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>> good morning. welcome to life learning academy. my name is craig miller. i am a founder and the chief operating officer at the school. we are so thrilled to have everybody here today to celebrate this milestone event for the school, to provide a home for the kids who need us the most. terry and i and the entire life learning community could not be more grateful to all of you for everything you've done. i'd like to thank the sponsors
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for today's event. bear with me, it is a very healthy list. the northern california carpenter's regional council, ey, lows, jamel and tom perkins, linkedin, russell reynolds first bank, community vision and capital consulting, rubicon, kayhill construction, and oliver and company. i also want to recognize a few donors who have made the dorm possible. tipping point. valerie powder, the zeler box foundation, the louis r. laura
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foundation and linkedin. this group, along with the city, and sfusd exemplify a public-private partnership model that has come together to meet the needs of young people in san francisco. we are honored to have mayor breed with us here today and to have mayor willie brown's daughter, susan brown, here with us as well. without question, it is because of the support of mayor breed and mayor brown that we are standing here today about to open this beautiful dormitory for kids. [ applause ]. >> it's pretty cool. i would like to begin our program by introducing susan brown, who is going to comment on her father's long-term
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commitment to life learning academy. susan. [ applause ]. >> thank you very much, craig, for that very warm introduction. i'm susan brown and my father is willie brown, former mayor of san francisco. he was unhappy because he could not be here today, but he asked me to see what i could possibly say. so i'm here to give you a few words. so our family is extremely proud and extremely happy and extremely excited for these dormitories. in 1998 when my father was mayor, he formed a partnership. and because of that partnership, life learning academy exists. what began with that partnership would culminate into what you see here today life learning academy, an organization which
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not only provides excellent educational excellence and experience for students but has acted as a catalyst for change for so many people who have walked through the doors. hundreds of lives have been positively impacted by -- through their programs over the years. and the dormitories today is a goal that they set, which is basically their mission statement at life learning academy. so it is my great honor to introduce to you today the principal of life learning academy dr. terry delane. [ applause ]. >> okay. some people out there who really know me know that i don't need a microphone, but i'm going to do what i'm told to do today. number two, i left my notes at home. so what i'm going to have to do
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is just go from what i know. i have been here from day one for 20 years i have witnessed kids come through these doors and in this school and commit to change and commit to non-violence. i am really lucky because i am somebody that has never forgotten where i come from. when i was 16 years old what stands out in my mind as a runaway and heroin addicted, i was with a boyfriend who was really violent. one night he beat me up, threw me out of the apartment we were in, in the middle of the night. what stands out for me is i was sitting on the street corner crying and alone and trying to figure out who to call.
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everyone needs to have somebody to call. not too long after that i got a chance -- a second chance at my life and i went to delancy street foundation, where my life was saved. i met mimi and i learned about community and i learned about fami family. and it has been my mission because i know that i owe for the rest of my life to right what's wrong for our kids. and especially those that don't have a safe place to live. [ applause ]. >> this building which you will all see is not a dorm. it's a home. what it represents is love and
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support where these students that live here will be able to thrive and grow and have the best of what they deserve. to build a circle of support of which you all are now a part of. when we go through this dorm, you will see how covered we are. we have the willie brown memorial -- mayor willie brown memorial family room. we have mayor london breed's beautiful baskets that she sent to us yesterday for every kid that's going to be living in there. we have mayor ed lee's legacy in our memorial garden named after him. we can't be better covered than
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that. [ applause ]. >> i am managing not to break into sobs because this is such an amazing day and i am thrilled because it is now our mission to make this a model so that other schools know what is possible when you can no longer go home each night knowing that you have kids that you love every day that don't have safety, not okay. and can nobody tell you what can't be done. now i'm tired of yelling at you all. it's not your fault. sorry, craig is used to that. he said, no, that's not you yelling. that's you talking. so i have here with me a young woman named lynnie. i call her lynnie and i've known
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her since she was 16. she knows what it's like not to have a safe place to live and she found herself a family. and then after being in a few high schools, she came to life learning academy and thrived. i want her just to tell you a little bit about herself and she came here from long beach to be with us. she is family for ever family. our life learning family has been going on for 20 and our kids never forget us. so i'd like to introduce lynn ward. [ applause ]. >> good morning and thank you so much for having me. my name is lynn ward and i'm a proud alumni of life learning academy. i was raised in a housing project by my grandmother. i'm the youngest of five sisters
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born to parents struggling with addiction and mental illness. i found comfort in books early on and excelled academically. i earned scholarships. i was always seemingly good on the surface, but my life home was very chaotic. the environment was making it hard to succeed and my neighborhood was filled with the enticing entrapments of the street lifestyle. this all came to a head in my junior year in high school where i was incarcerated for a robbery with a group of girls. this was a culmination of a long-time struggle for me on two diverging paths: the school or the streets. i had a choice to make and it grappled internally with this decision. i had a hard time believing in myself and could not see that there was a life different than the one i was born into. so there i was facing serious
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charges, kicked out of high school. i needed a change in my life and my best friend's dad asked if i was ready and to make a phone call. that phone call was to terry, the principal of life learning academy. i interviewed with her, and during my conversation i realized my life was not a game, that turning my life around was important to her, to the school, and that i had a community that was willing to support me. i knew this because terry told me herself that she would be on me like white on rice. those were literally her words, and she was. so was my college councilor, the vice principal. i knew the school's number and terry's cellphone number by heart because if i missed school or was late, they were calling me and asking me where i was at. a kid like me, that's what i needed. i needed caring and constant
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adults who noticed when i missed class, provided me with the resources to earn money and the environment to self reflect. i needed real conversations about the struggles i faced and opportunities for future success. i graduated this past june from cal state university long beach with a master's degree in political science. [ cheering and applause ]. >> i am a senior employee with a small business in long beach, having been with the company for four years. i'm a mentor. i volunteer. i like to travel. i like yoga. i live a positive life. without life learning academy, i would not be where i'm at today. sorry. life learning academy helps give you the building blocks to build my life to something better than i thought i could be. because of the impact on me, i was invited to speak about life learning academy at a conference
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this past october in san francisco. mayor breed gave the keynote address at the conference and i was fortunate enough to meet her. she took time to talk to me. she offered me an unpaid internship upon graduation. like me, mayor breed was raised by her grandmother and the housing projects of san francisco and was able to fight her way out through the support of her community and educational opportunities. i admire her because she's charted a path for herself, rising above the obstacles to become the first african-american woman mayor of san francisco. [ applause ]. >> she never forgets where she comes from, where we come from, and continues to advocate for more equitable society, especially for youth, evidenced by, among other things, her ongoing support for l.l. a. that is why i am so honored to introduce her today. ladies and gentlemen, mayor
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london breed. [ cheering and applause ]. >> mayor breed: thank you so much. thank you so much. it really is an honor to be here and let me just say thank you to lynn. we are so proud of you and this is what this school represents. i got to tell you, when i was growing up, we didn't have life learning academy. in fact, the very same kind of circumstances that lynn experienced was the same kind of circumstances that i experienced. the reason why i was raised by my grandmother had a lot to do with challenges with my family. and unfortunately, it didn't end up so well for my brother, who's still incarcerated, and my sister who i lost to a drug overdose. so i'm one of six siblings who was really fortunate to have supportive people in my life.
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that's why the work that i do is so important to support young people, because i know the difference that it can make. so when i worked here at the treasure island development authority many, many years ago -- some of you probably didn't know that -- i remember the day that mimi silver came to the treasure island development authority, building 1, and someone said, well, mimi is downstairs and they called upstairs. they're like mimi silver, send her up right away. people lost it because of the fact she was there because they knew how hard she worked for the community. she along with others were really putting together under the leadership of the former mayor willie brown this incredible life learning academy and i had the pleasure of working on the lease to get this thing done. i'm really proud of the work
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that i did. i made the mistake of attending the first graduation 20 years ago. for those of you who go to this graduation, you make sure you have your tissue because i was -- i think i was sitting next to mike delane, terry's husband, and i was boo-hookiing the whole time. these people couldn't believe they made it through. i remember the story of one of the young men who said he wasn't going to school that day when the delancy van showed up to pick him up. and the guy who was driving said i'll be right here waiting until you get into the van. they would not take no for an answer. they were on those kids like white on rice. they were not going to let one of those kids fail. so that's why today is so incredible. it's long overdue.
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it's long overdue to have a place for kids who may not have the best environment at home, where we know the challenges of sometimes living in poverty can take you in the wrong direction. where we have seen too many of our kids cycle in and out of the criminal justice system, when we know they have so much indecreed potential to do amazing things. providing a safe place for them to be, a safe place to call home and be amongst one another and a supportive environment where they are part of a real family, because delancy street is a loving family, they provide love and good food and hugs. terry hugs everybody. that is what you need to grow and to thrive. they've been doing it for 20
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ye years. over the years i worked with young people at the african-american culture complex and as soon as i had a child that was in and out one of the schools -- like, i've had kids who sadly went to almost every high school sometimes in san francisco. the person i would call and ask, can you please take my baby because he needs structure, he needs support, terry without hesitation always tried to make a way for any kid at the life learning academy because she knew if she got her hooks on them they were going to graduate and they were going to go on and succeed in life. now she's probably going to move into this dormitory because this is going to be an incredible place so that we can make sure that despite the circumstances that some of our young people are facing in their home environment, they have a home right here at the delancy street
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life learning academy. this is one of the most -- and i'm not crying. my allergies are killing me. but this is one of the most amazing things that we can do. this example that we're setting today by opening up this dormitory will be a model for other schools throughout the country. this is how we make sure that our kids succeed. this is how we make sure that despite the obstacles they're facing, that we provide that wrap-around support which includes a place that is safe, that is secure, and provides the love and the support that they need to succeed. in san francisco we know we have some major challenges with homelessness. when i'm walking the streets in the tenderloin in particular, i see a lot of folks who i grew up with who fell through the cracks. and i can't help but think if we as a city can do better by all
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of our young people, we will prevent that from happening to them in the first place. part of the investments that we have been making to end youth homelessness in san francisco, including the rising up campaign, has led to -- although the homeless point in time count has gone up for the city as a whole, for youth homelessness we've seen that decrease by 10%. we need to get that to 0. because we have an obligation. i believe as folks who have been fortunate to succeed in whatever capacity, it doesn't matter if you're rich or poor or what have you, we all can give time and of ourselves to invest in young people to make sure that they grow and they thrive. that's what i'm committed to, not only with the rising up campaign, but with the opportunities for all programs where we will make sure that
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every high school student in this city has access, lynn, to a paid internship if they desire. so today is an incredible day of celebration. we have waited so long for this, and i can't thank all of you enough, especially the people who have contributed to making this possible. yes, the city was able to provide some support and we should provide support and i will continue to make sure that we make investments to support this incredible institution. but the people who really contributed and continue to support the life learning academy and making this dormitory a reality for our kids, thank you so much. this is absolutely amazing. it's really an honor to be your mayor and really great to see projects like this happen
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because this is going to save and change lives for future generations here in our great city. thank you all so much for being here today. [ applause ]. >> okay. so, i mean, mayor breed said she -- the city put in some, but the truth of the matter is without mayor london breed we wouldn't be standing here. the city came to our -- what we asked for, the city gave us. the belief in us and the support from mayor breed, the vision and leadership from mayor willie brown is why we're standing here right now. so again, i want to really thank them and thank susan so much for coming. she took pictures of willie brown's beautiful plaque when you'll see as we do tours of the dorm.
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now, what we're going to do first is take some pictures -- well, we're going to take some pictures up here for a few minutes. i'm going to have my kids come up. you can mingle around and have a bite to eat. our chef derrek is amazing. we eat like this every day. food is so important to us. then we'll come back and have tours of the dorm. thank you all so much. [ applause ] [♪]
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>> all right. good morning, everybody. is this working? what a beautiful day in san francisco. you know, if you go to city hall, it is so packed. everybody is celebrating 8-8.
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we're here and going to be celebrating this new project. i am the director of public works here at the city of san francisco. i want to thank you all for coming out our chief and mayor for coming to celebrate this milestone. this facility will be a facility that will serve our first responders and we are very excited about it. just last week around the corner we celebrated the new deployment facility and that is a project that will be completed in 2021. that project also is going really well. then today we are celebrating another capital infrastructure project here in the bayview. this job is not only about
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serving our first responders, but will also give a lot of people from the community jobs. it will be able to give a lot of our contractors an opportunity to participate in bringing supplies. of course make our city more resilient. it's also been one of several projects that the southeast sector of our city has been benefitting from. just in the last two years or so we finished the medical examiner's building, the two shops for large and small vehicles are right around the corner. coming up soon is the new southeast community center. so a lot of good opportunities here, and it's great that the partnership that we have with all the contractors and all the city departments, that we're all working together to really improve san francisco. as you all know, today is very, very special because it's the traffic company and forensic
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services division that will be in this site. the building itself is going to be over 100,000 square feet and 100,000 square feet is huge. it's two storeys as you can see. more than three quarters of this lot will be a building with a two-storey building. we're invited about that. inside the building will be many labs that would be used to help solve crimes. also our motorcycle police department, they will have their vehicles here but we'll also have offices for them so that they can do their administrative duties, which is highly essential because now they're spread all over the place. this building will change that. this building will also be a high-tech building. our crews have been working very hard. as you see this pile of dirt behind us, right after this
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ground breaking, next week we'll be levelling it out. all that dirt actually is going to be on site here. this area is a little bit of a low land, so we're going to be increasing it by 2 or 3 feet high. so we're keeping the dirt. we're recycling. as you know, our city leads the nation in recycling. we're following a lot of the building technologies. with that said, the team that has been working on this, i would like to say a huge thanks to clark construction, our architects, h.o.k. and m.i.i. have been on this contract. some of our subcontractors, i just want to say thank you because this new facility will make san francisco much safer and put us into the 21st century building. isn't that a great opportunity? [ applause ]. >> i can -- there's a lot i can
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say because i'm excited about this building because i personally have worked in this area for over 30 years. the public works department yard is just up the street. so every day we see these changes. we're very excited. in the capital plan the mayor is putting money for us to look at more opportunities to do more projects here. with that said, i would like to call her to say a few words and thank her for our leadership. our city is changing in the right direction. let's call mayor breed and give her a big hand. mayor breed. [ applause ]. >> mayor breed: thank you. mohamed is really excited about this project, isn't he? he's always excited about projects that move the city forward in the right direction. san francisco is in earthquake territory. and it's not a matter of if but when the next big one will be prepared. so we have to be prepared.
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more importantly, we have to make sure that our public safety officials are in seismically safe facilities so that when they're trying to help the citizens of san francisco, they don't necessarily need help themselves. we know that the traffic division and the forensic services division are located in buildings that are not seismically safe. especially with the traffic division and motorcycles and their need to get to people and help protect people throughout san francisco, that's going to be critical. if we have a next earthquake and something happens, how are they going to get their motorcycles out? we have to start thinking about the future and ways to protect all of our citizens, especially making sure that our public safety officials from the police and the fire department and other departments can get out there on the streets and protect and save lives. this project, along with so many other amazing projects that we've done in this city, we're
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headed in the right direction. the new public safety building that just opened in mission bay is absolutely incredible. the medical examiner building that just open not too far from here is amazing. station 49, the firefighters are going to get a new state-of-the-art building. we just cut the ribbon on station 5 and 21 for the fire department to make sure that our first responders have seismically safe buildings that are just really outstanding and worthy of san francisco. now, moving forward in the capital plan finally, after the voters approved a 2014 ether bond, we are finalley here breaking ground, ready to get this building built, not only by 2021 but also on budget, right mohamed? on budget. i don't see many claps for on
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budget. so i just want to thank everyone who's here today with us to celebrate this milestone and just raise the profile of how significant it is to get these projects done. in fact, the voters have been really generous because through the work of the capital plan and under the leadership of our city administrator, we've been able to bring the bond for these projects forward to the voters in a responsible way, without raising property taxes. i know they usually love that. which is why in march of next year, we'll be bringing forward another bond to continue the great work that we're doing to make all of our buildings seismically safe throughout san francisco. this is a great step in the right direction. i want to thank d.p.w. and the capital planning committee and all the contractors and people that are going to make sure that
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this is not only a beautiful building, but one of the most environmentally friendly buildings and it will be a safe, great place for so many people who serve our city day in and day out to work. i'm looking forward to it. i'm sure these guys behind me can't wait to use a nice bathroom for a change in a great facility. with that, i want to take this opportunity to introduce the supervisor for this district, supervisor walton. >> thank you so much, madam mayor. first of all, good afternoon and welcome to district 10. you're actually in a place that is going to be very well protected in the future in san francisco. as the mayor mentioned, we have crime lab out here now in the district. we're going to have -- keep your fingers crossed everything goes according to plan our evidence facility. naturally we have the traffic
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company and forensic division that is coming right here. our district is going to be well protected, which is exciting for us. any time we can have brand new community gems that are going to be in our district, we get excited about that. so i want to thank everyone for coming out here today. i want to thank the commitment from the voters. thank the mayor for her commitment and dedication to district 10. i want to of course thank mohamed who is a constituent here in district 10 and who worked very hard to make sure that we have the opportunity to bring facilities like this here into the district. i want to thank the chief for his partnership on all the work and for looking at district 10 as a place where we can bring state-of-the-art 21st century facilities to the district so our police and law enforcement can be a staple in the community. we're all excited that this will
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be here in 2021 and we look forward to all the seismically safe opportunities we're providing here in district 10. thank you all for coming to the district and thank you for being here this morning. [ applause ]. >> okay. and now let's hear from the chief of police, bill scott. he is a big partner with public works every day, 24/7, all of the partnership we have with the police department, thank you for everything that you do to support public works. thank you for everything you do for our city. welcome, chief scott. >> thank you, mohamed, and thank you for your partnership. first of all, i have a lot of people to thank here. mayor breed, your leadership and commitment to this police department and city is just off the charts. this is a long time coming and it took vision. it took commitment. i just want to thank everybody who made this happen, beginning with the mayor and the director, all the contractors that will take part in this.
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the officers that are standing here behind me and onto the sides, this is for them. these are the frontline people that do the work. they keep our city safe and they deserve seismically safe facilities and facilities that are state-of-the-art as stated. we thank you for appreciating our work and your gratitude for voting to allow this to happen. this facility will not only move our department into the future, but through the advanced services that have been built into this project, we will be better able to serve our city. it will be seismically safe. our employees will be able to respond to major emergencies quickly and efficiently. and as supervisor walton said this part of the city is excited to have us here, and we really appreciate that. our crime lab will be fully modernized to accommodate evolving technologies and employ sound scientific principles to
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process data. at the end of the day this is about keeping our community safe. we thank everybody for making this happen. our elected leader, the voters, the architect, the engineers, the consultants. finally, we thank you, the people of our city again for allowing us to be here and making this happen. thank you. [ applause ]. >> okay. we're going to go over to where the shovels are and we will throw a little dirt and then these contractors can get back to work. right? all right. [♪]
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my name is doctor ellen moffett, i am an assistant medical examiner for the city and county of san francisco. i perform autopsy, review medical records and write reports. also integrate other sorts of testing data to determine cause and manner of death. i have been here at this facility since i moved here in november, and previous to that at the old facility. i was worried when we moved here that because this building is so much larger that i wouldn't see people every day. i would miss my personal interactions with the other employees, but that hasn't been the case. this building is very nice. we have lovely autopsy tables and i do get to go upstairs and down stairs several times a day to see everyone else i work with. we have a bond like any other group of employees that work for
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a specific agency in san francisco. we work closely on each case to determine the best cause of death, and we also interact with family members of the diseased. that brings us closer together also. >> i am an investigator two at the office of the chief until examiner in san francisco. as an investigator here i investigate all manners of death that come through our jurisdiction. i go to the field interview police officers, detectives, family members, physicians, anyone who might be involved with the death. additionally i take any property with the deceased individual and take care and custody of that. i maintain the chain and custody for court purposes if that becomes an issue later and notify next of kin and make any additional follow up phone callsness with that particular death. i am dealing with people at the worst possible time in their
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lives delivering the worst news they could get. i work with the family to help them through the grieving process. >> i am ricky moore, a clerk at the san francisco medical examiner's office. i assist the pathology and toxicology and investigative team around work close with the families, loved ones and funeral establishment. >> i started at the old facility. the building was old, vintage. we had issues with plumbing and things like that. i had a tiny desk. i feet very happy to be here in the new digs where i actually have room to do my work. >> i am sue pairing, the toxicologist supervisor. we test for alcohol, drugs and
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poisons and biological substances. i oversee all of the lab operations. the forensic operation here we perform the toxicology testing for the human performance and the case in the city of san francisco. we collect evidence at the scene. a woman was killed after a robbery homicide, and the dna collected from the zip ties she was bound with ended up being a cold hit to the suspect. that was the only investigative link collecting the scene to the suspect. it is nice to get the feedback. we do a lot of work and you don't hear the result. once in a while you heard it had an impact on somebody. you can bring justice to what happened. we are able to take what we due to the next level. many of our counterparts in other states, cities or countries don't have the
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resources and don't have the beautiful building and the equipmentness to really advance what we are doing. >> sometimes we go to court. whoever is on call may be called out of the office to go to various portions of the city to investigate suspicious deaths. we do whatever we can to get our job done. >> when we think that a case has a natural cause of death and it turns out to be another natural cause of death. unexpected findings are fun. >> i have a prior background in law enforcement. i was a police officer for 8 years. i handled homicides and suicides. i had been around death investigation type scenes. as a police officer we only handled minimal components then it was turned over to the coroner or the detective
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division. i am intrigued with those types of calls. i wondered why someone died. i have an extremely supportive family. older children say, mom, how was your day. i can give minor details and i have an amazing spouse always willing to listen to any and all details of my day. without that it would be really hard to deal with the negative components of this job. >> being i am a native of san francisco and grew up in the community. i come across that a lot where i may know a loved one coming from the back way or a loved one seeking answers for their deceased. there are a lot of cases where i may feel affected by it. if from is a child involved or things like that. i try to not bring it home and not let it affect me.
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when i tell people i work at the medical examiners office. whawhat do you do? the autopsy? i deal with the a with the enou- with the administrative and the families. >> most of the time work here is very enjoyable. >> after i started working with dead people, i had just gotten married and one night i woke up in a cold sweat. i thought there was somebody dead? my bed. i rolled over and poked the body. sure enough, it was my husband who grumbled and went back to sleep. this job does have lingering effects. in terms of why did you want to go into this? i loved science growing up but i didn't want to be a doctor and didn't want to be a pharmacist. the more i learned about
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forensics how interested i was of the perfect combination between applied science and criminal justice. if you are interested in finding out the facts and truth seeking to find out what happened, anybody interested in that has a place in this field. >> being a woman we just need to go for it and don't let anyone fail you, you can't be. >> with regard to this position in comparison to crime dramas out there, i would say there might be some minor correlations. let's face it, we aren't hollywood, we are real world. yes we collect evidence. we want to preserve that. we are not scanning fingerprints in the field like a hollywood television show. >> families say thank you for what you do, for me that is
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extremely fulfilling. somebody has to do my job. if i can make a situation that is really negative for someone more positive, then i feel like i am doing the right thing for the city of san francisco. we spoke with people regardless of what they are. that is when you see change. that is a lead vannin advantage. so law enforcement assistance diversion to work with individuals with nonviolent related of offenses to offer an alternative to an arrest and the county jail. >> we are seeing reduction in
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drug-related crimes in the pilot area. >> they have done the program for quite a while. they are successful in reducing the going to the county jail. >> this was a state grant that we applied for. the department is the main administrator. it requires we work with multiple agencies. we have a community that includes the da, rapid transit police and san francisco sheriff's department and law enforcement agencies, public defender's office and adult probation to work together to look at the population that ends up in criminal justice and how they will not end up in jail. >> having partners in the nonprofit world and the public
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defender are critical to the success. we are beginning to succeed because we have that cooperation. >> agencies with very little connection are brought together at the same table. >> collaboration is good for the department. it gets us all working in the same direction. these are complex issues we are dealing with. >> when you have systems as complicated as police and health and proation and jails and nonprofits it requires people to come to work together so everybody has to put their egos at the door. we have done it very, very well. >> the model of care where police, district attorney, public defenders are community-based organizations are all involved to worked towards the common goal. nobody wants to see drug users
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in jail. they want them to get the correct treatment they need. >> we are piloting lead in san francisco. close to civic center along market street, union plaza, powell street and in the mission, 16th and mission. >> our goal in san francisco and in seattle is to work with individuals who are cycling in and out of criminal justice and are falling through the cracks and using this as intervention to address that population and the racial disparity we see. we want to focus on the mission in tender loan district. >> it goes to the partners that hired case managers to deal directly with the clients. case managers with referrals
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from the police or city agencies connect with the person to determine what their needs are and how we can best meet those needs. >> i have nobody, no friends, no resources, i am flat-out on my own. i witnessed women getting beat, men getting beat. transgenders getting beat up. i saw people shot, stabbed. >> these are people that have had many visits to the county jail in san francisco or other institutions. we are trying to connect them with the resources they need in the community to break out of that cycle. >> all of the referrals are coming from the law enforcement agency. >> officers observe an offense. say you are using. it is found out you are in possession of drugs, that
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constituted a lead eligible defense. >> the officer would talk to the individual about participating in the program instead of being booked into the county jail. >> are you ever heard of the leads program. >> yes. >> are you part of the leads program? do you have a case worker? >> yes, i have a case manager. >> when they have a contact with a possible lead referral, they give us a call. ideally we can meet them at the scene where the ticket is being issued. >> primarily what you are talking to are people under the influence of drugs but they will all be nonviolent. if they were violent they wouldn't qualify for lead. >> you think i am going to get arrested or maybe i will go to jail for something i just did because of the substance abuse issues i am dealing with. >> they would contact with the outreach worker. >> then glide shows up, you are
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not going to jail. we can take you. let's meet you where you are without telling you exactly what that is going to look like, let us help you and help you help yourself. >> bring them to the community assessment and services center run by adult probation to have assessment with the department of public health staff to assess the treatment needs. it provides meals, groups, there are things happening that make it an open space they can access. they go through detailed assessment about their needs and how we can meet those needs. >> someone who would have entered the jail system or would have been arrested and book order the charge is diverted to social services. then from there instead of them going through that system, which
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hasn't shown itself to be an effective way to deal with people suffering from suable stance abuse issues they can be connected with case management. they can offer services based on their needs as individuals. >> one of the key things is our approach is client centered. hall reduction is based around helping the client and meeting them where they are at in terms of what steps are you ready to take? >> we are not asking individuals to do anything specific at any point in time. it is a program based on whatever it takes and wherever it takes. we are going to them and working with them where they feel most comfortable in the community. >> it opens doors and they get access they wouldn't have had otherwise. >> supports them on their goals. we are not assigning goals working to come up with a plan what success looks like to them.
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>> because i have been in the field a lot i can offer different choices and let them decide which one they want to go down and help them on that path. >> it is all on you. we are here to guide you. we are not trying to force you to do what you want to do or change your mind. it is you telling us how you want us to help you. >> it means a lot to the clients to know there is someone creative in the way we can assist them. >> they pick up the phone. it was a blessing to have them when i was on the streets. no matter what situation, what pay phone, cell phone, somebody else's phone by calling them they always answered. >> in office-based setting somebody at the reception desk and the clinician will not work for this population of drug users on the street.
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this has been helpful to see the outcome. >> we will pick you up, take you to the appointment, get you food on the way and make sure your needs are taken care of so you are not out in the cold. >> first to push me so i will not be afraid to ask for help with the lead team. >> can we get you to use less and less so you can function and have a normal life, job, place to stay, be a functioning part of the community. it is all part of the home reduction model. you are using less and you are allowed to be a viable member of the society. this is an important question where lead will go from here. looking at the data so far and seeing the successes and we can build on that and as the department based on that where the investments need to go. >> if it is for five months.
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>> hopefully as final we will come up with a model that may help with all of the communities in the california. >> i want to go back to school to start my ged and go to community clean. >> it can be somebody scaled out. that is the hope anyway. >> is a huge need in the city. depending on the need and the data we are getting we can definitely see an expansion. >> we all hope, obviously, the program is successful and we can implement it city wide. i think it will save the county millions of dollars in emergency services, police services, prosecuting services. more importantly, it will save lives.
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