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tv   [untitled]    August 2, 2010 12:00pm-12:30pm PST

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chair maxwell: welcome to land
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use. i am supervisor sophie maxwell, and i am joined by eric mar and david chiu. i want to thank our clerk, alice somera. madam clerk, did you have something to say? clerk somera: please turn off of cell phones. item number one, an ordinance to retroactively extend a grant for $1,670,000 from the esteban of energy and amending the annual ordinates for fiscal year 2010-2011. chair maxwell: thank you. department of the environment. >> i want to first thank the
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supervisors for rushing this into the process, and also, thanks to the mayor's office and controllers who helped in this all along. we are trying to play catch up with other counties that are participating in multi county statewide efforts that have successfully garnered $1.70 million for san francisco of a $30 million allocation for california from the u.s. department of energy for promoting single-family retrofits, so our part here, we're going to be focusing on multifamily and single-family structures. we are particularly interested in two-unit to four-unit buildings, and we are working with a small, hardware-store version, whereas there are big
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box stores. we are doing marketing and taking a more home and neighborhood approach. chair maxwell: then what is our goal? >> our goal is approximately 2000 homes retrofitted. actually, that quantity is being negotiated with the federal government. we initially had a $75 million proposal, and we were cut back to $30 million, giving more money to more proposals. and so, we were about the fifth largest of all aware -- of all of the granytees. -- grantees. chair maxwell: at the end of the day, what will be the measurement? >> jobs created in units of housing retrofitted -- a and units of housing retrofitted.
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for the homes retrofitted, it will be in their energy savings that they will see. the largest reduction we are expecting to see is on the natural gas side of the bills, as a lot of the home performance focus is on indoor air quality, tightening of the envelope, which reduces the heating load, and that is provided by natural gas. chair maxwell: so this is really conservation? >> it is energy efficiency, correct, reducing the need to burn energy in order to remain comfortable in your home. >> and so, that is still something that people feel you get the most bang for your buck, so to speak -- share maxwell -- buchair maxwell:
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>> without the modern scientific tools and diagnostics, you really cannot understand how you can reduce mold, improve indoor air, and increase the comfort of the home. >> making this easy for people to understand and easy to get, one point of contact -- chair maxwell: >> they are working on the same idea, and we're trying to have an area call center that will be for all of the counties as well as for websites and other things that are going to make this as streamlined as possible, and naturally, having things available in multiple languages is a concern in our department. chair maxwell: thank you. colleagues. supervisor mar. supervisor mar: i thank you for
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your work at the department of the environment. i just want to talk about how lower dashon, consumers may take advantage of the program -- a lower-income consumers may take advantage. how does that impact this grant and the effort to have the energy efficiency koran to many homes in the san francisco area? >> you have asked a complicated, multi part question. just to address the paid financing, which is property assessed, clean energy financing, using the property assessment strategy or tax liens financing, as is sometimes called, that has been -- and put into question by fannie mae and freddie mac. they have declared that they're actually planning on redlining any jurisdiction that does any
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type of properties trust alone, so one of the basises for the lawsuit asks them why they are doing this because this is an age-old practice of local governments for a box of purposes, sidewalks, power utilities which in for lots of purposes. so i think that will go on for a long time compaq -- because this is an age-old practice of local governments for lots of purposes, sidewalks, power utilities. as a result, the department of energy world just a couple of weeks ago that they're going to allow us to continue to have our grant. we're going forward with this despite the current setback, and they have said just to devote the resources to try to find alternative financing, so we are using both are block grant funds, we are redirecting those, we are coordinating and staying
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in touch with the statewide efforts on finding alternative financing, renewable funding being the major contractor for the state, and we have weekly meetings with renewable funding on that topic. supervisor mar: does this korean really help people who are the lower income homeowners? >> this particular grant, when we got the comeback -- does this program really help people who are lower-incomes homeowners? >> this particular grant, they wanted us to drop all the money we had built into the program. the only jurisdiction that is continuing some incentive money, i believe, is the sacramento county submittal, because they have a partner. in fact, smnud is actually the administrative body that
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sacramento county is using, and they were able to put all -- some of their own money together, so the federal government said, ok, you can go ahead and use some of the -- the sacramento municipal utilities district, and that is a publicly owned utility. so if we had community choice aggregation, we might be able to do this for some of this, but they are affecting the natural- gas side, not the electric side, but in the nsmud side, they do not have a lot of certain times. this gave them the opportunity to combine funding that we do not have, so it was not an argument i could make. they also described helping commercial buildings. we're staying focused on residential. this program, while we might
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direct these in lower-income neighborhoods or median incomes, there was no particular help, per se. we're going to be utilizing our block grant money for that purpose, and we will be able to utilize some of our state energy program money, 875,000, of which half of $1 willie is for incentives, so we will direct quite a bit 2 homeowners below the area median income. chair maxwell: you are hiring three people. are any of them from the jobs now program? >> i am sorry. i did not hear the rest of the question. chair maxwell: what are you doing in all of that? >> this would be professional staff hired to manage the very
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complicated reporting and administrative issues that we have as well as a complex and multi parted marketing and outreach program, so we are looking for people to of marketing and outreach experience. what we are talking about is not 9922 or the 99 series of staffing, but it includes professional staff, 5642, 5638. chair maxwell: i do not know what that means. >> 5638 requires one year of experience, and 5642 requires three years experience minimum in the field, so we are expecting to attract some high- power folks. in terms of hiring from the jobs
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now program, they probably will not be those, but the jobs that we may create as a result of running the program, the jobs that are created in the private sector for doing the work, doing the sales were, and that sort of thing, could be. chair maxwell: i think it is important that we start creating, helping to make people ready for these kinds of jobs. experience, and it is not rocket science. a lot of people are able to, once they know what is expected, to be to monitor and look at the report. you need to be trained. if somebody could be hired that could learn from to assist
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gumpert. the next time we need something like this, they would be able to monitor inside, and we would not have to go through a new hiring. that seems to be from the department of environment that we should be about doing that. haute it seems that it is energy and green jobs -- it seems that it is energy and green jobs. >> , once we have our energy efficiency task force or steering committee, we will of people who can look at the specifics of these programs. chair maxwell: how long is that going to take? when will that happen? >> i think it is next month. i think i received an email just to name. supervisor mar: there have been
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a number of applications, and hopefully we will started as soon as we can, but i am not sure what the date is. >> we can -- chair maxwell: and that task force, is that a way up so people can learn how to do this type of thing from the inside out? >> -- supervisor mar: is about creating jobs that people in our community have access to in training programs so that there is that pipeline to the new green jobs. chair maxwell: thank you. >> any other questions? chair maxwell: no, that is it. all right, any public comment on this item? >> supervisors, h. brown.
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you are adding three positions today, three positions. the fact of the matter is that three or four years ago, you remember. you were here. the puc decided to take $20 million, which was going to put solar panels on the top of buildings, and they gave them to rich people. they gave all of the money to rich people. once the rubber hits the road, the only people who are going to have internet in this town is rich people. they did it illegally. they gave that money away, and jay caught him, and the board did absolutely nothing about it, and now they are putting things on top of it to make it legal. what is happening is that public money is going to put private power on top but of which people come in you are rubberstamping it. -- on top of which people --
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rich people. chair maxwell: all right, any further public comment? seeing none, then public comment is closed, and, colleagues, without objection, all right, madam clerk, item number two. clerk somera: item number two, an ordinance amending the conditional use recorded for restaurants serving as best latif food, in the castro street commercial district. .-- restaurants serving commercial food. chair maxwell: 80. someone from supervisor dufty;a office is going to speak -- thank you. someone from supervisor dufty's office is going to speak. >> the conditional use
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authorization, we are now moving forward with the same idea for the castro street commercial district. many of you know that these restrictions were put in the planning code nearly 20 years ago, and as many of you know, it did not have many of the concerns that are there now. thankfully, the code has more provisions now, and there are conditional use options, which allow the neighborhood to have quite a voice in the process, so we are excited about this legislation. i am happy to have this. we are happy to answer any questions that you may have, in a representative from planning is here as well. . and a representative from planning is here. chair maxwell: thank you. supervisor chiu? supervisor chiu: it was
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mentioned in "the examiner" today that it would allow them to open inside the lgbt center. does this actually permit that? >> that is a separate piece of legislation. that is in the q and will likely come to this committee after the recess. that legislation would allow -- the proposal is for a special use destroyed at 1800 market street for the purpose of potentially having a restaurant there -- is for a special use district at 19 -- 1800 market street. 1800 market is not part of that district. supervisor chiu: i was confused due to that report. thank you. chair maxwell: thank you. planning? anyone from planning? any comment? >> good afternoon, supervisors. ms. rodgers, planning department
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staff. maybe to give you some more specifics, this would allow in the restaurant and self-service restaurant by conditional use authorization -- would allow a new restaurant and self-service restaurant. public notice to all of the neighborhood. it would also remove an unusual clause, i think i can say, that allows new, large, fast food restaurants on one particular parcel, so it would remove them but would otherwise allow for the full and small full-service restaurants. we did a study and went through the neighborhood, comparing it to help the neighborhood existed in 1987, when we establish the controls for neighborhood control districts, and since then, they have lost a number of restaurants -- when we established the controls. so we think this is a valuable ordinance that will help