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innovation, creativity, and if there is more coordination, we believe they can be more efficient and effective. some things include rainwater harvesting, it shows conservation efforts and also looks at ways that you can reduce fossil fuels. lookit generating power that is regenerated. look at solar power. it is getting people to use solar power as well as training residents on solar power, when of the burgeoning areas of green job development. there are just a number of sustainable gardens in the gardens project that are both good for the environment and are developed jobs. there are energy audits that both conserve energy and train local residents how to do these
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energy audits. another long list of initiatives has been developed. the arts and culture of want to point of is that like other departments, puc donates 2% to the arts. there is an opportunity to really align how the money is spent with core mission. health is an area that we thought was critical to include. -- that is things like having walking trails, outdoor recreation and open spaces to promote the health of the community. the production of healthy vegetables and healthy food that the community can consume.
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while that food is being produced, residents are learning about agriculture and sustainability. in the area of health, we have not fleshed it out much, but while puc is doing construction, it keeps in mind the impact to mitigate the negative. it also increases the positive impact. health is very closely related to education. i will also talk about land use, because that sustainable agriculture initiative not only teaches communities how to use the land, but they have done things like produce cookbooks to help young people understand the
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value of healthy eating. is not just with the school where there is a lot of collaboration, but also with the community. there used to be a program called choice. they can get couriers out of learning and putting to use of the commission -- of how the commission uses opportunities. it is an example of a program that depends on the person within the organization, but when that person gets overwhelmed with work, the program may not be sustainable.
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we thought it was an excellent program. in the area of land use, there are interviews with the other people -- what was imperssive -- impressive, they categorize the land away the is key -- categorized teh wahe way the las used. if you know someone, you can put forward very innovative and creative models. you might have a great idea, but you might not know how to get it implemented. we will talk about the recommendations, many to be guidelines and policies that are transparent, that the community can understand so that when they want to think about a possible use, what are the legalities,
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and who do they talk to to get their idea considered and possibly implemented. the last ones i won't go into detail. diversity in inclusion is very critical. who does the work? who is involved? who makes sure that there is gender equity and involvement. there are lots of things that we can say about diversity and inclusion. it is an area that has not been fully developed. in our conversations, we heard that it was an important area. finally, financial contributions are pretty self-explanatory. there are over 80 programs.
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we think there are great things that are really important for someone to look at it and provide guidance and direction. i will move to the initial recommendation. the first recommendation was for the commission to develop effective -- supervisor maxwell: do we have that in hard copy? >> you do not have the power point? you will, momentarily. they are on page 11 of thef powersor point. -- of the power point. i believe it is on page 11.
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the first initial recommendation is that the puc develop processes for transparent and meaningful participation. supervisor maxwell, you raised good ideas about how we ensure participation is transparent. people understand how they can get involved, they understand their role. they may not see it in the final program or project, but they have the opportunity to provide it. stakeholder participation is transparent to the people can share information and not only get it for themselves, but disseminate it. so that the members are part of the process for community needs.
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are they doing what they said they would do? not just in design, but in implementation and oversight. as my partner said, and as you said, public utilities are expected to have participation of the community. all that we have seen, we think it is cutting edge. we have not seen the breadth and depth of initiative that works on community benefits. and they can set the standards and benchmarks for community participation. the recommendation is the puc adopt the policy statement and agency wide program that is integrated with the core mission. there are methodologies to determine whether adequate resources have been allocated to the program.
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it is not an afterthought, what you're doing for the community. but the concerns about community involvement and community ideas -- the policy will be brought in the sense that it will not be prescriptive as opposed to giving policy guidance to integrate community benefits from the puc. the third initial recommendation is to develop long-term plans to sustain and fund public involvement beyond completion of these capital programs, the water system improvement program and the sewer system improvement program.
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projects are about to be embarked upon. it is important that that involvement is sustained over the life of the program. supervisor maxwell: it also could be a policy for the city as well, it could do something that all the departments -- it could be something that all the departments looked at going forward. >> if the best practices are looked at and inc. early on -- for instance, all the parties need to know the community involvement is going to be critical for the development of the project. but not a puc it's the a -- it not only sets the puc apart, but it sets the city apart. it needs to be sustainable across all enterprises, outcomes
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will be measurable. that these metrics and these outcomes will be regularly evaluated and reported to the commission and to the stakeholders. it is not a secret what is happening, there are no questions, we think it is important to have this framework. even if we are not accomplishing -- indulge me as i say "we." we understand that this is the benchmark, this is what will be used. it is clear what is going to be expected. it should not be viewed as a failure. unless we don't learn from the mistakes and the failings. an ongoing process that allows reporting and on-time information so that people can
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get involved as the projects are unfolding is critical. the last initial recommendation is something that the puc has taken steps to address. because community benefits is still important, the puc should provide coordination and management at a senior level. resources and authority to properly manage the complexities and challenges of community benefits. and how we identify those resources, it might not be a percentage or a dollar amount, but it should be clear at the beginning of work, what is expected. and what is going to be provided for community benefits so that it can be tracked and monitored over time.
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it is also important for someone with experience, because she understands how to leverage the work that is being done with other agencies and other entities throughout the city and throughout the region. we thank -- we have probably added a few since we -- those are the ones that we thought were key. our complete -- we will complete our stakeholder interviews. we will finalize the list of community benefits, that will be the inventory that you are looking at. we will finalize the definition of community benefits.
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we will produce a final, written report with community benefits programs by december 1. we will be moving that up for a lot of reasons. we want to make sure that we provide some broad policy considerations, and guidance, and directions. it will be considered at the outset of any initiative that is undertaken. let's say something undertaken in yosemite will look different from the southeast. supervisor maxwell: is there an attempt to do an evaluation from the community's perspective? which ones are the best ones? there are a number of questions i have, some of the community benefits that have come. is there any attempt to do that?
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>> we think it is important to include that when we come up with a finalized inventory to talk with folks. that would be something that would be coordinated. it would be a high level of understanding that could take that and put and incorporate it into the shaping of the project, but it might not happen before december 1. that is one of the reasons why we develop to the on-line survey, we included the inventory online. we wanted to get community feedback to make sure which one of these were important. supervisor mar: thank you so much, and i just aon theline survey. -- i just took the online survey. i did have a couple of points.
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i think it will shake up the comfort level with in the -- within the puc, if we are r talking aboutace -- if we're talking about race, classes, and in equities. and your efforts to try to create social responsibility there over the years, also working in richmond, california. questions about language capacity within institutions and organizations, i don't see chevron engaged with regard to low-income african-americans and latinos. it is a key part of why we have a better awareness of social justice. my hope is that when you look at the community-based grass-
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roots group, they are very important. the local ones are rarely included. -- reaelly -- really included. the more that we break open the discussion, the better our institutions and government will be. thank you for the great work. supervisor maxwell: -- >> i just wanted to remind you of something we had not necessarily thought that deeply about, several people raising the issue about physical and mental disability. and how you include in your diversity and your accommodation that some people might have additional challenges. the language issue as well as physical ability. and just really meaningful ways
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i appreciate. supervisor maxwell: is that the end of your presentation? i have a couple of questions, but i think it is great that while puc is on the cutting edge, it is because they listen. the citizens have really led the charge. i am uncomfortable with the public participation being a community benefit. it should be a community necessity. even if it is something -- it should not be there to me. that has to be there -- to happen.
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the community said, you have to give something back. we have some real problems with it, it was good initially. your recommendation to have somebody look at what is going on, i would like to know how much money does the puc spend on community benefits? i think that if we look at the dollar amount, we will need somebody to coordinate back. -- that. how big is the puc? i see it as really a -- it's not a non-profit. it's a for-profit -- profit. what do we make? so how does that relate to the community benefits and all of that? i mentioned that earlier.
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maybe you have that? >> we have not measured it as part of our assessment, but we have taken into account going forward. there are dollar values on some initiatives, not on others. it is critical -- supervisor maxwell: everything should be evaluated for a dollar amount. i need to know what they are going to do about it. >> and the incoming general assistant manager. one of the questions you had was timelines in regard to next steps. it will go back to the public utilities commission be forced to november 1.
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the concrete -- as well as a policy statement and a definition of community benefits. we are hoping to bring it back to this community by december 1. the second step that we had thought about, to work with the board of supervisors in regard to developing and adopting a resolution in support of the community, it speaks to your comment that this could actually be a model for other agencies. the third thing that we talked about quite a bit with regards to organizational culture, while there has been a lot of activity happening, it is going to be a different kind of approach that will be more intentional, and the different options that will
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be laid out. we will work closely with the general manager and the assistant general manager. we will really think about and to begin implementation quickly with regard to how to get the community benefits program up to scale and in forcing in, monitoring what is inappropriate dollar e --nforcin -- enforcing it, monitoring what is inappropriate dollar amount. and in regard to how to we internalize -- do we internalize this approach? supervisor supervisor maxwell: just the fact that you mentioned arts and culture. we are surrounded by water on three sides. some of our art should mention that.
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it should be above ground, and it should also be educational. it is nice that it is around the city, but i think there should be a little bit more of a program approach to the arts and culture, as it has to do with the puc and water and educating people on what we do and how we do it because it is so important. i hope you were going to have that discussion. if we do it quick, i can help you, and if not, my colleagues here will probably be more than willing to get involved in that art and culture as it relates to the puc and water. supervisor mar: can i just add to commissioner ellis, i just really appreciate your activism and advocacy. it will be so great to really change the culture and really help transform the organization, but i think it is good that the report acknowledges all the things that have happened.
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i would not know hardly anything about the sewer system unless tommy walked me through with tyrone and others in the west side plan, but i know that it is inevitable complete judy east side plant, so that is why the ssip and others are in improving social equity and justice around the country. besides the art and culture, which i think people need to be more aware of the resources that continue to vivifying and making things more livable, i think that the education that the pc uses right now should be more widely available. i have the map of the sewer system available in my office, and it helps me educate my kid as one person, but the school system needs to be tied in, so i'm glad that is a good part of the outcomes, in the work force development, also on the west side, to have access to mean jobs that are living wage jobs
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with great benefits, so it all ties in nicely together with outcomes. the hard part is implementation. that is why i look forward to the planning process. thank you for the great work. >> i also think that education should be number one. we have educated populace of the city so we can continue with these programs and continue passing the bond. my enthusiasm is because we have seen the story. i know you can watch on television sometimes if it is late night, but just that map of our watershed -- it is amazing, and it should be out, and that could be some of the chart you do. that could be one of the things we think about the way people have contributed the history of it, but i think education is extremely important. i also again before we leave today for somebody has some
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figures. when we look at our bond, $4 billion here and $6 billion there, that is a lot of money. i think a percentage of that should come back to the community. everybody in the community should feel all that money they have spent that they are being paid for. there should be a bigger opportunity for education. i know you all had a program where you would go at one school in my district where people came, and people had to guess what they did. police came, and they talked about what you need to do to be a police officer, but the puc headed that program. it was really remarkable. more of that should be done in all of our schools. but you all really did it, and i do not know what you are continuing to do it, but that is something that should be -- you
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are, tommy? good. that is something that should really be going on. juliet, again, smart move on ed's part. juliet is brilliant with the community and people in mind. so i think what we are going to see is a new dawning for the puc. they have already been there, but this is just going to take them over the home. welcome to san francisco. welcome to e p u c, and i know you are going to do well on a new work -- welcome to the puc, and i know you are going to do well on your work. >> we do not have an exact number for you today. part of it is the definition for community benefits. we have to refine the definition, and we can refine
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what we are spending on it. we know the budget for the puc is roughly $700 million a year. the sewer system improvement program is going to be $4 billion to $6 billion. those are the bonds. those are eight to 10-year numbers in both cases. we know that there are specific programs we do -- the garden project, will spend $1.5 billion every year. a lot of that stuff is very separate and very easy to track. there are other cases where should we build the recycling plant, we are building the community to be part of that. supervisor maxwell: you said if? >> we would have to go through the process before i can make any kind of assurances here in our plan would deal with the education process of what goes on in the building. how you use water, how you recycle water. we are building the educational things into our projects as we
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build them, so that are not separate or discreet. supervisor mar: i was talking with suzanne about the public engagement process around the golden gate park issue. i just think that hearings are important, but also really getting into even schools as supervisor maxwell was saying or meeting one on one with community-based groups that have a state or interest-of -- a stake or interest. >> we have a lot of discussions. we have been doing the official out reach that you have to do, but we have been having a lot of other discussions with folks. we will continue working through the environmental review process to make sure that people are aware of what we are doing and aware of what we are doing and aware of all the aspects of what