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>> president cohen: good morning, ladies and gentlemen. welcome back to the party. this is budget and finance committee. let's get ready to have a good time. let's get ready. sfgov tv, thank you very much. want to thank jesse larsen and michael baltizar, assisting us with the broadcast. our clerk is linda wong. give her applause. [applause] she is incredible. she helps to keep us focused and on time and she -- if there is a supplemental, she adds it to the file. she's on top of her job. i'm compliments. i'm budget and finance subcommittee. i'm malia cohen, and to my right, sandy fewer and catherine stefani. we're ready to rock on. madam clerk, can you call item 1? >> clerk: ordinance approving contract between the city and
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department of energy administration for low-cost power and scheduling coordinator services to treasure island and yerba buena island to extend the term by four years and three months and increasing to approximately $28.4 million. >> president cohen: we have randall smith from p.u.c. are you here? >> i am. >> president cohen: come on down. the floor is yours when you are ready to get started. >> i'm randall smith from sfpuc. we are requesting an amendment of the ordinance for the contract between sfpuc and the city at western area power administration. this isn't working.
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>> president cohen: this item is a contract amendment from -- >> it's pretty straightforward. >> president cohen: i was going to fill it in for you. >> what we're trying to do is -- >> president cohen: increase the value of the contract up to $28.4 million. >> it's been amended two times before. >> president cohen: from $20.2 to $20.4 to purchase power from western area power administration. this seems pretty straightforward. >> it is. there's only one thing i would note is that the number that we're increasing it by is $12,419,112.
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and the ordinance, the number is $12,358,486. so i would request that that number be changed. otherwise, everything seems in order. >> president cohen: okay. does that conclude your presentation? >> pretty much unless you have any questions. >> president cohen: no. i think it's straightforward. it's an ordinance where -- a contract amendment. it's very clean and straightforward. what i'm going to do is seeing that the colleagues don't have any questions will go to public comment. any members of the public that would like to comment on item 1, please come on up. as a reminder, you have 2 minutes. you will hear a soft chime indicating 30 seconds is remaining on the balance of your time. public comment is closed. colleagues? b.l.a. report. >> good morning, chair, budget
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analyst office. this increases the contract with the end date of september, 2020. it would move the end date back four years to december, 2024, and increase the contract amount by $12.4 million to a total contract of $28.4 million about. the increase is largely due to increase in power usage at treasure island due to development and partially due to an increase in the rates. this is all described in our table on page 3 and we recommend approval. >> president cohen: all right. we'll take that recommendation. colleagues, may i have a motion? >> supervisor fewer: i move this with a positive recommendation to the board. >> president cohen: thank you. we'll take that without objection. thank you. item 2. >> clerk: ordinance adopting question to appear on the ballot
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for the $425 million city and county to finance the construction, reconstruction, aquisition, demolition of the seawall. >> president cohen: we have brad benson coming up. we heard this item in budget committee for seawall bond in june. because of state legislation, you are coming back before us. why don't you tell us about it. >> thank you very much. brad benson, representing the port director, elaine forbes. i'm here with my colleague, deputy director of finance and administration, and director of public finance in the controller's office. >> president cohen: fantastic. >> so when we were before this committee before in june, there was some concern about a new state law requirement regarding how ballot questions are printed
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on the actual ballot that people vote on. the legislature passed add requirement last year requiring financial information be included in that ballot question including the tax rate, duration of the tax, and the estimated annual revenues. at the time, the legislature was considering delaying that requirement. so to be able to respond to the uncertainty the committee split the file and left the ballot question in committee, which is before you today. the port has been working with the city attorney's office and the controller's office to craft a new ballot question that meets the requirements of state law, including a summary of the controller's financial statement, which has appeared in the voter's information pamphlet. the city's policy to maintain stable property tax rates
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resulting from city general obligation bonds. that is affectuated issuing new bonds as the old ones expire and tax base grows. so that is included today. we're monitoring what is happening in sacramento. there may be additional changes to state law between now and august. and this legislation -- because the board will be on recess in august -- delegate to the city controller the ability to make additional changes if the requirements -- >> president cohen: what kind of changes do you anticipate? are there discussions that would lead to you believe there are changes in our future? >> there are between the leadership of the legislature and governor's office. there are concerns about including a duration as to general obligation bonds, because it can be 20-year debt
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or 30-year debt or issued in series. there's a question as to whether or not the estimated annual revenues needs to be included. so these are ongoing discussions about how best to provide good information to voters when they're voting on general obligation bonds. and we'll continue to monitor it along with the mayor's office and city lobbyist. >> president cohen: does that conclude your presentation? >> that concludes my presentation. i'm available for questions. >> president cohen: i understand that you have made a request that this come out of budget committee as a committee report. >> yes. we would appreciate that. thank you very much. >> president cohen: thank you very much. let's take public comment on the proposed amendments for item 2. all right. seeing there is no member of the public, public comment closed. there is no b.l.a. report for item 2. so make a motion to accept the amendments, approve the item, send to the full board as
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amended and as a committee report with positive recommendation. take that? thank you, ladies. without objection, that passes. item 3. >> clerk: item 3, resolution approving the application for california climate investment program, administered by the california natural resources agency. >> president cohen: thank you. this item approves an application to the state for a grant funds. we have brad weiner and department of public works presenting. >> good morning. i'm jared weiner, san francisco public works bureau. here today seeking approval for an and caution to pursue grant funds through the california agency, urban greening program. if awarded, san francisco public works intends to improve the 8-block corridor from bowden to san bruno, east of mclaren park.
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it consists of two elements. first, 3 acres of street median. replacing existing median, native plants and additional trees. the second major element is the expansion and establishment of street trees along the residential streets adjacent to the area, two blocks north, two blocks south. the project will bring 80 new trees and 700 plants to the corridor, providing greenhouse gas benefits, improved air quality and improvement to the neighborhood. updated landscaping and irrigation will reduce public works maintenance costs associated with the area. the entire project budget is estimated at $1.2 million and we're seeking $900,000 from the california climate investment urban greening program grant. this resolution is a required component to our application packet. i'm happy to answer any questions. >> president cohen: colleagues,
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any questions for mr. weiner? this is also pretty straightforward. no b.l.a. report on item 3. let's go to public comment. any member of the public would like to comment on item 3? no. public comment is closed. thank you. >> supervisor fewer: i would like to make a positive recommendation for the item to be sent to the full board. >> president cohen: we'll take that without objection. thank you. item 4, please. >> clerk: item 4, ordinance amending the park code to permit recreation and park department to set cost fees and tournament rates by flexible pricing based on certain factors. >> president cohen: this sets golf course fees for the upcoming fiscal year. we have dana ketchum, rec and parks department. as a reminder, this was continued from the june 14 budget meeting just for a few small language changes and it's good to see you. >> good morning.
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good morning, president cohen, and budget committee members. i'm dana ketchum. let me go through this. a summary of the changes. it will allow the department to simplify and streamline our golf fee structure. the ordinance will ensure that our residents can continue to receive the lowest rate possible and allow golf course users to contribute resources back to the golf course for maintenance and improvements. the proposed restructure. the resident card holder rates will remain the same except for a $2-per-9-hole maintenance fee, except for juniors, that i will describe shortly. for everyone else, it will give the department the ability to dynamically set fees based on customer demand, type of use,
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condition of course, and comparable rates. we've had some dynamic pricing, but it's been limited. and currently, we have very complex and confusing fees. they put us in a competitive disadvantage. at harding, nonresident fee includes a golf cart, and that's the rate we have to post. but no one else posts a rate that includes a golf cart. we want to have more flexibility to offer specialized super 9 twilight rates and things like that. the fees are set forth in the table in front of you. and, again, those are the same of the existing fee. then i'm going to talk about the course maintenance fund. this came about from requests from the golf community. and it's a $2-per-9-hole fee for all courses except for gleneagles. for gleneagles, it's folded into their overall fee because they independently maintain it.
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it will be used for special maintenance repairs or golf course improvements after consultation with golf stake holders. so they have special projects they want to see get done, improvement made, and that next table lays out the contributions. it has been -- we've met with every golf group at every course. it's been unanimously supported from everyone from first tee to the san francisco golf alliance. thises with approved by our commission as well. >> president cohen: thank you very much. that's pretty straightforward. colleagues, do we have any questions? no. all right. we're going to go to public comment. any member of the public that would like to comment on item 4, golf course fees increase. all right. seeing none, public comment is closed. thank you very much. i will make a motion to approve and send to the full board with positive recommendation and also as a committee report. we'll take that without
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objection. thank you. all right. madam clerk, if you could call items 5 through 9 together. >> clerk: resolution of intention to establish g2, 3 and 4 of city and county of infrastructure financing district, pier 70. item 6, resolution of intention to issue bonds aggregate amount not to exceed $273.9 million, $323.3 million and $196.1 million for infrastructure district 2. item 7, establish infrastructure and revitalization financing district 2. item 8, executive director of the port to prepare infrastructure financing plan for infrastructure and revitalization financing difrt richt 2. item 9, resolution of intention
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to issue bonds for the infrastructure and revitalization district number 2. >> president cohen: thank you very much. let's see. mr. benson is back to present. >> good morning. brad benson, representing the port of san francisco. these five items are related to the pier 70 project that the board of supervisors approved last november under an agreement between the port of san francisco and affiliate of for city development, california. this infrastructure financing district and revitalization and financing district are the backbone of the public financing for the pier 70 project. really what the resolutions before you today do for both districts is express the board's intent to form these districts,
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setting off a public noticing period that will lead to actual formation of the districts in september. so just as a brief reminder, pier 70 special use district, mixed use development project on 35 acres of land that will result in between 1,600 and 3,000 residential housing units, including 30% affordable units. between one and two million square feet of industrial and 500,000 retail along with 9 acres of open space. so it's a brand-new neighborhood in an area of the waterfront that's been closed off for a century. many public benefits of the project, some of which the i.f.d. and irfd proceeds will help fund -- affordable housing, sea level rise protection, historic rehabilitation, new
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parks, and an arts building. all in all, we expect $260 million worth of public improvements at the site, streets, utility, infrastructure and parks. the i.f.d. is available under state law, both local and state share property tax growth. this works a rot like former redevelopment law, where we're able to project the growth in property tax collected and issue bonds to -- >> president cohen: just for the folks at home or in the chamber that are wondering, what is the difference between i.f.d., infrastructure financing district, versus an irfd, which is infrastructure revitalization financing district. can you tell us the distinguishing characteristics? >> excellent question. under i.f.d. at pier 70, we are able to capture the local and state share of property tax
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growth. that's a unique power at pier 70 under the port i.f.d. an irfd is very similar to an i.f.d., except that it allows the expediture of tax increment on affordable housing. that's not allowed in the port i.f.d. and we need to subsidize some of the affordable housing at the project site. there will be project-generated affordable housing fees to pay for that, but there are three buildings with a gap and irfd is intended to fill that gap. >> president cohen: and the ifrd, if there are funds available, the funds go where? >> so they will go to the mayor's office of housing and community development to fund the construction of three 100% affordable housing developments at the site. >> president cohen: thank you. >> you're welcome. >> president cohen: you can continue. >> and this slide goes to that
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affordable housing requirement. the irfd will be formed over privately owned property adjacent to pier 70. it's owned by pg & e today. it's slated for condominium development and it can generate enough tax increment to build affordable housing units that i talked about earlier. as i said earlier, this legislation kicks off, states the board's intention to form these districts and to issue bonds under these districts, but what follows under state law is -- are additional actions. so we expect to introduce trailing legislation listed on this slide by july 24 for a hearing at a committee of the whole on september 11, 2018. and that goes to our major request, chair cohen, is a motion amending all resolutions before you today to include that
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committee of the whole on september 11. >> president cohen: got it. >> and that concludes my presentation. i'm available to answer any questions you have. >> president cohen: is there anything controversial in this? from my perspective, it's straightforward and clean, but is there anything -- any pitfalls or anything you anticipate? >> we don't anticipate any pitfalls with the project. the pier 70 project passed unanimously at the planning commission and board of supervisors last fall. so there is broad public support for the project overall and we've heard no controversy for the public financing. >> president cohen: let me be more focused in my question. pg & e. >> pg & e is the owner of private property that will be forming this irfd over. they will have to vote in an election, a landowner election, to approve that formation. we got pg & e's agreement to
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include it in the special use district. they wrote a letter saying they support it. we believe they will support the formation of the irfd as well and we see no controversy with that. >> president cohen: great. and what is their process? you said they have to have a vote, an election. what is their process and their timeline? >> they will be mailed ballots. >> president cohen: board members or sfpuc? who is the voting block? >> board of directors will have to organize the formation of this piece of property. >> president cohen: do they stand to make any money off of this? >> no money whatsoever. >> president cohen: thank you very much. let's good to the b.l.a. and hear their thoughts. thank you, brad. >> we reported on this item initially when it came too the budget and finance committee in november. my understanding is the legislation before you has
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technical changes to what we reported on but no financial orifice -- or fiscal changes. we're available to answer questions. >> president cohen: any questions for b.l.a. or brad benson? okay. we'll go to public comment. if you would like to comment on 5-9, come on up. seeing none, public item is closed. i will make a motion to accept the amendments and send this to the full board with a positive recommendation. may i take that without objection? thank you, ladies and gentlemen. without objection. all right. please, item 10. >> clerk: testimony 10 resolution approving lease and use agreement between the city and air india to conduct flight operation at san francisco inter national airport for a term lease following board approval through june 30, 2021. >> president cohen: it's an oldie but a goody. there's been an interesting
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debate. we have cathy weidner from san francisco international airport to report. if you could give us a brief overview. i know that catherine stefani was not around this when we started talking about this last week, but policies and practices of air india. i see you have a guest. thank you for being here. we'll hear from you shortly. >> thank you so much, chair cohen, members of the committee. cathy weidner, san francisco international airport. i will briefly, as the chair requested, summarize the item before you today. the airport is seeking your approval to add air india to the leasing agreement. it was originally brought to the committee last year. at that time, local 2 expressed concerns with air india's flight crew b.m.i. requirements. the item was continued to the call of the chair pending air india's availability to explain the policies to the
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committee. i am joined today by air india's regional manager for the americas. she flew in from new york. she will be able to address some of the concerns. i will introduce her very shortly. just to recap, air india started service at sfo in december, 2015. it operates nine flights weekly. the airport projects rent payments from air india for fiscal year 2018/'19 at $1.5 million. that's just their use of terminal space, joint use space, in addition to what they would pay in landing fees. and a quick reminder -- the lease and use agreement is the mechanism that allows airlines to provide flight operations at the airport. it provides a common set of lease provisions such as rent and fees and permits the use of terminal space and the legal framework for the airport to make the annual service payment
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to the city every year. when a new airline starts at the airport, they're offered the opportunity to become a signatory to the lease and use agreement that allows the airport to have some control over our space, our planning and our long-term financing. it also affords the airline a 25% reduction in landing fees. the budget analyst has reviewed this. it's usually very standard. we have over 30 airlines that are is aisignatories to our lead use agreement. at this point, i think it would be appropriate to intro dude vardona sharma, who can address some of the concerns that were raised when originally heard. >> president cohen: thank you very much. welcome. >> good morning, ladies and gentlemen, chairperson cohen,
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and members of the budget and finance committee. thank you for giving us an opportunity to clarify the issues that were raised in the 2017, november 2, meeting for grant of signatory status to air india. air india -- i would just like to clarify a few things. air india is a company fully owned by the government of india. safety in all its aspects is one of our primary objectives and one that is not compromised. it's regulated by ddca, director general of civil air aviation, similar to the f.a.a. the dgca issues advisories in the form of requirements that must be followed by all indian carriers as well as foreign carriers operating to and from
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india. the c.a.r. issued is part of the series c part 2 and on the subject of medical requirements and examination for the crew. in its introduction, it states that the c.a.r. is issued to lay down uniform requirements of medical sickness of cabin crew, to be ensured by operators and defers to the main clause that case that each crew member is medically fit to discharge duties as specified in the operations manual. the b.m.i. threshold laid down in the c.a.r. are established in accordance with guidelines and documents. it's not air india policy that mandates the guidelines for
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safety reasons. the c.a.r. provides remedies in the form of a schedule for losing the excess weight. if a crew member is medically unfit, air india provides medical assistance to the employee and ensures uninterrupted employment in nonflight positions. if after six months period provided to lose excess weight the employee is not fit for flying duties, they are absolved to nonflight and provided training, if required. the public comment at the earlier hearing arises from the union's attempts of air india to move its crew to unionized. air india doesn't have any affiliation with any hotel or service provider whatsoever.
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the award of high-value contracts is transparent and procedures prescribed by air india. it was selected based on an exhaustive bidding process. interested parties must bid for the tender. the commitment of operations in san francisco was the same time being announced by prime minister of india. we're grateful for the help extended by the city of san francisco and the airport authorities of san francisco. in the less than three years of operation, we've tripled our frequency, providing support to the communities and contributed significantly to the economy. air india is not a discriminatory enterprise.
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we're a government of india company. our constitution provides there be no discrimination by sex, caste, religion, color, etc. >> president cohen: what about weight? i think that's the issue. >> no discrimination on weight. it is a standard regulation for safety reasons described by the dgca. >> president cohen: what are the safety reasons that the dgca gives? >> ma'am, this is as per the -- further i have a crewmember here available with me who can explain further on this, as she has specifically flown down. >> president cohen: okay, sharma, before you go, i have a couple of questions the medically fit standard by the dgca, that is set by the dgca, is that limited to just
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the flight crew or does that include the pilot as well? are the pilots held to the same standard? >> there are standards prescribed. this particular dgca requirement, and it applies to all airlines, not just air india. >> president cohen: does it include the pilot? >> this specific is for the cabin crew. this specific -- >> president cohen: so the pilots get a certain standard. they have a certain -- it's a double standard. >> they all have a standard, depending on the duties that they perform. >> president cohen: okay. thank you. >> i have a captain that can clarify further. >> president cohen: ms. sharma, thank you. hello, captain. >> good morning to you guys. there is no double standard. the standards are mr. -- more stringent for the pilots. >> president cohen: in terms of
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physical fitness. >> yes. the pilot may be 25, 26, and crew 28. it's more stringent for the pilots and relaxed for the cabin crew, but applicable to cabin crew as well. >> president cohen: ms. sharma, can you invite the other ladies to speak as well? >> yes. >> him tina gardani. i've been flying with air india the last 10 years. >> president cohen: thank you. >> i can answer your questions. >> president cohen: what are your thoughts around the medical fitness standard that the dgca has laid out? >> the dgca standard was a little stringent, but air india negotiated with dgca and got us better standards. today for a female, the b.m.i. limit is 29. for the male, 30. >> president cohen: you understand the reason we're here today, colleagues, to give you background, there were
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accusations that air india discriminated against their flight crew particularly women that were over the -- a certain weight. and so, you know, we were uncomfortable with some of the allegations and we had agreed that we would not take action until we heard from air india. thank you for flying in to be with us. are you also from new york? >> no. i'm from mumbai and just flown in to attend this meeting. >> president cohen: welcome to san francisco. >> thank you very much, ma'am. >> president cohen: is there another speaker? thank you. >> good morning, chairperson. i would just like to take a few minutes to tell you a few things about air india. we have the highest number of women pilots. what's been described is for
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safety reasons for pilots because you need to operate in adverse conditions. and for cabin crew to be able to evacuate the airplane safety in 75 seconds. so that is why interest is the b.m.i. air india merely has to follow limits. as far as the discriminatory access, the highest number of women pilots, is quite a thing. i think across the world for an inter national airline, we would still be the highest percentage of women pilots. i think ir india is doing well in that aspect. >> president cohen: thank you, captain, i appreciate your presentation. i have a question. did you fly in today or come in yesterday? >> i came in day before, late night. she flew in today.
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so just landed, i think 1 1/2 hour ago. she came in last night. >> president cohen: let me ask you, captain, and ms. sharma, which hotel stay in? >> the hyatt. >> president cohen: how do you determine what hotels you stay in? >> i have my captain from the hotel committee. >> president cohen: do you want to share with us how that is considered? >> the process is basically transparent. we have a tender on air india website, getting the conditions that we require, 24-hour room service, and various other conditions. and then the replies come in and the tender process is transparent, because it's a technical bid and financial bid, both sealed and separate. so we do a technical evaluation of all of them, every single one. and we find them fit for various
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conditions, regarding crew rest and safety. >> president cohen: the hotel you stayed in, the hyatt, was that in san francisco? >> yes, in san francisco. >> president cohen: thank you very much, captain. colleagues, supervisor fewer has a few questions. >> supervisor fewer: yes. you mentioned that a maximum b.m.i. rate -- ms. sharma, i heard the maximum b.m.i. rate was 29. is that correct? >> for the b.m.i.? i would request tina. she's the expert on it. she's a crew member and expert on the -- >> president cohen: okay. >> supervisor fewer: is that the only measure of being medically fit? if a flight attendant was able to exit the plane in 75 seconds but they had higher than a 29 b.m.i., would that flight
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attendant still be able to serve? are there any other measures that you use to be medically fit? >> yes, ma'am. if you are above b.m.i. 29, you are grounded for three months, where you are given an office duty. your salary is intact. >> supervisor fewer: i was under the impression that if you had a b.m.i. of 29, that you could be a flight attendant. >> you can. above 29. we're supposed to do medical checks every year. if your b.m.i. during that medical check is above 29, you are grounded for three months. >> may i come in? >> president cohen: yes, please. >> the issue is -- if a person is above 29, there are a list of
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checks that they have to undergo to check if there are underlying medical conditions. there are blood tests and they're not dismissed. they're only given ground duties, alternate ground duties. >> supervisor fewer: but they're not flight attendants. >> they're designated as flight attendants. they're given nonflying duties. they're also given a chance and medical assistance to come back to the prescribed levels. if 1/3 have an underlying medical condition causing excess weight gain, those conditions are treated. it would interest you to know, that in air india for men and
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women, each employee, depending on their -- there is no discrimination in salary. approximately 98% of our employees remain with the company from the day they join. and that's world over. >> supervisor fewer: what is the b.m.i. level that's allowed for someone to actually have a job as a flight attendant serving as a flight attendant? >> i'll answer that for you. the b.m.i. of 29, which we keep talking about, is not a b.m.i. that air india has stipulated and come to.
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a regulator has come to it. your blood pressure has to be between 80 and 140 if it's more than 140, it's a marker. the b.m.i. of 29, a marker. there is more investigation then to see if there is an underlying problem. and the regulator has laid down a process and a policy. if a person is above a particular b.m.i., he cannot perform flight duties until the b.m.i. is brought down. >> supervisor fewer: i have one question -- what is the highest b.m.i. level that you can be as a flight attendant and still be a flight attendant on an airplane? >> 29. >> supervisor fewer: 29. okay. i'm sorry, i'm just confused, i heard if you are 29, you are on a desk job. >> 29 is the cutoff point. 29.1, you get a desk job. >> supervisor fewer: okay.
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29 is the -- >> that's the limit. >> supervisor fewer: 29.1, you are on a desk job. got it. thank you. >> president cohen: this is set out by dgca, not air india. >> the regulator has set out the guidelines. >> president cohen: we're going to hear from budget legislative analyst and hear their recommendations. >> as for air india lease, they have been operating at the airport since 2015. for the first two years of operations, landing fees were waived for them because of the incentive for new carriers they began paying fees in december, 2017, of $91,000 a month. it's gone up to $128,000 for landing fees beginning in june. they will have a reduction in landing fees if they sign on to the leasing agreement. that's standard for airport
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rates and charges. that's about a 25% reduction. it's not known until the number of landings at the airport is identified. they also pay joint use fees, both under the agreement and outside of the agreement. we do recommend approval on the fiscal impact. >> president cohen: all right. thank you very much. and so your recommendation is to approve? >> based on the fiscal impact. >> president cohen: all right. we're going to hear from the public. if there is any member of the public that would like to come up, please line up to the microphone. you will have 2 minutes to speak. and you will have a 30-second chime when you have 30 seconds remaining. thank you. welcome. >> thank you, madam chair and supervisors. i'm here with unite here local 2 and i'm here to express our continued objection to the lease agreement at sfo by air india. our president of unite here local 2 made a public comment
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november 2, 2017, regarding the sexist policies of air india. i want to clarify that we're not asking air india to only use union hotels. we're asking them to request the boycott at hyatt fisherman's wharf. san francisco city policy states that contractors will not discriminate against any employees' gender, height, weight and more. air india has enforced stringent weight restrictions on flight attendants, women in particular. i have a handout and -- can i hand this to you? you will be able to see this is air india's eligibility criteria. they state that these requirements of february 5, 2018, this year. the eligibility and criteria state a difference in standard
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for females. past 22 b.m.i., women are considered overweight. men have an allowance of 25. it is an indignity and contradiction to the equitable practices in the san francisco. i urge you to ask air india representatives to abandon said sexist practices before 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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