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>> hello i'm san francisco mayor london breed i want to thank everyone in san francisco. thank you for your patience, for your resilience and listening to our public health leaders. i know the last several months haven't been easy for anyone. they certainly haven't been easy for me. everyday i hear about the struggles people are going through from friends from family members and from the community. while san francisco has been a leader in the fight against this pandemic, everyday we suffer losses. people are losing their jobs, people are losing their grip on their mental health. worst of all, people are losing family members to this disease.
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even as we endure these losses, i'm hopeful for the future. these months of public health crises and social unrest has shown us that when we come together, we can have the hard conversations and make the tough choices to do what needs to be done. not just save lives but to address systemic racism head on and change society as we know it. i know today is about our budget and our path forward. as we step into the future, one that i'm hopeful for, is important we take a moment to recognize where we've come from. at the beginning of this year, we were living in a different world. our unemployment rate was at a historic low. tourism was at all-time high. hotels were full, we had all plans to shape the future of this city we all love.
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i know i have plans to address homelessness and housing, to reimagine our mental health system, to improve transportation and make our streets safer and build a more equitable city. to lift up those who too often are left behind. like i said, we had lot of plans. what we didn't have plans for was the coronavirus. it certainly had plans for us. here we are today in a very different san francisco with small businesses closing and schools struggling to bring kids back to the classrooms. with over 180 thousands san francisc100 -- 180,000 sanfrancr unemployment.
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we have seen san francisco come together in a way that makes me proud. proud to be mayor, yes, but also proud to be a san franciscan. we work together to make sure thousands of people had access to medical support, to testing, food and housing. we move forward emergency policies to protect tenant and businesses from eviction. give people emergency sick leave and keep workers safe. we raised millions of dollars in donations through give to sf to support small businesses, workers and vulnerable residents. we think people organized to check on elderly neighbors and deliver groceries for those who can't leave the house. while nursing homes across the country have been devastated by this virus, we haven't had a single death among the over 700 residents at laguana hospital. we've seen community groups rise
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up to support our most vulnerable residents in the bayview and mission and other hard hit areas. we've seen the spirit of san francisco rise to meet this challenge to flatten the curve and then rise once again when the virus came back the second time. today, we are proposing a balanced budget that closes that $1.5 billion deficit. while still meeting the needs of our city. through all of this, we continue to protect our public workforce. let be clear, when we talk about 180,000 san franciscans applying for unemployment, not one of those people is doing so because of city cut their job. not one. as our economy plummeted, we wanted our city workers to focus on their health and the health of their families and on serving our residents during this crises.
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not on whether or not they would have a paycheck. with the budget i'm proposing today, i i want to continue to prevent all layoffs. but to do that, we need our labor partners to work with us. we need them to agree to delay any planned wage increases for two years. so far, we are having good conversations with the firefighters and the police officers on delaying their raises i'm hopeful other unions will agree to do the same. i don't think this is too much to ask. our entire city is suffering now. we all need to do our part to hair in that sacrifice. i want to be very clear, if the union don't agree to delay their raises, then we will be forced to lay people off. we will be forced to cut city services. we don't want to see those unemployment numbers go up because we are forced into layoffs. that's not what i want. it's not what anyone wants.
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i'm hopeful that our labor partners will step up and work with us in the coming weeks. because there is a lot we have to do with this budget. including continuing to fund our ongoing covid response. we all know we are living with covid for the next year. likely longer than that. san francisco has been a national leader in responding to this pandemic, thanks to our efforts to follow the data, build a testing system from scratch, create a robust contact tracing team and provide food, support and shelter for our most vulnerable residents. we will keep doing everything we can to get this city through this pandemic. hopefully the federal government will continue to provide the necessary support. we know the federal government won't cover everything. that's why we are putting $93 million from our general fund towards supporting our continued covid response. this is a significant investment
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but honestly, it's not really a choice. without a strong and sustained covid response our students won't return to school, people won't go back to work and our economy won't recover. even as we continue to wrestle with covid, we can't lose sight of other key priorities. our homelessness crises didn't go with covid. covid has made it even more challenging. i know people are frustrated with what they see on our streets. we have had to reduce capacity in our existing shelters by 70% leaving more people out on the streets. our outreach workers continue to do very difficult work all while practicing social distancing. we met this challenge by moving thousands of people into hotel rooms, trailers, safe sleeping site and new emergency shelters.
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this work took an amazing effort from city staff and nonprofit partners, work that normally take months and years in planning and implementation done in a matter of weeks. the tenderloin alone we moved over 500 people. we are expanding those efforts oeffort neighborhoods like selma and the mission. while we are seeing some progress, frankly it's clearly not enough. we need more than short-term hotel rooms. we more than parking lots for safe sleeping sites. we need housing. lots of housing. that's why this budget funds 1500 new units supportive housing. which is part of our homeless recovery plan to move 4500 people from hotels, shelters and the streets into housing in the next two years. it will help us as a city meet
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the needs of the unsheltered and our residents who are frustrated by the conditions they see everyday in our neighborhoods. we also can't lose the progress we've made on improving our mental health system. including funding mental health sf. that means adding more mental health beds, expanding our behavioral health access center so people can get immediate care when they need it and improving the system of care so that people struggling with mental illness and addiction. we're also creating a new crises response team so that when you call 911 or 311, because someone on the street is clearly having a mental breakdown, we can send a team which includes a paramedics, clinician and behavioral health peer. we need to shift the burden mental health response call away
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from the police it's not fair to ask our officers to do the work of mental health professionals. it's not effective for those in crises. this is a key piece of our police reform efforts. in addition to doing the work to call for service, i laid out three other major areas for police reform. addressing accountability and bias, getting rid of military grade weapon and equipment and redirecting law enforcement funding towards the african-american community. while all are important, it's the last one i want to talk about today. as a black woman who grew up in poverty in this city, police brutality was all too common. it was something we expected and complaints were usually ignored. two months ago, the murder of george floyd shook this country
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to its core. in a way that i have never seen before. people responded like i have never seen before. seeing people not just african-americans, rise up against police brutality gave me hope that real change in this country is possible. but for those who support this movement, for those who truly believe that black lives matter, it's important that we listen to black voices. it's important that we allow black people to lead this movement. i'm not just talking about me or any of our black elected leaders who have been fighting this fight for generations. i mean we have to listen to the people in the community. we have to listen to the people who have seen and lived the devastation resulting from decades of disinvestment. we have to listen to the people
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who don't come to city hall because they've known too many broken promises, made by those in this building who believe they know what is best for black people in this city. that's why the first thing supervisor shamann walton and i said, when we announced we wanted to reprioritize funding to support the black community, was that this had to be a community-led process. earlier this week, the human rights commission released an initial report that highlighted what the community wants us to focus on. this report is the first step in guiding not just the investments we make with this budget but the change we need to make in the years to come. changing the inequities in our country won't happen overnight. we won't change the fact that african-americans have the lowest median household income
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in san francisco overnight. we won't change the fact that black people have the highest mortality rate for nine of the top ten causes of death in san francisco overnight. we won't change the fact that graduation rates for african-american students in our public school system is just 53%. we won't change that overnight. we won't change the fact that nearly half of san francisco police department used to force cases involve black people overnight. we will change these facts with this budget. we are listening to the community and prioritizing investments in the african-american community around housing, mental health and wellness, workforce development, economic justice, education, advocacy and accountability. as a first step in this effort, we will redirect $120 million
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from law enforcement to support these priorities over the next two years. let me repeat that, this is $120 million. it's a first step. if we are going to make real change, we need to do the hard work. it's going to take all of us coming together, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. i often talk about how i overcame poverty, despair and vince to become -- violence to become mayor. my goal with these investments and this change in how we prioritize the black community is simple. i want my story, my experience to be the norm and not the exception. i want black girls growing up today to rise not in spite of their upbringing here in the city but because of it. i want black boys growing up
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today to thrive because we chose how to change the city and how this country treats our young black men. not as a statistic or an tragedy but as an important part of our city's future. if we accomplished nothing more than that during my time as mayor, i will leave this office proud. i want to end by acknowledging the leadership of a few of the people who are central to this budget process. first, i want to thank board president norman yee and budget chair supervisor sandy fewer to continuing to be strong and collaborative leaders. over the coming weeks, we will work with both of them and the board of supervisors to finalize this budget so that we can continue to deliver for the people of san francisco. i want to thank controller ben rosen field for the work he and
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his team has put in as well as all the city departments who worked to find ways for us to close this deficit. finally, i want to thank my budget team. led by ashley golfenburgering. san francisco is lucky to have these two strong smart women leading this challenging process. now at this time, i want to introduce ashley who's going to give us a short presentation on our budget. >> good afternoon, thank you mayor breed. i'm the mayor's acting budget director. i like to thank the rest of the mayor's budget office team who worked so hard to put this budget together under mayor breed's leadership. today i'm happy to walk you through the details of the mayor's fiscal year 2021 and 2
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21-22 budget. the total size of the proposed budget is $13.7 billion in fiscal year 2021 and $12.6 billion in fiscal year 2021-22. the fiscal year 2021 proposely budget represents a $1.4 billion increase over the fiscal year 1920 budget primarily driven by one expenditure related to the covid-19 pandemic which go away in the second year of the budget. the total proposed budget is made up of $7.5 billion or 54% nongeneral fund expenditures which include enterprise and self-supporting activities. 6.2% or 46% of general fund expenditures. it is important to note that self-supporting and enterprise funding are restricted and not
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eligible to be used to balance the city's general fund budget. these includes things like operations that are airport, the public utilities commission, port and the mta. it is also important to note that the $3.9 billion of the $6.2 billion in general fund expenditures are restricted by state and federal reimbursements and voter mandated services for children, transit and seniors. the remaining $2.3 billion represents discretionary fund budget available to pay for the public services san franciscans rely on. the mayor's proposed budget achieved four key objectives. it balances the budget responsibly, avoiding layoffs for city employees and major service cuts, it makes progress on shared priorities of homelessness and behavioral health. it reinvest significant resources toward initiatives
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that support racial equity and identifying alternatives to policing and it maintains a robust importance to the covid-19 pandemic. the mayor's required by the charter to submit a balance two-year budget. the proposed budget utilizes variety of one time and ongoing revenue and expenditures solutions to balance this projected shortfall while also investing in shared priority areas. the may 2020 joint report projected a $1.5 billion two-year general fund budget shortfall. driven by stark revenue losses resulting from the economic impact of the covid-19 emergency. in july, worsening economic conditions resulted in a further downgrade of revenue projections for the upcoming budget period. to overcome the shortfall, the mayor's proposed budget utilizes reserves, new revenue and other savings. the mayor's proposed budget
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utilizes $340 million from the city's main economic reserves during the budget period ensuring reserve balances remain in tact to hedge against future risk. the budget assumes ongoing excess reserve from the educational revenue augmentation fund or eraf to balance the shortfall. the proposed budget assumes $300 million that will become available with the passage of business tax reform measure. in order to avoid layoffs and maintain critical city services, the mayor has asked the city's labor unions to defer scheduled wage increases over the period of the two-year budget. the savings associated with that are reflected this proposed budget. lastly, the mayor's proposed budget assumed many citywide and departmental saving. it includes underfunding the city's capital equipment and
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i.t. programs, only funding critical projects while deferring other new costs. this also includes savings offered by city departments that keep positions vacant and achieve other efficiencies all while avoiding layoffs and major service impacts. taken together, these solutions equal $1.9 billion over the two years. despite the economic challenges we face, the mayor's propose the budget is able to make over $300 million in targeted investments in priority areas. the mayor's proposed budget invest general fund dollars in behavioral health and homelessness, maintaining the investments we've made in shelter, navigation centers and behavioral health beds while also feeding new general fund support such as the homeless rory plan and mental health sf which will be implemented through the passage of the november business tax measure. the proposed budget also
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reinvest $120 million in law enforcement funding over the next two years to support programs and services that benefit the african-american community and advance racial equity in our city. the proposed budget also seeks to prioritize youth investing $15 million in onetime support to the san francisco unified school district to provide needed financial relief and support for vulnerable students. lastly, the mayor's proposed budget maintains robust response to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. allocated $100 million in new general fund support. the mayor's proposed budget is able to close the projected shortfall without layoffs and minimal service impacts. however, we are just beginning to see the effects of this recession and must remain vigilant of the risks that uncertainties that lie ahead. before the pandemic, san francisco had approximately $1 billion in reserves.
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the proposed budget will utilize about half of those reserves over the coming three years, leaving the remainder to hedge against significant risk that far exceed the remaining reserves. these risks include the failure of the november 2020 business tax reform measure, which should not prevail could create $300 million shortfall. the proposed budget assumes that the city continues to receive fema reimbursements for eligible covid expenditures through the end of the fiscal year. should the federal government declare the emergency over, the city would face a significant financial burden to continue to respond to covid. a prolonged worsening of the pandemic would negatively impact the city's finances both in the form of ongoing expenditures not planned for in this budget and in worsening conditions that can further slow economic recovery. while we believe the assumptions
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around access eraf and other state revenues are sounds, there's risk that worsening conditions that the state level can result in further losses of state revenue. lastly, while this budget proposed ongoing solutions, the city still faces a structural deficit and must maintain reserves. to conclude, while the proposed budget balanced it is balance end on a number of asunshines that could fail to materialize which under underscores the importance maintain reserves to guard against these future risks. thank you. >> thank you ashley. thank you again. nothing about this pandemic is
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easy. nothing is certain. i believe that the more transparent we are with the facts and the more honest we are with the challenges we face, the better off we will all be. i know we will get this budget passed. we will continue to keep people healthy and safe and we will get through this challenging time together........................
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>> hi. i'm chris mathers with channel 19, and you're watching coping with covid-19. today, i'm going to be talking about exercising during the pandemic. first, i'm going to tell you what i've been doing, and then i'm going to be checking in with some friends and family. i've been riding my bike. all i take is a pair of gloves
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and a mask if i come into contact with anyone. i try to ride my bike during the time i'm sheltering in place. i try to ride for at least 30 minutes. surfing is my other regular outdoor activity. california state guidelines recommend you don't drive more than ten minutes for a spot to exercise, and although i'm close to ocean beach, i'm a bit wary to go there, so i'm using the time to do some maintenance. filling in gouges and dings, and sanding it down. i'm also repairing holes in my
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suit. fellow sfgovtv producer chris took his first yoga lesson a couple of years ago and used to go to a class regularly before the lockdown. he and his wife set up a space in their garage for exercising. this routine is from an on-line class by power yoga. deann and andy have been using the ping pong table that they bought off craigslist and set it up in their back yard. ellie has been using this home gym to stay fit. it has everything she needed. and lastly, if the weather is bad outside, you can exercise your mind by doing a puzzle,
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sudoku, or just by reading a good book. here's a quick recap. since i started this episode, the guidelines have changed. for instance, jack may be able to go golfing with some restrictions. go to to get the most up-to-date
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my name is doctor ellen moffett, i am an assistant medical examiner for the city and county of san francisco. i perform autopsy, review medical records and write reports. also integrate other sorts of testing data to determine cause and manner of death. i have been here at this facility since i moved here in november, and previous to that at the old facility. i was worried when we moved here that because this building is so much larger that i wouldn't see people every day. i would miss my personal interactions with the other employees, but that hasn't been the case. this building is very nice. we have lovely autopsy tables and i do get to go upstairs and down stairs several times a day
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to see everyone else i work with. we have a bond like any other group of employees that work for a specific agency in san francisco. we work closely on each case to determine the best cause of death, and we also interact with family members of the diseased. that brings us closer together also. >> i am an investigator two at the office of the chief until examiner in san francisco. as an investigator here i investigate all manners of death that come through our jurisdiction. i go to the field interview police officers, detectives, family members, physicians, anyone who might be involved with the death. additionally i take any property with the deceased individual and take care and custody of that. i maintain the chain and custody for court purposes if that becomes an issue later and notify next of kin and make any additional follow up phone
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callsness with that particular death. i am dealing with people at the worst possible time in their lives delivering the worst news they could get. i work with the family to help them through the grieving process. >> i am ricky moore, a clerk at the san francisco medical examiner's office. i assist the pathology and toxicology and investigative team around work close with the families, loved ones and funeral establishment. >> i started at the old facility. the building was old, vintage. we had issues with plumbing and things like that. i had a tiny desk. i feet very happy to be here in the new digs where i actually have room to do my work. >> i am sue pairing, the
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toxicologist supervisor. we test for alcohol, drugs and poisons and biological substances. i oversee all of the lab operations. the forensic operation here we perform the toxicology testing for the human performance and the case in the city of san francisco. we collect evidence at the scene. a woman was killed after a robbery homicide, and the dna collected from the zip ties she was bound with ended up being a cold hit to the suspect. that was the only investigative link collecting the scene to the suspect. it is nice to get the feedback. we do a lot of work and you don't hear the result. once in a while you heard it had an impact on somebody. you can bring justice to what happened. we are able to take what we due to the next level.
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many of our counterparts in other states, cities or countries don't have the resources and don't have the beautiful building and the equipmentness to really advance what we are doing. >> sometimes we go to court. whoever is on call may be called out of the office to go to various portions of the city to investigate suspicious deaths. we do whatever we can to get our job done. >> when we think that a case has a natural cause of death and it turns out to be another natural cause of death. unexpected findings are fun. >> i have a prior background in law enforcement. i was a police officer for 8 years. i handled homicides and suicides. i had been around death investigation type scenes. as a police officer we only
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handled minimal components then it was turned over to the coroner or the detective division. i am intrigued with those types of calls. i wondered why someone died. i have an extremely supportive family. older children say, mom, how was your day. i can give minor details and i have an amazing spouse always willing to listen to any and all details of my day. without that it would be really hard to deal with the negative components of this job. >> being i am a native of san francisco and grew up in the community. i come across that a lot where i may know a loved one coming from the back way or a loved one seeking answers for their deceased. there are a lot of cases where i may feel affected by it.
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if from is a child involved or things like that. i try to not bring it home and not let it affect me. when i tell people i work at the medical examiners office. whawhat do you do? the autopsy? i deal with the a with the enou- with the administrative and the families. >> most of the time work here is very enjoyable. >> after i started working with dead people, i had just gotten married and one night i woke up in a cold sweat. i thought there was somebody dead? my bed. i rolled over and poked the body. sure enough, it was my husband who grumbled and went back to sleep. this job does have lingering effects. in terms of why did you want to go into this? i loved science growing up but i
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didn't want to be a doctor and didn't want to be a pharmacist. the more i learned about forensics how interested i was of the perfect combination between applied science and criminal justice. if you are interested in finding out the facts and truth seeking to find out what happened, anybody interested in that has a place in this field. >> being a woman we just need to go for it and don't let anyone fail you, you can't be. >> with regard to this position in comparison to crime dramas out there, i would say there might be some minor correlations. let's face it, we aren't hollywood, we are real world. yes we collect evidence. we want to preserve that. we are not scanning fingerprints in the field like a hollywood
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television show. >> families say thank you for what you do, for me that is extremely fulfilling. somebody has to do my job. if i can make a situation that is really negative for someone more positive, then i feel like i am doing the right thing for the city of san francisco.
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