i have received a response from commissioner. >> five, so i have some ideas as to what to expect. >> are you concluded? . >> comm. cleaveland: yes, sir. .
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>> president nakajo: point of information, we are looking at august 14 and we will talk about it when it comes up to the item of the next commission meetings of having commissioner. >> five -- -- cleaveland for evaluation on the commission secretary. at this particular.-- point, commissioner. >> six? . >> comm. alioto veronese: there' s going to be a closed session in our next meeting to discuss only and then the next time we are going to be discussing the doctor on august 28 when he appears in public session? >> and then we will have to go into closed session after that meeting, or do it subsequently at some point. . >> comm. alioto veronese: like you, probably the rest of this commission, i've had zero interaction with the doctor and we are supposed to be reviewing his performance.
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i appreciate, and i think you for stepping up and taking on that role in representing the commission. just a pile on top of that, it would be great if we could get an understanding. i have asked this of the department before i knew that you are going to be appointed to this, if we could get an understanding of what the terms and condition of the doctors employment is? does he have an employment contract with the department? what is his job description? furthermore, is he a civil servant? does he have civil servant detection? what are the rights and remedies of this commission when it comes to this particular position? only because i don't know anything about it and i am supposed to put my name on it. i don't know, is that true? that is news to me. that's a first time i have heard that since i have been asking.
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this type of information that would be very helpful for me to know. i'm also very curious as to how the people that do interact with him, in facts, interact with him and what their thoughts are. they are the ones that have better information than we do. >> commissioner, if i may, i invite any of my fellow commissioners who have interaction with staff, within the department, if they have opportunities and they wish to get some feedback, i would love to have it. absolutely. i don't think we have had that kind of input from the field. the people that have had interaction with our department doctor, on a regular basis. we need that kind of input. >> what i do not want to get from this mix is hearsay information.
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if people have had direct contact with the doctor and they are willing to tell us, i encourage that. >> we must remember the hippa prohibitions as well. >> maybe we can get some advice on that issue. what we do not want to hear from is the people that have had -- heard stories about the doctor, we want people who have interacted directly. on the second item, there was social media mention of our historical rigs. i expressed my dissent to the condition of these rigs and the way they are being displayed out on treasure island, without coverage, as appearing from these images. commissioners, this is a huge stain on this department. it is a huge stain on this
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commission. we have known about it since the day i was on this commission. it is a failure of our part. these rigs, as they currently exist, have no future. this is history gone. if we don't sound the alarm and actually do something. i would encourage everybody in this commission to go out there. the command staff, you probably already see it, because it sitting out there near the training facility. this is really a disgrace that this is happening. i can't help but feel like i have felt this commission, we all have a sense of responsibility. i know it is not our property, it is city property. it is our property because it has our emblem on it. i just feel bad about it, i don't have anything else to say about it. i encourage each of you to take a look at it, because as i mentioned before, this history
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is going to be lost soon. there is no future here. >> thank you very much, commissioner. >> just a question, will there be contemplation of doing a closed session on the grand jury part? . >> president nakajo: i hadn't thought about it, we will have that scheduled on the agenda on august 28. closed session could happen before, or after? at this point on august 28 we are looking out it being put on the agenda. that's not going to be closed. >> think we did at one time, in closed session. that is why i was just wondering if that would be something you can discuss with chief?
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. >> clerk: to the needs time to weigh in on it so it has to be open session. >> that is what i was curious about. . >> v.p. covington: you have to give the public first a chance, and then you can make the determination. . >> clerk: when i talk to our city attorney who said before we adopt some of it forward to the mayor's office that we need to conducted in an open session. with the department's request to do the research with puc, and such, to do the findings on the day august 28 came up which would give us plenty of room before the due date in september that is the spirit behind auguse agenda so the commission on the public and have an open dialogue on it. >> i just remember we did it in closed session last time, we had a lot of discussion. . >> v.p. covington: fifty-five
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years ago. [laughter] . >> president nakajo: advice from the public attorneys to have it in closed session. to give the department plenty of time to be able to do the findings, recommendations, as well as those recommendations for the department will shortly have a finding an effect upon our response, as well. we, the commission on the department, being the implementers of the questions that are being asked to get august 28 is when it is calendared. the reason why we have the physician scheduled for the 28 is that we want to have it in conjunction with the administration reports, that is when chief jose velo will be presenting is on the 28th. the flavor on that was to give this opportunity -- commissioned an opportunity hear the doctor and himself, in person, first
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ask questions that we are concerned about or need information on. in terms of that, i just want to show that. other than that, the reason why we are sending this general letter to gardens of the city, as we have not gotten a response since 2015 on our question of inventory, responsibility, and such. i understand your feelings, in terms of the rigs, and the jurisdiction on the responsibility. it is the department, but it's also in conjunction, and i think the spirit of the letters to get us in a place where we can make some clear definitions as to who is responsible for what's on how we can deal with it. they can certainly be utilized for the upkeep we are talking about. that is my comment, this time.
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. >> comm. veronese: in regard to the doctor's appearance here on the 28th. i would suggest that we converse with the city attorney on this. it would be unusual to conduct positive employee evaluation in a public forum. i do not know it is appropriate. it may or may not be. . >> v.p. covington: just for him to come and give a presentation on his department that he oversees. his evaluation will happen the following meeting, in closed session. . >> comm. veronese: that is an important clarification. i appreciate that. i don't wanted to seem like an employee evaluation. we are asking him questions and being critical in a public forum. i don't think that is appropriate, if we do it all. i am thankful for that information. i did not know there was a follow-up meeting where we could
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actually have cause two appropriate back-and-forth. . >> president nakajo: the reason why we instituted that appearance by the doctor is because of the favor of the commissioners in terms of asking questions, see the good dr. and having him respond. the presentation by the doctor is in the same spirit of the various unit chiefs to come up and give information. i thought we would be able to do that. commissioner cleaveland will conduct an evaluation and then we will have closed session which we will elaborate the findings. . >> comm. veronese: i appreciate that clarification. in regards to the guardians, and these historical rigs. i see the way that we treat these rigs, as a commission, and i'm going to put the commission on this.
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the way the commission treats these rigs is mutually exclusive of what is going on between the guardians and this department and our ability to get us to sign some contracts, what funds they have in this and that. that is over here, clearly that is not getting done either. i'm sorry if i over critical. then we have these rigs out here that are clearly suffering. they are suffering, we know about it, and they are dying out there. it is a crime. it angers me to see that happening, because this is the history of san francisco going down the toilet. i encourage you to go out there and see it. hopefully that will put a fire under somebody. i want everybody to go. i want the media, everybody to go out there and see it because i hope it will put a fire under somebody to actually do something about it. everything else, until we do something about it, real action,
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is, in my eyes, i apologize for being over critical, it's unintended towards anybody on this commission, everything else is just an excuse. . >> president nakajo: duly noted. commissioner cleaveland. . >> comm. cleaveland: i would to respond to commissioner alioto veronese, of course it is a crime they are out there and they are resting, it's not been for lack of interest on this commission. i assure you of that. we have made contact with several city departments to see if there was a location that they could be housed. even when we find locations, we do not have the money, in the department budget, to pay the rent. we cannot get free housing. we were lucky enough to have the academy of art provide us a location for many of these historic rigs, for a number of years for free. we were very thankful for that. they eventually needed their space back.
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we got pushed out, basically we have homeless rigs. okay? we have asked the parks department, we have asked the port, we have asked dpw, we have asked puc. do you have space? well, if they come up with space, they have a dollar attached to it. where are the funds going to come from? aren't we supposed to be fundraisers here as commissioners? i mean, are we supposed to create a foundation? yes, it would be wonderful, but, you know, we had friends of the fire department foundation a number of years ago. it was disbanded because of, i don't know conflict of interest problems. i'm not sure what precedes me. friends of planning have a very robust, you know, nonprofit organization that raises funds for the planning department to provide funds for training for the planning department staff to
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go to conferences, and do things that the department budget cannot fund its self. -- itself. we do not have that luxury, this my point i sprayed your calling us out, as commissioners, saying we should be raising the money to house these rigs, is that what you're saying? . >> comm. veronese: that's not what i'm saying, i am aware of your efforts because you and i worked on this together. we actually got one of the city departments to allow us to store these rigs, and another city department came in and said, "no, you cannot do that". it was free of -- -- if you recall. it was a great location. the other city department came in and said no no, liability this, and that, more excuses than it did not happen. i get that you and i have been working on this issue.
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other commissioners perhaps even , as well. what infuriates me is that they are sitting out there in the rain, in -- not just the rain, but out there in the salty wind and they are getting destroyed. the fact that we are actually trying does not change the fact that they are actually out there and being destroyed. the moment they are moved, that is when action starts really happening. everything else, i feel like, is just an action. i did not mean to be critical of any effort to the extent that they were made. i am critical to effort from all of the leadership, the city, everywhere. this is history of san francisco. these are rigs that were run in the city, saving lives when my grandfather was mayor. when i was born, when you all were born. these have been here since the early 1900s and they will be gone soon. i apologize if it offends
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anybody on this commission. it is what it is yet . >> president nakajo: point of order, we are not not agendas on this item. when we are on the guardians of the city we can have a hearty discussion. before that, let's see if we can get a response from the geo tc. point of order. public comment on this item? seeing none. public comment is closed the madam secretary. >> item six, agenda for next and future commission meetings. . >> president nakajo: august 14, the next commission meeting request for a closed session at the end of our regular meeting. do we have the fire marshal scheduled to present on august 14? >> yes. . >> president nakajo: we have requested various chiefs to come in and give periodic updates.
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i think it is very, very healthy for us to hear from the various chiefs and their points of view, beyond the written report. on august 14th meeting the fire marshal schedule to make a briefing presentation update, if you will. and then we have a request for closed session moving ahead on august 28, we have the physician scheduled. we will have a grand jury dialogue and report on august 28. at this particular point, any other questions or comments, commissioners? i will call for public comment on this item? item number six. no one from the public, i will close public comment. >> item seven. correspondence received since last meeting. letter from lucas hagberg and a letter from rasha harvey of the civil grand jury. .
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>> president nakajo: thank you very much commissioner alioto veronese for your correspondence on your upcoming fundraiser. thank you very much for the flyer, thank you very much for the newsletter attached. i did not realize, commissioner, it is a national fundraiser. thank you very much for that incentive. again, you have the schedule for saturday september 7. it begins at 8:30. thank you very much for that correspondent. i acknowledge that. also we have respondents from 798. most of you have all received. i guess an a simulated drill on saturday september training facility. i believe, chief nicholson do
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you have anything you want to add to this date of september 14 >> i brought that up last meeting, it is an opportunity for supervisors and other members of city government to come out and really experience what it is that we do. i think it is really a wonderful way of educating the city government in terms of our jobs and needs. i believe the mayor has signed up. i know several of the supervisors have come as well. . >> president nakajo: commissione rs, it is saturday september 14, they have breakfast and lunch included. that might be a heck of an incentive, if you will. [laughter] i think it is really exciting to do that, i want to congratulate them and is department in terms of this ongoing education, if you will, to the department heads on the supervisors. i will take public comment on the item number 7? seeing none.
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questions or discussions from the commissioners? seeing none. madam secretary? >> item 8, adjournment. >> commissioners, colleagues. >> so moved. >> in the memory of the four firefighters that lost their lives on the civilians also. >> thank you very much. [roll call] this meeting is adjourned.
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>> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their business in the 49 square files of san francisco. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and right vi. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i'm one of three owners here in san francisco and we provide mostly live music entertainment and we have food, the type of food that we have a mexican food
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and it's not a big menu, but we did it with love. like ribeye tacos and quesadillas and fries. for latinos, it brings families together and if we can bring that family to your business, you're gold. tonight we have russelling for e community. >> we have a ten-person limb elimination match. we have a full-size ring with barside food and drink. we ended up getting wrestling here with puoillo del mar. we're hope og get families to join us. we've done a drag queen bingo
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and we're trying to be a diverse kind of club, trying different things. this is a great part of town and there's a bunch of shops, a variety of stores and ethnic restaurants. there's a popular little shop that all of the kids like to hanhang out at. we have a great breakfast spot call brick fast at tiffanies. some of the older businesses are refurbished and newer businesses are coming in and it's exciting. >> we even have our own brewery for fdr, ferment, drink repeat. it's in the san francisco garden district and four beautiful muellermixer ura alsomurals. >> it's important to shop local because it's kind of like a circle of life, if you will. we hire local people. local people spend their money at our businesses and those
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we work a lot with homeless, visitors, a lot of people in the area. >> what i like doing is posting up at hotspots to let people see visibility. they ask you questions, ask you directions, they might have a question about what services are available. checking in, you guys. >> wellness check. we walk by to see any individual, you know may be sitting on the sidewalk, we make
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sure they are okay, alive. you never know. somebody might walk by and they are laying there for hours. you never know if they are alive. we let them know we are in the area and we are here to promote safety, and if they have somebody that is, you know, hanging around that they don't want to call the police on, they don't have to call the police. they can call us. we can direct them to the services they might need. >> we do the three one one to keep the city neighborhoods clean. there are people dumping, waste on the ground and needles on the ground. it is unsafe for children and adults to commute through the streets. when we see them we take a picture dispatch to 311. they give us a tracking number and they come later on to pick
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it up. we take pride. when we come back later in the day and we see the loose trash or debris is picked up it makes you feel good about what you are doing. >> it makes you feel did about escorting kids and having them feel safe walking to the play area and back. the stuff we do as ambassadors makes us feel proud to help keep the city clean, helping the residents. >> you can see the community ambassadors. i used to be on the streets. i didn't think i could become a community ambassador. it was too far out there for me to grab, you know. doing this job makes me feel good. because i came from where a lot of them are, homeless and on the street, i feel like i can give
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them hope because i was once there. i am not afraid to tell them i used to be here. i used to be like this, you know. i have compassion for people that are on the streets like the homeless and people that are caught up with their addiction because now, i feel like i can give them hope. it reminds you every day of where i used to be and where i am at now.
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>> supervisor walton: good morning, everybody. we will now call this july 29, 2019 rules committee to order. i'm going to be sitting in for supervisor ronen, who is absent today. and then, i want to thank supervisor mandelman for sitting in and taking my place today. our clerk today is victor young. and who do we have for sfgov? and today,

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