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12c for approval as has been revised. commissioner antonini? borden? suygaya? olague? miguel? [unanimously approved] >> thank you, commissioners. those items have been approved. commissioners, you are now at general public comment where members of the public may address you for up to three minutes. president miguel: is there any general public comment on non-agenda items? seeing none, public comment is closed. and this hearing is closed at the unusual time of 4:02 p.m. i think this is a record, or close.
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chairperson maxwell: welcome to land use. i am joined by supervisors mar and chiu. >> please make sure to turn off all cellular phones and pagers. any documents to be included in the file should be submitted to the clerk. items added to the supervisors agenda will be added to december 14 unless otherwise stated. chairperson maxwell: i do not believe we have in the committee reports. >> item 1, consenting to the redevelopment agency using $80,000 of federal grant money for the installation of public art in mthe hunters point
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shipyard area. item two, up rehabilitation of building 813 in hunters point. chairperson maxwell: this will allow us to accept $7 million -- more than $7 million of federal support for rehabilitation of the hunters point park land. the first will give us public art. the second will move us closer toward the goal of rehabilitating and reusing building 813, located on parcel to of the shipyard. ultimately, building 813 will house incubator space for cleaning technology companies and provide a range of employment for san francisco residence. the mayor's office and redevelopment's staff will present.
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>> good afternoon, supervisor maxwell, supervisor marc, supervisor to. -- supervisor mar, supervisor chiu. thank you for accepting this resolution under california health and safety code. the health and safety code requires the legislative body of the redevelopment agency to hold a public hearing and to make certain findings pertaining to the use of redevelopment funds for public improvement. these findings must approve the project is of some benefit to the project area or immediate neighborhood in which the project is to be located if no other means of financing the city -- of financing the project are available to the city. it must also be consistent with
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the implementation plan. the funds are going to be used for the installation of nine public art pieces at the hunters point shipyard as part of the public art project. this is part of the shipyard's cultural and historic recognition program, which is one of 11 community benefits agreements of the shipyard development agreement between the agent -- between the agency and the developer, which was approved in its original form on december 2, 2003 by the commission. the council historic recognition programs aims to create an art programs that recognize -- and our program that recognizes the surrounding community in development of the city. the nine pieces of artwork are said to be installed in late
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2011 and 2012. the have been chosen to selection process at 12 agencies and the u.s. economic development association. following all these is a brief overview of the nine art pieces. i am going to use slides. jerry barish of crete a tall figure of a musician playing a horn. this is a 15 foot sculpture cast in bronze in titled "bayview horn." -- entitled "bayview horn." jessica bowdners -- i think we will adjust it.
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it is a memorial tribute. her life-size historic interpretation of the canoes used by the indians is made of steel and will be located in the first part to be constructed at the shipyard. marian coleman's "visions of the past" is a depiction of historic teams including the women who used to work at the shipyard. those will be displayed on a 30 foot panel -- 30 foot panels. matthew geller is proposing a functional circular bench which allows space for interaction and conversation while enjoying the beautiful views. his piece is called "nautical swing."
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the next artist, heidi harden, and her team will work with kids from schools in bayview to explore water as it relates to the ecosystem and the hunters point shipyard in particular. mildred howard and walter hutlz are collaborating on a piece called "frame/reframe," to frame the surrounded duty and environment. the pixilated image of the current use -- views that are currently visible walking toward a path by the bay bridge is captured by walter hood's part of this diptych.
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"rebirth gigantry" is a reinterpretation of the obvious landmark, the gigantic grain. this is located in a playground to allow kids of all ages to interact with history. eric powell decided to integrate his artwork into an existing structure. his guard rail, depicting ships, vessels, and other themes will be a difficult element of the shipyard park overlook. -- will be a beautiful element of the shipyard park overlooked. the last artist, webster, is going to create a sculpture called "butterfly girl." it is approximately 12 feet tall. it is a figure of the young rock-jumping girl and speaks to
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the regular activities of children and families in the community. the installation of the artwork is funded through a u.s. department of commerce's economic development grant which it requires a 10% match of funds invested in a project. this 10% match will be provided from rent revenues in the product area. 90% of project costs will be reimbursed by the grant agreement with eda. the firms will advance money to play -- to pay invoices which are subject to later reimbursement. the project of fills all requirements for adoption under the california health and safety code as follows. first, improvements are a benefit to the project area. all nine are pieces are being installed within the boundaries of the shipyard project area. they contribute to the beautification of the area, making it a more attractive
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location to live and work. furthermore, it is a critical first step in the creation of the arts district to create cultural visitors to the project area. second, no other reasonable means of financing are available. the project funding requires a 10% match which will be funded by brent revenue. it also requires advancing of funds. funds from the redevelopment agency will be used for this purpose, as no other means of financing are available. third, the funds will assist in the eliminated -- in the elimination of light conditions and is part of the implementation plan. the use of art in public park parcels in the hunters point shipyard beautifies the currently vacant site in makes it more attractive to live and work. the investment is also consistent with the project area implementation plan, which calls for the development of
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economically vibrant district for cultural, educational, and arts activity. the step requests the board of supervisors to make this finding, as required in health and safety code, and to consent to the redevelopment agency use of funds for the use of public art at the hunters point shipyard. chairperson maxwell: colleagues, any questions or comments? thank you. >> i have an overhead. good afternoon, the supervisors. my name is anne topier. thank you for hearing this resolution today. the purpose of this resolution is to make findings required by the state health and safety code of the development law to allow the san francisco redevelopment agency to fund the rehabilitation of building 813, located on parcel d2 of the
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hunters point shipyard development area. building 813 is a 260,000 square foot for story concrete construction building. it was built in 1948 and housed warehouse, storage, and administrative offices for the navy. it has been vacant since the mid 1990's and is in need of stabilization and cosmetic of crates. the agency and office of work force development proposed the building be restored for the purpose of housing an incubator for early-stage green technology companies. we are a recipient of two federal grants. these eda grants are for the pre development and rehabilitation of building 813. this must comply with state health and safety code section 33445, which requires a
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legislative body to make findings that the publicly funded improvement abbreviates plight in the project area -- addresses blight in the project area. it has to be consistent with the plan for the product area. these findings are outlined in the resolution in front of you today. as i mentioned earlier, the redevelopment agency is a recipient of two grants for the purpose of facilitating the implementation of an arts and technology district in the shipyard. building 813 is envisioned to be a key component of the district. the agency intends to use the grant awarded in 2006 and the grant awarded in 2007, totaling approximately $7.30 million. these will be used for the pre- development analysis, market feasibility studies, design and engineering analysis, and
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physical improvements to the building. the goal is to generate jobs, retain existing jobs, stimulate -- and stimulate economic growth in stressed areas of the united states. these projects are a critical part of the agency strategy to restore the shipyard role of bayview supervisor chu: -- of bayview hunters point. chairperson maxwell: the rules of redevelopment as far as your policies and employment will be a part of it? >> absolutely. everything will be competitively bid. once we get through the initial analysis and feasibility studies, the engineers and architects will work in conjunction with the analysis to determine the design. all of those construction jobs will be competitively bid through the procurement policies of the agency. chairperson maxwell: and those
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policies are -- we are trying to make sure that those jobs will be done in a way that as redevelopment we all want them, so we need you to go more into that. do you mean 50% hiring? 30%? what do they do? how does that work? >> you "to talk about the redevelopment program? -- you want me to talk about the redevelopment program? chairperson maxwell: exactly. there is talk that this will go to big companies or corporations, that we are doing this for big companies or corporations. will you speak to that? >> the initial $7.30 million will only get a so far in redevelopment of the building. the total bill out of the building will probably close -- will probably cost closer to $30 million to $40 million. we will be looking at other financial strategies. the initial market analysis will tell us how much incubator space
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will be feasible within the building. then what we are anticipating is that we will be able to attract other tenants, larger tenants, who may be able to contribute to the buildup of the building. chairperson maxwell: you at one point were talking about having the united nations -- >> the global compaq has agreed to be a tenant in the building. they will be one of the early tenants in the building. they have made an agreement to come to san francisco and locate the pacific rim sustainability center. that will be administrative space as well as the conference center they will locate in the building once we have it up and operating. chairperson maxwell: is there anybody else you know of who is a tenant like that? >> not yet. all this initial market analysis is determining who we can attract to the building. chairperson maxwell: all right. thank you.
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>> good afternoon, supervisors. i am the project manager for the shipyard from the redevelopment agency. you're correct. existing agency policies regarding small business enterprise apply to this project. as you know, the small business enterprise policy for the agency requires first priority to be given for 50% of the small business enterprises to be hired on each and every part of the project. that would apply to especially the construction bidding, which is not occurring just yet. we are in the design process. according to the public contracting code for the state and for eda. the lowest bid applies on the construction. chairperson maxwell: as far as the building once it is open -- does the 50% still apply? >> the policy does not work that way for tenant occupancy. but obviously we have been working very collaboratively
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with the community to get a for the residents -- to get a space there for the residents and local businesses. we do not have a final development plan where we are looking at tenants. that is probably two years out. chairperson maxwell: but the idea is you want to have space available for local people and people in the community, so that would be something that would be a part of the tenants you're looking for as far as the policy is concerned. >> sure. we do not have a policy that does that just yet, but i take from your urging that you would like us to do that and we would be more than happy to. chairperson maxwell: yes. i do not think just from my urging. i think that is what we should do whether i am here or not. i think the policy -- there should be something just like we do with construction where people who want to become entrepreneurs, that there is a policy where we will make sure
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that they have a stake in a building. it is a policy. 50%, 30% -- whatever. >> that is a very good idea. let me talk to the staff to see if we can do something more specific so we have something in it some of these agreements. chairperson maxwell: see that you will do something more specific. if not, we can do it in a different way. >> i understand. chairperson maxwell: i would like you to come up with a policy where the board can say we agree with this policy. if not, we will come up with the policy. i think it would be better for you will to do that. >> will try to put something in the specific development agreement. chairperson maxwell: thank you. any comments or questions? then why don't we often up items one and two for public comment. >> supervisors, my name is francisco dacosta.
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i attended all the 40 meetings linked to the agreement on a parcel a, and there is no movement whatsoever. before you put any art pieces, just look at the school boxes. they are in a despicable condition. having said that as a director of environmental justice, we have written a number of articles. those of you who are astute should know we still have issues with asbestos structures. i get the reports every day, i know what i am talking about. we cannot have art which signifies something holistic, something good, to be put on land that is very polluted. i know that three supervisors
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voted for the community and eight supervisors voted against the community for a developer's. what is more shameful is that our nation has this economic situation, and we are using taxpayer money, supposedly to put art work on the shipyard. i do have the disposition and development agreement to parcel a, and requested from the redevelopment agency to give me the amended the language for the disposition and development agreement on the other parcels. there are just dragging their legs. i am perhaps one of the only people monitoring this. how can the representatives -- how can the city do justice to the constituents? i am going to initiate a number of freedom of information requests to the federal government regarding this, and i do not want federal taxpayer money to be spent on this
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project in any way. thank you very much. chairperson maxwell: next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. eric burkes, representing san francisco green party and the grass roots organization our city. as a supporter of local hiring, i want to chime in with strong support of what supervisor maxwell was saying. we cannot fool around with local hiring mandates. that is crucial. i am going to speak to building 813. that is why i am here. curette the hearings on this, the united nations -- a threat the hearings on this, the united nations global come back -- throughout this hearing, the united nations has been cited as a tenant for this building. making the united nations global compact the anchor tenant of that building would flip green
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building on its head and do the opposite. i sent you an e-mail last week indicating the global compact behaves as the united nations when it is not in the united nations. it is a group of corporations and businesses numbering over 5000 that got together and leveraged the united nations to give them a good housekeeping seal of approval. some of the members of the global compact have been and some still are nike, nicely, coca-cola -- nestle, coca cola. coca-cola colluded in the murder of union organizers in colombia. they have stolen water from communities and polluted water in india to make bottled water and soda pop. there are scores of other groups like that in the global compact. it is absolutely crucial that if we are going to have a real green business incubator, we need to send a clear message to the redevelopment agency that
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they need to change the plan and not have the global compact be the anchor tenant for this building. they need to find a different anchor tenant that clearly will serve. at the copenhagen talks, the compact joined with other business groups, "sustainable" business groups, to push the climate talks toward clean coal and carbon trading. this is not a good thing. we need to get it out of there. chairperson maxwell: any further public comment on this item? seeing none -- come on up. you do not need to have a card. come on up. >> madam chair, supervisors, and come up to support the project for 813 and for the artwork. i can understand some folks concerns about the contamination and so forth on the shipyard, but at the same time in the black community we
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have 16% unemployment, and we need to do all we can to put people to work. if you support work force development, you should support this project going forward and getting their funding so we can get some jobs out of this thing. sure, parcel -- what is it? the shipyard is not functioning and doing everything it can. we still have a lot of issues with people concerned about the cleanup. it is kind of hard to get out there and finance anything when you have people considerably talking about the cleanup and it is dirty and this and that. most of the financing agencies do not want to hear anything from us when we have all this stuff going on, and lawsuits prevent you from going. i could not finance it. i ask you today and i support you in moving forward with these two items. thank you. chairperson maxwell: without any further public comment, public
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comment is closed. colleagues, any comments or questions? supervisor mar: can i ask the department to respond about the issues raised about the united nations global compact? does anyone have a perspective on that? >> united nations global compact is a strategic policy initiative court businesses aligning their strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption. the global complex is the largest corporate citizenship sustainability initiative in the world. there are stakeholders in over 130 countries. it is a full entity of the united nations endorsed by the general assembly. the offer reports directly to the secretary-general. the deputy director of the global come back to is leading this project on behalf of the united nations is a senior officer of the united nations. the agency is committed to
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locating their pacific sustainability center in building 813. we anticipate the organization to be one of the early tenants for the building. supervisor chiu: thank you. supervisor mar: how much as an anchor tenant -- how much percentage of the building do you think they are going to occupy? >> at this stage, we do not know exactly how much space they would be needing. we anticipate it would have a small administrative space, around 10 to 15,000 square feet. all of the pri development analysis will determine how much space it can contribute to that conference center. supervisor mar: can you elaborate a little bit more about the compact's relationship to the united nations? i know on one site they have frequently asked questions about use of the logo of the united nations, but it really seems like a corporate body that is connected with the united nations. but there board of directors, as
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some of the audience just raised, reads like a list of some of the largest multinational corporations in the u.s. are they a u.n. organization or a multinational corporate entity? >> they are fully endorsed by the united nations and the report directly to the secretary-general. supervisor mar: what is their governance structure? >> i am sorry. i am not an expert. supervisor mar: in looking at the website, it is accurate what some of the public said about some of the large multinationals seeming to be in the governance of the entity. but you're saying this is a u.n. organization. >> this is a united nations entity. the deputy director of the united nations global compact, gavin power, is what is called a level p5 employee of the united nations. chairperson maxwell: do we need to have a roll-call vote on chairperson maxwell: do we need to have a roll-call vote on