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sometimes it's hard to work in distress [speaker not understood] get back to work. economy is really high. taking care of your family, providing a meal is a struggle. and caring about the people that we work with, you want to go to work and be calm [speaker not understood]. and they want you guys to go to co-op or an apartment. you want to be able to be happy and live a productive life. i urge you to support us. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. i want to recognize [speaker not understood] who is the [speaker not understood] and the best coworker ever. i have a letter from one of our clients at baker street house. my name is jesse [speaker not understood]. [speaker not understood]. the number of beds available for mental health services is [speaker not understood]. getting inpatient care is becoming more difficult and the
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most acute connecting to services. the number of beds for ltf and co-ops is dropping and resulting in a similar dynamic. funding for organizations providing mental health services small things like [speaker not understood] given to clients to connecting doctor's points and meetings is causing clients to have to walk long distances to get to providers. [speaker not understood] and substance abuse issues is disappearing the city's housing boom, funding needs to be increased. [speaker not understood]. people with mental health and substance abuse issues. thank you. and thank you, mr. [speaker not understood]. >> thanks. next speaker. [speaker not understood] political coordinator for san francisco. i just want to thank the board and the co-sponsors for the
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introduction of the resolution for supplemental by supervisor campos. and i thank all the co-sponsors and look forward to working with you guys the next several weeks on this. and building a better san francisco in many aspects. so, thank you again for your time and thank you for continuing to welcome me in your offices and having really good discussions on what that looks like, with the seiu partnership with the board and making a better san francisco. thank you for your time. >> thanks. next speaker. good evening, supervisors. i'm alise kraft. i just came in from hawaii yesterday. i've been trying to come over here for a long time because i'm having trouble getting my property at 4 93 broadway finished ~. my husband is very ill and he he passed away a few weeks ago
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~. so, now i could come over. and i was born here 89 years ago. my father was born here. my grandmother was born here. we've had this property for 150 years. we don't want it to go out of the family. but we're having trouble getting it finished. it had a leak that caused a lot of problems. and so far i've borrowed a million 600,000 dollars to finish it but i haven't been able to get it done. i have no income. i think you know my grandson, jordan angle, he's been helping me. we're trying to get an entertainment permit and somehow or other that hasn't come through. and i just want your help.
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i need your help badly and would appreciate it very much. and my -- i have to tell you that my grandmother that was born here, she was born on dupont street which is now grant avenue now, and she was the youngest of six. so, we have a big san francisco background. thank you very much. good afternoon. my name is karen huggins and i'm president of [speaker not understood], sits up in bernal heights, and supervisor campos is our supervisor, and we'd like to reach out to him and say thank you so much for all the [speaker not understood]. and we totally, totally support you in your center. we know you're going to get it. i shouldn't say that, but i did. now, what i'm here to talk
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about is wag. that is the rental assistance demonstration program that is happening now with the housing authority. housing authority is getting out of the business of public housing. but the residents are suffering with this because now they have very few workers to do the grounds keeping and maintenance and we're getting overgrown trees. if you get locked out, you're locked out, you have to get your own locksmith. if you have plumbing problem, if it's be up over your feet they're not coming. this has got to change and we're asking that this board, please, look into an audit of the housing authority before you turn it over to the developers because they are privatizing public housing. resident management should be the key to this. in the '0s resident management came to san francisco. ~ '90s. it got hot and took off like a hot ball because it took off
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and did great things. i was one of the managers. i managed double rock, which is alice cooper. please look into that. it's about resident management. my name is karen huggins and thank you very much for your time. good afternoon, supervisors. pleasure to speak before you. today i come with a 5% compassion coalition, a coalition comprised of patient advocates in san francisco who do direct patient services for medical cannabis patients to help you understand the need and urgency of compassionate care for homeless and medical cannabis patients. first i'd like to give you some backgrounds and a decade worth of work and eliminate the fact this is not a fair [speaker not understood] issue by the current national movement that was defined here in san francisco. equity in health care is not a privilege, but a right. i don't stand here as a marginalized advocate.
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i stand before you with groundwork done and support not only of our task force, but the support of our board of supervisors' unanimous vote in 2006. a current report from the planning department support and had voted sent to the board to be heard by the planning commission. the entire state of maryland, our nation's capital washington, d.c., and berkeley have ensured no. low-income and no income patients have safe access and have mandated a minimum $125ctionv ard of care to be uniform for every permit holder. therefore, today, i present the following solutions to help correct our path. first, 5% mandate for solutions for our residents. we need to take care of our own. second, to enact proposition s which was voted on by our citizens, and third, let's call a hearing on all the work that the task force, the planning department and the planning
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commission have supported and voted so that we can all be on the same page. thank you. ~ for your time. >> thank you. next speaker. good afternoon, supervisor. my name is [speaker not understood] hernandez. i represent many different organizations but today i am actually a member of the 5% compassionate coalition and i'm here to talk to you about compassionate care. because compassionate care was mentioned several times today in these chambers. specifically, compassionate health care. medical cannabis is considered health, a a health issue. [speaker not understood] less than 2% offer compassionate care for low-income and veterans. the city administration is constantly talking about regulations ~, regulations required for ncds. well, how about change the ncd
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operational use permit to include 5% compassionate care? when someone applies for an ncd license it's automatically included. this is something many patients in san francisco definitely cannot afford the medication and it is a serious health issue. thank you. >> thanks. next speaker. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is james ward. i live in district 6. i'm a disabled american veteran, and i need compassionate care. i need your support. i need you guys to support me. you know, it's not just me. it's one in six people in this city is a disabled person, a disabled registered voter. there is a 3 percentage that need medical marijuana because we don't want to mess with some of these pharmaceutical drugs that make us into zombies. so, please, support us. thank you. >> next speaker. hello, thank you for
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hearing our request. my name is denise dorey and i'm part of the compassionate care community. for many years i did union work, men's work, and it was hard on my joints. i now am going to the doctor to see why i can't digest food and i'm scared they might have to do surgery. they're going to tell me next week whether i'll have to have surgery or not. so, and cannabis really helps with the food -- my body to process food. i would say a 5% -- 5% of ncd sales to help cannabis patients who are too poor isn't too much to ask and it's easily doable. 5% is more because we have a lot more disabled folks in this city than practically anywhere in the country. it's this prop sb 420 and prop 215, they're both about the patients and patients are most
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often poor. the nonbinding resolution in '06 and '07 by supervisor mirkarimi, while since then the feds have backed off prosecuting cannabis. so, this item really does need to be revisited because before the feds were keeping us from giving away medicine. now it seems like it's pretty much in the clear. things have changed. so, the issue should be revisited and we do dee he'd on you. unions, we represent workers and patients need representation, too. this might be the only place we have it. shawna can't do it all herself, had ~ she helps a small portion of people. [speaker not understood]. thank you very much. >> thanks. next speaker. supervisors, my name is
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michael goldman. i live in district 6 and, you know, the compassionate use act is not a fig leaf. i think compassion is a real thing. and i think that the legislation that david campos introduced [speaker not understood] to ensure that people without means to afford it can get the medicine they need to prevent themselves from getting sick, i think that's a very compassionate type of thing and i think we need to maintain that kind of k1 passion for medical cannabis because it's a real medicine. people need it who can't afford t. it doesn't cost anything for a dispensary to make [speaker not understood] so people who can't afford to pay the full price can pay less or nothing. and raise the price on people who can afford to pay more, that's just fine. this is really what compassion is about. making sure people who need
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medicine can get the medicine they need without the ability to pay. that should be straightforward. i think it's very important that the san francisco board of supervisors stand in favor of that. and i think if berkeley is going to make an example of [speaker not understood], we can do better than that. we can set aside 5a%, more than that even. 3 4 f1 tha kind of difference can be taken care of. i hope the supervisors will take a serious look at make the the current guidance a condition of the permit because that's something people need. thank you. >> next speaker. supervisors, good afternoon. my name is stephen crane. i'm part of the 5% coalition and i live in district 6 and, i don't know, four years ago i just would like you to put yourself in my place. four years ago i got $64 -- well, before that, i got $59 and i live in an s-r-o, before
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that i was at the shelter. when i moved into district 6 there were three different places available to me that i could get some compassion, at least something to help my pain. i'm in chronic pain, i have been for years. i have some serious illnesses that i'm dealing with. now i'm looking at it and they were shut down. now we feel abandoned in district 6 and now it's just a total disaster. we have no way of getting any type of compassion any more without going miles. now all that's getting shut down. i don't know what you expect. put yourself in my position. i can go to the hospital and get put on large and larkv amounts of narcotics. marijuana has helped me better in my life, become a better person. i have a clear head today. i want you to think about being put in that position waiting
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for ssdi, [speaker not understood], can't take care of yourself and can't get medicine. there used to be compassion in district 6. now there's none. please help us. we're in need. we're in real need. it's a serious thing for us. so, i just want you to please consider it and thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is greg ledbetter. i have known and worked with quite a few of you on the medical cannabis or as a medical cannabis advocate for several years. i have participated in the medical cannabis task force and served as co-chair of the medical -- of the cannabis task force. sponsored then by supervisor tom ammiano. i'm talking to you today as the director of gross kenyan
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foundation, a group of persons -- i'm sorry. this is a long time, okay? and i'm going to -- i'll deviate from my notes because it's something i'm very passionate about. what i have in my hands, folks, represents the patients that i try to serve. it is 63. now, that's a small amount of people, but these are low and no income patients that are in desperate need of some relief so far as their medical needs go. i've heard a lot of talk today about rewriting old outdated laws. there are a few laws and regulations and suggestions that were given to you guys made by the medical cannabis task force and i think that you guys would do good to revisit those and look at the recommendation that were done there. and also look at the compassionate care act that was
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constructed by actions of love and see if we can't come to some kind of agreement to help these patients. i also have a list of several hundred elder patients that are low and no income that are in need of help. and i myself as well as the community that i serve are not able to meet the needs. so, i do feel that the compassionate could come from [inaudible]. >> thank you. next speaker. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is paul spicer and [speaker not understood]. please remember the patients rights in san francisco. thank you very much. >> thanks. next speaker. my name is mike [speaker not understood], i'm also with 5% compassion coalition. i know san francisco is always one to set the mark for the
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nation, but this time our nation's capital did, washington, d.c. they have a mandatory compassion. i'd just like to see y'all do the same thing. thanks. >> thank you. next speaker. good evening, ladies and gentlemen. my name is john stone and [speaker not understood]. i am here today because i would like to tell you as well that i support the 5% compassionate cannabis act and i, too, would encourage you to enact measure s. i, too, am a low [speaker not understood] and without cannabis my life is very hard to live. i'm unable to afford the medicine my doctor prescribed me. [speaker not understood] the disparity in this town and the
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middle class, it is shim mil you're up or you're not up. the people that are down in this pain are in physical pain, psychological pain and hurting without this medicine are suffering. [speaker not understood] really hurting out here. we really ask for your help in this. thank you. >> next speaker. hello, good evening, supervisors. my name is mary lou benitas and i'm here for the compassionate care. i'm an ovarian cancer survivor. right now i'm on ssip which my income right now is $445 a month. that's 50% of what i paid -- you know, the s-r-o i'm staying. so, there is nowhere i can afford like to buy, you know,
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marijuana [speaker not understood]. for a good medical marijuana it will cost me like $60 [speaker not understood] and i had to use that for making tea. right now i am, what do you call that? i'm not suffering any more cancer. that's why i keep using marijuana -- the medical marijuana [speaker not understood]. unfortunately my sister has breast cancer, the third of july this month. and i had to, you know, doesn't believe in the family doesn't believe in using medical marijuana. i think it would have saved her life if she did use it. the doctors have described it to her. [speaker not understood], i'm stronger than her that i'm free of cancer right now. and also thank you very much the 5% compassionate care. thank you. >> thank you very much.
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next speaker. hello, i'm mark trout. i travel up here to preach on the street and also to come up here to talk to you every once in a while. you know, i'm really torn between doing a speech on the 7 trumpets of joshua and the end of the world. in john chapter 7, john chapter 7, okay. i mentioned last week that our borders are not sealed and pelosi goes down there and says give us your rapers, your robbers, your criminals. we have no borders, you know. then she made a snide comment as if she was concerned with these children and he's really not or she'd take some home with her. ~ she's really not i got to thing about how it says in ephesians 1:11 god worked everything after the
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counsel of his own will and his will is very mysterious, very, very, very mysterious. but we only read about 7 trumpets in joshua and in the book of revelation. in joshua the 7 trumpets are associated with the ark of the covenant. there was a space between the ark of about 2000 cube ithxes. we christians believe it's going to be about 2000 years before christ returns. the 7 trumpet ~ sounds and the walls fall to the ground. and it's strange because the democrats basically run us, they really do. they've treasoned us, moev of us, they don't want any borders. we don't have any walls. they're coming in. so, this is god's will because it's happening. god could stop it and he's not. but revelation, the 7 trumpets blow, once again, the ark is seen up in heaven. the sixth trumpet has blown. actually all 7 trumpets have blown. the seventh had to have blown
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3,000 days after 9/11. i've told you many times, /11 was the sixth trumpet. i called two radio stations before it happened, i knew about it a month in advance. ~ 9/11 [speaker not understood] i guess the indians were chasing us when they let the white man stay. but i'm here about the nonbinding compassion issue with medical cannabis. this is st. francis city. i'm not a religious person, i'm a spiritual entity experiencing a human experience. people visualize the state of the city or the community and it reflects on how the visitors and citizens see compassion dispensed by the people. and you are the representative of the people.
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i help dispense wellness to mostly veteran patients and some of them can't be here today because they suffer for such extreme cases of ptsd which includes insomnia, depression, anxiety and panic attacks. regular meds given to them by their -- the federal government or the state government rarely works or it is so strong that they can't function, and which points to its toxicity. a couple veterans tell mel the only way they get sleep is from cannabis. no matter how strong the drugs they're given other than cannabis, none of them seem to work.
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anyway, i hope you can see yourself to express grace in your decision about 5% compassion in our community because one out of six people living in this city are disabled and a lot more of them need and/or are using marijuana than come to these thing. anyway, thank you for listening and [inaudible]. >> thank you very much. next speaker. dr. espinola jackson. you know, i passed out some materials and i want you all to go on the internet. every time i come here, i bring you information but you don't read it or you really just don't care about the people in san francisco. i would like to say that i put together and i made sure that you all, the board of supervisors is number one because you are the legislators, you know, for the city and county of san
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francisco. and then you talked about a lot of different things here today and you talked about pdr. i came before you before and told you what it meant. it meant gentrification. it still mean gentrification. it's not going to change. and what you are doing here -- and i ask that an audit be done. did you do the audit? because i want to come and find out what are they going to say, [speaker not understood] san francisco hope, the mayor's office of housing, the jail fund. money has been coming into this city, into general funds since the '90s and the money was for the community and for programs that were set up by the community. millions of dollars. and in the end of the fiscal year, the mayor come up, we found so many millions.
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you ain't found nothing. the money is still coming here. you know, there is going to be a big [speaker not understood] come through this area and a lot of people are going to jail because a lot of you need to be audited because it is wrong what you're doing. and i know you give me two minutes so you can't hear the truth, but i tell you what. i would like for you to do something, mr. chair, and this is to you. there's a lot of us -- i want you to listen to me very clearly. a lot of us worked with vera hale back in the [speaker not understood]. vera hale worked for the catholic churches with self-help for the elderly in chinatown. i worked with the city -- >> thank you very much. self-help for the aging. so, what i would like for you to do is to make sure that not just you [inaudible]. >> thank you very much. thank you very much.
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thank you. (applause) >> next speaker. [speaker not understood], thank you very much and everybody, jane kim, you did a fine job. [speaker not understood]. we need more help in district 6 as far as police officers and [speaker not understood]. the area i live in in the tenderloin, it's really -- observing it's bad over there because the drug selling over there, especially at nighttime.
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we don't want [speaker not understood] to turn out to be a blood bath like church street did [speaker not understood]. that's what we're worried about. so, we need more patrolling and more protection [speaker not understood]. now at leavenworth and golden gate and [speaker not understood] also by the corner store which is 200 block, we're trying to get some, you know, for the, for the -- more like -- you know, neighborhood watch, trying to get that also. so, we need some help getting the neighborhood watch thing going.
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[speaker not understood] protect our neighborhoods. you know, we need more protection, like i said. and it's really bad over there and we need some help [speaker not understood]. we appreciate it very much. >> thank you very much. next speaker. hi, my name is larry jucey edmonds. we talk about inequality, housing, violence, we talk about how violence in the city, we need to get in touch with commune enacted [speaker not understood]. they have some great messages to help you deal with violence. the problem with violence in america, people [speaker not understood]. [speaker not understood] can teach us a lot more about violence, how they taught me about living in the tl and the s-r-o [speaker not understood] vi