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presented tpwhalmt to our -- can you hear now? i saw somebody signaling. ok. we presented that budget to our commission and it's now with the mayor and his staff. we're just talking the other day about what that looks like and what the detail of it and what we might do with it. i would say that nutrition is a big negotiate our community. it's become bigger in the last couple of years because of the downturn and more people's s.s.i. checks being smaller and people not having the income. so should we determine that we can fund the meal program again, we may need to look at other ways in addition to that, those funds, to feed people. because the need is greater than we as a city are able to -- toe we provide at this point but those conversations are still going on at this point. >> and there's a coalition of senior organizations that's working with my office to try to do our best to find funding
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streams or protect critical safety net services for seniors and others. a couple other questions. mr. mayor from the audience, are you aware of the layoffs that the director of the sfakehougs authority has imposed on unionized labor and the horrible effect it had on the tenants and namely it was supposed to serve elderly and children? health and sanitary conditions are breaking down rapidly. do you want to respond to that? >> i can find out. the housing authority, of course, as you know is a separate agency and they also have challenges balancing the budget. they're hud funded. and i will look into what they pros as layoffs. they're not part of the city budget but they are certainly a commission that reports to us and we will look into the details of how they're balancing that budget. we certainly will pay attention to it because if i've been working very closely with mr. alvarez, i'm making sure there is a level of quality services
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that are provided to the tenants of public housing and we have -- we've been improving, improving. as you know, when mr. alvarez came aboard and i was assigned to help them through the previous mayor, we had tremendous deficits and we're just getting around that corner to balance that budget with hud finally clearing some of those records and some of the really bad lawsuits that cost millions of dollars are no longer affecting us, they're behind us. so i think the housing authority is recovering and mr. alvarez is working much closer with departments of the city to provide those services and we're keeping very, very close in touch with the way they're operating and how they're operating. so i'm not aware of all of the layoffs but i will definitely look into it. >> hi, i'm lena the executive director of san francisco adult services network. you're familiar with adult day
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health care. the board of supervisors a month or so ago approved a resolution to stop the elimination of adult day health care but as you may know in the news, the state has approved elimination of the adult day health care with redesigning it into a new program that will still qualify under federal labor and so forth but they also slashed the budget 50%. our coalition, we have nine centers and two here in the richmond district and we are concerned because we don't know what this conversion process is going to look like. they're still gathering information for that. part of the concern is we anticipate that 50% of the participants that are enroll made not qualify and they're going to need continuity of care of services in the city. so there potentially could be a
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surge of extra costs coming our way to the city. what we have if appropriate for you mayor and your staff, we have a letter that summarizes our concerns, some of our proactive meetings and we would like to ask a direct meeting with you and staff to talk about some of the things we would like to do to protect what's going to be coming down. >> we only have ten minutes to go. please come forward and be succinct for our department heads, please be succinct in answering as well. >> thank you very much, supervisor. mayor and members of the department. four blocks from here is the jackie chan senior center. 4,500 are dedicated for those who come for nutrition, case
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management, community service and ookt tiveties and about 175 seniors are what lanai mentioned. we're one of nine adult day care centers. i appreciate mayor and supervisors and department heads as we followed you around from district to district, we really come to appreciate how much love and commitment you have from san francisco. knowing you working closely with the supervisors, we are confident you will do the right thing but have i to say that for five years, senior services have been cut and cut. pulled from the federal, the state and the local government. and today i want to plead with you, while we're not asking to make new promises but an old promise that must be kept and that is san francisco will not send our elderly to nursing homes or long-term institution prematurely.
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so when you close the adult day health care centers, many, many of the seniors will be almost go right back to acute hospital or zeend into a nursing home. we do not want you to do that. we cannot afford to do that. we have to keep that promise. so supervisor, mayor, please help us not to give the word to the seniors, they are already living with uncertainties and anxieties about coaching up the centers. on top of it, please do not send them to nursing homes. >> thank you.
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i'm with the richmond community association and san francisco neighborhoods and i'm concerned about the housing development 2009 certification of the environmental. because that was approved without a hearing on some of the changes and some of the changes, most important ones, was that it would allow increased density, increased heights, reduced parking, along the major bus routes. what was approved previously, increased parking along bart and light rail. another change is that because it is changed with the bus routes, people in richmond should be aware that that would allow -- one thing is in-field housing, meaning a homeowner could start renting out their house, their rooms to different people without requiring parking. and this is something that's
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going to impact all of us in the in richmond throughout the city. >> we only have a couple more minutes. >> and the next question is for p.u.c. i understand that -- >> why don't we stop there so that becan have a response s there anyone that would like to respond? >> i know the housing element is coming before the land use committee very soon. and every five years we have to revise it an affordable housing and better streets planning and strong planning process is critical. neighborhood group that's have raised concerns will be heard in the land use committee so i think that's a real good question and that will be coming up in the next couple weeks in the land use committee. anyone else that would like to respond to the question? thank you for the question. >> one last thing -- >> no, we're going to go to other audience member to ask questions. thank you. >> good evening. my name is rose hilson, and i'm actually a resident of jordan park, not specifically the richmond. but i'm covered by the richmond police station. i see captain korea here.
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i'm glad to see him because we had some discussions in the past and worked on some projects. i would like some additional budget consideration for traffic officers considering that in the richmond district, it's very quiet, hardly anything happens. but what i learned from captain korea is, a lot of the criminal elements, like to drive through. they don't exactly take muni to commit crimes or walk. and so if we have additional traffic enforcement and education out here t. would really help things. if you would consider that in the budget. the last sthing please consider the i.f. spending in the city because i think there are redundant systems. i can get into details at some other points. thank you. >> i think i already read a question from you. dwaupt to elaborate on that question? >> i want to make a short comment. vera hail from the advisory council to the department of
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aging. one of the things we notice now is that the inequity among classes in san francisco is growing greater. and robert wright describes that saying that when you have businesses that have money and they don't pay enough taxes, and you have people whose income gets less every year and that applies to seniors, 45,000 s.s.i. recipients in san francisco have not had cost of living increases for three years and they've had a $20 a month reduction on top of that and all of us on social security now have had not a cost-of-living increase in two years. so our income is getting less. i knew it would be fixed. i didn't know it would be shrinking when i retired.
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i believe in taxes for those who can't afford them but don't think we should keep widening the gap. >> thank you, miss hill. i'm going to read several cards and ask if there's anyone from the panel who would like to respond or give closing remarks. first one is the city can balance the budget by saving more. why can't we turn off lights and heethers at nights and weekends? why one building, for example, m.t.a. has so many cubicles, empty spaces? consolidating department space would save a great deal. also, laura asks where do you stand regarding mental health funding? this is not a state issue as misconstrued by some. it is a san francisco city wide issue. lastly from easton dujali, what steps have been taken, if any, to address the visible deferred
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maintenance for our parks? those are three questions. is there anyone that would like to respond? >> i would be happy to talk about the deferred maintenance needs in our park. our park has over a billion dollars of deferred maintenance needs. we're very happy for voter support in 2000 and 2008 for two park bond measures where you made a dent in our needs and started to see beautiful buildings and pools. we have another bond hopefully slated for 2012. we also used open space funds and money set aside each yore for deferred maintenance projects. with that said this gos to a fundamental resource challenge in our parks. but i think we're making the most of the opportunities we have and i would ask folks for your support of the next bond
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measure in 2012. >> thank you. ed harrington, general manager from the public utility commission. >> thank you, supervisor. this is a question why don't we turn off lights at nighttime, more energy efficient in our buildings? we are spending money every single year in san francisco. we've been going through all of the major buildings in the city. we have most of the lights where if no one's in the room more than a half hour, lights turn off by themselves. water efficiency measures. put about $5 million a year into reducing the electricity of water in the city buildings. it's just faking us a while to get through them all. building by building, we are going to make those buildings more sfoisht we don't just waste power and water. >> thank you. did you want to address a mental health issue? >> a couple things. compleerly i think it stopped being a state issue when ronald reagan closed state hospitals a long time ago. it's never been a medical issue in terms of mental health.
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clearly it is a city issue and the city of san francisco spends more money on mental health and substance abuse than any other county in california by a multiple, six, seven times as much as the next closest county in san francisco upon a per capita basis. so we have a long commitment to that. many of you may know dr. rich katz recently left the city of san francisco to go to los angeles. barbara ga garcia, our new health director, those of you who know barbara know her area of expertise is in community programs, behavioral health, substance abuse, primary care. she was responsible for all of fleems. as deputy director before she took the position. there's no one who knows more than this than barbara. i don't think there's anyone more respected than barbara on this topic.
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she and many of us in the department have been working closely with the mayor and our community partners around, trying to find the least harmful way to -- if we ultimately have to make cuts, try to do it in the least harmful way possible. still, i think the -- the total of $10 million of cuts in our budget that fall into community programs is something in the neighborhood of 2% of the total money we spend in that area. so we're spending in terms of the funding that go to community programs over $200 million a year and so -- we're looking at about a $10 million cut overall. so we really are trying to minimize that to the extent we request. >> is there anyone else that would like to respond to any other questions? let me start to wrap this up to let mayor lee raise marks but
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thank you for raising the questions and keep raising them to our office and mayor's office as well and keep speaking out for the richmond district to make it more liveable and beautiful place to live. let me introduce -- reintroduce mayor lee. >> thank you, supervisor. again, thank the city departments here. most importantly, thank you all for coming out. i'm listening very carefully. you have not only mind open but hearts as well. you can't but continue listening. it's important to me and everybody else here. most importantly, i want to thank all of you. only thingly probably close my ear to, i don't want to be muni director, ok? thank you very much. >> one quick announcement is there's a health fair our office and senator leland lee and other community-based organizations have been working on. it will be on may 18th at the richmond rec center and there's a lot of information here. thanks to kirsten mccauley, les
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from my office for organizing. this we will be around for a few more minutes but thank you for coming out, everyone.
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within our population there are people who simply do not have access to the internet, who do not have the means to access information the way that others have, and i think that it's really imperative for government to make sure that we play a role in closing that technological divide. so you have to strike that balance between maintaining that character, but also welcoming in the new people who bring their own -- >> absolutely. >> so i love that. i love that mix, that balance that comes with it. it's hard to strike the right balance, but -- >> it really is. >> but it's there. >> i was born in guatemala and came to this country as a kid. i was brought here by my parents. and essentially grew up in l.a. and then moved up to the bay area, where i went to college. i went to stanford. my background for the first few years out of school was a practicing attorney. i worked for -- in the private sector for a number of years
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and then i went and worked for the city as a deputy city attorney and then became general council of the school district here in san francisco, and through that became involved in politics and at some point decided to run for office. [speaking spanish] >> i think that san francisco really represents the best that this country has to offer. it's a place that welcomes people from all over the world, from all over the country, and it's a place that not only tolerates, but actually embraces diversity, a place that is very forward thinking
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in terms of how it looks at issues. it always felt like home, and i felt that as a gala tino man that this -- gay la taken no man, that this is a place where i could be happy. now doing the job of a supervisor has been the most rewarding experience. it is really remarkable how amazing our neighborhoods are, how amazing its people are. i have a progressive outlook in terms of how i see things, and by progressive i mean we have to make government and make the city work for everyone, and that means that it's not just those who are doing well, it's also those who are not doing so well, those who have the least. but it also means making sure that the city works for the middle class. >> good evening, everyone. good evening. thank you all for being here. and when we first got into office about two years ago, we started talking to the mayor's office of workforce and economic development and trying to figure out how we can help different corridors within our
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district have a better sense of what that neighborhood should look like, what its main concerns and priorities should be and a strategy for the community. and that means business, residents and the city working together to make whatever that vision is a reality. ultimately if there is a guidance on how i approach government, i believe in good government, i believe in transparency, i believe in accountability, i believe in making sure that we follow best practices. i think that oftentimes transcends the left, the middle and the right. it goes beyond that. and that's why as a supervisor i focus so much on contracts and how the city spends its money, which is not traditionally a progressive issue. but i believe that we have an
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obligation to make every penny count. thank you. [applause] we are still going through a very tough economic time. we are still not where we need to be in terms of job creation and economic development. so government, i think, has to work with a lot of different folks, not only the business community, but also the community groups to see how we can create economic development that works for every san franciscans. >> one of the topics is -- [inaudible] >> as a member of the police commission, i learned that the most effective policing is the policing where you have the police and the community working together. so you need training for the police officer who's already there. it is important to have police
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officers on the street and having that police presence, but at the same time, there has to be a connection between the police and the community. so i think we're on the same page. you have to make sure that you create an atmosphere where people feel safe, and i think that to feel safe they have to feel like they're in partnership. i really believe that when you are blessed with the opportunities that this country gives you, that you have an obligation to give back. i really believe in public service. i could be in the private sector and make a lot of money, but i believe that i have a duty to try to make things better for other people and to pay back to a country that has given me so much.
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>> i am glad to see some many of you people survived the apocalypse. he is doing a great job here. i see you've. who else is here that i can recommend. could deceive from the redevelopment agency. los is here? could this deal, it is good to see you. we have a great celebration today because i get to a 0.12 commissioners, -- get to appoint 12 commissioners, about half of
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them are repeats. i just wanted to signify that we got the opportunity to welcome new and existing commissioners, but to let the public know even more about what we're doing. they wanted to put together something that was in the works. making sure that we have an online ability to let the public and tell all of the positions, who is serving on them, when the terms are up. decentralized online database that represents all of the commission's and all of the appointments that we have, the terms that are about to expire
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at the terms continuing are now on line for the public. all your lives are going to be much more public. we have just a diversity of the apartments and commissions to fill today. our deputy administrator is here. think you for being here. the mayor's office of housing, thank you. as henry here, too? we cover a let me. let me go through the names as we start out. thank you for being one of our new commissioners and coming
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aboard. your expertise has been in the private sector, making sure that the ordinary citizen has an understanding of our changes that we want to make. how to thank you for your ability to communicate even better put goals of our department and the environment. thank you for joining the family. we have in the veterans affairs commissions, thank you for joining back up again. and chris, you and i have talked at some length. i will personally be working with the veterans commissioned this year because of what to understand even better not only the work that the commission does the what goals we have to welcome back our troops and our people who, i think they found
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dignity in the work for the country. can define dignity as they come back here? a lot to thank the member for working with us as well. you and alexander are two of three women already on the commission. i know your expertise works making sure that there is a look at the health of our survivors and people coming back making sure that these people are critical to our approach. allowed to make sure that we also have dignified jobs for everyone that wants and can work. what to make sure that we are hooked up with our community colleges when we do that. thank you for agreeing to serve. our goal and a concourse authority. the key for serving again and
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helping us. certainly with nancy conner, thank you very much for agreeing to work with us. we're going to be working together as well because i am so interested in making sure that the music concourse is activated for the benefit of everyone in the city and to make sure that we have good approaches, to fill that area more as we are in between the two fantastic and wonderful institutions. thank you for serving on and helping me make sure that the golden gate concords gets filled and it's done right. to the housing authority, we are challenged by some money different things that affect our challenged by some money different things that affect our