tv BOS Govt Audits and Oversight Committee SFGTV October 29, 2020 6:00pm-9:01pm PDT
>> good morning. the meeting will come to order. welcome to the october 29, special meeting of government audit and oversight. i am the chair of the committee joined by vice chair and committee member haney. thank you to the clerk and i would like to thank sfgovtv for staffing this meeting. mr. clerk, do you have any announcements. >> to protect the public, board members and city employees the board of supervisors legislative chamber and committee room are closed. this is taken pursuant to all various local, state orders and directive. committee members are participating in video conference.
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please call item 1. agenda item one. re-enactment of emergency ordinance 10420 and 15920 to create a right to reemployment for certain employees laid off due to the covid-19 pandemic if their employer seeks to fill the same position previously held by laid off worker or substantially similar position as defined. call the public comment number. 415-655-0001 enter the meeting id. press pound twice to connect to the meeting and press star followed by 3 to speak. finally i am in receipt of memo requesting this be agenda as committee report at next week's board meeting november 3, 2020. >> thank you. colleagues this will extend for further 60 days the back to work
emergency ordinance. groundbreaking policy we enacted earlier this year provides right to ferry employment for laid off workers impacted by the pandemic. this ensures large businesses forced to cut employees because of pandemic rehire rather than replace laid off workers when they re-open. over 500 laid off workers have been rehired through this policy. the city continues to reopen more of the economy, i feel strongly we must keep these labor protections in place. i urge support for this item today. before we go to public comment, do you have any questions or comments? >> mr. clerk any callers on the line? >> operations is checking for callers. please let us know.
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report for the november 3rd meeting of the board of supervisors. mr. clerk please call the roll. >> on the motion offered by chair mar this be recommended as committee report vice chair peskin. >> aye. >> haney. >> aye. >> chair mar. >> aye. >> mr. chair, there are three ayes. >> thanthank you, mr. clerk. please call item 2. re-enact meant of emergency ordinance 7420 to require grocery store and drugstore and restaurant and on demand delivery service employers to provide health and scheduling procedures t to employees during the public health emergency related to covid-19. please call the number now to comment.
415-655-0001. enter the meeting id and press pound twice and connect to the meeting and press star to speak. prompts will indicate you raised your hand. please wait until you are unmuted. this item has been agendized as committee report at your request. >> thank you, supervisor haney for your leader ship and sponsor ship of this additional job emergency legislation supporting workers in the city. supervisor haney, the floor is yours. >> thank you, chair mar. very brief. this proposed emergency ordinance re-enacts the previous ordinance to expire on november 8. for an additional 60 days. it has worker protections covered by health officer orders and gives workers an additional level of protection and
mechanism to file complaint with the office of labor standards and enforcement. it has been an essential protection for many of our most vulnerable workers during this crisis. >> thank you, supervisor haney. are there any callers on the line? if you have connected by phone press star three at this time if you wish to speak for this item. if you are on hold please continue to wait until prompted to begin. you will be informed your line is unmuted. any callers for 2? >> there are no callers in the queue. >> thank you. hearing no callers, public comment is closed.
supervisor haney would you like a motion on this? >> yes, i move to have this sent to the full board as a committee report. at the november 3rd meeting. >> please call roll. >> on the motion this emergency ordinance be sent as committee report with recommendations. vice chair peskin. >> aye. >> member haney. >> aye. >> chair mar. >> aye. >> mr. chair, there are three ayes. >> thank you, mr. clerk. >> please call item 3. amending chapter 28 to add probative provision of gifts or money to public official to revising de barment procedures. amend definition of contractor by including grant applications
and grantees and to add provisions authorizing suspension from procurement process, entering into city contracts or applying for grants if subject of charge alleging that the contractor committed byvation of law or regulation against any government entity relevant to the ability or capacity to perform under or comply with the terms or conditions of the city contract including de barment set forth in 28. members of the public who wish to comment should call the comment number. 415-655-0001. the prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait until you are unmuted. that will be your opportunity to
comment on agenda item 3. >> thank you, mr. clerk. i want to start by expressing my gratitude to city attorney and his office for bringing this forward. it may beings several corrections to contractor oversight and closes a loophole in our ability to suspend city contractors indicted not yet charged. my office is in receipt of amendment to this item which i intend to introduce which has been shared in advance with members of the committee. first to speak on this item i would like to welcome mr. ronald flynn from the city attorney's office. >> thank you, very much, i am ron flynn, chief city attorney. proposal to amend chapter 28 of the administrative code related to debarment and suspension of city contractors. de barment is administrative
determine that a contractor is not a responsible party entitle to enter city contracts and disqualified from participating in procurement for a period of time up to five years. it is a serious determination, one that requires the contractor be given notice and opportunity to be heard before the de barment is final. as this committee is aware in january of this year united states department of justice filed criminal charges against d.p.w. director and a san francisco restaurant. in the criminal complaint there were unnamed contractors alleged to have participated in the criminal enterprise to provide money for favored treatment in the contracting process. this does three things. it clarifies the grounds for de
bar net be to include failure to include the campaign and government conduct not simply ay administrative code. it includes grants and provides order of suspension to prevent contractor from seeking new contracts or grants during the suspension. it has cleanups which i am happy to discuss. the suspension is critical. federal government has the power of suspension which allows it to immediately place amas on new contractors when a contractor is indicted for committed fraud against government. under our current system when a contractor is indicted for committing fraud against the government even against san francisco the city must do one of two things. initiate its own investigation and bring and proof independent
charges or wait until the contractor charges are resolved. this under mines public confidence. i will explain how. recently hernandez a former city employee was dated for bribery of a local public official. he was the chief financial officer and vice president of a local contracting company he started. he was also a responsible managing officer and held one of the contracting licenses. mr. hernandez met with the fbi on january 27. he was confronted with gifts and personal services he provided over the years. indeed as recently as the weekend before that interview with the fbi he paid for hotel and dinner. mr. hernandez was not criminally charged until june 4 of this year. while the city attorney's office
was building the case against mr. hernandez, a contractor number two or three in the complaint. it did not have the facts by that day. incredibly, in may 28, 2020, works submitted a bid to be a subcontractor for a new project for the city a new multi-million dollar contract. they did this knowing the fbi had evidence mr. hernandez bribed city officials. the public, city officials and reporters rightfully asked. how can an indated contractor seek new work with the city? >> in that case the charging documents had admissions the fbi called as lies. such as that mr. hernandez said he only gave $20,000 worth of goods and services. he die understood several hundred thousand worth of services for a vacation home.
we were able to use the admission of 20,000 and not sufficient to have him charged with a crime to seek de barment. if that were not in there, in the charging documents we would not have been able to prevent the works from continuing to seek work while the criminal charges were pending. mind you, most charging documents don't contain such admissions. they are alleges which cannot be the basis. as it is. her flandez and work -- hernandez and works asked to protect the fifth amendment right against self-incrimination. we were able to stipulate to suspension and works was not able to seek new work until the verdict is entered. the contractor cannot get work while the chief financial officer is under indictment for fraud. we can de bar them assuming a
guilty plea. not guilty three could seek to have the suspension lifted. because this is serious and fifth amendments right against self-incrimination are raised. we ask for an amendment the ordinance be amended to add that the point of hearing officer shall be an attorney licensed to practice law with not less than five years of experience. the constitutional issues are the ones that come up. one other thing to light is the clarification giving a gift to a public official where it would be unlawful for that public official to accept the gift is an express ground for de barment. we treated it as such but learned in this case one contractor gave a rolex watch, another a tractor, another at least $20,000 worth of construction work. each of these contractors say i
did not give it to him to get any favors. i did it because he was my friend. under the government code and the campaign government conduct code it is unlawful for nuru to accept those gifts. it is only unlawful for the contractors to gift the gifts if they intended to get a favor. the excuse given is that this isn't for a favor, this is my friend. this may beings clear if you are giving a $37,000 rolex to a city official who is giving you a contract, you no longer are entitled to get contracts. you don't have excuse this is my friend and i am giving it to him or her. that is one of the loopholes that it closes. another is that it may beings cleanup work. for instance.
ordinance now talks about the direct or of administrative services one that would appointer the hearing officer. there is no longer the thing in the city it is city administrator. there is cleanup work in addition to what i talked about. we think this will discourage contractors from continues to try to give gifts to city officials and if they continue to do so it will be easier to take them off the books while the criminal process plays out. i am happy to answer any questions that the committee has. >> thank you for the presentation and all of your work. this is a necessary and crucial step to root out corruption and restore the faith of the public. as you mentioned, you have
introduced an amendment and i am happy to make the motion on this amendment. they appear on page 9. again they would require officers who preside over department and suspension hearings be an attorney licensed to practice in california with at least five years of experience. before we go to public comment, colleagues, do you have any questions or remarks you would like to make? >> chair mar, i would like to be added as a proud co-sponsor. >> i will make you primary sponsor of the item. >> i don't want to cause any consternation with my friend the city attorney, why don't we let this be the city attorney's work
and i will vote for it at committee and at full board. >> thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor haney. >> i want to thank you, mr. flynn, and thank the city attorney's office for their proactive and necessary work on this and the broader investigation. this is a very awful time for our city when we are continuing to have these kind of allegations of corruption. it seems to me that we clearly need to be able to take action against individuals and companies who are charged with corrupt behaviors and ensure that they are not getting further contracts with the city during that time. one question i had was about
another maybe it is a slightly different category. the situation that involves rod regoes santos. he has been charged. he is not exactly a contractor in the same way but there were reports of mr. santos continuing to pull permits and engage with d.b.i. in various ways. would a situation like that be covered under this ordinance? what is the scope of engagement that is included that could be suspended while somebody is under investigation or has been indicted? >> that is a great issue. de barment is a process by which someone who gets money from the
government is determined that they are no longer entitled to do that. a grant or contract they are no longer allowed to do that. sorry about my dog. people who apply for permits are not getting contracts, they are getting permits. it is different to come up with parallel regime. if you are not an honest broker with a department while seeking a permit for others, is there something that can be done? the de barment process comes from a long line of -- from the federal to local to state government. we want to clean it up. it has never come over to the permitting. there are different issues to look at in terms of that. wyou are correct.
that is the example in how we can do that. if we know someone is not truthful, what we currently do is we put -- we advise departments to put additional bells and whistles on that permit process. if someone is not being truthful to look at every application, follow up, to do checks, to make sure this is truthful. there is not in our code a process to say you cannot walk to the counter and get a permit. this would not cover it, unfortunately. >> i appreciate that. i do hope that this is something that we can look at if somebody is under indictment, accused of a crime of fraud or corruption. i do not believe they should be getting contracts with the city and i also do not belief they should pull permits from the
city. it obviously damages the public trust but brings up the possibility that they are continuing to do the exact same thing they have been charged or indicted for. i think in the case of mr. santos. we are going to have concerns and we don't want to give somebody a contract engaging in corrupt behavior or facilitating corrupt behavior by allowing them to directly pull permits from d.b.i. you know, i hope that is something we can look at closely and address. i don't think it is right for our city government to be giving money out or permits out to people who are engaged in corrupt behavior and are under indictment or investigation for
it. my staff is delling me i may be -- telling me i have a hearing on this upcoming. maybe supervisor peskin was involved with. i hope we can find a similar solution to prevent that behavior as well. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor haney for that. when we go to public comment, mr. clerk, any callers on the line? >> please let us know if there are any callers. if you have connected press star followed by 3 to speak. on hold please continue to wait until you are prompted to begin. you will hear prompts to inform you your line is unmuted. on cable channel 26 or through sfgovtv if you wish to speak please call in now by following the instructions on your screen.
dial 415-655-0001. entered d1466994959. press pound twice and star 3 to speak. do we have callers for item 3? >> mr. chair there are no callers in the queue. >> thank you. public comment is now closed. i would like to move we amend the item as presented and send the item as amended to the full board with positive recommendations. mr. clerk, please call roll. >> on the motion the ordinance be amended and recommended as amended to the board of supervisors. vice chair peskin. >> aye. >> member haney. >> aye. >> chair mar. >> aye. >> mr. chair there are three
ayes. >> thank you, mr. clerk and thank you for all of your work on this. >> please call item 4. agenda four administrative code to establish the work force education and recovery fund. members of the public who wish to comment shall call now. public comment is 415-655-0001 enter meeting id. press pound twice to connect and star followed by 3 to enter the queue to speak. please wait until the system indicates you are unmuted and you may then begin your comments. >> thank you. like item 1 the back to work emergency ordinance this is in response to those unemployed due to health pandemic.
most of the more than 200 san franciscan who filed over the past 8 months will not return to previous jobs. supporting them to upgrade skills to get back to work with will extremely important part of the economic recovery. one of the key recommendations of the sf economic recovery task force is for the city to provide culturally accessible job training with career connections for marginalized aplaid off workers. this will recrate the work force education and recovery fund to provide financial support to city college of california. student wraparound services and social justice, lifelong learning and enrichment classes. we recognize the role of city college as largest provider of workforce training in adult education in the city with all
programs tuition free to san francisco residents. it is a strategic investment to expand the vocational classes leading to career pathways at this time of meed. the city budget includes $200,000 to work to create a pilot program in the spring semester to create at least 10 career technical education classes for unemployed workers in key sectors such as health education, nursing, emergency responders, information technology and building trades. i thank my co-sponsors haney, ronen and preston and leaders who we worked with on this measure sft2121, student leaders, trustees, and interim
chancellor. i want to thank city attorney clark and the department of children, youth and families. last but not least my staff for all of their work on this. before we go to public comment, do you have any questions or remarks, colleagues? >> okay. mr. clerk. any callers on the line? >> thank you. please let us know if there are callers ready for those who connected by phone press star 3 if you wish to speak for this item. those already on hold in the queue please wait until you are prompted to begin and you will be informed your line is unmuted. on cable channel 26 or sfgovtv please call in now by following the instructions on the screen.
dial 415-655-0001. when prompted enter the i id1466994959. press pound twice and star followed by 3 to enter cue to speak. do we have callers for agenda 4? >> there are no callers in the queue. >> thank you, operations and mr. public comment is closed. colleagues. i would move we send this to the full board with positive recommendation. mr. clerk please call roll. >> on the motion offered by chair mar to recommend to the board of supervisors. vice chair peskin. >> aye. >> member haney. >> aye. >> chair mar. >> aye. >> mr. chair, three ayes. >> thank you, mr. clerk. is there any further business?
>> good evening. welcome to the candidate forum for the 2020 district 7 san francisco board of supervisors election. i'm alison go, the president of the league of women voters of san francisco. tonight, before we begin, i'd like to take a moment to remember the late justice ruth bader ginsburg. she was a powerful advocate for women's rights and civil rights, arguing for equality regardless of age, race, sexual orientation or gender, and she was a fierce defender of voter rights, offering the dissenting opinion in shelby v. voter. justice ginsburg's wisdom, ded indication, and determination to equal rights embodied the league of women voters empowered us to create a more
perfect democracy. we would not be where we are today without ruth bader ginsburg. the league of women voters is a bipartisan political nonprofit that encourages voter participation. this year's election presents new and unprecedented challenges for voters, and we are committed to providing resources that voters need in order to access this fundamental right of democracy of voting. please visit our website at lwvsv.org/vote where you will find all of the voting
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children. >> good evening and welcome to the san francisco league of women voters board of supervisors candidate forum. first, i'd like to remind you of the ground rules. responses to questions should be on issues and policy related. candidated are expected to be respectful of other candidates anded to not make personal attack on other individuals. that's the ground rules. here are the procedures for the forum. the candidates will have the opportunity to make one-minute opening and closing statements. opening statements will be in alphabetical order by first name. closing statements will be in reversal if a bet cal order by first name. each candidate will be an opportunity to make rebuttal and may be addressed in the
candidate's closing remarks lasting one minute. a count downtimer will be displayed with visual indication of the remaining time for a response, so please watch it carefully, and if you go over, i'll politely remind you. every aspect of the forum will be equally fair to all candidated. thank you to our attendees tonight. you are in listen-only mode. the q&a and chat features are not activated. we collected your questions earlier, so they will be available tonight. this will be available on youtube, our website, and sfgovtv cable channel. you have many decisions to make
on november 3. tonight's opportunity will give you an opportunity to learn before you vote, so now, let's begin. we'll start off with one-minute opening statements in alphabetical order. thank you, candidates, for participating in this forum. please introduce yourself, tell us which neighborhood you live in, and why you are running for district 7 supervisor. we'll start alphabetically with ben. >> hello. good evening, and thank you very much to the league for hosting us tonight. hello. my name is ben matranga, and i'm running for district 7 supervisor. i want to fight for working families and ensure that our city emerges from this health crisis stronger than before. as a new father and first-time homeowner, i know the stakes are high in this election. i know the city is calling out for genuine leadership, for common sense, and frankly, for
people that will deliver on their promises. let me tell you a little bit about my background. i was born and raised in district 7. i live in west portal seven blocks from where i grew up. i met my wife in high school at st. ignatius, and we're raising our young daughter in that district. professionally, i've spent 15 years building large-scale -- >> thank you, ben. >> thank you. >> and now, we'll move to emily. you're muted, emily. >> all right. good evening, everyone. i'm emily murase, and i want to be your supervisor. 2020 marks the millennial of
women's right to vote, and yet, after the departure of supervisor yee from the board of supervisors, we will have two women on the board of supervisors. i'm the only candidate who's been elected to office, serving two terms on the school board, including as president. my spouse and i have lived in the lake shore neighborhood of district 7 for over 15 years, where we raised our two now adult daughters. my priorities are bolstering public health, enabling voters, and accelerating public health. >> we'll go to joel.
>> hi, everyone. i'm joel engardio. i live in the district 7 neighborhood. families care about the basics: housing, schools, quality of life. the budget has doubled the last decade, and nothing is twice as good, and now, we're facing massive deficits. we need to audit every program and only pay for what works. i grew up in the gm town of sag saginaw, michigan. i've lived in san francisco for 22 years, lived in district 7 for a decade. as a journalist, i held city hall accountable and gave people a voice. i'll do the same as your supervisor. it's time to get it right. clean streets, smaller
deficits, and better services, and i'd be glad to be your candidate. >> thanks, joel. ken? >> my name is ken [inaudible] we lived off of every muni met metro line, and for the last 14 years, i've lived just a couple of blocks up in district 7 on ocean avenue. i've been successful here. both my wife and i were able to build careers. one is at u.c. davis and another one's at roll, and buena vista horace mann. i feel with my experience, i understand district 7 well.
families are important. doct from cradle to grave, everyone should be able to live in district 7. >> thanks, kenneth. next will be myrna. >> hi, everyone. my name is myrna melgar. two years ago, i live in district 7 with my husband and family. i've worked in the community for 15 years in housing and economic development and worker's rights. i'm running because our city is experiencing changes. changes to our global environment, inequality -- and income inequality. i'm running because i want to use my skills and experience to plan for those changes. the policy changes that we make today will have a profound effect how we get out of this
pandemic, and whether we continue to be that city of opportunity and that shining example that we have always been to the world. i would appreciate your support, and i am the candidate with the most experience. thank you. >> thank you, myrna. next will be stephen. you're muted. >> steven martin pinto. i live in district 7. i just want to ask one question. are you better off than you were five years ago? ladies and gentlemen, i'm running on a campaign of straight talk. when i began my campaign, it was just me, myself, and i, and one promise. tell it like it is and don't hold back. i've been one of the most successful non-democratic
candidates in the last decade. the reason why is because i tell it like it is, i speak the truth, and i have a lot of credibility. i'm a firefighter, a fifth generation san franciscan, a veteran of iraq and afghanistan and the war, and i've seen a lot of the effects of homelessness. vote for me in november. >> thank you, steven. last one will be polasca. >> hi. my name is polasca. i loved growing up in a union household. my mother worked the post office, the graveyard shift, her entire career, so they really instilled a deep value for public service and hard
work. i came here to san francisco, u.s.f. school of law, where i met my wife. we currently live in parkmerced, and my kids go to school -- or they did before covid -- right across. i'm proud to have the endorsement of the nurses and people in the sierra club. i ask that you allow me to be your champion at city hall and standup for working class families. >> thank you, velasca, and thank you all, candidates. we'll now move onto the questions for tonight's forum. question one. what type of forum will you support to increase housing availability in district 7. do you agree with the approaches that promote more housing density? just yes, which approaches. if no, what other approaches do
you favor? and we will begin with joel, and joel, you have one win. >> hi. so there's three areas of district 7 where more housing is coming. par merced, balboa reservoir, and stonestown mall, and those are all appropriate areas for housing. i do not support anything that would restrict single-family zoning. we have 40 communities, and they're all gems. west portal has a five story art deco that's been there 90 years. we can match the height of that without harming any single neighborhoods. we have a plan for seniors to age in place so they don't have to leave the home they love.
we have a plan to keep single-families in san francisco, and the housing along train corridors can support those needs. >> thank you, joel. >> thanks. >> next, we'll have kenneth. >> hi. joel said a lot, and i agree with what he said. the transit corridors and the housing around should grow. i don't agree with scott wiener's bill. i think we need to be smart about it. i think we just gave away the deal of the century. less than $600,000 an acre for balboa terrace, so i'm ready to put a stop for future development. i want to see hwhat's going to come out of that and how that's going to affect district 7.
that's a district 7 deal. i want to be smart when we have housing, but i want to remind people this is district 7. we are built on single-family homes in small neighborhoods, and i do not want to lose that character, so it has to be an equal balance. thank you. >> thank you, kenneth. next is stephen. >> okay. so kind of what a lot of people have been saying. i'm -- i'm for increasing density along transit corridors. i feel like there's plenty of space to add a story to one-story buildings along west portal. it wouldn't change -- minimal impacts to the neighborhood. it wouldn't change much to the neighborhood if we do it right, but there's also one thing that i think we also need to reduce the [inaudible] we've found out that telecommuting is possible. recent survey said that two
thirds of all tech workers would leave san francisco if they could. there's a latent demand to get out of san francisco. if they had a chance to get out of san francisco and still work here, they would do so. that would make it easier for those who want to live here to be able to afford houses. >> thank you, stephen. now we'll move to question number two. how would you address providing more affordable housing in district 7? do you support programs that encourage the building of more accessory dwelling units, commonly known as granny flats or in-law units? and we'll start with myrna. >> thank you for the question. yes, i absolutely support building more accessory dwelling units. i will point out that just because we think it's a good
idea and put together the legislation rights the state has doesn't mean it will actually happen. we have to do more that. we have to support homeowners to adapt their housing spaces and age in space. to do that, the city can help by making the process easier, friendlier, more expeditious, and more affordable. it's not just about development, it's also about money because access to wealth is not equal in our society. if you're on a fixed income or you're a women, you tend to have -- woman, you tend to have less abhe is sccess to the mari support all of those things. thank you. >> thank you, myrna. next will be emily. >> can you please repeat the question?
>> yes. how would you address providing more affordable housing in district 7? do you support programs that encourage the building of more accessory dwelling units, commonly known as granny flats or in-law units? >> yes. i do want to start out by saying d-7 is primarily single-family homes, and that keeps families here, not retreating to the suburbs, so it's a very important part of our contribution to the city. we have over 40 neighborhoods that are very distinct from each other. lakewood is different from forest knolls which is different from westwood park. and within that, there is a state law that allows for two accessory dwelling units within a single property. i do think there is an opportunity to be creative. not only a.d.u.s, but cohousing units and other ways to live together. primarily, i'm looking at the
new development for housing density. balboa reservoir appropriates 1500 units, of which 50% will be affordable. parkmerced and stonestown also promote ideas for more housing density. >> thank you, emily. next will be polanco. >> i'm in favor of supporting housing. my concern is in terms of providing the housing units we need. i think there are sites here in district 7 where we can begin from day one after the election to really dedicate affordable housing to the working class families like educators. back in 2018, the leadership of uesf, our educators and teachers actually identified a
space that is owned by the school district at somerton and lawton. this is the per expect area where we don't have to treat these like they're mutually exclusive, meeting the character of district 7 while still providing housing that will make a real impact and still provide the time -- >> thank you, polanca. we'll move onto question three. will the planned guidance of the guidance center, also called the juvenile justice center, provide an increased housing in district 7. if so, what type of housing would you favor? and we'll start with ben. >> so the closing of y.g.yc., think it's the perfect example
of the sugar high we see at city hall. i've walked the facility several times. over half of the board of supervisors voted to close it, but they've never been there. folks voted to close the facility but didn't know all the great programming, all the rehabilitation that was happening there. if you talk to the folks in capital planning, they say you can't use that site, so i think it's fiscally responsible to do that. it would cost too much. the taxpayers are still paying off the rebuilding of the participation of y.g.c. from a decade ago. we need to figure out how to keep young kids in san francisco that need that rehabilitation. >> thank you, ben. next will be joel? >> yeah, i don't think we should have closed it in the first place. juvenile haul, you know, you know, is a place that has good
programs that's, like, helping kids get back on their feet and be more productive members of society, and we shouldn't give up on that. i don't want to put housing there. i don't think we should have closed it in the first place because obviously, you risk shipping kids out of county. that's not going to be helpful for them, and there's good programs there already. i think we need to be mindful of the use of the land all-around that area, laguna honda. we want to make sure that we're not using up land that the hospital might need. >> thank you, joel. next will be kenneth. >> hi, thank you very much. i think ben hit it on the nose. that is a sugar high. the idea that juvenile crime is down forever and we are in some
magic wonderland. the reality is that we're heading into a recession that's already showing its teeth. california is now flattening at 11% unemployment. we know that during times of recession and high unemployment that crime does go up, particularly with youth. we likely have pressed it with the lows in violent crime that existed. so the magic that we're going to be able to deal with our juvenile problems without juvenile hall is a sugar high. when we have a problem that manifests, we should look at fixing and solving that problem, not necessarily shutting it down. thank you very much. >> thank you, kenneth. we'll move onto question number 4. what are the primary issues regarding homelessness in district 7. what programs or services would you bring to the community to
address these issues, and we'll start with stephen. >> in my experience as a first responder, every day i go to work, i'm right there in the trenches, dealing with homelessness. i worked at some of san francisco's busiest fire stations, where i ran up to 20 or 30 calls a day, most of which were homeless calls, and in my experience, the homeless crisis in san francisco is very much closely tied to a drug and mental health crisis. we had nearly 300 fentanyl deaths in 2018, nearly 400 last year, and the number is on pace to be even higher this year. so one of the biggest things we can do to solve the homeless problem not only in district 7 but citywide is really crack down on these drug dealers who are imprisoning people in a cycle of poverty, misery, and
drug addiction. that's one of the biggest things we can do to start. the other thing is lobby for those increased conservatorship laws, and i'm willing to go to sacramento to do that. >> thank you, stephen. next will be myrna. >> thank you, dee. your question was about district 7, and i just want to point out that district 7 is very different than district 6 or district 5 in terms of our homeless epidemic. the majority of folks who are experiencing drug problems are not drug addicts, they're working people, living in homeless encampments and vans. the other day, my friend who owns a coffee shop called me and said there was a young woman on the street with no place to go.
he's, like, myrna, what do i do? we don't have the wraparound services that exist in other districts, and we need them. we need to have shower sites where people can dispose of our waste so that it doesn't go into our sewer drains and people can be treated with dignity. that's what we need. thank you. >> thank you, myrna. next will be emily. >> yes, i believe strongly that it's a human rights violation to let people sleep on the streets. we're one of the wealthiest cities in the world. we cannot tolerate this situation anymore. unfortunately, homelessness is not just a d-7 issue. it's a citywide issue. i've been on the record opposing a navigation center in d-7 because it's too costly. the embarcadero navigation center is $12.5 community funds
for 200 beds. families and women are not well served by tents or cots. i advocate for the flexible subsidy pool that aims to provide 200 apartments with a door and a key and an address. and i want to make sure that women don't get lost in this. domestic violence is the number one cause of homelessness on the streets. we need to fund domestic violence services. >> thank you, emily. we'll move onto question five. what programs do you support that address homeless and mental health problems in san francisco? we'll start with polasco. >> mental health access, if it's fully funded, i think we can make a visible impact on our streets.
this goes hand in hand with the reform that we want at the criminal justice level. if police officers can be focused on just reporting to crime, we can actually have social workers and folks that are really trained and know the nuances of deescalation and mental health intervention, and that really stems from mental health sf, and i think it is a much needed program citywide. i think here in district 7, i think we can all echo the same underlying issues that, you know, the unhoused issue is very different from the other districts, but that is one program and policy that i'm fully in support of. >> thank you, velasquez. next will be ben. >> thank you. i had a young kid that worked for me four years ago that died of a drug overdose. was born and raised in san
francisco and died of a drug overdose on our streets in san francisco just two months ago. we have an epidemic on our streets. we need to make sure we have treatment on demand and the services that actually deliver for folks like that. this is an issue that hits folks of all backgrounds, of all neighborhoods, of all parts of the city, and i think the city has been slow to respond. you see it in the numbers, you see it in the raise in fentanyl deaths. mental health sf is a good program, but in a way, it's a repaneli repackaging of the services that already existed. it really is just the first step forward, but we need new services, and that's what i'll do as supervisor. >> thank you, ben. the next is joel.
>> we will be solve our homeless crisis until we deal with our mental health crisis. in san francisco, there's something called the mental health court. this is if someone attacks someone while having a mental health attack on the street, they don't get jail time. and this is a good thing because we don't want jail to be the de facto services. i think we should be supporting conservatorship laws. this doesn't mean going back to the awful days of nurse ratchet and the mental asylum. i know that's a reference to netflix and a show in the 70s, but it's a new idea that will
give people the treatment they need. >> thank you, joel. we'll move to question 6. the increase in crime, including burglaries and break-ins have become a concern to the residents of district 7. what actions would you propose to the police and the city administration to handle the increase in property crimes? we'll start with kenneth. >> hi. thank you very much. our current district 7 supervisor and president of the board held a meeting for our neighborhood. he lives here in westwood park, and i was surprised at the feedback. it was specific to crime, exactly what you're asking about, and it was predominantly property crime, and the conversation moved onto home invasion. what i could tell in that meeting was people were scared. they were scared about the change that's occurring now.
you ask what we should be doing. first of all, we need to be much tougher on car break-ins and home invasions. i agree that we need to help these people, but as soon as we have those property damage that actually scare people from wanting to go out to their car as night, from locking their door at night, triple locking, triple checking, we need to make sure we have a beat cop on the street -- and my time is up. >> thank you, kenneth. and next is stephen. >> one of the things i think we can do right now as a community to help make our neighborhoods more safe is form neighborhood watch programs, and they've actually shown great success. there is a particular block in diamond heights where the neighborhood watch program is wired very tight, and it's actually an anomaly of no crime in the middle of a neighborhood
which has signature criificanto that's one thing we can do. the other thing we can do is join programs like sf safe, which teaches residents how to be safer and look out for each other. i'm always a big proponent of hiring more cops. i'm one of the few candidates that have gone on record saying defunding the police is the wrong way to go. we need more training, more police, and the crime that's happening -- time's up. >> thank you, stephen. next, we'll hear from myrna. >> thank you. there have been other communities who have come up with really innovative community-based approaches to keep better eyes on the streets. folk who are embedded in the community know their neighbors,
who know the patterns, know the businesses. one that i'm fond of in chinatown is the peace collaborative. it's young folks and retired folks who have been trained to do that. when things are kind of off, they have a person to call, and then, there's a person that's already been building trust in that community. i am a big proponent of programs like that. they are actually quite cost effective and less violent than, you know, having folks with arms on the street, but it also builds trust and a knowledge of the community and they're remarkably effective. >> thank you, myrna. now we'll move to question number 7. how would you approach potential proposals to reallocate funds from policing -- excuse me -- to mental health and social
services while still prioritizing public safety? and we'll start with emily. >> so i've been on record opposed to defending police, disbanding police. we have had an uptick in property crime, home invasion. there was a suspected arson of one of our local businesses, dragon printing. there was a robbery at miracle cleaning on ocean. we can't expect an immediate response if we're going to cut the police budget. now within the police budget, i do believe -- i'm very data driven and evidence based, and u.c. berkeley did a study of foot patrols in sfpd. in 2017, when chief scott reassigned more officers to foot patrols, there was a 20% decline in assaults.
that's evidence-based interventions. we need more foot patrols, community policing, crime spotting, and antibias training in the police department. >> thank you, emily. and next is polasca. >> yeah, i agree with emily. i think when we're being smarter about our police budget, we don't need police officers responding to noncriminal mental health crises. there is a world where we can be smarter about our police budget while reallocating that saved money to folks and social workers at the department of public health that can actually do that outreach for those folks going through a mental health crisis. it's unfortunate that we've gotten into slogans into defunding the police,
abolishing the police, but i think if we're truly committed to police accountability, we'll see our police budget getting smaller, and we can use that money for much needed services here in san francisco. >> thank you, velasca. next is ben. >> we can certainly all agree, if you would have watched this same debate when i was growing up 20-plus years ago, it was the same concepts that came out. we want more beat officers. over the years, the same promises get made, and nothing changes. right now, four out of ten positions at one precinct is vacant. there's some very basic times around response times and now
that correlates to staffing in the police department. i think chief scott when talking about the budget this year was accurate. we want a police department that's more diverse, speaks multiple languages. we have young kids coming through the department that's coming through with advanced degrees in criminalology, and we only do that by funding by the police department. >> thank you, ben. now we move to the next question. what specific changes would you support in defunding the police, and what changes would you like to see? we'll start with ben. >> i agree with joe biden and governor newsom. calls for mentally ill people
can better be handled by social workers. i'm vice presidents of a victim's rights group called stop police sf. i see that home burglaries are up 60% this year. homicides and firearm shootings are both up 30%, so we still need police to do the detective work. we need police to protect the public, and we can't forget about the victims of crime. i do not believe in defunding or disbanding the police department. the new york times recently featured our police department as a model of reform, so we should continue that process, and takes more funding, not less, but we should recruit more officers from diverse communities and those who only serve at the highest standards. >> thank you, joel. next will be kenneth. >> so lots of smart people, and i think if you vote for any of us, you're going to get a good supervisor. so velasco said it well.
defunding the police is a bad term. it's a horrible term. it sounds like you want to get rid of them, but in reality, it's a reallocation. i'm with our current chief. he has some really good ideas about how to use funding for mental health and domestic violence in particular, and i think those are two areas absolutely that we could have specialists that don't need to be police. that being said, i am a metric-driven individual. i come from the business side, and i believe firmly if we are going to allocate funds into just about anything, you track what occurs, and then, you make decisions about how successful it is, and if it doesn't meet the metrics you put in place and the goals you put in place, you take that money back, and you put it to better use. thank you. >> thank you, kenneth. and next will be stephen. >> i want to be very, very
cautious about replacing police officers by mental health workers to deal with people with mental health crisis because human nature is very, very unpredictable. when you're high on drugs, even more so, and i have personal experience with this. i've been on multiple calls where people have overdosed, and they're sedated or passed out. you give them narcan, and even the smallest personal temporarily displaced can have super human strength. it happened to me, but this is the thing. people can act very violently very quickly, and a mental health worker alone by himself is not trained to deal with that. so while i'm not opposed to having mental health workers and homeless team outreach people to accompany police, i don't believe at any time they
should be a total replacement for the police. >> thank you, stephen. now we'll move onto question number 9. how will you ensure that residents of district 7 have access to services and resources that will help them meet their basic needs as they struggle with the challenges of covid-19, and we'll start with myrna. >> thanks for the question. i think that district 7 has, for many, many years, been short changed in the services that we receive. there's a perception that we're all right. we're wealthy, and there's nothing that we need when, in fact, we have a very large population of folks that are elderly, immigrants, people who don't speak english. we're a quite diverse district that has a lot of needs. i think in terms of my priorities that you asked about
are food security. when the pandemic started, we started working at the food bank thattum emily has started and my daughter, as well. we thought we were going to see 200, and we saw 700. foot security, transportation, housing, all of those services are needed in district 7, and i will prioritize them. thank you. >> thank you, myrna. next is emily. >> yeah. so among the 40 different neighborhoods in district 7, there are varying degrees of organization. so, for example, i know ben has worked very hard to help the west portal neighborhood be organized. lake shore was not very well organized, so actually, joel, who's a neighbor, and i helped standup resilient lake shore, and we put out hundreds of door hangers with resources for
covid for our neighbors. i'd like to make sure there's seed funding for every neighborhood to band together, whether it's crime or covid, and really create community within the neighborhood. we have the strongest along access ordinance in the country, and we are obligated to provide services to english language learners at the same level as native speakers, so i will make sure that services -- for example, briefings by the police -- are in multiple languages. >> thank you, emily. and next is velasco. >> i'm extremely proud of my criminal justice experience, being a public defender going on my 16th year now. every day, walking into court, that is a phenomenal responsibility to provide a voice to those who are forgotten and marginalized. i think as an extension of my advocacy as a public defender, we need a leader at city hall
who is going to speak up and advocate and really ensure that district 7 has all the resources that our community needs. myrna and emily touched upon some of our most vulnerable, particularly the elderly. and with the population and communities being comprised of 17% chinese, particularly a lot of elderly folks who don't have a lot of family support, we need a mixture and every resource available to make sure that they're not isolated, and to make sure their health and well-being is taken care of during this pandemic. >> thank you, velasca. now we'll move onto question number 10. what is your plan to bring back business and encourage new businesses in the west portal and 9th and irving shop districts? we'll start with ben. >> thank you. and i would expand that question to include both ocean
avenue, lakeside, taraval, and 19th. our neighborhood commercial corridors are amazing. they are the envy of so many areas of san francisco, and they're a gathering place for so many in our community. and frankly, they're not getting enough attention, and, you know, what we -- early on in covid, i helped set up the largest covid-19 response effort in district 7, and one of the things that we did right at the beginning was we brought in the merchants. we knew how difficult it was going to be. that type of small business advocacy doesn't take place right now. the city loves to tout being in partnership with small business. i'm a small business owner. i don't think that anybody in the city feels genuinely that the city is in partnership with them. there's a lot of fees that you just don't know about. there's an opportunity to have clarity, and i will certainly
champion small business. >> thank you, ben. next, we'll hear from joel. >> even when the economy was booming, our small businesses were in trouble. we have to remember that last year, 500 restaurants closed in san francisco, and why did that happen? it's because city hall was killing small businesses with all of its permits and fees and regulations. so we need to acknowledge that small businesses were dieing before the pandemic because we cannot go back to the way things were. the chronicle reported that san francisco is one of the most difficult cities to open a food truck. we should be the easiest city to open a food truck, especially during a pandemic. some regulation is necessary to keep people safe, but beyond that, we should let an entrepreneur with a good idea try anything they want. give them a long runway to see if it works, and we need to foster that creativity because we don't know what the great new idea is that's going to save our economy, but we want to make sure that we create the
economy where that can happen, and we're not stifling it. >> thank you, joel. next, we'll hear from kenneth. >> hi, thank you. so excellent points already from joel and ben. very consistent. i will tell you this, that the san francisco does not city a small business as a help to the city, they see it as a tax base. the burden to open up a business is ridiculous in this city. it is easier, less regulation to put a satellite in space than it is to open up a basis in san francisco. that's a bit of a joke. if prop 13, this new amendment, passes on commercial development with commercial debt lessening that burden, some of that is going to be passed onto small businesses. the reality of the day is we've got a lot to change. we've got a lot of regulation to get rid of. the last thing is this city may
have changed. look at what's happening downtown. and if the office workers don't even come back to 80 to 90%, the small businesses there are going to get hurt, and it's going to permeate itself through the city. >> thank you, kenneth. and next, we'll move onto question number 11. there is concern that the california environmental act, ceqa, regulations are being used to create significant delays in the revenue of city projects. how will you approach this issue? and we'll start with stephen. >> okay. so i think that the ceqa may have become a little bit convoluted. it was meant to be protecting the environment and ensuring the well-being of people, but i think it's kind of become a little bit weaponized at times.
people use it to stop other businesses and really burden new start-ups from ever happening. so one thing i'd like to see is if there's a way to simplify the processes, if the community has the ability to speak on behalf of their community if there's a new business coming in. i feel like we can do a lot to simplify the process, reduce the time that a business spends in approval, and really, i think that would go a long way to improving the economy, at least more small business start-ups. >> thank you, stephen. next will be myrna. >> ceqa is a good tool, it's an important tool. not only does it help us protect the environment, it also helps protect our historic resources. it can be cumbersome and
lengthens the time that a project takes to completion, but i am a firm believer in democracy, and this is the way our communities have had a say in whether we preserve something or we clean something up before something gets built. it is very important, and i think we need to not shortcut it or cut people out of the process or only let the loudest voices or the people who have the most resources weigh-in. i think we need to keep using it as a way it was intended, as a democratic tool for people to weigh-in on development. thank you. >> thank you, myrna. next is emily. >> yes. so my approach is generally to listen and lead for our neighborhoods. community stakeholder input is essential in things like the ceqa. we're seeing sort of the
negative impacts of environmental unsustainable behaviors with the fires and with the pollution, so ceqa is very important. neighbors must have a say in things that go up in the neighborhood. on the other hand, it shouldn't be the case that a single person can halt a project. so there was a big article in the chronicle. a project should be halted by at least 50 people. i agree with that, and it shouldn't be at least one person. >> thank you, emily. okay. we'll move onto question number 12. san francisco has a significant deficit in the upcoming budget, which, due to covid-19, will likely persist in the future. what specific policies will you champion to address the likely current and future issues related to budget decisions?
and we'll start with vela asca >> but in 2008, i remember being calling into my office's conference room, and i remember my boss asking if anyone wanted to take an unpaid voluntary leave. and i remember being shocked, angry, and pretty scared for about a year as a relatively new lawyer practicing. and i'm not comparing what we went through over a decade ago to this unprecedented pandemic, but it did serve us in terms of the rainy day funds that we prepared for this particular scenario. i'm looking out the window, and it is absolutely pouring. if this is not a scenario to rely to those rainy day funds, i don't know what is. but we don't have to rely only
on those rainy day funds. there are measures on the ballot in november that will enable us during this pandemic to survive. >> thank you, velasco. now we'll hear from ben. >> we're in an economic crisis, certainly in the state of california, and certainly in san francisco. the challenge is the district 7 supervisor has historically been a leader on the budget and really been a long-term thinker. i think fundamentally in this race, voters are going to make trade offs. because in a city that has a $13.6 billion budget, there are $8.6 billion of asks. i come from a 15-year experience asking for money and getting results for causes.
whether that's large scale housing, whether that's building in ports, whether that's access to the internet. i think those skills are absolutely needed. there's a misconception somehow that we're one audit short from better outcomes of homelessness. it is a workman's journey -- >> thank you, ben. next is joel. >> we have to acknowledge that the budget was too big the past decade. it doubled, and nothing got better. city hall just spends whatever it wants, and it uses residents like it's a nonstop a.t.m. that needs to stop. the hard truth? we need to cut salaries and cut jobs, just like mayor newsom did during the great recession. back then, we had 26,000
employees, which was too many. today, we have 40,000, which is not sustainable. there's never going to be enough revenue for what we need. we talk about rainy day funds. it was irresponsible yesterday or today to use our rainy day funds to give city employees raises. we should be saving so we don't have to lay people off. >> thank you, joel. we'll move onto question number 13. many residents take advantage of open space and nature for recreation and health benefits. how would you ensure that these resources are maintained not only for district 7 but for all of san franciscans, and we'll start with kenneth. >> at this, thank yhi, thank y. i really wish i could have answered that last question because i've got a lot to say here. certainly, the open space in
this city is fantastic. actually, in district 7, it's reasonably limited, so i am a huge fan of the parks. i think the parks are one of the most wonderful things that we have here in the city. golden gate park running from the middle of the city to the ocean, mclaren park being the biggest park in the city over here not too far from the district. what i think we need to do is maintain them. there's been calls to open up some of the nonused areas for development, and i am completely against that. what i want to say is the twablt to actually access them and for people to feel safe. i think it's one of the biggest issues for mclaren. you can look at it statistically as the biggest park in the city. there are safety concerns in the city that we really don't need to anymore. we need to use those parks and fund them. thank you. >> thank you, kenneth. next, we'll hear from stephen. >> i'm a huge proponent of open
space. as a kid, i grew up within walking distance of mount davidson. glen canyon park, one of the few creeks left running through the city. whatever we can do to preserve those treasures, i'm all about it. one of the things that i want to say is some of our open spaces are looking a little bit rough. mount davidson in particular, it's overgrown with eucalyptus, thornberrys, ivy. i think from a safety toppstan approximate point, you need to open it up and let people access it to enjoy. there's been talk of using our park open space for development. i'm totally against it.
there's so little of it left. >> thank you, steven. thank you, myrna. >> i'm a little surprised, steven, that you don't have a lot of open space in district 7. we have a lot of really great space. for the past four years, i've been on the planning commission. i was the president for the last year, and in conjunction with the recreation and parks department, we approved a plan for the maintenance of the wilderness areas, some areas that are open space in the city. as steven pointed out, we are experiencing some nonnative species that have taken over our parks. like everything else in san francisco, it is contentious, whether we get rid of the
eukal eucalyptus, whether we keep it, but it's one of the things that makes san francisco a great place to live. >> thank you, myrna. what would you do to cut down on the amount of emissions caused by fossil fuels? we'll hear from emily. >> thank you. we need to promote public transit. we need to get mouny back where it once was precovid. since the pandemic, i've become an expert avid cyclist. we need to encourage walking, but i also want to acknowledge that there are some folks in the community would have to rely on -- who have to rely on cars. perhaps there's people with disabilities, seniors, young children. so i don't envision a 100% car
free environment, but i would like to see more options. for example, for rental bikes, if there are families that can't afford to rent those bikes, we should subsidize those, really, and encourage bike traffic. we also need to address our eating habits. i'm a big proponent of meatless mondays perhaps in the schools and the city, and to buy local. >> thank you, emily. next. we'll hear from velasca. >> i like the idea of meatless mondays. i think i'm going to adopt that. we need to get to a point in our city where taking public transportation is the preference in terms of efficiency and the first choice. i mean, i drive my minivan and my two kids around out of necessity, and i don't like
this dichotomy where people are blamed for depending on their cars here in district 7. i think we have a long way to go in terms of improving our public infrastructure and transit system. i think there's a world where we can get there. it's going to take a lot of work, but i think in terms of starting with meatless mondays and then taking this as a top priority in terms of improving our infrastructure will be a long way, but we can get there. >> thank you, velasca. now we'll hear from ben. >> i'm a father, and i have a young daughter that's 15 months old. when i think about our city, i think about our planet, it rightfully causes alarms for people across the planet. if you look at the fires raging across california, people are
concerned about that. san francisco has consistently taken a leadership approach on this. i think one of the key elements is actually pushing towards a transit first city, and how that becomes possible is when muni is clean, safe, and reliable. it's very simple. you know, for 15 years, when everyone looked at the ridership surveys, it says clean, safe, and reliable. right now, even before the pandemic hit, people did not feel that way on muni. we have an opportunity right now to be able to change a lot of the things that were thank about the transportation system and move toward that. it starts with replacing some of the basics, and that's what i'll champion. >> thank you, ben. final question for all candidates. what would be your top three priorities for your term as supervisor, and what is the boldest idea that you think that you will bring to the table? and so this is for all
candidates, and we'll start with kenneth. >> great. i really like this question. thank you very much. so -- so -- so accountability. we can talk -- how much time do i have? it's just one minute. so i've got a lot to say. so accountability on the budget. the budget was a joke that we just passed. it's based on data that income is not going to come in if we don't pass all these measures come november. i think we need to hold these supervisors accountable, but of course they won't be held accountable. the one plan that i would like to see done is every public official in san francisco take mass transit, public transit, for 80% of their work and be fined if they do not. if these public officials do not back public transit, they don't have a willingness to ride that public transit, then they should vote that way when
they're in office. i'm all for every elected official taking public transportation for 80% of their work and fined if not. thank you. >> thank you, kenneth. now we'll hear from myrna. >> thank you, dee. actually, the boldest idea that i have is we are going to have a woman as supervisor for district 7. that's pretty he had bold. it would be the first time that that's happened. i also have lots of ideas about housing production. i think that we are remarkably uncreative with how we do this. the biggest area where i think that we could make progress is in workforce housing. we have a lot of major employers in san francisco that don't have this as part of their business plan. i think folks could, you know, put some of their money into a fund that would be more flexib flexible and more patient than what we could get from wells
fargo bank. i think it's an idea that needs infrastructure and capacity, and i intend to push it forward. thank you. >> thank you, myrna. next, we'll hear from velasca. >> it's supremeextremely scary think what our environment's going to look like in the next ten years, and we need to focus on environmental justice if we're going to take care of our city and our environment. i believe that working class families really make this city go, so ensuring that working class families can afford to live here and earn a living wage is going to be a top priority. but being a public defender, i am proud of my work in terms of criminal justice reform. i think on day one, one of my boldest plans would actually be to write policy that would essentially outline police
officers not responding to noncriminal offenses, and i think that would be a first step in terms of really improving our police department but ensuring the safety of our community. >> thank you, velasca. next, we'll hear from emily. >> yes. so modelled after president obama's american recovery and reinvestment act. i would call for a san francisco recovery and reinvestment ordinance. the bold part of this is i would ask my colleagues, the mayor to set aside political differences and work towards a single goal of getting san francisco back on track, to get businesses reopened, get people back to work. i would call for expanding child care resources, investing in neighborhoods, more foot patrols. but another big idea would be
universal free wifi, to have it be government owned but bid out to operations. i wouldn't want the government to run the wifi system, but this universal free wifi could be an engine for new businesses, new connections, new economic activity. >> thank you, emily. and next, we'll hear from ben. >> you know, the boldest thing that i would do is actually deliver. i think all of the things that we care about in san francisco, the fundamental challenge is the announcement, and then, the day after, nothing seems to go forward at the same pace. and i think what we see in a lot of these debates in city hall is what i like to call policy popcorn, and idea, idea, idea. all the big challenges that we have in san francisco, whether it's homelessness, whether it's tackling corruption in
contracting, whether it's pushing back against affordable, it takes experience, and it takes showing up every day. one of the things that i tell everyone is i work for you. i think a lot of times, we have supervisors that are chasing the next announcement, not chasing the end result that's g going to make your life better, so i'm running, and i'm fighting to deliver on that. >> thank you, ben. next, we'll hear from stephen. >> okay. so i've got a couple of, i think, pretty good ideas. well, first of all, i think the three biggest issues that we're facing right now is san francisco is corruption, homelessness, and crime. so for the corruption part of it, one thing that i want to do which i think is pretty bold is call for term limits. two terms, and you're done forever. we have john avalos and aaron peskin that have served before, and now they're running again. i feel like they've had their time in the sun, sand now it's time to step down and let
somebody else run for a little bit. as far as crime goes, i'm going to call out our d.a. i think he's failing as our d.a. it's time we get somebody in there that knows what they're doing and is not afraid to do it. i think we need to have stronger conservators. i'm willing to go to sacramento and lobby and enforce to get it. >> thank you, stephen. and finally, we'll hear from joel. >> we're facing a lot of challenges exacerbated by the pandemic, but this is an opportunity, and i think we need to get city hall to focus, focus, focus on the basics. less crime, better services. until we get those right, everything else is distraction. i want fiber for all. i'm not talking about the fiber you eat, i'm talking about
internet for all. work has changed forever because of the pandemic. we need fiber infrastructure, and it's something basic. i think fiber is the 21st century version of filling potholes. i think the city should lease it out to private enterprise and make money on it, and then make sure that everyone has access to subsidies because this is what's going to save our economy and allow us to be plugged in and open for business. so that's the bold idea. >> thank you, joel. that concludes our questions for this evening. and now we kpcome to the candidates' closing statements. we'll do the statements in reverse alphabetical order, and we'll start with velasquez.
>> i think when it comes down to district 7, it comes down to who do you trust to represent the voices here in district 7, and also, who is going to be strong enough and unafraid to push against the status quo? i am proud to be the only candidate that is supportive of having a navigation center in district 7. i was equally as proud to be a candidate to support supervisor mar's public advocate. i think this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we're going to see as the corruption unfolds, and more individuals are indicted. and i also am extremely proud that when i started my campaign, i was the only candidate that objected to the mayor's nominee of the police commission, a prosecutor who wasn't dedicated to criminal justice reform. i am the leader because i am unafraid to take bold action and represent the folks out here in district 7. >> thank you, velasca.
>> thank you. >> now we'll hear from steven. >> as long as we're talking status quo, i don't think there's anybody less status quo or business as usual than i am. i'm not afraid to speak truth to power. when i began my campaign, i made one promise to myself. that is always tell the truth and don't hold back, and the response has been tremendous. i started my campaign with myself and my accountant, and people have come out from all over the city to say, thank you, stephen, for speaking the truth. someone that's not afraid to speak their mind and identify the problems in our city and talk about them honestly and frankly, and that's me. i'm offering a different approach. i'm offering common sense
politics. i'm no b.s. i don't have time for political correctness. i've only got time to make good decisions and speak truth to power. thank you for voting for me. >> thank you, stephen. and next we'll hear from myrna. >> four years ago, we had a national election where a guy that convinced millions of american that policy experience and lemgs lay tiff experience were unnecessary in gorcvernin and that has not worked out so well for us. i will tell you that i have decades of experience in public policy, and i have more than just opinions about the things that really are affecting san franciscans. i can show you programs that i've developed and legislation that i have written, organizations that i have worked on that have produced results for thousands of families, housing projects that have been built and financed, and i think that's what we
need. we need someone who has experience, who has relationships, who will be able to do the things that we need for district 7, to drieliver services for our community. i hope you pick me as your number one choice. >> thank you, myrna. next, we'll hear from kenneth. >> hi, thank you very much for having me today. you've heard a lot from all of us, and think any of us would be fine. i've also heard a lot of platitudes. and it didn't take long to bring up trump. the idea of having business in government is incredibly important. take a look at what people are
expecting. rather than solving a business crisis, you want to chase reality. you want someone with a good solid business background that can solve problems. what you have is people who have been receiving government checks for a very long time who want to keep doing so. i hope i get your vote for district 7 supervisor. thank you. >> thank you, kenneth. and next, we'll hear from joel. >> hi. i'm joel engardio. i've lived in san francisco for 22 years. i was a journalist, and my role was to hold the city accountable, and i'll do the same as supervisor. i think city hall should be treating residents like customers because without them, we don't have a city. kids should be able to attend their neighborhood schools, and
entrepreneurs should be able to open a business without facing road blocks. city hall should be focused on the basics and getting the basics right. i have 24 years left on minority gage, so -- mortgage, so i wonder what san francisco is going to look like by the time it's paid off. we need a combination of innovation and common sense. i'm joel engardio, and i would love to have your number one vote. thank you. >> thank you, joel, and next, we'll hear from emily. >> thank you so much for the opportunity to share my ideas and platform. i served 28 years under five mayors. i was held accountable for every public dollar i spent. i already have relationships with police chief scott, health director colfax. i've been twice elected to will
school board. i served as president when the school district put together its long range strategic plan, and i'm so pleased to say that plan is paying off. san francisco had a graduation rate of 89%, exceeding the state rate of 86%, and black graduates exceeded 90% for the first time. i'm supported by assembby nume officials, and i respectfully ask for your vote. >> thank you, and last, we'll hear from ben. >> my name is ben matranga, and i respectfully ask for your
vote. i'm endorsed by public safety leaders like sheriff vickie hennessy, former district 7 supervisor susie loftus. these are going to be a series of difficult decisions over the next four years, and some people aren't going to be happy. you can't fund everything, and what i come to the table with is a life that's been grounded in district 7. i come to the availabtable wite of delivering products for people that i think creates the best scenario where we can actually move our city forward and recover from covid. thank you. >> thank you, ben. okay. on behalf of myself and the league of women voters of san francisco, our thanks to the candidates for participating. and thanks to each of our attendees for taking the time to inform yourself about your
choices on november 3. it's coming right up. please remember to register to vote if you haven't already registered, and please urge others to registered. i just heard today, one in four is still not registered, so we have work to do. if you've changed your name or you've moved, you will need to reregister, so please check that. and if you will be voting by mail this year, please ensure your ballot is dropped off at a polling place or voting center early. early is the keyword there. if you have any questions about voting, go to our website, lwvsf.org. thank you so much, all of you, for attending and participating. good evening, and vote.
>> 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 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 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 local mean that wor people willr money as well. i hope people shop locally. [ ♪ ]
>> working with kids, they keep you young. they keep you on your tones -- on your toes. >> teaching them, at the same time, us learning from them, everything is fulfilling. >> ready? go. [♪] >> we really wanted to find a way to support women entrepreneurs in particular in san francisco. it was very important for the mayor, as well as the safety support the dreams that people want to realize, and provide them with an opportunity to receive funding to support improvements for their business so they could grow and thrive in their neighborhoods and in their industry. >> three, two, one!
>> because i am one of the consultants for two nonprofits here for entrepreneurship, i knew about the grand through the renaissance entrepreneur center, and through the small business development center. i thought they were going to be perfect candidate because of their strong values in the community. they really give back to the neighborhood. they are from this neighborhood, and they care about the kids in the community here. >> when molly -- molly first told us about the grant because she works with small businesses. she has been a tremendous help for us here. she brought us to the attention of the grand just because a lot of things here were outdated, and need to be up-to-date and redone totally. >> hands in front. recite the creed. >> my oldest is jt, he is seven, and my youngest is ryan, he is almost six. it instills discipline and the boys, but they show a lot of
care. we think it is great. the moves are fantastic. the women both are great teachers. >> what is the next one? >> my son goes to fd k. he has been attending for about two years now. they also have a summer program, and last summer was our first year participating in it. they took the kids everywhere around san francisco. this year, owner talking about placing them in summer camps, all he wanted to do was spend the entire summer with them. >> he has strong women in his life, so he really appreciates it. i think that carries through and i appreciate the fact that there are more strong women in the world like that. >> i met d'andrea 25 years ago, and we met through our interest in karate. our professor started on
cortland years ago, so we grew up here at this location, we out -- he outgrew the space and he moved ten years later. he decided to reopen this location after he moved. initially, i came back to say, hey, because it might have been 15 years since i even put on a uniform. my business partner was here basically by herself, and the person she was supposed to run the studio with said great, you are here, i started new -- nursing school so you can take over. and she said wait, that is not what i am here for i was by myself before -- for a month before she came through. she was technically here as a secretary, but we insisted, just put on the uniform, and help her teach. i was struggling a little bit. and she has been here. one thing led to another and now we are co-owners. you think a lot more about safety after having children and i wanted to not live in fear so much, and so i just took
advantage of the opportunity, and i found it very powerful to hit something, to get some relief, but also having the knowledge one you might be in a situation of how to take care of yourself. >> the self-defence class is a new thing that we are doing. we started with a group of women last year as a trial run to see how it felt. there's a difference between self-defence and doing a karate class. we didn't want them to do an actual karate class. we wanted to learn the fundamentals of how to defend yourself versus, you know, going through all the forms and techniques that we teaching a karate class and how to break that down. then i was approached by my old high school. one -- once a semester, the kids get to pick an extra curricular activity to take outside of the school walls. my old biology teacher is now
the principle. she approached us into doing a self-defence class. the girls have been really proactive and really sweet. they step out of of the comfort zone, but they have been willing to step out and that hasn't been any pushback. it is really great. >> it is respect. you have to learn it. when we first came in, they knew us as those girls. they didn't know who we were. finally, we came enough for them to realize, okay, they are in the business now. it took a while for us to gain that respect from our peers, our male peers. >> since receiving the grant, it has ignited us even more, and put a fire underneath our butts even more. >> we were doing our summer camp and we are in a movie theatre, and we just finished watching a film and she stepped out to receive a phone call. she came in and she screamed, hey, we got the grant. and i said what? >> martial arts is a passion for
us. it is passion driven. there are days where we are dead tired and the kids come and they have the biggest smiles on their faces and it is contagious. >> we have been operating this program for a little over a year all women entrepreneurs. it is an extraordinary benefit for us. we have had the mayor's office investing in our program so we can continue doing this work. it has been so impactful across a diversity of communities throughout the city. >> we hope that we are making some type of impact in these kids' lives outside of just learning karate. having self-confidence, having discipline, learning to know when it's okay to stand up for yourself versus you just being a bully in school. these are the values we want the kids to take away from this. not just, i learned how to kick and i learned how to punch. we want the kids to have more values when they walk outside of these doors. [♪]
?oo hi, i'm holly lee. i love cooking and you are watching quick bites. san francisco is a foodie town. we san franciscoans love our food and desserts are no exceptions. there are places that specialize in any and every dessert your heart desires, from hand made ice cream to organic cakes, artisan chocolate and cupcakes galore, the options are endless. anyone out there with a sweet tooth? then i have a great stop for you. i've been searching high and low for some great cookies and the buzz around town that anthony's are those cookies. with rave reviews like this i have to experience these
cookies for myself and see what the fuss was all about. so let's see. while attending san francisco state university as an accountinging major, anthony's friend jokingly suggested he make cookies to make ends make. with no formal culinary training he opened his own bakery and is now the no. 1 producer of gourmet cookies in the biarea and thank you for joining us on quick bites. how do you feel? >> i feel great. >> so i want to get to the bottom of some very burning questions. why cookies? >> it was a recommendation from a friend. hard to believe that's how it all started. >> why not pies and cakes?
what do you have against pies and cakes, anthony. >> i have nothing against pies and cakes. however, that was the recommendation. >> you were on the road to be an account apblt. >> actually, an engineer. >> even better. and it led to making cookies. >> in delicious ways. >> delicious ways. >> this is where the magic goes down and we're going to be getting to the truth behind cookies and cream. >> this is what is behind cookies and cream. >> where were you when the
idea came to your mind. >> i was in my apartment eating ice cream, cookies and cream ice cream. how much fun, cookies and cream cookies. their cookies and cream is not even -- it took a lot of time, a lot of fun. >> a lot of butter. >> a lot, a lot, a lot. but it was one of those things. all right, now behold. you know what that is? >> what is that? >> cookies and cream. >> oh, they are beautiful. >> yes, so we got to get --. >> all right, all right. we treat the cookies like wine tasting. i don't ever want
anybody to bite into a cookie and not get what they want to get. we're training staff because they can look at the cookie and tell if it's wrong. >> oh, here we go. >> you smell it and then you taste it, clean the plat palate with the milk. >> i could be a professional painter because i know how to do this. >> i can tell that it's a really nice shell, that nice crunch. >> but inside. >> oh, my god. so you are going to -- cheat a little bit. i had to give you a heads up on that. >> what's happening tomorrow? these cookies, there's a lot of love in these cookies. i don't know how else to say it. it really just makes me so happy. man, you bake a mean cookie,
anthony. >> i know. people really know if they are getting something made with love. >> aww >> you know, you can't fool people. they know if you are taking shortcuts here and there. they can eat something and tell the care that went into it. they get what they expect. >> uh-huh. >> system development and things like that. >> sounds so technical. >> i'm an engineer. >> that's right, that's right. cookies are so good, drove all other thoughts out of my head. thank you for taking time out it talk to us about what you do and the love with which you do it. we appreciate your time here on quick bites.
i hope you've enjoyed our delicious tale of defendant 93 and dessert. as for me, my search is over. those reviews did not lie. in fact, i'm thinking of one of my very own. some things you just have it experience for yourself. to learn more about anthony's cookies, visit him on the web at anthoniescookies.com. if you want to watch some of our other episodes at sfquickbites/tumbler.com. see >> how i really started my advocacy was through my own personal experiences with discrimination as a trans person. and when i came out as trans,
you know, i experienced discrimination in the workplace. they refused to let me use the women's bathroom and fired me. there were so many barriers that other trans folks had in the workplace. and so when i finished college, i moved out to san francisco in the hopes of finding a safer community. >> and also, i want to recognize our amazing trans advisory committee who advises our office as well as the mayor, so our transadvisory community members, if they could raise their hands and you could give a little love to them. [applause] >> thank you so much for your help. my leadership here at the
office is engaging the mayor and leadership with our lgbt community. we also get to support, like, local policy and make sure that that is implemented, from all-gender bathrooms to making sure that there's lgbt data collection across the city. get to do a lot of great events in trans awareness month. >> transgender people really need representation in politics of all kinds, and i'm so grateful for clair farley because she represents us so intelligently. >> i would like to take a moment of silence to honor all those folks that nicky mentioned that we've lost this
year. >> i came out when i was 18 as trans and grew up as gay in missoula, montana. so as you can imagine, it wasn't the safest environment for lgbt folks. i had a pretty supportive family. i have an identical twin, and so we really were able to support each other. once i moved away from home and started college, i was really able to recognize my own value and what i had to offer, and i think that for me was one of the biggest challenges is kind of facing so many barriers, even with all the privilege and access that i had. it was how can i make sure that i transform those challenges into really helping other people. we're celebrating transgender awareness month, and within that, we recognize transgender day of remembrance, which is a
memorial of those that we have lost due to transgender violence, which within the last year, 2019, we've lost 22 transgender folks. think all but one are transgender women of color who have been murdered across the country. i think it's important because we get to lift up their stories, and bring attention to the attacks and violence that are still taking place. we push back against washington. that kind of impact is starting to impact trans black folks, so it's important for our office to advocate and recognize, and come together and really remember our strength and resilience. as the only acting director of
a city department in the country, i feel like there's a lot of pressure, but working through my own challenges and barriers and even my own self-doubt, i think i've been try to remember that the action is about helping our community, whether that's making sure the community is housed, making sure they have access to health care, and using kind of my access and privilege to make change. >> i would like to say something about clair farley. she has really inspired me. i was a nurse and became disabled. before i transitioned and after i transitioned, i didn't know what i wanted to do. i'm back at college, and clair farley has really impressed on me to have a voice and to have agency, you have to have an education. >> mayor breed has led this effort. she made a $2.3 million
investment into trans homes, and she spear headed this effort in partnership with my office and tony, and we're so proud to have a mayor who continues to commit and really make sure that everyone in this city can thrive. >> our community has the most resources, and i'm very happy to be here and to have a place finally to call home. thank you. [applause] >> one, two, three. [applause] >> even in those moments when i do feel kind of alone or unseen or doubt myself, i take a look at the community and the power of the supportive allies that are at the table that really help me to push past that. being yourself, it's the word of wisdom i would give anyone. surely be patient with yourself and your dream.
should be here soon. commissioner halsey? >> he was present. >> chairwoman: i'll come back to her. commissioner jones? >> here. >> commissioner bellla? >> here. >> chairwoman: commissioner halsey? okay. we'll just hear from them when they get here. this is the recreation and park commission meeting of october 22, 2020. note that due to the covid-19 health emergency,