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contracting with sfo airport. until then, sfo should not enter into a lease agreement with air india. >> president cohen: thank you. next speaker. there are no other speakers? just one? all right. public comment is closed. thank you. i want to bring up ms. sharma or any member of the air india team to address the claims that they heard from public comment. >> chairperson cohen, i have with me a copy of the requirements, the c.a.r., which lays down the b.m.i. requirements. and the other requirements and i would like to share that. >> president cohen: thank you. the clerk will come get it and disseminate it to us. do you want to walk us through
-- you gave one document, i will share it, collegues, but can you walk through this? can i ask for clarification. you are captain and you fly the plane, right? >> correct. >> president cohen: ms. sharma, what is your role? >> regional manager of -- >> president cohen: i'm confused why the captain is talking about an administrative function. >> to explain -- i'm the regional manager for americas, in charge of our operations here. the operating crew and the flight crew, they're basically india-based crew and that's a separate department altogether. i -- my co-specialty is sales and marketing and commercial and i oversee our operations. the commencement of our san francisco operations was when i was regional manager.
>> president cohen: thank you very much. >> that's why the captain -- they're the specialists in their field and that's why i pass on the questions. >> president cohen: i understand. i misunderstood that you were a specialist. my apologize, kapcaptain. >> so basically, i'm in charge of the hotel policies and selection of hotels in the u.s. and all over the world. so in case the problem was addressed so i would be the best person to answer your queries regarding that. >> president cohen: thank you. please answer the question now. >> as far as the local 2 union representative made an objection, i don't know where they got their facts and figures from. they're incorrect and misinformed information. so these are the rules and stipulate the guidelines whereby
-- >> president cohen: it looks like -- they got it from the airline website. there's an -- >> this is from the regulator's website. >> president cohen: no. this is from the air india website. >> it's a c.a.r., civil aviation rule. >> president cohen: so you are saying although it's on air india's website, you are getting -- >> it's a document pulled out from air india manuals, but the document is issued by the dgca, the f.a.a. equivalent of yours. >> president cohen: thank you for that clarification. >> i would like to clarify why i'm here particularly. i strongly object to air india policy whatsoever being discriminating against women. it's not. if there is any airline pro-women, and i'm proud to be a part of it, it's air women. they have the highest number of women pilots and extremely
supportive of all lady members. the regional manager, she's top most position in the u.s. and she's a lady, right here in front of you. i'm proud to support my airline against the discriminatory charges by the public, so thank you. >> may i add something? >> i'm a mother of a 4-year-old and my airline has been so supportive that i'm still flying. they are very, very supportive of female crew. >> i would also like to add on -- sorry. i forgot to put that point across. in air india when women go on maternity leave, it's a policy during the first year, they will try to roster you for shorter flights. so they support women having a family rather than the other way around. and that is something that i've not seen in any other airlines, you know? so it's so nondiscriminatory,
which is as accused. so i would just like to add that as well. it really supports you if you want to have a family or anything else. >> president cohen: all right. thank you, air india team. thank you for being here. i do have a question for captain patel, has to do with the selection of the hotel. i asked which hotel you stayed in and you said the hyatt. you heard two issues -- one that air india was discriminatory toward women. i feel comfortable that you have debunked that perception. the other pointed issue is the selection of a hotel. the question is, for what reason would you -- it's been communicated to me that there is an unwillingness to change your selection of, choice of hotel. >> that's not true at all. let me explain how we do the selection process. >> president cohen: please do. >> when we start a route, we
upload the tender. >> president cohen: yes, sir. >> on the air india website. and then we get in touch with the global sales regions that are in india, based in india, and they get in touch with their counterparts for the hiltons and the hyatts and crowne plazas, because we have a requirement of four- to five-star hotels. it's a guideline. we have a guide line policy laid down and we follow the guidelines. >> president cohen: this guideline policy, who drafted it? >> the government of india. >> president cohen: and did the government of india take into consideration worker rights or any kind of issues that is related to unionized labor force in the evaluation of the recommendation of hotels? >> no. it's not a factor included in it. >> president cohen: okay, thank you. captain, thank you very much. i appreciate your time. colleagues, i would like to make a motion -- ms. sharma?
>> sorry, chairperson cohen. 5 also wanted to clarify one thing. in our contract that we float, the tenders we upload, one basic requirement is we follow all the local laws and, of course, india laws. we do not go against any local laws. we follow local laws. now if any hotel is banned from doing business or is not permissible, we would abide by it. so it is -- that's also part of the contract that we go as for the local laws. >> president cohen: all right. i appreciate that. thank you very much. all right. no, captain. we're doing. thank you. we have to move on. we have a lot of things to get through. this is not the only item on the agenda. okay. thank you. i would like it make a motion to approve and send to the full board, approve the lease and use agreement to the full board.
any other discussion? >> supervisor fewer: roll call vote, please. no. >> supervisor stefani: yes. >> president cohen: yes. motion passes. thank you, ladies and gentlemen, item 11. >> clerk: resolution approving professional services contract for management and operation of airports public and employee parking facilities between south parking and city 1 and amount not to exceed $125 million over a five-year term july 1, 2018, june 30, 2023. >> president cohen: thank you. we have cathy weidner on behalf of the international airport. please. >> thank you very much, chair cohen, members of the committee. kathy weidner with the san francisco international airport. item before you requests approval to enter into a new contract for south parking for
the management and operation of the public and employee parking facilities. the proposed contract is a result of a competitive request for proposal process with south parking being the highest ranked responsive, responsible proposeer. contract term is for five years with a not-to-exceed of $24.8 million, to manage the public and private parking facilities. there are currently six parking facilities with multiple lots that generate approximately $112 million in revenue annually. in addition, the contractor will management the new multi-story, long-term parking garage scheduled to open in 2019 and will add an additional 3,000 spaces at the airport. the fees that the operator receive has two parts. the airport reimburses the operator for all the costs to management and operate the
airport including salary, fringe benefits and anything associated with the operation. this is capped at a 3% increase per year. in addition, there's a flat management fee of $115,000 annually which does not increase. the annual budget for the contract is $23.5 million in the first year. and with a not-to-exceed amount of $24.8 million. budget analyst has reviewed the contract and recommends approval. i would be happy to answer any questions you have. >> president cohen: a couple of questions. it's my understanding that the new south has several addresses located in prohibited states, in particular, texas and tennessee it. >> no. this question came up and i will go consult my notes. 5 haven't looked at it in a few weeks, but that's not true.
they do not have any -- their headquarters are not located in any of the prohibited states or we would not be able to enter into a contract with them. >> president cohen: so i agree that on a superficial level, it looks like there is -- the documents sent to you show that they do not -- that they're not operating out of states on the prohibited lists. but there is further document asian within the states of texas and tennessee that shows them as a registered entity. so i raised this issue with you. i raised it with the executive director. i'm still unsatisfied with the documentation supplied to me. i will not be supporting this particular item. i will hope that my colleagues will support me in this. the notification of the contract document from 2012, which i have -- which clearly lists tennessee as an address. i don't know if the -- i want to
say sponsor of the application is here and can speak to the discrepancy. >> i don't believe so. but i would be happy -- if i could request a continuance to next week. i will circle back with the city attorney's office and the contract staff who have looked into this to try to figure out how they made the determination -- >> president cohen: we've been dealing with this for several months now and i know that -- because i've personally talked to attorneys and people have looked at this already. i'm not going to allow another week's continuance. i understand it's your position, you meaning the airport's position, that the contract doesn't violate our policy. and i'm in disagreement with that, with that interpretation. colleagues, to give you a little bit of background. this is an airport professional services contract and there was an r.f.p. process put out and --
was this the one that had to be redone twice? >> this is the second. the first r.f.p. process was discarded and this is a new process. >> president cohen: she used a lot of pretty words. she said discarded. it was thrown out because it was deemed to be unfair. so this whole entire process has left a bad taste in my mouth. and the other part that makes me uncomfortable is that there are small businesses located in the bay area, specifically in san francisco, that should be in a stronger position and i think are competitive and should be unfairly excluded in the process. the notification of the contract of document, i don't have any information in front of me, but i have my aide bringing to you to support what i'm claiming is true and factual, showing that
this business also, it's called new south, new south parking, which went through a name change so they can contribute and participate in this r.f.p. process. it is not based in the state of california. so let's do this. let's continue item 11 until later on in the meeting so i can show for the record the arguments i'm trying to make and if the attorneys want to get together in that particular time, they can do so. but we will move this item to the latter part of the meeting. is there any public comment that people would like to offer on item 11? any public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed and we'll deliberate as we move forward. b.l.a., i will ask for your report at that time. thank you. item 12. >> clerk: expeditures of $6.2
million and supporting increase workers compensation expeditures, police department. >> president cohen: we have cathy mcgwire, welcome back. so this item moves approximately $6.2 million police to workers compensation fund for the fiscal year that just ended, correct? >> yes. >> president cohen: perfect. take it away. >> thank you, president breed -- >> president cohen: cohen, baby, cohen. not an insult, but -- >> it's been a long budget season. >> president cohen: it has been. [laughter] >> so sorry. cathy mcgwire. i'm here to -- i don't need to present a lot. i'm happy to answer any questions. it's exactly what you said, president cohen. we're moving about $6.2 million in salary savings to workers
comp expenses that exceeded our budget. it's a supplemental appropriation within the total budget. >> president cohen: that sounds straightforward. let hear from b.l.a. >> page 27 of our report for '17/'18 the budget for workers compensation was $15.7 million. expenditures are almost $21 million, so there's a difference of $6.2 million they're requesting to transfer. salary savings were generated by the number of staff who are out of work currently because of injury or illness or other types of absence. this has contributed to the workers compensation increase. we did request information from them about the pattern of workers compensation and it is an unusual year.
of a wag spending has been much lower than this. they're projected '17/'18 $21.9 million and it's been $12 million in prior years. and we recommend approval. >> president cohen: all right. appreciate that recommendation. i think this is straightforward. is there any member of the -- supervisor, do you want to speak? >> supervisor fewer: one question. because of this increase, is it because the compensation costs have gone up or because you have more people on workers compensation? >> supervisor fewer, there is an increase in costs associated with several high-profile incidents, some of which were shootings in which officers were shot. there were some incidents in which officers have been hit by cars, either the officer was on foot or bike. and then there was also some
significant illnesses that have occurred. those are really the cost increases. salaries are a portion of our entire workers comp costs because they get paid out of the workers comp bucket of money, rather than the salaries bucket of money. we're proposing that that shift is considered with supplemental appropriation. >> supervisor fewer: so there has been an increase of employees on workers compensation. >> i don't have that data specifically in front of me, but there is an increase in the severity and acuity of the incidents and i think a representative from the department of human resources is here to speak about specifics. >> supervisor fewer: generally, how long are people on workers compensation on average in the police department? >> hello. i'm peggy sugarman, workers compensation director for the department of human resources.
i'm here just to answer any technical questions. let me backtrack a second before i answer your question. we -- most of the increase for this last fiscal year is due to increased medical costs due to several, as you said, high severity injuries that we've had and that's where we don't like to skimp on workers compensation costs in the delivery of medical care. how long they're off, depends on the severity. it could be no time at all to many years. so it's hard to give you an average for how long people are off. what i can say is that, per your question on how many -- there's an increase in number of claims. the police department has seen a slight reduction in the injury ra rate. in the prior fiscal year, the injury rate was 23 claims per
100 full-time equivalents. in this fiscal year, they ticked down to 21. it's not that the injury rate is increasing, but it's the cost of the high-value claims. >> again, 23 per 100 f.t.e.s. >> in the prior fiscal year. in the last fiscal year, it's down to 21 claims. it's about 20%. it's consistent with the fire department, actually. and when you have public safety officers, there are certain claims considered by the state of california to be presumes to be related to work, so claims such as cancer because of higher exposures and cancer is related to work. so in the public safety sector will have a higher injury rate than in others. >> supervisor fewer: i
understand. my husband is injured, too. thank you very much. >> president cohen: all right. thank you. let's take public comment. any member of the public like to comment on item 12? seeing none, public comment is closed. thank you. we've heard from the b.l.a. on this item. and we've taken public comment. colleagues, i would like to make a motion to send to the full board with positive recommendation. without objection. thank you. the next item, item 13. >> clerk: item 13, ordinance approving system plans and contribution rates for calendar 2019. >> president cohen: thank you. we have abby yant from health service agency. where are you? there you are. this item sets health rates for employee plans starting in the beginning of january, 2019.
of the rates, kaiser permanente rates will be lower. congratulations. and blue shield and city plans are higher. ooh. overall, there's a 2.5% increase to the cost of the city. tell us what is going on here. >> yes, certainly. thank you, chair cohen, and supervisors. you have before you, health service plans and contribution rates for calendar, 2019. and we also establish the monthly contribution rate that the charter requires the employer contribute to health premiums for employees and retirees, usually referred to as the 10-county average. that is also in the ordinance before you. and, yes, aggregate costs have gone up by 2.1% for the other employers. as you know, health service system serves the courts, city college and unified school
district. it's gone up 2.4% for the city alone this is favorable considering healthcare trend survey published by our actuarial firm is showing incresses of 5% to 6%. so we're under the national average. the kaiser plans -- the three plans are kaiser, blue shield and united. the kaiser plan has shown a decrease for this year. our experience with kaiser, it's an every other year phenomena, they go down one year and up the next. so i do appreciate the kudos for this year, but want to be realistic and not promise it will be sustained. blue shield has developed a second product, as you know, the trio h.m.o. plan that has a lower cost. that plan has a cost of increase of 5.6%. and then the access h.m.o. is at
10.5%. there's no changes in the design of either of the plans, the kaiser permanente or blue shield. united health plan administers the city plan, a ppo available to active employees, early retirees and medicare advantage. ppo plan for most post-65 retirees. we did a few design changes there. that plan has the unique responsibility at this point in time of addressing the issue of some of our employees and retirees that live in an area where they do not have options to buy into the -- or utilize kaiser or blue shield. so we created a new plan that addresses those people. united was able to contain some costs by the recon contracting
that they do. there are some changes that the member will pay in drug co-payments and out-of-network deductibles. and we worked to try to balance the spread of the payment for families, so it's more equal to what people experience when they buy the blue shield product. the health service board also approved a decrease in premiums for the medicare retirees under united healthcare and had some design changes associated with them, which were quite helpful. they've standardized a preferred diabetic supplies, which is a cost savings. standardized some of the prescription drug formulary that we took a close look at to be sure it was not impacting our h.i.v. population in particular. and then they built in some post-discharge programs that are evidence-based and approved by medicare to be included in the plans. although medicare does not pay
directly for them, but meal delivery and transportation and nutritional counseling for united health members. the vision plan. there was no in crease in the plan this year many that's stable. the dental plan, we actually approved a decrease in the coverage of the dental plan and have expanded the services that are available under dental. and i'm pretty impressed with this because dental disease does have a lot to do with chronic conditions, so there are special services available for people with chronic conditions. there is a cost estimator, tool so, if you need to buy services not covered by the plan, you can shop intelligently using the cost estimator. there is a new accidental benefit rider, so if teeth are impacted in an injury, that that can be covered. and we removed the six-month waiting period for people wishing to take advantage of orthodontist services, since
invis-align are popular these days, our members will appreciate that. life insurance is stable with no changes. we have a couple years ago introduced a second opinion service. we wanted to ensure that the best doctor services are adequately communicated to existing health plans. so that's really -- that concludes my remarks my actuary is here if you have any questions. i urge you to approve this ordinance. >> president cohen: thank you very much. we'll hear from the b.l.a. >> we summarized the cost of the new health plan rates on page 34 of our report. the city costs for the health plans as well as dental and
long-term disability would be about $672.8 million in 2019. this is an increase of $14.6 million, 2.2% over the prior year and we recommend approval. >> president cohen: i think we'll pass from hearing on the actua actuary. any member of the public want to comment on item 13. seeing none, public comment is closed. thank you very much. ms. yates, operations on that fantastic negotiation. look forward to hopefully getting a similar report next year. all right. i'd like to approve that we send it to the full board with positive recommendation and request we send this as a committee report. may i take that without objection? thank you. without objection. madam clerk, please call items
14-18 together. >> clerk: item 14 resolution declaring the intent of the city to reimburse expediture from future bond and authorizing mayor's office of housing and community development to submission an application of mortgage revenue bond for 88 broadway street. 15, reporting program for affordable housing project at seawall lot 322-1. item 16, expediture from proceeds on future bonds and authorizing the application to permit issuance of mortgage revenue bond for 735 davis street. 17, jurisdiction transfer of city property at 735 davis street from public works to the mayor's office of housing and community development. item 18, approving and authorizing the execution of option to ground lease for property at 735 davis street.
>> president cohen: thank you very much. welcome. >> hi, supervisors. thank you for having me. i'm faith kirkpatrick, senior project manager at the mayor's office of housing and community development. i'm here requesting your approval on the five items listed related to two construction housing projects known as 88 broadway and 735 davis. they will be developed by bridge housing and jon stewart company. both are suggesting bond inducements that will not require the city to pledge to repay bonds. they would have up to 99 years with the city at 735 davis. we're seeking approval for the
jurisdictional transfer of the 735 davis site of public works to mocd. both sites are surface parking lots, located on one large city block and are separate land parcels. 88 broadway is half a city block and bounded by vallejo at the north, broadway at the south and front to the west. 88 broadway is owned by the port. the 735 davis site is a smaller parcel. it's midblock along davis street, bound by val eye-- vallejo at the north. they will share midblock passageways between the buildings. and those will be open to the public. we think that will be a great amenity and the passageways are approximately 9,500 square feet
total. 88 broadway project is 125 units. it's mixed use and mixed income. the project will serve incomes ranging from 30% a.m.i. to 120% a.m.i. it also includes 4,700 square feet for commercial space, which will be a restaurant. and approximately 4,000 square feet for a childcare facility. 735 davis is 53 units. also mixed use and mixed income for seniors. the project will serve a mix of incomes ranging from 40% a.m.i. to 70% a.m.i. and has 1,000 square feet for a cafe. on tuesday, july 10, the port commission unanimously approved the transaction documents for 88 broadway that includes m.o.u. between the port and mocd in the
form of ground lease. in july, if all of the items are approved by this board, we will go before the california state lands commission in august and seem their approval as well. and then the developer will have all the agreements they need in place in order to apply for low-income housing tax credit and tax exempt bonds in september. if they receive those allocations, we will come back to you at the board for the bond issuance approval. that would be early next year. we have submitted to the clerk and i have some copies about the updated supporting documents that will go along with the resolutions. we are submitting them to conform with what the port commission passed on tuesday for you. we're also requesting a few amendments, which are outlined in the documents. i think that's it for you today. we're really excited about this project. it's going to be 178 total affordable housing units.
we're really excited to be here at this milestone. >> president cohen: thank you very much. we'll pivot and hear from the b.l.a. to hear her thoughts on these items. >> we reported specifically on ground lease and m.o.u. within moecd for 88 broadway and ground lease in the jurisdictional transfer for 735 davis. 88 broadway is port land. it's allowed for affordable housing under the state assembly bill. the developer would be a partnership between bridge housing and jon stewart company. they were selected through a competitive process. this is the same as 735 davis. in terms of the lease itself, it would be 75 years, the allowed term, under state legislation. base rent is $20,000 a year with adjustments every five years. rent to the port would be -- and
it goes to the port not mayor's office of housing -- $4 million over the 75-year term. there's some additional rent that would be received through a share of proceeds from commercial activities at the site. that would be $1.4 million over 75 years. the main costs would be under the state legislation and prior m.o.u.s by the board. mayor's office of housing has to pay for the fair market value of the ground lease. so have to pay the port for that amount. it's $14.9 million in our discussions with the mayor's office of housing, the source of funds would be from the affordable housing piece for parcel k, pier 70. when we wrote the report, the port commission had not given final approval.
and i guess they received that on tuesday. there still needs to be final approval from the state lands commission. so we recommend approval contingent on final action by the state lands commission. for 735 davis, it's a more standard affordable housing lease, up to 99 years. again, the project sponsor would be a partnership between bridge housing and john stewart. there would be base rent fixed over the initial term at $15,000 per year. but there is a residual rent component meaning if project revenues exceed project expenses, the project sponsor would pay rent to mayor's office of housing up to 10% of the value of the property, which is $4.3 million. we recommend approval. >> president cohen: thank you for the recommendation. receiving there are no names from my colleagues on the roster, i will go ahead and open
up public comment. any member of the public that would like to comment on items 14-18, come through. seeing none, public comment is closed. thank you. colleagues, i make a motion to accept the amendments and also make a motion to approve and send to the full board with positive recommendation. i can take that without objection. thank you very much. at this time, i want to recognize and welcome supervisor katy tang, joining us today. madam clerk, can you please call item 19. >> clerk: item 19 motion to the voters election to be held november 6, 2018, amending business and tax regulation and administrative code to allocation hotel revenues for arts and cultural. >> president cohen: before we move on to item 19, i want to ask if cathy weidner from the airport is here.
excellent. i want to go back to item 11, very quickly. so i was wondering if you could show me documentation that this company is a registered business in california. >> cathy weidner from the airport. i have spent the last few minutes on the phone with our contracts administration unit and general counsel from the city attorney's office. i'm in the process right now. i have screen shots of their signature block, which shows a delaware address. i'm trying to get an updated business entry detail from the city site, which is what you have from 2012 that shows tennessee. i think it may be helpful, though. i have an email from our director of parking management that tries to explain some of the background. it says "new south parking is a california llc.
in 2012, new south parking was made up of central parking and global parking. central parking was purchased by standard parking during the term of the last contract." so that's what you are seeing the 2012, tennessee address. the current joint partnership is headquartered in chicago and a delaware corporation. sub contractor is a louisiana corporation. and neither of -- none of those states are on the prohibited list. >> president cohen: thank you. what date was associated with the -- on the screen shot before you? is there a date when the companies were registered? >> give me of one second. this is the signature page for the proposed contract. so it's the date on what i'm looking at right now with the chicago address is april 24, 2018. >> president cohen: i'm looking for the date of when the company was organized in california.
>> okay. i think i have that. hold on. merger was completed between standard and central in october, 2012. the new company headquartered in chicago and based in -- sorry. looks like october, 2012. >> president cohen: all right. well, i guess that settles that. i think we need to -- we'll move this out of committee. i will not put a positive recommendation on it. i think it's incredibly for the airport to support small, local businesses, giving priority, if at all possible, well, to the best, strongest, most cost-effective contract to the city and county of san francisco. i vehemently disagree with this
particular contract being awarded to this particular company. i will be voting no on this item. colleagues, can we take a roll call vote? i make a motion to move without recommendation to the full board, but i will be voting no. >> clerk: madam chair, it's recommended that it be sent as committee report as well? >> president cohen: that's fine >> supervisor fewer: no. >> supervisor stefani: no at this point. >> president cohen: no. motion fails. thank you. back to the drawing board. we'll keep talking on this. can we bring back item 19? >> clerk: motion ordering election to be held on november
6, 2018, amending the business and tax regulations code and administrative code to allocate a portion of hotel tax for arts. >> president cohen: supervisor tang, thank you for joining us. >> supervisor tang: you very much, chair cohen. this is a really exciting initiative and ordinance that we have before us today that took many, many different months, many meetings, many different people from various arts organizations to come together to arrive at this and i definitely want to thank my co-sponsor, supervisor peskin and sonny angulo, who is here, director of arts affairs, rebecca krell, ben rosenfield, my staff, and, of course, the dozens and dozens of arts and cultural organizations that were part of this huge effort. for many years, as many of you
may or may not know, we had hotel tax revenues that were -- that we had as a city dedicated to arts and cultural funding. however, more recently, we were told that we needed to actually go back before voters to secure a voter approval in order to dedicate funds specifically for the arts and cultural organizations. and so what we have before us today is something that we hope to submit to voters in november to do just that. but also, even more. this ordinance would subject 1.5% of the hotel tax revenues to specific arts and cultural purposes. in a nutshell, i wanted to share the categories. they include for nonprofit cultural organizations in the city. for arts commission, for programs that move san francisco arts funding toward cultural equity. for supporting the operation,
maintenance and programming of city-owned community and cultural centers as well as to the mohcd for cultural districts in the city neighborhoods. and, lastly, for the arts commission to address needs in the arts committee as determined by cultural services allocation plan so those are the five different categories of funding that would be -- that the hotel tax revenues would be dedicated towards. we were able to fund cultural districts and i want to thank the controler's office in particular for how we were going to fund this without very much of an impact to the general fund. so thank you for that. i think our city -- i'm grateful we had done this for years, but i hope that we can do this for
generations to come. with that said, i want to bring up director. thanks for your work on this. >> absolutely. thank you, supervisor tang, members of budget and finance committee. thank you for your consideration of this today. i just want to ebbicho the than you to controller's office, budget office, grants for the arts, cultural district representatives and all the participants who have gotten to this point today. this is an historic moment for arts and culture community in san francisco. it's been an unprecedented coalition of individual artists, arts organizations of all budget sizes, and our cultural district partners, so we're thrilled to be here today before you. i wanted it highlight a few of the changes that we came to by full consensus. the group that was referred to us from the co-sponsors, supervisor peskin and tang, we worked with that group and came to united consensus on all
parties agreeing for new resources. this would set a baseline allocation in the measure of $3 million for cultural districts. this is new money to support the legislation that the board has passed to ensure that we mitigate displacement in our city's cultural districts, so it could be used for a broad set of uses and we work very closely with our colleague in his office to get our input on that allocation. this includes new resources for the historic equity endowment, our grant-making program for lgbtq organizations and women-run organizations as well as members of the disability community. it includes of the $6.6 million, $600,000 was moved to the cultural equity endowment
baseline. for our cultural centers, which is our city-owned cultural centers, we added $500,000 out of that $6.6 million. so we would have additional resources for the programming and care of the cultural centers. and then i think what is really important and raised before is we have emerging needs and other needs to meet across the entirety of the city. it allocates a new $2.5 million bucket of funds for arts and culture purposes and it would direct the arts commission in partnership with the arts and stake holders to develop a five-year allocation plan. it would allow us to meet the needs and districts not receiving as much arts funding currently it look at emerging transit corridors like clement street or other areas of the city where we are not seeing as much arts investment. and this new baseline would be $2.5 million. we would be looking every five
years to renew that cultural services allocation plan and we look to dcyf as a model to define that need. i'm here today to answer any other questions you might have. we appreciate supervisors peskin and tang for this introduction and to everybody that helped get us here today. >> president cohen: thank you. supervisor tang? >> supervisor tang: thank you. again, your office was instrumental in bringing everyone together to help everyone work on this. next, i want to bring up sonny angulo from supervisor peskin's office to say a few words, because they were super helpful as well. this is an exciting effort. >> i wanted to reiterate everything that has been said all right, but i think it's a really tremendous example of what happens when -- supervisor peskin has often said that ballot measures that initiate from the voters are often
because we're -- city hall is not doing what it needs to do to legislate something or to work together to put something on the ballot that can move policy. in this instance, we've shown that community groups can work together with city hall. we can out line the priorities. in this case, the cultural districts were a huge part of that negotiation. and i want to recognize your office's leadership on this has been super fun, actually, to work on. so thank you. >> supervisor fewer: thank you. i would like to welcome supervisor mandelman has joined us. any comments or questions? seeing none. let's open this up for public comment. is there any public comment? come to the podium. you have 2 minutes. >> good morning, everybody.
i work for carnivale san francisco as the parade and programs director and i ask that you support the amendments introduced with the hotel tax allocation. arts innovation provides necessary programs for our citizens and support of this measure will assure more access to the arts to encourage creativity and cultural prosperity. we need to ensure that our programs will grow and develop to shape the minds of our future generations and lead them in the right direction. i'm proud to say that i stand here today because of the arts. i am a former student of a local philharmonic here in san francisco and i truly believe that culture and arts have the power to shape a person's character as well as their outlook on life. this community has united, again, to support this
comprehensive measure and i ask that you please support it. thank you very much. >> hello. my name is kevin seaman. i'm a querr artist and cultural worker that moved to san francisco 14 years ago to participate in the vibrant arts and lgbtq community. i'm here today to tell you that many of the communities are in crisis and we need your help. from 2012 to 2017, 15% of total audiences attending national queer arts festival were displaced, moving from san francisco to alameda county. 2015 study found 600 -- out of 600 artists, 70% had been displaced from their home or workplace the proposed amendment will protect our communities and livelihood by ensuring that working artists like me have the resources to remain living and working in san francisco. as an individual artist representative participating in
the hotel tax allocation coalition, i'm proud to have contributed to an inclusive and community-wide process that has been in dialogue with our two funding agencies, controller's office, city administrator's office as well as supervisor tang and peskin offices. we are a united front not to ask for new money, but re-establish voter intent by tying taxation to the arts. it will have a deep impact in our cultural communities, investing in community hubs and individual artists like myself. thank you. i have 20 seconds. [laughter] having no impact on other services funded by the hotel tax fund. i urge you to approve this measure. thank you. >> supervisor fewer: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i'm honey mahogany, and i
represent the transgender cultural district. this has been a long journey, as supervisor tang said. and it's been a pleasure to work with supervisor tang's office and supervisor peskin's office, to come together and introduce this amendment. cultural districts have no permanent source of funding, so we struggle and scrape by to do the work we need to do to preserve our cultural corridors, small businesses and the unique communities and cultures that have helped to define san francisco. so i urge you to support this amendment. i also want to acknowledge the work that went into this. everyone from the arts commission to the controller's office, to all the community arts organizations and cultural centers that have come together to help put input into this ordinance. thank you, again, supervisors tang and peskin and i hope you will support this. >> supervisor fewer: thank you
very much. next speaker, please. >> hi. good afternoon. i'm a program director here in san francisco and i work at brava forming the arts. we need to support innovative and creativity in san francisco and it begins with funding arts and arts organizations. it's imperative to the economic future of san francisco that we continue to attract worldwide visitors in arts and keep our museums, galleries and spaces open and affordable to all citizens. i'm a product of the arts. i was raised in the arts. this influenced my entire background and what attracted me to move to san francisco almost 20 years ago. we're experiencing difficulties in audience development and donor development and it's essential to our functioning. and so this has been a collective effort to create the
best measure to fit everyone's needs and i ask you to support the amendment for the hotel tax coalition that are introduced today. >> supervisor fewer: thank you very much. >> good morning, supervisors. thank you for this opportunity. it's a pleasure to be here this morning. i'm maria jensen, executive director of the soma arts cultural center. i ask you to approve the amendments introduced for the hotel tax initiatives today. our arts and cultural practices help enhance cultural diversity and provide spaces for artists to grow and create. cultural centers and artists play an important part in the appeal to global visitors, but we need to secure more funding in order to maintain our current programs, to grow our community, and to produce the next generation of arts and culture leaders. there is a reason that the
original hotel tax was linked to arts funding and we would like to see the historical relationship between tourism and art restored. there is also something historic taking place in that all arts organizations are united behind this effort that will have long-lasting, positive income on our city and for future generations. i for one would like to see san francisco be globally known as an arts and culture destination. it would be a boost to our local economy, providing thousands of needed jobs and prevent our artists from moving out of the city by the droves due to a lack of opportunity and affordable live-work spaces. we need funding for the cultural centers to promote art and culture in this city and carefully crafted measure will help to provide more cultural spaces for our citizens. thank you very much. >> good morning, supervisors.
i'm suzy mckinnon, arts for a better bay area, an arts advocacy organization that was established in 2015 out of concern for the sustainability for arts and culture here in the bay area. we represent many arts organizations of all sizes, artists, artworkers and supporters. i also serve as board chair for safe house art, a small performing arts nonprofit that serves hundreds of young and emerging artists every year with low-cost entry programming. our venue just relocated out of economic pressures due to the real estate market. we ask that you support the amendments introduced with the hotel tax initiative coalition. the cost of living in san francisco makes it difficult for artists and artworkers to survive here, let alone find the
time to develop their art or practice. we need to make the arts more affordable and support organizations that enable our artists and creators. the local economy is expanding, but the arts community is not always reaping the benefits. as the current funding source is vulnerable, we ask that secure funding be explored as intended. exploration and innovation are meaningful features that make the city what it is and we would like to keep it that way. thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. thank you for your time today. my name is rachel. i'm a communications assistant at the chinese culture center in chinatown. >> i'm the assistant and also an artist. >> we ask you today to approve the amendments introduced for the hotel tax initiatives. >> this measure will help to
protect working artists afford to work in san francisco. i'm originally from china. i love san francisco because of its diversity, art and culture vibe and tolerance. after graduation, lots of my artist friends are doing several part time jobs to support the art. and some of them have to move out of the city because of the high living cost. so a large community of artists have come together to create this measure, which will help to ensure job growth to support working artists through programs and internships. >> we need more secure funding to support artists and chinatown. it's an arts and culture connection, many of whom live in dense housing and don't have opportunities or the time to visit large art institutions and still deserve access to the
arts. through our programming. we need the funding for culture centers to promote the culture in the city and carefully crafted measure will provide more space for our citizens and our artists. thank you. >> supervisor fewer: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> hi. thank you for the opportunity to be here. i'm ron goldman, director of education at the san francisco symphony. and also a resident of san francisco. arts are crucially important to me personally and also in my professional life. they're a critical part of the fabric of san francisco, helping to define what this city is. the san francisco symphony for 100 years has been very involved in the pursuit of ensuring that everyone in the city has