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[speaking in foreign language]
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>> i want to get to the problem that we could talk to the manufacturers to reduce the concentrations and the chemicals inside nail products. especially nail polish that once you open and you start coughing. she just wants to reduce the concentrations or toxicity in that so she won't have to cough anymore. she think the program would really help for everyone's health working in the salon.
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>> i have been using this product and it doesn't have a lot of smells an i think it really helps improve the salon's conditions. i would hope in the future there are more products like that so we won't have to smell these chemicals. thank you. supervisor chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> good morning. my name is van nguyen. the owner of new york nails. i am here today to speak on this. thank you. supervisor chiu: next speaker. >> good morning, supervisors and everyone here. my name is christine, um' with
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the center for environmental health based in oakland. we also work statewide and nationwide on getting toxic chemicals out of products and manufacturing processes. for almost 15 years the septre for environmental health has worked to get toxic chemicals out of children's products, prior marely children's products . about a decade ago we were part of the bay area working group on precautionary principle, the simple yet vital idea when it comes to toxic chemicals we need to look bothways before we expose our most vulnerable, children, elders, and pregnant women. today c.e.h. stands with and continues to work with all the groups today urging you, the san francisco board of supervisors, to continue to be at the forefront as you were with the precautionary principle to protect your city's workers and residents from the toxic three. your leadership can protect our most vulnerable. we can work with small businesses to ship markets to to safer alternatives and be a beacon for other cities to
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follow. thank you. supervisor chiu: i'm marty martinez, within district eight. i'm with the california pan ethnic health network. a statewide health policy organization working to improve health of the communities of color we strongly support this ordinance. thanks thanks. supervisor chiu: thank you. let me ask are there any other members of the public who wish to speak on this topic? seeing none at this time, the public comment is closed. i want to thank all of you for coming out today. it's funny with at love legislation sometimes good legislation comes from identity december of my colleagues and i, but this is an idea that was really brought by the community. it was brought to us by public health advocates, by advocates for immigrant workers, by advocates for the environment, and all these folks coming together in the coalition and collaborative as helped it move forward. i want to thank you both for bringing it to us as well as the work i know you're going to do
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in the coming months and years to make sure this program hopefully does become an ideal model for the rest of this state and country. with that, colleagues, could i ask if we could move this without -- yes, supervisor mirkarimi. supervisor mirkarimi: i want to complement our colleague, supervisor david chiu. i also have co-sponsored on to this legislation. in san francisco for a good 20 years before we eeven had a department of environment has really been testing the boundaries of the federal government's registry on what they consider to be acceptable or not in terms of household and workplace toxic that -- toxins that people are exposed to on a daily basis. and that we understand that due to the powerful interest of the chemical industry, especially their grip on washington, and how that influences the kind of registry in giving the
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acceptable means of toxins just like what is being evaluated here today because of the relationship to nail salons, etc., that that on a national level is considered to be ok. well, it's not ok in san francisco. and i really do appreciate how this legislation helps sets up a framework that while we navigate the strata between state and federal government, san francisco continues to push forward and says that we will not allow these hazards to be in our workplace environment, especially which is predominantly administered by immigrant communities and nonspeaking communities where they are off taken advantage of and that, of course, in our households. our job here is to be clean, green, safe, and smart and this legislation leads right to that. thank you to the many advocates who really helpedpropel us into this position. it's smart legislation but it's also really common sense.
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supervisor chiu: thank you. with that, colleagues, could we have a motion to send this to the full board with recommendation? motion by supervisor mirkarimi. without objection, that should be the case. madam clerk, do we have any more business in front of this board? >> no, mr. chairman. supervisor chiu: at this time this meeting is adjourned. >> calling this meeting to order. >> [roll call]
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>> approval of minutes for the september 14, 2010 meeting. >> all those in favor? >> item 3, public comment. item four, executive session. >> all in favor?>> good afterno. we are going to call this meeting to order. >> move that we meet in open session. >> all in favor? >> i move that we not disclose anything in closed session. >> all those in favor? thank you. >> commissioners, before we go any further, item 11a, a request
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approval for the san francisco water taxi for water taxi services to hyde street harbor and pierre one-and-a-half is postponed to october 12. we promise it will be heard at that time. item six, please be advised -- please be advised that the ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers, and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. please be advised that the chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic device. please be advised that a member of the public has up to three minutes to make pertinent public comments on each agenda item unless the port commission adopts a shorter period on any item. item 7a, executive director's report.
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>> good afternoon. i will be quick. thank you for joining us today on this beautiful but warm day. welcome back to the waterfront. i have a queue item to report on. the first is to give an update on our public workshops related to the blue green way planning, which is exciting for us. the next round of community planning workshops will be this wednesday at tier 1. that workshop will focus on the central blue-green way, a central area running to the northern boundary of hunters point shipyard. that will capture a great. there. then a week later, on october 6,
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again on pier 1. the next meeting will focus on the northern greenaway. we encourage anyone interested in how the greenway will be interested to come to the meeting. if you would like to see the material about the blue green way in advance, you can go to the port website, very exciting for us. secondly is cuesa's the eighth annual sunday supper. i cannot believe it has been eight years already. as you may know -- it is october 3, which is coming right up, at 5:30 in the ferry building. every fall, cuesa brings
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together market chefs, community members, and others for a feast to educate and support local farmers. there will be a reception followed by dinner at 7:00, a four-course supper served family style. there will be tableside carving, live options, and former presentations. each guest joins a communal table and enjoys a meal pair -- prepared by one of six chefs. it is a pretty amazing evening. next is to announce that next wednesday october 6, we will be commencing our shore power project. that is at 11:00 a.m. at pier 27. because it is in a secure part of the facility, it is not open to the public, but that will take place on october 6 at
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11:00. as you will recall, the port has partnered on this project with the epa, san francisco public utilities commission. we are grateful for all of that and look forward to plugging in the island princess. finally, it is about time to commence fleet week again. it will be from october 7 through october 12. and the fleet week of that does not start until october 7. fleet week is produced by the san francisco fleet week association, which is governed by a board of directors headed by general michael myett. the mission of the association is to honor the dedication and duty and sacrifices of the men and women of the u.s. armed
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forces and to conduct a training. in new event, senior leaders seminar to discuss military capabilities. search and rescue training by the san francisco fire department. the air show with the blue angels will again be on saturday and sunday, october 9 and 10. that will be from 1:00 to 4:00. the parade of ships will begin at the golden gate bridge on saturday at 10:00. this year, the marine corps is also sending several hundred marines as fa. the u.s. navy is also dispatching five ships. these ships will be open to the public and will be berthed at
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pier 27 and 35 in the northern waterfronts ,30 and 32 in the south. >> thank you. any comments? ok. >> item 8a, consent calendar. request authorization to advertise for competitive bids for construction contract no. 2746, 5-year maintenance dredging project. >> any discussion? all those in favor? any opposed? ok. resolution 10-67 is approved. >> item 9 a, informational presentation regarding san francisco public utilities commission proposed fats, oils, and greece control ordinance. >> good afternoon,
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commissioners. in september 2008, you approved the port's adoption of a sanitary management plan. we are required to have that as a center operator and we are not permitted to release oil into the city. the manager of the puc will give you the draft board blueprint. >> good afternoon, commissioners. i apologize for the graphic
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nature of my presentation today. i am with the sfpuc, sewer department, water enterprise. my job is to implement and manage programs that keep pollutants out of the sewer system, which are required by our permits. not only are they good for the environment but they are required by permit. we are going forward to the board of supervisors with a resolution that has already been approved by our commission for an ordinance that will help control greece in the sewers. this is an example of a sewer lateral. i am pretty sure this is coming from a restaurant. it looks like water, but this is hard in the crease with a trickle of water. this is what happens when it hits the name servers. the first one to the left is a manhole cover when you look down. we had to jackhammer that one out. it is not a pretty subject but we have known it has been a problem for a long time, and we have inspectors that go out and
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have been teaching restaurants in the city about not pouring grease down the drain, dry white thing plates. we also started the sf grease recycling program. restaurants were interested in that, and companies are also picking up for free. it has a market value. what we are finding -- this is just to say that this is a suite of programs that we have to keep people from dumping things down storm drains, a chemicals in their homes and businesses. the question is, why is this happening? it turns out we have local ordinances that should be controlling this, both support and puc. the plumbing code of the port and city both require that they have grease-capturing of equipment. the public were coded which regulates the source system has requirements that says you could only discharge a certain amount
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of greece into the sewer system. both of this is to help us comply with our treatment plant. what we are finding is our crews that respond to work orders, over 40% of their calls have to do with trees. when you break that down into staff time, that is over three and a half million dollars we are spending on grease, despite the existing laws, it wears on the pipes, and it keeps people from dealing with more proactive inspection that could increase our levels of service. we started investigating a few years ago why this clause. there are about 3000 restaurants in the city that are potentially discharging grease. we found a lot of them do not have any equipment at all, maybe the owner of the building changed hands, or that they do not clean it.
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what we realized is, historically, there is a gap in regulation where the department of building inspection, port inspectors will require that a new restaurant puts it in, but nobody goes back to look at it to make sure it is maintained, serviced, or kept their if the restaurant changes hands. what we have developed with the golden gate restaurant association and other key stakeholders is an ordinance that clarify existing requirements about cleaning and maintaining your equipment, making sure is fully operational, that you have it in place, and also, it will move more restaurants to modern equipment. before i get into the specifics of the ordinance, we have been working on this for several years. in your package there is a level 3 letter of support from the golden gate restaurant association. -- there is a letter of support
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from the golden gate restaurant association. we have done door-to-door outreach. we have been out there. hopefully, people know this is coming. in a nutshell, the ordinance make sure that people continue best management practices that are already out there. we will give more guidance on how to properly manage the grease that you get from your traps. it will also clarify that you need existing equipment for the plumbing code. new factors have to do with the type of equipment. there are three kinds of greece capturing equipment. grease trap is your typical trap. to the left is a clean one. to the right is what it looks like when you do not claim id. a large interceptor -- this one is outside of a fast-food restaurant. there are not that many in the city because of space. it is technically not feasible
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in many parts. so you have to trap the first one, and then you have this new automatic device. this has mechanical parts that skims the grease off and a basket in front that helps to remove food waste. here is a picture of it on the right, tied into a three- compartment washing sink. the benefits of the d r d, cleaning it, it is not as offensive. it pulls out a solid, and we are looking at opportunities to reuse that race -- grease. the one new thing in does do, because we are this your department, we care what you discharge, we recorded categorize restaurants based on their risk of discharging greece to the sewer. there are four categories. that depends on how much they cook, how much -- or kind of cleaning devices they have. this will be a category for a
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place that reheat food, maybe a coffee shop. they are not required to do anything in terms of grease- capture equipment. it will simply clarify that. then it goes all the way up to category 1. for example, a steak house that has a lot of greece but has no equipment. those in category 1, that have been violating the existing code, they will be required to put in the automatic grease removal device. other books with existing equipment just need to service and properly maintained it. there will be some clearer standards on that because we are finding out that most restaurants do not know what that means. the last thing i will touch on has to do with cost. the reason it has taken us so long to get to the board is because the grd's are more expensive because they are automated. we have some vendors come out to give us some qtuotes -- quotes
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locally. they can range from $1,000 to about $3,000. one thing that we are going to do is reduce the loading charges that restaurants pay. right now, you pay a floating charge for the amount of oil and grease you're putting into the sewer. we figured out, with this equipment, you would be lowering the amount of oil and grease, so we take that loading, it would lower your sewer bill oby about 14%. that makes the return on investment for this occurred in between one year and five year. there are also benefits. if you're laterals are not clean, they have to pay to get them cleaned out. the last one talks about the
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interaction with the port. you have your own inspectors. in other restaurants, we would be dealing with tbi. when a restaurant goes in, we tell somebody they are a category one, inspectors just need to know that they need to put this kind of equipment in. they can keep the same role of ensuring that it is up to code. i think i will end on that note. in terms of next steps, we have gone to the commission. we are approaching the mayor, board supervisors, to see who would like to sponsor it. then we will go to the board to get it adopted by the end of the year. >> any questions, commissioners? aside from getting my cholesterol checked next -- >> i tried to avoid the analogy of arteries. >> i know that fishermen work
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has done some things changing out things, pipes. i think the change will be noticeable. >> we are looking at a lot of issues working together with the port. >> thank you. any public comment on this item? >> item 10a. request approval of term sheet for seawall lot 351 with san francisco waterfront partners as part of the washington project. >> hello, commissioners. i am with the port planning and development staff. my name is jonathan. i am here to ask for your
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endorsement of a term sheet for see what 351 project as part of the 8 washington over all development. i put up on the projector a slide showing the site. it is about two-thirds of an acre. as a way of background, the commission authorize support staff to issue a request for proposals for development sub medal in 2008 for this parcel. we received a proposal in december 2008 from san francisco waterfront partners. we evaluated the proposal and came to the port commission for recommendation of a development which was awarded in 2009, subsequently, imports have entered into a negotiating agreement in august 2009 with
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the developer. i am here today to present the term sheet that came out of those exclusive negotiations and asked for your recommendation to move on the endorsement and to endorse the term sheet. i should also note, in february, the port commission directed staff to work with the planning department's staff to come up with a planning study for all of the sea wall lots, especially parking lots, between washington street north to north point street. this was a study that the planning department designated as the embarcadero study. they concluded that in july 2010. after that study was completed, park staff work in earnest to negotiate a term sheet with the developer. that is what we are presenting here today. i will present the financial terms of that term sheet. then we are going to go into the opportunities for the developer
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to have opportunities at the site. just to be clear, the 8 washington site, which should be up on your screen, is a compilation of steve a lot 351, which is currently at the bottom right -- see what 351, which is currently at the bottom right. the project happens to be combined with the adjacent to one-half acre golden gate tennis club. in their original some middle in 2008, -- submittal in 2008, they propose building residential homes up to jackson street, and then reserving the rest for the swim club, four tennis courts, and a