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. >> chairman: good morning. the meeting will come to order. i'm supervisor gordon mar, the chair of this committee.
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i'd like to thank sfgov tv for staffing this meeting. madam clerk, depo you have any announcements? >> clerk: yes, mr. chair. the minutes will reflect the members of this meeting participating in video remote as though they were present in person in the meeting. first, public comment will be available on each item on this agenda channel 26, 78, or 99. and are streaming the call-in number across the screen. (415) 655-0001. the meeting id is 24808404683. then press pound and then pound again. when connected, you will hear the meeting discussions, but
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motion to excuse supervisor haney from today's meeting. can you please call roll. >> clerk: yes, on the motion to excuse supervisor haney from today's meeting, [roll call] there are two ayes. >> chairman: thank you. madam clerk, can you please call item number one. >> clerk: yes, agenda item number one is an ordinance amending the health code to require general acute care hospitals in the city to report annually to the department of public health the number of, and certain demographic information regarding patients transferred to a health facility outside of the city to receive sub acute skilled nursing care and patients who qualify for sub acute skilled nursing care but are not transferred to the health facility outside of the city.
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(415) 655-0001. meeting id 24808404683 then press pound twice. that will be your queue to begin your comments. mr. chair. >> chairman: thank you, madam clerk. and thank you, supervisor safai for joining us and for all of your leadership on this will really important issue of how to address our city's deficit of acute care and thanks for bringing this forward, supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you, chair, mar. thanks supervisor stefani, board members. so this has been an ongoing conversation since the minute we came into office and when cpmc negotiated with the city. there was unfortunately a clause in their negotiation that allowed them to eliminate sub acute beds at st. luke's
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hospital. at the time, the notice was sent out to families that they would be basically sent out of county and with the elimination of all those beds, there would be no more subacute in hospital care in the city and county. we were able to work with cpmc. they transferred the patients over to the davis campus, but it's still highlighted for our city the lack of subacute care in san francisco and the need for that subacute in-hospital care. of the their families don't have the ability to travel outside of the county to see people that are essentially moving on ventilator support and other support systems within the hospital. we've encountered situations over the last couple of years where people then needing that
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type of care unfortunately have to be referred outside of the city. so we came forward with this because we think it's important to continue to shine a light on this important issue. we want and have been negotiating with the department of public health to create these beds in hospital care. we know there will be some in community care and residential facilities. we know some people will ultimately have to leave the county, but for the city and county of san francisco to be the only county in the bay area that does not have in-hospital care at an appropriate level is not acceptable. it's not fair and it's not good service for a city as wealthy as ours and many hospitals and services that we have. so we've continued to push for that. we know that chinese hospital is headed in the direction and that conversation came up a little bit yesterday at the
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budget committee. they will have some capacity and we need to get them fully licensed. i think that's going to be happening on an expedited basis this year, but we still need to push for more of these beds. so the intent of this legislation is essentially to require data to be collected about subacute care. we're going to continue this. we're going to ask for this item to be continued today, definitely want to dig in a little bit more and talk with the department of public health. there's been a request to add some additional data. if that data is added, it doesn't dlut from the purpose of zeroing in on subacute care. i definitely care about site beds. we definitely care about nursing related care and really appreciate a lot of the folks in the community. dr. palmer and others that have
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really been funning us to collect as much data as possible and work with the community to ensure that we're getting the best information out there. but, chair, i'll be asking for a continuance today and we'll be continuing to work with your office and others, particularly with the department of public health and define the scope of what we're looking for. thank you. >> chairman: thanks again, supervisor safai for all your leadership on this important issue and, yeah, and i appreciate you also taking the time to make sure that we get the detailses right on this and consider the requested. the requests from community advocates like dr. palmer and others to consider expanding the scope of the data reporting from the hospitals and other types of cares that patients
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are involuntarily discharged out of county court. so thank you supervisor safai. why don't we go to public comment on this item. madam clerk. >> clerk: yes, mr. chair, for members of the public and for the record just to state supervisor safai has been temporarily assigned to the public safety and neighborhood services in replace of supervisor haney today. please let us know if there are any callers ready to speak on this item. call (415) 655-0001. enter the meeting id of 24808404683. for those already in the queue, please continue to wait until the system indicates that you have been unmuted and that will be your cue to begin your comments. can we have the first caller,
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please. >> caller: good morning. this is patrick. while i appreciate supervisor safai bringing a first draft to this legislation forward, it needs massive amendments or complete re-write to broaden the scope of the data to be reported and which facilities must report the data and the types of facilities patients are being discharged to out of county. so i look forward to supervisor mar's leadership in crafting replacement legislation on this topic. i recently won a sunshine ordinance complaint against the department of public health which had been providing me with out of county discharge data dating back to july 2006,
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but then claimed in september, 2020 that its replacement, health care records, electronic database epic doesn't track patients discharged out of county which is ridiculous. the epic does, fact collect the name, is it city, type of facility that patients are discharged to in tables in epic that are structured fields. all they need to do is look in the city immediately and if the city does not equal san francisco, it's obviously an out of county search. the sunshine task force first in my order of determination on
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monday, january 31st, two weeks ago and ordered d.p.h. to provide the request in data -- >> clerk: i apologize for interrupting, but we are providing two minutes for public comment today. do we have any callers left in the queue? >> madam clerk, there are no more callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you so much. mr. chair. >> chairman: thank you. public comment is now closed. supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: thank you. and thank you again for your work. we'll continue to work together, supervisor mar, and we'll look at sitting down with the department of public health and community advocates and looking to hear their input and i think we'll strive together to get this data collection right and we'll make the appropriate amendments. thank you.
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and, please, if we can continue this. i don't know. i think what we should do is to the call of the chair so we have an opportunity to have the right information input and we can come back and schedule it through you again. >> chairman: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll on the motion. >> supervisor stefani: can i say a few words. i just want to thank supervisor safai's commitment to this issue. i was with him at davys when we visited the subacute hospital. and i have full faith and confidence that he's going to continue to work on it to a good end, so thank you, supervisor safai for your commitment and i look forward to working with you as well. >> supervisor safai: thank you. >> chairman: great. thanks, supervisor stefani. and thanks, supervisor safai, for your work on this. madam clerk, can you please call roll on the motion to
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continue to the chair. >> clerk: yes. on the motion to continue to the call of the chair, [roll call] there are three ayes. >> chairman: great. thanks. thank you. madam clerk, is there any further business? >> clerk: that concludes our business for today. >> chairman: okay. we are adjourned. >> clerk: thank you.
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shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services within our neighborhoods, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> my name is ray behr. i am the owner of chief plus. it's a destination specialty foods store, and it's also a corner grocery store, as well. we call it cheese plus because there's a lot of additions in addition to cheese here. from fresh flowers, to wine,
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past a, chocolate, our dining area and espresso bar. you can have a casual meeting if you want to. it's a real community gathering place. what makes little polk unique, i think, first of all, it's a great pedestrian street. there's people out and about all day, meeting this neighbor and coming out and supporting the businesses. the businesses here are almost all exclusively independent owned small businesses. it harkens back to supporting local. polk street doesn't look like anywhere u.s.a. it has its own businesses and personality. we have clothing stores to gallerys, to personal service stores, where you can get your hsus repaired, luggage repaired. there's a music studio across the street. it's raily a diverse and unique
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offering on this really great street. i think san franciscans should shop local as much as they can because they can discover things that they may not be familiar with. again, the marketplace is changing, and, you know, you look at a screen, and you click a mouse, and you order something, and it shows up, but to have a tangible experience, to be able to come in to taste things, to see things, to smell things, all those things, it's very important that you do so. >> the city has undertaken a pilot program to hook up private
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privately -- owned hotels. >> the community members say this is helpful for them especially for the seniors and families with kids from seniors being able to connect with the family during the pandemic and too watch the news has been really helpful during this time where they are stuck inside and are not able to go outside. for families it is important to stay connected to go to school, to get connected so they can submit resumes to find jobs during the pandemic. [speaking foreign language]
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>> challenges that might seem for the fiber in chinatown is pretty congested. the fiber team found ways around that. they would have to do things such as overnight work in the manholes to get across through busy intersections, and i think the last challenge is a lot of buildings we worked on were built in the early 1900s and they are not fitted with the typical infrastructure you would put in a new building. we overcame that with creative ideas, and we continue to connect more sites like this. >> high-speed internet has become a lifesaver in the modern era. i am delighted that we completed three buildings or in the process of completing two more. i want to thank our department of technology that has done this by themselves. it is not contracted out. it is done by city employees.
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i am proud and i want to take a moment to celebrate what we are doing. a city like no other, san francisco has been a beacon of hope, and an ally towards lgbtq equal rights. [♪♪] >> known as the gay capital of america, san francisco has been
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at the forefront fighting gay civil rights for decades becoming a bedrock for the historical firsts. the first city with the first openly gay bar. the first pride parade. the first city to legalize gay marriage. the first place of the iconic gay pride flag. established to help cancel policy, programses, and initiatives to support trans and lgbtq communities in san francisco. >> we've created an opportunity to have a seat at the table. where trans can be part of city government and create more civic engagement through our trans advisory committee which advises our office and the mayor's office. we've also worked to really address where there's gaps across services to see where we
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can address things like housing and homelessness, low income, access to small businesses and employment and education. so we really worked across the board as well as meeting overall policies. >> among the priorities, the office of transgender initiatives also works locally to track lgbtq across the country. >> especially our young trans kids and students. so we do a lot of work to make sure we're addressing and naming those anti-trans policies and doing what we can to combat them. >> trans communities often have not been included at the policy levels at really any level whether that's local government, state government. we've always had to fend for ourselves and figure out how to care for our own communities. so an office like this can
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really show and become a model for the country on how to really help make sure that our entire community is served by the city and that we all get opportunities to participate because, in the end, our entire community is stronger. >> the pandemic underscored many of the inequities they experienced on a daily basis. nonetheless, this health crisis also highlighted the strength in the lgbtq and trans community. >> several of our team members were deployed as part of the work at the covid command center and they did incredit able work there both in terms of navigation and shelter-in-place hotels to other team members who led equity and lgbtq inclusion work to make sure we had pop-up testing and information sites across the city as well as
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making sure that data collection was happening. we had statewide legislation that required that we collected information on sexual orientation and our team worked so closely with d.p.h. to make sure those questions were included at testing site but also throughout the whole network of care. part of the work i've had a privilege to be apart of was to work with o.t.i. and a community organization to work together to create a coalition that met monthly to make sure we worked together and coordinated as much as we could to lgbtq communities in the city. >> partnering with community organizations is key to the success of this office ensuring lgbtq and gender nonconforming people have access to a wide range of services and places to go where they will be respected. o.t.i.'s trans advisory committee is committed to being that voice. >> the transgender advisory counsel is a group of amazing
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community leaders here in san francisco. i think we all come from all walks of life, very diverse, different backgrounds, different expertises, and i think it's just an amazing group of people that have a vision to make san francisco a true liberated city for transgender folks. >> being apart of the grou allows us to provide more information on the ground. we're allowed to get. and prior to the pandemic, there's always been an issue around language barriers and education access and workforce development. now, of course, the city has been more invested in to make
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sure our community is thriving and making sure we are mobilizing. >> all of the supervisors along with mayor london breed know that there's still a lot to be done and like i said before, i'm just so happy to live in a city where they see trans folks and recognize us of human beings and know that we deserve to live with dignity and respect just like everybody else. >> being part of the trans initiative has been just a great privilege for me and i feel so lucky to have been able to serve for it for so far over three years. it's the only office of its kind and i think it's a big opportunity for us to show the country or the world about things we can do when we really put a focus on transgender issues and transgender communities. and when you put transgender people in leadership positions. >> thank you, claire. and i just want to say to claire farly who is the leader of the office of transgender
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initiatives, she has really taken that role to a whole other level and is currently a grand marshal for this year's s.f. prize. so congratulations, claire. >> my dream is to really look at where we want san francisco to be in the future. how can we have a place where we have transliberation, quality, and inclusion, and equity across san francisco? and so when i look five years from now, ten years from now, i want us to make sure that we're continuing to lead the country in being the best that we can be. not only are we working to make sure we have jobs and equal opportunity and pathways to education, employment, and advancement, but we're making sure we're taking care of our most impacted communities, our trans communities of color, trans women of color, and black trans women. and we're making sure we're addressing the barriers of the
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access to health care and mental health services and we're supporting our seniors who've done the work and really be able to age in place and have access to the services and resources they deserve. so there's so much more work to do, but we're really proud of the work that we've done so far. [♪♪] - >> shop & dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges resident to do their showing up and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services within the neighborhood we help san francisco remain unique successful and vibrant so where will you shop & dine in the 49 san francisco owes must of the charm to the unique
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characterization of each corridor has a distinction permanent our neighbors are the economic engine of the city. >> if we could a afford the lot by these we'll not to have the kind of store in the future the kids will eat from some restaurants chinatown has phobia one of the best the most unique neighborhood shopping areas of san francisco. >> chinatown is one of the oldest chinatown in the state we need to be able allergies the people and that's the reason chinatown is showing more of the people will the traditional thepg. >> north beach is i know one
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of the last little italian community. >> one of the last neighborhood that hadn't changed a whole lot and san francisco community so strong and the sense of partnership with businesses as well and i just love north beach community old school italian comfort and love that is what italians are all about we need people to come here and shop here so we can keep this going not only us but, of course, everything else in the community i think local businesses the small ones and coffee shops are unique in their own way that is the characteristic of the neighborhood i peace officer prefer it is local character you have to support them.
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>> really notice the port this community we really need to kind of really shop locally and support the communityly live in it is more economic for people to survive here. >> i came down to treasure island to look for a we've got a long ways to go. ring i just got married and didn't want something on line i've met artists and local business owners they need money to go out and shop this is important to short them i think you get better things. >> definitely supporting the local community always good is it interesting to find things i never knew existed or see that
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that way. >> i think that is really great that san francisco seize the vails of small business and creates the shop & dine in the 49 to support businesses make people all the residents and visitors realize had cool things are made and produced in san
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good morning everyone. we're going to start our press conference now. i'm annie chung. i'm with self-help for the elderly. and behind us is this 70 units of housing that mayor breed and chief scott have visited many times. mayor, you came by at thanksgiving and the seniors wouldn't let you go.
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they were getting your pictures and auto graphs. so thank you, again for coming by to help us celebrate chinese new year. so welcome everyone to chinatown and to our community. the mayor and chief scott will be talking about public safety and on behalf of our community, particularly our seniors community, i'd like to welcome you all for this press conference. so as you know, back in may, the violence against the asian community and the seniors were already kind of increasing at the very alarming rate. i think back then, i remember the cases were around 2,000 to 3,000 cases of anti-asian hate and anti-asian incidents and i got a call in late april and may from ivy who is the mayor's policy director on safety and the mayor asked ivy to call me and sarah as to what our
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community needs because the attacks against our community had to be stopped. so, mayor, i want to stop and thank you for coming to us almost immediately when all this was happening and you asked and ivy asked me what i need, so i thought for one minute and said that as mayor to give me $30,000 to jump start the senior escorts program. it was a program that worked about 20 something years ago and because of lack of funding it stopped. so i said, mayor, if you give me $30,000, i will get this program up and running in a month or less than that. so mayor, because you brought us this wonderful gift that for the past eight months since may, the senior escort services have provided a total of 3,658
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service hours to serve a total of 1,440 seniors and took them to the medical appointments to the dialysis appointments. to the banks. to the post office. or even just a walk around the neighborhood because they got so scared they were becoming prisoners of their own home. so this program has become so successful that you gave us the $30,000. and we expanded that program to all over the city instead of just in chinatown. i think that the requests for senior escorts have proven that seniors are living in year and a lot of anxiety caused by the pandemic. and chief scott, every time i see you, i thank you for all the police in our community to make sure that seniors feel safe when they walk out on the streets.
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soy want to again, thank the mayor and thank chief scott for making sure that our seniors can live in piece and also to feel safe just walking out and get a breath of fresh air, buy some groceries or just visit children and grandchildren. so now they're still a little bit panicky. you see the long lines up the slope. and mayor we will continue to look to your leadership to provide all of the services so thank you very much. so at this time i'm going to introduce mayor breed that all of us know and love and every time when the mayor visits us our seniors surround her and call her our adopted granddaughter because the mayor was raised by her grandmother and she felt very close to the seniors. so, mayor, again welcome to our
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chinatown, to our community and we're waiting to hear some good news on both you and chief scott. so let's welcome the mayor to the podium. >> thank you, annie. and it's always great to come to lady shaw to see my grandmothers and my grandfathers and the folks that this incredible community continue to serve. this is an extraordinary community. and i am heart broken, i'm frustrated. i'm embarrassed. i'm angry about the violence that has continued to impact many of the people who are part of our asian community but especially our seniors. in san francisco, unfortunately we've seen a number of these hate crimes occur. we've seen them happen towards the lgbtq community. we've seen the jewish community
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be targeted. we've seen our arab community and others. our muslims. and when we think about the kind of place that san francisco has been, a compassionate, welcoming city that prides itself on our diversity, we have no choice but to make sure that when something happens to anyone in this city because of who they are, because of what language they speak or because of who they love, we have to make sure that people understand that we will not tolerate it and when a crime is committed and those lines are crossed, we will do everything we can to make those arrests to hold perpetrators accountable. and although a number of communities have been impacted with hate crimes in san
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francisco, none more than the a.p.i. community. in fact, in 2021, a number of eight reported hate crimes towards members of the a.p.i. community and 2020 -- am i getting my dates mix up. so 2020 was eight. 2021, nine. and this year -- okay. well, this is 2022. we're 23 now? i'm getting confused. i feel like i'm having a senior moment right now. but the fact is, we've seen hate crimes and chief scott will talk more specifically about the dates so you can have the correct data, but we've seen the number last year go up
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to 60. that's a 567% increase in the number of hate crimes towards people in the a.p.i. community. now, think about it, that's only the people who are actually reporting the crimes. i know that there are a number of people who are not reporting those crimes. and today as we talk about the to a ittistics and the challenges that are happening. we want to make sure people feel safe question are aggressively in the process dealing with recruitment within the police department. we're doing everything we can as a department for the number of people who are absent because of covid to fill those officers with over time so we can make sure we protect these
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communities like we promised. and annie chung is continuing the senior escort program so seniors have someone they can trust so that they feel safe. sarah wong with the community youth center. they've been doing incredible work collaborating with the street violence of the prevention program. members of the a.p.i. community and the african american community working together to patrol neighborhoods to keep people safe. we've made an unprecedented investment in this community because of the significance of what's happening to this community as it relates to hate crimes more than any other community in this city. so when something happens to one of us. we have to be about the business of protecting all of us and how it impacts not just the representation of our city, but how people feel in the city
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who live and work here and walk down the streets. when i was growing up in some of the most challenging of circumstances in san francisco, it would have broken my heart to have my grandmother be attacked in the way that we see so many of our seniors in the a.p.i. community being attacked. but that did not happen. because as a community, we protected 1 another and that's what we have to do now more than ever. we know what the data says ask it's time to change it. it's time to change it with the number of investments we make and it is time to change it with a number of investments that we must make in the police department in our ambassadors program and other things that will continue to make sure that in this year, 2022, that those numbers decline just as
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significantly as they rose. with that, i want to introduce dr. grant -- i forget which press conference i'm in. our police chief bill scott to talk more about the data and what's been going on with the police department and i want to commend them for the number of arrests that they have made in many of these cases to try and hold the perpetrators of these violent attacks accountable. ladies and gentlemen, chief scott. >> police chief scott: thank you, mayor. good morning everybody. first of all, i want to say thanks again to mayor breed for her leadership. 2020 and 2021 have both been incredibly challenging years and i'm going to get into the statistics in a second, but i just want to say, let's start out 2022, number one, with hope. number two, let's take our city back.
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of the this is our year to do just that. so let me start by greeting everybody. and as i stand here and annie and i were reminiscing when i first became the chief of police over five years ago now. and i finally remember my lunar new year celebration and it's an honor to be doing this for the sixth time as we ring in and celebrate the year of the tiger. as the mayor said, 2021 was quite a challenging year in terms of a.a.p.i., asian american pacific islander hate crimes and today we have released our statistics for the year 2021. i'm going to highlight a few things to you that are concerning and things that we have to turn around. we in the san francisco police department, we, the people of
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san francisco, we as a community, we have to turn that around. and it may not come as a surprise to many of you that we saw more hate crimes against our a.a.p.i. communities in san francisco last year significantly more than we did the year before. and, you know, we started seeing a turn around in 2020 when we first got into the global pandemic. but in 2021, our statistics increased the mayor said about 500%. we saw more than a six fold increase in asian hate crimes in our city in san francisco and we had eight in 2019. we had nine in 2020. and we had 60 in 2021. that is significant. that is concerning and that is alarming. i want to highlight a couple of
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things that we have done, we the police department and we have deny these things with the help of many members in our community and many of the community leaders standing here with me today and i'll introduce them in a second, but more than 30 of the 60 incidents were committed by the same offender. an individual last august in which this person targeted asian victims. 31 of the 60 crimes by one person. after a successful investigation by our terravale neighborhood team. we arrested this individual in august and he was charged with burglary, vandalism, multiple counts, 31 counts and they all included hate crime enhancements. in addition to that. our investigators and members of the san francisco police department fought to bring others to justice too and i'm going to rattle off a few of
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these. in march, we investigated and charged a tenderloin suspect with three hate crime enhancements. this person too was targeting asian victims. when the person was arrested, he was already on probation for a 2018 vandalism crime in which he yelled racial epiat that times in that particular crime. in may, our tenderloin officers moved to search for a brutally violent criminal who stabbed two asian seniors. that case got a lot of publicity, was a bad look for our city. our officers located him, made the arrests and hate crime enhancements were added to those charges as well. in september, an investigation to a robbery in the bayview and ingleside districts. we made that arrest and charged
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seven different counts and they all included hate crime enhancements. i bring those to your attention and just to highlight what the mayor said. the members of the police department are out there to work for the community to bring these people to justice and if anybody thinks that san francisco is an easy place to come in and terrorize our asian communities, you're sadly mistaken and you will be held accountable, you will be arrested and you will be charged. please know that this department works tirelessly to bring those to justice who particularly are elderly asian communities. we want to keep our most vulnerable people safe in our community. but to do that, we truly need
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everybody's help. that's why in june, we expanded our hate crime tip line to nine languages. our commissioners, one of our police commissioners larry yee and chair dennis woo and others in the community were instrumental in this effort. witnesses today have come forward in their urge to call 911 whenever they witness or become victim to these types of acts. and even in the nonemergency situation where the facts don't necessarily amount to a crime. we still need you to call in and report it. it may help the case if the individual later commits a hate crime. you can call (415) 558-5588. you can press one for
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cantonese, three for mandarin, three for spanish. five for russian. six for vietnamese, seven for japanese, and nine for tai. and some of what the mayor spoke about earlier some of our initiatives in 2021 we believe are paying off. more community engagement. better response. better to communicate when you are a victim of a crime. but the people standing behind me and many others have really reached out to support the asian community during these difficult times. today, we're going to unveil
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our asian poster. we're going to start it out in our central district of china town and there are many community members that partnered with the design of this poster and i want to thank commissioner larry yee again. i want to thank many others who gave their input and feedback because we want the message to be loud and clear to everyone that we won't tolerate it. we're going to do something about it if it does happen and we're going to do everything we can to prevent it from happening and we're going to do it as a community. as i close and before i introduce the next speaker, i want to give you some tipses for safety for the nguyen far new yearment first, please be aware when strangers ask for money or jewelry. and strangers come up and talk to them and try to befriend them and next thing they know, they're being robbed for their
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money or jewelry. a lot of the scams we see particularly against our elderly are people who take advantage of the good hearted nature of people in our city. if you don't know the person, don't follow them. don't do anything that's going to help them victimize you. don't bring strangers into your home. do not bring a stranger with you when you are withdrawing money or taking out valuables. these are from your bank or whatever it is that you secure those values. any time you withdraw large sums of money discuss it with your family first and it's always good to have someone with you. get your yellow whistles. when you bring attention to a situation as it's occurring or if you believe it's occurring, people look, they listen, they
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pay attention and that's how we get information that we need to solve crime when people victimize others. so blow the whistle. bring attention to the situation. and be prudent about your own safety. now, with that, i'd like to introduce sarah wong to speak next but before she comes up to the mic, i want to say something about the community center and all the work sarah does. part of our outreach, we try to outreach the victims when they are victims of crime to make sure they have the support they new zealand and we do what we can many of our community partners do an amazing and outstanding job supporting people who are victims of crime. and through sarah's leadership and others at c.y.c., we have
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provided that safety net for victims and their families. so when they do suffer these heinous crimes, they have support. and i can't emphasize enough how important that is to work as a community and support people who are victims to that crime. and now i'll introduce you to ms. sarah wong. thank you. >> thank you, chief. >> good morning. thank you, chief. and thank you, mayor. i remember last year around march when we were in the middle of the anti-asian hate crime. we received a call and how we work together. it was a great report from ivy and also james. we immediately started to expand the street intervention program into a multi-cultural team. and we were actually literally building the plane while it's flying and as of today, we're glad we're able to develop a
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multi-ling wall and also areas and we were only able to do it because really the collaboration with different community partners and also city departments especially including the san francisco police department as well as also the district attorney's office of victim support units. from last year since march, we have served a total of 70 victims so far who are victims of crime. a lot of them are victims of burglary, of assault, and but also as well as armed robbery and all the other types of crimes. and many of these victims are mono-lingual and need help.
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and we were able to reach most of the victims within 24 to 48 hours to provide them help. i remember one of the cases of the elders being discharged from the hospital after a very violent attack. we do not know what to do and how to support the elders. with any support, we were immediately able to identify a care giver that could provide in-home care services with this recovery phase and we would not be able to do it without the support from the community. from here, i really want to thank them. last year, we served 60 victims. since january, we already served ten victims. there are more people willing to make reports. the san francisco police department makes it a lot easier so that people can
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report. we're also starting to receive referrals directly when we see something happen or when we know there's a victim that needs support. so we get calls directly from our community members. so i definitely see light and as the new year comes, the year of the tiger, i hope it will bring peace and joy as a hope to our community and i just wanted to say a few words in chinese because it's a chinese new year. [speaking chinese] thank you and before i finish i would like to introduce my very great partner co-chair a.p.i. partner legal outreach services executive director. >> thank you, sarah.
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thank you, mayor breed, thank you, chief scott. you know, um, we often like to remind the mayor she represents the heart of asian american. the oldest japantown and the largest chinatown in the chufrj. we have to be vigilant to
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prevent that type of violence from continuing in the bay area. we really want to appreciate the mayor's efforts over the past couple of years and we really appreciate efforts on the part of the mayor and the city and the police department addressing these incidents on a daily basis. you may not see the headlines, but sarah, are annie and i see these incidents every day. i go to banks and the tellers tell us about the hostility for customers still blaming them from covid. we go to restaurants where just to take out, you have to go through a locked door because the restaurant workers are afraid to keep their restaurants open. the customers are afraid to
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come to our cultural corridors because they're afraid of violence. not that they're necessarily anti-asian, but they don't want to be seen or alone as a customer in a chinatown or japantown because of that fear. so this is impacting us across the board, all segments of our community. i'm here today to talk a little bit about the efforts of japantown and the western edition and the tenderloin with the mayor's help, you know, emergency services have been formed and implemented to address the multiple concerns of both victims, but also people that are afraid to be victims. they are afford of being victimized by this type of violence. so those services have included escort services but equally important education services to inform our community about the possibilities of violence but also the work together with other communities in the
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western addition and i thanked the mayor for joining us today with the gathering of the black community and the asian american community to talk about ways to combat not only racial violence, but racial injustice and thank you, mayor, for that support. our community has suffered years of racial violence from the day that we first immigrated to america. but we will not be silent as we still undergo this racial violence and we have to advocate for change and i'm talking about our a.p.i. community, but this is not an a.p.i. community problem, this is america's problem. and so we asked the city to continue to help us combat and prevent this type of violence and we thank the mayor for her continuing efforts and the san francisco police department. thank you for coming today.
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>> thank you, dean, for being here. with that, we're opening it up for any questions related to this subject matter that you might have. okay. kwoiz this is for chief scott. he mentioned the one 30 incidents and the other. you made arrests. how long were they in jail? have they been prosecuted? what's the status on that? >> police chief scott: i don't know about all of them. they were all charged. the ones that i mentioned. and i don't know if they're in jail today. but the thing is whether they're in jail or not -- here's what i want the message to be loud and clear, the san francisco police department will do its part and we'll hold people accountable, we'll make the arrests and investigate these cases to the best of our
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ability and continue to do the job and the core system does what it does and we respect the court system, but we will do our part. >> chief, you say the police department is doing their best, but what about prosecutions? >> police chief scott: you know, it's not up to us. what we do is we bring cases to the prosecutors and that system takes on what it's supposed to do and that system not only involves prosecutors but it involves the courts and the judges and all that.' so it's a criminal justice system. all i can speak to is what we do. i want to keep this department focused on our job and we're going to hold people
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accountable. >> so have they also made success as well? >> police chief scott: you know, again, we're going to focus on what we do. some of the outcomes or what we would hope, some of them are not. we really we the police department needs to focus our energy on doing the best job that we can and we don't always get it perfect either, but that's all we need to focus on us and that's what we're going to continue to do. >> [inaudible] what are you doing for this coming year? >> police chief scott: yeah. definitely. so our captain at federal district, he's done a really good job with deployment. it's much more robust than it was only a couple years ago and as the mayor mentioned, you
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know, we're having some challenges with covid and this latest surge of covid, but we're going to continue to make it happen. you will see officers deployed and more officers deployed in chinatown as well as other areas of the city and we have to make adjustments constantly to make that happen and we'll continue to do that. we've got support from the mayor on overtime and it's keeping us afloat to be honest with you and i thank the mayor and others who have made that happen. but we need to do whatever we need to do to keep our city safe. we need to do whatever we need to do to keep our city safe because these things just don't happen. they don't happen without the support of the mayor. they don't happen without the staffing. you've got to have the people to do the job. we've thankfully been in a position where at least we have the overtime funding to sure up some of our losses, some of our retirements, some dealing with this covid, are this latest
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surge that has had a lot of officers off work. >> chief scott, some a.a.p.i. victims of violence say they're not getting what they need when it comes to victim services after the crime is committed. can you comment on what the city is doing to support victims through the prosecution of their cases? >> police chief scott: yes. so the question was victim services and sarah talked a lot about what her organization does to support victims from the public entities. in 2020, you all may remember that we had initiatives by the mayor and those officers, that is their sole role is to support the victims before prosecution. you know, there's a process that the d.a.'s office and the state supports victims of crime and those processes are still there. but often times, before that case goes to the d.a. for prosecution, those victims need support and that's where community entities like c.y.c.
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and others and the police department comes in. so that unit has been really important to support victims and we've supported hundreds of victims getting them to the resource that is they need. the guidance that they need to access those resources and that was a value added to support people. so that is an ongoing thing that the police department does and as sarah said, they help a number of victims last year and will continue to do that. so we're always working to get better. you know, as we face these challenges, we have some smart and bright people that come up with ideas to do things better and that's what we'll continue to do. we will be out there as far as the policing of the unifar new year festivities and we have made adjustments. you know, are the masking with
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cbc and our public health guidance is helpful. the mandatory vaccinations, you know, people are getting hospitalized like they were and this city is very fortunate to have leadership to have the vision to do what is done. that's help. you know, people have been off sick, but they're coming back to work a lot sooner and that's helpful too. the bottom line is we have to have the officers out in the street. we have to have the officers out there and engaged and part of the policing we want for the city and we'll continue to do that. >> i have a question for mayor breed. mayor, do you see a connection between the rise and hate in the a.p.i. community and rising support in the community [ indiscernible ] >> i'm sorry do i see what? >> do you see a connection between the rise in hate crimes and asian community [ indiscernible ] >> i don't think that's a fair assessment to link the two. two different subject matters
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and sadly this rise in hate crime seems to be a trend throughout this country starting with our previous president who i think in some ways created the divide once the pandemic hit and here in san francisco as i said, we're going to do everything we can to make it clear it won't be tolerated here. thank you. >> [ indiscernible ]
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>> i try to start every day not looking at my phone by doing something that is grounding. that is usually meditation. i have a gym set up in my garage, and that is usually breathing and movement and putting my mind towards something else. surfing is my absolute favorite thing to do. it is the most cleansing thing that i'm able to do. i live near the beach, so whenever i can get out, i do. unfortunately, surfing isn't a daily practice for me, but i've been able to get out weekly, and it's something that i've been incredibly grateful for. [♪♪♪] >> i started working for the
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city in 2005. at the time, my kids were pretty young but i think had started school. i was offered a temporarily position as an analyst to work on some of the programs that were funded through homeland security. i ultimately spent almost five years at the health department coordinating emergency programs. it was something that i really enjoyed and turned out i was pretty good at. thinking about glass ceiling, some of that is really related to being a mother and self-supposed in some ways that i did not feel that i could allow myself to pursue responsibility; that i accepted treading water in my career when my kids were young. and as they got older, i felt more comfortable, i suppose, moving forward. in my career, i have been asked to step forward. i wish that i had earlier
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stepped forward myself, and i feel really strongly, like i am 100% the right person for this job. i cannot imagine a harder time to be in this role. i'm humbled and privileged but also very confident. so here at moscone center, this is the covid command center, or the c.c.c. here is what we calledun -- call unified command. this is where we have physically been since march, and then, in july, we developed this unified structure. so it's the department of emergency management, the department of public health, and our human services hughesing partners, so primarily the department of homelessness and supportive housing and human services agency. so it's sort of a three-headed command in which we are
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coordinating and operating everything related to covid response. and now, of course, in this final phase, it's mass vaccination. the first year was before the pandemic was extremely busy. the fires, obviously, that both we were able to provide mutual support but also the impact of air quality. we had, in 2018, the worst air quality ten or 11 days here in the city. i'm sure you all remember it, and then, finally, the day the sun didn't come out in san francisco, which was in october. the orange skies, it felt apocalyptic, super scary for people. you know, all of those things, people depend on government to say what's happening. are we safe? what do i do? and that's a lot of what
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department of emergency management's role is. public service is truly that. it is such an incredible and effective way that we can make change for the most vulnerable. i spend a lot of my day in problem solving mode, so there's a lot of conversations with people making connections, identifying gaps in resources or whatever it might be, and trying to adjust that. the pace of the pandemic has been nonstop for 11 months. it is unrelenting, long days, more than what we're used to, most of us. honestly, i'm not sure how we're getting through it. this is beyond what any of us ever expected to experience in our lifetime. what we discover is how strong we are, and really, the depth of our resilience, and i say that for every single city
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employee that has been working around the clock for the last 11 months, and i also speak about myself. every day, i have to sort of have that moment of, like, okay, i'm really tired, i'm weary, but we've got to keep going. it is, i would say, the biggest challenge that i have had personally and professionally to be the best mom that i can be but also the best public certify chant in whatever role i'm in. i just wish that i, as my younger self, could have had someone tell me you can give it and to give a little more nudge. so indirectly, people have helped me because they have seen something in me that i did not see in myself. there's clear data that women
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have lost their jobs and their income because they had to take care of their safety nets. all of those things that we depend on, schools and daycare and sharing, you know, being together with other kids isn't available. i've often thought oh, if my kids were younger, i couldn't do this job, but that's unacceptable. a person that's younger than me that has three children, we want them in leadership positions, so it shouldn't be limiting. women need to assume that they're more capable than they think they are. men will go for a job whether they're qualified or not. we tend to want to be 110% qualified before we tend to step forward. i think we need to be a little more brave, a little more exploratory in stepping up for positions. the other thing is, when given an opportunity, really think twice before you put in front
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of you the reasons why you should not take that leadership position. we all need to step up so that we can show the person behind us that it's doable and so that we have the power to make the changes for other women that is going to make the possibility for their paths easier than ours. other women see me in it, and i hope that they see me, and they understand, like, if i can do it, they can do it because the higher you get, the more leadership you have, and power. the more power and leadership we have that we can put out
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sustainability mission, even though the bikes are very minimal energy use. it still matters where the energy comes from and also part of the mission in sustainability is how we run everything, run our business. so having the lights come on with clean energy is important to us as well. we heard about cleanpowersf and learned they had commercial rates and signed up for that. it was super easy to sign up. our bookkeeper signed up online, it was like 15 minutes. nothing has changed, except now we have cleaner energy. it's an easy way to align your environmental proclivities and goals around climate change and it's so easy that it's hard to not want to do it, and it doesn't really add anything to the bill.
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all right. hello everyone. thank you so much for joining me. i'm san francisco mayor london breed and i'm joined today with our police chief bill scott to talk about the crime statistics in san francisco. and i just want to back up and put things into perspective. first of all, it's been a challenging year. we say that over and over again, but we also understand the challenges everyone is living with whether it's people who've lost their jobs and homes. kids that who aren't in school. those that struggle with mental health challenges and a number of other issues. sadly, in san francisco, we have seen certain crime statistics increase, but we've seen others decrease. and the chief will get into those more specifically. now, despite dealing with this pandemic and seeing a number of people especially with the
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omicron variant out sick, we've seen that happen not just with people in san francisco, but many of our city workers including those from our police and fire department. the public safety arm of san francisco. and i just want to take this opportunity to really thank our police officers, many of them have had to do overtime because we've had hundreds of officers out as a result of omicron and others have had to step up to take their place. we know that there are a number of challenges that we see and we know that people are anxious to see improvements in the tenderloin community with the emergency declaration, but the fact is we have a number of employees that are out. others have stepped up to take their place and we want to ensure that not only are we doing what we need to do in the tenderloin community to keep that community safe, we also need to make sure that we're keeping everyone in the entire city safe.
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we know that that is such a priority for so many san franciscans. and as a leader of this city, it is a priority for me. nothing is more important than to make sure that people who live in this city, people who work in this city, people who visit san francisco feel safe as they walk down the streets. and the fact is that does require police officers. it does require folks who are part of our public safety network. it does require us working together. and to be clear, it does not mean that we ignore the reforms that we need to do here in san francisco with our police department. it does not mean that we ignore all the work we're doing to provide an alternative response to policing. those things go hand in hand with also keeping people safe so that they don't become victims of violent crime. so i want at this time to
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really just talk about what has been our plan moving forward. our plan moving forward, of course, is definitely contingent upon us providing those various services with our street crisis response team, our ambassadors, our escorts for our seniors. so many great programs in san francisco with a lot of nonprofit agencies that are working hand in hand with us to deliver for san franciscos who are most impacted by crime. yesterday, i was in chinatown, we were talking about the statistics and the hate crimes that have increased by 567% in the a.p.i. community specifically and our need to enhance our support is what we're doing because that is critically important to the safety of that community and to making sure that people understand that we don't tolerate this and we will do everything we can to make sure that justice is served for the
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victims of these violent attacks. and part of that is making sure that we have a robust police department. a department that has officers who can not only walk the beat, but those that can investigate crime. those that can deal with a number of the challenges and victim services and support all the things that we need in order to make sure that not only are people kept safe and we prevent those crimes from happening in the first place, but once they happen that there is a process to bring those who commit those violent acts to hold them accountable. and that's what this is all about. the department over the past couple of years since 2019 has seen a reduction in the number of police officers by about 20%. and so where our operating with the staffing that we have and meeting the needs all over san francisco, but we clearly need more. just recently, we received a letter from the controller's
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office of san francisco that says if we don't move forward with the supplemental that i introduced for $22.5 million to help with the cost associated with the police and fire department, services will be impacted because they won't be able to allow us to spend above our means. so what does that mean? that means that the controller's office will come in and make certain decisions for us. that means that the police academy classes which are already struggling with recruitment for our police department won't happen. that means no more back filling of officers. no more getting police officers on the streets in the numbers that we need in order to ensure safety. that's what it means. it means our fire department will be affected. $7.9 million for the police. $14.6 million i believe for the fire department to address what
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we know is again the overtime related to the additional services needed from people being out sick and also the shortage in staffing of people who have retired or left the department for various reasons. this is not asking for more. this is asking for the basics, what everyone expects in the city as it relates to public safety. that's what this is about and i'm hoping that the member officer the board of supervisors see it that way. this is about what people expect. when there's a shooting in the bayview hunter's point community which has occurred on far too many occasions, the expectation is that the police will show up. when there's a stabbing or a shooting or assault in the tenderloin community, that community expects that the police will show up and they will get justice.
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when there is crime of any occurrence, whether it's a burglary when someone is breaking into someone's home while they're there. can you imagine experiencing that and not having the police show up right away when you call 911. that should never happen in a major city like san francisco. there should be an expectation if something happens and you're in need of medical treatment, the paramedics will come. when you're in need of support from law enforcement because you've been assaulted or robbed or anything has occurred, the police should be expected to show up. so this additional resource we need is about maintaining that level of service and we know we need more, but in the meantime, as our city has really suffered during this pandemic, not just the challenges of mental illness and addiction and homelessness and all of the things that we continue to address, but crime.
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and crime has to be addressed in a number of ways. there is not a one-size-fits-all, but there is a real need to make sure that we don't completely deplete our police department and then still expect justice and service and support when sadly we become the victim. we can do better and my hope is that we will do better. my hope is that the board will approve this supplemental and the police department will be able to continue the great work that they have done for san francisco especially during this pandemic. so, with that, i'd like to introduce our police chief bill scott to talk specifically about the statistics from last year. >> police chief scott: thank you, mayor breed. and good morning everybody. we're going to have graphics on the screen so you can follow along. and before i start with the statistics, let me start and
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put this into context. statistics are what's reported to us. and we all understand that sometimes what translates on the statistics may not be your experience. aside from homicide, i think traditionally in policing, crimes go unreported. homicide is probably the purest statistic we have because it's really hard not to have a homicide reported or murder reported. short of everything else, we know there are crimes that we don't get because they're not reported from shootings to reports, to burglaries, you name it. some crimes don't get reported and i want to put that into some context because when we talk about our statistics, we're talking about what's reported to us and we understand that for some people, that may not be their experience. that might not be what they're seeing. the victim may not have reported it or things in
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particular from their world view might not be consistent with what we put up. this is merely what we report and i think it's important that we understand and put into context what statistics are. as mayor breed said, we know there's a lot of work that we need to do. we also know that there is a lot of good work that's been done. so we're going to talk about both. we're going to talk about the challenges and we're going to talk about the things where we've seen some progress and some improvement. and being that i led off talking about homicide are the purist statistic that we have. i'm going to start off with our homicide and each one of these graphs that you see are, you'll see the last several years of statistics. so you can put into context what the trends are. violent crimes will start here and we'll put into context what the trends are over time because it paints a clearer picture when you look at crime statistics over a period of
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time. we have 56 homicide this past year in 2021. and when you look at this graph, this graphic, the last time we had homicides was 2017. we saw a decline for three years and then starting in 2019, we started to see an increase in homicides, and sadly, this is not just a san francisco trend, this is a national trend and this is something that is truly concerning to all of us. many of our investigations have led us to facts that indicate that many of our cases are connected with some of the surroundings cities in the bay area and so we've been doing a lot of work with those jurisdictions and those police departments both on the law enforcement side and on the social services side to try to turn this trend around. 56 homicides for san francisco is a big deal and it's something we're committed to turning around and before i end my discussion, i'm going to talk a little bit about some of
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the strategies that we've put in place to do just that. i also want to say that in our effort to bring these cases to resolution, we solved our clearance rate for homicides this past year was 77%. so almost eight and ten of our cases we solved and that's been consistent over the last several years and that rate is really far above the state average and the national average and so that's something we're pleased with. not to say we can't do better. we want to solve every case, but sadly for the families and the victims, we don't solve every case, but we'll definitely work as hard as we can to do just that. those cases can be solved and those investigators can't do the work if we don't have what's in place. we have to have the staffing to do that. we also have to have community
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support and there are too many people to thank in terms of many members in our community. but we'll keep pushing forward and we want to turn that 56 to a much lower number. a couple years ago, i think it was the mayor's first year in office or second year in office, we were at 41 homicides for the year. that is as low as we've been since the early 1960s. we want to do better than that. gun violence contributed to the majority of our homicides and the next graphic, you'll see our gun violence victims for 2021. there were a total of 222. that's the highest we've been since 2016. and you look at the friends. it really follows the homicide trends where you see a dip. 2018 to 2019 and then it starts to do back up. now, we don't really know the role that the global pandemic plays in this. there's a lot of theories out


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