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as a society we've basically failed big portion of our population if you think about the basics of food, shelter safety a lot of people don't have any of those i'm mr. cookie can't speak for all the things but i know say, i have ideas how we can address the food issue. >> open the door and walk through that don't just stand looking out. >> as they grew up in in a how would that had access to good
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food and our parent cooked this is how you feed yours this is not happening in our country this is a huge pleasure i'm david one of the co-founder so about four year ago we worked with the serviced and got to know the kid one of the things we figured out was that they didn't know how to cook. >> i heard about the cooking school through the larkin academy a. >> their noting no way to feed themselves so they're eating a lot of fast food and i usually eat whatever safeway is near my home a lot of hot food i was excited that i was eating lunch enough instead of what and eat. >> as i was inviting them over
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teaching them basic ways to fix good food they were so existed. >> particle learning the skills and the food they were really go it it turned into the is charity foundation i ran into my friend we were talking about this this do you want to run this charity foundations and she said, yes. >> i'm a co-found and executive director for the cooking project our best classes participation for 10 students are monday they're really fun their chief driven classes we have a different guest around the city they're our stand alone cola's we had a series or series still city of attorney's office style of classes our final are night
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life diners. >> santa barbara shall comes in and helps us show us things and this is one the owners they help us to socialize and i've been here about a year. >> we want to be sure to serve as many as we can. >> the san francisco cooking school is an amazing amazing partner. >> it is doing that in that space really elevates the space for the kids special for the chief that make it easy for them to come and it really makes the experience pretty special. >> i'm sutro sue set i'm a chief 2, 3, 4 san francisco. >> that's what those classes afford me the opportunity it breakdown the barriers and is this is not scary this is our
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choice about you many times this is a feel good what it is that you give them is an opportunity you have to make it seem like it's there for them for the taking show them it is their and they can do that. >> hi, i'm antonio the chief in san francisco. >> the majority of kids at that age in order to get them into food they need to see something simple and the evidence will show and easy to produce i want to make sure that people can do it with a bowl and spoon and burner and one pan. >> i like is the receipts that are simple and not feel like it's a burden to make foods the cohesives show something eased.
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>> i go for vera toilet so someone can't do it or its way out of their range we only use 6 ingredients i can afford 6 ingredient what good is showing you them something they can't use but the sovereignties what are you going to do more me you're not successful. >> we made a vegetable stir-fry indicators he'd ginger and onion that is really affordable how to balance it was easy to make the food we present i loved it if i having had access to a kitchen i'd cook more. >> some of us have never had a
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kitchen not taught how to cookie wasn't taught how to cook. >> i have a great appreciation for programs that teach kids food and cooking it is one of the healthiest positive things you can communicate to people that are very young. >> the more programs like the cooking project in general that can have a positive impact how our kids eat is really, really important i believe that everybody should venting to utilize the kitchen and meet other kids their age to identify they're not alone and their ways in which to pick yours up and move forward that. >> it is really important to me the opportunity exists and so i do everything in my power to
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keep it that. >> we'll have our new headquarters in the heart of the tenderloin at taylor and kushlg at the end of this summer 2014 we're really excited. >> a lot of the of the conditions in san francisco they have in the rest of the country so our goal to 257bd or expand out of the san francisco in los angeles and then after that who know. >> we'd never want to tell people want to do or eat only provide the skills and the tools in case that's something people are 2rrd in doing. >> you can't buy a box of psyche you have to put them in the right vein and direction with the right kids with a right place address time those kids don't have this you have to instill they can do it they're good enough now to finding out
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figure out and find the future for >> i love teaching. it is such an exhilarating experience when people began to feel their own creativity. >> this really is a place where all people can come and take a class and fill part of the community. this is very enriching as an artist. a lot of folks take these classes and take their digital imagery and turn it into negatives. >> there are not many black and white darkrooms available anymore. that is a really big draw. >> this is a signature piece.
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this is the bill largest darkroom in the u.s.. >> there are a lot of people that want to get into that dark room. >> i think it is the heart of this place. you feel it when you come in. >> the people who just started taking pictures, so this is really an intersection for many generations of photographers and this is a great place to learn because if you need people from different areas and also everyone who works here is working in photography.
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>> we get to build the community here. this is different. first of all, this is a great location. it is in a less-populated area. >> of lot of people come here just so that they can participate in this program. it is a great opportunity for people who have a little bit of photographic experience. the people have a lot, they can really come together and share a love and a passion. >> we offer everything from traditional black and white darkrooms to learning how to process your first roll of film. we offer classes and workshops
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in digital camera, digital printing. we offer classes basically in the shooting, ton the town at night, treasure island. there is a way for the programs exploring everyone who would like to spend the day on this program. >> hello, my name is jennifer. >> my name is simone. we are going on a field trip to take pictures up the hill. >> c'mon, c'mon, c'mon. >> actually, i have been here a lot. i have never looked closely
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enough to see everything. now, i get to take pictures. >> we want to try to gethem to be more creative with it. we let them to be free with them but at the same time, we give them a little bit of direction. >> you can focus in here. >> that was cool. >> if you see that? >> behind the city, behind the houses, behind those hills. the see any more hills? >> these kids are wonderful. they get to explore, they get to see different things. >> we let them explore a little bit. they get their best.
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if their parents ever ask, we can learn -- they can say that they learned about the depth of field or the rule of thirds or that the shadows can give a good contrast. some of the things they come up with are fantastic. that is what we're trying to encourage. these kids can bring up the creativity and also the love for photography. >> a lot of people come into my classes and they don't feel like they really are creative and through the process of working and showing them and giving them some tips and ideas. >> this is kind of the best kept secret. you should come on and take a class. we have orientations on most
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saturdays. this is a really wonderful location and is the real jewel to the community. >> ready to develop your photography skills? the harvey milk photo center focuses on adult classes. and saturday workshops expose youth and adults to photography classes. . >> working for the city and county of san francisco will immerse you in a vibrate and dynamic city on sfroert of the art and social change we've been on the edge after all we're at the meeting of land and sea world-class style it is the burn
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>> the city of san francisco sfgtv meeting of the san francisco ethics commission occurring monday-november 23, 2015 will begin shortly.3
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>> >>[gavel] >> welcome ladies and gentlemen to the regular november 23, 2015 meeting of the san francisco ethics commission. i will first take wool and i will say that ms. hayon unfortunately is not going to be able to attend due to illness and she's been excused. mr. andrews can council member hur commissioner ?. all commissioners are present and accounted for. i will ask for public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda. you have anyone who wishes to make public comment at this time?
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>> mary bush on behalf of friends of ethics. we had a discussion this weekend but the fact that the commission's budget will be due in separate as i recall. which means essentially on your january meeting which is the first chance you have to look at what's being produced. i want to recommend-we want to recommend-the commission name to members of the commission to serve as a committee in the interim. in particular, to take a look at the budget that would include the commission secretary position and secondly, to create a relationship with the controller's office. to see, if in fact they might be able to do in making asses from their office available and whether they might be able to come on their own, create the internet capability that would benefit ethics as well as the
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controller's office. so, i suggest that be something you all think about doing. >> let me ask you, do you still see a need for a two-person committee. we are going to meet for a two-person committee. we are going to meet on january 5. that's going to replace our normal december eating where we meet at nine and room for 16 from nine-11:30 am and the primary subject of the meeting will be its omission from the staff of a proposed budget and we will then have the month the month of january 2 massage it and get public comment probably have some kind of a interested persons at meeting in between to allow comments to come in before we finalize it at our meeting, the regular meeting in jenin. >> i think that sounds pretty
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complete. one point that i had discussed with the controller is that when a department head changes there is often a brief audit that looks at what's happened, with a budget and what's happened with the department get it hasn't happened-we haven't had a change here for 10 years. prior to that there was not a review of the budget. i think since 1995. so, if you ask them, at this point, you could do that without waiting agenda to initiate a review get the time for a full audit of some of the duties the phone into the commission and what it would take to staff that. it would help you then as you have discussions amongst yourselves and if you go to-harvey rose about why he would need more money, and i'll just give you one example. because budget considerations the prior executive director decided to hold off on these audits and
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reviews of major donors. and major donors are people make $10,000 or more in contributions. those are pretty much the heavy hitters. they were just sort of swept to the side in terms of reviewing circuit that would be an example of what you might ask the controller to take a look at terms of performance needs. >> thank you. >> charlie-give it all you've been through these last several years, particularly commissioner hur, the budget will be a piece of cake in relative terms. i did want to say that if you wanted to discuss this matter further but the missing public funds from the campaign finance public financing account, that dates back to 2010, i'm willing to discuss that, but i didn't see it on today's agenda hope your season kind of a reform memo on
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that subject because it's something that i think you definitely need to give some attention to. thank you. >> thank you. anyone else? >> that eating too many missed kevin-director of policy for children youth and secure in san francisco get we been around for about 40 years, serving children and their families around issues i just want to comment around the implementation of opposition c later in the meeting and really ask that you consider nonprofits such as ours when you think about it implemented to make sure the low income student impaired numbers that work our organization don't lose their ability to speak to the representatives and have your voice heard. a lot of the work that we do falls into some of the categories put forth in the ballot measure that was approved. the title work we do is the type of work you're trying to stamp out and to monitor more and assign more
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financial fees and obligations. which were concerned to prevent our membership from being able to engage with the representatives really have their voices heard. so, we just ask you really consider us. will reach out to different community groups and how we can make sure that we are monitoring lobby us but we aren't minimizing the voices of low income families and young people in san francisco. thank you. >> thank you. any other-trying to item number two,--item number three, discussion and public action-possible action regarding the commissions appointment of a new executive director. possible close session. i would say what i can have a close session. i am prepared to announce that the ethics commission has selected ms. leeann helen to serve as the new executive director. she
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will assume her duties on january 4. just to give you some background information, ms. hallam served from 2011-2011 the executive director as the los angeles ethics commission. where she had been employed for the nine years prior to assuming her duties as the executive director is a staff member. of the ethics commission did so she is a total of 19 years with the los angeles ethics commission get glass, but she was the executive director. she was forced out because los angeles had a 10 year term limit so, after leaving los angeles ethics commission she moved back to the bay area from where she originally grew up and has most recently from 2013 until
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july of 2015 served as a santa clara valley water district director of ethics and corporate governance from which she resigned in july of 2015. as most of you know, the commission recruiting agency delivered to us 32 potential applicants and commissioner andrews and i went through those 32 and selected five that we felt met the criteria of what we needed of a new executive director and interviewed the five by skype and then recommended to the full commission three of the applicants, all of whom were exceedingly well qualified. any
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one of whom certainly met what we were looking for could however, i think that the commission, in their hearing made the decision to select ms. hallam because of her proven track record as an effective and independent nonpartisan leader and manager of the la ethics commission. and for obvious energy, enthusiasm and passion for the work of ensuring good governance that we believe that makes her the right choice for this commission at this time. we look forward to working with her in the coming years and we are confident that staff, the community and all other stakeholders in the community at large will find that we have chosen well. as i said, she will assume her duties on january 4 and until that date acting executive director jesse-will continue in that role
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and we want to thank him on behalf of-i want to thank them on behalf of the full commission for having performed his duties as the acting executive director in a highly professional and competent manner. i will now entertain a motion for the commission to appoint, formally appoint ms. hallam as our new executive director. moved and seconded. any comments from the public? hearing no comments from the public although the question. all those in favor say, aye. opposed, nay. is unanimously accepted. and welcome ms. hallam and i'm going ask you, if you step to the podium and maybe give us a few words of your vision for the future. >> good evening. it's really
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an honor to be arrogant this is a very kind and welcoming place to be. i know there's a lot of work ahead. >> you may change your mind. >> will go with that for now. i very much appreciate the effort it takes for our commission to select a new executive director and appreciate fully the time like this is great transition for an organization. as i look forward to stepping in this role am very aware this body and san francisco voters have continued to express a very strong interest in the goals that the ethics commission is established by voters there in the city and county to pursue. i'm really looking forward to the challenge that we have had working together to achieve those ends as the commission begins its next chapter as an organization. i think as i'm
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sure you're also appreciate bert organization that's in transition, there are opportunities. first, there's an opportunity to build on past successes. also, to really look to how we can strengthen our organization going for. toward that end, i think there are three areas they've expressed and we talked about that i think will be primary for us. first, supporting what we do well and organizationally and continuing to support that. also, looking to align resources were might be necessary to improve areas where we can better deliver on voters mandates for this commission. secondly, strengthening our ability as an agency and our capacity as an agency to be a trusted and effective enforcer of the laws within the jurisdiction of the commission. that would come from insurance policy and procedures maximized fairness and objectivity in the process. the rules apply it consistently and of course with appropriate transparency. so these are challenges for any organization. i appreciate but i think working creatively and
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energetically with you and the staff and others who care deeply about the work of this commission, there's a success i had for the work of the ethics commission here in san francisco. finally, to both initiate and shape public policy but am really looking progressively at the laws under the jurisdiction that you've invested with by the voters working to see how we can strengthen the rules that we all want to live by here in the city going for. so, looking for a conference and review of that and make some recommendations for how we can enhance that and to work in partnership with the voters to continue providing opportunity for them to directly speak make sure the rules continue to stay workable and that their strong in practice. i am very privileged and honored to be here. i know this is hard work, but i'm very excited by the possibility working with you all and appreciate your optimism and your confidence in me and very
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much look forward to working with you and the staff and others here in the city that we care so deeply about this work in general. so happy to answer any questions, but i realize you are busy agenda tonight and i look forward to that work starting with you in january. >> thank you very much and we're all looking forward to january. >> as i am. thank you so much. >> thank you. >>[applause] >> turning to item number four, discussion and possible action regarding the commissions implementation of the provisions of proposition c. we have, for the record we have received a communication from the san francisco human services network concerning proposition c and its implementation. as well as the public comment that was made redisplay. i would ask mr.-do
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you want to bring us up-to-date on where we are on that? >> well, as the commission of public notice proposition c was approved by the novembers november 3, 2015 collections with staff has done is try to identify the issues that need to be addressed by the staffing commission. in the interim between now and the effective date of february 1, 2016. so we just have a brief memo setting forth what are the merely apparent issues and for more we will pop up. most of those are things like drafting the necessary forms, dealing with questions and preliminary guidance pending the commissions adoption of more extensive regulations, connecting outreach and education to the community about the new requirements and then ultimately because this
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ballot measure did provide for funding for electronic filing system, we will have to execute or amend our contact. currently our conduct is with net-filed in the given us based on past experience, they usually takes up to a year just to sort of execute the contract and the amendment. then, it may take anywhere from 6-9 months them to actually sort of build the system. so, in the meantime, though be filing via paper forms which is what we have to get out by february 1 time on. so those are the general overview of the muted issues. some are raised in the e-mail that was received today, but my understanding that the point of this hearing is to further solicit comments from the
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public regarding in limitation issues. >> regarding the nonprofit issue, have you talked to members of the public anti-you have any thoughts or recommendations on increasing the limit for nonprofits before which they would have to register? >> the threshold? >> yes. >> so, i think one of the main issues raised by the community has been that nonprofits that already have a number of compliance obligations that might be generally low staffed have to for spending relatively limited amount of funds within and for this reporting obligation. i do think that one way-it would require of this lease amendment of the ordinance but one way to balance both that concern as
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well as the concern that nonprofits can be used effectively for this type of lobbying, is due as commissioner hur said is to raise the pressure get reporting threshold whether registration trigger so that folks really doing basic grassroots stuff would not have to register. so, that would require another trip to the board basically at this point. the commission would have to approve it by four votes in the board by two thirds vote but that in my mind is one effective way of doing this is striking that balance between two grassroots and nonprofits that might be established by let's say other means by this type of lobbing triptych because we will lose you at the end of the year, do you have any thoughts on what that number should be?
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>> i don't have a specific number offhand but uncertainly willing to give that to folks and think about it more. >> thank you. >> you your conclusion-you're assuming facts not in evidence. >> may mean i'm being pessimistic. >> thank you. i think what we might do is just take a moment, since we have actually-since the election, the commission itself has not publicized all the fact that he put a proposition on the ballot, opposition c by unanimous vote of all the commissioners that said 75% of the voters of san francisco voted for that. 75% of the people san francisco approved that. the voters liked what we did. it was the first time in over, more than a dozen
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years that this commission exercised its power and authority and mandate under the charter to put things on the ballot, and i think the voters approving it and the fact that it was backed by all of the major entities in the city,, the chronicle, the examiner, several former mayors, members of the board of supervisors, other types of good governmental organizations, indicates that we did a pretty good thing. i think we ought to blend our own horn for. this is the first-i would've liked to seen something that had gone out in regards to our general materials that go out on a regular basis at least
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acknowledging that we had put proposition c on about. this is the first opportunity to do it and i'm taking a little time to crow about it because i think we should on behalf of all of us and the people of san francisco are well served by you. it will talk later on about some the things were waiting--i would like to state to the gentleman from coleman, an organization i've known for a long productive time and worked with over many years tragically when i was in the san francisco public defender's office and respect very much, you don't have a thing to worry about it you absolutely nothing to worry about in regard to this. it affects nonprofits like yours from doing the kinds of civic involvement that you been doing over the course of the last 40 years or so and will continue to do. i think much of the
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examiner and the chronicle and other entities that look at it, and look at all issue of nonprofit is some sort of chicken little type thing that this guy was cut off all for nonprofits, is simply not true. there's really nothing to worry about.. the little things that we may have to tinker with having to do with exemptions, other types of things, we can do quite easily through regulations and we will. so, i just want to take that few minutes for us to just sort of sit back and bask in the glory of the fact that we have on the ballot in november in the election a measure that one by more than any other measure on the ballot. i think we did some pretty good work. >> congratulations.
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>> i would echo commissioner keane comments. it seems to me that in drafting regulation, rather than trend one which would require to get 4/5 commissioners agreement and the board of supervisors super majority agreement, to think in terms of how we define members. so that we can understand, so that the nonprofits, the small ones like the one i was mentioned, there members communicating are not expend your lobbyist. that's not what the ordinance was aimed at. but it is, by some regulation we can definition may we can circumscribe and deal with their problem. it's a matter of
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the staff coming up with a set of regulations, and trying to deal with the concerns that these, not small nonprofits may have, but yet stay within the spirit of the ordinance so that we don't have to start watering it down. that's where i would view that we can use regulations as a way to protect against an adverse impact on low income organizations that are doing good work. >> so, i am in agreement with chairman renne. when we had a fuller discussion a few months back i ultimately did vote for proposition c because i do
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believe generally is a good or less could i did raise my concern around nonprofits. i think what remains out here in the community is how well we did and reaching out for community input. i think if there is an opportunity to do that, i think we probably should seek to get a little more input as we look at possibly amending to address some of these concerns we have for nonprofits. again, i'm fully in support of the spirit of it but at the same time i think back then i said i just want to make sure we just don't do scorched-earth because i do not pay attention to some of these smaller nonprofits. in taking out some of the smaller nonprofits and never actually getting to the larger nonprofits
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is that on a new interesting innovative way of circumventing even proposition c. i'm sure they're working on right now for those probably seeking whether they know or cannot violate it or not. whether that is a full discussion board and have at this meeting or whether were able to put something on the agenda at the upcoming meeting possibly in january, one of the two meetings, i think we should, at least, white in the doorway for community conversation and input as we seek to make these whether we did a good job or not in the first round we certainly have an opportunity to do it now. so, that is my recommendation to the commission. >> i agree with commissioner andrews, that we have to here with the public has to say. get a lot of input and then evaluate the best way to address any concerns whether that be by amendment or by regulation. >> i will take any public
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comment. >> perry bush from-a few points. the memo on implementation suggests way of looking what's defined as a member using estate code. but if you go back in time to at the commission did 10 years ago or so, when they look at the committee on jobs they came up with a definition that the commission accepted that would would include all those companies were members of the committee on jobs as well as other employees. they were doing member communications. that's a very broad definition of a member. secondly, the same issue came up with the democratic party. the democratic party was us sending mailers to registered democrats in los angeles and the state party but not for the rest of the state. so, the question came out is can you cherry pick which part of your membership
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do you want to reach or yet to reach all the members if you drink a member communication. the result was you can go ahead and cherry pick. what i'm suggesting a look at this issue obviously it's critical you listen to people who are affected by this were members of the potential regulated community but give them some other options that show another way as chairman renne said, through regulations of the findwhat is a member. that's one issue. the second issue is what is a work product for design for lobbying? isidore product that's normally done for example what-does on a housing down study that's a routine they've regulate you were was a product created specifically to lobby the board and the public like