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city? the best it can be and the most inclusive it can be. and i am excited about this and i hope that the board of supervisors takes the advantage of what the mayor is putting forward and a bold idea of taking car centric infrastructure and doing exactly what we know every climate scientist is telling us we need to be doing which is building in-fill, walkable communities and getting away from the carbon emitting technology of the past. and thank you so much and now i am going to hand it over to todd davis from housing action coalition. >> it is never fun to follow lar. i want to start by saying, how lucky are we in san francisco to have such amazing leadership on housing and mayor london breed and state senator weaner, two of the most amazing housing champions in california. as a parent of three teenager who is all want to come back to san francisco -- and i don't
want them moving back into my house -- i think that we need more housing. look, we all know the housing action coalition, we are a member supported nonprofit that supports housing at all levels of affordability. and just like you, we are well aware that san francisco is experiencing an affordable and displacement crisis being primarily caused by an underproduction of housing at all levels of affordability for the last 50 years. right? and we know that workers and people who work every day and the key workers and the teachers and the firefighters and the nurses and they are getting pushed further and further and further out of san francisco. and they have super commutes. they are driving two hours in each direction. and that is what is contributing to greenhouse gases and the climate change. it makes sense to look at where there is available land to develop and take old time car
centric and gas stations and parking lots and make it easier for developers to build housing at all levels of affordability and that makes sense in san francisco. we're going to have workers living closer to the urban centers and being able to walk and take public transportation. we're going to be building that next generation of housing and making space for my children, for your children, and your grandchildren. and so we really have something that we should all be coming together and every neighborhood needs to be a part of the solution. right? and welcoming new neighbors and new personalities into their neighborhood. and so this is really exciting and cars to casa is super, super important piece of legislation and one of the main things it is going to do is going to eliminate a conditional use and can delay housing for a year. we know environmentally that
this is the right thing to do and build on a parking lot or a gas station, let's go for it and eliminate that bureaucracy and i want to thank you mayor london breed for moving this forward and the state senator for the unyielding, unwavering leadership and it is my pleasure to introduce. >> good afternoon and thank you. my name is sarah chiu from an environmental justice nonprofit based in san francisco. we work on a variety of policy issues and programmatic work including youth leadership, air quality monitoring and job
training. and and significant changes in transportation are needed to help achieve our climate goals such as limiting global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees celsius or below and limiting carbon emissions for our city. the city should be moving to emission and prioritize public transit investment as new development occurs. this policy would make that this goes first and underutilize gas auto oriented land and to advance equitable, cleaner air in san francisco to impact low income and communities and households next to highways.
week emissions can exacerbate existing conditions like asthma f and long-term exposure can increase respiratory distress symptoms and airways, coughing and difficulty breathing. by transitioning more land away from auto oriented uses, this can bring a more climate resilient future for all the communities in san francisco. thank you. >> thank you so much. that concludes our presentation here today. and are there any questions? >> could you summarize what you are doing today? >> what we're doing is i am introducing legislation called cars to casas where the legislation will allow for us to
remove the conditional use process to speed up the ability to zone properties like this one that used to be a gas station and be able to places at the garages, gas stations, parking lots, car washes and things that mostly served and were zoned for car-related uses. and would allow for us to move forward in the process to build housing rather than go through an additional layer to remove a bureaucratic layer to add anywhere from 12 to 18 months to the process. >> pardon me. how is it going to streamline this process? so it changes -- >> an it changes the zoning of the properties. >> thank you. >> it says they don't have to -- and -- >> they don't need a conditional use. they don't need to go through that additional layer. they will be able to skip that entirely. that would be removed entirely
to the process. and francis scott key and there was another additional layer and added 18 months and you had to change the zoning to be used as a school and that is part of the challenge with the zoning laws and places to only be used for specific purposes and when you are changing the use of the places and a whole other process and the whole housing related process and if it is zoned for housing and we are saying the entire cities and the laws exist, we will automatically through the legislation say they are going to be automatically eligible if housing is an option and if someone wants to build housing and they don't have to go through the additional layer. that is the best way i can explain it. rich, do you want to add
something to it? >> you can speak in planning terms. >> just add to what the mayor said. and it gets rid of the process which can take anywhere from six months to 18 months. and it also gives project sponsors more flexibility and do more units on a parcel like this and is controlled and by the lot size and how many units you can do and gives flexibility and this project and 13 units or 12 units and they were pretty large. and gives us the possibility to do smaller, larger units and get rid of the process and get through the process quicker. >> can you spell your name? >> h-i-l-l-i-s. rich first name. >> and the director of the planning department. >> all right. any other questions? >> mayor, some of the mask rules
are changing on friday? >> they are? yay. >> and in certain settings and wait for a wider change around and will people be confuseed? >> do your best. we are all trying here. do your best. it's been a long time. >> [inaudible question] >> what was that? what was the first part? >> [inaudible question] >> several walgreens are closing, yes. the sad reality is in what we're facing and with a number of the crimes and to be clear is we all saw the person who rolled into a walgreens in their bike and robbed the store and that was what went viral all across the world and what didn't go viral is the fact this man has been arrested by the san francisco police department is behind bars and awaiting prosecution.
and the fact the these crimes sadly are horrible crimes and they impact the quality of life of the communities. and more importantly, what i want people and your mother and grandmother, your relative, they depend on places like wall greens and c.v.s. and target where they have pharmacies to get the medication. when these locations close in a community and then the entire community loses. the things that people want the most in the grocery stores and pharmacies and hardware stores and places that help support the community. and so part of what has to happen is we all as a city have to come together to, of course, hold perpetrators accountable but make sure that the investments we're making on the front end never make it possible for these crimes to be committed. the last thing we want to do is see this happen. we have been in touch with many of the retailers in san francisco. we work with the san francisco
police department to revamp our 10b program so that these companies can hire off-duty police officers to serve as security at their locations and we have that happening and we redirected them in the locations that are the most problematic. ultimately we can't force a company to remain in san francisco, but we are trying to work with them and we want to make sure that they are doing a better job strategically around their security system to ensure that these crimes don't continue to happen. and our door is open. and we're continuing to have conversations with them. and we'll continue our police chief is working with them hand in hand. and as you see, the number of robberies with some of the establishments have slowed down considerably and i think some of the things that we have implemented are working but they're making this decision to move and that is going to be problematic for our city and we will continue to do that we can to improve the quality of life and safety and change their mind and come back.
>> known as the gay capital of america, san francisco has been at the forefront fighting gay civil rights for decades becoming a bedrock for the historical firsts. the first city with the first openly gay bar. the first pride parade. the first city to legalize gay marriage. the first place of the iconic gay pride flag. established to help cancel policy, programses, and initiatives to support trans and lgbtq communities in san francisco. >> we've created an opportunity to have a seat at the table.
where trans can be part of city government and create more civic engagement through our trans advisory committee which advises our office and the mayor's office. we've also worked to really address where there's gaps across services to see where we can address things like housing and homelessness, low income, access to small businesses and employment and education. so we really worked across the board as well as meeting overall policies. >> among the priorities, the office of transgender initiatives also works locally to track lgbtq across the country. >> especially our young trans kids and students. so we do a lot of work to make sure we're addressing and naming those anti-trans policies and doing what we can
to combat them. >> trans communities often have not been included at the policy levels at really any level whether that's local government, state government. we've always had to fend for ourselves and figure out how to care for our own communities. so an office like this can really show and become a model for the country on how to really help make sure that our entire community is served by the city and that we all get opportunities to participate because, in the end, our entire community is stronger. >> the pandemic underscored many of the inequities they experienced on a daily basis. nonetheless, this health crisis also highlighted the strength in the lgbtq and trans community. >> several of our team members were deployed as part of the work at the covid command center and they did incredit
able work there both in terms of navigation and shelter-in-place hotels to other team members who led equity and lgbtq inclusion work to make sure we had pop-up testing and information sites across the city as well as making sure that data collection was happening. we had statewide legislation that required that we collected information on sexual orientation and our team worked so closely with d.p.h. to make sure those questions were included at testing site but also throughout the whole network of care. part of the work i've had a privilege to be apart of was to work with o.t.i. and a community organization to work together to create a coalition that met monthly to make sure we worked together and coordinated as much as we could to lgbtq communities in the city. >> partnering with community organizations is key to the success of this office ensuring lgbtq and gender nonconforming
people have access to a wide range of services and places to go where they will be respected. o.t.i.'s trans advisory committee is committed to being that voice. >> the transgender advisory counsel is a group of amazing community leaders here in san francisco. i think we all come from all walks of life, very diverse, different backgrounds, different expertises, and i think it's just an amazing group of people that have a vision to make san francisco a true liberated city for transgender folks. >> being apart of the grou allows us to provide more information on the ground. we're allowed to get.
and prior to the pandemic, there's always been an issue around language barriers and education access and workforce development. now, of course, the city has been more invested in to make sure our community is thriving and making sure we are mobilizing. >> all of the supervisors along with mayor london breed know that there's still a lot to be done and like i said before, i'm just so happy to live in a city where they see trans folks and recognize us of human beings and know that we deserve to live with dignity and respect just like everybody else. >> being part of the trans initiative has been just a great privilege for me and i feel so lucky to have been able to serve for it for so far over three years. it's the only office of its kind and i think it's a big opportunity for us to show the country or the world about
things we can do when we really put a focus on transgender issues and transgender communities. and when you put transgender people in leadership positions. >> thank you, claire. and i just want to say to claire farly who is the leader of the office of transgender initiatives, she has really taken that role to a whole other level and is currently a grand marshal for this year's s.f. prize. so congratulations, claire. >> my dream is to really look at where we want san francisco to be in the future. how can we have a place where we have transliberation, quality, and inclusion, and equity across san francisco? and so when i look five years from now, ten years from now, i want us to make sure that we're continuing to lead the country in being the best that we can be. not only are we working to make sure we have jobs and equal opportunity and pathways to
education, employment, and advancement, but we're making sure we're taking care of our most impacted communities, our trans communities of color, trans women of color, and black trans women. and we're making sure we're addressing the barriers of the access to health care and mental health services and we're supporting our seniors who've done the work and really be able to age in place and have access to the services and resources they deserve. so there's so much more work to do, but we're really proud of the work that we've done so far. [♪♪]
>> we worked very hard with the san francisco venue coalition, the independent venue alliance to advocate for venues. put this issue on the radar of the supervisors and obviously mayor breed. the entertainment commission and the office of small business and we went to meetings and showed up and did public comment and it was a concerted effort between 50 venues in the city and they are kind of traditional like live performance venues and we all made a concerted effort to get out there and sound the alarm and to her credit, maybe breed really stepped up, worked with matt haney, who is a supervisor haney was a huge champion for us and they got this done and they got
$3 million into the sf venue recovery fund. >> we have represented about 40 independent venues in san francisco. basically, all the venues closed on march 13th, 2020. we were the first to close and we will be the last to reopen and we've had all the of the overhead costs are rent, mortgage, payroll, utilities and insurance with zero revenue. so many of these venues have been burning $1,000 a day just to stay closed. >> we have a huge music history here in san francisco and the part of our cultural fab lick but it's also an economic
driver. we produce $7 billion annual' here in san francisco and it's formidable. >> we've been very fortunate here. we've had the department of emergency management and ems division and using part of our building since last april and aside from being proud to i can't tell you how important to have some cost recovery coming in and income to keep the doors open. >> typically we'll have, three to 400 people working behind the teens to support the show and that is everything from the teamsters and security staff and usualers, ticket takers, the folks that do our medical and the bar tenders and the people
in the kitchen preparing food for backstage and concession and the people that sell key shirts and it's a pretty staggering amount of people that are out of work as a result of this one verne you going tarkanian. it doesn't work to open at reduced capacity. when we get past june 15th, out of the into the blue print for our economy we can open it it 100% and look at the festival in full capacity in october and we're just so grateful for the leadership of the mavor and dr. coal fax to make us the safest ♪ america and this is been hard for everybody in san francisco and the world but our leadership has kept us safe and i trust them that they will let
us know when it's safe to do that. >> a lot of people know about america is military stuff, bullying stuff, corporate stuff. when people like me and my friends go to these foreign country and play music, we're giving them an american cultural experience. it's important. the same way they can bring that here. it sounds comfy buyia, you know, we're a punk band and we're nasty and we were never much for peace and love and everything but that's the fertilizer that grows the big stuff that some day goes to bill graham's place and takes everybody's money but you have to start with us and so my hope is that allel groups and people make music and get together because without out, hanging together we'll hang separately, you know. >> other venues like this, all
over the place, not just in the san francisco bay area need to exist in order for communities to thrive and i'm not just talking about the arts communities, even if you are here to see a chuckle bucket comedy show and you are still experiencing humanity and in specific ways being able to gather with people and experience something together. and especially coming out of the pandemic, the loss of that in-person human connection recovering that in good ways is going to be vital for our entire society. >> it's a family club. most our staff has been working with us for 10 years so we feel like a family. >> what people think of when they think of bottom of the hill and i get a lot of this is first of all, the first place i met my
husband or where we had our first date and i love that and we love doing weddings and i expect there to be a wedding season post 2021 of all the make up we haddings and i hope that many people do that because we have had so many rock ep role weddings. >> i told my girlfriend, make sure you stand at the front of the stage and i can give you a kiss at midnight. at this got down on one knee at the stroke of midnight. it wasn't a public thing, i got down on one knee and said will you marry me and is he she had are you [beep] kidding me and i said no, i'm dead serious and she said yes. we were any time homicideel of the show. we just paused for new year's eve and that was where i proposed to my wife.
this is more than just a professional relationship it's more than just a relationship from a love of arts, it's where my family started. we'll always have a special place in my heart. >> venues, you know, represent so much. they are cultural beckons of a city. neighbors can learn and celebrate and mourn and dance together. venues and arts and culture are characterized as second responders to crisis and they provide a mental health outlet and a community center for people to come together at and it's the shared history of our city and these spaces is where we all come together and can celebrate. >> art often music opens up people to understanding the fellow man and i mean, taz always necessary and if anything, it's going to be even
more necessary as we come out of this to reach out and connect with people. >> we can sustain with food, water and shelter is accurate and does anybody have a good time over the last year? no. >> san francisco is a great down. i've been here many years and i love it here and it's a beautiful, beautiful, place to be music and art is key to that. drama, acting, movies, everything, everything that makes life worth living and that's what we've got to mow proteasome no san francisco and that's what is important now. [♪♪♪]
good morning everyone. i bet you all are wondering why we're here today. aren't you wondering? this is probably the worst kept secret in san francisco, politics, but today i'm here to make a very important announcement. yesterday, the public utilities commission approved the contract for our city attorney dennis herrera to become the next director of this incredible department and i'm so grateful to our city attorney for the work that he has done to lead this city for the past 20 years, an office of dedicated public servants who fight every single day to focus on the things that mart the
most to the people of san francisco. and with our city attorney moving on, we now have a vacancy potentially soon. and, as a result, we have to fill that vacancy. and i can't think of anyone better to serve as the next city attorney for the city and county of san francisco than assembly member david choo. some of you ask, why david? many of you have reached out to me and expressed the interest in seeing someone like david become city attorney. now many of you may know him as the board of supervisors, but
his extensive career, getting his law degree from harvard. working for the nineth circuit court of appeals. working as an attorney for the united states senate. working for lawyers committee for civil rights for the district attorney's office. he has an extensive career in law, one even before he stepped foot in the world of politics. that's why when he served as the president of the board of supervisors, he was a consensus building. he was someone who was dedicated and worked hard to tackle many of the issues he now continues to tackle in sacramento. focuses on tenants' rights, focusing on employment rights, civil rights and discrimination, there is a number of things that david and i continue to work on time and time again because it centers around the best interest of the people of this city. we are here today at a location
that david will talk about in just a little bit, but it's just one example of the work he did as an attorney to fight for those who are immigrants to san francisco to ensure that they have access to affordable housing just like anyone else and his work with the a.p.i. community and a number of other challenges that existed during this pandemic demonstrates his commitment to fairness. it demonstrates his commitment to san francisco and it's why i know he'll be an incredible city attorney. and before i bring up david to talk a little bit and answer questions, i first want to just say a few things about our city attorney. you know, we have been so fortunate in this city to have dennis herrera as our city attorney for the past 20 years
and, before he took office, he took office as a pledge to the people of san francisco that he would ensure integrity in public institutions and time and time again and every fight that this city attorney's office has taken on, he has done just that. starting early in his career with pg&e and the fight to shut down the power plant which was an environmental harm to the people of the bayview hunter's point community. the work that he did to ensure that same-sex couples can marry legally just like anyone else was historic and went all the way to the supreme court where we have accomplished our goals, although, there are still fights that need to be done to ensure equality. his work when we first discovered sadly some of the challenges that existed with a number of city departments here
in san francisco. he and our controller ben rosenfield investigated, dug deep, uncovered, and made recommendations of decisions that are currently now being implemented to restore public trust in those particular departments. his career is a long one, but one that has established him as the city's attorney, but most importantly, the person that we all rely on. the person that we all respect and trust when it comes to implementing policies and dealing with cases that are the right thing to do and that will continue to protect our city. this is why i'm so grateful to him, so grateful and honored that in the wake of the challenges of the public utilities department, he is taking on this new role. and although i know he won't be very far away from the city attorney's office, i know that
he's going to do some incredible work for the public utilities commission especially with everything we need to do to continue our fight for clean power and the challenges of distribution and running our own power system here in san francisco. our water, our sewage, our infrastructure, long-term planning and also just making sure that the people who work in that department know that they have someone to count on to lead that department and make good decisions on behalf of the city and county of san francisco. with that, i want to bring up city attorney dennis herrera before i introduce david chu. >> thank you, madam mayor. i see one of my last roles still as city attorney. when you get the pleasure of being an official, you can correct the mayor. she said potentially an
opening. i submitted my letter of resignation, you accepted it. come 11:59 p.m. on october the 31st, halloween, i will no longer be city attorney. and it's been an honor and privilege of my life to serve the people of san francisco as their city attorney for nearly 20 years. i've accomplished all that i could ever hope for and more as city attorney and while now is the time for new professional challenge for me, i'm thrilled to be able to lead this office in the hands of someone who is committed to the mission, the values and integrity that have made the san francisco city attorney's office so remarkable for so long the nation's preamanent public law office. i knew david chu way back when.
he is committed to transparency and clean government and he is independent which is the most important thing you can do as san francisco city attorney. i just want to give you a few examples of his dedication to the people of san francisco. one focuses on everyday issues and david and i worked together to support the entertainment industry through legislation that made it safer for patrons to frequent night life venues in san francisco. that was david chu's leadership. another example shows his commitment to clean that tightened rules and regulations
and expanded accountability and access. that was david chiu's leadership. and finally and most recently, david worked with us fighting for california consumers. some of you, probably most of you remember that cities throughout the state won public nuisance law against the lead paint industry. that made sure we saw remediation of thousands of use of lead paint throughout california. the lead paint industry didn't like the imposed remedy and they went up to the legislature and tried to sneak through a bill that would have limited traditionally imposed liability. david chiu took the leadership, phoned me, worked clearly with our office to make sure california consumers were protected and that those traditional remedies stayed in place and that millions of
californians would benefit. more than anything else, that's what you need to be a good city attorney and he won't be doing it alone. i can tell you the professional integrity of the attorneys, the investigators and the industry leading staff and the attorney's office is unquestionable and they will continue to do their job for the people of san francisco and they will work tirelessly to ensure a smooth and seamless transition and make him the best city attorney he could be. it is my honor and privilege turning over this office to somebody who will be a tremendous steward of our traditions. thanks very much. [ applause ] >> thank you again to our city attorney dennis herrera for your service and thank you for your commitment to san francisco. the city attorney's office here
in this city is arguably the number one city attorney's office anywhere in the country and it is because of the leadership of our current city attorney and i know there are big shoes to fill and so in making a decision like this, it's not a decision that you take lightly. it's important to do what is in the best interest of the city and ultimately assembly member chiu will be doing this job for the next couple of months until you, the people of the city of san francisco make your decision. he is the peoples' attorney. he represents the people of the city and county of san francisco and, ultimately, you are the ones who decide and i think that over the years many of you and hands down, he is
one of the most gracious, hardworking, consensus building, structured, relentless, pursuit of justice person i know. i've worked with him for many, many years on so many issues starting with the board of supervisors and before i bring david chiu up to say a few words, i remember when i was elected to the board of supervisors and one of the first supervisors who reached out to me was david chiu. and we met and he had a binder like this thick. and he said this wasn't it, there were a number of other things that i needed to read before i do my job. he wanted me to be prepared for what the job entailed. not when i got to the job, but before i set foot in that chamber, he wanted to make sure that i was ready to do the
business of the people and we went on to work on so many pieces of legislation together and even when he left to go to sacramento, he would still reach out to partner on important issues impacting the city. he is one of the hardest working legislators i know and what's so interesting as an attorney, it's always from a lens, a legal lens of trying to get to the point to really make sure that the policy is effective. and i think based on what our city attorney dennis herrera has already said about his work, his consistency, his involvement in important issues and protecting the public's best interest regardless of who the fight is against, he will continue with that same drive, that same commitment, that same spirit of love for the people of san francisco. ladies and gentlemen, i introduce you the next city
attorney for the city and county of san francisco david chiu. congratulations. [ applause ] >> good morning. i am so humbled and grateful for this appointment. and let me start first by thanking mayor breed not just for this opportunity to serve, but for her tremendous leadership during these incredibly difficult times and i'm looking forward to working with her and alongside her with every single member of the board of supervisors, with 100 city departments and commissions to move our city forward. i, of course, want to solute my friend, our current city attorney dennis herrera. for the past 20 years, he has established the gold standard
for public law offices in this country. i think it would take us an hour to summarize his accomplishments, but let me just say in short, our city owes dennis herrera an incredible debt of gratitude. and i am looking forward to working closely with him during this transition and with him in his new role. i also want to take a moment of personal privilege and thank my dear wife, candace. in addition to her public interest job, she has for the past seven years held down the home fort while i have been in sacramento looking over our very rambunxious five-year-old
son. growing up in boston, none of us ever expected that i become an attorney because my family, none of us had ever met an attorney, had ever known an attorney, but something happened my college freshman year. i got a call from a friend about a hate crime involving eight asian students at a nearby school who were on their way to a formal dance, who were attacked by football players who hurled racial epifats. and the most incredible thing about that experience is those football players were never disciplined. that moment among others changed my life. i became a student activist. i studied the civil rights movement. i changed my major from bio
chemistry to government. i wanted to fight for justice. the fight for justice is why i became a public interest attorney. why i clerked for the nineth circuit. why i served as a criminal prosecutor. why i served to the democratic council. why i then became a civil rights attorney. the fight for justice is why i moved to san francisco because in our city, we stand up for those who are more vulnerable than we are. we right wrongs. i first came to san francisco to work for the committee for civil rights as we were challenging proposition 187. an anti-immigrant initiative that would have kicked immigrant kids out of schools and hospitals. a couple years later, i represented a number of affordable housing organizations including mission housing and i want to thank sam moss and your leadership because, at that time, there were rules in place by governor
pete wilson to kick immigrant tenants out of their homes. immigrants like my parents, homes like the ones behind us. well, for those two lawsuits, we prevailed. justice prevailed. for the last 13 years, i have been so honored to serve as a local then as a state lawmaker for san francisco. and during that entire time, the fight for justice has been front and center. i've been fighting for our collective civil rights, offering laws not just to expanded rights of housing and the rights of our immigrants, but the rights of our lgbtq community, the rights of women, the right to choose. and as your next city attorney, i look forward to furthering that right for our collective civil rights because in the wake of "me too," "black lives
matter," and anti-asian hate, we have a right. i've taken on some of the most entrenched corporate companies in america. big pharma, gun manufacturers and lead companies. wall street and big predatory profiters for schools. i'm going to fight to make sure that we are protecting workers, we are standing up for consumers and we are going to hold corporations accountable if they cross the line. as a policy maker working with our good mayor, our supervisors, our city attorney, i've worked hard to address the pressing issues of the day. whether it be getting folks to work or making sure tenants are housed after this pandemic. as your city attorney, i'm going to work with these policy
members to look for ways and opportunities to use the law, to address the pressing problems of the day. homelessness, public safety on our streets. the existential. let me just close by observation about what is happening in our country at this moment. we are living in dark days. there are rights that we have taken for granted that are literally in danger. the right to health care. the right to choose. the right to vote. but the san francisco city attorney's office has often stood up during dark days when no one thought marriage equality was possible. when donald trump targeted our sanctuary city. when mayor breed needed legal advice in how to defend san francisco from a new virus called "covid-19." and the
incredible professionals at the san francisco city attorney's office have wielded legal swords and legal shields for our city and state time after time after time and i'm looking forward to standing alongside each of them, to standing alongside the office. and standing up for san francisco and fighting for justice. thank you. [ applause ] >> and, to talk a little bit about assembly member chiu's work, i wanted to bring up sam moss who is the director of mission housing development corporation, mission housing. sam. >> thank you, mayor breed. to say it's an honor to be up here is really putting it lightly. i never thought ten years ago when i first started at mission
housing we'd be here today, but it is a true honor to be up here and help david move on to the next part of his career, but most importantly to usher in such a great person to the city of san francisco. there are a few people in the affordable housing industry's experience that have fought as hard for low-income tenants than david chiu and i don't just mean, you know, fighting hard with a tweet here and there. david really, he writes the legislation, he calls you up. he wants to know what you think. and it is rare that a politician truly believes in what they're doing that doesn't just want to write legislation for legislation's sake. david really hits the ground running and he understands. mission housing would not be where it is today without the hard work and support of david chiu both as a city supervisor, the president of the board of
supervisors, as well as a city person up in sacramento and i think it's fitting we have this event today. to have this press conference here i think it brings it all back home. so i want to thank everyone for coming and say again what an honor it is to be here. congrats. [ applause ] >> all right. there it is. the worst kept secret in san francisco is finally out. with that, are there any questions? >> city attorney herrera, where does that city wide corruption investigation stand and how do you pass it on? >> let me just say, first of all, you are correct that we've been working diligently over the course of the last year and a half both the controller's
office and the law enforcement agencies to make sure that our departments live up to the highest ethical standards. and we have over the course of that time rolled out numerous recommendations, actions, which demonstrate how seriously our office and the controller's office take our investigation. while i will not comment on the specifics of any investigation, as i've said all along, our investigations continue and irrespective of whether i'm in that office or not, they will continue because these type of investigations are made up not necessarily of the folks at the top. we have some of the most dedicated legal professionals anywhere, veterans u.s. attorneys offices and other agencies that are committed to this work and will guide, advise assembly member chiu as
the investigations continue and they will continue and they'll go where they are and the next city attorney will make his decisions and his recommendations in the actions he chooses to bring and he'll continue to advise mayor breed about the best way to ensure we're living up to the truest and highest ethical ideals. that will not slow down and it will continue. >> thank you. and i'll just add that some of the investigation that the city attorney and controller's office has done for various city agencies have led to a number of recommendations which i immediately through an executive directive implemented certain directives like the department of building inspection and the department of public works, so i will continue to do what is necessary to get our city on track and to restore public trust after a very challenging time for our city and this is
why in making decisions about who is running these various agencies that were, of course, of concern from the public. that's why it's so important to have people like our city attorney at the helm of the public utilities commission as well as other agencies and making those decisions, you can be assured that these public servants like david chiu and like dennis herrera have their own established reputations and will be extraordinary leaders in helping make these decisions in these various conditions. all right. no more questions. easy crowd, huh. all right. thank you everyone. [ applause ] .
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>> chair bustos: this is the regular meeting on the commission on community investment and infrastructure tuesday october 5, 2021. i like to welcome members of the public who are streamlining inor listening to us live as well as the staff and other participants. following the guidelines set forth by local officials at this time, members of the commission are meeting remotely to ensure the safety of everyone including members of the public. thank you all for joining us. madam secretary, please call the first item. >> first order of business is roll call. commissioner brackett is absent. [ roll call ]
all other members of the members are present. next order of business is item 2 announcements. next regularly scheduled meeting will be held remotely on tuesday october 19, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. announcement of public comment procedures, be advised a member of the public has up to three minutes to make public comments on each agenda item unless the commission adopt a shorter period on any item. during the public comment period, you will be instructed to dial 415-655-0001. enter access code 2482 190 7334. when you dial star 3 you will hear the following message. raise your hand and ask a question. please wait to speak until the host calls on you.
you can stay on the line to listen to the meeting or choose to hang up. next order of business is item 3, report of action taken previous closed session meeting. there are no reportable action. next order of business is item 4, matters of unfinished business. there are no matters of unfinished business. next order of business is item 5, matters of new business
consisting of consent and regular agenda. first is the consent agenda. there are no items. next is regular agenda. 5a is authorizing teleconference meetings and making findings and support there of under california government code section 5493e. resolution number 34-2021. >> good afternoon commissioners. this first item relates to the rules around which we are allow to meet remotely during the pandemic and last week we received some guidance from the city on recent changes. >> i'm jim morales. as you know, the agency is subject to public meeting laws
which under state laws refer to as the brown act. brown act requires that the commission meet in person. allow the public to participate and provide maximum opportunities for the public to be part of your deliberation and discussion. there's a section in the brown act that allows for teleconferences because it requires that each location where there might be a teleconference location where commissioners at the location using teleconferencing that they would -- the public will be able to attend those locations. 18 months ago when the state -- when the governor proclaimed that it was a state of emergency because of the covid-19
pandemic, as part of the governor's executive orders and to protect the public's health and safety, his orders suspended the requirements of the brown act that governing bodies meet in-person and basically lifted the restrictions on teleconference. as a result many other governing bodies around the state were able to meet entirely remotely, still providing for public comment and participation. on september 16th, the legislature passed a law that changed the standards for the remote meetings. the standards are now that the local body that is meeting must adapt a resolution and make certain findings to continue to meet remotely.
those findings are that a public state of emergency continues to exist and that either state and local officials are recommending that social distancing be promoted or enforced or that meeting in person creates imminent risk to public health and safety. you have a resolution before you that makes findings that the state of emergency continues. the governor's state of emergency as well as the mayor's state of emergency continue to remain in effect. also, that our city health officer continues to recommend social distancing as a way of mitigating the risks associated with the pandemic. in addition, the health department continues to recommend that boards and
commissions meet remotely to protect the health and safety. you have before you the resolution, the law also requires that when you hold remote meetings that you abide by certain standards. those are attached as an exhibits. the commission to date has followed those standards for the most part. will continue hopefully to do so in the future. finally, i would note that this is an action that the commission will have to take each month. in other words, every month you'll have to make a finding that the public health emergency continues to exist and that social distancing has been recommended by health officers or that there's an imminent risk for meeting in-person. this will be the first of
perhaps several resolutions that you will see. with that, i conclude my presentation. >> chair bustos: thank you. madam secretary, do we have anyone from the public who wishes to provide a comment? >> clerk: at this time members of the public who wish to provide public comment on it item, should call 415-655-0001. access code 2482 190 7334. press the pound sign. press star 3 to speak. i will allow the public few moments to call in. mr. chair, it does not appear there are no public comments.
>> chair bustos: hearing no request. i will close public comment. i will turn to my fellow commissioners for any comments or questions they may have. commissioners are there any questions regarding this item? >> commissioner: no comment. >> chair bustos: i want to thank our city government for keeping us safe and for keeping in mind the health and safety of our public and constituents as well as the commissioners and staff. i want to thank general counsel morales as well as jaime and sally for keeping us compliant and making sure we're doing what we supposed to be doing. commissioners, may i get a motion for item 5a? >> commissioner: i move that item 5a be accepted as given.
>> chair bustos: may i have a second? >> commissioner bycer: second. >> chair bustos: please take roll. >> clerk: please announce your vote when i call your name. [roll call vote] the vote is 4 ayes one absent. >> chair bustos: motion carries. place call the next item. >> clerk: next is agenda item 5b, amending the community investment and infrastructure debt policy to explain existing practice and document debt management improvements. discussion and action resolution number 32-2021. madam interim director. >> commissioners, the remaining two items on our agenda have to do with our issuance of debt for
our work program. first up is an update to our debt policy. our deputy director will walk you through this item. >> good afternoon commissioners. we are coming here today to look at amending our debt policy. just a refresher, a debt policy is a set of written guidelines that direct the debt issuance practices in compliance with laws and regulations and best practices and management and compliance. the reason in we want to do this is because it gives our investors confidence that we are managing our debt portfolio according to all the best
practices and current legislation and that can translate into a lower cost of borrowing. which of course, is good for the agency and in the long run. we want to pay the least amount possible to borrow debt. as a refresher, ocii death policy was last approved in 2014. this policy was amended in response to a solution. since that time, a few things have happened. in advance of this next issuance, we want to amend our debt policy to incorporate legislative changes that have happened since the debt policy was last approved in 2014. help explain some of our existing practices and highlight some improvements we've made to our debt management program. the -- this is quite a long process. this is about a year.
that's because we really wanted to go and take an in-depth look at our policy and bring it up to the most current and recent standard of best practice. we researched best practices including standard issued by the gsoa or government financial office association. which is like the bible for all things government finance. we reviewed all the debt policy from our sister agencies so that would include the port, the m.t.a., the airport, the p.u.c. we looked at all of those policies and pulled out items that were relevant to us. we reviewed our best practices and other debt policies with our municipal advisor. we identified a number of changes that we wanted to make to the debt people.
-- policy. we made the changes and sent it to the wpta debt certification program. which was a program that uses debt policies according to set of issue standards and those policies that meet those standards receive official certification. we did receive that consideration from the wpta. one of the primary things we're doing in amending the debt policy is incorporating legislative changes. the big one is health and safety code section 34177.7. essentially that legislative change allows ocii uniquely to issue new money debt under certain circumstances. those circumstances to are fund our affordable housing obligation and to fund infrastructure. we also incorporated legislative
changes required by government code section 8855 which sort of overall industry wide move to step up their game. the government code require that all debt policies have address five things. one of the purposes for which debt maybe issue, two the types of debts maybe issue, three the relationship of the debt and budget and four policy goals related to the issue balance and objectives and five internal controls. the response to the legislation were purposes to which debt maybe issued and types of debt that may be issued. in terms of the purposes for which debt may be issued, i think we've always had a shared understanding of why debt may be
issued. to put it in writing for full government, transparency and accountability, the debt policy states the debt proceeds maybe use to finance, environmental review design, acquisition and other predevelopment activities, public improvement, affordable housing and to refund outstanding debt. the types of debt that we can issue are defined by redevelopment. we can issue tax allocation bonds which is property tax revenue. and mello roos bonds. both are allow to issue new money bonds. in terms of existing practice, what we mostly did in the debt
proposed amendment was to make a more complete description of our practices for issuance infrastructure and managing debt including staff role in responsibility and then to clarify the type -- how we think about certain policy and financial consideration. for example, when we would use a cash versus assurety fund reserve. we look at least cost, what is the impact on the cost issue of the debt. under what criteria we would negotiate. debt approval procedure is something you're familiar with. because you are a big part of it. first, we have to get the approval of the oversight board
and we have to have the department of finance approve the issuance. we come before you twice. once with the bond purchase agreement and now to confirm the sale and to approve the preliminary practice. in terms of highlighting our debt management improvement, we've been working really hard over the last two or three years to improve our debt administration. we created a financial information website which is a website that compiles all of the financial information about ocii in a single place and for potential investors to access. we formalized account payable policies and procedure and toen sure bond procedures are spent according to applicable regulations. we updated our disclosure
policy. you proofed that updated policy in the spring. we entered an m.o.u. and t.t.x. to -- [indiscernible] so we can be making the most of our proceeds prior to expenditure. you approved that last year as well. that is the end of my presentation. i welcome any questions. >> chair bustos: thank you. madam secretary, anyone from the public wishing to peek on -- speak on this item. >> clerk: members of the public wishing to provide public comment should call. to dial 415-655-0001.
enter access code 2482 190 7334. press star 3 to submit your request. we'll give them a few moments just to call in. mr. chair, at this time, do does not appear any member of the public wishing to comment. >> chair bustos: i'll close public comment. i'll turn to my fellow commissioners for any questions they might have. commissioner scott? >> commissioner ransom-scott: no question. thank you so much for all of the information you just shared. it's just a heart beat for me
and our fellow commissioners that we stay on top of everything it takes to give affordable housing in the city of san francisco. this great city that so many of us love and want to stay in and making it affordable is the most important thing to help that. so thank you. >> chair bustos: commissioner bycer? >> commissioner bycer: no questions. like commissioner scott, really excited and grateful that staff are dotting their is and crossing their ts. it may same like when talk about issuing debt. debt is the core part what ocii does. thank you for trying to make it simple and understandable as possible. >> chair bustos: thank you. vice chair rosales.
>> vice chair rosales: only question i had is the reference to cost of environmental review that we can issue debt for purposes of financing that cost. does that include legal fees? >> that's a great question. in general, we can -- the process that we use, for every issuance, we issue bond council. we go over the sources as part of the issuance process. i'm actually going to direct that question -- i know we can fund the e.i.r. cost. i will refer that question to our bond counsel.
>> yes, you can finance legal fees related to the cost of issuing the bonds. commissioner rosales, were you thinking of other legal fees? >> vice chair rosales: yes like land use attorneys to review the environmental impact reports. for defensibility, compliance. those kinds of legal costs. >> the short answer is yes. depending on the specifics of the legal fees and the projects and whether they can be capitalized in the project. we may need to be thinking about issuing taxable bonds. it's a question of if you can issue tax bonds. the answer is yes.
>> vice chair rosales: thank you. >> chair bustos: thank you. thank you for the question. i want to echo everybody. thank you so much for being on top of this and making sure that the city resources are maximized and are -- the public deserves it. i want to thank you for that. commissioners, may i get a motion for item number 5b? >> commissioner: mr. chair i move that we confirm the issuance of new money tax allocations bond. >> we're talking about the debt policy. [indiscernible]
>> commissioner: my mistake. >> we updated the number. sorry about that. >> commissioner: i move that we amend the passing of agenda item 5a, resolution number 32-2021. >> chair bustos: thank you commissioner scott. may i have a second? please take roll. >> clerk: commissioner brackett is absent. [roll call vote] the vote is 4 ayes and 1 absent. >> chair bustos: sorry commissioner scott, i was looking at another page.
all right, please call next item. >> clerk: next is 5c, confirming the issuance money tax bond of the california health and safety code to finance affordable housing obligations in an aggregate principle amount not to exceed $130,400,000. approving preliminary and final official statements a continuing disclosure certificate and other related documents and action. discussion and action resolution number 33-2021. >> thank you. as you heard, commission sees bond issuance action. on july 20th of this year you took action to approve the issuance of these bonds to fund affordable housing. since then, we've successfully completed a number of other approvals including the
oversight board and the state department of finance. we now return to you for the final approval of the bond issuance. john daigle will join from the finance team to answer any questions that you have. >> good afternoon chair bustos and commissioners my name is john daigle. i'm debt manager for ocii. this will be the final action of the commission to move us towards the completion of this transaction. issuance of the 2021 affordable housing bonds. basically, we'll go through previous approval, review of the
enforceable obligation. first action is approval of the budget by the commission on april 20th. resolution 13-2021. the budget was ratified and approved by the are board of supervisors and signed by the mayor july 30, 2021. the authorization of the bond issuance was first entertained by the commission on july 20, 2021 and it was approved and a it allowed us to get going in earnest and approve the sub supplement to the bond as well as bond purchase agreement. our next step immediately
the current plan is for the 2021 bonds it fund 386 units of affordable housing. which is constituted about 17% of ocii's remaining affordable housing obligation. the projects currently anticipated -- [indiscernible] circumstances change the funding might be reprogrammed to other affordable housing projects. we want to make sure that we are able to use the money for other
projects that's necessary. the proposed action in the resolution before you conforms the issuance of the housing bonds. the preliminary official statement, the p.o.s., is released prior to the bond sale and it informs the investors of the legality revenue source of repayment. it includes information that would affect reasonable investor's decision to buy the bonds. this is said to be the only information they are told to rely on. in the industry, the most
scrupulous attention is making sure nothing material or important is left out. after the bond sale, we have the final official statement, which is 98% preliminary official statement. there are things that aren't known until the bond is actually sold, the amounts for the various maturities, the interest rates and so forth. those all get filled in and few weeks later after the sale, the final statement is provided to investors. this action also approved continuing disclosure certificate. this describes, and specifies the information required to dispose to the market after the initial sale as long as the bonds are outstanding.
this takes part of the annual report that is published. it also requires that we do an interim update, material revamp. legally defined that would affect the repayment of the bonds or the rating. in reviewing the preliminary official statement, the commissioner can consider to the best of their knowledge accurately inform investors and purpose of the bond.
continues. based on marketing conditions as well. the project fund, based on the $123,655,000. it's important that the project funds will be funded with $116,500,000. the scope of the projects or detail of the project change, those numbers will change. the projects will be adequately funded. to summarize, the p.o.s. and o.s. approved. there's the authorization.
we have three times as much money available as we need to make these payments. associated risk factors includes reduction in the tax base and assume values as well as natural disasters. -- other financial matters, this will be our first social bond. they don't differ in their purpose or any other material aspect. it's really just beginning to be used. as far as any international, or designation that is consistent with sustainability development
goals. we don't what this would have material impact on the bonds. we thought it was something you want to participate in and a way to designate our bonds in a way that reflects the actual use and purpose of financing. the disclosure statement, i think i outlined that. it describe the information required and obligated to disclose that annually. it's attached to the p.o.s. it's consistent with the continuing disclosure certificate for previous bond
issues. the final steps are obtain a credit rating. we did obtain our credit rating. the rating of confirmed by s&p at an a. we pushed for an upgrade. that was a bridge too far under the current circumstances with all the uncertainties around the economics of covid. we did uphold our credit rating. fair marketing materials is under way. we're having an investor coming up in the next few days. due diligence has, that's always ongoing. we completed the due diligence process as well. the next stop will be to release
the p.o.s. and then place the bonds and close the bond sale. with that, i will -- before i close my presentation, i would like to introduce the members of our team who are here. they will be available to answer any questions that you might have. we have alexis chu our disclosure counsel and is the primary author of the preliminary official statement. next we have david broadley who is a municipal advisor.
with that, i complete my presentation and invite any questions. >> chair bustos: thank you mr. daigle. do we have anyone from the public who wishes to provide a comment on this item? >> clerk: members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 415-655-0001. enter access code 2482 190 7334. followed the pound and pound sign again. if you already on the phone and like to provide public comment, please press star 3 and raise your hand. let's allow a few moments.
it does not appear we have members of the public wishing to implement on this item. >> chair bustos: hearing no request to speak, i will close public comment. i will turn to my fellow commissioners for questions and comments. i like to start with commissioner scott. >> commissioner ransom-scott: no questions mr. daigle. thank you for your presentation again. as i said with berea, this is so needed. got many states that are affordable but they still do not do the social work that san francisco stands out nationally with. so thank you for ongoing work towards affordable housing for san francisco. >> chair bustos: thank you. commissioner bycer?
>> commissioner bycer: it's i didn't want to talk about debt. we had lot of people come to us saying the conditions of covid affected their projects and amount of housing they can build. this is a real testament to the ocii team and john, that we're able to maintain our credit rating in this moment. i think that's an important win. i'm excited to move this forward. >> chair bustos: thank you. vice claire rosales? >> vice chair rosales: thank you. i don't have too many questions. i want to a little bit more information on the social bond. this is the first time we're using it. it's a new product or a new
offering in the market. i love it. i think it aligns well with our values. i'm wondering if we can continue using or resorting to the social bonds in the future? john, can you address those? >> as it matures, we're early adopters on this. it doesn't require us to do anything differently with our bonds than we do already. it certainly has no cost to us. i think it's simply makes it clear to the marketplace, it emphasizes that these bonds are consistent with the values and the goals that were stated earlier. i don't know why we wouldn't continue to do it.
>> i would say commissioner rosales, this is a somewhat new product. certainly not cutting-edge in market risky way. we're following little bit in the city path. the city already issued a series of social bonds. these bonds fall under the larger -- [indiscernible] socially responsible investing. green bonds are also in this category. the p.u.c. has had a lot of success issuing green bonds. which is where you're saying that the proceeds will be used to fund products for environmental purposes. i heard the p.u.c. start talking about this three years ago.
what was interesting the first time they were in the market, they didn't see a big differentiation. what they did, they did a test where they you issued two very similar bonds at the same time. one is a green bond, one standard tax-exempt bond. this found that the green bond, because of the interest and socially responsible investing, actually was three times oversubscribed relative to the tax-exempt bond. that market pushed their costs lower than they had not. over time, they've become really starting to leaning into this. really become kind of really built a name for themselves as a green market issuer. they've been going to lot of conferences and really been on
the cutting-edge of this sort of investing. in talking with the financing team and underwriter, we're hopeful by being one of the early adopters that we'll be creating a name for ourselves in this space and that investors will be looking to us as an issuer for socially responsible bonds. some day in the future, it will >> vice chair rosales: excellent kudos to everyone. creative thinking. like said, when i read it, i thought this very much aligns with our values and to the extent that we can, in every decision that we make, where we have the authority and discretion to make to continue to affirm those values. it's not just organization but it sends a message to other agencies like to follow in our path. thank you. also thank you to the team.
i did read -- i have to say that i didn't read every single page. i read most of the pages on the preliminary official statements. there's a lot of due diligence. thank you again. it was well represented in the staff memo to us as well. >> chair bustos: thanks. just echoing all the commissioners implement about this wonderful work team. we are leading the way and walking the talk. that's a beautiful thing. amen to all your work that you doing to make our planet and our communities better. i will need a motion for this item. may i have a motion? >> vice chair rosales: i will move the item.
ransom-scott i second that motion. >> chair bustos: please take roll. >> clerk: please announce your vote for item 5c. commissioner brackett is absent. [roll call vote] the vote is 4 ayes 1 absent. >> chair bustos: motion carries. next item. >> clerk: next order of business is item 6, public comment on non-agenda items. >> chair bustos: do we have anyone from the public who wishes to provide a comment? >> clerk: members of the public who wish to provide public comment on non-agenda item should call, 415-655-0001. meeting access code 2482 190,
7334. if you want to provide public comment, please press star 3 now. it does not appear there are any members was public. >> chair bustos: okay i will close public comment. please call the next item. >> clerk: next order of business is item 7, report of the chair. >> chair bustos: i have two items i want to bring up and the items of thanks. i want to thank commissioner bycer who is on a committee on some of the odd work -- art work that will be installed in mission bay.
he's representing our commission on our committee. we're hoping to have some wonderful art that will be displayed there. commissioner bycer, thank you very much for agree to be part of that committee. second is i want to thank commissioner bivett and commissioner rosales. as you know, especially members of the public, the western edition, which was known as the heart of the west was decimated because of the work of justice hermann and the redevelopment agency. families were given certificate of preference to be able to come back. although that coming back lasted, the wait time was about 40 years. many of those who had the
original certificate of preference passed away. many of those kids of those people grew up in other places and actually found a new home. the grandkids and many of those after them were saying they want to come back to their home of san francisco. we did all we could to expand the certificate of preference program, being able to have other people or the next generation inherit it certificate of preference. but our commissioners rosales and brackett took it a step further and worked with david chiu and the state legislature. last wook our governor signed in law extending the program for all descendents. that's a huge deal for write the wrongs of redevelopment of the past. i couldn't be more proud of this commission and the work that has
gone on to preserve the certificate of preference program to do right thing. i want to publicly mention that and want to thank all of the commissioners who worked so harding on doing the right thing. i want to thank you for that. please call the next item. >> clerk: next order of business is item 8, report of executive director. >> thank you. commissioners, my only report is to say i hope that i will see all of you next wednesday at 11:00 at the crossing at east opening ceremony. on the -- we hope to see you there. it should be a fun event. >> chair bustos: thank you. are there any commissioners that have any questions for our
interim director? please call the next item. >> clerk: next order of business is item 9, commissioners questions and matters. >> chair bustos: this is our opportunity if we have any questions or comments? seeing none. commissioner scott? >> commissioner ransom-scott: i cannot hold back. i'm in tears with your announcement. that is so huge and historic. i cannot hold back. i can't. i want to thank you, mara. can't thank you enough. not just because of relatives, friends being a native. 75 years i seen people beg to come back and a way to come
back. it's something that they can come back to. this is so huge. i hope there's a script a way that we can continue to -- this needs to be announced at every meeting going forward. it won't get out with one announcement, one news media. it needs to be an ongoing announcement. this is historic. so thank you. miguel, just every one -- i can't wait to thank assemblyman attorney david chu. this is huge. >> chair bustos: thank you commissioner scott. it's our momentum of doing the right thing. also, within the same week the governor signed legislation that
gave back beach-front property in los angeles. southern california had belonged to a black family. that the city took away. after 100 years, they're getting their land back. it's very exciting times. the cool thing about this, i think hopefully everyone realizes that life is not a zero sum game. there's enough for everybody. we should be celebrating in these wins for communities that have been neglected, marginalized and shut out. i'm very excited. thank you commissioner scott. any other commissioners would like to say anything? okay. please call the next item.
>> vice chair rosales: i want to thank commissioner brackett who is not here. she drove the issue, the staff as well, sally and everyone who basically just pushed forward on this very momentous position, policy. there were some question whether it would be approved by the legislature. here we are. i want to note that our claire -- chair like to call up on occasion. we want you to come back home commission. i think this is a nice touch to that message. to the community. if we can, we should put it on our website. >> chair bustos: definitely try to do that. this is wonderful. i'm glad all of you are -- commission and staff, thank you.
next item? >> clerk: next order of business is closedsession next order of business is item 11. >> chair bustos: we need a motion to adjourn. may i have a motion and a second? >> commissioner ransom-scott: i move that we adjourn the meeting. >> chair bustos: thank you commissioner scott. thank you so much. we will adjourn this meeting at 1:58 p.m. thank you. >> this is the octobe.
land acknowledgement. >> the san francisco health commission acknowledges that we are on the unseeded ancestral home land of the ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the peninsula in accordance with their traditions, they have never seeded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as the care takers of this place as the original peoples who reside in their territory. we wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders and relatives of the ohlone community and affirming their sovereign rights as first people's. >> thank you commissioner.
our next item which is quickly becoming my favorite is the dph employee recognition awards where the health commission will recognize the contributions of a number of dph teams. not only an opportunity for us to express our gratitude for their great work but for members of the public to learn about the great work being done on their behalf. our first recognition will be presented by commissioner guillermo. >> it is my pleasure in being first up in this really great set of folks who no doubt
answered the call and did tremendous work and continue to do so. this is the set of folks who are the single residence occupancy housing inspectors. the health department recognized that those particularly at risk for spread of the virus issued orders and asked the environmental health branch to enforce the order. the branch asked for volunteers and 21 staff stepped up. this was at the beginning of the pandemic and before the deployment of the vaccine. your willingness to put your own health risks aside, your hard work results in a reduction in
covid positive cases as single occupancy cases may have saved lives, no doubt. director of the environmental health branch will read the names of the team members and make some comments. >> yes. thank you. it was just mentioned there. i want to reiterate the health orders was maybe march at a the beginning of the pandemic. there wasn't a whole lot known about the virus at that time. this was definitely prevaccine. the 21 volunteers were putting their own health and safety aside to help others. it shows really great public health work. these are the unsung heros.
will be read by commissioner chow. >> thank you. it's my privilege to present the people nominated from the environmental health branch covid, health, and safety team. the environmental health branch provided the staff that filled key positions in the incident command structure. all of these staff were willing to leave their current assignments and in some cases continued to cover their assignments and work at the covid command. many of these employees work very long hours which included the weekends. these employees were stretched out side of their normal duties and comfort zones and helped flatten the curve and improve the lives of all san
franciscans. we'll now read the name of the team members and make some comments and our congratulations to this team. >> thank you. as you just mentioned during the covid emergency response the environmental health branch played some major roles in the covid command structure. these employees had some very special skill sets that allowed them to serve. in no particular order. (reading names).
it really was because of jonathan's hard work that tireless efforts were made to keep our branches open. jonathan does a health and safety talk every morning. it's now cut down to three days a week. it's a great way to get information. karen did this for most of the pandemic and was very valuable to us and to the covid response. she did a bunch of other things
steven scott was the covid out break management unit. he was so well thought of that he would still be working there. we traded him for the el prado. he'll be serving there through the end of the year. all of these staff stepped up and showed real leader ability. we should give them a round of applause.
>> thank you. our next employee recognition will be read by commissioner green. >> it's my privilege to honor the mobile food program team. there's impactful work that's going on that the public is often unaware of and continues to improve our public health even in the back drop surrounding covid 19. san francisco has experienced illegal food carts. they are prepared using unauthorized equipment and poses a food borne illness threat. the mayor asked that the city form a task force.
he has been providing much to the team every weekend on his own dime. i'm sure i'll be reimbursing him for that. two senior inspectors. really great work and fun to be acknowledging behind the scenes that the general public isn't aware of and doesn't see. >> let's give a rown of after rf applause. >> it's my great pledge you're to offer my thanks to quite a
it it's great to be recognizing theming this evening. >> thank you. your pride and admiration for your team is evident. thank you for bringing forward all of the teams and individuals to recognize their great work. i'd like to hand the floor over to director co lfax. >> thank you president. i would like to add my gat teud gratitudeto the teams that were acknowledged today. your work has been saving lives. almost two years as the virus arrived at our shores, we didn't know what the right things were to do. you helped us figure it out. you helped us with that first curve. you're pivotal in ensuring the
city continues to reopen and protect everybody in our community. a note of attitude when deployed and helping to make san francisco the greatest place on earth. >> kudos to you for knowing the work and the team themselves. >> great team. >> thank you. thank you for your hard work in pulling together these rogueses meeting after meeting. the commission is grateful for your leadership here. the next iet sem an action eye emmy making findings foretell
the the other clause i would like to read is the theth which states the mayor issued an emergency order that with limited exceptions other than the board of supervisors weren't meeting under any circumstances. i would ask if we have a motion to approve? >> so moved. >> second. >> before we move to a vote, secretary, do we have any public comments on this item. >> if you were here for the awards, please don't feel like you have to stay for the meeting. folks on comment line, please let us know if you have a
comment by pressing star three to raise your hand. i don't see any hands, commissioners. >> any questions or comments before we move to a vote. i do not see any. would you please call the role. >> (roll call) item passes. thank you. >> thank you. our next item is approval of the minutes of the health commission meeting of september 21, 2021. you have received the minutes, i believe there was a small amendment to those indicating that commissioner guillermo was
health program. the cooperative living model that is created under the city's mental health program is a key part of san francisco's work to help people with substance abuse disorders. live with community spaces. the model can assist in progress to independent living and purchasing these buildings shields these spaces from the all important market volitility. protecting clients to continue to offer much needed affordable housing. really excited to announce this in addition to the other work being done to expand our treatment beds for people across the city.
i also wanted to spot light one of our star staff. she is our water quality manager. she has been nominated to serve as the environmental protection agency drinking water committee. in this role, she will oversee the currents contaminant candidate list. this is a list of water contaminants that are known to occur in public water systems. it's a well deserved honor. it's great to see her skills being applied at a national level.
dph is helping to approve high quality committees. i wanted to give you some late breaking news. it's important. epic go live happened on saturday. the epic team along with staff really worked hard to make sure this happened. now we have epic as part of jail house services and coordinating our care across the city. this is a key tool that we have in being able to coordinate and
stream line care. that summarizes my drekor's report. lacking forward to your questions. >> is there any public comment? >> no hands, commissioners. >> commissioners any comments on the director's report before we move into the covid 19 update? seeing none, we'll move into the next item which is the covid 19 update. director co lfax. >> thank you, commissioners. the covid 19 update for october 5th.
things continue to move in the right direction with regard to coming down off of our fourth surge. it's considerably improved from our peak at the level we saw in the surge of the summer of 2020. next slide. in terms of cases and deaths. as you can see here we've had over 50,000 cases of covid 19. unfortunately we've had 639 deaths due to covid 19. our condolences go out to the families.
overwhelmed. we've maintained good capacity throughout this recent surge. really pleased to show that 75% of residents of all ages have now been fully vaccinated and among people who are eligible are at eighty threa percent. as you can see we continue to make progress. one of the highest rates in injures deckses eem aware of. -- latin x has the lowest ratesf
vaccination in san francisco. compared to blacks vaccinated with at least one shot which as can you see there continue to improve. a complete vaccine series. we're looking at the johnson and johnson dose or two of the mrna. these numbers continue to improve. i did want to give an update on the vaccination status on all dph employees. the health officer order has gone into effect. we're looking at the numbers here by reported vaccination status. the vast majority are confirmed
fully vaccinated. the vast imagine or of these employees will also get vaccinated it's a matter of getting that nooftion the numbee system. it's a bit of a cumbersome process. the vast majority of dph employees are fully vaccinated and available for additional details if the commissioners have questions about this. in terms of our booster team line just to have emphasize with regard to pfizer for the groups where a booster is required, a
in terms of vaccine for five to 11 year olds. we know getting the first doses in arms is really where you get the biggest magnitude of protection. the communication strategy to reach out to people to get those five to eleven year olds vaccinated as soon as possible, this is driven by the dph community equity teams. a number of steps that will be launched as we move closer to and as five to eleven year old authorization happens. it's moaf likely that five to eleven year olds will be
eligible sometime between halloween and thanksgiving. sometime in november. i wanted to update the commission on the schools data. we continue to do well with regard to supporting in person learning as a city. we worked very closely with the school districts in provoiding guidelines and technical advice. testing and snrow vaccine sites which will be pistol to providing vaccines to five to eleven years is key to getting to 90%.
the private charter schools we've had less than five out breaks in each of those areas. relatively low transmissions in classrooms especially when you consider we have nearly five thousand students in those schools. to highlight this important piece. kids continue to stay in person lerping, we want to limit the pex getting covid 19. looking ahead, we are planning to sustain our efforts to respond to future surges recognizing now that we're in a state where covid 19 will be endemic. i talked about the boosters, the
five to eleven year olds, the commission is aware of the many efforts we have going onto reach the dose hesitant. the most vulnerable due to poor health outcomes. we're doing everything we can to support the school nz staying open and addressing the inequities that covid 19 has highlighted. that is my update. happy to take any additional questions from the commissioners thank you. >> please press star three if
you would like to raise your hand to make a comment on the covid 19 update. no hands commissioners. >> it appears with the delta variant that our reproductive rate was higher than any other time during the pandemic. i wondered if you could speak to that and other variants and the importance of vaccination. >> yes, i do. the reason the reproductive rate was so much higher was duh to a couple things. this delta variant is a whole new ball game in terms of covid. we still call it covid 19. delta was so much more infectious than we were dealing
with when covid 19 first emerged. that's one of the key reasons that the reproductive rate was so high. the city activity increases just as delta was hitting. this created another memorize nism by which covid 19 could spread more easily. these vaccines are so much more effective in creating deaths in hospitals. the largest number of deaths that have occurred and hospitalizations have been from unvaccinated.
>> i see a hand raised by commissioner. >> you alluded to in your last comment, do we have data on with the the number of current hospitalizations in san francisco, i believe it was 67, the number who have been hospitalized or who are hospitalled who are vaccinated versus unvaccinated. >> i can tell you that the rate -- we have so many people vaccinated in san francisco. the rate of people unvaccinated in terms of hospitalizations is eight times higher. we know that these vaccines protect against becoming infected against the delta variant. they are so protective against
preventing a hospitalization risk. >> any other questions or comments. >> seeing none. we'll move to general public comment. >> please press star three to raise your hand so we can recognize you. no hands commissioners. >> thank you, secretary. >> our next item for action is discussing a request to establish a san francisco health care for the homeless co-a lick ant board to provide health care for the homeless program. this item was introduced at our
last meeting, at this meeting approval of the resolution is requested. we have staff here to present. i'll hand it over to dr. hammer. >> thank you we're going to share slides. while we're getting the slides up, let me introduce myself. i'm director of ambulatory care for san francisco health network dph. thank you for having us back to discuss this important item. today we have just a few slide it give a very quick, brief summary of the resolution and
other documents from our entrepreneuration last time. we didn't have the questions that were sent in after you reviewed -- very care friday reviewed t was great to see all the excellent questions from the number of commissioners p. we'll address those and answer any questions you have this afternoon. psm it's an hon yor to hand tp over to beth who is our health care director for our health care for the homeless. she'll run through some slides and eansz questions. the.
recommend a replacement by the same process described in article two. it was treading on the autonomy of the board and asked us to promove that. we are prepared to remove that if it helps commissioner green. the first point is how will dph support the board, we'll support if meals are needed at meeting times, dph will support that budget. all that ongoing work will
continue additionally thrrks was a question about whether there would be an application process. there definitely will be an application process. we'll need information about demographics and expertise. in order to find people to apply, the initial plan right now and we're open to input is to recruit from among our existing council who have actively engaged patients. we'll start there to see if there are people who would like
to share their data. just by two questions we're hoping for commission input today or later if preferred. what role the commission has in the future, right now the health commission resolution deer tails that we'll give update it's to the commission. that will happen in the director's report, it is essentially what the health commission already does and no new reporting currently is being
created. we can create reporting as desired as part of the process. last, will there be a representative from the health commission on the board. it does not include a representative from the health commission. as i get into more explanation. there's nothing in the federal regulation or compliance manual that prohibits people from being appointed unless they are a city appointee.
>> that concludes our presentation. we hope we addressed all of the preliminary questions that you all sent in after reviewing the materials. if you have any additional questions we're happy to address those as well. >> thank you dr. hammer. i believe we need a motion to approve the resolution since i see no questions or comment. before i move to public comment.
>> motion to approve. >> second. >> do we have any public comment on this item. >> folks on the line, police press star three to be acknowledged. no hands, commissioners. >> commissioners any questions or comments before we proceed to a vote on this resolution. commissioner chow. >> it's mostly an observation, being that we have a number of other committees. the work that this committee actually goes through a budgetary process, is that the process for what is going to be the programs of homeless. there's a committee over it, it sounds like except for
governmental agencies, they would be controlling the entire operation including budget. i just want to know, is there a budget request not touchable or is that still within realm of the department to make a suggestion as they see fit and present that to the commissioner. >> the federal regulation requires that the board at the very beginning and we would forward that as part of the budget phase and recommend to the board of supervisors.
it would happen up front for the most part. each year as we reapply, they would look at it. there are some additional approvals but the hch grants go where these sites need to be reviewed by a co-applicant board and so forth. >> the underlying authority for the budget for the city lies in the charter which would be the proposal of the mayor's budget and the board's a prfal of the budget. that remain p mains unchearchged. unchanged.the underlying budget.
>> thank you very much. >> thank you poaj for this boths presentation and the detail in the way that you so subinstantly have answered our questions. from your perspective how this structure and lines of authority that you are proposing in the resolution, how that enables the health commission. how that enables us to perform our oversight duties as set forth in the charter. our oversite in the department
the duties that it the health commission has to approve the budget and that sort of thing, the co-applicant board would advise on it, would review programmatic details and policies. but the final approval is in the hands of the health commission. is there anything you want to add. >> the city attorneys work closely with the governance
governanceexperts as well. those are legal authorizes and requirements. they may turn out to make sure we do our best work with this grant and the best team dedicated to that. it's sort of a partnership. it doesn't look exactly that way in the document. >> thank you. i'm still now the commission. i'm still trying to understand our treep the comienity health centers in this new in addition to the community health centers. i'm wanting to understand if there were a situation where
policy wise, the commission felt that will there was something -- there was -- something had gone a wry in this area. how would the commission be able to address that? >> the way that i would imagine that would happen and i'm trying to think of an example. so let's say that the -- okay. let's say that there was another public health emergency and we decided that our -- there's a
very expensive vaccine to be given. we're in a budget crunch. they should start prioritizing getting ensured patients in so we can get reimbursement for this very expensive vaccine. if we propose that, the helming care for the homeless co-applicant board sees we have certain obligations, we're pushing them to be under the line because we need to pry orderrize a revenue generating
vaccine administration. they might say we recommend you fot do that. that will would come to you as health commission to be the ultimate policy making body. their rule is to make sure we are fulfilling the intentions and guidelines with the health care for the homeless program. i'm not sure if that answers your question. that wasn't a great example.
special problems in the city, health problems in the city. given that under this framework the director of health, the department of public health after this initial board has no ability to have any impact on who the board members are. the board is going forward. it's a self perpetuating thing they choose each other for these terms. somebody could be on the commission for 12 years. in any event, under this framework there's no real avenue for the director of health or the department of public health as i understand it, my
understanding is is incomplete and surely flawed. no avenue to have any impact on that. and that seems to be bha somewhat add odds with our requirement under the charter to provide oversight to the health -- the treatment that's provided to people in the city. of course, we never want to get into a scenario where a board has to get dissolved. maybe i'm thinking of worst case scenarios but it's always useful to think about what if we got into a situation if there's a
huge disagreement about what should be happening. if the department agreed with the direction the members of the board were taking and certainly nem the community who have a history of being impacted by being unhoused or homeless, there's no way to effect what the board was doing. can you help me understand that. >> sure.
>> create something that meets the goals for community involvement in a way that those two don't collide and allows us to meet the ultimate goal of being part of this system health care for the homeless program p. .i don't know if there's a perfect answer. we found the best balance that we can realize between us. >> i really appreciate all three of you and the answers. dr. hammer remembering that it's an advisory board gives a lot of
help to me in seeing how the commission through our responsibility to oversee the department and through our work doing that through our director of health and the director of health has the responsibility for the department. the line is very clear and open lines for communication. it's incredibly important that the advisory board reflect the history and knowledge and recommendations of the people in the community who lived this experience, i appreciate the time you've take tone help me get my arms around how we will be able to continue to do the job that the charter requires us to do in the context of this very important program. thank you.
>> there is a change happen inning the public health world. really redefining what patient center need. meeting patients where they are. allowing the most impacted lead those conversations. it's still the department itself making the final decisions. i think that's a really great and very -- it's a promising practice. how well it works for the most impacted to lead the development
of some of these programs. we'll see. in the past some of these have seen some really great success. there's another program called special projects of national significance. this is along the same lines. thank you for asking those questions. i think those are really important. >> thank you commissioner. ive completely agree. one of the really amazing accomplishments we've had in the last i would say five to six years have been establishing community advisory boards at all of our primary care health centers and training those boards so they have a voice in a lot of operations and care
experience issues that come up at the clinics. i think we have a lot of learning and good experience from those boards as well at the hospital and training them and really learning how to hear their voice and use it to improve our services. especially for people experiencing homelessness. >> thank you for your comments. i agree, this is really porn to dive into what patient centered means and what community centered work means. to be leads by what people tell us that they need. it's exciting in a fundamental way. thank you so much. >> thank you very much.
consistent guidelines as opposed to having bias free related hiring. pathways we talked a little about. dph partnered with and we'll be providing our information and serving them as speakers and other ways we can partner. looking at apprenticeship programs, technicians, nurses. we talk about them in some of
the trades. there's a growing interest in growing availability in modern programs, career ladders. the racial equity plans talk about meeting more diversity in more levels of our organization. we have conversations about mentorships and fostering relationships and perhaps we should also look at informal fellowship, leadership as well. looking at pay. are we having equity as we establish salary. making sure that we have an racial equity lens available. and also supervisor academy. inclusion occurs at the supervisor level. we want to work on creating that and having tools for our
supervisors. great employees become supervisors but we don't provide training and skills. we want to work on that. the informs of new experience really bridging the gap between hr functions. it makes total and perfect sense to hr. unfortunately not so much for everyone else. it's really about for everyone else and not for us. we want to work on bridging the gap so people can come to any one of us and have answers and receive assistance and also about increasing employee voice. one thing we hear if employees have issues or concerns is they don't know where to go and get issues resolved. it come it a complaint process. a complaint process is not the best way to get together as a community here and solve them together. upcoming projects that we'll be
working on. they are based on feedback i've received from you, from the unions, and other places in trying to address real issue it real concerns. and have the most impact. thank you for allowing me to provide this presentation. i'm happy to answer any questions you may have. >> thank you for your excellent presentation, certainly which you have provided align with the priorities that the commission has set out, we're pleased to see both the priorities and project that's are under way. commissioners do we have any questions or comments for chief kim?
commissioner chung. >> thank you for the whole presentation. especially the hire in a day. that's phenomenal if achieved. it took nine months for the process to good through. there are so many time that's i wanted to give up. >> thank you so much. >> i want to echo that. you hit all the high points and points of concern an all the progress that's been made.
that is truly remarkable. helping your employees figure out how they can participate and work through problems not just end up in a complaint arena. it's incredibly important. that's what we hear at the jcc and the county. it's such an important preemptive way, you have the scaffolding that have really been frustrating over the years. >> thank you. i have received a lot of questions from the union about the vaccine mandate. i met everyday with members of
the union to provide answer it their questions. one way we'll establish a more collaborative relationship, we have a shared interest. i just want to make sure we continue to have that conversation. >> thank you. commissioner chow. >> thank you director kim for this wonderful explanation as to the status of human resources. it covers the whole wide range. i think as many of us follow human resources, a blossom has matured. it looks at how we have retention.
employees really need to feel more comfortable. how can they give us a better mark on the scoring and feel better about working here in the departments. i just would like to be somewhat cautious from our expectations because on the hiring process. we have talked about this for years. we have attempted to work different work arounds basically and working with the unions try to find different ways in which we can actually hire. you know better than i do some of those limitations. in the course of these years, we have not, it seem it me, from our perspective, those of us who sat through this, have not been able toll get that competence
that is so important with the unions to understand that a good example might be that covid actually did harm the unions. we actually got more employees. seniority has a place. if it takes nine months to hire somebody, we don't need ems that seniority. your average to them might well we be the turning key to that issue where i see one of the big impediments is to try to screen qualified potential employees and be able toll recognize that everything being equal, seniority is really porn.
i'm not envious and i don't intend top do your job. i can look from the out side and see these problems continue. your really good efforts describing that if it works dorks. help work employees but i'm still very concerned with b the initial hiring process. i thought we were in the the course of doving better. this was before covid. we began to slip, you would know, people became more p wetted to the old system.
rp the objective should be within days, we're giving you your proposal. i fully support that have you articulated a wonnerful vision. if you continue to find impediments, this should be reported back so we can see what we can do. so you don't feel like you were left alone. we're the voice of the public who can then try and make sure we get the right employees at the right time. if you for listening to me.
i'm looking forward to productive work here. >> thank you. i think it's going to take all of us together in different ways wayssome areas are more ready to move forward. it will be harder for some to trust the pros pes. we'll have to manage that as well. even after working 19 yo 19 yeah the city, i still remain really optimistic. we have tom push and do things a little bit different. the city was really moved --
being worried about the complaints, being worried about that patient has built a system around that. we'll keep you in the loop and you'll hear about it. thanks for that. >> thank you commissioner show. i'd like to recognize dr. co lfax. >> i want to thank drek yar kim director kim.i'm optimistic abo. evidence of how we can onboard over forty nurse nz one day.
the concept of hiring in a day is a bold one and one yet i think director kim's key part of the defendant improve. i see this improvement having profound effects across the department. director kim has my full support and we'll receive in what she needs in order to further the goals that she just articulated. >> thank you director. i do not see any other comments or questions from commissioners. thank you so much director kim for your presentation. again, everything that you
showed us aligns with the priorities of the commission. we're grateful for the steps you're taking and bringing to the role. >> thank you so much. they have afforded me ep couragement to think in way. >> our next item is item ten. the finance and planning committee update. >> good evening, commissioners. the finance and planning committee met right before the commission meeting. we had recommending contract reports. three contracts that are related
to meeting the city's needs in a covid emergency. we would appreciate it if you would approve all these contracts under the report. one other thing that we -- one other business we conducted during the meeting is to share the prept aightses for health a assessments. a glide contract. i have to say that work we've done on equity has been quite
impressive. let the quality of this presentation as well as forms that were shared with users. >> thank you, commissioner chung. that was our update. do we have any public comment on that item. >> i don't think we have comment for either. if you would like to make public comment for item nine or ten,
please press star three. there are no hands raised for public comment. >> i move that we approve the consent calendar as stated. >> second. >> thank you. do we have public comment on those items. >> folks on the line if would you like to make public comment please press star three to raise your hand. joom i don't see any questions or comments either please do roll call vote. >> (roll call) pp item passes,
thank you. our next item is other business. commissioners do we have any other business? seeing none there is nothing to comment on. we can move onto our next item which is the joint conference committee and other committee reports we'll have a brief summary of the jcc meeting. >> thank you. at this particular meeting, we actually received the reports, one being the quality data reporting update which described status of many of the required regulatory reporting metrics and the quality measured score card. we reviewed the true north score card from the hospital which was another set of metrics and that
measured how well the hospital was doing in equity, safety, quality, and care experience and developing our people and financial stewardship. in all of these they were able to mark their scores as being in the green or in the red and describe what they were doing for those who were in the red. there was also a presentation in developing our strategic plan in human resources as they had an a3 document for thriving at work and trying to answer surveys that the city had had done in regard it satisfaction. the committee then also review the standard open session
reports, regulatory affairs, the ceo report. we approved the form si standardized procedures. they approved the addition of the pronouncing of cardiac by death by nurses in certain protocol privilegeless. i'm happy to answer any questions or have any of my fellow commissioners add to that. >> any persons on the line if you'd like to make comment
please press star three. there are no hands commissioners. >> commissioners, any comments commentsor questions seeing non. the next item is closed session. any public comment on this item. >> there is no one on the line. >> can we go to roll call then. >> (roll call). all right. please give me about a minute
>> second. >> clerk: all right. [roll call] i can't hear you, commissioner, even though i saw you. >> commissioner: yes. >> clerk: okay. great. [roll call] yeah. i think everyone gets muted when you go back into open session. [roll call] all right. >> president: and then our last item is adjournment. do we have a motion to adjourn? >> commissioner: so moved. >> commissioner: second. >> clerk: roll call vote. [roll call]
>> commissioner: that sounded like a dissent for a moment. >> clerk: thank you. >> president: thank you commissioners. thank you, director. [♪♪♪] ♪ homelessness in san francisco is considered the number 1 issue by most people who live here, and it doesn't just affect neighbors without a home, it affects all of us. is real way to combat that is to work together. it will take city departments and nonprofit providers and volunteers and companies and community members all coming together. [♪♪♪]
>> the product homeless connect community day of service began about 15 years ago, and we have had 73 of them. what we do is we host and expo-style event, and we were the very force organization to do this but it worked so well that 250 other cities across the globe host their own. there's over 120 service providers at the event today, and they range anywhere from hygiene kits provided by the basics, 5% -- to prescription glasses and reading glasses, hearing tests, pet sitting, showers, medical services, flu shots, dental care, groceries, so many phenomenal service providers, and what makes it so unique is we ask that they provide that service today here it is an actual, tangible service people can leave with it. >> i am with the hearing and speech center of northern california, and we provide a variety of services including
audiology, counselling, outreach, education, today we actually just do screening to see if someone has hearing loss. to follow updates when they come into the speech center and we do a full diagnostic hearing test, and we start the process of taking an impression of their year, deciding on which hearing aid will work best for them. if they have a smart phone, we make sure we get a smart phone that can connect to it, so they can stream phone calls, or use it for any other services that they need. >> san francisco has phenomenal social services to support people at risk of becoming homeless, are already experience and homelessness, but it is confusing, and there is a lot of waste. bringing everyone into the same space not only saves an average of 20 hours a week in navigating the system and waiting in line for different areas, it helps them talk, so if you need to sign up for medi-cal, what you need identification, you don't have to go to sacramento or wait in line at a d.m.v., you go across the hall to the d.m.v. to get your i.d. ♪ today we will probably see around 30 people, and averaging
about 20 of this people coming to cs for follow-up service. >> for a participant to qualify for services, all they need to do is come to the event. we have a lot of people who are at risk of homelessness but not yet experiencing it, that today's event can ensure they stay house. many people coming to the event are here to receive one specific need such as signing up for medi-cal or learning about d.m.v. services, and then of course, most of the people who are tender people experiencing homelessness today. >> i am the representative for the volunteer central. we are the group that checks and all the volunteers that comment participate each day. on a typical day of service, we have anywhere between 40500 volunteers that we, back in, they get t-shirts, nametags, maps, and all the information they need to have a successful event. our participant escorts are a core part of our group, and they are the ones who help participants flow from the different service areas and help them find the different services
that they needs. >> one of the ways we work closely with the department of homelessness and supportive housing is by working with homeless outreach teams. they come here, and these are the people that help you get into navigation centers, help you get into short-term shelter, and talk about housing-1st policies. we also work very closely with the department of public health to provide a lot of our services. >> we have all types of things that volunteers deal do on a day of service. we have folks that help give out lunches in the café, we have folks who help with the check in, getting people when they arrive, making sure that they find the services that they need to, we have folks who help in the check out process, to make sure they get their food bag, bag of groceries, together hygiene kit, and whatever they need to. volunteers, i think of them as the secret sauce that just makes the whole process works smoothly. >> participants are encouraged and welcomed to come with their
pets. we do have a pet daycare, so if they want to have their pets stay in the daycare area while they navigate the event, they are welcome to do that, will we also understand some people are more comfortable having their pets with them. they can bring them into the event as well. we also typically offer veterinary services, and it can be a real detriment to coming into an event like this. we also have a bag check. you don't have to worry about your belongings getting lost, especially when that is all that you have with you. >> we get connected with people who knew they had hearing loss, but they didn't know they could get services to help them with their hearing loss picks and we are getting connected with each other to make sure they are getting supported. >> our next event will be in march, we don't yet have a date set. we typically sap set it six weeks out. the way to volunteer is to follow our newsletter, follow us on social media, or just visit our website. we always announce it right away, and you can register very easily online. >> a lot of people see folks experience a homelessness in the city, and they don't know how they can help, and defence like
>> clerk: mr. president, you have a quorum. >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk. the san francisco board of supervisors acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the ramaytush ohlone. 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 the members of the ramaytush ohlone and recognizing their sovereign rights as first peoples. colleagues, please rise and recite with me the pledge of allegiance. ["pledge of allegiance"] >> president walton: and on behalf of the board, i'd like to thank the staff of sfgov. today, we have kalina mendoza, who recognize the meetings and make each of the scripts available on-line.
madam clerk, are there any announcements? >> clerk: yes. the president of the board may call out of order item 64, the motion making findings to allow teleconference meetings. a public discussion and public comment shall be taken before any action by the board. additionally, this meeting is accessible remotely to the public seeking to access the telecast on cable t.v. or viewing on sfgtv.org. the most efficient way to make public comment is to listen on your public telephone system where you will be in synch to provide public comment. call 415-655-0001. when you hear the prompt, enter
meeting i.d. 2498-328-1045, then press pound twice. you will hear the meeting discussion but will be muted. when you hear your item, press star, three, and listen carefully for the prompt, you have been unmuted, and begin your comments. there are five items, 35 through 38, on the pine street project. item 39 through 42 are the stevenson street project. items 43 through 46, this is a hearing of final mitigated declaration for the sansome
street project. item 47 through 49 is the -- through 50 is the ventura project, and item 51 -- before i continue, i will inform you that the president may continue any item. with respect to item 58, this is general public comment. you are permitted to speak to items within the general jurisdiction of the board of
supervisors but are not on the agenda today, and the items 49 through 65. all other agenda items will have had its public comment fulfilled. the board of supervisors will accept public comment by mail using address san francisco board of supervisors, 1 carlton b. goodlett place, room 204, san francisco, california, 94102. you may also send an e-mail. use the e-mail email@example.com. there will be interpretation assistance provided to begin listeners with the public appeals beginning at 3:00, and finally, if the public is experiencing any trouble connecting to this meeting
remotely, please call the clerk's office at 415-554-5184. we do have a live person standing by to assist you. thank you, mr. president. that concludes my communication. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk, and colleagues, before we get started, just a friendly reminder to mute your microphones when you are not speaking. madam clerk, as you mentioned before, before we move forward with the consent calendar, i want to sever item 64 from the for adoption without committee reference calendar and call it out of order, would you please call item 64. >> clerk: item 64, this is a motion to allow teleconference meeting under california government code section 54953, subsection e. >> president walton: thank you. as you know, the governor previously declared a state of
emergency from covid-19 in 2020. since then, we have our wonderful clerk of the board of supervisors and her entire staff to thank for their tireless efforts to support remote meetings. on september 16, the governor signed bill a.b. 61 that allows policy bodies to meet by teleconference as long as they
make public policy decisions every 30-days. it is still the case that conducting all meetings this body and subcommittees in person will present imminent risk of safety to attendees. because the work of the board of supervisors is important, we need to have the flexibility to allow city staff to be able to not attend in person because they are sick or ill from covid-19. in passing this motion, the board is not committing to
convening remotely forever. we are simply allowing to meet remotely for the next 30 days during covid-19. >> clerk: through the operations queue, do we have any members of the public who would like to speak specifically to the motion making findings to allow teleconference meetings for the next 30 days? let's hear -- >> operator: madam clerk, there are no callers in the queue. >> clerk: okay. thank you, mr. atkins. mr. president? >> president walton: thank you. there being no public comment, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, would you please call the roll on the motion? [roll call]
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and without objection, this motion is approved unanimously. madam clerk, let's go to the consent agenda, items 1 through 10. >> clerk: items 1 through 10 are on consent. these items are considered to be routine. if a member objects, an item may be removed and considered separately. >> president walton: thank you. i don't see anyone on the roster. i believe we can take these same house, same call, and without objection, the consent calendar is passed unanimously.
madam clerk, please call items 11 through 13 together. >> clerk: items 11 through 13 comprise the motions to either approve or disapprove plus the findings the planning commission's decision to approve a conditional use authorization for the proposed project located at 450 through 474 o'farrell street and 532 jones street. the requirements for these filed were satisfied on september 13, 2021. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. we are going to come back to items 11 through 13 a little later in the agenda, so would you please go to item number
14. >> clerk: item 14 is an ordinance to authorize the san francisco municipal transportation agency or the sfmta to set parking rates at the kezar stadium parking lot and golden gate park underground parking facility in accordance with the park code provisions that authorize transmit rate selling on park property, making conforming edited to the park code, increasing parking rates for berth holders at the marina small craft harbor, and affirming the planning department's decision. >> president walton: supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you. colleagues, i'm sorry that this item drags on. we have a set of amendments that have been sent to the mayor's office. they have not been approved as to form. they've been deemed by the county attorney's office to be
substantive. those amendments in section 12.08 and 12.35 would retain approval of the dynamic pricing model by this board initially, but as long as the board and the sfmta stayed within the confines would not come back before us unless there were substantial changes that would come back to this board during the annual budget process. additionally, as to 6.10 related to penalties, the city attorney's office is actually modifying some language that they originally proposed, which is not ready as a result of all of this. i think we have collectively determined that the best route, given that there is a duplicate file in committee, is to table
item 14 today, make those amendments in committee, and then bring the item as amended in the form of duplicate file back to this board, and so i thereby make a motion to table item number 14. >> president walton: can you repeat all of that, supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i am making a motion to table item 14. >> president walton: thank you. motion to table item 14 made by supervisor peskin, seconded by supervisor chan. madam clerk, would you please call the roll on the motion. >> clerk: on the motion to table item 14 -- [roll call]
>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. and without objection, motion to table carries unanimously. [indiscernible]. >> president walton: all right. we are going to take a ten-minute recess. there are some issues with sfgovtv in terms of streaming right now, and we need to make sure public access is available, so we will recess until 2:26 p.m.
>> president walton: -- the emergency declaration, and then, we'll offer public comment and then vote again on item 64, so madam clerk, would you please call the roll on the rescission of the vote, and do i need another motion, seconded by supervisor peskin. >> clerk: on the motion to rescind item 64 -- [roll call] [please stand by]
continue to meet by teleconferencing during a state of emergency without complying with restrictions and state law that would otherwise apply. provided that the policy bodies make certain findings at least once every 30 days. we all hope that we will soon be able to hold all our meetings in person, health officials continue to recommend measures to promote physical distancing measures and it is still the case that conducting all meetings of this body and subcommittees in person will prevent imminent risk of safety to attendees. because of the work of the board of supervisors is necessary to allow city operations to continue, it is especially important that we have the flexibility to meet remotely in the even that members of this body or city staff are unable to attend in-person because they
are sick or have been exposed to covid-19. under ab361, policy bodies must revisit these findings every 30 days. in passing this motion, the board is not committing to meet remotely forever. we are acting to authorize remote meetings for the next 30 days in light of the continued health risk presented by covid-19. madam clerk, we'll take public comment at this time. >> clerk: operations, do we have any callers in the queue who are available to speak very specifically on the findings that the board should continue to meet in teleconference just for the next 30 days? welcome caller.
>> caller: can you hear me now? it's david pilpel. i reviewed this issue. i appreciate what president walton just reviewed. i appreciate that you recessed the meeting and fixed the problem. i appreciate the clerk and everybody. on the motion on page 3, the last two lines i had couple of minor suggestions. page 3 lines 24 and 25, i believe should read, the clerk of the board of supervisors is directed to place such a motion on the agenda of the next meeting of the board of supervisors. it would change the wording to such a motion and insert the word before board of
supervisors. i support what you doing. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you. do we have another caller in the queue? >> there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. >> president walton: seeing that we have no other speakers, public comment on item 64 is closed. please call the roll on the motion. >> clerk: on item 64. [roll call vote]
there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: this motion carries unanimously. for our public, i wanted to announce that prior to our recess, we called the consent agenda items 1-10. they were voted on unanimously. we also took items 11-13, we're going to bring back later on. we did not address those items yet. they will come back towards later in the agenda. we did take a vote to table item number 14 which was passed unanimously and we are now on item number 15. >> clerk: an ordinance to authorize settlement of the $8 million lawsuit filed by maurice caldwell against the city alleging violation of the 14th amendment.
>> president walton: i don't see anyone on the roster. we can take this item same house same house. this ordinance finally passed ordinancely. please call item number 16. >> clerk: an ordinance to de-appropriate funds from the general city responsibility and appropriate $250,000 to the department of children youth and families for safety implementation in district 10, $100,000 for children youth and family for informed services for youth in district 10. $200,000 to the off of economic and workforce development for an essential service bay view hub. and $50,000 to the human services agency for services for seniors and visitations for fiscal year 2021-2022.
>> president walton: thank you. i don't see anyone on the roster. this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. before we go to item number 17, we are actually going to call the 2:30 special order. >> clerk: at this time, the board of supervisors is reinstating commendations and i believe we have two supervisors who have supported requests to present commendations. supervisor preston and supervisor ronen. >> president walton: thank you. i want to say after a 19-month hiatus, i'm excited that we're finally able to bring this portion of the meeting back to honor our community members at the board of supervisors. as are esteemed clerk stated, we
have two honorees today one on behalf of supervisor preston and one on behalf of supervisor ronen. i want to remind everyone that pursuant to board rule 4.13, common -- commendations should require no more than five minutes at this board of supervisors meeting. i want to thank every one for making sure that we do what's right to keep this meeting flowing while we honor our most esteemed constituents. we're going to go by order of roll call. supervisor preston, you may proceed. >> supervisor preston: thank you mr. president. i'm absolutely thrilled that we are back to having commendations and look forward to we can have the folks we are commending in chamber with us. today, it is my pleasure to
commend captain sherman tillman on the occasion of his retirement from serving as of the san francisco black firefighters association. i will confess when i heard from captain tillman of his retirement, i feared he was retired from the fire department. which thankfully he is not. he is stepping down after two terms as president of the san francisco black freighters association and in recognition of his service and leadership, we honor him today. captain sherman tillman grew up in the western edition. he attended george washington high school and graduated in 1985. a talented baseball player, he played little league and college baseball and advance to triple-a. hard worker, at age 12 he began with a paper route for the san francisco examiner. he worked for the mayor summer
youth program where he later returned to become a counselor. captain tillman graduated from the university of california berkeley in 1992. with a degree in sociology. he worked for the san francisco rec and park department and as recreation director for the u.s. navy at treasure island. also worked as a u.s. customs agent. he joined the san francisco fire department in 1999. captain tillman is also chosen jobs that served the community with a special focus toward the city's youth. he helped create friday night fun through the hamilton recreation center. staying true to his love of baseball, he also coached the city's american legion baseball team which has the honor of being san francisco's and the american legions first all
people of color baseball team. he served on the executive committee of the naacp san francisco chapter. captain tillman has been married to his wife mary for 16 years. captain tillman decided to become a san francisco firefighter over 20 years ago. he currently serves in station 10, serving the richmond specific height, in hayes valley. in addition as his regular duty, he's focused on supporting the health and safety of his fellow firefighters. this includes serving on the san francisco firefighter cancer prevention foundation board for ten years. he was the first active firefighter to serve as member of that body. he became captain in 2016.
captain tillman has been involved with the san francisco black firefighters association for 11 years became its president in 2017 and led the black firefighters association for two terms. with with his colleges in the black firefighters association, he has been an integral part of community outreach efforts including wellness checks and health screening for vulnerable community residents, especially in the african-american community. as a leader of the black firefighters association, captain tillman mentored and supported the success and advancement of black firefighters throughout the department. the black firefighters association also led the effort to name -- rename a street in san francisco in district 5 after the late earl gauge jr. captain tillman led a delegation which met with me and together
undeterred by the pandemic, we move forward to rename a street in district 5 after the civil rights i con. as the mural gets closer to completion, we look forward to celebrating in person with captain tillman and the black firefighters association and the entire community. a project that truly would not have happened without captain tillman's leadership. thank you captain tillman for your service as the san francisco black firefighters association and for decades of service to the community of san francisco. today on the occasion of the end of your time as president of the black firefighters association, it's my pleasure and honor to present you the commendation from the san francisco board of supervisors and captain tillman, if you were here, we'll do this in person. instead we'll meet up after this meeting. i look forward to presenting this to you then. thank you, colleagues. >> president walton: thank you
so much supervisor preston. i want to echo some of your comments just in terms of the mentorship that captain tillman has provided in the fire department particularly to other black members that wanted to become members of the fire department and mentorship of those young firefighters that come on. i want to appreciate him for his leadership and for his fight in that role. not only to provide a pathway for other black firefighters but also to take on issues that are important to the black community while serving in that role as president. thank you so much captain tillman. congratulations from this board of supervisors and the microphone is now yours. >> thank you president walton. i like to thank you supervisor dean preston for putting this forward.
i like to thank aaron peskin, who i have known since he first started as a supervisor over 20 years ago now. i like to thank all the board of supervisors and other members of the black firefighters association as well as local 798 and other members of the department. without everybody, i wouldn't be receiving this honor today. it's truly an honor to give back to your city not only at work but in your spare time. i believe that you should give as much time when you have the badge off as when you have the badge on. that's always ban moniker of common. i try to preach to other
firefighters that we need to give back. the city has given to us. i started another foundation called sf mission arts 415. you see the san francisco giant resilient mural project that's -- it's also on third and william street. this project that we're doing is all people of color. hispanic, asian and black artists who aren't getting may be the focus that they would or should. we started this project to help beautify san francisco. you can see it in the santana mural that's on 24th and mission. there will be a celebration for
that santana mural on the 29th. while i've step down as president after two terms at the black firefighters association, i will continue to support the black community and other people who aren't getting the necessarily pathways and have the connections to further their careers and also for people working with the naacp, people who are being under utilized communities and discriminated against. having said that, i want to thank everyone for letting me be here today. also, to thank supervisor dean preston, president shamann
walton. i like to thank my wife, mary tillman. without her support and away from home, i wouldn't be here without their support. i want to thank my family. i want to thank the board of supervisors. i like to thank the command staff and the black firefighters for entrusting me to help move the organization forward. thank you. >> president walton: thank you so much. [applause] supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i want to add my words of thanks to captain tillman who i remember h2 firefighter tillman when he was advocating on behalf of his
fellow firefighters, relative to a cell tower installation on top of station 13. a station that actually is in front of us on today's agenda at 530 samson street as well as his leadership not only for the black firefighters but as the captain of station 2 in the heart of district 3. the chinatown station. thank you sherman for all your work, friendship and leadership. >> president walton: again cautions to captain sherman tillman. next supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: thank you so much for bringing back this portion of our meeting that's so important to many of us. i'm very proud today to gather
with supervisor myrna melgar to be honoring our dear friend our hero mel -- meldon maldonado. to put on the record today here in san francisco at the board of supervisors. for over 50 years, melba distinguished herself as rights for immigrants and women of the latinx. she began her political organizing work as a factory worker in newark, new jersey doing outreach to puerto rican and black community. for the past 25 years, until her well earned retirement this year, melba served as executive
director -- it became one of san francisco's most well-known centers for the latinx with the repetition far culturally competent services. her work has been to help thousands undocumented people navigate through the complex system of family, daca and other programs. her list of accomplishments is long. she served as president, founding member of chicano family resource system, san francisco immigrant legal defense and director of mission neighborhood center. melba is most driven by people, community and building relationships. when she was preparing last week for a long deserved vacation, her grandchildren and babysitter came by to give her a homemade
cake. under her leadership, there are hundreds of people lives that she has touched. through her work, people in the immigrant community are able to work, go to school and no longer live in the shadows. it's not just about her big heart that makes her so exceptional. it's how smart and practical and politically grounded that melba is. the food pantry started with few people going to safeway for bread to hand out to most vulnerable people they knew. she knew that there was a stigma about receiving food. she created a system so people can volunteer if they wanted to so community members would feel dignified when they got the resources they needed. her leadership has shown -- she helped other organizations to start and run their organizations. thank you, melba.
you are someone i looked up to forever. the community is richer because of your unyielding, compassion and effective advocacy. we love you and congratulations on your retirement. >> president walton: supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you. thank you supervisor ronen for that wonderful tribute. i wanted to add my voice. there are two main things that i want to say about melba. melba, you're crystal-clear commitment and moral compass to justice and equality have always been such a beacon for those of us in the community. i appreciated that you're always on the right side of things. coupled with the commitment that
you have to people. ensuring people were fed and clothed and housed and that immigrants, people like my family who came to this country, had dignity and equality. that is so appreciated. the second thing i would say about melba, her mentoring of people -- myself included -- so many women in the community who looked up to you and your leadership. you always took the time to mentor to counsel to support folks who were doing this kind of work. that is deeply appreciated. i'm so happy about this. thank you supervisor ronen.
>> president walton: thank you so much. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you for bringing this forward to honor such a titan in san francisco history. someone that's done so much for immigrant communities in san francisco. i want to share a story of when clerk calvillo and i first worked the first project that i worked on as someone here in san francisco was with melba. it had to do with helping undocumented immigrants living in public housing that lost their subsidy to be able to remain in public housing. melba was such a common force in those conversations. she helped guide calvillo and mites -- myself and others through the process. it was such a wonderful way to begin my career. i want to thank melba for being who she is and her amazing smile and always putting people at
ease and being firm and strong and standing up for what's right and standing up for immigrants and those that don't have the voice to speak for themselves. she does it so selflessly. she does it without wanting any recognition or accolades. she's probably one of the most humble people i met in the city. just remaining grounded in doing what is right. thank you, melba for something someone that helped set me on track and helping mentor so many others. thank you supervisor ronen and supervisor melgar for bringing this forward today. thank you to you, melba for all that you done for the city. >> president walton: i want to add, not too many people that are so larger than life or humble as you are ms. melba.
you've always provided an opportunity for young leaders to have faith and be able to vice their views and opinions. i want to thank you so much for how you lead. you're 100% class act. i want to thank supervisor ronen and supervisor melgar for honoring you this afternoon. we all appreciate the work you have continued to do for us here in san francisco. now the microphone is yours. >> i'm overwhelmed. i have no words.
especially young people. keep fighting. thank you very much. [applause] >> supervisor ronen: i wanted to mention. there is another celebration in the community coming up to honor melba's work on october 14th at 5:30 p.m. at st. john's church. if you want to join us there, we will have the opportunity to celebrate in person as well. thank you so much. >> president walton: again, congratulations to a well deserved ms. maldonado. we appreciate everything you continue to do for us here in
san francisco. this concludes our 2:30 p.m. special commendations. please call 3:00 p.m. special order. i believe at this point, we're going to call items 35-38. >> clerk: item 35-38, comprising hearing person's interested in the approval of fmnd under the california environmental quality act for the 1525 pine street project by the planning commission and issued on may 6, 2021. item 36 is the motion to affirm the commission's approval of the fmnd for the pine street project, item 37 conditionally reverses the approval and item 38 is the motion directing the
preparation of findings. >> president walton: thank you so much. colleagues, we have before us a hearing on the appellant -- appeal of declaration under the california environmental quality act for 1525 pine street project. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i like to make a motion to continue this item two weeks to october 19, 2021. >> president walton: do we have a second? seconded by supervisor peskin. on the motion to continue items 35-38 to the october 19th meeting. please call the roll. >> clerk: shall we take public comment? >> president walton: yes. my apologies. >> clerk: do we have callers in the queue interested speaking about the continuance of these
items 35-38. welcome caller. >> there are no callers in the queue. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no callers in the queue, public comment for these items are now closed. on the motion to continue this appeal to october 19th made by supervisor peskin and seconded by supervisor preston. >> clerk: on the motion to continue items 35-38 to october 19th. [roll call vote]
there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you so much. the motion to continue passes unanimously. please calls items 39-42. >> clerk: items 39-42. comprising public hearing of persons interested in the certification of a final environmental impact report for the proposed 469 stevensson street project for proposed mixed use project to demolished existing surface parking lot and construct new 27-story mixed use residential building. that is 274 feet tall with the project would total includes 490 dwelling units on the ground floor and 25,000 square feet of private and common open space.
three below grade parking levels with 166 vehicular parking spaces. and other amenities, items 40-42 comprised associated motion to affirm planning committee certification. motion to reverse the department's certification and item 42 is motion to direct preparation of findings. >> president walton: thank you. we have before us a hearing on the appeal of a final environmental report for the proposed 469 stephenson street project. supervisor haney? i can come
back to you. madam clerk please call item number 51. >> clerk: this is a motion for the board of supervisors to convene a committee of the whole today tuesday october 5, 2021 as 3:00 p.m. for public hearing on the findings and the recommendations from the independent review by william b. gould iv professor of law. on the equal employment policy of the department of human resources, equal employment opportunity division. >> president walton: thank you
so much. i want to appreciate everyone for checking the time and being here for this committee of the whole. for years we have continued to learn about workplace discrimination within the san francisco department of human resources and larger departments. there have been documented instances of racial bias in hiring of black people and people of color, promotions for black employees and people of color and a disproportionate number of black employees receiving disciplinary action. it's been mishandled or put on the back burner for years. prior to my election to the board of supervisors, on june 5, 2018, supervisor jane kemp introduced a hearing on
african-american workforce hiring, tension discrimination complaints a the city and county of san francisco. and requested department of of human resources, department of public health, city attorney office, city administrator and other applicable departments report. on september 19, 2018, the government audit an oversight committee held a public hearing to consider this subject matter and continue the hearing to the call of the chair. as a result, the mayor issued directives for d.h.r. to address thesis disparities. supervisor cohen motioned for the item to be heard and scheduled at the board of supervisors to sit as a committee of the whole for the
november 27, 2018 meeting. the public comment and presentations lasted for hours. the city set up the office of racial equity. we have focused on treatment of black employees and employees of color but there are so many areas that still need to be addressed. when i was first elected i agreed to carry this item forward. as a black man i understand the racial structure our employees are placed under. it is not clear that the decisions are made by people that look like me. i understand the systemic issues that our black workers face when it comes to discipline as well as other people of color. at our september 22, 2019 board of supervisors meeting, supervisor peskin and i made a request for a hearing to receive recommendations on restructuring and reforming the equal
employment opportunity office and comparative analysis of the best practices of like urban jurisdictions with equal employment opportunity offices including core functions of the equal opportunity office within overall city government structures and general oversight requested that the department o human resources budget and legislative analyst and the controllers to present. as a result, in one response in regards to that request, mayor breed appointed a goal to serve as the independent reviewer and to lead a comprehensive and independent investigation and to the equal employment opportunity practices, policies and procedures of the city and county of san francisco. today, we are here to hear from
professor gould and his finding and see what the department of human resources plans to do to address the findings and improve the equal employment opportunity office. the order will go as follows. professor gould will report his report and findings, the b.l.a. will present on their report, the department of human resources will present on the response to the finding and any updates on the recommendations. the board will have a time to ask questions to presenters and then we will call for public comment. we will now start this committee the whole with the presentation from professor gould. >> clerk: mr. president we are determining for professor gould is signed into the meeting.
>> president walton: i believe i see him on my screen. professor gould, are you available? >> hello. whom am i speaking? >> president walton: this is supervisor walton. >> good to hear your voice. >> president walton: you have the floor to make your report on your review and your findings. i want to thank you so much for being with us this afternoon. >> sure. glad to do it. thank you for this opportunity to present an overview of my report issued in june -- actually released by the mayor in july. it'she