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mom of the community. and if the latin boys nexus take back the block, [speaker not understood] lots of latinos, [speaker not understood]. i would like to ask for help, and please support our levels latina, we need a lot of support. thank you very much. >> thank you. thank you. next speaker, please. good morning. i'm here from market street youth services and i'm here to request your support for homeless youth. mental health services for homeless youth, substance use, services for homeless youth, lgbtq services in the castro for service youth, and especially the diamond shelter.
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we want to present homeless youth from becoming homeless adults. thank you very much. ~ prevent >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. good morning, supervisors, members of the budget committee. my name is sandy maury and today i'm representing the long-term care coordinating council and the two requests we have for you to consider -- before i go into that, i just wanted to give you a couple of demographics. in all of your 11 districts there are between 15% to 24% of people who are seniors over the age of 60, and within all of the districts of the city, of all those seniors, the 18% to 61% who live alone. so, the first request that we're asking you to consider -- and by the way, these two requests are not presently in the mayor's budget. so, we are asking you to consider to add these to the total budget. we're asking for $2 million to add to the community living
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fund which now is administered by the department of aging and adult services. this has been in existence for the last seven years and the fund from this particular fund help people to stay in their homes, in their apartments or in their neighborhoods as long as possible. and so they can age in place and be in a familiar setting. the second request is for $200,000 for technical support to nonprofits who are dealing with service delivery in the senior and disabled communities so they can create a business model called a nso which is a managed services organization, so that they can compete with some of the other entities. thank you very much for your consideration. >> thank you, sandy. next speaker, please. good morning, supervisors. my name is [speaker not understood] and i am a member
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of the hiv planning council and i am also an iv care voice for the latino community. we are still asking for the supervisors to seriously consider including housing for the transgender community and the homeless latinos. they're still asking for somebody to give them the opportunity to have a roof over their heads. we are now facing with another problem. the recertification of hiv for the people that are receiving subsidies from the other places are being cut off because the rent certifications are not being complied with in a timely manner. therefore, the subsidy for housing has been taken away. we need to seriously consider a
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budget for people who are being put out in the street. these are women and these are children in the latino community, and most of them are not speaking citizens. so, we are faced with two problems and primarily we want you to reconsider adding these two problems to the budget and help these hiv and homeless people and children. thank you very much. i appreciate it. >> thank you. next speaker, please. good morning, my name is christine lim and i'm the director of [speaker not understood] san francisco performances. i'm here to urge your support of the grants for the arts. san francisco performances was founded in 1979 with a mission to bring great artists of the world to perform in san francisco and also from the very beginning to facilitate these artist connections to san franciscans outside of the concert hall, in the schools,
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in the community as educators and advocates for creativity, imagination, humanity and democracy all instilled by the arts. just a few examples. for over two decades at the san francisco community music center, san francisco performanceses has brought great artists like pianists andrei [speaker not understood] [speaker not understood] to perform and engage in conversations with audiences in the mission district. in san francisco public schools by the jazz pianist have worked with students in music and literature to inspire and explore ideas. these sessions were provided free of charge to our partners and to the beneficiaries because of the grants for the arts funding that supports work of arts organizations like us that allow us for creative collaborations to serve the people of the city. grants for the arts ensures the ongoing vibrancy and diversity in our city's cultural life by supporting arts organizations
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large and small. your continued support is critical. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. good morning, my name is matt wong, i'm a native san franciscan and i'm a senior at the [speaker not understood]. i'm a jazz pianist [speaker not understood] s.f. jazz, [speaker not understood] jazz workshops. i have benefited directly from organization funded by grants for the arts. this funding allows s.f. performances, for example, to bring world renowned jazz musicians [speaker not understood] regina carter and [speaker not understood] to [speaker not understood] public schools to teach and inspire students. students who otherwise may not afford to pay for the private music programs or attend publicized concerts. these students need these programs to thrive in their art. [speaker not understood] i
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performed at events and festivals that were funded by the city or through city grants, for example, s.f. [speaker not understood], chinatown music festival, s.f. jazz, a bunch of different organizationses. as a jazz musician there are not many groups left for us to play in so i've been very lucky to have these opportunities to get to play live. i also want to add that any arts funding also benefits my fellow musicians and music educators. a program that teaches also helps to keep the educators working. these generous individuals work tirelessly not only to keep the music alive, but also just to make a living. publicly funded arts programs not only keep the arts alive in s.f., but they are also crucial to the fabric of this city's culture. please support grants for the arts and fully [speaker not understood]. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. good morning, my name is
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chris [speaker not understood]. i'm the executive director of the san francisco community music center. thank you for this opportunity. the san francisco community center is an organization that is 93 years old located on the mission district and we serve 2400 students both in the richmond district and in the richmond district. our single mission is to provide a high quality music education to anybody. right now our programs at the community music center are enhanced greatly by collaborations i want to bring to your attention. we have a partnerships with other organizations both cultural and art organizations that really do have impact on how we deliver our mission. and today i'd like to be able to introduce one of our students who will be talking about the impact a specific collaboration has had in her life between s.f. performanceses and the community music center. [speaker not understood] will now speak. thank you ~. >> thank you. next speaker.
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good morning, supervisors. and especially my supervisor, john avalos. my name is estella moreno and i run [speaker not understood] two choirs that i have become a member, [speaker not understood] which works with mission neighborhood center that works in collaboration with cmc and the arts, and [speaker not understood]. so, what this has done for me is having a place where i can become happy and be able to express what's in me. mostly we sing songs in spanish and it's a place for us to make friendships and also have -- look forward every week for us to be in a place where we feel happy. so, the collaboration that the arts has with cmc mission
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neighborhood center and [speaker not understood] is very important. so, i really urge for you to continue the funding because not only me, but a lot of the seniors who are home bound, they also have become very happy to be members of the choirs and they have now a place to go instead of sitting home, because there is a study that has been done that singing and music really helps elderly people to not only not be depressed or [speaker not understood]. ucsf is conducting 12 senior choirs throughout the city in the next five years and this is to prove how helpful these choirs are for seniors. so, please, continue to support the arts. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please.
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good morning, my name is david kim. i am a musician in the san francisco symphony. music has played an incredible, incredibly vital role in my life growing up since the age of 5, and i really, really strongly ask -- ask you to maintain and even increase funding for grants for the arts. we live -- we have such a really, a great diverse and rich community of musicians and artists that live in the city. i think we should maintain the quality and standards that we've spent a lot of years building. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. good morning. i'm ron goldman. i'm the director of education with the san francisco symphony, and first of allied like to thank the board of supervisors for your support and interest in the arts year round. i would also like to also urge and ask for your support for
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continued arts funding. the programs, the arts environment in san francisco, such a vital part of our city and organizations, art organizations such as the san francisco symphony help to ensure that the arts are provided to every single in the case of our partnership with the school district, every single student. i think you're familiar with the symphonies in music venture program which serves every single elementary school, every single child in grades 1 through 5 throughout every neighborhood and corner of the city. i'd like to give you just a brief quote from a teacher who has taught at both george washington carver in the bayview and alvarado elementary in noe valley and this is what she writes. public education should be equitable for all students. it's not only [speaker not understood], but the symphony makes sure its aim program is equitable. how can you say only certain schools or children should
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receive a rich arts experience? including all public school students and the arts with programs free of charge makes no assumptions, passes no judgments on who should or should not be exposed to something so important to our lives as music. aim does an amazing job of bridging the gap often felt through private and public education. so, thank you for your support and i urge your ongoing support. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. good morning. i'm kayhan doer son from the san francisco symphony. ~ our ventures in music program which is every student in grades 1 through 5 in every single public school in san francisco. i'd like to share with you some remarks that demonstrate the impact that the symphony's music education program has on the students and schools in san francisco. a teacher from charles in the bayview wrote, i love the idea of every student in san
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francisco having the same experience of a concert, no matter what school they attend. i think this is something that really unites the students in the district. i wish there were more experiences like this. a student in the mission said, i had a great time listening to the caribbean express playing their instrument. i love the other groups, too, because they play different songs from many countries. i really liked the balboa brass. all of the groups inspire me to do my best and try new things. a teacher from the richmond wrote, one of my students said, bravo. imagine that a boy who felt so overpowered by the music that his feet were still moving after the concert. he had the beat all the way back to school. a student from chinatown wrote, my favorite part of the concert was when all of the musicians were playing. my classmates and i are so
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lucky to live in a city with a world class symphony. i can't wait to visit again. lastly, a teacher from visitacion valley wrote, when i see the students, including the quiet ones who laughed and moved their bodies with rhythms, i knew that they were instilled with the love of music. thank you for making this beautiful thing happen in our school. this beautiful thing, which is music as part of every student's education, would not be possible without a arts community. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. good morning, supervisors. my name is jason [speaker not understood]. i'm the manager of the san francisco symphony's youth orchestra. i'm also a free-lance musician. i'm a proud san francisco resident and it is because of our city's vibrant and vital arts culture that i moved to this city as a student. i have been fortunate enough to call this city home through my work with many of our arts
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organizations, especially working with teenage musicians as a teacher and mentor. i could tell you many stories about how music has transformed the lives of teenagers, but to mention just one, i recall a 15 year old student from the sunset district, a first generation american whose parents laundromat business had a meager income. through devoting time and energy to music at the age of 18 he was offered a full violin scholarship to attend a prestigious american university, an opportunity he would otherwise not have it. ~ had. this was due to the nurturing and training of the san francisco symphony youth orchestra and other organizations here in san francisco. this reminds us that a vibrant arts community allows young peep to strive constantly for an ever better presentation and ever better relationship with their colleagues and peers and the community. this permeates all aspects of their lives, helps with integrity and gives them hope. from the excellent experience
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of academic endeavors to opening their eyes to a very large world and greater appreciation of hugh mattv, i have seen the arts transform young people and produce immeasurable [speaker not understood]. for continued work in our support, i thank you sincerely. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. good morning, my name is jimmy [speaker not understood]. i'm a proud member of the san francisco symphony family and i'm also here in addition to what you -- very powerful statements of all people, i also came to pledge for you guys to support the arts and the struggling artists in san francisco by increasing funds for grants for the arts and arts commission. i would like to stress what the
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other scenario that will happen to a great city as such and great civilizations, the lack of what the arts are in the 21st century. we cannot afford that since there are so many powerful and damaging issues in the world. we can always relate to the arts to -- for the communities to feel stronger and find a voice, to keep fostering the well-being of all citizens which are the main, the main feature of [speaker not understood] society in the world. thank you so much. >> thank you. next speaker, please. good morning, ladies and gentlemen. my name is chung [speaker not understood]. i'm a professional singer, proud to be in my 21st season
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with a multiple grammy award winning symphony chorus, [speaker not understood] and a free-lance singer. the [speaker not understood] of a struggling ar cyst is good for a narrative, but professionalses need to function and survive in their environment. in a city like san francisco, [speaker not understood] as to whether my colleague and i get to practice our art or not at all. with the ever increasing cost of living, many artists have been forced to either give up their calling or move to other parts of the country. this kind of loss immeasurably diminishes the creative community that makes san francisco the unique city that it is. when the economy struggled, donations suffered and our arts organizationses have taken deep cuts that have hurt the community. in addition to staff cutbacks,
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innumerable programs [speaker not understood]. the cultural organizations in san francisco provide tickets, class lessons and enrichment to literally tens of thousands of young san franciscans at almost every public school in san francisco, benefiting those who need it most and who rely on these services to succeed. in the last few years, we have begun to see a welcome increase in funding. however, our spending is still more than 20% behind level from a decade ago. please help keep the arts community remain and thrive in san francisco. for every dollar these organizations receive in public funding they are able to leverage private money, making eve dollar count even more. supporting arts excellence places thousands of city residents and visitors every year who contribute to our local economy. i urge the board of supervisors to continue to support the arts and artists in san francisco by increasing funding for grants for the arts and the arts commission. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker, please.
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good morning, supervisors. i work with a nonprofit tenderloin housing clinic. i'm a union janitor and i'm here asking for an increase in cost of doing business. the realities in my job being a janitor, have dealt with bed bugs, tb, scabies, and [speaker not understood] i have to be aware of hypodermics. everybody that works in the nonprofit feels it's not a glamorous job. we have a job to do. fortunately i haven't got hurt and none of my workers at these sites have gotten hurt. so, i'm asking that you guys give us a cost of doing business increase in nonprofit workers have to live also. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. good morning, my name is kevin rivard, principal french hornist with the san francisco ballet and orchestra. i completed six seasons with
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both groups. i love living and working with san francisco because this city has a reputation for understanding the need for the arts in the community as well as the need to support its artists. our arts organizations including our theaters, museums, music and dance performance programs and more took significant cuts during tough years. and although we are grateful you have been steadily increasing fund the last few years, we are still way behind the funding levels from 10 years ago. grants from the arts alone is down 22% since 2004. we need to increase this funding so that our artists can continue to live here. recently one of our orchestra had an international position. candidates are one of the finest in the world. yet upon moving here he could hardly afford to rent a single room in the city. our city's arts organizations and its artists are not able to keep up with the incredibly high cost of living in san francisco.
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increased funding for grants for the arts will ensure that our artists can afford to live in san francisco and will enable the arts community to look toward rebuilding their programs that educate students, support local artists, and contribute greatly to our city's unique character. i urge you to support an increase to the mayor's proposed budget for arts and cultural organizations through grants for the arts and the arts commission. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. good morning, supervisors. my name is john david [speaker not understood], i'm a social worker and program detector with family service agency. i'm here to ask you today to please increase department of aging and adult services funded case management services by $500,000 to meet the current and growing needs of 500 more fellow san francisco seniors and disabled adults. case management funding for the department of aging and adult services for the past 7 years has been flat. since the economic downturn,
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san francisco's department of aging and adult services case management programs contracted out to community-based organizations around the city have been held flat each budget year, giving the growing population of older adults, their needs and the needs of adults with disabilities who are also aging in place, additional funding must be put into these city's efficient and effective case management services starting with this fiscal year. there's a growing need and unrealistic expectations for available services. other systems, for example, are relying on department of aging and adult services case management, even though it is completely maxed out. for example, according to olson lee from the mayor's office of housing, additional connections to services will be an important part of the community based organizations taking over the management of san francisco's housing authority buildings. but in practice, this can't even happen if doss case management already has no further capacity. [speaker not understood]. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please.
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good morning. my name is karen gary son, program director of family service agency of san francisco's community case management program ~. today we are here to request an increase to the department of aging and adult services community based case management services by $500,000. this budget has been flat for the last 7 years and as my colleague said, we are at capacity. san francisco is a city with a quickly disabled adult population. by 2020 the senior population over the age of 65 will be 22.4%, over a fifth of the population of the city will be older. the tsunami keeps coming. flat funding for community-based programs means that it doesn't have a law for creative and innovative program models. family service agency would like to put these creative models to work by combining
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community-based case managers with gerontology interns, senior companion volunteers and [speaker not understood] workforce development trainees so that we can provide more comprehensive services to the [speaker not understood]. thank you so much for hearing and i will turn this over to my colleague cathy [speaker not understood]. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. hi, good morning. i'm cathy [speaker not understood] senior division director at family services [speaker not understood]. i would like to tell you a little secret, a dirty little secret, and that is that we are all getting older and everyone in this room is getting older. and i've been fortunate enough to live to be old, the old old. 50% of us will have dementia. [speaker not understood] funding for adult case management doesn't account for the growing issue of dementia care. assisted living expenses cost twice as much as community care, nursing home and hospitals cost are five times as much.
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here are some facts specific to our city. san francisco is a large number of older adults with no loved one living nearby. 40% have no relatives in the area. in 2008 there were 17,000 people 55 years and older with alzheimer's disease in san francisco. in 2015 there are 20,000. that is a 10% increase. if we take it out to 2030, there's going to be a 54% increase. so, taking into account the demographics of older adults living longer and the percentage of oldest old having cognitive decline, doss case managers will play an increasingly essential role of the older san franciscans remaining in the community. increasing the doss case management is cost-effective and fiscally responsible thing to do to beat the current and growing needs. now is the time to encourage effective innovation of case management services not to continue flat spending.
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support [speaker not understood] and 500,000 needed for case management for 500 more seniors and adults with disabilities. thank you. good morning. [speaking through interpreter]
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my name is kim lim. i am her case manager and also her translator for today. so, i've been working with ms. vicky law for the past 2-1/2 years and her husband died in 2012 during christmastime. at that time she lost that part of his income and she was on the verge of eviction because of the place they were living does not consider lowering her rent, so, that's the case. so, she's really thankful the city was able to provide her
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case management services such as myself. i was able to help her with applying for other benefits that she qualified for such as food stamps and paratransit which is able to get her to her adult based center. so, even though her income is lacking and she doesn't have really enough to really live by, but she is just happy just to, you know, maintain -- able to be maintained to stay at her home. so, thank you. and, so, i'm going to speak, breakaway. i'm the case manager for [speaker not understood] department of adult and aging services. unfortunately, a lot of times [speaker not understood]