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>> good afternoon, everyone. welcome to the san francisco board of supervisors meeting for tuesday, january 30, 2018. madame kle, please call the roll. >> thank you, madame president. [roll call] cohen not present. madame president, you have a quorum. >> thank you, ladies and gentlemen. please join us for the pledge of allegiance.
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>> i pledge of allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. and to the republic for chit stands one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. thank you. madame clerk, are there any communications? >> yes, madame president. we're many in receipt of correspondent from the office of mayor mark ferrell. communicating the mayor's appointment to fill the van -- vacancy in district two, our newest member of the board of supervisors, supervisor catherine stephanie effective today 1259:01 p.m. welcome, supervisor. [applause] >> and colleagues, without objection, we will give supervisor stephanie an opportunity to say a few words.
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>> thank you, madame president. i first want to thank mayor mark ferrell for playing his confidence in me. this is really an opportunity i did not see coming and i'm so honoured to be here with all of you today and to join you as a colleague on the board of supervisors, a life-long dream of mine. i want to take time to talk about why i'm prepared to represent district two on the board of supervisors. i know how to do the jofnlt i know my community and i know the issues. i know how city hall works. and i'm going to hit the ground running. i spent nine years as a legislative aide serving district two. the last two years i've been a department head in city hall as your county clerk, which gives me a unique perspective on how the laws to be pass reasonable doubt carried out in real life outside of these chambers. what you don't see on my resumé is the why. why do i want to do this? why have i chosen the life of public service?
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it is a life that began when my dad dropped me off at georgetown university when i was 16 years old to intern for my congressman. i have always had a deep desire to better the lives of those around me. i came from a place and those who don't know me, you'll get to know me. i come from a place of empathy and connection with others, a sense of responsibility and obligation to be in service to others. and most of all, from an urgent need to act on serious issues that are facing my district, our city and our nation as a whole. one of those thing, of course, is very important to me is public safety. we all know that car break-ins in this city are out of control. when i moved to my home 17 years ago, broken glass on our streets was a rarity and today it is a daily occurrence. a few months ago, my son's friend was walking home from school and was mugged in the marina. he's only in the 7th grade. the number of guns that are on our streets, the fact that our children now routinely face lockdown drills to plan in the
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potential event of a mass shooter is absolutely unacceptable and we have to do better. as a former prosecutor, i understand our criminal justice system needs reform. i absolutely understand it needs reform. and i also understand that there must be consequences when people commit crimes. we must also provide more resources for our public safety personnel, our d.a.'s office and our court so they can make a difference. we all know the homeless issue in our city is a crisis. my daughter, as i said earlier today, cries every time she sees a homeless person, not because she is scared, because she is like me and it is hard for her to see someone suffer. we must see these individuals as human beings in need of help and i believe we can do more to address our city's most pressing issue. as former member of the board of directors for the homeless prenatal programme i have seen successful models that can break the sieblg of poverty and i want san francisco to continue to do everything we can to help reduce homeless and improve the quality of life for
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all san franciscans. i look forward to work on this issue as supervisor. i want to thank all of those who have support me during this time and who have encouraged me to accept this position, especially my husband and my children who are here with me today. this is not just a job to me. it's not a title. it has always been a calling. and, again, it is my absolute -- it is an absolute honour to serve district two in the neighbourhoods as supervisor. i look forward to working with each and every one of you on the issues that our constituents care most about. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor. and welcome to the board of supervisors. [applause] >> thank you. >> colleagues, today we are approving the minutes from november 6, 2017. 2018 land use and transportation committee -- excuse me, november 6, 2017 land use and transportation committee. is that -- accurate? ok. thank you.
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there are no minutes today. madame clerk, let's go to the consent agenda. >> thank you, madame president. items one through 12 are on consent. these items are considered to be routine. >> seeing no names on the roster, madame clerk on the item, please call the roll. >> on items one through 12 -- [roll call] there are 11ayes. >> those items are approved unanimously. madame clerk, let's go to the next item. >> item number 13 is a charter
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amendment first draft to amends the charter of the city and county of san francisco to provide that appointed members of boards and commissions under the charter forfeit their offices upon filing a declaration of candidacy for state or local elective office at an election to be held on june 5, 2018. >> thank you. supervisor peskin? >> thank you, madame president. colleagues can. i've spoken about this item at some length, which if submitted to the voters and if the voters approve it this june, would prohibit san francisco commissioners and board members from continuing to serve on those policy-making bodies once they declare their candidacy for elected office. as i've stated in the past, this was actually the policy of mayor willie brown. it was called the mayor brown rule and for a number of years was applied rigorously and without consideration of political stripe or other affiliation. basically the temptation to misuse, abuse or leverage one's
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power to compromise one's independence to the public as a signature board member or commissioner increases exponentially at the point a commissioner or board member declares candidacy for elected office. and is thrust on to the political stage. the pay-to-play economy in the city has become even more complicated as races for school board far now exceed what it once cost to run for supervisor back when i first ran in 2000. and in light of the evolving discourse around the power and privilege inherent in appointment to one of our city's esteemed commission, it is as good a time as any to remove the temptation from the equation and codify the brown rule which would apply evenly and fairly across all commissions and boards. this is just a basic good government measure. i want to thank co-sponsors of this cheatser amendment, supervisors kirjs safai and yee
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and representfully ask for your support. >> thank you. supervisor cohen. >> thank you. good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. this is an interesting charter amendment and i think it makes to a good point. there is something -- one consideration that i think is important to highlight and one of the ways that women get into elected office is through a border commission. and many of you know i'm very active in the women's community. there are many emerge women on this commission now. one of the things that we teach and we talk about, women who are interested in running for sfaus to get appointed to a board or commission so that you develop a body of work so that you become familiar with the roberts rule of order and just overall running of an office as well as i said developing your
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own political voice and ideology. so what concerns me a little bit is that this charter amendment could -- is being drafted, i think, in good spirit and with some thoughtfulness. but i think that there is some considerations that have not been given and that is just recognizing how this may have an impact on the future of san francisco. one way or the other. and i believe that this cheatser saement being introduced so it will have an impact to dissuades people from running from a position of power and, you know, there was a lot of conversation last week about -- about competitive advantage and having a level playing field. i believe that supervisor peskin is introducing this under the same spirit that if you run from a board or commission, you have somehow some kind of competitive advantage on other candidates. i don't necessarily know if that's true or to be the case.
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when i ran, i did not have a board or a -- a board or a commission. i certainly ran flat out and quite frankly i ran against other previously elected folks and ran against and beat people who had a border commission. so i don't necessarily know if that is -- if there is any true validity to what he's saying. i also want to poke fun at mr. peskin for cherry picking brown rules. i wonder what is going to be next on what rule he is going to legislate from the brown administration. but -- so i just want to share these thoughts with you about my concerns. i'm going to be voting no. i recognize this is the first draft and i certainly reserve the right to change my opinion. i will come back and have a conversation with you about this. but i just wanted to plant this seed in your hearts and in your mind as we begin to think about what the future of san francisco is going to continue to look like. and certainly serving -- runing
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from a border commission is, i think, can be a competitive advantage if you are a star candidate and it could also be not an advantage if you are an undisciplined candidate. so, thank you for allowing me an opportunity to share my thoughts. if you wanted to respond, i welcome your thoughts to hear what you have to say. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor cohen. i should also add to your comments that the people who serve on boards and commissions for the city and county of san francisco are volunteers and incredible public servant and this is an unfortunate ballot measure that i will not be supporting today. supervisor peskin -- sorry, supervisor kim. >> thank you. i just want to say, first of all, that when supervisor peskin first proposed this and i had looked through it, is also had some reservations and thoughts, acknowledging that many of our board commissioners and board appointees are full-time volunteers that are dedicating their time to sefrk
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our city and our community with no pay and very little benefits. however, i will say this. i continue to believe that we should be doing more to apoint more women on to our commission and sour bodies and that those voices are important. but there is nothing stopping us from continuing that work. i believe that women -- that this is a great place for women to learn about how cities function, how committees operate, how to push through concepts and proposals. but they don't need to be on that commission body while they are running for office. and so i still think that we can continue to ensure that we are building a pipeline of city leaders that can run for office one day, but it doesn't mean that they have to be on that commission seat while they run. and so i think that, you know, this is something that we should be pushing forward. it's something that we have done informally in the city in many different capacities and i think that, you know, we do want to make sure that our
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candidates are able to focus on their campaigns and not necessarily using their positions receipts as they run. but i just wanted to concur with what supervisor cohen said. i think it is absolutely something that we should do. and it is a great place for women to start. i should note that out of the seven women that are now sitting on this board of supervisors, only one of us actually served on commissions prior to being here. so while commissions are a pipeline, it is not the only way to become interested in running for office and being in office. >> so, supervisor kim, i just propose a question to you -- does that mean members of the school board now running for the board of supervise source should step down? does that mean now that people who are in other elected capacities, even running for re-election? i mean, i'm trying to understand the basis of your argument. >> i shared that same question because i think that is a concern. and certainly in states like hawaii, for example, if you decide to run for any office, you have to give up your elected seat in order to run
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for that. that is a discussion that we can take up. that is under the city charter per view as well. at this point, what we're taking up is commission seats and so it's certainly something of a consideration. but, you know, elected position is slightly different in the sense that our position is given to us by the people. and so i feel very strongly that if you are given a position by the people, you should finish -- you get to finish your term, even if you are running for office at another time and that board apointees are -- sorry s commission seats are slightly different because they are apointed by other elected officials so if this is a rule that we are proposing, since we apoint these individual to these seats, i think it is appropriate for us to put this forward. i think if voters want to make sure that elected officials were not running for other elected office, that that is something that should be coming from the voters. >> thank you, supervisor kim. supervisor safai? >> thank you. i just wanted to -- supervisor
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kim articulated a lot of what i was going to say. i think that the distinction in this, and the reason why i support this measure, is because these -- this is speaking directly to people that are appointed and to an apointed -- and to an appointed commission and if they make the decision to run for office, then they're in a position where they have to be continuing to make policy and other matters that in many ways often times will present conflicts for them. and so for me, this is about clearing that person's path toward elected office. and if they make that decision to run for elected office, then this says to them, stem down. once you've made that decision. and focus on your campaign for elected office. so for me this is about clearing the way for conflicts. and as supervisor kim said the difference is, once someone se he caned to office, they are elected by the people versus being appointed by a position and position of authority. so, that, for me, is the reason that although it has been a practice for many mayors and
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other bodies because we apoint in this position as members of the board of supervisors, this is now codifying something that has been a longstanding practice but more recently has not been adhered to and that is why i'm clarifying and supporting 100%. >> thank you, supervisor. do you have any examples of any of those conflicts that have existed in the past? >> i would say in general, if you are on a body that then is presented with decisions that then ultimately those folks would have the opportunity, to support or not support you. if we're going to get into the details of what your position of authority affords on to you, you have to make very important decisions sometimes that deal with millions of dollars. that deal with people's livelihood and deals with the future of this city. so, for me, that is what i'm talking about. i'm not calling out any one specific individual. i'm talking about the
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environment in which that decision made. that doesn't mean we're not presented with na and we have to walk a very fine line and be very cautious and careful as elected officials in a position that we're elected to, to be cognizant for what we run for re-election in office. the difference being that you are then appointed to this position and so for me it is a matter of if you are appointed to that position, then you should step down. if you make a decision to run for office. >> thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor peskin. >> thank you, madame president. and i think the comments made by supervisors kim and safai are responsive to the question posed through the president by supervisor cohen. this is not about trying to change somebody's advantage. i don't think that a supervisor -- a candidate wins because they say i was a member of the planning commission or i was a member of the fire commission. this is about good government
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and financial impropriety and i actually do have an example. it's many years old. and i won't say the name of the individual. but the individual was a member of the planning commission and, as a planning commissioner, ran for a seat in this chamber. and you could see votes to approve entilements and money flowing from those developer dos that candidate. that is not good. and that is precisely what this charter amendment is aimed at. and it is not just financial. it's policy decisions. it's permit adjudication, all the things that the planning commission does, the board of appeals does, and countless other commissions. it's not about a fair playing field. it's about good government and getting rid of temptation and that is why i think it is good public policy and ultimately if we submit it, it will be in the hands of the voters. for what little it's worth f you read the article that came
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out when i originally introduced it, mayor brown said absolutely it is good policy. the problem became that we have multiple different apointing authorities. so, even if a mayor enforced it, maybe a board president didn't or maybe an apointee of the city attorney or the district attorney didn't enforce it. this makes it level. everybody becomes subject to it as a matter of charter law. i think it is good public policy. we'll see where the votes are. i hope that we submit it to the voters. >> thank you. supervisor cohen? >> thank you. i'm not casting dispersions on whether or not this is good public policy or not. i'm just engaging in the democratic process and having a conversation, a spirited debate. i have a different perspective. i think that there are rules that are created by the ethics department to help us relax ourselfs from these conflicts. if there is a conflict on the agenda, then you recuse yourself and you move on.
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to stick with what supervisor peskin's example, that was one person on the planning commission needing six votes. so s you know, it's -- i think it is a little bit of a difficult argument that supervisor peskin is trying to make. it's almost like treating -- you have two class of people. right? you have people that are elected, like us, we are allowed to run for other positions, to run for office. if wes have a conflict, we recuse ourselves from an item. and we see it happen all the time in this chamber. but if -- so what you are saying is if you are a candidate and volunteering your-you're volunteering your time and you're a candidate, you have to step down. i don't know. it almost -- to me the converse to that is that if we were -- we're in office, then we would have to step down to run for another position. still, there are rules that regulate how much money we can
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take, that regulate when we take a vote and when contributions can be made or behests have been made. there's 460 forms, 501 forms, a ton of forms. 401 forms that we file to be transparent and to be open. and these transparent and open rules are also -- the form 700 is also given to people who are serving on boards and commissions. so, this is just the gentle pushback to the notion that one must step down in order to run for office. it's like two class of folks here. those are the elected class that are able to dictate the rules that impose on the unelected or the aspiring elected class. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor cohen. and seeing no other names on the roster, madame clerk, please call the roll. >> on item 13 --
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[roll call] sheehy, no. tang, no. breed, no. cohen, no. there are seven ayes and four nos with sheehy, tang, breed and cohen in the dissent. >> the charter amendment will be submitted. madame clerk, please call the next item. >> item 14 is a charter amendment first draft to amends the charter of the city and county of san francisco, to reduce the mayoral appointments to the retirement board from three to two members and to require that the city attorney apoint one member, to require that the appointment of the mayor and the city be subject to a hearing and board approval within 60 days, but if not
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acted upon become active on the 61st day and require that the term of any member appointed by the mayor between december 1, 2014 and january 1, 2018 expire on september 21, 2018 with the city attorney apointing a member to fill such a vacancy and require that the retirement board disclose investment information on a biannual basis. >> supervisor peskin. >> thank you. last week, the board took up the cause of divestment from fossil fuels at a special meeting timed specifically to precede our special consideration of the charter amendment today. as many of you know, because you join me unanimously, every supervisor except for supervisor stefani who was not here then, joined in recalling for the retirement goeseder divest our public pension sfrm fossil fuels last year. the retirement board has approximately $500,000 invested in the big oil -- and i don't
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mean to be hyperbolic -- is threatening to destroy life on our planet. in the last five years since this board approved a similar legislation, they instead have a stakeholder strategy based on the naive impression that is relatively mroin investors in big oil, we can overcome the profit motive driving the destruction of our environment. last wednesday, i was joined on the city hall steps by a coalition of labour representives, indigenous peoples and environmental advocates, our former colleagues on the board, as well as supervisor cohen and president breed in calling on the retirement board to divest. consistent with that body's inaction, that did not occur last wednesday. but i must say supervisor cohen, in your capacity as a retirement board member, you fought an uphill battle to compel your colleagues to at least make progress on defining
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the riskiest and dirtiest assets andet? s motion a time liven for divesting from those bad actors and by april of this year, before the deadline to submit measures to the november ballot, i expect we'll have a clear sense of how and how quickly the retirement system will divest from fossil fuels. while i firmly believe that it is the retirement board's fiduciary duty to [inaudible] big oil investments, it is apparent that an extraordinary amount of pressure is required to get them to even have the conversation. i want to continue to hang this charter amendment over the retirement board like the sword of democles to ensure that progress is made and, for that reason, i want to make a motion to send this back to committee for amendment to be placed on the november ballot after which i hope you will join me in supporting this ongoing cause. so, with that, i move to send this to the rules committee where we'll amend it for a november measure. >> supervisor peskin has made a
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motion to send this item to rule. seconded by supervisor cohen. supervisor cohen? >> thank you. thank you very much. so, supervisor peskin is absolutely right. it has been an uphill battle, ladies and gentlemen, to get the retirement board to do a divestment and, quite frankly, our lives and our future of our planet is contingent on this. so we'll continue to fight in this endeavour. i've been at the table for five or six years. i lost count at this point. but i do have one question. overall, i am in support of sending this back to committee, supervisor peskin. i do -- i would like the ask you one question and ask it on the record. in the language that you are proposing, you are proposing that the city attorney -- the city attorney be the apointing authority. could you explain the rationale behind the selection behind the city attorney as opposed to the controllers office or the
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treasurer tax collector? preferably the treasurer tax collector. thank you. >> through the chair. >> of course. >> supervisor peskin. >> through the president to supervisor cohen, it was based on one theory and that is the theory that our current city attorney, dennis herrera, courageously filed suit against the five largest fossil fuel companies on the planet earth, exxonmobil, chevron, british petroleum and so i think he cares profoundly about the issue and that is why i put the city attorney in there. but if the board has a different sense about what the appointing authorities should be, i'm open to discussing that in the rules committee as we proceed towards november. >> thank you. supervisor cohen? >> thank you. thank you very much. i'm actually delighted that mr. herrera did file that suit. i think it is important, an important message to send forward. [please stand by]
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>> supervisor cohen: thank you very much. glad to see many members of the italian-american community here today. thank you for engaging with this
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process. i want to publicly apologize to you if i've offended you. in no way, did i have any intention to injury anyone. that said, this conversation started in october and many people we've been in touch with and have been working with. as i announced last week when this passed at the board of supervisors, my colleague, suspects safai and supervisor yee said they wanted to work on the issue. we're going to have a formal declaration and there was a snow ordinance that day. it was unofficially celebrated, but we're in the process of
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making it official. supervisor safai will take the lead moving forward. there's a whole host of italian-americans. so i wanted to bring this to everyone's attention. the order nantz is -- ordinance is very simple and we'll be teed up and ready to celebrate this fall. i will ask that we not send this
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to committee and i believe there is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the italian-americans not just in the city but across the country as well as honoring and recognizi recognizing indigenous people's day. i believe we should be able to move forward and i see no need to send it back to committee, particularly noting that the italian-american heritage day legislation is being drafted and under way. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor cohen. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: this is something that we've gotten a strong response from. i think it's two separate items and it's in no way, shape or form, an intent to disrespect any community. we embrace, celebrate, promote
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all the different cultures. the italian-american community is one of the founding communities of the history of this city. it has wonderful, wonderful contributions to the shape of what we see in san francisco today. ghirardelli, mascone, the names go on and on and on and they've helped to shape and transform this city in a very positive way. at the end of the conversation the other day, both supervisor cohen and i immediately put in and i will be leading that conversation, a drafting request, because i think there is some confusion in the general public about some suggestions made, but not a formal ordinance done. i extend my hand in friendship to work with supervisor cohen and other members of the
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community and we'll make that reality in a short amount of time. again, i think these are two separate items. i don't think in any way, shape or form, recognizing indigenous people's day is an undermining in any way, shape or form of the italian community and the great contributions they've had here in san francisco. >> clerk: thank you it. >> supervisor yee: i'm very supportive of the current resolution in terms of recognizing the people that had been living in this land prior to europeans coming here. but i also felt like as i mentioned last week, that we shouldn't look at one group and
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make another group feel bad. so as much as i'm very supportive of supervisor cohen's resolution, and i certainly will support it eventually, but i will be supporting a continuance. what i would like to do is have whether it's supervisor safai and supervisor cohen and i will be more than glad to co-sponsor, to come up with something that so that we can announce these two things or both of these two things at the same time so nobody will feel sleighted. that would be my preference in this. and it was suggested to me -- one of the possible way to get to this is not only speaking to the italian-american club and so forth, but every one of our districts have people of italian descent, which suggests to me,
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why don't we as a board have these people come together, maybe all of us could just -- i don't want to say nominate, but suggest that two or three people from our own district come together to discuss, what's the best way to move forward with honoring the heritage of the italian-americans? so that's sort of my suggestion. >> madame clerk, please call the role. >> supervisor breed: on the motion to send this item back to committee, it was moved and seconded. seeing no other names on the roster, madame clerk, please call the role. peskin aye. ronen no. safai no.
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sheehy no. stephanie no. tang no. yee aye. breed no. cohen no. fewer no. kim no. there are two ayes and nine nos. >> supervisor breed: the motion to send this item back to committee fails. madame clerk, on the item, please call the role. peskin no. ronen aye. sheehy aye. stephanie aye. tang aye. yee aye. breed aye. cohen aye.
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fewer aye. kim aye. >> clerk: the ordinance is finally passed. it's past 2:30 and we have a special commendation today. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: my special commendation is the subject of a resoluti resolution is to gum be the
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first public assistance scheme introduced in 1971. he drew the connection between social welfare policies and field of business and built his civic duties from hong kong housing authority as a social services manager and supervisor at hong kong hospital, as a memberer at windows china hong kong limited, as a controller at hong kong telephone corporation, as an assistant operations manager at merrill lynch, as a welfare supervisor at hong kong social welfare and the list goes on. the man is remarkably qualified. after emigrating to the united states, he continued with those values and his advocacy at the
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chinatown community development center for a decade providing services and empowering san francisco residents in the community. to his colleagues, enoch is an inspirational mentor, modelling and resourcing from within and outside. to residents, empowers tenants to organize against issues affecting them in the community. at the dawn of your retirement, enoch, we want to thank you for your dedication and commitment, humbleness and want to honor you as february 17 as enoch day. hopefully we'll pass that later. i imagine it will not be as contentious as the items you just witnessed. congratulations, enoch. [cheers and applause]
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if you want to come up and say a few words at the end of this when we pass the proclamation you will receive a copy from the clerk of the board of supervisors on the day of your retirement. the floor is yours. and i want it say that we have in chambers, reverend norman fong and leadership of the center where enoch has worked for many, many years. >> sisters and brothers, we have a history of sending missionaries overseas to every country in the world, but this is a missionary from hong kong that came to the u.s. to help chinatown. this guy is super bad. i've never seen anybody work as hard and long and i could not leave my wife and family for 10 years like he said. he's going to fly back immediately to hong kong and
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enjoy life. i don't know if you have grandkids or whatever, but we want to thank you on behalf of san francisco. you are a superstar. you are a mother teresa in a different way in chinatown and i love you so much the staff and the residents are here. 2 he's -- he is a bridge-builder. he tried to give life to seniors. and i can say too much. can everyone stand up that says that you love enoch? come on. oh, yeah. [cheers and applause] okay. say a few words. >> i'm so thankful and happy to have the chance to be here and with all the people in san francisco. i came here in 2005. my mother and sister wanted me
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to come here and i got my second career. so i have friends in san francisco and people here are very diversified. thank you for accepting me and letting me use my knowledge and my experience to serve the people. so in the past 11 years, i enjoyed my work. and help the community into a more modern place for all citizens. also, when i'm here, i gain energy and gain power because i participate in the community affairs. so before i leave, i just hope that san francisco can become a more human and more accepting
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and more successful city. [cheers and applause] >> supervisor breed: congratulations, mr. fung, on your retirement. and i missed you last night at the galileo event. missed you last night. while they go out side to take a photograph, i will recognize the next commendation. supervisor kim? >> supervisor kim: thank you, president breed. and i should, first of all,
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thank he's honorees for your immense patience. i know this was supposed to happen many, many weeks ago. colleagues, i'm delighted to honor seven individuals who have dedicated hundreds of hours of their personal time as a labor of love to their neighborhood here in san francisco to ensure that we can establish a community benefits district in the western and south of market neighborhood. james spinello has been an unstoppable force on email and also creating action for the neighborhood, as chair of the steering committee. and i want to acknowledge deborah benedict, kim fenweres, eric lopez, alex lopez, and ryan jackson. [applause]
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>> thank you, madame clerk. >> supervisor kim: these are districts that strife to perform the quality of life in neighborhoods. as supervisor i represent most of the community benefit districts. i see chris corgrum in the back. you should come up, too. it's a reality that most city services most needed are sometimes unable to meet the demand and we've seen the need for the services, so cleanup of illegal dumping and streetlights and security that will make late night travel safer. it's critical in meeting the demand they exist, but we know they're not just kreef eig -- created by magic.
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it takes outreach, distribution of surveys to thousands of households. a petition phase and voting throughout the district. this cbd, if it's successfully formed, will be the largest district in the city. when i mention the work, surveys, outreach, it's one of our most ambitious efforts thus far. it will start from mission street all the way to townsend and to the eastern border along 6th, as well as portions of 5 many street. this is the district i live in. i cannot tell you how sorely it's needed. last night when i came home, there was a gentleman that had started to take off his clothes and was flailing his arms and had garbage along my alleyway. i didn't know who i should call, but i knew he was scaring some of my neighbors, so i talked to him and we were able to work something out. what is frustrating to me even as an elected representative is
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i know there are not the services we need to help this individual get to a better place. so i want to thank you, all, for your commitment, for your heart, and how you care for the neighborhood. i'm proud to support the formation of the district, it's diverse, nightlife to small business to manufacturing and storage. you are really needing and representing a very diverse constituency and in some ways it makes it more difficult and more beautiful, if we're able to get it accomplished and done. so, again, i want to recognize chris corgus, who has provided guidance. you are shaking your head, but you go to many, many things above and beyond your job. thank you for working with our office to help make this successful. i want to thank you for your time and devotion and commitment. you are not just saying what is wrong with the district, but also trying to make it better with the office as a team and i want to thank you for that.
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[applause] >> i want to say a quick, few words. i'm james spinello and i've been in the neighborhood since 1992 and we've seen many changes we searched for a solution and finally found it on my block when a neighbor created a neighborhood watch group. as a unified body within that block, we were able to solve problems and work with police. a cbd is a larger version of that exact same model. as a result, i volunteered to chair the cbd. thankfully, we have an incredible steering committee, and there are more beyond this group that are working tirelessly to bring this to fruition. it's been a lot more work than i
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expected. it is very diverse between renters, owners, businesses of all sizes. we have original artists and new artists from the tech field as well. we have an incredible new neighborhood that's coming to fruition right in our neighborhood and it's actually thanks to your hard work and planning to put together our new neighborhood and we want to care for it properly. that's why bringing the cbd helps to make it a reality. if it's not for the hard work of the steering committee, and i want to thank you, we would not be where we are just before petitioning. we all started this, literally, about seven months ago. it's been in the fruition for a little while, but we've been working really hard to bring it to fruition and make it a reality starting january 1, 2019. i invite you all to help spread
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the word because it's a joint effort. and every single person and property owners. thank you for the time. and thank you for the day. [applause] >> supervisor breed: thank you, everyone. and congratulations and thank you for your service and the
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work you are doing in the soma area. all right. colleagues, we'll go back to our agenda. we left off at item number 16 under new business. >> clerk: item 16 is a resolution to determine that the promi premise-to-premise transfer for liquor license to gum hua lee at 915 stockton street will serve the public convenience. >> clerk: madame clerk on the item, call the roll. peskin aye. safai aye. stephanie aye. tang aye. yee aye.
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breed aye. cohen aye. fewer aye. kim absent. nine ayes. >> supervisor breed: resolution adopted unanimously. >> clerk: item 17 was considered by budget and finance and forwarded as a committee report to approve a lease of a parcel of 31,000 square feet at 125 bayshore boulevard with w wyl orion properties as landlord for an initial 6-month term and five one-year annual renewals thereafter. april 1, 2018 to september 30, 2023. >> supervisor ronen: i wanted to express my strong support. the location is in district 10
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one the edge of district 9. it's an area that often hosts large tent encampments. my office is working on short-term improvements that will improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, but another issue has been the fact that many homeless people trying to stay out of the way of areas where there are many businesses and homes sleep underneath the freeway. and these encampments have been problematic because of the dangerous area with the speeding traffic, the curves where you can't see pedestrians when driving in your car. so i worked very hard with the office of homelessness and supportive housing as well as mohammed naru and former mayor
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ed lee to find this location and want to send a special thanks to assemblimember phil ting that obtained the $10 million from the state that will help to fund the lease and operation of the center. this is the only way that i know how to humanely and effectively address the homeless crisis, provide the services that are essential, keep people safe and living in dignified spaces and improve the safety conditions for commuters getting from home to work every day, using this location, so i wanted to thank everyone for their hard work on this. i wanted to thanks supervisor cohen for hosting this navigation center in her district and i hope that you will join me in supporting this
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lease. >> clerk: peskin aye. ronen aye. safai aye. safai aye. stephanie aye. tang aye. yee aye. breed aye. cohen aye. fewer aye. kim aye. there are 11 ayes. >> supervisor breed: the resolution is adopted unanimously. supervisors safai wanted to do something in san francisco,
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while surrounded by his family. after suffering a devastating stroke in 2009. alec was born in los angeles, graduated from santa monica high school in 1960 and served honorably during the vietnam war. in the '70s, alec moved to san francisco, where he raised three children and became active in public and community affairs.
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he founded his company general contract inspection services, which is one of the most respected inspection services in san francisco and is still in operation. alec was active in politics serving during feinstein, agnos and brown administrations. he was personal and compassionate and wrote campaign speeches. we thank alec for his years of service to san francisco and our deepest condolences to his family and close friends. and i would also like to do an in memorial for dennis parone. born april 8, 1945. he served the country and served his country in the united states army during the vietnam war. following his discharge, made his way to san francisco and settled into the castro, where he met harvey