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00:00:27 >> good afternoon and welcome to
00:00:31 the May 14th, 2019 regular
00:00:32 meeting of the san francisco
00:00:34 board of supervisors.
00:00:37 Madame Clerk, please call the
00:00:38 roll.
00:00:39 >> thank you, Mr. President.
00:01:10 [Roll Call]
00:01:13 >> you have a quorum.
00:01:13 >> thank you.
00:01:14 Ladies and gentlemen, will you
00:01:16 please join me in the pledge of
00:01:25 allegiance.
00:01:44 [Pledge of allegiance]
00:01:45 >> on behalf of the board, I
00:01:50 would like to acknowledge the
00:01:51 staff at san francisco
00:01:58 government T.V. Who record each
00:02:00 of the meetings and make the
00:02:01 transcripts available to the
00:02:03 public online.
00:02:06 Madame Clerk, are there any
00:02:07 communications?
00:02:08 >> yes, I have two.
00:02:12 Dated May 6th, from supervisor
00:02:14 walton, and dated today from
00:02:14 supervisor ronen requesting to
00:02:15 be excused from today's meeting.
00:02:19 >> okay.
00:02:22 Can I have a motion to excused
00:02:23 supervisors ronen and walton
00:02:25 from today's meeting?
00:02:27 Motion made by supervisor viewer
00:02:27 and seconded by supervisor
00:02:30 peskin.
00:02:32 Without objection, supervisors
00:02:38 ronen and walton are excused.
00:02:39 Okay.
00:02:42 Next item.
00:02:43 Approval of the minutes.
00:02:45 >> special order at 2:00 P.M. Is
00:02:45 a the mayor's appearance before
00:02:48 the board.
00:02:49 The honorable mayor, london
00:02:52 breed, is present in the chamber
00:02:53 there being no question
00:02:54 submitted from supervisors, the
00:02:55 mayor May address the board for
00:02:56 up to five minutes.
00:02:57 >> okay.
00:03:02 , Madame Mayor, there are no
00:03:03 topics submitted by supervisors
00:03:07 today, we welcome you anyways to
00:03:08 hear whatever you want, but you
00:03:11 have a time limit, though.
00:03:11 Thank you.
00:03:16 >> thank you.
00:03:17 Good afternoon, everyone that is
00:03:19 here today.
00:03:20 I just wanted to talk a little
00:03:24 bit about conservatorship.
00:03:25 Right now on our streets we have
00:03:28 people who are struggling with
00:03:29 mental illness and substance use
00:03:30 disorder to the point where they
00:03:32 can't help themselves.
00:03:33 People who we all see and want
00:03:38 to help, but people who won't
00:03:39 and can't accept help.
00:03:40 That's why along with supervisor
00:03:44 mandelman and cosponsors,
00:03:46 supervisors brown and stefani,
00:03:47 we are proposing legislation to
00:03:50 bring care to those that our
00:03:51 current laws can't reach.
00:03:53 This is just one part of a
00:03:57 broader effort to strengthen our
00:03:58 mental health system.
00:03:59 This includes our new director
00:04:01 of mental health reform, whose
00:04:03 sole job is to look at the
00:04:07 system as a whole, and to
00:04:09 improve what's working, and to
00:04:10 fix what is not.
00:04:12 We have funded 100 new
00:04:14 behavioral health beds which
00:04:15 will help people transition out
00:04:19 of the hospital, including 14
00:04:20 new beds at the healing center,
00:04:25 72 new substance use recovery
00:04:27 beds, and 14 new beds at
00:04:27 hummingbird.
00:04:30 On top of that, yesterday we
00:04:32 announced that in this upcoming
00:04:34 budget, we are going to fund 30
00:04:36 more beds for people suffering
00:04:37 from mental health and substance
00:04:40 use disorder.
00:04:43 this is the most substantial of
00:04:43 investment at residential
00:04:46 treatment beds in a generation.
00:04:49 These step down beds paired with
00:04:51 wraparound services will allow
00:04:53 people to transition out of the
00:04:55 hospital and into residential
00:04:56 treatment, while also freeing up
00:04:58 more acute beds for people
00:05:00 brought to the hospital under
00:05:04 the on voluntarily --
00:05:05 involuntary 5150.
00:05:07 We are expanding resources, and
00:05:08 we will continue to fund
00:05:11 solutions, but it is not enough.
00:05:14 We need changes to our policies.
00:05:16 Governor brown signed S.B. 1045
00:05:18 in September, allowing us to
00:05:20 take action here locally and
00:05:21 through our conservatorship
00:05:23 program, and my staff began
00:05:23 doing outreach, working with
00:05:28 public health officials,
00:05:29 advocates, and other
00:05:30 stakeholders.
00:05:31 Then in October we introduce the
00:05:34 legislation to allow us to move
00:05:34 forward.
00:05:35 Since then, along with
00:05:36 supervisor mandelman and others,
00:05:38 we have been working on and
00:05:39 limitation plans so we can do
00:05:43 this the right way.
00:05:44 Six months after we introduce
00:05:47 the legislation, and after this
00:05:48 work, this item was finally
00:05:50 brought to committee.
00:05:52 While that was longer than I
00:05:54 anticipated, fine, I understand,
00:05:57 this is a complicated issue, but
00:05:58 then yesterday the committee
00:06:00 voted to delay the legislation,
00:06:01 and the committee members
00:06:04 expressed their opposition.
00:06:06 Yesterday at committee,
00:06:08 supervisor walton said that this
00:06:10 would bring more people into the
00:06:10 criminal justice system.
00:06:13 Let's be clear, when we bring
00:06:14 someone under a 5150 involuntary
00:06:18 hold to the hospital, we are
00:06:19 bringing a person who is in
00:06:20 crisis into care, and
00:06:24 unfortunately, under our current
00:06:27 system, without the law, we do
00:06:29 have a mental health system.
00:06:31 It is actually 850 bryant street
00:06:33 we should not confuse crisis
00:06:35 care with locking people up in
00:06:36 jail, and that will continue to
00:06:39 happen if you don't take action.
00:06:41 Supervisor haney, you previously
00:06:42 said, we have too many gaps in
00:06:46 our system in -- and that
00:06:47 arresting people is not the best
00:06:50 way to help those people
00:06:52 suffering with mental illness on
00:06:54 our streets, and I agree.
00:06:54 This legislation is about
00:06:58 filling those gaps and helping
00:07:00 people on our streets into care.
00:07:03 This is one solution to the
00:07:05 challenges that you all know we
00:07:07 are dealing with every single
00:07:10 day, and after six months, we
00:07:12 get opposition and additional
00:07:14 delays, enough already.
00:07:15 People in san francisco want us
00:07:16 to take action.
00:07:19 You all see what we see on the
00:07:21 streets every day, with people
00:07:21 suffering from mental illness,
00:07:24 and I hope none of you ever see
00:07:28 the day where you are faced with
00:07:31 a situation of a loved one who
00:07:33 sadly is living out on the
00:07:35 street, suffering from substance
00:07:36 use disorder, suffering from
00:07:37 mental illness, and there's
00:07:40 nothing that you can do about it
00:07:41 we have to make changes now if
00:07:43 we want to change what we are
00:07:46 dealing with in san francisco,
00:07:46 and supervisors, I'm here to ask
00:07:50 you today to pleas take action,
00:07:55 no more delays.
00:07:57 >> thank you, Madame Mayor for
00:07:58 joining us today.
00:08:00 This concludes our special order
00:08:01 , and this item shall be
00:08:02 filed.
00:08:11 >> thank you, have a good day.
00:08:12 >> okay.
00:08:15 , what I would like to do is go
00:08:16 back to talking about the board
00:08:17 minutes board minutes.
00:08:19 Are there any changes to these
00:08:22 meeting minutes?
00:08:24 Seeing none, can I have a motion
00:08:25 to approve the minutes as
00:08:28 presented?
00:08:29 Motion made by supervisor viewer
00:08:32 , and seconded by
00:08:36 supervisor stefani.
00:08:37 Without objection, those minutes
00:08:38 will be approved after public
00:08:46 comment.
00:08:58 Madame Clerk, please read the
00:09:02 consent agenda.
00:09:02 >> items one through three are
00:09:02 on consent.
00:09:03 They're considered to be routine
00:09:05 if a member objects, and I maybe
00:09:10 removed and considered
00:09:14 separately -- and an item May be
00:09:16 removed and considered
00:09:16 separately.
00:09:18 >> before we start, did ice
00:09:19 excuses supervisors?
00:09:19 >> yes.
00:09:20 >> okay.
00:09:26 Thank you.
00:09:27 Would anyone like to sever any
00:09:32 items from the consent agenda?
00:09:33 Seeing none, Madame Clerk,
00:09:35 please call the roll on items
00:09:36 one through three.
00:09:37 >> one through three...
00:10:09 [Roll Call]
00:10:09 >> there are nine imacs.
00:10:14 >> these ordinances are passed
00:10:14 unanimously.
00:10:16 Let's go to the regular agenda
00:10:18 and please call items four
00:10:20 through seven together.
00:10:20 >> items four through seven are
00:10:22 for resolutions that extend the
00:10:26 united states housing and urban
00:10:26 development.
00:10:30 Item four approves a community
00:10:35 develop and block grant, for
00:10:36 approximately $24 million for
00:10:38 the period beginning July 1st,
00:10:40 2019, through the date when all
00:10:43 the funds are expended.
00:10:43 >> okay.
00:10:47 Can we take these --
00:10:48 >> Mr. President, my apologies,
00:10:51 item five approves $1.5 million
00:10:52 grant and item six approves a
00:10:55 $7.5 million grant.
00:10:58 Item five is for the emergency
00:10:59 solutions grant program for an
00:11:01 unspecified period and item six
00:11:03 is for the fiscal year 19-20 --
00:11:08 for the period of 2019 through
00:11:10 2020 housing opportunities for
00:11:11 persons with aids program
00:11:13 through June 30th, 2024.
00:11:14 >> okay.
00:11:16 And you read item seven?
00:11:17 >> item seven is a
00:11:20 7 million-dollar grant from the
00:11:22 home investment partnership
00:11:24 program through June 30th,
00:11:24 2024.
00:11:25 >> thank you.
00:11:27 Can we take these items same
00:11:28 house, same call?
00:11:32 Without objection key, these
00:11:33 resolutions are adopted
00:11:34 unanimously.
00:11:35 >> items nine and nine together.
00:11:37 >> they pertain to the india
00:11:38 basin park project.
00:11:40 It is an in all resolution
00:11:48 authorizing regulate -- ... Item
00:11:49 nine is a resolution that
00:11:49 approves approximately
00:11:57 $4.9 million between the
00:11:59 recreation and park department
00:12:00 in the san francisco bay
00:12:01 restoration authority for
00:12:02 environmental remediation at 900
00:12:10 in us avenue -- 900 and it --
00:12:18 900 and us avenue.
00:12:20 >> you read eight and nine,
00:12:20 right?
00:12:20 >> yes.
00:12:23 >> can we take these items same
00:12:25 house, same call?
00:12:25 Without objection, the
00:12:26 resolution is adopted
00:12:28 unanimously.
00:12:30 Madame Clerk, please call the
00:12:30 next item.
00:12:32 >> item ten is a resolution to
00:12:33 declare the intention of the
00:12:35 board of supervisors to
00:12:36 establish a property-based
00:12:37 business improvement district
00:12:38 known as the downtown community
00:12:40 benefit district for a multiyear
00:12:43 assessment and all parcels of
00:12:43 land within the district to
00:12:46 approve the management district
00:12:48 plan, the engineer report, the
00:12:49 proposed boundaries and to set a
00:12:49 time and place for a public
00:12:54 hearing of the board of
00:12:56 supervisors on July 16th, 2019
00:12:58 , 3:00 P.M., and to direct
00:12:59 the environment of findings.
00:13:02 >> can we take this same house,
00:13:03 same call?
00:13:05 Without objection, this
00:13:06 resolution is adopted
00:13:06 unanimously.
00:13:07 >> please go item 11.
00:13:08 >> item 11 is an ordinance to
00:13:09 amend the ministries of code to
00:13:24 revise the hotel conversion
00:13:25 ordinance and to affirm the
00:13:26 secretive termination.
00:13:26 >> okay.
00:13:27 , colleagues, candice take this
00:13:27 same house, same call?
00:13:28 Without objection, with or
00:13:29 middens is passed on first
00:13:29 reading unanimously.
00:13:45 Please call the next item.
00:13:47 Colleagues, can we take this out
00:13:50 -- item same house, same call?
00:13:51 Without objection, this
00:13:52 ordinances passed on first
00:13:53 reading unanimously.
00:13:55 Please call the next item.
00:13:57 >> thirteen is a resolution to
00:13:58 declare the intention of the
00:14:00 board of supervisors to rename
00:14:00 gilbert street to jeff adachi
00:14:03 way.
00:14:05 >> colleagues, can we take this
00:14:08 same house, same call?
00:14:09 Without objection, this
00:14:10 resolution is adopted
00:14:11 unanimously.
00:14:13 Madame Clerk, please call item
00:14:14 number 14.
00:14:16 >> item 14 is an ordinance to
00:14:19 amend the administrative code to
00:14:20 establish and implement
00:14:20 procedures on the acquisition of
00:14:23 surveillance technology.
00:14:24 >> okay.
00:14:27 Supervisor peskin?
00:14:29 >> thank you, President Yee,
00:14:30 colleagues.
00:14:31 Let me start by thanking the
00:14:34 members of the rules committee,
00:14:35 chair ronen and supervisors
00:14:36 walton and mar for indulging me
00:14:41 with three hearings on the
00:14:42 ordinance that is before you
00:14:44 today and came out of committee
00:14:47 with a positive recommendation,
00:14:49 which we have been calling to
00:14:51 stops the secret surveillance
00:14:52 ordinance, and this is the
00:14:54 latest iteration of a policy
00:14:55 that has been amended quite a
00:14:57 bit along the way since it was
00:15:01 first introduced in January.
00:15:02 This is not a san francisco
00:15:04 first, as a matter of fact, I
00:15:06 think it will -- we will be the
00:15:08 seven city in northern
00:15:08 california.
00:15:10 It started in santa clara county
00:15:12 , and actually was the
00:15:12 subject of a statewide bill
00:15:16 introduced by state senator jury
00:15:17 held that hill that would
00:15:20 require technology use policies
00:15:22 of every municipality in the
00:15:23 state of california.
00:15:26 Unfortunately that senate bill
00:15:26 was the subject of intensive
00:15:30 lobbying by the law enforcement
00:15:31 lobby and was not ultimately
00:15:32 passed into law.
00:15:36 As I said in committee last week
00:15:37 , the title is a little bit
00:15:40 of a misnomer.
00:15:42 This is not really the stop
00:15:43 secret surveillance ordinance,
00:15:46 it is really an ordinance that
00:15:47 is about having accountability
00:15:50 around surveillance technology,
00:15:52 and with the narrow exception of
00:15:56 the facial recognition
00:15:57 technology, this is actually not
00:16:00 designed to stop the use of any
00:16:02 technologies that we currently
00:16:04 employ or May use in the future.
00:16:05 The fundamental thrust of the
00:16:07 law that is before you is to
00:16:09 ensure the safe and responsible
00:16:12 use of surveillance technology.
00:16:14 Put simply, this ordinance would
00:16:15 require city departments to
00:16:17 purchase access or use of
00:16:18 surveillance technology to
00:16:20 develop use policies for that
00:16:21 technology through a public
00:16:23 vetting process, and to make
00:16:24 those policies available on a
00:16:25 public website.
00:16:27 How long data is so stored
00:16:28 stored, who it is shared with,
00:16:32 who has access to it, and in the
00:16:33 rapidly evolving world of
00:16:36 extremely powerful, some
00:16:37 potentially very invasive
00:16:42 technologies that can go through
00:16:43 terabyte his of data and
00:16:45 fractions of a second, I think
00:16:45 this is a public policy
00:16:47 discussion worth having.
00:16:51 It was revealed a few years ago
00:16:53 in the context of black lives
00:16:54 matter protests that law
00:16:56 enforcement was using cell phone
00:16:58 stingrays, which amount on top
00:16:59 of vehicles and simulate towers
00:17:00 to collect information and
00:17:02 eavesdrop on everyone within a
00:17:04 certain radius of that vehicle.
00:17:06 It is not just law enforcement.
00:17:06 We have had recent public
00:17:11 debates about radiofrequency
00:17:12 identification chips.
00:17:15 Just a few weeks ago, the
00:17:15 examiner reported our own public
00:17:17 utilities commission is
00:17:22 investing in any technology
00:17:23 which would enable streetlamps
00:17:25 with video cameras and
00:17:28 microphones, potentially capable
00:17:29 of reporting street-level
00:17:29 conversations.
00:17:30 The american civil liberties
00:17:35 union reported that immigration
00:17:36 customs enforcement is accessing
00:17:38 location data from license plate
00:17:40 readers owned by major cities
00:17:41 across the country in order to
00:17:44 track and facilitate deportation
00:17:45 of immigrants.
00:17:46 In fact, many of our own city
00:17:49 departments, including the
00:17:51 M.T.A. And the sfpd and our
00:17:52 airport, they own license plate
00:17:54 readers and use them for a
00:17:56 number of absolutely benign
00:17:57 purposes.
00:17:59 But as policymakers, we have a
00:18:00 fundamental duty to safeguard
00:18:02 the public from potential abuses
00:18:03 of these rapidly evolving
00:18:04 technologies.
00:18:06 I want to be clear, this is not
00:18:09 an anti-technology policy.
00:18:10 There are many beneficial uses
00:18:14 of technology that we would not
00:18:16 want to prevent the city from
00:18:19 engaging in or using, or
00:18:19 acquiring.
00:18:21 License plate leaders -- readers
00:18:22 are used to enforce in force red
00:18:32 light camera laws.
00:18:33 As many neighbors have reminded
00:18:35 us via e-mail, security cameras
00:18:36 can play a critical role in
00:18:39 apprehending theft, violent
00:18:40 crime, in fact, that same
00:18:41 information can be made
00:18:43 available to public defenders to
00:18:44 ensure no one is wrongfully
00:18:47 commit -- convicted of crimes.
00:18:49 where we get into trouble,
00:18:51 though, is where these
00:18:52 technologies are used in ways
00:18:53 that are inconsistent with that
00:18:54 positive intent.
00:18:55 When personal information of
00:18:56 innocent members of the public
00:18:58 is shared with third parties in
00:18:59 ways that would make anyone
00:19:01 uncomfortable.
00:19:02 When marginalized groups,
00:19:04 whether because of the color of
00:19:05 their skin, their religion,
00:19:08 national origin, sexual
00:19:09 orientation, or gender identity
00:19:11 are tracked, harassed, subject
00:19:12 of violence.
00:19:15 If you take even a cursory look
00:19:16 at historical uses of
00:19:18 surveillance technology, it is
00:19:20 often these marginalized groups,
00:19:23 even back in the sixties,
00:19:25 artists and political dissidents
00:19:26 who were disproportionately
00:19:27 subject to the abuses of
00:19:29 surveillance.
00:19:31 There's also the much more
00:19:33 mundane, but insidious impact of
00:19:37 abuses of this technology, which
00:19:38 will make people feel
00:19:38 uncomfortable about moving