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>> good morning and welcome to the rules committee of the san
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francisco board of supervisors for today, monday, may 9th, 2022. i am the chair of the committee. joined to my right joined by rafael mandelman and to my left by committee member supervisor connie chan. our clerk is mr. victor young. do you have any announcements? >> yes, the board of supervisors and its committees are convening hybrid meetings that allow in person attendance and public comment while still providing remote access via telephone. the board recognizes that equitable public access is essential and will be taking public comment as follows. first public comment we will be taking on each item on the agenda, those attending in person can speak first and those -- and then we will take those who are waiting on the telephone line. for anyone who watches online or on t.v., the public comment call in number is streaming across the screen. the number is (415)655-0001. enter the meeting id of
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2-490-534-8946 and press pound and pound again. when connected you will hear the meeting's discussion. when your item of interest comes up, public comment is called. those joining in person should line up. you should dial star three to be added to the speaker line. if you are on the telephone, turned on your t.v. and all listening devices. as indicated, we will take public comment from those in person first then go to public comment telephone lines. alternatively, you may submit public comment in writing. you can e-mail to me or you can send by letter mail. you may also send your written comment by u.s. mail to our office.
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finally, items acted upon today will appear in the board of supervisors agenda on may 17th, 2022 unless otherwise stated. that completes my initial announcements. >> thank you. please read item one through three together insofar as they are all related. >> item number 1 is an ordinance amending demonstrate of quote to allow the public work to allow the new department of sanitation and streets with administration supports, emergency planning, training, and employee safety services to require public works commissioners. item two is a hearing to consider appointing one member and one member term ending july first, 2026 to the sanitation
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and streets commission. item three is the appointments of an individual to the sanitation and streets commission. >> colleagues, you would prefer that a couple of years ago in 2020, this board of supervisors put a charter amendment on the ballot that was the primary sponsor of which was our former colleague, matt haney. i think we voted unanimously to put on the ballot in the wake of -- what's that? you voted know? god bless you, supervisor mandelman. i take that back. amazing what two years will do to one's memory. were you the only vote no? apparently it was a split vote. i will go back and read that and
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figure out who chose to vote no. the voters embraced that. this was all in the wake of the revelations of the corruption of the then head of public works that we are still dealing with. there had been earlier attempts at having public works have a commission. it was one of the only major departments in city government that did not have one. the proposal that was before us, that ultimately the voters voted for to amend our charter, not only created a public works commission, but also split the department into a public works and sanitation and streets departments with commissions over both of them. i have to say candidly that given the complications in bisecting those departments that
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have existed as one for over a century and the cost associated with it, and the bureaucratic inefficiencies, i have some regrets about the way that we forwarded that to the voters. it is not too late to fix them. but for the time being, we have to move ahead. and to that end, we have a number of administrative things that we need to do, and that is set forth in item number 1. and we have to seek two commissions and that is set forth in items number 2 and 3. i am pleased that we we -- that we will be seeing additional nominations to the remaining positions in the weeks to come. with that as background, let me invite up from our city and ministry to's office that has been overseeing this split,
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rachel alonso, who can give us background on the process here and tell us where we are going and then give us -- item number 1 is very straightforward, but give us a little bit of background on item number 1 then we will delve into commission appointments to the sanitation and streets commission for which we have three applicants. two from the board and one from the mayor before us today. >> great. thank you. good morning, chair peskin and supervisor chan and vice chair mandelman. i do have a presentation that someone on team has ready to share if, victor, we could get that out. >> it has been shared. it should translate over shortly. >> thank you. excellent. my name is rachel alonso. i am the prop be project director in the city administrator's office overseeing the planning and
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implementation of prop be. next slide, please. great. i think chair peskin already found this, but it goes through anyway. on november 3rd, 2020, proposition b. is a charter amendment and it includes three primary provisions. first is creating a five-member commission to oversee san francisco public works. second is spinning off the operations department from public works into a new department for sanitation and streets and then establishing a five-member commission to oversee the saf department. the ballot measure did include some wiggle room for timing. this past december the board passed a motion setting the transition date as july 1st, 2020 do. which means that the commission will form on that day in the department will be created three months later or october 1st, 2022.
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i am here today regarding the charter section which pertains to the administrative support for the new department. first i want to share prop be definition of admin support. the charter names eight specific admin functions. hr, performance management, finance, budgeting, it, emergency planning, training, and employee safety services. currently, three of those functions are housed within the city administrator's office via the general services agency and those three functions are hr, training, and employee safety. prop b. prohibits the new department from having these eight named admin functions for its first two years. in other words, from october 2022-2024, they must rely on other departments for admin support. the second key component of this charter section mandates that
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the board passed an ordinance by the transition date, which is july 1st regarding how the shared admin services will be provided. and then briefly, a third component of the charter section requires the board to to -- pass and other ordnance if and when it decides that they should have their own admin services. as previously mentioned, this can't occur until two years and three months after the transition date the big date for everyone to remember is october 2024. that is the students they could transfer admin functions. they no need to refer to sas rather than to public works. it needs to be approved by july
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of the second -- the second ordinance needs to be submitted by july and we expect it will be introduced to the board in late june and then go before committee sometime in september. next slide, please. okay. now that we are on the same page regarding the background of this item, let me dive into the specifics. section one, basically reiterates what i just described and what chair peskin entered earlier. it begins with section two on the middle of the second page. language is being added to the admin code regarding the s.a.s. department and it mandates that the department of public works shall provide the administrative support. this decision was very straightforward for most of the named admin functions as public works admin staff are already serving the operations division transferring to s.a.s. and as well as the capital divisions remaining at public works. and for the three admin functions that are currently within the area, this ordinance
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reflects the budget request that is currently under consideration at the mayor's office to transfer h.r., training, and employee safety to public works. the h.r. team has historically been under resourced and i think we all agree that staffing up at public works and in the future is a top priority. upon reflection, we realize that having one team, trying to juggle competing demands was a suboptimal way to achieve the mutual goal of staffing up. allowing public works to control its own destiny and s.a.s.'s destiny seems like a better way to have stronger accountability around hiring. finally, section three of the ordinance incorporates requirements about the public works and sanitation's commissions into the campaign and governmental conduct code. specifying the commissioners who
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are mandated to file form 700 statements of economic interests. we decided to take advantage of this ordinance to ensure the legal requirements are in place as soon as possible. these new positions have been assigned disclosure category one, meaning individuals sell -- shall disclose income including gifts from any source, interests in real property, investments and all business positions in which the designated employee is a director officer, partner trustee or holds any position of management. that is it for me today. i am joined virtually by ruth robertson, the deputy director of finance and admin at public works and we are happy to take any questions you might have. >> thank you for all the work you have been doing over the last couple of years and that presentation and the prop b. executive steering committee
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that you have participated in. i think all of this is straightforward. i did want to ask, and we might have to take this off-line and you might not be prepared, and this might be more in the land of d.h.r., the department of human resources, i think we all agree, and not only relative to public works and this soon to be s.a.s. department, that staffing up is imperative across the board. on saturday we had the district three cleanup and i was inquiring of the various public works employees about what was going on and not surprisingly, staffing up and vacant positions was the uniform cry that i heard. and then we got down into the weeds as to what the problems are, and there are many and they
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are not new. they range from people who are temporary, becoming permanent and how difficult that is and the fact that, apparently, even though there is a crying need, there are very few advertised positions that are available on the internet, which seemed odd. and then i even heard stories about how -- as we know, there are certain classifications that appear across departments. for us we have policy analysts that many other departments have from across the city. and that apparently, and if you don't know this, i totally would understand, that when the m.t.a. advertises 41310, then you can't advertise for 1310. is that true or untrue? >> that is a good question.
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this is why i have mr. robertson on the line in case any questions like this come up. he is better versed than i am at answering that. are you there? >> i am. can you hear me? >> yes. >> thank you. it is a very good question. >> mr. robertson, you might have another device on in your office. we are getting an echo from you. thank you. >> i will put on a headset. is that better? >> yes. >> thank you. apologies about that. chair peskin, that is a very good question. i will certainly yield to some of the details of that question to the director of human resources. i will say, there is what is called a position based test and then there is a cbt, which is a
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class-based test. if it is a class-based test, there is one department that is responsible for the administration and the proctoring of that examination. for instance, the controller's office handles some of the accounting classifications. and in this case, there was the 1310 pio position that was administered by the m.t.a. they are running it. i will gladly get back to it. i do not have all the details as to when that list is available for other departments, i know there are some rules. and rather than provide inaccurate information, i will report back to the committee after consultation with my colleagues at the city administrator h.r. office, as well as d.h.r. in essence, 1310 was a cbt and there are some rules in terms of when the certification can go forward, and rather than go into and provide some potentially inaccurate information, i will provide that information to you
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in the coming days. >> thank you, mr. robertson. happy to meet with you off-line and hold public hearings about it. i understand there is interdepartmental competition for positions at this moment in time. i was around -- it was around 12 years ago when it was opposite and people were bumping from departments and we were laying people off. this works both ways. okay. are there any questions or comments from committee members relative to item number 1? is there any public comment on item number 1? >> my apologies. give me a moment. this is public comment for item number 1. sorry. i'm trying to find my spot. members of the public who wish to speak on item number 1 and are joining us in person should line up to speak alongside of the room by the side of the window. there doesn't appear to be any. for those listening remotely,
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enter the meeting id. once connected, you will need to press star three to enter the speaker line. for those already in the queue, please enter until you have been on muted. we have two callers on the line for public comment. >> for speaker, please -- first speaker, please. >> i'm here to speak on item number 4. >> if you press star three and go back into the speaker line, we will call upon you when this item comes up. next speaker, please. >> can we have the next caller?
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i believe you press star three to be added to the speaker line. >> i oppose proposition b. and i think that adding this department is unnecessary and a distraction. and will not result in increased sanitation and cleanup of streets, including in the tenderloin unless this board allocates more resources to do so, which could have been done under previous budgets or even the upcoming budget. nevertheless, the city needs to make this work and i appreciate all the efforts of rachel and the team to implement the will of the voters by way of proposition b. and i think this ordinance is straightforward in providing the administrative support as was outlined.
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>> thank you very much. that was our last call her on the phone line. >> public comment on item number 1 is closed. >> i will send you to the full board and eight -- on a positive recommendation. a roll call, please. >> yes. [ roll call ] >> the motion to be recommended is reckoned but -- adopted without objection. >> thank you. now we will hear from the two applicants from the board's appointments to the sanitation and streets commission for seats number 4 and 5. seat number 4 has to have
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experience in urban forestry, urban design or environmental services. that is a for a four-year term that would end on july 1st, 2024. we have an applicant for that seat. tom harrison, who is with us today is recommended for that seat. and seat number 5 is a seat that has to have experience in cleaning and maintaining public spaces for a four-year term that ends on july 1st, 2026. and we have, for that seat, a qualified applicant in the form of kim schulman. both of them are in the board chambers and we will take them in the order that they are peering -- that they are appearing on our agenda. good morning. >> thank you for allowing me to come here and apply for this.
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i have a lot of experience. i have recreation and park when i started in 1964 as an assistant gardener. >> that was the year i was born, tom. [ laughter ] >> you were just a young fellow. [ laughter ] anyway, so i have done that and i have been there. i retired with something like 26 years. i had a state applicator's license on the golf division, i have worked in the tee garden and in the conservatory of flowers, and on golf, and at crocker amazon over those years. i was quite proud of it. it was the best job it was. >> my claim to fame is a japanese tea garden where i was involved in putting in the waterfall going to oakland and taking those plants. anyways, quite a fun experience. i then went to work for labor
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work to 61 is a union rep. i was elected to be vice president and then elected to be recorded secretary, and a field rep for the city workers, the labourers who work at the park, the gardeners, the labourers, the gardeners that work at the park and public works and all the departments. i represented them in disciplinary situations later on in my career in local 261 when mayor newsom appointed me to the recreation commission in 2005. he reappointed me again, and then mayor lee appointed me twice during that time. and just recently retired from all that. and when i started to read the news about the scandals, if you will, that were going on, i knew mr. new rue and i knew some of
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the other people were there. it is a great his appointment. i kind of considered myself a city family member. now that is a taboo term. it is sad. i see what is going on in the city, and it is disheartening. this brings me to the point that if i can be of any help in getting the city back to somewhere where it was or back on track, i am certainly available to do that. this is one of the reasons that when people approach me about applying for this commission appointments, i had foremost in my mind, so that is my story. i hope i can do the best i can for you. >> thank you, mr. harrison. are there any questions or comments from committee members? if not, -- supervisor chan, my apologies.
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>> thank you for your previous service and willing to commit to continue to serve our city. i really appreciate all the service that you have provided. i look forward to supporting you today. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you, mr. harrison. thank you for taking the time to meet with me in advance of this meeting. i enjoyed our conversation. why don't we go on to kim schulman for seat number 5? good morning. >> good morning. >> i will say, by way of background, that miss schulman's work is known to me as she used to work for the lower pole -- poke community benefit district where she clearly has experience in cleaning and maintaining public spaces, and prior to
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that, has set forth in her application at arkansas read where she has experienced -- has experience in dealing with homelessness, which is inextricably intertwined with the issue of streets and sanitation. >> thank you very much. i am now at the film oh, west community district. and before that i was at youth services. i am aware that one of the first goals of the commission is to hire an executive director. i take that very seriously as they will be the ones at the department.
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i think the main goals of the commission and the department are having a data-driven approach. streamlining data will help with operations by ensuring tasks aren't duplicated and an increased responsiveness and efficiency. we can publish the data and that will increase transparency with the public and we will be able to make operational decisions in the future by using that data. i also believe that expanding integration with resources that we already have available, partnering with the neighborhood association and the residents on a more regular ongoing basis. it has already been done to appoint. this will increase communication and transparency to the public as well and better communication will also help responsiveness and effectiveness.
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>> providing training and resourcing to the staff is huge. training on, interacting with the general public and addressing the issues that they face on a daily basis, and ways to take care of them so that we can prevent burnout. and then making them just feel supported. i take the oversight role very seriously and i look forward to working with you all. thank you. >> are there any questions or comments? seeing none, thank you for your willingness to serve. is there any public comment on item number 2? >> yes, members of the public
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who wish to speak on this item and joining us in person may line up to speak on this side of the room by the windows. for those listening remotely, you should call (415)655-0001 and enter the meeting id. once connected, press star three to enter the speaker line. for those in the queue, continue to wait until the system indicates you have been on muted. that will be the key to begin your comments. if there's no one in the room, we have two colours on the line for public comment. >> good morning, supervisors. i am speaking on behalf of the 665 and local 350 in san francisco and our sister locals as well throughout northern california. we are here to speak in favour of and in support of the tom harris group -- tom harrington's
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group and this important new commission. i would describe it because i work with them in the labor group. we look forward to working with tom and others on the commission as this is assembled in the coming weeks and months. tom has been a great member of the community and the larger san francisco community, and certainly a partner and a brother for the rest of us in san francisco as well. we fully support them. we want everyone to know that we look forward with working with everybody in the future. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hello. i joined with my friend in support of tom harrison and this
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new commission. tom literally brings a lifetime of experience, as he indicated. he served well on the commission and his prior work at recreation and park speaks for itself. i am sure he will do a fine job on the commission. i do not know miss schulman yet, but i'm sure she too will do a fine job on this commission and look forward to both of their upcoming years of service and a positive recommendation from this committee. thank you for listening. >> thank you. seeing no other members of public comment for this item, public comment is closed. i just wanted to appreciate miss schulman's comments about the importance of staff and staff morale.
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it has been particularly rough within staff and public works who did nothing wrong and to continue to work day in and day out and work there behind off. that taint has been a morale killer. i really appreciate what miss schulman has said. it is investing in staff and uplifting staff and letting them know that it is valued work and that they have nothing to be ashamed of relative to a higher up doing something that will land them in jail. with that, supervisor mandelman? >> thank you, chair peskin. i did not support prop be back in the day and continue to have
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concerns about aspects about it. one thing that i have no doubt about is the need for more sunlight and on the work of what was the public works department, and opportunities for a public which is deeply exercised about conditions and workers who were on the front lines doing the work and trying to keep this city clean and presentable and have a form where they could highlight these issues and make suggestions for improvements. i do, with these two appointments, feel that optimistic at least about that aspect of proposition b. i think these are grateful -- i'm grateful to the two of you
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for stepping forward and i wish you luck in what i think will be a very challenging task, but it is maybe one of the most important ones in san francisco right now. and the streets and sanitation department could be important in getting us to a better place and that was the oversight that you will provide that will be important to that. >> i will make it into a motion. >> all right. on the motion to send to the full board with a positive recommendation is to harrison and miss schulman, a roll call, please. >> that would be mr. harrison to seat four and miss schulman to seat five. on that motion... [ roll call ] the motion passes without objection.
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>> all right. on age and number 3 that we have previously called, i assume that mr. quan is tending remotely. >> can you hear me okay. >> yes, i can. thank you for taking the time to meet with me in person. >> thank you very much for considering my candidacy. >> and full disclosure, i did not vote for this last year, but i think, as we spoke before, we are where we are at. >> i am willing and excited to
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make some contributions in terms of the project and setting up for the guidelines -- >> we just lost you. >> we think in the academy would have up-to-date wi-fi. >> yes, my apologies, chair peskin. i don't know where i left off, but i am up to the task. as was stated by previous speakers, standing up to the leadership and the department itself to serve this city is key and fundamental. i do think there are a number of moving parts that this commission has a lot of work to do to dig in. i will say overall that the goal of any commission is oversight
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and not management. that being said, because this is a different department, i am willing to be as involved as needed to help get things set up. obviously starting with the executive deck -- director selection, which i think is key. i want to thank the committee here for supporting the team that keeps our streets clean, but also, what is also important and how this fits in the overall plan of the well-being of the residents of this city. my experience serving on the boards gives me some good foundational experience in terms of how best to serve and how to get involved. the task we had -- that we have ahead of us is obviously really important for everyone, no matter where they live or where they spend their time during the
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day or night to make sure that the streets are clean and also that there are places for people to go. i will strongly support that effort and i want to thank this committee for their consideration. thank you. >> thank you. are there any members of the public would like to testify on item number 3? >> yes, numbers of the public wish to speak on this item under joining in person can line up in the room by the side by the windows. if you are on the line with us, you can press start read enter the speaker line. >> hello. i wanted to speak on soap -- in support of mr. quan. this will be his third commission appointment having
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served on the p.u.c. and the port commission. excuse me, treasure island. thank you for the correction. perhaps going to equal or beat the record of others for the most commission appointments. we will see. stay tuned. i have done a fine job serving the city in various capacities. i would also be a good member of the commission and look forward to his service and this committee's positive recommendation. >> public comment is closed. with that, i will make a motion to amend the item to remove rejecting and rejects from the subject motion. on that in amendment, a roll call. >> on that motion... [ roll call ]
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the motion passes. >> i will make a motion to send the item as amended with recommendation to the full board of supervisors. >> yes, on that motion... [ roll call ] the motion passes without objection. >> all right. we now have a quorum on the streets and sanitation commission. enjoy, get to work, call if you need to. and with that, we will go to the next item, mr. clerk. >> next on the agenda is the emotion proving the mayor's nomination for the appointment of an appointment to the public utilities commission. >> thank you for taking the time to meet with me personally last week. come on up. this is a nomination by the mayor pursuant to prop e. of
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2007 or 2008 when we blew that commission up and constituted it. somewhere around there. this is for the seat formerly held by ed harrington, a former comptroller and former general manager of the p.u.c. i note that the former general manager is in attendance this morning. good morning, commissioner. and this seat requires experience with environmental policy and an understanding of the environmental justice issues. and clearly she was on the treasure island development authority commission and she is well versed in energy policy, and i believe has, in her time at the natural centre experience and environmental justice. i will let her speak for herself
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and ask for some questions. good morning. >> thank you all so much. it is a great privilege to be here. thank you. it is good to see you again. it is nice to be here in person. i am honoured to be up here. it is a huge position. i want to say thank you. i feel like my 20 years are a great starting point, but there's so much more to learn. i have spent so many years in the environment and energy world. i worked at the u.s. department of energy working on blackout invent -- information and various stakeholders. i have been working with utilities and stakeholders and customers around north america and trying to keep the lights on. i have spent time as a developer working with clean energy partners from new mexico to california. what is exciting is transmission takes 20 years to build but working with local county commissioners and mayors is being built today.
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i have spent over seven years at the natural resources defence council working on environment of policies and building coalitions to find bridges with how to conserve wildlife and at the same time build clean energy infrastructure. and then the last two years, i opened up my own consulting company and had the privilege of working with various tribes throughout the west and various front-line communities, creating a just and equitable transmission culture and working with field groups and various entities that are dealing with transmission -- transition and spend time dealing with there's groups on how to balance land-use and energy infrastructure. i have spent a lot of time working with various groups on equity, racial justice, and climate justice. i'm looking forward for that opportunity to work with sfpuc on friday when they created their environmental justice plan and they have been updating it since then. there was the recent order by
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the supervisors promoting additional resources and looking at the additional aspects of the various reports and action plans. i am happy to see the sfpuc is moving forward on addressing previous aspects of racism and moving forward to bring more diversity and inclusion into the workplace. there's a lot of efficiencies that need to be gained. and a lot more coordination. i look forward with the various many organizations with the staff and commissioners to go ahead and move forward to start working and looking for more inclusive change. >> thank you. as i always do, i went through my packet today in detail last evening and i was -- it was getting too late to call you. this morning i was busy. i don't mean to spring this on you, but i wanted to figure out some stuff on your form 700
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there may have been an application for another commission at a different point or something. and it says port commission on it. and it says, assuming office date in 2020. i was thinking that maybe this wasn't -- i don't know. >> it didn't happen to i. i think a lot of times, we get done in the port. we try to go through and work through the application process. i was never on the port commission. i was on the treasure island developed authority. >> i get that. i have a specific question. your resume shows that you haven't worked at the energy company since 2010, but the form 700 says it doesn't show the income, but it shows your income coming from that organization. is that still correct? >> the last two years i had my
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own consulting company. and before that was natural resources defence council. >> okay. so that is correct. and it sounds -- the energies shows you as 2009-2010. i was just adding these together and they weren't equaling two. >> they are not equaling two. you are right. it should say that the natural resources defence council -- the last two years were that. and then before that was seven years. >> got it. okay. >> that is helpful. it should be fixed before this gets into the full board package. that gets me to the next question, which is, do they have any local work or any work with
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the p.u.c. or in the p.u.c. terror tee -- territory or pg and e. territory? it is not something i thought of when we met last week. >> that is a great question. no, it is nationwide, but just today, it was announced that i have a new position. i'm the new executive director for the long-duration energy council. now i am working internationally for the groups. >> quite a big day for you. >> it is a huge day. >> okay. it sounds like it doesn't appear there any systemic conflict issues. then i wanted to go with what we talked about when we met last week, which is, at least in my mind, you clearly fit the criteria for the seat relative to environmental policy on the energy side.
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one can't have every expertise in all environmental subfields. but part of the portfolio of our robust park -- utility is water. my high-level questions are, one, whether you will make water if healthy priority, and that delving into the minutia of it, given the complicated and unfortunate state of affairs between our p.u.c. in the state of california as a relates to waterflow as it would benefit the environment, fish, recreation and a number of competing needs, including, but not limited in to the industrial water supply. that is the question that i have. >> as you have pointed out,
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there is a huge nexus of energy and water. there is an importance of learning it and adapting more knowledge to the waterworld. i really look forward to working with the commission and staff for bringing me up to speed quickly. there is the importance of our water supply and where it comes from an understanding of the nuances and the relationships and some of the long history of the negotiations with m.o.u. and ongoing work that needs to be done. >> i assume that would always extend environmental justice and fishing and tribal interest. >> very much so. >> any questions or comments from committee members? are there any members of the public would like to testify on item number 4? >> yes, members of the public who wish to speak on this item and are joining us in person may lane -- me line up to speak. for those calling in and
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listening, please call in and enter the meeting id then press pound and pound again. once connected, you will need to press start three to enter the speaker line. for those already in the queue, wait until you have been on muted, then it will be your q. to make your comments. there are no members of the public in the room and we have three callers on the line. >> first speaker, please. >> we have taken a neutral position on this appointment. the following are excerpts from the comments made before the rules committee on april 11th regarding the appointment of the p.u.c. general manager as director of the s.f. bay area regional water systems finance team authority. the emergency firefighting water
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system was brought into service in 1913 under the jurisdiction of the fire department and dpw. in 2010, it was transferred to the p.u.c. for the express purpose of balancing the city's budget. since 2010, the p.u.c. has implemented a number of misguided policy decisions and is now using this as a mechanism to replace water and use the easter bond funds which is inconsistent with prop 218. due to policy decisions, they are advocating for the transfer of this to a new department under the city administrator with the engineering returning to dpw, which would still be under the direct report to the city administrator, even after the upcoming restructuring. regarding the hearing on pg and
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e., supervisor peskin's comments, that if pg and he took the city's offer, then the p.u.c. would have to deal with this. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> mr. chairman and members of the board, my name is dave and i am a hydropower specialist for american whitewater. today i'm commenting on behalf of the stakeholders including paddlers, anglos, business owners, and others who are pleased to see the board of supervisors considering a nominee with a sense of knowledge of our changing energy landscape. for almost 100 years, the city of the san francisco -- of san
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francisco and the river have been linked. similarly, for the past 50 years, there has been an outdoor recreation economy that has been directly tied to this. climate change, as with so many parts of our world has brought new challenges to these long-standing relationships. managing the resource to ensure safe, clean, sustainable water supply for the city is paramount. bringing low carbon energy is also good if we are going to stem the tide of climate change. no less of a priority is maintaining the recreation. there are competing needs without harming the others. we believe that part of the answer is in energy storage. this would allow the sfpuc to provide resources while optimizing the value of the power system. mass energy storage is a tricky
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business. new technologies are coming online almost daily. this is why we wholeheartedly support the board seeking out the expertise it needs in order to identify these important challenges. if we solve this problem the right way by meeting the city's water supply needs and sustaining the role outdoor recreation, we can demonstrate that rising waters truly can't lift all boats. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi. replacing ed harrington is no easy task. i do not know her personally, but i have heard good things about her by reputation and certainly bringing this to a hearing is a smart move by anyone. i agree with the previous caller
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about having energy expertise on the commission. i am somewhat concerned, however hearing of her new position with the long-duration energy storage entity, inasmuch as the p.u.c. has recently entered into at least two long duration energy storages regarding clean power s.f. and i am wondering if this new position and source of funds may create a conflict of interest that would disqualify her from participating in certain aspects of clean power s.f. or possibly more aspects relative to energy, which is admittedly one of her areas of expertise. the good thing about having experience is that it is great, the bad thing about having that as a source of income is it may be disqualifying from certain actions.
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the p.u.c. has arguably the most complicated infrastructure and history of the commissions in the city, although it often deals with policy and planning relative to water, power, and sewers, it more frequently deals with contracts and particular construction agreements. [please standby]
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. . . . there will be looks at california in general, but many more in north america. if anything comes up, i will make sure to ask the attorneys the questions. >> the city attorney is the one to ask. and with that, it would be my pleasure to remove the word rejecting in line three and rejects in line nine. on that motion, mr. clerk, a roll call please. >> on that motion, supervisor chan. >> aye. >> mandelman. >> aye. >> peskin. >> aye. >> the motion passes without objection. i will move to send the item as amended with recommendation to the full board of supervisors. on that motion, mr. young, a roll call please. >> on that motion, supervisor
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chan. >> aye. >> vice chair mandelman. >> mandelman, aye. >> chair peskin. >> aye. >> the motion passes without objection. >> congratulations. and congratulations on your new job. awe thank you. i will make sure that the form is cleared up right now. >> excellent. thank you. mr. clerk, would you please read our fifth and final item. >> yes, item five is a hearing to consider appointing four members ending june 1, 2023, to the mental health sf implementation working group. >> okay. colleagues, some of you will recall -- you were on the board when we passed an ordinance amending the administrative code to accomplish this body t mental health san francisco implementation working group after supervisor ronen and supervisor mandelman and the
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mayor came to some and this was to provide you for mental health services, substance use treatment and psychiatric medications to residents with mental illness and substance abuse. it is a 13-member body. and there are a number of seats that were expired. we have them before us today, and why don't we start with amy wong. and adree ya salinas is not able to attend. we have three applicants for four seats. i don't know if ms. littleton from the controller's office who staffs the working group wants
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to make an opening statement. if you do, you are welcome to do so. >> good morning, chair peskin and committee members. thank you very much. i am assuming you can hear me okay. >> yes, we can. >> thank you for the opportunity. i wanted to make a note about the mandate about the mental health working group. their duty and their mandated per the legislation is to advise the mental health department, and san francisco health authority and board of supervisors with the ed signs and limitation of mental health sf. they will advise on the design, outcomes and effectiveness of mental health sf. they have been meeting monthly
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since december 2020. this is a productive working group and we have many recommendations that we have put forth to policy makers and so i just wanted to be available and i work in the controller's office so here to provide any other further clarification and responses if you have any questions about the role. >> let's go to amy wrong. >> thank you, heather, for the recap of all the iwg is about.
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i am amy wong, a mental health treatment specialist at the san francisco behavior health sent arenaed also a member of the ifpte local 21. and thank you so much, committee, for the opportunity to apply for reappointment to seat number one. and i have been a member of the implementing working group also known as the iwg since its beginning in 2020. i have been an active member with the expertise in areas of diversity, equity, advocating for training and support of our workers. i have worked in the city for over 20 years. i bring sufficient depth and inclusive perspective to my work, collaborating with a broad array and diverse professionals. my passion is helping the community to wellness and recovery. in working with the iwg, we have looked at several projects presented to us and
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collaboratively to provide recommendations to dph and project members. one thing they consider is to visit the site with the goal of integrating all the separate services and programs into one cohesive mental health system. and my hope is to continue to be an integral part of the working group advocating for effective training, supporting workers with wellness and recovery tools for the future. i would be honored to continue contributing to the implementing working group and i have been with the iwg since 2020 and feel strongly about the iwg for me to continue working and serving everyone. thank you so much for your time. >> thank you, ms. wong. and thank you for your servicing. no questions from committee
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members. and given that ms. salinas is not available, let's go to sarah short for seat 11. >> good afternoon. >> good morning, sarah. it's morning. >> i have been sitting here for so long. so thanks for having me here. i appreciate the opportunity to talk about my experience and also the work we have done with the working group. amy said a lot already. but i have gotten involved with mental health sf with work we were doing with the coalition known as the treatment on demand coalition. and so that is some of my background and interest that led to the involvement and i continue to represent that coalition serving on the group
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so i also work for what is known as home wise, formerly a community housing partnership and this seat that i sit in and hope to continue to sit in is a supportive house progress vieder seat on the working -- provider on the working group. so i bring that perspective of the mental health support that are important for residents who are following homelessness and living not just in our building and supportive housing buildings throughout the city and as we all know, that is a huge issue right now. a large population that we're all trying to serve in different ways. i also have some interest in this issue and i have family
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members and an uncle who has been influencing my life in a lot of ways and particularly in terms of advocating around access to mental health treatment and wish that for the rights of those with mental illness. i have a masters in social work from san francisco state and about 25 years of experience working generally in the field of affordable housing and social services, homelessness, and tenants' rights. i work for three years and this is probably my greatest education related to this. in l.a. on skid row, running a homeless outreach program, and that is where i really saw a lot of these issues played out and also learned a lot about the barriers that existing for
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people to get treatment both because of their own circumstances and their own mental health challenges and the system and how hard it is to navigate. when they came back to san francisco, i saw that there were many, many similarities and i could see sort of the pattern that played out that were systemic and that are the exact patterns and practices that we're hoping to breakdown through mental health sf. so i was incredibly interested in being part of this grand experiment that i think is not so much an experiment as because i think there is actually a lot of evidence base in what we're trying to do. and we're looking at things that work and have worked in the past. and we're also trying to hear from the folks with lived experiences as much as possible. i hope we can continue to do
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that. and we are interested in serving on the working group. and i am just very passionate about working with all my colleagues on the working group and the city staff and folks like heather to continue this project because we have actually only gotten a slice of the way through and in large part because of the pandemic. but just to see the other day an article and i think every paper and examiner and the chronicle with the office of coordinating care opening and what that will mean with all the opportunity in terms of people being able to get access to case managers in a way they haven't before. before that having watched the street crisis response teams roll out, and just seeing kind of the fruits of our labor, but
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more importantly, seeing the individuals that are getting the help they need. i just really hope that i can continue to be a part of all of that. thanks again. any questions, i'm here. >> thank you, ms. short. are there any members of the public who are online who would like to testify? >> call 415-655-0001, and enter the meeting i.d. of 2490 534 8946 and press pound and pound again. once connected, you will need to press star 3 to enter the speaker line. for those already in the queue, continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and that will be your queue to begin your comment. we currently have one caller on the line for public comment. >> first speaker please.
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>> good morning. this is the director and the local coordinating board. i want to speak to sarah short's term and i don't have the pleasure of knowing amy or an droe ya, but i work closely with sarah and i would appreciate seeing her continue her work on the board. she has a lot of subject matter and with the housing organization that has 17 different supportive housing buildings across the city and i think her perspective in that work is essential.
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and there is someone who is thoughtful and engaged and brings her creativity to think through tough policy problems and that is a lens that is needed. are there any other speakers for item five? >> we are double checking. there is one more. >> please proceed. >> it is kristin evans. and 25% for prop c is allocated for behavioral health and we have seen various proposals come through with how to improve the
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mental health capacity and to support continuation of sarah short with, what do you say, to holding on to the position to continue to implement much-needed solutions in our city and in response to the challenges of folks accessing mental health care. with the experience to work with the bed and how severely underresourced this part of our safety net is so i appreciate advocacy to continue to implement real solutions and addressing the critical
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challenges to tackle their mental health and also end the homelessness in the process. thank you so much. >> are there any other members of the public for this item? >> that was the last public commenter. >> public comment is closed. and colleagues, if there is no objection, i will make a motion to forward ms. wong for seat one, ms. salinas for seat 11 and ms. short for seat 11. on that motion a roll call please. >> on that motion, supervisor chan. >> chan, aye. vice chair mandelman. >> aye. >> chair peskin. >> aye. >> the motion passes without objection. >> we are adjourned. .
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>> i lived in the mission neighborhood for seven years and before that the excel see your district. 20 years a resident of the city and county of san francisco. i am the executive director of a local art space nonprofit that showcases work that relate to the latino community and i have been in this building for seven years and some of my neighbors have been here 30 year. we were notified from the landlord he was going to sell the building. when we realized it was happening it was no longer a thought for the landlord and i
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sort of had a moment of panic. i heard about the small sites program through my work with the mission economic agency and at met with folks from the mayor's housing program because they wanted to utilize the program. we are dealing with families with different needs and capacities. conversations were had early in the morning because that is the only time that all the tenants were in the building and finally when we realized that meda did have the resources to buy the building we went on a letter writing campaign to the landlord and said to him we understand you want to sell your building, we understand what you are asking for and you are entitled to it, it's your land, but
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please work with us. what i love about ber nell height it represents the diversity that made me fall in love with san francisco. we have a lot of mom and pop shops and you can get all your resources within walking distance. my favorite area of my home is my little small patio where i can start my morning and have my coffee is a sweet spot for me and i
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>> we have private and public gardens throughout the garden tour. all of the gardens are volunteers. the only requirement is you're willing to show your garden for a day. so we have gardens that vary from all stages of development and all gardens, family gardens, private gardens, some of them as small as postage stamps and others pretty expansive. it's a variety -- all of the world is represented in our gardens here in the portola. >> i have been coming to the portola garden tour for the past seven or eight years ever since
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i learned about it because it is the most important event of the neighborhood, and the reason it is so important is because it links this neighborhood back to its history. in the early 1800s the portola was farmland. the region's flowers were grown in this neighborhood. if you wanted flowers anywhere future bay area, you would come to this area to get them. in the past decade, the area has tried to reclaim its roots as the garden district. one of the ways it has done that is through the portola garden tour, where neighbors open their gardens open their gardens to people of san francisco so they can share that history. >> when i started meeting with the neighbors and seeing their gardens, i came up with this idea that it would be a great
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idea to fundraise. we started doing this as a fund-raiser. since we established it, we awarded 23 scholarships and six work projects for the students. >> the scholarship programs that we have developed in association with the portola is just a win-win-win situation all around. >> the scholarship program is important because it helps people to be able to tin in their situation and afford to take classes. >> i was not sure how i would stay in san francisco. it is so expensive here. i prayed so i would receive enough so i could stay in san francisco and finish my school, which is fantastic, because i don't know where else i would have gone to finish. >> the scholarships make the
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difference between students being able to stay here in the city and take classes and having to go somewhere else. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> you come into someone's home and it's they're private and personal space. it's all about them and really their garden and in the city and urban environment, the garden is the extension of their indoor environment, their outdoor living room. >> why are you here at this garden core? it's amazing and i volunteer here every year. this is fantastic. it's a beautiful day. you walk around and look at gardens. you meet people that love gardens. it's fantastic. >> the portola garden tour is the last saturday in september every year. mark your calendars every year. you can see us on the website
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>> manufacturing in cities creates this perfect platform for people to earn livelihoods and for people to create more economic prosperity. i'm kate sosa. i'm cofounder and ceo of sf made. sf made is a public private partnership in
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the city of san francisco to help manufacturers start, grow, and stay right here in san francisco. sf made really provides wraparound resources for manufacturers that sets us apart from other small business support organizations who provide more generalized support. everything we do has really been developed over time by listening and thinking about what manufacturer needs grow. for example, it would be traditional things like helping them find capital, provide assistance loans, help to provide small business owners with education. we have had some great experience doing what you might call pop ups or temporary selling events, and maybe the most recent example was one that we did as part of sf made week in partnership with the
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city seas partnership with small business, creating a 100 company selling day right here at city hall, in partnership with mayor lee and the board of supervisors, and it was just a wonderful opportunity for many of our smaller manufacturers who may be one or two-person shop, and who don't have the wherewithal to have their own dedicated retail store to show their products and it comes back to how do we help companies set more money into arthur businesses and develop more customers and their relationships, so that they can continue to grow and continue to stay here in san francisco. i'm amy kascel, and i'm the owner of amy kaschel san francisco. we started our line
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with wedding gowns, and about a year ago, we launched a ready to wear collection. san francisco's a great place to do business in terms of clientele. we have wonderful brides from all walks of life and doing really interesting things: architects, doctors, lawyers, teachers, artists, other like minded entrepreneurs, so really fantastic women to work with. i think it's important for them to know where their clothes are made and how they're made. >> my name is jefferson mccarly, and i'm the general manager of the mission bicycle company. we sell bikes made here for people that ride here. essentially, we sell city bikes made for riding in urban environments. our core business really is to build bikes specifically for each individual. we care a lot about craftsmanship, we care a lot about quality, we care
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about good design, and people like that. when people come in, we spend a lot of time going to the design wall, and we can talk about handle bars, we can see the riding position, and we take notes all over the wall. it's a pretty fun shopping experience. paragraph. >> for me as a designer, i love the control. i can see what's going on, talk to my cutter, my pattern maker, looking at the designs. going through the suing room, i'm looking at it, everyone on the team is kind of getting involved, is this what that drape look? is this what she's expecting, maybe if we've made a customization to a dress, which we can do because we're making everything here locally. over the last few years, we've
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been more technical. it's a great place to be, but you know, you have to concentrate and focus on where things are going and what the right decisions are as a small business owner. >> sometimes it's appropriate to bring in an expert to offer suggestions and guidance in coaching and counseling, and other times, we just need to talk to each other. we need to talk to other manufacturers that are facing similar problems, other people that are in the trenches, just like us, so that i can share with them a solution that we came up with to manage our inventory, and they can share with me an idea that they had about how to overcome another problem. >> moving forward, where we see ourselves down the road, maybe five and ten years, is really looking at a business from a little bit more of a ready to
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wear perspective and making things that are really thoughtful and mindful, mindful of the end user, how they're going to use it, whether it's the end piece or a wedding gown, are they going to use it again, and incorporating that into the end collection, and so that's the direction i hear at this point. >> the reason we are so enamored with the work we do is we really do see it as a platform for changing and making the city something that it has always been and making sure that we're sharing the opportunities that we've been blessed with economically and socially as possible, broadening that
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>> welcome to the may 9th, 2022 meeting, i'm supervisor melgar, and joined by supervisor preston and supervisor peskin. madam clerk, do you have announcements? >> board of supervisors and committees are allowing hybrid meetings, still providing remote access and public comment via telephone. equitable public access is available and taking public comment as follows. first on each item on this agenda. those attending in person will be allowed to speak first and then those waiting on the public