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in november of 2017 when this item was first heard. that they were not properly noticed. could you go through what are the noticing requirements, answer the question as to whether timely notice was given to the residents, and what type of notice was given to the neighbors? were there flyers on homes, cars, on poles? did you call people? >> good day. matthew chandler of the planning department staff. for all conditional use authorizations that go before public -- the planning commission at the public hearing, they're required to have a 20 day notice, both within the newspaper, 20-day notice posted on the site, which is a pretty large poster posted on site and there is 20 days mailed to all property owners. this was notice that is mailed to all property owners within 300 feet of the site. >> supervisor cohen: thank you
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very much. so to me, it sounds like it's a standard city notification process. >> correct. >> supervisor cohen: is there any resident -- residual waste water pollution from the previous tenant? that's an important question. if you're not able to answer, i don't know if there is anyone within the planning department that can speak to that. i want to know if there is waste water resume sid wall -- residual. and i need to know if that needs to be cleaned up before the future business occupying the location. i want to know if the future business, be it saba or any other business. >> lisa gibson, environmental
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review officer. if you could hold, we're consulting with the city colleagues about the matter. my understanding is that, if there were a notable violation of any sort, that would have to be addressed, but we're not aware of any, so we're not prepared for the question. and the project wouldn't result in soil disturbance, so we wouldn't anticipate if there was any soil ground water contamination that it would be disturbed by the project. >> supervisor cohen: i guess the final question has to do with odors. you heard comments in the planning hearing. and you heard public comment here this afternoon. how will odors be mitigated? >> so as part of the condition use authorization, we do have a
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kind of standard conditional approval for installation of odor control unit to make sure that any odors are prevented from escaping the premises. >> supervisor cohen: thank you. i have no other questions, madame president, happy to turn it over to you. >> president breed: seeing no other names on the roster, we will allow up to 10 minutes for the project sponsor, or the project sponsor representative to present. >> good afternoon. president and members of the board, i'm dan frattin, the project sponsor. we're here today asking that you reject the appeal and clear the way for san francisco's only butcher shop. this is the only place in the city selling freshly slaughtered chicken prepared accord to
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islamic tradition. it's important to the community who value to see the condition of the animal they're going to eat and the conditions they're processed in. i understand this is not the kind of business that people are familiar with and perhaps misunderstanding underlying some of the testimony you've heard today. however, when you consider the scale of the facility, the specifics of the operation, and the extensive, it clearly qualifies for exemption. to start, i'd like to give you an overview of saba live. it operates nine facilities. as you can see, many of saba's locations are directly next door to or below homes. about 40% of the customers at saba location in fruitvale, come
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from san francisco. this is the location where the wallace street facility will go in the bayview. as you can see, it's in a pdr two district, fairly industrial and one of few areas where san francisco allows intensive industrial uses. you can see here that the adjacent uses include several auto repair and painting businesses, metal working and storage yard. let's take a look at what saba proposes. physically, the project is simple. it's an improvement project fitting out the windowless structure for the operations. the chickens are stored in the back of the shop and small rooms will be built for slaughtering and processing the chickens. customer waiting areas are in a separate room in the front of
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the building with internal window allowing customers to look into the processing area, and there is also a small chiller room where waste is stored and by-products are stored and sealed in containers. saba will have about 500 chickens on site, just to give you a sense of what that looks like. this is the oakland facility, they have slightly more than 500, but it's six crates in a relatively small room. this change of use fits within class 1 and 3 exemption, which includes leasing and minor alterations as well as changes of use up to 10,000 square feet. here we're talking about 2100 square feet, so about one fifth of the maximum allowed. when a project fits within an exemption category,
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environmental review is not needed unless there are unusual circumstances. neither of those conditions are present here. there is nothing unusual about a small scale industrial use on a site occupied by an industrial user prior. and surrounded by other industrial uses in a district where that is what the city encourages as a matter of policy. second, a light volume of trucks making pick-offs and deliveries are also not unusual. chickens will be bought in on boxed trucks, 2-4 a week with 3-5 trucks coming in per week to remove waste. even at the busiest times of year, we're look at two trucks a day, which is typical or less than most other commercial uses in the city and it will be a net reduction compared to the five tow trucks that previously operated at the site. so we're not looking at increase in truck traffic or associated emissions. third, businesses that handle
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live animals and animal waste are not unusual. neither are businesses that process meat and seafood. animal shelters, doggy day cares are a dime a dozen. live seafood is processed and sold in storage throughout the city, along with one of the biggest tourist attractions. though night is has international, there are a couple of live poultry. process meat and dispose of by-product. each controls odor and properly disposes of waste and by-products without causing environmental impact. in no small part it is because there are regulations they must
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follow. once you account for the regulations and understand that the data cited by the appellants ignores them, as well as the small scale of saba operation, you'll see there is not a fair argument of significant impact. now the appellants urge the board to accept the position that "other regulatory actions have no bearing on whether the project requires ceqa analysis". basically ignore all of the other laws and regulations that protect health and safety and the environment when doing ceqa review and deciding whether impacts will occur. it's hard to see how anything would be exempt under this, which is not reasonable and it's not the law. the city litigated that very issue in the san francisco beautiful case in the court there, it ruled in its favor saying agency may rely on regulations to include environmental impact will not be significant. put another way, the city doesn't need to recreate food
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handling laws every time a restaurant opens. it can assume a baseline of hygienic operation based on all of the laws in place. it does that routinely. so who regulates saba? the same principle applies to saba as it does a restaurant. let's talk about the specific regulations. as you heard under the waste water treatment program, solids can't be discharged into the sewage system, they need to be contained and recycled. saba workers do a lot of the separation by hand with built in grease traps doing the remainder of the work before waste water enters the sewage system before it's process add and discharged. solid waste disposal is regulated by state and local law. together dph and the state regulate the handling and disposal of animal tissue.
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saba will comply with these regulations by storing waste and by-products in sealed containers a cooler room before they're picked up by a certified waste hauler. no animal products are disposed of in the regular garbage and you can see here we're talking about a small volume of waste. a container for feathers, a contain foremeat, a container for animal waste. lastly, health and hygiene, saba is regulated by the usda, department of agriculture and dph which enforce standards and conduct regular inspections and testing for hygiene. there is also a state certified inspector on site at all times to monitor both the conditions of the birds and facility. finally, i like to close on a practical note. we're talking about a small shop with 500 chickens on site. this is not at massive agri-
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business operation, this is not a 10,000 hog farm in north carolina with open air at thes wools of data -- pools of data waste. there is not a single source that addresses small scale operations like saba's. they rely on studies of huge operations, many of them in the open air, and none of them located in a well regulated setting like san francisco. those kind of exaggerated evidence may show that there are environmental impacts if you have 182,000 chickens in one place at one time, that's not what we're doing. there are 500. more to the point, we don't need to speculate about impacts here. we can look across to the bay to saba's slightly larger facility in fruitvale, where we have a letter from a neighbor of the facility on the overhead which reads saba live poultry is one
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of the best businesses this the area, the place is well maintained and they keep it super clean and sanitized. they operate responsibly and don't negatively effect us or any of the surroundings neighbors with noise and smell. the same will be true of the bayview location. we have about 52 speaker cards and 100 people outside which would like to in deference to the board's time, not have everybody speak, a small selection of them will, but if everybody here who is in support of saba could please stand, with that i thank the board and i'm available for questions. thank you. thank you. >> president breed: thank you. ok, as this time, we will open it up to public comment. if there are any members of the public who would like to speak in opposition to the appeal, please line up to your right and
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the first speaker, you'll have up to two minutes each. i'm a member of the organization of the peninsula and a board member of the north california islamic council and board member of the community development grant in oakland and creator of the oakland business improvement districts and specifically in the fruitvale district. community activist. work for the rights of the poor and defending them in the city of oakland and specifically in the district of fruitvale. as much as i was thrilled being a muslim that a muslim establishment would open, i was a skeptic. as many of my clients passed by
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the doorway of this establishment, i had the same concerns adds that of the person who stood before us here and said she was three blocks away from the location in san francisco. i had a concern about the odor. i had concerns about the feel of the whole community which is where we spend the last 24 years developing and making it attractive for business. i had concerns for the hygiene and the pollution. i must say to some extent i almost work against the project myself. i have to tell you, i have to testify to you, as a community activist in oakland that none of these concerns materialized. on the contrary as you pass by, surprisingly there is no odor whatsoever. the place does not omit a lot of noise at all. actually pass by there probably nine times a day.
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so i hope that will calm the concerns as myself was a concerned citizen myself. thank you for the time. >> thank you for the comments, next speaker, please. >> my name is salam. i came from india in 1953, i'm a property taxpayer for over 50 years. and i would hike to say you should go to the halal meat shops here, there is one on gary and jones near the civic center. you compare the prices and the prices at saba, it's a big -- if you have a big family, a lot of family and friends have to suffer through the hassle of the bridge traffic, so why not have it here? and if it been approved by the planning commission and this small scale operation, why? it provides jobs and i think the city will get more revenue than
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from the u-haul or the tow trucks. and it will provide more jobs. and if you -- if you are so strict against any future ones and even the present ones, you should be as strict to them, don't single us out, please. >> thank you for your comment. next speaker, please. >> hello. i am a member of the american muslim community. i'm also an activist in the mma community as well. i'm here to support the opening of the saba life poultry. having a place like saba in our city is very important for the residents and will be great addition to the city. the city is a special place that tolerates everyone. and many muslims who live in the city, eat only halal meat. it's important for us to eat halal and fresh meat that has
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frozen food that has been in the freezer for months. the city should be proud and support a small business. abiding by all the rules and regulations should be a priority for our city leaders. the track record of the oakland location is great. they have full-time health inspector and the place is very clean and well maint maintained. i'm one of their biggest customers. supporting organic stores, this type of business should be supported as well. with regards to the environmental impact, i am a licensed chemical engineer in the state of california and it's commonsense to me there is no such environmental impact. it's a very small business as you have seen in the picture, family owned, many of the employees will be hired from the city itself. we're not talking about a huge slaughterhouse that slaughters
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thousands of animals a day. it's very small, family business. i urge you to make a wise decision and support this business unanimously. 100%. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hi, how are you doing, hi everybody. i'm the neighbor of saba store, the one in oak oakland. it's less than 100 feet, the same block. in three years i never noticed anything from them, no noise, so clean. and we have no problem with them. i want to say you're ok, come visit the place in oakland, you're going to see. everything is ok. we enjoy every day eating fresh halal, that's it. nothing untoward about it. come check. my address is 807 kennedy
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street. i'm next door to that place. >> thank you for the comments, next speaker please. >> i feel so happy today. i waited 42 years for this. and to have the halal food in san francisco, we are so happy. first time the halal food, no frozen food, all fresh. and cheap. we just go over there, have the fresh food. everybody is going to be happy. i appreciate the shop in san francisco. it's for the community of san francisco. thank you very much. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hello. i'm resident of oak land. i'm labor with saba poultry in oakland and i'm a good customer of them.
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i go there almost every week to buy for the whole week because i like the way they kill the chicken and how the blood go out so it will be really healthy for me and my family. so i enjoy buying the chicken and eating it and make sure where i buy my meat from, so i can enjoy it. i support them to open one in every city. thanks. >> next speaker, please. >> hello. i'm a resident of san francisco and in the bay area. i wanted to thank you and thank you god for being here. and actually we've been waiting for a place like this to open in the city. i used to travel to spartan, modes tow, sacramento to get fresh meat. i love the place, i love the product. it's great.
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hopefully we see this place open soon. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. i grew and lived in san francisco when san francisco, i love san francisco. saba life brought us a good service and i just want to briefly say that saba is not only for muslim and the word halal. when i go to saba in oakland, 80% of the customers are non-muslims. latin americans, african-americans. this business supports an serves all community. i just hope that you support all our community in san francisco and the bay area. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please.
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>> thank you. i've known saba live since they started in oakland and known them dearly and the family. since they started in oakland, as the previous speaker, it is a community-based business. most of the people there, like he said, non-muslim. this is not just catering to muslims. yes, we as muslims like the kosher meat, halal meat, we like to be clean and slaughtered in a respectable way as well as all the meat that it has, they cater for us, it's not something we always go outside. people travel to all different cities. i've been knowing them for a while. since they opened the store in oakland, they've been working very hard as well as they are -- they haven't had -- i've
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never -- there have been no complaints, nothing whatsoever. they meet all health regulations as well as they meet all the standard codes. again, they are community based store, a family business, and it's always sanitized and very clean. we like to bring that to the san francisco community and i hope you guys see that. we welcome that, because us as muslims, we look for, very fresh and slaughtered meat, kosher meat, that we look for. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hello, everyone. i'm here to support saba halal meat. and the best in the store, when see people from all different countries, like different faces, not just muslim. we communicate over there. the place is clean. the meat tastes so good. i'm just one of the people here to show some love and support
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for great quality business. and opportunity for the others. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. i have been customer for saba halal meat for a long time. they are good. they are very sanitized, very nice. in oakland, i wish they have a place in san francisco. every time we go there, not just for muslim communities, it's for all nationalities, they see a lot of people from the different nationality, so i recommend it. it's very nice. i hope you guys will be in favor and support of this business. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> i'm here to support saba livestock because it's an
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opportunity for us to buy our kosher food. it's the same as every culture we know it doesn't sound good, but it's nice and healthy. i go to the one in oakland and i see customers from asia, all over the world. we would appreciate it if you give us this opportunity to have it here close to us in san francisco. so we won't have to travel far. and i thank you very much. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. board president. i'm with the ciu local 87, i represent the janitors in the private sector. i'm also tsecretary treasurer, members in the room, stand.
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[laughter] thank you. so, for us, in the 21-year history of my career, i've never had to get up before any board of supervisors or any commission meeting to talk about meat and the accessibility to it. our members and our obligation to them has never just been the contractual obligations we have for them. shhh. but also, it goes beyond how the communities are affected, both immigrant and the inclusiveness of the communities everywhere. the comments we heard earlier, we were sitting -- we have a whole other group of members, 50 folks? -- in the other room, being here in support of saba live. we hope you understand that the environmental impact is none whatsoever, it's a small business, family-owned. it's created a lot of jobs in
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oakland and other cities as well. but the accessibility being about having halal meat in san francisco has been nonexistent and the signs people see, it's not fresh meat. i'm asking everyone here in the board of supervisors to vote yes in support of saba live and allowing members and our families to shop in the city they live in, to have access to halal meat. thank you. >> i'll just remind the public that if you are in support of what the speaker is saying you're welcome to give supportive fingers but no audible sounds of support, please. >> good afternoon. i'm here to support the saba live poultry. the main reason i'm here is i work about 50-60 hours in san francisco and it would be more convenient to have a location here and shop my meat produced
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from them rather than going to oakland. i live all the way in the north bay. san francisco will be more convenient for me. thank you. >> thank you. before mr. duffy speaks, i'll ask if there are any other members of the public who would like to speak in opposition to the appeal. >> i'm mr. duffy. could i get two minutes? thank you. i hope you will all consider this item independently and not rely on one supervisor as the law provides. i hope you will consider what the law provides and go where the evidence leads you. that's the strongest way to support pluralism. >> thank you. madame president. >> president breed: thank you. are there any other members of the public who would like to speak in opposition of the appeal?
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>> supervisor, for 33 years, i am here fighting for the homeless and community activist. i wish you open your eyes and hear my muslim friends talk about, we don't accept any discrimination against any one of us. and i said that to let you get wake up and understand that we are strong and we're going to fight until our death for no discrimination. enough is enough. >> thank you. are there any other members of the public who would like to speak in opposition of the appeal? seeing none, public comment is closed. we will have up to three minutes for rebuttal from the appellant.
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>> thank you, supervisors. christina again on the behalf ott animal legal defense fund. i would like to repeat the points and echo some of the public comments. i'd like to emphasize that the project sponsor here has misstated the legal standards that apply. i explained in my presentation. like to emphasize that we support consumers having stronger connection to the food, as discussed earlier, just to dispel the implication there are dubious alternative motives. our appeal was limited to environmental effects alone and most of the comments you heard in support of saba today regarded the merits of the facility, which were not addressed by the animal defense fund and the merits of the facility are not at issue here. i would like to emphasize that. the scale of the facility, 146,000 animals are killed
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annually. i should say are transported, confined indoors and slaughtered, which breaks down to an animal per minute being slaughtered. this is not the extremely small operation that the project sponsors would like you to believe that it is. i would like to emphasize that ceqa does complicate effects on animals as agriculture resources and i appreciate supervisor cohen's questions, but i would emphasize two things. first that the again the proper forum for those questions would have been in the ceqa process before the conditional use permit was granted and i would submit that nothing that we heard today addressed the concerns with regard to animals, the animal legal defense fund raised in the appeal. those are still unaddressed on the record. lastly, i would like to say that
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the projects sponsor attempt to reference other businesses that it seems none of us have ever stepped foot in and using letters from residents in oakland that purport to know how the san francisco facility will function, is exactly the type of speculation that cannot form the basis of a ceqa determination and using the state's own records from state inspectors of the oakland facility, they have documented issues, like excessive moisture and sanitation problems. i would urge you to use those records as the basis of -- or to demonstrate how the oakland facility operates. and so again, we urge the board to remand this project to the planning commission to the environmental effects can be considered before it is granted a conditional use permit. thank you. >> thank you. this hearing has been held and
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is now closed. this matter is in the hands of the board. supervisor cohen. cone >> supervisor cohen: just a few closing comments before the vote. i want to thank everyone who came out, the people that met with myself and the staff in the office. takes a lot to come out and part pate in this process. i want to close the hearing by saying that i took the allegations of the environmental injustice and evasion of necessary ceqa considerations incredibly seriously. we are talking about the bayview community which experiences disproportionate levels of harm with quality of water, air pollution, there is no doubt and no mistake. but there is one thing i definitely want to correct on the record, that is that san francisco in the southeast, dog patch and baby was known as the slaughterhouse. it was butcher town because that's where these types of businesses that served the city
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and county of san francisco and yesterday, were operating. and over time, community began to buy into and build up a neighborhood around these types of industrial and light industrial businesses. so i don't want the record to reflect thinking that people have been living here and these industrial businesses popped up. it was quite the contrary. the businesses were there first and then people, because of the land being cheap, because of red line and because of racism and people -- racism that prohibited people from getting large loans to purchase a home, they had to go where the land was the cheapest. but to say that you will, i stay to say i take all of the health outcomes extremely seriously and want to be sure that any business that we consider placing in the neighborhood would not compound any of the already existing health issues. and i believe that this would be the case with the proposed saba
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poultry butcher facility. ladies and gentlemen, i have truthfully not learned anything new from the presentation today, nor through the work that my office has done over the past few weeks that would compel me to overturn the planning commission decision to approve the conditional use and stop this butcher facility from moving forward in the process. frankly, i'm happy to outclient reasons. the project site is outside of the area pollution exposure zone. you heard comments about the freeways, and about particulate matter. the bottom line, this site is isolated and it is outside of the air pollute ant exposure zone for district 10. there is little to no debris that is projected to go into the sewer. we heard from the expert over the puc, thank you for being
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here, to share your expertise. in fact, the waste will be hauled offsite to a facility less than two miles away. at the end of the day, we're talking about replacing a towing company, a towing company that had far more adverse impact on the environment. it yield would a substantial amount of emissions and instead of bringing free ainge and organic poultry options into district 10. the bayview, many of you already know, is a food desert. that means access to healthy food is very difficult. and so, i believe that this project, would be an added benefit to the neighborhood. not only to our muslim neighbors who can only eat halal meat, but to the hundreds of residents who prefer to buy fresh poultry over chain retailers.
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the halal meccaed is different, not method is different, because of the how the waste is collected and disposed of. the majority of the work is done manually. of the machines used, saba uses electric, not diesel-fueled machinery. lastly, i want to be clear this is not just a -- this was not simply expedited permit for approval and want to assure people this was not -- that thoughtful consideration was given, but this project must go through -- must still go through additional review and get more approval beyond this conditional use. san francisco is a culinary destination from farm to table, where many of our restaurants pride themselves on the freshness of their food from the produce, to the meat. the i believe this business gives additional options to
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neighbors and restaurants alike. i like to see there is a true benefit to the city. i want to say on the record i'm truly reticent that some of the things i'm hearing with regard to the effort of the appellant. i'm concerned because i think there was attempts to mislead constituents. i was told that aldf made attempts to seize on people's fears walking around talking to people, knocking on their doors, telling people their property values will be halved if they don't oppose this facility. i want to assure the constituents in the southeast that are going to be the near the facility, that property values will not be disrupted. if this were a traditional slaughterhouse with diesel machinery and more variety of the animals being slaughtered, i might feel compelled to challenge the ceqa exemption,
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but this is about poultry, processing operation, located in the correct industrial zone. so with that, colleagues, i ask that you join me in supporting the planning commission's decision. i'd like to, madame president, make a motion that we approve item 25 and table items 26 and 27. >> president breed: supervisor cohen has made a motion to approve item 25 and table item 26 and 27. seconded by supervisor safai. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, madame president. first of all, i want to associate myself with the comments of mr. duffy, which is that this should be decided as a matter of ceqa and not as a matter of halal or as a matter of animal rights. i believe a category one exemption has been correctly issued. the primary argument from the appellant is really an argument
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around transportation. and i don't believe that there is any evidence in the record that could lead this board to actually come to the conclusion that there is an unusual circumstance or that there are transportation impacts. quite frankly, if this were before us as a conditional use appeal, it would be an entirely different matter. but as a ceqa appeal, i believe that a categorical exemption as a class 1 exemption was properly issued and agree with supervisor cohen and will vote in the affirmative on her motion. >> president breed: thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, madame chair, president. i would like to associate myself also with the comments of supervisor cohen. for a community that doesn't often come out, one that is working often in the late hours of the evening, many of the folks in the audience are
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januaitor janitors, they don't often januaitor janitors, they don't often present in the hearings. i want to first recognize them. i understand the frustration on resident when they hear arguments that are based on traffic and flow, and waste and so on. but at the end the day, this is a land use decision and this does not rise to the level of ceqa. in terms of the categorical one exemption. so i'd like to commend supervisor cohen for balancing out the issues at hand. but also addressing what is real and that neighborhood and it is a food desert. this is a healthy option. and this is something that i fully support and agree with her argument wholeheartedly. thank you. >> thank you. supervisor tang. >> supervisor tang: thank you, colleagues, i felt compelled to speak, because i often associate myself with the comments and thoughts of the animal legal defense fund and really appreciate their work. so i did want to explain that you know, today b the core us,
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ceqa determination that we are voting on and, yes, as supervisor peskin said, if this were a conditional use permit appeal before us, i would be voting a completely different way. that standard would be whether this is necessary, desirable. and i think here as supervisor cohen articulated and the planning department, i don't find any basis wdes they shouldn't be exempt from this. but this is me saying that i'm not in this decision, passing judgment on again the use that is being proposed here, but solely based my decision on the environmental review criteria that we have here today, because personally, i'm a pescatarand ri don't even eat the animals available here, but basing my decision on the environmental review standards, so i wanted to explain that to the many advocates that i typically alipw
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with. >> thank you, supervisor tang, and seeing no other names on the roster, on the motion to approve 25 and table 26 and 27. supervisor safai aye. supervisor sheehy aye. supervisor stefani aye. tang aye. yee aye. breed aye. cohen aye. fewer aye.
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>> items 29 is the motion to affirm the determination. item 30, condition lee -- conditionally -- >> colleagues, as requested by
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planning and with the support of the appellant and the project sponsor, i move to continue the hearing of the appeal of the proposed project. the continuance will allow for the project to be further evaluated to determine if potential significance of the historic resource. we do not know for certain how long it will take, but we think four to five months. i ask the clerk to reschedule or to continue this hearing to the june 19th board meeting. >> second. >> supervisor ronen has made a motion to continue this to june 19th, 2018. seconded by supervisor peskin. colleagues -- before we take that motion, i will need to open it up to public comment. if there are any members of the public who would like to comment on the continuance, please come
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forward. seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, on the continuance, can we take that same house, same call without objection, this item will be continued. madam clerk, let's go to our next 3:00 p.m. special. i would like to call item number 37 first out of order. >> okay. item 37 is a resolution to affirm the planning department certification of the final environmental impact report and adopt environmental findings under the california environmental quality act known as ceqa, ceqa guidelines and the administrative code chapter 31 including findings of fact, findings regarding significant impacts and significant and unavoidable impacts, evaluation of mitigation measures and alternatives, a statement of overriding considerations and adopt a mitigation monitoring and reporting program related to
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the approvals at lot 337 and pier 48. >> okay. before we move forward with the hearing and the other items, we will need to approve item number 37. so we will only take up item number 37 at this time. supervisor kim. >> actually, president breed said when i was going to say. i'm going to save my comments regarding the mission rock project. when we hear the committee and all the underlying ordinances. >> colleagues, item number 37, can we take that same house, same call without objection? the resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, call the remaining items for the 3:00 p.m. special. >> items 32 and 33. >> yes. thank you. i apologize. sitting as a committee as a
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whole call items 32 and 22. >> items 32 was scheduled and approved on december 12th, 2017, continued from january 23rd, 2018 for a public hearing of the board of supervisors to convene a committee as a whole, to consider the following amendments to the mission bay south redevelopment plan which is the subject matter of item 33. the ordinance to approve amendments to the redevelopment plan to remove a .3 acre parcel known as p20 and make the findings. >> let's open up this hearing. i will turn it over to supervisor kim. >> thank you so much president breed. this is the first committee as a whole hearing on the beginning of a number of different ordinances that we'll be hearing before the board on the mission rock project. so i want to call up -- and i
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saw he had already started coming up -- michael martin from real estate and development for the port. we will also be hearing from a couple others, the project sponsors with the san francisco giants and a senior project manager from oci, to give a presentation on this redevelopment plan amendment before we hear the mission rock project area plant. thank you, mr. martin. >> thank you. good afternoon, president breed, supervisors. mike martin, deputy director for the port of san francisco. i'm here on behalf of the president and the port commission and executive director elaine forbes. she's staffing our port commission meeting, so i have the honor of being here before you today. i know she wanted to be here very much to see this very significant day on a very significant project for the mother -- port. the project began with the approval of senate bill 815.
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sb815 created an innovative bargain structured around port property for things like housing and office in exchange for the increased revenues from such development. i think that sparked an opportunity to move from what is currently an under used surface parking lot and turning that into housing units, office and retail space to serve the neighborhood and open spaces will serve the neighborhood and also the city at large. on top of that, hopefully realizing operating revenues for the port to address the maintenance needs and the on coming challenges of sea level rise and shoreline protection. unlike other projects of this time, which address the restrictions by swapping property into and out of the public trust, the prom remains the landowner and this makes us a partner now and as the transaction moves forward and
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this new neighborhood comes to life. from there, from the approval of sb815, the port volumitiitied a -- volumitiitied a partner. d.d. solicited a partner. they found a partner with the city as well as the growing mission bay community and the project site. the san francisco giants replied to the rpf as part of a joint venture and as that evolved over the years since the rfp, the giants commitment to the project has not waferrers. we appreciate the perspective as an existing and successful port tenant and neighbor of the site who brought that together with their vision. we appreciate their ability to stick with the project over its long development period and in particular their success in seeking vote era approval when that requirement was established midstream. we at the port also appreciate the array of public benefits that have been negotiated with the help of the office of economic and workforce development and many other city
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agency that's participated in this transaction over the years. now, when we have the opportunity to take a step back and look at the entire package, we at the port feel very optimistic about this project on several levels. what it will deliver to the people who live, work, and visit here once it is built, the improved waterfront that will benefit port property in the mission bay area that continues to grow around the site, and the benefit to the port's financial position as it looks ahead to the challenge of the seawall project and the historic assets. we ask you to approve this and help us move forward to the next steps. with that, i will hand this off for a brief presentation, but before i do, i wanted to highlight city staff in attendance who'll be available to answer yours question. my colleagues from the port, from the office of economic workforce development, from the planning department, from the workforce division, from ocd, and from the office of community
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investment and infrastructure. we also have city attorney. we have the port's thanks not only for their collaboration but their -- with that, i'll hand it to have to jack for a brief overview of the project leading into your discussion from here today. thanks very much. >> thank you, mike. as mike indicated, this project is a team effort. a collaboration and a partnership with the port of san francisco. with our community of neighbors and stakeholders, who have helped shape the plan that is before you today, one of the reasons the port chose the giants to be their development partner on this project is
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because we are in it for the long hall. we are not going anywhere. with the ballpark sitting just across the china basin channel, we have a unique interest in doing an exemplary job. the neighbors know this and trust in us, and because -- and they do so because we are also members of the community. mission rock is the product of years of hard work and thoughtful community planning, public workshops, open houses, community planning sessions, and other gatherings with neighbors and stakeholders were held frequently and in an open fashion. we work with members of the central waterfront advisory committee. the mission bay citizens advisory committee, the neighborhood association and frankly, with anyone who was interested. in the audience today, our representatives of the community that have been actively engaged in this process. and as mike referenced, mission
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rock is also the product of a collaborative planning process within the city family itself, including the planning department, mta, dpw, the puc, ocii, the mayor's office, and the board of supervisors, particularly our district supervisor jane kim and president london breed. unlike most projects that come before you for approval, mission rock also sought and received the support of the voters. the voter responded overwhelmingly approving the project with 74% of the vote citywide. support in every single neighborhood, supervisory district and voting precinct throughout the entire city. it received even greater support in the neighborhood itself. in many local precincts in south beach, south of market and mission bay, residents voted in
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favor of the project at a rate of more than 80% and in some precincts, 90% in favor of mission rock. this is a remarkable feat given that they mostly receive negative i am put. we are ang cut to get started -- anxious to get started. we worked hard to achieve the objectives. this project doesn't displace anyone. but replaces a giant surface parking lot with new parks, homes, jobs, and helps bring a greater sense of community and vibrancy to mission bay. and, of course, it builds housing, 40% of which is affordable to low and middle income families fighting to remain in our great city. >> the foundation of our
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planning process has been rooted in public spaces. >> excuse me. can you please identify yourself. >> my name is fran weld, i'm senior vice president of development for the giants delighted to be with you all today. thank you for having me. the foundation of our planning process has been rooted in public space and creating 8 acres of parks and open space. this network will connect a neighborhood to the waterfront. china basin park by you see here will benefit the entire east side of the city and be a central gathering place for all of san francisco to come enjoy the waterfront. mission rock square will be a vibrant urban center park with buildings fronting the park. so as to create a safe and walkable pedestrian and neighborhood experience. with its small scale walkable blocks, wide sidewalks, and network of bicycle paths, mission rock is designed to be a center for neighborhood serving
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retail, which will support not only the community of south beach and mission bay, but also new residents on site. the retail within the neighborhood will be small shops and affordable spaces and we have worked hard with neighbors who have lived around the site for many years to identify the needs that this neighborhood would like to see, including child care, coffee shops, small scale markets, production space, and other neighborhood serving uses. as with our comprehensive approach to the retail planning, we have also taken a holistic approach to addressing some of what we see as a city's most pressing needs here at mission rock. 40% of the homes will be affordable to low, moderate, and middle income families, including two and three bedroom units. 2 4 apartments will be permanently get aside for youths transitioning out of the foster care system, a model for integration into our city's
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community. together with many city agencies, we have also established an extraordinary program for environmental sustainability, including site wide energy and water systems and a 20% reduction in single use automobile trips. the site will be raised to accommodate up to 66 inches of sea level rise which the highest projection today for the year 2100. in addition, will pay special taxes into a port wide program for shoreline protection and stablization. $40 million will go towards transportation investments for the surrounding area. finally, we are proud of our commitments to the local economic investment with 30% local hire, 20% lbe and hiring throughout. we're also generating $1 million to build city build capacity, half of which will go towards community organizations. mission rock will create jobs for local