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i pride myself in being an avid cyclist, so i navigate through the city. i'm the district 9 representative on the bicycle committee, so i'm well versed with what it means to get a committee that serves the entire city and not just a particular district and has very much experience working with my colleagues on the commission on ensuring we are a bike-friendly since late -- the bike-fairly city. as by a former position at the director -- [unintelligible] i am proud to say i was the person responsible for directing that program at the agency. of the 50,000 that were reached, i believe we were responsible for 7000 of those households reached. we did that through a process that is engaged community outreach workers that are able
to speak for languages. through that process, and is able to be engaged in using a cross-section of software around voter registration precinct maps to determine what households we need to reach. in my capacity and residency, i have experience in working with a wide range of community members from various social, economic, generational and linguistic backgrounds. the redistricting task force will need to insure what ever process it undertakes engages all people in san francisco and it will be my pleasure and privilege to create a process that does. i value accessibility, inclusive
the and efficiency. most of all, i value humor. it's an important and serious task, however i think we all know we need to sustain ourselves and humor is something of value. thank you very much and a welcome your questions. supervisor kim: are there any questions for our applicant? the same question i have asked other folks in terms of your values and priorities that will help inform your decision making process on the task force? >> as i mentioned earlier, i pride myself in being able to work with a wide variety of community members. we have a complicated time line, and it is a disk medical tasks -- is a difficult task, so any way we could incorporate technological processes and other opportunities to outreach
to community members will be good. so efficiency. and lastly, accessibility. as an immigrant and a bilingual and hopefully multilingual person, i know that language plays a big role in reaching people, so i would want to make sure that that is present as well in a process that the task force undertook. supervisor kim: a question that came up, since you both live and work in district 9, your understanding of the city as a whole? >> i have the honor of being able to navigate the city very quickly whenever i have a hankering for a particular cuisine. through that, i have been able to explore vary widely different offerings that the city has. so i am actually one of the people that many people call whenever they have a question about a particular area or neighborhood and they want to have some particular cuisine.
they call me up, and i let them know what is good over there. besides that, my work in the bicycle advisory committee gave me some curve you on bicycle- related matters for all differ neighborhoods and districts -- some per view -- soem purview -- some purview. i had the privilege of working with workingco-containers -- working with my co-conveners on those issues as well. supervisor farrell: very impressive background. i will ask the same question i have been asking -- is is the first commission or appointment you have applied for? >> no, i am on the bicycle advisory committee. i am district 9 representative there. supervisor farrell: aside from that one. >> this would be the first one. supervisor farrell: why this one? >> it is interesting.
as i was hearing this earlier, it brought me back to my first experience of being engaged in civic activities. at age 9, i wanted to volunteer on the commission on elections, but they said that i was too young and that i could not do so, so i had to settle for making sandwiches for the volunteers there. since that time, as you see in my professional and personal engagement activities, i have always been interested in really being part of a process that really engages a wide swath of community members. this is definitely the opportunity that would allow me and enable me to do so. it is also an opportunity to allow me to get to know the city even better than i do now and in a deeper way than meandering around on my bicycle.
that is part of the reason why i have been really interested in this. supervisor kim: thank you. any further questions? thank you so much. our last applicant is sarah pearce. is she here today? ok, we did get an e-mail saying that she would not be able to make it. i guess ms. ebora is our last applicant to speak. at this time, i will be opening for public comment. please line up if you would like to speak. thank you. just to help our clerk who is taking minutes, if you could say that you are speaking for a particular candidate or against in the opening. >> i served on the elections task force in 1995. i was one of nine members, which actually brought back district
elections and to the first lines that were approved by the voters. i have not applied at this time because i will be submitting maps to the commission, and one of the things i have been working on is making sure that committee members will not have a preconceived agendas going in. they will be serving as a jury -- a quasi-jury. they will be hearing public testimony and legal advice. hopefully they have an extensive knowledge of statistics maps and neighborhoods. basically going for the process with a closed mind, and frankly, there were some people on the commission nine years ago that had an agenda. when i was on the task force, three were appointed by the mayor, three by the board, and
three by the elections director. we were all individuals. what you found nine years ago was a block of basically four progressives, four moderates, and one person who was kind of close. he will remain an mentioned, but he ultimately voted with progressives, and we have had that results ever since. so i would ask that -- i am action and not speaking in favor or against anyone, but looking at the criteria language, you should appoint people. first, i heard very little talk about the fact that you have to equalize the population. i think there are only about three people out of the entire batch that suggest that. and it is going to be an arduous task. secondarily, look at their voting in districts. the people have not voted 80% of the elections that are going to be here, that is a case of disengagement from the political
process. are they going to be able to fill the hours they need to do? i will tell you, it is an arduous task. then, conflicts of interest. anyone getting city funding or belongs to an organization that receives city funding or a former candidate should not be included. lobbyists should not be included. finally, look at the three people that were appointed by the elections commission. you do not want to have redundancy. you want to basically look at creating a broad-based team that can work together to bring individual skill sets that make the commission work well. so these are all things i would like you to look at. again, there are only eight people out of the 23 applicants that voted 80% of the time, and i am usually very cognizant of
that fact. there were some that voted not once. thank you. supervisor kim: thank you. did you have a question? >> i am 8 no. of market neighborhood activist. i also was involved 10 years ago. as was pointed out, really, the most pervasive impact is going to occur on district 6. all the other districts have relatively minor changes, which gets you a lot more possibilities. there's a huge difference, with the possible concern of district 9, which has a problem. it gives you a lot more possibilities, and adding a few blocks to your neighborhood is a lot different than hacking away each piece of it, which is a lot of what will happen with district 6. because of that, i think it would almost be irresponsible of
you not to put someone on this commission who was knowledgeable about district 6. i guess that if you are worried about statute of limitations issues, you might want to look more towards -- you might also consider jenny lam. she was well spoken, and she does seem to have the elements of community interests. also, rachel ebora from district 9. i appreciate the questions about mr. hogarth, but when community interest, the works for both parties. it works for both sides. then we get different kinds of supervisors, and while it is kind of dis-uniting, we actually
let the board of supervisors decide things at the board of supervisors and work and out there. supervisor kim: thank you. any other public comment? >> good morning, supervisors. i am a resident of district 11. i applaud everybody for being up here because it takes a lot of guts to get up here in front of you all, in front of supervisors, and just put it out there and at times get grilled. i am speaking on behalf of -- i am really supportive of maria and lupe. this task force is the right place where we could have new blood, new insight, a new generation of community activists that really want to contribute to our city.
me, myself, personally, i can understand and feel a lot of their inspiration and vision and their roles on this task force coming from immigrant families. families that are not politically engaged because the countries that our families come from, you get disappeared. we get killed. to us being the new generation, me on the older cusp of the new generation, the being engaged, being out there. cutting their teeth on community campaigns, building new parks, curbing youth violence, clamoring for affordable housing. i see juanita taking that next step. to see her mature politically and mature as a civic the engage young woman, it fills me with a lot of pride. this would be a perfect place. she might be green in some
areas, but that is what is beautiful about this task force. learning from older activists to sickly engage people because she has a perspective that you are not going to hear. so thank you very much. supervisor kim: thank you so much. any other members who want to speak, please line up. >> hello, supervisors. i wanted to voice my support for jenny lam and mr. james tracey. we believe they exhibit the independence and ability to work with communities of interest. i also wanted to speak on a more personal note for jenny. i have known her since first coming to the bay area six years ago. i have seen her in action and believe that she preserve the ability to both be able to voice her opinion and take a step back in discussions, and i think that
is invaluable with a task force that is likely to be very controversial and in a lot of ways require a lot of work and collaboration between the other colleagues. again, wanted to strongly voiced my support for her and mr. james tracey to be appointed. believe it will be independent voices on this force. thanks. supervisor kim: thank you. seeing no other public comment, public comment is now closed on this item. we have actually been in session for a little over two hours, and i was hoping you will forgive my colleagues if we took a five- minute break. if there are no objections, we if there are no objections, we will take a five-minute break. supervisor kim: thank you for our recess. we are reconvening. we are an item number four, the
redistricting task force. one of my colleagues has said elections commission has appointed three appointees and there was a question. reno -- we know mr. shiber is in district 7. district two? >> [unintelligible] supervisor kim: we want to get confirmation on that. we want to know there is a breath of diversity, and we know the mayor is concerned of the equitable distribution on the task force as well. at this time, we will open this up for board discussion, and
also if there are any of further questions for applicants? supervisor farrell: just to check, has anyone come up that has not applied? supervisor farrell? supervisor farrell: it is important. as supervisor kim mentioned, it is important we have diversity on this commission as with everything in our city. is all important. another example of when we have an incredibly high number of qualified candidates and a few slots to put them in. i will just make a comment about people we have strong opinions
about, and then we will have our discussions. 3 people i was impressed with -- although, with some line of questioning around potential conflicts related to receiving money from the city -- on the margin, i think i have a problem with that. as a lobbyist, i do not know if we should be pursuing right now candidates with those potential conflicts given the breadth of people we have here. i think they are all great and that would have no problem with them otherwise. i just wanted to mention that in our dialogue. the people i thought made great presentations and i really liked their backgrounds, mr. e lmendorf, ms. leblanc.
anna yee, i can testify to her genuine care of the city. mr. baraka, mr. mcdonnell. we have this debate with other commissions. when people show up, what do we do? -- when people don't show up, what do we do? with that, i will go ahead and say, to start the discussion, i would like to throw my support behind mr. baraka, [unintelligible]
i think that is important as well. i would move those three forward. supervisor kim: thank you. supervisor elsbernd: well, i can see we're going to have a bit of a discussion. just the three i would put forward are not any of those three. [laughter] the three that i thought stood out -- i like the combination of these three -- mr. elmendorf, mr. mcdonnell, and i it likes the greens of -- and i liked
the range of practical experience. professor elmendorf is no political affiliation to the city whatsoever. >> supervisor, there is an overflow room. that room is available. supervisor kim: thank you. >> [unintelligible] supervisor elsbernd: mr. mcdonnell, the demonstrated commitment to the city through his resonate, and his work with his current occupation. and i just think the threat of not knowledge -- the brat of knowledge, and he is clearly a
man of integrity. and it is that kind of integrity, from what i have heard, and will spread out amongst the community. i think it shines through. it is something everyone else will benefit from. mr. alonso stood out to me as someone who would bring a breath of fresh air to something that was highly political. he would be the everyman at this committee. i think that would be very, very helpful with the group, and i think that group of three brings elements of diversity which we are striving to strike. it matches up well with the three who have already been appointed by the election commission, and it leaves the door open for few appointments from the mayor.
so, those would be my top 3. supervisor kim: i think i concur with my colleagues that that wek at balancing the other three members, to make sure there are a variety of perspectives and keep in mind those already appointed by the elections task force. given who has been appointed already, a heavily lean towards an asian-american and latino, as well as members from the east side of the city. i was very impressed with our candidates. i was also impressed by mike alonso and maria arreola.
it is also important that we have an asian-american representation. anna yee was not able to make it today. i would strongly support miss jenny lam as well, who lives in district 8 and works in district 3. i know and have worked with, to various expense, james tracy, mr. hogarth, and mr. mcdonnell. i think that they would be very fair. we do not have any lgbt task force members as well. and think it is important that that community is represented in this task force as well.
the individuals i would consider in terms of supporting -- not because we do not have many other great applicants that would serve our task force well -- but given who has been appointed thus far and fun to come up with a balance. there are a number of folks here i would love to work with in the future to my office to get acquainted and through a variety of other commissions. i know this is decommissioned that you all wanted to apply for, for many of you, the only commission you apply for. i know that folks have talked about ms. morales, and i know she has been active are around mental health and residency issues. i would love to work with her in district 6. supervisor farrell: we need to get three names out of here. let me bring a little experience
to this. i was not on the committee 10 years ago, but i served a member of the board to was on the committee 10 years ago, and that was shared by my -- shared by my then-employer. those three were in the same boat when they each have 3 folks that wanted. each server -- each supervisor put forward one named. collectively, those three names were submitted to the full board, and the full board approved. i recall supervisor sandoval had one name, the other two supervisors had to other names. we can move forward. of is that sound to my colleagues? -- how does that sound to my
colleagues? supervisor kim: in terms of my personal vote, i am more than happy to send this out of committee that way, but i mean not be able to support all three that come out of this committee. i am not sure who each member will pick. i am willing to do this to get this out of the rules committee. >supervisor farrell: i spoken about mr. mcdonnell before, and both of you mentioned him. we played for the same grammar school baseball coach. i, too, would be very happy to support -- this would be a great non-political point of view in the process. however we want to pursue this. i am happy to support those two.
supervisor elsbernd: i think the thrust of the history lesson is that nobody got everybody they wanted, and it worked out as a compromise. this is a board that means to serve everyone, not just one particular group of folks. so, maybe trying to work this out, hearing supervisor farrell's comment -- how about mcdonnell, lam. supervisor kim: ok. we have alonso, lam, mcdonnell. i am happy to put out these
three individuals since they were on my list. supervisor farrell: that is fine with me. as it relates to ms. lam, but i have a concern -- nothing against your personally -- the conflict. i think that is real. i think she is a woman with young kids. that is great. we need that in the city more than anything. i was very ready to support the three i mentioned in the beginning. but i do want a strong stand from us going forward. and i believe those three would be terrific. supervisor kim: all right. we cannot forward these three with recommendation. we have mike alonso, jenny lam, and eric mcdonnell.