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for coordinating the hearing and live stream. can we have item 1, please. an. >> call to order and roll call. >> commissioner adams. >> here. >> dickerson. >> here. >> dooley. >> here. >> hule here. >> laguana. >> here. ortiz cartagena. >> here. >> mr. president you have a quorum. >> next item, please. >> item 2. board of supervisors file 210285. planning, business and tax regulations, police codes. some is the small business recovery act. ordinance amending the planning, business and tax regulations and police codes to simplify
procedures and allow flexibility for neighborhood, cultural and entertainment establishments by 1 expanding streamlined review and inspection procedures to storefront uses city-wide. 2, deleting separate definition of cat boarding, jim, trade shop and veryvises from the planning code. 3. allowing permitted conditional uses to continue after three years. 4 allowing continuation of long-standing places of entertainment, 5. allowing outdoor activity areas on rooftops. 6, temporarily requiring conditional use authorization for uses replacing nighttime entertainment uses, 7. allowing accessory catering
uses, 8 knowledge allowing accessory dwelling units on the ground floor. 9. allowing temporary outdoor entertainment, arts and recreation activities. 10. deleting certain considerable use finding requirements for nighttime entertainment. 11, delaying conditional use findings, 12. requiring expedited permit possessing for commercial uses on ground floor. 13 s.shortening time for the historic preservation commission. 14, extending time for limited live performances from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. allowing additional one-time entertainment permits and one-time outdoor amplified sound
permits m16 exempting single individual performances. >> laura and sheila, welcome. happy to see you. thank you for your patience. looking forward to your presentation. let's see it. >> thank you. i am the director of business development for the office of economic and worke forcer development. i was working many of you before the pandemic facing a criessition moment for small business. you were pushing us to take it seriously and do more. in those moments, i don't think any of us were predicting what was to come. seeing the impact of the year of the covid-19 pandemic we know businesses are suffering. many are adapting to the needs of preferences, new technology, new business models and a need
for more flexibility in order to survive. we know that we are facing a new challenge. the other challenge of large number of vacancies one before the pandemic and one exacerbated by the pandemic. we also know that teams like the office of small business are busy during downtown. these are the moments our owners are inspired by an idea or opportunity. the it is our job to ensure they take that leap. oewd and planning joined together to create this legislation. first goal to build upon previous success of bureaucracy and. second enhance flex bill for businesses and third provide both protections and opportunities for entertainment and cultural establishments. since introduction we are
working to ensure they understand this legislation. we have identified two specific changes that we intend to remove from the legislation. we will submit these at land use. first, retain the requirement for concentration calculations for uses. this is an item did community would like to address through broader work they are engaged in cultural district. we are leaving in place until they are able to create unique solution appropriate for neighborhood. second retain linear foot for market retail to address feedback we heard. this was heard by historic preservation commission and entertainment and planning last week. you are our last stop before heading to land use. with that i would hand it over to sheila for foundational data to all the planning code changes in the legislation.
>> thank you. good afternoon, commissioners. i am planning department staff, sheila. this ordinance called small business recovery act is built on three goals to support neighborhood businesses. one build on prop h to simplify opening and operating a neighborhood business. enhance flexibility by implementing recommendations from economic recovery task force to support short term recovery and long-term viability and support shared spaces. protections and opportunities for arts by simplifying the process and encouraging the process between neighborhoods. performance and arts were first to close at the start of pandemic and last to reopen. the challenges facing the
neighborhoods before the pandemic. with the rise of online shopping brick and mortar is shifted to more expireential retail. they buy locally what cannot be bought online. it was a challenge given the high cost of living. regulatory environment made it tough for brick and mortar to adapt to the changing retail landscape. in the past decade one retail sector has grown. that is dining. which shows how jobs have boomed. top four lines of the chart blue restaurants and green is personal care. restaurants were hit hard during the 2008 recession and past year in the pandemic. we have seen the covid impact in several ways.
health regulations pushed businesses to close. as we re-open they are limited to 50% capacity or less. new legislation including prop h changes the environment for retail. the dramatic change in the way people are working is impacting where we travel and shop, dine and socialize. downtown is quiet right now. renewed interest in the neighborhood as workers stay home. transit is limited. it is important to meet daily needs in your home. more about the impacts of covid. in the past year they have been felt by neighborhoods, small businesses patrons and employees. neighborhood commercial districts rely on regional visitors that will recover in different ways from the neighborhood district catering
to the local residents. there has been a 620% increase in moveout rates downtown, chinatown, nob hill. in may change demographics. patrons felt it online sales increase. retail vacancies make it harder to meet needs close to home. uncertainty about pent-up demand. some are eager to return to old habits. neighborhood businesses a year's worth of openings and closings were difficult. opened until december then shut and today we are operating at limited capacity. employees we have seen a lot of jobs in leisure hospitality, food service, drinks. entertainment lost two times more jobs than national. employees in the retail sector
are not white. the covid response has been broad. some city's investments have been closed including grants and loans from the city and federal sources. fee deferrals for registration and cap on delivery fees, shared spaces program permitted more than 2000 businesses to use outdoor space for business operations. commercial eviction moratorium in place through june. $11 million to support 6,000 workers facing financial hardship. in the summer of 2020 the following shelter-in-place orders. the economic recovery task force identified tangible steps for economic recovery. specifically related to neighborhood businesses the task
force report from october 2020 made five recommendations. redesign and eliminate unnecessary permits, expand and support shared spaces, allow more flexible use of ground floor retail. in november 2020 voters approved prop h to reduce the patchwork of regulations on neighborhood businesses. most significant change is 30-day permit possessing system. this ordinance builds on prop h to make it easier for businesses to open and operate. it is a collection of changes with challenges facing the businesses today. now, i will take you into the weeds of what the measures actually propose to do. first, this ordinance will
expand prop h guarantee to process permits within 30-days of application. under prop h the process to all ground floor retail in neighborhood commercial zoning to ground floor retail in all zoning districts. prop h agencies with operational and construction permits, planning, d.b.i., fire, entertainment public works through the administrative system for review. this would expand this benefit to more businesses. 30-day permit possessing for businesses reduces time and costs for applicants and provides value certainty. it benefits city by reducing staff time possessing. second to make this possible for 30-days. small business recovery will expand the neighborhood notification to save 6 to 8 week
this is opening doors. in place for commercial zoning. notification for mixed use areas will be eliminated. it has been useful for neighborhoods that want to attract businesses. planning has been working with mission to develop tools. they will expand access. these are formula retail. this expedited possessing provides 90 day commercial use timeline. inclusion of small formula retail in response to public request for publicly grown. this doesn't change any of the zoning regulations for formula retail. it is saying we will put the
smaller category to ex to ex pe dieted. under current regulation bars with conditional use authorization were to close and the space sits fay can't more than three years the incoming bar would repeat. we are moving the abandonment clause when the new business is not used. second, cently restaurant bar formula retail for conditional use authorization is required to produce concentration calculations based on linear footage analysis within 300 feet of proposed business. this can be costly with a substantial margin of error. if the use isn't clear to aply can't. the difference between limited restaurant and restaurant for planning code definition may not be clear to the and lay can't
collecting the data. many calculations may not represent how one experiences the streetscape. it may not be meaningful measurement. this important note on this one under prop h restaurants are permitted for the next three years. in the short term the impact will be a change for the 23 zoning districts that require s c.u. for bars and the formula retail. this does not change formula retail controls. it removes the requirement that the applicant produce the linear feet calculation. the commerce industry does discourage undesirable concentrations of one type of use in certain locations in order to contribute to the variety of uses.
this can be discretion marry review or other ways of measuring concentration. a larger policy question of uses is part of the planning department retail strategy. the principal may still hold merit regarding concentration. the current process is creating a burden for businesses. under category of enhancing plex built four changes. prop h outdoor activity in neighborhood commercial and transit with specific limitations. ground floor, operating 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. not operating in association with a bar, where associated with limited restaurant the outdoor activity had to include seating, no standing. alcohol dispensed inside and brought to the table. these were all in place to make sure there was no bar-type
places operating outside. this ordinance would permit rooftop uses with the same provision as those uses permissible. outdoor paces for lifeline during the pandemic continuing through recovery. subject to health and safety requirements. in almost all neighborhood districts, restaurants to rooftop in single story only. small business recovery act will allow restaurants to host catering businesses. this gives the entrepreneurs more opportunities to share space and operating costs. dining industry is particularly hit hard by the pandemic. this would offer a path to recovery. third, on the list it would allow a.d.u.s in the rear of
the ground floor face if 25 feet is maintained. code currently allows not a.d.u. so long as the ground floor meets active use. it can take over any amount except with from 25 feet this. would allow an a.d.u. allowance under the same provision for regular dwelling unit, they must be accessory to residential. this would only be applied to mixed use including commercial and remember. this may give more flexibility and they will be subject to a.d.u. programs including rent control policy. last is simplifying the retail definition. the small business recovery act will delete cat boarding and trade shop and categoryvise those. they just get moved to a higher
level hierarchy. it deletes instructional service to make those part of personal service. this reduces overall number of separate retail definitions and decrease need for change of use permits. specifically for uses that are similar like personal service and instructional services. on the ground floor this will not trigger any changes to the cat boarding or instructional service, make trade shop more permissible in one neighborhood district. the last category supporting arts and culture. laura will walk you through the changes. >> thank you, sheila. currently we are allowing temporary enter at the same time uses outdoors to ensure that as
part of our expansion of moving outdoors there is a path for businesses to incorporate entertainment. it still requires a permit. it gives a path through planning department. we are going to require conditional use for removal of nighttime entertainment. this is the idea that the industry that is uniquely hit by the pandemic being shut first and one of the last to be allowed to reopen to full capacity. because of this we are the legislation proposes anyone who wants to remove nighttime entertainment use for the next three years and then it expires get conditional use approval to ensure there is a moment with the community and neighbors to make sure everyone is aware of the changes the property owner is considering.
we want to -- >> you want me to do this one? >> yes. >> removing duplicate fees for nighttime entertainment. currently the planning commission applies conditions to ceu. those duplicate the conditions by the entertainment condition. we are taking this requirement away. they can apply conditions if they want. what is happening with two sets of requirements placed on a business if they ever change the business has to come back through the entertainment commission and planning commission. we want to remove that redundancy. it doesn't mean conditions are going away. we are no longer going to require planning to impose them.
>> thanks, sheila. >> there are a number of long standing nighttime entertainment. [indiscernable] land use authority from planning. in this moment of time we know the businesses are facing changes looking for new ownership and there is fear from the people coming in to continue the businesses of the land use process. what this is proposing is that when long standing nighttime entertainment use is operating with all of the required permits from departments like the entertainment commission for at least 10 years, zoning administrator will add mince straighttively place the land use authorization and not go through conditional use. this is someone operating, known to the city more than 10 years
with per mets. that we have access to this. the next final changes are to the police code. first is that we would like to remove requirement for limited live performance permit. if you have someone who is performing without amplification and is a so low performers. this is the you were booking a guitarist to a book reading. a solo creating atmosphere to draw you in. they should not be required to get a permit. we do still believe that permits should be required for more than one perform error if they are amplified. in those cases the business is currently able to get a permit that and they can go back after a year of operation and request extension to 11:00 p.m. we don't believe this needs to
come back to the commission to ask again. we believe the condition should have as part of their ability the ability for that performance to go to 11:00 p.m. starting from the beginning. we want be to allow one-time entertainment permits more than 12 times per year. the commission will still have authority over there and after 13 times of one-time permits they will look to ensure the use of this permit is not to avoid getting a different permit. if your restaurant has a rock band every saturday night for 12 saturdays in a row, on the 13th saturday the entertainment commission will likely say, hey, business owner you are avoiding place of entertainment permit. if you are a farmers market in the sunset and you want to add a
guitarist every other saturday with amplification, that sounds like something that is appropriate and that the commission shove the opportunity to allow to happen more than 12 times per year to draw people into the space. that is what we are proposing here. i did want to clarify a few items that some people have seem to be confused about. i want to be clear we are not changing the requirement for formula retail. all formula retile is required for conditional use. we are not changing pdr regulations or protection. not changing any zoning tables except in limited cases where we made trade shops more permissible on upper stories. we are not changing the public process for entertainment. businesses will have to be publicly noticed and get permits from the commission. the public will still have the opportunity at those hearing.
where entertainment is appropriate those permits should move forward and we should move the bureaucratic hurdles in the way. >> great. somebody needs to mute. commissioners, do we have any comment? or questions? >> commissioner dooley. >> i have a couple questions. one is the part of this program about making more things available for our cb p program.
i wanted why it says medical cannabis. basically there are very few now. almost all of the dispensaries are going to be not strictly medical. is there some reason that the majority of cannabis dispensaries are excluded out from this cb 3p? >> actually it currently nonmedical cannabis is included. only medical cannabis is excluded. we didn't see a reason to make it harder for medical cannabis than retail. that is the intention of the change. >> my other question was on the rooftop operations, how is that in terms of mixed use where it is only on a single story? a lot of neighborhoods have
retail on the ground floor then residents on the higher floors. would they be allowed to add outdoor rooftop operations above the residence? >> it is complicated. >> for door it has to be approved on that floor and comply without door activity regulations. to be an approved use. we looked at all of the neighborhood commercial zoning. restaurant is only permitted on second floor, not on the third floor. it would be allowed with a first floor with nothing above it. there wouldn't be a situation with a restaurant then two floors of residential then elevator to the roof. that is not permitted under
current regulations. >> thank you. >> okay. great. commissioner ortiz. >> i am in support of the legislation and spirit of it. to laura you have taken time to listen to us in the mission district, getting a reputation as someone we can trust. sometimes we don't agree with you, we know you have come from a good place. with that said, you know, in my neighborhood in the mission there are concerns. one of those is allowing catering use. we don't know how that can be exploited with ghost kitchens. notifications.
removal of any notification in our neighborhood is very, very sensitive issue. the conditional use i am one of the biggest fans in my neighborhood expediting anything it just doesn't allow the community that is spread thin dealing with so many other issues from food scare city to housing. it doesn't allow time for input. planning and zoning is where gentrification happens. this is it and since it is not sexy it doesn't get the pr press. no marches behind planning and zoning. this is the concern in the mission. overall i am a business person
with the whole legislation. i know we need it. it is just some concerns in my neighborhood and a know you have taken a lot of time to hear us out. i just wanted to say that. >> thank you. i am thankful for the time you have taken with me. there are a million priorities in the mission, many food scare city and things much more important than be this. the catering. i want to clarify the changes to catering are accessory to established restaurant. we currently allow this in the restaurant. if i had a bagel shop that doesn't serve alcohol and i am only open until 2:00. after i close when my space is closed you commissioners could come in to start granola
manufacturing. you could use my commercial business and help me with rest. my business must remain open. this is allowed throughout our restaurants. as soon as my bagel shops serves champagne you would no longer use my space because i would be full-service. it shouldn't change your ability to use it when i am already closed. that is what this is proposing. the ghost kitchen has such a requirement for active space. i don't think that is a loophole. >> did you also want to -- the commissioner mentioned notifications. did you want to speak to that? this is the only way a business
for principally permitted uses only, first of all. it essentially adds on average 60 to 90 days for a permit. if we want to allow businesses in all neighborhood permitted to get permits from us in 30-days, there is no way for those two things to marry. we believe it is important that keeping neighborhoods competitive to attract businesses. if it is going to take 90 days longer if i move to soma than hayes valley thanks is a problem for that district. we believe it is an important removal. i understand the community's frustration. i believe we have other tools to utilize through the community. i would like to work with you on that. i do believe that is the important change. the expediting of c.u.s, i
think that as a city it is our job to promise people they can have an answer in the certain amount of time. that is what i believe this does. it doesn't promise an outcome but an answer from the city that you will get to commission in 90 days and we will tell you what we think. i hear that is a huge burden on communities. a burden that has to be more responsive. i think we have to be as a city responsive to multiple constituents and small accident owners are one of those. this is us trying to find the balancing act, yes, this causes concern, yes, we are going to hold ourselves to a standard and get to that place where you can get that answer within a timely fashion. i understand that is a place we will probably not come to
agreement. i do want to note that it is excluded from this process. quatro does continue to have the historic process that this would speed up some uses for the first conditional use in the mission. i understand that is a concern. >> any o questions? okay. vice president zouzounis. >> thank you both. great to have you here. i have a question. in section 30.2 eligibility for ex i dieted possessing -- expedited possessing. is that amending the language cdp? >> we are calling it cd3p this.
is what we are amending giving more uses access to it and removing a few things that excluded you before such as alcohol. it is up for debate. something like beer should be disqualifying for the business owner for access to the program. we are proposing that is not it. >> that is great. i know that there has been other ordinances and resolutions passed by the supervisors that want to do what you just said and make cb 3p more accessible with businesses with regulatory likenesses. the economic mitigation working group that produced 15 recommendations passed by the board include tobacco licenses to be part of that. i am curious if that is
considered since that was a resolution adopted by the board to make sure that our immigrant retailers are not excluded from the program, too? that is a question that i had. also, we have seen in our last meeting a stand alone ordinance from supervisor peskin's office that we have seen a couple times relating to c.u. businesses that have to relocate. because they are tobacco license business he has to make a whole new ordinance because there isn't ability for city construction or a fire, right? for a business to be able to take their c.u. when they relocate. small business commission did recommend that we make this more
permanent statute in our planning code so key don't have to keep doing one resolution whenever they need to move with that type of license. i am curious if that is considered in this process. that was my question. if section 303.2 includes relocation as opposed to establishment of license? >> it does not. that is an interesting topic that we should look at further for another piece of legislation. i appreciate the suggestion. >> do you mind clarifying number two where it says it can't go on that same section it is discussing the tenant improvements allowed?
>> let me find it. >> i am curious if there are allowances that need to be written out a little more clear so people know if there is a type of tenant improvement not allowed in that section? >> let me refresh that while we keep going and i will get to you unless sheila has that in this moment. >> no problem. >> it is limited to changes of use tenant improvements or interior or storefront work. i am curious what that means if there is anything we need to make more clear there. >> what was the section number on that one?
>> section 303.2 possessing in commercial space, reduce application fee, eligibility possessing number two. it is limited to changes of use, tenant improvements or storefront work. >> we will keep going on with questions. >> we can do that. vice president zouzounis, did you have more questions? >> no. >> commissioner hule. >> thank you very much for the presentation. all of the work that i am sure
has gone into this legislation as well. just quick question about the process. they have always been complaint driven. we never really got a neighborhood notification that something was going to happen until they had to do neighborhood notification and the residents in the area would do whatever would get notified. as a merchant's association it is body if we were notified or not. the last couple formula retail storefronts in contention were triggered by neighborhood complaints and neighbors looking into whether they had applied
for c.u. and things like that. my question is there a current list of who gets notified in terms of the neighborhood organizations? you know, just wondering what that process looked like on your end so if we are shortening the time, you know, part of that is just knowing what is coming down the line. this this is a little drop off of what commissioner ortiz cartagena mentioned. we would also know who to look for for the information so we can get together a community opinion. >> there is an opt-in list the
planning department maintains for certain kinds of notification. that is one plan. the planning department developed a notification system for the mission specifically. i think there are others. it is a detailed question about notification. i don't know the full answer to but i would be happy to get back to you with the specific list of ways that the community can be proactive or stay proactively informed about things like this. >> it is my understanding and laura and sheila correct me if i am wrong on this. it is my understanding neighborhood associations and merchant associations this is what you are referring to with the opt-in list, sheila. they are automatically notified when the permits are coming through. they are signed up and they automatically get that
notification. >> yes, that's right. >> i mean i know that is the way it is supposed to be. for some reason we are not always getting them. we don't get them if somebody is supposed to apply for one and doesn't apply because there is no mechanism to track that. it is i think on the ground it is challenging sometimes because you do tend to be the kind of person policing your neighborhood for new businesses which you don't want to be. you want to be the one to welcome everybody. it turns into this kind of a little bit of disorganization on the ground. >> president laguana you are right. i would like to dig in to the
planning process to make sure there is not a typo. what is happens is making you slip in and out. that shouldn't be happening. you should get the notifications every time. i would like to work on that. >> commissioners i did find the section you were talking about. the intention of the section is to limit who has access to this in the sense that if you are getting a conditional use to expand office space on the 12th story of a space where we required it requires conditional use you do not have access. we are thinking about the capacity of the planning commission to hear these in 90 days. by limiting to first and second where we are really trying to prioritize the activation of streetscape. that is the intention of the language. you have to have access to the
process, creativity on the ground floor. >> thank you. >> all right. i don't see questions from other commissioners. let me just say how much i appreciate all of the work that you all are doing on this important piece of legislation to help small businesses recover. in particular, i want to commend you as commissioner ortiz cartagena said to outreach with communities that are sensitive. you know, it is challenging work to come up with city-wide policy that also works in our most critical cultural districts and finding ways to move forward.
thank you for that work and thank you for listening. that is high praise coming from commissioner ortiz cartagena. that means a lot to me. that is really important to get it right with our cultural districts and support them. i had one quick question to what you are presenting. one of your staff aid 53% of san francisco retail was nonwhite. i was wondering if that was just pure retail and not including restaurant or also included restaurants? >> i believe that includes restaurants as well. >> usually retail is ex clusexclusive. i don't see any other commissioner questions. i am familiar with the work you
guys are doing. i think what we will do now is check to see if there is any public comment. >> commissioner there are six callers listening but zero in the queue with questions. >> all right. seeing no questions, public comment is closed. commissioners do we have a motion or would you like me to make a motion. >> motion to approve the ordinance. >> we have a motion by commissioner adams to approve the ordinance as is. do we have a second. >> second. >> seconded by commissioner dooley. roll call. commissioner adams. >> yes. >> commissioner dickerson.
>> yes. >> commissioner duly. >> yes. >> commissioner hule. >> yes. >> commissioner laguana. >> yes. >> commissioner ortiz cartagena. >> no. >> commissioner. >> yes. >> that motion passes 7-1. 7 yes and one no. >> 6-1. >> excuse me. 6-1. >> thank you for the presentation. >> are we ready for the next item.
>> next item is item 3. this is board of supervisors file no. 210303. it is amending the administrative code creating a neighborhood anchor business registry. this amends the ads enough code to create a neighborhood anchor accident registry under the office of small business and make it city policy to promote participation by neighborhood anchor businesses in city grant programs for small businesses and for commercial eviction defense. ian fergosi is here to present. i have a slide to present. let me bring that up.
>> welcome to the commission. >> thank you all for having me. hello. thank you, president laguana and commissioners for having me this evening. i am ian fergosi, aid to supervisor co n nie. we are excited to talk about our legislation to create a neighborhood anchor business registry. i have talked to a couple of you about this. i am excited to speak to the full commission to hear your
feedback. the background and the purpose of this legislation and why supervisor chan wanted to bring this forward because as we are recovering from the pandemic we can agree it is really crucial that the city does everything it can to support our local small businesses, particularly those who are serving our neighborhoods and bringing foot traffic to the commercial corridors for decades. over the years these are businesses that have proven themselves as viable to the neighborhoods. we believe they should be priortized for legal aid to prevent them from being displaced.
the legislation which was introduced by supervisor chan and cosponsored by supervisors haney, ronen, preston and walton. this would expand on existing legacy business program by creating a second tier of small businesses designated as neighborhood anchor businesses. i will talk about the qualifications. it would make city policy to prioritize both legacy businesses and neighborhood anchor businesses for grant and loan programs for san francisco businesses subject to legal restrictions. we are considering that feedback soon. also, priority for commercial lease assistance. conflict resolution or
commercial eviction programs for san francisco businesses. such as legal restrictions. the qualifications for becoming a neighborhood anchor business. 100 or fewer employees consistent with the definition of small business and would also address -- make it so that along with intent for local small businesses as opposed to formula retailers and second thing would be requiring the businesses that have been in operation for 15 or more years in a storefront in a neighborhood commercial historic or conservation district in san francisco. they can have a break-in operations of up to two years and having the shutdown during the covid pandemic would not
count against it at all. that is consistent with the legacy business program. also no pending complaints or findings of misconduct within the past five years from labor agencies. we want to invest in good employers. in order to become a neighborhood anchor business, the business could be nominated by the local merchant association or by petition signed by 50 or more residents who live within one mile of the business. then, of course, confirmed by the office of small business. priority and equity goals for our office on this. this legislation is intended to expands and enhance the legacy business program by providing new benefits to the legacy
businesses. in addition to creating second tier of neighborhood anchor businesses. this would not affect the existing rent stabilization fund which would be exclusively for legacy businesses. these additional businesses that we would additional benefits that would be granted to both legacy and be neighborhood anchor businesses. in order to advance the city's racial equity and language access goal, we want to encourage black and indigenous and people of color that serve communities of color and non english speakers to apply. often times those business with nonenglish speakers are not aware of programs offered by the city and potential resources. we want to make that a priority
that we are doing outreach to those businesses and especially those that serve our communities of color. on feedback abrepresentations, we have been discussing this with a lot of different stakeholders and folks including chambers of commerce and the council of merchants association and a lot of other individuals and stakeholders and the first and foremost we want to make sure that the office of small business has the staff and capacity necessary to carry this out effectively. our office has been in touch with both the mayor's budget office and the budget chair haney, cosponsor, to make sure this is a priority the small business office has the staff it
needs and we also advocate for more money allocated to the legacy business program. it still has the original $1 million budget that it wanted to pass several years ago. we hope to expand on that as well. calling out the racial equity goals mentioned in the legislative review making sure that we are that any prioritization is going to advance our racial equity goals and language access goals. also, i mentioned this earlier the formula retail component which i wanted to address again with 100 gees or less making sure that this is -- 100 employees or less for the local small businesses in san francisco and not for any large chain or formula retail.
another suggestion about limiting the financial aid prioritization for grants and loans to specifically covid recovery which we have discussed and we think it is a good idea because it is really meant to make sure as we come out of this recession triggered by covid we are saving the businesses that are sacred to our communities. a couple more we actually have not really had a chance to discussion. they are included. i am sure the director will talk about this. limiting the program to for profit businesses and also allowing additional organizations such as neighborhood organizations with
potential ability to nominate groups to act for places that don't have merchant association or more in touch with those businesses that are not as connected or that don't speak english as first language. those are some of the feedback and recommendations that we are considering right now. thank you again for having me. i would be happy to take your questions. >> i have a cough. i have been muting. that is why i didn't greet you when you joined. thank you for the great presentation. commissioner adams you are first in line. >> thank you, ian. this is very good. i like this legislation. one concern you already
addressed that is letting other organizations such as cdps and other neighborhood groups because there are neighborhoods that we just don't have merchant organizations or very poor ones. it is important we get those included. the other thing is could you guarantee another person in the office of small business to manage this? right now we are very short staffed. if today we had somebody apply for this program and they were told due to the volume of stuff going on in the office of small business, their application is not going to be heard for at year. -- another year. you are not helping if you don't have people to manage the programs. you have the entertainment fund
put on with no f.t.e. now we have this. i want something to give us some extra manpower to help manage this. >> absolutely. we are making that case right now. we believe that this is totally in line with the mayor's small business recovery and relatively speaking there is budget constraints. we know that because of the pandemic. we think this is more than worthwhile to add additional staff to carry out this program. we are making a case. i can't personally guarantee because i don't control the purse strings. i can tell you that is one of our top budget priorities and we have made that very clear to the
mayor's budget office and also to budget chair haney. >> thank you. >> any other commission questions? >> ian, thank you. i appreciate you and the supervisor taking the consideration of making the prioritization for loans and grants covid based under consideration. i also want to highlight because this is the first that i have seen or heard this that you are considering making this pro profit only. i think that is a good step in the right direction. it will be something that would be well received, especially given the stuff that we have seen happen with the legacy program and rent availablization programming. i want to inbe can you
remembering you and your office as i mentioned when -- encourage you and your office when we think about how to help encourage our new businesses as we fill out these vacancies that are pro liferating all over the city. if someone qualifies and becomes part of this new program, is there a point where after a certain number of years they are rolled into the legacy business because they have gotten to that number of years? are these going to remain separate categories? >> that is a great question. that is one we have heard only
from one person so far who suggested that. what if you just make businesses automatically once they turn 30 years old they automatically join the legacy business program? i think that is something we would look to a body like yours for your thoughts on that. it is an interesting idea. we are very sensitive to making sure this is enhancing the legacy business program and not in competition in any way. i would be most curious to hear what you think about that. we are very open to that idea. we would want it to make sense. given we understand that. the idea behind this if we want this to be lower barrier to entree with businesses not around for 30 years. it may make sense. we want to encourage those
businesses that reach legacy age they would want that legacy status. we are open but would want to hear from stakeholders like yourself what you all think about that. >> thank you. >> i am a little confused about the status of nominating right now. your presentation said 50 or more or merchant association. the amendments i have been given it sounds like only a merchant association that are on the list or are nominated by the director of the office of small business. i guess where do you see the nomination process finalizing? it is hard to see because the
legislation is obviously in flux and a lot is changing. what is the current thinking how the nomination process will look like? >> it is a question if we are going to add the additional organizations that could serve the same purpose as a merchant association? >> it wasn't the most well formulatedded question. does the -- is it still possible in the final version for 50 people within a one mile zone to nominate a business? >> that is currently in legislation. we are keeping that. the question is there are two options one is merchant association making the nomination. second is 50 signatures.
we are considering based on feedback from the office of small business if we should add a third option which would be a neighborhood organization or some other cbo or someone else determined by the director as additional nominating authority. that is a new concept we are just starting to think about. >> to maybe elaborate on my recommendation is that the the two options are -- the merchants association or the petition, then what i am trying to fall for is the ability to add -- the
ability to identify additional organizations that would have the same role as the merchants association can then help broaden the number of businesses that would be nominated, particularly organizations that would represent businesses that are either the owners are not, english is not the first language. [please stand by]
like that and priority type of outreach that comes down to sort of the traditional business organizations that are not connected with traditional fitness organizations. >> yeah. i guess i'm just think bg the -- of course, the neighborhood associations themselves aren't under -- we don't have the influence to control who they nominate because they're not part of the city, so presumably, and hopefully, it'll all work out well, but that has not always been the greatest plan in the past, so i'm just thinking prescriptively how we get ahead of that. commissioner huie? >> thank you very much. i have just a few questions.
along the same lines in terms of, like, outreach, is there a game plan at this moment to promote this and for the outreach? i mean, definitely outreach itself is going to be important so far, but as far as who and what? i mean generally, looking at the legacy business program already, i think for one person to administer the program itself takes up almost 100% of their time, and if there's no allocation for someone to do outreach, who then is expect today do it or can there be an additional person beyond what's been asked to do outreach? >> you know, that's come up a couple of times, so i just -- ian, please allow me to jump in on your behalf for just a second here. >> yes. >> so supervisor haney is chair
of budget, and so -- and i know their office is interested in adding to o.s.b. staff. i think the challenge is there's no way, with the way the city budgeting works, they can't, like, snap their fingers and make somebody appear. so it would be a fair amount of time, i think whenever the next budget happens, and the hiring process, they've got to list a job. ian, you can correct me if i am wrong on any of this, but the earliest we can get somebody would be next spring, summer-ish, and i could be wrong. it could be a little sooner than that. but then, it's not normal --
typically, legislation won't have a budget aspect in the legislation itself. that happens in the budget committee and through the mayor's office. so you wouldn't write into your legislation oh, we're going to put $1 million for staff, and then all the suits would vote on it. that's not how the budgeting process works. and ian, i didn't mean to jump in, but there's been a lot of conversation about that, and you can correct me if i'm wrong. >> yeah. responding to commissioner adams' comment before, we can't write it into the legislation because there's no staffing for it. but the reason we're doing this at the same time we're advocating for those positions
while enacting legislation, but one of the other things that we're hoping is -- and the office of economic and workforce development -- and i wouldn't know how long it's going to take to hire things, but the office of economic and workforce development would be able to provide some sort of assistance, at least in the interim, and again, other conversations we're having, and we have a new director there, and so they may be, i'm assuming, mixing things up. and that may be a good opportunity to identify someone who can step in in the interim and help with that. but any way that we're able to identify the support need today get, you know, businesses registered, do the outreach, you know, get people excited about supporting our small businesses during this
recovery, and having as strong a recovery as possible, we're for that, so any ideas you have, we are all for that. >> i just want to point out that i understand it's not going to be happen today, to be able to put this in the legislation, but i think it is my obligation as a commissioner to point out the missing pieces. when we're talking about not till next spring -- summer or spring, and this is supposed to be a piece of covid recovery legislation, then, you know, like, you know, i have to paint that into a real timeline. so we're saying that we're going to talk about this legislation and get people excited about it, but, like, when is it going to start and, like, what is going to be the actual benefit at that point? so, i mean, i just don't -- you
know, i caution, you know, i -- i don't know. i'm having a tough time grappling with the idea of creating more legislation that's sounding really wonderful and supportive but does not offer any true benefit, but what are we going to do? how are we going to create more excitement over something we can't promote until spring, or we can promote, but we don't have logistically people to sign them up till spring? like, that's not what my merchant friends want. and i think with what -- what i do appreciate, though, is the spirit of recovery and the spirit of support. so for sure, i hear that, and i appreciate that, but i think
i'm having a tough time understanding how this is going to actually be administered, if that's the reality of the situation and the timeline. >> i'm not sure about the timeline. i -- maybe director dick-endrizzi could speak to that, but no, we would not want to have any false notions of being able to do something that we can't, and we'd want to have solutions and help find them. >> so the good news is this is a -- today, this is a discussion item, and this is all important feedback i think that we're all reporting about the budget, and ian will be taking that back to supervisor chan, and there will be more conversations to be had before it comes back to us to be an
action item, and hopefully, we'll have more answers by then. hopefully, as ian pointed out. it's not uncommon for departments to borrow employees on a short-term basis, and that could be one way of solving this. but there are conversations that need to happen, and this is very much still a cake in the oven. but you're exactly right to point that out, commissioner huie, and commissioner adams, that that's a critical part. we shouldn't be making promises we can't keep, and we're going to put it out there, let's make sure we can deliver. did you have more questions, commissioner huie? >> i just had one. i had one in terms of formula retail, and how does that fit into anchoring neighborhood businesses? are they eligible? i think i saw, but i don't recall exactly. >> yeah. what i just mentions is the
reason we had set that -- the limit at 100 employees or less for businesses, the reason we wanted to was to focus on small businesses and not formula retail. that's really what that is, is to make sure that the intent was for local small businesses to benefit. >> and it's any businesses. it doesn't have to be, like, a retail street facing business? it can be, like, an office or something? >> well, actually, it does say having a storefront in commercial district, so it is more -- you know, because we're really looking at businesses that are critical to the communities that they're in and
already are helping bring other foot traffic in to support the corridor, you know, the commercial corridor around them. so, like, an office business wouldn't be unless they have like a street fronting, a retail space. >> okay. thank you very much for your clarification. >> thank you. >> thank you. commissioner ortiz-cartagena? >> thank you, president laguana. thank you for the presentation. i'll be brief. just appreciate staffer. it's very important because the unintended consequence of not staffing this, always people of color are the ones that get underserved the most in situations like this. again, like my other commissioners huie and adams said, make sure we get staffing for this position, that's all,
for small business. thank you. >> thank you. vice president zouzounis? >> thank you. thank you. i have a question. the period -- the part that is referencing a minimum period of closure for eligibility, does that include temporary closures due to construction or disasters or soft-story retrofit? does that need to be specified or do you think that it's covered? >> you know, we -- this just took this directly from the legacy business, like, definition, so -- so to be honest, i don't know, but if it's shutting down operations -- so i don't know. i would assume that, like,
construction period would be included in there, but we also say any shutdown during the covid period would not affect that at all. >> so i don't remember. was there any specific time? when you say low barrier programs, are you referring to just the number of years a business has to be in operation to be considered or do you mean, like, in its implementation and -- and ability for a business to pass
through this process and successfully get on the registry? >> yes, both, really, i mean, because obviously, it's half the amount of time that the business has been operational as a legacy business, so it's not at that level. but also, you know, going through, you know, being nominated by a merchant association or by their own, you know, petitions that they gather from customers as opposed to being nominated by a supervisor or the mayor, and then also being approved by the office of small business as opposed to needing to schedule a hearing date at the small business commission, so both of those things. >> yeah. those are good points that you mentioned. i guess my fear of where it
might get stuck in the process, the legacy asks the business to self-certify if they have not had any labor violations, and then, we -- our office isn't required to check with olmb. so it's asking the office of small business to certify this prior to any sort of fiscal introduction, and that is not low barrier. so if you ask a legacy business coordinator how even the olse timeline works, it is a long, long, long, long process for each application. so that's one question i had, is why do you -- why is -- do
businesses say we have to introduce a state agency into this and have it as a preliminary process. and then, that's one question i have about the low barrier process. and then, the second is an application, so are you -- is the application process something that we do after this passes and it's something that is presented to the office of small business or is that something that we create after the fact? yeah, i had a question about that, so i think those are my two for right now. >> right. yes, good questions. one, the first one, i'm glad you brought that up because i didn't actually bring this up in the original feedback that i was talking about, but one thing i did get to discuss with director dick-endrizzi is we have discussed that with the city attorney, and we are going
to be changing to the self-certify as opposed to -- because for the reasons you mentioned. i don't need to state it perfectly. those are barriers that we did not intend to add, but we are going to make that change, so thank you for mentioning that. and then, the second piece was -- sorry. can you repeat the same question again? >> yeah. it was about the application, because i know -- >> right. >> -- there's language in there that says the office of small business is responsible for standing this up, when i think a recommendation we had planned to make is once an application is provided to us, but i just wanted to understand what that means. >> yes, so that was a recommendation. so two parts of that. the application, yes, would be created by the office of small
business, and one of the amendments that we discussed would be to change the -- the -- right now, it says there needs to be a report within 30 days of the legislation becoming effective. we would add an amendment as recommended by the office of small business, make that 30 days after the application is presented, is basically made available. so that would -- i hope that answers your question. does it? >> yes, thank you. okay. so if i may, i have a couple more comments. i know you were receptive to the prioritization question, so where is that now, as far as businesses on this registration
having priority to grants? >> yeah. so the language would be to change to say you have access to grant and loans -- or priority, prioritization for grants and loans related to covid recovery, so it would just be adding that to say it's related to covid recovery. okay. and i assume, like, we're talking about grants that might be with different agencies in the city, so is this language going to be enforceable in a way that different agencies will have to adhere to it in their dissemination of grants? >> yeah. i think it says in there that all city agencies would have to comply with the office of small business in administering this and making sure those goals are realized. >> yeah, that's helpful. and just the last comment i'll make is i agree with my
colleagues here about olsb in this. we should also have the option of the director being able to okay another organization to nominate, and lastly, i also agree that we should make this up for profit only registry as part of our final recommendation because just the capacity of the office of small business, we're not able to field nonprofit bookkeeping questions, so the technical supports that would be, you know, provided to businesses is not something that we even have the capacity to do at this point in time. thank you so much. >> thank you. i appreciate the [inaudible]. >> commissioner dooley?
>> i wanted to talk about the rollout of this program is not going to be maybe realistically a year from now? what will be the effect, if any, if the covid situation has more or less resolved itself in terms of on a daily basis for our businesses? will this become a moot -- will this cancel this legislation? curious about that, and i just want to add, like all my other fellow commissioners, you know, i am apprehensive of supporting legislation that would put an additional burden on the office of small business with no real guarantees that we're going to be able to do it. we don't want to be in a position where we can't fulfill what's laid out in this legislation, so that really worries me, and so i think that
is just the huge elephant in the room. we know that we're basically understaffed as it is, and if -- if we didn't get another full time employee, we're just not going to be able to do this. and i know myself and probably the other commissioners, i don't want to be put in that position is saying well, we can't execute this program, so it's just a huge issue in terms of our commission. that's it. >> president laguana, is it okay for me to -- >> yes. >> okay. absolutely. so i'm not sure, you know, when the next -- this is the first time i'd heard the idea of this being not until next spring, so i think we are doing everything we can, but i think we're going to do everything we can to make sure that we can -- that we get
the staffing or we get whatever's necessary as soon as possible, but i think what solves for that issue and not putting the office in the awkward position is as the office has suggested is the sort of promotional and the reporting and all of that wouldn't come due until 30 days after the application for the program is released, so we're not telling people, like, hey there's this new thing you should sign up for now, and it's not actually happening. it wouldn't happen until after that is released, so i think that's the attempt to solve for that. >> so i did want to say, for the benefit of the commission, i didn't mean to suggest there was a specific [inaudible]
we've known now for three months that we would be needing a commission secretary, and we're just now reviewing the applications, so i'm just doing some mental health. if this legislation were to pass in july, or if this legislation were to pass fairly soon, there would be a budget process to make that position available, and once the position was approved, there would have to be a job listing, and there would have to be interviews, and then, the person would be hired. i'm just mentally guesstimating that that wouldn't be this year, but i'm not the expert on this, and i didn't mean to put in the commission's mind a specific time frame. rather, it wasn't going to be something that was overnight or instantaneous. so commissioner adams? >> yeah, really quick.
you said this was an action item, and i'm showing on the list this is an action item, as well. >> in my notes, i have action and discussion. director dick-endrizzi. >> then that's an error on my side in terms of your notes. it is a discussion item on your agenda. apologize to you for that, president laguana. >> commissioner adams, thank you for bringing that to my attention. do you have a question on that? >> no, i'm good. >> okay. commissioner huie? >> as i'm thinking the thought process of the origin story of, like, the legislation, i would like to hear the story of how you and supervisor chan and
your office, you know, came up with the legislation. i just -- yeah, absolutely. the -- supervisor chan, before she was elected, thought this was something coming out of the pandemic, knowing that there would be the eviction moratorium in place, which was going to be lifted, that there's going to be a lot of --
anything related to commercial lease assistance aid, preventing evictions, so that's what this came out of. we started having conversations with different merchants and different, you know, organizations to get ideas about what this could look like, and that's -- this is where we ended uplanding on this, but that's really what it started from is the need to protect businesses that are assets as we come out of the pandemic and the restrictions are lifted. >> i think that's important for me to understand because my personal belief about legislation is it should be solving for something. i mean, it's not a question that i always ask, but it's a question that came to mind as
we started to talk more about this particular piece of legislation to really kind of understand what the specific issues were that you felt that, you know, could resolve, so thank you. >> thank you. ian, just two quick questions, or maybe not quick questions. i shouldn't prejudge, but just a few questions before we go to public comment. what is a neighborhood anchoring business? >> absolutely, yeah. so i -- when we think about -- you're -- i'm assuming you're meaning beyond just those strict criteria that we lay out? >> yeah. i'll tell you where i'm coming
from. there's a strict applying process, so i'm wondering what is the magic sauce that is the delta between the criterias outlined in the nominating process? what is what makes a business an anchoring business? >> yeah. it's a business that's a part of the community, and it brings in people to the area or maybe outside of the area and it's beneficial to the corridor and all of the businesses on the corridor. that's really what the heart of what we feel an anchor business is. >> okay. so -- and yeah, i think i'm going to leave it there for now. so with that, is there any
public comment on this item? >> mr. president, we have nine callers listening and two in the queue to speak. >> okay. let's have the first caller. caller, please go ahead. >> oh, okay. this is tom. let me kill my audio. okay. hi, this is tom frank. i'm one of the owners of finnegans wake. >> oh, tom, i'm sorry. i think you're calling about the legacy business, and we're hearing public comment on a separate item. >> okay. >> we'll -- >> i'll wait. >> yeah, that'd be great.
thank you. next caller, please. >> hi, good evening. this is earl shattuck, the economic of [inaudible] on third. thank you, commissioners, and president laguana, for vetting out this legislation. i think it'll be extremely impactful in the bayview-hunters point. specifically, i had communicated with commissioner dickerson as i was just overviewing the legislation. it came to mind that almost all of our african american owned businesses on the third street corner are in fact 15 years older or longer, so they would all be pretty darn good candidates for this, and i would also like to encourage all of you commissioners, if possible, to amend this, or at least strongly encourage, that a third party or a c.b.o. gets
a seat at the table or has the ability to nominate these businesses. i think it's extremely important that those c.b.o.s that are on the ground interacting with these businesses that are sometimes hard to rash, -- reach, that we somehow move the legislation forward. with that, i thank you for hearing this legislation. thank you. >> thank you, earl. are there anymore callers? >> mr. president, there are no more callers in the queue. >> okay. thank you. commissioners, i'm going inform make a motion to continue this item. there's a lot of discussion how the office of small business
will meet this legislation, and there's still, to me, a lot of balls in the air. i would move that we continue this to a later hearing, and once things are a little more finalized and we know what we're voting on. >> do we have a time -- and excuse me for not putting my name in -- for when this is going to be heard at either the committee or at the board of supervisors? >> ian, do you have a calendar on when this would be heard at the board of supervisors or any committee? >> i don't. it was being planned to be heard in the next meeting in two weeks, but other than that, i don't know. >> we can hear it at the next meeting and move it up if it looks like it's going to be
heard at the board soon. >> second. >> wait a minute. for clarification, if i may, are we able to add a recommendation onto this motion to -- to -- >> a recommendation onto the motion to continue? we've made a bunch of recommendations during the meeting, but director, can a motion to continue also have recommendations attached to it? >> yes, it can. so if there are specific -- as -- because your motion is to continue to hear this, which is you're wanting to bring it back after some more deliberation, correct? so if there are very specific things you want to ensure even though the commission is not
ready to take final action but get amended or considered between now and the next time that you hear it, then those -- it would be advised to stipulate those. >> yes. so commissioners, would you like to amend the motion with any additional recommendations for the benefit of the supervisor? >> i would like to include language that makes sure that this is not going to be approved without us hearing it again, and that our recommendations that were made in this meeting, we will -- can can -- i'm trying to think of the exact language. i just don't want us to go without a formal motion and recommendation, actually. >> i think that is actually really well said and
encapsulates everything nicely. so i think the motion would be to continue with a recommendation that the supervisor bring it back to the commission before advancing it to the board, particularly as we're the body overseeing the department that's the subject of the legislation. regina, did i say that well enough that it's conveyed -- excuse me, director dick-endrizzi, did i say that well enough? >> yeah, and i think that just because it's in my legislative review that it's, again, you know -- there are a few key things that will be important in this administration should this legislation pass. it's been noted, but i want it strongly noted that it's
for-profit businesses. >> yes. >> definitely, the director to be allowed to identify additional organizations to be able to nominate so that good -- it would be good to stress the things that you're also looking to ensure that are in the legislation when it comes back before you. >> i agree. i think we can -- those points are subpoints to what -- what you just said, president laguana, is this legislation will have an expectation of our office, and we do not -- we feel like we are asking that it should come back before us and not move forward until procedures that the office of small business is comfortable with in the recommendation,
including for profit [inaudible] and director's ability to bring in community organizations. >> i would add to that, director dick-endrizzi, the suggestion that the prioritization for loans and grants only be for covid related loans and grants. you know, i have some concerns about prioritizing already successful businesses ahead of brand-new fresh businesses, that that's what we're going to need to be filling the vacancy, so i don't want to create something that's, for years ahead, putting already successful businesses, at the front of the line. that, in my mind, creates some equity issues. >> all right. so the motion in my mind is to -- that the legislation --
that there's not a specific recommendation that you want to hear the legislation, have the legislation come back before you, and when it does come back, it does not move forward before coming back to the commission in terms of the board of supervisors process, and that the three key items that -- to be amended in the ordinance is, one, that the supplies to for-profit businesses, this registry applies to for-profit businesses only. two, allows the director to identify additional organizations to nominate, and three, that the prioritization for grants and loans is specifically covid related. did i capture that correctly? >> yes. those are current recommendations, although i will say several -- as recently as today, several business
organizations have reached out to me. i think everybody is still digesting this, but that's the current recommendations. i think that's right. are we ready to take a vote? >> so that was a motion -- that was a dual kind of motion between president laguana -- i think, president laguana, you made the initial motion. are you willing to accept commissioner zouzounis' recommendation? >> i do accept them, and i am thankful for them. >> okay. so we have a motion by commissioner laguana, seconded by -- >> commissioner dooley. >> by commissioner dooley, and i will now go into roll call. [roll call]
>> that motion passes, 7-0. >> all right. thank you. thank you, ian. >> thank you for your time and your feedback. >> all right. next item, please. >> item number 5 is a resolution drk-small business resolution 003-2012 ramaytush ohlone land acknowledgement statement. the resolution complies with the city's racial equity action plan to have boards and commissions read a statement acknowledging the ramaytush ohlone community at each small business commission meeting and to amend the rules of order to reflect this mandate. this resolution is part of the office of small business -- >> excuse me, director, i
apologize. in my notes, i have legacy business as being the next item. >> so sorry. i've really lost it today. pardon me, rick. we are now back to item 4, approval of legacy business registry applications and resolutions. we have six, seven businesses to have you this evening, and i will turn it over to richard kurylo, the legacy business manager to present to you, and my apologies to the legacy businesses that are before you this evening. >> no problem. welcome, rick. go for it. >> thank you. regina, can i steal the ball from you or do i have to wait for you to give that to me?
okay. see if i can share my screen properly. can you see that? great. can you hear me? can you see everything? everything's good? good evening, president laguana, vice president zouzounis, small business staff. rich kurylo, legacy business manager. before you are seven businesses for the legacy business registry. the applications were submitted to planning on march 11 and heard by the historic preservation commission on april 7. item 4-a is fanta cleaners, inc. it provides business cleaning and laundry services under two
different names in two neighborhoods. fanta deluxe cleaners in [inaudible] and [inaudible] in cow hollow. the core feature tradition the business must maintain to remain on the legacy business registry is laundry service. item 4-b is finnegans wake. the bar opened in noe valley in 1976. after a five-year hiatus between 1984 and 1989, the business opened at its current location in noe valley. they have hosted annual barbecues for three decades on memorial day and labor day and regularly host and sponsor several sports leagues like
pool, darts, softball, and soccer. the bar has also won the san francisco bloody mary festival five years in a row. the core feature tradition the business must maintain is bar. item 4-c is flowercraft. the business is a local family owned garden center founded by philip lerner in 1974. flowercraft sells a large variety of soils, trees, flowers, and gardening hardware. they also provide natural and organic fertilizers and pest control. flowercraft regularly hosts three workshops that are open to the public such as beekeeping, rose keeping, pruning, california native plants, and more. the core feature the business must maintain is garden center. item 4-d is lyon-martin
-- item 4-e is old ship saloon. the bar is the oldest known business to still be operating in san francisco and may be one of the oldest bars on the west coast. opened in 1851, the old ship saloon has a well documented and fascinating history, starting with its inception as a ship wreck turned alehouse operating out of the ship's land locked hull. when the hull was overcome by the sandy terrain, it was moved to this building. old ship saloon has weathered many turbulent storms in san
francisco's history and has been able to stay afloat during its ever changing tides. i did not make that lineup. i thought it was very clever; i really liked it. item 4-f is san francisco bay times. it's a publication in the mission to connect the diverse community in the bay area, specifically, the lgbtq area. today, content is available in print and web based applications. after 43 years, the core goals of the bay time remains the the same: providing quality content to its readers on a biweekly basis. the core it must maintain is covering issues in the lgbtq community. item 4-g is yankee clipper travel. it moved to san francisco in 1991. yankee clipper serves the lgbtq
community for all aspects for travel around the world. the business is staffed by world travelled staff who have a wide range of experience for customers. yankee clipper represents a number of lgbtq cruises and tours. all seven businesses met the three criteria for listing on the legacy business registry, and all seven received a positive recommendation from the his torque preservation commit -- historic preservation commission. thank you. this concludes my presentation. i'm happy to answer any questions. there may be business representatives on the line who
would like to speak on behalf of the application during public comment. >> awesome. thank you so much. commissioners, do we have any comment? okay. so we'll go to public comment. before we begin public comment, i'll just say to the gentleman for finnegans wake, please do not feel bad. that's an easy mistake to make. the public comment system could not be more confusing if the city tried, and sometimes i think the city really, really tried its best to make it as complicated as possible. so with that, the fault is entirely ours. so with that, is there any public commenters on the line? >> mr. president, we currently have four callers on the line. >> okay. first caller, please.
caller, go ahead. >> good evening. i'm donna sashay, proud san francisco resident for 35 years. thank you, commission, for your service. [inaudible] and to foster civic engagement and pride by assisting long-standing businesses to remain in the city. i can think of no more well suited or qualified candidate that the san francisco bay times. for over 40 years, it's brought issues about the lgbtq community to that community. i have written regular columns, features, and guest pieces for several other san francisco publications and never have i received such wide ranging
editorial support, with a strong on-line presence and social media posts, and never have i seen a local business so willingly and skillfully serve its immediate sponsor organizations large and small, events for hundreds and events for dozens and individual charitiable efforts that impact a wide variety of our diverse community. the san francisco bay times has become the go-to source for the entire lgbtq community covering everything from politics to medicine and supports, from fundraising galas and who's wearing what to life altering rallies and protests. the san francisco bay times undoubtedly reflects san francisco's wide cultural
identity. please give swift approve to the san francisco bay times to be designated an official legacy business. >> thank you. next caller, please. >> hi. can you hear me? >> we sure can. please go ahead. >> great. thank you so much. thank you, president laguana and commissioners. good evening. think amy by -- this is amy bynart, legislative aide to supervisor hillary ronen. first, there's flowercraft garden center, which has a unique and vibrant history with deep roots in san francisco. the founder of flowercraft, philip lerner, now in his 80s, opened the business 40 years ago.
it has an ever growing number of dedicated, intergenerational clientele. the company regularly donates to many local nonprofits and schools, including city of dreams, district 9s own drag queen bingo and homeless prenatal programs. it donates christmas trees to several organizations during the winter holidays. while the surrounding neighborhoods continued to change, flowercraft has remained a constant. it has served district 9 in san francisco for decades. and then second, but very much not in second place, is lyon-martin health services. lyon-martin was founded in san francisco in 1979 to provide access to health care for lesbians and soon to become a model for culturally sensitive community based health care.
now, in its 42 year, lyon-martin health services is a community run nonprofit serving low-income cisgender women and lesbian women. it has been a life saving service for the community, and supervisor ronen supports this consideration and supports your applications for the legacy business registration. thank you so much. >> thank you. next caller, please. >> hi. can everyone hear me?
>> we sure can. please go ahead. >> okay. thank you, commissioners, for considering fanta cleaners on the legacy business registry. i'd like to also thank the staff that has assisted us throughout this process and has been a huge help in us being here today. my name is bryant park, and i'm here representing fanta cleaners on behalf of my mom, young park. this is a very emotional moment for my mom, and i'm going to do my best to convey what she'd like to say today. for the best part of her life, she provided essential services to the city, cleaning people's clothes, tailoring to people's needs. she became a part of their life, and through cleaning and tailoring their clothes, she
served people in many different communities. despite challenges on a personal level, including the tech crash and business closures directly affecting fanta, and now this pandemic, my mom didn't waver in her effort to help the community in the best way she knew how. the tech companies have come and they've conquered the market. they've found ways to monopolize the service, yet she has found ways to keep the relationships that she has come to love in the city, and she has found ways to survive. she has been a survivor.
over the past, i would say about 40 years that she's been serving the city, she's found ways to, whether it's through luck or hard work or perseverance, she's found a way to stay around and not be closed down by the larger private equity funded b.c. funded companies that have wanted to basically take the business away from her. even most recently during the pandemic, rather than finding ways to figure out how she would financially survive once again, she has prepared masks to share to local residents because she knew that it's about people first, and i think that's where her heart has always been, for others first before herself. so basically, to be a part of this registry is such an honor,
and words cannot express enough how we feel to be a part of our city, a part of our home, so thank you, again, commissioners. >> thank you. next caller, please. >> hello there. thank you, office of small business, for maintaining the legacy business program and considering these applications. my name is casey, and i've lived in the panhandle area for 14 years. i'm calling in support of the application for finnegans wake. they not only certainly qualify for this program but would also be a top nominee for the afore mentioned anchor business program. they are a main stay of cole valley and have continued to provide a community gathering space for the city. i appreciate your time and consideration and urge your support of their application. thank you. [please stand by]
undocumented or formally encarson rated, we serve them all. we are our communities. given our struggle to survive as a clinic ourselves this past year and with the passing of our name sake, phyllis lion last year, to demonstrate their commitment to the most marginalized queer and transgender communities. to the life of the city when no one else can or will. to preserve phyllis and dull's legacy to ensure queer and transwomen don't fall through the cracks to ensure the health and well being of our community. please keep us alive. thank you. >> president laguana: thank you. next caller please. >> mr. president, there are no more callers in the queue at this moment. >> president laguana: okay.
seeing no public comment. commissioner adams. >> commissioner adams: yeah. congratulations to all the nominees today. i want to give a shout out to two special ones. i know the first caller and i want to wish donna sashay a happy birthday today. calling in on your birthday. what betty has done with the writers and the columnist really does affect our community and the online presence, it's so important for our community. so i just want to congratulate the bay times and thank betty for what she's done with that paper and just turning it in to the power house that it is in the san francisco lgbtq
community. i also want to give a shout-out to lion martin health center. a caller said something very important. it's for our community run by our community and what they've done for our community is, you know, my heart, we owe you. so thank you for everything lion martin has done for this community and it hasn't been easy especially the last couple of years, but you guys made it work, so thank you. >> president laguana: thank you. commissioner dooley. >> commissioner dooley: words can hardly express my admiration for flower craft nursery. i have been a patron for [inaudible] years. the whole neighborhood nursery, reasonable prices, always there
for help, always wonderful people from the community working there and i'm thrilled to see that they're going to get some well deserved recognition. so thank you so much flower craft nursery. you make my life much better. >> president laguana: thank you. vice president zouzounis. >> vice president zouzounis: i just wanted to say thank you to all the legacy businesses that called in today. those were amazing testimonies and the generations and the generations of families that have created these businesses, it really shows through in your comments. so i just wanted to thank you. >> president laguana: thank you. and, just to add a few words of my own, you know, i grew up with two dads and in the 80s,
the san francisco bay times i think was called "coming up" or up coming" something like that and i lived in ohio and they would go to cape cod, to p-town and they'd go to san francisco, those are like the two vacation spots and they would come back with this paper and, you know, i remember when i moved here in the early '90s, i was like oh, that was that paper i used to see in ohio. so it's so amazing that, you know, and it was great to hear commissioner adams' comments. what an amazing contribution to the culture and to that community. and, on a side note, not a side note. so the old ship saloon. i had a friend that was the chef next door. there was a restaurant next door, i can't quite remember
the name, but i would wander up -- commissioner dooley's reminding me. unmute yourself. please tell me. >> commissioner dooley: glow. >> president laguana: yeah. that's it. and so i would wander in there and it's called that for the amusement of my fellow commissioners. it was called that because it started as an old ship so those were all shipyards right there and everyone would go up and go gold mining and so the ship that was there was called "the arkansas" so the owner set up a plank and all the gold miners would walk up the plank. it was actually in an old ship and in 1906, that's when they think it went away because everything collapsed in the earthquake, but, you know, there was always these rumors
that the ship was underneath where the bar was and everybody was like and they're digging right under and sure enough, there was the ship. the pieces were still under there and i had to tell it. congratulations to all of our legacy i guess it's too early for our congratulations. we have to have a moment. >> commissioner: i'll motion that we approve all legacy business. >> commissioner dooley: second. >> secretary: we have a motion by commissioner adams. seconded by commissioner
dooley. roll call. [roll call] >> director: mr. president, that motion passes seven to zero. >> president laguana: thank you so much. congratulations to all our legacy business. next item, please. >> director: next item is item number five. i have the numerical item correct now. it's resolution number 003-2021 and it is the ramaytush ohlone land a resolution to adopt the statement as i read earlier to
be read during our commission meetings and to have it amend our rules of order to reflect the reading of the statement. and, commissioners, the resolution is in your packet. please let me know if i need to bring it up for review, but also i'd like to turn it over to the racial equity special committee chair miriam zouzounis for some words. >> vice president zouzounis: thank you, director. yeah. i'm, again, excited to bring some of the work we've done in the racial equity committee to our full commission. this is on the top of our agenda of items that are part of the racial equity goals and we i think today we're voting on the full resolution which
the statement itself is that we will be reading is an abridged version of that. we have reviewed it as a racial equity committee and i believe we are all in support and i'm in the formal capacity. >> president laguana: thank you, vice president. would you be so kind as to read the statement for us. >> vice president zouzounis: just the statement part, not the full part. >> president laguana: yeah. just the statement part. >> vice president zouzounis: okay. i don't have it right in front of me. so give me a second. or can someone put it in the chat? >> president laguana: we're not supposed to use the chat.
>> director: commissioner zouzounis, i will bring it up. >> vice president zouzounis: okay great. >> director: it's split between the two resolutions and i will share. >> vice president zouzounis: thank you. great. i'm going to read the statement that we will vote on to be read at the beginning of our meetings. the san francisco small business commission and office of the small business staff acknowledges that we on the unseeded and central homeland of the ramaytush ohlone who are the san francisco peninsula. as indigenous stuarts of this land and in accordance with their tradition. the ramaytush ohlone have never forgotten their responsibility as caretakers of this place as well as all people to reside in their traditional territory.
as guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. we wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders, and relatives of the ramatytush ohlone community. >> director: that's it. >> president laguana: you're good. great. thank you. yes. so should we go to public comment? let's go to public comment. >> clerk: mr. president, there are currently no callers in the queue for this item. >> president laguana: great. seeing none. public comment is closed. i move that we approve the statement or resolution. i move that we approve the resolution. that's what we're supposed to do here. >> director: yes. approve the resolution to read the statement at the meeting.
that's the summary of it. >> vice president zouzounis: i will second. >> director: all right. we have a motion to approve the resolution by commissioner laguana seconded by commissioner zouzounis. roll call. [roll call] that motion passes 7-0. >> president laguana: wonderful. great job, everybody. thank you for the work to get that done. next item, please. >> director: next item is item number 6. this is general public comment which allows members of the public to comment on matters that are within the small business's jurisdiction, but not on today's calendar and
suggest new agenda items for the commission's future consideration. >> president laguana: are there any public commentors on the line? >> clerk: mr. president, there are currently no callers on the line for this item. >> president laguana: seeing none. public comment is closed. next item, please. >> director: next item is item number 7 director's report. update and report on the office of small business and the small business assistance center, department programs, policy and legislative matters, announcements from the mayor, and announcements regarding small business activities. so i have a very brief report for you. i do want to let you know that the music -- the live music and entertainment venue recovery fund has officially launched last week and i'm very happy to say that we had a very smooth launch. we didn't have any technical
glitches with our online application. so and currently to date, we have 38 applicants. the application deadline on may 5th so that's just a little overa week. in addition to that also the city's additional grant program, but the mayor was part of the mayor's announcement a couple months ago have also launched and then happy to say that the s.b.a. and vice president zouzounis if there's anything you'd like to add. no. okay. correction. >> vice president zouzounis: restaurant revitalization didn't launch yet. it will be may 3rd.
>> director: okay. >> vice president zouzounis: for the public. >> director: so, yes, so just those are coming. so that's exciting news for our businesses to be able to apply for those financial support packages. and, in addition, it was noted in our eblast on thursday that president biden is providing credit for businesses who are allowing their employees to take paid leave to be able to get their vaccinations. so i will send you details on this, but this is a huge incentive to really encourage employers to, you know, allow their employees to take time off to get their vaccinations
so that we can get more people vaccinated and businesses will be reimbursed for that time. and then, next, i want to just highlight that for our next meeting. we will be hearing supervisor ronen has introduced a code for establishment this is something that commissioner dooley and commissioner adams and commissioner ortiz-cartagena and perhaps commissioner zouzounis, you'll remember back in 2015 when we heard the ordinance it was the recommendation that massage needs to be aligned as part of the healing arts with health services and so this legislation is actually aligning massage with our health services and really
increasing the number of zoning districts where that can take place. so this is very exciting. it's been awhile and it's as you know, dominica had presented on the bite paper that the office developed to help justify this legislation which i will resend out for everyone in case you want to read it, but we will be hearing that on may 10th along with hearing for congestion pricing. you'll be getting a presentation on congestion pricing and then a special presentation from community member. so those are some of the key highlights for our up coming meeting.
and, then, i do want to make note that we will likely be, i will, for the month of may start working on plans for bringing back in-client services to our office. so, that is on the horizon, it's hard to believe that we will be back at a place and getting, having the ability to be able to provide services face to face and indoors. so that planning process will be taking place during the month of may and the likelihood is we'll be not at full capacity, but some capacity looking at june. so, i think, with that, i will end my public comment -- i mean, my director's report and
i think as commissioner laguan said, we have received our applications for the commission secretary policy analyst position and so we'll shortly begin interviews. so that is on the horizon for us as well. if there's any questions, i'm happy to take them. >> president laguana: commissioners, do we have any questions? great. seeing none. is there any public comment? >> clerk: mr. president, there are no callers in the queue for this item. >> president laguana: seeing none. public comment is closed. next item, please. >> director: next item is commissioner discussion and new business items. >> president laguana: commissioners, do we have any new business?
vice president zouzounis. >> vice president zouzounis: well, we are coming to an end of era of american heritage month so i wanted to note that the city administrator did recognize that and send commission profiles of different arabs that are in our public service. so if you all got that, cool. and, yeah, i just wanted to let you all know that we have celebrated that and small businesses were a big part of the mayor's statement for american heritage month. so she did give props to all the arab small business owners in the city. >> president laguana: awesome. commissioner adams, were you looking to make a comment. >> commissioner adams: i was going to say i'm just giving her a thumbs up.
my hometown of dearborn, michigan, i had several family and friends celebrate arab heritage month and it was special. >> president laguana: great. so, commissioners, i'm going to remind everybody that may is small business challenge month. we had a very successful launch of the san francisco small business challenge and now i'm bummed out i don't have one of the challenge coins. if we were meeting in person, i'd give each of you a challenge coin. for the month of may, can you shop and dine only using small businesses. that is the challenge. heather knight and peter heartlove at the chronicle have agreed to take the challenge. pretty shortly here, i'm going to be challenging each of the supervisors. several of them have already agreed to take the challenge.
i will be of course expecting the rest of them to take the challenge and so, i'll need your help holding them to account on that because we want to make sure all our elected officials take the challenge and that will be a fun game that we get to play in may which is how many small businesses can we shop at and the hashtag is hashtag smallbizchallenge. there's a website at smallbiz30.com for the 30-day challenge. but it's actually 31 so i didn't think about that before i got the domain. that's details. whatever. the other thing i wanted to mention -- shoot. i guess i can't mention that. stupid brown act.
well, actually -- no. director, like can we talk about future agenda items if it's actually in a public open meeting? >> director: you can mention it as an informational item, but not have a discussion on it. >> president laguana: okay. got it. so several small business leaders including myself put out a petition this morning. we are supporting -- you know what, i think i'm going to save this. i'll let you guys google it or find it. i don't want to say anything that's going to get me in trouble with anybody down the line because i'm realizing if i'm talking about this stuff, now i just said i'm supporting it. maybe i'm not being informational. you know, it's tricky gray zone.
so i'm just going to shut my mouth before i get myself in trouble. so that's my news. is there any other commissioners with news? i don't see any. so do we have any public comment? >> clerk: mr. president, there are no callers in on the line for this item. >> president laguana: great. so seeing none. public comment is closed. next item, please. >> director: sfgov tv, please show the office of small business slide. >> president laguana: we will end with a reminder that the small business commission is the official public forum to voice your opinions and concerns about policies that affect the economic vitality of small businesses in san francisco and that the office of small business is the best place to get answers about doing business in san francisco during the local emergency. if you need assistance with
small business matters, continue to reach out to the office of small business. >> director: item number 9, adjournment. this is an action item. do we have a motion. >> commissioner: so moved. >> director: motioned by commissioner ortiz-cartagena. second? >> president laguana: i second. >> director: seconded by commissioner laguana. roll call. [roll call] that motion passes 7-0. the meeting is adjourned at 7:27. >> president laguana: thank you all. >> director: thank you, commissioners. and thank you for putting up with a meeting that had a lot of hick ups.
>> president laguana: we appreciate you, director. >> director: thank you. hi everyone. i'm san francisco mayor london breed and it has been a very, very challenging year for all of us in san francisco, but i've got to tell you, we're coming alive again. we're starting to open the city again. i see you urban alkamine. thank you for all the work you do to keep us safe out here.
we are here today because we are taking an additional step further to get the city re-opened. i'm joined by a number of our city department heads including our city administrator car men chiu and our librarian michael lambert. and, let me tell you, michael has not only been running this library, he and so many of our librarians and the people who work for the library here in san francisco, they more than almost any other department have been working as disaster service workers to help address this pandemic. they've been down at covid command at mascone center showing up every day doing whatever it takes. organization. going out to our hotels where we are helping to support our homeless residents. going out to the community hubs
to help support our kids. preparing virtual lesson plans and reading time. i did a reading time for kids during this pandemic as well virtually, of course. doing so many incredible things to help get our city going during a very challenging time. i know many of us, we wish we didn't have to go through this this past year, but what we should look at is the sacrifices we made and where we are now today. san francisco has vaccinated about 60% of the residents here in the city, more than the state and national average. and, over 85% of of those who are over the age of 65 have been vaccinated. we are on the road to recovery. yes, covid is still here whether we want it to be or not. yes, we still have to do our
parts and distance and wear a mask and not get too comfortable because the last thing we need is another surge and the need to shut this city down again, but the fact is san franciscans, we are on the road to recovery. we are on the road to building a stronger san francisco. and, that gives me hope for the future and, today is not just talking about our recovery. it's also looking at re-opening our city. re-opening our libraries. of course, we're going to start with the main library and then we're going to head over to chinatown, mission, and a number of the community libraries and i don't know if you know this, but i grew up in
san francisco, and, at that time, there wasn't all this computer internet stuff that we had today. we had to actually go to the library because we would get a look report assignment and the western edition library was my library of choice. i went to ben franklin middle school. and we had to go through a card catalog to find the book, it was in alphabetical order and that's how we did things. now it's all computerized, it's easy. and, in fact, i still have a library card and now i download my audio books and other things for free. so all those books i forgot to bring back, they just disappear after they expire on my phone. a lot different than it used to be. no excuse for those of us who want to take advantage of reading, of using the computers and other things in the library, we're finally opening and i just, i can't be more
grateful to this department and what they have done. all of its employees. all of the people of san francisco, we did this together. we made this happen together. yes, we have our challenges like any other major city. we still have so much work to do to unaddress the inequities that continue to exist in our society. but we're in a good place right now and we should be proud. we can take a moment. we can take a moment to enjoy this time and to recognize the fact that we are here, that we have an incredible opportunity, and we have a future to look forward to. that's what today is about. it starts with our libraries. the giants and the warriors are now able to play with fans. i saw folks out there soccer
leagues, a bunch of kids playing in soccer leagues. i went to the tennis center in golden gate park, packed with people. of course, being responsible, i saw folks walking their dogs and doing all kinds of fun stuff in our amazing parks system. so we are on the road to recovery and i am looking forward to the day when we can finally throw these masks in the area and wave them like we just don't care because i don't even know what any of you look like anymore. so, with that, thank you so much. today is about opening our libraries as a first step in our road to recovery along with other many of our incredible city assets for the public to enjoy and, with that, to talk more specifically about our library and the work that we're going to be doing to move our city forward is our city librarian michael lambert. >> thank you so much.
it feels so good to be here. thank you, madam mayor. thank you, so much for your leadership for guiding us all through this past year and welcome everyone. today is a special day. i'm so honored to be here with mayor breed and announce the books are back and your san francisco public library is re-opening. as our mayor mentioned, she is a power user of the library's collections and we appreciate all her support for our institution and our library staff. i also want to acknowledge the president of the san francisco public library commission, dr. mary wardell garduzi and library commissioners connie
wolf, dr. aronia lopez and commissioner john lee and the executive director marie zapella. thank you all so much for your advocacy and leadership on behalf of our library system. also here, is carol eisen. i have to say carol has been a tremendous partner this past year working with our staff who have been activated as disaster service workers and more recently helping us to recall staff so we can re-open the library. thank you, carol, for your partnership. it's so excitingtor here at this moment and i am beyond thankful that we're finally able to re-open our libraries for in-person services. it's been a long, hard 13 months, but now we're in a position to safely re-open our libraries for brows and bounce.
we'll still be offering spl to go and next week we're going to open the patrero branch and the west portal branch tuesday. we should have all of our branches re-opened by the fall before the start of school. and i really want to thank the community for all your patience and support. you've hung in there and i just really appreciate all your patience as we phase this re-opening and the coming weeks and months ahead.
at this time, i'd like to introduce our city administrator carmen chiu. in 2019, city administrator chiu partnered with the challenge initiative to compile a woman's book list to inspire the next generation of women leaders. we're so fortunate to have her support in getting our libraries re-open. city administrator chiu. >> when i was a little girl, i can remember going to the library. i maxed out every single book i could possibly get with my library card. it was always some kind of a cartoon, garfield or whatever it might have been at the time. and, i have to say how important it was for me to be able to access the library. my parents didn't have a whole lot of money. it wasn't as if we could go to a store and pick out a book or the latest edition we've been
hearing about or reading about in school. for me, and many people like me in my community, being able to go to the public library was the one place you got to go where you had the opportunity to get the books you saw in school. you were able to borrow and bring it home. take to your bed or read it on the couch. it was a place that created opportunities. the opportunity to dream and the opportunity to learn. and i think for so many san franciscans, being able to see the libraries re-open, our public libraries re-open is a blessing. i think san francisco has among the best library system in the entire country and i want to thank michael lambert, our city librarian and all of our commissioners, our friends of the library, our mayor for your support of our library system. today, when we think about this announcement, why i'm so excited, you know, covid-19 has not been kind to people. it's a disease that has required that we went against
every single nature of our being staying away from our friends, our families, being disconnected from one another, being isolated and, in particular, for people who are seniors, for our kids. and, so, when we think about bringing back our libraries, it's more than just being able to access books free and wonderful library services and education, it's about coming back together as a community. and, when i think about how exciting it is that not only the main is opening but that chinatown branch is opening and mission branch is opening, it makes me proud because we're also thinking about the communities that are underserved and not only that, but the community that is live in the most community residential neighborhoods. so i want to thank the library for not only being a place where we can learn but being a safe place for our community to come back together. i want to thank the mayor for all of 0er leadership. i can't imagine a single
meeting with the mayor that she hasn't thought about what are we going to do about bringing people back together. what are we going to do about mental health and i want to thank her because she has been constantly pushing not only for us to re-open, but to do it in a safe way, to remember that at the end of the day, we have to make sure we keep our community safe and to do this together. so i want to thank her for her leadership. and, finally, my last thanks really goes to the workers, the staff of the public library. at its peak, there were 600 san francisco public library workers who were deployed as disaster service workers. the folks helping to pass out food at the pantries. the folks coming to the command center coming to help with all the things we needed. now, we still have 150 who are still deployed. they have been a critical part of our whole response and i just want to thank them for not only the work they continue to do in our emergency response, but for all the work that they
are going to be going as we re-open our branches. today is a great day. the sun is shining on us and we are so thrilled. congratulations to the library system. >> thank you. speaking of the san francisco public library staff, we want to thank shauna sherman for joining us today. she runs the african american center here at the main, but she worked as a contact tracer and we really appreciate people like you and others for the work that you continue to do to uplift the community. and so, i know that and, again, carol, thank you for getting all of the staff back to the library because, let me tell you, i know it was hard work but because many of the library staff felt so dedicated to the work of helping to support the city, yes, they wanted to come back to work, but they also wanted to finish the work they were doing to address this pandemic. so, again, we want to say thank
you so much for your hard work and all that you did to help this city throughout this pandemic. and, unlike carmen chiu who probably returned her books to the library when she was a kid, thank goodness i waived all those fines and fees of the past because i'd be in real trouble right now. forgive me, library. forgive me. [ laughter ] but, with that, thank you all again to the commissioners, the friends of the public library. so many incredible people who care deeply about making sure that people in this city have access to books, that they have access to educational materials to computers and all the things that can help nurture and grow your mind, but also a really good for your soul. so, with that, i want to open it up to questions. do we have any questions? no questions.
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email@example.com. it will be included as part of the official files. that completes my initial comment. >> chairman: thank you, mr. young. can you please call the first item. >> clerk: yes. item number one is the appointment of susan philip to the of the city of san francisco. >> chairman: thank you. we had a special meeting at the board of supervisors to discuss this very important position that is a function of state law. the chief health officer in the 58 counties of the state of california is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the respective boards of supervisors in those counties including in san francisco county as we discussed at the full board of supervisors.
historically and position alley the chief health officer was confirmed to the head of the department of public health. that was true in the days of dr. cat and dr. hernandez. but when barbara garcia became the head of the department of health, that decision was split because ms. garcia was not a doctor, not an m.d. and that is a prerequisite for the position at that time i believe in 2010. the board of supervisors conferred the chief health officer position upon dr. thomas aragon. and that position remained split when dr. colfax became the head of the department of
health the department head was succeeded by a major pandemic which we are in the midst of. then the doctor left to become the state's health officer and dr. philip has been acting in that position since then and i think by all accounts including all of the members of board of supervisors and doing that job in the extremely important and difficult role and she is before us here today and she is before the official appointment as the chief health officer. dr. philip, good morning. >> good morning, chair peskin and to all of the members of the committee. i want to thank you all for
considering me for this very important role. i was raised with a strong sense of public service and throughout my life and my training i've been fortunate to be able to train in some of the best institutions with some of the best people in medicine infectious diseases and public health and i can think of no better usage for that knowledge and skill than serving the people of the county and city of san francisco and throughout this pandemic. and, as you said, the pandemic has really shown the vital importance of health officers, but our role extends far beyond the pandemic to many other areas. i will just say that my goal is selected to this position by you all would be to continue to lead with data and science.
however that may lead with a strong focus on equity and communities and decision making and then with clear and continuous communication about the challenges, about the data and the science and the decisions that have to be made because often there are series of trade offs and decisions that must be made in conjunction with community. so, again, i want to thank you. i'm here to answer any questions you may have and i'm very honored to be considered. thank you so much. >> chairman: thank you, dr. philip. any comment from committee members. >> supervisor chan: i have just a few questions.
>> chairman: of course. >> supervisor chan: i think that i would love for you to either respond again or perhaps that giving some time that has passed for you to i think that my colleagues really talk about the decision making process and that i wanted to sort of repeat that question, but add an element that, you know, we've never been through a pandemic, i've never been through a pandemic before, you know, and we probably have a lot of lessons learned during this time because we're doing everything really for the first time. so we'd love to hear from you the lessons learned and moving forward based on the lessons learned, decision-making process that ensure like you said is data driven. and also, that data is
inclusive of equity. i don't mean racial equity. i really mean equity across the board. but also at the social economic equity in the decision making process based on those equity values. not a concise question. but i think you kind of get what i'm asking and i'd just like to learn more about your approach. >> i think this pandemic continues to be a learning experience. so the different phases have given us different opportunities for learning and in the beginning, we didn't know very much at all and the little we had, we were trying to incorporate and i think you saw we did lead with data and science as we could. but the ability to gather the data and understand what parts
of the city which of our residents were being most impacted has grown throughout the pandemic. i think it requires a lot of humility which i think you have seen from dr. aragon. i hope you elm body that as it comes in. don't mask and save those for our health care workers which continues to be an important consideration. this is one of the most important things each of us could do to stop the transmission of covid-19. it becomes very important to not feel that it is not my ego or reputation that i have said something and that is why it needs to be something always and determining how we do our best public health work that are incredibly important.
and i think what this pandemic has really reinforced and having wonderful epidemiologist data, using the data that's available to us to understand where the most impacted areas are. and even within neighborhoods down to the census track level to be able to do that and so i think that is a commitment that i have and i know the department has is to continue across the city to be able to incorporate the best data possible. in terms of overall decision making, i think another lesson that i have learned throughout this pandemic is that decision making early on has to be directly with communities that are most impacted and the people that are going to be the -- who are going to be the ones to implement some of the science based interventions such as masking, testing, and vaccinations and i think that that has been a lesson that we've continued to learn and will carry forward meaning that
communication piece that i talked about going to community leaders, speaking with them, sharing what we know about the science, but also working together collaborative 3 to say if we want to get our vaccination rates up in the city higher than the state level, higher than the national level which we've been able to do, we can only do that with community experience and knowledge and support of that goal. so i think it has shown that requires not only the health officer's expertise and ability, but also that continued partnership with so many sectors with officials such as yourself and the board but also with the economic colleagues at ucsf health and i think that's what's helped san francisco throughout this pandemic. with the other challenges that we face. >> supervisor chan.
>> supervisor chan: thank you, chair peskin. i think this is going to be my last question that i didn't get a chance to ask. but i think kind of related to the decision making process, thank you so much for mentioning about the community being involved. there's also a part of it we are both city and county of san francisco. so there is a unique way that we approach many things because just the way how we are structured. what will be a decision making process again, approach, moving forward internally with city agencies, like department of emergency management or other city departments that you really need to work with to make sure the ground level really works but also so you balance out the
inconsistencies. we do have a pandemic that's been going on for a little more than a year now, but we know other threats to our city still exist like natural just a question to see with that approach moving forward hopefully the variants for the pandemic is on the horizon, but given the lessons learn but just wanted to know how we balance it out so-called post pandemic phase. >> yes. thank you again, and i think that's a really important point. and this has not been the health officer's role has not been able to do all the things. it really has been the strength
of so many city departments. all of the leadership that have devoted dsws to this effort and you mentioned the department of emergency one of it is really strengthening the ties and the understanding between the department of health to be able to work together and to collaborate in new ways and have those relationships continue beyond covid that we must continue to think about as a city. and, particularly, the health challenges that have cases continue to be too high and
behavioral health, drugs and drug use, so there are many challenges for the city to face, for the health officer to deal with and it is going to require collaboration. so i think the relationships that are built will allow us to do that work more officially and constructively and that's something i will continue to work on. we still, as you said have a ways to go oregon that we have to adjust our roach as well. >> supervisor chan: thank you. >> chairman: thank you for those questions and answers.
vice chair mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. and thank you dr. philip for doing this role for the last several months and for all of your work over this incredibly challenging pandemic year i appreciate your clarity and your obvious commitment to the work and i'm going to support you and i'm very glad you're willing to do this. i do have a concern, a thought, you can respond to it or not, but one of the challenges that popped up along the way more towards the earlier side of the pandemic and that is as the
city and the county with a board of supervisors but a strong mayor exercising but with a city administrator. we have complicated govern nance in san francisco. that was definitely reflected a little bit in the board of supervisors in other counties and it felt to me that having the public health director just kind of added to that because i don't think it's insurmountable. i'm happy to support you but i have this lingering nagging
concern for those pandemic days. we have a complicated system. but any thoughts, dr. philip? >> thank you so much, vice chair mandelman. not necessarily the path forward and i recognize the challenge of the city and the county and the structure that i will be stepping in to and what i can say is that for my part, i am committed to through, we have excellent of course, folks that work with us and i'm very committed in partners with them to talk with the board to understand the board's
priorities and to be able to really have an open channel of communication where you all understand that, you know, the health officer is, that the health officer would be available to speak about the priorities, the things that you were seeing and work that way. i think that we have we were able to have a good response as a city and county because we're able to see the science and the challenges i hope there was a once and a lifetime event it would be those challenges. but being able to relay the information. i don't think i have an absolute answer other than to say i recognize the challenges and mid commitment is continued
to provide understanding based on my science and training to be able to relay what i see as the priorities and what will best serve the city and county and also to be able to get input from you all and incorporate that appropriately. if i'm chosen, we will see how we evolve this sort of tricky relationship overtime but i'm able to be fully available as your a body. >> chairman: all right. why don't we open this up to public comment. are there any members of the public who would like to comment on this. >> clerk: yes. members of the public call (415) 655-0001. the meeting i.d. is 1876501979.
if you haven't already done so, a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand at this time, i believe we have approximately fifteen callers and five people in line to speak. >> chairman: okay. first caller. >> hello. i believe i am the first speaker can you hear me? >> chairman: yes. we can. >> perfect. i will be belief. i am a facility member with u.c.s.f. and i just wanted to speak on behalf of dr. philip.
i think you will hear from many in the department of public health about her infectious disease expertise and how dr. philip has really stepped up during this crisis, but also the fantastic work that she was doing before as the director of communicable diseases. i also just wanted to let you know that dr. philip is a fantastic doctor and has been a wonderful and improve the health of all of our patients. dr. philip is really incredibly hardworking. and, her style is most definitely not dogmatic.
as you heard, she says she will follow the science and she's really done that throughout i think she is submitted to making the decisions for all after listening to feedback from all stakeholders and she's really demonstrated a commitment in terms of roll-out and recently in terms of success across the city. so, lots of support for d. philip. >> chairman: thank you so much. next speaker, please. >> hello, i think i'm the next speaker. >> chairman: yes.
you are. >> okay. good morning. thank you members of the rules committee for allowed me to speak briefly today. i'm pleased to be able to vouch for dr. susan philips to be able to serve as the health service for the city and county of san francisco. i first met dr. philip in 2003 and have had the opportunity to work closely with her since then and her seven-year term five year term as a board member and is a long standing member of the cdc funding california prevention training center. while i was at the state of the california department of public more recently our role has been
while i was director of the division at cdc. during my many outstanding health officers in san francisco at the san francisco department of public health and later throughout california in the nation. i also recognize the critical role in the health of communities in a given local or state jurisdiction. based on my knowledge and experience i do not think the city and county of san francisco to appoint a more qualified individual. she leads by example. her actions and exceptional listener, communicator and
passionate public health official and clinician and is of the highest integrity. i will conclude by saying that dr. philip is an exceptional candidate in the san francisco city and county would be lucky to have her as the next public health officer. thank you. >> chairman: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello, i believe i'm the speaker. can you hear me? >> chairman: yes. we can. >> i am speaking as an individual. i'm the director.
dr. philip has both the expertise and the experience required to serve the residents of san francisco. as the spd controller, as the director of communicable disease of prevention and control. i have worked with and observed dr. philip for many years and she always puts the health and well being of san francisco residents first. she has the compassion and understanding and equally important respect from the public that's needed to do this job and in addition to her clinical and analytical skills, dr. philip has a particular strength in communicating to the public both through the media and also by working directly with community
members. in the health officer position in the pandemic and before and after, the ability to translate complex technical medical information into plain language that people can understand is essential. dr. philip knows how important that is so that people have the facts they need to make their own health decision. during the pandemic and before, she was always available and accessible. she had the calm and caring demeanor and she inspires confidence and trust. those are especially critical attributes today. dr. philip has also demonstrated an effective commitment to equity and fairness. >> clerk: your time has elapses. >> chairman: thank you. sorry about that. we've got a lot of agenda left.
so we've got to keep it short. next speaker, please. >> hi. i've been involved in the covid-19 and several different levels of government. i was also the state health officer under governor wilson. lots of health officers come and go in my ten year. and you could look far and wide and not find anyone.
i also think she's exceptionally positioned to lead us out of the pandemic and into the next set of challenges whether they be opiates for homelessness or whatever major crisis come down the pike and also trying to solve things in the long run. a tremendously important quality in dealing with communities and she's an exceptional communicator as you've heard and she has real flexibility and won't stick to a position just because that's what's been staked out. she's willing to move. she's willing to be flexible
aas the pandemic goes on. >> hello. >> chairman: go ahead. >> hello. >> chairman: yes. we can hear you. >> okay. this is brenda barrel. i'm a long-time public health employee and one of the things that stood out for me was when the nominee not that i think that she's not qualified, she is, but just put it on her mind that she said when racial equity was not like a priority for her, that's problematic for me and the person who works in clinics work sees what happens to patients, knows about the health outcomes. i think that she should
the best health care access possible. when someone was talking as of stds are on the rise. and make sure they are knowledgeable and they are prepared to have a healthy life style. if you put the most vulnerable groups thank you. next speaker please. >> hi. can you hear me? >> chairman: yes. we can. >> okay. during that time i worked in the std prevention program. and she was the at first
medical director and then the std director. she is one of the smartest people i've ever met. she's hardworking. she's open she has an outstanding work ethic. she's an excellent communicator and collaborator and an empathetic and caring physician. she's an exceptional manager. she's also a really good leader and a consensus builder who works well. she's extremely knowledgeable about public health. definitely worked closely with our division and she's regularly sought one thing that
hasn't been said so far that i think is critical is that dr. philip stays calm in a crisis. and i've first-hand been able to see her make decisions quickly and decisively and without hesitation. i really strongly urge you to approve her appointment. as others have said, i cannot think of another person who's better suited an incredible asset to the department. >> chairman: next speaker, please. >> clerk: i think somebody has their audio tv on at the moment and it's repeating what we just
went through. we should have one last speaker. >> chairman: last speaker. >> clerk: that last speaker just dropped the call and that completes our list of public commentors chance of storm okay. so public comment is closed. thank you to the members of the public who testified on this item. and, colleagues, i think that after the committee as a whole that we had at the board of supervisors that all eleven members of the board were unanimous in our support to have dr. philip be the permanent chief health officer. so i would like to move that together with the waiver of the requirement that she be a
resident of san francisco which is set forth in the motion at line 12 and on that motion, mr. clerk, a roll call please. >> clerk: yes. on that motion. [roll call] motion passes without objection. >> chairman: congratulations. dr. philip. we will see you at the full board of supervisors next tuesday. good luck saving us all this week. see you next week. and with that, mr. clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: yes. item number two is there is a motion that this matter if it comes out it will be presented as a committee report.
>> chairman: that is correct and as we heard last week we've had a slew of applicants for the remaining six seats. i believe one person withdrew after our meeting last monday and there are a couple of folks who we called last week that we did not hear from. i think i was clear and the committee was agreeable that if the applicant had testified last week, they would not testify again today, but there are two individuals who we called who did not testify. cloudell douglas and rubin
sorrell. i would like to open it up. >> clerk: yes. i would like to ask mr. halifa if you noticed those two people have logged in. >> chairman: so that's. >> mr. chair, let's see. i'm not seeing those names. however, we do see a number of phone numbers that we have not been able to identify. if any of those two individuals have called in, you might be muted and you have to hit star
6 in order to be heard. >> chairman: okay. so cloudell or rubin -- >> hello. this is cloudell. >> chairman: hey. the floor is yours for a couple of minutes. >> yes. my name is cloudell douglas and i am applying for the commission for chair 13. i used to be a resident of san francisco. i signed up to be an applicant. i started this process in 2018 without any luck in going through this process as far as finding an incubator or finding property. i feel i could be maybe 300 or
so applicants doesn't have any political ties to which afford the opportunity. in the process as far as owning a business. for those members as well which wasn't easy. and i just don't think that we have been represented in this process. >> chairman: thank you cloudell. >> really quickly about myself if i'm not still muted, i stood on the commission the eoc
some high level comments which are in accord with some of the comments that i made last week and we discussed and, again, underscoring that we have a remarkable set of applicants, but also reminding us that this is ail relatively new body in its infancy that because of covid and the expiration of terms now in december of last year, really hasn't had a chance to coalesce. and i do lean towards and i say this having to talk to the office of cannabis and at last week's meeting i do lean towards allowing the current
confidence to continue i do note that supervisor mandelman expressed interest in one particular candidate and as that seat 14 which is a seat that requires subject matter excerpt tooes that that individual might be qualified for that seat. so we can change things up a little bit but obviously this is entirely up to the committee and of course we have remarkable candidates. so, with that, if there are no questions with committee members, we can open this up to public comment on this item and move on to item number 3 where we have 51 applicants for 15 seats. with that, mr. clerk, why don't
we open this up to public comment. i will also add that as to seat 11, you will recall last week, we did not have any applicant for that seat due to a misunderstanding or miss communication. we now have one applicant for that seat, that's the only thing that's changed in the intervening week and that would be block for seat 11 which has to be a representative of organized labor who works in the cannabis delivery service labor force. so, with that, mr. clerk, why don't we open this up to general public comment. >> clerk: yes. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call (415) 655-0001. the meeting id is 187 659 1979. then press pound and pound again. if you haven't already done so, please press star 3 to line up
to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your public comment. currently, at this time, there's no one in public comment to speak at this time. >> chairman: okay. thank you. and public comment is closed. let's talk about it. i threw out a high level idea, supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: i think that makes sense i think in general, allowing these members to continue to make some sense. the other other thought that i had i believe they applied for seat 16, but i think what you're proposing makes sense as
well. >> chairman: do you want to make a motion? >> supervisor mandelman: i will move the reappointment of the members of the seats we have not filled and then, i guess for seat 11, doug walk. >> chairman: okay. just to summarize that that would be seat 11 residency waiver required. seat 13 leah nina parks wiss. seat 14 brendan hallinan and sarah payan and as i stated,
ms. white, ms. so um, any comments, supervisor chan. >> supervisor chan: thank you, chair peskin. i can see we largely need institutional knowledge i mean, this oversight committee and i think that it will be just a good selection of folks i look forward to seeing them and making sure they're doing the work. so it's good to see some of the labor folks involved on this body and not just being a safe
working environment for our workers but also fair wages and all that good stuff and then definitely looking forward to seeing the folks working on good policy and, you know, education and outreach. i think those are important components to the future of cannabis to also make sure that we have ongoing efforts on education, outreach, and research. so i look forward to appointing these candidates. >> chairman: thank you. by the way, i note as previously stated that the committee itself and staff from the office of cannabis as to exen tending that. right now, these seats only go through 2022 i i believe and,
with that, mr. clerk, a role call on supervisor mandelman's motion. >> clerk: yes. on the residency waiver sean richards to seat 12. leah nina parks to seat 13 with residency waiver. brendan hallinan to seat 16. and sara payan. on that motion. [roll call] as a committee report. i forgot to clarify that.
>> chairman: yes. as a committee report. >> clerk: yes. the motion is passed as a committee report. the motion passes without objection. >> chairman: could you please read our third and final item. >> clerk: item number 3 is the appointment to the african american reparations advisory committee. >> chairman: the office of legislation that gave birth to this advisory committee around an issue that is a pro found but at the state level where california and how it would actually work in practice and obviously at the federal level where this should really be undertaken in conjunction with
local and state efforts. this last weekend was and supervisor mandelman attended the commemoration of the 106 armenian genocide and it was accompanied on a day that for the first time in u.s. history, the president of the united states acknowledged that what happened over a century ago, was indeed genocide and that actually paves the way for reparations and healing in that context. not in american context. so i think this is a pro foundly important and difficult and complicated discussion that is very timely so i want to
thank president walton for his consideration. and with that, president walton, the floor is yours, sir. >> president walton: thank you so much chair peskin and to all the members of the rules committee. i want to thank you for taking the time to hear this. this is according to our past legislation and experiences working and living in the black community and will be housed under the human rights commission to research, develop and present a true reparations
plan with the commitment of resources for the investment in the black with the commitment for all communities and with the organized collaboration between black people here in san francisco. the dreams of equity can only be realized with the and true community ownership. i would like to thank the work of the human rights commission with director cheryl davis and her chief of staff brutally i want to thank black wall
street, the san francisco the entire black community, the burns institute and providing space to gather input on what a reparations plan could look like. i would also like to thank deputy city attorney for helping draft this legislation and special thank you to nelly g for this work on this legislation and, of course, to all of my colleagues for unanimously passing this legislation. as we know, our fight for reparations in this country has been a century's long fight. we have also suffered from the negative impacts of slavery and a system designed to keep us from accumulating generational wealth. i want to thank every single african american for wanting to
step up and serve on the first reparations committee legislated by law in any u.s. city to my knowledge. i also want to say that we only have 15 seats and we will not be able to accommodate everyone who applies. but that does not mean that if you're not selected to serve that your input, your expertise and knowledge won't be included. the real test is doing the work in unity as one. i 100% appreciate all of you. this is not going to be easy as many of you have participated in the reparations forms, completed surveys about how to address what we need in our community and worked for us to get to this point. but we must end up with a 15-member working group only. on the bright side, we will be making history with the final plan here in san francisco and we will all be a part of that
history as a city and as a black community. looking forward to hearing from each of you hod as we have to make a hard decision moving forward. thank you, chair peskin. >> chairman: thank you. and why don't we have ms. davis speak next. >> hello, chair peskin. thank you for the opportunity. i know there are a lot of folks here to speculate so i will say first and foremost thank you, president walton for all his effort and the also thank you to the board of supervisors for unanimously voting to support this there is so much work to be done. i look forward to it and president walton, you talked about the ancestors and the history of america and slavery and so i will just leave with a
lot of folks know i am a lover of poetry, so i just wanted to share a couple of lines from a couple of poets. one is maya angelo. getting beyond the "i have a dream" speech and what dr. king looks forward to, maya angelo, "i am the dream and the hope of the slave." and so we have this opportunity right now to make good on the dreams and the hopes of the ancestors of the past and to also stay hopeful and believe that something is possible which has been happening through this effort and through this work. gather out of so i look forward to advancing the dream and
moving forward. >> chairman: are there any comments before we visit with the 51 applicants from committee members? seeing none. why don't we start in the order that they appear on the rules committee agenda and um, why don't we do two minutes per applicant, but if anybody wants to keep it shorter, don't be bashful. we'll start with ajwang rading. my apologies. >> no. thank you, president walton. thank you, chair peskin, supervisor chan, supervisor mandelman. i consider this a great
opportunity. i grew up as experiencing homelessness living outside in my dodge neon. so i know first-hand the failings of public policy and the need for economic restorative justice. fortunately, i overcame being housed particularly black folk. i started out my process of working on the first iter rations of reading franchise formally encarson rated folks and so i have a feeling i have a good sense of what i was also fortunate to to investigate
over 4,000 lynchings. working at the equal justice initiative. i helped design the national institution memorial. my segregation in america report which was published as well as a video who i helped through alabama and other southern states. so i know despite for a very long time. today i'm actually an attorney empowering and protecting. advocating for technological equity in redirecting educational capital as well as ensuring their intellectual property. and, so right now i'm working with professor dorothy brown on
really drafting the country's first tax credit to change, to be introduced and hopefully be introduced to our congress this cycle and so i'm also studying how it can be constitutional muster. so, on that note, i want to say i'm this will as i know its effects a little too well. >> mr. clerk, if you can run the timer. next is alicia rose mayo. >> hello. i'd like to acknowledge the
supervisors and committee members and thank you for the chance to apply and speak. i want to also acknowledge my brother and father killed this month in san francisco. to a degree. they came from mississippi to help build a bridge. we owned a janitorial company and a beauty salon. commended by state senator henry stern for we, the people building trust for the first time and the bay area mental health hour. i should be the owner and general manager of a radio and tv broadcast operation. but we've been heard by inequality in all areas of life in san francisco. my dad was an engineer at motorola but overdosed.
my brother was a cannabis operation owner but was murdered, an unsolved murder, that is in san francisco. my mother a drug addict, mental illness and cancer patient. i am here, the first generation college graduate and founder of clarity media and i believe that out of chaos comes clarity and as a journalist, i offer the committee my resilience, my commitment. my research skills, my
historian i feel that it is encumbent upon us to be apart of history. other cities such as evanston, illinois. small cities in north carolina are far ahead of us. so i'm just waiting for the actual plan and action of a group. >> clerk: speaker, your time has expired. >> and allow the contact to get the wealth to make sure americans get their share of this promise of a good
democracy. >> chairman: thank you, reverend brown. very much appreciated. our next speaker is aniet ekanem. >> hello all. very close. i want to say thank you to president walton and supervisor peskin. i am a baby resident. in the past, i owned a company called wireless. i brought that technology back and actually did work in oakland and also in various
neighborhoods. i have launched one bayview and a number of outlets ago at the thousands of residents in the bayview specifically. more importantly, i want to talk about what i can bring to the committee my focus will be a couple analytics, big data with our stores to provide an unavailable in store my we're unstoppable in that way. to be part of the story i truly believe will help to live over the hearts and minds of reparations moving forward. there are many tools that we should be using and i just want to be able to be part of that. i believe the reparations are
necessary and well past time. please allow me to be part of this great process and specifically when i talk about trouble. i'm also the chair of the advisory committee where we focus on issues of equity and hiring policy and health moving in air quality throughout the city of bayview. >> clerk: your time has elapsed. >> next up is art burton. >> greetings board of supervisors, rules committee and attendees. thank you for allowing me an opportunity to speak for this hearing between philmore and webster. as a full-time entrepreneur and business owner and decision and finance base one of my primary
reasons is due to a lack of and my community growing up. i remember early on in my career participating in community health care. how to properly access all the free i quickly thrust myself into a leadership role of our pr committee. within my first year of the organization. i was able to forge new scholarship relationships coin based. i also served on our mentoring committee as well as our fun development committee. and, currently, i am the cofounder on demand.
i think my skill sets that i have will be well-used being on this committee. thank you guys for taking the time to hear me out and and i look forward to serving on the committee. >> chairman: thank you. next up is ata 'ataoletaeao mcnealy. >> hello everyone. i am an. i have seen racial disparities first-hand in the classroom. i have been a victim of racism and discrimination in the work place. and don't know where i would be without housing in the city. i believe i am a strong candidate for either seat number 6 or seat number 16 on
the federal level commission and study development for african americans act. the right to petition for government is a fundamental right. the rights outlined in our constitution are not earned, but guaranteed. reparations is not a charity, but is a debt that's owed to black americans for slavery, legalized apart segregation and the ongoing racial disparity and stigmatizization. by 2053, the wealth and net worth of black americans will be zero according to the guardian. and, according to the brookings institute, the media net worth
is 17,000. discriminatory laws reached their aplaintiff's exhibit in the mid 20th century when housing policies engineered the wealth gap. unfortunately, the city and county of san francisco has been complicit. being the only i would like to be apart of this exhibition so i can lend my knowledge towards reparation that will benefit the black americans of slavery in this city. thank you very much. >> chairman: thank you. next is carletta jackson-lane. >> clerk: yes. before the next speaker proceeds, i would like to ask that anyone who is not speaking if you can turn off your camera and mute your microphone. thank you very much. >> chairman: so, reverend brown, if you can just turn off your camera, that'd be great.
next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. can you see me? >> chairman: we can. >> thank you. all right. i would like to thank. i would like to apply for seat 4 and seat 10. i have been a resident of san francisco for more than 45 years. we moved to the philmore on page and webster. which had the first african american principal where i attended. i am the executive director of the family service agency incorporated and serve low income average children youth and families predominantly african american for more than 30 years and i am currently located in the village.
appointed by supervisor haney and mediator for the san francisco police department, department of police accountability. previously, the office of citizens complaints since 2010 and a mediator for community board. san francisco state university and my doctor from to bring about an equal playing field that will bridge the opportunity gap between 22,000 and 25,000 per year. versus the white population. the impact of gentrification due to redevelopment for example has resulted in a
five%, some phase two percent of black community residents. i would like to be a member of the african american reparations advisory and contribute to a strategic plan about the african americans of st. francis. >> chairman: next up is coy gibson. >> hello. can everyone see and hear me all right? >> chairman: yes. >> okay. hi everybody hi to the commission. my name is coy gibson. i should start off by saying i grew up in san francisco from the earliest i can remember, i lived with my mom on the 3rd street side and then my mom was
able to live in the sunnidale housing project. i spent the majority of my life in sunnidale. i graduated from hillcrest elementary. my mom. in 2004, i believe i committed a violation that we had the leave the san francisco housing project. since then, i'm now married. i'm a father of four. all young ladies. i think my addition to this board on seat 15 is due to some of the things that i've experienced and witnessed while living in the city and county in san francisco specifically the sunnidale housing project. at a certain time in that area, you know, i've always witnessed two bus lines coming through
that area, not to mention as me growing up over there, there was a certain time to where we couldn't order pizza. we had to lie about our address because people were so afraid and just to my experiences as living in san francisco, growing up with the experience of living in that type of environment i think would be a really good addition to this board. and that's it. that's all i have to say. thank you. >> chairman: thank you, mr. gibson. next is craig joseph. >> hello, and thank you for the invitation as well as the opportunity to be considered for an appointment on the african american reparations advisory committee.
what are the fact that my family were in san francisco. she had a home on dalone street which was taken by the 280 freeway. she didn't there were things within that and surrounding that because of the fact that my grandmother's a black woman which did not enable her to keep her home. the standing position that i had i feel more lakeview sunnidale. i would often do outreach in the different areas of outreach throughout the city and i would see the disparities between ourselves and other races of
people. i also had the opportunity to work with several millionaires in the city, one of them being a black man and i was able to see the differences between the treatment that he received versus the treatment that the other millionaires received who had not black we would need to address internally and externally and also a level of transparency that would need to be held accountable to which have a lot to do with the lack of finances, the lack of information, the lack of wealth that we have as a people and so it's important to me that. >> clerk: speaker, your time has elapsed.
>> thank you. >> chairman: okay. after mr. joseph, daniel landry. >> can you hear me now? >> chairman: yes, sir. >> greetings, board of supervisor peskin, supervisor mandelman, and supervisor chan. thank you, cheryl davis, and president walton for this advisory committee. my name is daniel landry and i applied for this position for a lot of reasons. the big reason is because i think being born and raised in san francisco for 52 years, now my mother moved here in 1958 and similar to what mr. gibson said, we were immediately faced with hardship from the san francisco redevelopment agency. so we were displaced and that's
pretty much a lot of what i remember growing up is always moving in the fillmore western addition. just briefly about me and qualifications it's pretty much in the last 30 years, i've spent volunteering and being an activist and advocate in the fillmore communities and i've heard about institutional knowledge. we also need people in this committee that bring credibility and street knowledge and i think that's what i would add and that would be an asset to us making a decision as a body here in san francisco. a lot of things that i participated in one was helping craft f in 2008 because i knew then even after the situation with my family and us being displaced here in the fillmore area. one of the things we got to recognize and represent with this reparation advisory body
is housing and i dedicated many, many years in supporting housing and community action for housing and the similar conditions that it's hard for our community. one being community proleasing which i participated in 2005. i think a lot of things that i want to -- >> clerk: speaker, your time has elapsed. >> thank you. >> chairman: okay. we will move to denise powell. >> hi, are you able to hear me? >> chairman: yes we are and see you. >> awesome. grateful to be amongst so many great people today. and within the social justice committee of the black caucus at ucsf. as an eighth generation recipient, i came to san francisco in 2019 following in the steps of my family who moved to the bay area in the
1950s and 60s. by connecting with family, friends, and community partners. within a health perspective and beyond. my experience with this community would have a health and central justice lens. the candidate for vacant seat 10, my goal is to ensure san francisco invest inned city. through the prior work at the board of supervisors, i'm inspired by the idea of using sources like certain city taxes to compensate african americans. i agree that true reparations includes building generational wealth and achieving equity. the ideas of pathways to free education, grants for business and providing for down payments on homes are all things that can contribute to wealth. on march 22nd, 2021, to make
reparations available for the country's history. the city council voted to allocate $400,000 to eligible black households. there would be qualifications like being the direct from a particular time span working towards the 1940s, 60s, and even beyond that. in which we suffer discrimination and housing because of city ordinances, policies or practices. we can also reach out to groups for those in the anti-black housing policies. overall, i just want to say i'm once again grateful to be here and i'm inspired by all the work that's already been done and even if not on this committee, i would like to help in any way possible. thank you. >> chairman: thank you.
next is dennis bishop jr. >> hi. thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak. so a little bit about me i'm really a third generation san franciscan. my grandfather came here in the 50s and was a prominent business and property owner in the bayview hunter's point district. i applied to join this committee because, growing up, i've seen first-hand a lot of the disparities in our community, you know, plague of drugs, you know, black people being basically housed on top of nuclear waste. and, i think that in my humble opinion, our way forward is to
and i, you know, i want to echo mr. brown that we need to, you know, come with common sense policies to, you know, solve these issues which have been -- they haven't been addressed in my opinion, they haven't been addressed correctly. so i'm a tech entrepreneur. san francisco software engineer. and so the reason why i want to join this committee. our representation in tech is a
way to go forward and, yeah, to be honest, i don't have -- sorry. >> chairman: thank you. diane gray. ms. gray? >> through the chair, it's a possibility that ms. gray has joined the meeting over the phone and might be muted. so, ms. gray, if you are calling, you may need to hit star 6. >> chairman: and, if not, we can circle back around while we're waiting. so i'll call her again later. ed donaldson.
>> hi, supervisor peskin and rules committee and also thank you to president walton and the entire board of supervisors for your support in terms of bringing such an issue to bear upon us. the gravity of the moment is not lost upon me. i think about martin luther king's book "where do we go from here" and "operation bread basket." to tell you about myself, i was born in bayview hunter's point. also affordable housing. currently participated in the cannabis equity program. i'm applying for seat 5 and 8 to talk a little bit about my qualifications for each seat. during the height of mass incarceration of 1993, i was arrested and convicted for 153 grams of crack cocaine which
amounts to 5.5 ounces which is a relatively small amount. the notorious crack cocaine 100 to 1 garnered a sentence for 35 months which i did 9 years. my story is documented and outlined along with many others in michelle's alexander's book "the new jim crow." in present, i received a certification in a paralegal service where i found myself studying the contradictions that are found in the law and being a student of history, i understand the contradictions are there and i was able to rebuild my life and through a knowledge of what i call and study in history and whatnot through sf state university, studying my family's genealogy, i traced each of my family lines back to
the plantation and can tell you each of those plantation owner's names. my qualifications for seat 8 -- >> clerk: speaker, your time has elapsed. >> chairman: 10 seconds. >> we were pushed out of bayview hunter's point and fillmore. i began working currently i serve on ocii certificate of preference working group where we're working on the program attic changes around the preference of this legislation and i look forward to your consideration for this committee. >> chairman: thank you, mr. donaldson. eric mcdonnell. are you there, eric? >> yes. thank you so much, chair peskin. i appreciate it. president walton, director davis, thank you.
supervisor chan and mandelman. i appreciate the attention given to it. this is a historical and present moment. i appreciate being in this conversation and under consideration. applying for seat 3 on the advisory committee. for a couple of reasons. one, i'm a native san franciscan because my mother fled to san francisco from macomb county, mississippi for her very life to then arrive at and experience what was then the hay day of the fillmore, the harlem of the west only to watch its demise and experience the impacts of that growing up in public housing and all of the transitions we had to make as a result. in his testimony before congress, virtually every institution with some degree of history in america has a history of extracting wealth and resources out of the
african american community and behind all of that oppression was actually found. we have an opportunity now in this context of reparations to right those wrongs, to repair the harm. i would be honored. you have a whole list of worthy candidates and so i'd be honored to serve and would bring my leadership both in fundraising specifically to seat 3's qualifications, but also in leadership in rebuilding the harm, we building the path of opportunity for individual family and community wealth that can see san francisco return to those hay days of the harlem of the west. so thank you for your consideration and i appreciate this entire process. >> chairman: thank you, mr. mcdonnell. good to see you and then we'll go to felisia thibodeaux. >> good morning, super walton,
peskin, mandelman and chan. thank you for the opportunity to bring before you my qualifications for the reparations advisory committee. i'm a third generation san franciscan currently the executive director of community center where we champion the causes of seniors in marginalized communities. i've worked in san francisco housing homeless working to find their preference holders for the willy b. kennedy and the con listic heights community. i've worked to formally house individuals and give them their first opportunity of employment after overcoming homelessness and currently, i still keep my finger on the post of the aging seniors of the o.m.i. which the average senior over here is 87 and give many stories about red lining. i'm able to purchase real estate trying to form their
businesses. my family was a business owner owning johnson and johnson locksmith in the western edition. i've been in and about san francisco for 20 years. born to a mother. my grandfather came from louisiana to the shipyard and my paternal grandfather was the head custodian at the company. i helped to rehouse the geneva taro residencies after the implosion and subsequent demolish of those buildings. i've trained individuals from homeless to house and worked directly with jesse rasinski. i bring to you the voice of aging seniors of san francisco and their stories and would love nothing more but to be part of bringing reparations to
that community as well as others in san francisco. thank you. >> chairman: thank you. next up is freddy martin. >> okay. excuse me, i was having issues unmuting myself. my voice is a little scratchy, so please bear with me. i am currently a housing organizer with senior disability action. five years serving on the board of tenderloin neighborhood as a community representative and just last year, i became the vice president. i'm also the cochair of the mid market coalition working on the building and maintain of. i'm a survivor of incarceration
and have lived in huddousing. i'm applying for seats 2, 5, 6, and 17. and set the stage for these atrocities to happen in my community since my ancestors have been enslaved here. and, for quite some time, i didn't know is existed. i've been able to turn some of my messes into messages that we as black people must lead the way and the change that we want must and need to see. reparations to me means when people have paid their dead to society for crimes committed that they should be fully integrated with the same rights back into society. a seat at the table for all of us. i feel that housing should be affordable to everyone. so that must be reversed. equal fair housing for all.
policy changes must happen and have gotten and i've also gotten my entire organization and some allies to participate in the housing element 2022 with the sf planning department against racial discrimination and to reverse those things. i have been able to cocreate the first ever juneteenth celebration in my job. it's as much needed as well as this. also, i developed the first ever african american racial social justice to address racism in the community. >> clerk: your time has passed. >> chairman: thanks. next we'll go to gerald harris followed by gina fromer. >> mr. harris?
hello? mr. young? >> clerk: i am checking to see if mr. harris is logged in. i do not see a log-in for mr. harris. he may be on the phone line. if so, you can press star 6 to unmute yourself. >> chairman: and we can circle back. why don't we go on to gina fromer. ms. frommer. and, while we're waiting on
diane gray, gerald harris, and gina fromer. why don't we go to gloria berry. and, i understand that gina fromer has apparently withdrawn and diane gray was not supposed to be on the list to begin with. so we'll circle back around to mr. harris. if mr. harris is available. if not, let's go on to gloria berry. >> good morning. >> chairman: good morning. >> good morning rules committee, president walton and director davis. i am applying to seat 7, the qualifications for that seat states that someone that has experience or is homeless. i was homeless -- well, actually, my first time being housing in 1988. my family was evicted from d5 after living there 18 years so
they could turn our apartments into condominiums and then i was inclined to extend to the navy because i had nowhere to live. back in '97, i actually married for housing, that's something a lot of women end up doing because of housing insecurity. then in 1998, i was evicted from the army base because my husband's in the navy and, finally, in 2012, i was diagnosed with a rare cancer and i was arrested for marijuana as well as i lost my house. so i ended up in the shelter system. i visited next door and detox even though i don't take drugs and i spent nine months on treasure island and transitional housing. i want to be on this
reparations committee because the damages i've seen over the years since '69 with redevelopment, urban renewal, jim crow and even hope sf in the midst that affordable housing will trickle down to the black community. i'm also very concerned about the only solutions being things like home assistance, payment which a lot of us can't afford a monthly mortgage and definitely not homeowner's association dues. i'm interested in things that oppose to trickle down and actually get to the hands. i believe if san francisco starts caring about the black community, us as a city will. and other things.
they will need to unmute themselves. >> chairman: okay. so, ms. brown. >> i'm here. >> chairman: okay. >> thank you, chair peskin. i want to take full advantage of my time. those children raised us up in long island, new york. when crack hit in the 80s, i fled to i came to california. i have been at usf for 20 years working. i worked in the community that entire time. i worked for every mayor from newsome to currently mayor breed. i wrote the legislation on record right now for san
francisco for reparations. it's called the "slavery closure ordinance" me. ronda colters, al williams and the african american historical society wrote the legislation and it was adopted by the city attorney and his law. i also wrote a book that was rated the number one book on black politics. the national organization of black scholars. the national association of black scientists i've been a professor there for political science. i've also headed african american studies at usf. both pieces of literature or
research that i've done were put on mayor breed's desk as she considered the reparations redistribution of $120 million recently in the city of san francisco. i have 500 years of history and knowledge. for the entire city. i have a strategic plan of sfpd right here that's not even public yet. i also am familiar with all the national issues in terms of the reparations issues. >> clerk: caller your time has elapsed. >> one last second. i've actually, you know, worked with the community leadership foundation. i've been on the san francisco achievement program and i'm glad to be apart of this and would be glad to serve in this committee. although i'm not a resident, i've been working in san francisco for over 20 years.
>> chairman: mr. taylor. thank you, sir. is ms. brown unmuted? >> yes. i am. >> chairman: okay. please proceed. >> good morning supervisor peskin,, chan, mandelman and director davis. my life's work has been dedicated to improving quality life issues. currently, i'm the director of inner cities. we've been existence since 1997. in 2018, we went under the and my great aunt who was an educator in the san francisco unified school district. so i'm a second generation
community servant trying to adhere to the economic legacy development for black san franciscans. today, my work includes for black san franciscans. one of the main reasons why i applied for the reparations committee is because when i was 20 years old my father made me buy a home. so you can imagine the equity that i have in that building today. the reason why he he said you've got to create your own retirement plan. i was able to purchase other property. so i'm in a very decent
position in comparison to most of my counter parts that i went to high school with and even college with. and so my main purpose is to build equity for black san franciscans and my generation. so thank you very much for your time. >> chairman: thank you. now we'll go onjiarani haynes. that hello everybody i'm applying for the vacant seat 15. i am a public housing resident here in hunter's point in san francisco. i'm getting ready to graduate with my criminal justice degree from san francisco state. i do believe i am a good
candidate for this position to bring forth equality for justice and the city and county of san francisco. i've been paying extra attention to the communities that need it the most. we are descendants of our community. i'd also like to anything from scholarship to waiving fees or initiatives to offset. over a long period and course of time. thank you. >> chairman: thank you. next is jocelyn perry.
followed by julian o'neil. >> hello, can you hear me? >> yes. >> i'll try to keep this short. i live in district 5. i believe i'm best qualified for seat 12 i left my job as a research janitor in january of this year i worked at city slicker farms and saw the positive effects that has in our community. which my family came face to face with. they were forced to move around and most of them out of the
city. i believe any sort of reparations package must include an equitable housing solution or provide housing to those who are forced out for one reason or another. president walton has discussed many potential funding routes over the last year and i believe every avenue must be researched. bold and actionable steps the city can take to get the san francisco reparations plan moving. i believe looking at the work other cities have done. thank you again for considering me. thank you president walton for working so hard to get this going and i look forward to working with and learning from all the amazing people we've heard from today. >> chairman: thank you. and is jocelyn perry available? if not. why don't we move on to kai
one of the reasons why i want to join this task force. because i'm about solutions and helping the people that are inflicted. so that's what i have to offer this taskforce. it's my experience and my skill and overcoming these overwhelming barriers that a lot of people of color have to live by every day. so i apply for seat 15, 5, 6, and 7. and my name is larry martin and thanks for letting me share. >> chairman: thank you, mr. martin. and congratulations. i'm just going to circle back and if we have gerald harris or jocelyn perry or kai forsley or larry jones available. why don't we move on to
erving. okay. how about leontine collins. >> hello. how are you doing. when they tore down the fillmore, i've seen houses go up and down the block that were moved to other places. i think the school system where i was distreated in the school system, i see when i went to -- when i was going to when i was like in kindergarten before i used to go to the black panthers breakfast. help other people roll and educational wise and that has stopped and so i ended up doing
it in my own community when i was standing there. i applying for community step for my community with young girls and in gang violence and stuff. i reached out to parents that i knew and i also. so i've been homeless on and off like seven years. i'm still facing homelessness for the last two years and i've talked to grow and give back. i'm still going to give back right now. i'm a head case manager which i do if i can't place i try to get them into job readiness and jobs and just go on to get sros or something like that. i think i'll be a good fit for this because i can go all the
okay? is this committee will allow me to continue. i'm a proud to be a part of a committee that will allow me to address this from my ancestors, the community leaders and advocates who are no longer here. i know that there is an honor to see this coming. i feel that i can bring my lifelong experiences to this endeavor working in our community for over 44 years for the benefit of our community will help because the history i
>> yes, we can. >> i want to thank all those on the call. i am first grateful and honored to be here and to listen to so many grateful people's stories we are is the change. we want to shout out to all those and good to be on this call with you. i qualify for discrimination in the workplace. i'm a county employee and i'm suing the city and county of san francisco i did put my case number in the application. i have questions about that that is from public knowledge.
my goal is to share my experiences, my belief, and my strengths as a black woman raised in san francisco. i have a black husband, a black ex-husband, and a child and a black son. i'm worried for my daughter and son and those who are connected because we are not safe. as far as what i want to get from this committee or want to offer, whether i'm not on the committee or not. i don't know that we need to have reparations for just right now. i'm thinking let's have reparations that will help our offspring 400 years from now, such as given our property. not having student loans. having schools from k through 12 paid for. also for four-year colleges to 10-year colleges paid for, for black people.
also not having to pay taxes as a black person. the white people planned out a way to hinder black people. we need to strategically sit down and plan how to help our people and to reverse the hurt and harm that was done. taking care of the mental, physical, and financial -- [indiscernible] -- >> if i've already called your name, now is your opportunity.
we will move on. >> my name is omarid. hamilton. i am a san francisco native born and raised in the western edition. i've been here my entire life. i'm considered a unicorn. i'm so happy to be a part of this process. i am currently working for the san francisco human rights commission as a specialist.
i am a co-founder of raw talk. i think with this committee, the difference is going to be 100% amazing. i'm a former member of the san francisco re-entry council. with that experience, i have gained a wealth of knowledge of how to create and reform things. also i want to be a part of the process. san francisco is one of the most innovative cities in the world and i think we need innovate ideas and new thought processes on how to create reparations and equity and not just opportunities, but equity that can push equity forward. san francisco has a long history of creating equitable opportunities, but doesn't push forward. i want to be a part of the process and thinking outside of the box.
i have worked on the ground for 17 years after being incarcerated. i want to be a voice of the community and bring them to the process. thank you and i yield my time. >> we'll go on to patrina harrison. >> i'm patrina harrison. i am speaking on the african-american reparations committee. i have experienced discrimination in the workplace and homelessness and i am in the shelter-plus program. i am a native san franciscan. i have experienced lifelong discrimination in the workplace. i have a master's in dispute
resolution. i bring specialized fields and knowledge. further, it's convincing that african-american reparations at the federal and state level can never be realized until our struggles are identified and our struggles are heard and identified. life experiences on discrimination are very different than the life experiences of incidental african-american experiences. thank you. >> thank you. next is pauletta jona-wickliff. >> hi, can you hear me? >> yes. >> i am a native san franciscan. thank you for the opportunity to speak today. i am a native of san francisco. i have a master's in social
work. i currently work as a medical social worker. i was the first african-american social worker hired at ucf and pediatrics in 2011. my father is a long-term business owner of business maintenance. in addition to my family start-up, one of the founders of the school is specific in western edition to serve. i have a primary school and that is in the district. i was the first graduating class in that school. currently i'm here in san francisco and i've been back since 2011 raising our daughter who attending an independent school. i would welcome the opportunity to address reparations as it relates to race and equity in san francisco. i have a sound mind and have participated in a lot of
different opportunities with regards to the research and development and what that looks like for san francisco. i am proud to be a san francisco native and will know this committee will do what it needs to, to address the wrongs and make them right. it will trickle down to kefer family in the city. thank you so much for the opportunity and thank you for everyone else who has applied. this is a wonderful experience for all. >> thank you so much for your testimony. next is randal seriguchi. >> good afternoon, commissioners. everyone hear me? my name is randy seriguchi. i am from a non-profit. we want to place one male black teacher in every other school in
the city. we started a committee to do that. this academy was founded 10 years ago as a black saturday school that built an ecosystem around black children, black men, volunteers, and staff. that vision that i thought was special because of the tools in this state, that vision spoke to a higher platform, which was to place a black male in every school. my tenure has been growth for this year and that is what i want to impart on my comment. when we talk about reparations, we're not just talking about some money. this is about the moment. when we talking about the next 10 years of moments, there are $300 billion spent on racial inequity. no one knows what that means.
what i'm talking about is this nether world of money and we're talking about all the ills we need to fix. we have a really big problem on our hands or an opportunity. this is the first major u.s. city too try to do this. in my job i have opportunities and chances to talk to a bunch of folks. there are those on what it means to put new capital boo the black community and lots of ways to do it. i want to have a chance to dream and go bigger. this opportunity could help maximize prop 47 opportunities. it could get more efficiency to the doctors. the financial -- >> [indiscernible] -- there's a
lot of things that i would likely to connect the city dots to. >> thank you, sir. next is ranon ross followed by robert mitchell. >>. >> hello. >> we can hear you. >> my name is ranon ross and i work for the city and county of san francisco, at the district attorney's office for the last 33 years. i was born and raised in san francisco [indiscernible] -- i am currently the executive director, president [indiscernible] -- organization.
learning opportunities [indiscernible] throughout san francisco. that organization is a volunteer organization. i present myself to the committee because of my ties to san francisco, because of my belief in san francisco. san francisco [indiscernible] -- talk about reparations, it is more than just about a dollar amount, but it is a holistic approach with a concept that encompasses a lot more than just money. we're talking about equity as we're moving forward. we're talking about atonement for what has occurred in the past. i believe with my experience and my background and my legal acumen, i can help this committee forge and create a product that this county can be
proud of, not just because [indiscernible] -- but because san francisco is a leader in this country and almost everything that we do and this would fall more in line with the type of products that we produce. i present myself to you and hope that the committee can agree that i can something to offer in the process, to the city. i will do that. thank you. >> thank you, mr. ross. and i understand laticia erving is now available. the floor is yours. ms. erving?
okay. we'll go back to other folks who have been called in a little bit. we'll go through the rest of the applicants and then go back to anybody who hasn't spoken. robert mitchell. >> hello? >> hello. i apologize. i'm on a bus. just about to get off. i absolutely [indiscernible] -- i come from mississippi. [indiscernible] -- i volunteer with various organizations here in san francisco and around the
bay. i myself have been a victim of homelessness. i volunteer with the aid foundation and under that umbrella [indiscernible] which addresses h.i.v. and the awareness of that, particularly geared to black leaders. i have had the opportunity to serve in many ways and would really relish the opportunity to continue. i believe that the trauma that has created trauma is very profound and i would like to take the steps to help keep us from repeating that trauma. also, if our people were used to build this country, if they stepped on our shoulders, they should compensate us for that.
my parents are not here to receive it, but i would use it in such a way to make a better future for myself and a future for the families that we are producing right now. i'm sorry, i'm jumbling around. >> that's fine. does that conclude your comments, mr. mitchell? >> that would. thank you so much. >> thank you. next we'll move on to shakeyla o'cain. mr. mitchell -- yeah, perfect. is shakeyla o'cain available? let's move on to shelly lenard.
how about starr williams. >> hi, i'm here. i would like to start. thank you to everyone who developed this committee for reparations for black people in san francisco because we need it especially with everything that happened to us back to the 1800s. i would like to introduce myself. i am starr williams. i am looking at seat 12. i am a second generation san franciscan. my grandmother came here from the south. i am a junior in high school. i am homeless living in transitional housing. i grew up giving back to my community because no one else has a community worth doing it. my mom had to find a school that served my sister and i due to
our disability. the housing companies didn't know how to handle people who struggled with drug addiction. i'm now seeing the current effects of gentrification. [indiscernible] -- the residents of the tenderloin and also the surrounding areas. there is a re-entrance for former drug addicts. [indiscernible] this organization has multiple themes, but recently i've been using my skills to create covid vaccine infographics because there is a lot of distrust in the governments.
by giving out information they are vocal to take the vaccine. let me outline what i can bring the committee [indiscernible] -- to housing and all the way back to injustice for black people in the medical field [indiscernible] -- >> my name is tachelle and i was born and raised and live in san francisco. i would like to be considered to be on the african-american reparations advisory committee and occupy seat 14. my overall goal and experience have always been centered around connecting back people and their communities. creating a bridge to foster
relationships towards college. i have a rich history of actively participating in multiple projects as a student leader alongside great political figures. i attended san francisco university and earned my bachelor's degree with a focus on equity and social justice. while attending san francisco state, i was selected to be on the dean of students' committee. during that time, i effectively represented 30,000 students as i served in creating inclusion campus events and building relationships between students, faculty, staff, and our local communities. i was also involved in student engagement initiatives, including but not limited to the remodeling of our annex, revamping our gym, [indiscernible] -- leading to the building and reconstruction of our beautiful wellness center.
based on the needs of students, i was successfully active as a liaison to the dean of students so we may have a better place in our population. i have an active reputation with being involved with historic student populations. often while employed in a non-profit organization in san francisco which values the same values, i was able to offer mentorship to students, provide campus tours and encourage future gators [indiscernible] --
>> thank you. next is tasha spencer. >> tasha has indicated she is unable to attend due to a work conflict -- >> i'm here. >> my apologies. >> no problem. welcome. >> thank you so much. can you hear me okay? >> yes, we can and we can see you. >> good afternoon. thank you. i would like to start by saying thanks for the visionary leadership and the supervisors in attendance also for your time and consideration today. my name is tasha spencer. i was born and raised in san francisco and i work and reside in the city. the qualifications that make me eligible for the seats i am asking for consideration is i'm a mother of seven, all seven going through the school
district. i also successfully brought civil legislation against the city and county of san francisco for discrimination in the workplace in 2017. i am going to yield my time and i thank you for this opportunity today. >> thank you. next is tiffany walker-carter. >> hi, everyone. i'm tiffany walker-carter and i am a proud [indiscernible] -- small business owner with growing locations throughout san francisco. i am also the co-founder of [indiscernible]. reparations is important to help bridge the wealth gap and giving
african-americans the opportunity to build wealth and achieve the american dream. americans have benefitted from slavery and that makes america the successful country that it is today. i represent the next generation of black leadership in san francisco and i have not been [indiscernible] in the city i was born and raised. black americans are 200 meters behind other groups [indiscernible] -- we have helped build san francisco and it needs to be re-established in the black community. >> thank you, ms. carter. next is tinisch hollins. >> can you hear necessity? >> yes, please go ahead.
>> i apologize. thank you so much for allowing me this time. my name is tinisch hollins i am the executive director of california insafety and injustice one of the largest organizations. i am an s.f. native. i have been displaced for two decades due to the astronomical costs of living. i've been an organizer for public policy. i didn't learn about public policy and budget since school. i learned about it through lived systems and how the policy and budgets are intentionally designed to fail people p i want
to make change. i've served in a lot of different capacities over the years. i was a member of the african-american out generation task force. i'm also leading conversations around state policy change that is influencing national reforms around the country and removing barriers of those coming directly back to the community. i hope to support san francisco in doing the same thing. thank you and i yield the rest of my time. >> thank you. the next is toni hines.
>> greetings, supervisors, and to all of the other agents. my name is tossie long. i am a third generation san francisco native from mississippi. i am a general contractor who built many homes here. i am the creative director of a performance company that consults, creates, and curiositiates events for social initiatives and movements. we engineer change by centers technology, harnessing
entertainment as a strategy for impact. [indiscernible] -- a global biannual festival where we celebrated black artists celebrating many art forms. i am also a co-founder of blood and bone. this is an honoring of our ancestors who never had the chance to do so. we will provide a vital impact on the life, legacy, and impact in san francisco. i am retracting my application for the seat since i don't qualify. there is no better use of my talent and skills.
thank you for your consideration to be a part of this restorative monumental moment. >> thank you. our next speaker is yolanda harris. >> good afternoon. thank you, board. director and the mayor for her leadership. i am yolanda harris and i am applying for seats 1, 2, 7, 9, 12, 14 or 15. i am a second-generation born in the bayview hunter's point. i grew up in bayview communities. i watched other family members migrate to the city from louisiana.
i also got the opportunity to watch other elders in the community such as dr. george davis, ms. shirley jones and many more. with that being said, i am happy to say that i had a gift for service at an early age. in school, i attended bayview elementary and then went on and graduated from makateer high school. . i worked for 25 years in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the city. i've been an administrator in many areas. i have provided an array of services in the department of housing and community development. i worked at mayor brown ice district liaison and housing liaison many years ago. i graduated with a master's
degree last may. i have volunteered my time in the communities, connecting people with the covid pandemic, i have also been appointed as a san francisco housing authority commissioner. i am also in discussions to be a long-term care housing coordinator. i feel that all of my experiences have been working with diverse communities and populations. however, my work has included the advancement and uplifting of black people. thank you for your consideration. have a great afternoon. >> thank you, ms. harris. why don't we circle back to the names i called where people have not net testified. gerald harris, gwendolyn brown,
laticia erving, linda ross, i think we were told ms. gomes could not attend. shelly lenard. i think that's everybody. if any of you are here, that is your opportunity. >> shakeyla o'cain is here. i am a native san franciscan. i am a descendant of [indiscernible] -- with that said, my grandparents -- i was born and raised in philmore and
lakeview. in all of these areas, as you know, was once upon a time mostly african-american home owners. that is not so at this point in time. as jen ri at the casing comes about, more african-americans are not owning homes here. i provide housing services to those 18 to 24 in san francisco who areexperiencing homelessness. i want to be a part of this to ensure that the youth are involved because they have the power and they are also struggling -- they are also experiencing a lot of barriers because of the discrimination and racism that has been -- that has been happening in our city
and has been continuing to it happen. that's why i want to be part of this board. thank you for your time. >> thank you, ms. o'cain. anybody else? ms. erving, are you there? okay. why don't we move on to general public health measure on this item number 3. >> before we do that, if i may -- >> hello? >> hello? >> who is that? >> who is saying hello? >> my name is linda ross. >> excellent. go ahead, ms. ross. >> i'm applying for seat 4.
i am over 60. i believe that the issues of the district -- the issues [indiscernible] in the city of san francisco [indiscernible] -- >> thank you, ms. ross. does that conclude your comments? >> no, my comment is i'm an activist, a native san franciscan [indiscernible] -- lack of education and more mobility in jobs as well as education [indiscernible] --
testify. >> this is laticia erving. i have lived in public housing in district 10 and i currently reside [indiscernible] -- i have the honor of being the parent and caregiver of two african-american children who have gone through the school district. my oldest child has defiance disorder and my youngest [indiscernible] -- has been exhausting, but the other children in san francisco. i also serve as an employee of the african-american achievement initiative in the district. as a member of the community, a resident, and an educator in the san francisco unified school district, i have whole-heartedly served the community for under 25 years. this task is important to me
because black families are underserved historically in this community. we deserve a voice in this conversation and i understand that things will not change unless we are at the table. we need a fair and equitable chance to succeed in san francisco. i want to make this a chance and an opportunity. i look forward to hearing back. >> thank you, ms. erving. any other remaining applicants who have already been called? all right. why don't we -- yes, go ahead. >> i'll make one final comment. regardless of whether or not -- >> what is this? >> this is dennis bishop. >> you've already spoken. this is not a repeat.
this is for those called who did not show. if there are any more of those, please testify now, otherwise we'll go to president walton. >> thank you so much. if julian o'neal and starr williams are here, i would like to ask a question. >> yes. >> yes. >> this question is to both of you through the chair and we'll go in order if that's okay with you, chair. >> of course. >> what would reparations mean to you? julian, i believe you were the first one. >> quick question. it means a lot. it can mean a lot. to me personally as nice as actual money put in pockets of
descendants of slaves would be, i think the best course to be investigating in -- like i said, housing, education, a lot of it has to -- i thought a lot about what you said over the last years pushing for this committee. marijuana taxes, i think that's a great place to look, raising money there, raising it in specifically housing. i think housing is a big one for me. also reversing the decline in [indiscernible] -- we're down to 5% and it was double that not so long ago. >> reparations to me is the acknowledgement that we put people through this and we're going to give back.
to me necessarily -- for me, like, direct payments because i don't feel like that is necessarily going to do anything or give people money. into the black community and they were oppressed. san francisco housing, central health, drug addiction, education, and stuff like that. we're basically in reversing -- not totally reversing, but trying to reverse how the black community or somebody was oppressed by. >> thank you both so much for not making this any easier on us. [laughter]. >> chair. >> no, i appreciate your line of questioning. why don't we go to general public comment. are there any members of the public, not applicants, who
>> i have learned [indiscernible] -- i have worked with the group of accountability. i have the honor of being with him. i don't know if you know it. he writes about these experiences. this is a group that we form about our community and the problems in our community. freddy brings everything to that group. i think he is perfect for this position. he is an understanding position. he has compassion. he has not an angry bone in his body. this is a person that can set
you here and bring real advice and make changes. he is not a talker. he is a doer and an awesome person. thank you for listening. i'll yield the rest of my time. >> next caller, you can proceed with your comment. >> thank you very much. thank you chairman and the board of supervisors. i am speaking on behalf of dr. amos brown. after relocating to san francisco, i've been involved in civil rights, human rights, and the communities at large. i feel it is important we have
the african-american reparation advisory committee appointed to make the difference. we need to address this as well. i have experience in [indiscernible] that took our m.c.i., the redevelopment. i am currently the member of san francisco and w.c.e. i have served for many non-profit organizations. i am currently the president of a corporation development that strives to keep affordable housing in san francisco. i speak for dr. brown, again because he's the president of the naacp and he is on the national board of the naacp. he is a civil rights, human rights, a theologian. dr. brown is a seasonal
historian and is very knowledgeable in the african-american reparations. i -- he will be an excellent candidate. thank you very much. have a good day. >> clerk: thank you. can we have the next speaker, please. next speaker, you've been unmuted. >> go ahead. >> why don't we go on to the next speaker.
>> hi. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes, we can. please proceed. >> i am a native of san francisco, a second generation. my father came out from arkansas and he served in world war ii. i am a certificate of preference holder and my family suffered from the red lining and urban renewals during the 1970s. i'm calling to support freddy martin. he is a tireless and generous commitment and selfless commitment to the community. he has provided me resources for mental health. he is not afraid to hit the ground and provide education and resources to people. i have worked with freddy on the alex street fair where we organized together a community fair for 6th and jesse ali
street. i was part of the lead project where he recruited me for the social justice league class and supported me in facilitating. i engaged my community and neighbors because of freddy. he is an awesome, genuine person. i work with him also. he is an artist with sky watchers. he is tangled and there is a tremendous amount of work ethic. he is a great person we need to be a part of in monumental moment and i yield my time. >> clerk: thank you. next speaker. >> hello. >> [indiscernible] -- to the
president, board of supervisors. i am the president of [indiscernible] black school educators, long-time educates in the city and county of san francisco. i am here to speak on behalf of my naacp president dr. brown. he needs no introduction, but he has hit the ground running [indiscernible] get themselves in trouble, someone needing housing or a job. reverend brown is always there to advocate for our citizens in san francisco, whether that is renaming the school or making sure the educators have their say. reverend brown is has always been a member of this board. i do recommend that going
forward there is a stream lined way busy in a body of people there needs to be some kind of streamlining process. i want reverend brown to sit on this committee. i also want to recognize others, you have a hard job because all the candidates we heard this morning have something good to offer this committee. i grew up in a small farming town in west tennessee. my farmer was a farmer and received reparations. he was not alive when it happened, but my mother was and shared the resources with her children. the reparations do work. america owes us a debt and i'm looking forward to have san
francisco be a forerunner and giving reparations to every african-american in this city and serving all african-americans going forward. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello, good morning, supervisor and the rest of the team. my name is shelly lenard. >> go ahead. go ahead. we can hear you. >> oh. i'm the president of sunnydale community resident board. i worked with san francisco county jail inmates and also i advocate for the residents in
sunnydale. i really was not prepared for this meeting today because i had a death in the family. i really can't talk too much because i'm driving back to san francisco. i wasn't prepared today. [indiscernible] -- >> mr. young is here, but we can all hear you. you're giving public testimony and we can hear you. >> i'm giving public testimony. so what i'm saying is i'm for african-americans and low-income for the residents of sunnydale community and [indiscernible] -- thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> chair, i would like to note that ms. lenard was an applicant. >> thank you for that
clarification. >> clerk: we have toni hines on the line as well -- >> [indiscernible] -- >> [indiscernible] -- thanks for noting that. go ahead next speaker. >> may i speak now? i'm not making public comment now? >> yes, you are. >> i am angela jenkins. thank you for this important meeting on reparations. i am overwhelmed with such inspiration to see so many african-americans in san
francisco coming together in the 30 years i've lived here. i can't say that i've seen such unity. it feels like there is a third reconstruction. some scholars are saying since the summer of 2020 where focus has been on the true tragedy of being descendants of slaves and being tortured in san francisco and in the united states, i can't endorse anyone. everyone was just beautiful and i'm wanting to say thank you very much and i'm hoping that we move forward in san francisco and we will see things that we only hoped for. thank you. >> thank you. >> clerk: could we have the next speaker, please. >> yes. my name is joel yates. i am a fourth generation sfrin.
i would like to thank everyone for this momentous occasion. [indiscernible] been able to witness his tireless dedication and [indiscernible] in this pandemic. a few words for disability rights. he has contributed to the protests and the protections for the community. he can exemplify the pride necessary for consideration for all members of the [indiscernible] -- thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hello. can you hear me? >> yes. >> this is diane gray.
>> go ahead. >> good afternoon, commissioners and board president and director. this is diane gray. i'm a native sfrin and a bayview resident. i've worked on a number of initiatives here in our city and also been a former commissioner of the southeast community associate commission. i would like to recommend and highly hold up gwendolyn brown for seat 10, laticia erving for seat 14 or 15. they are hard-working. i've worked with them on a number of issues and community projects. i want to hold them up and please consider these young
women as they work on reparations and work on our community benefits. thank you so much. >> chair peskin, i would like to note that merchandise gray was an applicant. >> i did note that and she was an applicant for seat 5. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. i was born and raised in san francisco, a black african-american. housing rights activist. a human rights activist. i want to thank you for putting together this committee. we need to do more in-depth exploration on how this money is going to be allocated. being on the committee, my
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