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lati . >> supervisor haney: -- and they shaped this into something that was truly connected to the actual needs within the system and on the ground, and so we're
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confident that it can be successful, but we're also very sure that there's a lot of work left to do. it's not fully funded yet. we have a commitment from the mayor, but we need at least $100 million a year, including startup costs, to be able to implement this. it's going to take a lot of work from the implementation committee, oversight and working together, potentially needed additional revenue from the public. so i know that the public is excited about this -- i hope they are, but they're asking, we'll actually be excited the most about this when we see it bringing a change in our communities, and so that's going to be the next steps once it passes today. i'm grateful for everybody's support and for everybody's leadership, and i'm excited about seeing this fully implemented and funded and lastly want to give, as
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supervisor ronen did, give a shout out to our staff, carolina in supervisor ronen's office and abbie in my office. must have seen this for the last seven months, and truly would not have gotten to this point without them, and the leadership of the mayor's office in getting this down. this is the end of this part of it and the beginning of the next part of it. this truly transforms our works for everyone who's in need of mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, or health care. >> president yee: i want to thank supervisor haney for putting this forth, and not only putting it forward, and not only working with mayor
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breed, but with all of us in this room helping us shape what we think is a great solution to a serious problem in san francisco, and that you certainly have my commitment along with mayor breed and many of us here in this room to find the funding necessary to really implement this initiative. and it's one of those things where and i'm not -- where if i'm not able to be connected to this, i'm grateful, so thank you so much. colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, let's go to our 3:00 -- unless you want to say something. let's go to our 3:00 special order. >> clerk: today's 3:00 special
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order incoencompasses the boar supervisors sitting as a committee of the whole on december 10, 2019 to consider a proposed ordnance, which is item number 37, to order the street vacation in the india basin project site located generally at inez avenue between griffith street and earl street along the shoreline, to authorize the city to quitclaim its interest in approximately 3.8 acres within earl street, hudson avenue, and aurelius walker drive, authorizing the city to transfer approximately 1.1 acres to the state for the purpose of having such property reconveyed to the city through the port through the india
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basin public trust change through the ceqa determination and adopt the appropriate findings. >> president yee: okay. we are now sitting as a committee of the whole. does the district 10 supervisor, supervisor walton, wish to make opening remarks? >> supervisor walton: just a real brief statement, president yee. i do appreciate everyone being here for the hearing, and we will hear public comment, upon which after the committee of the whole, i will be pushing to move item 37 back to land use committee. >> president yee: so -- okay. thank you. do any of the department staff wish to make any comments? i don't see anybody coming up, so are there any members of the public who wish to speak on this item? all speakers on this item will be allowed two minutes each. seeing none, public comment for this item is closed. [gavel]. >> president yee: supervisor walton, would you like to go
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ahead and make your motion? >> supervisor walton: yes. i'd like to move that item 37 be sent back to land use committee. >> president yee: so before we take your motion, i want to make sure that we understand that this -- this item has -- or this hearing has been heard and finished. [gavel]. >> president yee: so supervisor walton, you made a motion to continue -- send this back to land use committee? >> supervisor walton: correct, item 37. >> president yee: okay. there's a second by supervisor ronen. can we take this without any objection? then the motion passes. [gavel]. >> president yee: okay. i guess we will now go back to committee reports. i believe we were on item 39. >> clerk: item 39 is a
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resolution to authorize the mayor's office of housing and community development to accept and expend a 300 no further questions grant from the california department of community housing to promote the growth, expansion or support of a west end nonprofit communication dedicated to expanding and supporting housing as well as nonprofit organizations on the west side of san francisco for period to commence upon department of housing and community development approval through june 30, 2022. >> president yee: supervisor fewer? >> supervisor fewer: thank you, president yee. i am proud to have worked closely with assembly member phil ting for the securing of these funds for an organization dedicated to expanding affordable how's will. in my own district over the last ten years, we've lost 500 units of low-income housing as these buildings are sold on the
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private market. on the east side of san francisco, there are several amazing nonprofit organizations that help stablize these buildings through acquisition and property management, but on the west side, we simply do not have the organizational capacity to meet this need. this funding will help us change that, and i'm so proud of assembly member phil ting for his commitment to preservation of affordable housing on the west side. >> president yee: supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: thank you, president yee. i just would like to thank supervisor fewer and assemb assemblyman ting for securing this state funding to support the growth, expansion and creation of a west side-based nonprofit community organization dedicated to preserving and expanding affordable housing. in my word to aggressively expand affordable housing in my district, the lack of housing organizations has been challenging.
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we are grateful for the support of some organizations we have been able to partner with, like the mission economic development agency, which we work with to preserve housing for a dozen low-income seniors in outer taraval through the first small sites acquisition in the sunset, but to move as aggressively as the resolution requires, we need more organizations focused on community development in the west side with understanding, relationships, and commitments to our neighborhood, so thanks again to supervisor fewer and assemblyman ting, and i'd like to be added as a cosponsor to this item. thanks. >> president yee: okay. did you catch that, supervisor fewer? supervisor mar wanted to be added as a cosponsor, and so do i. thank you. colleagues, can we take this
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same house, same call? without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: item 40 is a resolution to fix prevailing wage rates for certain workers pursuant to 6 tint 22. >> president yee: colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam clerk, please call item 41. >> clerk: item 41 is a resolution of the city to declare certain expenditures from certain future bonded indebtedness to authorize the mayor's office of housing and community development to submit an application and related documents to the california debt limit allocation committee. >> president yee: colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? without objection, this item is
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adopted unanimously. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: item 42 is an ordinance to authorize settlement of the lawsuit filed by manconia green against the city for 49,000. the item involves a dispute. >> president yee: colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? without objection, the item is adopted unanimously. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam clerk, call the next item. >> clerk: items 43 through 48 were considered by the land use and transportation committee at a meeting on december 9, 2019. item 40 was not considered as a committee report, and items 44 through 48 were. item 44 is an ordinance to require the planning code to require at least half the housing in educator housing be
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three or more bedrooms, conditioned on the passage of proposition e during the november 5, 2019 municipal election and to affirm the ceqa determination and make the appropriate findings. >> president yee: supervisor fewer? >> supervisor fewer: thank you, supervisor yee. this legislation is a small tweak to proposition e, which is passed by over 76% of voters in this most recent election. i would first like to thank my cosponsors of the initiative, supervisors peskin, haney and walton, as well as the mayor and all of my colleagues on this board for passing prop e and make sure the voters overwhelmingly passed it. we all know in this housing affordability crisis, we desperately need to create housing in all parts of the city. we are falling far short of our goals for low and moderate-income housing. in order to close this gap, we
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have been working to provide more funding for affordable housing and make it easier and faster to build. this board has been aggressively pursuing new funding sources for affordable housing. this includes legislation that i recently authored that all of you cosponsored which allocates 50% of excessive eraf funds for affordable housing. this will continue to add tens of millions more each year. we also unanimously passed legislation from supervisor haney to increase the job housing linkage fee and provide hundreds of millions in funding for affordable housing over the next ten years, and in this most recent election, we call worked with president yee and the mayor to put a $60 0 millin housing bond on the ballot, all of those approved by voters. that will help address the number one barrier to affordable housing: funding.
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we worked with stakeholders to develop and pass affordable homes in educator and families now initiative, which later became prop e which made it easier and faster to build affordable housing in all neighborhoods across san francisco. oroffice began working on this legislation earlier this year to make it easier to build housing in all neighborhoods, building off the success of the sally legislation that former supervisor jane kim passed last year to make affordable housing a principlely permitted use in districts. we also worked with united educators of san francisco to develop a pilot program for educator housing in san francisco on land owned by the school district or city college. no one understands the actual needs of our educators better than the educators themselves, and we are proud to have partners with them on this
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initiative. in order to assure that these project serve the diverse housing needs of educators, the ordinance currently requires at least 30% of the unit in an educate housing project, 30% of units are two bedroom units and 20% are three-bedroom units. the legislation before you today changes the unit mix so that 50% of all units will be two bedrooms or larger, rather than requiring a set percentage of three-bedroom units. this will allow for more design flexibility while still assuring that projects are not just for single educators. i am excited to see new funding sources becoming available to build housing for educators including at the state level and in our local affordable housing bond, and i can't wait
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to see more affordable homes being built in my neighborhood and every neighborhood across san francisco. i hope i can count on your support today. thank you much to my cosponsors, supervisors mar, peskin, haney, safai, walton, and ronen. >> president yee: okay. so i want to thank -- [applause] >> president yee: so i want to thank supervisor fewer for her leadership in passing proposition e on the ballot in november, and for this legislation to ensure that the first-ever educator housing project is able to benefit from the streamlining to get these units on-line. my own reservation is the bedroom trailing unit in this legislation is not as family friendly as what was passed by the voters in prop e or even what the city has previously
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adopted in programs like home-sf in which at least 10% of the multi-room units would be -- would have at least three bedrooms. i recognize there are market conditions that make it challenging to build multiroom units, but developer have told me that they do this in every other city, why not san francisco? on world tours day, mayor breed and san francisco announced that we would launch a child and youth friendly initiative. if we want san francisco to be a child and youth friendly city, we have to start setting standards for ourselves. with that said, the s-- the ciy has been working with us in this.
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there's no reason why 100% affordable housing and housing on educator land should have less family-friendly elements than other projects. therefore, i would like to duplicate this file so we can continue to improve on our housing projects. so i would like to duplicate a file -- >> clerk: mr. president, that's a sole -- >> president yee: oh, okay. >> clerk: you don't need one. >> president yee: so the motion has been made. okay. then, colleagues, for the original, then, can we take this same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam clerk, let's go to item 45. >> clerk: mr. president, you still need to take action on the duplicate file.
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were you sending that back to committee? >> president yee: okay. make a motion to take the duplicate file and send it back to committee. can i take this same house, same call? >> clerk: you need a second. >> president yee: i need a second now. seconded by supervisor fewer. can i take this same house, same call? okay. then the motion passes. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam clerk, let's go to item 45. >> clerk: item 45 is an ordinance to amend the housing code to revise the requirements for heating in residential rental units and affirming the ceqa determination. >> president yee: okay. colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam clerk, please call item number 46. >> clerk: item 46 is an ordinance to amend the administrative code to require an annual report analyzing the fit between housing needs associated with job growth by wages in san francisco and housing production by affordability in the city. >> president yee: colleagues,
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can we take this item -- >> clerk: mr. president, you have a -- someone on the roster. >> president yee: oh, supervisor mar? sorry. >> supervisor mar: thank you, president yee. i just wanted to make some remarks on this item. this legislation will require the planning department to produce an annual jobs housing fit report, providing important new data and analysis to inform our city's efforts to truly address the housing affordability crisis in a more thoughtful, strategic, and impactful way, the annual jobs housing fit report will analyze the alignment or misalignment job growth by wage level. planning commissioners have been asking for this for years, so i commissioned the first ever fit report in october. this initial report found that we need to build 18,000 affordable units for low and moderate income households while we have already over
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entitled high income housing through 2026. so in short, the housing affordability crisis is worsening, the status quo is increasing, and we are failing low and moderate income wage earners and their family. not enough attention is being paid to now rapid job growth drives housing demand and the affordability crisis. we need jobs housing fit data to ensure that the houses that's approved and built in the future more directly addresses the housing needs of our workers and communities rather than only the financial bottom line of private developers. we also need jobs housing fit data every time the planning commission and the board of supervisors consider a major development projector area plan. it's time we face the data when
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making economic policy and land use decisions, and it's time to confront the housing and other impacts of these decisions on low and moderate wage workers and families. i'd like to acknowledge my cosores, supervisors haney, fewer, safai, and walton and urge them to pass the housing job fit legislation here today. thank you. >> president yee: okay, colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam oh, y
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can you please. thank you, president yee. >> president yee: so this motion to amend, is there a second? seconded by supervisor mar. >> supervisor fewer: is there a second? thank you. >> president yee: so can we take these amendments without objection? then the amendment passes. [gavel]. >> president yee: colleagues, can we take item 49 as amended and item 50 same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading as amended, and the motion is approved unanimously. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam clerk, please call the next item, which is roll call. >> clerk: roll call for introductions. first up for roll call for introductions today, supervisor
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mandelman. manai thank y >> can you, madam clerk. >> earlier today, house speaker nancy pelosi introduced articles of impeachment to impeach president donald john trump. donald trump solicited the interference of a foreign government to influence the 2020 united states presidential election and in so doing, used the powers of the presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the united states and undermined the integrity of the united states democratic process. his actions have undermined our security and threatened our
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2020 elections and violated his oath of office. as elected officials, each of us took an oath to uphold in true faith the constitution of the united states of america. the constitution provides the house of representatives the sole power of impeachment and provides that the president shall be removed from office on impeachment for and conviction of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. san francisco has led the resistance to donald trump's policies. now the time has come for our city and us as elected officials to do our constitutional duty and stand in support of the house of representatives' effort to hold donald trump accountable. now is the time to send the message loud and clear, donald trump, you are not above the law. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor mandelman. [applause] >> clerk: supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: thank you,
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chair fewer. colleagues, i believe we are all aware of the drastic cuts at city college for the spring 2020 semester. for the past several weeks, we've all been deluged by extremely compelling and extremely heartbreaking stories about these cuts and the impact on their lives. i propose to reinstate the suspended spring 2020 classes that supervisor walton is introducing and speaking to today. i also believe we need a comprehensive and long-term solution to the budgetary problems facing city college due to state government under funding of our community colleges in all public education going back to prop 13. but the funding challenges facing city college of san francisco are also the result of a change in the state funding formula for community colleges that devalues community serving classes and prioritizes funding for classes
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that lead more directly to degrees and transfers to four-year colleges. so today, i am announcing that i have directed the city attorney to draft legislation to expand the city's public enrichment fund to provide ongoing funding for city college of san francisco, to restore and expand critical community serving classes and student services. as a nation, we have decided that public education should be free and available to all students regardless of socioeconomic status. in 2004, san francisco voters reafirmed that notion and approved proposition h, a game-changing measure that established the public education enrichment fund during a period in which state and federal funding was decreasing for our schools. in 2014, the public education enrichment fund was renewed by voters for 25 more years. this year, the peef is providing $25 million for
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preschool funding and education in our city, including support for the san francisco unified school district for programs not funded by the state. given the ongoing budgetary challenges of city college of san francisco due to lack of ongoing state funding, i believe it's both timely and crucial that we provide funding to peef. in the midst of these drastic class cuts, i've actually launched an expansion of city college classes in my district, the sunset, starting in january, with six new classes serving working adults, seniors, english learners, and high school students. these classes were developed through broad based community
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input, including convening a town hall meeting and collecting over 400 interest surveys. the city college sunset initiative has received enthusiastic support from my conti constituents, and it shows how popular city college classes are for the city. and more significantly, we are expanding city college classes in the sunset through an add back modification. i want to make it clear that the proposal to expand peef, including -- will include new revenue sufficient to cover the new supplemental funding to city college with no reduction in funding to preschools to
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12th grade education that peef currently supports. i'd like to thank the many city leaders for working with me on this, including tom temprano, and many student groups. colleagues, i look forward working with you as i bring the proposal in the new year. the refuse i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor mar. [applause] [gavel]. >> president yee: excuse me. next time you want to show your appreciation, just wave your fingers. we can see them. thank you. next person? >> clerk: supervisor peskin is next up.
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>> supervisor peski >> supervisor peskin: thank you, madam clerk. president, colleagues, i will submit almost all of my roll call, but i do want to thank each and every one of you for cosponsoring the ordinance at section 4.29 of the administrative code naming the rotunda outside of these chambers in memory of burq burque runderthal, affectionately known as buck. i want to thank martha cohen and the mayor's office for that, and i want to thank d
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dennis herrera and his office who are still going through a tough time. i want to thank president yee and all nine of my remaining colleagues for cosponsoring this measure, and i also want to say good-bye to jon givner, which we'll do next week, and welcome ann pearson as department 1's general counsel. and finally, i do have an item for the imperative calendar, acknowledging the native sons of the golden west for honoring greta thunberg's call to action for climate change.
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the rest i will submit. thank you, colleagues. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: thank you. today along with cosponsors supervisors walton and fewer, i am creating legislation to create additional districts in districts 9, 10, and 1 -- additional commercial districts in districts 9, 10, and 1. speaking for my own district, without doubt, the mission bernal corridor and cortland and portola are facing huge obstacles and shouldering heavy burdens to keep their doors open. this legislation will create a framework for us to promote these as vibrant small
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businesses. if needed, we will work with merchants and local communities, consider neighborhood-specific controls for these m.c.d.s through separate legislation in the future. i've also been working on legislative changes that will make it easier for people to start businesses and keep them thriving, encouraging property owners to keep storefronts occupied is essential. in march, voters will be asked to vote on supervisor peskin's storefront vacancy tax, which i was happy to sponsor. we are introducing these planning code amendments today to ensure that if voters pass the measure, the m.c.d.s will be in place at the time of the alex so that the tax strategy will be applicable to the m.c.d.s as they are to the 30 named commercial districts throughout the city. i thoroughly thank the city staff who made this happen,
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planning staff, especially to amy binehart in my official, who hustled incredibly fast when we realized these neighborhood commercial districts would not be part of the vacancy tax if it is passed by the voters, and the merchants of bernal and the portola who responded to quickly to confirm that they indeed do support this action, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor stefani? thank you. supervisor walton? >> supervisor walton: thank you. i have three items that we will be introducing today. for the first, along with my cosponsors, supervisor mar and supervisor haney, i'm introducing a supplemental budget appropriation ordinance to help restore the 300 classes
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proposed to be cut for the spring 2020 semester. i know firsthand how important city college is -- [applause] [gavel]. >> supervisor walton: i know firsthand how important city college is to san francisco. every year, thousands of district 10 residents and san franciscans across the city rely on city college and its various programs for jobs and skills training. i understand that city college has to make some hard decisions as it looks towards the future, but changes this drastic without community input or alternative solutions are incredibly worrying. i have several concerns about these proposed cuts. how do these cuts impact students of color, how are these cuts decided, and what students are most impacted? while i understand the importance of underlying class -- of on-line classes, i understand not everyone has on-line access. again, who are more impacted?
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i see that about 12 child development classes are being cut. we are always in a crisis for educators, and as we move to expand universal preschool and child care, these classes are crucial in keeping a qualified workforce in place. it is also not lost on me that we are cutting classes while administrators received raises at city college. [applause] >> supervisor walton: anyone attending city college knows how quickly classes can fill up and how difficult getting class requirements can be. how much harder will these cuts make it for students who are awaiting class enrollments for a transfer or for a degree completion? we on the board of supervisors have a responsibility to represent the city and county of san francisco and to look out for our constituents, yet none of us were included in any discussions by city college leadership about the impacts these class closures would have on our city. this is a one-time supplemental that says we stand with access
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to education, and i know we need to have a more detailed conversation with the city and college leadership about how we can further support city college for the long-term. i strongly believe in free, equitable access to higher education for everyone. these cuts don't allow for that equitable access, and because of that, i believe we on the board of supervisors need to do our part to protect our constituents from the hardships these cuts will cause. [applause] >> supervisor walton: secondly, i am introducing the ordinance to allow the director of property to abrequire and accept land from caltrans along a portion of highway 101 and the northeast corner of bayshore boulevard overcrossing the southeast intersection of third street and bay avenue to create a gateway to the neighborhood. this gateway will let you know
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you are entering the bayview community from the southeast part of san francisco. i'm also proposing legislation to help ensure we don't have another situation like juul as a significant tenant on city property. the port entered into a long-term ground lease with horton development for restoration of historic buildings at port 70. juul managed to acquire sublease space and skirt the need for port consent. in circumstances like that, the city should have a lower threshold for consenting to subleases on its property, including port property, where those subleases can harm the city's interests. accordingly, i am asking the city attorney to draft an ordinance amending chapter 23 of the city's administrative
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code to provide that all commercial leases of city property with a term of at least 35 years must expressly require that the tenant obtain the city's consent before entering into significant subleases. i believe significant subleases are subleases of 25,000 square feet or more. that requirement would apply to all city property, including port property. the ordinance imposing this consent requirement would apply to all new commercial leases of 35 years or more, including leases in the pipeline that have not yet been approved and executed by the city and also to amendments of existing commercial leases that would enter into and have a term of 35 years or more. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor walton. president yee? >> president yee: submit.
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>> clerk: thank you. supervisor fewer? >> supervisor fewer: thank you. we absolutely need bold action from washington, d.c. to keep our families together not only by immediately closing detention camps, which i know we all support, but also by allowing these parents to stay in the u.s. with their children and having an opportunity for a path to citizenship. instead, the action that we are seeing from the white house, the department of homeland security and immigration and customs reform is the opposite of what we need, and today's breaking news is that the u.s. officials -- that u. of the officials are creating -- u.s. officials are granting road blocks to people that request asylum. i appreciate the demands from community placed on us and our federal representatives to not
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only react to the white house's xenophobic agenda but boldly instate actions for our immigrant community. i am introducing a resolution to call on congress to protect children providing a pathway to citizenship for their parents. thank you to my cosponsors for your support on this critical issue. i am happy to cosponsor supervisor walton's supplemental appropriation for city college, which is facing significant class reductions for the spring semester. i want to share a bit of my thinking on this issue. i think we can all agree that public education seriously and tragically underfunded in the state of california. our state has the fifth largest economy in the world, and we should be fully investing in our k through 14 system to support the development of the next generation, including
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community college students, and in san francisco, we invest significantly through tens of millions of dollars each year into the san francisco unified school district or k through 12 public school system, but city college has been for years, excuse the expression, the step child in the education in san francisco. i personally am a graduate of the city college of san francisco. my father died when i was 14, and i was not a very good high school student, and so city college was the only option for me. i spent 3.5 years there, and from there, i transferred to a four-year university. and my husband is also a graduate, and also my three children attended the child development classes at city college, so we are a city college family. i recognize that the timeline for the supplemental funding is incredibly late and that registration for these classes
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has already begun. i do not know whether this funding will come in time to save these classes from the proposed cuts, but i do know that this is an institution that we need to support as a city and county. city college is an institution of opportunity for students of color and working class people to better themselves and invest in their own futures, future city college is san francisco. i will say this is the beginning of many conversations about not only this funding but also what long-term support looks like for this critical institution. we know that city college needs to implement serious structural reform. the current structure is not sustainable, and we need city college not just to survive, but to thrive for the thousands of students that attend there each yes, sir, and i look forward to discussions with supervisor walton and mar as
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these situations progress. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor fewer. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you. i have one resolution that i am introducing today which is in support of the community and residents at san francisco general hospital. over a year ago both the internal medicine and family medicine departments at s.f. general made hospital administration aware of an impending crisis based on staffing issues that were creating unsafe conditions with patient census increases. to date, unsafe conditions have persisted. i am supporting the both the workers at san francisco general and the san francisco general patients who deserve better. the doctors and medical professionals at sf general signed a petition, 534 of them, calling on the hospital administration to act and prioritize patient care. general practitioners are expected to work in excess of
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80 hours a week to compensate for the staff shortage. today, these front line medical practitioners are working within the lines of their contract to establish effective systems that accommodate the staffing needs of emergency department and positively impact the patient services. in planning for the future of this hospital, these doctors are also fighting to ensure they have a voice to address the issues at lahand. by adopting these proposals, we can ensure that patients are receiving the best possible care and valuable resources like patient beds and staff time are being used proposely. especially with today's passing of mental health sf, we need our doctors more than ever, we need them supported, we need
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appropriate staff, and all of us rely on san francisco general hospital in particular to be there for residents of our respective districts and all across the city who are in need, so i hope that we can support these interns and residents who are working upwards of 80 hours a week, and by supporting our doctors, we're supporting the patients. second, i just want to also say that i'm very proud to be in support as a cosponsor of the supplemental for city college. i think that, you know, we have to be clear that this isn't city college over here, the school district over here, the city over here, this is for all of our residents and all of our communities. we don't stand apart in any sort of way. i spent five years as the joint chair of the city and community college committee when i was a school board member, and thanks
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to the reestablishment of the committee by supervisor yee, i share a chair with them. and one thing we have been absolutely clear about between the trustees, and -- the commissioners, and the supervisors is we're in this together. we have to be there when city college is in need, when the city is in need, when our facility are in need, and we want to get back and tran scend t -- transcend the needs of all of our residents. it's important for all of our folks who not just use city college as a pathway to other types of higher learning, it's critical that city college is there for all of our residents and maintains its support for city needs and lifelong learning. this is crucial to all of our residents, to their quality of life. i come across folks in my
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district all the time who say they rely on city college for english language programs, for technology, for art, for all sorts of ways that they can reenter the workforce, enrich their lives, enrich their communities. and it's not a city college issue, it's our issue as a city. as our city's elected representatives, our duty is there, to step up and commit city college when it's in need and to have a responsibility to address the structural and long-term funding questions. i think this is a stopbat measure as we work with city college -- stopgap measure as we work with city college, and this relationship is one of thriving for our residents who rely on it and really expect it to be there as one of our city's most essential institutions. so thank you, supervisor
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walton, for your leadership and supervisor mar and supervisor fewer, and i'm proud to stand with you all on this and to see a path and to see us work together on the committee and beyond to address the needs of city college. [applause] >> president yee: so are we done? >> clerk: mr. president, that concludes our roll call for introductions. >> president yee: okay. thank you. so why don't we go straight into public comment? >> clerk: at this time, the public may now address the entire board of supervisors for up to two minutes on items in the subject matter jurisdiction of the board to include the october 22 and 29 board meeting minutes, and the closed session. public comment is not allowed when an item has been previously subject to public comment on a board committee. direct your comments to the board as a whole, not to individual supervisors and not to the audience. speakers using interpretation assistance will be allowed
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twice the amount of time. if you would like to display your document on the overhead projector, please state such to sfgovtv, and say when the camera should return to live coverage of the meeting. >> president yee: okay. i just want to remind when speakers make their comments to, we don't allow live audibles. if you approve, show your fingers, and if you don't, put your hands down, so we can hear what they're saying and move quickly through the line here so everybody's going to get an opportunity. okay. so first up. how you doing? >> thank you very much, president yee, members of the board of supervisors. greetings, and happy holidays. i am here today in terms of information. i'm a resident of san francisco. i'm the president of the san francisco fire commission for the last 25 years. before that, i was an art
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commissioner. i am also an executive director of the japantown task force. i am here today as a public citizen. i am here to take the time to thank our supervisor, vallie brown, for all of your advocacy, all of your tireless work in terms of our endeavors. it's very, very important to have someone that knows the neighborhood, and i know you know the japanese neighborhood, our history, our culture, our challenges, as well. we sorely are going to miss you. i've got to be honest, i'm worried about our future. just as a point of information and transparency, and i do hope there's no retribution or any ill effects upon me or the japanese american community, but the supervisor elect who's coming into office, in the eight years of him trying to accomplish that endeavor, we've never been able to have a conversation with him. we ask you, members of the
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board of supervisors, to help us introduce ourselves to that supervisor, dean preston, but also, we're going to ask each one of you supervisors, who knows us we will in or -- our japanese community of our traditions, of our endeavors, because we do not want to be a community that disappears, as well. we are going to be looking at our sister supervisor, stefani, in terms of our well-being. supervisor brown, we love you. thank you for all and good luc in all of your endeavors. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> i am peter war field, and i am a student at city college in the adults program. i'd like to show you a letter from some of us who have formed a group called equity for older students, and this appears in the current edition of the
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guardsman, which is the city college newspaper. the -- there's a serious issue with respect to the process and the product of the huge cuts, 288 classes was the last that we heard in the week before thanksgiving in what some have called a midnight massacre, cuts made just a day before or the day of registration for spring semester. these cuts were done without any of the normal process, and they affected not only many areas, and in particular the arts, but constituted a 90% cut in the older adults program. again, there was no public process in advance of this. the chancellor has sent you a letter in which he says this is part of a long-standing process. well maybe in his mind, it is,
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but there hasn't been any discussion that i know of about these particular cuts at board of trustee meetings nor even on thursday's meeting is there anything on the agenda with respect to specific class cuts. i appreciate the supervisors who have helped, who have already commented about their concerns and hope that you will be able to help fund, as supervisor haney said, an asset for everybody in this city, especially continuing education, ongoing learning. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> mr. president, supervisors, i thank the supervisors for those who are listening to my comments, and i request that those who are not listening
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start listening. i come to you today for my brief public comment as a voice of san francisco past. i have lived in this grand city for many decades. [please stand by]