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forward. so i cannot recommend or suggest that putting this over would billion to our benefit. i can assure you it would be to our detriment. >> ok. thank you. >> i'd like to speak this issue for a mofmente -- moment.
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>> thank you, colleagues. i want to speak to this issue for a moment. i think after the hours that we spent at land use yesterday and the several hours that we spent this afternoon, it is absolutely true that there are details that we do not yet know about the nature of the specifics of this plan. but let me just reiterate a couple of points. first of all, we know that this plan is at preliminary design stage. we know it's going to continue to change and evolve as the americas cup team and all the regulatory body including ours reviews these plans we also know the city, san francisco, is going to continue to conduct a very rigorous environmental review of the regatta.
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and we're going to have sequa review for these plan elements. if we are lucky enough to get there will be working with the public and the stakeholders. we were assured that all the neighborhood associationsa, the -- associations, the entities are going to be involved in this process. we are going to design an event that are going to deal with all the issues that we have right now. if we wait this will not be a good sign to the americas cup team as we are competing with two countries. we are representing the united states. we are representing the city of san francisco. we're representing the state of california but we are representing the entire country as we compete against spain and italy. and so colleagues, i ask that we put our best foot forward. i think the issues that have
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beened have been good. but our internal steam taking all these issues to heart and they will work with us and work with all of the stakeholders to make sure that we do this right. so cloges, i'm not sure if there as been a motion to continue made. but i would oppose that and ask that we move this forward. >> there is no motion except for the item before us. >> supervisor campos. >> thank you, mr. president. i think one issue that would make me feel comfortable is maybe we can hear from staff what if any involvement the office might have with this matter? >> supervisor campos, the host city agreement which would be
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the binding document would be subject to budget review. we were told that the term sheet was not subject but that a binding agreement would be if we were trying to make any -- any commitments based out of this document. further more we are coming to budget and finance with a fiscal feasibility study. i assume that that would be subject to budget analysis review and critique. we're certainly not going to develop them without the controller's office. >> i understand that, but i mean, i think the question remains, what is wrong with the budget analyst office having some involvement at this point? >> our understanding when they received this item a week ago was that it was not subject to review because there is nothing that binds a city to do anything and that term sheets often are not binding.
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that was my understanding. and we are rying to -- we're trying to as mcclellan lan has said and see if they can move forward into negotiations taking into account everything that is being said that would inform the next document that would be a bindingdom document. it mite be multiple documents. but all of them would come back to this body. >> i still don't think it answers the question i asked but i understand the point. >> supervisor? >> thank you, mr. president. supervisor campos is correct in the question and that's why in my remark i mentioned the notion of us having a hearing within three weeks.
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if i didn't say so, i should specify now that my asurpgs is that hearing is predicated on a budget analysis report. this seems be unrealistic of an expectation i'd like to know that now. but this is something that, one, i believe it's necessary. two i also believe there are going be so many it rations that this process has done well and right that the first it ration would be significantly different than probably the last it ration of this process. so i'm prepared in roll call to introduce this hearing off the fly to formalize this request and this process. >> colleagues, is there any additional discussion? seeing none if we could take a roll call vote on the
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underliing item. >> item 39. >> aye. >> supervisor alioto? >> aye. >> superpresident chu. >> chu aye. >> supervisor daly. >> no. >> dufty? >> aye. >> elseburg. supervisor mar. >> aye. >> supervisor maxwell. >> area. there are nine ayes. >> thank you for participating in our democracy. we have a lot of items here. we have a number of 3:30 p.m. accommodations which i would like to move to the miracle mile at 3:00. i would like to move to the 2:30 item. ly take them in the the order
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in which they are in agenda. the tentative parcel map discussion will be next. i think it is likely that the 4:00 p.m. items that have been scheduled will not be heard until at least 5:30 or so. if we could go to our 3:30 special commendation. there are colleagues that would like to make commendations. >> thank you very much, president chu. >> i am honoring a constituent mr. ron blackman. i do want to make sure that mr. blackman is here. oh, great. one moment, please.
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hi. all right. ron. come on up. stand near the podium. i'd like to take this opportunity to commend one of my constituents whom i'm very proud to represent, mr. ron blackman the executive producer of the film series "saving the bay." it's a series of four one-hour episodes highlights the geological, cultural and developmental history of the san francisco bay. it was narrated by robert redford and takes viewers on an unforgettable jurn journey around the waters of the san francisco bay and the watershed. it's premier on kqed had the highest rating of any pbs program in the nation. in addition, ron has taken an
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active roll within his neighborhood in district two. he's the president of presidio heights. whoops, association of neighbors, fans. i can't thank you enough for your dedication to the bay and to san francisco. our most valuable resource and treasure is the san francisco bay. this series is a true treasure and it will continue to raise awareness to the san francisco bay for generations to come. i do want to say that i think you should send a copy of it to our president of the board, president chu who sits on bcdc. you could probably teach him something. i mentioned it to him earlier. i also wanted to let you know that i heard you on pbs the other day on m.p.r., giving them away for free during a pledge drive. i think you have a short clip to show us. and i would love it if you
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would make some remarks. >> well, michela, thank you very much. part of my checkered past is that i've worked in this building a long time ago. we won't get into that. i'm a native of the city and it's something that took seven years to make. the good news is that it turned out very well. there are lesson plans from fourth to 12th graders. there's been so much interest by government sbis the, community groups that there are things in the works about making this an ongoing project. last thing i'll say is that pbs liked this enough that they're going be running the series over four weeks in april nationally. it's a great advertisement for san francisco and coincidentally with the discussions you just had about the america's cup. it's going to be four hours primetime talking about our beautiful bay. so what you're going to see is the first four minutes of the
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series which will give you a pretty good idea of what it's about. >> great. thank you. >> in november, 1769, before the british colonies of north america were united states, before the settlement of english newcomers had pressed beyond, a small party of spanish soldiers were lost opposite the shore. they were in search of an elusive port called monte rey. but wandered instead into an idealic world, a world inhabited were deers the size of horses and trees they simply
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called redwood. but where were they? the sea stretched far climbing the hike of a peak to investigate, they were astonished by what lay before their eyes, a marvel of nature wrote one early visitor. a harbor of harbors. large enough to hold all the navies of the earth. >> san francisco bay is obviously the most beautiful natural bay in north america. there's nothing that has its scope, its beauty and its setting. >> a wonder expanse of blue peace in the midst of a tremendously developed urban areas where factories and houses and high-rises.
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but the bay remains. >> the san francisco bay is absolutely magic. its grace value is almost its spiritual value. that's what makes the bay area so profoundly different. we are right at the edge of wilderness all the time. >> it truly is a place that has unique features, protecting and restoring back to something closer to what it was. we'll never really put it back the way it was. but we can certainly make it better than it is today. >> this is the story of the san francisco bay from its birth at the end of the last ice age, to its rebirth in our own time. it is the story of an environment and the forces, influences and people who have
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shaped it. from a 5,000-year-old culture that once thriveed on the shore to the gulf seekers in the america west. it is a story of dreamers and schemers. the story of the power of industry in the 20th century to produce engineering marvels in a vast ecoo system. this is the story and rediscoverry of one of the greatest shores, how it was nearly lost and how it may yet be saved. the ongoing story of saving the bay.
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>> ron -- [applause] >> thank you very much. i don't think it would pass by anyone the significant of the fact that we showed that clip right after the conversation of the america's cup. i would like to thank you. it would be a beautiful place to watch 72-foot catamarans racing against each other as well. environmentally safe too. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> it is my honor to present the next presentation.
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i'm wondering augustine are you still here in the audience. my apologies i do not have a film for you. but think of if you could imagine it's getting close to dinner time. so think of the images, anti-pasto, calamari, ravioli, pizza, spaghetti. and think of the best italian restaurant that many of us know in north beach. i'd like to pride in representing a direct with some of the best restaurants in the city. but i wanted to commend the 75th anniversary of t morvings as'. i think some of you know this restaurant because when you ask me where can you go to have family-style italian food, i recommend this one. it's not just the amazing food that they serve every night but the history of this restaurant. in 1935, they broigget brought the first -- brought the first
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wood fire pizza oven, quite an even. it was the catalupo family that started lupo's restaurant. they ran it for many years until 1971. at which time they had a very san francisco story. they had a chef, tommy chen, a chinese-american who took over the restaurant. and tommy decided to change the name of the restaurant to an italian-ated version of his name. which is how the name tomso's name came to be. his wonderful family with tommy decided to take over that restaurant. and for many, many years they have been serving not just the residents of north beach but the residents around the world. it's a tremendous feast. just some of the folks that have eaten at this restaurant,
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robert duvall, francis copola, herb lucas. herb cain as well as everyone who represents the best of what we have here in san francisco. so with that, augustineo i want to thank you for carring this tradition and we look forward to eating many good meals for this next 75 years. congratulations. [applause] >> thank you very much. it is a great honor. i really appreciate it. >> that's it? >> that's it. thank you. [applause]president chiu: the lt
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commendation of today will be presented by the supervisor from district 1. supervisor mar: i am pleased to honor one of the organizations in our neighborhood. especial leader from that organization represents building an organization from the ground up to benefit everyone in our district. i am talking about the richmond district neighborhood center. pat, could you please come forward? [applause] i think it is really important that pat get kudos because i think she is very modest and does not often talk about the great things she has done and what the neighborhood center does. i think it is an important story to tell. after 30 years, it was born out of a community activism and
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organizing for a better neighborhood. in 1980, after the school district was going to demolish a school and build condos, people like linda freeze and others organized residents from the grassroots to build a beautiful place that has helped many families in our neighborhood. that was back in 1980, 30 years ago. pat is celebrating her 20th anniversary as the director of the richmond district neighborhood andcenter. it is a thriving, living thing. it has brought joy to me and many others in our community. pat has worked tirelessly to keep it happy, healthy, and safe. when it started, it served 300 people a month. it now serves over 3000 people
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with a weekly food pantry. there is a children multi- cultural arts program and after- school programs that serve our public schools, and the success is due largely to pat, hurt staff, and the volunteers and their efforts to do more for families struggling to make their ends meet and to address be isolated, struggling seniors in our community, and to support used in need of economic health. the richmond district neighborhood center is celebrating its 30th anniversary thursday night at the jewish community center. i will be there. thank you so much for your service to our neighborhood and the whole city. [applause] >> thank you so much.
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i think the esteemed elected officials here. i know most of you, or have been in your offices for one reason or another. always, that recent is primarily keeping families in san francisco. my husband and i were married 40 years ago in city hall. we are pleased to say we have lived there for all these years and raised our children. our granddaughter is here with us. she wrote me a card as a kindergartener. besides the fact that we were married here in city hall, i arrived in 1968, long before most of you were born, with a flower in my hair and wishing the wonderful things to san francisco. my parents met here during the second world war and i heard my whole life about san francisco.
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this is my place and i have never left and cannot tell you how much i value this wonderful, wonderful city by the bay. when we first met, my husband and i went regularly to alcatraz, helping the indians during that time. we have a varied background in san francisco. i thank you very much. i am humbled at this very generous proclamation that supervisor mark is going to make -- that supervisor mar is going to make. i am here representing hundreds of people like me who love san francisco and worked tirelessly. i am concerned about this, because i wonder who is taking care of the kids, but i would also like to thank my staff from the rich and community center. [applause] my husband, my good friend grace
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who has spent many years here, and many of the board of directors from the richmond district neighborhood center. would you stand please? they all worked very hard for the city of san francisco. [applause] president chiu: there is one final commendation that is going to be presented from district 9. supervisor campos: good afternoon, everyone. i would like to call upon the california coalition for domestic worker rights.
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a lot has been said in the last few days about the plight of domestic workers. it usually takes a high-profile case to bring attention to this issue. we have heard a lot about what a specific candidate for governor did or did not do with respect to her domestic worker. eventually, time will tell what meg whitman knew and did not know and what she did or did not do. in light of the fact that some attention has been provided to this issue, i want to speak about a very important issue that sadly does not get a lot of attention. that is the working conditions that currently affect domestic workers not only in san francisco but throughout california. domestic workers are a community
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that unfortunately has been overlooked time and time again. today, i would like to recognize a coalition, the california coalition for domestic worker rights, which has been working for quite some time to make sure that very basic rights are provided to domestic workers. through their work, they have pointed out that even those of domestic workers are the -- even though domestic workers are the bedrock of a functioning society because they allow other workers to be able to work, the domestic worker industry is riddled with abuse, mistreatment, and labor violations. they are mostly female and mostly immigrant. they are especially vulnerable due to the fact that the work is
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work of an isolated nature, where women mostly work behind closed doors and are out of the public eye. more importantly, and i think that many san franciscans would be surprised, but these workers are actually expressly excluded from many of the protections that are accorded to most workers in the state of california and throughout the country. they are expressly excluded from the national labor relations act, which means they are unprotected when asking for basic rights. they are unable to engage in collective bargaining. something as basic as overtime pay is not something that is provided to them. something as basic as safe working conditions is not
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something that is guaranteed to them. they are currently excluded from protections under the california occupational safety and health act. in terms of compensation, there is no protection that they actually get paid for the number of hours they work. sick leave is a luxury that is not provided to them, let alone vacation time. the list goes on and on, which is why the coalition for domestic workers rights has been asking the state of california for quite some time to pass a domestic worker bill of rights. that effort is currently under way thanks to the leadership of our san francisco assembly member, tom amiano. with that background, i would like to recognize the tremendous like to recognize the tremendous work of these very courage