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i think it is clear to me because i was concerned from some of our previous discussions around the use of the word fertility and infertility. after some discussion, and have encoded a lot of encounters, there are preliminary encounters of diagnoses such as infertility so if a woman were to come in with the desire to be pregnant and in a lesbian couple or a single woman or whatever situation it maybe, if they would be infertile until proven fertile and if the procedure led to pregnancy, then you wouldn't put them on a permanent problem list of infertility, but that problem that was coded for that encounter would, in fact, solve -- be considered payable.
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the diagnosis can be changed. so if someone does not need a permit diagnosis of infertility from now until ever, and i asked specifically, what about if a woman came in and had had one successful pregnancy through whatever means, and was now desiring pregnancy again for the same kind of circumstances of having had one pregnancy, would she be considered fertile or infertile? and given the circumstances would be considered infertile at that point, even though she had had -- because this is a new encounter. it is a new time. i think that this covers the situations that might arise that would be -- again, it is not a permanent diagnosis of infertility by any diagnostic criteria. it is a situational -- situational diagnosis. we would cover two episodes. but apparently not the third.
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but it would cover because we wouldn't know -- at the beginning it would be infertile. whether it is the first pregnancy or the second. that is my understanding. i have assurances of that. and obviously if that is not the case, we would hear about that quickly and have to amend the policy as we needed to to make it clear. we have all kinds of avenues to gather these problems as they occur. i am comfortable with this in the situation that has been outlined. >> thank you. >> all right. it has been approved. it has been moved and seconded to approve the info tenant -- infertility benefit clarification. all those in favor? >> aye. >> any opposed? it is unanimous. all right. item number 13 please. >> item 13 is reports and updates from contracted health plan representatives.
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>> hello. i am with blue shield of california. i just wanted to provide a network update for our access plus trio networks here in san francisco. on october 1st, we sent a letter to 1500 members of our access plus plan to let them know that 48 primary care would be leaving the medical group effective december 31st for -- in and forming a new i.p.a. under sutter. so we were not notified of this change, but in order to comply with our department of managed healthcare compliance for 60 day notification, we went ahead and sent letters out to all of those members who were impacted on november 1st.
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at this time was still have not been formally notified that these positions will in fact, be leaving. we are assuming that it will, in fact, take place, which is in violation of their contract with us. so what we have asked them to do is to provide a current capacity for their panels to give us a strategic plan on recruitment and retainment efforts of their existing or remaining physicians so by the next board, i should have for you and overview of the physicians that have left the primary care that are there and what their capacity is to accept new patients and maintain their current panel. i just wanted to provide that quick update. >> how many was that? >> forty-eight physicians, primary care. >> forty-eight. >> so if members are in access plus, it doesn't really change things for them. they will move with sutter. they don't have to do anything.
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they can keep there dr. -- the doctor even after the change. there were about 48 trio members who -- sector is not part of the trio product, so those members, we have our customer service teams outreaching, even though they received a letter, the letter is kind of vague because it is mandated. we are doing outreach to those members to let them know that this has occurred and what their options are as well. >> in trio then they would no longer have their doctor. >> yes. they would have to pick a new doctor to stay in trio. >> in and this is in the middle of -- >> the timing is suspect. >> at any rate, i wanted to make you aware of it. you will be hearing in the media that the new i.p.a. is going to be formed by sutter in the city.
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we are doing our best to ensure that members understand their options. even those that can move to the new centre i.p.a., so they want to stay, they can, they just have to knew -- choose a new primary care. any questions? >> thank you. >> any public comment on the item? seeing none, item number 14. >> item 14 is opportunity for the public to comment on matters within the board's jurisdiction. >> no public comment. moving on to number 16. >> item 15. opportunity to place items at the board's jurisdiction on future agendas. >> okay. i think we will have a full
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agenda for next meeting, too. no problems there. any public comment on this item? all right. if there isn't any objections -- we have an objection. >> no, not an objection. i have a question. >> go ahead. >> i saw there was no financial report in the board's agenda and i would like to know from our chief financial officer that we can say affirmatively that we are in good shape. >> i am chief financial officer. we are in good shape. the audit that is being done will not be issued before after the next meeting in and -- and what is holding it up is a lot of data that they need to have
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and they need to get the enterprise department that have bonds resting on getting their financials out. in terms of this fiscal year, there is no anomalies i see so i would affirm we are in good shape. >> thank you. i just wanted to say on the record for this meeting. >> yes. >> if that is -- if there is no objection, this meeting is adjourned.
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>> good morning, everyone. what an exciting day in the city of san francisco right here on jefferson street. i want to thank you all for coming out like they say. it takes a village to really come up with a great project and this project is a great project that involved many people from many city departments, many years ago. it started with the fisherman's worth plan and there were many agencies that were involved. i see john brown from the planning department is here. harlan kelly from p.u.c., our friends from the port are here.
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the san francisco transportation authority is over there, and many agencies, of course,, public works. they are part of this project. and when this project first started, it was a five block project and we could only find funding to do the first part in the first part was from hyde to jones. but we also had to do it in quick time, in under six months we were able to build the only -- the first part of jefferson street before the america's cup and i can tell you that project has been a fantastic project. so this phase two is also going to be done in record time, under a year, starting today after this groundbreaking. with that said, i would like to introduce someone that has been a champion for pedestrian safety , implementing vision zero , and really making our
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safety the beautiful city that it is, i'm making sure that we'll work together. let's welcome our mayor london buried. [cheers and applause] -- london buried. >> thank you to all the community members who are here today to celebrate phase two of four phases of really changing the future and the landscape of fisherman's worth in this area, which is not only visited by people from all around the world , there's actually an incredible community of merchants, of people who live here and who walk these streets every single day. we want to make sure that it is safe, it is walkable, it is enjoyable and people have incredible experiences when they come to visit san francisco. today we ordered the sun to shine so that people can happen even better experience. this project is an example of how when city departments come together for a common goal, with
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community members and the fisherman's worth, community business district in the san francisco chamber, thank you, rodney, for being here today, that we can make incredible things happen. i'm excited that public works and the port and the planning department and so many of our agencies have made this a priority. we know that money generated from tourism actually helps to support so many incredible things that we do in san francisco so we want the experiences to be that much better. and looking at how we are taking a street that used to be a one-way, turning into a two away , widening the sidewalks, making it more clean and more green, and at the same time, thank you to harlan kelly, the director of p.u.c. for digging into the ground, and we are taking around the fiber-optic cables that all the things that we need to do to make sure that the pipes and infrastructure is working so that we don't have to
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go back into the ground is absolutely how we should be working on public projects like this. i'm excited. it took a lot of money, yes from a lot of different resources, and i want to say a special thank you to david chiu for his work in providing resources, working along with supervisor aaron peskin and supervising estate resources to make this project a reality. it does take a village. it does take a lot of money and here we are at the end of what is phase two to make something incredible happening for this particular neighborhood. thank you do all the folks involved and i'm excited that mohammed has promised to do this in record time and within budget we will be watching very closely because that is what i care about the most. i know that one of the most fiscally conservative persons on the board of supervisors cares about that as well. ladies and gentlemen, your supervisor, aaron peskin. [applause]
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>> thank you. good things come to people who are patient. as down from the port to knows, this goes back to 2003 when the community gathered with the port and started a community plan. some years later, the planning department stepped in even before the days of john ram and graham and that led to phase i. let's be real, there was a little concern. rodney will remember, back in the days when he had the wax museum, widening of the sidewalks was going to inhibit vehicular transportation here even though we all knew it was going to actually make fisherman 's worth -- wharf keep up. years ago they brought the f.
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line in here and that was a boom to fisherman's wharf and it is beloved around san francisco and around the world. after that, we expanded the sidewalks. fisherman's worth is the goose that lays the golden egg for san francisco. year in and year out. it is high time that san francisco city government reinvest so that fisherman's wharf will continue to be the envy of the world. $600 million in retail sales, $250 million related to hotels, millions and millions, 16 million people come here every year. thirty-nine is the number one tourist attraction in the city and county of san francisco. investing $16 million of city and state funds makes perfect sense for this fiscally prudent supervisor, including, and i am wearing now my hat as chair of the san francisco county
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transportation authority, not only $1.2 million of your half cent sales tax, but each of the members of that body get $200,000 to invest. i put my $200,000 into this project. it is just a little bit, but it helped make it go. congratulations to all the departments and particularly the community that made this happen. thank you so much. [applause] next, from the port of san francisco, we are on port property until you get in the middle of that street, then you're on mohammed's property, but we are on the lands of the port of san francisco. it's executive director, elaine forbes. [applause]. >> thank you so much supervisor peskin. thank you to mayor breed for prioritizing safety and economic development and helping this neighborhood thrive. you have heard from the other speakers about this area being the goose that lays the golden
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egg, which is completely true. 85% of visitors to san francisco come here and they come back again because it is such a wonderful experience that we have to continue to invest in, but i want to talk for a second about the community that is here we have 500 businesses. many small businesses can eat, many multigenerational businesses that make this place thrive. we have an amazing fisherman's wharf community. we have the fisherman and women who are the reason for this place you have been fishing and making their life off the bay for generations and fisherman's wharf is about the fishing community and about the small communities -- small businesses in the community. that is why it is a special place to come and visit. i want to acknowledge all the community did to get to this place today, to have our groundbreaking. it is a real celebration to all of you. thank you for making fisherman's wharf such an amazing experience for all the people local and visiting that come and again -- that come again and again. i want to acknowledge my
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commissioner who is here today. now i'd like to turn it over to randall scott. he is the c.e.o. of the fisherman's wharf c.b.d. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you to all of you. i came here last december to fisherman's wharf and fell in love with it all over again. i want to encourage each and everyone of you to come down and visit and see what is going on. the pedestrian developments of jefferson street, wider sidewalks, easier to walk through, all around the world, people have been doing this to their cities and the foot traffic and the visitation that comes down with that and the boost of businesses is absolutely fantastic. i can't wait for this to finish. thank you very much for only promising for one year.
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as mentioned, we are the tourist heart of the city. people come down here, they have fun, they go back to their homes , they bring back more people. i just want to say, you know, to the city, thank you for reinvesting and fisherman's wharf. we promised to take very good care of it and we look forward to those people walking down the street. to those of you in the bay area, i would highly encourage you to come down and visit. this place has something for everyone. we have a treasure hunt do you can go from bar to bar, attraction to attraction and enjoy an entire full day down here. again, thank you to the city and county of san francisco, thank you all for coming. [applause] >> all right. in fact,, this very spot that we are standing will become a brand-new plaza. as everyone knows, it is a parking lot now but we will redo it and it will have nice paving patterns.
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those architects at public works , they have had fun with it everybody is okay with it. okay. let's go and break ground. we have some shovels. let's get busy here. >> all right, come on in. ready? squeeze in. squeeze, we don't have to touch. all right. are you guys ready? five, four, three, two, one. there we go. [cheering]. >> all right. >> all right. thank you. >> what are you going to use it
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for? [laughter] shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services within our neighborhoods, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> my name is ray behr. i am the owner of chief plus. it's a destination specialty foods store, and it's also a
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corner grocery store, as well. we call it cheese plus because there's a lot of additions in addition to cheese here. from fresh flowers, to wine, past a, chocolate, our dining area and espresso bar. you can have a casual meeting if you want to. it's a real community gathering place. what makes little polk unique, i think, first of all, it's a great pedestrian street. there's people out and about all day, meeting this neighbor and coming out and supporting the businesses. the businesses here are almost all exclusively independent owned small businesses. it harkens back to supporting local. polk street doesn't look like anywhere u.s.a. it has its own businesses and personality. we have clothing stores to gallerys, to personal service
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stores, where you can get your hsus repaired, luggage repaired. there's a music studio across the street. it's raily a diverse and unique offering on this really great street. i think san franciscans should shop local as much as they can because they can discover things that they may not be familiar with. again, the marketplace is changing, and, you know, you look at a screen, and you click a mouse, and you order something, and it shows up, but to have a tangible experience, to be able to come in to taste things, to see things, to smell things, all those things, it's very important that you do so. >> for joining us here today. we all know that our public
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transportation system in san francisco is important to our present and it is definitely critical to the future of our city. as our city grows, as our economy grows, as we build more housing, as more people work here, we know that we can't continue to grow in those areas without thinking about improvements to our public transportation system. as someone who grew up in this city, i relied on muni, the 31, the 22 philmore, the 44, you name it, i was on those buses. the 19, i know the routes by heart. but the fact is, you know, we need to do better. we need to make sure that people, especially people who rely on muni to get to work,
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school, doctors appointments, so many of our seniors who can't drive and need to pick up their medications and other things, we need to make sure that our public transportation system is reliable for all of our communities, in all parts of san francisco, especially on those communities that have consistently been neglected. it means safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists and all of its users. we know over the years the city is a lot more congested than it has ever been, but we also know to make it a better city and to reach our climate goals, we have to leave it less congested. we have a lot of work to do and we are doing the work. in june we created a working group with city leaders and
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staff and industry leaders with the goal of making this better. i am looking forward to seeing the recommendations coming out. over the past few years we have made some significant investments. we committed to doubling the pace of building more protected bike lanes. we established a quick build program to increase the delivery of low-cost units. and we expanded our focus on traffic safety. thankfully the voters gave us one more tool to improve streets with the passage of proposition v. this will allow us to invest $30 million in light rail vehicles anduses as well as street safety improvements. so the work continues and we will continue to do the work
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that we can to move these objectives forward as quickly as possible. these objectives are the responsibility of the san francisco municipal transportation agency. the m.t.a. managing our streets, public transportation, other mobility options like bike shares and e-scooters, and a lot of public infrastructure projects, like the central subway and van neessb.r.t. this is a system that looks at day-to-day operations as well as looking at the future and how we make sure that the challenges that existed now don't continue to exist in the future. this requires a strong vision and strong leadership. so today i'm proud to announce that the s.f. board will be recommending -- the s.f. m.t.a.
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board will be recommending jeffry tumlin as the next director of s.f. m.t.a. this is jeffry. you can clap. [ laughter ]. >> mayor breed: jeff is an international transportation expert who brings over 25 years of experience of improving transportation in cities. he was recently the interim director at the oakland department of transportation, where he laid the foundation for the agency's future success with a lens on environmental benefits and equality. i believe jeffry will do the same at s.f. m.t.a. throughout his career, he has been known for bringing a visionary perspective on transportation in cities and helping to implement innovative ideas that are desperately needed. he will be joining the city as a long-time resident of noey
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valley and will be the first lgbtq director in s.f.'s history. i look forward to working with jeffry to help us deliver a great transportation system in san francisco, and i want to thank the board, including the president of the board who is here today, malcolm heinikie and gweneth borden, thank you for your leadership and coordinating the interview process and everything that you did, to make sure that we found the best person possible to do the job to make our public transportation and infrastructure and all that we need to do to improve mobility in san francisco in a safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly way to choosing that person who could do just that. ladies and gentlemen, jeffry tumlin.
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>> good morning. my name is jeff tumlin, and i have been in the transportation industry for a long time, for 25 years, advising cities and transit agencies how to clarify their values and then use transportation investments to make those values manifest. i like asking questions about what is most important, what does success look like, and more importantly how would we measure whether we were actually successful or not. that's where my technical work comes into play, trying to use tools to be able to measure social equity and environmental outcomes and to align our transportation spending in order to best achieve the public good. i ended up in this industry against my better judgment. i discovered very early in my career and sort of by accident that we in transport have a
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bigger impact on public health outcomes than the medical industry does. we have a bigger impact on economic development, than economic development programs do. and more importantly, we are arguably the biggest driver of opportunity. we decide how many jobs people can get to in a reasonable commute time. we determine whether children can get safely to school, which impacts their academic performance. we are fundamental drivers of economic opportunity or destroyers of economic opportunity. we have resources. if we use those resources wisely, we can correct the ways in which my industry has historically destroyed opportunity and wealth for
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people of color. early in my industry's history, if you wanted to build a highway project, you got extra points for removing light. light of course being defined as african-american and latino ownership. the city and county of san francisco did not escape that dark period in our industry, and we have a key responsibility to correct for the past and to equalize opportunity for everyone. we can also do what some mobility tech companies want us to do, which is to provide more exquisite convenience for the privilege. i'm committed to doing the former, and using transportation as a tool to make san francisco achieve its potential. that includes addressing problems like the fact that 25 people have died in our streets this year and were on track to
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injure nearly 3,000. we lose in injuries and fatalities about 647 people in san francisco. i want to change that. you can see from my social media presence that i've long been an outspoken proponent of changing core practices in my industry and using the power that we have in transportation to reduce climate change, improve quality of life, foster small business success, and advance equity. i've reached the point in my cle career, however, where it's time to stop advising and start doing. i've worked all over the world, and san francisco remains the only city that i felt was my home. san francisco has assembled all of the pieces that we need in
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order to create dramatic and progressive change. we've got a visionary m.t.a. board that i cannot wait to work for. we have the most talented agency staff in the industry. we have a tenacious and hard-driving mayor who i know will make a great partner. we also have a progressive board of supervisors ready to ask the tough questions. i am ready to serve all of them. i don't have a 30 or 100-day plan. my first task is to listen carefully to staff. we do have the most incredible assembly of talent of any city in the country. i trust their professional expertise. it is my job first to listen and then secondly, and more importantly, to remove obstacles so that they can do their good and productive work.
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i do not know all of the answers yet. it's going to take me a while to learn from staff what the best answers are. i want to close by saying that we have talent, resources and some clarity about what our resources are in san francisco, but there remains a gap between san francisco's potential and its current reality. i am deeply excited to do the hard work to close that gap. we have the tools and all of the resources that we need, unlike really any city in the world. i can't wait to get started, particularly with the help of all of you in this room, the press. with that, i'm happy to take questions. malcolm, did you have words to say? >> absolutely. i know i stand between you and the questions for our new director of transportation. i am the chair of the new m.t.a.
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board. if i seem excited, it's because i am. we are in the process of hiring a star for san francisco. we are very excited here today. the first person i want to thank is is the mayor, not just because of her commitment and support, but also i want to thank the mayor for not just her support and partnership in this, but the fact that you challenged us you were the result of a challenge to get a bold leader to take this agency forward. i'm grateful for that challenge. that challenge led us to an international search. we searched far and wide. i want to thank the search committee for the wonderful job that was done to conduct a truly international search that led us to someone in our backyard, a
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san franciscan to run our agency. what has struck us about jeff more than his expertise, dedication, and his experience is his passion. you just heard it. he recognizes how transportation affects people's lives, making it better when it goes well and worse when it doesn't. with that, we are very excited. i wish jeff the absolute best. i know he won't need luck because he's a true professional and i'm excited to see him be a star and a partner. in my closing comments, i would like to say this, the last few months have been tumultuous at the agency, but not as much as without a director. the acting director kept the ship steady, was professional, calm, and an absolute pleasure to work with. thank you for your service. with that, i will turn the
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podium back to the super staff to answer our questions. thank you for the questions. >> what questions do you have? >> [ indiscernible ]. [♪]
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>> we have private and public gardens throughout the garden tour. all of the gardens are volunteers. the only requirement is you're willing to show your garden for a day. so we have gardens that vary from all stages of development and all gardens, family gardens, private gardens, some of them as small as postage stamps and others pretty expansive. it's a variety -- all of the world is represented in our gardens here in the portola. >> i have been coming to the portola garden tour for the past seven or eight years ever since
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i learned about it because it is the most important event of the neighborhood, and the reason it is so important is because it links this neighborhood back to its history. in the early 1800s the portola was farmland. the region's flowers were grown in this neighborhood. if you wanted flowers anywhere future bay area, you would come to this area to get them. in the past decade, the area has tried to reclaim its roots as the garden district. one of the ways it has done that is through the portola garden tour, where neighbors open their gardens open their gardens to people of san francisco so they can share that history. >> when i started meeting with the neighbors and seeing their gardens, i came up with this
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idea that it would be a great idea to fundraise. we started doing this as a fund-raiser. since we established it, we awarded 23 scholarships and six work projects for the students. >> the scholarship programs that we have developed in association with the portola is just a win-win-win situation all around. >> the scholarship program is important because it helps people to be able to tin in their situation and afford to take classes. >> i was not sure how i would stay in san francisco. it is so expensive here. i prayed so i would receive enough so i could stay in san francisco and finish my school, which is fantastic, because i don't know where else i would have gone to finish. >> the scholarships make the
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difference between students being able to stay here in the city and take classes and having to go somewhere else. [♪] [♪] >> you come into someone's home and it's they're private and personal space. it's all about them and really their garden and in the city and urban environment, the garden is the extension of their indoor environment, their outdoor living room. >> why are you here at this garden core? it's amazing and i volunteer here every year. this is fantastic. it's a beautiful day. you walk around and look at gardens. you meet people that love gardens. it's fantastic. >> the portola garden tour is the last saturday in september every year. mark your calendars every year. you can see us on the website
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>> working with kids, they keep you young. they keep you on your tones -- on your toes. >> teaching them, at the same time, us learning from them, everything is fulfilling. >> ready? go. [♪] >> we really wanted to find a way to support women entrepreneurs in particular in san francisco. it was very important for the mayor, as well as the safety support the dreams that people want to realize, and provide them with an opportunity to receive funding to support improvements for their business so they could grow and thrive in
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their neighborhoods and in their industry. >> three, two, one! >> because i am one of the consultants for two nonprofits here for entrepreneurship, i knew about the grand through the renaissance entrepreneur center, and through the small business development center. i thought they were going to be perfect candidate because of their strong values in the community. they really give back to the neighborhood. they are from this neighborhood, and they care about the kids in the community here. >> when molly -- molly first told us about the grant because she works with small businesses. she has been a tremendous help for us here. she brought us to the attention of the grand just because a lot of things here were outdated, and need to be up-to-date and redone totally. >> hands in front. recite the creed. >> my oldest is jt, he is seven, and my youngest is ryan, he is
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almost six. it instills discipline and the boys, but they show a lot of care. we think it is great. the moves are fantastic. the women both are great teachers. >> what is the next one? >> my son goes to fd k. he has been attending for about two years now. they also have a summer program, and last summer was our first year participating in it. they took the kids everywhere around san francisco. this year, owner talking about placing them in summer camps, all he wanted to do was spend the entire summer with them. >> he has strong women in his life, so he really appreciates it. i think that carries through and i appreciate the fact that there are more strong women in the world like that. >> i met d'andrea 25 years ago,
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and we met through our interest in karate. our professor started on cortland years ago, so we grew up here at this location, we out -- he outgrew the space and he moved ten years later. he decided to reopen this location after he moved. initially, i came back to say, hey, because it might have been 15 years since i even put on a uniform. my business partner was here basically by herself, and the person she was supposed to run the studio with said great, you are here, i started new -- nursing school so you can take over. and she said wait, that is not what i am here for i was by myself before -- for a month before she came through. she was technically here as a secretary, but we insisted, just put on the uniform, and help her teach. i was struggling a little bit. and she has been here. one thing led to another and now we are co-owners. you think a lot more about
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safety after having children and i wanted to not live in fear so much, and so i just took advantage of the opportunity, and i found it very powerful to hit something, to get some relief, but also having the knowledge one you might be in a situation of how to take care of yourself. >> the self-defence class is a new thing that we are doing. we started with a group of women last year as a trial run to see how it felt. there's a difference between self-defence and doing a karate class. we didn't want them to do an actual karate class. we wanted to learn the fundamentals of how to defend yourself versus, you know, going through all the forms and techniques that we teaching a karate class and how to break that down. then i was approached by my old high school. one -- once a semester, the kids get to pick an extra curricular
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activity to take outside of the school walls. my old biology teacher is now the principle. she approached us into doing a self-defence class. the girls have been really proactive and really sweet. they step out of of the comfort zone, but they have been willing to step out and that hasn't been any pushback. it is really great. >> it is respect. you have to learn it. when we first came in, they knew us as those girls. they didn't know who we were. finally, we came enough for them to realize, okay, they are in the business now. it took a while for us to gain that respect from our peers, our male peers. >> since receiving the grant, it has ignited us even more, and put a fire underneath our butts even more. >> we were doing our summer camp and we are in a movie theatre, and we just finished watching a film and she stepped out to receive a phone call. she came in and she screamed, hey, we got the grant. and i said what?
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>> martial arts is a passion for us. it is passion driven. there are days where we are dead tired and the kids come and they have the biggest smiles on their faces and it is contagious. >> we have been operating this program for a little over a year all women entrepreneurs. it is an extraordinary benefit for us. we have had the mayor's office investing in our program so we can continue doing this work. it has been so impactful across a diversity of communities throughout the city. >> we hope that we are making some type of impact in these kids' lives outside of just learning karate. having self-confidence, having discipline, learning to know when it's okay to stand up for yourself versus you just being a bully in school. these are the values we want the kids to take away from this. not just, i learned how to kick and i learned how to punch. we want the kids to have more values when they walk outside of these doors.
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>> for the first time in nearly two decades fishers have been granted the legal right to sell fish directly to the package right off their boat -- to the public right off their boats in san francisco. it's not only helping local fishers to stay afloat but it's evoking the spirit of the wharf by resurfacing the traditional methods of selling fish. but how is it regulated? and what does it take for a boat to be transported into a floating fish market? find out as we hop on board on this episode of "what's next sf." (♪) we're here with the owner and the captain of the vessel pioneer. it's no coincidence that your boat is called the pioneer because it's doing just that. it's the first boat in san francisco to sell fish directly from the boat.
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how did you establish your boat into such a floating fish market? >> well, you know, i always thought that it would be nice to be able to provide fresh fish to the locals because most of the fish markets, you would have to do a large amount of volume in order to bring in enough fish to cover the overhead. when you start selling to the public that volume is much less so it makes it hard to make enough money. so being able to do this is really -- it's a big positive thing i think for the entire community. >> a very positive thing. as a third-generation fisherman joe as his friends call him has been trawling the california waters for sustainably caught seafood since an early age. since obtaining a permit to sell fish directly to the public he is able to serve fish at an affordable price. >> right now we're just selling what a lot of the markets like, flat fish and rock fish and what the public likes. so we have been working for many, many years and putting
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cameras in them. there's the ability to short fish and we have panels that we open and close so we target the different species of fish by adjusting the net. and then not only that but then the net sort out the sizes which is really important. >> joe brings in a lot of fish, around 20,000 pounds per fishing trip to be exact. >> we had one day one time that we sold almost 18,000 pounds. >> it's incredible. >> i know, it's hard to imagine. >> but this wasn't always the case for joe. >> the markets that we have left in california, they're few and far between, and they really are restrictive. they'll let you fish for a couple months and shut you down. a lot of times it's rough weather and if you can't make your delivery you will lose your rotation. that's why there's hardly any boats left in california because of the market challenges. my boat was often sitting over here at the dock for years and i couldn't do anything with it because we had no market. the ability to go catch fish is fine, i had the permits, but you
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couldn't take them off your boat. >> that was until the port commission of san francisco rallied behind them and voted unanimously to approve a pilot program to allow the fish to be sold directly to consumers right off their boats. >> the purpose of the program is to allow commercial fishers to sell their fish directly from their boats to the end consumer in a safe and orderly manner for the benefit of the overall fishing community at the port of san francisco. we have limited the program to certain types of fish such as salmon, halibut, tuna and rock fish. crab is restricted from this program because we did not want to interfere with the existing crab sales on taylor street and jefferson street. so this is not meant to favor one aspect of the fishing industry more than another. it's to basically to lift up the whole industry together. >> and if joe the program has been doing just that. >> it was almost breathtaking whenever i woke up one morning
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and i got my federal receiver, my first receivers license in the mail. and that gave me permission to actually take fish off my boat. once we started to be able to sell, it opened things up a bit. because now that we have that federal permit and i was able to ppetition the city council and getting permission from san francisco to actually use the dock and to sell fish here, it was a big turning point. because we really didn't think or know that we'd get such a positive response from the public. and so we're getting thousands of people coming down here buying fish every week and so that's pretty cool. they like the fish so much that they take pictures of it when they cook it and they send us all of these pictures and then they ask us, you know, constantly for certain types of fish now. and when they come down here the one thing that they say is that they're so amazed that the fish is so fresh they could eat a little bit during the week and it's still fresh all week in the refrigerator. so that's really cool.
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>> the fish is very fresh and the price is super. i don't think that you can get it anywhere in the bay area. i can see it, and i can stir fry it, wow, you can do anything you want. i just can say this is a good place to shop and you have a good experience. >> this program supports the strategic plan in terms of engagement, people being connected to the waterfront, and also economic vitality. because it's helping the fishermen to make ends meet. they have no guarantees in their businesses, not like some people, and we want to do everything that we can to help them to have a good and thriving business. >> how does it feel to be able to sell your fish locally kind of in the traditional way, like your grandfather probably did? >> when i was a kid and i used to work in my dad's fish market, a lot of the markets that we
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sell to now are second and third and fourth generation markets. so i remember as a kid putting their tags on the boxes of fish that we shipped out of monterey and ship down to l.a. so it's kind of cool that we're still dealing with the same families. and this is probably about the only way that anyone can really survive in california is to sell your own fish. >> one of the advantages of this program is the department people that pull in the fish, they can find out where they caught it and find out more about the fisherman and that adds to their experience. the feedback from the fishers has been very good and the feedback from the customers have very good. and there's a lot of people coming to the wharf now that might not have done so. in fact, there's people that go through the neighboring restaurants that are going to eat fish inside but before they go in they see the action on the dock and they want to kind of look at what's happening on the boat before they go in and they have a meal. so it's generated some
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conversation down at the wharf and that's a good thing. >> as you can see by the line forming behind me getting ready to buy fish, the pilot program has been a huge success. for more information visit (♪)
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>> good afternoon, it's 1:00 p.m. my name is miguel bustos and this is a regular meeting of the commission on community investments and infrastructure the successor agency commission to the san francisco redevelopment agency for tuesday, november 19th, 2019. welcome to members of the public and both present and listening. >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. first order is item one roll call. commissioner brackett is absent. commissioner scott. >> here. >> vice-chair rosales. >> chair. >> chair bustos. >> here. >> and all other members of the commission are present. the next order of business is item 2 announcements. item a, the next regularly scheduled meeting will be